Behind The Brand: Introducing LoHo-Your New Favorite Tights

“I want to change the way women feel in tights, and feel about themselves.”

Photo credit: Carly Romeo

You know that feeling you get when you meet someone new and you know you just click? More related to this post is that feeling when you meet someone and know they are about to inspire you in ways you only dreamed.

Darrah Christel, CEO, Founder (and all around #GirlBoss) of Seattle-based Loho and I had been liking each other’s photos on Instagram and connecting over motivational quotes over the past few months. We met up at a Starbucks this past weekend and talked for over two hours. As soon as she approached me, I could  feel the good vibes radiating from her!

It was inspiring to simply listen to her open up about her struggles with body image, her relentless journey to find a product she whole-heartedly believes will change the way women feel about their curves, and her passion for instilling that self-confidence into others around her. Yeah, she’s the real deal. Read her post on Medium here.

Image Credit: Tobin Risser, Tom Cogger

She gave me the product to try out and guys…you know I am totally transparent in my product recommendations and please believe me when I say that these are the most comfortable damn tights I have EVER slid into. Yes, SLID because I effortlessly pulled these tights over my legs, hips, and waist. And guess what? They stayed there! After a few hours, the only time they came down was when I had to use the restroom. I have always been an avid tight wearer, especially in the colder months. Who doesn’t love a fabulous sweater dress, leather boots, and some fun tights in the fall? I’ve tried other brands like HUE and DKNY, but they have always snagged so easily forcing me to toss the whole pair in the trash. The secret is the patented lace waistband that flares out and away from your body and the genius silicone backing. The lace featured in mine is sample lace. 


“…when you find a pair of tights that aren’t designed to suck you in, and instead meet your body where it’s at, something crazy happens: you start to love your curves.”

LOHO™ is currently taking pre-orders through iFundWomen, a crowdfunding platform for women-led businesses. Their tights will be available for pre-order until October 31, so head over to her page and order yourself a pair, two, three, or simply donate if you would like to see Darrah’s project come to life. More styles and colors to come if we all help in reaching this goal! Thank you to Loho for sponsoring this post. All opinions are solely my own.



Introducing: Rebecca Minkoff x Stella & Dot!

One of the many fashion collaborations that I am incredibly excited for this fashion season (besdies The  Weeknd x H&M), is the Rebecca Minkoff x Stella & Dot 6-piece fall collection!

*I do want to disclose that I am a stylist for Stella & Dot in addition to my full-time job, so I am a little biased but it’s only because I absolutely adore and recommend!*

Rebecca Minkoff’s background as an entrepreneur and American businesswoman parallels Stella & Dot’s vision of affordable and chic accessories for the modern woman; it’s pretty much the perfect collaboration. Many magazines and press outlets are agreeing. You can read the story in US Magazine here or Brit+Co’s thoughts here.

Rebecca worked with our CCO Blythe Harris to create six unique jewelry pieces that are feminine and just the right touch of edgy.

We wanted to give a distinctive, feminine strength to the collection by juxtaposing the innate elegance of jewels against statement silhouettes.”
-REBECCA MINKOFF

The best part may just be that they’re all priced between $49-$69! You can browse the gallery below and visit my stylist shop here!

1. Cameron Charm Choker – $59- Five hand-set pave charms perfectly spaced on a delicate shiny gold choker. My favorite is the little triangle! Such a fun layering piece.


2. Emory Pave Earring Set – $49 – Hand-set pave stones placed on subtly-stated silhouettes. Pave bars fit through pierced ears, and then line upwards on the lobes. Malleable ends make these beautiful bars stay in place. Add the X midi cuff by sliding up from the lobe to the middle part of your ear. How gorgeous are these? Such a unique way to make a statement.


3. Celestial Ear Climbers -$49 –  Shiny gold ear climbers line the earlobes with cascading celestial accents. I am a sucker for anything celestial with stars and moons, so I am all over this ear climber. Pair this with the celestial choker (available in gold and silver), a chunky knit sweater, and some thigh-high boots.


4. Pixie Studs – $49 A feminine medley of color fans out beneath a geometric setting. These statement studs add a subtle pop to any outfit. I love this style of earring because even with all of the different colors, it is still sitting so timeless on the ear. Incredibly classy.


5. Pixie Chandeliers – $59 –  Mixing glamorous sparkle with a chic waterfall. A feminine frame holds beautiful neutral and green tones with accents of vintage gold. I love chandelier earrings with a more rustic metal base because you can throw up your hair in a bun, apply some red lipstick, and you look so put-together with almost no effort!


6. Pixie Choker- $69 –  Make a modern statement with this double choker. Iridescent sparkle, set in vintage gold, sits closely to the neck while a geometric pendant nests seamlessly below.

What do you all think of this collab? Meh or pretty great? Leave your comments below!

Travelogged: Colchuck Lake

Two weekends ago, some old friends and I got together to hike up to a pristine lake near Leavenworth, WA.

I am always open to attempt a new physical challenge, but this steep hike was something else. Although I was pretty well equipped, I found that the challenge was more mental and spiritual than physical. Don’t get me wrong, this hike was brutal, but something happens when you tell yourself you can’t do it anymore and then make it to the top. It was like a switch. It amazes me what we can accomplish when presented with a challenge and, instead of cowering and quitting, we take that hike, get dirty along the way, and marvel at what we overcame.

For more information on this particular hike, please visit All Trails here. Here are some images that I wanted to share with you all.

What summer adventures have you had? Have you hiked Colchuck? Leave me a comment.

XOXO,

Mel

Monday Musings: Volume 2

It’s Labor Day and I am in a crowded Starbucks.

How’s it going?

This Monday I am inspired by an eclectic mix of things.

First off, if you haven’t heard of LAUV, please let me enjoy this opportunity to introduce you.

LAUV

I first heard “The Other” on Spotify’s CHILL HITS playlist (my all-time favorite) and fell in love. He’s an American musician who released his EP in 2015, co-wrote Demi Lovato & Cheat Codes’ “No Promises”, and just announced he will be touring with Ed Sheeran. He’s the real deal, no question. For me, I related to his genuine and raw lyrics about heartbreak. I’ll list a few of my favorite tracks here. You will love him–trust.

 

I’ve also been loving the ear party trend. There’s something fun about a busy and layered ear. I will be getting mine done later this month 😉

 

Assorted shapes

I wanted to end this post by talking about fearlessness. One of my goals to practice looking fear directly in the face more often. With the option of adding filters to anything we post about ourselves online, it’s not surprising that we feel out of touch with ourselves once we are not in control with IRL, physical, real interactions.

Eleanor roosevelt quote

XOXO,

Mel

Monday Musings: Volume 1

Hi, there.

I believe it’s productive and grounding to recognize the power of images for a creative. 

Whether it’s a masterfully-styled editorial shoot in a glossy magazine, an unfiltered image of our landscapes, or an image on Instagram from another person’s take on what style means to them, these muses ground me and inspire me.

Introducing Monday Musings; a simple gathering of how I’m feeling at the start of the week, what I’m loving, what (or who) is inspiring me.

I hope you share yours with me.

"When @becksimonstylist asks if you want to be part of a shoot for @woodmelbourne, you say YES BECK, OF COURSE BECK, gosh your hair looks nice today Beck :) Photo by @lisacohenphoto. Greenery from @glasshausnursery ;) Happy Saturday! Team DS. X #designstuff #bathroom #bathroomdesign" : designstuff_group - instagram"pretty is not the rent you pay to exist in the world as a woman", feminism, feminist quotes, equality, body positive quotes, bopo, body positivity

WILD☆

XOXO,
Mel

 

Fashion District NW Presents: Cars & Couture 2017 at the LeMay

If you are a fashion enthusiast living in the Seattle area, you probably have already heard about the Cars & Couture fashion show at the LeMay Car Museum. This is one of Fashion District NW’s events and centers around showcasing the talent of six apparel and accessory designers from around the Northwest. I am so excited to be working with them as a blogger to bring you all of the highlights and–hopefully!–some behind-the-scenes-craziness. Fashion District NW was also generous in giving you guys 10% off when you purchase your tickets with my code, “thatonefashionblog“.

Purchase your tickets here.

Join me this Saturday, July 22, 2017 at the historic LeMay Car Museum in Tacoma for a night of fierce fashion, fast cars, a red carpet, a live DJ booth, and some fantastic networking with the Seattle fashion and creative industry. I will also be posting live on my Instagram the night of the event!

Details are as follows:

Ticket Prices:

• $45 VIP (Front Row Seating & Prepaid Parking $5 Value)

• $25 2nd & 3rd Row

• Ticket prices will increase $5 if purchased at the door

Event Schedule:

• 6:30 pm Event Doors Open & Pre-Show Red Carpet Photos

• 7:00 pm Start Seating for the Show

• 7:15 pm Fashion Show Starts

• 9:30 pm Fashion Show Ends


 

If you are attending, leave a comment below!

Vroom, vroom.

Mel

June Favorites: Beauty & Hair

It has been hot, hot, HOT!

#ClimateChangeIsReal

Honestly, I have completely switched up my beauty routine for this crazy weather lately. I normally do up my moisturizing for the heat, but my skin has been oilier than in past summers. Also, I honestly have not been wanting to feel so much product on my face, that I temporarily stopped trying too many products hitting the market for summer. This past month, my skin and makeup routine, in particular, have placed a focus on natural ingredients (as natural as I can get at ULTA), quick application, and hydration.

I was attempting to grow my hair for the entire month so that when I get my (now overdue!) cut, it looks extra fresh, layered, and low-maintenance. So I began to treat my color-treated hair better and going mostly heat-less with my styling, as well as not drying it out by washing it so much. It’s looked this this for most of June!

Batiste Dry Shampoo in “Original”: This is one of my all-time favorite dry shampoos; affordable, fresh, effective. More scents and colors available.

AVEDA Smooth Infusion Nourishing Styling Cream: I bought this at my favorite hair salon in Yakima (Studio 16) after a session with my stylist, Bree a while back. I have naturally wavy, but frizzy, hair and I hadn’t had an anti-frizz serum in my routine for a while. I am so glad that I began to use this last month because I have finally gotten my locks under control! I use about a quarter-sized amount in my hair post-shower and let it air dry. Once dry, I do not even need to brush it before I can run my fingers straight through my hair. No trouble at all. This makes my hair really bouncy and shiny as well. Treat yourself to this!

P.S. I have also eliminated blow drying my hair for the summer. 

AVEDA Be Curly Curl Enhancer: This is another one of those products that I hadn’t used in a while because I learned how to style my lob and wanted to curl it with my flat iron every day.

*eyeroll.

This product is a little heavier than the serum and with a cleaner, more citrus-concentrated scent. I use this if I am going out and do not want to fuss with my hair. I scrunch a bit of this into my hair and maybe braid a few pieces. Once I’ve been out more a little while, I can undo them and it’s like I styled my hair with a wand. If the frizz taming serum did not grab your attention, get yourself this curl enhancer and thank me later.

 

 

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist Sunscreen: This is a no-brainer. A good SPF strength in an easy-to-use spray bottle.

Suave Smoothing Body Lotion: Cocoa butter & shea are exactly what my dry skin has been craving! The scent is not heavy whatsoever, rather it’s a bit calming. The application is so smooth because it’s like my skin absorbs the product as soon as I start to rub it in. It’s the one classic must-have body lotion that I did not know I needed in my life. This was gifted to me by Suave & Influenster, but this review represents my own thoughts and opinions. You can’t treat yourself to more of a steal than $2!

The Body Shop Tea Tree Pore Minimiser: I love, love this treatment! If you have not already tried the Tea Tree range from The Body Shop,  you and your skin are severely missing out. Although this treatment does indicate that it can be used as a setting layer or primer before your foundation (there are better primers out there, tbh), using it as a gel to mattify my face in this humid and hot weather has worked wonders for me! It’s also a plus that my pores looks 3x as small when I apply it.

SunBum Sunscreen Lip Balm w/ SPF 30 in “Pomegranate”: Honestly, I had never understood the importance of taking care of my lips during the hot summer months. This lip balm goes on so smoothly and it smells fantastic!

Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Eye Crayon in “Black Satin Finish”: I don’t wear too heavy of eye looks anymore, but this little sample that I received is all that I have been needed, although I do plan to purchase the full-size once I run out of this. Here’s why. This liner is like the gel pencils that we used in middle school to heart our “i”s…only luxurious because it is Marc Jacobs. It is a dark black, but not too harsh. It has an amazing glide and it’s waterproof, so no problem when I start to sweat a bit in the afternoon.

Hand Painted Make-Up from Costa Rica by JJCaprices: I purchased this item from my friend, Jen, and her online global accessories boutique, JJCaprices, about two years ago. This little bag is not only sturdy and well-made, it fits all of my must-have summer products, and adds the perfect amount of summer to even jeans and a white t-shirt. It’s also naturally dyed and washable. This Toucan design is SOLD OUT, but you definitely have a great deal of options. 🙂

What have you been loving this month? Leave me your comments and recommendations below!

XOXO,

M