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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Casual Fridays Outfit

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Casual Fridays

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!

The Vintage Vamp MO

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Melissa Chataigne Guest Host on Tola Talks

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Yesterday, I was the guest co-host on the LA Talk Radio show, Tola Talks, hosted by Rich Tola. I’ve worked with  revamping this former Wallstreet giant turned yogi’s style over 4 years ago and we recently started editing his closet again. I was so honored to talk all things fashion, French, personal style, shopping and “The Best of LA” from LA Weekly. Listen to my episode here and don’t forget to tune in for the live show weekdays at Noon (PST) on Channel 2 – LATalkRadio.com.

 

 

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Eight Style Lessons from European Women

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This European vacation has been incredible! The food, the architecture, the people and the SHOPPING has been an absolutely dream come true! From bustling London (the land of tailored suits) to old world San Sebastian, and falling in love with the chic French aesthetic in Biarritz, I’ve gained a new admiration for those on the other side of the pond. Here are 8 Style Lessons of European Women that I will incorporate into my personal style and live a more fabulous life!

Rule #1: Be Effortlessly Chic

The ladies don’t prep so hard to look good, but have discipline with your daily skin, body, and hair routine. They drink loads of water, eat small meals and snacks, and take care of the body they are given. It’s all at preparation and not post-editing. A couple of products I discovered is this incredible  Natura Bisse’ Anti-Aging Serum at Liberty of London and fell in love with this perfect on- the- go Rum Tonic scent from Malin + Goetz.

Fall Vest

Rule #2: Walk it Out

Americans are so used to jumping in their cars, especially in places like Los Angeles. Europeans make the streets their runway and walk everywhere! This trip I have walked about 3 miles a day and can see the difference in my thighs and abs. Women here don’t like to break a sweat so there are no classes likes SoulCycle or Crossfit, but there are several low-intensity workouts like yoga and barre method.

Yoga In San Sebastian

 

Rule #3: Small Balanced Meals

I observed that most Europeans are fairly small and obesity rarely exists. Their lifestyle is moderate and there is not a lot of space for food storage. Farmers Markets and small stores are they go-to for same day fresh meals. Nothing is purchased in bulk (sorry Costco). Women eat organic as much as possible. There is no fear of gluten-free or meatless options, because the meat is fresh and carbs are not over- processed.  They are more concerned about sugar over low-fat. Fat like everything else is good in moderation, because you are what you eat.

 

Biarritz lunch

Rule #4: Quality over Quantity

French woman don’t have the excess of clothing like Americans. They have the  perfectly edited  jackets, dresses, and jumpers.  They don’t change clothes everyday and may wear one Maje (one of my fave French stores) jacket all season and not 15 from Forever 21. Fit  and honing in on your personal style is essential.

Rule #5: Consistent Cuts, but ditch Blowouts

The key to amazing hair: Healthy hair and a dedicated cut. Most woman prefer short hair or a shoulder dusting crop which is maintained and kept shiny. Also, Europeans prefer natural texture in their hair and don’t wash it everyday. Blowouts are almost non-existent with a basic shampoo and air dry and please hold on extreme hair products.

Biarritz Beach

Rule #6: Easy Eyes & Rock a Power Lip

Ditch the powder eye shadows and whip out that  power lip! Remember they trick is to be effortlessly chic so apply that Ruby Woo lipstick to give you an instant polish. To get those alluring eyes, apply your eyeliner before you shower and smudge when you’re done.  Remember red lips is a fashion accessory and they won’t wear anything else! Use it wisely. Clear skin, textured hair, and a power lips is instantly chic.

Red Lips

Melissa Chataigne with All- Saints designer, Claire Staines in London

 

Rule #7: Ditch the Spray Tan and Contouring
Europeans don’t use spray tan and they don’t contour, because it changes the shape of the face. Instead they add highlights- accenting what they have with bright luminescent powder. Catching the light the cheek bones and T-zone is the way to go.

Cheek highlighting

Rule #8: Scarf it Up
It may be obvious, but these women know how to accessorize with a designer scarf. Whether it is used as a shawl over a white button down, blazer, or over your head it is essentially European.

 

What are you favorite trends from Europe? Share in the comments below.

 

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Style Makeover: Meet Becs

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I had the opportunity to give my travel mate a fabulous style makeover during our vacation. Rebecca Roulston, is a quintessential tee-shirt and jeans Brit with a fabulous model figure. Thankfully, a trip to Spanish retailer, Zara for her outfit and Sephora for a few beauty touch ups she was transformed to a modern Bianca Jagger!

Check it out below.

Becs Makeover

 

 

Clothes: Zara Pants and purchase the vest here.

 

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Travel Essentials & Packing Tips

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Travel Essentials

 

I booked the ticket and now taking the ride. Today,  I’m starting the 1st leg of my three country trip to Europe with my first stop in London! Check out my travel essentials and packing tips to make it the trip of a lifetime!

THE BAG-  I love the Longchamp Large Pilage for the versatility of the zipper and lightweight feel. It folds perfectly in luggage when I switch bags.

BEAUTY BASICS- I kept my beauty regimen simple with a ziplock bag with my Dior Forever Compact, Ponds Cleansing Wipes, Marc Jacobs Lip Lacquer in Truth or Dare so I can freshen up before we land. I’ll be wearing my Warby Parker glasses so I don’t have to remove my contacts.

My faves:

Rodial Dragon’s Blood Mask keeps my skin plump and moisturized. Leave it on all night and wake up looking younger like an instant face lift. I swear by it!

Tatcha Moisturizer Spray keeps dry skin moisturized and gives me a glow.

 ENTERTAINMENT: I can’t leave home without my iPad mini and a few new books like, Girl Boss. I also packed my phone on airplane mode to listen to Spotify. To take high quality pictures I love my Nikon Cool Pix camera. Don’t forget to pack an empty sunglasses case with your chargers and converter!

SLEEP ESSENTIALS: Give your neck a break with a comforting memory foam neck pillow from Sweet Dreamzzz Mattress, Eye Mask, ear plugs, and fuzzy socks for comforts of home. It may be hard sleeping, so try the homeopathic King’s Bio Sleep Aid Spray and rest easy. A good Catholic girl always  has her rosary close by to give thanks and ease the mind.

TRAVEL TIPS:

Keep print copies of your itinerary in a file folder.

Keep two copies of your passport and credit cards (front and back) at home and 1 in a hidden spot in suitcase if purse or bag is stolen.

Inform your bank and cell carrier of your travels.

Carry $100 in $20 bills in case of emergency

Buy a lock for keeping items safe in hotel room.

Get travel insurance!

TRAVEL STYLE TIPS:

Pack outfits and not just clothes.

Pack clothes for 7 days and outfits for 12.

Wear you heaviest items on you for the plane ride.

Bring portable laundry detergent and Febreeze.

Roll your clothes and used storage bags compartments like these from Eagle to keep your luggage organized.

Roll a sequins dress in plastic from the dry cleaners to prevent snagging.

Keep you expensive jewelry at home and bring 1 watch and 2 earrings that are interchangeable with outfits

Dry shampoo is your best friend. Love the travel size from Oscar Blandi!

Watch more beauty travel tips from my YouTube page here!

 

What are some of your favorite travel tips? Share in the comments section below.

See you in London!

xo,

Melissa

 

 

 

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