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Style 76: H&M Bustier + Skirt with Appliqués

HOLY SUMMER. IT. IS. HOT! Last weekend, I took all but 2.2 seconds to realize that I needed this H&M set in my life. I used to start my Saturday routine with coffee and finding myself lost in a little retail therapy... cue in #weddingbudget and I've been hungry for all kinds of shopping that I just can't get into lately. So, leave it to me to hang around the H&M website until this bad, bad baby went on sale - and it was MINE! When it comes to my Summer style, I'm all about keeping things simple. The less [...]

June 28th, 2016|
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Bare Minerals Live in the Vineyard

Back in April, I got the chance to attend Live in the Vineyard with the bareMinerals team. Not only did we get a little tour of Odette Estate Winery (which just opened and has an interior to die for) but we had a beautiful dinner while being seranated by American Idol winner, Nick Fradiani. I don't know how all of those items can live together in a sentence but they do and I was there to witness it. And because the bareMinerals team refuses to do basic, we wrapped up our dinner and headed (back in our LIMO BUS) to [...]

June 27th, 2016|
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Style 75

The sun has been here to stay in the Bay, baby! I shot this outfit with a leather jacket thinking, "it's going to be cold" (because shit it always is) and it didn't make it to the end. Anyways, lately I've been really into keeping things simple when I style an outfit. Probably because it feels like 10,000 degrees out (global warming is REAL y'all) but mostly because it forces me to not add so much fluff! I found this dress at Zara last weekend and I love how fancy yet casual it feels. With the whole closet-purge fest going [...]

June 20th, 2016|
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Style 74

My first weekend back in the east bay and I was welcomed with the HEAT, baby! When Summer rolls around, I gear up my closet by putting the turtle necks and knits way in the back and give all of my Summer clothes a chance. Luckily, the weather here can go from Summer-to-Winter feeling real quick, so my Winter clothes never really go to far! I took a trip down to LA with my mom about two years ago and picked up this cold-shoulder, flowy top from a boutique and I've been holding onto it ever since. I might've mentioned [...]

June 17th, 2016|
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Life Update: I’m home

Phew! It's been a whirlwind of events lately! The month of May was a complete blur to me, as I had a month-long stint of work in New York that I simply could not bail on. Having so much time to reflect on my own, living in a hotel and out of a suit case, was good for me and my soul. I found that it allowed me to clarify some things I'd been unsure about (internally) and I'd like to shed some light on those topics. As this blog evolves, I feel it's important that I become less guarded [...]

June 15th, 2016|
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Spotify Playlist: VIBE

Hi beauties! It's been a crazy ass week and I'm fully on board to just winding down and taking a nap today - but we have work to do and you know I'm a sucker for a great playlist to keep me going and motivated. I've been listening to this playlist non-stop. Some new artists and some great ones I've been following for some time. I'm getting into the swing of making these playlists on the regular. I find peace and balance when I'm in tune with music. Are any of these artists your fave? If you're still on the [...]

May 17th, 2016|
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Before the Aisle: Luminess Air / Airbrush Makeup Review

I'll admit, airbrush makeup always sounded intimidating to me until I tried it. Until I had the chance to work with Luminess Air, I had zero idea about how to apply airbrush makeup, what it felt like or what to expect. So let's jump into this review and I'll give you the scoop on airbrush makeup and the Luminess Air Legend System. If you want more detailed information on how to apply airbrush makeup using the Luminess Air, I love this video from Beauty by Sara. So, with only 6 months away to wedding time, it's a no-brainer that I'm [...]

May 12th, 2016|
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Nikol Elaine Beauty Editorial / Bohemian Dreams

And just like that, a beauty collaboration is born! If you're a long-time MELSANV.COM follower, you're no stranger to Nikol Elaine's makeup artistry. Nikol is an amazing friend and her passion really fueled this entire project. After scarfing down eggs, toast and coffee at brunch one day, Nikol and I started talking about different beauty looks and all of these amazing ideas began to rush into my head. Some time ago, I did creative direction for a Florida-based marketing company and left to pursue my dreams in SF. Although, that fire in my heart for making things come to life, [...]

May 2nd, 2016|
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Style 73: #itsbanana

Is it Summer yet? Even after being here for two years, I am still a Floridian after all! We've been having some interesting weather here in the East Bay. From rainy and cold to dry and hot, my skin and my outfits have endured enough! Maybe you're already prepped for Summer with your colorful outfits and gladiator sandals just itching to be worn. For me, my heart beats for my dark clothing and I spend a good majority of my time meshing light with dark even during the highest of temps. Which is why I love this stark white Italian [...]

April 27th, 2016|
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Before the Aisle: Should I Get Lash Extensions?

As I embark down this fluffy and white, Pinterest saturated path of wedding bliss, it feels very normal to get easily sucked into doing things "most brides do." You know, those traditions that are tucked away in the bride bible along with spray tans, laser hair removal and the plethora of other things brides do before getting hitched? Well, I decided to open up a little column here to talk about said traditions. I'll fill you in on all things waxed, sprayed, polished, gelled, curled and plucked! You, in turn, come back here and report on anything you've tried and [...]

April 12th, 2016|