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20 Dec Outfit Crush x ELOQUII x Theory Image

Super excited to show you guys the latest collab I’ve been working on. This one is a little more personal to me. I had the opportunity this semester to design a dress for a plus sized women’s clothing brand called ELOQUII. They are based out of Columbus and have an amazing message about body positivity & fashion being inclusive for all.

I decided to design a coral wrap dress in a neoprene base with some white ruffles. I wanted to design something that had movement, flexibility, and absorbency for Spring/Summer ‘18.

Aside from the opportunity to design for a local brand & a target market I’ve never designed for before, I had the chance to shoot my dress with the AMAZING Mariam Iqbal K. She owns a photography business with her husband called Theory Image. When I saw her work on her Instagram page (@theoryimage), I fell in love with her quality images and stylized edits. Her personal page is @mariammigbal if you’d like to check her out on there as well. The girl has got some great taste in personal styling!

Here are some of my favorite shots:

Also a huge shout out to my lovely model, Sarah Pfeifer (@simplysarah93.)

She was such a champ for taking pics in this summery dress during mid November weather. Definitely check out both of these ladies accounts because they are truly talented. Let me know what you guys think of the design & shots in the comments!

Outfit Crush // Mel






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23 Oct Shirt Layering & Urban Chic Looks. VAMP Official.

Outfit Crushes: double layered shirt- VAMP Official, purse- VAMP Official, head scarf- VAMP Official, sunnies- VAMP Official, mom jeans- Urban Outfitters (BDE), heels- fab’rik style

As you can see in the outfit credits, I’m loving VAMP as much as Mel. She’s been telling me I need to check out this boutique and I just got around to it this weekend. I was planning on going in just to check it out and ended up walking out with 5 items because they were too cute to resist! While I was in the store I got to meet the owner, Ellen, and she was so great. Right now she’s working open to close everyday.. if you stop in you’ll have to ask her the success story behind VAMP it’s pretty cool. 

In this post I’m trying out the double layered shirt trend because I’ve been seeing it more and more recently. I was originally hesitant about the trend, but it sure has been growing on me. I love these two layers in particular because it allows for a somewhat conservative, but also sexy look. Sometimes lace shirts are hard to wear because you never know what to wear under them, so this is a different alternative. This shirt is a little bit short so I decided to pair it with high waisted jeans to only reveal a small amount of skin if I lift up my arms. 

Columbus natives get down to the Short North to check it out!


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07 Oct Stella & Dot x Outfit Crush (GIVEAWAY)

Outfit Crushes: Pave Ear Cuff (gold & silver) (Mel), Pave Triangle Path Ear Climber (silver) (Bri)

We haven’t featured a jewelry brand on our blog in a while now, so we figured we could spice it up & introduce you guys to our newest jewelry obsession– Stella & Dot!

We’ve definitely heard of the brand before, but never took a peek at the website until meeting a Stella & Dot stylist. Kelley is a frequent shopper at the boutique we work at & we’re constantly asking her where her jewelry is from. I swear this girl knows how to accessorize! She’s constantly rocking ear cuffs, wrap bracelets, dangley earrings, and amazing statement necklaces. We love following her daily outfit / accessory inspo on her personal account @sincerelykelley.

If you’re a long time follower of ours, you’ll know that we love earrings & stacking as much metal into our ears as we can hahaha

Bri is rocking the silver Pave Triangle Path Ear Climber & Mel has layered the gold Pave Ear Cuff with the silver Pave ear cuff.

One of our favorite features about this brand is that many of the pieces are adjustable. So for example, many of the dangle earrings allow you to detach the dangle extension and just wear it as a stud instead. The statement layered necklaces can also be detached. This is perfect for a trip where you only want to pack one necklace, but also have the option of altering it for different looks. We already have our wish list made up, so we will definitely be ordering again from our stylist, Kelley. If you are a 614 native, be sure to contact Kelley for any comments or questions you have, she’s amazing!

Check out Stella & Dot here

Kelley’s Facebook Page here

Kelley’s Instagram here

Andddd now time for the giveaway…

Check out our Instagram post featuring Stella & Dot to see how to enter! Winner will be announced Friday, October 13th. Good luck!











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07 Jun Vaca Chic with fab’rik

Outfit Crushes: entire look is fab’rik

If you’ve been a long time follower of ours you’ll know that another collaboration with fab’rik has been well overdue. We have been rocking fab’rik since last SUMMER ever since we discovered the brand. Thankfully, the first and only Ohio location is extremely local for Bri & I and we take full advantage of it. If you don’t find something you love online, (and you’re a 614 native) you’ll definitely have to check out the Easton location. They get new styles in multiple times a week and they only carry 6 of each item, so there’s a guarantee not everyone will have what you have. Aside from housing incredibly trendy pieces, the store owners are some of my favorite people I’ve had the pleasure of meeting. Talk about some selfless, welcoming, and humble human beings. If you get the opportunity to talk to the mother/daughter duo that owns the store, tell them Mel sent ya 🙂 They also post secret discounts, sales, and new products on their store Instagram page, which you can check out here @fabrikeaston

I will actually be in store THIS SATURDAY 6/10 from 2-4pm to gift a fab’rik surprise to a lucky winner in store. I’ll draw and announce the winner during the event and give tips on how to style the piece. So come on in & say hello.

Now let’s get onto the outfit!

I’m typically not a colorful person, nor a pattern person, but I honestly fell in love with this palm print romper when I saw it. I think it is the perfect piece to wear this season, whether you’re on vacation or doing fun Summer activities. The frill on the hem of the shorts makes it very feminine and flirty. The plunging neckline was a bit intimidating for me since I have a larger bust, but I decided to throw on a lacey bralette to feel a little more comfortable. This is totally up to you. There’s also a smaller button closure to cover it up completely.

Since the romper is such an incredible statement piece, I wanted to step up my accessorizing, but still keep it simple and cohesive. I decided to style it with some sparkle gold hoops, a thin gold bangle, and some KILLER nude and gold heels. If you haven’t peeped the gold heel…….. link below is all I’m saying!

Hopefully this look gave you some Summer time vaca inspiration for this year. Fab’rik has tons of super cute printed pieces if this is up your ally. As always, links to everything are down below.

To shop online click here.

XO, Outfit Crush // m.m.

clickable links:


similar heels

similar hoop earrings

gold bracelet 


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31 Mar The W Nail Bar

Alright we are giving 5 stars to The W Nail Bar in the Short North. Here’s why: 

  1. The location- This little shop is locally owned by two sisters. It’s located just south of OSU campus, which is super convenient for Mel & I while we are in school. If you’re waiting for your appointment there’s tons of cute restaurants and shops to check out in the mean time. 
  2. The employees- Everyone who works there is great. All of the technicians are extremely welcoming and conversational even if they’re not working with you. I had an appointment with Brittany and absolutely loved her. She explained everything she was using and asked me questions about my preferences. All in all was very thorough and I had great conversations with her. If you see an adorable curly blonde who loves to smile it’s probably her! 
  3. The color choices- TONS of fun options.  Brittany told me they have 6 polishes exclusive to their location. My favorite was the JRJ brand. It’s sourced from my hometown, Westerville, and is even Vegan friendly. 
  4. The experience- Three words to describe it: above and beyond. If you get a pedicure you get to pick natural ingredients to add to your water. When I went they had the options of buttermilk, coffee, honey, epsom salt, peppermint bath bombs, rose petals, mint, and chamomile.  I chose the buttermilk to help with moisture and my feet were definitely softer afterwards. The basic pedicure also includes epsom salt scrub, cocoa butter lavender lotion, and hot towels. 
  5. The ethics- Almost everything that is put on your skin and nails is all natural– the scrubs, lotion, etc. How awesome.

Did I mention this article isn’t even sponsored, I just like it THAT much. I’ll stop raving now, but seriously 614 natives you have to try it. 

Here’s the address for your convenience: 946 N High St. Check out their website here

XO, Outfit Crush // b.e.


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22 Oct Outfit Crush x Royal Factory

When we got asked to collaborate with local boutique, Royal Factory for Columbus’ High Ball event, we couldn’t have been more excited! Being a little unfamiliar with the boutique ourselves, we decided to check them out. Royal Factory is a local boutique that showcases designers who repurpose and reconstruct apparel. They have new pieces made to look distressed and vintage and previously loved pieces made into something completely new. Everything is truly one of a kind too, so you never know what you could find when you pop into their shop.


Saturday night they hosted a High Ball pre-party with a live band, models, and complimentary drinks. I got the opportunity to style the models and have them rep some Royal Factory merch, as well as help style some customers. Bri & I made a DIY life sized Instagram frame and some pink cupcakes for everyone to interact with. It was a pretty fun night!

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If you haven’t had the opportunity to stop into Royal Factory yet I suggest you do so ASAP! I found myself trying not to buy things that the models were wearing because of how unique each of their pieces really are. If you wanna check them out on Instagram, you can follow them here @royalfactory.

Below are some more pics from the event and some models that I styled.


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XO, Outfit Crush // m.m.

clickable links:

my dress here

Royal Factory’s Instagram web version here


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12 Oct 614 Start Ups– Current Spotlight: TATY

Okay, babes, you have to check out this adorable brand we found called TATY that was started right out of our native town of Columbus. TATY is a newly established trendy brand with products that display cute hand drawn graphics and charming sayings.

Bri picked out this particular style that has a hand drawn feeling to it. The makeup drawings fit her feminine style so well that she couldn’t pass it up. Mel picked out a canvas bag with lightening bolts that reads “KEEP OUT” because it summed up how she feels about her stuff pretty well. TATY has so many different styles fit for every personality. We chose to use our canvas bags as makeup bags or even pencil pouches for school. Below are some clickable links to shop for yourself 🙂


Have a lovely week!

XO, Outfit Crush // Bri & Mel

clickable links:

Our favorite canvas pouches: 

Girly things (Pictured Above) — here

Keep out– here 

Our favorite funny and punny graphic tees: 

Party Now. Adult Later.” here

Life Disappoints. Pizza Does Not.” here

Guac is Life” here

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08 Oct Anthropologie Fashion Show

Last night I had the amazing opportunity to work behind the scenes at the 2016 Anthropologie Fashion Show here in the Short North. I was so excited when asked to be a part of the backstage crew because Anthropologie has been one of my favorite stores for years now.

The main themes from last night showcased autumnal layering, pattern mixing, 70’s inspired romance, and sophisticated blues. The color palettes were rich and vibrant with deep blues, vibrant plums, and mustards. I found myself taking mental notes of things I wanted to buy at the end of the show. My personal favorites were the textures. I was loving all the velvet and suede in multiple pieces. These are huge trends for this season and I have noticed myself adding pieces with this kind of texture to my wardrobe. (If you’ve been reading our blog posts for a while, you’ll see what I mean!)

I was working backstage most of the evening helping models during their quick changes and timing their walks on the runway. Overall it was a super fun and successful night! This was the first show for the Short North location, but I’m sure they will be hosting more events like this in the future.

Below are some pics of the sips & sweets that they had for all the guests.




To stay updated on all the events that the Anthropologie in the Short North is hosting, follow their Instagram! @anthro_thejoseph


XO, Outfit Crush //  m.m.



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27 Sep She Has a Name

When Mel was ordering her regular iced mocha from the Roosevelt, she stumbled upon an amazing organization at the check out counter while she was waiting to hand the cashier her Visa. The green water color logo immediately caught her eye and the title, “She Has a Name” sparked some curiosity. We decided to look into the organization online and after reading we immediately had felt a connection.

She Has a Name is an organization that engages the Columbus community to focus their hearts on getting survivors of human trafficking back into society. Not only does this great organization help meet the urgent physical and emotional needs of these women, but they want them to be healed, transitioned, and thriving in their community.

One of the main ways She Has a Name transitions women back into the work place is through education and employment programs. These newly saved victims can receive education thanks to She Has a Name’s partnership with Harrison College and find work shortly after. Clean Turn & Shan Cleaning are just two of the groups She Has A Name partners with regarding job opportunities for victims. Clean Turn and Shan Cleaning are companies in Columbus that help all people with employment barriers find work. They are currently staffing over a dozen Columbus human trafficking survivors.

We would love to see as many of you help this cause as possible by either learning more about sex trafficking, volunteering to help, or buying a t-shirt to support the programs we mentioned above. Sex trafficking affects hundreds of thousands of people and is a larger problem than many people think. Our goal is to make a difference in this positive direction and you can help us and these women! They need you!

Learn more about sex trafficking: here 

Learn more about She Has a Name: here

Buy a t-shirt: here


XO, Outfit Crush // Bri & Mel 

(Photography: Megan Earley)

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19 Jul One Line Coffee Shop

Here comes another coffee post from yours truly… what can I say, LOCAL coffee shops are the key to my heart. You think I’m kidding.


One Line Coffee is one of my favorite coffee shops in Columbus, Ohio of all time. I’m almost kicking myself for even sharing it with you guys because I want to keep it a secret and enjoy my iced honey lattes all to myself. However, I’m feeling like spreading the love, so if you live in Columbus, or are stopping by the Short North area, be sure to stop in this adorable little shop.

One Line Coffee is self explanatory in the way that they truly do cut out the middle man and make it one straight line of sourcing. Their main mission is “…doing everything we can to ensure farmers and workers are treated well, and earn a livable wage. It means telling the stories of our coffees, connecting you to our farmers. And it means matching the passion of our farmers with our own passion for roasting.” If this doesn’t make you fall more in love with this place, I suggest ordering their iced (or hot) honey latte. It is my all time favorite drink to order from there, but if you’re not as adventurous, their regular batch coffee is warm & delicious as well. I promise, they never disappoint. 



XO, Outfit Crush // m.m.


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