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!

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

#OOTD: Tropical Floral

If you have never met me, let me fill you in. I’m 5 ft. 3 and petite, so it’s a bit of a challenge finding trousers or wider-legged bottoms that are flattering on my figure. #fashiongirlproblems. Perhaps it was all of the resort collections, the need for a vacation, or binge-watching look-book videos from my favorites on Youtube, but I was in a tropical state of mind when I styled this look.

I adore the tropical floral prints in general, so when I saw this pair of black and white culotte-hybrid at my local TJ Maxx, I knew I had to–at least–try them on. I also may have been subconsciously channeling Fleur de Force’s wide-leg trouser look from last August. Hers are from Topshop and almost identical to the print on mine!

The surprising thing about these was the thigh-high slit up each leg! Sexy, but appropriate for summer with the added plus of being able to show off some pretty fabulous sandals. Enter-the blue faux-suede (partially leather) fringe lace-up sandals by Steve Madden I’ve been obsessed with. The pants are a synthetic blend in a really light fabrication, so they are so incredibly soft and breathable for the hot summers in the desert that is the Yakima Valley. They sit not too low, not too high on me and I tie them at the waist.

Paired with this ruched cold-shoulder top from Thalia Sodi’s line for Macy’s and and some silver pieces from my Stella and Dot boutique and this look is summer party (or beach) ready. Shop the look below.

Top

Bottoms

Sandals

Necklace

Ring

Sunglasses

 

XOXO,

Mel

#OOTD: Pom-Pom Kicks

Give me a second to explain. I will be the first to tell you that I was the biggest critic of the pom-pom trend.

On sandals? WHY THO.

DIY Aquazzura Inspired Pom Pom Sandals - The Stripe:

On jeans? Meh.

color pop & pom poms:

As jewelry? *sigh

LOVE the huge pom pom earrings!:

As handbag accessories? That makes sense.

Celine bag & Pom Pom bag charm. @thecoveteur:

That last one is actually cute, however, I was still convinced the trend wasn’t for me. Until I saw this pair of Betsey Johnson cobalt blue faux fur and suede slip ons.

With a funky pom on top.

Not only were they the last pair, but they were in my size, and $13 at Macy’s right now. They are having their Mega-Shoe (or something) event and I just happened to be in the store at the right time. I am so glad I got them because they are super comfortable and just different. Paired with comfy black leggings, a basic tee, and bomber jacket, this outfit became sort of drab to downtown.

P.S. You can find the shoppable links below.

Bomber Jacket

Leggings

Slip-Ons

Black Tee

Arc Pendant *on sale right now!*

Ear Climbers *under $40

Sunglasses

#OOTD: Tassels on Tassels

The sun is finally out on a regular, non bi-polar, basis here in the Yakima Valley and I’m really happy about it. This past weekend, I took my sisters downtown to enjoy the Cinco de Mayo festivities. I recently purchased these lace-up sandals from TJMaxx and needed to show them off ASAP! You know that feeling when you stumble across the loveliest pair of shoes that you don’t know what you’ll pair them with, but you must have them? That was my Carrie Bradshaw moment with these Steve Madden sandals. I have nothing like them in my closet, so I knew I wouldn’t be cluttering my wardrobe with the same look. Plus, girl, they were under $30. I mean, really. I hope you enjoy this post. Scroll all the way through and you will find the links to shop.

Note to self: sandals season requires a pedicure because…cringe*

I normally have a wide foot, so I was a little worried that these would only cover half of each one. To my surprise, not only are they comfortable, but the fringe trim on the front and the tassels are genuine leather. If I am going to wear sandals all summer long, genuine leather is a must to ensure longevity. Even if the leather patinas darker later on, I am still going to get great wear out of them.

I paired them with white denim, also from TJMaxx. These are by a brand called D Jeans. Obscure. Don’t care because they’re a great fit, and honestly, make my booty look good!

I rolled up the hem to show off the lace-up straps, naturally. For the rest of the outfit, I wore my double-layer blue & white tank from Chico’s. It was hot this past Sunday, so even though the tank is a dual-layer piece, it’s very breathable and comfortable. I paired it with my Fossil cross-body and gold Stella & Dot pieces to match the gold hardware.


Tank: I love this classic one.

Denim: This pair fits fantastic!

Sandals: May still be at your local TJ Maxx, but this Steve Madden pair is similar.

Crossbody bag: This one comes in 9 other colors!

Rebel Pendant: Selena Gomez loves this one, too! Available on my site here…

Celestial Choker: and here.

Celestial Ring: You can shop this staple piece here.

Quay Sunnies: You all know I’m obsessed with these.

XOXO,

M

#OOTD: Cold-Shoulder Florals

I have to be honest with you guys for a second.

I was feeling really self-conscious about posting some of these photos and almost didn’t post it at all. I was hospitalized recently and had been prescribed a mixture of antibiotics and pain relievers that induced side effects like bloating, water retention, break-outs, and irritability. I did not feel like me at all. But if I am going to share my life with you, I might as well bare it all.

I love the cold-shoulder trend that reemerged for Spring & Summer 2017, but I hadn’t found one that I felt flattered the top half of my body. Then, I was perusing the aisles at TJMaxx and fell in love with this one. Floral prints are nothing new for the warm weather months, but I feel good in it! The material is so soft and the sleeve doesn’t drop too low down my arms which can overwhelm my petite figure (I’m only 5’3″ btw).

I paired it with these distressed crops from Chico’s. Let me tell you something. For a curvy Latina like me, I have never loved any boyfriend style jean or loose crop pant. But I tried these on and knew I had to get them. They’re just the right amount of distressed and so, so soft. Another thing I love is that this particular silhouette is higher-waisted that most denim bottoms I have tried on. I tucked the top in just a bit and voila.

The shoes I’m wearing rep another trend we’re seeing in footwear this season: the simple strapped sandal. While these Franco Sarto ones do not have the block heel, I love the wedge because it doesn’t hurt my right foot-which is still fractured.

You all know I am an accessory girl through and through. They are the glue that makes or breaks the outfit you try to piece together. I decided to keep it simple with some of my favorite silver accessories from the line I’m a stylist for-Stella and Dot. The choker and engraved necklace layered together make for a quieter, more delicate statement. The bracelets I love pairing together because they are so lightweight and look good with anything. The ring is one of my all-time favorite pieces, as well. It’s malleable so you can adjust how close or far apart the different layers of the ring are. PLUS, if it’s that time of the month and you’re bloated, like everywhere, you can easily open the ring up just a tad wider. How’s that for versatile accessories? My watch is an old rose-gold Fossil watch that I bought during my time working with their Bellevue Square location a few years ago.

Let’s take a moment and talk about these sunglasses because I have gotten so many questions about them. We’ve seen the reflective lenses all over the Gram and for good reason; they’re fun, flashy, and perfect for summer. I saw this exact pair on my favorite UK style blogger Fleur de Force on a recent trip of hers and bought them right away. I hadn’t tried them on before, but I was familiar with the Quay brand and knew that if I wanted a pair of statement sunglasses that these would be it. These are the All My Love lenses and they come in a few other different color combos.



XOXO,

M