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Summer 16′ Jewelry Must-Haves: Guest Writer

Hey guys! I’m insanely excited to introduce the gorgeous, the talented, my latest guest writer: Beth Pembrook. She’s an incredible freelance writer and a student in London. (You can contact her at bethany.pembrook@gmail.com and/or @bethanypembrook.) Can’t wait for you guys to read her article and fall in love with her as much as I did.


When it comes to buying jewelry, I’m a bit of an addict. I make purchase after purchase – because I see so much out there that I absolutely love! The problem is, I usually end up spending so much money on individual statement pieces and then hardly ever wearing them! That’s why this summer I decided to carefully pick of a few stand out pieces that I could wear day in, day out. I wanted styles that wouldn’t get bored of, but also that I could wear day and night.
If you’re keen on doing the same, here are a few tips I have for selecting for Summer 2016 Must-Haves.
Don’t over-do it with the Ear Bling

I am self-confessed earring addict. I have more pairs than I like the think about to be honest. But really, with so many styles and varieties out there – it’s hard not to be! So my advice for this summer is to not go overboard when buying yourself some new earrings. Select a pair that you can wear straight from the office to a festival somewhere, like these super cute Theo Fennell Yellow Gold Bee Earrings (which I’m obsessed with).

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Or these Topshop Tortoiseshell Semi Circle Earrings which really make a statement without going over the top.

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Go for a Dainty Necklace


Don’t get me wrong, I love a statement necklace as much as the next girl, but Summer 16’ is all about the more delicate neckwear. A dainty necklace can be worn every day, but will also add an extra sparkle to an evening outfit. They really are designed to look as good with a plain t-shirt as they do with a LBD. Take a look at this pretty rose gold hexagon twist necklace from River Island – a must have necklace for this summer in my opinion.

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Alternatively, a new trend I’ve seen around is to actually buy loose pendants, stones or diamonds online, in order to create your own unique necklace! You can get a rope chain, like this Rope Necklace from ASOS, for day/festival wear, and a gold or silver chain for more formal occasions – 2 necklaces in 1!

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Sterling Silver Rings

I for one have spent hundreds and hundreds of pounds in the past on statement rings that I’ve only worn a handful of times before they’ve turned my finders green – (yuck!). So my advice to you this summer is to go for the (slightly) more expensive sterling silver variety. These are still on budget, but will last a lot longer then any other costume jewelry. I love, love, love these stacking rings from Accessorize. They’re so cute and will go with ANY summer outfit – guaranteed.

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I hope these tips help you select the best pieces for you this summer. The general idea for this season is to get over the larger-than-life statement bauble earrings, and huge gem-stone rings, by downsizing for some prettier alternatives.

Sheen Magazine’s Legendary Weekend

During April 29th through May 1st, Sheen Magazine had their Legendary Weekend Event “Celebrating A Decade of Beauty Cultivation.” First off, I’d like to thank Sheen for letting me cover the event while being so accommodating to my aunt Ivy & I. I’d also like to thank Uber for getting us through Atlanta safely! If you don’t know what Uber is: download their safe app. No matter where you are, you can get a ride completely cashless. In fact, Joe Jones is an Uber driver in LA! Sign up with my invite code {mikaylah263ue} to get your first ride completely free!

Kim Chapman and Sammy Haynes

Ivy & I arrived to the Atlanta Marriott Marquis during the Women’s Panel. The popular hotel was packed! We pulled up to valet. Since there were so many people, the valet wasn’t able to accommodate us so we had to find a parking garage near the hotel. I’d done some research the night before and as it turns out, Mockingjay Part 1 & 2 were filmed right in the middle of the Atlanta Marriott Marquis. Anyway, when we walked in the panel was being hosted by Kim Chapman. Mrs. Chapman is the sole publisher of Sheen Magazine. There were some truly inspiring panelists, my favorite being Mushiya. If you haven’t heard of her, I STRONGLY encourage you to look her up. I recorded her entire speech word for word. To paraphrase, she has a TV show called Cutting it in the Atl. She brought out how she started her salon “The Damn Salon” with a comb, a chair, and a goal. her goal was to make natural hair beautiful. As she cleverly put it, don’t waste your time having a dream when you should be having a GOAL. The fashion icon definitely made her mark. I promise you this, she left everyone in that room inspired.

After the women’s panel came the men’s panel. Between the two, this one had the most celebrities. I had the priveledge of sitting front row. “What a Man Wants” was hosted by Sammi Haynes the editor & chief of Sheen. The panelists consisted of Christian Keyes (Saints & Sinners, Beauty and the Beast, Madea Goes to Jail, Diary of a Mad Black Women, etc), T.W. Dawson (motivational speaker, author), Pastor Adrian Davis, Tre Chapman (Chapman Founder Chair as well as Mrs. Chapman’s son) and Andre Braxton (Braxton Family Values, author). When I saw the pictures of the panelists I did an instant double take. I KNEW TRE CHAPMAN. I work at Banana Republic where he and his gorgeous girlfriend are two of our favorite customers. I had planned to go up to him after his panel, but I was surprised to see him appear right beside me! “You work at Banana Republic right?” I couldn’t believe he’d never brought up that his mother owned a magazine, but I realized that I never brought up I was a blogger. I’m always nervous when covering events, but the fact that I knew a familiar face settled my stomach. After the men’s panel I got to meet the rest of the panelists. All the women seemed to make a beeline for Christian Hayes. The highlight of that panel was after my selfie with Mr. Braxton. He asked for one of my business cards. While my aunt & I mingled, I received a few business cards myself. The creator of Lyne Cosmetics from lynecosmetics.com was so intriguing. She makes her own cosmetics and hires her own models. Her products have made celebrity appearances on Nickelodeon, participated in Ryan Seacreast giveaways, and were featured in the Water Mercedes Benz Fashion Show. A portion of each purchase is donated to end violence against women. Then, the CEO of Wrighteous Entertainment offered me his card. He manages not only his daughter, but many young actors/singers in the Atlanta area. Last but not least, Nelson-Merritt Productions. They’re an incredible photography & videography business that I encourage everyone to look in to. Especially since it’s wedding/graduation season.

The Men’s Panel

We called an Uber & headed to Lenox Square since we had a few hours before the Black Tie Gala started. The shopping mall was packed, but we managed to find everything we needed. I picked up a few graduation gifts & Ivy threw herself into the clothes. As I walked into Urban Outfitters, I checked my phone to find multiple text messages from a friend in Atlanta. I had known Beyonce was in the area because she had a concert at the Philips Arena the next day. Thanks to her, I discovered that it was rumored Beyonce was in Lenox at that exact moment. So I did what any fan would do. I got on Twitter… & as it turned out, the term “Lenox” was trending #1 worldwide because of the superstar. I still don’t know for sure if Beyonce was there while I was, but the fact that we shared the same city that day made all the difference.

As we Ubered back to the hotel, our driver passed the hotel drop off spot twice. I was so frustrated because the Gala was supposed to be the main event. Thankfully when we got to the red carpet, none of the honorees had arrived yet. I quickly found a spot in the mob of press. I was probably the only one who wasn’t from the Atlanta area. As the honorees started arriving, the commotion started getting bigger. Security was perched at each door while pressed workers rushed to get everyone in their seats. The honorees & special guests were Kelly Price (six time Grammy nominated singer), Margaret Avery (American actress & singer), Judge Glenda Hatchett (featured on The Tyra Banks Show, The View, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, CNN, etc), Renee Lawless (Tyler Perry’s The Have and the Have Nots), Angela Robinson (Tyler Perry’s The Have and Have Nots, Law and Order: SVU), Cocoa Brown (Ted 2, The People v. O.J. Simpson, Breaking Bad, The Single Moms Club, ER, Austin & Ally, The Arsenio Hall Show, etc), Towanda Braxton (Braxton Family Values, The Wendy Williams Show, BET Awards 2001, etc), Joseline Hernandez (Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta, BET Awards 2015), Jasmine Burke (Saints & Sinners, Ride Along, TVD, Meet the Browns, etc), and many more. The neat thing is, a couple days before the event, Margaret Avery commented on my Instagram picture. We had a small conversation, so when she arrived at the end of the red carpet I was so pumped to tell her who I was. Unfortunately, her manager whisked her away.


Most if not all of the special guests were located in Atlanta, although Sheen Magazine is located in Fountain Inn. The entire Gala was amazing. Under the dim of the lights and the shimmer of the dresses, I felt like I was under the stars. I’ll leave Sheen’s website here. They have events like fashion shows so often & I definitely encourage you guys to check them out. Until next time Atlanta!

“Fashion fades, only style remains the same.” – Coco Chanel

 

Style Steal w/ Guest Blogger “Locating Lifestyle”

Hey guys it’s Mikayla. So today, Paige of Locating Lifestyle is guest blogging! You can check her blog out hereeeee. This blue haired beauty & I paired up to discuss the one. The only. Zoe Kravitz. Her style is breathtaking while the simplicity is enough to make you shudder. Here’s her Style Steal:

 


 

Hey loves,

I’m rather excited to share with you today a style steal post! The style we are stealing today comes from one of the queens of street style, Zoe Kravitz. I find so much inspiration in this woman when it comes to style! In my opinion, Zoe is one of those people that can pull off any look and not even just pull it off. She manages to rock it! Some of my favorite moments of her is when she was photographed in the street on an average day in casual everyday clothing. The way she can pull together simple pieces such as converse and sweat pants into a stylish outfit is simply magnificent. The outfit we are going to dive into today has different features you can pull inspiration from to make an outfit of your own, but this post is going to focus on recreating Zoe’s specific outfit in the picture below.

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Let’s get going!!!

Gray Undershirt: http://us.sheinside.com/Grey-Short-Sleeve-High-Low-T-Shirt-p-217651-cat-1738.html?url_from=platee150615501&gclid=Cj0KEQjw2sO3BRD49-zdzfb8iLwBEiQAFZgZfGR8j6y8zFNAbQeKTCEm6QTs6VQjvTte2o7hHbNpBBoaAkpN8P8HAQ

Camel Sweater: http://www.rosewe.com/long-sleeve-skew-neck-khaki-sweater-g142339.html?currency=USD&gclid=Cj0KEQjw2sO3BRD49-zdzfb8iLwBEiQAFZgZfJ6x1nU3NJaPBptwGpbxjWi41Q_66v3PS9fWjveRh-AaAuAE8P8HAQ

Wide leg Camel Pant: https://sophieandtrey.com/high-waisted-trousers-camel?gclid=Cj0KEQjw2sO3BRD49-zdzfb8iLwBEiQAFZgZfEL_6aDt54RIGmHAP90RWy6GJT_0o1TtU3d_5LMpSy0aAkVm8P8HAQ

Camel Trench Coat: http://www.asos.com/New-Look/New-Look-Double-Breasted-Waistcoat/Prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=6197179&cid=11893&Rf-800=-1,57&sh=0&pge=0&pgesize=36&sort=-1&clr=Camel&totalstyles=35&gridsize=3

Black Creepers: http://www.hottopic.com/product/black-lace-up-creeper/10431818.html?CM_MMC=CSE-_-GGL-_-Shoes-_-1_9999W1_CSE_GGL_Shoes_10431811&003=29905769&010=10431818&mr:referralID=a9146368-f02a-11e5-8e98-0050569406b5&gclid=Cj0KEQjw2sO3BRD49-zdzfb8iLwBEiQAFZgZfAtBqm7NuQsQekl6bkLrHD0WmAZII9_nlaCD0sInpLsaAklv8P8HAQ

Ray Ban Sunnies: http://www.ray-ban.com/usa/sunglasses/RB3447%20MALE%20031-round%20metal-gold/805289439899?category_Id=25800

Black Leather Satchel: http://www.steinmart.com/mondani-new-york-shaffer-buckle-tabs-satchel-zid25-59405183/cat-25-catid-50?gdftrk=gdfV217917_a_7c1522_a_7c5673_a_7c59405183&kid=154b5013-a9d7-42e9-a4c6-fa696b63f5c9&utm_medium=&utm_term=&utm_content=&utm_campaign=&camp=ppc:google:PLA%7CCatchAll%7CT1:Non-Brand:All:all%5Cother&gclid=Cj0KEQjw2sO3BRD49-zdzfb8iLwBEiQAFZgZfESRgzSohnfYg0KhNuqGjn7UyYH_V5UuVVee8Z3PnMwaAjjV8P8HAQ