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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New to The Home // Milk & Eggs

Milk & Eggs: The New Way to Do Local Groceries // Mel Denisse

My home is a sacred space and making it feel healthy in every way is what I love to do. Being in Los Angeles makes that easy when it comes to food, however, with a busy schedule, it's not always the easiest to make grocery runs or even plan out meals. 

I've never thought about a local delivery service for groceries, but recently I tried out Milk & Eggs and absolutely loved it. It's all local farms & foods (up to 50% off) and an incredible organic selection. They have everything from fruits & veggies to, dairy, meat, pantry food, and more. Not to mention, the delivery time is just one day, delivered first thing in the morning. I definitely binged a little bit (ha), and got really excited about all the options. I stocked up on a lot of meals to make for the week, and things to keep long term as well. 

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You also have the option of subscribing to any item and have it delivered on a certain day each week. That way you never have to worry about picking it up at the grocery store. I feel like so much of what we buy is online these days, and adding groceries to that list makes it that much easier too. 

Milk & Eggs: The New Way to Do Local Groceries // Mel Denisse
Milk & Eggs: The New Way to Do Local Groceries // Mel Denisse

I also love their efficiency with the environment– there's no having to drive to the store (saving on gas), no waste, no inventory, or distribution centers, etc. That's why their prices are also lower. 

Milk & Eggs: The New Way to Do Local Groceries // Mel Denisse
Milk & Eggs: The New Way to Do Local Groceries // Mel Denisse

I'll continue to share what I make with the foods I order, since I've gotten a lot of inspiration from their site and blog. They continue to post incredible recipes with the food from their website and I'm excited to try them out! If you're in the LA area, definitely give Milk & Eggs a peek and try them out :) 

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A day in LA with Farfetch

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Last week I got to spend the day with the team of Farfetch alongside other great influencers. They were such great hosts taking us from spot to spot around town to experience so many great things from shopping, taking photos, free piercings (I got two!), and more! 

I absolutely love their aesthetic and online presence and the day's activities represented that so well. Even though I was sad I couldn't stay for the entire day, I wanted to share some highlights from my time with them.

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A day in LA with Farfetch // Mel Denisse
A day in LA with Farfetch // Mel Denisse
A day in LA with Farfetch // Mel Denisse
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CyberSummer: Miramonte Hotel Getaway

CyberSummer: Miramonte Hotel Getaway

Happy (almost) summer! I got to take a mini road trip this past weekend and stayed at Miramonte Hotel for a much needed getaway. Although I spent a few hours there during Coachella last year, it was great to finally experience the resort and all it had to offer. From the peaceful trails (with cozy fire pits throughout the property), endless views, relaxing pool cabanas, and a life-saving spa, I already can't wait to be back. 

Summer travel can be hectic because everyone usually plans trips around this time, but when I heard about Cyber Summer, I got excited for another way to get a great deal. If you've never heard of it, it's a one-day only flash sale held on June 21st (first day of summer) to get the best rate for your next hotel booking up to 50% off. Miramonte Hotel is one of the locations offering an incredible deal (if booked on this day only) from $99 plus a $25 credit. 

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Garden views right outside my bedroom. Couldn't get enough of waking up to this with the yummiest breakfast.

CyberSummer: Miramonte Hotel Getaway
CyberSummer: Miramonte Hotel Getaway
CyberSummer: Miramonte Hotel Getaway

The CyberSummer sale also extends across 40 hotels around the world with unique offers and benefits for each hotel you can view here.

CyberSummer: Miramonte Hotel Getaway

I also loved Miramonte's proximity to all the great local spots for coffee (a must) and food. Everything felt like it was under 5 minutes away, and honestly, I didn't have a reason to leave the hotel much because of how many activities there were available there.

CyberSummer: Miramonte Hotel Getaway
CyberSummer: Miramonte Hotel Getaway
CyberSummer: Miramonte Hotel Getaway
CyberSummer: Miramonte Hotel Getaway
CyberSummer: Miramonte Hotel Getaway

Thanks to Miramonte for such a wonderful experience. Be sure to check out their amazing deal for CyberSummer here, along with many others depending on where you're traveling this summer!

Langham Hotel x Immunocologie Staycation

Last week I got to experience the beautiful Langham Hotel in Pasadena with the Immuncologie team for two days of relaxation, inspiration, and beauty. It was such a beautiful retreat and I was greeted with some fun goods during the trip that I wanted to share.

Karen Ballou, founder of Immunocologie was as radiant as her products. From the moment I met her, to toasting over rose's, hearing her testimony– I loved her heart, passion, and authenticity in her life. Immunocologie is not only life giving to the skin, but to the whole immune system from the inside out. 

From yoga, to brunch, to the spa, everything was educational and I learned so much more about my well being and the brands that carry that same vision.

Morning yoga before our wellness brunch and spa day. 

Thanks to Alala for these fun pieces. It's activewear that felt like silk on my skin– seriously obsessed with their line! Check out some of my favorite pieces below:

Thank you to Langham & Immunocologie for an unforgettable week!
Hope you enjoyed!

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