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.  




I'm back and better than ever!


An oldie but "never before seen goodie" from Melanie Duerkopp Photography

I know!  It's been awhile right?!  I missed you too!  Maternity leave has been one of the most amazing times of my life.  There really is nothing more special than getting to bond with your baby.  I mean, she will NEVER be this little again.  It has been such a pleasure to watch her grow and change and start to develop this darling personality.  Ok, I'll stop gushing.  She's still a baby, and I'm still human and sometimes there are hard days.  But all in all, I will sum it up with this.  Gosh, do I love her.  

There have been some big changes going on around here.  For starters, Head Over Heels with Melanie is no longer going to be strictly specializing in weddings.  Throughout the past several years, I have been styling women from all different walks of life.  New moms, entrepreneurs, actresses, single ladies ready to mingle etc...  And what I have found is I LOVE TO WORK WITH ALL Y'ALL.  So why limit myself?  Since making this decision, I have had several amazing clients with all different needs and challenges.  It's been a blast.  So it's time to make it official on the website.  

Another big change is that I'm going to be blogging regularly again.  That's right!  Watch out 2014!  Melanie is back and better than ever!  There will be several new features.  I will also be focusing on giving you quick and affordable tips to get ready and feel great.  As a new mom, you have to be quick and efficient, but you also want to feel confident in a new body.  So I will certainly be sharing my new found tricks to making that happen!  I've also been collaborating with some amazing women on lots of really fun posts.  So I hope to see you often!  Let's start spreading the HOH love!  Tweet, Pin, IG, or scream it from the rooftops!  Do what you gotta do to make it heard!  I'm back baby!!!



** Quick note about the above photo.  I still totally love my coral statement necklace from Stella and Dot.  It always pairs so well with my J Crew heels.  I go to my amazing Stella and Dot stylist Kara whenever I'm in need of something bright, colorful and a little glam.  That lady knows her way around a statement necklace and an arm party.  Ya know what I mean jelly bean?  

**There are going to be lots of new images on the website soon.  But I thought it would be nice to share an old photo that I always liked that was never used.  Three cheers for Melanie D., a little Boston Terrier and a mint colored belt!  Woot Woot!


Zoe Emma Kluger has arrived!!!

Photography by Melanie Duerkopp Photography 


Say hello to Zoe Emma!  This exquisite baby girl joined the world on April 23rd and is even more darling than we could have imagined.  I absolutely couldn't be more in love with this adorable, sweet, chunky baby girl.  I'm pretty obsessed with kissing her, watching her sleep, smile, coo and discover the world.  So much so that it has taken me this long to update this blog!  I hope you forgive me and please accept my apology in the form of revealing our birth announcement!

Here is the announcement we sent out to friends and family.  We used Minted to make our card.  They really are a fantastic company and I love that they are based out of San Francisco.  

That's right!  She was a whopping 9 pounds 2 ounces!  Please note her sweet smile and adorable thigh rolls.  She is growing fast (thanks to all this nursing!) and her eyelashes get longer every day!


If you love baby photos and want to keep up with Zoe and I (and let's not forget Andrew and our pup Lola!) follow along on instagram!  I can't get enough of this baby girl!






Here we go....


Photo by Maria Chang Makeup and Hair by Melissa Hoffmann

We have officially reached 40 weeks folks!  This baby will be here any day now and we couldn't be more excited!  I'll be sure to let you know when she arrives!  After that, I'll be on maternity leave for an extended period of time taking care of our little one.  Thanks so much for all of your kind wishes and thoughts.  I can't wait for this new adventure to start and to meet this baby girl.  





In honor of A.C. Slater

Guys.. I am in the homestretch!  I am a little over a week away from my due date and will be a mama very soon!  I have a few posts I want to share with you before I put this blog here on hiatus.  Please bare with me, since they are mostly baby related!  

As I get ready for my new role as a mom, I have been reflecting a lot on the past 9 months.  I know it's quite cheesy, but they have been some of the best of my life.  I feel so fortunate so have had such a wonderful pregnancy filled with amazing memories and life changing moments I will never forget (but as my mother in law reminds me.... I might eventually forget... so that's why I should write it down).   One of those moments took place while I was in one of my favorite stores.... Target.  It was the weekend of my baby shower and I was picking up a few goodies for my lovely friends who were hosting (best baby shower ever by the way!).  To my surprise my husband and best friend (who lives in Brooklyn) turned the corner and showed up next to me in the candle aisle!  I then stared at them both before I started to cry.  Dani (the bestest friend a girl could ask for) is also pregnant with her first baby boy and I hadn't been able to see her since she found out she was expecting.  So, not only was I completely surprised, but I was so elated to be able to share this time in our lives  in person.  The rest of the weekend was amazing.  We bumped our bumps together, shared in our craving for grapefruit and ice cream (not together, but that could be delicious....), and spent some quality time reveling in the fact that it was the first time our babies were hanging out.  Dani has nicknamed her little boy A.C. Slater after the best character to wear a wrestling uniform in a 1990's television show.  It seemed only appropriate to nickname my baby girl Kelly Kapowski (completely perfect for me since I'm pretty sure she is why I am still rocking a side pony tail) and have been calling our babies A.C. and K.K. since then.  It's weekends like this that I can't wait to share with our children and will always hold close to my heart.  Living far away from your best friends and family has proven to be very challenging for me.  This weekend was the perfect reminder that even though we live far away, friendships like ours don't change, they just get better.  I'm so lucky to have a friend like her, AND on top of it we are getting to go through this life changing experience together.  Love it.

It's also been really fun to get to explore baby web sites for girl AND boy items.  So this is a board dedicated to A.C. Slater filled with my favorite baby boy finds.  And to the Kims... Auntie Lem and Uncle Andy Pants can not WAIT to meet this baby boy.  Kelly Kapowski already has a crush.

Anchor Bib, Knit Fox, Teal Moccasins, Light Saber Rattle, Sunshine Pillow, Adorable Mobile, Doggie Bookends, Elephant Rattle, Striped Onesie



Auntie Mel


Guest Post - Ombre Wedding Details


Link to these dresses

One of my favorite trends in fashion right now is the ombre trend.  There are so many artistic ways to interpret this trend into your wedding day.  From bridesmaids to centerpieces and everything in between I'm sharing my favorite ombre ideas over at The Collection Event Studio.  Be sure to head on over and check it out!