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MELSANV MADE: The Julie and Alma Handbag

This post today hits so close to home because without these women I would quite literally not be here today. With all of the insane love and support this week, I wanted to end the week with an introduction to two women that I hold so close to my heart. Meet the Alma handbag! Alma is the name of my abuelita (grandmother). She's tiny, gentle, has a beautiful heart and helped my mom raise four kids. My abuela was the kind of women who always had a plan. She knew what time my abuelo was getting home and would time [...]

March 17th, 2017|

MELSANV MADE: The Chloe and Nikol Handbag

So far, you've had the chance to meet Ileana, Amy and Jazmin, and now Chloe and Nikol! Two amazing and head-strong women I feel like I've know my entire life. Let's jump into their stories! Meet The Chloe handbag. She's the loudest in the bunch. You can see her from a mile away and something about her presence makes you feel happy. I met Chloe sometime in 2009ish, back when the name Chloe was cool before it was cool. We were coworkers at the time and it only took a few meetings for us to hit it off instantly. She [...]

March 16th, 2017|

MELSANV MADE: The Amy and Jazmin Handbag

I'm so excited to share 2 more handbags with you today! Each bag has her own story and I've been worked up all week hoping that I do my girls justice. They're both so special to me and I hope you love them! Leave me a comment and let me know which handbag fits your personality best. Meet the Amy handbag! Amy is my cousin and I grew up with her - we were even baby roommates when our parents lived together at one point. This girl was by my side on my wedding day and she's seen every little [...]

March 15th, 2017|

MELSANV MADE: The Ileana Crossbody Handbag

If you’ve been offline for the past few weeks or you don’t follow me on social media (rude), you may have missed my exciting new business venture announcement: handbag making! Let me flashback to my last post where I shared my first outfit at New York Fashion Week and my handmade floral bag. It didn’t take me very long to realize I was onto something when I kept getting stopped at NYFW asking where my bag was from. Something about the idea of me sitting on my couch @ 3am putting together 30+ florals made people smile and I knew [...]

March 14th, 2017|

NYFW Day 1: Outfit Details and How I Prep for Fashion Week

My name is Mel. It's been 17 days since my last fashion show and I'm having major withdrawals. (in unison) *HI, MEL!* If you followed along on my IG stories or watched my NYFW vlog, you might've seen this bright pink getup that I wore to the Tanya Taylor FW17 show. I was introduced to Tanya Taylor through Bumble and bumble and I've been following her behind-the-scenes moments ever since. ONE look at her color palette and I'm in awe for days! Which, if you know me, tells you that I must have an alter ego because I have such [...]

February 28th, 2017|

NYFW Fall/Winter 2017 Vlog

Getting to attend New York Fashion Week for the first time in the Fall/Winter season was definitely a challenge but 100% worth it. I feel so lucky to have covered so much goodness backstage and really made some incredible connections this time around. I can't wait to see Spring/Summer looks in September. Huge thanks to Bumble and bumble for having me backstage! Let me know what your favorite part of the vlog was in the comments! Click below to watch my NYFW Fall/Winter 2017 Vlog!

February 22nd, 2017|

DIY: At Home Chrome Nails

I caught wind of the chrome nails trend on instagram and hopped on that pretty little wagon because, HELLO? CHROME. NAILS. I was intrigued by a few brands but found this Mirano Pigment set local and figured I'd give it a shot! I've listed the tools + instructions below. Have you tried the chrome nail trend? What is your feedback about the longevity of chrome nails vs. regular UV gel nails? Gelish Foundation Base Coat OPI Alpine Snow Gel UV Color Mirano Top Coat Sealer (non-wipe) Mirano Pigment in "Chroma" Gelish Top Coat Le Chat UV lamp - LUMATEX Hybrid [...]

January 24th, 2017|

Gold + Glittered Birthday Smokey Eye ft. Maybelline

Another year, another glammed up birthday look! My birthday was yesterday and while I'm out in FL celebrating with my family, I wanted to share this look with you in case your bday is around the corner and wanted to try something fun. Every year, I like to push my makeup skills a little and try new things. While I'm usually not a smokey eyed kinda girl, I love how this turned out and could see myself doing it more! I'm excited to have partnered with Maybelline for this look. When I first started using makeup, I could only afford [...]

January 6th, 2017|

Style 77: Letting Go

I'm BACK!!! And so excited to be, too. What's the deal? Where have I been? For starters, I'm a MF MRS (!!!!!!)! We did it. We finally tied the knot and I've been living on a cloud ever since. While I have SO much to say, and so many things I want to share about this crazy year, I want to keep this post as short and sweet as possible. 2016 has been so many things for me and many of which require much more than a style post to express (*winks*). I promise to share more about life soon! [...]

December 28th, 2016|

A San Francisco Mint Bridal Editorial: Part III of III

Well, beauties! Our three part series (did you miss Part I or Part II?) has finally come to an end but I think it's safe to say that we saved the best for last? So, let's jump right into this look! This look goes out to all of my bad-ass brides. The girls who really DGAF. The ones who roll their eyes at the traditional girls and make it an effort to break all the bridal rules. When I thought of what I wanted to accomplish for this final look, I knew I wanted to put myself into a perspective [...]

October 14th, 2016|