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, adorable, chubby baby and her impossibly cute puppy.  


Wardrobe Styling Feature: Claudine of Stiletto and Spice

All Photos in this Post by: Melanie Duerkopp Photography

When the lovely Claudine came to me about styling her photo shoot for her new website I was THRILLED.  Claudine is a dream client.  Not only is she absolutely stunning, but she is one of the nicest people I know.  She exudes self confidence and easy breezy elegance which is perfect because it's what every hostess wants to feel.  Besides being a fabulous caterer, Claudine teaches women how to entertain effortlessly.  For more details on her amazing business check out her website here

Claudine is a good friend of mine whom I have had the pleasure of working with several times.  Each time she always brings her A game!  When we were talking about her shoot we decided to come up with a few different looks.  She wanted to feel beautiful, not overdone and stylish.  We had such a fun day shopping together and I mean, this girl is so stunning that she makes everything look good!  I even made a cameo in the shoot!  Can you spot me and my crazy curls?

You may recognize her gorg face from this photo shoot.  I totally recruited this beauty to be a "bridesmaid" in a photo shoot I styled a few months ago.  I love her outlook on life and entertaining and she is always a pleasure to have around.  While I absolutely love styling brides, I also work a lot with female entrepreneurs to create a look and image that makes them feel amazing.   I get great joy from working with these women as well.  Especially when they are as sweet and talented as Claudine!  Love this girl!






Featured On: Style Me Pretty!



It's a glorious day for Head Over Heels with Melanie.  Today we are featured on the absolutely fabulous blog Style Me Pretty!  I couldn't be more excited.  Big shout outs to Krista Marie Photography, Daisy Rose Floral Design, and our gorgeous models KK, Claudine and Ellie.  Click here and go check out our beautiful photo shoot RIGHT NOW! 





Guest Post - Cover Ups for Fall


Photo Credit: Krista Marie Photography Gorgeous Model: Sarah Jenks Amazing Gown: Amy Kuschel Bride

As a stylist, I love having the opportunity to help brides find their individuality through clothes.  Adding a button down shirt or jacket can add a whole other level to your wedding look.  It can also give you the opportunity to be practical and stylish at the same time.  The above photo shows how much accessories can convey your personality.  Styling this photo shoot was SO. MUCH. FUN.  What wouldn't be fun about working with amazing people and beautiful clothes?  Maybe that's why I love my job so much! 

I have tons of tips and ideas for you today over on The Collection Event Studio.  Check it out and let me know what you think!





Tuxedos Ain't Just For The Gents


Janelle Monae Tip Toeing in Style


Let's face it, dresses aren't always everyone's thang.  I know several ladies that would rather be in pants at any time of the day.  When it comes to a formal occasion, it can be challenging for these gals to find something stylish that still feels like "them".  In comes the tuxedo....  A few years ago, this was my sister's dilemma.  My twin wore a tuxedo to my wedding and looked totally fabulous.

Photo by Barnaby Draper Studios

Since then it has become such a fabulous trend among celebrities!  Whether it's a Met Gala or a Saturday night out, Female Tuxedos are all the rage these days.  Check out some of these amazing looks from some seriously stylish stars.  


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I love how chic a tuxedo can look when tailored correctly.  Also, by added some blingy accessories it can still feel feminine and flirty.  I trick to pulling this look off is SELF CONFIDENCE.  Below are two different ways to style a tuxedo.  I love this idea for a bridesmaid, a party guest or even a daring bride.  

Collar, Tuxedo, Chiffon Tie, Gold Capped Shoes, Striped Heels


Also, I must give credit where credit is due.  As I was writing this post I was inspired by something other than celebrities and my amazing sister.  I was also totally inspired by Lola, my boston terrier puppy who is ALWAYS wearing a tuxedo with class.  Today this pup turns one.  What better birthday present than a blog post about tuxedos!  







Art Deco Love and a Guest Post

When I was a costume designer I was always asked “Melanie, what is your favorite era to design in?”.  This is always a tricky question since there have been some really incredible periods in history for fashion.  As hard a question this is to answer, my reply is always “the art deco period of the twenties and thirties”.  The fashion, architecture and art of this time period are all so glamorous. I just can’t get enough! 

Translating my love for this era into weddings is seamless.  Check out my inspiration board over on The Collection Event Studio today for all the feathers, sequins, and geometric goodness!  They are celebrating all things Art Deco all week long, and I absolutely loved being a part of it.  

I am so happy that this era has already made quite the comeback in jewelry.  Here are my current favorite art deco inspired earrings to complete your twenties wedding look.   After writing this post I probably need a pair to wear to a wedding next weekend.  Don’t you think? 



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