Wednesday, April 22, 2015

~Earth Day! Keeping our Planet in Mint Condition!!~

In honor of our Planet, we must celebrate a better way of existing.
Cleaner air, cleaner water, better quality of food, organic gardening and treating Earth with more respect...the bare necessities of survival hangs in our hands, because quite frankly, we have nowhere else to go!
We still have ground to stand on & it's a wonderful thing! 
So let's make it Earth Week, then Month, then Year and beyond! We must try harder to preserve for future! 

Sunday, April 19, 2015

~Big Deal Lily! No Plans of Standing in Line!!~Lily Pulitzer for Target

I love fashion & being stylish, just like you, however, I have become a huge skeptic when it comes to super mass-produced designer brand collaborations. 

Here's why!

First of all, if you're not sure what the hype is about, here's the low low. 
You can basically own very expensive designer brand names, but made with lower cost fabrics, stitching, and quite possibly, quickly produced via sweat shop labor, etc., for a fraction of the cost you may pay for the real stuff. (Sweatshop, you say?! Yep, I am embellishing a bit, but it's what us writers do to make sure you get it!) 

Sounds amazing, right?!

Totally worth standing in line outside of a store with your newborn baby in the wind and pouring rain! I heard you! You said, 'yes' under your breath, with total enthusiasm! Well, yes, until it falls apart in the first wash, or even worse, you meet your twinsy, triplet or an entire legion of identically dressed ladies at the pool, a wedding or cocktail party. Then it's downright mortifying! Plus, a baby with the flu is no fun either! 

I'll be honest, I own quite a few pieces from past Target designer collaborations & they're still my wardrobe favorites. I never stood in a line or whacked anyone to get them, just walked right in a store to purchase Kleenex and vitamins, and viola! 

The first pieces that I purchased in 2003 were from the Isaac Mizrahi Collection. I love Isaac! Back then (back then, ha! 2003, back then!) Pieces were limited edition and only found in a handful of stores and extremely well made. I like to think that each piece was physically touched by Issac with the golden wand of fashion!
Anyway, during that time, Mizrahi's collection of very high-end clothing & accessories could only be purchased at the stylishly coveted Bergdorf Goodman in New York! 
*Intriguing style tidbit; according to Racked, Isaac Mizrahi was behind the creation of the high-low look that same year!* He created the high low! Who knew?! I didn't! 

Flashback, Black Friday 2011: Missoni for Target. What a mess. I decided to purchase nothing from this collection, even though I love Missoni! It was then that I knew Target collaborations were no longer for me. I mean, I own real vintage Missoni, so I could tell a difference in quality just by looking at the website before it crashed, AND was really disappointed in the hoarding of pieces by buyers who thought they could turn a quick profit on Ebay. Total fail! These same hoarders are still trying to sell Missoni for Target pieces, to no avail, some 4 years later! 

Super luxury high-end brands like Liberty of London, Thakoon, Alexander McQueen, Marc Jacobs, Band of Outsiders, Zac Posen, Phillip Lim, Rodarte, Altuzarra have collaborated with Target as well; great collections, but still, there is nothing like an original! An infinite list of great designer labels, plus a holiday collection by Neiman Marcus, yet nothing really worth standing in line and fighting for. 
To be honest, I may rethink my disdain for these collaborations if a 'Chanel for Target' line is created, but just typing 'Chanel for Target' seems ludicrous....doesn't it?
{photo courtesy of targetdotcom}

Monday, April 13, 2015

~What Sets You Apart?~ The 2nd Annual Fashion's Distinction Event! A must attend! ~

In a society that aims to create so many fashion lookalikes, it is refreshing to know that Fashion's Distinction 'What Sets you Apart' Shopping Event exist. This event fills a longing need for authenticity of style among women, and is part of a much larger growing necessity for more intimate shopping experiences.

Each season, as Fashion Week closes around the world, women start to reassess their wardrobes in hopes of creating new fresh looks by merging the latest new pieces with what is already in their closets. The process is tedious. We must decide what fits into our lifestyles, and trust me, I know that it is far easier to be a copier of fashion than an original, I see it everyday. I attend many events where women are dressed in identical outfits right off the boutique racks with little or no variations, which is why I choose to wear mostly vintage. I prefer creating a look that is all my own, based on my body type and unique style, so that I will never meet a clone out in public.

Fashion's Distinction wishes to give women the same opportunity; the ease of shopping in a setting that provides VIP shopping, fun interactions, networking, unique items, and an up close and personal Q&A with professionals behind making your own style statement.

The 2nd Annual Fashion's Distinction Ladies Night Out Event will be held on May 2nd, 2015 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 200 Village Green Circle SE, in Smyrna, GA. This year's event will offer interactive consultations with style bloggers, art, music, signature cocktails, small bites and Glam bags for those who attend.

To purchases tickets, click the link below:

Fashion's Distinction

To find out more information follow here:

Make sure to stop by and say 'hello', I will have a treat for you! 

I look forward to seeing you there!

xo, melanie

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Women perform 66% of the world's work, produce 50% of the food, but earn only 10% of the income & own 1% of the property.

International Women’s Day offers us an opportunity to raise awareness of inequality and reminds us that the struggle for equality and positive change must continue.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

~So this was Christmas! ~From the Instagram Files of Capitol de Beaute~

Well, it's almost a wrap! 
2015 will be here shortly, what will you change?

Perhaps I will really start blogging again in the new year, or maybe I will chuck it all to create something new & innovative! So many choices and possibilities! 
Change is so very frightening and thrilling at the same time! One must just dive in! Yippee!

Love my little sis!