Brown Girls Love Power Day – January 7th, 2017

Posted on December 26, 2016

What a way to start off the New Year!!!   I will be speaking at #BrownGirlsLovePOWER Day on January 7th with four other AWESOME and inspirational ladies.  The event has an amazing lineup of workshops and panel discussions on empowerment and so much more! Hurry and grab your tickets at: www.browngirlslovepower.com Looking forward to meeting everyone! XO, Mel  

Celebrating with Toyota Latino! #LULAC16

Posted on August 30, 2016

The League of United Latin American Citizens’ (LULAC) Annual National Convention and Exposition is considered the nation’s premier Hispanic event.  More than 20,000 influencers from across the country, including top leaders from government, business, philanthropy and the Latino community attended.  In addition, Toyota – the top auto brand among U.S. Hispanics returned as presenting sponsor of LULAC’s 87th Annual National Convention and Exposition.  The highlight of Toyota’s participation was the 50th anniversary celebration of the Corolla, the top selling car among U.S.Read More

Facial at HelaSpa

Posted on April 30, 2016

Since I cut my hair, I felt the need to pay extra attention to my skin care regimen.  My cleansing routine is pretty simple. I use a gentle cleanser, exfoliate ever so often,  and apply a hydrating lotion both day and night, but I knew I needed to step it up a notch since I started noticing some pimples were starting to surface. So, I scheduled an appointment with the DC’s award-winning HelaSpa for a cleansing facial. Bonnie was myRead More

Empowered by you!

Posted on April 28, 2016

I am empowered by being imperfect. I LOVE how cute and comfortable these seamless undies are by @empoweredbyyou and am so proud to be an ambassador for this brand!  They are the perfect everyday panty.  Honored to be a part of such an incredible campaign that helps #empower women out of poverty.  20% of net profits will go to the Seven Bar Foundation to empower women out of poverty and into business via microfinance. Check out more on: Facebook: @Empoweredbyyou Twitter:Read More

The Golden Hour

Posted on April 12, 2016

I just love that time, right before sunset, when everything just seems to glow.  Those few minutes when the sun is low in the sky and creates such a beautiful warm light.   Soooo perfect for pics (no filters needed.)   Photos: Emma McAlary View fullsize View fullsize View fullsize View fullsize Jacket: Gap Sunglasses: Ray-Ban  (thanks Emma for letting me borrow them!) Top:  All Saints Jeans: Rag & Bone Boots:  Steve Madden

Cherry Blossoms – Washington, DC

Posted on March 31, 2016

Spring is truly my favorite time of the year.  Everyone starts to come out of hibernation, you can shed layers of clothing, and for me, it’s the all about the beautiful flowers that start to bloom. Which is why I totally look forward to the Washington DC Cherry Blossom Festival every year.  It also reminds me of being in Japan where I lived for my last tour in the United States Navy. Just a little bit of history, the famousRead More

Tourist in my own city

Posted on March 14, 2016

Ok so, how many of you have been born and raised or lived in a state/country for a long time and have yet to visit any of the known tourist attractions?  I know, I’m guilty too.  I mean I am originally from New York City (The Bronx to be specific) and I haven’t been to the Statue of Liberty yet! *insert surprised emoji face*  So I started this ritual of taking myself on dates to the Smithsonian museums here inRead More

Three stripes

Posted on March 12, 2016

I have always had this “thing” for Adidas.  Fron one, they are super comfortable but I totally associate them with growing up in the Boogie Down Bronx.  I will never forget when I saw my first pair on a girl on MTV back in the day when they used to show music videos. I just knew I needed a pair and that’s when my love affair began.  I mean, I remember when I used to save my allowance to go toRead More

Faux Fab Find

Posted on March 9, 2016

Confession:   I have been looking for the perfect faux fur jacket since the beginning of the winter.  The ones I found, I thought they were ALL too expensive and just weren’t the right color.  I didn’t want buy the typical black or anything with patterns because I felt it would be too overwhelming for my small frame.  But I got lucky! I found this olive green beauty at Zara on sale for 60 bucks!! Wooo Hooo ! I think I have aboutRead More

Ready for Spring

Posted on March 8, 2016

Hey guys! I know, I know.  I have been slacking on my posts (my bad).  I have been extremely busy and I am just trying to balance it all but I’m BACK!  I don’t know about you guys but I am super excited for spring time to come.  You know, like when the weather is warm enough to just rock a simple tee and a pair of distressed jeans.  It’s my favorite outfit to wear any day. What is yourRead More