Plaid About You

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I'm all for translation plaid into my spring wardrobe. Old Navy has the best plaid tops and I instantly fell in love with the shades of pinks in this top. 

 

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Pairing plaid with these high waist bell-bottom pants def gives off a 70's look, which is exactly what I was going for. 

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Jeans: H&M | Top: Old Navy | Bag: Old Navy | Belt: H&M | Sunnies: Raybans | Assesories: Same as always (see previous post)  

photography by: Bryce  

What transitional pieces are you transferring into your spring wardrobe?

xoxo,  

Melissa  

Throwing Shade

It's been a minute, but I hope you've missed me. I'll start with a quick life update then we'll jump right into the details of this post. 

Life Update

  • I've moved (ques "The Jeffersons" theme music)! I now have more space & two amazing roommates. I love my new apartment and the area, Washington Heights right near  Columbia Presbyterian. Bedroom tour coming soon. 
  • Work has been awesome, I love working in social media and wouldn't have it any other way. My title changed a little so now I have more responsibility which means an even more busy Melissa. But in the worlds of my team lead, I got this! 
  • Guess who's dating, umm this girl! We'll see how long this will last, but I thought I'd give it a try. I promise to keep you guys updated and get some date night outfits up soon. 
  • My mom is coming up to visit next month and I'm sooooo excited. :-) Miss her tons. 
  • I'm back in the flow of things with the blog, I promise not to take this much time off again, HA. 

Okay enough about my life, it's time for the shade! 

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Spring is HERE, like no...it's finally here! New York can be a little ummmm indecisive when it comes to weather, but it looks like things are on the up and up! So ladies listen up, it's time to get those legs shaved, pull the spring dresses from the back of your closets, and grab a pair of your favorite shades. And speaking of shades, can we talk about these babies for a minute? I was walking down 125th Street with my friend, you know showing her around Harlem when we walked up on this street vendor. She had a really great collection and we were trying on several pair, of course I didn't need any but just as I was about to talk away these caught my eye. I've never really worn that cat eye style and now I'm in love. My friend was like girl, YESSSSSSSSS! Needless to say, you'll be seeing a lot of these this spring/summer so get ready. 

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Urban Outfitters is one of the many places I like to browse in during my lunch break and I was excited when I walked up on this baby. This dress is perfect for spring and can be styled so many different ways. I have another cool color that I'm packing for my New Orleans trip (which is where I am as you're reading this post), so keep your eyes on my instagram to see how I rock it. 

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Dress: Urban Outfitters | Shoes: Target, Prabal Gurung (sold out, but look) | Purse: Love Cortnie (she has TONS) | SHADES: Harlem Street Vendor (but HERE are some cute ones) | Accessories: Alex & Ani, Beauty Supply, & MK (as always)| 

Do you have your spring wardrobe ready? Don't forget the shades. :-) 

XOXO,

MelissaChanel

Rock The Prom: Unlocking Your Inner Fashionista

I know I've been MIA for a minute, but trust me it's for good reasons. I've moved into a new apartment with two awesome roommates and traveled a bit which brings me to this post.

Last month, I was asked to come and speak to a group of teenagers about finding their inner fashionista and of course I jumped at the opportunity. Speaking about my passion is something I love to do, especially when it involves teenagers. I would like to thank the ladies of Just Be Academy  for thinking of me.

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Here's a little back story....

Just Be Academy, Inc. is a nonprofit organization designed to meet the needs of adolescent girls. We deliver enriching opportunities based upon the essential skills of college readiness and female entrepreneurship, while providing the tools necessary to achieve a positive self-image and a health self-esteem.

Rock the Prom was the event hosted by Just Be Academy in Rock Hill, SC. South Carolina is home for me so anytime I can visit my home and give back to my community is always a win, win in my book. I prepped for this workshop for weeks because this group was totally different from the 20 - 30's somethings I've spoken to in the past about fashion. I had to frame things in a totally different way which pushed me even more out of my comfort zone, first time for everything..right?!

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I gave the girls 5 tips to unlock their inner fashionista....

  1. Research - Look online and gain inspiration to help find "your look." Go in stores and try on different options and never buy the first thing you see. 
  2. Body Type- You want to be comfortable in your clothing. 
  3. Be Unique- You don't have to like the latest trends or purchase an outfit just because your family or friends like it. Stay true to what you like and what makes you happy.
  4. Shop Smart- Thrift stores and a Goodwill are gems to find one of a kind items at a good price. Clearance racks are your best friend especially on a high school budget. 
  5. Own The Look - Everyone isn't going to like it, stay true to your personal style, and only purchase items you know you'll wear a lot of and that bring you joy.

I had a great time and I believe the girls enjoyed my workshop as well, (they couldn't believe the shirt I had on came from Dollar General, lol)!  There were several workshops & a panel discussion,  raffles for free hair styles/manicures/make up, and this is the big one...ALL the teens in attendance received a FREE, yes FREE prom dress. I mean, it doesn't get any better than that. 

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Photo Credit: Just Be Academy

This trip and event was so worth it. I really love seeing great things happening within my community and this event is the perfect example. 

And when there's a photo booth, you just have to....

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Thanks again to the Just Be Academy team for believing in little ole me! 

xoxo,

MelissaChanel

LimeLight

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With this post I can finally say I'm a "sneaker head," well kind of. I mean it's just something about purchasing a fresh pair of classic sneakers that I can't get enough of.  I own over 50 pairs of sneakers, if not more (crazy, I know). My favorite are the Air Max 95's I'm pictured in above. As soon as I heard today was "Air Max Day" I knew it was time to take these babies out for a spin. 

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I decided to keep it super casual and paired my sneakers with  comfy sweats, a white tee, denim jacket, and camel coat

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I've had these babies for about 3 years now and they get better with time! They're normally sold out EVERYWHERE so if you're able to get your hands on a pair, buy them...they're classic! 

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Are you rocking a pair of Air Max today? Check out a few of my favs. 

HAPPY AIR MAX DAY! 

P.S- Thanks Tamera for the random photo shoot with my Iphone 6. You're the best blogger bud ever. 

XOXO,

Melissa Chanel 

 

My Travel Diary: Austin, TX

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Here I am, registered and ready to take on the first day of SXSW! After getting the hang of the conference locations and hotels, I was pretty much a local. 

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My favorite part of SXSW was definitely the Cosmo Style Lab, sooo many connections were made in that one room! I even ran into someone that reads my blog and  my blogger boo Zoe, it's always great seeing familiar faces. I was able to chat with Stacy London, who told me I reminder her of Stacy Dash (it's the eyes), and gave me really great styling tips.  Joe Zee's face was also in the place and after catching him for a quick picture  he told me about an upcoming session he was hosting with THE Eva Chen, couldn't miss that as you can see. 

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Austin had the most AH-MAZING weather, I mean anything is better than NYC's weather right now. I met the one and only Cookie Monster, got the inside scoop on the life of a pedicab driver, learned all about real- time marketing and crafting post from Buzzfeed's CEO, and ran across some really dope art. (I think I'm becoming one of those, I like art type girls).

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I couldn't leave Austin without seeing my old colleague Caroline, eating some good ole bbq, trying some of the local beer (Live Oak Hefeweizen to be exact), and a Big Red (it's a Texas thing). 

And we made room for a little fun, I even rode a bull for the first time! 

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Things I learned on this trip: 

  • Sometimes you'll find networking is better than attending a panel put on by experts. 
  • Always be memorable ( I was known as the jumpsuit queen). 
  • I will always run into someone that know's my best friend Trell.
  • Drunk team outings are the best, lol! (see photo above) 
  • I am doing a great job and headed in the right direction when it comes to working in the social media world. It's always great to have confirmation from other brands doing great. 
  • People really read my blog! (I met two people that follow my blog, like people really read my stuff, lol). 
  • And I'm thankful for great teammates like Janna and Kayla that were willing to take pictures of me for the blog.

Until next time, 

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XOXO,

MelissaChanel