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melissa

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Fun facts about me? I feel empowered by lipstick. I know all of the lyrics to Salt&Peppa’s “Shoop”. I consider myself a fairly decent tap dancer (not even kidding). I had three kids by the time I was twenty-six. I have recurring nightmares that I forget to go Christmas shopping. I still love going to dance clubs even though I swear I’m the oldest one there (I have no shame), I will never turn down a glass of champagne, and am guaranteed to cry at commercials that feature babies and puppies together (damn you marketing geniuses!). Want to more? Keep scrolling ... 
 

HEAD HONCHO. DANCE FIGHTER. LEAD PHOTOGRAPHER.

"I line all of the prettiest shoes in my closet up front. Not because it’s practical and I wear them every day, but because life is too short to not look at beautiful peep-toe pumps."

“I THINK LIFE IS WORTH CELEBRATING, so basically everyday is an excuse to get fancy.”

A BIT MORE ABOUT ME? I'm a chronic over-dresser (and have been my entire life). I think life is worth celebrating, so basically every day is an excuse to get fancy. I line all of the prettiest shoes in my closet up front. Not because it's practical and I wear them every day, but because life is too short to not look at beautiful peep-toe pumps. I love shopping and lunch dates with my tribe of incredible friends, working out at the gym, reading books, and shaking my money-maker any chance I get.

I have three amazing kids who rock my world, continually keep me on my toes, and inspire me to make the world a better place. In our free time you can find us exploring new places, tangoing across the house, and cracking each other up in general (really though, we are HILARIOUS). Doing life with them is kind of the best thing ever.  

As a side business and creative outlet, I created Brazen Mae, which is a website to empower women. It’s full of fashion, real life, and all of the pretty and not-so-pretty things in between. It’s my mission to change the fashion industry and for all women to feel accepted and beautiful.

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I am madly in love with my soulmate. He makes me believe in fairytales, and fate, and the possibility that everyone gets to have a happily ever after.

I’m addicted to fun. I will be the first (and last) person on a dance floor, engage in Nerf gun wars while wearing heels, and fully commit to themed costume parties. 

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I am an adventure-seeker. If it involves an airplane, a new destination, or a language I don’t speak, I am ALL IN!

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Between my partner and I, we have 5 kids. Which means a lot of coffee, noise, laughter, craziness, dishes, and going to bed exhausted and completely blissed out every night.  

I grew up on the water, boating with my dad (and at one point, even living on our boat). Nothing makes me happier than the smell of salt water and the wind in my hair. 

Books, magazines, newspapers, stationery, love notes. I subscribe to an embarrassing number of fashion magazines & find extreme joy in the ritual of coffee & the Sunday paper. 

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Late nights in cafes with a bottle of wine, strolling along the Seine, and making out in front of the  Eiffel Tower... It's pretty much what my dreamiest dreams are made of. 

I really do find happiness in exploring boutiques, twirling in dresses, & trying on shoes. And for that, I am not ashamed. Well, except for when I have to hide shopping bags in the back of the closet. Then maybe I'm a little ashamed. 

On any given evening you can find me with my family, strumming a guitar, playing the piano, singing songs, or making our way to the theatre for a musical. Music is in my blood.

Wanna go shopping together? Let's make a date!

I’m big into the lifelong pursuit of being comfortable in your own skin.

Let's hang out in cyberspace and send each other love notes in the form of heart likes and an em0ji-filled comments.

INSTAGRAM all day e'ry day

@melissa_kilner_photo

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