There’s no one right way to do Valentine’s Day, and different agendas call for different outfits. Especially now that V-Day falls on a Wednesday (so weird), some of us may be celebrating this weekend. Whether you’re staying in for a cozy night with your boo, catching a movie with your girlfriends or going to a bomb dinner under the stars, the inspiration shots ahead will guarantee you a most fashionable holiday.

#1. The casual day-date

It’s 2018 and not everyone is doing the whole candlelit-dinner thing come Wednesday. Maybe this is your first Valentine’s Day with your special someone or you and handsome are wanting to switch things up. Enter the day-date… Day-dates are honestly my favorite, but what lady hasn’t had trouble picking out that perfect daytime appropriate outfit. Is it too fancy? Is it too casual? Trust me I have been there. Try a lightweight material like this lilac dress from Lucy Love Lala Maxi. Or maybe your date requires a lot of running around town and exploring! Pair this adventure with our Yumi Kim Lizzy Romper. Black is always in, but when you add a splash of Valentine’s Day pink, it will definitely make his eyes go BING. Remember, you don’t want to look like you’re trying too hard, girl.

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#2 Paint the town sexy

These looks are for my girls who are headed out for date night – ready to ignite the FIRE and let the sparks fly. You get it. I love the idea of something sexy that doesn’t scream cliché Valentine’s Day but is also a little mysterious. Paint the town red with this Yumi Kim So Social Dress. Yes, of course red is a go-to color but it’s freaking hot! Rocking a dress that accentuates the waist is sexy and sophisticated. This dress also shows a little leg which is perfect for the occasion. Or try this lacy romantic number, the Abigail Dress, for a winning combination on date night. I think these are the perfect effortless ensembles to make your man swoon and leave a lasting impression.

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#3 Calling all my single ladies

So, you might not have a date for this ONE day. Who the fuck cares? Galentine’s day is a thing, and I fully support it. Maybe this is the perfect night to take it to the couch with the girls and turn on that show you have been effortlessly binge-watching. Or postpone the party to the weekend with a girlfriends-only pool party. Talk about fun in the sun! Pair this hot day with L*Spaces’ spicy Josie Top and Lily Bottom. An inflatable swan is also highly recommended.

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Single or not, Valentine’s Day is a day that should be addressed in a fashionable matter… with wine in the mix. Make Valentine’s Day 2018 one that you will never forget and one that makes you love yourself above all.

Emily Merrell

Name: Emily Merrell
Occupation/Company: Founder- Six Degrees Society
Instagram: @Six_Degrees_Society
Website: www.sixdegreessociety.com

How did you get to where you are today?

I’m a big fan of following your path and journey and watching it unfold. I think it all started when I decided to move to Argentina after college. In Argentina my main objective was to move to a foreign country I had never been to and build a network and a life there. After 9 months living and working in fabulous Buenos Aires I moved to NYC to start my “grown up” life. It was in Argentina that I met at woman that connected me to my first boss who hired me at Ralph Lauren and later on at Tory Burch. It was there i met one of my best friends who has helped build my San Francisco market of Six Degrees Society. Essentially it’s through my network and support system that has led me to where I am today. My career in fashion really helped set the stage for a wider net of creativity and connections that i’ve tapped into over and over again.

What is your elevator pitch on what you do?

We handpick who you meet while networking by creating curated handpicked connections tailored just for you based on bios submitted pre-event. At our events you’ll meet personal, professional and future life self connections.

Emily Merrell

How do you define success?

When someone says, “I’ve heard of you before.” or “I’m on your mailing list!” Yet I think I’ll feel truly successful when Oprah starts talking about us.

What have been some of the most rewarding things in your career thus far?

Working at Ralph Lauren and Tory Burch were two of the most rewarding and exciting companies to work for from working with amazing employees throughout, to building out some elaborate events with some quite memorable people. One event that will forever stick in my mind was an evening at the Ralph Lauren flagship women’s store on 72nd and Madison in NYC where Ralph Lauren was hosting Gloria Vanderbilt and Wendy Goodman for a book signing. The evening was perfect from the handsome waiters to the impeccably dressed attendees. The best part was celebrating the event being over with my team. Overall I love seeing an event through start to finish from ideating it to being there and seeing people’s reactions to

What have been some of the hiccups (mistakes) along the way and what have you learned from them?

Ohhhh hiccups. I once had booked an event venue and the day of the event I was told it wasn’t on their schedule so they couldn’t host us. I ended up getting on the phone and working out a solution with the girl working that day and ultimately took her out to lunch.

I have 5 learnings:

  • Stay cool under pressure
  • There is always a plan B available
  • Be kind, honest and understanding
  • Admit you’re wrong and apologize
  • Be clear in all of your communications

What do you still want to achieve personally and/or professionally?

Oh man, where do I start. Now that Six Degrees Society has moved from being my hobby to my business I want to find other hobbies to focus on. I love making jewelry and being crafty and am eager to get back into those routines. Professionally I’d love to build an connection platform and resource hub, start a podcast, write a book, launch a talk show, expand our chapters nationally and internationally and grow our team.

Emily Merrell

Who has been your greatest inspiration?

My mom. She was a single mompreneuer and she seemed to marry all of her passions within her business. She used to design menu covers for hotels and restaurants and was constantly visiting and traveling to the top hotels and restaurants in the world. She also worked from home so it was hard to juggle being both a mom and a business woman yet I so loved seeing her work and having her at home.

What makes you truly, genuinely happy?

Getting into a robe or cozy pajamas at the end of the day and snuggling with my step-dog.

What advice would you tell your 21-year-old self?

You have no idea where life will take you, enjoy the ride and let it unfold– but also go into sales!

What is the biggest misconception about what you do?

People think I’m a matchmaker– and get confused when I say it’s women only.

Any words of inspiration or your favorite quote?

“Just breathe” from Ever After

When it comes to holidays, I am determined to find the perfect gift. I guess you could say I am a perfectionist, but is anyone really surprised by that? Valentine’s Day is just a week away, and I’ll take any excuse to shop around for the lovely ladies in my life!

Whether you’re shopping for a friend this GAL-entine’s Day, your darling mother or just yourself (hey, I approve!), I know you’ll L O V E the unique selection of giftables available at Lilac And Lilies. Think out-of-the-box this February 14 and swap the candy hearts for dreamy druzy stones and champagne scented candles.

So, let’s not waste any more time, here are the hand-picked products I’m obsessing over, and I am pretty sure you will too.

xoxo,
Michelle

For the Fashionista

If you know me, you know that I am a sucker for anything Kendra Scott. I mean, who isn’t? First of all, she is crushing it as a woman entrepreneur and second, her styles are to die for. Lucky for you, we have her latest collection in store. This new line shines in silver, gold and bronze while mirroring the brand’s ‘fresh and innovative’ aesthetic for 2018. Think: dainty and edgy all rolled into one. Surprise your gal with the new Olive Long Necklace. This piece is super versatile as it can be worn layered or alone.

Into more color? Our Druzy Elisa Necklace is the one you’ve been looking for. A dainty metallic chain accented with a one-of-a-kind druzy stone is just the statement you AND she need. This line is amazing because it’s unique and affordable! Get one for you and your BFF.

kendra scott necklace

kendra scott necklace

 

For the one who’s Sugar, (Extra) Spice, and Everything Nice

We all have that girlfriend who is your go-to for anything daring and fun. The one you know you’re guaranteed to have a fun time with and is game for everything. Hanky Panky’s Rose Thong in pink or red is a gift this friend will love! Not only are these SO comfy to wear and adorable, but the panties are specially wrapped like an actual rose. Cute, right?

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For the Wine Connoisseur

rewined candles

Who’s ready for a big night in with re-runs of the Bachelor or Real Housewives? I’m not ashamed to say that I am that friend! We love this girl because she’s down to kick back and get cozy on a Friday night. Surprise her this Valentine’s Day with a Champagne scented Rewind Candle. This amazing candle evokes the feeling of celebration and has sweet notes of white grape, honey, fresh baked bread and light citrus. Hello girl’s night! Wine lovers will appreciate this gift is actually made from a repurposed bottle of vino. Recycle chic you could say?

For the Free Spirit

This thoughtful gift is perfect for your girl who is a free spirit; she’s incredibly unique and embodies individualism. She likes to discover the trends and rock them even before they hit the market. I suggest gifting her a beautiful (and affordable) set of layered necklaces from LA designer, Wendi Grant. Subtle gold and embellished with just the right amount of sparkle, these Wendi Gate pieces can be worn with anything. The options are endless when it comes layering necklaces and you can select styles and symbols that your free-spirited gal with love.

wendi grant necklaces

jannely fashion buffet

A lot of us have a love-hate relationship with Valentine’s day but it doesn’t have to be all black and white like zebra stripes. You may find yourself alone during this holiday and no date on schedule but there are many things you can do to feel loved. There’s nobody who can love you the way you do yourself. For those of you who don’t have a clue what to do on this special day, we have you covered. We have prepared a special guide for single ladies to make them feel special on Valentine’s day.

First and foremost, pour yourself a glass of champagne and celebrate the beautiful you. There is no better way to start Valentine’s than celebrating your successes and all you have accomplished so far. If you keep going hard with your 2018 resolutions in February then cheer up and celebrate! Boss babes deserve a glass or two on this holiday.jannely fashion buffet

Dress up like you own the place

No date no problem. Our store has the newest Spring collection that will make you feel like a princess. What a better way than to cure Valentine’s blues with a little shopping? Our Veronica M. floral maxi dress is the perfect option for single ladies. you might attract a prospect or two in this ethereal dress. You can style the dress with blue or pink earrings and your favorite pair of wedges. If florals are not your style, we also have this chic off the shoulder asymmetric dress from Bishop and Young. This one is a cute option to wear at a brunch with your girlfriends or just go shopping. We styled it with a white hat and brown belt to add contrast. Now that you have a cute outfit take advantage of the day and go to a cute place to snap some photos.

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Go to a peaceful place

Pick up a bouquet of flowers for yourself. After all, you don’t need an excuse or a holiday to buy yourself some flowers. Living Color Garden Center is a beautiful place to take pictures and spend your afternoon just smelling the roses. Take your best friend or mom and spend the day building your own bouquet. The garden has about 5 acres and is the perfect place to take spring inspired pictures. Tender yourself first and learn from the garden. This is an excellent place to meditate and learn how to cultivate your life.

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Write yourself a letter

Do a list of all the things you love about yourself and the goals you have accomplished. This is a positive way to embrace yourself. Remind yourself how fabulous you are and write a letter from me-to-me. Self-love is the best love and only you knows what’s good for your body and soul.

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We hope this guide helps you have a fabulous and colorful day in the garden of life. Happy Valentine’s!

Thanks to contributing writer and fashionista: Jannely Espinal from The Fashion Buffet. Visit her blog at thefashionbuffet.com.

Marissa Mosseri

Name: Marissa Mosseri

Occupation/Company: Lifestyle Blogger/Online Influencer and Business Development Manager for Priv

Instagram: @marissalynne / @priv

Website: www.gochicyourself.com / www.gopriv.com

 

How did you get to where you are today?

I started a blog right out of college that focused on beauty and fashion, to help showcase my writing as well as my passion for the industries (with hopes it would also help with my job hunt, which was during the recession in 2008).

I started my career in a Marketing role for a cosmetics company, which quickly turned into a Product Development role. It was so fun and creative – conceptualizing ideas for new products, working with chemists on formulas, testing and naming products and shades, it was a beauty junkie’s dream! I then went on to work for renowned hair care line Bumble and bumble, where I handled Marketing execution for Florida, Texas, and Louisiana.

I now have the opportunity to work with Priv, an innovative on-demand beauty/wellness app that’s changing the game for salon and spa services. It’s beauty your way. On the way.

What is your elevator pitch on what you do?

Priv is an on-demand beauty and wellness app that delivers vetted beauty and wellness professionals to any location.

As for my like as an influencer, I’m a lifestyle blogger that works with brands in the fashion, beauty, travel and food world to create content and provide exposure.

Marissa Mosseri

How do you define success?

Success for me incorporates setting ambitious goals for myself, and breaking them down into smaller goals and action steps to work towards them. It’s about continuous growth and progress, as success is an ongoing intention that’s limitless.

What have been some of the most rewarding things in your career thus far?

As a blogger and online influencer, I’ve had the opportunity to work with so many incredible national and international brands including Dermalogica, Whispering Angel Rosé, Uber, Smartwater, Daniel Wellington, and Maybelline.

Working with Priv, I’ve had the opportunity to launch the Miami market and establish local partnerships with Bloomingdale’s, WeWork, Miami Magazine, Ocean Drive Magazine, European Wax Center, Miami Design Districtand Lululemon. I also had the opportunity to appear on-air with Deco Drive and NBC 6 in the Mix to offer beauty tips and promote Priv to the local South Florida market.

What have been some of the hiccups (mistakes) along the way and what have you learned from them?

I think “paralysis by analysis” (AKA being a perfectionist) was something that prevented me from moving forward with projects in the past. I would have these big ideas, but would sometimes become so overwhelmed by them, that I wouldn’t want to start taking steps unless I had everything figured out, and the time to knock out big steps all at once. Now, I’m learning to live by “progress, not perfection”. Taking smaller smaller steps each day, I am incrementally making progress in each of these projects, and have time to focus on individual steps that will create the bigger picture.

Marissa Mosseri

What do you still want to achieve personally and/or professionally?

I want to continue growing my brand and use my creativity and drive to differentiate myself in this competitive world.

Who has been your greatest inspiration?

My Mom.She has supported me in all of my ideas, projects, career decisions and travel plans, and she sis always the first one I go to for advice.

What causes you anxiety/sleepless nights?

Ideas and plans. My mind is constantly running and thinking about ideas for events, collaborations and partnerships, and listing off everything I need to do!

What makes you truly, genuinely happy?

Spending time with my loved ones, traveling, and seeing my visions come to life.

Marissa Mosseri

What advice would you tell your 21-year-old self?

Keep hustling and don’t get discouraged.

What is the biggest misconception about what you do?

That the beauty industry and blogger world can’t be that hard. It may all look glamorous but it takes a lot of hard work, creativity, and dedication.

Any words of inspiration or your favorite quote?

“The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams”

Name: Dominique Morales

Occupation/Company: M Clique

Instagram: Marketing_Clique

Website: MClique.com

 

How did you get to where you are today?

A lot of hard work, and most importantly by listening to my gut. Taking risk, allowing myself to fail but by always learning from my experiences and using them to make wiser decisions.

What is your elevator pitch on what you do?

I usually ask..

What inspired you to start or work for this company?

After the response..

Wouldn’t it be amazing to focus on that and not attempting to learn new programs or understand digital platforms for marketing? Get a team of marketing experts for a quarter of the cost of a marketing team, with years of experience to help you reach your business goals. Lets talk about your goals and how I can take this responsibility from you’re already long to do list.

How do you define success?

Exceeding expectations. For myself, my team and my clients. I define success as making a positive impact while growing personally, professionally, and financial.

What have been some of the most rewarding things in your career thus far?

Doubling my staff and clients in less than 3 months. Partnering with luxury brands that have a budget to work with anyone and them choosing us to create and execute their marketing strategy. It always feels like such an honor to help someone else’s goals or vision become a reality.

What have been some of the hiccups (mistakes) along the way and what have you learned from them?

A ton.. like a million ton! But the most important is to learn from them. A memorable mistake for me was partnering with a person that only cared about money. Our business is so much more than that and the difference in values and morals made it very difficult to see eye to eye. Now I see that although education, skills, talent is important it isn’t the most important as having passion for what we do!

What do you still want to achieve personally and/or professionally?

Host the #The Luxe List and have over 1,000 attendees.
The Luxe List is national influencer and blogger community that offers collaboration opportunities for social media content creators. In a time where brands rely on influencer marketing more than ever, The Luxe List seeks to connect the industry’s best known and break out influencers with key brand decision makers for a one-of-a-kind experience.

Who has been your greatest inspiration?

Tony Robbin’s message and story is really inspiring to me. His values of relationship building, decision making and project passion I follow in my day to day personal and professional life. But more so then, wealthy entrepreneurs I am inspired everyday by people I meet that are able to overcome challenges, difficult situations, limited or bad circumstances, upbringing and can still conquer what they set their minds to. This point of view gives me inspiration and a variety of perspectives that validate that I am only limited by my own barriers.

What makes you truly, genuinely happy?

Witnessing other prosper and closing deals!

What advice would you tell your 21-year-old self?

You are exactly where you need to be. Keep doing what feels right, you do not need to follow others people standards of success.

What is the biggest misconception about what you do?

That marketing agencies are more expensive than having an in house marketing team. At much less than the cost of one full-time executive, you get an entire team of experts, and can expect cheaper ad costs and software costs, among others.

Any words of inspiration or your favorite quote?

The quality of your life is the quality of your relationships. – Tony Robbins

Last night I was found out that I was named as a “Limit Breaking Female Founder” among 98 other founders such as Co-Founder & Co-CEO of Socialfly, CEO of Birchbox, CEO of Peanut, Michelle Kennedy and many other amazing founders.

HuffPost combines breaking news and blogging with media commentary from some of the original thinkers in Hollywood, corporate America and the media. HuffPost currently has 22,910,627 followers a month.

Sometimes I find it hard to put into words how completely humbled and honored I am to have this platform inspiring other women.

For full article click here.

 

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/99-limit-breaking-female-founders-share-the-most_us_5a580ad6e4b00b4ea8d08345

2017 was the year of overcoming trials:

  • My dog of 14 years passed away and my heart still aches from not having the comfort of her
    around.
  • My mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s
  • I ended a three-year on again off again toxic relationship

It’s relieving to think that 2017 (one of the hardest and most challenging years of my life) has closed. As I reflect back on this past year, I have to say I truly learned what the word “resilience” means to me in my own terms.

I met that girl, resilience, at a young age. I am the product of a single-family home where I learned how to stand tall when I thought my world was crumbling all around me. I had to work for everything I wanted. I guess you could say I was a true born hustler (cheers to that!). I learned how to survive on my own. I pushed through and put that Michelle smile we all know on and made it happen. I smiled through those times and through the grace of God, I always (crazily enough) saw the beauty in the trials.

In 2017 my mother was diagnosed with early stages of Alzheimer’s Disease. Doctors on doctors and paperwork on paperwork. I had to be strong for her cause we are all we have. Is it better? Hell no, this is just the beginning but I can’t look back, I have to look forward and prepare myself. And yet, once again I was comforted by my longtime friend, Resilience.

I also learned to find my inner voice and worth in 2017 in the midst of a not so healthy relationship. I felt like I was in quicksand and couldn’t get out. But in the mundane circle I was getting wrapped up in during this three-year relationship, I can now look back and see the beauty in it. How I persevered and found “Michelle”.

I am excited and looking forward to 2018. Who wouldn’t be happy about that? I get to travel the world and meet amazing people that inspire me daily. I choose to make my life better by eating healthy, working out daily and surrounding myself with nothing but positive and happy vibes. All of my trials in life has led me to where I am today. To enjoy all the amazing things and to accept the things I cannot change but to embrace them as life changing moments.

Everyone has a chapter in their book that they peak at with one eye open. But we all need to give those dark moments credit. They shape you into who you are today…which is AMAZING. I look back, and I smile at my pages. Those hard moments I thought were the end of the world were page turners in my Louis Vuitton journal. I look ahead to 2018 and it’s a fresh, new and exciting chapter. If you want to cut negative people or relationships out of your life, do it. If you want to tell someone to F off, by all means please do.

Here is to 2018 with less filters on pictures, more real talk, wearing your heart on your sleeve and helping one another achieve great accomplishments.

Alright lady, I want to ask you a very important question. It’s simple, and it’s one we don’t sit down and think about much. Here it is: What have you accomplished, and are you proud of those achievements? I recently sat down (after actually penciling it into my handy planner) to reflect on that very small but extremely loaded question.

Life can definitely get in the way of remembering our proud moments and milestones, I am the first to admit. When I was in my early 20s, I was so consumed with starting my own business that I got completely and utterly wrapped up in the process. I didn’t take the time to reflect on this huge accomplishment at such a young age.

When I look back at it now, I regret not taking the time to enjoy the moment. Recognizing the moments of growth, and even the struggles I encountered because I didn’t think this was what I was meant to do, is so very important. I remember dancing around the boutique by myself to “Just Dance” by Lady Gaga (yes, it was a top hit at the time and yes… guilty). But why the hell don’t we ever talk about our journey while we are still on the journey? How we got to where we are today, that is something to be proud of.

They don’t have to be major achievements. It could absolutely mean cooking your first pan of homemade lasagna (still trying to tackle that one) or maybe it’s buying your first house. Girl, you should be proud of everything you work for.

Sophia Amoruso (NastyGirl fame) calls these simply daily reflections of gratitude “Girl Boss Moments” and they can be as simple as saying no to something and putting yourself first to getting a raise at work or signing a new client.

When I look back at my journey as a business owner and starting out, it was a dream. I was styling bold faced names, attending Fashion Weeks in New York and Los Angles and honestly, rocking out at life. I look back on these memories fondly, but at the time I got swept away by all the distractions. I completely forgot to take it all in and simply enjoy the moment.

I get it, it’s hard when you are busy crunching numbers, designing your own life or whatever it might be. Trust me when I say that I wish I would have savored every moment. They are now gone, sketched away in my head to remember, but to never pull out to relive.

So, what am I trying to say here? Step back and take a look at your proudest moments when they are happening. Talk about them and brag as much as you want, they are yours. Live in the moment as you are as you take over the world. We need more people that are proud of themselves and living at peace by their expectations and not others.

lilac and lilies forbesToday one of my dreams came true, we were included in Forbes. The article covers how small businesses can compete with big companies during the holidays. Lilac And Lilies Boutique was among other companies such as Handsocks, Crompton Collective and St. Croix Chocolate Company. Forbes.com focuses on business, investing, technology, entrepreneurship, leadership, and lifestyle and garners 29,759,863 viewers a month.

Couldn’t be more more proud of our incredible team and what we have created.

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