Who's on Ello?

Not because I am shamelessly self promoting, I'm test driving Ello.
For the first time in a while, I have 1 follower on a social network.

It reminds me of when I first started out on Instagram. I remember getting the iPhone 4 I started searching apps and telling a coworker, "You have to get Instagram! It is going to blow up." After playing around with it, she regretfully said, "No, I'm not into it." I don't think I have to explain Instagram's success.

I'm only on day two and still exploring, so if you have gotten the invite, make sure you say Ello to me here!

neck of the woods

What is the neckline of the season?

They ultimate hickey coverup, the turtleneck.
I must say, this trend debuted FW13, but it has exploded this season. The piece can be worn on its own, however, the turtleneck is best used as layered piece under dresses, sweaters or structured tees. Disregarding last winter, the last time I was into turtlenecks was in elementary school. Well, normcore is back guys, and I'm all for being minimal in a single sweater, sans scarf.



blanketed in isabel marant

Dear Isabel Marant,

I just thought you should know, your coat game is on pointe for pre-fall.
Specifically, the ones below. 

Love, Melissa

All jokes aside, I tried them on and they are amazing. There is nothing better than repurposing your cabin blankets and cozy quilts by making them into the ultimate coat for fall.  The cozy game has just stepped itself up thanks to Isabel Marant. Now, who is Maranting around with me this season?



to have and to hold

Maison Martin Margiela is far from disappointment. The Autumn/Winter 14 Héritage line focuses on traditional wedding heirlooms with a contemporary twist. Six new pieces were added to the collection under Line 12 in the Margiela series. Love the split diamond engagement ring.

Sooooo, looks like I'll be planning a proposal to ... myself soon.
You're all invited.


on the menu

You know when you put something on and you know it's a match-made in heaven? That is exactly how I'm feeling about the Acne Studios More Jacket. I mean, I've seen it in pictures and have always eyed it, but trying it on is a whole other experience and I seriously think that it was made for me. A love at first site, putting it number 1 on the menu.  No wonder it's called MORE, you just can't get enough! I'm out of words. One in a size 34. Please, thanks.



This weekend was a weekend I actually had time to do what I wanted. A weekend without work, just pure focus on myself. I got to shoot the knit blankets that I'm working on (stay tuned) and have some major catch up with my girl friend Joanne. We were discussing the craziness of life and she whipped out a small black book that she had picked up from the post office before meeting me. It was like it was meant to be.

It's a book she thinks EVERYONE needs to own. an frankly, after flipping through the pages, I think that everyone including myself needs a copy. The book is Become by Emery Allen. The book, best described by the author "...is a collection of soft poems that I wrote while becoming, for the ones who are doing the same." Joanne described it as a "warm hug when your mom isn't there to give you one."

The way I see things is that we are always becoming. How boring would it be to just be stagnant? The one on the right side of the page is something I've managed to gain this past year and I hope you do too. 


Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me.

All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste.

But there is this gap.

For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good.

It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not.

But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer.

And your taste is why your work disappoints you.

A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit.

Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this.

We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this.

And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work.

Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story.

It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions.

And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met.

It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile.

You’ve just gotta fight your way through.