Melissa's Sweet Style

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Sweet Valentine



Hey dolls!  It's almost Valentine's Day!  

I didn't have a chance to do an inspired outfit, but I wanted to share a few looks to give you some ideas for that night out with your love.
 
All of these looks will be from some of my favorite stores and of course on a budget!   For a day look, I like to keep it simple but always chic.  Jeans are always a good idea and can be dressed up or down but if you don't want to do jeans, go for a fun pant.  I found these cropped beauties at Forever 21 and I'm obsessed! 
 
(all pieces are from Forever 21 )

You can pair these pants with these pieces for a fun and festive day look.


For a Valentine's night look, I would want to dress up a little.  Personally, I would probably still do a pant, but for my skirt and dress loving fashionistas, here is my pick....

Since it's Valentine's night, we want to sex it up a little.  Nothing says sexy like red lace!  This Lulu's dress is not only stunning but classy.  And ladies, we want to be sexy but always classy!

(all pieces are from Lulus)



I added a faux fur jacket because, why not?!  Strappy heels and a simple bracelet, ties the entire look together.  I know there's a lot of red here, but I love it for Valentine's.  If you don't, that's ok....all my picks come in other colors.  I just don't really wear a lot of red, so I kinda overload for V-day. 

Wishing you all a hot and steamy Valentine's Day filled with lots of love and of course, CHOCOLATE!  


Monday, February 1, 2016

Winter Pastels







Kimono {c/o}: Wool Blend Plaid Kimono Style Jacket | Jeans {c/o}: Hudson 



Hey dolls!  Happy Monday!  FINALLY, a new post!  Who says you can't wear pastels in the winter season?!   If the winter blues has you wearing grey and black on repeat, change it up!  Soft pink and baby blues are trending everywhere.  Pantene even chose these 2 colors as the colors for 2016!  Don't shy away from light colors, try a clutch or a belt for a subtle pop!

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

"Curls" with nuNAAT Beauty!

 

Hey loves!  Happy New Year!  
I hope you guys had an amazing holiday season.  It's time to get 2016 rollin!   

This is my first post of the year, and it's all about HAIR!  

I know it's been a month since my last post but, I'm sure you all know that I've gone natural (7 months.)  I finally went and got a "real" curly girl haircut at 5 Salon Spa in Freehold, NJ with Ona.  She was amazing and gave me lots of advice on keeping my hair moisturized and healthy.  

I think the word "natural" means different things for different people, but for me it meant staying away from all heat for at least a year.  It also meant that I would have to use natural products that are sulfates, parabens, & silicone free.  These unnatural chemicals aren't good for any type of hair, but are especially damaging on your curls.

nuNAAT sent me their "Real Me' collection and I was so excited to try it!  nuNAAT uses some of the finest ingredients on their products.  They carefully crafted their line with the belief that with the right combination of natural ingredients, everyone can have great hair!


I instantly fell in love with the blast of shine hair mask.  Weekly deep conditioners/masks are so important for the health of your hair.  I always apply it to clean hair, and I use a plastic cap to keep all the moisture and heat in.  You only have to keep it in for 15-20 minutes, but I like to leave it in for at least a half hour.  The longer, the better.



Blast of Shine Hair Mask

I saw such a difference in my curl pattern with just one use of this mask.  My hair felt super soft and my curls were so defined even without product.  


Natural Curl Activator - Perfect Do Pomade
After my hair was washed and conditioned, I applied my leave-in conditioner and then I used the the natural curl activator.  This curl activator had my curls poppin!  It keeps your hair hydrated, not crunchy and frizz-free.


After applying the products, I like to air dry but with it being January and freezing, I usually diffuse.  My best advice for diffusing is to use cold air.  If your using heat, that's not good and can make your curls frizzy. I also don't diffuse to dry my hair, I always leave it a little damp.  Air drying is always best!


After diffusing for about 30 minutes, I added some of the pomade to my edges to keep them down.  If I had to choose just one of the products from this line, it would be the mask.  It made my curls super defined and it smells amazing!


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Friday, December 11, 2015

Knits & Rips




 
 
 
Sweater: Macy's | Jeans: Target | Booties & Handbag: Kohl's | Bracelet: Kendra Scott
 
 
 
Happy Friday! 
 
Excited to start my Christmas shopping this weekend.  Have you all started? 
 
I'm always that late shopper, hoping to get lots done this weekend.  I probably won't since my holiday office party is on Sunday.  I do have Monday off so maybe I can get some shopping done then, fingers crossed!
 
Another beautiful day means I'm living in knits and rips! 
 
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
 
xo xo
Mel
 
 
 

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

A little bit of everything...



 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Turtleneck: H&M |  Jeans: Hudson |  Leopard Booties, Fringe Cardi, & Handbag: Target
 

 
 
December is officially here!  It surely doesn't feel like it.  The weather here in NJ has been glorious!  Sunny and high 60's, this fall has been amazing!  
 
I wore this outfit for a little holiday shopping over the weekend.  I'm literally wearing some of my favorite fall pieces.  Turtlenecks, high waist jeans, leopard booties, long cardigans & fringe!!! 
 
I have so many long cardi's in my closet and I love experimenting with different ways of styling them.  If you have a cardigan like this one that is short sleeve, add a turtleneck to fall it up!  It's that easy!  Now lets hope the weather stays this nice! 
 
Have a great day!
 
xo xo
 
Mel

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Knits, Fur, & Polka Dots


 
 
 
 
 
 
 Necklace: Mandee | Sweater & Vest: H&M | Skirt & Handbag: Old Navy | Tights: Hue | Booties: Target
 

 
 
Knits, fur, & little polka = the perfect fall outfit!  
 
I know I sound like a broken record but it's soooooo true!  Fall is the season for layering!  Not only does it keep you warm, but layering can take your outfit to the next level. 
 
Add a pair of killer boots, or maybe a hat and your set to take on fall like a pro!
 
 
 xo xo
 
Mel
 
 

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Graffiti Gold Pop Up




 
 
Hey dolls!  Happy November!
 
So excited to announce Graffiti & Gold 's very first pop up shop in collaboration with the fabulous Tia's Place Boutique located in Jersey City, NJ on Thursday Nov. 5th at 6pm!
 
Come out for a girls night filled with fashion, makeup, and of course SHOPPING!
 
I'll be there hosting along with blogger bestie and designer, Bayann from Bay's Style Diary.  So proud of my girl!   
 
Come meet me, and lets get our shop on!
 
xo xo
Mel
 
 


Thursday, October 22, 2015

TREND REPORT: Fringe!





 
 
 
Top: 10 Spot | Jeans: c/o SCHOEN by YU Denim | Fringe Booties: Women's Feliz Fringe Ankle Boots - Cognac
 
 
Fringe obsessed?!  Duh!
 
Fringe was seen everywhere from the runway, to the red carpet, and on everything from bags, jackets, skirts, and of course boots.  If your not rocking it yet, you will be. 
 
Not obsessed like I am, my best advice is start with one piece.  Maybe a handbag, a poncho, or booties like the ones I'm wearing.  They are the perfect fringe addition without going overboard.  I scored these at Target for only $23!  A perfect way to embrace a new trend without spending a fortune. 
 
Happy shopping!
 
xo xo
Mel