california dreamin’ travel journal

In the middle of winter and snow, I’m dreaming of California more than ever. Los Angeles, a dystopian city gone right. The beaches surrounded by traffic, and blessed In-N-Outs. Even their cultural memes (a gauntlet from BoJack to Californication) are qualities you can vibe to. I think we’d like to retire there some time. Just, paying our beach […]

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best coffee shops in berlin

Where can I start with Berlin? The edgy streets, the unique sense of style, the unlimited amount of choice of coffee shops.. It’s the perfect package for the Fashion Mews team. The attitude of this city is  just contagious. We had a lot more time to explore this amazing city. and my favorite places, the […]

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Ditta Artigianale

What started as a competition representing Italy in the coffee world, ended in an established coffeebrand. After winning the award, barista Francesco Sanapo wanted to do something more for his… Read More

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La Ménagère

La Ménagère is a flowershop, restaurant and coffeehouse in one, located close to the Duomo. It’s so pretty! Our favorite place to have breakfast. They have great coffee and the… Read More

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our favorite NYC coffee shops

Wow I can’t believe it’s been a year since we moved to NYC! While I love California and the good vibes, NYC has a special place in my heart. Living in the city, and Lower East Side has given us endless amounts of inspiration to create content for Fashion Mews. Coffee shops of course are a […]

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london travel journal

As promised the London photos are finally here! I know I took awhile to post the London pictures, but Q4 of last year got super crazy with projects, deadlines, and so many travel updates. So I decided to take a break, a longer than expected one to post the London photos. Thank you for your […]

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”Bonanza is such an inspiring coffeeplace! It’s full of light, minimalistic and full of design packages and products. My hot chocolate was served in such a pretty cup! We definitely… Read More

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top 10 things to do in Japan

This was our first time as a couple, so there may be that tinge of bias on our recommendations.  A special thank you for your patience as we had to go through so many images to put this guide together. Without further a-do here’s list of our favorite 10 things to do in Japan. 🙂  1. Stay in Shinjuku It’s got the clublights, redlight, the gay, and high fashion. Try to get as close as you can to Shinjuku Station, which will basically take you anywhere in Japan, let alone Tokyo. 2. Ramen Every shop will focus on the meat, noodle, or broth. Which do you value most? Then go from there. To be honest, it’s one of those places where no matter where you go, you’ll get a pretty solid place if you just do some light research. I like Lucky Peach’s ramen list, for starters. 3. Meiji-Shrine Central Park meets Tokyo. Go on a stroll, wash your hands/mouth in preparation for prayer. Donate a few coins like the locals, bow your head twice, clap twice, and bow one last time. 4. Coffee Shops Third-wave coffee shops like Deus Ex Machina, Cafe Kitsune, and Reissue were our faves! We were […]

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spring awaiting

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

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NYC eats + style guide for lower east side

Ever since our move to NYC, we’ve been non-stop exploring the food scene in our area. Needless to say, we haven’t even scratched the surface, but here’s some of our favorite NYC eats we’ve enjoyed so far! almond raspberry croissant + avocado toast at Ludlow Coffee Supply a new local coffee shopa zen coffee moment at El Rey brunch time at Freemans, an LES classicavo toast love at Dudleys, a personal favoritematcha bubble tea float at Vivi Bubble Tea, I mean need I say more? 🙂 Thank you for reading! xx i’m wearing Aritzia sweater Alexander Wang shorts (similar here) Olive trench Acne Studios sneakers Chanel bag

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top 5 SF coffee shops

So before we moved from this beloved city, we’ve literally tapped out the entire coffee space in San Francisco due to our remote-work schedules (visited approximately 50+ coffee shops). We did not focus on the wi-fi or location factors. The coffee, supporting menu, decor, and atmosphere were determining factors to our list. Without further ado, here’s our top 5 SF coffee shops that inspired us, fed us and most importantly helped us build Fashion Mews…   1. Wrecking Ball: It’s not big and sparse seating, but then there’s that pineapple wallpaper that’s become its welcoming trademark. The founding team has incredible barista cred (I mean, just check out co-founder Trish Rothgeb’s rap sheet), and they’ve taken their spin on iced cappuccinos to some next-level n wave. Bonus points for killer latte art game even with almond milk!   2. Sightglass: An incredible tech legacy in itself, add some b. patisserie and fruity, creamy bean flavors, and you have THE SOMA coffee shop experience. The story goes while Jack Dorsey was still hanging around Mint Plaza, he broke off into Sightglass as an investor and business partner with the then-fledgling Square. Nowadays, all you overhear is VC/startup gossip which we tend to block out, otherwise our twitter […]

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most photogenic coffee shops of Paris

Bonjour from Paris! We’re already wrapping up our first part of the Europe trip, and this past week has been quite magical. We have a ton of photos to show you, but I wanted to kick things off with a list of most photogenic coffee shops of Paris we visited during our trip. This is not a ranking by any means as we didn’t get a chance to check out all the coffee shops in the city, though we wished we did! It’s simply a list curated by Abel and I, the coffee shops that stood out to us in terms of good coffee and tasteful decor during our research. Without further ado, here we go: 1. Ob-la-di: By far the most San Francisco like coffee shop, Ob-la-di is the only one that serves almond milk. Bonus points for serving tea all the way from Samovar Tea – SF represent! Oh and they have avocado toast too. But most importantly, can we talk about those beautiful tiles? TLDR; I’d definitely go again.   2. Télescope: If you want to experience a more local joint, Télescope is exactly what you need. Order a shot of espresso and people watch like a Parisian. Plus […]

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simplicity at work

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

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Hong Kong travel journal pt. 2

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

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LA photo journal

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

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Taipei travel journal

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

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