About Melanie

Melanie is a stylist who adores bold prints, local farmers markets, and getting down to 90's music.  Her mission is to make women feel confident through their clothes.  This native New Yorker currently resides in the Bay Area with her fantastic husband, brilliant (totally biased) two kiddos and her impossibly cute Boston Terrier.  


One Stylish Mama


Guys, I’m SO excited about today… I don’t even know what to DO with myself!  Lately, I’ve been working with a lot of women about transitional times in their lives.  Whether you just lost a ton of weight, had a baby, or just broke up with your boyfriend, these transitions really can affect every aspect of our lives.  This is especially true for our wardrobe.  The clothes we used to wear don’t always serve us now.  This can cause us to go into a downward spiral, of becoming self-conscious or getting frustrated with our current clothes that no longer fit us, physically or mentally.   

This was something I experienced first hand since I had Zoe. Not just because my body changed, but because my lifestyle changed as well.  I work with a lot of moms that feel like they lose a big part of their styles when they become a mom.  I've made it my goal to inspire women to realize that just because their style has to evolve, doesn't mean it has to get lost in the shuffle.  Which brings me to a new series on the blog called One Stylish Mama.   Once a month I’ll be sharing with you an inspiring mama who rocks her style, business and life HARD.

Today’s stylish mama is Abi Q of Abi Q photography.  I’ve had the pleasure of working with Abi on a few amazing shoots and I have to tell you - she’s just as brilliant as she is stylish.  I’m constantly inspired by how open she is.  She is completely herself at all times.  Her kids also happen to be absolutely gorgeous and I love following along with her journey through social media because she has such a beautiful perspective on life. Below is my interview with this incredibly stylish mamapreneur of 3.

Introduce yourself and your rad business:

Hi!!! I'm Abi! I'm married to my college sweetheart and mom to three little men, Finley, Stone and Indio. I also am a photographer and own my own business, Abi Q Photography. 

What is the biggest difference in your style from before you were pregnant, to pregnancy, to mamahood?

Before I became a mom I would say I was much more a jeans and tee shirt kinda girl. Even after adopting Finn, I wore Toms every day and jeans because it was easy and perfect for taking care of a toddler. Then I got pregnant and I stopped worrying about what people would think if I wore the fur vest. I started mixing my closet a bunch more and coming up with outfit choices that weren't just black on black on black because I had to. Nothing fit right and I had to be creative. I started wearing a lot more accessories and being more daring with my choices. 

Was there an item of clothing or turning point where you can distinctly remember thinking... things are changing with my style?

There were these Free People Boots I found a few years ago that I literally dreamed about at night.  They are ankle boots with tapestry on the sides, totally something that I wouldn't of normally fell in love with. But oh man. I wanted them SO BAD but I just couldn't justify spending the money on them. For months I thought about them to the point of obsession. Then one day, one of my sweet brides told me she could get them for me half off. I almost died. They're still my favorite things I own and I wear them ALL the time. 

How has your business influenced your style?

I firmly believe every choice I make in my business determines the type of clients I get. Abi Q brides are dance in the desert brides. They wear their hair down on their wedding day and walk barefoot down the aisle. They're a little bit hippie, and a lot of a free spirit. They crave adventure. My ideal client is essentially a lot like me. Which means that I can't go to a client consult or a business meeting or even an event party wearing anything other then what screams Abi Q and the style client I want. I have to be true to myself. So I don't wear pencil skirts or blazers or pants suits to weddings, instead I wear maxi dresses that flow and have movement. I don't wear designer heels to events; I wear those fabulous Free People Boots.  And instead of wearing jeans and a tee shirt to a client consult, I wear a fur vest or a statement piece that I love and my husband doesn't understand, because my ideal brides, they love that statement piece too.

It's all about staying true to what YOU LOVE. - tweet it

What item of clothing or brand do you currently love?

Right now I'm in a “buy fabulous jewelry phase” and loving Lauren Wolf. I also bought my first pair of Hunters and wear them EVERYWHERE.  Also, I’m always into Free People. I mean. C’mon. 

Favorite item of clothing or brand that you love for your kids?

Oh goodness. I love Quinn and Fox, their clothes are probably my favorite in terms of coziness and look that I've ever got for my boys. I also love Duchess and Lion and have several of their rompers that are sitting waiting for the two littlest to grow just a littttttle bit more to fit into. It's kinda killing me. I also love Mini and Maximus and would love to own some Bobo Choses someday. I'm kinda addicted to buying stuff for my boys. I also bought both my two oldest Hunters and they're my favorite item right now I think. So easy to slip on and hella cute. 

What is one thing you love about being a mom?

The cuddles. 

What is one of the hardest things about being a mom?

The mom, mom, mommy, mama, mom, mom, mom, mom's.  My almost two year old is in a phase where he literally says my name twenty times a minute and sometimes I'm all “is it time for a drink yet?” And it's only 9 am. (insert laughing emoticon here.) 

If you could describe your style in 3 words what would it be?

Comfortable, classic, free. 

Ugh, love her!  Stay tuned each month for another installment of One Stylish Mama.  My hope for this series is to inspire you to remember who you are.  That just because you are a mama, or you are a busy entrepreneur, or you’ve changed in some major way that that means you can’t have great style.  Continue to ask yourself the right questions and to be open to the idea that you are an ever evolving, changing woman.  Your style is ever evolving and changing too.  I mean… if it didn’t we’d all still be wearing scrunchies and acid washed jeans.  You know what I’m sayin? 

Here’s to true, authentic style!



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