Welcoming Spring in Gingham

It’s April 1st! I know. Let that sink in for a moment. It feels as thought it was just yesterday we were holiday shopping and making our 2018 resolutions.

But if I know anything, it’s that time keeps ticking and the seasons keep changing. With that being said, I wanted to let you all know that if you are wondering about Spring trends (maybe you’re not), gingham is making a strong statement this season. It is here to stay, making its cameo on dresses, sandals, and bathing suits. I was never for the print, honestly. It always reminded me a picnic and I wasn’t into it. I preferred all types of floral prints when it came to dressing for this season. I know–florals for spring. Groundbreaking. But I saw this top at TJMaxx (one of my absolute favorite places to shop) and knew I would be adding it to my outfits this season. It has bell sleeves, which again, I am obsessed with. It was tapered and constructed in a way that it flares out a bit at the waist and narrows around the chest area–flattering for my petite and curvy figure. This one is by NANETTE by Nanette Lepore and it was $24.99. 

I wanted to go for a pair of white jeans for a look that said “I’m SO over winter.”, yet was clean (aka not distressed) and could transition to a family brunch or coffee meeting. These I got last year at TJMaxx as well. They’re by a brand called d. jeans and I got them for around $24.99. Naturally, I finished off the look with by favorite Steve Madden sandals from Nordstrom and my favorite statement necklace by Stella & Dot. I bought these around the holidays this past season and wear them all of the time. The heel is low enough for my fractured right foot and polished enough for any outfit. The necklace is a best-selling piece for us and one of the first things I bought myself when I became a stylist and opened up shop last fall. P.S. It also comes in gold. 

I was in need of some new sunglasses when my infamous rose gold Quay ones bit the dust recently. I work at an optometrist and took it to a coworker to see if there was a possibility of a repair, but, unfortunately, there was not. A moment of silence, please. I saw these in (yep) TJMaxx on this same shopping trip and scored these for $7.99! They’re by Elie Tahari’s TAHARI and they have the most beautiful sand-colored frame with a gold metal bar for the nose bridge and subtle blue tinted lenses. Bring on the sunshine.

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What do you all think of this trend? Are you a gingham skeptic like me or are you already owning your 3rd piece in the print? Let me know in the comments! Also, be sure to follow me over on Instagram because I will be announcing my 1k followers giveaway this week!

Thank you for all of your continued support. I hope to keep creating content that you guys enjoy! It truly means the world to me.

XOXO,

Mel

 

Introducing: Jord Watches + GIVEAWAY!

Hello, beautiful people.

It’s been a minute. How’s it going in your life? Ready for Spring? Me TOO!

One of my goals for my blog this year is to work with smaller brands that tell a big story–and bring awareness to them! I am pretty selective on the brands I choose to collaborate with because not only is my time — and theirs– valuable, but I also know how valuable your trust is.

That being said, let me introduce you to Jord Watches. A watch brand so unique, I have gotten compliments from both men and women of various age groups. Immediately, I was intrigued to the wood. Crazy cool, right? It’s not like anything out on the market. The next thing I thought about was how I would probably ruin it. How do you even care for a wooden watch? The site has a complete guide on how to maintain the life of your watch. By the way, did you know that the cold temperatures shrink wood? Maybe just me, honestly. But I was blown away in the moment. They even send you a small tube of cleaner with a microfiber cloth in a gorgeous wooden box to care for and store your watch! A major plus.

So not only was I feeling confident about wearing what seemed like a delicate piece, I was even more intrigued by the varying styles! The site features an obvious section dedicated to both men and women, but there are so many designs ranging from a more conservative, scholarly rectangular face with a thin band and Roman numerals, to a larger boyfriend-style watch with rose gold dials. Also, they offer over 10 different styles of wood! Who knew it was so versatile?

You guys know how much I am obsessed with rose gold and I wanted to try a watch with a bigger face than what I currently have. I had a few options, but I just had to go with the Frankie Watch. I found the minimalist style incredibly streamlined and I could not be more happy! Also, if you are even sort of thinking about getting a special piece like this engraved, I highly recommend it! A major shout-out to the Jord team. Mine was engraved and it was such a sentimental moment seeing something so important to me written in wood. It’s the little things,  you know?

We wanted to give you guys a chance to have your very own Jord, so they are giving one of you $100 towards a watch! This contest is super easy; all you have to do is click this link and submit the entry form. I’m not even going to tempt you with following me on the socials. But you can if your heart desires and I definitely won’t be mad about it. Also, even if you don’t win, you will get a code after the contest ends for 10% off! The giveaway will close 3/18 at 11:59pm.

P.S. I recently achieved 1,000 followers over on Instagram and I just wanted to give you a huge thank you for visiting my tiny little corner of the internet. I love you!

Disclaimer: This was a sponsored post as Jord gifted me with the watch in exchange for a review. All opinions about the product are my own.

NEW Stella & Dot January 2018 Collection!

Well, everyone–the holidays are officially behind us, the decorations put away, and suddenly it’s not ok to drink champagne all afternoon 😉

However, I am OK with it. I am so beyond over my bulky sweaters and thick boot socks and ready to welcome Spring 2018 with wide open arms! Today, I will be sharing the new style drop by Stella & Dot now available on my site!

Before you check out some of my favorite pieces, in both jewelry & tops, I invite you to check out the promo video below.

 

TOPS

  1. Kendall Long Sleeve Top 

2.  Eden Sweatshirt

3.  Addy Versatile Poncho

4. Sienna Tie Top

5. Amie Lace Sweatshirt

6. Lolo Top

EARRINGS

1. Rebecca Minkoff Interlocking Hoops

2. Esmee Leaf Earrings

3. Rebecca Minkoff Hedasa Earring Pack

5. Aiyana Fringe Chandeliers

6. Natriella Pearl Hoops

7. Elina Drop Earrings

8.Stacy Knot Hoops

9. Georgia Hoops

10. Rebecca Minkoff Maika Earrings

11.Rory Floral Drop Earrings 

12. Rebecca Minkoff Shanaz Threader Earrings

13. Sefina Drop Earrings

14. Marie Double Drop Earrings

15. Cece Earrings

16.Kessie Drop Earrings

17. Isabella Chandelier Earrings

18. Solitaire Stud Pack

19. Esmee Chandeliers

NECKLACES

1. Dez Layered Necklace

2.Kari Layered Necklace

3.Isabella Pendant

4. Rory Necklace

5. Rayna Pendant Necklace

6. Sullivan Necklace

7. Rebecca Minkoff Kendall Wrap Necklace

8. Ambrosia Necklace

9. Natia Layered Necklace

RINGS

1. Rebecca Minkoff Pave Duo Ring

2. Imperial Stacking Ring

3. Elina Ring

Did you make it this far? Woohoo! I love you so much if you have made it to the end of this blog post. What did you guys think of the new collection?

XOXO,

Mel

Introducing: Stella & Dot Summer 2017 Collection

I recently attended a stylist boot camp training in Seattle. I was joined by inspiring and incredibly hard-working ladies to view the new collection and learn better ways to serve and style you, our amazing customers.

 

 |P.S. I’m wearing our Essential Fringe Necklace in Silver & the Ruffle Sleeve Top from Chico’s |

In this post, you will find some of my favorite pieces and a video by our Chief Creative Officer, Blythe Harris sharing more about the inspiration behind them.

Multi Stripe Ikat Getaway Weekender Bag | Stella:

1. Getaway Bag in Multi-Stripe

I have this bag and I carry it everywhere-even if I am not traveling! The straps are comfortable and the inside is incredibly roomy. I use it as my “mobile office” and carry my laptop, planner, catalogs, etc. I may throw my gym clothes in there sometimes, too 😉

The Aven Layering Necklace can be worn so many different ways! Making it the perfect vacay necklace.:

2. Aven Layering Necklace

This piece looks so much better in person; genuine leather lariat, Mother of Pearl discs, and mixed metals make for a gorgeous 4-in-1 necklace!

All In Pouch - Good Vibes | Stella & Dot  Available 3/30!  www.stelladot.com/sarahtaliaferro: Good Vibes Striped All In Pouch | Stella & Dot:

3. Good Vibes Pouch

Sometimes a girl is running late and needs to pack some makeup with her, am I right? This one is perfect.  The message is a so feel-good that I find it setting the tone for the day when I look at it.

Modern Shiny Silver X Cuff Bracelet | Stella:

4. Silver Sculpted X Cuff

This is not your average cuff. It can fit small to large wrists and is so chic and shiny in person that it really looks more expensive than it actually is! Check it out on Blythe in the video below! Must. Have.

Gros craquage pour ce magnifique plastron Tresse  un must have pour ces vacances  Repost @brandilynn_31  #tressenecklace:

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5. Tresse Statement Necklace

Wow. When I saw this at bootcamp, I was so blow away by the gorgeous lapis colored beads and the intricacies of the detail. This is the statement piece to wear integrate into your wardrobe this season. Instantly dress up a white blouse and jeans or accompany your favorite warm-weather dress.

XOXO,

M

March Favorites: Skin Care

Can you believe it’s the end of March?! It’s basically April, which is two months away from June, so in reality-it’s basically summertime.
Optimism aside, I wanted to share all of the beauty products that I have been using for the past month with you guys. There are a few that have been on the market for quite some time, but are new to me.  Confession: some of these are so dang good that they have found a permanent place in my beauty routine. Also remember, that what may work for my skin may not work for you or give you the same results.

FTC Disclaimer: Everything was purchased by me, unless otherwise specified. 

Skin Care

The Body Shop | Tea Tree Skin Clearing Toner

Body Shop's Tea Tree Skin Clearing Toner.:

I use this toner right after a warm shower when my pores are nice and open. It is incredibly refreshing to the skin and really works to get any extra makeup off the face. I’ve noticed that over time it has helped improve the evenness of my skin and has helped control the discoloration and redness I sometimes get.

Ganier SkinActive Micellar Water Cleanser & Makeup Remover

Win It: 1 of 10 Garnier SkinActive Micellar Water Duos:

I was incredibly skeptical of the Micellar water hype. I was very hesitant to leave my go-to-skin routine of makeup wipes and cleanser. This.has.changed.the.game. So Micellar water is basically a liquid in which little particles called micelles act like magnets and attach themselves to dirt, makeup, etc. So, when you rub that cotton pad with this water on your skin and wipe away, you are taking all the mascara, blush, shadow, etc. with it. My combination-type skin has been so happy with this and I have even noticed an increase in its brightness!

OLEHENRIKSEN Truth On The Glow Cleansing Cloths

After getting out of my comfort zone and trying the Micellar water, I figured I would mix it up with my makeup removing wipes, as well. I love, LOVE, my Neutrogena makeup removing towelettes, but these are coming in as a very close second-favorite! I was already a fan of the OLEHENRIKSEN brand because they make up their products without parabens, sulfates, or phthalates and just feel richly on the skin. These wipes though (“cloths” sounds fancier, doesn’t it?) give your makeup removing routine an upgrade. In addition to the wonderful citrus scent, the quilted cloth gives your skin a “day at the spa” feel because of the jojoba seed oil.

 Lotus Youth Preserve Eye Cream

@freshbeauty #Lotus Youth Preserve Eye Cream #review #bbloggers #malebloggers #skincare:

I have always been a firm believer that it is never too late to start an anti-aging product to your skincare routine. However, I have been more mindful after turning 25 as well as more aware to new anti-again products that enter the market. I love eye creams and I had purchased this one before, but I didn’t care enough at the time to apply it to a routine and use it consistently. I obviously did not see any results the first time. I wanted to give it another try because I really enjoy other products from the Fresh line and I am glad that I did. This formula is incredibly lightweight and gives the skin around the eye area an incredibly refreshing and cooling sensation. It includes a combination the brand calls, Super 7 Complex, “which is specifically designed to minimize and prevent early visible signs of aging, enhance radiance and provide antioxidant protection, further boosted with protective star fruit extract.” Works for me. Only downside? If you apply a little too much, you will find that the product balls up when you wipe away the next morning.

I hope you enjoyed this and found it helpful in your search of products to add into your routine. Look out for my favorites this month in both beauty and fashion.

XOXO,

Melissa