Susanna was one of the first bloggers I ever followed, years ago when I first began blogging myself. Her daughter and my son are just months apart in age so I remember seeing her baby while holding my own baby in my arms and feeling connected by this new experience with motherhood. Since then I’ve continued to follow her work, her books, and her incredible sense of style and her ability to make everything look so good. She also throws the best birthday parties for her girls, so is there anything she can’t do well?
Pella tipped me off to this by posting the Livet Hemma feature of Susanna’s home last night on Facebook as I was dozing off. Funnily enough I ended up dreaming that Elin and I were at her house for a birthday party! Everyone was speaking Finnish except for me but I didn’t really care, I was just happy to be hanging with her cute family at a party. And that’s how my Monday morning began!
The feature was a partnership with IKEA so the tour is heavy with IKEA product but you can still see Susann’s touch on everything and has created a unique example of how to personalize furniture easily accessible to all.
Photos courtesy of Susanna Vento.
As I’m writing this to you, Ramen is trying to play with my computer cables, you see how hard it is to get work around here? April started off with a major planet retrograde fest according to Susan Miller, yes astrology nerd speaking here. While the energy of NYC has been a little off lately, […]
It’s been some moody city weather, which is why I put together a look that’s hopeful for spring but WARM! Also, we booked a last-minute trip to Nepal to get our trekking on. Although I’ll be missing some amazing snaps, posts, and memes, there’s something cathartic about being unplugged for a week. But until the next internet cafe, thanks for reading! Special thanks to Alex Pines for the inspiring images. i’m wearing Aritzia top Denim jeans (similar here) Stella McCartney platform brogues Acne Studios denim jacket Céline bag
I can’t figure out whether it’s the move back to NYC or the reuniting with 4 seasons (yes, my first true spring in many years), I couldn’t help but add a little more color into my life. When I saw this Acne Studios cardigan, I knew it was the perfect add to my wardrobe – blue has always been a favorite color of mine after all. If you haven’t been to lower Manhattan, you’re in for a treat. From SoHo to LES, every neighborhood is filled with history, fashion, art and lots of character. Hubby to this day makes fun me because how well I know SoHo. I did spend most my NYC days there back then, and *AHEM* now. People watching FTW. i’m wearing Acne Studios cardigan strappy top (restyled here) Aritzia shorts White Sneakers Céline bag Chanel sunnies Let’s connect on Instagram and Bloglovin. Photos by Abel.
When in New York, I can’t help it but go back to all black for a minute even if it’s spring. I’ve been dying to wear these Keepsake pleated pants, so special thanks to the nice weather for allowing me style them! Finished the look with an oversized blazer, my favorite knot belt and platform booties to give the right amount of edge. Rooftops are optional, of course. Thanks for reading! i’m wearing Zara blazer (similar here) Keepsake pants Thakoon booties Céline bag
By the time you’re reading this, we’ve already moved in to our new place in NYC, but I’m excited to share one last post from SF. This rocker chic outfit is my take on a little bit of SF and a little bit of NYC. Because deep down, I feel connected to both coasts and feel lucky that we get to experience these two amazing cities! Last but not least, I got the best makeover from Acher Salon in San Francisco right before our move. I don’t trust just anyone with big changes, but this one just felt right. Many thanks to Gari, CK for color, Mari for cut, Bianca for brows, Charlie for hair styling and Margarita for nails. The whole team there is just amazing, and I’m obsessed with my new hair. Special thanks to Angie for the amazing photos! As always, thanks for reading. xx i’m wearing Reformation top Acne Studios sweater Acne Studios jeans Givenchy heels Chanel bag
Another spring neutrals inspired post! I went through the internets looking for something interesting to share about this season, but apparently children actually grow faster in the spring than during other times of the year. What. When I don’t wear black, I love opting out to neutrals. Like this khaki trench, for instance. It’s the perfect finish over neutrals shirt and skirt. Can’t think of a better time to do it other than spring, just in time for Easter. Thank you for reading, wishing you an amazing weekend! xx i’m wearing Iro shirt Aritzia skirt Acne Studios sneakers Reformation trench Chanel bag
What to wear to a nearly thousand year old castle aka the former royal palace of Bavarian monarchs? In my case, casual chic it all the way. Details are a cozy sweater layered with a white tee, distressed denim and a pair of Valentinos. Thank you for reading! xx Melis i’m wearing Aritzia sweater T by Alexander Wang Citizens of Humanity jeans (similar here) Valentino heels Céline bag
We were inspired to write this post as we had trouble finding a guide with top things to do in Paris including tips and tricks. Hope this guide will help you plan your next trip to Paris better! Neighborhoods: The Marais: Akin to West Village NY, this neighborhood is filled with shops, bars, and a pretty diverse restaurant scene. The pre-revolutionary buildings, cobblestone alleys and the cutest doors are all ready for your Instagram. Coffee shops: We wrote an entire article here dedicated to this. But we find coffee shops inherently pick up a lot of the city culture. People watching FTW. Museums: Buy tickets online or on your smartphone to skip the long lines. Use coat check (it’s free), and we highly recommend the guided audio tours. You should survey what every floor has and pick out artists you’d want to focus around; there’s too much for just a day. And try to go early/later. We were “off season” but it still felt really crowded. 1. The Lourve: It’s got something for everyone, but the Napoleanic Apartments and Mona Lisa were the highlights for us. 2. Musée d’Orsay: Van Gogh/Post-Impressionist and Impressionist work is what you’re […]
Because we had a chance to slip off to Vegas for an early Chinese New Year’s celebration, I wanted to throw together a Valentine’s Day inspiration for you guys! At this point in my life, I feel lucky to be in a long-term relationship with the hubby, which means I get to dress for myself and really explore my personal style. It’s a life journey to find genuine self-inspired style (because at the end of the day, you’re sharing your point of view), but when it comes around, you can feel it in your bones. In true Fashion Mews, it’s all about bringing out a comfort pick from my wardrobe – the denim, but add a more flirty date-night on top of it. I call this one my edgy valentine. I added the neck tie and Givenchy heels for more edge and chic. Special shout out to Christina Aguayo for the amazing make up. Thank you for reading as always! xx Melis Photos by Abel. Let’s connect on Instagram and Bloglovin. the outfit: Revolve top | J Brand denim (value find here) | Givenchy heels (value find here) | Neck tie | Bag: Chanel
When it comes to skincare, you could say that I’m pretty obsessed. It’s important to start while young. Understanding what your skin needs is a must as well. For instance, I have combination skin (a mixture of oily and dry areas), but it gets on the drier side during winter time. Lately I’ve been making an effort to convert to more natural brands as well as experimenting with the latest beauty trend, Korean skincare. For this post, I wanted to break down my winter skincare routine and share some of my current favorite products. The Basics: Aesop Toner – This is toner that caters to more sensitive skin. My first time using Aesop products, I’m a fan, although I’m also a big fan of this toner. Vitamin C serum – Vitamin C is a must for my daily routine. I like to use it before applying any serums or moisturizers on my face and neck. Not only it has so many anti-aging benefits, it’s very helpful to use it along with SPF. Avéne moisturizer – My go to day time moisturizer. It’s light, absorbs really fast and hydrating. Bonus points for smelling amazing. Shisedo UV protector* – Can’t stress enough how important SPF is for your […]
What is your go-to office look? I have been lucky to work at creative workplaces most of my life where office wear is super casual. Lately my day-to-day looks consist of PJs on work from home days and lots of coffee shop looks like this one. The idea of office wear should be simple and utilitarian. Who wants to get up in the morning to contemplate what to wear anyways? Pro-tip: plan the night before to avoid being late. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t show any personality. Distressed denim is a daily uniform for me given how comfy and easy to style it is. Paired with a polka dotted top to beat the Monday blues and black booties to give the right edgy feel. Choker is optional, but recommended. Throw over a leather moto jacket and you got yourself a simple office look. Thank you for reading, have a wonderful week! xx Melis Let’s connect on Instagram and Bloglovin. the outfit top: Comme Des Garcons | denim: J Brand, similar here and here | booties: Acne Studios | Watch: Larsson & Jennings
As we prepare for our next adventure, I wanted to look back at the last part of our Hong Kong travel journal and share some more photos with you. It’s been over a month since we traveled to Asia, and putting together this travel journal gave me a serious case of wanderlust. The first part of Hong Kong is here, and the Taipei travel journal is here. One of the best perks of traveling for me is to be able to shop at local stores. Like this cozy sweater dress for instance. I got it at a small boutique in Taipei for $25! It was super fun to style it with a pair of faux leather pants and the Isabel Marant knot belt. Photos were taken in Hong Kong. A few Hong Kong tips: If you’re a coffee lover, check out my favorite coffee shops 18 Grams and The Coffee Academics. If you’re a high tea lover, the afternoon tea service at The Peninsula Hotel is also a must. Thank you for reading! xx Melis Check out my Instagram and Bloglovin. the outfit
Oh you know winter is in full swing in SF lately, but I wanted to throw an all white look for this blog post for a special occasion. First of all, a big thank you from the bottom of my heart for supporting Fashion Mews thus far. I want you to know that I read every single comment/like/response, and it means the world to me. When I first started this blog a year ago, I had no idea how much my life was going to change. It’s been an incredible year full of challenges and growth. To highlight a few: we attended NYFW, traveled to many awesome locations around the world, and created an inspiring community on our Instagram. If I could give one advice to anyone who is trying start doing their own thing is that I would say, work hard and surround yourself with people who inspire you. Well that makes it two, but you get the point. Lastly, I’m loving these Maison Margiela booties I found on sale during the holidays! Their arrival made it a perfect opportunity to create a look with softer hues. With an edgy twist of course. Thank you for reading as always! xx […]
Happy new year! January has become the month to focus, and work on some very exciting projects – can’t wait to share more details soon, stay tuned. But I want to talk about something more important today, three new year goals that I came up with for this year. Without further ado, here they are: Get more organized. Make lists and stick to them. Or try your very best! For instance, if you have 10 items in your to-do list, prioritize. If you get the top 3 key items, you’re doing great. And keep a journal next to your bed, this will help you get your thoughts down before you sleep or even in the middle of the night. Be more positive. Because the world is so negative as is and it’s up to you to change that cycle. The only way to dream is to keep the negativity out and be more thankful about what you have. Yes, there’s always someone who will be doing better, and something going wrong, but this is your life. Focus on yourself and your dreams. LOVE more, fewer people. One of the most important things I’ve learned from 2015 is to find a good […]
If you haven’t heard by now the hype is gathering around downtown LA’s The Broad, a contemporary art museum by the philanthropist Eli Broad. Though you can get reservations on their online ticketing system, it’s booked out for weeks. We ended up waiting for about an hour strolling in 10:30am on a Sunday. From the infinity Room (get there early) to their Warhol/Hurst/Koons scattered through the rooms, it’s a VERY pop art-heavy collection. You can call it the Whitney equivalent of LA. But you just have to see it to see the amazing shots you can pull off across its humungous “honeycomb like” exterior. Inspired by the funky architecture of The Broad, I put together a look with volume and structure. Thank you for reading, hope you had an amazing holiday weekend! xx Melis Photos by Abel. the outfit: Fashion Bunker tunic (c/o) | Shopbop culottes (on sale here) | Saint Laurent booties (similar here) | Levis Denim jacket | Bag: Chanel
Hello from Los Angeles! Whenever we come down here, it’s always to a treat to discover new coffee shops. This LA photo journal post is dedicated to the amazing coffee scene as well as the calming beaches here. A little side inspo: Holidays can be stressful and hectic with shopping for loved ones and all, but don’t forget to take a moment to reflect on how far you’ve come this year and your goals for the next year. Speaking of reflections, we’re at a crossroads as well. Can’t wait to give you more updates soon. Happy holidays from the Mews family! Featured coffee shops: Urth Cafe | Menotti’s Coffee Shop | Verve Coffee Roasters Photos by Abel. outfit details
Holidays are upon us, so we wanted to surprise you with another his & hers holiday style post. Special thanks to Abel for letting me experiment my photography skills on him! He’s looking mighty fine in them, isn’t he? I should be encouraging our readers the spend more money during the holidays for a new dress, but why not utilize a dress you already have in your closet instead? Lately, I’ve been trying to simplify things in my life and get rid of the clutter in my closet. It’s still a work in progress, but meanwhile I try to only buy things that I can style for different occasions. Like this black dress. Previously posted here, and some even thought that it was a skirt! This time I paired it with a faux cur coat to glam it up, platform booties (on sale) and Chanel boy. We also put together a holiday inspired look for Abel, SF version of course. Abel’s style super laid back but that doesn’t mean we can’t dress him up with a John Varvatos coat. It’s all in the details! Thank you for reading! xx Melis Melis’ outfit Abel’s outfit
It was an amazing experience to see Taipei in person after listening to so many stories from Abel. This city is filled with amazing food, history and latte/nail art. Can’t get better than this! We walked a lot during this part of the trip – over 10 miles on one of the days, probably a good thing since we ate so much. So a simple white tee or a cozy cardigan and denim became my go-to uniform. To me, comfort is #1 priority in these kinds of situations. Highlights: In% Cafe (accidentally discovered the cutest 3-D latte art place), Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, Taipei 101 panoramic views, Shilin Night Market. Thanks for reading! xx Melis Photos by Abel. outfit details