This Cali-girl fashionista is one to watch out for. Melanee Shale has West-coast-meets-East-coast style and the cool confident personality to match. Her blog MELANEE features her everyday style with some of the hottest trends. This aspiring fashion reporter shows the importance of a statement piece and can always be seen in one of her statement pieces, a chic hat. Melanee shows you how to be stylish, trendy, and affordable. Between writing her blog and studying as a journalism graduate student in Los Angles, Melanee also contributes her style sense to Lucky magazine. Read on to find out more and be sure to check out blog MELANEE!
CocoKouture Magazine: Where do you get your inspiration?
Melanee Shale: My inspiration for style can be traced back to my mom. The confidence she exuded in her style choices made her the most beautiful women in the world to me. In fact, most of my vintage pieces I feature on my blog come from her closet. Nowadays, this confidence has led me down my own style evolution. For me, it’s important to remain individual and not look like everyone else. I am a born and bred Angelino and that is what most of my style emulates. It’s inspired by the casual, easy, bohemian feel of living by the beach. However, having lived in New York for seven years, my style can also be inspired by the eclectic way New Yorkers dress. Lastly, I get truly inspired by reading fashion magazines and some of my favorite fashion blogs.
CK: What made you start blogging and what do you enjoy blogging about the most?
MS: I’m currently in my second year of graduate school where I’m pursuing a degree in Journalism. I decided I needed a creative outlet and that is how my blog was born. I mainly enjoy blogging because I want to inspire girls to be themselves and to think outside the fashion box. Being fashionable doesn’t always have to cost you a fortune. Girls who read my blog relate to me because I shop at affordable retailers and I show them how to mix and match pieces in a unique and innovative way. The positive feedback that I get back from my readers lets me know that I am empowering them to stay on budget but remaining fashionable at the same time.
CK: How would you describe your style? Who is your style icon?
MS: It is hard to give my style an exact name since I try to be unique. I like to wear what makes me feel good and it also depends on how I’m feeling that day. But I would describe it as a mix of my two style icons, Nicole Richie and Olivia Palermo. They exemplify what I love about West and East coast fashion. Nicole Richie brings out my LA bohemian chic and Olivia Palermo brings out my New York edginess.