Cause I’m Drowning For Ya

by Melanie on November 24, 2014

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Okay, I’m sure by now you’ve realized my absolute dedication to For Love & Lemons. They’re a label whose lookbooks I look forward to with each season, from the Ready-to-Wear pieces to their SKIVVIES, and now their KNITZ. I just have so much appreciation for quality clothing, innovative design, awesome styling, and the models whose looks bring it all together (I still have an immense girl crush on Sheila Marquez when they first launched SKIVVIES last year).

So the Ethereal crop top and maxi set came out and I sat there for a long time trying to justify buying both pieces. I really couldn’t. Now that I’m in Rhode Island, the need for bomb reserve outfits is low. I’m so happy I bought just the crop top…it’s honestly super versatile on its own. And it’s actually the same embroidered pattern that my graduation dress is in.

I paired the top with these super cool flare jeans by BDG. They have an elastic waistband but I’m very okay with that.

I’ve sadly decided to cut back on my monthly spending by nixing my Spotify and Netflix accounts. It’s been so long since I’ve listed to music with ads that I can’t do it. So now I’m taking advantage of the cool stuff you can find on Soundcloud that Spotify doesn’t ever get. This is my favorite remix for Banks’ “Drowning”. So good.


Photographs taken by my friend, Maria Polky.

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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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