Is this growing up?

by Melanie on November 12, 2014

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Missing (I refuse to say gone) are the days where I would fight the cold weather to channel my inner Floridian by wearing minimal amounts of clothing. Lately, I’ve just been throwing on things that are comfortable, but still definitely make sense. Cue these jeans from Urban Outfitters. It’s been years since I purchased a pair from them, but when I tried these on, it was like a re-realization of how great their jeans are (for now, at least). They’re the perfect slouchy fit, which is basically why they were purchased for the drive from Miami to Providence. I live in these now and am too ashamed (not really) of how I interchange it with various American Apparel crop tops (of which I own many styles of in at least triplicate).

I was never big on button-downs–except the AA ones you used to always see me in–until I started working this summer. This blouse saved my life in a closet full of the extremes of /black crop tops/ and /chunky sweaters/.

I’m not sure what happened but now I just like to be clothed. Am I old now? Help.

But, okay…fine. I’ll admit there’s still that weird, “I need some level of lots of skin around here somewhere,” factor. I guess it did make its appearance here, after all.

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State of the Union

by Melanie on November 10, 2014

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+ American Apparel Sheer Jersey Short Sleeve Jersey Summer T-Shirt + Nasty Gal Sheer Kisses Ankle Socks +

Casually art directing my bedroom. Like the strategically planned red?

So, as promised, here’s a little update on the going-ons in my life:

+ 1. I’m looking for a job.
+ 2. I’ve been working on the bedroom of my dreams.
+ 3. I need a job in order to finish the bedroom of my dreams.
+ 4. I have amorphously possessed two cats.
+ 5. Curly hair has made a temporary return. (Curly or straight, it’s 1000x better up here!)
+ 6. Blog redesign is finally happening. It’s kinda a slow process…everything needs to feel right.
+ 7. I sell prints of my artwork! It’s been a while actually. Find them here: http://www.melanie-patterson.com/shop/ (More to come!)
+ 8. Drawing feels 100% good for the first time in almost 10 years. Surreal.

There’s some more but a lot of personal things are obviously building up. I think one thing that astounds me is that I’m here, in my own apartment, with things that I purchased myself, and have assembled everything I need to function on a basic level. Like, I have enough oatmeal to last me weeks. I’m never running out haha. I’ve lived here in Prov on my own before, and even in another country having had no friends and starting from scratch, but this is different since it’s all me. Things are certainly going to get a little tough financially but I think for now, I’m in the happiest, most perfect state I’ve ever been in. Regardless of imminent struggle.

Thank you for being along for the ride. If you’re reading these words, you’re more important to me than you’ll ever know.

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I Die: M.A.C x Nasty Gal Collaboration

by Melanie on November 8, 2014

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L-R, T-B: + M.A.C x Nasty Gal Stunner Leather Moto Jacket + M.A.C x Nasty Gal Runner Crop Top + M.A.C x Nasty Gal Runner Leather Trousers + M.A.C x Nasty Gal Gunner Lace Dress + M.A.C x Nasty Gal Gunner Faux Fur Jacket + M.A.C x Nasty Gal Stunner Crop Top + M.A.C x Nasty Gal Stunner Tutu Skirt +

I’m sure you’ve heard by now that M.A.C and Nasty Gal have teamed up to do a 4-piece beauty collection due to drop December 4th (hi, count me in!! I want it ALL.). I actually came across this little secret tucked away in the depths of the internet way in the AM. They’re doing a clothing collab, too? Like, of course. I should’ve guessed. When I found out that Sophia was venturing into the beauty world it did sound odd to me at first, but I got it. You know? Now, though, this all just makes complete sense.

The pieces in the sets are markedly named “Stunner,” “Gunner,” and “Runner,” (Possible hint? Names of shades from the collection?). I think my favorite is definitely the Stunner set between the awesome leather jacket and the perfect crop top (I’m all about high necklines and backless bits). Which piece would you snag?

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