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.  


Heading to New York!

Photo Credit: Barnaby Draper Studios


This weekend we are headed to New York to attend the wedding of two of our favorite people!  I can't wait to see all of our friends and family as well as getting reaquainted with one of my favorite cities.  Above is a photo of me on my wedding day in NYC and I can't wait to make more memories in the big apple this weekend.  Don't worry, I'm sure there is a blog post about this wedding in the near future.  Speaking of blogging, check out my guest post today over at The Collection Event Studio.  It's chock full of inspiration for a watercolor wedding, as well as my favorite watercolor printed dresses.  Head on over and enjoy.  Have a wonderful Wednesday!






Just like Beyonce said.... I can see your Halo (halo..halo..haloooo)


Left Halo, Right Halo

Let's talk about you bohemian brides today shall we?  You are getting married in an abandoned barn, wearing a peach colored gown and don't care if you have something blue.  While I do love a good tradition, I also get SO excited when a bride like you comes waltzing into my life.  Let me guess, you aren't really a veil woman either?  I definitely am a believer that all brides do not need to wear a veil.  Don't get me wrong...  On the right lady, a veil is the piece de resistance!  But for as many brides as I have seen cry happy tears of joy when a veil is placed upon their head, I have seen just as many feel weird, uncomfortable and completely not themselves.  So today I want to show you an alternative.  Halos.  Halos come in all different materials and give an ethereal quality without the long train.  Big or small, they always make a statement.  They also bring an air of romance similar to a veil without the convention.  And while there is nothing wrong with wanting to wear a veil, there is also nothing wrong with not wearing one either.  So I am here to set you free from tradition, do whatever you please!  Veil or no veil you are still going to be an insanely gorgeous bride.  Promise!

Big Flower, Lace Gorgeousness, In the Wind, Baby's Breath, Feathers, Amazing Amy Kuschel Gown and Styling




Honeymoon Must Haves

Dress, Hat, Necklace, Sandals, Nail Polish, Bathing Suit, Duffle Bag

Let me tell you, I've got Honeymoon on the brain this month!  Maybe it's because summer is coming to an end, or because I LOVE me a good vacay, but I seriously have been all about the honeymoon styling!  Between this post, and my guest post today over at the Collection here, you probably thought I was done gushing over honeymoon attire.  No way!  Above are some fabulous items that will complete any honeymoon look.  






A Honeymoon Outfit to Swoon Over

one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine

With all this wedding planning I'm sure you are fully ready for the honeymoon to begin!  This romantic Top Shop Dress is such a versatile dress for any trip.  

Things I love about this dress:

1) You can wear it day or night.  

2) This neckline makes it totally possilbe to wear a bathing suit underneath.  Again.. such versatility! 

3) Such a fan of the neutral color palatte.  Always a plus when on vacation.  You can accessorize it differently and wear more than once!

4) What a great silhouette!  Shows off your tiny little "pre-wedding waist" while still giving you the freedom to be comfortable if you are walking all day!  

When accessorizing this look I wanted to make sure I thought about functionality as well.  For example, the gold wedges are way more practical than a high heel when you are on vacation!  Also, the bauble bar ring is my absolute favorite!  Not only is this a great way to show your love on your honeymoon, it would also be a fantastic gift for your bestie who is a bride to be as well!  Love it!  

If you like this post, stay tuned for more honeymoon outfit goodies next week on The Collection Event Studio's blog!  





Playing with Pattern- Stripes On The Beach


Carol Hannah Stripe Sketch

 On this lovely summer day I'm combining two of my favorite things...  nautical stripes and the beach!  As you probably all know by now, stripes are my absolute favorite pattern to wear.  They have a way of feeling classic and modern all at once.  Whether you are looking at a photo of a 1950's beach beauty or a sexy parisian on the French Riveria, chances are they are in stripes.  Such unparalleled versatility!  

L to R: Maxi Dress, San Francisco Bike, Striped Chair, 1950's Bathing Suit, Headband, Beach Beauties