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.


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.


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.


It may only be Tuesday, but it has been an extremely eventful week for the fashion industry so far.

Over the weekend blogger and mega-influencer Danielle Bernstein (better known as “We Wore What”) came under fire when she announced via Instagram her upcoming jewelry collab with Lulu DK and Nordstrom. The post announcing the collab has since been deleted.

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Several pieces in her 27-piece collection (all of which will cost under $100) are strikingly similar to high-end pieces from jewelry designers such as Foundrae, Bondeye Jewelry and Retrouvaí–some Danielle even wore herself in the past.

After receiving a ton of backlash from fashion industry insiders (including Diet Prada) and outsiders (such as Julie Zerbo, the attorney behind the popular site The Fashion Law) alike, Bernstein, Lulu DK and Nordstrom decided to pull the “pieces in question” from the collection (set to launch Wednesday, May 9). Bernstein uploaded a lengthy message and a tearful video (shown below) to her Instagram Stories on May 6, claiming that her designs were inspired by vintage pieces and that her name and integrity were being “dragged through the mud.”

Bernstein also wrote, “It has been extremely frustrating to be on the receiving end of a vicious online campaign to inaccurately paint the #LuluDKxWeWoreWhat collaboration in a negative light, based on misrepresentations.”

She continued, “I would never in a million years deliberately copy or attempt to knock-off another brand’s work…That being said–the past couple of days have been devastating for me. I have never experienced such malicious hatred in my life. My character being called to question has broken my heart.”

Comments on Bernstein’s Instagram photos accusing her of copying the aforementioned brands have reportedly been deleted, and the accounts linked to those comments have been blocked by Bernstein, according to comments left on Nordstrom’s post announcing the collaboration.

“Wow @weworewhat you can block everyone you want. The game is over, and the whole fashion community has your number. Never cool to be a fraud. @nordstrom please do the right thing here. Designers like @foundrae and @retrouvai are amazing and [loved] by many (as you can see from the posts). If you drop the line now and make a public statement, your loyal customers, like myself, will be forever grateful. #dotherightthing,” @annettegallo wrote.

Other users, such as @streetartglobe, write, “Hey @nordstrom–given that you’re now stocking the lines of @weworewhat who, let’s be honest, blatantly and callously stole designs from others and called them her own for profit, we were hoping you could also stock the lines of that labels affected–namely @bondeyejewelry, @foundrae and @retrouvai.”

The commented gained over 40 likes.

@maryfae said, “@nordstrom I hope you were unaware of the blatant rip-off. This is from the gorgeous @foundrae line. Now that you are aware, please do the right thing and pull [Bernstein’s] line!”

Nordstrom responded publicly to the controversy late Monday (May 7) evening via an Instagram comment on the account’s original post announcing the collection.

“Thanks all for reaching out. We recently heard from three jewelry designers who felt products in a new collection we’re carrying looked very similar to items they designed. We take situations like this seriously and partnered with Lulu DK and Danielle Bernstein to remove each of the pieces in question,” @nordstrom wrote.

On Tuesday, May 8, a day before the set launch, Bernstein uploaded photos of herself at UPTON, a New York City boutique hosting a pop-up shop to celebrate the LuluDKxWeWoreWhat collab. She invited her followers to “come say hi” the day of the launch.

In more exciting and inspiring news, the 2018 Met Gala took place Monday (May 7) evening. The first Monday in May is always deemed fashion’s biggest night of the year, and this year’s theme was #HeavenlyBodies. A-listers gathered at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art in their best Catholic Church-inspired formalwear.

I don’t keep up with too much celeb gossip, but I always look forward to the Met Gala red carpet photos. (Plus, there are real models in attendance–not just It girls.)

My best-dressed list this year includes: Stella Maxwell (flawless from head to toe), Rihanna (queen of everything–no one else can pull off an outfit like that), Zoe Kravitz (sophisticated and feminine), Natasha Poly (always one of my favs at the Met Gala), Emily Ratajkowski (looove those sexy bronzed goddess vibes), Irina Shayk (of course she’s absolutely stunning in anything, but her #HeavnlyBodies look was statement-making without being overdone) and Gisele (dripping in gold).

As far as beauty goes, I loved Gigi Hadid’s makeup, Golden Barbie’s hair, Winnie Harlow’s hair and headpiece, as well as Ashley Graham’s…everything (peep the shot of her killer cleavage below). I gathered some of my favorite posts from IG…

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And in terms of my own style, it’s been hot here in NYC, so I’ve been keeping it pretty simple. Over the weekend I paired a white Are You Am I top with vintage denim cut-offs (one of my go-to combos) and added an orange lip (TonyMoly LIPTONE Get It Tint in Oops Orange) to make the look more fun. Then, I tied everything together with a black Western-inspired belt and patterned booties.


It finally feels like spring in New York City, and I am so excited to be able to wear a few of my favorite warmer weather pieces, new and old. Sweaters are cozy, but I am beyond ready for tank tops and cutoffs!

Lucky for me, my office is relatively casual, so I am free to express my personal style most days a week. I picked up this denim jumpsuit from Reformation after coveting a similar one by Second Skin Overalls for over a year, and it is perfect for springtime in NYC.

This piece has a vintage feel with a modern relaxed silhouette, which makes getting dressed super easy–just add a pair of booties and you’re out the door! The no-fuss fit with structured details makes this jumpsuit ideal for the office, and the flare leg is a fun change of pace from the tapered overalls/utility suits I usually wear. Not to mention, it is really flattering and it feels just as good as it looks.

There are definitely dozens of ways to style a basic piece like this one, but today, I am playing up the vintage vibes with my favorite cat-eye sunnies (thrifted from Melrose Trading Post in L.A.), a bright orange lip and my go-to worn-in brown leather booties. I also added my Pop & Suki camera bag, because that comes pretty much everywhere with me.

Shop my look:

Jumpsuit, Reformation

Bag, Pop & Suki

Lip color, Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Freckle Fiesta, Fenty Beauty by Rihanna