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.  


Guest Post - Braid Love



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 Boy, do I have some fantastic hair inspiration for you today!  We are talking braids over at The Collection Event Studio, and beautiful braids they are.  Whether you are looking for an updo or a little something special for your beachy waves, braids are the perfect way to go!  Check out my inspiration boards for all different sorts of braided hairstyles here.  






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!