Thursday, October 30, 2014

Southwestern

Earrings, necklace, and sunnies: Sunset45





Cape: Fabrik Homewood
Ring: Camplandon 
Necklace: Sunset45
Leather cuff: Chivalry Menswear


I've always been slightly afraid around horses.. nervous that I might be trampled by one. But I faced my fear this weekend and had a blast with this sweet guy named Red. Even rode him!.. first time to ride a horse as an adult. The jewelry featured in this post is from my October Sunset45 little luxuries box. I love the southwestern vibe of the pieces, which include two necklaces, two sets of studs, a scarf, and essential oils. I'm also wearing sunglasses from a previous month's Sunset45 box. I've absolutely loved getting these boxes in the mail each month - such a fun little surprise, as I never know exactly what goodies will be inside. It seems like they keep getting better and better each month - def check them out. Birmingham and New Orleans based photographer Andrea Mabry shot these beautiful photos. Absolutely love. We had so much fun visiting this farm in Pinson and hanging with the amazingly hospitable owner of this horse, Sandra. 

Happy Thursday! 

x, M

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Never Let Your Gun Barrel Touch The Ground














This photo is cropped as so intentionally. I committed the sin of pointing the gun barrel down into the ground. Eek. Several guy friends immediately pointed that out to me when I showed them this set of gorge photos shot by Nicole Muro of Carnaggio Photography and TWYNblogBeing as experimental as I am with the blog, my ideas for shoots have led me to all kinds of interesting discoveries. In this case, how to hold a 12 gauge automatic and where not to point the gun barrel. I had never touched anything other than hand guns before this shoot, so it was fun using a shotgun, an M4, and a 12 gauge. I was definitely meant to work with Nicole on this. I wasn't sure how she was going to react to using guns for a shoot, but she was immediately on board, and brought this American beauty from her dad's gun store, TS Arms. I. love. this. gun. Allyson Varley of TWYNblog was also a part of this fun excursion. Such a blast! For me, the more the merrier on shoots. I love good company, and these ladies are the best. You must check out their fabulous lifestyle blog and follow them on Facebook and Insta!

x, M




Photos: Nicole Muro of Carnaggio Photography and TWYNblog | Bracelets: Geoffrey Scott | Necklace: Sunset45 | Shirt: From Gus Mayer | Gun: TS Arms
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Monday, October 27, 2014

Lumberjane





I'm really digging lumberjack influences for fall. I love classic red and black checked plaid. Buffalo plaid is the proper term, but I call it lumberjack plaid. : ) My talented friend and lifestyle photographer Kenwyn Alexander took these stunning photos. This shoot was such a blast. The last photo with the dogs makes me so warm - just love! Such a great moment.   

I must highlight the fabulous outerwear pieces I'm wearing, a Barbour cape and vest, which are both from Gus Mayer. The cape is absolutely adorable. I'm obsessed. And it's in one of my fave shades for fall, olive. The quilted vest is classic and fab. Every woman should have one in her closet for fall. It's super warm and can be dressed up or down. I was drawn to the black, but there are several new shades at Gus. They have a great selection of Barbour - definitely go check it out.  

As for the sunnies, my Round Grain pair by Triple Graces seemed like a natural choice for this post (bottom pair). One of my absolute faves! The shades I'm wearing in the first photo are by ZeroUV. As for the jewelry, I'm wearing my newest piece from Geoffrey Scott, the leather Hampton Bracelet. Love, love it! I also have on one of my Tulum beaded stretch bracelets. In the top photo, I am wearing a bar ring from one of my favorite Sunset 45 boxes. My jeans are from Fabrik in Homewood. 

The gorgeoussss shade of lipstick I'm wearing is one of Kismet Cosmetics' brand new fall colors, Vino. It's deep and rich - a must for this season. Let me know if you're interested in trying it, as I am a sales rep for Kismet. This longwear formula is $16 per tube.

Happy Monday!

x, M
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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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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Poolside



It's mid-October, yet it has felt hot like August in Alabama. This weekend, I plan to take advantage of the gorgeous weather we're still having and squeeze in another day poolside before it starts getting cooler. I will definitely be wearing one of my gorge Dar Be Dar swimsuits. I recently blogged about this swimwear line, designed by Tala Raasi, after my lake excursion at Oak Mountain State Park - see the full post here. I really love Tala's line - her suits are beautiful, and the price points are affordable. Definitely shop her Resort and Spring/Summer collections here and treat yourself to a new swimsuit for your trips and vacays this fall. In a couple of weeks I will be doing some traveling and will be bringing mine along. 

In this post, I'm wearing two of my favorite looks from Dar Be Dar's 2015 Spring/Summer collection. I absolutely love the one shoulder Love Affair style. Really sexy and different. I also love the ruffle trim on the Secret Getaway style. Both styles are quite flattering. I'm sporting my Chains by Lauren bracelets for both of these looks. I love her beach jewelry designs.

My talented photographer friend Weston Markwell took these lovely photos. We definitely stuck around the pool for the rest of the day after the shoot.

More Dar Be Dar love to come! Happy Tuesday!

x, M




Bracelets: Chains By Lauren


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Monday, October 13, 2014

Recap of Bromberg's Meet The Cutter Diamond Event, ft. Mike Botha



 I recently had the pleasure of attending a special diamond cutting event at Bromberg's, where I met master diamond cutter Mike Botha, who designed the stunning Sirius Star Diamond, carried at Bromberg's. Having worked in the industry since 1967, Mike is incredibly knowledgable - it was a treat getting a lesson in diamond cutting from the expert! I learned some interesting things about diamonds. For instance, the higher the number of facets does not necessarily mean the more sparkley the diamond. Mike explained that the placement of the facets is key and is what makes his Sirius Star design so special. "It's what the facets do to the light that makes a diamond beautiful", he explained. "With the Sirius shape, you see more brilliance and movement on the stone." The Sirius Star design, which I am wearing in the above photo, has 80 facets and is 2.591 cts (about $67,000). It's positively dazzling - my iPhone camera doesn't begin to do it justice. To demonstrate the beauty of the Sirius cut, Mike's son, Evert Botha, held a classic round diamond (about 56 facets) next to the Sirius, evincing its high sparkle factor. Aside from being great teachers, Mike and Evert are such nice guys - there passion for their craft is so evident. Definitely stop by Bromberg's to check out these gorgeous diamonds! You really must see these in person.

Happy Monday! 



x, M
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