Sometimes less is moreI grew up often hearing those words from my dad. I remember there was a stage in high school where everyone started wearing make-up, so naturally I thought I did too. I remember I used to wear eye liner and dark shades of eye shadow. There’s a time half way through high school where my dad said: “Mel, you’re pretty without make up. Sometimes less is more. You’ll see.” And, that was it. I went from exploring all types of make-up to my current routine which involves some face cream, a little foundation and mascara on a good day. I think the same thing goes for outfits. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE my sequins, my furs and being over the top. But, you can make that same statement without being so loud.


Velvet Pants | Polo Beaded Sweater (sold out, similar here and here| Rockstud Heels | Chanel Bag (similar less expensive version here)

With the holidays behind us, I’m easing back into the swing of my routine (walk the pup, work, gym, blog stuff!), oh and let’s not forget play with the pup and make time to hang out with my roommate (recently on my story)! I know it’s still a month away, but Valentine’s Day, (or Galentine’s Day), will be around the corner in no time.In light of that, I know it might be a little soon, but I wanted to share a pant look that would be really cute for whatever your plans might be that evening. It includes the cutest pair of velvet ankle straight pants that are currently on sale. It is also available in a black color, these pants are made from a luxuriously soft velvet fabric, that feel virtually weightless. I paired it with a light pink beaded turtleneck (currently sold out) but I found this similar sweater under $25 and this pearly one under $22. For finishing details, I went with rockstud black heels and a Chanel bag (similar here).

Also, one of the easiest and most prevalent places to incorporate a little more velvet is on footwear. I would pair this look with some velvet shoes, like this pair currently 54% off or these block velvet heels (under $150).  If you choose to pair with a pair of velvet heels, I would pair the look with a soft clutch like this one or this one. And, finish the look off with a fur jacket (like this one or this one) or a cashmere shawl.

Photography: Christy Kendall