Flare Pants You Need This Summer

26 June 2017

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Pants: I Love Tyler Madison (shop here) // Top: Old Navy (shop all available colors here) // Ring: Shop Willow & Bliss (shop the cutest ring collection here) // Bag: Marshalls (shop similar here + here)

Hey there!  With summer completely here (holy moly can you feel the heat!?) I'm ironically into  I'm talking cropped, skinny, boyfriend, mom...all types.  I know it's the season for dresses, shorts and skirts galore, but there's something about a good pair of jeans and pants to have this season that's just as important too.  I recently collaborated in an Instagram campaign with vegan clothing line, I Love Tyler Madison, and got to style a pair of pants of my choice.  When I came across these flare pants, I melted.  If I have an ultimate favorite style of pants, it'd be flare and for a ton of reasons!  First let's take this story back to when I was in elementary school and every little girl was wearing bell bottoms but my sister and I.  My mom was still only letting us wear mom looking skinny jeans and we totally felt uncool.  The day my mom decided to let us get in with the times, she took us to Limited Too (remember that store, ladies?) and bought us both a pair of dark denim bell bottoms.  I was stoked because the following day was actually a free dress day so you know my sister and I woke up feeling ourselves.  We got into our jeans and accepted compliments all day long lol.  Talk about life changing.  Anyway, there was something about not being allowed to wear bell bottoms like everyone else that really stuck with me.  I swear anytime I see a pair, I ALWAYS get really nostalgic over the desire of wanting them like my other girlfriends in elementary school.  Nonetheless, when I was trying to choose my campaign item, I saw these flare pants and didn't want anything else at all.   As soon as they arrived, they did not disappoint because they fit SO amazing.  I don't like to wear tight clothing, especially in the heat, but these pants are so lightweight they actually feel like you're wearing gloves around your legs.  In these pictures, I styled my new pants with just a basic t-shirt that I'm sure everyone has, but this summer, you know I'm bringing out the crochet tops for a fun boho look!  Anyway, definitely check out the rest of ILTM clothing via the link above and don't forget to make room for fun flare pants this summer!

Melissa Victoria

Summer Hair Care

19 June 2017

Hey there!  I have a confession.  I don't regularly cut my hair - AHHH! I have this thing where I really love to have long hair and then wake up one day and decide I want to chop it off.  I'm kind of itching for short hair again, but I just keep going back and fourth so we'll see what I eventually decide.  In the meantime, I maintain my hair with none other than Argan Oil.  If you haven't heard, or maybe just not in the know, Argan Oil has some super awesome skin and hair benefits.  This oil can work as a moisturizer, hair conditioner, aid in hair shine, acne and so much more.  Lately, I've felt as if the heat has been drying out my hair, so I started to incorporate this oil into my hair washing routine and the results have been satisfying.  I've tried several fun products that have totally worked to maintain the basics of my hair, but Argan Oil is just so easy to use, it smells great and love the way it makes my hair look and feel.  I don't do anything crazy when I use it - it only takes a few drops around my wet hair and ends, followed by a quick brush through my hair to spread the product around.  For best results, I usually just air dry my hair and then proceed to straight or curl.  The oil I use is actually one from Leven Rose, a Colorado all-natural based brand, that sells some of the most exhilarating skin and hair products.  Now that I know about them, I just can't seem to not browse their website and social feeds for wellness tips and ideas - I'm obsessed.  Anyway, I highly recommend Argan Oil for your hair care needs this summer.  If your hair is anything like mine, you'll need that extra boost for hair shine!  To directly shop the oil I use, click here and click here to shop all other products Leven Rose offers.  I'll talk to you guys soon!

Melissa Victoria

So long, 26...Hello 27.

14 June 2017

In lieu of my 27th birthday just a few hours away, I wanted to write a quick note for you guys.  I do have to say my 26th year was pretty sweet.  I met new friends, I saw new places, I continued working hard in my career and best of all, I continued to come back to my safe place - Brocade Closet.  This year taught me that while life happens fast, it's important to make sure you remain happy.  I found myself extra busy this year juggling a career, family, boyfriend, friendships and a blog that whenever I felt the slightest unhappy feeling, I just stopped what I did and did something I knew would make me happy. Whether it was going out for sushi, snapping fun photos or just picking up the phone to talk to a friend I hadn't spoken to in a long time, making time to do what makes you happy has become extremely valuable to me.  It's so easy to wake up and repeat the same schedule every day without even noticing and honestly, being bored is not on my life agenda.  Entering my 27th year is super exciting for me!  It's an age where, God willing, I'll make positive moves in every aspect that makes me me.  I already have goals I want to achieve this year and I'm like, so pumped to accomplish them.  One goal of mine is to run with the wind more.  I'm already naturally ruled by the air, but I want to allow myself to take flight in all things I want to do and go for gold.  This is a challenge for myself since I'm also naturally super laid back and don't care to always be a shiny 1st place object.  However, I do see areas of improvement and can't wait to get started on all of this...tomorrow!  

With that I say so long, 26!  You were a growing phase for me and I can't wait to see what chapter 27 looks like.

Xo..Melissa Victoria. 

My Old Navy Picks

08 June 2017

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  Top: Old Navy (shop here) // Jeans: Old Navy (shop here) // Shoes: Old (shop similar here + here) // Bracelet & Earrings: Willow + Bliss (shop here + here)

Hey hey!  I've had this slight obsession with Old Navy as of late that is getting a little out of control.  I don't know if it's because I'm a week away from turning 27 so maybe my wardrobe is becoming a little laid back mature (hair flip) or if my natural gravitation towards color is what keeps me coming back!?  To be honest it's probably a combination of both reasons but above all, Old Navy in general just has some of the most amazing items at really awesome prices.  During one of my most recent hauls, I picked up this bright orange/red top that is totally perfect for summer with just about anything from white jeans, to shorts to cropped pants like I'm wearing here.  I also picked up these jeans from Old Navy a few months ago and haven't been able to get enough of them since then.  I know a fun new jean trend is a cropped/distressed hem, which this pair has, and is in general really cute considering every sandal wearing chick can really appreciate a cropped fit to show off every shoe detail!  These ones are part of the 'Rockstar' collection that I actually have two pairs of.  They are a little pricier than the other jeans in-store but they just fit SO nice.  I feel like I could write an 'Old Navy Picks' post every month because I'm so sure I'll be wearing more and more of their clothes.  With that said, welcome to round one of my picks and don't forget to shop my current favorites via the links above!  

xo..Melissa Victoria 

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