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.  


Mama's Back

The only time I was successfully able to write consistently in a journal was when I was thirteen.  It was actually an amazing time to have documented.  I have my first kiss/makeout sesh written down sooooo that's pretty awesome.  One thing that I find hilarious is that I continually felt obligated to catch my diary up.  Like my diary was a person and this person needed to know that I had been busy with my dance recital rehearsal and thats why I haven't written.  I apologized to my diary for not being "better" at writing more in almost every entry.  I also mostly just talked about my friends character traits because my diary clearly needed to know WHO I was talking about for reference.  The entries were never me just talking to me.  I started my diary right after reading Anne Frank so maybe I was just hyper aware that someone else might be reading it eventually.  Fast forward to today and that context was actually super helpfull so maybe I was on to something.  That all being said, I wish I just wrote for me.  Of course, there are also some VERY SERIOUS entries about how I knew that if I met Leonardo DiCaprio I knew we would be together.  Life is so unfair!  I may or may not still feel this way as a 32 year old married woman.  What can I tell you, old crushes die hard.  #leoforever

So why am I telling you this story?  It's because I have written this blog post over and over again.  Since I last wrote on this blog I have had a baby and have had to navigate the world of having two kids.  I have had to figure out all sorts of wardrobe situations with a body that is new and different and ever changing.  I feel like a lifetime has passed and I'm not really sure how to just pick up.  That said, I have SO MUCH I want to share with you about what I have learned.  I can't wait to fill you in on all my new discoveries, struggles and triumphs.  I want to hear about yours as well.  SO I'm going to learn from my diary of a thirteen year old self and NOT spend a lot of time catching you up.  I'm just gonna say "Damn that sh*t was cray.",  show you a few cute pics of my baby and then get back to our regularly scheduled programming.  Cause guys... I have SO MUCH great stuff to share with you.  I kind of just can't wait anymore. 

Being a mom to two young children has been such a roller coaster.  The highs are so high and I'm wildly obsessed with both of them.  The lows have really taken me by surprise and in all honesty, I'm still figuring it all out.  The good news is, I'm back and ready to rumble.  I'm taking my experience, mixed with my current post pardum situation, (which involves an in between bod and a lot of clothes that I used to love) and it's really igniting something inside me to help women find their personal style and gain confidence through their clothes EVEN MORE THAN BEFORE.  I'm having to really practice what I preach in my own closet and I'm dying to share with you my journey in hopes to inspire and help others.  If there is anything I try to project here it's that we are all in this journey together.  Now more than ever, I'm "in it".  I'm having to figure out my new style that suits my lifestyle and makes me feel confident and stylish at the same time.  Finding crafty ways to accessorize and make clothes my own while not spending all my money on clothes that won't fit me in a month.  I'd love for you to go on this journey with me.  

I am also starting something called "The Confidence Project" where we will be hearing from some amazing guest bloggers.  I've asked them to share what makes them confident and where style has come into play in their life.  If you have an experience with how a specific experience has affected your style, how you gained confidence through your clothes or something of that nature, I would love to hear it.  Shoot me an email at melanie@headoverheelswithmelanie.com.  We already have some incredible stories.  Can't wait for you to see. 

So here is to picking up where we left off, yet in a newly inspired place.  To loving your past, present and future self without judgment or expectations and to committing to the best version of yourself.  I'm here for you as well as with you.  So happy to be back.  

If seeing cute baby stuff is your jam you should totally be following my personal account on Instagram @whatmelaniesees and of COURSE you are already following my styling account for Head Over Heels on Instagram, right?  It's @hohwithmelanie.  Get on it sistah.  

With love; from my closet to yours,




Combatting Outfit Envy


I have dreams of:

Being someone who can rock a flowing, loose mumu like a Stevie Nicks goddess meets FIT student meets 6 ft tall model who walks like she's in heels even when she's in flats.  

I sometimes find myself thinking... "Maybe I can pull off a crop top".   

In my heart of hearts I want to get bangs a la Zooey Deschanel and rock the pastel hair trend like it's my job.

Why am I telling you this?  Because I've been noticing a trend lately and I want you to know that you are not alone.  

EVERYONE has outfit envy.  

What is outfit envy you ask?  It's when you see someone wearing something that you loooooove, and then it doesn't happen to look the same on you.  Or, in this case... me.  Outfit envy can also be known as "a case of the super jellys" or "Why can't I pull that off-itis?". So what do you do when you find yourself having total outfit envy?  

1) Appreciate it. - What I've learned is that I can love and appreciate an outfit on someone else, and NOT get bummed that I can't wear it myself.  For some reason, when we try a new style on we can go down a shame spiral and get SO down on ourselves!  I encourage you to compliment this woman on her style (if it's someone on the street or in person).  Making her feel good about her killer clothes will give her a confidence boost as well as you.

2) Focus on what you love about your style. - Start to notice what makes your personal style unique.  Do you love your ability to wear bold colors?  Is your accessories game totally on point?  Do you have the most impressive scarf collection out of all your friends?  Give yourself a pep talk and focus on what makes YOUR style so freakin awesome.

3) Realize the grass is always greener. - Chances are that girl who has the cool Stevie Nicks style is having total outfit envy on your awesome curve hugging dress.  Like I said earlier, this is something all us girls go through. It works both ways!  

4) What do you REALLY love about her style? - Take a moment to think about what it is that you are REALLY into?  Is it the actual clothes?  Is it the feeling she exudes?  Is it her confidence when she walks down the street?  Think about aspects of her style that you actually can implement such as a print, or accessory etc.  

I know it can be a total bummer when you get caught with a case of "outfit envy-itis".  By taking the advice to not let it get you down, you are making a powerful mind shift.  What do you think?  Think you can appreciate a look on someone else and at the same time continue to feel good about the style you've been rockin?  Let me know your thoughts below!

With love; from my closet to yours,




The Queen of The Quick Fix

Hello my loves!

Lately time has been sneaking away from me.  I blink my eyes and three hours has passed.  Or I'll think it's still May... you know... TIME IS FLYING.  This is making me more and more aware of how intentional I need to be with my time.  When I am strategic about what's going to happen in my day, or what needs to get accomplished, I feel less stressed and I'm way more efficient.  This is also true in my daily routine.  So frequently I've been caught....

 ...running out of the house 20 minutes late.

...sleep has officially become more important than showering. 

...made impromptu plans and I KNOW I didn’t leave enough time to get ready.   

No matter what the reason, we have ALL had those moments where we had to get ready quickly.  I’m not gonna lie.  I’m kind of the queen of this.  In fact, I’m pretty sure I’m gonna start calling myself “The Queen of The Quick Fix”.

I used to NEVER feel like I gave myself enough time to get ready.  Always scrambling and making other things a priority.  Now that I’m preggo, chasing a toddler and running said business, I reaaaaally have to carve the time out.  I fully embrace the fact that sleep is more important to me than having hours to get ready because, well ...I’m just not a morning person.  If I could get ready at midnight that would actually be way more productive for me.  That being said, I am a firm believer that when you take a little extra time to get ready and plan ahead, things run way more smoothly and you leave the house way more confident.  

Extra time isn't always available to get ready. Having a few extra tricks up your sleeve is a total game changer. Tweet it!

So, what are my tricks? Here are my life savers right now:

  1. Dry Shampoo - Guys.  Dry Shampoo is a freakin miracle worker.  If your hair needs some volume or really should be washed but you just ain’t got the time for that, throw some dry shampoo on that bad boy and thank me later.  I have talked about this on Instagram AND in the private FB group on multiple occasions because I am just THAT into it.  The amount of people I’ve turned onto this dry shampoo is really a crime.  Someone should be getting paid for this…

  2. Maxi Dress or Romper - Here’s the deal.  Anything that is a one stop shop that you don’t have to coordinate or “create” an outfit will help you here.  

  3. Gold Accessories - You have also heard me talk about gold accessories before, but that is because they literally take SO much of the guessing game out of accessorizing.  Since this is a spot where a lot of people get tripped up, this is a common go-to for most of my clients.  It also makes you feel like you got mad accessory skills.  Layer on the gold my friend.  Layer on the gold.

  4. Cream Eyeshadow Sticks -  I am SURE that any makeup artist that reads this might cringe when I talk about smudging eyeshadow with my finger and then walking out the door, but these eyeshadow sticks were a complete game changer for me.  A little dab will do ya, throw on some eyeliner and mascara and call it done-so.

  5. Hats - Yep.  I’m going there.  If I don’t have time to do my hair, or feel like my outfit needs a little something something, I LOVE a good hat.  

I’m a big fan of these short cuts and would love to know your go-to game changer when it comes to getting ready in a pinch?  The more the merrier!  Comment below and share!  Also if this resonates with you, and you are always feeling stuck, share that with me as well.  I’d love to help you feel like you have a few more tricks up your sleeve!  

Cheers to those little things that make our day just thaaaat much easier!




Trusting Your Intuition

Hey girl!

Holy moly.  This week has been a doozy. I am so blown away by the response to The Confident Closet! You guys seriously are rockin.my.socks.off.  

I’ve been thinking a lot about intuition.  It’s something that I talk about in the online course as well. Trusting your intuition is a huge part of having confidence in your style, and we talk specifically about ways to gain that self assurance when it comes to how you feel when you are getting dressed in the morning.  

Having trust and faith in who you are doesn’t only come into play in our closets, but also in most decisions in our life.  Maybe not necessarily in making the decision, but being confident in the decision AFTER we make it.  

Last week, I was shopping with an incredible “style blazer” client of mine and she was looking for her ideal dress for an important party she was hosting.  She had all these preconceived ideas about what she wanted the dress to be.  She wanted the dress to be a bright color, show off her body (what amazing curves!) and be appropriate for a daytime event.  She also wanted it to feel special.  It was a tall order and once we were shopping, another dress that was totally different slowly creeped into first place.  There was just one thing.  The dress she felt the best in was black.  We had been looking all day for a dress that was bright and colorful AND made her feel great, but every dress we found that met all the requirements on the hanger didn’t make her feel great once it was on.  This REALLY threw her for a loop - to the point where she started to doubt if she liked the black dress on herself.  It was SO different from what she had originally envisioned.  I asked her to take a minute and think about WHY she had created such a long list of prerequisites for this party dress. She said:

“I want to feel confident, gorgeous and sophisticated.”

I then asked her to think more about that feeling.  The feeling you get when you are in a dress that you love.  When it comes down to it, it wasn’t about the color of the dress, but how the dress made her feel.   The black dress made her feel all those things.  So I asked her to trust her intuition and see what happened.  She ended up wearing the coolest black dress, and we accessorized it with bright jewelry to bring in the color she so deeply desired and to add more of a daytime feel.  She sent me a text the day after the party to tell me she felt confident, gorgeous and sophisticated.  Mission accomplished.

I want you to take a moment and think about what it would be like to trust your intuition when it comes to getting dressed.  It’s not just the initial instinct that’s important; the follow through and not second guessing is the other piece to the puzzle.  That trust in your ability to create a killer outfit is more important than you think!  I wanted to give you a little sneak peak of the type of exercises and resources are available in The Confident Closet and I thought this would be the perfect opportunity for you to work on trusting your intuition!  

This is a style sheet directly from the courseCheck it out, do the exercise and then, post on Facebook or tag me on Instagram and let me know any “aha” moments or clarity this brought you!  I can’t wait to see what you’ve learned!  

The Confident Closet is open for enrollment, and will only have all the special goodies (like access to me in the private Facebook group) as a perk until June 6th!  We are starting to create a community of amazing women ready to make a change and it is getting me GIDDY to start! Hope to see you there!

With love; from my closet to yours,




How to Create Hanger Appeal In Your Closet

Ever walk into a store and fall in love with a dress on a hanger?  You don’t even have to try it on to know you love it.  This can sometimes make for a heartbreaking end when your new favorite dress actually doesn’t look so great on you.  Then, the dress that you DIDN’T like on the hanger looks amazing in the dressing room.  Why IS that?!  

It all has to do with something called hanger appeal.

Hanger appeal is when a dress looks amazing on the hanger and it instantly says “WEAR ME!!!”.  

What’s so interesting about this fact, is that often the dresses that look great on the hanger actually ONLY look great on the hanger because that’s what they are meant to do.  Designers actually make dresses with hanger appeal in mind so that they sell more in stores.  

Crazy right?  So how do we take this “hanger appeal” theory and flip it around to make it ACTUALLY work for us.  

It’s about making your clothes feel as inviting and welcoming at home as they do in a store.

If the clothes in your closet make you want to wear them, chances are you are doing something right.  What… having all your clothes smushed on the floor isn’t screaming “I must wear you!”?  Try these three tips for making your clothes (and you) have a little more finesse.

Three Easy Ways to Add Hanger Appeal to Your Closet

  1. Give them room to breathe.  One of the keys to hanger appeal is spaciousness.  You never go into a designer boutique and see clothes shoved together on a rack or in a bin.  They are laid out beautifully, there is lots of room to move them across a rack or they they are on a mannequin being displayed with care.  Same goes for the clothes in your closet.  You may not be able to display things (of course) but you can think about ways to make your clothes have more room.  

  2. Literally…. hanger.appeal.  One of the easiest ways to make your closet a little prettier is to have all your clothes on nice hangers.  Furthermore, I like to put my clothes all on the same style hanger (except for jackets and things that need more shape).  The hangers in the photo above were hangers we REMOVED from her closet.  Wire hangers are a no and old random plastic hangers... gotta go! My favorite are black, thin, felt hangers.  This is a hanger that I recommend to clients all the time.  

  3. Color coordinate.  In my online course The Confident Closet I talk allllll about how to organize your closet and one of the ways I mention is color coordinating.  The thing is, sometimes it’s not JUST about organization.  Color coordination is also visually appealing.  This makes us want to be in our closets and want to wear our clothes more.

Is there something you can think about doing that would make you want to wear more of your clothes?  Does reframing the idea of “hanger appeal” change how you feel about how you have things organized?  Tell me about it in the comments below!  If you are stumped and are looking for some guidance you can also reach out in our private FB community here.  

I also just wanted to briefly mention how BLOWN AWAY I was by the response from the free video training series and challenge these past few weeks.   The Top Three Mistakes Women Make In Their Closets and The Confident Style Challenge were my ways of helping you feel more confident and more aware of your closet and your confidence level. I am so impressed and proud by everyone who participated.  

If you want more of where that came from, now is the time to sign up for The Confident Closet!  By signing up before June 6th you’ll be able to do the course with support from others doing the course at the same time, q and a's with experts in bras, makeup, hair, organization, and guided help from me!  I’ll be on maternity leave after this round of The Confident Closet so there is no better time to sign up!  

With love; from my closet to yours,


Photo Cred: Rosa Delgado