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Meet Melanee Shale, a style blogger who defies labels and reps both the Big Apple and City of Angels. Get the scoop on who she gets inspiration from and how she maintains a flawless complexion below!

How would you describe your personal style?

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.

Who or where do you draw inspiration from?

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 Angeleno 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.

Which brands are you following during NYFW?

After seeing a couple shows this past week at NYFW, I have a new found love for Mara Hoffman and Tracy Reese. The prints and colors that both designers used were just truly amazing!

What trends are you looking forward to trying?

My style is usually subdued in neutrals so I’m definitely going to be trying more prints and bold color this upcoming season.

What’s your beauty regimen?

For beauty, my motto is if it works, why change it! The biggest compliment I receive about my makeup is my flawless complexion. I start with MAC Primer then use Estee Lauder foundation that gives the perfect amount of coverup. I always use NARS blush in Deep Throat, plus a bronzer to make my skin look sun-kissed. I add Lorac black liner on my upper and lower lid and I never ever forget mascara! For my lips, I literally use the limited edition Viva Glam MAC lipstick by Niki Minaj everyday! I thought I lost it during NYFW and almost cried. Luckily, I found it hidden in my bag. My friends know I could never part with it!

Finish the sentence: My fashion mantra is if you like it, wear it! Don’t worry about what others think. Also, when in doubt, throw a hat on it =)

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September 12, 2013

Venice MM 9.12From left: Elsa Pataky in Elie Saab; Dakota Fanning in Viktor & Rolf via Getty Images; Scarlett Johansson in Roland Mouret 

Celebs are skirting their LBDs and nixing their red carpet minidresses. Instead, they’re stepping out in ultra-sleek trousers and vampy jumpsuits. At the Venice Film Festival, Scarlett Johansson rocked high-waisted Roland Mouret pants, and Dakota Fanning looked better than ever in a Viktor & Rolf Resort jumpsuit. Meanwhile at the London premiere of her husband Chris Hemsworth’s Rush, Elsa Pataky stole the show in a flowy georgette jumpsuit by Elie Saab. Hard to believe these ladies put their pants on one leg at a time like the rest of us.

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Maybe designers are simply looking for a new way to get their Vitamin C, but I’m noticing a color pattern this fashion week and I like it! From painterly floral dresses to coral-tinted smackers, this shade really does give me a surge of energy.

Now, I know what you’re thinking—orange is sooo resort, and spring 2014 seems so far away—but you can certainly start practicing now with a fuzzy sweater or a matte lipstick. Or perhaps, don a citrusy pump with indigo skinnies. Trust me: It’s okay to inject some color into those dark fall outfits.

September 11, 2013

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September 10, 2013

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Even though fall is looming, it sure doesn’t feel like it. I happen to think an Indian summer is in the cards, which means the hottest days are yet to come and afternoon BBQs with friends will carry into late September.

This is all fine by me, but I’m always faced with the dilemma of what to wear. Bikinis seem passé, while sweaters are unnecessary. Therefore, why not look to ʼ90s fashion inspiration? It invokes that special I-don’t-care-what-you-think, girlish charm. Round sunglasses, classic floral prints, jelly sandals and worn-in jeans just seem like the perfect staples for “now.”

Don’t you agree? I know Winona and Liv would.

September 7, 2013

We tapped Sasha Charnin Morrison, Fashion Director for US Weekly, to give us her must haves for New York Fashion Week. From trendy boots to comfy flats, she’s got us covered for running around to catch all of the best shows.

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September 4, 2013

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