Preggo Vibes 

It being that I’m practically 9 months pregnant, I’ve rediscovered my love for linen pants and loose shirts. I feel a little boheme in this look and not super edgy, but I imagine if I were to gather the strength to leave the house I’d throw on large, oversized black sunnies and killer wedges. None of that’s happening today, let’s be honest.

I’ll sashay around the house with a vacant longing-for-the-sea look on my face while I drink smooth move tea (#realtalk) and pray this baby comes soon.

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Today’s Look 

I can’t get away from doing a really glowy, natural look for my hair and beauty regime. I have a feeling it has something to do with that effervescent feeling that pregnancy can give you at times.

Here’s a list of beauty products I used today for this look!

1. Vitamin C oil

This will change your life. My skin is so soft and dewy it’s unbelievable.

2.L’Oreal Foundation

I mix mine with a dab of that Vitamin C oil to thin it out and give a more luminous finish. Since it’s so thin then I also use it on my eyelids instead of eyeshadow and a primer.

3. NYX illuminating stick

4. theBalm Hot Mama Blush

5. NYX Bronzer 

6. Your favorite lip balm, mascara and brow!

Remember to contour and you’ll get a breezy summer glow!

Preggo Blues – How To Spruce Up Your Style 

I’m currently 7-ish months pregnant. As a style lover (check out my Instagram – @theluxurie) living in the most tumultuous 7 months of my life thus far, in terms of my body drastically changing all the time, hasn’t just been hard to deal with, it’s been downright unpleasant at times.

Don’t get me wrong, the joy and privilege of carrying a little human hasn’t gone unnoticed. It’s special and exciting. But there are days when pulling on yet another pair of leggings with an oversized  sweater has me looking wistfully and my “other” wardrobe and dreaming of putting on that little high waisted denim skirt with the cropped blouse and some kitten heels.

I’ve had to fight somewhat hard to keep my sanity in and amongst all these changes at a time when I usually would’ve found some solace in my wardrobe, I now too don’t have that. Most days I feel frumpy, tired and super un-sexy. (My ladies have changed so much that I’ve resorted to wearing sports bras…this is sacriliage. I miss my little satin and lace lovelies!)

As a result, I’ve come up with a plan of action to assist my sanity, and by direct extension my husbands sanity, as he has to hear me quietly mutter at my ever growing bump and ever shrinking wardrobe options.

The keys to not feeling frumpy and unsexy in my book is then as such:

1. Build your inner confidence.

The first step is reminding yourself that you are creating possibly the most special and magical experience you’ll ever experience. Your body is growing a human. This surpasses any insecurity and thoughts of self-doubt and fear. You are a warrior! Pull yourself up by your bootstraps and get on with it.

2. Frequent pampering sessions.

This may seem small, but setting time aside once a week to fully pamper myself has been life saving. Doing full body exfoliations and baths, pedicures, manicures, face masks, you name it has not only made me love my crazy looking body more, but it gives me time to reflect. To reflect on my connection with my hubby, my new sweet baby, my new life. Taking time to soak it all in is all you need to manage this major transition smoothly. There’s also something about a good mani/pedi that just makes a girl feel put together.

3. Shoes.

Down to the details. I used to insist that I would never wear just sneakers or sandals when I was pregnant, but alas, it being winter, I’ve practically salivated over anything totally flat and boot like. However, the seasons are changing and I’m busting out my super cute kitten heels (an inch or two never hurt anyone) and am committing to commit. An adorable pair of shoes never did hurt a girls morale.

4. Accessories.

Fun accessories will be a life saver when all you can muster is a sweater and leggings. I’ve elevated my looks many a time by simply adding statement earrings or a bold handbag. You can also play with necklaces, bracelets and rings. Remember to have FUN. Minimalism be damned.

5. Outfits.

I refused to buy an entire wardrobe of maternity clothing simply because I knew I wouldn’t wear half of it for longer than two months. Instead I invested in two or 3 maternity jeans and pants, some super long tank tops and an abundance of sweaters from H&M’s Basics section. I’ve also managed to squeeze into some of my other sweaters, t-shirts, dress shirts, cotton dresses and leggings. The days that you get sick of wearing the same thing again are days to get creative! My low rise boyfriend jeans still fit through all this time so I wore those with a tee and kitten heels for a fun but semi polished look. Or belt a maxi cardigan over a dress or leggings to give yourself a figure. The options are not endless, but they do exist.

Remember to wake up in the morning, to put on a dab of mascara and lipstick, brush your hair and face the day. Doing these little things will help set the standard for what I’m assuming will be a crazy first few months. I’m preparing myself for sleepless nights, lots of throwing my hands in the air and deep breathing. But I know I can set myself up for success by creating healthy habits and routines now that are flexible enough for mommy-hood.

Let me know some things that you did as a new mom to help keep you sane!!

No Fear For the Fringe

Fringes, tassels, boho, 70’s glam, 90’s grunge, etc etc.. These have all been styles that’ve been around for a few years now. Our obsession with all things tassel reached fever pitch circa last year with women salivating over anything suede and fringed, but thankfully we’ve settled into a happy balance. Unless you’re a street style star or a insta-stylist it can be hard to style a fringed look without looking like a wash-up from last years Coachella trip, or a wild west woman who is really wild, and really west. It also may appear to be a challenge to grab, let’s say, a fringed hand bag, and worry that you’ll get severe stares at Target. But don’t fear the fringe. Embrace it.

Styling fun, spicy things can be an enjoyable experience, and it adds that certain pop to a look that takes it from here… to HERE. Knowing how to style fringed things will take you from “girl-next-door” to “Paris-here-I-come”, and getting those style basics down will ensure that you don’t suffer from buyers remorse when you see your garment or accessory hanging in the closet.

My general rules for styling fringe:

  1. Keep it simple, keep it sweet. Don’t over fringe. Keep it to one accessory or clothing piece.
  2. Keep it neutral. Let your tassel do the talking, and if it’s colorful, then keep the rest of the colors in your look muted.
  3. Elevate your look with elegant shoes. Try flat mules,heels or booties. I reserve a sneakers and tassel combination for the street style queen. She’s being photographed, whilst we on the other hand, are not.
  4. Rules are made to broken. Have fun!!

 

Check out some outfit ideas with the Barbara Bonner “Lilith”. It screams iconic fringed bag and makes for a great accessory.

 

How To Create Runway Style On A Budget

Isabel Marant is without a doubt one of my favorite designers. If I had to wear only one designer collection for a whole season, I’d easily pick hers. Her style evokes a sense of independence with a dash of playful whimsy. It’s the girl inside of all of us with the bones of a strong independent woman.

It can be tight on the purse, however, to purchase an entire Isabel Marant ensemble and an outfit (shoes, skirt, top) can easily set you back $1500 (yikes). I created an inspired outfit from her spring/summer 2015 collection. I might add that it’s pretty darn adorable, and all for the lower price of $158 (this includes the shirt, skirt and shoes and excludes the accessories).

Outfit 1

I balanced out the tassels and boho feel with a more modern pair of sunglasses to drag you back into the future and the simple black slip-ons are also a nice alternative to heels or ankle boots. They’re also super comfy and thankfully something that’s actually trending this season.

Statement earrings are a big thing this year and they add a very feminine vibe to any look. Think Dolce & Gabbana with their massive earrings that celebrate the femininity in all of us. And finally a suede bucket bag for the sake of suede.

Check it out! Does it work? Does it remind you mildly of an Isabel Marant inspired look? What would you have done differently? Comment below! Outfit details below.

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Cropped poncho top: American Eagle $68

Tasseled skirt: WhoWhatWear.com $58

Faux Leather slip on flats: Nelly.com $28

Suede bucket bag: warehouse.co.uk $62

Tasseled Earrings: HM.com $13

Rayban Sunglasses: glassesusa.com $190

Outfit 2

This all black look cost about $226 including the suede skirt (Mango), the tasseled top (Victorias Secret) and the lace up heels (Express). The key to inspired dressing is pay attention to the types of materials the designers used. Was it silky, super thick textured cottons with lots of woven detail, or lots of see through materials. What was the color palette and how did they style the items. Was it oversized, baggy or fitted. This way you can always mix and match pieces from other vendors and get a pretty great looking outfit. Outfit details are below.
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Top: Victoriassecret.com $70

Skirt: Mango $70

Heels: Express $88

Leather bucket bag: The LXR store $365

Leather tassel earrings: HM.com $13

Take Me Back To The Summer Of Love

Winged eyeliner is the animal that almost can’t be tamed, but it’s also the animal, that once tamed invokes a feeling of mysterious glamour. I love cat eyes for summer, with a relatively makeup free face, it reminds me of Brigette Bardot and her laid back style, even though she it seems like she never sacrificed her chic.

I had to buy emergency makeup since mine got lost so I had the ELF liner with me. (We recently moved to the UK). It worked alright but I’d definitely go back to getting something more solid. Benefit has a great waterproof liner that’s easy to apply.

The Norge Beautiful

Trevor Boyd, our beloved photographer and friend, whose worked with us many times, went on a trip recently to Norway to visit some friends.  There was no surprise at all, Trevor being who he is with his insatiable love for beauty and light,  when he came back from the trip, gushingly sending me pictures of beautiful people he’d stayed with and met at a camping trip.

Everything about Norway seems magical. The impeccable life-style that hearkens to a time when things were simpler, and when life moved at a pace that was steady and straightforward, with true steps, and beauty that was found, admonished and celebrated. Trevor’s snap shots reminded me of Earnest Hemingway’s line in A Moveable Feast where he says “We ate well and cheaply, and drank well and cheaply, and slept well and warm together and loved each other.” Maybe not in true context, but that feeling of living a simple, full, beautiful life. His pictures convey this feeling that every breathe taken, is taken with meaning. That there’s a reason for all this. This is the essence of style. Living beautifully, living well and living with meaning, and you’ll find that those with impeccable style and life-style would be the ones who’ve grasped this.

Here’s to a life lived well and full. Cheers.

The Norge Beautiful Campaign.

Check out Trevor’s work at trevorboydphotography.com

Models dressed by Bolger.no, us.topshop.com and H&M

Finally! The Pre-Winter Campaign!

A few weeks ago we did a photo shoot that seemed more like family time than an actual photo shoot.

The photographer, Trevor Boyd, had been wanting to do something using only natural lighting while maintaining the flawless look  that a studio would bring. We spent some time looking at different locations that had great lighting and finally settled on his friend’s place who also happened to be one of the models, Caleb. It has massive windows and a perfectly white living room. After settling on a time we decided we would shoot Meeks and Caleb and hopefully find more models along the way. Little did we know that they would come off the street in the shape of friends and friends of friends that  perchance would happen to stop by.

The first unexpected model to arrive on scene was Emily, who grew up in England and was here for school. She had heard through one of Caleb’s room mates that we were doing a shoot and wanted to hang out and be a spectator. At this point we had a few of those as friends would drop in to say hi and watch the process. Trev, Allie and I took one look at her, asked her what her name was and if she was free for the afternoon. With much excited bewilderment, she shakily said yes and  was thrown immediately into position with hair, makeup and a sweater. The rest with her is history. Trev couldn’t stop gaping at her and frankly neither could I. She was flawless and her innocence only added to her beauty. We couldn’t believe our luck, that this absolutely stunning girl just stumbled through the front door, and despite her nervousness, absolutely killed it in front of the camera.

Our next visitor were Trevs’ friends Jason and Lisa who stopped by to say their farewells. The two were headed back to LA after a weekend retreat in town. Once again, gaping ensued. Trev asked Jason if he had 5 minutes, those 5 minutes turned into about 3 hours of more gaping and shooting and exclamations on how amazing he was, and how ridiculous it was that everyone looked so good together. Again, it was perfect. Lisa yelled her two cents with eyes glued to her phone and gave much feedback and ideas. We couldn’t have done it without her. Meanwhile clothes were swapped in and out, closets were raided, clothes were shared and the corner of the living room started looking a little rambunctious.

As models posed and sweated it out in heavy sweaters and makeup, pizza was ordered and soda was drunk, loud music kept our pace going and our gorgeous hair and makeup girl, Mariah, gave haircuts wherever she could find a willing head, and I was willing. The girl knows how to cut hair. The beautiful Allie ran around fetching things and dressing people, steaming clothes and making sure everyone had anything they needed. She was a godsend.

After we wrapped up the day, shooting at the lake with the sun setting, we looked back on it with whimsy. We didn’t want it to end. New friendships were formed and etched forever in our minds, were the warmest and most affectionate memories.

We decided that the only way to do photo shoots, fashion, style, life was being family. And from here on out that’s the way it’ll be.

Enjoy some of the shots taken at Calebs’ house!

(Click on the first image to open the slideshow)