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16 Jul Classic Patterns & Lengthening Looks

Outfit Crush: Striped romper- She Inside 

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(This look is in collaboration with She Inside)

Don’t you hate when you’re shopping online and the outfit you order comes and it fits nothing like the picture?! Same here… So I was PUMPED when this jump suit came in the mail and fit me even better than I expected!

This piece is surprisingly the first jumpsuit I have purchased because I’ve always been nervous about how they would fit me (I’m pretty curvy and only 5’4). I’m so happy to say that it is one of my favorite pieces to wear now and that I’ve ventured out of my comfort zone. 

The black and white stripes make a very classic look and the vertical pattern of the outfit almost seems to be an illusion to make you look taller. I make sure to wear wedges or heels to add a little extra height as well. This look can be accessorized well with jewelry, I may add a simple touch of pearls next time to pull the classic look together. 

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This jumpsuit is on sale here


 

XO,

Outfit Crush // b.e.


 

 

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10 Jul Strappy Sandals & Floral Details

Outfit Crushes: romper – Romwe, sandals – Bakers.

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(this look is in collaboration with Romwe.com)

Rompers are like dresses in the way that they make it look like you tried really hard to make your outfit look good, but in reality it was quick and effortless. I’m currently obsessing over this gorgeous floral printed romper from Romwe. Summer is the only time of year that I find myself gravitating towards vibrant prints, so when I saw this romper on their website, I knew I had to have it! 

The white base gives it a fresh look, while the large red flowers and smaller blue leaves make this particular print perfect for a day out and about. Romwe also has tons of other beautifully printed rompers, dresses, and two piece sets that I will probably be shopping for the rest of the Summer. I will link their website below.

Since the romper is so bold, I decided to style it with my favorite pair of strappy tan sandals. 

Happy shopping!


Outfit Crush //  m.m. 


clickable links:

romper here

similar sandals here

 

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06 Jul In Los Angeles, California

1. Sunset Boulevard Strip

 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90069

The Comedy Store

8433 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90069

Sunset Boulevard is the place to go for food, shopping, and entertainment. The comedy store is one of my favorites, where they house the best comedians in the country. I got to see the trending comedian on Netflix, Ali Wong. Go see her in person if you have the chance!  

2. Abbott Kinney Boulevard 

Abbot Kinney Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90291

My absolute favorite place to go in LA. Abbott Kinney is a strip of adorable boutiques and restaurants. My favorites are listed below!

Lemonade

1661 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

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Urban Outdoor Living

1650 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

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Avocado

1348 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

Happy Socks

1420 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

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Urbanic Paper Boutique

1644 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

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3. Malibu Zuma Beach

Zuma Beach, Malibu, CA 90265

4. Rodeo Drive
Rodeo Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90035

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(Photo: Rodeo Drive Shopping)

I’m sure you’ve heard of Rodeo Drive, it has the highest end places to shop. If you don’t see a celebrity walking or a buggati driving around, you didn’t stay long enough. 

5. Griffith Park

4730 Crystal Springs Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90027

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Take a hike at Griffith Park if you want the greatest view of the Hollywood sign. Did you really visit LA without leaving with a picture of it?!

6. Venice Beach 

Venice Beach, Venice, CA 90291

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(Photo: Huffington Post)

XO, Outfit Crush // b.e.

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06 Jul In Ocean City, Maryland

1. The Boardwalk

Walking The Boardwalk at Ocean City, Maryland is my absolute favorite way to end my days after being at the beach all afternoon. The strip goes approximately 34 blocks lining up tons of souvenir shops, tiny restaurants, and fair food. At the end of the strip is a lovely little carnival that has numerous rides and tons of games to play with friends and family. I’m too much of a chicken to get on any rides, but I do enjoy shopping and getting some of my favorite sweet treat- cotton candy

2. Jonah & The Whale Buffet

26th Street & the Boardwalk Ocean City, MD 21842

If you’re in the mood for some fresh seafood and an “all you can eat” buffet, this is the place to go. Food critics have traveled around the world to eat at this restaurant, so it’s a must see if you’re in the area!

3. K Coast Surf Shop

3505 Coastal Highway Ocean City, MD 21842 

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This particular surf shop is directly parallel from the Boardwalk. I love to shop in here because they carry every Summer essential you can think of– from skin care, clothing, shoes, surf board equipment, etc. There is also a cute little sandwich shop attached to it, which has the absolute BEST black berry lemonade. 

4. Ish Boutique 

3408 Coastal Highway Ocean City, MD 21842

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Ish Boutique is the most adorable little boutique with tons of beach inspired items. They carry trendy clothes, colorful jewelry, and ocean themed home decor. I make it a point to stop in every year that I visit Ocean City because of how lovely this boutique really is.

5. Little Tokyo Buffet

13101 Coastal Highway Ocean City MD 21842

Of course I’m listing another seafood buffet as a “must experience” because you truly get your money’s worth when dining at this restaurant. The seafood is extremely fresh and well prepared and they also serve Chinese food to cater to those who aren’t particularly a fan of seafood. The food items seem endless, so I would highly advise stopping by with an empty stomach after a long day of playing in the ocean.

6. Quiet Storm Surf Shop

1st North Division Street, Ocean City, MD 21842

Quiet Storm is Ocean City’s largest surf shop in the area, as it is two stories tall. This is actually one of my favorite shops to peek around in because they carry brands like Roxy, Vintage Havana, and Billabong that aren’t as easy to come by in Columbus. Every time I go inside I leave with at least one thing!

7. Jolly Roger Amusement Park

30th Street & Coastal Highway, Ocean City, MD 21842

This amusement park is intended for a younger age group, but is still fun to hang out at if you’re on a  family location. They have smaller rides along with putt putt & other carnival games.

8. Dumser’s Drive-In

Hands down the best ice cream shop in Ocean City! If you’re not stopping by for food, you absolutely have to try their ice cream. It’ll put your local ice cream shop to shame.

9. The Candy Kitchen

There are multiple locations all over The Boardwalk

Sweet tooth? The name of this place describes itself.  They have every candy you could ever even imagine in this store. There’s nothing like this place in my hometown of Columbus, OH. It smells amazing even from 20 feet outside the store. I swear by their chocolate raspberry fudge.  


XO, Outfit Crush // m.m.


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06 Jul In Pheonix, Arizona


1. Pinnacle Peak Hiking Trail

6802 N. 102nd Way, Scottsdale, AZ 852622

Pinnacle Peak’s trails are moderately easy with just a slight incline which makes it a great place to chat  while getting some exercise in. I would definitely recommend a morning hike because Arizona can get pretty toasty especially with increased elevation!

2. Old Town Scottsdale

4101 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251 (Approx. area)

Take your friends and family to Old Town! Old town is located in downtown Scottsdale and is full of cute souvenir shops, bars, and restaurants. I can never make a visit without eating at Bandara’s in Old Scottsdale. 

   –  Bandara Restaurant

     3821 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 852513

Must eats: 

1. Dip Duo or Skillet Corn Bread

2. Wood-fired Rotisserie Chicken with Hand Cut Shoestring French Fries

3. House-made Oreo Ice Cream Sandwich

3. Camelback Mountain

5701 N Echo Canyon Pkwy, Phoenix, AZ 85018

In addition to Pinnacle Peak, Camelback is also a great hike. This mountain earns it’s name as it’s “humps” can be seen from all over Phoenix and surrounding suburbs in the area.

4. Phoenix Skydiving 

3860 N Pinal Ave, Casa Grande, AZ 85122

Okay you adrenaline seekers this one is for you! Why skydive anywhere but the desert? Here’s your opportunity! Don’t worry about experience or safety, Phoenix Skydiving is top rated.  

5. Arizona Outdoor Fun Adventures ATV Riding

4400 North Scottsdale Rd, Unit 9-804,Scottsdale, AZ 852513

Venture to this top rated excursion and you won’t regret it! What’s cooler than touring the desert while riding your very own ATV? 

6. Grimaldi’s Pizza

20715 N Pima Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 852554

Three words: Delicious, delicious, oh and um delicious. Nothing can top Grimaldi’s oven fired pizza. It is the best pizza I’ve ever had and usually find myself there two or three times per visit (WAH, come to Columbus)!!! PS, the pesto sauce is my favorite. 

7. Fashion Square Mall 

6802 N. 102nd Way, Scottsdale, AZ 852622

If you love to shop ’til you drop, go here. With it’s stores seeming to be on a million levels you’ll spend all day here. 

8. Salt River Rafting

6826 East Edgemont Ave, Scottsdale, AZ

Okay one last adventure because it’s VACATION! Go go go rafting on the Salt River. The scenery is indescribable, but the fun is irreplaceable. 


Xo, Outfit Crush // b.e.


 

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29 Jun Summer Sweaters & Lace Bralettes

Outfit Crushes: sweater – Vintage Havana, bralette – Urban Outfitters, shorts – Old Navy.

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I feel like my style always turns slightly bohemian each Summer due to the raw edges on garments, washed out pastels, and faded prints. I recently discovered a brand called Vintage Havana at a boutique I wandered into, while on vacation in Ocean City, Maryland. Fortunately, they do have an online website as well, which I will link below. 

I love the raw hems on this sweater and how light weight it is. It makes it the ideal sweater for those cool Summer nights. I decided to style mine with a lace bralette and some white denim shorts.

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Bralettes are definitely an OC for me because they have somehow made it socially acceptable to show your bra in public, which is pretty convenient for those shirts that no bras seem to cooperate with. Not to mention how incredibly comfortable they are. Urban Outfitters carries some of my favorite styles of bralettes, but I will link some of my other favorites down below as well.

Have a great evening everyone!


XO, Outfit Crush //  m.m.


clickable links:

similar sweater here

bralette here

denim shorts here

bralette OC #1 here

bralette OC #2 here

 

 

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27 Jun Wavy Hair & Wedges

Outfit Crushes: tank – Anthropologie, shorts – Forever 21, wedges – Forever 21, sunnies – Charlotte Russe 

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So I’m currently enjoying my vacation in Ocean City, Maryland as I do every year around this time, and I figured I’d get some shots of my go to look for Summer time. I love white tanks for summer because they can be styled so many different ways. This particular one has some frill on the shoulders so it isn’t too basic. I bought mine from Anthropologie. I combo’d this with some black shorts and matching black wedges. Of course I’m staying minimalistic and neutral as always, but that’s just how it goes in Mel’s closet.

My natural waves are kicking in due to the salty air from the sea. I love to heat style my hair, but sometimes the waves & curls are unavoidable, especially when you’re at the ocean. I will link my top two favorite sea salt sprays below.

Sending sand and sea shells your way,


 

XO, Outfit Crush //  m.m.


clickable links:

tank here

similar shorts here

similar wedges here

similar sunnies here

sea salt spray #1 here

sea salt spray #2 here

 

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16 Jun Patterns in Your Wardrobe & Summer Slip-ons

Outfit Crushes: striped tank – Marshalls, denim – Old Navy, slip-ons – Urban Outfitters, necklace – Windsor Avenue.

If you’re anything like me, adding patterns into your wardrobe can seem challenging because you already have a giant and (very well loved) collection of basics and neutrals. There’s nothing wrong with having a love for neutrals, but sometimes it can be fun to branch out and try something new. Switching up my look with some fun patterns is one of my favorite things to experiment with in the Summer. It’s also a great way to add some color to your wardrobe.

I got this striped tank from Marshalls for only $14.99! I love all the different shades of blue used in the stripe pattern and also the fringe trim at the bottom. It turns a basic Summer tank top into something that can be worn by itself and still look cute. I chose to keep this look casual because I was headed out to lunch with a friend. I styled this tank with some dark wash denim to make the light blue pop. I quickly slipped on some flats from Urban Outfitters. I have worn these shoes to death! They are so easy to quickly throw on when you’re rushing out the door and they still look put together. Slip-ons are also starting to become extremely popular this season because sometimes shoes are the last thing you think about when putting together an outfit.

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I decided to attach my wish list of slip-ons at the bottom of this post for you to check out. Who knows, maybe you’ll fall in love with a pair yourself!

Hope your Summer is off to a great start!


XO, Outfit Crush //  m.m.


clickable links:

similar tank here

denim here

similar shoes here

necklace here

(wishlist slip-ons below)

#1 here

#2 here

#3 here

#4 here

#5 here

 

 

 

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15 Jun Pretty in Pink

Outfit Crushes: Pink Corduroy Dress- Romwe 

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It’s no surprise that the overall shorts trend is coming back in style, but now overall dresses? Yes please! Overalls were extremely popular between the ’70s and ’90s so I love how it makes it appear as a vintage/throw back look in 2016. I found this adorable mauve corduroy dress on Romwe’s website and fell in love at first sight (if you don’t believe in love at first site–check out this website & their prices!!). 

I was pleasantly surprised when this piece came in the mail because the quality was much higher than I expected. This dress was priced under $20 and even came with a pretty light pink lining inside. The dress is comfortable and the absolute perfect length on me (I am about 5’4). My favorite thing about it is how unique it looks especially with the corduroy texture. 

To purchase this unique piece for only $19.99 click here because there’s only a few left 🙂 If you’re not “pretty in pink” they have an adorable dark blue version. Happy shopping!


 

XO, Outfit Crush // b.e.


 

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