Fashionably Charming At The Office

A girl’s got to look professional at the office, but that doesn’t mean she can’t also look stylish or even cute. While work can be stressful, fashion is fun. The right outfit can give you a reason to get excited about heading to the office. Whether you call them button ups or collared shirts, I fell in love with them this season.

Express came out with a wide variety of prints, just enough to empty my bank account.  My favorite of the large batch of shirts I purchased,  is this white and black one. I paired it with a bell shaped skirt I also purchased at Express, and shoes from Aldo.

Looking to purchase a similar look? Sign up to receive offers from Express.com. They’re always sending great offers like 60% off site and store-wide. You can also sign up for their membership program, Express Next, which allows you to earn points redeemable for coupons worth up to $25 off a single purchase.

 

How do you like to dress for the office?

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Halloween: Create Your Own Look

evil queen costumeI love Halloween, because it gives me a reason to be creative.  Sure you can buy a costume in a bag at any local Halloween shop, but the results are always the same.  A baggy, ill-fitting, too short costume is not the way to go.  After a few disastrous Halloweens during my early 20s I decided to start adding my own personal touch to costumes.  If you can’t sew like me, you can create an easy costume using items in your closet.  With the right dress all you really need are some Halloween accessories, which won’t cost you much at all. In need of costume accessories? I found mine here.

Each year I put together two costumes, a different costume for each of the nights I go out.  This year the theme was good vs. evil.  For my first look, I decided on the evil queen.  I drew my inspiration from the hit TV series Once Upon a Time.  In the show Regina plays an evil queen with killer style.  With each episode I watched I grew ever more jealous that I couldn’t wear her outfits in my day to day life, but on Halloween we can be as glamorous and sexy as we want to be.

To recreate Regina’s look I went for a black laced halter corset found here. Next, I searched for a skirt that would be fun and sexy, but still fit in with the theme.  I knew I could do better than a typical tutu, and found this high-low fairy tale skirt in black online here.  The crown would be the most important part of the costume, without it people would have trouble figuring out what I was supposed to be. I found this amazing crown at Amazon.com here.  The crown is definitely my favorite part of this costume. Wish I could wear it every day lol!

cinderella costumeEvery little girl dreams of being a Disney Princess.  Cinderella was one of my favorite movies as a little girl, and still is to this day, so for my second look I chose to recreate Cinderella’s iconic look.  My boyfriend had purchased the crown for me from Disneyland several months back, and Halloween gave me an opportunity to wear it out in public without seeming like a lunatic.  To recreate the rest of the look I started with this white corset from Frederick’s of Hollywood.  Although Cinderella’s dress is often depicted as blue, it always looked white, and glittery to me.  The shine in this corset was perfect.  I paired it with a white maxi skirt I had in my closet purchased at Foreign Exchange for less than $40.  To complete the look I’ll be wearing full length white gloves, and a black choker similar to the one found here.

No matter what your fairy tale dreams are you can make them come true on Halloween.  You don’t have to look unshapely in a costume from a bag just because you can’t sew.  Putting together a costume isn’t as hard as you might think, and the results are always better.

Wishing you and yours a very Happy Halloween!

-Meeshme

Bye Bye Summer?

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The media is saying good bye to summer with tons of articles, blogs, and TV specials, but I say hold on! It’s still over 85 degrees in many parts of the US.  It’s 88 degrees here in Glendale, and 85 by the beaches.  In fact we typically don’t see a cool down in Los Angeles until closer to Halloween.  Meanwhile department and online stores have cleared out mini skirts and tank tops to make room for wool sweaters and jeans.

Dear Department Store,

We can’t wear wool in California. Just stop it!

While finding summer clothing in September can prove to be challenging, the good news is that many summer items are already on sale.  If you’re in need of items to stay cool in, visit the sale section of your favorite online retailer.  It’s also a great time to buy a swim suit for the rest of this season, or for next season. Can’t find what you’re looking for online? Visit the nearest outlet mall.  Many stores send last season’s items off to the outlet locations, and mark them down sometimes up to 70%.

Don’t know where to start? These online retailers are offering great deals on summer fashions now:

Express: 40% off Clearance

J Crew: Extra 25% off Sale Items

Victoria’s Secret: Swim Suit Sale & Clearance Items

Forever 21: Tons of trendy styles on sale now

Zumiez: 60% off Labor Day Sale

LuLu’s: Plenty of summer dresses under $30

You can save on more than just clothing in September.  There is still plenty of time to have that summer BBQ you never got around to throwing.  Target and Walmart are both offering great deals on patio furniture, and plastic dishware, everything you need to have a great outdoor party with friends.

Target: Up to 50% off Patio Clearance Items

Walmart: Patio Clearance

Don’t be fooled by the media.  There is still plenty of time to enjoy your backyard, take a dip in the pool, and rock a mini dress.  Take advantage of these great deals, and enjoy the heat while you can.

Black Tie

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I love a good black tie event, it means that I can dress up in formal attire. Unfortunately, there aren’t too many black tie events these days.

While online shopping at Lulus.com I got inspired by this cute black bow tie top. I love a good bodysuit, so I knew I had to have it. Body suits stays in place, unlike when attempting to tuck a regular top into your skirt or pants. It also smooths out your look, no special shapewear or undies needed. The fabric is pretty stretchy, so when ordering keep that in mind.  It’s a comfortable top, and the fit is great.

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I wore my bow tie bodysuit for the first time this weekend in Vegas. I paired it with the faux leather fit and flare Express skirt featured on my blog here.  You can purchase this sweet heart neckline, bow bodysuit at Lulus.com for just $37 plus shipping.  To view this top on their website or to order a top of your very own visit the site here.

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Summer:Fashion Finds Lately

Looking at my wardrobe last week, I realized I’m lacking some bright summer colors.  With another trip to Palm Springs in my immediate future, I knew I needed to seek out some fun and flirty summer dresses.  Check out my summer fashion finds from Lulus.com below.

Each of these dresses is comfortable and flowy, perfect for the hot summer months.  What’s even better about each of these lovely dresses is that you can get them from Lulus.com for $50 or less.  Spend $100 and get free shipping as well!  Click on the images below to be redirected to the item’s details page.  Happy shopping!

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Dress Me: Basic Black

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As much as I love color and prints in fashion, not everyone can pull off wearing them.  On the other hand, anyone can pull of black and look amazing in it.  Countless fashion sites and stylists insist that every girl needs a “little black dress,” but I don’t believe you should stop there.

On days where you’re not feeling as confident, black pieces can cover up and conceal any insecurities; meanwhile, highlighting your best features.  Here are some great staple black pieces that you can wear to work, for cocktails, or on date night:

Crop tops have been in for a while now.  I love wearing high waisted skirts, so a crop top is perfect.  This criss crossed crop top from Nastygal.com works perfectly with a maxi skirt or any high waisted skirt in your wardrobe.  Believe it or not, lace is actually very flattering.  This long sleeved lace shirt from Express hides imperfections, and creates a romantic look without much work at all.  Next, I have found that fit and flare is the most flattering for my body type.  If you have thicker thighs, fit and flare can highlight your waist while concealing your thighs.  I love the faux leather and lace fit and flare skirts from Express.  A good pair of leggings are a necessity, but a good pair can be hard to find.  I was shocked to find that the Kardashian line of leggings worked best for me.  They do know how to dress a curvy girl.

These images should work to inspire your next shopping trip.  Try some new black pieces, but mix them with color or accent pieces that pop.  If you carry most your weight on the lower half of your body, try one of these black skirts or leggings.  If you are heavier on top, a cute black top can conceal arms or tummy bulge.

My top can be found at Foreign Exchange, and the skirt is the fit and flare faux leather legging found at Express.com.

The Mr Collection

The Mr Collection

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My good friend Vladimir is quite the entrepreneur.  His latest business venture is The Mr. Collection.  Many women are familiar with Rent The Runway, well The Mr. Collection is the same concept but for men.  In this economy affording designer clothing isn’t always possible.  That doesn’t mean you can’t look your best.  The Mr. Collection is a subscription based fashion rental company.  You apply for a subscription, and gain access to great pieces of clothing.  Whether you need to look great for your next interview or your first date with the girl of your dreams, The Mr. Collection can help.

Men let’s face it, sometimes it’s hard to dress yourself.  When you don’t have a girlfriend or sister on hand to help, sign up for The Mr. Collection and get outfits picked out for you.  A small questionnaire helps our fashion stylists get to know your personality and personal style.  They can then put together outfits based on today’s latest trends.

To learn more about The Mr. Collection visit them today! It’s never too late to get fashionable.

Check back with me tomorrow for another Meeeeshme blog post.

The Mermaid

The Mermaid Look

The Mermaid Look

Happy Hump Day everyone!

Ever since I was a little girl I’ve loved mermaids.  It’s a love I share with thousands of little girls everywhere.  I don’t know what it is about them.  Maybe it’s that they are always depicted as such beautiful creatures, or that they get to live under the sea.  Being in the water always felt like a second home to me.  I loved swimming in my pool growing up, and taking trips to the ocean.  It’s probably why I ended up attending college at Pepperdine.

My love for mermaids inspired today’s look.  The top is a pearly white, and the shape reminded me of a sea shell.  The sheer tan colored mesh in the center provides the sex appeal men often notice about mermaids.  The bottom is a mermaid cut maxi skirt in deep blue.  The skirt has two slits up either side of the front.  I wore my hair with loose curls to finish the look.

Both the halter top and maxi skirt were purchased at Foreign Exchange in store.  Affordable prices and attention to detail make Foreign Exchange a great place to shop.