El Capitan Canyon Glamping Adventure

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Outfit: Hat: Forever 21, Dress: Vintage, Poncho: Urban Outfitters, Boots: Sole Society

 

I’ve been dying to camp in Cali since I moved her over 9 years ago! I made that dream into a reality with a cozy couple trip up north to go “Glamping” at El Capitan Canyon for Robin’s birthday. This place beyond the beach is just past Santa Barbara and was the perfect setting for our Fall adventure. Think no traffic, waves crashing, fireside dining, and crunchy fall leaves…it was perfect!

Roadtrip

Our road trip begin with drive to Malibu and a quick stop at Malibu Seafood for a late afternoon lunch. It is one of our favorites spots to dine and watch the ocean. The view can’t be beat. It is aways a good sign when you spot a hummingbird!

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I fell in love with our little home for the night. Our “glamping” tent was on stilts and had a cozy bed and space heater. We had to unload our jeep and park a short distance away. Robin is a camping expert and got us set up while I handled the most important thing…the wine.

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The best part about El Capitan is you don’t have to bring a bit of food with you. In order to save time and stress, I ordered one of the campsite dinner kits. It came with firewood, starter, your choice of meat (chicken), salad, beans, and a smore-making kit! Fail proof glamping and so delicious! I love flame broiled camping burgers so we had those too! I let Robin start the fire and I was the grill master.

Campfire + UNO + Wine + Cheese = A fabulous night

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The next day we packed up or gear and headed to El Capitan State Beach for a walk and a picnic. It was such a lovely way to celebrate Robin’s birthday. The beach is so clean and untouched- a true testament to California’s beauty. Just 24 hours away was perfect for us to refresh, celebrate, and enjoy each other. Robin had a birthday he will never forget. I can’t wait to do a girls El Capitan Glamping Adventure next year!

Have you every been glamping? Share you experience in the comments below!

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Sweater Dress Styling

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It is finally fall in Los Angeles!!! I’m thrilled I can finally rock some Fall fashion without melting! It is important to add some personal flair to a simple piece so here are a few tips to sweater dress styling.  I picked up this dress from Target for only $30! I paired it with Sole Society booties and a Jenessa Leone hat from American Cie Rag and added some jewelry from H&M and Michael Kors. The look is so comfortable that it can been worn from day-to-night!

Style tip: During a chilly day, pair with black opaque tights and heels.

Do you love this look? Let me know in the comments below!

 

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Chataigne’s Healthy Apple Chips

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Get into the Fall spirit with this healthy apple chips recipe to keep you full while running around this holiday season. They smell so good that it turns your house into a  lush scented apple farm! Please try them tonight and let me know what you think!

Chataigne’s Healthy Apple Chips 

4 Gala or Red and Delicious Apples

Ground Cinnamon

Baking Sheet

Parchment Paper

4 TBL brown sugar

1. Pre-heat oven to 200 degrees

2. Wash and dry the apples

3. Using a fruit knife de-cork the apple and slice into thin pieces.

4.  Place parchment paper on baking sheet and place apples slices on sheet.

5. Sprinkle cinnamon and brown sugar on apple and flip. (For a healthier bach, cut the sugar)

6. Place in oven for 1 hour then remove and turn the apples. Bake for another hour. Let cool and serve.

Watch video below!

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HuffPost Live: Inside Essence Magazine November Issue

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Today, I was a guest on Nancy Redd’s show on HuffPost Live. She had Vanessa K. De Luca, the editor and chief of Essence Magazine on the couch to discuss some of her favorite articles from November’s issue. Marissa Charles’s  story of grief after loss featuring my struggle made the cut! I was able to talk more about my sister and how I moved forward. Watch below and let me know your thoughts.

Have you ever experienced profound loss? How did you move forward? Please share in the comment section below.

 

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Birthday Celebrations

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I’ve never been a birthday diva, but I’m alway so touched when people take time from their busy schedule to celebrate me. Let’s face it, we are all so busy so birthday celebrations mean the world to me! This year it was truly a decadent celebration with all my favorite people in Los Angeles including two of my best friends from Chicago. I started my birthday tapping it back at SoulCycle Beverly Hills with Lindsay B. and my amazing boyfriend joined for his 1st class.  Brunch commenced at Open Air West Hollywood with mimosas, NFL, and an impromptu dance party. We finished the day on the roof of the W Hotel Hollywood in a private cabana with more NFL and red velvet cake. It was the most fabulous birthday to date!

Thanks to all my incredible friends and family for a beautiful celebration. It is going to be a fabulous year!

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Casual Fridays Outfit

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After a long week you need to walk around the neighborhood. I did just that with my love as we hiked to LA’s Koreatown. Here is my no fuss “casual Fridays” outfit perfect for sunset gazing and drinking a pitcher of Hite at OB Bear.

Top: Sweatshirt GAP

Skirt: GAP

Belt Bag: Gucci

Sandals: Birkenstocks

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Post- Vacation Detox Tips

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Post Vacation Detox tips from Melissa Chataigne

You booked the ticket and took the ride and then what?

I had the most amazing vacation of my life and yes, all the pictures above are meals I ate during my three country tour. When I got back to the states, I went through a major shock. How do I return to healthy eating, my gym routine, and not get depressed from the comedown? Well, I did it and here are my post- vacation detox tips to get ride of bloat, jet lag, and get back to reality!

Problem: After days of countless pintxos, pastries, decadent dinners, and constantly ingesting wine you are feeling bloated and tired.  

The fix: The minute you return cut back on high sugar foods, white bread, and cow’s milk and stock up on fresh veggies and salads. My fave? Arugula, tomatoes, and mushrooms with balsamic. Introduce a probiotic like BioK Plus  and sip on ginger or green tea to reduce that bloated feeling. I also love bananas, oatmeal, lentils and asparagus that feed the good bacteria in your belly. Try eating most of your carbs at breakfast and eat leaner throughout the day. The first weekend I made a gallon of green tea and sipped all day to give me energy and burn a bit more too!  Just curb the tea by mid-afternoon to prevent sleep interruption. By returning to a clean diet, I lost 4 pounds in 5 days!

The Problem: Jet Lag 

The fix: You clearly need to rest and replenish, but it may be hard to get back to schedule. Start by setting your watch to your arrival city and mentally visualize how you feel at 7PM (when it’s 8am). I try to stay up as long as possible to get back on the clock. Stay hydrated by drinking purified water, but stop drinking three hours before bed to avoid bathroom trips. To fall and stay and sleep I recommend a homeopathic sleep spray like Sleep Aid. When you get home try taking a relaxing bach with lavender oil and Epsom salts to relax the body and prepare you for rest.

The Problem: Vacation Comedown

You are flat-out bummed that you’re back and wish you were on a permanent vacation.  The key to the vacation comedown is realizing that your holiday doesn’t have to be over. Keep the memory alive by going through pictures and getting creative. I am painting a picture from a photograph I took in Biarritz. I also enrolled in a photography class at my local community college, so I can learn how to take better photographs. I was so influenced by Basque food, that I’ve been re-creating healthy versions of my favorite vacation meals. Realizing how much I experienced on my trip has encouraged me to save more money for the next one! It would be a mistake not to cherish my time in Europe so now I’m allowing it to influence my life.

The Problem: Getting motivated to go back to the gym

After waking up at 3am instead of 6am, I decided to make use of my new schedule and work out early. I admit the first week was rough, but I didn’t jump in with a 5 mile run or a double spin/yoga session. I started off with a few vinyasas at home then meditated. I visualized myself being healthier and active and not focused on losing my 5 vacation pounds. Next, I guzzled a cup of green tea and a boost of Cellucor C4 for more energy before heading to gym. I started off with jogging a mile and then focused on core work. The next day I did the same meditation and added a few more miles. I increased my cardio and by day 5 of adjusted sleep patterns I was back at SoulCycle.

Try these tips and let me know if they helped you. Are there any vacation detox tips you use? Let know in the comments below!

 

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Chataigne Style Studio Supports Amy Paffarth’s ALS Fundraiser

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There has been lots of talk about ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) this year with the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, but not ton of financial support. That is why I was so excited to once again support my dear friend actress/host, Amy Paffrath, and her Team Packrats fundraising event for the ALS Foundation. It is a cause close to her heart as she lost her father to ALS.

On October 7th, Amy hosted a fantastic evening of Duets for ALS and raised close to $5500 that went directly to ALS research. Chataigne Style Studio donated a silent auction “Closet Makeover” styling package worth over $500 dollars to one lucky winner.  If you want to donate to Amy’s ALS team or the foundation click here.

 

 

 

 

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Moving Forward After Loss – Essence November 2014

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4 Years – 1 month 17 days ago my life shattered. It was the day I lost my best friend and beloved sister to her fight with depression as she took her own life. I was recently interviewed about the grief and depression I suffered, and how I moved forward after the loss of my baby sister, Jenny Chataigne.

Read the full article in the November issue of Essence magazine on newsstands now!

A special thank you to the lovely,  Marissa Charles, who brought this topic to light. She’s an incredible writer. I hope my story can help others. Thank you for the platform!

XO,

M

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Nordstrom x Charlotte Tilbury Launch in LA

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Charlotte Tilbury Range

After more than 20 years as one of the most renowned celebrity make-up artists working with stars like Kate Moss, Jennifer Lopez, Penelope Cruz, Rihanna, and Sienna Miller, Charlotte Tilbury has poured her best kept secrets into her own range of skincare and cosmetics sold in the U.S. at Nordstrom. The cosmetic range includes over 100+ problem-solving fail proof solutions to make you look like the best version of yourself. I had the opportunity to interview Charlotte at her Nordstrom x Charlotte Tilbury launch about her favorite products, must-haves for American women, and got the scoop on the favorite products  of Rihanna, Naomi Campbell, and Beyonce!

Check out my makeover featuring The Vintage Vamp, and don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube page!

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