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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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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It has definitely been a hot minute since my last monthly favs post, and I have a *ton* of new things I cannot wait to share with my readers! Monthly favorites posts are, no pun intended, some of my fav posts to read or watch on YouTube, so of course I love making my own, too.

I love trying new things when it comes to fashion, beauty and lifestyle, but the best part is always sharing the MVPs with you, Haute Mess readers! Be sure to let me know what you’ve been loving lately in the comments below. 🙂

Fashion

Levi’s Wedgie Fit jeans: A couple months ago I finally invested in these bad boys after a similar vintage pair I own kept ripping in the wrong place. (Don’t get me wrong–I love a cheeky tear, but that’s definitely not appropriate for the office.)

As the name suggests, Levi’s Wedgie Fit jeans have the same flattering, booty-hugging fit that vintage jeans do; they feel soft and worn-in, the way pre-loved jeans do *without* the inconvenient tearing. These guys are so versatile and comfortable, I wear them multiple times a week! I definitely need a second pair to add to my rotation, but until then, learn more about why I love them from my recent blog post.

The Rosemilk: To say I am obsessed with this new New York-based label would be a complete understatement! The IG feed is so inspiring. All the pieces are dreamy, high-quality and (most importantly!) wearable. Plus, everything is made in the U.S.! I can’t get enough.

I placed an order from The Rosemilk last week, and–without spilling too many details–I cannot wait to share everything in an upcoming lookbook. Stay tuned!

Inamorata Swim: I am obsessed with all things Em Rata, so of course I had to try a few things from her swimwear line when it dropped! Her style is flawless.

A few weeks ago I posted a sneak peek of my new suits on IG. I picked up the Orpheus set in cheetah, as well as the Leucadia one-piece in red snake. Much like my other two fashion favs this month, both these suits are comfortable, flattering and made in the U.S.!

As a gal with a naturally full bust (especially when compared to my waist), I really love that Inamorata swimwear isn’t padded. Nothing looks more fake or uncomfortable than swimsuits with all that unnecessary padding. When it comes to swim, it’s the skimpier, the better for me.

Beauty

Summer Friday’s Jet Lag Mask: After seeing several of my fellow Glossier Reps rave about this mask on their blogs and YouTube channels, I decided to try it for myself. I am a total mask junkie, anyway.

All their positive reviews meant that there was a good chance I was going to really enjoy the Jet Lag Mask, but I didn’t expect to be so blown away by it!

First of all, wash-off isn’t required, which is amazing. Most weeknights I am way too tired to get up and wash a mask off (that is, if I even have the energy to put one on in the first place). Jet Lag also has a very, very subtle minty scent and cool feeling, making it so soothing and refreshing in addition to hydrating.

I’ve been using this mask multiple nights a week for weeks now, and the results have been nothing but positive: plump, hydrated skin and reduced redness without any breakouts or that sticky, greasy feeling. A little goes a long way with the Jet Lag mask, so I haven’t even gone through half the tube yet. Can’t wait to keep using it!

Tan-Luxe The Water & The Face: Tan-Luxe created the self-tanners to end all self-tanners. I have been a loyal Saint Tropez girl for years now, but I finally decided to try something new during Sephora’s recent VIB sale.

The Water is an incredibly innovative product. It is completely clear (it seriously looks like water); you spray it on, rub it in with a mitt and, in about four hours, you have a perfectly even, post-vacation tan! I can’t begin to describe how great it is. The best part? It dries almost instantly. Perfect for my busy schedule! It is also hydrating, so there is no need to apply body lotion on top, saving you even more time.

I also picked up The Face, which is just as easy–if not easier–to use. All you have to do is mix a couple drops of this product with your usual moisturizer and apply as usual. It dries as the moisturizer dries, leaving you with a glow-y, never-orange tan in four hours.

Both these products give the skin a build-able, long-lasting bronze that can’t be beat. I haven’t experienced any streaks or discoloration using either of them! Just be sure to wash your hands after application.

BECCA Under Eye Brightening Corrector: My dark circles like to make an appearance several times a week, and sometimes, concealer just isn’t enough to cover them.

The salmony-pink tones in BECCA’s Under Eye Brightening Corrector (I’m in the shade Light/Medium) cancel my dark circles instantly! Both of my go-to concealers (Glossier Stretch and Tarte Shape Tape) apply flawlessly on top, and the results last all day. I will definitely be repurchasing this product when the time comes; it quickly became a staple in my routine!

Gisou Honey-Infused Hair Oil: I finally restocked on this product after going without it for months. My hair definitely missed it! Of course, I loved it the first time around (I did repurchase it, after all), but this oil never made its way to my monthly favorites–until now!

Upon application Gisou’s Hair Oil feels thick and nourishing, but in my hair it feels weightless and absorbs instantly. Every hair oil I’ve tried before this one left a heavy, greasy film on my tresses; Gisou’s never does that. It leaves hair shiny and manageable, nourishes broken or breaking strands and smells heavenly. It is a must-have for all hair types in my opinion.

Glossier Lash Slick: When Glossier‘s first-ever mascara launched earlier this month, the hype was real, so I wrote an entire blog post about it. Instead of boring you here, I’ll link you to my Lash Slick review.

I will say this, though: Lash Slick is 100-percent smudge- and flake-free, even after a long day, a good cry or an allergy attack. It’s insane. And amazing. I have yet to find another mascara that does this–and I’ve tried so many! It is also worth noting here that the comb is thin and precise with bristles that hug every lash, allowing for flawless, mess-free application every single time.

Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb: Okay, so, I know I am way late to the party with this one, but Gloss Bomb still deserves my recognition. It was my lippie of choice pretty much every day this month! I can’t believe I didn’t pick it up sooner.

Rihanna is quite possibly the coolest person to ever exist, so of course I already own a few things from her Fenty Beauty line since it made its initial debut nearly a year ago. But for some reason, I held out on Gloss Bomb (and I’m kind of regretting it).

Not only is the natural pink color so gorgeous, the tiny golden reflects give the lips a delish shine. But the absolute best part of this gloss is definitely the formula! It’s never goopy or messy; it applies evenly with a silky feel that is just so refreshing for a lip gloss!

Lifestyle

Freedom Natural Deoderant: Freedom’s natural deodorant line is nothing short of life-changing! Personally, I’ve been reaching for the classic deodorant sticks and the Travel Minis (especially the peach scent). When I made the switch to natural deodorant a year ago, I began using Schmidt’s. Since then, I’ve tried a few different scents, and really like the Rose-Vanilla one. But, a few weeks ago I was running low and in the market for a new deodorant; luckily, I saw Jenah Yamamoto post about how much she loves Freedom!

I thought it was meant to be, so I decided to order a set of Travel Minis. Now I know I don’t want to try another deodorant! Freedom claims to be the “natural deodorant that really works,” and I completely, 100-percent agree. A normal weekday for me consists of a busy schedule at work, an hour commute each way, as well as an intense at-home workout or trip to the gym. Thanks to Freedom, I can go about my day smelling like a peach the whole way through–without any reapplication (or fear of harmful ingredients that lurk in most mainstream deodorant formulas).

HUM Nutrition Raw Beauty Skin & Energy Superfood Powder: So, I’m not sure whether it’s a placebo effect, but this drink mix really works. I am definitely a big believer that your gut health affects your overall health, including your energy levels and your skin’s appearance. And because I don’t drink coffee, I am always on the hunt for safe and effective energy supplements. That’s why I decided to try this Superfood Powder from HUM.

I chose the mint choco chip flavor and mixed it with plain almond milk. The taste definitely is not horrible, but you shouldn’t expect it to taste like a bowl of ice cream, either. Just be sure to mix it thoroughly.

When I drink this mix with breakfast, I feel an instant boost of energy, and I don’t tire as easily or as quickly throughout the day as I usually do. Right now, I don’t know if I will repurchase this (it is pretty pricey when Sephora isn’t having a VIB sale), but I am really happy I tried it and will continue to use it until I run out.

Keller Rose Curve Builder workout: Not going to lie–this workout has been a part of my routine for almost a year now. I’ve always looked up to Katrina Brodsky, the face behind Keller Rose, as a blogger and as a woman in general, so when she shared her pilates-based workout routine with Keller Rose readers, I decided to try it for myself. (I mean, have you seen her bod?)

This is by no means an easy workout, and I definitely don’t recommend it for beginners or those of you who don’t exercise regularly. I’ve been exercising for about five days a week for over six years now, and I was incredibly sore for two days the first time I completed the Curve Builder circuit! It’s so worth it, though! Curve Builder tightens and tones all major muscle groups and really makes you sweat without cardio. (However, I do like to warm up with 10 minutes of jump rope and/or 20 minutes on the stationary bike if I have time.)

Katrina really created the perfect at-home routine for when I am too tired after work to drag myself to the gym or do cardio. I am on my feet *a lot* most days, so an effective yoga-mat based workout is exactly what I need.

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Hot days and balmy nights call for celebrations! After hibernating pretty much the entire time between New Year’s Day and the first warm weekend of the year, I am definitely ready for outdoor gatherings. Trips to L.A., which has become my second home, definitely helped, but it always kind of sucked returning to cold and snowy NYC. (Not to mention, we had a snowstorm the first week of April. I was so over it.)

All the killer rooftop spots in Manhattan, plus the excuse to get out of the city by visiting family upstate, leave me with a pretty packed social schedule.

This past weekend, I took a trip to Connecticut to celebrate. (BTW–Did you see all the beauty essentials I packed in a single Glossier Pink Pouch for my trip? I had so much fun participating in the #PinkPouchPostcard challenge! To discover everything I managed to fit in the 1-liter pouch, head over to Instagram.)

For the festivities I wore a colorfully striped maxi dress from Reformation. Because it was actually sort of chilly this weekend (highs in the 60s), I wasn’t ready to show my toes yet. So, I opted for ankle booties. This brown snake-print pair is super worn-in and really added to the boho-inspired vibes of the relaxed dress. They add interesting and unexpected texture to any look without overpowering it.

I kept my makeup mostly natural with a peachy-bronze flush on my cheeks, and let the humidity style my hair for me 😉

Shop my look:

Dress, Reformation, similar here

Booties, Free People, similar here

In my pink pouch…

Summer Friday’s Jet Lag Mask

Glossier Balm Dotcom in Coconut

Glossier Invisible Shield SPF+

Fenty Beauty Match Stix Matte Skinstick in Mocha

Glossier Cloud Paint in Beam

Glossier Boy Brow in Brown

Glossier Lash Slick

Mac Prep + Prime Fix+ in Coconut

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