Some of you may know that I was an Accessories Editor at ELLE when I was younger. I’ve been in love with hats, jewelry, shoes, scarves, and oh, yes, bags ever since. I’ll happily wear my vintage Levi’s and a t-shirt every single day, but I’m very particular about my accessories. So, when The Particular’s called and asked to profile me on their site I, of course, said yes. While we were talking it came out that Melissa Akkaway, the force behind the site, is a clean beauty lover! In fact, she’s an aficionado with lots of tips that only a Malibu beauty like her could have. We flipped the tables and interviewed her about her routine, which is quite luxurious. Makes sense that she has a very thoughtful, and particular, routine:
Laney: Tell us about the particulars, what was your inspiration for the site?
Melissa: I was in retail for so many years and owned my own boutique and clothing line, Beckley. I took a break to have kids and I realized that I missed educating, styling, and connecting with my clients. I also really missed my fashion community and I wanted to reconnect–but in a much slower way. Accessories have always been interesting to me as a buyer and as a consumer. In my world, adding accessories is an instant game changer and allows you to reflect different parts of your personality. Plus, women don’t always want to buy the new dress or jacket but rather want to own great new jewelry or a covetable handbag. Plus accessories always fit! I really felt that there was not an editorial destination totally focused on the topic so I started The Particulars as a place to explore accessory trends, styling and so much more. The interview section of the site focuses on women that inspire me and I love hearing their stories—there’s always a sentimental accessory they share and it truly captures their spirit. It always comes back to the accessories! It really is a window into who they truly are.
Laney: What are your favorite accessories in your closet right now?
Melissa: A few of my faves right now are:
- Pinky ring by Shay Jewelry
- My packable Janessa Leone hat
- My crossbody navy suede Mansur Gavriel bag
- My Hansel from Basel sheer socks
Laney: What are you lusting over?
Melissa: The Fendi 110 cowboy boots.
Laney: When we were on set together we learned about your love of clean beauty, why is it important to you?
Melissa: As I’m getting older and since I had my kids I am hyper-aware of what I am using on my body. There is so much selection now and real education that it has encouraged me to ask questions and search for clean products. Before I would just trust the brand.
Laney: What are your favorite products?
- My Corpus deodorant
- Vintner’s Daughter serum
- Supergoop Unseen sunscreen
- Mary Kay brow gel
- Orange Eucalyptus The Ranch Plant bar soap
- Augustinus Bader Rich Cream
- Melanie Simon Serum C
Laney: What else is part of your wellness routine? Tell us all your beauty secrets!
Melissa: I wear sunscreen every day even when it’s cloudy. One of my New Year’s resolutions was to dry brush a few times a week (maybe I will see a difference). I also get a facial every month religiously. I keep my routine simple and short(ish).
Laney: And lastly, how do you stay in the moment?
Melissa: I try to be with my kids in the moment. I think to myself one day they are going to be older and out of the house and I am going to be pissed if I wasn’t present because I was on Instagram! We’re an active family so skiing, surfing, and just being out outside together, especially at home in Malibu, helps me be present and in it with them.
Special thanks to Melissa!
Photos via The Particulars