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.  

Thursday
Jul032014

July 4th Mama and Baby Style 

July 4th is one of my absolute favorite holidays. I'm just one of those strange people that loves any occasion that comes with a dress code.  It gives you parameters for your outfit which I always find makes me think outside the box.  This year is no exception.  I've been dreaming in red, white and blue.  Whether you are patriotic or not, I think I speak for all of us when I say a baby in a stars and stripes bikini is something we can all get behind.

Let's get something straight.  When I say the words patriotic, red white and blue and festive that doesn't mean you have to go cheeseball town with your clothes.  I mean, unless that's your thing and then rock on with your bad self.  But I find that most women shy away from dressing in a "festive" manner because they don't want to come off tacky.  The word "festive" can mean a plethora of things.  For example, let's say you tell two different people to dress for a Christmas party in their "Holiday Best".  One person is going to show up in an ugly christmas sweater and the other a gorgeous red cocktail dress.  

Remember, when it comes to fashion, everything is relative.  Don't feel like when there is a dress code for a party that means you can't be yourself.  It's actually the perfect opportunity to shine.

That is what this Mama and Baby style post is all about.  You can still show up to that summer BBQ dressed to impress, without feeing like you are a walking flag.  And if you are like me and have a baby in tow, this rule does not apply to the kiddos.  Just look at that big ol belly hanging out of a red, white and blue bikini.  Clearly, this baby is meant to break fashion rules.

I love that the play on patterns takes a dressier outfit and makes it quirkier and way less serious.  By adding a pair of polka dot (and cork!!!!) Keds, I’m playing up the fun factor (and the Functionality Factor) while still being appropriate for the event.   Most outdoor daytime parties (especially those that involve kids) are not heel friendly so I'm pretty sure I'll be rocking these sneaks like it's my job.  Well... it kind of IS my job.  

*** What's the Functionality Factor you ask?  It's a key characteristic I look for in all my clothes to make them fashionable and functional.  I talk ALLLL about it in my style guide How to Style a T Shirt and Jeans.  Add your email to the right (or above!) to get access.

Hope everyone has a fantastic holiday weekend!  Tag me on Facebook or Instagram and share your outfit with me!  I'm such a sucker for a good July 4th inspired outfit!  I'm dying to see what you come up with!

 

Photography // Krista Marie Lynch

Hair and Makeup // Melissa Hoffmann

Polka Dot Button Down // Banana Republic

Gingham Skirt // Banana Republic

Sneakers // Keds

Necklace // J Crew

Earrings // Ann Taylor Loft

Watch // Michael Kors

Bracelet // Ann Taylor Loft

Ring // Madewell

Scarf // Free People

Baby Bathing Suit //  Old Navy

xoxo,

Melanie

Tuesday
Jun242014

Bathing.Freaking.Suits.

 

Me and Zoe last year on July 4th.  She's rocking the sunnies and I'm rocking a bathing suit post-pardum.

You know.... I wasn't gonna go there.  I wasn't going to be a cliche and talk about bathing suits and confidence  so early in the summer.  But you know what... BATHING SUIT SHOPPING IS HARD.  And all of us women need to rally, support and help each other.  Believe me, I know first hand how difficult it can be.

It was exactly a year ago when I found myself staring at my post-pardum body in a bathing suit.  Why didn't I think of it earlier?!  My daughter was born in the spring so that meant I was going to be having to wear a bathing suit ... well... looking like I just had a baby.  I took a deep breath and went head first into trying on as many bathing suits as I could.  Something HAS to work I thought to myself.  Thank goodness my best friend Dina was in town to be my moral support.  We went through the racks with a careful eye, knowing that I wasn't going to feel great. BOOM.  That was my first problem.  I was already setting myself up for failure!  Once in the dressing room I had to remind myself (and so did Dina) that I had to be kind to my body.  Um, hello!  I just had a baby!  But still, it doesn't change the fact that bathing suit shopping is hard no matter what's going on.  Putting on a tiny amount of clingy fabric on your lady parts and walking down the beach can be downright daunting.  You are putting yourself in a vulnerable position and that can be overwhelming.  

So, there I was totally consumed by the task at hand and I realized I had two options.  I could either walk out of the store without a bathing suit and not celebrate my absolute favorite holiday (July 4th is the BEST ya'll!) this year.  OR I could step out of my head for two seconds and realize that I was being WAY too critical of myself.  I decided to treat myself like a client.  

I told myself "You are beautiful, your body is beautiful and pretty freaking amazing.  Now let's get you some bathing suits."  

And then I came up with a plan.  Below are my top three tips that helped me get through bathing suit season with more confidence.

1)  Identify your "favorites" - Go into your closet.  What are trends you see?  Do you love hot pink everything? Are nautical stripes your thing?  Like to wear low cut, revealing tops?  Whatever it is, identify those things and then seek a bathing suit out that has those characteristics.  

2)  Wax it, Dye it, Primp it - What makes you feel good?  Do THAT.  It may not seem directly related to bathing suits but it is helpful whenever you are trying to boost your self confidence.  You don't want to be thinking about your hair AND  your body in a suit.  If you are like me and you always feel better when your nails are done, or your eyebrows are waxed.... then please wax those brows!

3)  Make it an outfit - When getting ready for the beach, create an entire look.  This can be casual, I'm not saying rock stilettos and a ball gown to the beach.  But wearing a cute pair of sandals and your new sunhat will definitely help you to feel good about your overall appearance.

So have you had a similar experience?  How are you feeling about bathing suit shopping?  I can't wait to hear about your experiences AND if these tips helped you!  

Also, over on my Facebook page I share a video talking about these same tips as well as a few other pointers for feeling great.  Check it out here.

Happy summer and happy shopping!

xoxo,

Melanie

Wednesday
Jun182014

I have something SO exciting to share with you...

Hello my love!

I have some seriously exciting news to share! A few months ago I asked you ladies what you were struggling with and how I could help you.  It was pretty astounding how similar the answers were.   The response was loud and clear! You all said:

 “I want to feel confident in a t-shirt and jeans.”

 You spoke about how when you wear a t-shirt and jeans you feel insecure and not put together.   About how you wish you could accessorize with more self-assurance and leave the house feeling ready to take on the day.  Well, ask and you shall receive! 

 I have created a FREE style guide for you called “How to Style a T Shirt and Jeans.” and I can’t wait for you to read it.  It’s the bee’s knees.  All you need to do is enter your email to the right of this post (or above in the minty chevron header) and all the information is yours!

In this Style Guide you will learn how to go jeans shopping for your body type, the right t-shirt to buy, as well as three ways to style them to perfection.  Stick with me and you will feel well versed in the art of creating a look from head to toe.  If you put in the work, you will undoubtedly see instant results and your confidence will start to soar. 

Don’t forget, at the end of the style guide there is a crucial step that I don’t want you to miss out on.   Make sure to connect with me and tell me all about your fashionable “aha” moments! 

Hashtags to Connect: #confidentstyle #headoverheelswithmelanie

Head Over Heels with Melanie is about creating a Confidence Revolution.  A movement if you will.  It’s time for women to start feeling confident with themselves.  Life is too precious to waste time focusing on “the last 10 pounds” or greasy hair.  You can feel confident and amazing with how you are right now.  You just need someone to help you get there. This revolution starts with one simple step. 

 

It’s so simple!  If you are inspired, and want to help women feel like the best versions of themselves, SHARE this with them.  Spread the word!  Here’s How: 

Send an email with this blog post attached.

Tweet this!  

Share the love on Facebook

Follow me on Pinterest or Pin an image on this page!

Instagram (my favorite!) it up!

I’ve got it all and I’d love for you to help me, help women!  I am bursting at the seams with excitement for this new chapter.  I hope you are inspired to come on this journey with me.

I can’t wait to get this stylish party started!  With your help I feel unstoppable! 

Lots of love,

Melanie

Sunday
Jun082014

Adding a Pop of Color with Jordana Paige

Helllooooo Cobalt Blue!  When I first set eyes on this Jordana Paige "Quinn" bag, one word came to mind.  Brilliant.  

1)  Brilliant color 2) Brilliant functionality 3) Brilliant price 4) Brilliant size.  

I'm not gonna lie, it's big.  But that's what I like about it.  When Jordana originally started her company she began by focusing on handbags for knitters.  She wanted to create chic yet functional bags for women who were carrying their projects with them.  Each bag addressed specific knitting needs, such as pockets for tools and a way to knit while keeping the project in it's place.  That attention to detail and uniqueness is still apparent in her bags, even though she no longer caters to just knitters, but to fashionable "non knitters" as well.  I could see this bag as a diaper bag, carry on travel bag, a beach tote, even an over night bag (unless you bring your blow dryer... theeeeen you are probably gonna need a duffel).  Check out her website here for more of her fabulous bags.

A pop of color is a quick and easy way to spruce up your outfit.  It's one of my favs as you can tell from this post or this post, or anything you see me in really.  

Some of my go to ways to add that special bit of color include red lipstick, a bold purse, a fun pedicure and a statement necklace.  What's the one thing they all have in common?  They are EASY and FUN.  If there is anything you should know about me, it's that I  am not the kind of girl that spends hours getting ready.  I also don't take fashion too seriously.  Those two things combined mean that I am always looking (and sharing with you) for easy ways to complete a look.  In the comments section below I'd love to hear about your favorite way to add a pop of color into your outfit.  Do you find it's easy or challenging?  I'd love to know.

 

Outfit Details - Previous Post

Photography: MELANIE DUERKOPP PHOTOGRAPHY

Hair and Makeup: MELISSA HOFFMANN

xoxo,

Melanie

Thursday
May292014

One Outfit: Two Ways - Versatile Jumpsuit

With summer approaching there is SUCH a temptation to buy all new clothes and accessories.  If you are anything like me, you go into your closet and think "I have nothing to wear! I must go shopping!" every time the season changes.  It's so easy for us to constantly get bored with our old clothes or only think of each piece as one dimensional.  The same goes for accessories.  When we do decide to buy a new dress, we instantly think about what new earrings we need to wear with it.  It's time to take a look at our closet with new light.  I'm here to help you look at your wardrobe with fresh eyes so you can save money, be inspired and (as always) feel confident in your clothes.

I couldn't be more excited about my newest project!  On the first Thursday of every month I'm going to be sharing with you one outfit, styled in two different ways.  Not only am I going to be showing you how versatile your clothes can be, I'm also going to be shedding some light on accessorizing.   I've decided I'll be REPEATING the same accessories in each post.  I KNOW!  I'm talking crazy!  Most fashion bloggers wear tons of new clothes and accessories every week forcing you to think that you always need the new hottest thing.  But let's be honest, that is just not realistic for everyone.  I really want to help you see the items in your closet in a new way, and so I'll also be talking more about accessories throughout this series.  Let's kick this off with one of my favorite versatile items, a black jumpsuit!

Guys, jumpsuits are the beeeest.  Not only do they easily go from day to night, they are so comfortable as well!  I know most people see something as specific as this and think it can only be worn one way.  Clearly, that just ain't the truth.  I especially like this jumpsuit because it's light weight silk, which works great for a more dressed up look, but it's playful nature also works with flats and a fun black floppy hat.  

A black jumpsuit is the perfect item for an exercise like this one.  When looking for versatility in pieces like this one, think about color and fabric.  It's a solid, dark color which tends to make the transition to evening quite easy.  Think about the versatility in fabric as well.  If your dress is a heavy sweater material it may not work for a lot of different scenarios.  

Look 1:  Dressed Up for Date Night
Hello hot pink heels?!  There is something about a bright heel that makes me feel like it's time to party.  Am I right?  I like to keep it clean with the rest of the accessories because wearing a jumpsuit is a statement in itself.  So between that and the hot pink heels, I didn't want to go overboard on the jewelry.  I stuck with my trusty chunky gold necklace and gold knot bangle.  

One thing that happens after you give birth is you forget how UNCOMFORTABLE real clothes are.  I love anything that is dressy but comfortable at the same time.  Can I get an "Amen" for that?  Seriously!  Go get yourself a jumpsuit (I know I sound like a jumpsuit infomercial but I can't stop gushing about them...).  If I was Oprah I'd be going around yelling "You get a jumpsuit and you get a jumpsuit!" but I digress.

Look 2:  Dressed Down for a Lady Date
Not gonna lie, I felt gooooood in this outfit.  Something about a black floppy hat that makes me feel like a diva.  What can I say?  Give it a try... it's SO fun.  So even though this is the same jumpsuit, this look gives off a different vibe.  It's got a more urban, casual feel due to the nude sandal and long pendant necklace.  Sometimes when you are wearing a solid colored maxi dress or jumpsuit you may feel like it's not giving you enough definition.  Adding a belt breaks up the look and shows off your waist.  Double bonus!  I'm a huge fan of my rose gold Michael Kors watch and I like to rock it as much as possible.  I'm not a stickler for matchy matchy with jewelry but I AM a fan of chunky chunky.  This watch doesn't need to coordinate perfectly with my bangles as long as I wear them on different wrists.  Don't be afraid of rose gold.  Rose gold is your friend!

 This outfit is a perfect example of what we were talking about last week.  It's easy to throw on, yet you still feel put together, stylish and like you are ready to take on the day!  Now it's time to put everything we've learned into practice!  Go to your closet and take something out that you have been bored with lately.  Style it with different accessories than normal and think outside of your comfort zone.  In the comments on the blog and using the hashtag #confidentstyle let me hear and see all about your new discoveries!

Next week I'm going to be sharing my new favorite bag to wear with this jumpsuit.  We'll talk about how to incorporate pops of color as well as some other tidbits about rocking an unconventional handbag.  So stay tuned and have a lovely week!

Look 1: Jumpsuit // Shoes // Sunglasses // Similar Necklace 

Look 2: Similar Shoes // Similar Belt // Hat // Necklace // Watch

Photography: MELANIE DUERKOPP PHOTOGRAPHY

Hair and Makeup: MELISSA HOFFMANN

xoxo,

Melanie