Burratta Salad

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It’s bikini and salad season! One seems to rely on the other, as we rather spend more time at the beach this Memorial Day weekend over a hot oven. Here is one of my favorite go-to summer recipes, burrata salad. Burrata is a heavenly combination of mozzarella and cream, making it the perfect decadent protein for any meal. I keep it simple by creating a hybrid caprese salad which goes perfectly with a glass of wine.
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Burrata Salad

1 cup arugula

1/2 cup cherry tomatoes

1/2 burrata ball

2 tsp balamic vinegar

Salt and Pepper to taste

Wash your organic veggies and slice the tomatoes in long halves. Plate and add your burrata. Drizzle with balsamic and add salt and pepper. Serve.

 

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Easy Summer Hairstyles

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It’s about to get hot and this is the time of year where we want to spend more time on the beach that prepping in the bathroom. I sharing some easy summer hairstyles involving no styling products or heat!

You’ll learn how to do easy  summer waves, a new twist on the pony tail, and more! Watch below and let me know what you think!

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Healthy Egg Salad

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This isn’t your typical breakfast, but it should be. Enjoy my take on a healthy egg salad that takes only minutes and is a great way to start you day with fresh organic produce and protein.

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Healthy Egg Salad

1 Egg

1 tbl organic coconut oil

5 Cherry Tomatoes

Minced garlic

1/4 small onion

1 tbl jalapeno goat cheese

1 cup arugula

1/4 sliced avocado

In a small skillet, add the oil, garlic, onion and sauté for about a minute. Add cracked egg on top and spread mixture till scrambled. Add tomato and goat cheese till warm. Serve over bed of arugula with a few slices of avocado. Enjoy!

Let me know what you think below!

 

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How To Style Overalls like An Adult

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Let’s face it, the last time most of us wore overalls was in the sandbox. As much as I hate to admit it, overalls are back! Don’t be intimated them. The key to rocking them is learning how to style overalls like an adult. Here are fews tips to wear them with confidence.

Business Stylings Remember overalls are a bit masculine by design so accessorize with feminine pieces. I dressed up my overall with a white collared blouse (closet staple in my 15 must-haves), statement necklace, and brightly-colored cardigan. Basically the look on my top half could be paired with tailors pants or a high wasted skirt for the office. By dressing up the top half with more than an tee-shirt it gives my look a more polished finish.

Dress ‘Em Up Add a form-fitting blouse underneath with a pair of sexy heels for a night out. This works for multiple cuts: boyfriend or skinny jeans, but pick the best style for you body type. Toss on a white blazer or a cropped motorcycle jacket and embrace your “fashion girl” status.

Casual Fridays A cute pair of flats, Chucks or Vans will keep you looking casually cool for daytime. Stick to a figure flattering silhouette and avoid anything country western inspired.

Sport Chic They are a perfect accessory for your next sporting event. Below I styled a pair with my Chicago Bears jersey.

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How do you like to wear overalls? Share you stylings in the comments section below!

 

 

 

 

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Mature Style Makeover

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There is a time in every women’s life when you have to ditch the cardigans and slinky forever 21 dresses for a more mature look. That’s exactly how I approached the styling of my recent client, Akilah. After working a few years, she’s headed back to law school and needed a more polished wardrobe to reflect her new path. Her awesome boyfriend, Keith, gifted my services for her birthday. With an $700 budget, Chataigne Style Studio, gave Akilah a more mature style makeover with important style tips to use in the future.

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When Keith called me he said his goal was to surprise Akilah with a more mature wardrobe and ditch her youthful pieces. I chose some investment pieces that are versatile for layering and formal occasions. For example, I taught Akilah to pair a white boyfriend blazer a) with a bright dress (dinner) b) with jeans and heels (night out) and c) with shorts and a tank and sandals (for class).

Here are a few other looks, I put together. I emphasized layering to add texture, but still chose pieces within in her comfort zone.

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Here is a short list of versatile must-haves for someone looking to upgrade their wardrobe for law school or such.

Melissa’s Closet Staples

White Blazer- Great for summer and easy to dress up and down.

Boyfriend Jean- Flats or sandals for a game and a heels for the evening. So easy to dress us.

LBD- Go bright with a little “bright” dress. A pop of color is way more flattering than boring black. (see below)

Wrap tank- Great piece to dress up and down.

Ankle booties- Goes with pants, denim, and shorts. Gives your wardrobe an edge

Statement bag- The right bag adds elegance to your look and helps put it together. Get a great deal on a designer bag at Trendlee and save with code: melissacha
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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

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Tired of sending mom flowers or ordering last minute jewelry? Here is a fabulous Mother’s Day gift idea, gift the gift of style!

Chataigne Style Studio is offering $100 off any styling service for mom!

Is she in need of a few summer items or a personal shopping day?
Is her closet in serious need of a makeover?
Does she have tons of clothes, but needs some help putting it all together?

Book me for a fun and stress-free experience. Gift Certificates are available. Los Angeles and Orange County residents only.

Hurry Sales ends May 10, 2015!

Call Today! 310-947-4213 or email Melissa@cstylestudio.com

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Edgy Spring Style

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Los Angeles has been a bit on the cooler side lately and I’ve taken this opportunity to explore edgy Spring style. My inner rocker child can’t live without leather, fringe and a hat, so I created this look perfect for day-to-night.

I chose black and white to stay on the edgy theme and paired this affordable midi- body con dress from RMB Trends with my leather jacket (think layers) and bag from H&M. To finish it off, I added my favorite Janessa Leone hat and a pop-of-color with earrings from Adorn LA.

Because this dress is pretty basic it needs layers and texture to break it up and show off my curves. What you do you think?

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Dress RMB Trends// Jacket H&M// Bag H&M// Hat Janessa Leone// Earrings Adorn LA// Watch Michael Kors// Shoes Dolce Vita (similar)

Photography Kara Colleen

 

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Jalapeno Whiskey Bison Burger

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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with something spicy and different. Today I’m ditching the tacos for my jalapeño whiskey bison burger served over arugula for a refreshing alternative to tacos. This delicious and spicy recipes is super simple and bison is a healthy alternative to beef with less fat and more flavor. If possible, try to purchase  80% lean grass-fed ground bison from your butcher, but I also found a great frozen option at Costco.

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Jalapeno Whiskey Bison Burger

  • 1 large egg
  • 3 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 large minced jalapeño
  • 1/4 cup gluten-free Panko Bread Crumbs
  • 2 lb. ground bison
  • Bunch of chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 long chopped red onion
  • 1/2 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 2 oz Honey Jack Whiskey
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Arugula or gluten-free bun (optional)
  • Raw jack cheese (optional)

In a large bowl mix the bison, egg, garlic, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper, jalapeno and bread crumbs into a bowl. Form 4 large patties and place them on a cooking sheet. Store at least 60 minutes (2 preferred).

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In a pan add the butter and olive oil. then onion for a minute then mushroom, jack shots and cilantro. Let simmer.

Grill burger to desired length – medium medium well. Add optional cheese and serve on a bed of arugula or gluten-free bun.

Enjoy with a margarita! Let me know what you think in the comments section below.

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SoulCycle Charity Ride for Haiti

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It is with great pride and gratitude that I want to thank everyone who donated and rode next to me for my SoulCycle Charity Ride for HGDF! The event raised a little over $4K and educated new supporters about HGDF’s goal to bring education and healthcare to the people of Petit Goave, Haiti. As you see below it was a packed house and we had 55 riders lead by the sensational, Jenny Canales.

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A little over five years ago, most people’s only thoughts of Haiti were the visions they remember of refugees fleeing politically oppressed country on rafts to Miami in the 90’s. Then a huge earthquake devastated the tiny island. Countless people died, homes were destroyed and this already troubled country was obliterated. Thanks to the help of compassionate people like Dr. David Cutler, Haiti is healthier and rebuilding to be stronger than ever!

David and his family started traveling to Haiti right after the earthquake to help care for triage victims. That is where he met the founders of The Dr. Henri Gerard Desgranges Foundation and the partnership with HGDF began.

Growing up Haitian-American with both of my parents born in Haiti (my dad in Petit Goave), this ride was felt like I completed a life goal. It felt incredible to gather all my friends and colleagues for such a good. It is also a reminder that I’m blessed for all the incredible opportunities and success I’ve earned. I hope to inspire other Haitians to strive and give back to our people as well.

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Riding front row with Dr. David Cutler

 

On the morning of our incredible ride the beautiful people of Nepal endured the same horrific morning, like the Haitian’s did five years prior. Over 4,000 people have perished and more are left with nothing. I’m crushed to know more people are in pain and agony and will never to see their loved ones again. Disasters like this are often unquantifiable, the enormity is too great to understand. Please remember and be grateful for today as tomorrow is not promise. Thank you again to all the supporters. Our job is not over. This world is hurting and we can and will help one moment at a time.

xo,

Melissa

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How to Wear Lilly for Target (For Non-Lilly Women)

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Lilly for Target has come and gone. If you were a part of a lucky few to snag a few items you either love them or waiting to buy/sell on Ebay. If you aren’t a fan of crazy resort style prints or all things Lilly Pulitzer then check out my styling tips on how to wear Lilly for Target even if you’re not a Lilly belle.

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Choose Your Pieces Wisely

Remember a dress only looks amazing when fit is key! Don’t try to buy it if it looks awful. It will just sit in your closet collecting dust. Even if you are not a fan of loud resort prints you can stay within your color palette and choose styles based on your silhouette.

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Incorporate Items into Your Personal Style

Trying picturing a signature Lilly Pulitzer print with some of your favorite pieces? I paired this colorful print shorts with a sleepless blouse and white blazer. These shorts become the conversation piece, but still are in the mixer of my signature style. LillyforTargetShorts 3

 

Give the Gift of Style

I choose the Tunic and bandanas scarves two special moms in my life. Sometime the best part of shopping is the art of gifting. Hope you will do the same.

 

Did you pick up any pieces from Lilly for Target collection? How did you style it? Share in the comments below.

 

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