Three Easy Ways for Men to Look Seasonally Stylish

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This may come as a surprise, but dressing up for the holidays is not a concept relegated to just the ladies. But have no fear, fellas: seasonal doesn’t have to mean sparkly and over the top.

Instead, guys can just as easily embrace the style and spirit of the season by making subtle tweaks to their existing wardrobe. For a look that’s festive for everything from cocktails to countdowns, consider these three fail-proof tips and tricks for getting men in the sartorial swing of things.

GIFTED GENTS

For the guy who needs a little help in the fashion department, the holidays are the perfect opportunity for loved ones to gift him the items he needs to flaunt his seasonal style.

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Shinola and J.Crew Mens Shop carry the coolest modern gear that’s steeped in timeless design. From socks and journals to an always-practical watch, both stores offer covetable items at every price.

Nike and Under Armour Brand House also have the perfect array of gift options for men. Whether for their off-duty look or for actually hitting the gym, performance apparel is a must in every guy’s wardrobe.

1100945_22_Kiehls_DMI_AgeDefender_Dopp_srgb_loresFor stocking stuffers and smaller gifts for office mates and friends, grooming sets from Kiehl’s Since 1851 are well-received gifts that many men love but often would not get for themselves.

HOLIDAY HUES

For the guy who has his wardrobe under control yet is looking to inject a stronger holiday vibe, consider introducing a little color in the form of muted tones and subtle patterns to button-down shirts, pocket squares and neck ties. Try not to do all three at once, of course, but choose an area or two to focus on, then mix plaid, tartan, stripes and Fair Isle in with solid basics.

 

Also, consider introducing a pine-green palette in the form of a neck tie, a merlot hue on a pocket square, or even a gray-green shade on a quilted vest. Punched-up earthy tones still pair well with the grey, black and brown staples, while also adding a festive touch.

JCrewPlaidMid-weight flannel shirts with a red-and-green plaid motif are another no-brainer this time of year. J.Crew Mens Shop has a variety of colors and fabrics that pair perfectly with dark jeans or broken-in chinos. It’s a look that moves seamlessly from holiday lunch to late-night cocktails.

The elevated basics at Vince also provide the perfect foundation for a family gathering or an office party. Simply throw on a suede bomber jacket for an instantly pulled-together look. Schott NYC also makes tried-and-true leather jackets that any guy would be thrilled to receive and wear year round.

WELL SUITED

When it comes to holiday suiting, think cozy, textured and tailored. A gorgeous wool suit always works this time of year, especially when paired with a cable-knit cardigan instead of the matching blazer. Opt for deep blue, charcoal grey and warm brown tones, and pair with a sweater vest in a brighter color underneath as well as some crisp sneakers to soften the look.

TOPSHOP TOPMAN does fashion-forward and tailored like no one else, plus its suits feature surprise flourishes that are perfect for this time of year.

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Throw on a pair of Cole Haan oxfords for a more traditional touch, and it’s a holiday look that is sure to turn heads.

For a slightly more casual suit look, a tailored blazer from Barneys New York or TOPSHOP TOPMAN, plus a pair of dark denim jeans from PAIGE or Vince is a more relaxed way of approaching a holiday party or outing.

Finish off the look with shades from Illesteva for the final punctuation on a truly Southern Californian holiday ensemble.

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Medium Hard Linen Journal, Shinola, $19.99; The Guardian Watch, Shinola, $675; Age Defender Collection, Kiehl’s Since 1851, $88; Wallace & Barnes Heavyweight Flannel Shirts, J.Crew Mens Shop, $98, photo credit: @jcrewmens; Jagger Wingtip Oxford, Cole Haan, $139.95, photo credit: @colehaan;
Mykonos II, Illesteva, $177, photo credit: @illesteva

Fall Into the Season With a New Fragrance Wardrobe

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Temperatures in Southern California may not dip drastically this time of year, but that doesn’t mean we can’t take a few minor measures to make it feel more autumnal.

A great place to start is by switching up your fragrances. In the coming months, nudge those bottles of light, fruity and floral scents to the back of your vanity and opt for musky, Oriental, spicy, warm-vanilla notes instead. These fall-friendly aromas instantly transport you to a cozier place where a plaid wool coat, cashmere sweater and suede stack-heel boots make sense.

The new Nirvana fragrances from Elizabeth and James pretty much sum up the spicy, full-bodied scents synonymous with the season. Recently launched, Nirvana Bourbon has distinct notes of vanilla bourbon, oakwood and tuberose. This is a sexy, seductive vanilla go-to for those who love a hint of sweetness, but in a more mature version that works both day and night.

Another new addition to the Elizabeth and James fragrance family is Nirvana Rose, which is anything but your grandma’s rose perfume. With notes of geranium, vetiver and rose de mai, there is a depth to this blend that cuts the sometimes powdery and cloying characteristics of rose.

Another fall favorite is Jo Malone’s newest blend, Basil & Neroli, which fills the air with spice and flirty neroli. With notes of basil and white musk, it is perfect for the person who typically loves bright scents for summer, but wants a slightly bolder alternative in the cooler months.

And for anyone seeking seductive sophistication, Charlotte Tilbury’s recently launched fragrance, Scent of a Dream, is definitely worth a spritz or two. Bottom notes of patchouli, musk, amber and precious woods anchor flirty top notes of lemon, peach and mandarin. Middle notes are unabashedly feminine and floral, and include tuberose, jasmine and violet.

Whether floral or woodsy, musky or spicy, each of these scents is a decidedly decadent accessory for the velvet and shearling patiently waiting to be worn in the coming months.

FASHION ADVICE FROM MELISSA MAGSAYSAY: BEACH AND POOLSIDE MUST-HAVES

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From swimsuits to sun protection, gearing up for a summer by the shore (or pool) has never looked so good.

We may be spoiled by the year-round, temperate Southern California climate, but that doesn’t mean we don’t look forward to summer and the multitude of aquatic activities involved.

Whether it’s family days filled with beach volleyball and bodyboarding, or poolside barbecues and games, spending summer days and nights by the water really can’t be beat.

As the temps continue to go up, so does the need for sun protection. Consider sunscreen sticks in a sport-ready formula. They are easy to apply and won’t run into eyes, even if you start to sweat or go for a swim. For more stylish options, swimwear with built-in UPF helps guard delicate skin from harmful rays and alleviate some worries about playing outdoors all day.

Hats also help prevent sunburns in addition to a thick layer of sunscreen.  From the classic Panama to a fun and vibrant version festooned with pom-poms, a great summer hat is an accessory must-have.

And no trip to the ocean or pool is complete without the right food and games. Outdoor versions of tic-tac-toe and classic horseshoes will keep everyone entertained when not swimming, while a travel-sized, high-heat grill will cook up the perfect beachside burgers.

Being prepared with effective, water-ready essentials is key for any Southern Californian this summer. Whether you manage to get to the coast a couple times in the next few months or every weekend, having the right gear always makes the experience more enriching and, of course, stylish.

If you are interested in any of these items for purchase, please contact our concierge at 323.900.8080.

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Find Out What LA’s Most Stylish Tastemakers Are Packing For Their Summer Travels

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As summer rolls around, wanderlust tends to grow in all of us. And really, between school being out and the temperatures being favorable around most of the world, there’s no better time to pack a suitcase and escape somewhere to unwind and enjoy the local food, culture and landscape.

In addition to the dreamy nature of the destination, there is plenty of glamour in what one packs to wear and enjoy while there. Personally, I look forward to packing because it’s like putting together a highly edited selection of the best pieces of your wardrobe.

For your summer adventures, I recommend starting with a piece or two of Tumi luggage for its durability and timeless design. A smaller must-have is Caudalie’s travel-sized Beauty Elixir, which is a refreshing and moisturizing mist that keeps skin glowing in the air and on-the-ground. And finally, Beats headphones and an iPad stocked with movies, magazines and TV shows are essential for making the flight more fun.

For other travel picks, we’ve tapped Los Angeles’ most stylish tastemakers from the fashion, lifestyle and beauty industries to share where they’re headed this summer and what their in-flight and on-the-ground fashion, beauty and wellness essentials are for ensuring a chic and healthy stay.

 

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Nicole Chavez Nicole Chavez
Celebrity Stylist
Destination: Oahu, Hawaii
@nicolechavezstyle“My husband and I were married in Hawaii, so it holds a special place in our hearts. Now we’re returning with the whole family for some much-needed R&R. We love spending time on the beach with the kids, snorkeling and taking long walks. Hawaii forces you to slow down and enjoy all the little moments.”

 

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Gregory Arlt Gregory Arlt
M-A-C Cosmetics Director of Makeup Artistry
Destination: Kauai, Hawaii
@gregoryarlt“I have been there about three times previously and I adore it. One of the things I love most about Kauai is how remote and rural it is and feels. I can really check out and hang my mental ‘do not disturb’ sign on my soul and being. There are a few remote, tourist-free beaches I love going to and will definitely be making appearances at. As well, I love The Dolphin Restaurant and Bar Acuda in Hanalei and will for sure be having a meal (or seven) there. If nerves permit, I’ll also go ziplining for the first time when I go!”

 

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Hayden Slater Hayden Slater
Co-founder and CEO of Pressed Juicery
Destination: Rome, Florence & Capri
@haydenslater“I have one of my oldest friend’s weddings in Florence and decided to extend [the trip] a little bit and also visit Rome and Capri—two of my favorite places. I am most looking forward to eating and relaxing a lot.”

 

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Sarah Gibson Tuttle Sarah Gibson Tuttle
CEO of Olive & June
Destination: Mill Valley, CA
@gibsontuttle“We rented a cozy, rustic cabin in the Muir Woods (located in Mill Valley, CA) with our families. We’ve all traveled to Mill Valley before, but it will be our first time staying in Muir Woods,” says Gibson Tuttle of their getaway.

 

Barrett Prendergast Barrett Prendergast
Founder of Valleybrink Road
Destination: Mill Valley, CA
@valleybrinkroadOn what she, Sarah and their families plan to do while there: “I love cooking on vacation,” says Prendergast. “I am looking forward to making yummy breakfasts, going on day hikes, and relaxing in the evening with some rosé.”

 

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Joyce Lee Joyce Lee
Creative Director of Madewell
Destination: Sedona, Arizona
@joycejjoyce_“This is my first time to Sedona. I plan on having a holiday to relax by the pool in the desert, surrounded by the red rocks. I’m looking forward to lounging by the pool, checking out the Red Rock State Park and having a picnic with my family.”

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Father’s Day at The Grove

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Considering the love, support and countless pep talks fathers bestow upon their children, one day of robust celebration seems the least we can do for the hardworking dads in our lives.

Fathers tend to teach us the tenets for living a good life, full of honesty, integrity and hard work. They also teach us the most essential outdoor grilling and car maintenance skills, and instill in us a deep appreciation for all things sports-related.

Gift ideas are truly plentiful as you think about items that support his favorite hobbies and interests as well as areas where he could use a little help. For instance, one category where Dad may not generally treat himself is with top-of-the-line grooming gadgets and skin-saving products.

For that, Kiehl’s has a vast array of face wash, shaving creams and serums that are perfect for every day. From daily maintenance to anti-aging formulas and shaving essentials, Dad will appreciate an effective regimen that makes him look and feel pampered.

Mark the occasion with these and other thoughtful tokens that show how much we appreciate Dad’s devotion. Whether it’s the best in grilling accessories, tools for making the perfect cocktail, gadgets for staying fit or pieces that add even more style to his wardrobe, consider these gift ideas as a way to say “Thank You” this Father’s Day.

*If you are interested in any of these items for purchase, please contact Concierge Services at 323.900.8080. For a complete listing of stores, click here for our directory.

From June 8 to 19, Caruso Rewards members can earn up to 5,000 double points at participating Father’s Day Gift Guide retailers. If you aren’t already a member, click here to join today.

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Fashion on Film

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A lineup of exciting movies starting to play in theaters signals summer’s arrival. And although a thrilling plotline, hilarious ensemble cast or epic special effects are all undoubtedly attractive elements of a great film, it’s often the costumes and fashion involved that can be as eye-catching as anything else happening on screen.

This month, The Grove is combining two of the best aspects of summer: timeless movies and the gorgeous outdoor park space centrally located near the iconic fountain. The film series, in partnership with Who What Wear, includes stylish flicks such as Pretty Woman, Dirty Dancing, Pretty in Pink, 10 Things I Hate About You and She’s All That. Plus, each film is inspiring for its style. It’s easy to get in the spirit with clothing and accessories that are as classic as each of the Showbox movies themselves. And you can take advantage of Barneys 40% off designer sale going on now to purchase iconic pieces inspired by these memorable leading women.

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For instance, remember those perfectly cropped and worn-in denim shorts Baby sported in Dirty Dancing? They make a go-to summer staple to wear with just about anything. So does Baby’s light and airy white blouse, which can be dressed up or down all year long.

Pretty Woman style is just about as cool as it comes, and the ‘90s vibe is ubiquitous throughout fashion today. Try an off-the-shoulder dress in a similar polka-dot pattern or a sleek, embroidered lace cocktail number.

With films that include fashion and costumes that inspire, it seemed natural to learn more about what makes for memorable movie style, right from the source.

Stylist and costume designer Leesa Evans is responsible for the amazing wardrobes in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, I Love You, Man, Bridesmaids, Neighbors and Neighbors 2, as well as the hilariously outlandish and very fashion-packed Zoolander 2.

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When she’s not traveling the world to her next location (this summer, she begins a movie in Hawaii—a forthcoming comedy starring Goldie Hawn and Amy Schumer, whom Evans also styles for the red carpet), the costume designer is combing magazines and runway show images to get inspiration for her current cast of characters. Here, Evans discusses how fashion enhances film, as well as the movie that endlessly inspires the style throughout much of her work.

Melissa Magsaysay: Have you always been a big fan of film?

Leesa Evans: Absolutely. I’ll see any movie any time, anywhere. I could watch two or three movies a day if I had the time. I find it’s the perfect escapism, a single focus for a little while. I will see romantic comedies, sci-fi and animation. You name it. I am so utterly entertained by film. You can watch the film on showbox app for free.

MM: How do you stay inspired creatively?

LE: I look at runway shows all the time. I love fashion as an art form and get inspired by it all the time. I’m also often inspired by things you wouldn’t think, like a rug, which will make me think of a shirt from when I was a child, and then that inspires a character. I just have this visual memory of clothes, and [movie] characters all need a backstory in order to understand why they wear the clothes they do.

With my job, I just felt like I wanted to be inspired by what I was seeing in films and felt there was also an opportunity to fuse contemporary fashion and film.

MM: What makes for a good fashion film?

LE: A good fashion film is when the fashion is evident but not overpowering, so that the character is enhanced by the fashion he or she is wearing. Sometimes you remember the outfit and not the character. If you look at Kristen [Wiig’s] character in Bridesmaids, her fashion is a little bit off, and you want more for her and root for her. You really fall in love with her. And Rose Byrne’s character is all about fashion and you see her as this person who is almost perfect, and you’re rooting for her to show her vulnerability and then for the characters to meet in the middle.

At the end of the day, fashion is absolutely imperative in contemporary film because we live in a totally connected, global world. A character of a mom in the Midwest could be just as fashionable as a mom in New York or LA. With social media and the internet, everyone has the ability to see what’s happening anywhere. The stakes are higher now and fashion is imperative to film. Otherwise, these characters aren’t believable.

MM: What film serves as your biggest fashion inspiration?

LE:  It is always and forever, Love Story. The fashion in that movie is stuck in my head forever. My vision for the costumes in I Love You, Man was as a modern-day Love Story.

*If you are interested in any of these items for purchase, please contact our concierge at 323.900.8080.

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Fashion Advice from Melissa Magsaysay: Grad Gifts

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Graduation time is upon us, and a new class of talented, confident and optimistic young adults is moving onto the next level of life. Be that grad school bound or setting out into the working world and a first apartment, the lessons they’ve learned at a desk or through internship experiences are only heightened and made greater by some life “essentials” that you can supply them with for this exciting journey ahead.

Getting dressed for a first job can be downright daunting. Giving your grad a chic work-ready bag that fits a laptop, lets him or her tote around everything needed for the workday and commuting in a presentable style.

A pair of versatile black heels for a lady or black wingtips for a guy are bound to get plenty of use in an office environment. For casual Fridays or for the grad school student, sensible and stylish flats or suede lace-up boots will become a definite wardrobe staple.

Keeping them organized is just as important as how they’re dressed. A timeless sterling silver business card holder with their initials engraved still holds a practical, if not sentimental, place among the tech-savvy set, and a money clip also can be engraved with a graduation date as a token to be displayed if not used daily.

Graduation is also the right occasion for giving meaningful jewelry. Think about classic stones, such as diamonds or pearls, and pieces they can wear daily to remember their recent accomplishment or perhaps even stir up fond memories of home.

From the practical to the precious, this occasion marks the start of many amazing adventures to come. Commemorate it and celebrate your grad with gifts that show you care.

 

*If you are interested in any of these items for purchase, please contact our concierge at 323.900.8080.

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Fashion Advice from Melissa Magsaysay:
Summer Style

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Summer is here, and it’s the perfect time to get outside and enjoy all of the amazing perks that Southern California has to offer.

From sun soaked hikes to long days spent at the beach, the outdoors are calling and the right active wardrobe and accessories, that are as stylish as they are practical, can help kick off the season with a bang.

When it comes to athleisure and a workout-ready wardrobe, Beyonce’s new Ivy Park line works whether doing some outdoor shopping or going on a neighborhood stroll. It has the same edgy, street aesthetic that the pop icon is known for and raises the bar on what’s possible with comfortable, casual clothing.

For brightening up those basic black leggings and tank tops, Nike and The Gap have a vast array of colorful, graphic print options that make switching out or mixing up basic staples easy and inspired for summer activities. Try mixing up your florals and patterns with your fitness clothes. It’s a bold move, but just like in fashion, playing with prints can be fun, plus make for an outfit that moves beyond your workout.

Sneakers are also an easy way to inject some summer-ready vibes into your outdoor wardrobe. There are endless options of bold brights, floral or animal print styles that transition seamlessly from the studio to the street, plus liven up a post-workout look of jeans and a T-shirt.

And while outdoors working out or simply enjoying the season, sun protection that’s sweat proof and effective is easy to come by when it’s packaged as a portable stick with a sport-ready formula.

While sun block helps beat the heat from the outside, try keeping cool from the inside as well, with a chilled concoction from Pressed Juicery. The delicious juices are as refreshing as they are delicious and make summer snacking lighter and healthier.

From brightening up an active summer wardrobe to finding the right sun protection and cool, edgy sneakers, kicking off summer has never been easier or more stylish.

Inspired to get in shape? Join us for We Run the Grove on June 12. Register here.

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*If you are interested in any of these items for purchase, please contact our concierge at 323.900.8080.

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Fashion Advice from Melissa Magsaysay: ’70s Style

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The decade that brought us disco always delivers as a constant style inspiration for designers. This spring, it’s feeling fresher than ever.

Fashion is full of tropes that can easily feel tired. Take the 1970s, for example. We’ve seen it plenty of times in seasons past and, in fact, in Southern California, it could be considered a perennial look.

For spring and summer, designers are still mining the decade, but this time in a manner that’s more modern, effortless and laid back than ever before. Consider a Jane-Birkin-on-summer-holiday-in-St-Tropez sort of aesthetic rather than the contrived maxi dress and wedge sandal ensemble.

Now the trend is understated and even minimal, which means sleek off-the-shoulder tops and dresses (and necklines in general), wide leg pants, lace-up leather sandals and a solid, neutral color palette that reflects the most ideal notions of summer: the ocean, the sand and a cool and stylish get-a-way.

“Channeling the ease and femininity that the ‘70s represents, while looking modern and refined, was the starting point for our off-the-shoulder tunics for spring,” says Amy Smilovic, founder and creative director of Tibi, the brand that has arguably propelled the off-the-shoulder trend forward.

Getting the look is as effortless as it appears.

Here are the key items for this updated ‘70s redux, plus how to wear and where to get them.

 

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Why We Love It: The block or stack heel is all the rage right now – and on top, it’s all about the lace-up leather tie. The details are reminiscent of the late ‘60s/early ‘70s and provide an instant update to even a t-shirt and high-waist jeans.

How to Wear It: Let the lace-up sandals be the statement accessory. The crisscross detail can get busy, so it’s best to keep everything up top sleek and minimal. The sandals tend to look the most summery in a brown suede, but try a bold color for maximum impact.

 

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Why We Love It: Why not celebrate the shoulder? It’s a sexy area on just about everyone and feels easy and on point for warmer weather.

How to Wear It: Just like you would any other blouse or top. The neckline on anything from a top to a dress is the main trend and injects a breezy ‘70s vibe into any look.

 

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Why We Love it: So long skinny! Cropped, wide leg, flare and boot cut are back, and the play on proportion is what we’ve been longing for as a welcome wardrobe update.

How to Wear It: Since the bottom is more voluminous, keep tops tighter in fit and tucked into the waist if possible. With all the cool cropped pant styles, it’s also time to let shoes stand out.

 

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Why We Love It: They’re a continuation of the celebration of the shoulder area as they elongate the neck and punctuate spring’s neckline perfectly.

How to Wear It: Basically just replace all those long swingy necklaces and layered chains with a closer-to-the-skin choker. Try a leather cord with charm pendant for a more laid back look or a chic gold version for something more dressed up.”

 

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Guest Blogger Margo and Me Talks Simply Stylist Fashion & Beauty Conference at The Grove!

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I couldn’t be more excited to be speaking at our city’s best fashion and beauty conference, Simply Stylist this Saturday! With branding and PR being at the core of my career path, I’m excited to share my unique perspective on what it takes to build your brand.

With over a million blogs out there, it can be confusing to navigate your way through the steps to get started, maintain and grow! I can’t wait to share what I’ve learned along the way. I’ve outlined a few topics I will be speaking to below, but it’s my hope that these topics raise more questions from attendees. This conversation is not just for bloggers, as I will be speaking to branding, it will be very helpful for brands and anyone looking to break into the fashion industry as well. Can’t wait to see you there!

Topics I’ll Be Discussing:

–  Defining your three core values; I will also be sharing mine which are also known as the three C’s; Consistency, creativity and compassion.

– With the internet and social media being at everyones mobile fingertips the very first step in the branding process is to identify your brand in terms of how you want to be perceived by others and what makes you unique – then letting this guide your visual identity.

–  Determining what social media channels you will be promoting your blog through and sticking to them. I will also be speaking about the reality of how you should be growing your numbers!

–  How to approach the dreaded media outreach, pitching yourself to editorial outlets and brands.

–  The importance of creating an editorial calendar and sticking to it.

Find our more about Margo and Me on her website, here.