Tuesday, September 24, 2013

OOTDS Featuring my new Phillip Lim for Target Handbags

Here are some OOTDs from the past week:

SUNDAY OOTD: My favorite color palette to wear is probably black and white but i really like how the pop of color from the necklace adds dimension and interest to the outfit. The shirt says "More Issues Than Vogue" and I bought it from an ebayer that is located in the UK. I purchased a small but its still very big on me, so I had to fold shirt inwards and tuck it in from the back.

ACCESSORIES: Phillip Lim for Target Satchel / floral motif ring, watch, necklace-East Urban / Heeled Sandals-Tobi

Shirt-ebay / jacket & jeans-forever 21


I attended the OneRepublic concert on Friday and it was aamazing! I kept the outfit comfortable and easy by wearing a loose blouse and stretchy jeans while maintaining a polished look by adding my favorite tassel necklace and pumps.


necklace, rings-East Urban / Shirt- H&M / Jeans- Forever 21 / Pumps - Tobi /Bag-3.1 PL for Target

Hoped you like these outfits. Let me know what you think of them!

<3, Mel

Thursday, September 19, 2013



Who doesn't love free samples?

1. Deluxe Shiseido Sample, Aqua Brow review coming soon, $1 pencil sharpener

3 for $10 haul...yes, I went a little crazy.

I looove how they packaged this.

$1 eyelash & brow groomer, brow angle brush, angle liner brush

Reviews and product testing to come!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Beach/Pool Wish List

We are mid way through summer and I still haven't gotten a chance to go swimming yet. Sadly, I am one of those people who starts the summer off with a plan to get "beach body ready"but procrastinates until summer is over. So please don't judge me and let me daydream about the essentials I would want on a poolside summer day.

all links to items HERE

I also wanted to share with you my first instavideo OOTD:

Well, Sorry for the boring post. I hope to have some more OOTDs and Hauls to share with you soon.

<3, Mel

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

OOTD: Denim & Leather

This is just a recent OOTD I wore for our Bohemian Glamour photoshoot. You can't beat the comfort of denim and the edgy luxurious look of leather. Btw, that bag is my new fave!

outfit detail: hat-easturban // watch-marc jacobs // handbag-east urban // love ring-easturban // pumps-h&m // chambray shirt-east urban // skinny jeans-xx21

Thanks for reading,
<3 Mel

Friday, June 14, 2013


Statement necklaces are the easiest to style. It's one of my go to items to "throw on" to help bring any dull outfit to life.

On the Streets:

Easy ways to style:

-with basic shirt and bright colored blazer
- under the collar of a button up
-over knit sweaters
-plain maxi dress
-shift dress
-bikini & kimono
-create your own by layering multiple necklaces 

How I styled one of my favorite piece:

Outfit Details: H&M Men's Shirt and heels, all jewelry from EastUrban.com

 In conjunction with this blog post, Easturban.com has a special sale on our best statement necklaces.

<3, Mel

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Tough Enough

Love wearing this look on a rainy day. The wedges keep my feet from getting wet and the anorak is a perfect cover up if you live in a hot and humid climate like I do.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Running Errands OOTD

An outfit I wore on an "errand day". This is also a typical outfit I would wear on a fat day and those days have been going on for two months straight. =/. Let me know if you prefer to see more posts like this!

You can also find this look on my instagram: @fashionxphilosophy

top-asos // knitted leggings-zara // bag-mk // flats-xx21 // necklace-h&m // bracelets- fam heirlooms

Until next time,
<3 Mel

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Color Pairing: Neon + Neutrals

The neon trend has been around for a couple of years now and at first I was not a fan. Not only did I find it hard to style, I thought the bright colors just stood out like a sore thumb and were cheesy. However, after browsing through tumblr and spotting all the neon pieces on street style, I am now, truly a fan. I think the trend is fun to style and high end designers found a way to make them look so luxurious. 

My favorite way to wear the trend is by pairing it with neutrals.


1. SUBTLE: Wear a bright lipstick on your lips or nails can be just as much of a statement
2. TRENDY: Bring life to a monochromatic look by completing it with neon accessories
3. STATEMENT: take a bold approach and make neon the focus point of your outfit. Color-block two neon colors for an even more daring look. Tone it down with neutral accessories.

I hope this post gave you some ideas or inspiration.

Until next time,

<3 Mel

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Street Style Trend: Boyfriend Jeans

I LOVE street style and have even built a business inspired by it. So I've decided to attempt to do a weekly post on trends seen on the streets and how to wear them.

Boyfriend jeans are one of my favorite street style trends. They are so relaxed, easy to wear but always brings a casual cool look to an outfit. 

On the Street:

Things to keep in mind when creating an outfit with bf jeans**:

Petite Women: -go for the less baggy fit because these jeans can make you look stumpy
                        -wear with heels: to add some length, it'll make you look more proportionate
                        -pair with clutch or small bag: for a more clean, effortless look; larger bags can make                                                  -                        you look like you have too much going on
Tops: -perfect with a relaxed tee or thin sweater
          -avoid oversized shirts or tuck them into the front

Shoes: strappy heeled sandals
           oxfords/flat sandals (avoid ballet flats)
           pointed toe shoes (round tip is unflattering with bf jeans)
           classic pumps
           strappy wedges

Jacket: Stick with jackets that do not go past your butt. A long trench is hard to pull off and can make your outfit look too masculine.

Jewelry: -Statement necklace: add it if you aren't wearing many layers
              -Watch                    : any watch will do
              - Arm Candy           : if you feel like your outfit is plain, throw on a bunch of arm candy. 
                                                When your arms are down, your wrist will be beside your jeans, easily  
                                                 complimenting them.

My Polyvore Outfit

City Chic

City Chic by easturban-1 featuring a rhinestone bracelet

Thanks for reading.

Sunday, March 3, 2013


I'd like to start off by saying I am so EXCITED for the new season of The Rachel Zoe Project on Bravo!

 After watching the preview I decided to check out her 2013 S/S Collection and it really got me excited for spring! The collection is very 60's inspired. I would say the collection is very Ralph Lauren but instead of a preppy style it has a boho flair to it. Style.com reviewed the line and said it looked "over merchandised and it was easy to overlook the clothes". I totally understand their concern but I think her brand is meant to showcase her love for accessories and ability to style. You can tell by the line that she aspires to appeal to a mass market and in a way, helping her fans achieve her "style".

When it comes to being a budget fashionista, I believe in finding inspiration from designers and finding a budget friendly alternative. So I've taken some of my favorite looks and translated them into trends and key pieces for my spring wardrobe wish list.

Key pieces and trends inspired by RZ:
1) rompers/pantsuits.
    thin oversized open cardigans
2) equestrian hats
    really small clutches
3) flowy, loose and silk like materials
4) headpieces such as turbans, and wraps and jewelry head piece
    flowy and light maxi skirts

Now I will be hunting for these pieces and hopefully I can add them to the East Urban Collection so you can enjoy them with me at a lower price !

Until next time,

Wednesday, February 27, 2013


So about two weeks ago I went on a business trip to Florida. We had some spare time so we stopped by the mall. And I can not believe how amazing XX21 deals were!  The total i spent was under $150. These pieces are the perfect transition to spring!  I've always hated sifting through piles of random clothes, but this was surely worth it.

Here are the prices:

1) Pattern trousers          $19.80
2) Jewel Mint Skirt          $17.80
3) Leatherette Shorts     $ 6.00 (ish)
4) Shirt Dress                  $19.80
5) PJ Oxblood shirt        $6.00 (ish)
6) Sleeveless Blazer     $24.80
7) Maroon Trench          $12.99

1-3) wedge booties       $5.00
4) chunky mary jane     $5.49
5) moto boots                 $8.49

Going out with my besties tomorrow. Maybe I'll wear an outfit from this haul? Either way, I'll try and post the outfit.

Until then,
<3 Mel