Visiting Conversation Pieces

October 9th, 2014 | Posted in Personal by Meli

So something pretty special happened while I was visiting California this past week. I was able to sync up with a lot of my west coast friends, but I had one special visit in particular. As you all know, I’ve worked with the small boutique, Conversation Pieces, for some time now. They have been my longest partnership and I have really built a great friendship with the shop’s owner, Audrey. She has always been such an inspiration to me to live your dream and never, ever give up. Despite so much adversity, she looks at life through rose-colored glasses and that is something I admire so much. On this trip, I was finally able to meet her, Angel and see Conversation Pieces in real life!

Audrey was able to meet my hubby, we went to brunch at an adorable cafe nearby and I was able to shop to my little heart’s content in one of the cutest boutiques I’ve ever walked into. It was so great to see everything that Audrey worked so hard to make a reality, and of course, to give her a very big real life hug. I really wish we lived closer so this could be more of a frequent occurrence!

For all of you in the Southern California area, definitely make sure to check out Conversation Pieces’ storefront and make sure to tell Audrey that Meli sent you! I can’t wait to show you all the goodies I picked up!

1150 E Wardlow Road
Long Beach, CA 90807


 

What I Wore: San Francisco

October 8th, 2014 | Posted in Fashion by Meli

For those of you that don’t know, my laptop was stolen (along with my husband’s) while we were on vacation last week. It was not a good way to start our trip in San Francisco, and unfortunately, these photos were taken as our car was being smashed and grabbed. However, we tried to make the best out of it and rolled with the punches. I have a new Macbook Air and am ready to blog, blog, blog again!

In case you can’t tell, San Francisco is just a bit windy, especially from the top of Twin Peaks, which is where these photos were taken. Thankfully I wore the right outfit to brave it – you can never go wrong with a tucked in blouse and skinnies! I was actually proud of myself for putting together this outfit as I usually don’t go so dark and basic, but I loved the result. I also think the pop of red on my lips paired with my red shades really pulled the look together and gave it that extra omph.

Blouse; c/o Conversation Pieces
Jeans; Forever 21 {similar}
Hat; Forever 21 {similar}
Shades; Gap {similar}
Necklace; The Limited {similar}
Kicks; Forever 21 {similar}

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What I Wore: I’m On A Boat!

July 19th, 2014 | Posted in Fashion, Local by Meli

Remember these pretty great shorts? Well, here’s my second way to style them! Being that my first Miami Swim Week event was atop a yacht, I figured I should dress the part! I picked a vibrant top that would complement the nautical basic. Pair it with some bright and fun accessories, like my shades and earrings, and you have the perfect summer brunch outfit. Something that really makes this outfit pop? The open back cutouts (& my awesome, yet peeling, tattoo)!

Special thanks to Netty of The Fashionable ESQ for taking these shots for me!

Top; c/o Conversation Pieces
Shorts; c/o Conversation Pieces
Wedges; Go Jane {similar}
Shades; H&M {old}
Earrings; c/o Love Juliet
Cuff; BCBGeneration via Nordstrom Rack
Headband; Forever 21 {similar}
Bag; Betsey Johnson via Marshalls
(Don’t forget my free shipping promo code: MELIFICENT)

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What I Wore: Cruel Summer

July 15th, 2014 | Posted in Fashion by Meli


This summer has been a particularly cruel one in South Florida. We have been getting nasty storms nearly every day, which have been impeding on our sunshine state activities. In between thunderstorms, the humidity has been off the charts and our mosquitoes clearly have a ruthless agenda against all mankind. In a nutshell: stay indoors.

Thankfully this past weekend gave us some sort of respite, and I was actually able to enjoy my pool for the first time this summer (sacrilegious). I was also able to take these photos without fearing an impeding storm, but it was still quite steamy. To fight the unbearable heat, sometimes you just gotta go basic. I can already tell this tee is going to be a summer staple. It’s light, so incredibly soft and in an amazing Miami color. It also gives you the ability to rock the half-tuck, which is my new favorite. It really highlights your silhouette while still remaining casual. Win/win? Yes.

Tee; c/o Conversation Pieces (use promo code, MELIFICENT, for free shipping!)
Jeans; Levis
Headband; Forever 21
Bangles; Assorted
Purse; Victoria’s Secret
Necklace; PetiteCo
Shoes;
Jane.com {similar}
Shades;
Charming Charlie {similar}
Nails
; I Heart NailArt by Gena

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What I Wore: Pool Side

June 23rd, 2014 | Posted in Fashion by Meli

I hope all of you enjoyed the first official weekend of Summer! I got to spend some quality time with friends I haven’t seen in a bit, and then had brunch with the hubs at a local hot spot. I ended it with a 2-hour float in my pool, where I promptly fell asleep (don’t worry, sunblock was applied). Overall, a pretty successful weekend.

Since it was our first taste of Summer, I had to don the unofficial uniform: the maxi dress! Who doesn’t love a good maxi? They make you look classy and stylish, yet feel like an adult pajama. This one especially is so soft, and I love that its tie dye color scheme compliments my swimming pool. It was meant to be.

Dress; c/o Conversation Pieces
Sandals; Payless
Necklace; gifted
Earrings; Forever 21 {similar}
Dragon cuff; eBay
Sunglasses; Charming Charlie {similar}

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