Model, actress and activist Emily Ratajkowski rarely changes up her makeup look, and when you are that gorgeous, there is no real reason to do so. Her signature nude-brown-pink lip looks effortlessly chic no matter what she is wearing on a given day or night, so lately I’ve been loving to recreate it myself.

This universally flattering lip color is perfect for achieving a sun-kissed summertime glow–with or without the sun. By adding bronzer and this season’s must-have sunset-inspired eyeshadow, this natural-looking lip appears polished.

Ratajkowski in February 2017 [source: CelebMafia]

At the 2017 Met Gala afterparty [source: E! Online]

L’Officiel Paris | May 2017 | by Sam Nixon [source: Fashion Editorials]


Sugar Lip Treatment Sunscreen in Honey by Fresh: Protect and nourish your lips while giving them a healthy wash of color with this cult favorite balm. $24, Sephora

Glass Tinting Lips-Talk in Ruffle Dress (BR401) by Etude House: I’ve gotten way into K-beauty this year; from sheet masks to lip stains, I cannot get enough of the East’s fun, effective and inexpensive skincare and makeup products. Ruffle Dress by Etude House (one of my fav K-beauty brands!) is the perfect barely-there brown with a subtle satin finish. $7.28, Etude House


Generation G in Leo by Glossier: What kind of Glossier Rep would I be if I didn’t include their easy-to-use matte lip in this post? Gen G is a must-have for lipstick newbies, low-maintenance beauty lovers and even glam gals on-the-go. Swipe on 1-2 coats for a sheer look, or build it up for more intense color. $18, Glossier

Multistick in Cashew by Bite Beauty: Bite Beauty’s long-wearing Multistick is an essential in every lady’s beauty collection because it is safe to use on eyes, face and lips. Create a sun-kissed monochromatic makeup look with Cashew, a dusty brown-pink nude. $24, Sephora

Butter Gloss in Tiramisu by NYX: Alone or layered over a matte lip, this cult favorite gloss is as affordable as it is delish. And, it is known throughout the beauty community as one of the most universally flattering makeup products. You will definitely be restocking this one as soon as you run out of it. Prices vary, drugstores


Satin Lip Pencil in Bansar by NARS: I received a hefty sample size of NARS’ Satin Lip Pencil a couple years ago as a member of Sephora’s Beauty Insider rewards program, and it’s been a staple ever since! The formula feels so creamy; I love the way it melts onto the lips and adapts to flatter different skin tones. And, when the rich pigments begins to fade, it doesn’t look messy or splotchy. Instead, it fades evenly, leaving lips with a diffused wash of color. $27, Sephora

Intense Butter Gloss in Tres Leches by NYX: Tres Leches is nearly identical to Tiramisu–except the color is much richer and the formula is slightly shinier. It is still super easy to apply, though, so Tres Leches is all you will need for a stress-free special occasion look–no tricky lip liners or streaky liquid lipsticks required! Prices vary, drugstores 


During my last trip to LA, I scored a killer pair of Levi’s at Melrose Trading Post. And, I have been so excited about them ever since!

They’re a basic high-rise pair with a light wash and a skinny fit, so, I can style them with pretty much anything. Plus, they couldn’t be more comfortable! Lately, I have been loving bodysuits, especially with all my high-rise pants and shorts; they just make the process of picking out an outfit so much simpler.

Backbite, an LA-based vintage retailer, designs super unique bodysuits from recycled t-shirts. I love, love, love how they put a sexy spin on such a masculine piece; it’s such a stylish yet laid-back look with a why-didn’t-I-think-of-that sort of appeal.

Combining the two pieces is one of the easiest ways to look casual, yet put-together–especially on those lazy summer days when you don’t feel like trying.

I polished the revamped Harley Davidson tee and secondhand Levi’s with my go-to metal belt, which is *such* a staple in my wardrobe no matter what the season.

And for a pop of color (I’m cringing to myself for using that cliché, but it’s fitting here, so…), I added my new fuchsia slides. These babies have a small block heel that gives me the perfect boost–great for both daytime and nighttime.

During the day especially, I do my best to avoid appearing “overdone,” so I kept makeup to a minimum. But with a smoky eye (and a faux fur jacket!), this look can easily be worn for a night out. To spice it up even more, I would love to layer my fishnet bodysuit from Danielle Guizio NY underneath. Of course no night-out outfit is complete without a few sparkly bracelets or statement earrings 😉

Bodysuit, Backbite, similar here

Levi’s, thrifted

Belt, thrifted

Slides, Free People, $45

Balconette-style bandeau, Free People, $48 


The easiest way for me to spice up a look is with a fun lip color. Over the years I have collected a pretty large range of hues, and I have tested lip products from a ton of brands–both high end and drugstore.

When I first began wearing lipstick, I loved classic reds (and I still do!). Then, I moved onto pinks, purples and nudes. And lately, I have been loving warm browns and orange shades (more on that in a future post!). Of course, 90s-inspired glossy lips never go out of style, either.

So, for today’s post I decided to roundup all my favorite lippies by color. Although my top picks account for a fairly large range of brands and formulas, I find myself reaching for the following lip products the most.

[pictured: Balm Dotcom in Mint and Generation G in Leo, both by Glossier]










Happy birthday, America! What better way to celebrate than with a fresh swim editorial?

For the holiday I’m rocking a patriotic string bikini by LA-based brand Minimale Animale. Designed and manufactured in the U.S., these killer ‘kinis are not for the faint of heart.

Minimale Animale suits are made for celebrating–or so it seems. All their pieces are gorgeous, but lately I cannot get enough of this blue star-spangled bikini.

For me, the more minimal the coverage, the better–at least when it comes to swimwear–which is why I am so drawn to this label. I am much more comfortable in basic, minimal styles than I am in unconventional ones. So, I always feel my best in Minimale Animale’s ‘kinis, and this one is no different. It is super simple, so when I’m in it, I feel free to be myself because it lets my personality shine through.

I have never been a huge fan of “fashionable” swimsuits; I tend to favor classic cuts and string bikinis over trendy styles. When I want to make a statement on the beach or at the pool, I’ll opt for bright colors and eye-catching patterns, instead. On the Fourth of July and beyond, this retro-inspired suit definitely stands out.

The classic string style of this top is super flattering and allows for minimal tan lines, while the high-cut briefs provide cheekiness I look for in a swimsuit. This blast-from-the-past high-cut look is making a major comeback this season; it is a great way to spice up a plain bikini without looking overdone. In fact, the skimpy cut gives this suit the slightly undone vibes I am always coveting no matter what I wear.

Shop my suit:

The So Choice Top, $100

The Skinny High Cut Lucid Brief, $80-$90


I can hardly contain my excitement for this post because I’ve teamed up with Summersalt, an up-and-coming, eco-friendly swimwear label!

Summersalt launched earlier this year, but that hasn’t stopped big-name publications like GlamourAllure and Elle from raving about it. Committed to sustainability, Summersalt constructs its swimwear (as well as its poly mailers, accent labels, postcards, notecards and envelopes) from recycled materials.

“Since our fabrics are 5-times stronger and more durable than ordinary suits, we hope you will wear it for longer and recycle it when it’s time for something new,” Summersalt’s website reads.

“It’s an industry standard that each suit arrives in a poly bag to ensure freshness and sanitation. The poly bag that your Summersalt suit arrives in is completely recyclable, and we are actively looking for a vendor that makes them out of completely recycled materials…Our resealable pack is 100 percent recyclable and reusable…Use it for wet bathing suits when you travel.”

Last week, the label generously sent me a few pieces from their collection! Being so heavily invested in the fight against fast fashion, I could not be more thrilled to share my new goodies with Haute Mess readers just in time for summer.

Summersalt’s swimsuits are both comfortable and stylish without being overly revealing; they’re made for active beach goers who spend more time moving around than lying in a lounge chair.

“Our durable fabrics retain their shape to withstand even the grandest adventures and activities,” the site continues.

Not only do their swimsuits provide UPF 50+ protection, they are able to withstand the effects of sand, sweat and chlorine–aggressors that can wreak havoc on other swimsuits.

As their too-cute packaging states, the only thing more eco-friendly is skinny dipping. (Plus, nothing is over $95!)

The Cabana, $50

The Mesh Low Rider, $45