Sunday, July 17, 2016

Historic Jamestown, Yorktown and Williamsburg...

Hello from the road, we are cruising south on I-95 back to Florida. We left Williamsburg area in VA this morning and are currently in SC. We will be stopping to rest in Georgia for the evening and be back home tomorrow evening. 

Here are some more outfit posts from my week and weekend. It was really hard for me to leave my family. I kept it together unlike my last visit till we left, but once we hit the first rest stop I broke down. Since losing my father fifteen years ago I get super emotional to see any of his side of the families relatives.  It's hard to not have a large family, I have always wanted a large family and to be able to celebrate holidays with them but the family I do have is spread out across the country and in other countries that I have yet to meet.  

Now to my vacation outfits and some fun sight seeing shots. 


Sunset off the James River on the ferry back towards Williamsburg, VA area. It was amazing. We lucked out on this trip with seeing some amazing sunsets like when we went to the Liberty University Snow-flex Mountain to ride their tubes and happened to be there right when the sunset behind the Blue Ridge Mountains. Then we watched the sunset on the ferry boat ride back from Smithfield and Surry.





Wore my Silver Jeans frayed bottom shorts with my racer back thin strap O'neill women's tank. Ettika chokers are the Lucia from FreePeople.com, also available in stores. The turquoise and gold Surprise you still choker I won on IG which led to them contacting me to b a part of their review team. It made my month since I had been dealing with the mean girl copying, lying, stealing and stalking my social media, had been told she was saying I posted horrible content so when they contacted me to see if I wanted to join their team I was honored. It always feels good to see that others enjoy my posts. I didn't get to over 20k followers on social media posting garbage or to clear up some other lies I have heard have been told, I have never bought ANY of my followers on IG. I like, comment and follow others daily working hard to build my following, run contests, promotions, have this blog and have been featured on many other pages and blogs. 


Friday I'm in love tee by Everfitte with my caged black bra top, and then paired it with my Silver Jeans Co shorts. Choker is the new Stacked Star choker in black and gold by Ettika, available at FreePeople.com and in stores also. 


My Wanderer Bracelet stack with their anchor wrap, infinity and Shaka bracelets. You can use my code Melissa10 for 10% off your order and help support local Bali artisans. 


One of the many stops on our adventure this day was the glass blowing exhibit and house. Amazing to see how they came up with the idea to make glass then watch them make it right in front of us. 


Pocahontas statue at the Historic Jamestown. Amazing site and love how it is right next to the water of the James River. 


Pam & Gela bubblegum graphic tank paired with my Silver Jeans Co boyfriend jeans. Also you can see my Mermaid Tail bracelet by Wanderer Bracelets. 


Wanderer bracelets are my newest brand to be working with as a brand ambassador/rep and absolutely love this brand. I love the many styles and how detailed each piece is. The charms are carved from sustainable water buffalo bone in huts in Bali. Every purchase tog make secures jobs for local Bali artisans. As mentioned above you can use my code Melissa10 to save 10% off your purchase. Check back in some of my prior posts and also on my social media accounts for more photos of the many styles I own, and then their site www.wandererbracelets.com for more styles and designs. 


Those of you who have followed me on my blog or social media know I have been an ambassador for Silver Jeans Co for over a year now and before that have always been a loyal Silver Jeans Co wearer. Over two decades of amazing quality and fit jeans led to me becoming an ambassador for this amazing brand. I love to be able to support and share brands I wear and have worn for many years. I will have a full post soon with more of my favorite styles with multiple photos of the styles on. Keep an eye out. 

Another brand I have been wearing for a few years and tagging is Pam & Gela. I think many of you know that Pam and Gela started Juicy Couture, back in my late high school years and early twenties Juicy couture was one of my favorite brands for handbags and velour sweat suits as I aged I of course outgrew the brand but did still purchase a few items for my children similar to the styles I wore in my late teens and early twenties. Years later they released their book about how they reached their success and of course they had released a new brand. First the had Skaist Levy which I have a couple shirts, pants and a dress from then they came out with their Pam & Gela brand which I was totally in love with, being a graphic tee and tank lover I was instantly obsessed with their line of graphic tops with fun quirky sayings, detailed graphics with rhinestones, studs and distressed tees. Its like their brands grew with me and as I matured and my style changed their styles changed, I was thrilled. Not having a huge budget for fashion I spent hours searching for sales or even pieces on eBay, I have since managed to grow my collection. My husband knows my favorite brands and he knows I work to grow my knowledge in fashion and design but also to save money to support my love of fashion and decor. I have been blessed to find many amazing sales and pre owned pieces online. I have splurged a few times around my birthday or holidays on full retail priced items but u won't lie to y'all I usually am shopping clearance sales, sample sales, end of season clearances, and eBay. I have scored many of my most coveted pieces on eBay. 


Yorktown Victory Center statue in entry. 


Beautiful Church inside Colonial Williamsburg VA. This church is still open for worship after being in this location for many decades. It is the original location and foundation but the interior has been changed many times over the decades. 


One of my first visits to Williamsburg was a few years into having my Nikon camera and the beginning of my love of photography being revived. That trip I photographed everything from buildings, statutes and small details. One thing I took lots of photos of was the old locks. They are all amazing and have such great details. If you look back a couple of years ago on my blog you will see macro shots along with other photos of my trip to VA. 


While in Williamsburg I found this Buffalo nickel charm bracelet that matches perfectly with my collection of Alex and Ani bracelets. This day I was wearing gold tone bracelets but love to mix and match metals. My gold tone bracelets include the compass, Godspeed, scarab beetle and the addition of my newest Indian and buffalo nickel bracelet. 


Yesterday I did a double arm stack wearing some of my favorite silver Alex and Ani bracelets. My left stack is starting from the top with the Wings of change charity by design, Hand of Fatima, feather charm, full feather bracelet, and my initial M charm. 


My right stack with my birthstone, the peridot for August, the painted feather, butterfly UNICEF and my new Buffalo nickel charm bracelet. Love to stack different metals, bracelets and styles daily. 


My graphic tank is by Chaser Brand, Big Dreams & Late Nights & Good Music. Jeans are a favorite of mine by Silver Jeans Co, I rolled these up for a cropped Capri look. 


Bracelets are my Alex and Ani charm bracelets. 


Here is a side view of one of my favorite style Silver Jeans Co. Love ripped and distressed jeans I use to buy my jeans and distress them all but back over a decade ago when distressed jeans weren't in style and all over I had found my Silver Jeans Co Tuesday low boot cut jeans that were super distressed. I had owned many other Silver jeans over the years but that style sold me and then made me a dedicated fan of this brand. I still have those jeans. I bought them in several sizes since I fluctuate in size often, also some days I like a looser fit then other days I like a tight fit. These were before boyfriend jeans were made and I enjoyed the baggy feel that now we can find in the boyfriend fit. 


Here you can see how they have darker denim patches to reinforce the holes along with some sewn on patches of darker denim. I love how Silver Jeans Co distresses their jeans. You can find lace, patterned fabrics, denim and other patches under holes, reinforced sewn areas around holes that don't have a patch under so the holes don't get too big. I know I love a good broken in pair of distressed jeans and let me tell you these jeans only get better with time. Again I own so many pairs that have been in my closet for up to twenty years, and as recent as last week. My collection is huge and any sale they have I make sure to stock up on my favorite styles. I will again be doing a post with photos of my favorite styles over the passed two decades as well as showing how well these jeans have held up over the years in comparison to other brands. I have been working on a detailed post but it has taken me some time to photograph every style and fit to show. I will also go over some sizing tips and some other tips for distressing jeans, cutting jeans to shorts, tips for rolling regular jeans for cropped look and what to look for in a seamstress if you are shorter and need to have your jeans altered. I know for years I never used a seamstress but after reading an article about having your more expensive brand jeans altered to fit your body perfectly I took one of my pairs of jeans to my seamstress that has altered many jumpers, rompers, dresses and work pants, I was amazed when she took in the waist let out the hips slightly, then took at the original hem shortened perfectly to my height and used the same string and threads from the original hem, you would never know they were altered and when you see the fit you will see why I have become addicted to having many of my clothes altered to fit my body. The before and after photos will amaze you. 

Luckily Silver Jeans offers options for inseams, and once you get the sizing down you will be amazed how this brand jeans really stretches and adjusts to hug your curves, making your body look amazing. Another of the many reasons why I love this brand. My husband is always telling me how much he loves how these jeans fit me. Lifting my rear, showing off my curves and complimenting my smaller waist. I honestly don't purchase any other brands really unless it's a sale or looking for a color or style that I couldn't find with Silver jeans first. 


She Laughs, Proverbs 31. This off the shoulder graphic tee is by She Does Justice and since we are riding in the car all day today as we are going to be arriving home this evening I wore my faithful fave Silver Jeans. 


Another final Alex & Ani arm stack. Looking forward to sharing some new looks and styles when I get home. I have some amazing Ettika pieces, new Flare Silver Jeans, Spell and the Gypsy tees, tanks, dresses, and shorts, along with some other new brands. Hope everyone has an amazing week and thank you for passing by to take a look at my blog. I will be sure to add links to the items above along with my where to shop guide that is normally below on my posts. 
Peace and love always, xoxo 

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Vacation outfits

Hello from Virginia the state for lovers. I have been enjoying my vacation and spending time with my father's side of the family. I love coming to visit my Aunt because I don't have a lot of family and being here reminds me of my father, who passed away 15 years ago. It gets a little emotional for me but it's a happy emotion. 


        Rest area off I-95 north in NC 

We have done a lot of sight seeing and fun adventures. Today we went to some vintage and antique stores, also some great local thrift stores. I didn't buy much surprisingly because I know I need to really do a huge closet clean out when j get home. Besides losing a lot of weight since changing my to new medications and treatment plan, I just have accumulated so many things this passed year. I love clothes and seem to always find so many amazing deals I just can't pass up. 

I don't have access to a laptop or computer until I get home but figured j would share some of my outfits as well as some of my photos from our trip. Once I return home I promise to add links for where you can purchase some of my pieces or similar items for the pieces that are not available anymore. 

     The Light Blonde & Silver Jeans Co. 


I started my vacation in my Livin on a prayer graphic tee, this tee is made by The Light Blonde and you can find her on Instagram @thelightblonde. She has so many amazing graphic tees and tanks with the best messages. I love positive vibes and messages, you will find a large variety of amazing graphic tops in her shop. I paired my tee with a pair of dark Silver Jeans. Silver jeans are my favorite they are so comfortable and fit amazing. 
My tassel necklace is by @31ements on IG and bracelets are some of my gold tone Alex and Ani favorites. 

                Lovers Gonna Love

We stopped off in SC on the way to VA to break up our ride and I was dressing for another day of mostly riding in the car. I decided to go with another amazing message graphic tee by The Light Blonde. With all the recent events in the news I really felt like spreading good positive vibes and this shirt says it all, Lovers gonna love, a flip for the positive people out on the Haters gonna Hate. Why would anyone want to be thinking about hate in a time where we need to come together and love one another. I paired this cream and burgundy graphic tee with some matching burgundy brick red Rag and Bone jeans. These particular jeans by Rag & Bone are so soft and they really don't even feel like jeans. Also they fit great. Bracelets are by Alex and Ani, I recently added a few more to my collection from the Bonaroo festival collection. I got the peace love music with floral border along with the green free spirit. I also got a beautiful beaded mermaid wrap, I love beach themed everything since I piece of me is always at the beach. 

       My Aunt's beautiful home in VA 

My Aunt has such a lovely home in western VA. Every time we come to visit I think of Gone with the wind. 

               Wanderer Bracelets

Above are some of my bracelets by Wanderer bracelets. I recently became a brand rep for this amazing brand that has all their bracelets hand made in Bali using sustainable water buffalo bone. I love their designs and they have a style for everyone. Here I'm wearing the shell, anchor wrap and feather. You can use my code MELISSA10 for 10% off your order. If you are looking for a gift these make great gifts and it's not just for beach lovers they have their custom coordinates bracelet that you can enter an address for a location and it will give you the coordinates on the map for the location, then you can order it on your own custom bracelet. These make great gifts for someone special. 

              Ettika Jewelry Choker 

Love my Ettika, Surprise you still beaded turquoise and gold choker, available at Shopbop.com and GMA had a special for $15 with Ettika for some other colors and styles of this multi use beaded piece. I also wear mine as an anklet and bracket. I was so excited to see one of my own photos featured in their recent email send out for these styles. 

 Junkie Threads Tank ✖️ Silver Jeans Co.

Junkie Threads was kind enough to send me a few styles of their graphic tanks to wear for my blog and social media. This feather design being one of them. Love it and paired it with my boyfriend jean shorts by of course, Silver Jeans Co. I have every pair of their shorts for summer because I loved the fit and styles. Usually shorts aren't easy to find, you can't go wrong with Silver Jeans Co. These are the perfect length and if you like shorter shorts you can just roll them up one or two more times for that look. I also have the frayed bottom shorts in blue denim then a light grey. Love the fit of all their summer styles. 

                Appomattox Virginia 

Love history and especially anything from the Civil war days. My father was a big history and Civil war fanatic so it's awesome to visit places like Appomattox battlefield and town to see where it all went down. 

           Alex & Ani "Charmed Arms" 

Above is a shot I took at my aunt's house in one of her many beautiful garden areas she planted herself in the spring and they are so gorgeous. Two years ago I shared some amazing pictures of her garden when I visited my last time. Then I was big into macro photos this time I was more into my film camera and did take some bird shots also. Love my Alex & Ani collection. Can't wait to get home to some new pieces I got while away on sale and also grabbed a couple new bracelet designs for my collection. 

   Pam & Gela Ice cream tank with Silver                                                 
        Jeans Co frayed bottom shorts.


A favorite graphic tank I got for summer by Pam & Gela. Been entering their summer contest on Instagram tagging my shots with their I'm not sorry hashtag with hopes to win $500 value wardrobe pieces from their current collection. 

Paired with the shorts I mentioned above by Silver Jeans Co with frayed bottoms. These are slightly different then the grey style I have, these are a little longer then have a frayed hem with some slight distressing. I tend to distress all my jeans if they don't come distressed and sometimes I will distress more if they only have a slight distressing to them. These I did distress some more then they came with. I also add patches sometimes but not on these. I love how these fit and they are so comfortable. Perfect length. 



Junkie threads RAD tank paired with a lace kimono from Pac sun and of course Silver Jeans Co boyfriend shorts in a lighter denim with distressing. My choker is the Role Player choker available at Revolve.com. 


Feather tattoo my daughter drew for me a couple years ago and I loved it so much I got it tattooed on my arm for Mother's Day that same year. 

Stacking Ettika Lucia and Surprise you still chokers. You can get the Lucia choker at FreePeople.com and the other is available at Shopbop.com. 


Tank is by O'Neill women's and my frayed bottom Silver Jeans shorts. 

Forgot to post this before we left my Aunt's house didn't hit post. Will add links to click and take you to websites once I'm home and have access to my laptop. Thank you for passing by and my next post will have some more outfit pics and then some shots of where we visited the end of the week and weekend. Hope everyone has had a great week and weekend. 


Peace and love always. Xoxo 

Friday, July 8, 2016

Ole Henriksen Power Bright 3 Step treatment

Tonight I finally did my first Ole Henriksen three step power bright treatment. I have been using the Ole Henriksen truth serum and sheer transformation lotion daily/nightly for a couple of weeks, I have to say I have loved the results. They were almost instant. I was waiting till I knew I wouldn't be at the beach everyday or in the sun before trying this power bright treatment and with us leaving on our annual summer road trip I figured that today would be a good day. 


The power bright 3 step treatment comes like this, on a card with three pods. Then I also received two of these little orange sponges. 


Step 1 is the truth sugar glow polishing mask. You apply this to clean, damp skin and leave on 5-10 minutes. Add warm water and gently massage in circular motion for 30 seconds, rinse, and then pat dry. 


Step 1 smells amazing, like a citrus orange smell, and it really is a nice scrub for the face. I could feel it really soaking into the skin as it sat then when I began to scrub onto the face it had a little tingle. 

After you remove step one I let it my face air dry for a few before applying step 2. 


Step 2 is the truth vitamin C treatment. You apply this to dry skin and leave on for 2-3 minutes. Treatment will begin to dry down slightly it says on package, mine didn't dry out much really. I only applied a small amount because I want to try to get another treatment or two out of the kit. You do not rinse off step 2 you will be adding step 3 on top of this then blending the two. 


Step 2 also has an orange smell which I figured for a vitamin C formula. It also is very smooth. Feels great after the scrub. 


Finally after allowing step 2 to sit for a couple of minutes you apply step 3 on top of step 2 and blend the two together. You want to make sure to blend evenly over your face and you will begin to feel a slight tingle as the treatment is activated. I didn't really feel anything at first but the more I rubbed the two together the more I started to feel a very slight tingle. It's a pleasant tingle not a burning tingle. This allows you to know the product has been activated then I set my timer for 15 minutes. It says to leave on for 10-15 minutes. 


Step 3 has an egg yolk consistency and color while still having that citrus orange smell. The tingle was not bad at all and it didn't get all dried out like some treatments do. I could feel it working as I waited for the timer to go off. To remove the product you use a damp washcloth or the sponge provided. The sponge is cool the package had two in it and they start out thin like paper but once you wet it, it expands to a full size sponge which was very cool. Be sure to use lukewarm water to remove the product. You may repeat if necessary and then I splashed my face with some water before patting dry. 


I have to say my face feels refreshed and for sure has that Ole Glow to it. I have not added or applied any other treatments waiting for my pores to close and my skin to not tingle before applying my truth serum or sheer transformation lotion. 

After applying I would say it seems to work amazing. I know so far I have been pleasantly surprised and happy with my products by Ole Henriksen. I hope to continue to use these products through out the summer to give you a real testimonial to what I truly think. It's hard to tell with only a couple of weeks but this far it has been working. I have people tell me my skin looks amazing and even my hubby noticed right away I was using something new. My skin is visibly softer, more even and brighter looking. It feels so soft and smooth also. 

Considering I will be 40 in a year and a little over a month, I am really conscious of my skin care have been for a while now and these products really have shown a big difference in my skin. I get a lot of sun exposure here in south Florida and that causes dark spots and sometimes uneven skin. I started using a skincare line in my teens but in my twenties I couldn't afford to use something expensive but I have always made sure to have a good cleanser, exfoliator and moisturizer as well as SPF daily. Since my 30's I have been trying many products and I like to switch when something isn't working as well anymore to a new product then go back a few months later. I have loved the Ole Henriksen truth serum and sheer transformation in combination with my under eye serum and lip scrub/serum. I will update to this tomorrow and let you know if anything develops like redness, breakouts or anything negative but as of now the treatment worked amazing. Two thumbs up from me for sure. 

Make sure to checkout Ole Henriksen products at Sephora beauty. This product was sent to me for a trial by Influenster Voxbox. All information is my honest opinion and I am not being compensated for my review. 

Have a great weekend and keep an eye out. Have some exciting new brands I am working with that have contacted me recently to collaborate or be a brand rep/ambassador then have my 20k follower contest I was going to start last week but going to wait till I get back from my road trip. Really excited about my latest collaboration. The brand is one I have loved for a few years and can't wait to share with you all. A great positive message and will have some goodies to add to the giveaway also. Peace and love always