my edgy valentine

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

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all things winter skincare

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 […]

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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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casually edgy 2016 goals

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 […]

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museum date at the Broad

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

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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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