Freestyle Friday: Get Well Meechy

This freestyle Friday is a little different than the usual. I've meet some amazing amazing women through blogging and the natural hair community. These are women that I look up to, that I can reach out to for advice, and call for a few laughs. Never in a million years would I have thought that one of those women would have to fight in one of the thoughest battles of her life at such a young age. I woke up this morning to some upsetting news, but I know through it all God is in control. 

Many of you may already know of the Monroe Sisters, Meechy & Vaughn. Well Vaughn took to social media this morning to tell us why her sister has been MIA lately, it's brain cancer. This hit close to home because I lost the love of my life, (my Granny) to this horrible horrible sickness. I hate cancer. 

Here's a little of Meechy's story. Please pray or donate if you can.  


The message from her sister Vaughn- "I had been meaning to share this with you all but Meechy wanted me to wait until she knew more about what was happening to her and we could share some sort of good news along with the bad. She was diagnosed with an extremely rare form of brain cancer but she is strong and recovering well. It's been a very difficult time for me and the fam but we will not give up the fight for Meechy!!!!! Myself and my family are OVERWHELMED with the love right now. I posted the videos to both our channels late last night and woke up to HUNDREDS of emails and shares and literally thousands of dollars toward her costly medical expenses! Thank you! You can learn more about Meechy's diagnosis and fundraiser by clicking the link in my bio. I created an inspirational video explaining the details of her journey and I hope to create more videos with updates and more good news. And please donate what you can to her medical expense fundraiser. Every single dollar counts and my mom and dad really appreciate you guys' support. My parents are her 24 hour caregivers. Let's get @meechymonroe back to her healthy, usual self! ❤️❤️❤️❤️#GetWellMeechy" 


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Birthday Girl

Do you know what today is? It's my 28th Birthday! Thank you GOD for another amazing year of life. 27 was good to me; I moved to New York City, got approved for my first apartment EVER, and started coming into my own as an "ADULT!" I'm so excited to see what 28 brings.. maybe love? a new city? new friends? Whatever it is I know the memories will be amazing! 


As you can probably tell I've been celebrating my birthday ALL MONTH LONG, starting with my bday luau party 2 weeks ago and I'm ending it at Virginia Beach. I plan to spend my time here relaxing by the pool and beach, working on my summer tan, reading, enjoying my bestie Crystal, and blogging of course. 


Bryce captured all the fun moments in my Birthday photo shoot and hope you enjoy them! I love to laugh and he made sure to catch me with my mouth wide open, lol! 


Well I'm headed to enjoy my day! Follow me on Instagram to keep up with my weekend. 

Good bye 27, I'm walking into 28 like a boss!  




Workout Wednesday: Get Fit

Just Do It! 

I know this post is kind of late, but better late than never right?! Last week I chatted about a workout challenge sooo I'm here to announce it. 


How many of you have the Nike + Running app? I love this app, it tracks all my runs and challenges against other friends. I've created a challenged called "Get Fit w/MelissaChanel" and all you have to do is add me as a friend and I'll accept you. My name on the app is "Melissa Cantey" and we have a month to run 50 miles! 

The challenge will start tomorrow and end August 28th! Good luck and I hope to see you all at the finish line.  




Happy Anniversary MelissaChanel

WOW, I can't believe today marks my blog's three year anniversary! It all started on blogspot as an outlet to chat about natural hair and now look at it, a new look, my own domain, and a growing group of supporters. Thank you to everyone that has ever believed in me, purchased a t-shit, clutch, button, and to the amazing brands I've been able to work with over the years. I am forever thankful for all my amazing readers for visiting my blog and giving me so much support. 


Blogging is def my second job, I love sharing hair inspiration, tips, and my personal style. I have so much more planned for this upcoming year and I hope each and every one of you are ready for a fun ride. 

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It wouldn't be a blogaversary without an amazing giveaway. So head over to Instagram and follow me "@MelissaChanel" as I giveaway a few of my "favorite things." I will have 3 giveaways randomly throughout the day, stay tuned. 

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Photography credit: Bryce

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A Few New Year Blog Goals 

  • Finish The MelissaChanel Style Guide
  • Work smarter (work hours, manage time)
  • Stay consistent
  • More giveaways  

Remember to always follow your dreams and your heart!



MYC Luau


HAPPY FREESTYLE FRIDAY! If you follow me on Instagram you already know about my "MYC Birthday Luau" and how perfect it was. I have some of the best friends on the planet! My best friend Trell threw me the best birthday party to date. He went all out for my PRE 28th BDAY and I can't thank him enough. It came with a drink list all named after ME at some point in my life, blow up life size signs, decorations, food, coconut cups, plates, etc. I can't stop talking about it, thinking about it, and dreaming about it. Can we just hit the rewind button and take it back to last Saturday? THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU to all my friends that traveled over an hour and a half away to make my day special. Trell, I could never thank you enough for the amazing party and all the great memories we'll forever share. 

I didn't get many pictures because we were too busy having fun! But here's a glimpse of before. 




Photo credit: Bryce

This $16.99 Marshall's dress was perfect for my luau party! I threw on a few of my favorite gold accessories and my flower head band to complete the look. Check my Instagram for more fun pictures. 

Do you remember your most memorable birthday party?