Getaway to Big Bear

Lately I've been enjoying the quiet moments leading into the new year. Taking time off to rest, but even explore a little more around California. Recently, I headed down to Big Bear with some friends for the day and caught a glimpse of almost everything I could've wanted– snow, mountains, lakes, and a beautiful sunset. I'm so expectant for what the year is going to bring and looking forward to further travels like this. 

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NC – CA – TN

Get ready for a lot of random, behind the scene, and spur of the moment shots captured from my 11 day trip I just had. Ten planes, six cities, and a lot of coffee. It was a great way to start the year, but I'm glad to be back home for a bit. Here's a few highlights:

Quality family time in Greensboro, NC. I got to see my mother and sister and we ventured all throughout town– even Old Salem, which was one of my favorites. 

After this short weekend, I headed to LA / Vasquez Rocks for a shoot with Free People to shoot new products + vintage pieces launching in February as well as celebrating the two year anniversary of FPMe. It's been such a wonderful opportunity to be a part of it and I can't wait to see how it all comes out. For now, here's some previews + shots throughout the day:

One of the best drives I've ever had. Thick fog eventually guided me to the sunrise. 

Makeup: Kali Kennedy | Hair: Darine Sengseevong

Our team was incredible! Thanks to: 
Photographer: Alexandra Valenti
And others from FP: Tina Deleon, Doub Hanshaw, Christine MacLeod, Jessica Baldy

A short day and a half of shooting, and I'm on my way to Nashville for the week. It was an early flight and I got to watch the sun rise yet again. I loved the constant beauty I was surrounded by. 

8th And Roast– my absolute spot. Before I moved to Redding, this was where I spent every morning writing. Its sentimental meaning continues to grow every time I visit. I spent a lot of my free moments here again reminiscing in all the great things that have happened lately. 

Pink Bag Moment at Calypso St. Barth

Josephine on 12th

Barista Parlour: Golden Sound

Lots of food and good conversations happened, which were much needed. Last time I was in Nashville was for my wedding, so everything was quick and didn't leave a lot of room to catch up with people. I can't wait to share the upcoming style blogs from this trip soon!

A Winterful Weekend


"If I cannot get lost, I fear I may always find the same thing."

This weekend I spent the day in Mount Shasta discovering the miles of beautiful within its reach. The combination of colorful trails and snow covered mountains were magical. It was good to get out of the city and just get  l o s t. Take a look at the latest:


Wearing: Free People top (here), Free People sweater (here), Urban Outfitters scarf (here), Jennifer Behr headpiece (similar)

Golden Hour at Mount Tamalpais

Lost in the hills... trailing through this wondrous peak on the last days of the holiday break. 


Wearing: Free People Top (here), Topshop pants (here), Steve Madden shoes (here)

San Miguel de Allende

Hello everyone! I'm coming with some fun blogs on the way starting with this one from my recent Mexico trip. It was my first time there and I experienced many 'firsts.' I stayed in a town just north of Mexico City called San Miguel– quite a magical little town.

Recently listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the history of San Miguel dates back to 1542 when it played an important role as a hub in the silver trade. It's known for its well-preserved Colonial and Spanish architecture, which blew me away. Everything, every corner was filled with beauty. It was street after street of cobblestone and various eclectic shops like art galleries, modern boutiques, restaurants, and the churches. I've never seen such beautifully designed churches before. When I went, they were still having service while hundreds of tourists stood at the doors to take photos. Interesting way of doing church! One of the churches was a particularly special spot since we found out it was where egg nog was made. I even got to try it and see the nuns who prepared them. 

I stayed in this little boutique hotel called Dos Casas. It was small, unique, and personal, which was one of its perks. They had the best chef in Mexico who prepared the meals, including a special Christmas menu. I was so blessed to be able to spend my holidays here! Take a look at the rest of the trip:

Our special garden balcony.

Our special garden balcony.

Oh, these entrances

Oh, these entrances

Christmas morning on the walls of the church

Christmas morning on the walls of the church

Hello new christmas gift!

Hello new christmas gift!

The streets that went for miles.

The streets that went for miles.

Loved this "imagine" sign.

Loved this "imagine" sign.

One of my favorite spots to peek out of in the mornings from our room.

One of my favorite spots to peek out of in the mornings from our room.

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The entrance to our room.

The entrance to our room.

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Local market where they served up juice of any fruit possible.

Local market where they served up juice of any fruit possible.

It was hard to let this bench go. 

It was hard to let this bench go. 


If you want to see more photos and read about San Miguel, feel free to here. :)

-Mel