dress up

Sorry for the 100 million pictures today, but I seriously love how my friend captured the beauty of this dress. Jordan is one amazing photographer. 

I love that all I needed were four things to create this look. A fun colored dress, mules, a funky statement necklace (this one I actually wore on my bachelorette party 3 years ago), and a pretty gold foiled clutch. Oh, and I can't forget the red lip. The best accessory of all! This just goes to show you don't need a closet full of clothes or accessories to look good. All it takes is a few key items.

 I wore this look for Easter Sunday last month, but it felt more fun for this photo shoot. Getting all glamorous and running around town with a photographer following you around is something a woman should experience at least once in their lifetime. Who wouldn't want to feel like a celebrity for a few hours? 

Now it's your turn to go play dress up! It's Fri-yay! and you have the whole weekend ahead of you. Have fun beautiful people!

Dress -  H&M ($40)
Heels - Just Fab ($10)
Necklace - Forever21 (old)
Clutch - TJMaxx ($20)
Nails - Essie 'Butler Please'

xo, Mercedes

wrap skirt

 I like to stay current with trends, but I do not consider myself a trendy person.  When I purchase clothing I like to stick with shapes, silhouettes, and colors that will last more than one season. This skirt was a little bit of a risk for me. I don't usually do minis, (the booty in the back... hello, never works out too well) but for some reason I really loved the shape of this one. And the fact that it had a higher waistline didn't hurt either. Anything high waisted is my BFF. A high waistline provides coverage while giving off the illusion your legs are longer than they really are. Who doesn't want supermodel legs? Ya, that's what I thought (Mine most definitely are not, but KIND OF in a size 12/14 way?).

Even though the shape of the skirt may be trendy, the color and texture would make it work for seasons to come. On a hot summer day I would totally pair this with a white tank and flat strappy sandals. For this look I stuck with a poppy floral print shirt and simple black pumps. A red lip, sparkly necklace, and patterned clutch finished off the look with ease. 

Photos by Jordan Weiland

Top - H&M ($15)
Skirt - H&M ($30)
Heels - Aldo ($100, on sale for $60)
Clutch - TJMaxx (c/o)
Necklace - Bauble Bar (old)


xo, Mercedes


Matching separates are totally my jam. I love that it creates one cohesive look, but also gives you the ability to mix and match with other pieces in your closet. These separates can be worn SO MANY different ways. Paired with tanks and t-shirts, I know the skirt will be my go-to this summer. 

When I first saw the skirt and top it reminded me so much of a 50's/60's housewife. When my friend Jordan suggested we do a shoot at a laundromat I knew of the perfect outfit! I immediately thought of a housewife "having" to do laundry someplace other than her well decorated home, and still wanting to look fabulous doing it. Red lips and all. Because we should all look fab while doing our laundry. Duh!

Photos by Jordan Weiland 


Top -  Kohl's ($25)
Skirt - Kohl's ($35)
Heels - Nordstrom ($100)
Necklace - Cynthia Rowley c/o Belk
Purse - Vintage
Lips - Josie Maran "Getaway Red"

xoxo, Mercedes