Emily Maynard Fashion: Exclusive Possessionista Interview
She looks like Barbie with the soul of Mother Teresa. But what you don’t know about Emily Maynard is that she tailors her Forever 21 and has one of the greatest senses of humor you’ll ever encounter.
The now-less-blonde fiancee of Brad Womack finally spilled all her off screen fashion and beauty secrets to the Possessionista.
And, no, I won’t ask her about her perfume.
Possessionista: What are some of your splurges? What is your shopping guilty pleasure.
EM: A few years ago (aka before I had a kid) I probably would have said pretty much everything. I’m probably too good at justifying anything from clothes to cheeseburgers, but these days the only things I really splurge on are shoes, makeup and skincare. Every once in a blue moon I’ll see a classic pocketbook that I know I’ll be able to carry well in to my 60’s and have to have it. Again, I’m really good at justifying a must have!
Possessionista: Where are your favorite places to shop?
EM: I refuse to spend a lot of money on clothes that I know I won’t wear for very much so I do a lot of shopping at Forever 21, Urban Outfitters, and surprisingly Target. For makeup I love Sephora and Neimans. If I’m going somewhere really special there is a store in Charlotte called Capitol that I LOVE, but can only afford to go in and dream. Also, my friends make fun of me because I’m a QVC addict. I am on auto ship for my WEN shampoo/conditioner!
Possessionista: We have to talk beauty. What’s your skincare regimen? Facewash, lotion, etc?
EM: I have the most sensitive skin in the world. Seriously, if I even dream abouct going to bed without washing my face I break out. Every morning I wash with Obagi Gentle cleanser, Obagi C-Exfoliating Day Lotion, and then Elta SPF. At night I wash my face with Murad Time Release Acne Cleanser, , Retin- A, and Sothys Revitalizing Serum.
Possessionista: I want Emily Maynard waves. How do I do it? Rollers or curling iron?
EM: I think my first and last impression on a lot of the other girls in the house were my GIANT velcro rollers. I go section by section starting at the top and curl it with a curling iron and then clip a velcro roller in it. You roll everything away from your face and put the rollers on the side vertical. I leave them in until I’m ready to walk out the door and then spray with hairspray. My splurge is Aveda but for everyday I use Tresemme 24 Hour Body Hairspray. Or do what I, and every other girl in the house did before rose ceremonies and have Michelle Money do it!
Possessionista: What is the one thing you hate about your looks?
EM: Oh Lordy where do I begin? I think as women we’re all insecure about some aspect of our looks, not to mention having to watch yourself on a HD tv every Monday. I’m super self conscious about my skin and then out of insecurity I put on too much makeup sometimes, which adds about ten years. Its a vicious cycle!
Possessionista: How many pairs of shoes do you own? Which are your favorite?
EM: Just like every other woman I know, I probably own way too many. But my favorites are probably my Louboutin round toe mary janes, a pair of strappy sparkly Louboutins, and the studded black studded Miu Mius aka my “going on The Bachelor therefore will be saving a lot of money gift” to myself.
Possessionista: What are your favorite jeans?
Possessionista: Okay, it’s a fat day. What are you wearing?
EM: I wear workout clothes even if I don’t work out because its one step up from pajamas as far as effort, but everyone still thinks I’m motivated! If I’m having a really fat day I’ll put on a sundress or leggings and a giant sweater with a long scarf.
Possessionsta: Give me some tips for how to make Forever 21 look like couture?
EM: As you’ve seen all season, I love me some Forever 21! I think the main thing you have to remember is not to do anything too trendy and keep your accessories simple and classic. I’ve also learned that a good alteration can make almost anything look couture if it fits you perfectly.
Possessionista: You’re shopping for accessories. What can’t you resist? Earrings, necklace or bracelets?
EM: Anyone who has ever met me knows I can’t leave the house without my arm full of bracelets. There is a jewelry company based in Charlotte called Towne & Reese that I absolutely LOVE because its very affordable but everyone thinks its from Neimans.
Emily Maynard: I have a necklace from Q Handmade that I haven’t taken off since it came in the mail! Its so simple but goes with everything and has so much meaning behind it. People are always asking me where I got it.
Possessionista: Worst fashion mistake?
EM: Where do I begin?! Most recently bleach blonde hair that looks yellow in some lighting, for sure. For a long time I loved boxey dresses, but then saw a picture of myself wearing one and realized I looked pregnant. I’m sure I make many other fashion mistakes on a daily basis that my friends are too embarrassed to tell me.
Possessionista: What’s your most prized possession?
EM: As far as fashion it would definitely be my bracelets. Every year for Christmas since I was little my parents gave me a ring and a few years ago my mom had them all put on a charm bracelet for me. My Cartier Love bracelets mean the absolute world to me and I haven’t taken either off since it was given to me. The whole idea behind the bracelet is so sweet and romantic. Basically every bracelet I wear, whether it be from Cartier or a street vendor in Key West, has so many good memories and I can’t wait to pass them down to my daughter one day.
Possessionista: What is the one piece of style advice you’ll pass onto your daughter.