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 clichĂ©, 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 

Follow:

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]

Red:

Pink:

Purple:

Nude:

Brown: 

Orange:

Gloss:

Balm:

Follow:

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

Follow:

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 Glamour, Allure 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

Follow:

It’s no secret that vacations are packed with activities that cause skincare woes. From late nights to food and alcohol indulgences to long days spent in the sun, I tend to return home with a subpar complexion. Not to mention, air travel itself strips skin of its moisture, causing even more irritation.

So, whenever I return home from a trip, I love to detox my skin. Loading it up with antioxidants combats pollutants, while clay masks deep clean pores clogged with dirt and oil. Collagen and hyaluronic acid restore moisture big-time and help to prevent signs of aging. Together, all these components restore my troubled skin and bring it back to a healthy state.

To start, I kick my normal skincare routine up a notch. After cleansing, I tone skin with micellar water; lately I’ve been loving Bioderma’s SĂ©bium for combination to oily skin, but Pacifica’s Cactus Water Micellar Water Cleansing Tonic is another go-to. And if I am experiencing breakouts, I will also go in with witch hazel where it’s needed (usually in my t-zone).

Then comes serums. I love Glossier‘s Vitamin C serum called Super Glow to brighten dull, tired skin, and I’ll treat blemishes and redness with its sidekick Super Pure.

Even for those with oily skin, it is so important to moisturize–especially after cleansing, toning and serum-ing. I alternate between Glossier‘s original Priming Moisturizer and Clinque’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel; both are super safe for sensitive or acne-prone skin!

After moisturizing, I’ll give my skin a break for a few hours, then I’ll use a clay mask for a deeper clean. To leave skin feeling cleaner and more refreshed than ever, I use Aztec Secret’s Indian Healing Clay mixed with apple cider vinegar (a heavy-duty mask for oily skin, blemishes and blackheads), or Glossier‘s Mega Greens Galaxy Pack (which treats the same problems, but is much more gentle).

I let the mask sit on my face for about 30-40 minutes, then I’ll rinse with warm water and gently pat dry. Lastly, I use a Korean or Japanese sheet mask, which are relatively new to my beauty routine. Loaded with collagen, hyaluronic acid and Vitamin E, these masks restore moisture and elasticity stripped away from both travel and the deep cleaning process. As the instructions typically state, after removing the mask, I use my hands to gently massage the essence into my face and downwards, onto neck.

When I’m ready for bed at the end of the night, I treat any pesky whiteheads with Mario Badescu’s Drying Lotion. This product is totally worth all the hype it gets from bloggers and YouTubers because, much like Aztec Secret’s mask, you can actually feel it working its magic. However, this product is a spot treatment, so I use a cotton swab to dab it only wher I need it.

Follow: