Summer Beauty Essentials

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Summer is finally here and it’s time to enjoy the long summer days. Whether you’re hitting the beach or summer picnic it’s important you look gorgeous while having fun in the sun. Today I’m sharing my favorite summer beauty essentials like lip balm to the ultimate hair tool.



One Step Makeup Remover try…

Vichy Purete’ Thermale 3-In-1 One Step Micellar Solution, $17- I absolutely love this product to remove makeup and cleanse the skin after a long day. It’s very gentle and even removes stubborn eye makeup. Use this before you wash your face at night. I also use it AM before workouts. Add this as part of your beauty routine stat!

To step up your hair styling game try… 

Gold bobby pins, $7 Make your style stand out with a little bling! Secure gorgeous summer braids and waves with this great take on an old classic.

Ultimate Styling tool try…

The Instyler Max 2- Way Rotating Iron, $98- Who has room to pack both their curling iron and straighter when traveling? This Instyler is the best of both worlds in one! I straightens my coarse hair without excess heat and can give me voluminous beach ways, by wrapping it around the rotating cylinder. The Instyler has completely changed my hair routine I’m spending less time in a hot bathroom and more time having fun.

To add volume and texture to your hair try..

Oribe Dry Texturing Spray, $42- It’s a bit pricey, but worth every penny. This product does wonders to add body, volume, and texture. It’s patented polymers also absorb oil at the roots as a dry shampoo. It is the best smelling product I’ve ever used and gives my hair a new life.

For ultra soft lips try…

Caudalie Lip Conditioner, $12- This power lip balm packs grape seed oil, shea butter, and plant waxes to moisturize and protect your lips.  It saved mine and help my uber chapped lips heal. Use this alone or under your favorite lip color. It does not contain SPF, so use it at night as a lip mask.

To moisturize and plump skin without lotion try…

Nip + Fab Hyaluronic Fix Body Gel, $10- Ditch the lotion and try this body moisturizer formulated with vitamin E, powerful hyaluronic acid which bonds moisture to the skin, firms and plumps at the same time. I’ve been using this product for over 6 months and have seen a drastic change in the texture of my skin, especially on my legs. It’s like Botox in a bottle for my body while being lightweight for summer.

 For a healthy scalp and shine try…

Monoi Oil Anti-breakage Luminating Spray, $10- In the summer my natural hair can get dry and dull. I use this spray to product my hair when styling. It adds incredible shine without looking greasy, is lightweight and protects your hair from frizz. Summer approved!




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Broke Girl’s Beauty Guide

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Love beauty products, but on a tight budget? Don’t stress. Broke girl’s need beauty too! I’m sharing my favorite beauty tips to extend your dollar and keep you looking fabulous. Check out my beauty guide video below and let me know if they help you!

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Gluten-Free Paleo Egg Muffins

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With my  busy schedule and healthy meal planning,  I need protein for breakfast to keep me full. The result? Egg muffins. I certainly love scrambled eggs with a gluten-free english muffin, but this recipes is delicious, cuts the carbs, adds protein, and is perfect for Sunday brunch or on-the-go! These gluten-free paleo egg muffins store easily in the fridge and keep me satisfied. Unlike a breakfast smoothie, I’m actually chewing so I feel more full! Now, I save my protein shake as a snack between lunch and dinner. Try these and let me know what you think in the comments below.
Health Egg Muffins
1 carton of egg whites
1/2 cup chopped kale
1/2 cup of sliced mushrooms
4 strips of bacon
2TB almond milk (whipping eggs)
Spices: Paprika, sea salt, pepper, rosemary
Coconut oil to coat muffin pan
1. Preheat oven to 350
2. Fry the bacon and remove and drain on a paper towel. Leave some of the fat in the pan to cool the veggies
3. Beat all eggs, almond milk,  and spices in a bowl. Whisk well so they are fluffy.
4. Slice the mushrooms in half. Remove the kale spine and chop into bits.
5. Fry the mushrooms for about a minute then add the kale. Cook until brown and the kale is softer, then remove.
6. Chop the bacon into pieces and add to bacon, kale, and mushroom to egg white mixture.
7. Grease the muffin tray with some coconut oil or oil spray. Spoon the mixture into each — about 3/4 full as the mix will rise.
9. Cook for about to 20 minutes —or until they edges are brown. Cool for a few and serve.
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Bohemian Summer Style

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I love my structured dresses and leather pants, but at the end of the day I’m a hippy at heart. Here is one of my favorite go-to looks to embrace your bohemian summer style. They key is build your outfit around one piece. Here I chose my gladiator sandals with gypsy accents. Think kimonos, fringe, and long necklaces.


Dress: TopShop// Kimono: Vintage//Handbag: H&M// Sandals: N.Y.L.A

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How to Save Money On Manicures

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Your weekly or bi-weekly trip to the nail salon can really add up! Let’s say $44 a session x twice a month= $88 x 12 months = $1056. That’s a designer handbag! Here are a few of my favorite tips on how to save money on manicures and a fun giveaway. Also, enjoy my at-home manicure guide below.

Top Tips for Saving on Mani/Pedis

1- Do it at home then get a polish change! Why pay for a full manicure every time your polish needs to be changed? Ask for a color change in between full manicures and pedicures and do the grunt work at home. A polish change can cost as little as $5. A big savings that adds up over time.

2- Buy the polish and re-apply. Fill in chips with a bit of nail polish remover to smooth and your nail color. Don’t forget a top coat for shine.

3- Skip the polish and opt for buff. They last longer and are earth-friendly and elegant. Just use a bit of argan oil to keep your cuticles moisturized.

Hard Candy Cosmetics Giveaway

To celebrate 20 years of Hard Candy Cosmetics they are giving away their 20th Anniversary kit with fun nail polish colors and makeup to one of my readers. Embrace you inner Cher from Clueless and enter below via my instagram!


The At-Home Manicure:

Here’s what you will need:
nail polish remover

nail clippers

nail file

cuticle cutter

cuticle stick

body scrub

hand cream

rubbing alcohol

base coat

nail polish

top coat

cotton swab

cuticle oil or Argan oil (optional)

Step 1: Remove Polish and Clip your nails.
Use acetone or polish remover to clean your nail. Use a nail clipper and trim your nails down to your desired length.

Step 2: File them into shape.

Using an emery board nail file, shape your nails and even out any jagged edges. I prefer the square-round shape, but it really depends on the shape of your nails and nail beds. For short fingers and nails you should opt for a round shape to extend the length of the nail.

Step 3: Clean your nails.

I love doing this in the shower, because it saves time. The water helps soften your cuticle and you can push-off excess polish with a cuticle stick. You may also use a cotton swab dipped in remover. You don’t want to have leftover polish on your nail, because it will make your new manicure appear uneven.

Step 4: Scrub your hands

Using your favorite body scrub, give your hands a gentle rub to remove dead skin.

Step 5: Cut your cuticles

Carefully using a cuticle cutter post-shower, remove excess skin. Be sure not to cut too deep to prevent bleeding or infection.

Step 5: Moisturize with hand cream.
Just like the skin on the rest of your body,  your hands need moisture after you exfoliate it. Use a rich, luxurious hand cream to keep your skin smooth and hydrated. I love anything lavender-scented for spa appeal.

Step 6: Prep your nails.
Next, clean your nails (again) with rubbing alcohol. It will remove the oils from the hand cream on your nails so that the polish will stay on longer. Opt for rubbing alcohol over acetone (this time) because it helps your mani last.

Step 7: Apply a base coat
Evenly apply a thin layer (to prevent bubbles) of your favorite base coat to each nail.

Step 8: Apply Polish
Apply two coats. The trick is to use quick, light strokes to allow polish to evenly distribute on each nail. I recommend a thin coat then let it set for a few minutes and re-apply. It will eliminate those little polish bubbles that no one likes.

Step 9: Let your nails dry and add a top coat
After your nails have dried, apply a quick-dry top coat.

Step 10: Remove errors
If you go outside the lines, dip an old makeup brush in acetone for a professional finish. Don’t forget to show your nail beds some love with cuticle oil or a bit of argan oil.

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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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