Royal Chic

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It's just something about leopard and faux leather that I can't get enough of. This outfit is so edgy, but still gives me that girly feel. I will wear this spiked out faux leather jacket until all the spikes fall off, thanks F21. 

Photography by: Bryce

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This is the perfect date night or brunch outfit, comfy and cute! I love a good black pump for work and play and adding my Love Cortnie clutch to any outfit is always a win in my book. 

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This fall, pack on the layers to stay warm while still keeping your personal style. 

Details: Top: F21| Shirt: Old Navy| Jean vest: Belk (cut the sleeves off a jacket| Pants: H&M| Shoes: Zara| Clutch: LoveCortnie

How are you incorporating leather into your fall looks? 

XOXO,

MelissaChanel

Fab Find Friday

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  1. Scarf: I mean who doesn't need to buddle up this fall/winter! I need to prepare myself for the NYC weather. 
  2. Boots: These flat boots are so in, I can't wait to get my hands on a pair. They're perfect for all the walking I do and they're on sale. SCORE!
  3. Trench (Similar): I'm so sad this trench is out of stock. I've been running to Target's all around the city on a hope and a prayer that I'll stumble upon one in the clearance. 
  4. Skirt: Faux leather skater skirt, I mean like really..do I need to say anything else. 
  5. Bag: Tory Burch has my heart and this oxblood will go perfect with any fall/winter look
  6. Leopard: My favorite print of all time. I can't believe I don't own a pair of leopard pumps, I will soon. (#shopaholic)

What are you adding to your closet? 

XOXO,

MelissaChanel

Workout Wednesday: Running 101 W/Fit Britt

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Guess who's back with a Workout Wednesday post, THIS GIRL! I'm so excited to have Fit Brit with me to chat all about running and pacing yourself. Let's get started. 

There's nothing like lacing up my favorite pair hot pink Nike shoes and running outside in the cool Fall weather. 

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Although running isn't my favorite form of cardio, sometimes it's good to stick to the basics.  Running builds up your joints, relieves stress, helps you lose/maintain weight and increases your overall health.  When you run faster, your heart works harder and gets stronger.  But before you head to the park on a beautiful fall day or set your speed on the treadmill, keep these tips in mind:

Eat light.  Before you run, you want to eat enough to keep you energized and full, but not too much to slow you down.  Try eating a banana, mixed berries, toast or half of a bagel before your run. 

Stay hydrated.   Drink water before and after your run. 

Run smart and stylish.  Although running doesn’t require any equipment, it is a high impact activity so you should invest in a good pair of shoes.  I love Nike and New Balance sneakers.  Not only do they have bright and vibrant colors, but they have the support your feet need to protect your bones and joints. 

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Keep the beat.  I firmly believe that music amplifies performance so make sure you have some of your favorite upbeat songs to keep you going at a good pace.   Even if you switch between running and walking occasionally, you still want to move to music that keeps you energized.

Stay motivated and pace yourself.  Grab a running partner and set goals.  Try your best at a mile and gradually get faster or run longer.  You’re capable of more than you think!

Keep track of your runs.  The Nike+ Running App is one of my favorites.  Not only can you keep track of your runs, but you can set goals, share challenges with friends or train for a race with this app.  You also get trophies for completing consistent weekly running and running long distances.

Stretch properly.   Stretching after your run will increase your flexibility and range of motion.  Just 5 or 10 minutes of stretching after your run can help fuel you for your next run. 

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I'm all about running in style! How cute are these "Beauty in Beast Mode" tee's? Make sure you purchase one tell Fit Britt I sent you.

How are you staying fit this fall? 

XOXO,

MelissaChanel & Fit Britt

Back to Basic

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I guess it's really time to put up those short sleeves and pull out your jackets, scarves, boots, and hats. New York has been a huge tease this month, still giving me a few more warm days before an unexpected cold front came in. I am not prepared and have come to terms with the cold weather coming. My mom found this really cute Ann Taylor Loft caramel jacket for me on sale last year and I couldn't wait to rock it. I feel like this outfit has me ready for the fall weather and matches the leaves perfectly.

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This look is perfect for the office or a night out on the town. Pumpkin patch date night? Grab a pair of flat boots and a chic boyfriend crisp white button up to complete your look. 

Details: Top: Old Navy| Jeans: F21 (mens)| Hat: H&M| Jacket: Ann Taylor (similar)| Purse: Aldo (similar)| Boots: Primadonna

Photography by: Bryce

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When crafting the perfect look, remember it's all about the basics. Shopping for staple basic pieces can help build your closet and create other on the go looks. 

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Even when it comes to jewelry, a little comes a long way. I'm never taking this "Melissa" necklace off, it was so fitting now that I'm a "New Yorker" and all, lol! 9th and Elm has the best turn around, my necklace made it to me in days. Be sure to check them out.

I know i'll be wearing pieces of this outfit all fall and laying this boyfriend button up for winter! Stay tuned.. 

XOXO,

MelissaChanel

 

Mad For Plaid

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How you layering this fall? It's all about plaid/flannel shirts for me. I love layering because I'm not big on wearing coats, they're just so bulky. I went plaid crazy on a recent online shopping spurge at Old Navy. This is the perfect weekend or causal work day relaxed look.

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With all the walking in Canada I needed my trusty black Mia flats in my bag. I purchased these flats about two years ago, they're amazing and always adds the perfect pop to a look. 

Photography by: Bryce 

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A trench is a fall must have and I can always count on H&M  or Zara to have my back. The perfect bag is great when you're out and about. I stuff everything into my Tory Burch Nylon Tote

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While traveling enjoy the scenery and if you see pretty flowers around, stop and smell them! 

P.S. - Head over to Instagram and check out this week's "You Just Styled It" challenge with my girl PRoy! Show us what you got. #youjuststyledit 

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XOXO,

MelissaChanel