I’ve had my eye on Revice Denim’s Venus collection for such a long time. So, when they debuted this limited edition two-tone pair, I just had to get my hands on them! The cheeky star in lieu of back pockets is too cute, and the dark-light denim contrast makes the pattern stand out even more. (Not to mention, the high-waist, booty-hugging fit is super flattering!)

Despite these jeans being a statement piece, they’re relatively easy to style. I opted for the cropped version, called Neverland, which is easier to style on my petite frame compared to Revice Denim’s popular denim flares (which are ah-mazing). And, they are hands-down the most comfortable and flattering jeans I’ve ever worn!

It has been a hot summer where I live in northern New Jersey, so today I chose to pair these babies with a simple black cropped tank and fuchsia slides. These rubbery slides have a block heel, so they give me a much-needed boost without any discomfort.

To dress down these flashy jeans, I wore my hair in a go-to messy bun and kept my face glow-y and natural.

I love the overall vintage vibe of this outfit. Inspired by the denim of years passed, all of Revice’s pieces recreate the look and feel of 1960s and 70s silhouettes for the modern woman. And, I know I’ll have these babies for ever because they’re top-notch quality, manufactured with lots of love in Los Angeles.

Finding awesome pieces made here, in the U.S., is super important to me! Nowadays, a killer label that defies mainstream, industry-wide trends by choosing not to outsource any of its production–like Revice–is hard to come by. So, when I discover a label I love that’s U.S.-based, I definitely become loyal to it.

As the weather gets cooler, I’m looking forward to styling these jeans with various knits and textured ankle booties, maintaining their casual and effortless edge.

Shop my look:

Cropped tank, Brandy Melville, no longer available (similar here)

Venus Neverland denim, Revice, $88

Slides, Free People, $45

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No matter what, I just can’t resist a fresh new ‘kini–even when I am shopping for something else. While on the hunt for some plain white t-shirts a couple weeks ago, I wandered over to Triangl and picked up one of their newest styles: this jacquard two-piece.

I’ve been a huge fan of Triangl since they launched in 2013, and this new suit definitely did not disappoint; in fact, it is one of my favorites yet. I am a huuuuge fan of wearing both pastels and white, and this ‘kini combines the two, so it is definitely a must-have in my swimwear collection.

The bandeau top is surprisingly comfortable–and flattering!–and requires little babysitting (meaning that I don’t have to constantly yank it up). And, unlike most high-waist styles, the cheeky-cut bottoms don’t make me look or feel like I’m wearing a diaper. Overall, this suit makes it easy to move around, but it is also ideal for soaking up the sun.

Because it is Triangl, this ‘kini’s quality just cannot be beat! It is stretchy enough to be comfortable, but the floral pattern doesn’t warp at all when pulled over my curves. The pattern itself is so beautiful and gives the suit a unique texture; you can definitely tell it was stitched with so much attention to detail.

In the past almost all of my Triangl suits have come with a coordinating backpack-style beach bag. Instead, this newbie came with a zipper pouch in a matching solid blue–and so far I’m really liking it! It’s great on its own, but it is also super easy to throw in a bigger bag for a longer stay at the beach or by the pool. Despite its sleek shape, this pouch is big enough to hold tanning oil, SPF, a Balm Dotcom and plenty of reading material

Shop my suit:

Selena, Triangl, $99

What’s in my poolside pouch?

Watermelon Tanning Oil with SPF 6, Bali Body, $22.95

Invisible Shield SPF+, Glossier, $34

Balm Dotcom in Mint, Glossier, $12

Reading material

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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 

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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

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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

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