The Comfiest Summer Clothing Trends to Try Right Now

Beyond the warm temps that summer is known and loved for, the season also brings carefree clothing trends that we’re (always!) obsessed with. The best part about the hottest styles of 2017? They’re insanely cute – and insanely comfortable. We can’t get enough of this year’s soft, summery outfits, so we’re sharing four of our favorites to serve as inspiration throughout the season.

Flowy Shirt + Pants

Gone are the days when pairing a flowy top with wide bottoms was a fashion “don’t” – now, it’s a fashion “please do!” Just be sure to complete the combo with cork wedges vs. flats to give your outfit the length it needs to look totally balanced. We especially love this chic ensemble for summer, as you can easily incorporate other seasonal trends like bold colors, floral print, ruffles and shoulder details. In fact, our favorite part of this combo is how the striking, red culottes accent the dark, flowery pattern. And did you notice these bright turquoise earrings? Small details make such a difference when highlighting shades in a colorful print!

Wide Leg Jumpsuits

From gauchos to palazzo pants, bottoms with a wide, loose silhouette are one of our favorite trends this summer. When you combine this look with the ever-popular jumpsuit, your outfit reaches a whole new level of cute (and comfort!). Plus, this one-piece wonder is extra trendy, thanks to the vibrant embroidery featured around the scoop style neckline. To ensure you don’t take away from those delicate details, skip the pendant or statement necklace and opt for a choker or bare neck instead. The intricate, embroidered design is a statement in itself! Finally, complete the look with a pair of black block heel sandals for a fiercely classic ensemble that’s sure to turn heads.

Soft Tee + Shorts

A basic graphic tee and loose patterned shorts are the perfect combination for a sunny day on the beach. The soft, cottony fabric is breathable (great for high temps) and comfortable (perfect for an afternoon filled with activities!). For an extra summery vibe, knot your tee at the bottom, then balance out the look by choosing high-waisted shorts. We can’t get enough of this boho-inspired pair – the elaborate pattern of the bottoms perfectly complements the simplicity of the top! Finish this ensemble with natural hair, “no makeup” makeup and classic cork sandals (or sneakers!) for an effortlessly casual outfit your friends will envy.

Bodysuit + Shorts

If you’re looking for an ensemble that embodies the athleisure trend to a tee, pair an active-inspired short with an off-the-shoulder bodysuit. We went the monochromatic route with a white top and black bottom, but don’t be afraid to rock your favorite summer shades. Pink and yellow are our go-to colors this season! When it comes to footwear, this outfit could be paired with your gym shoes or basic sandals – both are totally comfy and would look fabulous. Finally, pull your hair into a trendy half top knot, letting your natural hair texture shine in the bottom half of the style.

Need a new jacket to pair with these comfy-cute ensembles? Check out five of our favorites – all under $50!

2 Easy (and Adorable!) Ways to Style Medium-Length Hair for Spring

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 Melissa from The Bee’s Knees to share two must-try ways to style medium-length hair, from an everyday look to a boho-inspired updo!

Styling a bob or “lob” (long bob) is super easy and fun – plus, it’s a great length for when spring or summertime rolls around. The temps get higher, your hair gets shorter! If you’re looking for a change, trying to cool off for the season, or are just a busy mom like me who likes low-maintenance style, you might want to try a bob or “lob” haircut.

My hair has grown out some (so I’m definitely in the “lob” stage), but don’t worry! The practical styles I’m sharing today work great with long OR short bobs. But before we get into my favorite medium-length looks, take a peek at my must-have styling products for spring:

Right now, I’m loving Revlon’s 1¼ inch barrel curling iron. It creates large, loose and luxurious curls that look perfectly laidback! If you need a little texture to achieve this beach-ready ‘do, L’Oreal Air Dry It Wave Swept Spray is great for hot summer styling. I’ve also been using OGX Argan Oil of Morocco, Goody scallop-cut headbands and L’Oreal Lock It hairspray – we’ll need all of these tools for the styles below, so stay tuned. Also pictured above is my favorite hairbrush of all time – the Wet Brush! This amazing product is available at Meijer and works so well for fine OR coarse hair. No tugging or pulling involved!

Now that you know which products you need to succeed, here are my two easy, adorable styles for short hair.

CASUAL, EVERYDAY CURLS

This is my everyday, fool-proof, easy-breezy style. I love it because if you have semi-fine hair (like me) that grabs curl really well, sometimes the curls will last for days! That means less heat and less damage to the hair. I am a firm believer in dry shampoo, which I’ll talk about later, and that is my go-to for fresh hair in a pinch – always!

Step 1: First, you’ll want to start with freshly washed and blow-dried hair.

Step 2: Then, apply this OGX Argan Oil of Morocco (about a dime size) evenly over your strands.

Step 3: Use a Revlon 1¼ inch barrel curling iron to style your whole head, making sure the ringlets twist away from your face. If you’re not totally sure how to do this, the hair should curl over top of the iron, not underneath.

When you’re finished, the curls will appear fairly tight, but don’t brush them out until you’ve styled your entire head.

Step 4: Now, run your fingers through your hair to gently pull and loosen the curls.

Step 5: Mist a fine coat of hairspray all over your locks, then voila! You’re done! Big, beautiful, loose curls in a snap.

 

BOHO-INSPIRED UPDO

Alright, now let’s talk updos! This is one of my favorite ways to wear my hair up. It’s easy and has a little ‘bohemian’ flair to it. I picked up a cute pack of Goody headbands at Meijer and worked them into this style!

Step 1: First, you’ll want to start with hair that’s a few days dirty. I know that sounds weird, but really, it’s true. Any hairstylist will tell you that updos work far better on hair that’s got some day 3 or 4 texture to it.

If you really want to wear your hair up the first or second day after washing it, try using dry shampoo to add some texture to your hair. I love ‘Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak Dry Shampoo!’

Step 2: Next, add the headband and pull a chunk of your bangs forward. Make sure you get a big enough section!

Step 3: Pull your hair into a tight ponytail.

Step 4: Wrap your strands around the elastic so your pony becomes a bun, and then secure it with Goody bobby pins.

Step 5: Grab the front section of hair and start braiding it until you reach the end. Secure it temporarily with a ponytail holder if you need to, then go through the braid and grab at sections to loosen it a bit.

Step 6: Finally, remove the ponytail holder from your bangs (if you used one), then take the braid and wrap it up and around the back of your bun. Secure it into the base of the style with more Goody bobby pins, then finish with some L’Oreal Lock It hairspray.

That’s it! Short hair-styling is so fun and easy! I hope you’ll give these looks a try sometime.

Melissa is the fashionista behind The Bee’s Knees, a fashion and lifestyle blog discussing her style, travels, recipes, beauty tips and more. Follow her on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.

The Best Sandals for Every Summer Occasion

It’s a tale as old as time – you’re about to walk out the door to attend one of many summer events, and all you want in the world are shoes that are cute AND comfy. You’ll be dancing the evening away at a wedding or spending date night walking on the beach (hey, a girl can dream!), and now, all you need is the perfect sandal.

Cork slip-ons are as sensible as they are trendy, so we’re sharing four ways to style them – no matter where your summer takes you!

Date Night

Since summer date night is the perfect excuse to rock flirty prints and florals, complete your look with simple sandals in a crisp, solid color. This way, your shoes will complement your outfit, rather than taking command of it! For example, our favorite part of this ensemble is how the footwear accents the romper’s pattern – the white totally brightens up the outfit as a whole. P.S. If you’re not a romper kind of gal, these slip-ons also look adorable with a trendy, printed mini dress.

Casual Wedding

If you’ve been invited to a summer wedding with a casual dress code, it’s the perfect opportunity to wear comfy shoes (and dance in them all night long!). We love this sleeveless, chambray dress paired with strappy floral sandals – the simplicity of the outfit really lets the shoes shine! To draw more attention to your dainty, colorful footwear, choose accessories that match a hue featured in the summery print. A burgundy statement necklace or earrings would complete this look in the best way (tips for styling statement jewelry are on MeijerStyle.com here!).

Baby Shower

For days spent showering moms-to-be and playing games like “pink or blue,” choose a dressier pair of slip-ons like this rose gold style. Metallic shoes in any shade look great with dainty, pastel hues (I mean, we seriously can’t get enough of this chiffon kimono + sandal ensemble). This look is also a must-try for summer bridal showers, but take care to stay away from white – you don’t want to overshadow the guest of honor!

Weekend Brunch

For casual mornings with your girls when all you need is bacon and eggs, pair tan cork sandals with denim capris and an embroidered tank. An earthy tone like tan perfectly complements this olive top, and embroidered details bring a laidback, bohemian vibe to your look. Casual (and sensible) slip-ons are a perfect match for this outfit! If the day is extra sunny and you’ll be brunching on a patio, these shoes also look amazing with a flowy, neutral sundress.

If you don’t have a pair of cork sandals (or four) at home, get over to your local Meijer A-S-A-P! There’s nothing better than a versatile, cute and comfy shoe.

5 Must-Have Jackets Under $50

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 of Live Love & Read to share her favorite spring jackets to combat the season’s unpredictable weather – and all are under $50!

There’s no doubt about it, Mother Nature is serving it to us. One day it’s a glorious 65 degrees, and the next it’s 45. Being a born-and-bred Southern gal, it doesn’t really make sense to me. However, word on the street is that this is pretty typical of the Midwest. Sigh.

If you are anything like me, it is highly likely that you are ready to put away all of those chunky sweaters and opt for something a little lighter and more transitional for the day-to-day unpredictability of this spring weather. If that’s the case, jackets are about to become your new best friend.

Without question, completing your outfit with a jacket is the perfect way to give your look a bit more edge. Additionally, layering with a jacket gives YOU the power to prepare for the weather however you need to. You can go heavier or lighter, sleeves or no sleeves, hood or no hood – the sky is the limit! With a jacket as your primary statement piece for the spring season, you get to control how the weather affects you.

Now that you’ve wrapped your head around this ingenious style concept, you need some inspo! Not to worry, I’ve got you covered with five spring jackets under $50. Yes, UNDER $50.

Denim Jacket with a Twist

I’ve always appreciated a classic denim jacket, but there is something extra special about a denim jacket with a twist. This hooded beauty by Massini is absolutely perfect for the spring season. You get the structure of a denim jacket, with a much more relaxed vibe. There are two great features about this particular jacket: the textured sleeves and detachable hood. Both make this jacket more enjoyable to wear, as the fabric is a bit more breathable than a traditional denim jacket. This is the epitome of a “transitional spring piece.”

Details:
Massini Hooded Denim Jacket
Massini Sharon Crossbody
Massini Modal Luxe Tee
Celebrity Pink Mid-Rise Skinny

The Trendy Bomber

The bomber jacket trend gained major momentum in 2016 – and from the looks of it, the trend is also making major strides in 2017! The beauty of a bomber jacket is that it can be worn with nearly anything. You can dress it up or dress it down and either way, you are guaranteed to make a statement. While bombers vary in fabrics, it is most frequently designed with one that’s lightweight and breathable, which makes it perfect for spring. If you don’t have a bomber jacket in your closet, you definitely need one! According to the Fashion Powers-At-Be, the bomber is the lead player in the outerwear department.

Details:
Ultra Flirt Bomber Jacket
Massini Lyon Crossbody
Massini Sunglasses
Blush Bracelet
Massini Modal Luxe Tee
Celebrity Pink Mid-Rise Skinny

Classic Denim Jacket

Without question, every woman needs a go-to denim jacket. Why? Because it’s classic and will most definitely stand the test of time. Furthermore, it’s a great piece to have in your arsenal when battling unpredictable weather. You can layer denim as heavy or lightly as you need to. Say you start the day by wearing it on, due to cool temperatures, and by day end you are wearing it draped across your shoulders. Much like the bomber jacket, denim also offers optimal versatility. You can dress it up or down!

Details:
Falls Creek Denim Jacket
Massini P02 Max Handbag
Massini Modal Luxe Tee
Celebrity Pink Mid-Rise Skinny

The Sleeveless Trench Vest

For those particularly warm days that have a slight breeze, the sleeveless trench vest is an ideal option. It keeps you just warm enough and allows optimal mobility. Overall, it’s a much more casual piece and a great choice for those days that you just need a little something extra to layer.

Details:
Olivia Sky Sleeveless Front Vest
Massini P02 Max Handbag
Massini Sunglasses
Cool Necklace
Fine Jewelry Bangles
Falls Creek Lindsey Block Heel
Massini Modal Luxe Tee
Celebrity Pink Mid-Rise Skinny

Effortlessly Chic Open Front Jacket

Looking for a dressy, yet effortlessly chic jacket? This trendy blazer was made for YOU. The open front feature allows this jacket to be pretty transitional, as you can slip it on and off super easily. Furthermore, the ruched quarter sleeves give this piece a more playful tone, which allows it to be styled a bit more easily as well (since it’s more relaxed than your traditional blazer).

Details:
Olivia Sky ¾ Sleeve Front Jacket
Rose Necklace
Massini Jodie Sandal
Massini Sharon Crossbody
Massini Modal Luxe Tee
Celebrity Pink Mid-Rise Skinny

As you can see, there are a number of ways you can win the fight against Mother Nature and her unpredictable ways. All it requires is the correct jacket arsenal and you can conquer the world. Since all of the jackets above are under $50, you need to run (not walk) and pick up a few of these beauties at your local Meijer. Not only are these styles going to help keep you warm, but keep you perfectly stylish while doing so.

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

Image Credit: Roosevelt Group

3 Summer Jewelry Trends to Start Wearing Now

While the first day of spring was just a few short weeks ago, it’s already time to start thinking ahead to the beginning of summer. We’re welcoming warm days, sun-kissed skin and cloud-free skies with open arms – as well as all the amazing jewelry trends that come along with the warmer season. If you’re as anxious to update your summer-time accessories as we are, look no further than these bright necklace and earring styles you can start wearing right now.

Fringe Tassels

Fringe has been a hot trend this past year, and we’re just not ready to say goodbye this season! Tassels are flirty and playful (aka perfect for a sunny day), but still classy enough for date night or an afternoon in the office. Want to add another element to this detailed accessory? Mix metallics with neutrals or bright summer shades – like this yellow-gold and cream necklace we can’t get enough of.

If bold styles are more your thing, don’t fret – more vibrant accessory inspiration to come!

Chunky Pendants

As summer approaches, your clothing choices will no doubt become bolder in color, print and style – and your seasonal accessories should be updated to follow suit. Opt for statement necklaces with chunky pendants and large, dramatic medallions, or dangly earrings featuring a variety of stones, beads and tassels. As long as it stands out, anything goes!

Extra points if your accessories take command of your go-to summer outfit!

Vibrant Colors

Staying true to the eclectic theme that’s sure to dominate summer trends, we love mixing and matching vibrant beads, bows and tassels. We already know pink and yellow will be the “it” colors of the season, but don’t be afraid to feature your personal faves, too. Lime green, turquoise, indigo and orange all look great when thrown into the mix!

Which stylish jewelry trend is on the top of your list this summer?

Hemlines and Heels: How to Style This Spring’s Spotlight on Ankles

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 Lauren from Lake Shore Lady to share how to wear a variety of hemlines and pairs of shoes as she showcases her five favorite looks for spring.

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Though it might not quite feel like it yet, spring and summer are definitely on their way. As we ease into warmer temps, it’s so fun to play around with different denim hemlines… and maybe even expose our ankles again – gasp! But the absolute best part of spring denim trends is obviously pairing them with cute shoes. Right? Right.

Luckily, Meijer is always there to remind us that you don’t need to spend a crazy amount of money to be fabulously stylish. Yes, it IS possible to have fun with fashion on a budget, and these five looks are total proof. Let’s take a look:

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hemlines heels denim pant spring style lauren blogger keds slip ons

Double Cuffed Jeans + Keds

Who doesn’t like a good pair of Keds?! There’s a reason they’ve been around for so long – they’re classics! Plus, they’re crazy comfortable and perfect for long walks, running errands all day, or even sightseeing. I don’t usually wear sneakers with anything but workout gear, but will always make an exception for these cuties. The key to styling? Go with a cuffed jean to show off the shoe. No boot cut jeans allowed!

hemlines heels denim pant spring style lauren blogger black mules raw hem

hemlines heels denim pant spring style lauren blogger black mules raw hem

hemlines heels denim pant spring style lauren blogger black mules raw hem

Raw Hem Jeans + Mules

This look is so 90s and I love it! The light wash, the frayed hems and, of course, the mules. The only thing missing is a choker! I love that mules and a thicker, block heel are making a comeback. It’s such a sleek yet comfortable trend… and the best way to test it out is with a super affordable pair like these. I love to style them with a trendy raw hem in my jeans, as the messy fray is a perfect counterpoint to the structured mule.

hemlines heels denim pant spring style lauren blogger cuffed jeans ballet flats

hemlines heels denim pant spring style lauren blogger cuffed jeans ballet flats

hemlines heels denim pant spring style lauren blogger cuffed jeans ballet flats

Cropped Jeans + Ballet Flats

Ballet flats can sometimes seem a little blah – but add a crisscross design and I’m on board! Make sure you pair these with a cropped pair of jeans so you can show off that ankle strap. I wore a casual long sleeve tee for this look, but you could totally swap it out for a flirty blouse for a night on the town.

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hemlines heels denim pant spring style lauren blogger culottes gaucho pants beach sandals

hemlines heels denim pant spring style lauren blogger culottes gaucho pants beach sandals

Gaucho Pants + Beachy Sandals

Culottes, palazzo pants, gauchos – whatever you want to call them, they’re back! The soft, flowy style is beach-inspired and has got me dreaming of more days in the sun. Find a pair to cinch at your waist, then tie your tee at the same spot (or wear a crop top!) and finish the look with a fun pair of sunnies and bright, beachy sandals.

hemlines heels denim pant spring style lauren blogger distressed jeans neutral mule

hemlines heels denim pant spring style lauren blogger distressed jeans neutral mule

hemlines heels denim pant spring style lauren blogger distressed jeans neutral mule

Distressed Jeans + Block Heel Sandals

I firmly believe that every girl needs a pair of nude sandals – bonus points if they also have a low, walk-able heel! I’m so glad I found this new block heel pair at Meijer to replace my last go-to sandals (which had seen its fair share of miles). Seriously though, you’ll wear them all the time! They go with anything, especially these distressed jeans and pretty cold shoulder top. Just make sure to cuff your hem to show off that trendy, modern block heel!

What are your favorite pant + shoe combos?!

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Lauren is the fashionista behind Lake Shore Lady, a blog full of lovely tips for fashion, beauty and lifestyle. Follow her on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.

Trend Alert: Embroidered Tops

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 Tieka from Selective Potential to share her three favorite ways to style embroidered tops for spring.

When you picture a classic boho-inspired wardrobe, you immediately think of embroidered details, right? I’ve been working to nail down my personal aesthetic lately, and boho-inspired, folk styles are definitely what I love most (especially in a casual, girl-next-door kind of way). I was SO delighted to find items that fit this exact vibe at Meijer that I couldn’t wait to share my favorite ways to incorporate the embroidery trend this spring.

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Look One

I’m obsessed with this darling black-and-white embroidered top, complete with loose sleeves and a peplum fit. This Massini top barely required any styling, because it’s a statement piece on its own! For this outfit, I paired the shirt with frayed denim jeans and some tawny, suede ankle boots. If you’re feeling a bit chilly, you could add an olive green cardigan, or if you’re in warmer temps, this top would be cute with a pair of denim shorts and cut-out sandals! As for your hair, loose waves go with any sort of boho-inspired look.

blush embroidered shirt

Look Two

For my second look, I chose this blush, John Paul Richard top from Meijer. This is honestly my favorite piece of clothing right now — no joke. It’s embroidered, lined and the quality is AMAZING. With this flowy, light-colored style, I chose darker denim with neutral flats, an olive-y brimmed hat and long, dainty jewelry. I could easily see this top being remixed several ways this spring — perhaps next time with a pleated chiffon olive green skirt?

pink shirt with embroidery and cardigan

Look Three

For look three, I found this spring-y, pink embroidered top. The Massini shirt is adorable on its own, but since it was a little bit colder (we’re so close to spring!), I paired it with a knit cardigan, dark denim, neutral ankle booties and a dusty blue crossbody bag. I’m excited to style the top several different ways this spring though… with a cute floral skirt, or some frayed white denim and casual tawny sandals.

I hope you enjoyed these different looks featuring tops from Meijer! Are you planning on incorporating embroidered items into your wardrobe this spring?

Tieka is the fashionista behind Selective Potential, a blog full of lovely tips for fashion, beauty and lifestyle. Follow her on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.

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.

Lauren - Stacy London

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!

Lauren - Stacy London

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

oversized huge xl purse massini meijer clean lines

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

oversized huge xl purse massini meijer vintage patchwork

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

oversized huge xl purse massini meijer pastel pink

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.

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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

spring block heel sandals

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.

Melissa Stacy London

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!