• gift guide,  holiday

    The 12 Best Holiday Party Dresses

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    I’m so excited for the holidays – especially dressing for the occasion, and holidays provide the best opportunities for this. From festivities at work to those with family and friends, there are a million excuses to get dressed up! (Not like I need any excuse on a normal day, but for parties, I do like to amp up the glam factor. WAAAAY up!) If I’ve learned anything in the past about dressing for the holidays, it’s that you need to start planning and shopping early, or all the best pieces are gone. Once Thanksgiving has passed, the holiday parties start happening in early December (I’m not mad about this!).

    This season I’m loving laces dresses that are anything but matronly, like this red HAWT lace number or this romantic floral lace. To sparkle all night, how about a gold sequin dress or this silver metallic high-shine halter dress? If you’re feeling demure but still want to make a statement, try this sculpted hi-low hem beauty. Check out my top 12 festive frocks at all different price points!

    What will you be wearing this holiday season?


  • fashion,  outfits

    3 Looks I Want To Wear Now

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    Look 1: Sweater / Jeans / Coat / Beanie / Sunglasses / Bootie / Clutch / Nail Polish

    Look 2: Over-the-Knee Boot / Crossbody Bag / Lip Set / Nail Polish / Necklace / Dress / Coat

    Look 3: Tie Neck Blouse / Tuxedo Blazer / Faux Leather Leggings / Crossbody Bag / Bootie / Scarf

    I might or might not be doing a little late-night shopping, and feeling inspired to do a “What I Want to Wear Now” post. (Not literally right now, ‘cuz my jammies at 10pm are pretty comfy and all, you know?) These three looks are created around basics in one of my favorite color palettes – black and white – but of course, in signature Melissa Takes Fashion style, are served up with a dose of bright color or a glam statement piece!

    I’m especially loving this striped faux fur coat, this two-toned leather bootie, and this leopard-printed haircalf clutch. I would wear any of these looks on date night, to Thanksgiving dinner, or a night out with the girls! Each piece is interchangeable between each look – so have fun and mix and match!


  • outfits

    Trainspotting With the Boys

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    Both my Little G and LWG are obsessed with trains. It’s a good thing they love the same toys so we don’t have to double up on them. We live just blocks from the train station so we’ve taken so many trips there just to see the trains pass by. We’ve even brought our dinner there. Lol. It’s fun and FREE entertainment for the boys! Woo hoo. Anything to keep them quiet. On days where we have nothing plan, I’ll pack up the boys and schlep them into the city just to ride the “L” train. Another cheap entertainment for them that they love. It’s amazing how well behaved they are when we’re doing things they love.

    What do you do for fun with your kids that’s free or light on the wallet?

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    What I Wore-

    This top from Nasty Gal just recently sold out but you can get on the waiting list here. Here are some that are similar.

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    Suede and Fringe, Girls Night Outfit Done Right!


    A rare girls night out but it was soooo much needed.We had so much fun and laughed till our bellies ached. Sometimes I get days where I feel like nothing I wear is right.  I literally decided on this jumpsuit minutes before leaving the house and I’m so glad I did because I’ve been wanting to wear this for some time already but just kinda forgot about it. The faux suede material is sooooo comfortable and light.  Shockingly, it also helped hide my pudge so huge bonus! A few of you had messaged me about these sandals from my last post so let’s also talk my platforms for a second!  They are over 5 inches tall and they’re my most comfortable heel to date. I wear them to death and wanted to buy extra pairs as backup but unfortunately, it’s no longer available. I know, I know, I totally just teased you. Because the bottom is made of cork, it gives you that extra cushion so it feels like you’re walking on tall pillows. Lol. I swear!!

    What I Wore-



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