Tips for Creating a Bedroom Office


HAPPY FRIDAY, YA'LL!  I'm pretty sure I'll get a lot of blog work done this weekend because of all the rain hurricane Joaquin is bringing our way. When moving to Charlotte from NYC I was mostly worried about my office space. I knew I would be living with my mom for a few months before getting my own place and I wanted to make sure I had an area to get my creative juices flowing. I browsed Pinterest for bedroom color and office inspiration before deciding on the look and color I was going for. I really like how white just pops and makes the room look and feel fresh. After a trip to Ikea, Marshalls, TJMaxx, Target, and Dollar Tree I finally have a space to create in. 


Desk: Ikea | Chair: Ikea | Wicker Basket: Marshalls (cute) | Magazine Holder: Target

Here it is! A nice comfy space for me to work harder and smarter in. Even though it seems like a pretty simple task, it was a lot harder than I thought. Here are a few tips that may help you when creating a creative space in your bedroom. 

  1. Make use of small tables and corner desk. If your bedroom isn't all that big, like mine. You don't want a huge desk taking over to the point where you have no room for your bed. A nice small comfy space will do just fine, just make it yours. 
  2. Separate your space. You don't want your personal space and office space intertwined with each other. You'll have cords all over the place and often just grab your laptop and get snuggled in bed. Keep your office space near your door or closet and your bed at the other end of the room. 
  3. Match office and bedroom when decorating. You always want to have a cohesive feel when it comes to having an office and bedroom in the same space. Find a few colors and stick with them. I chose a white desk and made sure it matched my white bedroom dresser.
  4. Storage is important. You want to have a spot for all your resources. If you can't fit in a file cabinet like me, this wicker basket does the trick. Grab a few of them and add a few fake flowers, they make for great decor. 
  5. Inspiration! Having inspiration in your bedroom office is a must. You want to have books handy when needed to fact check or look up at a great quote on your wall when you're feeling uninspired. My gallery wall helps with that, it's still under construction, but I'm off to a great start. 

Have you or will you be designing a bedroom office soon? Share your tips. 


Melissa Chanel


The Denim Jacket


If you haven't added this piece to your fall must-have list, you're! A denim jacket this fall is a closet staple. You can instantly give a summer dress a fall look by simply adding the jacket. They come in different cuts, colors, washes name it and I'm sure you'll be able to find it in any of your local shopping malls. 

Photography by: Bryce


This is probably my 3rd or 4th one in a few years. I always find one I like better as the weather transitions each year. I think this Gap denim jacket my be my favorite of all. I love the wash and the fit of it. Gap has become my favorite store for anything denim. 

Jacket: Gap | Dress: Zara | Sneakers: Footlocker | Purse: Mom's Closet |


This jacket is so versatile, here are three ways you can wear it other than over a summer dress. 

  1. With more denim! Denim on denim is still a thing and it will always be my thing. 
  2. Layered, as the temp drops wear it over a chunky sweater or plaid shirt. 
  3. Rock it with leather because who doesn't love the edgy look?! 

Have you already added a denim jacket to your fall must-have list? 


Melissa Chanel

Waxing vs Shaving


Do yo prefer waxing or shaving? After several visits to my dermatologist, we finally figured out that I'm a waxer. I've gone years trying to figure out why I break out so easily and receive ingrown hairs and we finally figured it out. I'm a very hairy woman (thanks, Dad) and my hair doesn't all grow in the same direction and it's very curly so I've always had issues. Does this sound like you? Here are 3 easy steps that work for me.

  1. Exfoliate - I didn't realize how important exfoliating your body was, but you always want to remove dead skin.
  2. Waxing - I go and get the hair under my arms removed and a brazilian every 4-5 weeks. This has cut down on my ingrown hairs because I'm not just breaking the hair at the surface, but it's being removed properly. 
  3. Ingrown Hair Serum- This stuff has been a lifesaver and I can tell a difference after only using it a month. I would suggest finding a brand and giving it a try. 

Does it hurt? I always get this question and all I can say is it doesn't feel good. It's not unbearable pain, but after two or three sessions you'll be a pro. I can tell a difference not only with less ingrown hair but also skin discoloration from shaving. 

Do you wax your legs? The answer is no, I still shave my legs. I've never had any problems with the hair on my legs, it was always the sensitive areas. 

Do you shave in between visits? No, that defeats the purpose of going in for a wax. I always schedule an appointment before I leave and make sure my schedule is clear for my visit. 

Is it uncomfortable? I don't have a problem with it, but I would suggest finding someone you're comfortable with. When moving from NYC I was so sad about giving up my waxer. I loved her, she made me feel so comfortable, informed me on what I was doing right and wrong and took care of my skin. I was so sad when I told her I was moving away. Once I moved to Charlotte, N.C. someone recommended the European Wax Center. I'm so thankful for awesome Twitter friends because this place is amazing. I've found a new waxer that I'm totally comfortable with and enjoy going to every 4-5 weeks. 

If you've been shaving since FOREVER and have issues with irritation or ingrown hair I suggest you give waxing a try. I promise you will not regret it. I hope I was able to help and answer some of your wax questions. 

Are you a waxer or a shaver?


Melissa Chanel

Shirt Dress


I'm always here for an awesome outfit remix. I've been wearing this dress ever since my friend Janna sold it to me because it didn't fit her right. While prepping blog outfits for a recent shoot I thought ummm what if I wear this "shirt dress" as an actual shirt so that's what I did. 

Photography by: Bryce


I added a belt to cinch my waist and threw on a pair of my favorite bermuda shorts for the perfect fall outfit. In N.C. the temps are between 65-75 so I can still get away with wearing something like this on a weekend. Wearing this dress gives you another outfit in your wardrobe and a totally different look when you would wear it as a dress. Try it. 

Shorts: H&M (old) | Dress: H&M (Sold out) | Shoes: Steve Madden | Purse: LV | Earrings: Beauty Supply


And what do you think of the hair? I was so excited for a change from the blonde and I can't wait for my natural color to come back in. I'm sure I'll brighten it up again next spring/summer, I'm always trying new things when It comes to my hair. 


Do you ever wear your dresses as shirts? 


Melissa Chanel

Weekend Recap: Rain & Sunday Funday


HAPPY MONDAY! My weekend was pretty chill and exciting. First, it rained ALL weekend in Charlotte and I enjoyed it by sleeping in both Saturday and Sunday. But let's talk about the Target loafers pictured above. These babies were waiting on me when I arrived home Friday evening, talk about starting the weekend off on a good note! 


Most of my Saturday was spent creating content for the blog. I sat in my bed and had a huge brainstorm session, I created an October content calendar and schedule tons of social media post. I'd have to say, it was a pretty productive day. Saturday is usually my movie day, yes I take myself on solo movie dates and if you don't ...try it! I headed downtown to the theater and they were sold out, it almost ruined my day, but I didn't let it. Instead, I met a friend for a smoothie  and spent a few hours catching up, laughing uncontrollably and gave each other great "love life" advice. 

Sunday is hair day, always. I usually wash my hair and prep it for the week, that's exactly what I did. This week I used Kurlee Belle's awesome line.  I'm excited to get an upcoming protective style to give me a break from it all. Afro's are a lot of work, geesh. But this weekend instead of relaxing my Mom and I headed uptown Charlotte for the Carolina Panters game. The weather was pretty blah, but we were covered in one of the suites (thanks to my auntie) and we enjoyed the perfect Mother, Daughter outing. We laughed, cheered hard for the Panthers, yelled at the refs, and ate until we were literally about to  pop, lol! Yesterday was definitely a Sunday Funday to the 10th power! 

This weekend was pretty much perfect and I can't wait for the next one.

Did you do anything fun this weekend? I want to hear (well read) all about it.  


Melissa Chanel