It’s only Tuesday but it’s almost the end of August! Life is a million miles an hour right now and I couldn’t be more excited about it. As September creeps up on us, I have a lot of exciting things in the works to share! First and foremost, September means Fashion Week! Something that I will admittedly tell you I have drempt of doing my entire life. Last year was the first time I attended NYFW and this year I will also be traveling to London for Fashion week! Tickets booked and ready to go!
I can’t wait to share all of the exciting happenings from front and back stage! I’ll be covering here and on my Instagram so if you are not already following along, you can by searching @MargoandMe!
Also coming up is a really fun giveaway from one of my favorite watch designers over Labor day weekend (THIS WEEKEND). Stay tuned for details to come.
I uploaded the last image here to my instagram page with the quote “not all those who wander are lost”. A quote that has for some reason, been resonating with me lately. Maybe because now more than ever I feel like I am on a path. I spent years not feeling confident of my path in life. Uncertain about both love and career. I guess this is how our early twenties are supposed to be, navigating experiences the best way we know how in order to help shape and guide the person that we will become. Not to say we stop growing in our late twenties, quite the opposite actually. Just growth in a more assured direction.
With this growth comes new discoveries about oneself. Have you felt this in life? Discovering something new about yourself can be surprising which is why it’s so important to be open to new experiences and try new things. As I have been blogging through the past two years, I have been asked to do things that are out of my comfort zone, but for no particular reason at all! Simply things that I have convinced myself that I wouldn’t be good at (self doubt at its finest ladies and gents!). This past week, I was asked by Matte Black Group to attend the Magic trade shows in Las Vegas with Womens Wear Daily, the industries leading trade publication to speak on several panels. To an audience. With people. Lots of them. Oh, and did I mention we had to speak into microphones (LOL)?
Over the course of three days, fellow influencers and myself were asked to speak about the digital space, visual storytelling, building community and driving sales. As I spoke, I began to realize something! I actually LIKED public speaking! As people watched and listened, I began to realize that they were there to learn! Sharing my experiences and my thought on these subjects turned out to be an incredibly liberating experience and I couldn’t be more grateful to the Matte Black Group team for giving me the opportunity to discover this.
If you have fear of public speaking too, I urge to to try it more! It’s as if the more confident you become in the direction of your career decisions, the more confident you will be speaking on the subject. When at first I was frightened by the thought of public speaking, it was actually one of the most exciting things I have done in my professional career.
Over the years, I’ve gone through so many phases with certain accessories that I just can’t get enough of. As of late, I have been really drawn to super delicate, feminine and pave diamond pieces. I can specifically remember when I told myself that I was going to stop purchasing “costume jewelry”, only invest in finer pieces that complemented my wardrobe and were classics enough to be stapes for decades to come.
When investing in such pieces, it’s so important to do your research on brands that are good quality. One of the great things about being a blogger is that I get to share these first hand experiences with you in hopes it helps you when it comes to selecting the right piece for yourself!
While traveling in Paris last May, I discovered British jewelry designer Monica Vinader’sFiji Friendship bracelets- these are perfect for engraving! I’ve actually thought about getting these as gifts for my bridesmaids to be (hopefully I’m not spoiling the surprise for them by writing this!). In addition to there très chic friendship bracelets, Monica’s Riva and Diamond collections are flawless. They have that clean aesthetic I adore while still feeling earthy and not “blingy”; making her pieces super easy to stack and layer like I did here.
I really see a big transition from bulky, bauble jewelry to delicate diamond and metal pieces. What do you think? Are you slowly making the transition yourself or still loving your statement pieces?
First comes love, then comes marriage… but before that comes the engagement party, naturally! From the moment we were engaged, my Fiancé Freddie and I both knew that we wanted to have a huge celebration to commemorate this exciting time in our lives. Bringing our closest friends and family together to do so turned out to be one of the happiest nights of my life. There is something truly special to be said about being surrounded by all of the people you love all in one place. By the end of the night, my cheeks honestly hurt from all of the smiling and laughing.
Freddie and I are both old souls. One of our many similarities is that we equally enjoy any excuse to get dressed up. The man’s never met a suit he didn’t like! Since the day we started to plan, we were on the same page about hosting a black tie soiree. And so it began! We worked with Jonathan Wright & Co, a Los Angeles based letterpress designer. We’ve been buying our stationary from him for years so there was no question that we would be designing our invites with him. How cute is the bow tie?! And isn’t the gold calligraphy exquisite?
After the invites were sent, reality set in and we suddenly realized we had to pull a party together for 150 of our closest friends and family! A bit of an “oh shit” moment to say the least. It’s easy to get lost in the vast amount of options you have for venue, florist, dress designer and so on, which is why you must always go with your first instinct. And because Freddie and I planned the entire event ourselves, this instinct was all we had to rely on!
Our venue was the Sunset Tower Hotel, a historic Art Deco building situated in the foothills of West Hollywood. One of our favorite stay-cation spots. Our black tie, old soul theme felt like we were going to be having our Gatsby moment, so we wanted to give our guests a spectacular surprise! Our synchronized swimming performance was put on by the beautiful ladies of the Aqualillies. The girls put on such an amazing performance to the swankiest “Vintage Splash” tunes. No one wanted it to end! Pretty sure someone screamed “Encore!”.
The rest of the night was filled with speeches, toasts and lots of champagne. Guests were also busy throwing black, white and gold confetti at the camera in the Photo Booth which was designed by Tara Berger of One Stylish Party (Follow her on Instagram here). And while your on Instagram, search “jenfredwed2015” to see all of the fun photo booth moments!
And as all good things must come to an end, so did the party. Up to our room we went but not without a handful of our gigantic balloons in tow. Waking up the next morning with massive balloons cluttering our ceiling was almost as good as the confetti trail we found leading from our room all the way down to the lobby.
I have to give a special thanks to my bestie, Paige Newell who not only ordered over 500 of the most delicious macaroons for our macaroon bar but also made sure that everything came together day of. My diamond bracelets and earrings are by XIV Karats, the same team who helped Freddie design my engagement ring. And of course, a huge thanks to Freddies sister, Kristen Cipoletti of A Sweet Occasion for our entry hall of gigantic balloons, The Aqualillies for the preformance, The Poppy League for the most beautiful flowers and candle lit decor and last but certainly not least Dennis Gocer, we will cherish these photos for an eternity.
One of the most exciting things about becoming a bride to be (besides marring the man of your dreams, of course) is that suddenly you are at the forefront of an entirely new realm of fashion! Almost as if the pearly white gates of bridal heaven have opened before you, the options of dresses, shoes, jewelry and clutches becomes endless!
A few years back, one of my old co-workers was getting married and as she was going through her dress selection process, she always raved about BHLDN. Although I wasn’t quite there in my own life, I couldn’t help but fall in love with what I found on their online boutique! From then on, I was hooked. It became my go-to destination for engagement gifts, stationary and bridal inspiration to pin to my (now) not so secret Pinterest boards. Now that I am a bride to be, I can openly peruse their wedding dress section (YAY!).
It is with great pleasure that I get to share three of my favorite looks from their Fall collection which hits their online boutique today. As you will see from the photos, this upcoming collection is full of graceful, feminine silhouettes. Their delicate accessories are dripping with crystals which adds a layer of rich texture to their lace, tulle and silk gowns.
If you’re reading this as a bride to be or have a friend or sister who is recently engaged, I’m excited to share that BHLDN and I are giving away a $500 gift certificate. Just scroll down to the bottom of the post for details on how to enter to win!
The first look features the Penelope Gown. As one of my favorite bridal looks, I adore the silhouette and felt so etherial wearing it. The illusion neckline and lace bodice is a beautiful combination. I felt so natural in it. I complemented the look with a crystal belt and headpiece for a little extra sparkle in all the right places. This gown is so feminine, soft and romantic!
For the second look, I am wearing the Livia gown. I immediately felt like an old Hollywood starlet wearing this. It’s off-white color has a vintage vide, the look is traditional and classic. That is until you turn around! The scoop back meets the sweet bow for a look that takes my breath away!
Last but not least, the third dress that I fell in love with is a stylish yet dance-ready reception dress which is the mark of a modern wedding these days. For the bride looking for something a little more playful, this cocktail dress is the perfect alternative to a gown while still feeling completely bridal.
A trip to Palm Springs just isn’t complete without a desert photo shoot. While Palm Springs boasts rich colors, lush gardens and sky blue pools, the desert is one of my favorite places to shoot because it is the complete opposite of that. Stark white sands against the mountainous backdrop makes for some really dramatic imagery.
Although a long sleeve romper and four inch wedges aren’t exactly what I would wear if I was lost in the desert, the style of this shoot was to feel more editorial. It’s one of the things that I love about blogging, mixing the traditional street style elements with more of a fashion editorials edge. So much of what consumes our daily lives is repetitive and being able to transcend yourself into a kind of fantasy world through visual imagery is all sorts of inspiring to me which is why I love to shoot at not so standard locations. Hopefully you guys are digging it!
I’ve never been one to shy away from the sun. Sunbathing is actually one of my favorite pastimes! Nothing better than sweating it out and getting that golden glow that makes us all crave summer. Funny fact! My friends used to tell me I was tanorexic, a term that still cracks me up to this day – I never thought I was tan enough! It wasn’t until my early twenties that I started noticing the small signs of sun damage on my body and it was then that I traded in my tanning oil for SPF50 and oversized sun hats.
My Mom, who is an esthetician was more relieved than anyone to hear that I was smartening up to skin damage. I truly have her to thank not only for turning me on to all of the products that I use for sun protection but also all of the restorative products I use on a daily basis. With this wealth of knowledge at my finger tips, I thought I would share some of these amazing products with you, and since we are on the subject of sun…well SPF is where it’s at people!
One of the most beautiful things about living in Southern California is how beaches, mountains and deserts are just a car ride away. One weekend it’s the beach and the next, I am on my way to Palm Springs, one of the most amazing places to visit if you have never been, that’s if you like the heat! During the summer months, 100+ temperatures are normal for this region so the only thing to do is lay by (in or) in the pool. Personally, I love the dry heat but you are in for a serious burn if you aren’t layering up on SPF.
One of my personal favorite’s is Goldfaden MD’s Sun Visor. Being a self proclaimed product snob, I am extremely particular when it comes to what I put on my skin. I get uncomfortable in heavily textured lotions and if the smell is the least bit offensive, count me out. Sure, there is something nostalgic about the smell of sunscreen but I’d rather not smell like a six year old. That being said, I’ve always used Sun Visor because it’s super lightweight, not scented at all and I can wear it on my face and my body which is a huge perk! I never feel like I am burning when I wear it which is why I never leave on a weekend getaway without it.