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 a 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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Closet Organization Tips & Giveaway

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Stylist Melissa ChataigneDo you love your wardrobe, but have a hard time keeping it organized? Watch my new video providing some fab closet organization tips to turn your closet around! Don’t forget to enter my giveaway to receive a box of my favorite hanger!

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Let me know what you think and let me know if you tried these tips in the comment section below.

Happy Closet Cleaning!

XO,

Melissa

 

 

 

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Three Minute Makeup

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Everyone wants to look good without a lot of fuss. Natural looking skin and a pop of color on the lip is a great go-to policy for daytime. Let’s face it, its best to leave the smokey cat eye for a night on the town. I’m showing you how to get a gorgeous in three minutes with a few of my go-to beauty products!

What are you favorite on-the-go makeup products?

 

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Thank You Gifts for All Budgets

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Thank You Gift Ideas

It is imperative for me to show appreciation to those who have done nice things for me, especially after a long fun Labor Day weekend.  Giving thanks doesn’t have to cost a fortune. I want to share a few of my go-to gifts for all budgets. I hope you are inspired to show gratitude. Also, please share some of your favorite go-to’s in the comments below!

$5 or Less: Hand-Written Note

If you ask all my friends they will tell you I’m a thank you card addict. I have a collection for every mood and occasion. These elegant cards from  Crane & Co. are one of my favorite, which I designed the same style for my company. Spread the thanks!

$20 or Less: Sparking Wine

Bubbly makes everyone happy and this affordable bottle from Vina Sympatica Sparking Wine is delicious and easy on your wallet. It comes in white, rose’, and red. Red bubbles? Now you’re talking!

$30 or Less: Scented Candle

There is nothing like a gorgeous scented candle burning in your home. It makes everything warm and intimate. Bring the sweet scent of St. Tropez to your home with my favorite candle from Niven Morgan.

$40 or Less: Something Sweet

Sweet treats are good for the heart and make the perfect gift for a group of people.  Cupcakes or a cookie basket is perfect and everyone can enjoy. I’m a fan of the local cookie basket from Champagne Bakery or sometimes I order Sprinkles online or pick up macaroons from a brick + mortar spot in Little Japan.

$50 or Less: Champagne

Glorious thank yous scream Champagne dreams! Show your appreciation with a classic bottle of Veuve Clicquot which normally retails for about $50, but only $36 at Costco!

$50 or more: Flowers

Flowers are gorgeous, but can really be expensive! That’s why I use a concierge services, The Bouqs Co.,  that deliver the most beautiful arrangements for $50 or less. You can choose from the California Collection for next day or The Volcano Collection from South America. For even more of a discount plan you orders in advance for up to 25% off. Try it. You’ll love it. Thank me later.

 

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Style Lesson: Showing Off Your Assets

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When working with my clients, I try to help them embrace and show off their assets. Confidence is key to rocking any style. Which that being said, there is a fine line of over exposure causing one to appear tacky. Here’s a lesson in showing off your assets without looking trashy.

Case: Joan Smalls vs Kim Kardashian

Both of these beautiful woman chose to wear similar mini-dresses from the Balmain resort 2015 collection to the  MTV VMA’s Joan Smalls chose a ethic print with a high neckline showing off her long toned legs. Kim Kartrashian  left little to the imagination with a plunging deep-V showing off the ample cleavage she’s known for and a lot of leg.

Style Lesson: It is better to show off one asset making it the conversation piece. If you are wearing mini-dress to show off your legs try covering you neckline and bust.  It’s nice to leave some thing to the imagination.

Do you agree with my style saint and sinner? Let me know in the comments below!

 

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Simple Braid Crown & Giveaway!

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Always wanted to rock a simple braid crown up-do but didn’t know how? Here’s a surprisingly easy and chic guide to achieve this look. Adding this Grecian inspired band from Zara makes this style fit for a queen- no matter the occasion!

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1. Before you begin the braid, prep the hair with a light argan oil for extra gloss (Josie Maran’s 100% Argan Oil). Split the hair in 2 sections down the middle.

2.  Take the right of the sections and separate hair into three pieces, split diagonally, and begin a regular tri-strand braid but braid diagonally down the strand toward the left. Like and X.

3. Secure the braid from the right overlapping left and around the front, using small bobby pins underneath the braid to keep it in place.

4. Repeat. the same traditional braid motion with the new section of hair on the left, but braid to the right. The pieces will begin to criss-cross over one another- this is key!

5.  With the tails of each braided section, tuck and loop through the petals of each braid to help hide loose ends.

CONTEST!

Win this beautiful Zara hair band!

1- Subscribe to my blog

2- Follow me on Instagram @chataignestyle and repost this picture below and tag @chataignestyle and use the hashtag #cstylestudio

I’ll pick 1 lucky winner to receive this gorgeous headband! Contest Ends August 31st! Good Luck!

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Travel Beauty Essentials for Europe

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I’m prepping for my European vacation and sharing some of my favorite travel beauty essentials to stay fresh and fabulous! Below are my favorite products from BlowPro, Nars, and Desert Elegance. Enter my travel beauty faves!  Details on Instagram!

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Closet Overhaul Tips

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Moving can be so stressful, especially relocation your closet. Thankfully, I’m here to help! I recently helped my client Emily relocate her closet from New York to Los Angeles. Check out the before and after and follow these 5 tips to make closet overhaul a blast!

1- Organize your closet by your lifestyle. If you wear skirts and dress more than jeans make them easilly accessible in your closet.

2. Color coordinate. Start by going light to dark then by tank or sleeved. You’ll never be lost again.

3.  Use Storage Bins. I love them for scarves, winter clothes and more. Don’t forget to add a few cedar blocks!

4. Fold vertically. I use this trck for casual skirts and workout clothes. It’s like looking through a organized deck of cards.

5. Light Up your closet. Used battery operated LED lights to see your clothes in a small dark space.

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Spaghetti Squash with Vegatables

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Spaghetti Squash

Time to jump on the spaghetti squash bandwagon with this clean and healthy recipe so delicious that you’ll never cook pasta again. Spaghetti squash takes a bit to cook, but is only 41 calories a cup! Combining the squash with fresh farmer market veggies you can splurge and add some goat cheese. Try it out and let me know your thoughts.

  • 1 whole spaghetti squash
  • olive oil
  • Truffle salt (And Pepper)
  • 2 bunches kale (Stalks Removed And Torn Into Pieces)
  • 1/2 whole red onion (Diced)
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 3 baby Bok choy diced
  • 3 medium tomatoes
  • splash of red wine
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • Sprinkle of jalapeno goat cheese

Pre-heat the oven at 400F.

1. Using a large kitchen knife cut the squash in half (lengthwise).  Rub some olive only on the open halves and place face down on a baking sheet. Bake face down for 40 minutes.

2. In large pan drizzle some oil and add the bok choy and onion. Cook for about 3 minutes.

3. Next add the diced tomatoes and let simmer. Splash in some red wine and let this get juicy as this is your sauce. Toss in the kale.

4. Remove the roasted squash and scrape out the seeds and pulp as you would with any squash or pumpkin.

5. Combine squash and sauce and top with balsamic. Sprinkle some goat cheese and serve.

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Closet Solutions: Gladiator Sandals

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Gladiator sandals are a must-have for your summer wardrobe! Make sure they last more than one season, by storing properly with this quick and easy trick. Roll your on old magazines and use them as boot shapers! For long term store this winter toss a cedar cube on the inside. This works great with boots too!

Roll it up and stuff it, Anna Wintour!

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