Gisele Bundchen’s Final Runway Show

With that beautiful face and that iconic “horse walk” Gisele Bunchen had her final catwalk at Sao Paulo’s fashion week. After a 20 year career, this is what she had to say, “I am grateful that at 14, I was given the opportunity to start this journey. Today after 20 years in the industry, it is a privilege to be doing my last fashion show by choice and yet still be working in other facets of the business.”

Love,

Melissa

 

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Now here is a dream come true for all Pantones lovers: The Pantone Hotel . It was created to “awaken your senses to an array of delights and playful surprises,” by interior designers Michel Penneman and Olivier Hannaert. I had never wanted to be in Brussels so badly as I do now. 

XO,

Melissa

Image Credits: hypebeast.com

“Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness. This hearty, yet stylish tone is universally appealing and translates easily to fashion, beauty, industrial design, home furnishings and interiors.”

Here is why Pantone chose Marsala:

The Versatility of Marsala

  • Equally appealing to men and women, Marsala is a stirring and flavorful shade for apparel and accessories, one that encourages color creativity and experimentation
  • Flattering against many skin tones, sultry and subtle Marsala is a great go-to color for beauty, providing enormous highlight for the cheek, and a captivating pop of color for nails, shadows lips and hair.
  • Dramatic and at the same time grounding, the rich and full-bodied red-brown Marsala brings color warmth into home interiors
  • An earthy shade with a bit of sophistication, texture is the story in print and packaging. A matte finish highlights Marsala’s organic nature while adding a sheen conveys a completely different message of glamour and luxury.”

Excited to see plenty of Marsala this 2015.

XO,
Melissa

Credit: Getty Imagess

Credit: Getty Imagess

Credits: Getty Images

Credits: Getty Images

Credits:Getty Images

Credits:Getty Images

The Victoria Secret Fashion Show 2014 is just around the corner, December 9th on CBS to be exact! Can’t wait, to see such an extravaganza, and watch how our inspriation will transform.

xo,

Melissa

What to Wear to the DMZ

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DMZ Attire by cottontrendy featuring warehouse jewelry Vince turtleneck / Taifun black coat, $295 / Rag & bone skinny jeans, $230 / Tod’s tods shoes, $390 / Proenza Schouler brown bag, $1,480 / Warehouse jewelry, $7.83 / STELLA McCARTNEY square sunglasses / It Cosmetics lips makeup

Vistied the DMZ in Seoul this November and following their dress code is important.

Here are their rules.

*No jeans (with faded color and/or torn)

*No leather pants

*No short pants

*No tank tops or sleeveless shirts

*No training pants

*No military style attire

*No T-shirts (must be collared shirts)

*No shirts with profane, provocative or demeaning representations

*No leggings

*No skinny jeans

*No shorts-for the skirts/dresses they need to be about knee length

*No slippers

*Flip-flops

*Sandals

Hopefully we have illustrated it easy enough for you.

xoxo,

Melissa

Photo Credits: Neil Rasmus/BFANYC.com

Photo Credits: Neil Rasmus/BFANYC.com

“Chanel’s gym-style ephemeral boutique, complete with benches, weights, and lockers, is officially open in Bergdorf Goodman’s 5F. Open through this Sunday, the installation was inspired by the brand’s sporty Coco Coach ad campaign featuring Cara Delevingne going all Raging Bull in pearls.”

If you are visiting NYC stop by 58th/5th and visit, then perhaps grab a quick bite at Bergdorf Goodman restaurant.

xo,

Melissa

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Amal Alamuddin – She’s Divine and a new favorite to watch closely. Every outfit for this lovely weekend wedding in Venice, Italy fit to the T, and made every girl who admired her wants them.

She is striking and definitely one to emulate.

xo,

Melissa

Today marks year two of the lovely rendezvous with Cotton Trendy and you. Thank you very much for sharing on this exciting journey of lattes, lingerie, and all things beautiful. Happy Birthday Cotton Trendy, great things certainly do come in pairs. Le Mervetty made this celebration extra special.

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I am forever grateful to live in the City of Angels and to walk the streets of downtown LA on a daily basis. It is  a city where love abounds and where people inspire. It is colorful and dynamic. We are in the west coast and the sun always seems to set with us.

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Who doesn’t love PINK? Pink flowers, pink perfume, pink make-up, pink books, pink shoes, pink friends? Life is more beautiful that way; it seems a lot sweeter in pink. Then, there are life’s little surprises, especially when they arrive in pink bouquets.

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Eva, is the goddess of lingerie and she lives in my home. She prances about at night, ensuring that both seduction and femininity continue to reign. Sometimes,  she goes to the roof top and spreads her love across the skyline of the city. She knows that lingerie continues to be a woman’s guardian angel, she is Cotton Trendy’s muse and a striking one by that matter. Oh how I love Eva!

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This summer Chicago captivated my heart, and I found myself mesmerized by such an delightful city. If you have not yet visited Chicago in the summer, then it’s a must. Do not let it escape you, especially the architecture boat tour at dusk.

Then, there is tea at the Peninsula with the best bras on earth (from Felina Lingerie). Those afternoons prove to be some of my favorite, with the harp playing in the back ground and the heavenly ambiance, it was all quite inspirational.

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Walking on a Picasso has got to have been one of the most thrilling things that happened this year. In the lovely “Chic City,” I literally walked upon that opportunity and recommend it to anyone. It was the highlight of my evening, but yet so was the Art Institute of Chicago. That museum is filled with greatness, so much greatness that it brought me to tears.  To stand in  a room surrounded by skill, devotion, genius, and passion, can be quite moving.

Espresso macchiato? Why certainly. There is always room for a little piece of heaven.

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Museums are some of my favorite places. The Norton Simon is certainly a sight to see. Its gardens can certainly evoke emotions that lead to very pleasant conversations. Standing in front of Sam Francis, certainly transports one to the clouds of color.

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Here, life imitates art. Children are by far the most angelic of all creations. They soothe, inspire, and help us laugh a little louder. Here is a little Einstein, and his bilingual German and English skills, coupled with his love for numbers, are quite impressive (I want to be him). At the Norton Simon Museum the Portrait of a Boy, 1655-60 by Rembrandt van Rijn, “reflects and enhances the engaging charm and openness of the ingenuous child, who eagerly presents himself to the viewer”, and this picture of a boy is exactly that.

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Then you have the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, exhibiting Hollywood Glamour. Such designs always captivate audiences everywhere, leaving them to do a double-take.

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What other place on earth transforms the soul like New York City? Personally, none, although, Paris does come in at a close second. Since I can’t be in New York day in and day out, I like to keep visual reminders around my home, just in case NYC ever questions my devotion and complete utter obsession with it. Nothing quite does it like NYC, nothing.

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This year New York was about trend shows and great friends on rooftop bars- dreaming their little dreams and singing in the rain.

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Bottega Louie, has to have been the restaurant I most visited this year, due to its decadent  creations, hours of operation, and proximity to my home. Its high ceilings let your imagination run wild and its menu certainly never disappoints. Early or late, its doors are open, bring your friends or come alone, either way, it’s a party in there.

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Some mornings in Washington D.C. still have the allure reminiscent of mornings in New York. With a lobby filled the scent and beauty of roses and lilies, high ceilings, and great design, suddenly a cup of coffee and berries are the perfect company to such occasion. Over at the National Gallary of Art, Auguste Rodin, inspires with “The Age of Bronze,” if only I could see him more often.

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Lavender sugar and honey anyone? What a relaxing way to start a morning. Sweet gifts like this, with pretty little cards sent from Seattle warm the heart. Lavender is certainly a personal favorite.

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Pantone colors make the world better.

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My future godson turns ordinary days into extraordinary events. His smile seduces and he attracts like a magnet. Surrounded by friends in his delightful nursery designed by his mother, he invigorates souls and fills them with glitter. His presence sets the heart at ease with an aura of heavenly gentleness.

(Image Credits O. De Luna Photography)

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Cotton Trendy has been celebrated and inspired by many, it shares in the love of family and friends and even strangers. From giggles and ice-cream, to confetti and cupcakes, Cotton Trendy turns two today, so it’s time to go taste the stars. Thank you to all our followers.

xoxo,

Melissa

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This summer marks year one, a celebration of the anniversary of my best friend’s wedding and what better way to send my continued wishes for this dynamic duo than on paper: May you be forever inundated with love, the kind of love that sparkles like a Tiffany diamond and is rooted in colorful Pantone dreams. May it be the kind of love that fills the sky like glittering stars waiting to be wished upon-the kind of love that makes the world your very own Disney park and leads to unfathomable depths and explorations of the heart reaching new dimensions like the black holes of the heavens. May it be the kind of love that brings with it a magical reality, which will make you wonder, if perhaps, you maybe living a dream- a dream that you never want to be awoken from.

Forever I wish you love. Forever. -MDR

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Last year while in Brazil it felt like I had been struck by a tsunami of love– the only tsunami recommended for anyone to ever be caught in. Its energy was prominent, and I am convinced once more, that it is indeed love which makes the world go round. This wedding was like the opening scene from The Great Gatsby, the  most beautiful and elaborate of dresses, the most gorgeous blended tailored suits, the most unique accessories, the most elegant hairstyles and  the most impeccable make-up dos. And of course, who can forget the finishing touch on everyone’s faces, the most captivating smiles one could have ever found on an enchanted evening such as that.

Every detail was carefully thought of. The drink and food selection was exquisitely planned, and all their guests could not help themselves but be enamored by the ambiance, and enthralled by both the bride and groom. If you like surprises as much as I do, this wedding was exactly that-a sequence of events bursting with surprises, just like a circus, like a Cirque du Soleil kind of circus, and it stimulated your senses all at once….. it shook you to your core. Laughter filled the room, and with the scent of the flowers that filled the air, it seemed like they were in a dance that whole evening. A dance that only the laughter and the scent of the flowers knew the choreography to, and they caressed the auras of everyone present. I knew time was passing us by only because of the burning candles, other than that, there were many moments when it felt like time stood still and I know I am not alone in this experience.

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It took one look at the bride, and all of us knew this was going to be a night to remember. Her porcelain complexion enamored the guests, and if I did not know any better I would say her lace trumpet silhouette dress was made out of fondant! She seemed to be walking on water, and for all of us present, she might as well have been. As she glided down the isle to join the love of her life, I squeezed my husband’s hand a little tighter, as we were witnessing something very special- the groom had found everything he had ever wanted. So much so, that he could not have created it himself. She was all things delightful and exuded joy. She was beautiful, simply beautiful. People gravitated to her, and she could not be happier shaking every hand, kissing every cheek, squeezing every soul in that room. It was her night and she lived it up as a bride should, she mingled and danced, and held the hand of her new found accomplice, and therefore she had found everything.

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The iconic Havaianas had a prominent role throughout this evening, and that was to keep our delicate pedicured feet intact so that the dance floor was never empty. Every guest was given their correct size, and as every woman approached the station, they were in awe at how well the bride’s mother had executed every detail! The message translates to “Wherever you go, I want to be your pair.” Doesn’t that just make you want to melt like chocolate fondue? I know I certainly felt that way.

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One of my most favorite Brazilian traditions at weddings is the station with the array of treats called “Bem Casados” (Happily Married). And this night, certainly made you wonder if Willy Wonka  would be jealous admiring such beauties. One could have stood there all night and let one’s pupils dilate , but there was a greater attraction, the bride and groom, which thankfully pulled me away.

The-bouquet

Another wonderful experience was admiring while women tried their luck at finding the key to the lock which held the bouquet of eternal love. This was a sweet and very tender moment, as all the unmarried women awaited with wishful hearts for their opportunity of obtaining this lucky omen.   This was quite the special and delightful moment as the groom could not help himself but be the best master of ceremonies, and goodness, did he do a fabulous job.

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“I like large parties, they’re so intimate. At small parties, there isn’t any privacy.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

This night we certainly tasted the stars. We shared many intimate moments and felt with the only sensible organ in our bodies, our hearts. We toasted many times, both in small groups and in large. We giggled and we reminisced. We spoke of days past, and of days to come. And then there were those moments which we will not remember exactly what we said, but we will never forget exactly how it made us feel, and that is priceless.

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……but the Greatest of them is LOVE.

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The meeting of the cuff links: Perhaps my favorite men’s accessory of all times. Cuff links are always a much needed detail to make an outfit complete. They can tell a story, be a story, or create a story, and this night these two pairs of cuff links did just that.  In this case the groom wore a gold hexagon vintage pair belonging to his grandfather, that were both his something “borrowed” and something “old”. In this pictures the H, also sported a round onyx and gold vintage pair of cuff links that I found in an antique market in Paris. Both danced the night away in their crispy white, cotton shirts and posed for as many pictures as were requested.

Dressed to kill, the groom wore a Ricardo Almeida three piece suit with a divine paisley silk lining. It was hard to tell if we were more mesmerized by the interior or the exterior of the suit.  The fit was impeccable, and drape to perfection, and of course he looked like the groom he was destined to be. In his left pocket was a silk PINK jacquard handkerchief, making that  his something “new”, that would catch his many tears of joy. Proof that we are very much in love with what’s on the inside! This night the groom laughed the kind of laugh that comes from the deepest part of your soul, his eyes twinkled and became very small, and as that happened he was a magnet to all who were present, and its safe to say that looking quite handsome was an understatement.

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“What’ll we do with ourselves this afternoon?” cried Daisy, “and the day after that, and the next thirty years?” -F.Scott Fitzgerald

I can answer that question quite easily: You will love each other this afternoon, and the day after that, and the next thirty years, and the next 1,001 1/2 years, until forever.

xo,

Melissa

P.S. From the bottom of our hearts, the H and I would like to thank everyone in Brazil who made this trip so very special and quite unique. Your energy and love was felt at many levels.

To the groom’s family: it has been wonderful to be on this 14 year adventure with you, you have always had the right words and hearts of gold. How in the world did we get so lucky to be able to share such magic for so long and to be able to dream about what the future holds for us all. You have always made Brazil a playground, full of love and joy and we wish you continued blessing. Know we have learned so very much from all of you and that we will never forget how you made us feel. We look forward to your visit in the states.

To the bride’s family: it was such a pleasure to meet you, your hospitality and kindness was addictive, and we look forward to many more cherished moments in the future. Your ability to throw a party is second to none. We are still awaiting your visit in LA and look forward to many more magical encounters. Love oozes from your being and know we loved being surrounded in it. Thank you for being so welcoming, all the blessing in the world to you always.

To the bride and groom, we love you for always, but somehow I have a feeling you already know that…..

Here is a toast to all of you, “May you continue to be showered with blessings and sprinkled with eucalyptus and lavender oils, and may love always be the reigning force.”

P.S.S. If I had to choose just one picture to capture that evening for the next 100 years then this one would be it. After all,  I am told a picture is worth a thousand words….

“And why is it that she is still talking?” wonders the Roomie…

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“If personality is an unbroken series of successful gestures, then there was something gorgeous about him, some heightened sensitivity to the promises of life, as if he were related to one of those intricate machines that registered earthquakes ten thousand miles away.”  -F.Scott Fitzgerald