Thursday, September 18, 2014

Mint Vespa

A lot of excitement happening in my life right now : ). I am feeling thankful and incredibly blessed. I have just recently become the first blogger sales rep for Kismet Cosmetics (AH-hem, boutiques and department stores ; ), and I am absolutely thrilled to be working with Caitlin Picou, who created the brand, which I've gotten to know over the past year. Those of you who have been following me know how much I love Kismet's lipsticks and instant bronzer. You'll find me wearing them in a lot of my Instagram and blog posts. 

In this post, I am excited to be sporting one of Kismet's brand new shades of lipstick, Empower. Such a pretty and flattering pink! As I've said before, Kismet is my marathon lipstick - it stays put all day, yet it is not drying at all. I also have the Instant Bronzing lotion on my legs. This bronzer is a MUST because it has a faint gleam in it that makes legs look more toned. The scent is also really nice - very subtle and beachy - not your typical tanner fragrance. You will not find me in shorts or a skirt without this bronzer.  

Now about these photos... Birmingham based photographer and new friend Megan Forehand shot these lovely images. Megan is good! One of the toughest times I've ever had narrowing down my fave photos. Just love these! And how adorable is this mint Vespa?! My friend, Derek, who I work with kindly lent it for this shoot. Best prop ever! 

The beautiful bracelet I'm wearing on my right wrist is a Jordan Alexander design, (black leather and 14K white gold and diamond roundel bracelet with toggle clasp, $850). I absolutely love this piece, which the Jordan Alexander store in Mountain Brook kindly let me wear for the shoot. You'll want to peruse the gorgeous jewelry and home designs here, and if you're local, definitely stop by the store. I also got to play with a couple of stunning necklaces, both brand new designs, which I will be showing you in an upcoming post.

For those of you interested in getting a Kismet lipstick or bronzer, please send me a message! Happy Thursday! : ) 

x, M

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Track Chic

I'm becoming increasingly obsessed with athletic wear. Now is an exciting time to shop for work out threads as there are more options than ever - and more importantly, more interesting options, like the glossy black Koral leggings I'm sporting in this post, which mimic leather. So long, boring gymwear. I recently splurged on a couple of looks by Koral - the Lustrous Leggings and matching Sports Bra, worn underneath a Nike tank top, in my first look. For my second look, I'm wearing Koral's Oasis Sports Bra and Leggings. I love the wild print. A good friend of mine pointed out to me that it looks like one of those old magic eyes puzzles. It really does! As for fit, I prefer the printed pants, which are a little thicker and seem to offer more coverage/security than the black pair. Both of the sports bras are fantastic. The back of the shiny black one is really hot. Since I'm wearing a tank top over it, it's hard to see it here. Stay tuned though for a back view in a separate activewear post : ). My shoes are the Nike Free 5.0 style. I like them a lot. 

I had a blast collaborating with Birmingham based photographer Eric Gray on this shoot. This is my second time to work with Eric, and I am sooo pleased with how these photos turned out! The active element made the shoot especially fun. Love these!

By the way, I am one of those girly girls who wears lipstick while working out. Here, I have on a brand new shade by Kismet Cosmetics that I am obsessed with, Empower. It's a super flattering shade of pink. I'm now a sales rep for Kismet, so if you're interested in ordering a lipstick, please send me a message. ; ) 

x, M

Photos: Eric Gray Photography | Lipstick: Kismet Cosmetics Velvet Collection Lipstick in Empower
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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Fall Fashion Highlights at Gus Mayer

I recently had the pleasure of attending a fall fashion preview event at Gus Mayer, featuring top looks and trends for now and the coming months. Leather, fringe, and decay were the pervading elements and make for a combo that's irresistible, effortless cool. Gorgeous, gorgeous clothes - you will surely want to stop in the store to peruse. I was introduced to several labels that are new to me, and quite fabulous, that I wanted to give you the scoop on in this post. I apologize for the iPhone snaps. While shopping at Gus yesterday, I just had to try on a few of the looks featured at the fall preview. I picked up a few items not pictured in this post, that I will show you in a separate blog post : ). 

I'll start with the first look, which is my favorite. The top is by Hero Crane, one of the labels I became acquainted with at the event. I love the beautiful draping detail in the front. Looking at this photo now, I am asking myself why I did not also purchase it. So lovely. The olive cardi is by Benjamin Jay. I love the leather detail on the sleeves. The jeans are by Blank NYC. 

Following this look, the gray top is another design by Benjamin Jay. I love the decayed, slubbed look of the column that cascades down the back. Very cool. I'm wearing it with Hudson jeans here. A colored leather pant - maroon or dark green - would also look amazing with it. The decay-effect shirt and skirt combo, pictured below is also by Benjamin Jay. I am obsessed with this look - sadly the skirt is too short for me. 

The next look is by Show Me Your Mumu. I adore the long fringe on the top piece. It is quite versatile and would work for a lot of different occasions. And these Mumu bell bottoms are just hot. 

Last, I have on a 360 Sweater skull cashmere pullover, paired again with the Blank NYC jeans. I've had a thing for skulls long before they started becoming popular, so I think that's why I'm drawn to this look. It's deliciously soft - kind of easy to fall for once you put it on.

Head to Gus Mayer this Tuesday for tax-free shopping all day, as they partner to raise money for the Greater Humane Society. Click here to read more details about the Girl's Night Out event, which is from 4-8:00PM. 

x, M

Gold Hexagon bangles: Chloe and Isabel | Silver and gold Lila bangles: Shals | Shoes: Coach | Lipstick: Kismet Cosmetics Velvet collection Lipstick in Orchid Haze
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