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.  


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!  


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!




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


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!




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


HOHliday Gift Guide - A Handmade Holiday

Let's face it. Once the Turkey hangover (aka tryptophan coma) wears off the holiday spirit sets in. I'm one of the lucky few that celebrates Hanukkah and Christmas and I gotta tell you... Nothing makes me happier than making latkes while listening to The Waitresses "Christmas Wrapping".

While this is true, I do have a confession. The holidays used to STRESS ME OUT!  I would start to see Christmas decorations and I would go into panic mode about everything.

"How many presents do I need to get?"

"Will my family all get along this year?!"

"I have so many parties to go to... What did I wear to the Christmas party last year?"

"But really... How many presents do I need?!"

It was an endless cycle of stress and I was over it! The start of the holiday season can either drive you cray cray or it can elate you. So two years ago I decided to throw on my favorite holiday tunes and make a list.  I wanted to REALLY see how much I had to do. It was much more doable than I thought and it felt good that I was making things happen that were in my control. Notice what I said there?


So much holiday stress comes from things we don't actually have a say in. I really, really love holiday baking, Christmas songs, planning fun New Years outfits and gift giving. That's when I decided I was just gonna focus on that!

So, back to my list. Every year when I make my list it has different sections. A section for holiday party planning, shopping list for groceries (which usually happens closer to the day), and most importantly a gift list.

My gift giving list that has 3 things. 1) Name of the person on the receiving end 2) Gift Idea 3) Price point.
The price point is clutch. Otherwise I always end up spending more because I am just thinking about that one gift at the time. With so many gifts to give, being aware, planning in advance and budgeting makes it so you can get a gift in your price point that you feel confident they will love.

Oh, and guess what?! I love finding the perfect present so much that I just did the dirty work for you! I searched the internet world just for your gift giving needs.  Starting next week I will be sharing some of my favorite creative gifts for everyone on your list. From your fashionista mom to your cute baby nephew. I got you girl!

There is even more (said in my best infomercial impression)! Before we get in to the more traditional gifts (starting on Monday), I wanted to share with you a super brilliant alternative route for this year.
Ever think about wanting to make handmade gifts but you don't really know how to make anything, don't have great ideas or think it'll be too overwhelming? Becca from The Dabblist came up with A Handmade Holiday just for this purpose. Guys. It's so good. It has tons and tons of video tutorials on how to make different items. It also has labels you can print AND tons of bonuses (one is even from none other than yours truly)! I would check it out stat if I were you!  Click here.

Here's a little trailer for you to see what I mean.

A Handmade Holiday Trailer from TheDabblist on Vimeo.


If you are a more of a shopping gal, have no fear! Check back every day for more and more and MORE goodies!

After all.... It's the holiday season, and I'm all about the giving!




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


A Secret Thanksgiving Gift for You!

 Photo Credit:  Camille Stallings Hair and Makeup: The Glamourist

I’m someone who believes in sharing the wealth.  Paying it forward.  My home is your home. All the usual cliches about giving? I’m into that.

It is mind blowingly amazing how rewarding it can be to help someone else.  It doesn’t matter to me if I’ve never met you, if you want to talk with me for an hour about Spanx, I will share my knowledge with you.  I will share it until I’m blue in the face.  

My dear friend Becca from The Dabblist is currently leading a Gratitude Experiment on Instagram and if that doesn't get you in the appreciative mindset I don't know what will!

So today on Thanksgiving Day, I wanted to share with you some (seriously top secret) info to show you how grateful I am for you!

Remember a couple weeks ago when we talked about me being the stylist in your back pocket?  

Well, these style bombs are my gift to you!  

Melanie Kluger’s Top Ten Stylist Secrets for Optimal Confidence

  • Always shop satiated but not stuffed.  Satiated was my favorite SAT word so I try to use it whenever possible.  In all seriousness, you don’t want to shop hungry and you don’t want to shop stuffed.  Finding that middle ground is crucial.

  • If you have a big event, plan your outfit out from head to toe the night before.

  • Instead of “google searching” when looking for something vague like “Black Boots” try www.shopstyle.com .  They are much better at weeding through the junk to get to the good stuff!

  • If accessorizing is overwhelming, pick one major statement piece and let the rest compliment.  Big necklace / small earrings. Patterned scarf, / simple hat.  Bold lip / natural eye makeup.  You get my drift.

  • A positive attitude will get you WAY FARTHER in any fashion crisis.   Getting overwhelmed in your closet will make you unable to think clearly.  Shopping when you are hungry will get you nowhere.  If you have a tendency to throw yourself pity parties then let’s try this:

    Imagine me with you shopping, or with you in the AM when you are getting ready for the day.  I’m there saying the same thing over and over to you.  Almost like a mantra.  

“Damn girl, you look good!  Damn girl, you look good!”  

I guarantee it’ll make you smile and get ready with confidence.  

  • NEVER shop with greasy hair.  You will not like a single thing you try on.  Even if you DO like it, you won’t even be looking at it because you’ll be too busy focusing on the thought “Why didn’t I shower today?”.  Even if it’s going to make you 15 minutes late, it’s ok.  I give you permission to shower. You’ll end up having a faster shopping experience if your hair is clean so it all evens out. Trust me! 

  • If you are online shopping and not having any luck, I know what you need to do.  You need to NOT ONLINE SHOP.  Ya need to go into a store.  In this day and age we have a tendency to want things quick.  I’m the same way.  I automate my paper towels for god sakes!  That being said, for me, when it comes to clothes, sometimes you have to just go to the store and try things on in person.  This mostly applies if you are: 

1) someone who is never one size.

2) someone who doesn’t know their size

3) someone who is picky about fabrics

4) someone who changes their mind about necklines and silhouettes

5) someone who likes interaction and asking help from experts.

  • Don’t allow yourself to be distracted.  Phone calls and texts can wait until you are in line to pay.  It’s much harder to focus on the task at hand if you are thinking about something else.

  • The buddy system works best.  I’m a huge fan of shopping with a friend.  Since I can’t ACTUALLY be in your back pocket, the next best thing is a trustworthy friend.   

  • Organization will change your life.  Every morning I go into my closet and know where everything is.  By eliminating the stress of “I could have sworn I had a pair of pink heels!!!” you give yourself a chance to get dressed in a calm manner.  Nothing makes me happier than when everything has a home.  

So there you have it!  Which one speaks to you?    






The Stylist In Your Back Pocket

One of the most common phrases I hear from clients is:

“I wish I could have you in my back pocket!  I want you with me every time I get ready.”

While this is very flattering, it can also be frustrating!  I mean, helloooo!!!  I want to be in your back pocket too.

(Wait; let me rephrase that, I don’t literally want to be in your pocket.  Maybe I should be on your shoulder.  Yes, shoulder sounds better.  Let’s change it to the stylist on your shoulder.  But, back pocket has more of a ring to it… I’m getting off topic!)  

But really, that is EXACTLY how I view what I do.  I want you to feel like I am always with you.  Reminding you how beautiful you are, how you CAN do this, and that the biggest gift you can give yourself is to trust your own instincts.

Here are a few things you can hear me saying on your shoulder (or back pocket as it may be…)

  • “I can tell how much you LOVE that, why are you second guessing yourself?!”

  • “I know, that pair of jeans IS more expensive than the Goodwill pair.  They will last you 10 times as long, but the call is totally up to you.”

  • “You already know the answer, listen to your gut and go for that red lipstick!”

  • “Your ass looks amazing in that romper!”

  • “I’d like to gently remind you that that sweater you are holding is from Junior High and you haven’t worn it in 15 years.  Maybe it’s time to find it a new home?”

  • “It’s time to stop shopping and get you a coffee.  Pick me up time!”

  • “Never doubt the power of lots of gold accessories.”

I could go on and on of course, but ultimately I want you to take a moment.  Think about the last time you got frustrated standing in front of your closet.  The thought you always dread seeps into your brain.  “I have NOTHING to wear!”  

Now I want you to think of it with a different perspective.  Take a deep breath and go BACK into the closet.  Say this question to yourself:

“If Melanie was here, what would she say?”  

My answer will help you find yourself in any style predicament.

“Every problem in your closet is solvable.  YOU GOT THIS.  Let’s think creatively so you can leave the house feeling great.  Tomorrow we can go shopping.  For now, let’s focus on what we can work with!”

I know it may sound silly to say “Picture me on your shoulder!”  but I’m telling you, I get texts and emails all the time saying “I pictured you there with me and it made shopping way easier!”  

There is something about having a stylist with you that makes you think “Yea… I GOT THIS!”.  So I’m asking you to be your own stylist in that moment and remind yourself that “YOU GOT THIS!”.  

I really do wish I could be with you when you end up in a style pickle.  Since that isn’t the reality (yet!), I’m going to continue to give you nuggets of wisdom that will help you when I can’t be there in person.  I’m calling these little nuggets “style bombs”.  

So let’s all say this style bomb one more time together to really drive it home! Ready?

“Every problem in your closet is solvable. YOU GOT THIS.” Tweet it!

Feel free to write in the comments below with a problem you’ve been having and how you think the reframe of changing your “can’t” to a “hells yes!” will change the outcome!  

I’d love to hear it and help!  After all, I can’t be in your back pocket but the internet is the next best thing. ;)




Photography by Camille Stallings Hair and Makeup by The Glamourist


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