#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