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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've been married to my best friend since 2006 and spend every day grateful to have married such an amazing (and sexy!) man. He is a heck of a back-rubber, cocktail-maker, and is the author of my love-language. Oh, and we also have three (yes, THREE) of the most adorable kids on the planet (an unbiased perspective of course). Doing life with them is kind of the best thing ever.

I am a wife. My husband, Brian, is truly the rock to my crazy and is such an example of patience and kindness. When  I grow up, I want to be like him. 

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I am Mom to three humans who I happen to also really love. We ride scooters in the house and dance in the kitchen, and they drive me crazy in the best way possible.

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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Crosby is my boyfriend and my husband is totally on board. Olive is my home-girl and we both appreciate the finer things, like plush fur (throws) and afternoon naps. 

I can't get enough of the Pacific Northwest. Any day is a good day with the sweet smell of salt water and the wind in my hair and the ever-imminent threat of grey moody days. Yup, it's where I'm meant to be.

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 lounging 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. 

I spend hours on my guitar, sitting at my piano, and singing at the top of my lungs (none of which I do exceptionally well). But it inspires tears and pure joy and basically reaches into my soul and makes me happy.

I can't get enough of the Pacific Northwest. Any day is a good day with the sweet smell of salt water and the wind in my hair and the ever-imminent threat of grey moody days. Yup, it's where I'm meant to be.

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.

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