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.  


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





{BTS} Behind The Scenes of a Photo Shoot: Part 1


Photo Credit Throughout Blog Post: Krista Marie Photography

Today is the first in a new series I like to call "Behind The Scenes" (BTS) a segment I designed to give you a "backstage" look at what goes on behind the camera.  

For the first BTS I wanted to showcase a shoot I recently styled that was nothing short of amazing. It truly took an army to make this shoot a success, and what a glamorous army it was!  

It all started when I lured in the endless talents of KRISTA MARIE PHOTOGRAPHY and was exuberantly on board with everything she said.  The vision started to come to fruition and we both could hardly contain our excitement. We decided to conquer three very different looks: One Gown Three Ways, Quirky Formal and Clambake Coral.   

Next, DAISY ROSE FLORAL DESIGN joined the dream team.  Her friendly yet professional demeanor and insane work ethic instantly impressed me. I could tell we were going to get along swimmingly.  

One of the main features in all three of the shoots was to showcase the beauty of San Francisco.  We wanted each look to be an individual and original concept, but with the common thread of our love for the city by the bay.  With that in mind, I knew exactly where to go for the perfect wedding gowns.  AMY KUSCHEL BRIDE of course!  No other wedding gown designer loves San Francisco more than Amy and they pride themselves on making every gown locally, which I just adore and find very admirable.  Not to mention her gowns are elegant, sophisticated and whimsical all at the same time.

The two gowns that fit the bill seamlessly were Eureka! and June.  "June" has that touch of prep that makes my heart flutter and fit perfectly in my Clambake Coral mood board.  "Eureka!" is layers of glorious tulle that move like a dream and just totally fit my vision for the One Gown Three Ways shoot. They really are something special, aren't they?!

Left to Right: Amy Kuschel June gown, Amy Kuschel Eureka! Gown

After months of planning, prepping, pinteresting and chatting it was time for us to make things happen!  We got ready for the day at the beautiful home of the radiant Sarah Jenks of The Breaktaking Bride.  Not only is Sarah a gorgeous model, she is also a bridal weight loss coach and a party-planning guru.  Sarah was joined with a bevy of gorgeous gals ready to work it!  We popped some champagne and then Sarah, Claudine, Ellie, KK, Kara and Ali all got down to business beautifying themselves and I began to pass out the first stylish bridal ensembles.  

We were also quite lucky to have Kara not only on board as a model but also as a Stella and Dot representative.  We were able to showcase some stellar pieces, especially in our Clambake Coral Look.

 Fun Stella and Dot Necklaces! From Left to Right : La Coco Rope Necklace, Cameron Pendant

As we were getting ready, Daisy came with her bouquets and floored us all!  They were so breathtaking we couldn't even speak.  As all of this is happening, Krista started taking photos.  You could tell she was instantly inspired and it really made for a palpable energy that continued throughout the day.  Krista managed to take pictures of everyone getting ready without us even realizing she was doing it!  To me, that is the sign of a fantastic wedding photographer.  What a pro!  


  Ethereal Shot of Kara getting ready for the Clambake Coral Photo Shoot

Throughout the day we went from location to location with ease (thanks to our chauffeur - a charming and loyal husband to a bridal stylist) and everything fell into place.  One of my favorite spots was a rooftop herb garden for our "Boho Bride" look.  the stunning bouquet from Daisy looked like it could have been picked right on the spot.  It was just the start of the symbiotic moments that continued to occur throughout the day.


Chambray, Tulle and Succulent = Heaven

 Another example, happened at the start of the shoot for our "Quirky Formal" look.  We magically discovered a vintage taxi cab and costumed gentleman in the middle of the street.  Clearly this was totally meant to be!  I jumped out of the car and screamed "We have a bride!!! Can we take a picture with your car?!"  The adorable bride to be, KK (her actual wedding is in a few weeks!) was a total trooper and jumped right in to get the shot. As you can see, the pictures speak for themselves.


KK and her new BFF

Another stand out moment, occurred as we were shooting our nautical shoot aptly named "Clambake Coral" and a navy officer walked right by us!  Can you get more nautical than that?! Obviously we jumped at the chance for a snap shot with him!  This is the photograph where Krista said "Look into each other's eyes."  He was quite confused since he thought our stunning bride Ali was actually getting married that day!  It definitely made for a fantastic behind the scenes moment.

Ali is wearing the Amy Kuschel June gown and Stella and Dot "Bahari" Necklace

That day definitely took a lot of hard work, dedication and creativity and I completely adored working with these amazing women.  I cannot wait to collaborate with them in the future!  There are so many incredible ideas and photo shoots already in the works and I look forward to sharing it all with you all!

A few giggles with the models

***Stay tuned on the blog because in the next few weeks I will be revealing those inspiring Mood Boards along with several never before seen photos from Krista Marie Photography.  I'll be talking about each photo shoot in more detail and it is not to be missed!





Wedding Anniversary 

Photo Credit: Barnaby Draper Studios

Two years ago today, I had the best day of my life to date.  I married my favorite person in the world in front of everyone I love.  Since then we have been on quite the adventure.  Actually, the adventure started 7 years ago when I "showed up in his living room" and things have never been the same.  Planning a wedding made us stronger as a couple, reciting our vows made us even more devoted then we already were, and partying with our friends and family in celebration is something I will always remember with great fondness.  Everything came together that day in such a magical way that is truly hard to describe.  I am so grateful to everyone who was there to witness our love and commitment two years ago.  You helped to make an unforgettable day one for the history books!  

Happy Anniversary my love, you truly are something special.  Not only are you incredibly supportive, caring and loving but you are devishly handsome and know how to grill a mean burger. What else could a woman ask for?  I can't wait to continue our lives together.  This party has just begun!


Here is our epic wedding video from Barnaby Draper Studios.  Makes me cry EVERY TIME!  Enjoy! 

Kluger Wedding from Barnaby Draper Studios on Vimeo.




July 4th Lovin'

Photo Credit: Krista Marie Photography

Happy Fourth Everyone!  Hope your day was filled with barbecues, fireworks and lots and lots of sun!  Over the past several years July 4th has always been a turning point of sorts.  This time last year we were moving from the East Coast to the West Coast.  The year before that I was in planning mode because it was a few weeks before my very own wedding.  Perhaps that is why I love this holiday so much.  Oh... who am I kidding?!  I love this holiday because it involves a cute outfits and relaxation! Speaking of cute outfits... above is a photo from my recent photo shoot with Krista Marie Photography and Daisy Rose Floral Designs.  You can also spot my new favorite bracelet from Stella and Dot.  Big shout out to Stella and Dot Stylist Kara Chase, for not only helping us showcase the stylish Luxor Link Bracelet, but so many fabulous pieces!  Stay tuned for more from this chic, nautical shoot.  You are going to absolutely love it!  



Guest Post at The White Dress By The Shore!


This look features: (1)Pave Link Necklace , (2) Kate Spade Treasure Chest Hoops, (3) Invitation Clutch, (4) Mona Printed Pumps , (5) Gold Link Bracelet  


Happy July 1st Ladies!  I have so many exciting things in store for you this month.  To kick off this month of summer lovin' I thought I would start with a very nautical July 4th guest blog post. When the ladies of The White Dress By The Shore asked me to write about July 4th Fashion I got giddy with excitement!  And not just because nautical fashion is my FAVORITE thing to discuss, but because I absolutely adore that boutique and everyone who works there.  If you live anywhere near the Connecticut Shoreline you need to check out this gorgeous Bridal Salon!  Seriously, its fantastic!

Above is just one of the fashionable looks I styled for the lovely ladies over at The White Dress By The Shore.  To see the other two looks you have to go check out the post here!  Besides featuring "Nikki" one of my favorite Jenny Yoo dresses, it also shows how you can reinvent your bridesmaid dress over and over!

Happy Sunday!