January 31, 2016

MUST-HAVE: ACNE STUDIOS CANADA SCARF

The immensely popular Acne Studios Canada Scarf is hands down a "must-have" winter accessory. It was sold out everywhere for almost two months! I finally got my hands on one, thanks to my dear friend Terry who gifted it to me recently. I have to admit that I love it; and come on, what's not to love?! Black goes with everything, and the 100% virgin lambswool keeps you warm while being stylish. It can also be worn as a shawl because of the sizing. The price is steep but it is worth it, the luxurious feel of the wool is soft and comfortable. Acne is known for it's quality and timeless style, I am already planning to get a shade of grey for next winter! 

Here is also a sneak peek of my new couch! I am working on redecorating and re-doing my living room. Once it is all done I will be sure to share. I have spent a lot of time researching the right pieces, ones that I want and in a price bracket that I can afford! Getting this project done has taken more time than I anticipated, but it has also been much more fun than I expected. 







January 25, 2016

ADROGYNEOUS

WEARING: Splendid Cashmere Sweater, Melissa Araujo Diana LS Top, Acne Studios Trousers, Cluse Watch, Dior Sunglasses and Vans Old Skool Sneakers

You can blame it on having been raised with two brothers, surrounded by skate and surfer friends; but I have always had a pre-disposition to feel my best while wearing androgynous pieces and sneakers. This was very much to my mother’s disappointment, who despite her best efforts (think pink and flower pattern everything) was not able to influence me to change.
I was one of the few girls to have boys as homies and to be part of their "boys club" at an early age. I was also the girl who loved sports, competition and some adventure. That meant you needed to be able to move around comfortably and not to be afraid to get a little dirty; sometimes I wonder how I got a career in fashion. Now and then I will put on a dress and heels, regardless of what you normally wear, there is always a time to play dress up. 
Photo by Signe Nickel

January 17, 2016

CAMEL COATS

WEARING: H&M Coat, Zara Sweater, 7 For All Mankind Jeans, Adidas Sneakers, Rachael Ruddick Bag, Ray-Ban Aviator Sunnies, Breda Watch, Galisfly Rings & 8 Other Reasons Rings.

If you haven't introduced some camel into your closet, this is the time to do it. As requested by some of my readers I am showing a different look, demonstrating how-to wear camel. This neutral tone is here to stay & definitely a must this winter. Whether you are wearing it to work or for a special occasion, the camel colored coat looks great teamed up with other neutrals such as white, black, grey or navy. If you love bold colors go for some purple, reds and even orange. A winter wardrobe staple no doubt: it is classic, chic and cool - just how I like it! Hope you will give it a try, camel coats are no longer exclusive to luxury brands, you can get your own for a reasonable price now.

Photography by Jeffrey Nicholls

January 10, 2016

GREY MOMENT

WEARING: Max Mara Dress and Jacket, Alexander Wang Mia Bag and Heels.

If we were to run into each other on the street any given day of the week, 6 times out of 7 you'll find me in black. I will admit - sometimes, black gets a little repetitive. On those days I go for white or grey usually, or a mix of the three. If I'm feeling adventurous, there will be some camel or navy; I know, a real risk taker. Today I had one of those "I don't want to wear black" moments and decided on an all light grey look; if the whole head-to-toe outfit is a bit much for you, try just one grey piece. It works really well mixed with black, navy and looks beautiful paired-back with white. It is a versatile colour that usually doesn't get much play in our wardrobes. Textures show- up so much better in grey than in black, keep these tips in mind when you want to mix grey in your closet.


Photos by Carmin Edwards

January 03, 2016

NEW YEAR: MIDFULNESS


I hope that you have had a great start to the new year! I decided not to do a list of resolutions for 2016, instead I want to work on my mindfulness. Maintaining an awareness of my thoughts, feelings, sensations and surroundings; being more present and worrying less. Having a less cluttered, focused mind tends to provide more room for structured thought, and to be open to opportunities. I want to try and not sweat the small stuff, navigate stressful situations more gracefully; being aware of solutions rather than focusing on frustrations and doubts. In today’s busy lifestyle, finding mindfulness is a goal worth having and returning to a more centred self can only be helpful. These photos were taken with my iPhone 6, my last trip of 2015. I went to the mountains to enjoy nature and to do something outside my comfort zone. Here is to a mindful year ahead and to the courage of trying new things! 

December 27, 2015

TOP 10 OUTFITS OF 2015


  1. Leather Love 
  2. Fresh
  3. To Flare Or Not To Flare 
  4. Little Black Dress
  5. Lighten Up
  6. Ripped Jeans & Fraying Tops
  7. The Maya Slit Dress
  8. Angular Shapes 
  9. Robe Coats
  10. Classic Black
Here is a re-cap of what I think were the best outfits of 2015! I have added a link to each selection in case you want to see the rest of the photos. This past year has been a total whirlwind for me and you know what they say - time flies when you are busy! Thank you for stopping by here regularly and my Instagram - @melissa.araujo. I feel so lucky to have been able to make new connections and interact with so many dope people - whether it be through bonding over all black outfits, or sharing our trips around the world. I do hope we can connect to share more memories and ideas in 2016! Here is to ending the year with a positive mindset and wishing you all a happy new year! 

December 21, 2015

UP CLOSE & PERSONAL



WEARING: Top Shop Coat, Zara Sweater, H&M Leather Pants, Adidas Sneakers, Rachel Ruddick Bag, THP Shop & Wylden Rings.

This shoot was actually taken earlier this year but I did not share the close up portraits that Carmin Edwards took of me. I thought they were beautiful but didn't feel comfortable posting photos that seem so up close and personal of me. I opened the file again and noticed that I still love the shots now, as much as I did back in March when we took them. I decided to post them and to share a few personal things that you may or may not know about me.

Dance is something I love. I did Ballet for 14 years, it seems so long ago but it impacted my life and senses for the arts at a very young age.
I have never dyed my hair.
I wish I had worn braces to straighten my teeth.
I am an ocean child, so I must get my vitamin Sea as much, and as often as I can.
I used to be obsessed with tanning my skin. Now I still love to be under the sun but only if protected by many layers of sunscreen & a hat. I have finally accepted that I am never going to be one of those golden brown skinned girls.
I love to read, especially classics and poetry - nothing beats the power of imagination.
Travelling is my weakness, I am always working hard to save enough to be able to visit somewhere new or go back to one of my favourite places.
I speak with my hands and yes I am one of those touchy, feely people.
I want to live in France one day and be able to absorb as much of their culture and language as I can.
I eat popcorn as supper way too often, because why not.

Share in the comments something I wouldn't know about you or if you have any other questions for me, I will be glad to answer!

Photos by Carmin Edwards