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Photo Credit : Caty Caplin
camo shirt: goodwill, ivory skirt: urban outfittersnecklace: stella and dot, rhinestone necklace: forever 21, chanel bag: vintage, shoes: jimmy choo, watch: michael kors, sunglasses: Jimmy Choo
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Do’s & Don’t of Leggings – GalTime Article

Recently, I was featured in a GalTime article giving advice on the Do’s & Don’t of wearing leggings! You can check out the full article here:

http://galtime.com/article/beauty/21097/52189/dos-and-donts-leggings#axzz2HWB4nS2u

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Kate Hudson and Matt Bellamy hold hands as they grab some coffee together in London following a late night out with Kate's mom, Goldie Hawn

XOXO, Mel

Neiman Marcus + Target Collaboration

I am beyond excited for the Neiman MarcusTarget collaboration – two visionaries in the retail industry, are creating a revolutionary partnership that will bring together 24 of America’s most talented designers to create a limited-edition holiday collection complete with 52 items!

Beginning Dec. 1, just in time for the busy holiday shopping season, the collection will be available at all Target and Neiman Marcus stores, as well as online at Target.com and NeimanMarcus.com at 8am! Customers can begin lining up at the door of their local stores at 6am.

Here are some of my picks from the collection that would make amazing gifts for any loved one!

XOXO, Mel

1] Oscar De La Renta dog leash and collar, 2] Marchesa girl’s dress, 3] Jason Wu ornament set,  4] Tracy Reese top, 5] Marc Jacobs pouches, 6] Derek Lam slippers, 7] DVF jewelry box, 8] Alice + Olivia bicycle, 9] Tory Burch beverage container, 10] Rag & Bone shot glass set, 11] Philip Crangi picture frame

Learn more about the collaboration here: 

http://www.neimanmarcus.com/category.jsp?itemId=cat44320738

 

Interview With the Designer of Black Halo, Laurel Berman

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Neiman Marcus Orlando had a trunk show and presentation from Laurel Berman herself! I was lucky enough to get to interview her!

Laurel has elevated the Black Halo brand to a level in contemporary fashion that can be considered iconic. Berman created a brand that is now synonymous with beauty and modern-day style.

Through the wildly popular “Jackie O” Dress, Laurel dramatically transformed the way women dress today with the simplicity of a single piece. With flawless construction, impeccable tailoring and an aesthetic that both references and reinvents classic glamour and sex appeal. Ever growing and evolving, Berman consistently presents unique silhouettes and draping techniques – never ceasing to surprise with innovation through unexpected sources of inspiration.

Interview Questions:

Who has been the most influential person for you in your career journey so far?
It’s hard to pinpoint exactly one person, many have inspired me in different ways along my journey to this point in my career
3 things you can’t leave home without?
My Iphone, My Yoga Mat, & My Hazelnut Decaf with Almond Milk
Do you have any advice for facing adversity/struggles in business?
To not take “No” for an answer, there is always something good around the corner
What has been the high point or pinnacle of your career thus far?
My first fashion editorial feature in Marie Claire 2005 
Did you encounter any surprises along the way while growing and establishing your business?
The competition that we have faced with manufacturing in LA, the labor prices have steadily increased over the years as more and more vendors are looking to manufacture locally
Who are your personal style icons?
Coco Chanel, Diane Vreeland, and of course, Jackie-O
What do you know now that you wish you had known 10 years ago?
To not get caught up in the praise or the critism of others
What is your vision for the future for Black Halo?
Product expansions into shoes, sunglasses, and fragrance
 

NM “Blogger On The Cusp” Competition

Neiman Marcus recently launched a contest to find a fashion blogger that embodies the “CUSP” girl!

NM first launched the CUSP brand in 2006 with two freestanding stores that offered customers a contemporary assortment including apparel, shoes, handbags & accessories in a boutique environment. The brand has grown over time to include a total of six CUSP stores, CUSP.com & integration into the forty-two Neiman Marcus stores!

The contest runs from September 21 — November 15. Each entrant was asked to submit a portrait that captures the “essence of her personal style & the CUSP brand.”

This is the photo I chose! 

Dress: Alice and Olivia, Neiman Marcus
Jacket: Skaist Taylor, Neiman Marcus
Handbag: DVF, Neiman Marcus
Necklaces/Ring: Neiman Marcus Cusp
Glasses: Tom Ford
Shoes: Jimmy Choo

In mid October, five finalists will be chosen by a panel of NM judges. Finalists will be given the opportunity to host a CUSP event for their friends at a local CUSP store or NM CUSP department. In addition, each finalist will receive a $1,000 gift card & opportunities at their local Neiman Marcus or CUSP to promote their in-store event!

Right now my photo is featured on CUSP’s Pinterest page – feel free to go like it or repin it!!

XOXO, Mel