Lauren Pushes Her Own Style Limits on a Day with Stacy London

Following her recent partnership with Meijer’s Massini brand, style guru Stacy London selected three Meijer Team Members to spend the day shopping. She styled each woman and shared the latest and greatest Massini trends, available exclusively at Meijer. After their personal styling session, the women enjoyed a hair and makeup tutorial, compliments of L’Oreal. Read on to learn more about team member Lauren’s experience, and see exclusive footage from her style experience with Stacy London.

Lauren - Stacy London

Name: Lauren

How would you describe your personal style?

I’ve started to realize that I always pick out black pants and black shirts when dressing for work, and don’t really focus on other styles or colors. My favorite color was navy and – let’s be honest – that’s really only black’s cousin. This year, I’m trying to focus on getting outside of my bubble and looking at trends when shopping. I’ve been experimenting with colors like coral and lime green, but by “experimenting,” I mean one sweater.

Why is fashion important to you?

Your style is the first thing people see when they look at you, so I think wearing your heart on your sleeve (literally!) is a great way to get your personal message across without saying a word. Whether your fashion choices are fun and patterned or sleek and buttoned-up, I believe what you say about yourself using fashion is important. This is especially true as a young professional, as you want to be fun as well as taken seriously.

What motivated you to want to meet Stacy London?

I love my personal styles, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for a few updates and changes. When picking out clothes, I get really concerned about making sure I feel comfortable in the things I wear. And, because I’m a larger size, I want to make sure my clothing choices look the best for my body.

What comes to mind when you think about plus-size shopping and body positivity?

If you really think about the fashion industry as a whole, plus-size is the new average. But even with that fact, so many stores make you shop for plus-size clothing in different sections of the store or even online-only. I love that Meijer is allowing plus-size shoppers to change the narrative of their own style. Now, it doesn’t have to be “I’m going to buy this because it’s available.” Instead, it’s “I’m going to buy this because I love it.”

Why were you looking forward to a day with Stacy London?

I love my solid colors and basics, but I want to experiment more with colors and accessories. Although my go-to black shade is classic, it would be nice to get out of my comfort zone – something I don’t usually do on my own. Hanging out with Stacy and getting her input would force me to try on patterns and colors I would never pick out for myself!

So… How did it go?!

Today was great! I was able to try on a lot of new pieces – some I loved, some I didn’t, but I never would’ve tried them on by myself, so it was overall a really awesome experience.

The best advice Stacy gave you… go!

When discussing my style choices, we also talked a lot about some of the activities I do on a regular basis. Stacy asked, “you’re bold in your life, why are your clothes not bolder?” And she was right, which was such an eye-opening moment! Moving forward, when I go shopping, I’m going to try and reach for pieces outside my comfort zone and push the limits of my own style.

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With all your fresh fashion knowledge, what is your new favorite outfit?

This bright color and flowy fabric – that’s perfectly light for spring – is something I’d never normally grab. But actually, I love this color and will look for it much more often now. Before today, I didn’t even own a pair of skinny jeans, so picking them up was actually very exciting. As we were shopping, I didn’t even see many normal, solid basics. Instead, there were a ton of trend items, which is really exciting to see from the Massini brand.

With all your fresh fashion knowledge, what is your new favorite outfit?

This bright color and flowy fabric – that’s perfectly light for spring – is something I’d never normally grab. But actually, I love this color and will look for it much more often now. Before today, I didn’t even own a pair of skinny jeans, so picking them up was actually very exciting. As we were shopping, I didn’t even see many normal, solid basics. Instead, there were a ton of trend items, which is really exciting to see from the Massini brand. Also, the woman styled my hair using hairspray before and after all the styling, which allowed the look stay longer and was less frizzy throughout the day. Overall, really great tips I can bring to my day-to-day routine!

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How did this experience affect your current fashion choices and the way you view your style?

I think a lot of us get busy with our lives and start to feel stuck in many ways – including fashion. The easy thing becomes shopping online or going back to the same store you’ve always tried. But I think I really need to take the time to get out there and try new things on in person – because this color, I would’ve passed it by on the internet. But as it turns out, I received a ton of compliments on the color all day, and that’s something I never would’ve known without simply reaching out and trying something new. That adventurous outlook on fashion will be the biggest message I take away from this whole experience!

Check out our interview with Melissa on her day with Stacy London, and stay tuned for more stories from Meijer team members on their fashion experiences with Stacy!

The Best Oversized Purses for Spring

We’ve talked jewelry, we’ve talked shoes, and now it’s time to talk about the cherry top to this season’s coolest accessories: handbags. Our favorite spring purse trend is (literally) larger than life – supersized totes in every shape and style! We’re so on board with this practical, chic accessory, and have chosen six of our favorites to show you all the ways to make this trend the star of your spring outfit.

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oversized huge xl purse massini meijer casual copper

Casual Copper

If a classic, casual tote is up your alley, this copper-hued bag is the perfect choice for you. The details are dainty enough that the satchel looks simple, but they create an understated boho vibe we can’t get enough of. Want to know the best part about this particular purse? It goes perfectly with this Wallflower spring dress to create a put-together boho vibe that’s totally on-trend for spring.

Purse: Massini, $45
Dress: Wallflower, $30

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oversized huge xl purse massini meijer clean lines

Clean Lines

Minimalism is trending in home décor, fashion and beauty, so it’s no surprise that this style is one of our spring favorites. The crisp, clean lines are simple and super chic, but provide just enough detail to make the bag attention-grabbing. Need a cute tote to carry your laptop for work? This classic purse is your go-to – it looks totally professional-chic!

Purse: Falls Creek, $45

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oversized huge xl purse massini meijer vintage patchwork

Vintage Patchwork

Purses with patchwork are a statement all their own, so don’t be afraid to let your tote do the talking. Pair this ‘70s-esque bag with your simplest closet staples to allow the mix-and-match pattern + bold stitching to shine! We’re talking classic denim jeans and a solid, springy tee.

Purse: Kensie, $45

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oversized huge xl purse massini meijer pastel pink

Pastel Pink

Fashion bloggers say that pink will be the color of 2017, so this rose-colored tote is a no-brainer. It features feminine details – like floral cutouts and tiny tassels – and is the perfect statement piece for a sunny, spring day. Pair this XL satchel with anything and everything, including even more pink in a similarly hued top!

Purse: Massini, $45

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oversized huge xl purse massini meijer fringe tassels

Fringe Tassels

Fringe tassels have been a top trend since last season, and spring 2017 is definitely no exception. Alongside metallic studs and intricately braided details, tassels make this oversized tote perfectly boho chic. It’s a great choice for running errands or having brunch with your girls – pair with florals, ruffles, bold patterns, you name it!

Purse: Massini, $45

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oversized huge xl purse massini meijer mustard yellow

Mustard Yellow

Finally, yellow will continue to rule the streets and runways alike this spring, whether it’s a bright, pastel shade or this muted mustard color. A sunny hue + details like tassels, patchwork and stitching = all eyes on your new, trendy spring tote. And if you want your handbag to really stand out, pair it with a dark top and bottoms or other contrasting tones.

Purse: Kensie, $45

Which of these styles will be your spring go-to?

Karina Re-Discovers Her Style with Stacy London

Following her recent partnership with Meijer’s Massini brand, style guru Stacy London selected three Meijer Team Members to spend the day shopping. She styled each woman and shared the latest and greatest Massini trends, available exclusively at Meijer. After their personal styling session, the women enjoyed a hair and makeup tutorial, compliments of L’Oreal. Read on to learn more about team member Karina’s experience, and see exclusive footage from her style experience with Stacy London.

Karina - Stacy London

Name: Karina

How would you describe your personal style?

My style is all about comfort. Since I work in Meijer’s warehouse, I usually dress with the weather: shorts and a tank top in the summer, sweatpants or jeans and a sweater in the winter. But that also translates to my home style: comfort all the way! But if I’m going on a date or out with friends, I might put on a skirt or a flowy top, just to switch things up. I mean, I get tired of wearing jeans and sweatpants all the time!

Why are you looking to change up your look?

Honestly, I just need something a little different and thought this experience would be a good way to find it! I’ve always liked the look of more trendy pieces, but budget-wise, I’m not usually able to afford the more stylish pieces. And, I don’t know, I always come back to what makes me the most comfortable.

What comes to mind when you think about body positivity?

Body positivity… it’s something I’m still working on. I’ve recently gained a little bit of weight, and I’m working on enjoying and living in the body I have. It’s been a journey, but I’m working on it.

What’s your typical shopping routine?

My closet is full of things I’ve had forever, and I usually don’t buy clothes unless I really have to. Mainly, it’s because I can’t find anything I like when I’m out shopping, or only find things I don’t think would look good on me. Really, shopping is just something I don’t do unless I absolutely have to. Over the years, my three boys’ needs – shopping and otherwise – have always come first.

So why were you looking forward to a day with Stacy London?

I’m typically the quiet, shy, behind-the-scenes type of person. I thought this experience would be something new and different, and might help me bust out of my shell. With my boys all grown and gone, I’m a little stuck. I’m not usually the outgoing person who strikes up conversations, but maybe being a little more stylish will give me the confidence I need!

So… how did it go?!

Today was fun! I really enjoyed myself and stepped way out of my box – but I’m OK, I’ve survived, and I think I can try this again! The experience is something I’ll never forget because even though I want to update my style, I’ve also learned that simply being myself is 100% OK.

Karina - Stacy London

How did this experience affect your current fashion choices and the way you view your style?

Stacy taught me not to be afraid of colors and prints, and showed me tons of cute, trendy pieces in Massini. Though there were a few outfits I tried and didn’t love, Stacy and I got to talk about why they worked or didn’t, and it helped me really try new pieces and understand my own style.

What did you learn about your own personal style through this experience?

My favorite look is perfect for a date night out! Though I’m not a big makeup wearer, I think I’ve discovered a lot about my personal style and fashion choices. There were a few things I saw on the rack and would’ve never picked up before. But I tried them on and thought they looked amazing on me! This experience has taught me that going outside of my comfort zone and trying on new things could make for a surprisingly perfect outfit.

Today was an absolute whirlwind that I completely enjoyed. Thank you for choosing me for this experience!

Karina - Stacy London

Check out more stories from Meijer team members Melissa and Lauren on their experiences with style expert Stacy London!

The Home Décor You Need to Build a Trendy Gallery Wall

As spring begins to peek around the corner, we’re partnering with our favorite style bloggers to show us how they wear the season’s hottest trends. From fashion tips to makeup trends to home décor, we’re excited to see how these fashionistas gear up for a new year of style.

This week, we’re welcoming Andrea of Blonde Bedhead to share the home décor items she used to spruce up a corner of her living room with a gorgeous and trendy gallery wall.

Gallery Wall Must-Have Home Decor Decorations

I appreciate a minimalistic gallery wall and was looking for a wall art solution for my bonus room/dining space. The walls in my house have all been painted 50 shades of white—but I left this bonus room untouched with its dark grey walls, knowing I’d need a little contrast when I was ready to decorate the space.

I go by the motto “less is more,” and with a large art piece to hang on the main wall in this space, I wanted to balance out the other side with smaller wall display. A picture ledge is a great way to add interest without the commitment. I can move the frames around, change them out easily or simply adjust the way they’re organized.

Gallery Wall Must-Have Home Decor Decorations

I chose all white frames with gold accents to pop against the dark grey wall. I also arranged them with a round, gold mirror to add more interest with shapes. I also love round, gold mirrors and have one in my living room and bedroom, so this was an unexpected way to continue that look into this room. Plus I love how mirrors help reflect more light in a room, especially a darker one like this.

Gallery Wall Must-Have Home Decor Decorations

I’m a big fan of symmetry, but again, with this gallery wall method, you can play around with symmetry, asymmetry and the overall display/aesthetic. I played around with the display until I was happy with this orientation and that mirror completed it for me. I imagine I’ll change this around by season!

Gallery Wall Must-Have Home Decor Decorations

I’ve been feeling inspired by local photographers who photograph wildlife and farms, and I decided to channel them and snap a few photos of my family’s horses to use on display. I printed them online at Meijer and picked up an hour later. So. Easy. I decided to use a mix of matting and no matting to add more variation once I installed the prints. I also printed extra images in case I want to change out the photos as well.

Gallery Wall Must-Have Home Decor Decorations

My end goal was to create a cozy, inviting corner nook, so I finished off the space with a vintage leather chair, midcentury modern wood side table, candle and small plant. My design style is a mix of midcentury modern, urban modern and a bit bohemian. I wanted to continue this look in this last room I’ve had to finish in the house and I must say, I love it! And my dog James made himself at home immediately, which tells me it’s going to be a great space to curl up and have conversations.

Gallery Wall Must-Have Home Decor Decorations

Andrea Kerbuski is the fashionista behind Blonde Bedhead, a fashion and lifestyle blog featuring chic outfits, life’s inspirations and big hair. For more beauty and hairstyle tips, follow Andrea on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter.

8 Blogger-Approved Beauty Picks for Spring

With warmer weather finally tiptoeing up on us — and spring-cleaning goals fast approaching — it only makes sense to begin cleaning out your beauty drawer. This year, clear last season’s beauty supplies and restock with the newest, most luxurious – and affordable! – hair and makeup products. Read on for the beauty must-haves our favorite bloggers can’t stop talking about this spring.

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Style Expert: Grace
Blog: Color and Grace
Beauty Must-Have: L’Oreal® Paris Infallible Pro-Spray & Set Makeup Extender Setting Spray

My day job is a teacher and my schedule is different every day. I rarely have time to do any touch-up after lunch. Before I used this product, my face was already quite oily by 1 p.m. and by the time I left work, my face seriously felt like a piece of oily pizza. After using this, I was so happy to notice that my makeup can literally last from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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Style Expert: Britney
Blog: Starry Eyed Blonde
Beauty Must-Haves: L’Oreal® Pure-Clay Masks Detox & Brighten and Exfoliate & Refine Pores

There’s something about slathering on a clay face mask at night that feels relaxing. It was like mini-spa sessions in my bathroom during the week. The box recommends using about three times each week. What I did was put on my face mask, then wait 10-15 minutes before hopping in the shower to rinse everything away.

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Style Expert: Kelly
Blog: A Thing of Beauty
Beauty Must-Have: L’Oreal® Air Dry It Wave Swept Spray

While my hair is still a little damp, I use a few spritzes of the L’Oreal Air Dry It Wave Swept Spray – I use this like a texturizing spray before I style it. My favorite tip is to lift up the crown section of my hair and spray a few spritzes right at the root and let it dry for a little extra volume while I’m using a hot hair tool.

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Style Expert: Amanda
Blog: Girl About Columbus
Beauty Must-Have: Dove Dermacare Scalp Dandruff Shampoo and Shower Foam

I’ve been such a Dove fan lately! I love the foam and the pump on the shower foam. I use their Beauty Bar too because the smell is reminiscent of my grandmother’s bathroom. I’ve also finally found a fresh, feminine, and effective alternative to Head & Shoulders with Dove Dandruff Shampoo. I use this shampoo every other wash and I love the way it smells.

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Style Expert: Katy
Blog: Detroit Debutante
Beauty Must-Have: Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Lotion Sunscreen, Weightless, SPF 30

I loved this. Living on a lake and being outside all summer, I’m always buying and testing different sunscreens. We go through So. Much. Sunscreen. This wasn’t heavy at all, plus it had a very pleasant smell!

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Style Expert: Lauren
Blog: Mrs. Weber’s Neighborhood
Beauty Must-Haves: Colgate Optic White products

As a wine and coffee drinker, I feel like my teeth often look stained, even though I am a stickler for brushing and flossing. I’m digging the new Colgate toothbrush with a whitener pen built right in. It’s easy to apply and it’s mess-free since you can just apply it and go. Perfect for this busy mama!

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Style Expert: Erin
Blog: Planning for Paris
Beauty Must-Haves: L’Oreal® Extraordinary Clay Dry Shampoo and Clay Mask

Ok, for real, I tried the clay mask on my hair (remember that I only wash my hair a couple of times a week) and it made my hair feel like butter.  Cuts through the oil and takes five minutes before you shower.  Then, throughout the week, I’ve been using the dry shampoo which is a total lifesaver.  I keep dry oil and dry shampoo in every single room/bag/space of my life.

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Style Expert: Ann Marie
Blog: Nski Beauty
Beauty Must-Have: Yes to Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Wipes

To start my evening routine, I like to wipe off the day’s dirt and grime with Yes to Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Wipes. They get all the dirt and grossness from the day off, smell great and don’t leave my skin feeling slimey or dry. Plus how cool is it that they are jet black?!

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Style Expert: Sam
Blog: Samantha Elizabeth
Beauty Must-Haves: Physicians Formula Bronze Booster Highlighter + Contour PaletteL’Oreal Infallible PaintsL’Oreal Infallible Pro Color Foundation

I’ve been using this palette to provide the finishing touches to my makeup routine. It provides that extra boost to a finished look! This lip color is perfect for spring! The color in the photos is “Spicy Blush” and it’s fantastic! I highly recommend it. And what I love about this foundation is that you can build it up and it lasts all day. If I want a minimal spring look, I’ll dab this the foundation under my eyes and along my t-zone and blend outwards. Do my eye makeup and then add the finishing touches with the other two items above.

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Style Experts: Marcia & Lisa
Blog: Beauty Info Zone
Beauty Must-Haves: Nature’s Bounty Hair, Skin & Nails Gummies and Complete Protein & Vitamin Shake Mix

Be very careful with health items like vitamins and shake mixes. When they expire, they don’t do your body any good at all. Toss all your old stuff and consider Nature’s Bounty Hair, Skin & Nails Gummies and Complete Protein & Vitamin Shake Mix. The gummies are a total candy treat so you won’t forget them… and you will end up with strong, shiny hair, glowy skin, and super strong nails. (Remember eating gelatin like crazy to get strong nails??  Now you can just eat gummies!) The Complete Protein Shake is really delicious, and I love that it has flaxseed and is low in sugar.

For more must-have fashion and beauty products, check out all the essentials you need to pick up before packing for this year’s spring vacation!

3 Ways to Style a Block Heel Sandal

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We’ve all been there – you’re ready to head out the door and your OOTD would look perfect with a pair of heels, but you’ll be on your feet all day and want to spare yourself the pain. So you opt for flip flops or flats instead and go about your busy day.

Well guess what? This spring’s hottest shoe trend is the block heel sandal (a more comfortable, sensible take on those tall, harsh stilettos). If you’re ready to give your spring footwear a small, yet fashionable lift, here are three adorable ways to style block heel shoes this season.

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Simple chic

For a chic, minimalistic take on this hot sandal trend, opt for a classic black style with toe and ankle straps. These heels are the perfect match for a solid top and your favorite skinnies, and will (literally!) elevate your simple, laidback look. Just make sure to stick to a narrow pair of denim, since jeans with a long, wide hem will hide shoes with short heels – and this is footwear you definitely want to flaunt! You could also rock these pumps with dress pants for work (more to come on that later).

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Trendy casual

You can’t go wrong when you pair two shoe trends together, which is why a block heel + cutouts = total perfection. These dark beige sandals look great with a white-on-white ensemble, but don’t be afraid to add a jean jacket if you want another pop of color! If an all-neutral outfit totally isn’t your thing, pair the heels with dark denim and a springy floral top.

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Business professional

You already know this sandal looks on point with jeans, but this versatile block heel is also a great choice for work. Pair the style with cropped dress pants or a classy pair of joggers, and you’ll look totally put together (without killing your feet!). These shoes are also a perfect match for knee-length or midi dresses, whether you’re spending the day in the office or out for a night on the town.

For more spring accessory inspiration, check out The Golden Girl’s tips for layering this season’s trendiest necklaces.

Photo credit: Lilly Style

3 Blogger-Approved Ways to Style Shoulder Details

As spring begins to peek around the corner, we’re partnering with our favorite style bloggers to show us how they wear the season’s hottest trends. From fashion tips to makeup trends to home décor, we’re excited to see how these fashionistas gear up for a new year of style.

The weather is (finally!) starting to get warmer, which means spring fashion trends are back and better than ever. Varying shoulder details will be popular in 2017, so this week, we asked three style bloggers to share their favorite versions of the look.

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Shoulder Details

Andrea of Blonde Bedhead loves how embroidered shoulder details help her channel her free spirit.

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“I can’t get enough of shoulder details lately, whether they’re featured on a top or a dress. They create playful, bohemian vibes that remind me of carefree springs and summers. I especially love the chevron embroidery on this shirt! The look has ‘free spirit’ written all over it – and I’m trying to channel my inner Zen and go with the flow a bit more! I styled the top with high waist ankle jeans, chunky ankle boots and a crochet choker that matched the sleeves’ design.”

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Cold Shoulder

Lisa, the blogger behind LMP Collections, says cold shoulder tops are the perfect match for her comfy, bohemian style.

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“My go-to spring style could definitely be described as comfortable bohemian with a touch of my own flare! Cold shoulder tops are a fun addition to any outfit – I styled mine tied at the waist and paired with casual, printed bottoms. I knotted the shirt at the hem to create separation from the wide leg pants; then topped off the look by adding a brown leather bag and my signature accessory, round sunglasses!”

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Off-the-Shoulder

Sam of Samantha Elizabeth is drawn to off-the-shoulder tops that are both fun and flattering.

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“With spring right around the corner, I’ve had the urge to update my wardrobe! I’m drawn to items that are flattering and fitting for this phase of life as a new mom, so lately, off-the-shoulder tops have been catching my eye. They are flirty, fun and show skin in just the right place…making me feel comfortable and confident at the same time. This particular top from Meijer has ¾ sleeves, which I love, and the tie detail at the elbow adds something unique. The neckline can be worn completely off the shoulder for a more dramatic look (or a night out), or up and more on top of the shoulder for daytime activities!”

Need more style inspiration to help you rock shoulder details? Discover cold shoulder tops for every body type or what bra to wear with off-the-shoulder shirts.

Melissa’s Dreams Come True During a Day with Stacy London

Following her recent partnership with Meijer’s Massini brand, style guru Stacy London selected three Meijer Team Members to spend the day shopping. She styled each woman and shared the latest and greatest Massini trends, available exclusively at Meijer. After their personal styling session, the women enjoyed a hair and makeup tutorial, compliments of L’Oreal. Read on to learn more about team member Melissa’s experience, and see exclusive footage from her style experience with Stacy London.

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Name: Melissa

How would you describe your personal style?

I honestly don’t know if I have one particular style that defines me. I love clothing that’s both cute and comfortable, and I end up wearing a lot of black – even though I love color! However, my obsession is with jewelry and makeup. I tend to pair bold accessories with clothing in classic shades of black, navy and grey to balance out.

I want to be trendy, but I’m in my 40s and can’t wear the “younger” fashion pieces. Fit and sizing are always a concern when trying to define my style.

Based on your past, what comes to mind when you think of body positivity?

Years ago, a cardigan was my go-to clothing item because they covered me up, and that’s what I thought I needed: to cover up! I used to only focus on being a mom and raising my son without spending any time on myself. Over the years, my friends helped me focus more on myself and my own well-being, which has led to a much-appreciated confidence boost. Now I know I still have plenty of life to live, and want to treat myself to the life I deserve.

For ages I’ve had to shop in a separate plus-size section – which always seems to feature pieces meant to “cover you up.” I don’t want to look like I’m 20 years older just because my size is a little bigger than the average woman. I think it’s fabulous Meijer is the first to incorporate plus-size clothes into the women’s section, so everyone can shop and wear the same trendy styles together!

So why were you looking forward to a day with Stacy London?

I’ve wanted to meet Stacy London since I first heard about her 15 years ago and used to beg friends and family to put me on her show! Stacy is so full of life, energy and positive vibes, and I’ve always wanted to pick her brain on how she manages to inspire so many people.

I know I’m ready for the next phase of my personal fashion. I just got out of my funky-mom-phase and am trying to really live again. I would like to be more confident about my style choices. At the end of the day, meeting Stacy is even more about me than the fashion – this is truly a check on the bucket list!

How did this experience affect your current fashion choices and the way you view your style?

My styling session was phenomenal, and it was surreal getting to meet Stacy. Though she did help me improve some of my fashion choices, it actually meant so much that she complimented me on how I looked before the process!

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The best advice Stacy gave you… go!

Never try on just one piece at a time – try on an entire outfit. You might not need to buy the entire outfit, but you’ll have a much better idea of what the whole ensemble will look like.

What was the most surprising part of your styling experience?

Stacy put me in some pieces I probably wouldn’t have selected for myself: smaller sizes (which felt amazing!) and different style options. I don’t think I would have chosen this top for myself, and I know I would never have tried it on – but I love it!

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With all your fresh fashion knowledge, what is your new go-to clothing item?

I love the boots I’m wearing right now. Although they’re heels (and I never wear heels), I think they look fabulous with the outfit I have on. I also love the other pieces I’m wearing – I just would never have picked them out for myself!

What do you want other Meijer Style shoppers to know about this experience?

It’s been neat to watch Stacy at work, as she’s really taken the time to get to know each of us and our style. We all got to try on a ton of new outfits, and she wanted to make sure she found exactly the right look for each of us. Actually, that was my favorite piece of it: how much effort she put into making sure the new Massini line really worked for our bodies, instead of the other way around.

Any final thoughts on this experience?

I just want to say thank you – I’ve started 2017 in such an amazing situation! In a million years I wouldn’t have guessed that working for Meijer would one day give me the opportunity to spend a day with Stacy London. Thanks for making my dream come true!

Stay tuned for more stories from Meijer team members on their experiences with Stacy London!

Spring Break’s Must-Have Fashion and Beauty Essentials

As spring begins to peek around the corner, we’re partnering with our favorite style bloggers to show us how they wear the season’s hottest trends. From fashion tips to makeup trends to home décor, we’re excited to see how these fashionistas gear up for a new year of style.

This week, we’re welcoming Nicole from Class to Closet to share her must-have products and styles for the perfect spring break vacation.

It’s that time of year again! Spring break is a glorious week that allows us to escape to a tropical destination (and save ourselves from the frigid temps of home). I don’t know about you, but I live in Ohio and it gets very cold here in the winter. Every year, I look forward to taking a trip and getting away from the chill, so today I’m sharing my travel essentials that make for a carefree spring break – without breaking the bank!

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The first go-to is my favorite sun protection combo: a high-quality sunscreen + dry oil. I’ll use the sunscreen on the places where I tend to burn, like my face and chest, but will apply the dry oil on the rest of my body to prep for a tan.

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I love Hawaiian Tropic Island Sport sunscreen because it stays on, even if I’m sweating or decide to get into the water! As far as oils go, Banana Boat Dry Oil with SPF 8 has amazing multitasking capabilities – with infused argan oil, it both moisturizes and tans.

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My next essentials are a super cute swimsuit cover-up and an adorable printed bikini. I found this Wave Zone tunic at Meijer and fell in love! First off, the color is on point – a solid teal will accentuate your tan, plus it matches any (and every) shade of swimsuit. Second, it has the most beautiful crochet detailing, which makes it stand out from other simple styles. Finally, I absolutely fell in love with the neckline – it’s super flattering. I can’t wait to sport this cover-up at the beach!

When it’s time to take off the cover-up and soak up some sun, I’ll be rocking this Inmocean bikini. The high neckline is super trendy, and the floral print is perfect for a spring vacation.

When the day is done, I can transition my beachy outfit from day to night with a pair of chunky, cut-out Massini sandals. The block heel is my favorite shoe trend for spring, and I love that they go with my bikini AND a classy dinner outfit. These sandals are a staple transition piece this season!

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As far as beach beauty, I absolutely have to have a sea salt spray and the perfect shade of nail polish. Who doesn’t love the loose waves they get from being in the ocean? I love spraying Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Texturizing Spray in my hair before going out to dinner, in order to really bring out my natural waves. As far as nail style, Essie’s “Bahama Momma” is the perfect fuchsia color to bring out your new-found tan!

While I’m lying out on the beach, my personal favorite thing to do is read. Before I leave for a trip, I love picking up a summer-inspired book to bring along. This year I picked up “The Vacationers” by Emma Straub and cannot wait to read it!

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When it comes to the actual traveling portion of your spring break trip, a cozy-yet-chic outfit is the way to go. This RBX oversized grey sweatshirt is incredibly comfortable, but I still feel put together while wearing it out and about. I think the plain grey top goes super well with these RBX printed army green leggings, which are totally on trend and beautifully feminine.

To complete the casual outfit, oversized Massini sunglasses pull everything together, while also covering up my makeup-less face. And the frame is perfect for transitioning from airport to beach!

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As soon as I land in my dream destination, I always refresh my skin and makeup to start the trip off on the right foot. At Meijer, I picked up this super cute London Soho New York makeup bag to hold all my touch-up essentials.  After spending hours in the sky, my skin needs some TLC right when I arrive. I like to pop on a Freeman face mask to truly freshen up my skin, as it cleanses and hydrates at the same time!

Speaking of freshening up, I also always keep a safety stick of deodorant in my bag for quick application. Secret deodorant in Summerberry is a perfectly fresh scent for spring break!

To finish up my refreshed look, I always carry a girl’s best friends: quality mascara and a summer lip color. This Maybelline mascara is one of my favorites because it’s easy to apply and doesn’t get clumpy. Finally, this NYX lip butter gloss in Peaches and Cream – a beautiful hot pink – is the perfect way to finish up my look, while keeping my lips looking lovely and moisturized all day!

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What are your must-have items when packing for the perfect spring break vacation?

Nicole is the fashionista behind Class to Closet, a blog about a college student navigating life and style. Follow her on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.

How to Layer This Season’s Trendiest Necklaces

As spring begins to peek around the corner, we’re partnering with our favorite style bloggers to show us how they wear the season’s hottest trends. From fashion tips to makeup trends to home décor, we’re excited to see how these fashionistas gear up for a new year of style.

This week, we’re welcoming Jess from The Golden Girl to share her favorite ways to layer this season’s trendiest necklaces, from alternating lengths to combining colors and mixing metals.

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If the in-between weather has you in a wardrobe slump, you’re definitely not alone! I’m right there with you, counting down the days (and hours) until I can pull out my florals and open-toed sandals.

When it comes to weather, though, we’ve got to make the best of the cards we’re dealt, right? I happen to have a little trick to spice up any outfit (yes, even if you thought you were sick of your current sweater, tights and long-sleeve rotation): layering your necklaces.

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A few layered necklaces add an extra punch of personality into any ensemble. Have you ever tried it? You’d be surprised at what a great statement it makes! You can do it for day or night, and the best part is that it’s really easy to try. I recently stopped by Meijer’s jewelry section and picked up several pieces that look amazing on their own, and even better when layered.

Here are my tips and tricks to keep in mind when trying out the trend for yourself:

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Pick two or three favorites

As one of my favorite designers says, “Always remove one thing before you leave the house. Less is more.” Following the less-is-more rule, choose two or three of your favorite necklaces (at the most) to layer at one time. Add more than that, and you run the risk of looking like you’re wearing a costume.

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Alternate your necklace lengths

This is the #1 rule of thumb when layering necklaces. You don’t want to wear three necklaces that are the same length, as this will look messy and heavy around your neck. (Not to mention they’ll likely all get tangled immediately!) You want each necklace to be able to shine, so make sure they have plenty of breathing room. In order to accomplish this, choose necklaces at varying lengths. I’ve found that the best combinations are one short, one medium and one long. When layering two, choose one short and one medium, or one medium and one long. Tip: Stay away from very short and very long, which leaves too much contrast – the eye doesn’t know where to look!

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Go with a monochrome effect

I’m very partial to gold jewelry, so I love the look of layered gold necklaces! The monochrome effect of one metal results in a classic, polished look. Try it with silver, or even rose gold, if that’s more your style.

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Mix your metals

On the flip side, mixing metals is very popular right now. If you’re going for a more funky, eclectic vibe, mixing metals is a perfect way to achieve that. Gold and silver go well together, and I love the look of gold mixed with rose gold.

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Mix dainty with statement

As you can probably tell by now, layering necklaces is all about balance. The key is to play around with different colors, scales and lengths. That being said, one of my favorite ways to create more visual interest is to combine a dainty necklace with a chunkier statement necklace. For example, this dainty silver necklace, which I found in the Meijer fine jewelry section, adds a feminine touch when mixed with a fun, chunky statement necklace from the Meijer trend jewelry section.

Which of these is your favorite? Do you have any tips to layering your necklaces?

Jess is the fashionista behind The Golden Girl, a Chicago blog aimed at providing a daily dose of attainable life, style, beauty and décor. Follow her on FacebookTwitterInstagram and Pinterest.

How to Transform Your Bathroom in One Simple Step

Spring is just around the corner, which means it’s time to start thinking about refreshing your seasonal décor. One of the easiest rooms to revamp (surprisingly!) is your bathroom, as you can drastically change its look with one simple update: swapping out your shower curtain. Most people buy one curtain and keep it forever, but we’re firm believers in rotating between a few staple styles. Ready to give your bathroom a quick and easy refresh? Check out these trendy shower curtains for some decoration inspiration.

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Dainty Details

If you’re shooting for a look that’s both classic and elegant, opt for a neutral-colored shower curtain with three dimensional details. Ruffles add interest to this chic grey style, while faux diamond curtain rings give off an extra classy vibe. Or, if you’d rather bring a playful twist to the room, choose a curtain with small pompoms lining the top and bottom. You can complement both drapes using a rug with the same color scheme – but choose a contrasting pattern to keep the room interesting!

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Neutral stripes

To give your bathroom more of a nautical vibe, choose a shower curtain with thick stripes in neutrals or pastels. We love this clean, monochromatic style that alternates between white and grey; as well as this bright, crisp design that features a silvery, eggshell blue. Both look great in spaces with solid, neutral walls! To ensure you don’t distract from the room’s new focal point, stick with clear or white curtain rings that will blend in with the stripes.

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Bright Patterns

Finally, if you’re loving the warmer weather and feel totally ready for spring, brighten up your bathroom with a bold accent color. This is an especially great choice if your walls are painted neutral! Stick to one bright tone to highlight throughout the space, like dark pink-peach or light teal-blue. Don’t be afraid to play around with pattern too – owls are great for your kiddos’ assigned bathroom, while this geometric print is perfect for your own.

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Looking to add even more color to your home? Check out these decorating tips from Maya of Charmingly Styled!

Photo Credit: Tosha Cole Photography

Pretty in Pink

As spring begins to peek around the corner, we’re partnering with our favorite style bloggers to show us how they wear the season’s hottest trends. From fashion tips to makeup trends to home décor, we’re excited to see how these fashionistas gear up for a new year of style.

This week, we’re welcoming Candace from Live, Love and Read to share how she’s styling this spring’s pink trend, from blush styles to bold beauty.

Supposedly, Greenery is the 2017 Color of the Year. However, if you’ve had your ear to the ground, you’ll know that pink is really shaping up to be the star color for 2-0-1-7. Yes, PINK.

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From the red carpet to Paris Fashion Week to the streets, pink is without a doubt the go-to color if you are looking to make a statement. Before you tune me out, when I say statement, I do not mean the frou-frou, girly girl notation that has been attached to the color pink for years! In fact, you can pretty much say goodbye to all the negative pink stigmas.

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While the color undoubtedly still represents femininity, it now represents it in a much more powerful, daring and unique way. Now granted, most of us gals won’t be waltzing the red carpet in a bright pink gown like Zoe Saldana did at the Golden Globes. But there are a few subtle – yet not so subtle – ways we can integrate pink back into our wardrobe for the coming spring season.

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I like to take the CIAC approach: clothing item, accessory and cosmetic. Categorizing pink by item will allow a bit more ease and efficiency as you aim to think pink again.

Look 1: CLOTHING ITEM

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Thinking pink in terms of your clothing can be a challenge… for the simple fact that it’s pink. Changing one’s mindset in regards to color requires time. No worries. You do not have to jump in six feet deep. Take it easy by exploring the softer side of pink.

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A blush top with a dramatic sleeve still has the same impact as a bright pink top. The wide neckline on this pale top is also a fun take on this year’s cold shoulder trend.

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For those of you who feel a bit more daring, try a printed palazzo pant with a shade of pink as the focal point and layering it with a complimentary pink top and a few classic accessory pieces.

DETAILS:
Tru Self Peasant Top, Celebrity Pink Skinny Jeans, Massini Lyon Crossbody, NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream (09 Abu Dhabi)

Ultra-Flirt Cold Shoulder Swing Top, Ultra-Flirt Palazzo Pant, Ivy Semi Precious Ink Necklace, NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream (09 Abu Dhabi)

Look 2: ACCESSORY 

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Personally speaking, I think accessories are the icing to an outfit. If you are not quite ready to commit to pink through your clothing items, accessories are a great alternative. You can go as loud or as subtle as you desire.

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This slightly masculine look, which is an aesthetic majorly trending this year, is given instant femininity by completing it with a soft pink handbag and complimentary bracelet set. While the sunglasses are dominantly gold, the pink hues beneath the gold create an effect that allows a hint of pink in your eyewear without having too much.

DETAILS:
Massini Parka Jacket, Ultra-Flirt Short Sleeve Top + Choker, Celebrity Pink Ankle Skinny Jean, Massini Crossbody, Massini Sunglasses, Warm Stackable Bracelet Set, NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream (09 Abu Dhabi)

Look 3: COSMETIC

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When it comes to living on the LOUD side of color, we tend to take a few steps back. As we’ve discussed, wearing a BRIGHT pink top or pant may be a bit unnerving and too loud in rediscovering color.

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However, when it comes to exploring color, there is no such thing as too bright in cosmetic land. If you are itching to go super bright with pink, but are not feeling confident enough to make that statement with your clothing, opt for a bright pink lip color!

DETAILS:
Massini by Stacy London Chambray Dress, Massini Lyon Crossbody, Fine Jewelry Bangles, Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor (605 HD Obsessions)

With spring on the horizon, this is the perfect time to be pretty in pink. Just remember that pink is indeed in, and utilize CIAC to approach your color exploration systematically! We’ve all heard the saying: slow and steady wins the race. Take it from a stylist – the same thing applies to style!

Candace is the fashionista behind Live, Love and Read, a blog full of lovely tips for fashion, beauty and lifestyle. Follow her on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.

The Perfect Décor for Every Valentine’s Day Party

As spring begins to peek around the corner, we’re partnering with our favorite style bloggers to show us how they wear the season’s hottest trends. From fashion tips to makeup trends to home décor, we’re excited to see how these fashionistas gear up for a new year of style.

This week, we’re welcoming Nina of The HSS Feed to share her favorite Valentine’s Day party items, from kids stickers and cupcakes to home décor and style.

Valentine’s Day is a perfect time to add a pop of color and warmth to your home in the middle of our typically snowy Midwestern winters.

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I love creating tablescapes with a holiday theme, and today I’m excited to share our bright breakfast room setup for a day with the kids, making cards and Valentine’s mailboxes for school events, play dates or just for fun!

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I wanted to stay pretty traditional when it came to colors, so the red, pink and white color story became the main theme of this table. This plaid tablecloth was a great place to start and becomes even more Valentine-y with the help of this subtle heart runner. The tablecloth itself is a really versatile piece that you can keep on hand for Mother’s Day breakfast (just add some daisies or peonies and it’s a whole new look!).

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While I like to make sure things at our house are kid-friendly, it’s easy to add a few, more sophisticated elements that would make it easy to turn a playful tablescape into a cozy dinner with friends or a fancy at-home Valentine’s date night.

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Tinsel hearts on the back of the chairs add just the perfect amount of sparkle! But this little “love” sign from the Meijer home décor department is one of my favorite things in this display. It’s modern and chic, but also playful and fun. Fresh flowers and a little bit of green always brighten up a table, plus they’re great to keep around your home and get you ready for spring.

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As far as kid-friendly activities, Meijer is stocked with lots of cute foam mailboxes and decorating accessories for the classroom or play dates. I remember taking a shoebox to school when I was a kid and these are a serious upgrade (and at an awesome price point!). We also found a lot of fun and easy Valentine’s in any princess, pirate or super hero theme you might be looking for!

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This holiday is made for chocolate lovers! Thankfully, there are lots of candy options in store that match my color scheme and add to the infinite amount of hearts on display, all while satisfying any sweet tooth. I’m also a firm believer in cupcakes for any occasion. Whether you’re making a trip to the Meijer bakery to order a dozen, picking up a mix, or making from scratch, they’ll add some playful deliciousness to your tabletop.

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When the crafts are complete, all you need to do is switch out the cupcake stands for some candles and quiet and a good bottle of wine, and you’re all set up and ready for a date night at home or even a Galentine’s get-together with your girlfriends.

Nina is the fashionista behind The HSS Feed, a fun lifestyle blog full of her thoughts on happiness, success and style. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. Photo Credit: Tosha Cole Photography.

Sporty-Chic Outfit Inspiration for Every Personal Style

There are so many great aspects of athleisure – it’s comfortable, it’s versatile, what’s not to love? Style bloggers are raving about a new fashion-forward take on active wear, so we’re sharing our favorite looks to give you some fresh outfit inspiration. Whether your style is feminine or edgy, these sporty-chic staples just became your new wardrobe must-haves.

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Athletic-inspired leggings

Cult-favorite Adidas is known for striped pants – which makes these trendy Meijer leggings feel instantly sporty. The best part about the cute, stretchy bottoms? You can change your entire look based on how you choose to style them.

To put a feminine spin on the active-inspired look, wear floral-patterned leggings with an off-the-shoulder top. Opt for a neutral shade to ensure you complement your print instead of distracting from it.

If you’re shooting for a look that’s laidback, yet edgy, stick to a solid monochromatic theme from your head to your toes. Pair black and white pants with a classic white tee, then finish off the look with neutral shoes and accessories (more on that later!).

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Sporty-chic dresses

For a casual and comfy take on the dressed-up athleisure trend, opt for a loose, cotton dress with all-white or all-black tennies. You could go super simple with a straight, solid style, or spice things up with a print like tie-dye. Either way, stick to a greyscale color palette to keep your look fresh and modern. Whether you prefer a crisp, clean look or a playful, carefree vibe, this one-piece wonder looks great on everyone.

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Monochromatic accessories

To prove your athletic-inspired outfit is definitely not meant for the gym, pair with crisp black and white accessories.  Traditional Keds are totally adorable, but don’t shy away from details like lace! Finally, a pair of neutral tortoise shell frames will bring an effortless vibe to your ensemble. Opt for sunglasses if you’re headed out and about, or try faux eyeglasses if you’re feeling extra bold!

Once you’ve got your neutrals on lock, add a pop of color to your look with these blogger-approved makeup trends.

How to Boost Your Mood with Aromatherapy

As winter’s chill sets in, we’re partnering with our favorite style bloggers to show us how they wear the season’s hottest trends. From style tips to makeup trends to home décor, we’re excited to see how these fashionistas gear up for winter weather.

This week, we’re welcoming Jess of The Golden Girl to share the basics of using Aromatherapy – from the must-have oils to the multitude of different uses – in order to brighten up your winter moods.

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As we near the last few days of January, real life is starting to kick back into full gear. The holidays are feeling like distant memory, yet [unfortunately] the concept of summer is feeling even further from our grasp!

Truth: the dead of winter is the hardest time of the year for anyone to get through! It’s cold, it’s dreary, and sometimes we go through week-long stretches without seeing the sun. The struggle is real.

Recently though, I stumbled upon something that’s really helped pick me up when I’m feeling all “wintery” and down: Aromatherapy.

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I previously had no experience with aromatherapy and had associated the term with a treatment you add on to your massage when visiting the spa. But then I stumbled upon an aromatherapy and essential oils article online and was intrigued enough to try it out for myself.

Meijer happens to have a really great selection of both diffusers and essential oils, so I picked up a handful of items and couldn’t wait to get home to put them to the test!

Want to do the same to lift your winter blues? Keep reading for my Aromatherapy 101!

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What is Aromatherapy?

By definition, “Aromatherapy” is the use of natural essential oils to improve a person’s mood and overall health. The idea is that when smelling certain scents, chemicals are released in the brain that can make you feel relaxed, calm or mentally stimulated.

Aromatherapy has been proven useful for the management of stress, anxiety, insomnia and even headaches and body aches. It can be applied by mixing the oils with a “carrier oil”–like coconut or jojoba oil–which is applied to the skin or body, or with water–such as in a bath. Or, if you prefer, use them in a diffuser, which uses an evaporating method to disperse the oils into the air. An added bonus to this method is that it acts as an air purifier as well!

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Aromatherapy Diffuser:

Speaking of diffusers, this is one of the items I picked up on my trip to Meijer. You can also purchase several different diffuser canopies (AKA covers) separately, which is a fun way to switch up the look every so often. This mercury glass canopy was my favorite and matches my decor perfectly! The diffusers also double as lights, which are perfect to keep in the bathroom as a night light.

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Essential oils:

Meijer has so many amazing scents to choose from! There are typically five categories that scents will fall under–Flowery, Citrus, Spicy, Woody and Herbal–and Meijer has quite a few options under each.

Bearing this in mind, I chose a variety of scents and oil types based on these categories, and what I was hoping to achieve with my aromatherapy:

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Lavender: Falls under the floral category, this is a calming scent that helps alleviate stress and promotes sleep. I like to put this in my diffuser to help me unwind and fall asleep after a long day. I also like to drop a few droplets in the bottom of the shower to make it a spa-like experience.

Tee Tree Oil: Known for boosting the immune system, tee tree oil has many cleansing benefits. It also helps treat muscle aches, so I love using a few drops in the bath. I also just love the way it smells in general!

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Frankincense: Another calming oil which, similar to lavender, is known for helping quiet the mind, settle restlessness and uplift your mood. This is helpful both at night before bed and anytime I need a little mood pick-me-up.

Eucalyptus: One of my favorite smells, Eucalyptus is really effective in improving breathing and clearing out sinuses. If you’re sick, this is definitely what you want to put into your diffuser! It’s also been known to help migraines and fevers. A natural antibacterial and antiseptic, you can also combine it with water to make your own natural disinfecting cleaning spray.

“Bodyguard” Blend: In addition to pure oils, Meijer also carries a variety of blends that are a combination of oils. I chose to go with the “bodyguard” blend. It makes me feel refreshed and alert, with lemon, juniper berry and rosemary. I like to use this during the day to help me focus and concentrate.

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Whether I’m looking to slow down, focus or perk up, I’ve found that using different oils based on my moods really helps to get me out of whatever winter funk I might be in!

Have you tried it yet? What are your favorite scents?

Jess is the fashionista behind The Golden Girl, a Chicago blog aimed at providing a daily dose of attainable life, style, beauty and décor. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.