Recently, I fell in love with New York-based label Rosemilk. After weeks of scrolling their dreamy IG feed and drooling uncontrollably over every post, I placed an order. And I definitely chose the right time to do so–their pieces are perfect for summer.

Because I *hate* fast fashion, I am always on the hunt for beautiful and original pieces made in the United States (and I don’t use the word “hate” lightly). Rosemilk’s pieces are nostalgic and romantic yet wearable, feminine yet masculine. All of this combined makes Rosemilk the perfect match for me!

As soon as my ordered arrived, I knew these were the type of pieces that I would be keeping forever and someday passing down to a daughter of my own. They are just so, so special and TIMELESS! The tropics, nostalgia and romance all serve as inspiration for Rosemilk, and that comes through very clearly in each and every design.

I chose the Bambina Crop top in pale yellow, the Chiquita Banana Wrap skirt, the Filomena Cotton Wrap in white and the Bambino Trouser in tangerine, all of which are super-versatile in my opinion and appropriate for my office (given that I style them properly). Plus, I do have somewhat of a life outside my career, so I can always style these picks for a vacay, a day trip or a night out.

Without even intending to do so, I bought two perfectly styled outfits! The crop top and wrap skirt look amazing together, as do the wrap top and trousers. What better way to introduce my newest favorite retailer to Haute Mess than with a look book featuring these two outfits?

One of my most-loved ways to play up summer’s sultry, beach-y vibes is with a pair of statement earrings. I am a sucker for big hoops and medallion styles (and bright colors, too)! Wear a fun headband adds even more to the outfit and really shows off the earrings.

Even though all these Rosemilk pieces are pretty relaxed, I still wanted to look polished, so I chose my fuchsia block healed slides to pair with the first look, and my brown (faux!) snakeskin booties to go with the second one. That way, I truly feel like myself in both these outfits, which is the first thing I look for when shopping at new retailers (or even shopping for new pieces at any of my go-to labels).

As far as makeup goes, I kept it relatively simple with lived-in bronzy, sun-kissed look from top to bottom. Although I do like playing around with color when it comes to beauty, I do not usually wear so much color in terms of my wardrobe, so I decided to let these outfits shine, instead. I made sure to go with light- or medium-coverage products to get fresh, dewy skin.

Of course these Rosemilk pieces all work so well together, but I also plan to dress down both tops with some Levi’s Wedgie Fit jeans and both bottoms with a simple white tank.

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When it comes to footwear, I am all about comfort! I love a gorgeous pair of heels or a fun statement shoe, but those just aren’t practical options for me most days of the week. With my (extremely) flat feet and busy schedule, I need all the arch support I can get!

A few years ago when athleisure became a huge trend (thanks, Yeezy), I was so happy the comfy sneakers I love wearing were finally seen as “fashionable.” And now that high-fashion labels like Balenciaga and Louis Vuitton made the ever-so-practical “dad sneaker” the shoe-of-choice for the world’s most stylish women, I am overjoyed!

If I have just one guilty pleasure when it comes to style, it is definitely Italian heritage brands, making the Fila Disruptor II a natural choice for me. (As gorgeous as the Balenciaga Triple S trainers are, I can’t justify that kind of splurge right now.) I gravitate towards white clothes and shoes, so I chose the all-white Disruptors, but I pretty much love every colorway.

Some of my favorite bloggers and YouTubers, women whose personal styles I truly admire, have paired their dad sneakers with girly dresses–and it always looks amazing!

I tend to wear maxi dresses a lot this time of the year anyway, so styling my Disruptors with one was a no-brainer. A couple weekends ago I scored this amazing vintage piece at an estate sale, and while I am excited to dress it up, I couldn’t help but dress it down. My style is on the more laidback side, always.

This dress has a silky feel, a feminine fit and an authentic mid-century pattern; what better way to juxtapose it than with new millennium-inspired sneakers?

Despite the dad-like appeal of these shoes, I still felt really sexy thanks to the dress’ halter top, v-cut neckline and low back. Not to mention, the lack of tag or branding on the dress made me feel like I was wearing a one-of-a-kind outfit.

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I mentioned last week that I cannot get enough of this ultra-bronze makeup look now that the weather is heating up! A natural, flushed bronze is my everyday look year-round, so I decided to amp it up for summer. The more sultry, the better, right?

While I wore a killer orange lipstick in my previous post, I decided to go for a more subdued glossy pink lip today, in order to keep the focus on the eyes and cheeks. Speaking of the eyes, I blended several matte shades–including a plummy brown, which ties perfectly into the berry-toned cheek–into my crease and outer corner before applying a metallic shade to my lid.

Products I used:

Step 1: Start by priming the skin with Dr. Brandt’s Pore Refiner Primer. Concentrate this product in the center of the face where pores are larger, blending outwards.

Step 2: Apply Skin Tint to the face with the same outwards technique used to apply the primer.

Step 3: Using the ring finger, apply Brightening Corrector evenly under the eyes. Continue using the ring finger to blend.

Step 4: Apply Stretch Concealer on top of Brightening Corrector with the ring finger, as well, using tapping motions. Before blending, apply Stretch to any blemishes, redness or other problem areas so that it has time to get tacky, allowing for fuller coverage. Blend under the eyes using the ringer finger, then blend on top of blemishes, etc.

Step 5: Set the under eye area with Wowder, then blend the excess product across the entire face.

Step 6: With the ring finger again, apply a small amount of Primer Potion to the eyelid.

Step 6: After Primer Potion has dried, comb and curl the lashes. Then, apply a matte bone eyeshadow shade all over the lid and into the crease using a fluffy crease brush.

Step 7: Using the same fluffy crease brush, buff Side Tracked into the crease. Instead of applying the pigment precisely, go for a blown-out and diffused look. Build up the color by repeating this step two or three times.

Step 8: Taking Lil’ Boat on the same brush as Steps 6 and 7, apply it to the lower portion of the crease, focusing on the outer half of the eye. Lil’ Boat should not be as blown-out as Side Tracked.

Step 9: On a smaller crease brush, apply Cloud Nine to the outer corner of the eye. Once again, build up the color by repeating this step two or three times. Blend with the brush used in Steps 6, 7 and 8 for a seamless look.

Step 10: Apply Board Shorts all over the eyelids using the ring finger. It may take two or three layers to get the necessary color payoff. To soften the edges without sacrificing much pigment, blend with the same fluffy crease brush.

Step 11: Define the lower lash line by sweeping Lil’ Boat all the way across it with a small fluffy brush.

Step 12: Create more definition by applying Cloud Nine to the outer half of the lower lash line with a pencil brush. Use the small fluffy brush from Step 11 to blend.

Step 13: Bring definition to the face with Mocha. Apply it directly to the hollows of the cheek, the temples and along the hairline. Smudge lightly with the fingers, then use a stippling blush to blend it into the skin with an upward motion.

Step 14: Warm up the skin with Capri Coast on a fluffy face brush. Concentrate the product in the hollows of the cheeks, the temples and along the hairline.

Step 15: Give the skin a flushed, sultry look with Haze on the apples of the cheeks. This product is best applied with the fingers, but continue to buff it in with the stippling brush if necessary.

Step 16: For ample glow apply Bonnie-Dew Manizer directly onto the cheekbones and along the orbital eye bone, then tap with the fingers to blend. Repeat this process with Topaz for an even dewier glow!

Step 17: Apply Moon to the cupid’s bow, the inner corner of the eye and along the brow bone. Blend with the pinky and/or ring finger.

Step 18: Beginning in the center of each brow, apply two coats of Boy Brow. Work the product towards the tail, then go back to the beginning of the brow (without dipping into the tube for more product) for the most natural look.

Step 18: Add two coats of Lash Slick to both the top and bottom lashes.

Step 20: Melt all the makeup into the skin and make it last longer by misting Fix+ evenly over the entire face once Lash Slick has dried.

Step 21: Line the lips with your go-to nude pencil. (I used from Cultured from MAC’s Pro Longwear Lip Pencil line.)

Step 22: Finish the look with two coats of Gloss Bomb on the lips.

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Wearing a Backbite bodysuit made from a recycled vintage t-shirt

Instead of spending a fortune on a pair of cutoffs designed to look vintage, I prefer to make my own! I’ve always been pretty thrifty (it runs in the family!), so I am a pro at finding a pair of authentic old-school denim at a bargain.

A year ago, I snagged these faded, baggy jeans at an estate sale for just $10; they were impossible to pass up even though they are super loose on me. (If you’re petite like me, you know how hard it is to find vintage jeans that fit a 25-inch or 26-inch waist.) I did wear them plenty of times as full-length jeans (very Jane Birkin), but I decided it’s time to cut them into shorts.

When it comes to shorts–especially denim shorts–I always go for oversized styles. Tight shorts just aren’t flattering on anyone in my opinion, no matter how killer your legs are! So, this really is the perfect pair to turn into cut-offs.

I’ve had my eye on One Teaspoon’s long denim shorts since the beginning of springtime, and they were the main inspiration behind this pair I created myself. They are cut at an angle and longer in the back, giving them a cool asymmetrical look.

You’ll need:

  • A pair of baggy jeans
  • Fabric scissors
  • Safety pins

Step 1

Lay the jeans flat and create a small (approximately 1 inch) incision on the outseam. The incision should cut through both the front and the back of the jeans. Be sure to cut diagonally, keeping the shorts shorter towards the outseam and longer towards the inseam.

Step 2

Use your hands to tear the remaining portion of the leg off completely. This allows of optimal fraying. You may need to use the scissors when you reach the inseam.

Step 3

Repeat Steps 1 and 2 on the opposite leg.

Step 4

Where desired, roll the newly frayed hems 3 to 4 times and fasten with safety pins. I like to pin mine in the back, and let the front side unroll naturally, or vice versa.

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Wearing ColourPop’s Ultra Satin Lip in Felix

Left to right: Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle in Freckle Fiesta, Tonymoly Get It Tint Water Bar in Orange In Red, ColourPop USL in Felix, Kylie Cosmetics matte liquid lipstick in Doll & Tonymoly Get It Tint in Oops Orange

Last spring (thanks to my better-late-than-never discovery of K-beauty) I got into orange lipstick–it was my color of choice all summer long and even made a few appearances during my transition to fall/winter makeup.

After a few weeks of searching for this year’s best options, I am so excited to start rocking orange lips all over again! Orange really is the ultimate warm-weather lip color. It goes great with a tan. It pairs perfectly with “no makeup” makeup (as well as with a full face). And it works for day or night.

I found ColourPop’s Ultra Satin Lip in Felix–I should’ve known ColourPop carried the *exact* shade I had in mind all along–and I am truly in love with this formula! Why did I wait so long to try it? With a peachy-nude liner underneath, Felix applies evenly and with bold pigment payoff (plus, it is beyond comfortable to wear). It’s only June, but I already know I will be wearing Felix all summer!

Lately I have been wearing my go-to orange lip with a bronze-y/brown smoky eye. The plum, purplish undertones in ColourPop’s Cloud Nine pressed powder eyeshadow *really* make the orange lip pop, and enhancing the eyes with a metallic bronze shadow ties the whole look together.

My regular readers know that I tend to gravitate towards warm, golden highlighters, which are the ideal match for orange lips; the summery tones play off each other so well. I have been reaching for Glossier‘s Haloscope in Topaz and theBalm’s Bonnie-Dew Manizer when I’m wearing an orange lip color. Both options give the skin a natural-looking, lit-from-within glow!

Besides orange lipstick, another go-to for me recently has been this bronzed, sultry eye and cheek combo (a tutorial with all the details is coming soon, I promise). I am so happy with how easy this entire look is to put together! Although I look somewhat polished, I still feel like myself.

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