21c Hotel Museum // Nashville

Last weekend I got to spend a few days in Nashville again. I've missed it so much and every time I'm back, it seems to have grown more and more. I was so happy to be hosted by 21c Hotel Museum during my stay. They're a boutique hotel that's half known as a contemporary art museum throughout the entire building. It was beautiful to walk through the halls with the interactive art, along with a dark theater room with instrumental music playing and a projector showcasing various images to escape. 

21c Hotel Museum Nashville // Mel Denisse
21c Hotel Museum Nashville // Mel Denisse
21c Hotel Museum Nashville // Mel Denisse
21c Hotel Museum Nashville // Mel Denisse

If you're ever visiting Nashville, this is a must stay. It's close to everything and there's nothing short of inspiration in each corner of the hotel. 

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2017 Recap

2017 was a year that felt surreal, and not in the best way. It seems like this has been the case for many, but for me it was a year that went quick and I'm glad it did. At the end of 2016, I began journaling and dreaming up what 2017 would look like with a few things I envisioned happening. They definitely started to happen, just not in the way I had thought...

Here's a few highlights from the year, along with some challenges I faced:

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Entering 2017 having just finished being a part of this video, "Perfect Illusion" Lady Gaga, was quite a surprise. I got a blind casting and got called in the next morning for a secret video shoot to dance and I thought, "I really don't feel like giving 12 hours of my night right now..." but went anyway, and it was such an incredible project to be a part of. I slowly felt music creeping back into my life and it was a great way to start the year. 

2017 Recap // Mel Denisse
2017 Recap // Mel Denisse

Spent February in NYC for Fashion Week and my Birthday. It was my 3rd year attending, and while it was such a great experience again, I was beginning to feel the exhaustion of the past year hitting me. When I returned to LA, I had to quickly begin prepping to move. 

  Had a staycation with Immunocologie at the Langham Hotel with some incredible women for a weekend in March. 

Had a staycation with Immunocologie at the Langham Hotel with some incredible women for a weekend in March. 

2017 Recap // Mel Denisse
2017 Recap // Mel Denisse

Second year for Coachella- always the most fun, unpredictable, exhausting weekend all in one. Got to work with some incredible people and see old and new friends before getting away to Europe!

2017 Recap // Mel Denisse
2017 Recap // Mel Denisse

Jetted off to Istanbul and celebrated my beautiful cousin's wedding and spent 2 weeks with family.

2017 Recap // Mel Denisse
2017 Recap // Mel Denisse

Next stop was London. A place I've felt connected to for years, and had been waiting to experience. Originally I was planning to go for Fashion week, but ended up pushing the trip to April, and it was beautiful to spend it with no agenda other than exploration. The idea of moving there has always been in the back of my mind along with NYC, so I can't wait for more opportunities in this great city. 

2017 Recap // Mel Denisse
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2017 Recap // Mel Denisse

The first half of the year felt like a tornado of events. From moving, to traveling, to Airbnb's for a month (because my new apartment wasn't ready), to finally moving in, in April. I only settled in for a few days before it was time to leave again for Coachella, Turkey, then London until May. Before I knew it, it was Summer.

2017 Recap // Mel Denisse
2017 Recap // Mel Denisse

Getaway to Miramonte Hotel in Palm Springs to kick off the summer. 


During the summer, I was in the beginning stages of recording my new single (going back into the studio for the first time in 10 years) and starting up as many writing sessions as I could. It's something I had been waiting for, and with the emotional events of the year, I felt catapulted into the studio with such a sense of vulnerability and readiness. It was on my list of to-do's this year, and before I knew it, it became my cave for 7 months upon completing the song in December. 

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Writing and recording this song was my healing place and my hope for creating something beautiful out of such a difficult year. 

2017 has certainly been a theme of dependency, trust, and learning joy all in a completely new, deeper way. I can honestly say that it's been incredible, yet one of the most difficult years I've experienced. Looking at 2018, I'm feeling more at home within LA and the pace of my life. I'm excited to continue this blog, along with a deeper focus on my music. I'm so incredibly thankful for all of you that have read my blog, followed along in Insta, and have supported anywhere else. Looking forward to a new 2018!

2017 Recap // Mel Denisse
2017 Recap // Mel Denisse

Coming January 8, 2018:

2017 Recap // Mel Denisse
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Thanksgiving Prep With Milk & Eggs

This might be one of my favorite times of the year, as I'm sure it's yours too. Thanksgiving is right around the corner and I'm betting... well, we'll end up sifting through crazy grocery store aisles on the hunt for the same things as everyone else (I know, we never plan it that way, but it happens).

If you're local to the Los Angeles area, then ordering online might be your best friend. A few months ago I started ordering my groceries from Milk & Eggs– a local, free grocery delivery service that offers a variety of organic, fresh foods. It's been the easiest way to get everything I need right to my door the next day, and there's the option of a one-time purchase or a subscription. (See my first experience here)

I also ordered my essentials for Thanksgiving and loved their new selection (they keep adding new things all the time) and wanted to share a bit of my spread. 

If you'd like to try it out, you can use my code: meldenisse for $15 off $35 or more :)

Thanksgiving Prep With Milk & Eggs // Mel Denisse
Thanksgiving Prep With Milk & Eggs // Mel Denisse
Thanksgiving Prep With Milk & Eggs // Mel Denisse
Thanksgiving Prep With Milk & Eggs // Mel Denisse

Not to mention, I love how they always update their new items on the homepage, as well as new recipes and ideas using their food if you ever need ideas:

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Glimpses in Fall

Captured a few moments from my weekend visiting Petals and Pop; a floral shop that fueled my soul with their romantic ethereal arrangements. LA is a little slower to the Fall season, so finding any spaces to capture that has been much needed. 

Glimpses in Fall // Mel Denisse
Glimpses in Fall // Mel Denisse
Glimpses in Fall // Mel Denisse
Glimpses in Fall // Mel Denisse

Made a visit to Rancho Los Alamitos and their space was so peaceful to set up a spot and soak it in for a while. It was my first time visiting and already can't wait to be back. 

Glimpses in Fall // Mel Denisse
Glimpses in Fall // Mel Denisse

Lastly, this little beauty couldn't have been a more perfect addition to my weekend. I had a painting made for me that summed up a beautiful part of life's process: duality: from death to life. Throughout everything we face, a part of us has inevitably experienced pain and something in us has 'died', so to speak. But when has there not been something beautiful that's grown from it? We experience that duality constantly.

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Autumn Daze

autumn found me in a daze
jewel toned; escaped the craze
a morning in lonely ecstasy
roaming through a yellow fantasy

Autumn Daze // Mel Denisse
Autumn Daze // Mel Denisse
Autumn Daze // Mel Denisse
Autumn Daze // Mel Denisse
Autumn Daze // Mel Denisse
Autumn Daze // Mel Denisse