Wednesday, October 22, 2014

80 Pops

I have always been more of an ice cream person than a popsicle person, but I've just hopped onto the popsicle bandwagon. I recently had the pleasure of collaborating with 80 Pops, whose delish creamy and fruity frozen confections have changed my mind. I found out about 80 Pops through the talented photographer I worked with on this shoot, Megan Forehand, who captured these stunning shots. The shoot was an absolute blast. I met with 80 Pops founder and CEO, Brian Robinson, who filled me in on his popsicle enterprise and let me sample a handful of fun flavors. He kindly gave me a tour of his restoration shop, where he keeps the 80 Pops vehicles, all old trucks and vans he restores, and uses to transport and sell popsicles across Birmingham. 

Before meeting Brian, I scanned the robust menu of options on the 80 Pops website. Of all 80 flavors, there was one in particular that piqued my interest: Sweet CornSooo good! It somehow tastes Southern. (Coconut lovers, you will like the texture of this pop). Every popsicle is made of all natural ingredients. Brian consulted award winning chef Chris Hastings of Hot and Hot Fish Club to create recipes for the pops. I also tried Sweet TeaMango Habanero CheesecakeRaspberry Basil, and Peanut Butter -- all fabulous. The pops are $3 a piece. You must give them a try if you live in Birmingham! Absolutely amazing. 

As for my outfit.. I'm dripping in some of my favorite Geoffrey Scott pieces. The necklace is my absolute fave. It is a piece that he custom designed for me. So very special! : ) I love the tribal vibe. It's a unique look that I think is really hot. On my right wrist, I'm wearing my Geoffrey Scott Tulum beaded stretch bracelets, and on my left wrist, I have on his Bora Bora design with freshwater pearls. I love the earthy vibe of the jewelry paired with my fave pair of olive Coach heels. The nail art is from Sunset 45

Follow 80 Pops on Facebook and Instagram for details on where the Pops trucks will be around town.

Happy Wednesday!

x, M

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Monday, October 20, 2014

The Great Outdoors

I have always been a girly girl, but I love the outdoors. Camping, mountain hiking, a weekend at the hunting camp– sign me up. I will pack too much and bring too many bags and still put on a full face of makeup – that’s just me. But I’m an adventurous spirit and love being outside. And as much as I love fashion and getting dressed up, wearing flannel and boots is my favorite way to dress. I would live in these Tretorn boots if I could. All of this inspired me to do a great outdoors series, which I am hugely excited about! This post kicks off the series. These gorgeous photos were shot by talented photographer and friend of mine, Nicole Muro, whose business is Carnaggio Photography. Nicole shot two other posts which will be part of this beautiful series - she's fantastic! I can't wait to share them!

 The plaid shirt I'm wearing is by Rails, which I recently picked up from Gus Mayer. I love the dolman sleeve and the fabric's ultra soft texture. I paired my Geoffrey Scott Tulum beaded stretch bracelets and my Sunset 45 necklace with it. I bring my jewelry with me to the woods. 

x, M

Photos: Nicole Muro
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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Slashed Denim + Laylon's First Ever GIVEAWAY!

 This is a very special post, as I am excited to announce Laylon's first giveaway! Fab'rik boutique in Homewood will be kindly giving away a new pair of jeans to one of my lucky followers. The distressed pair I'm wearing in this post are by Flying Monkey, which I picked up at a blogger dinner that Fab'rik recently hosted. Love the little slashes above the knees!  Fab'rik has a pretty amazing selection of jeans (and lots of distressed denim!). They kindly gave me a pair of Seven skinny jeans (coming up in a separate post) which have distressed touches but are still work appropriate (no skin peeking through). This pair and my Flying Monkey's are two of my most reached for pairs of denim in my closet. Definitely swing by Fab'rik to peruse the denim. You won't be disappointed. They offer a nice variety of price points. The Flying Monkey pair I'm wearing here is less than $100. This fab Aztec cape is also from Fab'rik

 To enter the jeans giveaway:

1) Follow me on Instagram: @LaylonBeauty 

2) Like my page on Facebook: Laylon 

3) Follow Fabrik on Instagram: @FabrikHomewood

4) Leave a comment on this blog post to let me know you have entered the contest. 

The giveaway ends on Wednesday Oct. 22 at 10:00PM CST, and a winner will be randomly selected. I will notify the winner by Oct. 25, who will be able to select a pair of denim by Flying Monkey, Spanx, or Fabr'rik ($100 value). Those of you who live out of state can still participate! If selected, I will choose a fab pair of denim for you and send to you (you just pay for shipping).

These lovely photos were captured by Birmingham based Mary Catherine Fehr, who is always a pleasure to work with.

Happy Wednesday!
x, M

Photos: Mary Catherine Fehr | Necklace: Anne Conway of Alabama Funk | Tulum beaded stretch bracelets: Geoffrey Scott | Gold hexagon bangle: Chloe and Isabel courtesy of Anna Lisa Ciaccio | Nail art: Sunset 45
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