DIY dip dye tassels
Decor, DIY, Fashion

{ DIY } Tassels

Time for a DIY and this one is fit for fashion and decor. It comes to us care of my friend Kate. You may have noticed her name popping up on the blog lately. That’s because she collaborated with me on my August blog photo shoot and also crafted the amazing tassels I’ve been wearing (they’ll be in an upcoming outfit post too!). She initially made them as decoration for a big event here in Philly for Philadelphia Magazine, but once I spotted them I had to wear, and ask her how she made them, of course!  And now, Kate’s tassel tutorial. Pin now, DIY later!  – JH

NOTE:  If you plan on dip dying your tassels, use cotton materials!  They absorb the color much better than synthetic fibers.

How to make tassels

1.  Hold the strand between your fingers and wrap around your elbow multiple times.  I usually do about 15-20 times around.

tassel DIY tutorial

2.  Pull the material tight as you remove it from your arm and lay it down. Double knot a shorter piece of string around the middle, which will then become the top of your tassel.

3.  Cut the looped ends of the tassel so each becomes a single strand.  Trim to the length you want.

4.  About a half-inch down from the top of your tassel, tie a piece of string to create the decorative ball-shaped top of your tassel.  Wrap around once or multiple times to create the look you want, then cut the excess.

Ta-da — Tassel! You can change the size of the tassel by wrapping the string around something larger or smaller than your arm, and the thickness by adding or subtracting the amount of times you loop the string around.  Customize by dip dying, stringing into a garland, changing the material you use, adding beads, or styling your own way.

Happy DIY-ing!!

{ Photos by Audrey Gallagher. } 

frank body  body scrub
Beauty, Skin, wellness

{ Five Things Wellness } Refreshing Face Mists + Glowing Skin

Having clear and radiant skin is really important to me. It might just be my number one beauty priority. I have pretty sensitive skin and get more than the average occasional breakout. Not fun. When my skin behaves, I feel more confident (hey — look good, feel good!). My obsession: finding good products to achieve gorgeous and glowing skin — this also includes incorporating healthier eating habits. – MQ

Here are { Five Things Wellness } to help you get glowing, radiant skin:

1. Hydrating Face Mists

Face mists are vert refreshing! My favorite times to use them are after a workout or on humid days.With just a spritz or two, a good face mist helps me feel glowing verses grimy. I also find them useful whenever my skin feels like it’s craving moisture. Use in warm months for a face refreshments and keep around all year to combat dry, winter skin.

Bonus: Not only is Vitamin E super moisturizing, it also strengthens skin’s UV defense.


{ Try The Body Shop’s Paraben Free Vitamin E Face Mask, $17.00. }

2. Coffee Scrubs

Who knew caffeine had a few glowy-skin benefits? The high-caffeine content stimulates blood flow, which can help reduce the appearance of cellulite, stretch marks, psoriasis, varicose veins, eczema, acne, and scarring. I found out about Frank Body through their stylish and artsy Instagram photos. Style and wellness? Yes. Please.

frank body  body scrub

{ Try Frank Body’s Original Body Scrub, $14.95. | image via }

3. BeeSpa Hand + Foot Cream

I think I found the holy grail of all hand + foot creams. Without a doubt, BeeSpa is by far the best one I’ve ever tried. BeeSpa is made from all natural, botanical, vegetable-based, and vitamin rich ingredients Main ingredients include beeswax, shea butter, and essential oils.

Some benefits? This cream hydrates and softens skin, has anti-aging vitamins A, E, and D, contains antioxidants to nourish skin, and help maintain skin elasticity.


{ BeeSpa is available online and in a few retail locations, $29.99. }

4. Credo Beauty

I don’t strictly use only natural products, but because of my sensitive skin I just try to use more of them. Credo Beauty has definitely helped introduce me to natural brands. They have a page dedicated to clean beauty swaps, so you can find a replacement product for one that is clean, natural, and effective. Credo is like the Sephora or Ulta of natural beauty brands. The brick-and-mortar store is in San Francisco, but they recently opened an online shop, meaning we can all enjoy their goodies from anywhere. Yay!


 { Check out Credo Beauty’s extensive list of natural beauty brands. }

5. Homemade Watermelon Juice

If you think eating watermelon is refreshing, try drinking it. You’ll be glad you did. I wish I did this sooner. Watermelons are rich in antioxidants, lycopene and Vitamins A and C that reduce free radicals, ya know, those pesky things that cause fine lines and wrinkles. Writing about watermelon juice is giving me some serious cravings. Here’s a super-simple recipe that’s super-tasty too.

watermelon juice

{ Recipe: Blend chopped-up watermelon pieces (the smaller the better) until smooth and pour in a glass over ice. Optional: garnish with a slice of lime or sprig of mint. |  image via  }

Have any must-have, glowing-skin essentials? Share in the comments below or tweet me @SkinnyAffair.

xx Melissa

pointed pumps
Celebrity, Fashion, trend hungry tuesday

{ Trend Hungry Tuesday Shoesday } Pointed Pumps

Let’s call it Shoesday & talk about a footwear fashion that always seems to come back in style. I’ve been noticing a number of celebs wearing it lately. Pointed pumps, aka heeled-shoes where the toe comes to a point, was a hit on the blue carpet of the Teen Choice Awards.

Zendaya shoe collection

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Jordin Sparks spotted a style with a skull design. Zendaya donned shoes from her upcoming collection and a slitted skirt. Lea Michele opted for her pointed pumps in red, which acted as a fun pop and coordinated with the design on her dress.

Other celebs recently spotted styled in pointed pumps include Eva Longoria, Mindy Kaling, and Lady GaGa, who wrote that she loves her pair pictured below so much that she once wore them to bed with a smile on her face. Can’t blame her. They are Prada and beautiful.

Lady-GaGa-Prada heels

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I love this shoe style for transitioning into fall. It’s less coverage than a boot and more than a sandal or open-toe style. Plus the point adds style and sophistication to even a basic tee shirt and jeans. Wear to work, on a date, or somewhere fun. All of these are under $40 from

pointed pumps

Low Pointed Pumps | Ocean Blue Pointed Pumps, $22.00 | Grey Pointed Pumps, $33.00 | Black & White Pointed Pumps, $36.00 | Red Faux Suede Pointed Pumps, $24.00 }

Trend Hungry Tuesday } a syndicated fashion report on Ralphie Tonight. Listen live every Tuesday night online or on NYC’s 95.5 WPLJ, 92 PRO-FM (Providence, RI) 97 BHT (Northeastern PA) or Q105 (New London, CT). Click to listen to past segments

QVC LOGO by Lori Goldstein style correspondent
Dare to Wear, Fashion

{ Dare To Wear } Happy-Hour Chic

And now, time for another edition of Dare To Wear, the blog series that keeps the fashions in rotation so that outfit remixes can be made. The more you play with your clothes the more ideas you’ll come up with (I type from experience).

This long-and-lovely tank top with a slitted skirt may not be my initial instinct, but when I want to create three different looks using the same piece it pushes me to rework the wardrobe. The result = new outfits! Can’t be mad at that. I’m especially not mad at this look and will be keeping in mind for the next time I need to look happy-hour chic. The top keeps it ladylike with a relaxed vibe, while the slit adds a splash of sexiness.

How to dress up a tank top DIY Dip Dye Tassel LOGO by Lori Goldstein tank top No Libs Style Shoot happy hour outfit idea Philly style blogger Jessie Holeva QVC LOGO by Lori Goldstein style correspondent

{ Style Tips }

1. Wear a belt. A belt is the accessory that brings things in and helps to create that hourglass shape.

2. Borrow from a friend to get the look just right. I forgot my bag of jewelry at home (couldn’t even believe it!) so borrowed the sunnies in the previous look and bracelet from my friend Kate, who also assisted on the shoot and scouted this great location.

3. Carry yourself with confidence. It really is the secret sauce to looking your best. Wear it and work it.

4. Accessorize your accessories & embrace the unexpected. The tassel (it’s a DIY coming up!) clipped onto the hat may be my favorite thing about this whole look. It’s a little detail that’s the perfect unexpected accent.

Northern Liberties style blog photoshoot

On Repeat { LOGO by Lori Goldstein Stripe Knit Tank with Drape Pockets }

 { Trouvé Faux Wrap Skirt | ADA Collection Leather Sash Wrap BeltZigo Soho Duran BootieH&M Wool Hat | My Saint My Hero Bracelet | H&M Cuff (similar) }

Philly fashion blog photoshoot

{ Special thanks to Kate Michener for assisting on this shoot. }

Dare To Wear } a blog series dedicated to “dare to wear” the same thing three ways. If you’re gonna buy it, you better be able to wear it at least three ways, right? Each month a new item is featured and will be styled throughout the month. Photos by Audrey Gallagher.

DIY flash tat candle holders
Decor, DIY, Entertaining

{ DIY } Flash Tat Candle Holders

Ready for one of the easiest decor DIYs ever? It involves metallic temporary tattoos and glass candle holders or jars, whatever you’ve got.

This tutorial is so easy that there’s little to explain. Get ready to impress yourself with how crafty you are. Pin now and try this DIY for celebratory decor or a use as simple styling accent for your space.

Flash Tat Decor DIY DIY -metallic candle holder DIY metallic decal candle holder flash tatto candle holder DIY DIY flash tat candle holder tutorial metallic detailed candle holder tutorial

  • Simply cut out the design you’d like to use.
  • Peel off the clear plastic film, then stick that side of the design (should feel a little sticky) to the glass.
  • Hold firmly in place and rub a wet paper towel over the decal, just like how you’d apply the fake tattoo to your skin.
  • Peel the paper off gently to reveal your work.  Voila, a new decor accent. Use as a center piece or room accent.

metallic decal DIY candle holders

When you want a different design, simply scrub it off and start again.

DIY flash tat candle holders

{ Photo credit: Audrey Gallagher Photography }

Beauty, Nails

{ Nailed It } Where To Score Sephora Nail Polish For Under $2

No your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you and yes that headline speaks the truth. I’ve scored Sephora by OPI nail polishes that usually sell for around $15, for under $2 — talk about a good deal! In fact I’ve scored a lot of beauty products, among other things, in the past for a lot less than what they normally retail for thanks to this place.

So where is it that I score such deals? Big Lots! Have you shopped there before? It’s one of those stores that has much more than you’d think with a price that’s nice.

Big Lots is a budget-friendly retailer and there I’ve also bought a table and chairs, a mirror, makeup, a headboard, and probably lots of of other little things I’m not forgetting about. Items vary by the location and selection is always changing, especially in the beauty isle.


As for these hues, I’m quite happy to have three nice neutrals for less than half of what one would cost. The names are pretty great too: I Only Shop Vintage, Queen Of Everything, Already Famous

{ Photo credit: Audrey Gallagher Photography }


Stylist Jessie Holeva
Dare to Wear, Fashion

{ Dare To Wear } Stripes + Floral

This outfit is made up of a few of my favorites (what else is new?). You may recognize the tank top I’m donning. It made a cameo last month on the blog & to be honest, I wear it so much that it only seemed fitting to make it the Dare To Wear item for August. Besides it being super cute & comfy, it also has pockets! Plus it passes the “messy Jessie test” with flying colors. I just coined that term now. Translation = I can wear it, forget to hang or fold it, and it still looks fabulous and ready for another wear.

Scroll on. New pics + style tips await.

Comfy + Chic Fashion LOGO by Lori Goldstein tank top LOGO by Lori Goldstein French Terry Pants Jessie Holeva LOGO by Lori Goldstein style correspondent Philadelphia, Northern Liberties style blog post Stylist Jessie Holeva Jessie Holeva style tips LOGO by Lori Goldstein style

{ Style Tips }

1. Mix prints with ease by keeping one print subtle. The stripes on the tank top are tiny enough to allow the floral pants to shine without competing.

2. Elevate your outfit with accessories. These French terry pants + this tank top = super comfy. Therefore these pieces can easily be styled ultra casual, say with slip-on sneakers or flat sandals. A hat + wedges takes this look a whole different direction.

3. Don’t worry about an exact match. Who ever taught us as kids that our shoes, and bag, and jewelry, and everything else need to match perfectly was putting us in a fashion box. Nobody puts baby in a corner or a box, so forget it. Yes, these cropped pants have a purple hue in them. It may not be the exact shade of the top but it totally works. Trust your eye.

LOGO by Lori Goldstein Style Correspondent

LOGO by Lori Goldstein Floral Print French Terry Crop PantsLOGO by Lori Goldstein Stripe Knit Tank with Drape Pockets | Kenneth Cole Reaction Oscar 3 Wedges | H&M Wool Hat | Moira Anne Artisan Evil Eye Bracelet | My Saint My Hero Bracelet | Marlyn Schiff Arrow Necklace }

{ Special thanks to Kate Michener who scouted locations + assisted on this shoot. }

Dare To Wear } a blog series dedicated to “dare to wear” the same thing three weeks in a row. If you’re gonna buy it, you better be able to wear it at least three ways, right? Each month a new item is featured and will be styled three ways throughout the month. Photos by Audrey Gallagher.

Rihanna body jewelry
Celebrity, trend hungry tuesday

{ Trend Hungry Tuesday } Body Bling

Today’s trend: body bling, aka body jewelry, aka if you follow Rihanna on Instagram then you know I’m talking about.

Rihanna rocked a whole lot of body bling and posted lots of pics to prove it, donning a bikini outfit including a body chain at the Crop Over Festival in Barbados.

Rihanna body jewelry

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 Speaking of body chains, or body necklaces (both names work), it’s a long necklace that drapes over the front and back of the body. They look sexy with a swimsuit or even under clothes, so give a peek-a-boo accessorizing, Beyoncé and Jennifer Aniston have both been seen sporting body chains.

Vanessa Hudgens, she’s even worn a thigh necklace in the past. Another style setter rocking unique body jewelry is Zoe Kravitz, who has been spotted wearing shin chains. Clearly there are lots of ways to wear bling on your body.

This trend is easier shopped online, as I learned a few weeks ago hunting for body bling for a TV segment. I found a some cool thigh chains and other body bling on Etsy, all handmade and unique.

body bling

Aurora Body Chain, $32.00 | Aztec Leg Chain, $23.00 | Simple Leg Chain, $20.00 | Layered Body Jewelry, $20.32 }

Trend Hungry Tuesday } a syndicated fashion report on Ralphie Tonight. Listen live every Tuesday night online or on NYC’s 95.5 WPLJ, 92 PRO-FM (Providence, RI) 97 BHT (Northeastern PA) or Q105 (New London, CT). Click to listen to past segments