Summer is officially here (even if we are still social distancing, quarantining, wearing masks + more) so that means it’s time to get excited for 4th Of July, one of my favorite days of summer! I love the backyard BBQs, the fireworks + the family fun this holiday brings while celebrating America’s Birthday!
One of my favorite things to do in preparation for the 4th Of July is embrace wearing Red, White + Blue + baking Cherry Pie so I combined my love of both with a little cherry print outfit from SHEIN!
Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching + I am all about a pretty heart print look + I found my go-to place to shop them – SHEIN! Whether you are heading out for romantic date night or a low key night with your bets gals, SHEIN has great options at affordable prices + the pieces are so stylish and fun!
Here we are…back where it all started, Madison Avenue! A few weeks ago I headed back to NY for business + while shooting new looks around the city I just so happened to be near my old stomping grounds + the basis for my blog name ‘Missy On Madison‘, Madison Avenue.
I figured since it’s been a while since I shared the story of how ‘Missy On Madison‘ came about, now would be the perfect time to give you all the 411 on how I began blogging, why I moved to LA + reflect back on what an amazing journey it’s been!
Isn’t it crazy to go back to where you grew up or where you first started your career + realize how life takes you on such a crazy ride whether you expected it or not?! Well, that is definitely what I was experiencing when I was back in NYC for this most recent trip. I reflected back on how I started my career, what NYC life was like + how I never in a million years thought now, years later I would be living in LA with my partner in crime living my best life…still in disbelief this is my life sometimes haha.
Before I reflect on NY vs LA, let’s get into how I got here today!
So here’s little about me…
I went to Hunter College in NYC where I graduated with a degree in Media Communications. During my time in college I was completely OBSESSED with the NYC lifestyle (I watched way too much Sex & The City and was basically Carrie Bradshaw right down to my dating stories hehe :p).
I spent my afternoon lunch breaks shopping at Bloomgindales + Saks, walking through Central Park, visiting the Met + trying countless hot spots around the city. It was beyond energizing, motivating me to hustle + really accelerate my career. I had always intended on being the next Anna Wintour + be Editor In Chief of Vogue, but that changed once I took an Online Journalism class where I was assigned to make a blog on TUMBLR which I of course made about finding ‘chic finds for less’ which I named ‘Looks 4 Less’ + there in that class is where my passion for blogging + social media really began.
I saw the editorial world was quickly changing so rather than trying to break in to an already competitive market that had an unknown future due to technological advancements, I decided to try something I had never thought could be a career path before, social media marketing.
What really kicked things off was my social media marketing internship at WWD. While most girls were dying to work in the editorial office where you start off in the fashion closet organizing samples, running errands + conducting research, I worked in the digital marketing department running the WWD TUMBLR (which is how I found out about + applied to the internship since my blog was still solely on TUMBLR), Twitter, Pinterest + Facebook (this was PRE Instagram, crazy to think right?!)
I absolutely LOVED it + realized hey this can be a career and I enjoy doing it. It was a way to get into the industry I love with a different angle. Shortly after I began interning at WWD I came across various business in NYC that needed social media assistance so I began consulting while still in college handling social media strategy for various brands + companies in the fashion industry.
I learned that the more I went to events, networked + talked to people on social, the more opportunities came my way + blogging really helped with that. Sharing my fashion tips, style finds etc has always been a creative outlet for me but the added bonus was building a community of like minded individuals that soon enough became my really good friends + colleagues.
After graduating college I continued blogging + continued working in social media marketing which lead me to Madison Avenue…where Missy On Madison started. My first full time job out of college was on Madison Avenue + during that time I was learning more and more about blogging, more specifically the process of setting up + running an independent website, monetizing creating content etc. I had to migrate from TUMBLR to my actual domain name + site and that meant it was time to build my own brand.
For weeks I sat wracking my brain trying to come up with a name for the blog + BAM one day I was walking to my office and my dad texted me and said ‘How about MissyOnMadison?’ GENIUS! My nickname since childhood has been Missy + I was now on Madison Ave and that is how MissyOnMadison was born!
Crazy to think that was 2012 + here we are in 2019. After spending years in NYC working + blogging, I began meeting more + more bloggers from LA and finally visited California for the first time. I instantly fell in love + decided endless sunshine and palm trees was for me + if I didn’t like it NY would always be home. So I got a job offer, packed up + road tripped cross country with my dad (FULL STORY HERE).
Years later + here we are! I have lived in different parts of LA, had my fair share of ups + downs and met my best friend + partner in crime that I’ve been with for 2 1/2 years now. If only the Missy on Madison ave knew how life would turn out years later, she would be in disbelief + being back on Madison Ave near my original office was honestly surreal but super nostalgic + exciting to reflect on the direction life takes you + how unexpected it could be!
♥ Do you ever reflect back on the journey your life has taken? Does it make you appreciate where you are + how you got there? ♥
I always felt leopard print was more of a fall or winter style but after stocking up on some chic leopard pieces from SHEIN, I am all for styling leopard for spring into summer! From chic tops to pretty dresses to stylish bottoms like this wrap skirt, leopard print is becoming my go to spring trend. Whether you want to add a little sass to your spring wardrobe for work or play, these pieces will have you swooning all spring long!
I can never get sick of a chic leopard moment + SHEIN is fully stocked on great leopard moments at an affordable price point!
This leopard skirt is perfect for date night or a girl’s night out. I paired it with a simple black ruffle off the shoulder bodysuit which I suggest everyone invest in! You can style it so many different ways year round + there are a ton affordable options everywhere!
I went classic + simple with my accessories. I am a firm believer black will always be in style so black patent leather pumps are a must-have for every fashionistas closet. I find myself wearing them constantly with so many different looks.
I wear this pearl Gucci belt constantly! It makes such a statement + is a great way to add a little ‘bling‘ to any ensemble.
Another key piece to add to your collection? A little black bag like this mini bag from Gucci. Fits all my night out essentials + matches with everything, definitely a must-have.
Loving leopard as much as me?
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On Tuesday’s I wear pink or maybe it’s just anytime I am at Peggy Porschen in London hehe ♥
I am sure you saw this little pink slice of heaven all over my Instagram story when I was in London last month (if you missed it, don’t worry – this post is pink filled to the max + will make you want to hop on a plane to London right now!) Before I headed off to London I made a thourough list of all the places I wanted to visit AND a list of all the places I wanted to shoot new outfit photos at…a place that made it to the top of both lists? Yep, you guessed it, Peggy Porschen, the home of the cutest insta photo spot + delicious treats (which naturally I had to try in between shots) + a great place to people watch as passerby’s looked at me like a looney for taking endless photos of my white tweed jacket with faux fur trim while my photographer was stopping traffic to get the ‘insta worthy shot‘ lol The things we do for the blog + social media #TheStruggleIsReal :p
I am BEYOND obsessed with this girly look: 1) because it involves my brand new Chanel I purchased in Paris the day before AND 2) it includes pink, tweed + faux fur…what else does a fashion obsessed gal need in life? Am I right? 😉
The jacket makes such a statement and matched perfectly with the feminine design of the cafe along with my pink skater skirt. I broke up the light colors with hints of black from my bodysuit, shoes + bag.
I loved wearing this bodysuit with skirts around London since it doesn’t ride up, sucks everything in haha and it is really comfy no matter what you style it with. I was always terrified of bodysuits (the thought of having to take it off to go to the bathroom scared me haha) but I got over it + I am SO glad I did.
In between snapping photos, my photographer and I had to try some yummy treats that Peggy Porschen is well known for. One of their signature cupcakes is this beauty below (sorry guys but I can’t remember the name of it for the life of me but I assure ya it was delicious).
Fun Fact: I am not a coffee drinker, so anytime I have coffee in a photo, it was purchased for that sole purpose…the photo 😉 haha That was the case with this cup that had to be snapped because who doesn’t love lips in their coffee?!
My shoes + bag are timeless classics. Black never goes out of style…neither does Chanel or a chic pair of heels…this outfit happens to have both!
These black ankle strap heels are currently on sale at Nordstrom + are a MUST HAVE for every wardrobe. Mix + match them with any look you are going for no matter how dressy or casual…they literally go with everything.
Ready to sip on a ‘lip’ covered latte at this pink cafe? Me too! London here I come…well in another month (December can’t come soon enough) ♥