Monday, August 14, 2017

Quiqui Clothing and Arnhem style



Quiqui Clothing is a brand out of Australia with lots of amazing styles. All her pieces are high quality and fit amazing. International shipping is fast and so far since the start of the year I have accumulated multiple skirts and a dress I love. 


Quiqui Clothing Calynda dress in Ink. Flattering fit with off the shoulder sleeves and full button down front. The waist has a drawstring tie that falls right below the bust so it is perfect for multiple body types. I am wearing a M/L and normally being larger busted buttons will pull or won't fit right this fits amazing. 



Arnhem Sol midi dress I think speaks for itself. The fit is just amazing and the fabric is so soft. The slit isn't too high and I went with a size 12 worried about my larger bust size but wow this dress really compliments your natural curves and I got so many compliments on date night Saturday. 




My Quiqui clothing skirt in teal is one of my faves I own this same skirt in two other colors. They go amazing with so many of my graphic tees and blouses. Here I am wearing a blouse I got off Hollister Co for under $8. Love them together, and felt like barefoot was the way to go for these photos. 



Enjoy and can't wait to share my new pieces from the upcoming Spell and the Gypsy collective Sayulita drop from their Flower Child collection. You can shop using my link located in my side bar or below. 



Peace love and light always 


Melissa 


Sunday, August 6, 2017

Wanderlust Fire in my Soul, Alex and Ani


Alex and Ani Wanderlust bracelet with Swarovski orange and red tone fire glowing beaded bangle. Shop using my link:  http://www.gopjn.com/t/R0JIRkVOSUxCRklLTkhOQk1LTk5J





More of my fave recent Alex and Ani pieces from Mother's Day and my recent birthday pieces I was sent. Have more to share with my sigh, Virgo and August set. Use the link: http://www.gopjn.com/t/R0JIRkVOSUxCRklLTkhOQk1LTk5J and the ads on my blog to click for shopping all Alex and Ani. 




Quiqui clothing skirt paired with Chaser Brand Camel graphic tank. Bracelets are all Alex and Ani. 


Peace, love and light. Always live for the today, and enjoy your inner Wanderlust soul. Xoxo


Friday, August 4, 2017

New Home Shopping Adventure







We sold our home in July and are currently renting two homes one in northern Florida the other in south Florida. We are currently shopping around to sign a contract on a brand new home to be built and ready for move in May/June 2018. My dream has always been to have a northern design inspired home like the craftsman style homes. I love the exterior siding, stone accents, and craftsman style posts that the design is known for. We have found two models by one builder and I'm returning after a week there last week, to stay the rest of the summer and we will be looking at a few more new areas that are breaking ground or in early phases of construction. I'm so excited and by the time I return for the girls to start school we should be under contract and I will have photos of the exact design we picked. We are looking for a 4/2 but have found a few 3/2 models with what they call a Flex room or bonus room that is like a bedroom without a closet and some have an arch opening with no door but can be closed in. We would use the room as guest room/home office. 


Can't wait to find our future dream home and I have plans to go with a very historical old Florida coastal design for the interior. Lots of gray, blues, white, sand (off white/ivory) and coral tones. I leave tomorrow mid day and Saturday we will be out looking at homes all day. Ready for the next chapter in our lives and with how well the sale of our home went, sold after only 4-5 showings and less then a few days on the market, we had multiple offers on the same day and went with the best offer with a strong back up offer. The buyers skipped the home inspection which saved us a lot of money, and we closed in under 30 days. We literally went to check the area my husband was looking to relocate for work the end of May, came home called our realtor, listed the home a week or two later, sold it that next week and closed less then a month after that. It's been such an amazing experience but also very emotional, we lost our cat of 16 years to kidney failure, and then have had a lot of stress with living 4 hours apart but I wanted my oldest daughter to finish her senior year in the school she has gone to since she was 6. 


Hope that life continues to bless us, they always say good things happen when you put good out there and do good to others. Ready for a new beginning and a year full of road trips, adventure and milestones as my oldest turns 18, I turn 40 and she will be going away to college this time next year. Savor every second with your children cause it flies by, and really be sure to push them to work hard and do their best because my daughters both have been in the high achieving or gifted programs with levels grades above the grade they are in. My youngest is going into the 4 grade but reads on a high school level and is on a 8 grade math level. My oldest is going to graduate with Honors and has been in the junior and high school honor society, volunteers for the city, is a police explorer, and coaches youth cheer. I couldn't be prouder of them both. Life really is beautiful. Peace love and light always xoxo  



Update we went today and secured our lot, now we are looking at the two bedroom will know for sure after doing loan paper work and going to design center so we can calculate cost with upgrades, elevation changes, and a few extra things. Either way we will be moving into a 1 story coastal or craftsman style 4/2 or 5/3 home. So excited and was so fun to chose the lot really excited to pick the exterior colors, lights, stone work, siding, roofing, then inside cabinets, stone counters, back splash, wood tiles, accent tile in bath, siltstone for bathroom, and more. Peace and light with lots of extra good vibes.  






Spell & the Gypsy Flower Child Elle



Loving the newest collection by Spell and the Gypsy. The Elle midi skirt and blouse in Indigo are amazing. Blue is my fave color and love all shades so this one was #1 on my wish list from the first drop. I tried on the blouse when it arrived with my Free People super Flare frayed bottom, dark wash jeans looked so good together and wince the blouse has multiple shades of blue you can style with all shades from light, medium to dark wash. The skirt and blouse look amazing together but I always love when I can style the pieces with other items in my closet. The skirt goes nicely with denim and chambray tops, white, ivory, shades of blue and then all kinds of graphic tees with shades of blue in the graphic print. I also love that the top can be worn with a camisole under it for a little less cleavage, I have a lace trim top cami that looks great under it, and you can wear it open like a jacket, or kimono style look. This set is a win all around. Sizing is pretty true to size, I normally can wear a M-XL in their tops or dresses being larger busted (34DDD US) and I went with a L after viewing their sizing and fit description under the item listing on their page. I was nervous but so happy I didn't go with an XL, sometimes the XL is way to big in the arms, under arms, shoulders and waist. This top fits me amazing. I went with a M skirt but since it has an elastic waist a S would have worked fine. I tend to like to order up a size in the elastic waist cause I like the fuller skirt with more material for that Spell swish style look.


https://t.cfjump.com/30821/t/25515


Their mini skirt is a new fave, I got the Etienne from their previous collection and loved it so much I got both colors. I have the Monaco and Sienna color. I always shy away from mini skirts and dresses due to being more modest as I have gotten older but recently I have been loving cut off shorts, not too short but shorter then normal and the Spell mini skirts are perfect for summer time. I love this skirt in Rosewood and the day it arrived since I was out of town for over a week I had my mail held so I came home to packages like it was Christmas. I opened the skirt first and tried on then was opening my package from The American Alchemy and this Amuse graphic tank matched so perfectly.



I styled the skirt and graphic tank with my new Ettika Galileo choker, charm bracelet with reddish maroon tassel and gold charms and my charm anklet. Love Ettika jewelry and have been blessed to be able to work with the brand for some time now as a review team member. I also wore some brown simple slip on leather sandals from Target and a cute cross body purse with tassel detail on front from Forever21. 



Hope you enjoy my styling of the new Spell and the Gypsy Flower Child collection. I'm excitedly anticipating the release of the rest of the collection which I have heard will be coming out August 14/15. I will be sure to keep you updated once I have confirmed the time and date. Be sure to use my link and if you need a 10% code I may have one or two that work. I have to check but feel free to message me on IG or here. 


Have an amazing weekend, sending lots of peace love and light always. Xoxo 


Where to shop:


Spell: https://t.cfjump.com/30821/t/25515


The American Alchemy @theamericanalchemy on IG they offer FaceTime styling and shopping assistance and ship to anywhere in the US for additional postage fee of $5-7 


Friday, July 28, 2017

Harvest Moon by Chasing Unicorns


Chasing Unicorns from Australia, Harvest Moon maxi skirt and tie strap camisole with lovely blush embroidering and cream crochet details. All handmade by the creator of line Sarah. 




The attention to details is amazing, from the gorgeous fabric, lined top, blush and almost gold tone floral embroidering, matching crochet in the skirt, tie drawstring and ties for camisole. I love the cute little unicorn embroidered on each piece also. 




This has quickly become one of my favorite collections and can't wait to add more pieces from her line. She also stocks amazing one of a kind vintage styles so be sure to keep an eye out on her website and also you can follow her on Instagram @chasing__unicorns. I love her vintage bus with fun boho chic decor and of course her amazing collection of boho luxe vintage pieces. 



Enjoyed taking photos on the land around our current rental property in Northern Florida. Hope everyone has a lovely weekend. Peace, love and light always xoxo.


Where to buy: 


https://www.chasingunicorns.com.au


Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Let the new adventures begin



I'm currently here in Daytona Beach these photos are of the bridge and area leading to the beach. Love the area so much and enjoying the amazing views, less traffic and congestion, and love our amazing property here with over an acre of land. 


Spent a few hours out looking at vintage 1970/80's Airstream RV's and then looked at a newer model today. Love the vintage ones and love the possibilities of designing my own from scratch using some of the vintage elements of the older styles but infusing some features of the newer models. We also have been looking into cabin styles for building a 2/2 cabin in NC close to my cousin. We have found a few models we love and for sure have decided to have a unfinished basement that we can add on with at least one more bedroom possibly two and one more bathroom. I'm so excited about all the amazing new adventures we are undertaking and it's nice to be settling in. Selling our home was very emotional and hard, especially after losing our cat we had for 16 years last week but I can say with the way things have just fallen into place it really makes us feel assured we have made the right choices. Now to get my oldest daughter through her senior year and off to college so we can have one less house lol. We have more homes then ever right now but the interior designer in me has had a great time decorating them and making them all feel like home. 


I have told both my girls, home is where your heart and family is, it is so true. You can take any place and make it feel like home, you always will have the memories of your passed homes and photos. Letting go was hard but now I must admit that renting temporarily is a huge relief since we don't have to worry about things breaking or any maintenance lol. Kept a lot of our larger and my favorite furniture, decor and accent pieces then we donated a ton of stuff to several local charities. We also had a huge garage sale, sold some larger items on Craigslist and now have the remainder spread out between our 2/2 rental in south Florida and then our 2/1 rental in northern Florida.


I kept the worldly wanderlust boho chic style in the house down south. I love pieces that are from all over the world from Morocco, Indonesia, Africa, France, and Asian countries. I love bohemian fashion and home decor. I purchased some of the most amazing linens and bedding from Pottery Barn for my bed and bath, then got some really fun and unique/eclectic pieces to make it feel cozy. For the rental in northern Florida we went 100% beach themed. It's so funny I have been to Big Lots many times back home but never found much stuff I loved. I went to check out a bed frame for the spare bedroom for my girls and left with tons of decor, rugs, bedding and more. I even got the cutest lighthouse that is solar powered for the front entry in the garden in front of the porch. I also got 2 chairs and a small table for the front porch for under $35 which to me was a bargain. 


Walmart, Target, Kirklands, Homegoods. Bath and Body Works, White Barn candle, Pottery Barn, West Elm, Z Galleries, and the Container  Store were all places we have gone to purchase some new items. We got new mattresses, a new sofa is ordered from Crate and Barrel, and I can't wait to share all my items with you all. I hope everyone is having an amazing summer and keep an eye out I am going to start posting photos of my fashion pieces I have gotten the last few weeks starting this weekend. I have a lot of land here in northern Florida as well as the most gorgeous beach and lots of beautiful places here that I have found I am going to be taking photos wearing my newest styles from tomorrow on. 


Everyone have a lovely end to your week, sending lots of peace, love and light always xoxo. 


Melissa