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.  

Tuesday
Dec232014

Embracing your Personal Style 

Hello my darling!

How is your holiday season going?  I just wanted to pop in and say a holiday hello!  This month has been a complete whirlwind of shopping, photo shoots, guest posts and features.  In between that I was rocking holiday party outfits, chasing a toddler around the house and spreading holiday cheer (obvs).  

One of my favorite things to talk about (especially around the holidays) is embracing your personal style.  While this seems like an easy thing to do, I find that so many women struggle with OWNING their style.  Is this something you have ever encountered?  It can be challenging to know "Is this me?" which often makes us frustrated and confused.  

A few years ago, I found myself in a little bit of a "style pickle".  When I was single, living in Manhattan I liked to push the fashion envelope.  I loved being inspired by theatre and movies, as well as jumping at the chance to wear some fun vintage piece that I found in a cute little consigment shop in the West Village.  I relished in standing out and wore heels on every date.  Then, my life changed.  It was certainly a welcomed change that I'm very grateful for, but my old style didn't really suit my new lifestyle.  I wasn't running around the streets of Manhattan anymore.  I was chasing my baby around a playground and shopping with clients in suburbia.  Heels and vintage dresses no longer seemed appropriate.  I made a very important decision one day that has shaped how I dress today.  I decided that this didn't need to be a negative thing.

You don't have to long for your old style and life if you love your new style and life just as much.  

I think we often compare ourselves to a younger version as if that younger version was better.  To me, having more confidence in who I am (as I get older) has helped me define myself and my style even more.  This gives me the ability to still test the fashion waters in a way that works for who I am now, not who I used to be.  

Constantly asking the question "Would I buy this in a store now?"  keeps your closet fresh, current and unique to you.  

This year, we started to get invited to a lot of holiday parties.  This is the first year in awhile that I wasn't pregnant or in the world of 24/7 infant spit up so I wanted to tap into that old part of me that liked to "go for it" with fashion.  It was fun to mix the old me with the new and make fun combinations.  It was also a great lesson for me to learn that even though I'm a different person who isn't going to be galavanting NYC at 3 am in a faux fur coat, I can still wear that faux fur to a holiday party at a friends house and feel just as fabulous.  

I can choose to "Go for it" in my every day clothes too.  Maybe that means wearing polka dot sneakers or doing my hair and makeup a little more playful for the day.  Whatever makes you smile and confident.

So as Christmas approaches, and the New Year is about to begin, I want you to think about your personal style.  How can you OWN it in 2015?  What makes your style unique to you now?  What do you LOVE about yourself that you can showcase more through your clothes?  Over the next few weeks I'll be focusing more on this so we can really start to ask ourselves the right questions.  In my opinon, having a really confident sense of style is one of the easiest ways to showcase who we are.  It's a form of expression and gives us a chance to be proud of ourselves when we leave the house.  If you want to hear more on the subject you can check out my guest post over on Verily Magazine last week here.  Have a wonderful week full of fun fashion choices and relaxation!

xoxo,

 Melanie

Coat, Jumpsuit, Bag, Shoes, Necklace, Vintage Bracelets, Ring, Ring

Photography by Krista Marie Photography and Hair and Makeup by Melissa Hoffmann

 

Thursday
Dec112014

HOHliday Gift Guide - Treat Yourself!

How is every body's week going?  Here in Cali we are about to have a crazy rain storm.  I'm preparing to hunker down and make a gingerbread house with Zoe.  If it actually happens, and she doesn't realize that sugar tastes delicious I'll post something to Instagram later.  Wish me luck!  

This year has been amazing when it comes to holidays.  As mentioned in several previous posts.  I'm a festive person.  For real.  I just love a good holiday celebration.  There has been something extra special in the air this year.  I think it's because it's the first year my daughter is actually experiencing the holidays.  She was alive last year and of course it was amazing.  Boy did we make the most out of her looking cute in a santa hat, but she wasn't as aware of everything as she is this year.  It's been magical to watch her learn, sing and explore her way through holidays.  It's really getting me in the spirit.  I'll tell ya that!  I have been going a little crazy in the gift department too.  Well, and the wrapping department.  The struggle is real.  

With all this giving and wrapping and thinking about presents, don't you feel like you should get something for being so generous?  Yea me too!  Shopping for other people can be really tempting!  Also, there are SO MANY DEALS.  It could make a girl go blind.  So I would like to propose that you get yourself something nice this year.  Just a little something that you know no one else is going to get you.  That can be your gift to you... for being awesome.  There has got to be something that caught your eye that you want for yourself.  I'm totally going to be that friend that enables you... 

Treat yourself girl... you deserve it!


Mini Emergency Kit, Bangle, Teapot, Glitter Cansiter, Headphones, Bookends

 

Other things you could do for yourself:

Get a massage.

Donate to your favorite charity.

Ask the babysitter to come one extra hour so you can take a nap.

Hire a cleaning service for the day after Christmas.

Hire a stylist to take you shopping.  (hint hint)  

 

Actually.. while I'm on the sujbect, my talented friend Melissa Hoffmann and I have created the ultimate shopping experience for women entrepreneurs.  If you are looking to shop for a new outfit for your photo shoot, or your makeup game needs some perfecting for speaking engagements, this is for you!  Here is a little bit more about it.

So, how are you planning on treating yourself for the holidays?  Any other great suggestions?  Can't wait to hear about it!  

xoxo,

 

Melanie

 

Photography by Krista Marie Photography and Hair and Makeup by Melissa Hoffmann

Wednesday
Dec102014

HOHliday Gift Guide - For The Kiddos


I gotta tell you.  I LOVE buying presents for kids.  I am just obsessed.  It's kind of a problem but in this case it works to everyone's advantage.  My husband may not agree...  It's just THERE ARE SO MANY ADORABLE THINGS FOR KIDS!  Have you seen my daughter in a fuzzy hat?!  What about with a plaid bow?  I won't bombard you with baby pictures here.  If that's your thing head to my Instagram account @hohwithmelanie and you will get plenty of that goodness.  It's just TOO MUCH!  

Let's just all take a minute to relish in the fact that they made a kids book about Julia Child.  Yep.... It happened and it's amazing.  


Glitter Bag, Red Boots, Fancy Dress, Apple Bank, Lola Doll, Picnic, Book

So I don't have a boy but a lot of my friends do and I really love to buy them gifts.   There are really very few things cuter than a baby boy looking like an old man.  Also, my best friend's son lives in N.Y. and I like to get him really sweet New York themed gifts.  Hence where the inspiration for this board came from.  That taxi... I die.

PiratesPulloverMoccsTaxiCrownBlanket

Realistically I could have made 40 more boards, but sometimes you need to realize there will always be more cute gifts for the next holiday.  It's a tough job being a mom who likes to shop.  It's really tough.  Hope you are enjoying these gift guides!  Who is your favorite person to shop for?  Is there a particular board you'd like to see?  Comment below so I can try and make it happen for you!

xoxo,

Melanie

 

Photography by Krista Marie Photography and Hair and Makeup by Melissa Hoffmann

Tuesday
Dec092014

HOHliday Gift Guide - For Your Mans 

Yesterday I shared with you some fantastic gifts for your lady friends.  What about the gents?  What about all those dapper men in your life?  They deserve something besides a bottle of vodka don't you think?  Ok, fine.  If they really like vodka, get them vodka too.  

I gotta say, I am really into this gift guide.  When it comes to men, they can be really tricky.  Especially the classy ones.  The ones who have a lot of amazing ties and fancy bourbons.  So here are to the men with sophisticated style.  You have not been forgotten and you don't need to stress that you are going to get the shaft because no one understands your cool.  I do, I get it.  I appreciate it too!


Book, Globe, Shoe Shine Kit, Mug, Stamp, Beer Foamer, Bag

Now, have you ever met someone who was just holiday cray cray?  October hits and they have already brushed over Halloween and are getting the tinsel out to party?  Those people want nothing more than a holiday themed gift.  It's true.  That's what gets them jazzed so why not give them what they want?  Well.. maybe it's because there are a LOT of baaaaad holiday themed cheesyness out there.  Here are some holiday themed gifts that you will be proud to give to your winter wonderland obsessed friend. 

Btw... that jingle juice mug has be DYING!  There is totally a little bit of crazy holiday lover in us all.  Even deep down in those scrooges.  Have some jingle juice and brighten up!  

ThermalsSlippersPlatesTieMug

I hope these helped you get inspired for that holiday lover and classy guy friend!  Come back tomorrow for some gift ideas for the kiddos in your life!

xoxo,

Melanie

 

 Photography by Krista Marie Photography and Hair and Makeup by Melissa Hoffmann

Monday
Dec082014

HOHliday Gift Guide - For the Ladies 

Happy Monday!  All this week I'm going to be sharing some of my favorite gifts this holiday season.  I scoured the web, thought specifically about all different kinds of people and compiled these gems just for you.  Whaat Whaaaat.  Check back every day for loads and loads of HOHliday goodness.  Here we go!

This holiday season make sure to get the gorgeous women in your life something extra fun and special. Below are some really fun ideas that I hope inspire you and make gift giving a breeze!  

So maybe this board doesn't feel like your actual mama.  Maybe it's your older sister or your co worker.  We all have that woman in our lives who is so classy and sophisticated we have no clue what to buy her!  Fear not!  Below are some killer examples for you!  

One of my favorites on this list is a bold lipstick.  I love this idea because it's not alway something you would get for yourself and you can spend a little more since it's the only thing you'd get.  Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Tory Burch all make amazing reds with beautiful packaging.  It doesn't break the bank but it feels so luxurious!  
Lipstick, Chocolate, Scarf, Purse, Earrings, Bowl

I have to say, there is no one I like buying gifts for more than my besties.  It's so easy because you know them so well.  There is nothing more fun than getting a gift for someone and KNOWING they are gonna die from amazingness.  I'm a big fan of items that have what I like to call the FUNctionality factory, especially when I buy presents.  The FUNctionality factor is something I talk about in my Free Style Guide (check it out by signing up above!).  The short answer is it's the marriage of fun and function.  To me, that's a great gift.  Every single gift suggestion below is fun and adorable but they also have a real purpose!  Except for the bangle... but to me accessories are a neccessity!  

When you are stuck on what to get someone, ask yourself if they have these three qualities. Fun, Function and "I didn't even know I needed that!". Tweet it!

Nail KitEye ShadowScarfBangleEarphones

Stay tuned for Tuesday's gift guide for your mans and the holiday gift lover!  This whole week I got your back girl  Happy gift shopping!

xoxo,

Melanie

 

Photography by Krista Marie Photography and Hair and Makeup by Melissa Hoffmann

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