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

 

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

#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: 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

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