I’m competing in a challenge!

21 Day Challenge


This is just a quick note to let you all know that I will be competing in Freckles in April’s 21 Day Challenge. I wanted a reason to start posting outfit posts and this seems like the perfect opportunity! If you would like more information, click the image above! It starts tomorrow, so get ready!


It Overtakes Me {13 March 2011}

(Psst … it’s back 😉 )

(Source from this site)

Some things (just a few…) that caught my attention this week…

The first tweet ever – 5 years ago today

Tokyo pictures on Sea of Shoes

Some terrible things happened in Japan this week. … See how you can help – especially if you live in LA.

A friend of mine just started a baking blog called Build a Cake. You should go check it out. She just started it this week, so she is still learning, but she needs readers. So, go!

While we’re on the subject of friends’ blogs, my sister the photographer made one recently called Emma-Lee Photography. Also, Cut a Fine Feather (A little edgier fashion – you know I love that) and fashionably late… (She updates like 5 times a day!) are both awesome blogs run by bloggers who go to my school.

Listen to this song … while you’re alone in your car … on your way to work (or school … or whatever normal routine you have) and tell me you don’t feel like you rule the road. 🙂

My weight loss journey – In pictures

Yesterday, when I walked into my boyfriend’s parents house, the first thing I heard was “Wooowww! Melissa is wearing jeans! I don’t remember the last time I saw you in jeans!”

The second thing I heard was “You look SO skinny! Like, SUPER skinny! Daammmnnn!”

This wasn’t the first time I’ve heard that lately. At school last week, I had several people mention that I look a lot thinner. That’s because in the last 10 months, I have lost about 40 pounds.

Those that know me personally know i can be a little of a self-portrait fanatic. I take a lot of pictures of myself – and during my weight loss journey, that hasn’t changed. It’s been very well documented. It really helped keep me on track, but I didn’t know if I was ever going to actually post any of these pictures.

Here is the first 10 months of my weight loss – through some very low-quality pictures.

Before I started – May 1, 2010


May 31, 2010

June 16, 2010

July 8, 2010

August 27, 2010

September, 2010 – Life happened

I don’t have any pictures from September because I was a little more focused on other parts of my life. I did take a very important step in feeling better about myself, though – I got a job. It was a sad time for me because I couldn’t dedicate as much time to things I love (such as this blog), but I finally had the financial comfort in my life – something I hadn’t had in a while. The financial stress was taken off and I was actually getting out of the house. These both definitely helped me with my weight loss goals later.

October 3, 2010


November, December, January and February

I don’t have any pictures from any of these months, but this is when most of the biggest changes happened. In January, after losing about 30 pounds by myself, I joined weight watchers to finish my goal. It worked really well – and is still working.

March 6, 2011 – Yesterday

I have about 10-15 pounds left to get to my goal, but I haven’t been that size since middle school. That part makes me nervous. But I’m working on it!

*P.S. … I like to pose with my hand on my hip, huh?


Your Attention Please!

I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted, but I know people still come back all the time.

I am writing to announce something I’ve been excited to talk about for months now.

Cirque De Moda (which means “Circus of Fashion” in a mix of French and Spanish) is a fashion show that is being put on by my Event and Fashion Show Production class. I am in the staging group, so expect the scene to be fantastic! I am so excited to see it all come together. If you are in Houston at 11:30 AM (I know … early show) on Wednesday, March 16, 2011 – please come watch!

We also have a page on Facebook.

Also, if you have a blog, Twitter, Facebook, whatever … promote! Promote! Promote! We need tons of exposure! 🙂

I GOT A JOB! (And why the Fashion Retail Management degree is perfect for me …)

Guess what, everyone! …



It’s not a superfantabulous job or anything. It’s as a cashier at Hobby Lobby. But I really think this is the right job for me.

I’ve realized since I’ve been going to school that I am so much more interested in the creative part of fashion. Of course, I love fashion. Love. I love how much it changes. I love being updated on what’s going on in the industry as soon as it happens. In the future, though, I see myself on the creative side.

This degree I’m going for is perfect for me. It’s incorporating my love of fashion into retail management, which is a business degree. So, it gives me an excuse to look at fashion while throwing all this business ownership knowledge at me. Which is great because I want to be one of those designers who can pick up a business plan or an advertising plan or a financial statement and know exactly what’s going on within my company. However, if I’m not interested in the degree I’m going for, I lose it fast. I’m on to the next thing.

So back to my main topic … my new job! It’s at Hobby Lobby and I think it’s going to be great for me. I’m going to be around creativity all day – and of course, it’s a retail position, so I can incorporate my new business knowledge into my work.

Another great thing about this job?

No dress code!

I get to wear whatever I want!

Oh, how I love being a fashion student :)

I know I’ve been studying too much when I look at a chick on TV and think…

“Ohh, look at her with her Kimono sleeves and Beteau neckline. Isn’t she fashionable?”


It Overtakes Me {12 Sep 19}

I’m absolutely aware I’ve been absent lately. That’s what finals do to you.

But here’s my {Super duper short} list of websites this week.


My favorite shirt collar? The Peter Pan collar. Just found out that it had a name. 🙂 Super cute.

My favorite fashion shows from this week? (from what I’ve seen so far…) 🙂 …

* Reem Acra *

This video is not her runway video. It's her Spring 2011 Bridal collection.
She talks about how she thinks about design, though. It's interesting.

*Monique Lhuillier *

* Marchesa *

Beautiful. ... Always a favorite.

* Barbara Tfank *

Told you. Super short.