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What is Age-Appropriate?
March 29, 2012
This is a question we ask ourselves. Recent events have led me to think about it. I thought about it as I found myself at the BP Depar...
March 22, 2012
Straight-leg. Boot cut. Skinny. Trouser. Jeggings. And now another name to pair with jeans: Acne. This Acne, however, is not those pes...
March 15, 2012
I found my voice a year ago when I started writing Styling with Mel. And since that time, I have wanted to hear other voices and parti...
My Mother, my Muse
March 8, 2012
My mother is always there for me. Loving me, guiding and supporting me, and supporting my passion for fashion. She has a st...
March 1, 2012
When I wrote about the Oscars last year (And the Oscar goes to…) I ended by saying that it would be wonderful if they brought b...
We All Need a Little Lift Now and Then
February 24, 2012
Recently, my mother wore a sweater with detachable shoulder pads. The sweater looked wonderful and it was not the first time that my m...
An Outsider's View of New York Fashion Week and a Valentine for Whitney
February 16, 2012
It is time again for New York’s Fashion Week. While most of us are dreaming of a glorious spring and awaiting the first signs of...
Wu Be Gone
February 9, 2012
On Super Bowl Sunday I was up early, getting ready for the big game. First, I made sure that I had a hearty breakfast. Next, I did my ...
Is it June yet?
February 2, 2012
What are the fashion trends for spring? I know two for sure – pastels and neutrals. Pastels will be everywhere &ndas...
"If Not Now ... WEN?"
January 26, 2012
Lather. Rinse. Repeat. This is the rhythm of hair washing and it is something we do every day, every other day, or at the very least, ...
"Post Script 2011"
January 19, 2012
It is the New Year, but before I ring in the new, I would like to address the old. I have a few updates from my 2011 articles. &...
January 12, 2012
On January 13, 2011, I wrote my first Styling with Mel column. I wrote as a Guest Columnist, and the title was: Avoiding the January F...
"Let's Make Up"
January 5, 2012
Knowing how to wear makeup is definitely an art form. I love the natural look, and yet I notice that the older I get, the harder it is...
A Few of My Favorite Holiday Gifts
December 29, 2011
Intarsia. Isn’t this a great word? I heard it first from my mom – she loves intarsia knitted sweaters and counts them amon...
December 22, 2011
‘Tis the season to dress up! Or not. I discovered last week how to dress for a festive holiday party. And the answer was clear &...
Betwixt and Between
December 15, 2011
Raising a tween girl – or boy, for that matter – is medal-of-honor worthy. These are tricky times for parents and fo...
Fashion is 100% Inspiration
December 8, 2011
There is a moment before I write my column when I worry that I won’t have a new fashion thought. I take in the moment and ...
Follow The Shiny Things
December 1, 2011
That was my message in the first Styling with Mel column, January 2011. It was my wish to you for a shiny New Year. As we ...
November 24, 2011
Sometimes private moments are the most important when it comes to dressing ourselves. We know how good it feels to present to the worl...
These Boots are Made for Walkin'
November 17, 2011
It began at least 20 years ago in Waco, Texas, when I was a bridesmaid at my college friend’s wedding. While there, I boug...
November 10, 2011
If you can get to the root of who you are and make something happen from it – my sense is you’re going to surprise yoursel...
What to Wear in an Emergency
November 3, 2011
I am living in a fog. Like so many fellow neighbors and citizens, I was caught by surprise last Saturday by a freak October snow...
October 27, 2011
I just spent less than $20 on a shirt for the fall! How did I do it? By visiting one of my favorite haunts – my loca...
A Worthy Cause, Miu Miu, and the Banana Heel!
October 20, 2011
Last week I found heaven. My dear friend invited me to a fundraiser for The Valerie Fund at the very-new Miu Miu boutique in the...
Bring Out the Skulls!
October 13, 2011
Oh, October. I love this month. Gorgeous colors as leaves change, cool breezes as Halloween approaches, and pumpkins, ...