This morning had a lovely start.

xo,

Melissa

Now this is dreamy. Leave it to Ralph Lauren to be ahead of the times.

xo,

Melissa

A bride in cotton? Now that is absolute perfection.

xo,

Melissa

The Gatsby Celebration Year 1:Paper A Memoir to My Best Friends Wedding

This summer marks year one, a celebration of the anniversary of my best friend’s wedding and what better way to send my continued wishes for this dynamic duo than on paper: May you be forever inundated with love, the kind of love that sparkles like a Tiffany diamond and is rooted in colorful Pantone dreams. May it be the kind of love that fills the sky like glittering stars waiting to be wished upon-the kind of love that makes the world your very own Disney park and leads to unfathomable depths and explorations of the heart reaching new dimensions like the black holes of the heavens. May it be the kind of love that brings with it a magical reality, which will make you wonder, if perhaps, you maybe living a dream- a dream that you never want to be awoken from.

Forever I wish you love. Forever. -MDR

The Alter Year 1:Paper A Memoir to My Best Friends Wedding

Last year while in Brazil it felt like I had been struck by a tsunami of love- the only tsunami recommended for anyone to ever be caught in. Its energy was prominent, and I am convinced once more, that it is indeed love which makes the world go round. This wedding was like the opening scene from The Great Gatsby, the  most beautiful and elaborate of dresses, the most gorgeous blended tailored suits, the most unique accessories, the most elegant hairstyles and  the most impeccable make-up dos. And of course, who can forget the finishing touch on everyone’s faces, the most captivating smiles one could have ever found on an enchanted evening such as that.

Every detail was carefully thought of. The drink and food selection was exquisitely planned, and all their guests could not help themselves but be enamored by the ambiance, and enthralled by both the bride and groom. If you like surprises as much as I do, this wedding was exactly that-a sequence of events bursting with surprises, just like a circus, like a Cirque du Soleil kind of circus, and it stimulated your senses all at once….. it shook you to your core. Laughter filled the room, and with the scent of the flowers that filled the air, it seemed like they were in a dance that whole evening. A dance that only the laughter and the scent of the flowers knew the choreography to, and they caressed the auras of everyone present. I knew time was passing us by only because of the burning candles, other than that, there were many moments when it felt like time stood still and I know I am not alone in this experience.

Camila getting ready Year 1:Paper A Memoir to My Best Friends Wedding

It took one look at the bride, and all of us knew this was going to be a night to remember. Her porcelain complexion enamored the guests, and if I did not know any better I would say her lace trumpet silhouette dress was made out of fondant! She seemed to be walking on water, and for all of us present, she might as well have been. As she glided down the isle to join the love of her life, I squeezed my husband’s hand a little tighter, as we were witnessing something very special- the groom had found everything he had ever wanted. So much so, that he could not have created it himself. She was all things delightful and exuded joy. She was beautiful, simply beautiful. People gravitated to her, and she could not be happier shaking every hand, kissing every cheek, squeezing every soul in that room. It was her night and she lived it up as a bride should, she mingled and danced, and held the hand of her new found accomplice, and therefore she had found everything.

Gentle feet Year 1:Paper A Memoir to My Best Friends Wedding

The iconic Havaianas had a prominent role throughout this evening, and that was to keep our delicate pedicured feet intact so that the dance floor was never empty. Every guest was given their correct size, and as every woman approached the station, they were in awe at how well the bride’s mother had executed every detail! The message translates to “Wherever you go, I want to be your pair.” Doesn’t that just make you want to melt like chocolate fondue? I know I certainly felt that way.

The decor Year 1:Paper A Memoir to My Best Friends Wedding

Flower delight Year 1:Paper A Memoir to My Best Friends Wedding

One of my most favorite Brazilian traditions at weddings is the station with the array of treats called “Bem Casados” (Happily Married). And this night, certainly made you wonder if Willy Wonka  would be jealous admiring such beauties. One could have stood there all night and let one’s pupils dilate , but there was a greater attraction, the bride and groom, which thankfully pulled me away.

The bouquet Year 1:Paper A Memoir to My Best Friends Wedding

Another wonderful experience was admiring while women tried their luck at finding the key to the lock which held the bouquet of eternal love. This was a sweet and very tender moment, as all the unmarried women awaited with wishful hearts for their opportunity of obtaining this lucky omen.   This was quite the special and delightful moment as the groom could not help himself but be the best master of ceremonies, and goodness, did he do a fabulous job.

The Celebration Year 1:Paper A Memoir to My Best Friends Wedding

“I like large parties, they’re so intimate. At small parties, there isn’t any privacy.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

This night we certainly tasted the stars. We shared many intimate moments and felt with the only sensible organ in our bodies, our hearts. We toasted many times, both in small groups and in large. We giggled and we reminisced. We spoke of days past, and of days to come. And then there were those moments which we will not remember exactly what we said, but we will never forget exactly how it made us feel, and that is priceless.

Vows Year 1:Paper A Memoir to My Best Friends Wedding

1 Corinthians 13:4-13

……but the Greatest of them is LOVE.

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The meeting of the cuff links: Perhaps my favorite men’s accessory of all times. Cuff links are always a much needed detail to make an outfit complete. They can tell a story, be a story, or create a story, and this night these two pairs of cuff links did just that.  In this case the groom wore a gold hexagon vintage pair belonging to his grandfather, that were both his something “borrowed” and something “old”. In this pictures the H, also sported a round onyx and gold vintage pair of cuff links that I found in an antique market in Paris. Both danced the night away in their crispy white, cotton shirts and posed for as many pictures as were requested.

Dressed to kill, the groom wore a Ricardo Almeida three piece suit with a divine paisley silk lining. It was hard to tell if we were more mesmerized by the interior or the exterior of the suit.  The fit was impeccable, and drape to perfection, and of course he looked like the groom he was destined to be. In his left pocket was a silk PINK jacquard handkerchief, making that  his something “new”, that would catch his many tears of joy. Proof that we are very much in love with what’s on the inside! This night the groom laughed the kind of laugh that comes from the deepest part of your soul, his eyes twinkled and became very small, and as that happened he was a magnet to all who were present, and its safe to say that looking quite handsome was an understatement.

Intothesunset Year 1:Paper A Memoir to My Best Friends Wedding

“What’ll we do with ourselves this afternoon?” cried Daisy, “and the day after that, and the next thirty years?” -F.Scott Fitzgerald

I can answer that question quite easily: You will love each other this afternoon, and the day after that, and the next thirty years, and the next 1,001 1/2 years, until forever.

xo,

Melissa

P.S. From the bottom of our hearts, the H and I would like to thank everyone in Brazil who made this trip so very special and quite unique. Your energy and love was felt at many levels.

To the groom’s family: it has been wonderful to be on this 14 year adventure with you, you have always had the right words and hearts of gold. How in the world did we get so lucky to be able to share such magic for so long and to be able to dream about what the future holds for us all. You have always made Brazil a playground, full of love and joy and we wish you continued blessing. Know we have learned so very much from all of you and that we will never forget how you made us feel. We look forward to your visit in the states.

To the bride’s family: it was such a pleasure to meet you, your hospitality and kindness was addictive, and we look forward to many more cherished moments in the future. Your ability to throw a party is second to none. We are still awaiting your visit in LA and look forward to many more magical encounters. Love oozes from your being and know we loved being surrounded in it. Thank you for being so welcoming, all the blessing in the world to you always.

To the bride and groom, we love you for always, but somehow I have a feeling you already know that…..

Here is a toast to all of you, “May you continue to be showered with blessings and sprinkled with eucalyptus and lavender oils, and may love always be the reigning force.”

P.S.S. If I had to choose just one picture to capture that evening for the next 100 years then this one would be it. After all,  I am told a picture is worth a thousand words….

“And why is it that she is still talking?” wonders the Roomie…

MG 1481 Year 1:Paper A Memoir to My Best Friends Wedding

“If personality is an unbroken series of successful gestures, then there was something gorgeous about him, some heightened sensitivity to the promises of life, as if he were related to one of those intricate machines that registered earthquakes ten thousand miles away.”  -F.Scott Fitzgerald

The rise of Marc Jacobs. Love these #throwbackthursday videos.

xoxo,

Melissa

MAGIC

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Magic by cottontrendy featuring gemstone earrings

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Sometimes during our careers, we daydream about having certain experiences or going to certain places- all while working really creatively and really having fun all in one. Soon I will be attending MAGIC in Vegas for the first time. With such an exciting opportunity always comes the question, “What should I wear and what shoes will ensure my feet remain intact throughout the long hours?”  The solution is simple, COLOR, and lots of it, and of course comfort.

A time like this calls for a celebration, and if the eye is attracted to color, then we want plenty of eyes at our booth, looking at everything we have to offer! As per Kate Spade’s mantra Live Colorfully. What better inspiration than Kate Spade, for this lovely first time event.

Kisses,
Melissa

DL Jeans Odor Blocking Jeans by DL1961 Premium Denim DL Denim Odor Blocking Jeans by DL1961 Premium Denim

Levi’s has a new Intelligent Denim made with Silvadur, a microbal control technology that prevents bacteria (and the odors that come with it) from growing. Now this is pretty brilliant. A great way to save both water and the integrity of your denim. Click here to read more.

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Interested in learning how Chip Berg, President & CEO of Levi Strauss & Co. got plenty of attention by showing up at to a public talk wearing denim jeans that he had not washed in over a year? All to bring awareness to sustainability and get us thinking of how much water we can save. “Since Levi’s Water Less launched in 2011, we have saved the planet 770 million liters of water –- more than all of the drinking water the City of New York consumes in a month!” Click here to read more.

xoxo,

Melissa

 

Memorized by all details of fur, sequence, lace, and stunning silhouettes.

xoxo,

Melissa

Louboutin Nail Polish Christian Louboutin and His Stiletto Inspired Nail Polish Collection

 

Now if this is not exciting, then I don’t know what is!  Here is what Christian Louboutain had to say about his Rouge Louboutin signature shade.

There are 31 polishes in the collection. Tell me about Rouge Louboutin, your signature red shade.
CL: It mimics the color of my red sole, but more importantly, it’s flattering on everyone. That was crucial to me.  We worked really hard and tested it on every skin tone until we got it right.

Read more here.

xo,

Melissa

Always fun to wrap and unwrap so quickly.

xo,

Melissa

Redefining cool and all things exotic.

Love,

Melissa

THE SHIFT 2014

xo,

Melissa

Olivia Palermo Olivia Palermo weds in Carolina Herrera

Manolo Blanik Olivia Palermo weds in Carolina Herrera

A lovely twist to a traditional wedding dress. Olivia Palermo weds in a three piece  Carolina Herrera ensemble, with vibrant Manolo Blahnik stilettos (just like Carrie Bradshaw). We are simply in love and smitten by her style choices.

xoxo,

Melissa

Small bag Get-a-Way Weekend

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weekend Getaway by cottontrendy featuring blue short shorts

H M cotton shirt, $26 / American Eagle Outfitters red top / Rebecca Taylor slim fit t shirt / Vero Moda white long sleeve top, $26 / Merona shorts / J.Crew blue short shorts / Relaxed fit shorts / Ballerina shoes / Balenciaga studded t strap sandal / Flora Bella brown handbag / Loop scarf / MSGM buckle belt, $44

Summer is here, and it seems that plans for a fun weekend get-a-way are always a good idea. With a nice summer pallet combination you are good to go for any gathering where good friends and champagne are always the perfect combination. Go light, relax, and enjoy the view.

xoxo,

Melissa

Bright Diamante – Gucci

“Playing color is a stylish pursuit.”

Love,

Melissa

Ringly1 Jewelry, meet Technology

Surprise! Jewelry, meet technology, a ring that alerts you of any important phone calls, messages, or emails and frees you from having to be looking at your phone every two minutes.

Grab a cocktail and mingle on, because this little rock has got you covered. It is about time that we started living in the moment again. Click here to pre-order with Ringly, and if ten of your friends buy, yours is free. Yet if you don’t want to go through that trouble for only $145.00 it can be yours.

That was fun!

Melissa

YSL Movie YVES SAINT LAURENT the movie

 

In theaters June 25, 2014. Time to start planning your next movie outing with all of your favorite friends and perhaps a nice cocktail afterward to discuss the brilliance of Yves St. Laurent the movie. I can hardly sit still.

xoxo,

Melissa

Scot Eastwood Boss by Hugo Boss has a New Face

Hugo Boss has a new face, Clint Eastwood’s son, Scott, and we are enamored. Those chiseled American features are sure to keep us focused just a little more on the fabric and drape. Hugo calls their suits “suave, sophisticated and timelessly elegant” and we could not agree more. Their current Spring/Summer 2014 collection Elegant Sovereignty   is a must see, as it is as fresh and crisp as a lavender/rose lemonade on a warm sunny afternoon. To read more click here.

xo,

Melissa

 

 

Personal Favorites

Kate spade purse / Henri Bendel brown tote bag / Flora Bella beach bag / Polo Ralph Lauren duffel bag, $190

This summer there are some pieces which are simply my favorite go-to’s- especially for a weekend get away. Nothing adds a little mystery like a pair of shades. They  keep your eyes from revealing that which you really adore, and no one will know just how much or how little sleep you got the night before.

Then you have the scarf. Nothing like the scarf to give your outfit a whole new life; with a little touch of elegance and a little added flare, it’s that little bit of je ne sais quoi. They also take close to zero space in your bag, which leaves room for other fun things you might want to add at the last minute. With its multiple uses, a scarf becomes your best friend on a cool flight, a breezy night, or simply when you need a little something to caress while you think about fabulous things.

Few accessories are as practical as the tote bag. Simply toss in your favorite lipstick, magazine, moisturizer,  extra pair of sandals, and never worry about a thing. It helps keep things simple and very stress free. These are my ultimate style-life savers. What are yours?

xo,
Melissa