Things To Do In Ojai When You’re Fabulous

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I love to escape Los Angeles for a peaceful relaxing slice of heaven, otherwise known as Ojai. Just 90 minutes North off the 101 my stress melts away in this tiny little town known for wine, yoga, and place to re-charge. I took my first solo trip up there to work on some wedding planning details for our July nuptials and had to share my list of things to do Ojai when you’re fabulous.

Where to Stay? Ojai Rancho Inn

A little bit hippy and a bit rock n’ roll best describes this motel. They’ve done some serious upgrades with a new bar Chief’s Peak and a renovated pool made for lazy days. It’s the perfect location for an easy walk into down town and is not as secluded at the luxurious priced, Ojai Valley Inn and Spa.

Ojai Rancho InnOjai Rancho Inn Pool

Dining Decadence? Nocciola

There’s a new place in town that transport you to Italy. Nocciola, known as a the former L’Auberge restaurant is the perfect place to stumble to after relaxing poolside. The ambience is beautiful and food is as fresh as the plating. I enjoyed a lovely lunch with my wedding coordinator, Claudia Hoste. In order to get a taste of it all, try the prix fix menu for $30.
Salad Nocciola

Nocciola ojai room

Satisfy your sweet tooth? Knead Baking Company

Known at Ojai’s “local bakery” this family run spot serves breakfast, lunch, and an array of fresh-baked goods. I’m a fan of the granola which I use in my apple crumble. We decided to order our wedding cake from Knead, not only because it’s delicious, but all of the ingredients are organic.

knead ojai


Pamper & Bliss out? Ojai Valley Inn Spa

Sometimes there is nothing better than a solo day at the spa. I treated myself to two luxurious body treatments at the Ojai Valley Spa, known for beautiful views and excellent service. Any spa service grants you a day pass for the spa; complete with a gym, fitness classes, a lap pool, and a lounge pool. I purchases the Topa Topa Package and chose the 50-minute relaxation massage and 50-minute Lavender Sugar Body Polish. Before the treats, I started my day with some on-site yoga and later splurged on a health lunch and cocktails. As you can see the ground have breathtaking views of the Ojai mountains.

Melissa Chataigne Ojai Spa Ojai Valley Spa food

Ojai Valley Inn

Organic Goodness? Ojai Farmer’s Market

Everyone Sunday certified organic farmers gather to share their goodness at the Ojai Farmer’s Market.  I stocked up on the sweetest strawberries, huge avocados, and even brought home a few indigenous Pixie tangerines. The vibe is bohemian, the food fresh, and the people are lovely. My girlfriend, Eva, and her daughter sell organic breads for people with gluten sensitivities. It is a must for breakfast or a post-breakfast stroll.

Chataigne at Ojai Farmers Market Eva's Bread Ojai

Local Wine Buzz? Boccali’s 

My final stop before leaving Ojai was Boccali’s, a family own restaurant, winery, and farm on the edge of town. It’s located down the hill from our wedding ceremony at Meditation Mount and is the perfect place for our rehearsal dinner. The owner’s son, Nick, treated me to free pizza and their family wine. I brought home a few bottles for my honey.

boccalis wine


Boccalis view ojai


Whether is for a solo or couple trip, Ojai has something for everyone looking for a mellow flow.

Peace, Love & Good Vibes!



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15 Essential Tips for Wedding Dress Shopping

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Wedding Dress Shopping Tips

I never dreamed of  my wedding as child. I knew I didn’t want to spend a ridiculous amount of money on a dress like “those” TV brides. Then, I got engaged and became excited to attack my biggest styling project thus far. I planned all the details for my July 30th wedding (Ojai/outdoors/intimate), but was dragging my feet to start dress shopping.  I don’t feel like a typical bride and after the holidays, the last thing I wanted to do was try on a big white dress! I decided to approach dress shopping as I approach personal shopping for a client’s red carpet gown. Thankfully, it is a lot more fun, but there are a few rules to follow to maximize your time and so you can say “Yes” to the dress. Here are my top 15 essential tips to wedding dress shopping.

1. Wedding dresses sizes run small! 

It’s hard to imagine an industry set on making a women feel special, starts with sizing up to 3 times smaller than your regular dress size. Well, it does and it stinks. Go in with an open mind and focus on the dress fit and not the number on the tag.

2. Plus Sized women will have a harder time.

As a continuation to number one, dress shopping is even more difficult for plus-sized women. Most stores carry up to a sample 12- which is like an 8. The average sized US woman is a size 14! This can leave curvy brides feeling helpless and stuck with limited options. The key is to search for bridal boutiques that cater to the curvy girls! Most designers (Casablanca, Watters, Maggie Sottero) can order a dress in your size.

3. Know your body type.

This should come as no surprise that personal styling has more to do with fit than trends. Knowing your body type is imperative when shopping for “the dress.” It will save you lots of time so you can narrow your choices. Follow my dress shopping cheat sheet below.

WEDDING DRESS Body type cheat sheet

4. Go with a wing-girl, but not an entourage.

I did most of my shopping solo and sent pics to my bridal party and mom in Chicago. When I actually found “the dress” I had a trusted wing girl with me, which made the process a lot easier. Too man cooks in the fitting will make your head spin. Focus on you and keep it simple.

5. Put your best face forward.

Go to the bridal salon with a bit of make up and your hair done. You don’t have to be red carpet ready, but a little effort helps you visualize your look.

6. Be ready to be naked.

Wedding dresses are difficult to get in and out of on your own, and bras-less is the way to go. Be prepared to show off your, stomach, legs, and the girls. Also, eating a big lunch before is not recommended. With sizing already small you don’t need the extra bloat.

7. Keep an open mind.

Don’t be afraid to step outside your comfort zone. Most brides end up choosing something they didn’t expect. Even if you would never would imagine yourself in a ball gown  (I sure didn’t), try one on anyway. When is the next opportunity you’ll get to try on something so fabulous?


8. Spanx it up!

Wearing a body shaper under your clothes helps smooth lines and lumps. You’ll feel a bit skinner and it helps with feeling over exposed. Don’t stress about shoes. You won’t have an idea of the style yet and if you are below 5’8 they will most likely need to hem your dress anyway.

9. Most Dresses look awful on the hanger.

As I stylist, I know what works for me and my clients. I was shocked when my bridal consultant told me to try this ugly-looking dress on a hanger. Well, little did I know, it turned out to be my wedding dress! Lesson? Try it on. You will be surprised!

10. Don’t stand in one spot…MOVE!

It’s fun to stand on the pedestal like a princess, but on your actual wedding day you won’t just be standing still. You’ll be making rounds with guests, dancing, and sitting. You have to move to see if you can wear this dress all-day.

11. Keep you location in mind and use style keywords.

Hopefully, you’ll have your venue set before dress shopping. Keep your location and theme in mind when choosing your dress. Consider all details for your theme and use keywords with your consultant. Think: Boho, Modern, Glamorous, Classic etc…

12. Be Assertive.

You won’t offend your bridal consultant by saying ‘no.’ You’ll be helping her by being nitpicky. Vocalize what you love and hate. She’ll be able to absorb your thoughts and help you move on to the next dress.

13. Save room in your budget for alterations.

Every dress and suit looks better with a custom fit. Alterations make all the difference and sometimes they can be costly. Get a seamstress recommendation from your salon. Hems, Bustles, and aligning beading adds more expense, especially if your dress is too small! If you are between sizes go with the larger options. It costs more to let it out than to take it in!

14. Try Trunk Show and Negotiate

You may find the dress of your dreams for less at a local trunk show. Don’t be afraid to work them on the price. I negotiated and extra 10% off!

15. Confidence is Key!

The most important thing is to choose something that you feel amazing in that captures your essence! Personal style is not about the clothes, but how your rock it. That confidence you’ll be beaming will take his breath away.

Hope you found this bridal guide useful. Please share it with your friends and future brides-to-be! Pin it to your wedding Pinterest boards and let me know your thoughts in the comments below.




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Summer Style: White Dress

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Sometimes a girl just needs a LWD (Little White Dress) for those hot summer nights. I did exactly that to attend the Michael Costello presentation and party downtown Los Angeles. This look all came from my closet and was refreshing compared to the party’s mostly all black-attire. The a-line skirt is particularly flattering on my curves and the cut out gave it some extra sass. I paired the dress with my fave burnt orange wedges from Sole Society and a vintage bag from my mom’s closet. Perfect for strutting down the streets of LA.

Dress: Topshop//Shoes: Sole Society//Bag: Vintage

Let me know what you think of my look in the comments section below.


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Broccoli Latkes

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This isn’t just your typical potato pancake. Since cutting out breads, diary, and sweets, I’ve been craving a delicious alternative that is Whole 30 compliant. These broccoli latkes hit the spot and are a perfect addition to your Sunday brunch.

Broccoli Latkes

Serves 2-4

2 cups broccoli florets

1 small white onion

3 eggs

1/4 cup organic coconut flour

sprinkle truffle salt

1 tbl minced garlic

1 tbl paprika

Black pepper (to taste)

Ghee for cooking (coconut oil is great too)

1. In a food processor pulverize the broccoli and onion till they are in tiny pieces. Transfer to a bowl.

2. Mix the remaining ingredients (except the ghee) into the bowl and mix until batter is formed.

3. In a frying pan, heat the ghee about a spoonful. Drop about 2 spoonful portions onto the pan as pancakes. Let cook for about 3-4 minutes on low on each side. Flip carefully not to break.

4. Serve warm on a bed of arugula.



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Designer Handbag Shopping Tips

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So you’re ready to bite the bullet and splurge on that designer handbag. Don’t burn through that plastic till you watch my designer handbag shopping tips. You’ll get the bag you love without breaking your wallet or dignity.

Also, all my readers can save on designer bags from shopping site Trendlee with code: MELISSACHA

Happy Shopping!





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Boho Chic Style Makeover

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I love working with men and women from all backgrounds and was thrilled to work with my new client, Caryle. She’s tall with a long legs, shorter torso, and has had the most difficult time finding pants that fit. This tee shirt and yoga pants Buddihist was trying to figure out her next fashion move. I helped her rediscover her boho chic style.


Believe it or not, Caryn is a gorgeous 74 year young going on 45! She’s a well-traveled bohemian soul who loves to travel. Preparing for an upcoming trip to Peru we decided to choose flouncy pieces that can be layered and mixed and matched. No skinny jeans here. The goal was to choose loose-fitting pieces to cover her abs, but not drown here.

Style Tip: If you are trying to over your tummy don’t for large shapeless pieces. Try to still accent your waist to give you shape. Like this Michael by Michael Kors Tunic (above right).

In the end we spend $500 at Nordstrom Rack for about 10 pieces – mixing matching brands, but a lot from Michael Kors.



Let me know what you think in the comments section below!



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Packing Tips for a Long Weekend

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You are taking a long weekend. Congrats! Now you don’t want to overpack, but still want to look good. I’m bringing another travel video with packing tips for a long weekend with all the things you need to know.

Let me know what you think in the comments section below!



Blazer// Zara

Romper// Urban Outfitters

Travel Bag// Target

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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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  • Things To Do In Ojai When You’re Fabulous
  • 15 Essential Tips for Wedding Dress Shopping
  • Summer Style: White Dress