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.  


Inspired by This: Coral, Plum and Gold Mood Board


Amazing pattern, Killer Dress, Love Note, Fascinating Fascinator, Stunning Bouquet, Coral Bridesmaids, Great Earrings, Ruffled Heels

This summer is just flying by!  I can't believe we are already in August!  One of my favorite current, summer color combos is coral and plum.  What says summer love more than these bright hues?!  One of the aspects I love about my job is showing couples they can do something fun and different for their wedding while still remaining true to their style.  

As a stylist I revel in a wedding with unique details.  This mood board I created has that and more.  The incredible Asos dress with gold metallic polka dots (see more about my current polka obsession here) makes my heart sing.  It would be such a refreshing surpise as a bridesmaids or rehearsal dinner dress!  The pops of gold add a little extra sparkle and formality while still keeping a little bit of whimsy.  Creating mood boards like this one it helps to have a clear vision that can be communicated easily to vendors.  Actually, it's one of the first things you receive from me when we start working together.  It's the perfect way to make sure you are getting the exact wedding you want and I love being a part of that process!  

What do you think of this color combo for a wedding?  Let me know in the comment box below!





Playing With Pattern - Polka for the Maids

Two Photos Of Me Rockin' My Anthroplogie Polka Dot Jeans

Is it just me or have you been seeing polka dots everywhere since last weeks "Playing with Pattern" Post?!  If I don't have this sweater in my life soon I might explode!  With polka dots still on the brain, I started to get inspired to style a polka dot wedding look.  The trick is to have the polka dot be the accent, but not overpower the whole look.  If done right, polka dots can add just the right amount of "Let's Party!" to any Bridesmaid ensemble.

 Below is a creative look for your maids that is guaranteed to make your gals feel fabulous, while still coordinating with your dotty theme.  Believe me, I understand that not all dot prints are created equal.  That's why it's VERY important to make sure you don't overdo it with the dots!  Pick a statement piece (in this case the skirt) and let the rest be more subdued accessories.  You want your eye to have a place to go.  I threw in this fun polka dot clutch because the scale is the same and isn't worn down the aisle.  How much do you adore those Kate Spade Heels?!  I can't get over how perfect they are for this look.  They have a faint dot print (again, in the same scale) but it's quite subtle in comparison to the bold skirt.

 Alexis Bittar Earrings, Polka Dot Clutch, Kate Spade Loire Pump, Boutique by Jaeger Dress 






Guest Post - Crazy for Cork

Can't get enough of this fabulous bag!

Today is the day!  I'm the new guest blogger over at The Collection Event Studio and today is my first post for these lovely ladies.  Check their site every other Wednesday for some extra inspiration from moi!

I've been a sucker for wine country ever since we moved to California.  I love it so much that I find myself there more often than not.  For example, I'll be there three times this week!  So what do you get when you combine my love for wine country and my adoration for accessorizing?  A wine country accessories post!  Since this incredible company is based out of Sonoma, I couldn't think of a more appropriate way to kick things off!  Time to hop on over to see my favorite cork accessories here!  


Playing with Pattern - Let's do the Polka!

Polka Dot Amazingness right now at J.Crew


I've always had a soft spot for bold prints.  Chevron, houndstooth, and stripes, you name it!  I certainly do not discriminate against any patterns.  But the one that has been catching my eye lately is the timeless polka dot.  One of my favorite things about polka dots is that they can take on many forms.  Whether your look is sophisticated, quirky or loud, adding a polka dot always makes a statement and adds a little something special. So obviously this is an ESPECIALLY fun fad for weddings!  

I know what you are saying...  “That Melanie be taking crazy pills!” But with bold polka dots being such a big craze right now, I find the idea of a polka dot wedding irresistible!  

Left - Gorg Veronica Sheaffer Lierre Gown, Right -  Dotty Veil

Aren't the above looks dreamy?  Incorporating dots into your wedding does not mean you need to forfeit romance.  If anything, it can enhance that feeling!

In the spirit of all things patterned, I am starting a new series called “Playing With Pattern”. This is a place where you can find inspiration for your own patterned wedding as well as creative ways to add a little more chutzpah into your daily outfits.  You can expect a lively and contemporary take on pattern trends (starting with my current favorite trend) every Thursday!  Now, who else is feeling dotty?!

Below are a few of my favorite polka dot finds.  You KNOW there is a lot more where this came from, so start to get pumped for next week's Playing with Pattern Post!


1) Madewell Dress 2) ModCloth Scarf 3) Kate Spade Heels 4) Polka Dot Sunnies 5) Dotted Clutch 6) Most Fantastic Pants in All the Land 7) Loafer Amazingness 8) Dotty Sneaks 9) Sexy Little Bralette 10) Great Place to Keep Your Change 11) Loeffler Randall Heels


Hope you enjoyed these dotty favs! 






Feeling That Minty Sensation

I have a confession to make.  I have become OBSESSED with wearing the color mint almost every day.  Whether it's just a pop of color or a vibrant skirt, it's the perfect way to freshen up your wardrobe!  Even my darling pup Lola is in love with mint.  She is clearly telling me in the above photos that she just ADORES my mint J.Crew belt.  Take a look at some other fun ways to make your look "minty fresh".



my new favorite earrings, Heels to remember, Messenger Bag from Heaven, Peplum is the new Black, Best Note cards ever!, Neck Candy


I recently was photographed for the FANTASTIC website you are on now, and I knew I wanted to mix in my new favorite shade.  I opted for my statement H and M Ring and J Crew Belt.  By pairing it with an emerald green dress it made the belt color unexpected. What's more fun than that?!  I then added the most amazing Stella and Dot Statement Necklace (thanks to my girl Kara!) which added a fun element of coral (which you can see from the website colors.... is also a favorite right now!) and matched my heels.  The reason I am "feeling the mint" so much right now is because it's new, exciting, fresh and clean. Just like the herb!  Hope to be styling your bridesmaids with some mint accents in the near future!!!!  ;)

All images of Melanie are from the lovely Melanie Duerkopp Photography