Very Inspiring Blogger Award

March 5th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Personal by Meli

I was so beyond flattered and surprised to get an email from Emma of Clementine & Lace saying that she had nominated me for a Very Inspiring Blogger Award. How sweet is that??? I never think anyone is reading this blog (I’m my own worst critic), so it’s always nice to receive little special reminders that I may be wrong. But what I loved the most was getting to know new bloggers that quickly got added to my favorite list! Below are the rules and my nominees. Thanks again, Emma! You are a sweetheart. :)


1. Display the award logo on your blog.
2. Link back to the person who nominated you.
3. State seven things about yourself.
4. Nominate fifteen other bloggers for this award and link to them.
5. Notify those bloggers of the nomination and the award’s requirements.

Seven things about me;

1. I have a snake phobia. It’s bad.
2. I have dance parties in my house when I’m home alone with my dogs. Mainly to Maroon 5.
3. My nails are always manicured. You will never see them bare.
4. I don’t like people touching my feet or hands.
5. I’m so clumsy. I fall/trip or break/drop things a whole lot.
6. I say SAL-mon. [reference]
7. When I was a kid, I couldn’t sleep because I feared I would be abducted by aliens.


1. The Fashionable ESQ
2. Clementine & Lace
3. Oh Happy Day!
4. GrrFeisty
5. Of Corgis & Cocktails
6. Running on Happiness
7. The SecondHand Closet
8. Kirstin Marie
9. The Average Girls Guide
10. Accidental Sexiness
11. Me! Madonna!
12. This Creative Life
13. Wajima
14. Eat Drink Chic
15. Twinkie Chan

#StockingStufferSwap Reveal w/ Jessica

December 18th, 2012 | Posted in Beauty by Meli

When I heard from my lovely friend Terri of Delightfully Darling that there was going to be a blogger Secret Santa of sorts hosted by herself and Amy of At The Pink of Perfection, I jumped at the opportunity to join! I love giving gifts even more than receiving them, so I had a great time picking out some fun and unique items for my partner, Jessica, whom you can find over at The Jessica L Blog. The idea was definitely a sweet one and I hope to participate in similar projects in the future – it’s such a fun way to get to know new (to me) bloggers.

So what was my swag?
A new cosmetics bag (desperately needed one of those); lip gloss; compact mirror & a set of glitter polishes, which I  cannot wait to test drive for some fun holiday manicures! Make sure to check out Jessica’s blog for her post on the items I sent her, and big thanks again to the ladies that put this all together!

Edit; check out my fresh & sparkly mani using one of Jessica’s sparkly polishes (paired with Essie’s Mojito Madness):

{Trend Swap}: NEON!

January 17th, 2012 | Posted in Blog, Fashion by Meli

I’ve been inspired by some great blog swaps lately and wanted to host one of my own. I initially thought nail polishes since it is such an obsession hobby of mine, and I know a lot of you feel the same, but then I remembered that you cannot ship nail polish (I unfortunately learned the hard way). I continued to brainstorm and while shopping for sweet new accessories, it hit me!

Why don’t I pair up with the lovely Fashionable ESQ and offer a quarterly accessory swap based on a trend of our choosing? Everyone knows trends change like the tides in fashion, and one way to look the part without spending copious amounts of cash is to add those little pops to your wardrobe in the form of necklaces, headbands, lipstick, belts, etc. Think of it as a blogger not-so-secret Santa of sorts!

Photo credit; Keiko Lynn

With that said, this quarter’s swap will be NEON!
You can purchase any accessory you wish for your blogger partner, as long as it is bright, loud & fun, and of course, matches their personal style (see below). Also, I will not set a spending limit, but stress that this does not have to be anything exorbitant. Remember, the whole point of these swaps is to stay fashionable with details that will not break the bank.


What I need to know from those interested in participating are the following things;
1. A way to contact you (email, blog link)
2. Three adjectives describing your personal style -or-
3. A link to an outfit post (doesn’t necessarily have to be your own) that you think is the best representation of your style


I will close the window to participate at the end of the week (1/22/12) and at that point, I will pair us all up!

One final “rule;”
Once you receive your item, make sure to style it on your blog and share the link to this post. That way, next time we can get an even larger pool of participants to join in on the fun!

Dreaded Blog Question

March 8th, 2011 | Posted in Blog, Personal by Meli

Via Pinterest

When you have a blog, and you start putting it out there (or attempting to), the first question asked is always the most dreaded for me: “What kind of blog is it?” It seems like the most basic of questions. One you should be able to answer without a second thought, but for me, a blogger that has been struggling to find some sort of focus for 2 years, it is a nightmare. Or is it?

I had been putting off the search for focus because I like the fact that I can post about anything and everything. The sky is the limit; I am not pigeon holed to only discuss one topic. But at the same time, every video created by famous bloggers states that your number one goal is to narrow your focus and decide what kind of blogger you want to be. Well, shit.

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SheCon ’11

January 13th, 2011 | Posted in Blog, Local by Meli

So so so excited for this one! My new buddy, Becca, let me know that there was going to be a conference for female bloggers taking place in Weston, FL this year. I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to jump in the proverbial water and go after my 2011 goals. Although I have to be completely honest, I am a little nervous. Selling myself is something that I still have not perfected, and although I am outgoing and really enjoy meeting new people, I can retract a bit when something important is on the line (damned anxiety). However, I am working on that self-confidence, and know I have something good going here. Right?

I am also really looking forward to the panels, as I’m going to be learning a lot of very useful information about how to make my blog even more successful, interesting and focused. If you are a female blogger looking to network, learn and have some fun with fellow blogettes, check out SheCon. Have I mentioned it’s FREE?

If you are attending or thinking of attending, let me know in the comments!
I am hoping to be able to meet more local and not-so-local ladies in the blogosphere. I love working with others and maybe some fun collabs are in our future!