Black is the new Black

blackWearing black is always a good idea. We know that.

I must say that I had no intention to be cute when I slipped into that plain black dress this morning. In fact, I was feeling very sweaty & disgusting because of the heat… rushing between fashion work & skating practice… not a bad morning, but you know… not the best either…

Weirdly, as soon as I got to work, at least 3 people told me I looked good in that dress & the compliments kept going my way the whole day… Really?! We’re talking about an 8€ basic dress from Primark… The proof that sometimes, less is more!

Being honest, it made me realize how powerful the color black can be. Anyhow, it’s not because my dress was a bit boring that all the black outfits have to be boring! Here are a few cute pictures I found on Pinterest. It inspires me a lot, hope it will inspire you as well :)

Cheers,

Marie xx

Et la gagnante est…

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Noémie Campagna!!!

Thanks to everyone who subscribed, I honestly hope you’ll enjoy the content of the newsletters. As always, don’t hesitate if you have any comments or suggestions.

Cheers from the beach!

Marie xxx

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Offres exclusives et promotions, fashion talks, idées voyage, tirages… Une p’tite touche d’amour dans ta boîte à courriel de temps en temps… mais pas trop souvent… C’est ça, les newsletters de Melrose.

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La Haye: Une ville à découvrir

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IMG_8917.JPGLa  Hollande est un pays vraiment… ouvert d’esprit. L’âge légal pour boire de l’alcool est 16 ans. La marijuana est légale. La prostitution aussi… On aurait tendance à croire que la légalisation de tous ces vices mène à la débauche. Dans les faits, le taux de criminalité ne cesse de chuter, tellement qu’ils ont récemment fermé une prison à cause du manque de prisonniers…

Cette ouverture d’esprit est palpable au niveau légal, mais aussi dans l’ensemble de la culture hollandaise. L’atmosphère est détendue et les gens sont compréhensifs, même l’architecture respire le bonheur. Le fait que La Haye ne soit pas une ville super touristique comme Amsterdam ou Rotterdam est aussi intéressant.

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Musée, cafés, plage, cocktails et un spectacle super cool. C’est ce que nous avons eu le temps de faire en un jour!! Une ville que je recommande à toute personne à la recherche de nouveaux endroits à découvrir.

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Bonne journée!

Marie xx

Like Your Mom!

Most people have to dress up to go to work every morning. Unfortunately …or fortunately for some people…dressing up in the morning isn’t a mandatory thing for showgirls. No matter how we look when we arrive at the ‘office’, in no time we have to take off our cute clothes, go crazy on makeup & start to sweat! In fact, it feels pretty good to wear sweatpants before & after that madness.

So, to make it a bit more interesting, about a month ago, the Phantasialand girls started an outfitting challenge. Every night, we were agreeing on what we were going to wear the next day. After a little while, we realized how fun that was & we decided to involve our mothers in the challenge.

Eva’s mom is in California, Lina’s mom is in Budapest, Michelle’s mom is in Florida, Hjordis’ mom is in Toronto, Katja’s mom is in Estonia & my mom is in Quebec… I have to say that it’s pretty cool to see all of them sending us pictures of what they wear every morning. Even Katja’s baby is on board!!!! 

More pictures to come…

Have a nice day!

Marie xxx

Spring Fun!

 

122544The month of May is just so fun!!!

Officially 28… I can hardly believe that I’ve been an adult for 10 years already! I’m obviously very happy of everything I did over those years… The friendship I built, the career choices I made, the places I visited, the way I took care of my soul & my body… However, there’s so many things I want to do before I turn 30… I better hurry up!

Roncalli What a beautiful show! Live band, fantastic acrobats, sparkly costumes, 4 clowns, 7 horses… Perfect classic circus!

Cirque Bouffon Another beautiful thing! Simple costumes, small cast, small stage, small audience, but just as effective & impressive as the other show.

Ice Hockey World Championship… Cologne is hockey, it’s very fun & I’m looking forward to attempt my second game of the tournament tomorrow as Germany will play against Latvia!! Woot woot!

Tony Robbins… How great is this guy? Our brain is a very powerful tool, might as well use it as much as we can. Listening to his podcasts is definitely giving me a lot of energy, you should try!

Sparkly therapy… I’ve been wearing a LOT of glitters lately (makeup, clothes, nails…) & it makes me feel like a unicorn. Another thing you should try!

Summer is almost here… Finally, YAY! I must say it’s a real pleasure to write this blog post while enjoying the German sun!

On that note, have a lovely week everyone!

Marie xx

Smart Phone, Smart Life, Smart Fashion…

Alexa, you’re so cool!

First of all, I need that!

Second, I wonder how the fashion industry feels about that. Analyzing trends is a fine art & I doubt a robot can do it all without any human support. However, if it really is possible, her opinion could become extremely valuable for the big players of the industry… $$$

Third, technology has changed a lot of things in our lives in the past few years & the evolution is not about to stop. Communication, navigation, entertainment, business… It affects everything & fashion isn’t left apart. Here is a lovely article on that topic!

Finally, if you like that kind of stuff, The Business of Fashion might be something you want to follow. There’s a looooooot of valuable information on that website.

Enjoy! xx

The Art of Efficiency

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Everybody’s different when it comes to scheduling & proficiency. Some people can work until ridiculous o’clock at night with a glass of wine, some others prefer to hit the gym at 6 in the morning & get to work right after…

I am not afraid to say that I am not the smartest, the prettiest or the most talented. Not at all. However, working hard has always been my biggest asset & I managed to go farther than a lot of very smart, pretty & talented people just because of my workaholic skill. As soon as I graduated from LaSalle College, I joined the early birds club as well as the wine club… Probably not a very healthy thing to do, but easily manageable considering I’ve always been extremely passionate by my career.

About a year ago, no matter how hard I was willing to work, I could no longer keep up with my responsibilities simply because I was running out of time. There’s only 24 hours in a day after all…

Ice skating & fashion design are the 2 things that I do. As we speak, I skate 18 ice shows a week, lead the design of a lounge wear collection, operate the startup of my own ice show business & run this blog to promote the whole thing. Sounds like a lot. Feels like a lot.

Soooooo, in order to make it work, I came up with a couple of life hacks to be more efficient. Since it was helpful for me, I wanna think it could be helpful for you too!

1.WAKE UP & PLAN

Not fun. But it has to happen. The earlier the better. Regardless of what happened the night before, I strongly believe that 7 is the perfect time to make yourself a coffee & set some goals. That part is not that simple when you are a freelancer & you can make up your own schedule, but you can’t expect to have a productive day if you start it all wrong.

2.CUT THE CRAP

I realized that I was getting distracted way too often by messages, emails & social medias. It does feel like work when I reply to someone on Instagram since I am trying real hard to grow my audience. However, it is not time effective at all to always stop what I am doing to check how many people liked my latest picture…

To avoid wasting time on stupid things like that, every morning as I plan my day & set my goals, I separate my schedule between the online & the offline work. Internet is essential for sending & researching things, but not essential at all when it comes to sketch clothes or write emails. As a result, the quality of what I do while I’m offline is higher because I am more focus + I get it done way faster. Perfect.

3.WORK IT

Being active is the solution to many problems. Working out gives me so much power, mentally just as much as physically. 18 shows a week might bit a little excessive & I will certainly not keep that pace forever, but my 10 years in the ice show has been hell of a life training.

4………………

Some people think a lot before making a decision… Some others are very spontaneous… To a different level, this factor also has an important impact on the optimization of your time in a day.

In the show, there’s no time for thinking. The tricks, the lights, the costumes, the props, the audience… No matter what’s going on, it has to be fast & seamless. In front of my computer, it’s the exact opposite… Like most people working in an office, I used to always take my sweet time to do everything perfect. When my schedule got crazy, I started to use my skating attitude in business & it was one of the best decision of my life. Overthinking is not very helpful anyway & most of the time, the first idea is the best idea.

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Gentleman… Less. Is. More.

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Dressing a man is not an easy operation. In my opinion, the line is pretty fine between being boring & being too much. Even if I spend most of my time researching & analyzing trends for woman, my interest for menswear is not any less important. Runways, new collections, editorials… I see it all and most of the time, I am not amazed…

Anyhow, I came across a British store called The Idle Man not that long ago & I was pretty impressed by the way they approach the whole fashion thing for men. If I was a boy, this store would for sure be my #1 shopping destination. Just saying…

PS: Very impressive to see how Francis Mayer made his way up in the menswear industry. Go Canada Go!

+++ Few more ideas here. Cheers!