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

 

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 2017 Holiday Collection!

It’s that time of year again!

With all of the holiday collections launching left and right, I had to share the new arrivals that just launched on my Stella & Dot boutique. A lot of the new pieces are from the Stella Dot x Rebecca Minkoff collection (read that blog post here) and so beautiful! Check out the promo video below. Items are listed in order of their appearance 🙂

1. Prisma Statement Necklace – $129

2. Prisma Statment Bracelet – $79

3. Prisma Chandeliers – $59

4. Eve Bib Necklace – $139

5. Margeaux Clutch – $69

6. Izzy Top – $69

7. Mara Pearl Necklace – $69

8. Constantine Feather Chandeliers – $59

9. Constantine Feather Necklace – $149

10. Jasper Ombre Necklace – $119

11. Embroidered Blaire Necklace – $59

12. Cascading Crystal Chandeliers – $49

not in promo video:

13. Chantal Pom Beanie – $44

14. Chantal Scarf (Reversible Faux Fur/Dove Grey Knit) – $69

15. Pave Knot Studs – $29

16. Adonia Stud Pack – $39

17. Charlotte Pendant Set – $59 (available in Lilac & Neutral)

18. Hera Coil Bracelet – $39

19. Signature Engravable Delicate Ring – $59 (available in Gold)

20. Signature Engravable Wishing Bracelet – $59

P.S. I know that during the holidays, our wallets can take a hit! BUT FEAR NOT! If you love the brand already and want a side gig for the holidays, you can not only host a style session for your girlfriends and get free and half off accessories, but I’m hiring for my team of stylists! You can make this a side hustle and I’ll tell you why you should:

great stylist discount, 30% commission on sales, bonuses

-flexible hours (literally work whenever you can)

-no keeping inventory

-no obligatory sales goals

-the opportunity to promote your stylist rank to a higher one within the company 😉

If this sounds like you, let’s talk! Comment below or shoot me a message here.

 

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!

#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

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