August 18, 2014

MESH + LEATHER

WEARING: American Apparel Leather Skirt + Bra, Unif Mesh, Club Monaco Sunnies and Adidas Superstar II.

I don't think that I have expressed my undeniable love for leather, cotton and anything mesh. I live in these materials, constantly mixing and rotating the three of them. How can you not? It was a warm day, I went around thinking it was acceptable to just be down to one's bra. I usually don't show off too much skin, but I am trying to feel comfortable in my own body. Sneakers really come into play here as it dresses down any outfit, don't you think? I know that I said earlier in August that I was going to blog more often, and it has not yet happen, but please don't lose faith. I have been busy filling orders for my designs from earlier this month, so instead of blogging I have been cutting and sewing. I am catching up with my work load and will soon stop having to pull all-nighters.

Photos by Carmin Edwards.

August 11, 2014

MA DESIGNS

WEARING: Melissa Araujo Vest Dress, American Apparel Crop Top, Vintage Leather Bermudas, Vintage Prada Bag and Zara Sandals.

Something I have not done enough of, is let my readers know that not only am a blogger, but I am also a fashion designer. From now on I am going to try and incorporate more of my work and designs into the blog. In case you haven't seen my work yet, please visit my website www.melissaaraujo.com, check out my designs which are all minimal, modern and monochromatic an extension of my personal style.

The vest that I am wearing here is from my latest collection called Linear, inspired by the Brazilian architect: Oscar Niemeyer. Have a look here to see the different ways you can wear the vest or how I styled it: here and here. This vest dress is one of my favourite designs, I wear it all the time.

Photos by Carmin Edwards.

August 04, 2014

MA WILL BE BLOGGING MORE OFTEN!


WEARING: Silk Camisole ( Similar here), J Brand Jeans, Sophie Hulme Bag, Shoe Dazzle, Made Her Think Rings, Club Monaco Bracelets and Ray Ban Sunnies.

It is hard to believe that July is over, where did the time go? I am sure we all still have so much to do before Summer is officially over. Starting this month I will hopefully be blogging twice a week, so expect more outfits, inspiration, and collages. I made the decision after receiving supportive feedback from readers, friends and many comments that I should blog more often, so there you have it. I hope this new creative challenge will be as exciting for you as it is for me. Thank you for all your support and comments - I read them all. Excited for what is to come! Also, I will be more active on Instagram; if we are not friends there yet, find me at @melissa.araujo.

Photos by Carmin Edwards.

July 28, 2014

GRATITUDE


WEARINGCameo The Label Shirt, H&M Bermudas, Alexander Wang Marion Bag, Zara Sandals, Club Monaco Sunnies and Vanessa Mooney Bracelet.

The past week was a mix between hard work and enjoyment. Hard work because even though it was my "birthday week", I worked non stop to get Two M Projects where it needs to be (good old deadlines). Enjoyment because I can finally see some of the samples taking shape and form. Any free time I had was spent on Skype, with friends and family, and I got to spend real time with my friends over the weekend. Their company was great and I had (many) birthday drinks. Thank you everyone who took the time to make me feel special, for all the love and positivity. "The more grateful you are for what you have, the more the universe wants to give you. Abundance favours gratitude." Feeling so blessed! ♡ 

Photos by Vanessa Hong. Special thanks to you V for taking time out of your busy schedule to shoot & edit these ♡.

July 21, 2014

BIRTHDAY WEEK


WEARING: Melissa Araujo Slip On Dress, American Apparel Mesh Dress, H&M Leather Jacket, Alexander Wang Marion Bag, Alexander Wang Kori Boots, 8 Other Reasons Rings, and Margiela Necklace Worn as Bracelet.

I can't believe it is my birthday week again, time is going by so quickly. Friday is not a bad day for a birthday and I have some exciting plans for the week + weekend, with some of my best friends. As for birthday gifts I am a hard person to buy for, here are few links if anyone needs a hint! I am also a fan of an emerging tradition of envelopes with cash, this way there is no disappointment. Here is my wish list:

1. Rachael Ruddick Le Trop Bag 2. Mansur Gavriel Bucket Bag 3. Acne Jensen Boots 4. Carven Curly Wool Coat 5. Another Feather Curve Cuff 6. Kara BackPack, 7. Tom Ford Book.

Before I forget, head out to my friend Vanessa's blog The Haute Pursuit, she has a new lookbook out that we shot last week, her THPSHOP also has a whole new layout.

Photos by Carmin Edwards.

July 13, 2014

SUMMER COATS



WEARING: Rodebjer Kimono CoatCyeoms Crop Top, DIY Skirt, Celine Trio Bag, Zara Sandals and Ray Ban Sunnies.

Sure, I probably don't need a Summer coat, but as I have mentioned many times, I am constantly cold. So the excitement of wearing sleeveless pieces ends pretty quickly for me, as I always look for an extra layer. In the past I have worn my leather jackets year around (and I still do), but now I find that lighter fabrics such as linen, cotton or even silk work better for me during the day at least, then I resort to leather for the evenings. Here are my three favourite coats for the Summer that can definitely be styled during the Spring and Fall, they also have added versatility as they can all be worn as dresses:

1.  Rodebjer Kimono Dress Coat, 2. Front Row Shop Duster Coat and 3COS Silk Dress Coat.

Photos by Carmin Edwards.

July 06, 2014

NEOPRENE AKA WETSUIT MATERIAL


WEARING: Novevite Neoprene Top, Cameo The Label Shorts, Club Monaco Top and Sunnies, H&M Bag. Until recently, my only experience with Neoprene was with my beach wear, since last year though we have all seen it on the runway. A lot of designers have incorporated in their collections, beyond just using it for surfing and swimsuits designs. I decided to give this fabric a try. The Black Novevite Neoprene Top oozes strength, I love the fact that it reflects a sport silhouette and it is not clingy. I am looking forward to wearing it more this coming Fall, as it insulates well and I am always trying to keep warm. Are you guys for or against neoprene outside the swimwear section?
Photos by Carmin Edwards.