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!

Monday Musings: Volume 1

Hi, there.

I believe it’s productive and grounding to recognize the power of images for a creative. 

Whether it’s a masterfully-styled editorial shoot in a glossy magazine, an unfiltered image of our landscapes, or an image on Instagram from another person’s take on what style means to them, these muses ground me and inspire me.

Introducing Monday Musings; a simple gathering of how I’m feeling at the start of the week, what I’m loving, what (or who) is inspiring me.

I hope you share yours with me.

"When @becksimonstylist asks if you want to be part of a shoot for @woodmelbourne, you say YES BECK, OF COURSE BECK, gosh your hair looks nice today Beck :) Photo by @lisacohenphoto. Greenery from @glasshausnursery ;) Happy Saturday! Team DS. X #designstuff #bathroom #bathroomdesign" : designstuff_group - instagram"pretty is not the rent you pay to exist in the world as a woman", feminism, feminist quotes, equality, body positive quotes, bopo, body positivity

WILD☆

XOXO,
Mel

 

#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

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