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.  


A Honeymoon Outfit to Swoon Over

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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





Guest Post - An Italian Wedding For The Books


Amazing Low Back Wedding Gown

It's that time again folks!  Head on over and check out my guest blog post over at The Collection Event Studio here.






Brunching in Style

My beautiful bride (and lovely friend) KK got married two weekends ago, and let me tell you it was quite the gorgeous affair.  I can't wait to reveal all the amazing details, believe me, you will DIE for them!  Above is a photo I took with my iPhone of the beaming couple during their first dance.  

KK and I worked together on many different looks for her wedding and the events surrounding it.  Since they were having a Sonoma wedding, the majority of guests had to travel.  Because of this, there were several enjoyable dinners, desserts, brunches and lunches to be had!  I worked with KK to find the perfect look for each occasion.  The stunning bride wanted to feel confident, comfortable and fabulous not only on her wedding day, but throughout the wedding weekend.  

Below are three of the "Look Boards" I created for her "Day After" Brunch ensemble.  With our mutual adoration for Kate Spade and J Crew, I included some fun accessories for that extra "wow" factor.  We talked a lot about where she shopped, her style, and her budget.  All three of the looks would have worked beautifully in the summery wine country setting.  Look Three was the big winner, but I just loved looks 1 and 2 so much I had to share! Which ensemble tickles your fancy the most?  Let me know in the comments section below!  



Maxi DressKate Spade BraceletKnot EarringsFun Heels


 Adorable White Dress, Straw Clutch, Coral Earrings, Pop of Color Heels


And the Big Winner Is....

Rachel Zoe Backless Dress, Sailor's Knot Ring, Kate Spade Necklace (No Longer Available), Tory Burch Shoes 






Happy Friday! 


Who doesn't love a good photobooth?   Have a glorious weekend!