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.  

Wednesday
Feb132013

Valentine's Day is for Pregnant Ladies too!

L to R: One, Two, Three, Four, Five

Wow have these past few weeks been a whirlwind!  Between our baby moon in Palm Springs last weekend to my baby shower this weekend, I have been one busy lady!  Not to mention all the amazing weddings and photo shoots we have on the horizon!  I have so many exciting things to share with you, I barely know where to begin!  

Let's start with our guest post over at the Collection Event Studio.  As you will see from my posts this week, I love me some Valentine's Day!  I was writing my guest post about fabulous Valentine's Day frocks when I started to get jealous!  As much as I love my baby bump, I do miss being able to wear dresses with fitted waists that I can find anywhere!  There are definitely great maternity options out there, but it is certainly harder to find.  So that got me inspired to find some gorgeous, versatile maternity dresses for us pregnant gals to wear wear on Valentine's Day and beyond.  When I'm looking for maternity clothes I have very specific criteria.  Here are a few of the questions I ask myself when buying something to dress my precious baby bump.

1) Does this item make me feel like a million... no a gazillion trillion bucks!  Dressing a bump is a whole different ball game then anything else out there.  You want to show it off in the most flattering way possible!  It is SO important to feel great in what you wear when you are going through such a huge change.  I think a lot of women opt for comfort and then don't feel great about themselves.  And while I agree that you need to be comfortable, wearing that comfy maxi dress instead of sweats you are choosing to present yourself in a way that will do wonders for your self esteem.  Promise!

2) "Does this look like a great dress?  Or a great maternity dress?"  Just because it's called "maternity" doesn't mean it has to look like it. I want it to flatter me like a maternity dress but look like it's just a great dress.  This will make you feel like you are still retaining your pre pregnancy style as well as give you the opportunity to wear it after the baby is born.  

3) Can I accessorize it?  Accessories are a pregnant girl's best friend.  A good accessory can completely make a look shine.  Don't forget, accessories can be worn after the pregnancy is over so you don't have to feel like their life span is limited.  

4) Does it have longevity and versatility? Let's be honest, as much as I believe in buying maternity clothes during your pregnancy,  I also think these items need to be worn again and again.  It's important that each item you purchase can be worn several times in different ways so you get the most out of it.  The bump is the statement, so I suggest staying away from bold prints or items that can only be worn once in awhile.  By getting a solid colored dress you can wear it with a scarf and hat one day and a cardigan and great pair of flats 4 days later and not feel like you are repeating your outfit.  

With all that said and done, I say you use this Valentine's Day as an excuse to put on your favorite outfit and have a romantic night out with your Partner-in-Crime.  Since it's my last Valentine's Day before the baby comes I am sure going to make the most of it!  

Don't forget to stop by tomorrow afternoon for an exciting blog feature!  I have been itching to share this photo shoot with you for ages.  Believe me, it's a doozy and you do NOT want to miss it!

xoxo,

Melanie

Friday
Feb012013

Happy Friday! 

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I'm heading to Palm Springs this weekend for a "Baby Moon" as you probably already know from my plethora of posts!  Before we get on the road I wanted to wish all you lovies a wonderful weekend.  Do something nice for yourself.  I am POSITIVE that you deserve it!

xoxo,

Melanie

Wednesday
Jan302013

Palm Springs Style

L to R Row One: one, two, three Row Two: four, five, six, seven

I'm heading to Palm Springs this weekend for a "Baby Moon" with the hubs and I am so pumped!  I can't wait to get there!  It's pretty obvious that I have Palm Springs on the brain because not only did I create this Palm Springs Wedding Inspiration Board, I also am talking about it in my guest post over at The Collection Event Studio!  I love how this part of California manages to feel retro and modern all at the same time.  The inspiration board above is all about color, whimsy and a little bit of that mid century vibe.  LOVE.  

xoxo,

Melanie

Monday
Jan282013

What Melanie's Up To: Reclaim Childhood Fundraiser Recap 

It was such a pleasure to be a part of the amazing fundraiser for Reclaim Childhood at The Social Beauty Co.  It was an amazing night of talented, independent women raising money to empower young girls through athletics.  I can't express enough how impressed I am with my friend KK with all she has done for these children.  She is such an inspiration!  Check out more on the organization in the video below.  

 

Reclaim Childhood from Nadine Ajaka on Vimeo.

 

There were delicious appetizers, a fantastic raffle set up and tons of opportunities to pamper yourself!  The raffle included a styling session with moi, along with goodies from The Social Beauty Co, Sarah Jenks, Stiletto and Spice, Tulita Health, among others!  Also, my favorite jewelry designer Margaret Elizabeth was there showing off the most beautiful jewels! To see more on the event, check out her personal blog here.  Loved seeing some of my favorite friends (pictured below in this silly Iphone photo) as well as helping to raise money for this important cause!

 

 

 

xoxo, 

Melanie

 

Friday
Jan252013

Photo Shoot - Surprise! We Eloped! New Year's Eve Shoot

Are you going through holiday withdrawl as well?  I totally miss the holiday cheer and the New Year's Eve outfit planning!  Luckily our "Surprise!  We Eloped!  New Year's Eve Party Shoot" is helping us get our holiday fix.  On Tuesday we were featured on The Collection Event Studio's blog (after already being featured on Style Me Pretty) and if that doesn't satisfy you there are also tons more glittery goodies in our styling section.  We just can't get enough of these amazing images by Scott Andrew Photography!  Love the above photo of the gorgeous Lindsey of L'Relyea Events getting those candles lit!  This photo shoot was something special and I just adore how much love it's getting all over the web!

VenueEl Dorado Hotel
PhotographyScott Andrew Studio
Concept Design and Fashion Styling: Head Over Heels with Melanie 
Planning and Event DesignL’Relyea Events
Makeup and HairBetten Chaston
Floral Design: EV Floral Design
Paper GoodsFly Away Design
Cake Design: Sweet On Cake                                              
Linens:
 La Tavola Linen
Selected Jewelry: Details by Candace Egnew

 xoxo,

Melanie

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