I met mark years ago. It was through mark that I purchased my very first tube of mascara (Scanda-Lash Hook Up Mascara), my very first container of eyeshadow (the now-discontinued i-glimmer Illuminating Eye Color in Bronzed), and, believe it or not, mark who showed me how to apply liner on my upper eyelids via a tutorial video viewed in the wee hours of the morning during a bout of insomnia. Though many things have changed in my life over the years, the one constant has always been mark. And for mark’s loyalty to me, I have felt nothing but loyal towards mark; thus the reason why I have been so thrilled by the introduction of fashion from mark – to so perfectly correlate with the stellar beauty products they offer.
Though mark has been offering fashion and accessories since the days when Lauren Conrad was the official mark girl; this summer’s style offerings (with Ashley Greene as the current brand ambassador) are my absolute favorite, as it spans everything from dresses and blazers to sandals and floppy hats – all of which are fully on-trend, fashionable, fabulous, and affordable – take a peek at a few of my favorites below!
♥Look 1: Roll With It Romper ($32.00) + We Got the Bead Necklace ($32.00). Rompers are incredibly versatile as a whole, as they can seamlessly transition from day to night; but this particular romper, in my opinion, is even more so, as it has sleeves and a nipped in waist, making it perfect for evening affairs (think Blake Lively, Miranda Kerr, and Nicole Richie).
♥Look 2: Going to New Lengths Skirt ($30.00) + Layer Up Bracelets ($20.00). Louis Vuitton, Celine, Prada...Midi Skirts were all over the Spring 2012 runways because, obviously, they are effortless, classy, and allow the wearer to embrace a little Mad Men style of their own. mark's Going to New Lengths Skirt is one of my favorite pieces this season because it is a berry shade (not too bright, and definitely not boring), and...it has side pockets, so fashion meets function!
♥Look 3: Short and Sweet Dress ($36.00) + Layer Up Bracelets - linked above ($20.00). This dress is the perfect juxtaposition between sweet and sexy. The dress is constructed out of denim, and the bodice features a sweetheart neckline (very girl-next-door); while the back features an exposed zipper, and the bodice has a subtle corset-like vibe going on to add a little feisty edge.
♥Look 1: Cool It Dress ($34.00) + Rock of Ages Necklace in Clear ($24.00). The little white dress is to sultry summer days what the little black dress is to chic cocktail parties. In other words? Essential! What makes the Cool It Dress a little more unique is the all-over dot-lace, which adds extra dimension, and makes it perfect for topping a bikini at the beach or special occasions!
♥Look 2: Easy Going Maxi Dress ($35.00) + Sunny Outlook Sandals ($32.00). For those of you who follow me on Instagram @cafefashionista, you may have seen me post a picture of myself wearing this dress last week (if not, you can see it here). Ordinarily, I am not a maxi dress person (I'm only 5'1!). In fact, this is the first one that I have ever owned. That said, this is the maxi dress that everyone needs to own. The print is zebra (animal print is always in style), but blue instead of black (very summer-friendly); and the fabric is just incredibly, incredibly comfortable. I honestly did not want to take this dress off - a definite must-have for the summer.
♥Look 3: Blaze the Way Blazer ($48.00) + Borrowed from the Boys Watch ($40.00). I love the look of a blazer with cuffed denim or over a flirty dress, but black can be harsh during the spring and summer months, which is why the Blaze the Way Blazer is so perfect. The cream color works really well with pastels and neons; and this particular piece has ruching on the sleeves, which makes it a little more fancy (plus, you never have to deal with pushing the sleeves up!).
♥Look 1: Sunny Outlook Sandals ($32.00). Nude sandals are absolutely essential in my opinion as they seriously elongate your legs (perfect for short girls like moi, and also make your feet look smaller (Angelina Jolie uses this trick all the time). Even more, they match anything and everything in your wardrobe, so you don't have to really think when you're getting dressed in the morning. What I love about these is that they have silvertone detailing (remember, silver makes you look more tan!), which adds a subtle touch of glam; plus, they have a back zipper, which I like to think of as tongue-in-cheek chic.
♥Look 2: The Last Straw Hat ($26.00). Floppy hats always show up during the summer, but The Last Straw Hat, I think, is more flattering than many others, as the brim, while providing coverage, isn't as oversized and ostentatious as a lot of other offerings. Additionally, it features a lacy texture and scalloped edges which adds a lot of femininity to the style.
♥Look 3: Tall Order Sandals ($38.00). A stacked wood heel in a cognac/brown hue is always a fun form of footwear for the summer, as it can dress up something as simple as cutoff denim shorts, without appearing too over-the-top or flashy. I love the Tall Order Sandals because they have a crisscross aesthetic over the front of the foot (which is a pretty detailing), and they hit low enough at the vamp to avoid cutting your leg in half; rather, they elongate your legs - something we all want!
Which of the looks above would you like to use to make your mark this summer? Dish dolls!
Thanks to mark for the pictures.