January 26, 2015

LEATHER LOVE

WEARING: Zara Turtleneck, H&M Conscious Leather Jacket & Pants, Tibi Bee Mules, & Alexander Wang Marion Bag.

Leather is an essential of any good wardrobe, it has proven its functionality (and coolness) over the years, and if I had to choose one piece that is worth investing in, it will most definitely be a leather one. I do recommend if, like me you are trying to build a functional and timeless wardrobe (free of too many trends) leather is a must. I have no reservations when it comes to purchasing such a piece, I will save up for a year, if thats what it takes (quality over quantity).

Leather can be classic, cool, edgy or rebellious. It creates a beautiful contrast of textures against other materials and it looks sharp when paired together. I treat myself to one leather piece a year, let that be a pair of shoes, a bag or a jacket - it ages well and it is always in. I wear my leather pieces all year round, sometimes layered when it is winter or showing some skin when in the summer. Also, as you can see here I am certainly not afraid to wear leather on leather. This post is dedicated to my friend Mae who started the conversation that led to this week's style topic: to leather or not to leather.

Photography by Carmin Edwards.

January 19, 2015

FEMME X HOMME

WEARING: Max Mara Coat, Adidas Trefoil Tee, Alexis Jeans, Alexander Wang Lia Bag and Polysemy Jewellery.

Feminine vs masculine? I admire people that can really play in both worlds, mixing the two together in perfect balance. 90% of the time I will wear something androgynous: oversized coats, pants, basic tops, and sneakers (or flat ankle boots like these Acne's). To keep it slightly feminine I wear mostly skinny pants, some jewellery and finish the look with a bag. I have never done the sweet, endearing look, that it is predominate in my city. I normally dress in laid back clothes, and if I am dressing up for a special occasion I may wear a dress, or a skirt and even heels; but the look will continue to have many masculine undertones.What about you: Femme, homme or androgynous?
PS. This past Friday was my anniversary with my boy, we had an amazing time and to top it all he surprised me with this dope Alexander Wang Lia Bag.

Photography by Carmin Edwards.

January 12, 2015

ESSENTIAL: BLACK

WEARING: Carin Wester Coat, Zara Turtleneck, H&M Pants, Adidas Superstars, Rachael Ruddick Le Trop Bag, 8 Other Reasons Rings & THP Shop Cuffs.

From season to season, year after year, black pieces have always been the essential building blocks of my style. It is no secret that I am a fan of black. It is a reliable section of your closet that never lets you down. For any occasion or crisis, black will fufill your needs, make you look effortless and fashionable. It is my go-to option - no doubt, it is also liberating; to free yourself from all the over designs, prints (and all the trends that are attached with colour-season). I have tested some other muted colours, but I do have to say: no matter how "far" I stray, I always come back to black and its infinite possibilities. What is your go-to colour when it comes to building your wardrobe and making styling decisions?

Photography: Carmin Edwards.


January 04, 2015

INSTA LIFE: MEXICO


Here are my favourite Instagram shots from Mexico (all taken with my iPhone 6). I decided not to bring my actual camera and just take snaps with my new phone, making the whole experience a lighter and more casual one. If you are not following me already, you can see more shots on my Instagram @melissa.araujo. I can't tell you enough how much I enjoyed being in the sun and around water. Our hotel had beautiful architecture, and marble floors, it was sunny and warm every single day. Let's face it, there is nothing like sleeping in everyday, reading books, laying by the pool and going for a dip in the ocean to start the new year off fresh! Now back to reality, planning for new work opportunities  and life adventures in 2015!

December 29, 2014

BEST OUTFITS OF 2014

Mexico has been amazing and we had a wonderful time with friends and family. I am not ready to go back to the cold and leave behind this beautiful weather, sunshine and the ocean. I want to wish you all a HAPPY NEW YEAR! May 2015 be full of adventures, accomplishments and some struggles to keep us all honest. Thank you for the support towards my work and the blog.

I wanted my last post of the year to be a recap of what I think were my best outfits in 2014. I have added a link below to all them in case you want to see the rest of the photos. As I wrap the year I need to give a shout out to my sister from another mother: my talented friend & photographer Carmin Edwards. Let's see what 2015 will bring, cheers! And to close the year right I want to thank Glam Magazine & Janna for including me in the New Year Resolution feature. Check it out here!

1. Nike Motivation
2. Individuality
3. Where is Spring?
4. The Thick Of It
5. Monochromatic
6. White on White
7. MA Designs
8. Relaxed

December 23, 2014

THANKFULNESS

WEARING: Melissa Araujo Vest Dress, H&M Leather Jacket & Pants, Nike Top, Celine Trio Bag Tibi Mules and 8 Other Reasons Rings.

My first week in Mexico has been amazing, people are so friendly and outgoing, the food is authentic and delicious. The weather has been exactly what I expected, nice and warm which means that I have just been hanging out at the beach everyday. Nothing like some time off to make you appreciate what you already have and recharge yourself to start new things.

With a few days left before Christmas, I hope you are all doing well, happy and feeling positive. Once again I want to express my gratitude towards all of you, who week after week come to see and read about what I am up to, share your comments, likes and dislikes. I am very thankful. Happy Holidays everyone!

Photography: Carmin Edwards


December 15, 2014

ALL BLACK

WEARING: Mesh Bomber (similar Alexander Wang here), American Apparel Crop Top, JBrand Jeans, Rachael Ruddick Le Trop Bag, Vintage Boots, Vanessa Mooney Bangle & 8 Other Reasons Rings.

Who here gets as excited as me about Christmas? It is one of my favourite times of the year, the gestures of gratitude and giving are intensified. You can feel it in the air, and I am extra excited because I am leaving to Mexico, later this week! I feel it is a well deserved break from all the work I have been doing this past year. I am looking forward to the sunshine, the ocean and the food (I love Mexican cuisine). I have a hard time relaxing, I am always doing or thinking of something; but I will try my best to just enjoy the moment and my surroundings. I even shot two extra looks to have content for the time I am away. If you want to see what I am up to in Mexico, check my instagram: @melissa.araujo; I will be posting from there!

Photography: Carmin Edwards