I LOVE what I do. I love the women I meet, the creative art of styling, and continuing on with the positive message of loving yourself right where you are at. On top of it all, it is going well! Successful events, fantastic client base, why would I need to switch things up? Well... I had to examine why I was waking up exhausted, feeling our pace of life was unsustainable, and the breaking point for me, my relationship with my kids was suffering. "Is this worth it?" would come spilling out of my mouth at least once a month. You might be right there with me today. This update came as a bit of a surprise to me. After getting a nasty cold 3 weeks after I had another virus, I had a breakdown. Or as I like to call it, a "beautiful interruption" that is causing me to reassess my values and build them back into all aspects of my life.
After being sick, I took an intentional overnight alone to pray, journal, and dream. Although I can't share all of the details with you yet...I am SO grateful for that time away. It was precious and I was met with many profound revelations in such a short time. So now, it is time for me to step forward and align myself with those values. I have decided to take a summer sabbatical to focus on my family, nurture new dreams, and eat as many brats as humanly possible.
What has also been contributing to this "beautiful interruption" was our decision to move forward in pursuing the adoption of a 15 year old girl from Latvia. We had the privilege of hosting her over the month of December. Our home felt so empty when she had to return and we knew she was meant to be our first born. We have been up to our chins in home study paperwork and coordinating her return visit this summer. If you would like to follow our journey in pursuing adoption you can check out our Bringing Melisa Home page. Here is a video to summarize my heart in this next season...
One thing that I was trying to find words for in the video is how overwhelmingly encouraged I have been by you throughout my journey as a personal stylish. So many of you have spoken kind words that have propelled me forward, given me extremely valuable advise in my business, and some of you straight up told me I was worth more and I needed to raise my prices. How fortunate am I?!?
I love each and every one of you. Thank you for supporting me as I pour into my family in this next season. I am SO looking forward to where this journey takes us. I hope you enjoy each magical moment that comes your way this summer! xoxo
I truly hope that this title made you excitedly click to see what was in store for this month's blog post. I have been on a very personal journey the past 18 months of recognizing the impact that fast fashion is having on our world. Although this recognition has been heart wrenching, I have discovered that there are many solutions to the very real issues that are facing us as we learn to better care for the earth and ultimately the entire human race.
Personally, I was moved by the documentary The True Cost and I highly recommend giving it a watch. It removed the veil for me in regards to the fashion industry, in the same way that Food Inc. removed the veil for me in regards to the food industry...
So many people are affected by the fashion industry and watching The True Cost placed them right in front of me as if we were having dinner together. Beautiful human beings are being forced into a life of slavery, exposed to toxic amounts of chemicals, and much more. In addition to that, the fashion industry is now the world's second largest polluter.
Let's talk about what we can do...
If you aren't familiar with the term "capsule wardrobe", I would encourage you to explore the beauty & simplicity of this concept. In 2015, I shared my journey in creating my first capsule wardrobe. You can view and read more about my journey through the following links: A Capsule Wardrobe = Your Perfect Wardrobe, Capsule Wardrobe Part 1 - Defining Your Wardrobe, Capsule Wardrobe Part 2 - What To Keep & What To Let Go, Capsule Wardrobe Part 3 - My Summer Picks. Creating a capsule wardrobe is a great way to ensure you are purchasing intentionally and that your closet is only filled with items that you feel great in and that you absolutely love! It is the direction I am taking most of my clients these days.
This month's blog post picks are all classic pieces you would find in many women's wardrobes, but these pieces are "better". "Better" meaning they are produced in a more conscious way and fit into a combination of the following categories:
I hope this blog post has educated and encouraged you that together we can create big change in small ways. By purchasing more intentionally we can be a part of turning this around and showing the fashion industry what truly matters to us...
P.S. Another way I love to fight fast fashion is by shopping secondhand. My favorite local spot is Style Encore! I also love purchasing secondhand online through swap.com, eBay, poshmark, and tradesy. What are some ways you have committed or plan to commit to fighting fast fashion?
What if you were able to put an adorable outfit together and have it take as little thought and effort as slipping into yoga pants and an oversized tee? Sound as dreamy as 8 hours of sleep? I promise you, it is totally possible… it’s called the “Mommy Uniform” and I am going to show you how to get one. Time to hop over to my latest blog post on Madison Moms Blog called Get Dressed, Feel Good, Go Play - The Mommy Uniform where I'll be sharing how to make getting dressed as simple as…well… getting dressed. Ready? Click here...
Can you believe it's officially spring?! We're so looking forward to more sunshine & greener days ahead. As we all embrace this new season, let's take a moment to talk about this year's spring trends. We are so excited to share our favorite picks with you! There are dozens of fun trends this spring, but here are a few we're loving...
Delicate Details // Ruffles
Ruffles are popping up everywhere this spring & we are loving it! Ruffles are the ultimate feminine touch & oh so sophisticated. We think the pieces below are all so feminine, delicate, & sweet...
Romance Undone // Edgy Romantic
This spring trend will have you thinking outside the box this season. We are loving the combination of romantic & edgy. Think floral blouses with distressed denim. Or how about flowy, feminine dresses with moto jackets...
Fine Lines // Banker Stripes
These stripes may be inspired by Wall Street, but they are definitely designed with Fifth Avenue in mind...
Bright & Bold // Beach Towel Stripes
Bold, bright, & brilliantly textured, these stripes are a jolt of energy! They look like they have been taken straight from a beach towel...
Not So Mellow // 50 Shades Of Yellow
Don't think you can rock this cheery shade? Think again! This season there's an option out there for everyone, regardless of your skin tone...
Peek-A-Boo // Cold Shoulder
This trend may be called the "cold shoulder", but we're here to tell you it's anything but cold. We are seeing this trend everywhere this spring...
Well, that's a wrap lovelies... we have so enjoyed sharing our favorite spring trend pieces with you! Now it's your turn to share what spring trends you're loving. Be sure to comment below & let us know what you'll be rocking this spring.
P.S. What would you love to see in our next blog post? We want to know! xoxo
I am so excited to share with you that I was invited to join the Madison Moms Blog team as a contributor this year! Through out the year you can expect to receive all kinds of mommy-friendly fashion advice from me on their blog. My first post just launched & I have a feeling you're going to love this one! Are you a leggings lover like I am? Yeah? I kind of thought so, hop on over to the Madison Moms Blog & discover 5 Ways To Style Your Black Leggings today! This post contains a vlog, where I cover many topics surrounding leggings, such as answering the big question “Are leggings considered pants?”, as well as the secret to feeling great in your leggings 100% of the time. So, hop on over through the link below & discover 5 new ways to style your leggings & how to rock them with total confidence every time! Ready? Click here...
First things first, a message for my lovely readers...
I mean and stand behind every word of this blog title. I am so sick of magazine covers that say "Get Your Swimsuit Body in Only 5 Weeks!" or "How She Lost 20lbs. & Got Her Bikini Body..." The truth is, you have a swimsuit body right now and I will go even further and say you have a beautiful bikini body too. I can even give you the formula to achieve these goals:
Take one part your body + one part swimsuit = the perfect swimsuit body.
So do me a favor when you are in the Target checkout line and turn all that crap around.
Before we dive in, there are a few things I would like to address. This might not be the case for all of you, but I do find some resistance in swimsuit shopping from clients I work with (myself included).
My intention in creating this blog post is to make the process of finding a swimsuit actually enjoyable.
First, we need to learn to love and accept our bodies as they are and choose to accentuate our best features. Secondly, we can choose pieces that de-emphasize the areas we find challenging.
When we get hung up on the second, repeat the first as many times as you need to.
Please remember these tips when shopping for your swimsuit:
Swimsuits look way different out at a beach or poolside in natural light. We tend to pick ourselves a part under the harsh florescent lighting of a department store counting our cellulite. Stop it! In that same breath, the tag size doesn't matter! Always fit the most voluptuous part of you comfortably. With thousands of tops and bottoms to choose from, there are flattering options out there for you and your specific needs. In my opinion, a swimsuit is a "splurge" item. How often do you leave your house in your underwear? You need to feel confident and sexy. Don't cheat yourself.
If you have slimmer arms, legs, or hips but a curvy upper body, the swimwear below will help draw attention to your best assets by creating a waist and supporting your bust.
If you are looking to accentuate your bust and camouflage your tummy, these next swimsuits will be helpful in giving you a lovely silhouette.
If your body has little curve and you would like more of an hourglass shape, these swim suits will help you achieve that.
The hips on this suit are ruched which is super flattering and softening. I love that you can choose to cross the neck or leave it u-shape. It is also gorgeous in Black.
This bikini is making your curves work for you by accentuating an hourglass shape. The top wrap part of the bottoms are highlighting the smallest part of the natural waist while the rest gently sits on the hips. Available in sizes 4-24!
Tie bottoms are super flattering on the hips because you have control over how tight to tie them. No digging or cutting into your hips.
I love this pattern and the sporty vibe neckline. I would say this is best for smaller busts.
This wide band style is gentle on the hips, no hard seams prevents digging.
These are a great option is you prefer solid black bottoms.
This one piece is great if you are looking to draw attention upwards and away from your bottom half. Because of the beautiful off the shoulder design, it naturally draws your attention upwards.
This sporty style top would be adorable paired with Black bottoms. Again, we want to draw attention upwards and balance out the booty with a solid color.
The striped print along with the addition of underwire will draw attention up to your lovely face. This is a great nautical and super classic bikini top.
These solid navy bikini bottoms are great for your bum! They work together with the stripe top to balance and draw attention upwards.
The mesh with the chevron inspired pattern gives this suit an edgy and contemporary vibe. Drawing attention upwards with the pattern and creating a focal point at the waist is a great way to create balance.