July Fashion Happy Hour Event

by Melanie on October 20, 2014

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It’s been ages since I felt like blogging but the itch is finally back. This outfit is from a few month back when I was a special guest at Fashion Happy Hour’s July Event, where I spoke about my style and styled my model, Michelle of D.A.M.A. Dolls.

For the event, I wanted something really laid back, cool, and effortless. Sometimes these types of events have the tendency to make people “dress out” (like Fashion Week ‘peacocking’), which if that’s your thing, you do you. My style, especially more recently than this, has been more about practicality and simplicity than anything else. I’ve even transitioned to boyfriend jeans…finally. More on all this soon.

You can find photos of the event below (go ahead and give them a ‘like’ too!):

I’m overdue for a post about what’s going on in my life at the moment. It’ll be around soon! For now, I’m happy in my first apartment ever in Providence and I can’t wait to share more.

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305 to My City (AKA I’M MOVING!!)

by Melanie on September 7, 2014

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+ A painting of mine of Providence from 2012 +

I’ve been pretty under wraps about this for like 8 months now, but I’m moving! I’m heading back to Rhode Island at the end of this month and I couldn’t be more excited. It may not seem like a huge deal since I’ve been moving there and back every year for the past 4 years, but this time, I’m packing up my life into my car and heading up there indefinitely.

I wasn’t really sure how I was going to make it happen so I haven’t made any official mention of it until now. But basically, after graduation I flew down to Miami, found a job within 5 days, and have been putting in my time to make this possible. I’ve sold a bunch of my unloved belongings on eBay and Poshmark and started selling my artwork as prints. Originally, the plan was to move to Boston and I’m so glad I changed my mind because it would never have been financially possible. I’m still even taking a huge jump here because I’m definitely not THAT financially stable but it’ll work itself out. Anyway, here’s to the next chapter of my life! I’ll try my best to squeeze in some last Miami posts but at this point I’m really trying to spend time with family and friends before I put over a thousand miles between us.

Miami, I love you and you’ll always be home. I’ll be back!

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American Qi

by Melanie on August 19, 2014

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Since graduating, something I’ve had a lot more time to think about is the relationship between pursuing art, but also pursuing style. I mean, I’m obviously someone who considers the relationship between the two on a daily basis and probably more than most, but since entering the real world I’ve just been feeling kind of lost in those regards.

My friend Danica put me on to her sister, Ariel’s, up-and-coming creative/material hybrid, American Qi. Really, I don’t think I could’ve assembled a better union of the two. It explores the push and pull of art as fashion and fashion as art in a simple and understated, but totally effective way. The designs are so good, from the choice of typography down to the simple textures. I think her best description of the collection is, “The products attempt to harness the uninhibited energy of contemporary art via the image and redistribute it to the public via fashion.”

The brand’s vision is also inclusive of gorgeous imagery and awesome sounds, and really, I think the appreciation for it all increases drastically when you watch their awesome video.

AQ Promo from Ariel Mitchell on Vimeo.

American Qi currently has a Kickstarter fundraiser to get the brand started but its in its final days! Please donate quickly to help bring this vision to life. If the fundraiser doesn’t meet its goal, it doesn’t get funded!

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