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Intro­duce your­self?

M: Hi every­one! I’m Melanie, I’m 21, I’m from Mia­mi, and I study illus­tra­tion in Rhode Island. I’m also a fash­ion blog­ger. My favorite col­or is green and I’m obsessed with my Ger­man Shep­herd!

What is your style phi­los­o­phy?
M: I’m inter­est­ed in dis­cov­er­ing the true depths of per­son­al style. I’m a lit­tle anti-trend in that I don’t try to cop looks of the run­way just to be on-trend or rel­e­vant, but if I do real­ly enjoy some­thing I may let myself indulge. I’m entire­ly a wear what­ev­er I like type of per­son.

How would you describe your sense of style?
M: My style is one part girl pow­er, one part edgy, and one part com­fort. Of course shoes don’t always count for that last part. Black is a huge part of my wardrobe as I feel like it has such a great abil­i­ty to bal­ance out and then fin­ish off an out­fit.

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What is your process of decid­ing what to wear in the morn­ing?
M: If I want to be on time in the morn­ing, my process starts the night before! I start with pick­ing one piece I want to style around–usually a state­ment top or bot­tom and on occa­sion a piece of jew­el­ry or new shoes or some­thing I have yet to wear. Then I fig­ure out what pro­por­tions the out­fit needs to look fin­ished. If it’s a fit­ted crop top, I often pair it with some­thing loose or if its a short dress I might pair it with com­bat boots. I don’t have a strict AM or PM wardrobe…it all mix­es togeth­er for any time of day and how you acces­sorize it decides on it being time-of-day appro­pri­ate. Usu­al­ly I can go out in what I was wear­ing ear­li­er in the day and not look strange. Last­ly, jew­el­ry is usu­al­ly an after­thought for me.

What are the three favorite things in your clos­et?
M: Its so hard to pick a favorite but I guess based on how fre­quent­ly I wear these items, I can’t live with­out my Miista ‘May’ heeled chelsea boots (they’re an awe­some Lon­don-based shoe brand that every­one should know about!), my Levi’s den­im jack­et that I thrift­ed in Barcelona (its super sen­ti­men­tal) with sleeves too short for my long arms, and my leather back­pack from ASOS (it fits my lap­top and cam­era but is still real­ly com­pact!).

What are some of your favorite shops/websites for clothes, shoes and acces­sories?
M: I’m a die-hard Amer­i­can Appar­el kin­da girl. I’m also in love with Nasty Gal, Miss KL, Dolls Kill, and Waste­land.

How long have you been nat­ur­al?
M: I’ve been nat­ur­al for 2 1/2 years.

How and why did you tran­si­tion into nat­ur­al hair?
M: My old­est sis­ter went nat­ur­al and my oth­er sis­ter and I were like, “What is she doing? She’s such a hip­pie!” She’s super veg­an, grows her own veg­eta­bles, dri­ves a Prius, and things of that nature so we thought this was anoth­er one of her weird moments. Then we saw how awe­some her curls were. My oth­er sis­ter hopped on and I fol­lowed suit a few months after that. It turns out we all have com­plete­ly dif­fer­ent hair types, though, so it wasn’t quite what we imag­ined it’d be but here we all are, near­ly 3 years lat­er! I nev­er did a big chop but I had my styl­ist cut my hair in like, 3-inch incre­ments every 6 months since I wasn’t ready to lose length.

What is your sig­na­ture hair­style?
M: Curly or straight, my hair is usu­al­ly worn down and part­ed to one side.

Describe your styling reg­i­men over the course of the month.
M: I basi­cal­ly have only two modes. Curly lasts me 2 days before the next day of con­di­tion­ing and apply­ing mousse. I can get 3–4 days of straight hair and I only recent­ly start­ed squeez­ing an extra day out of my hair by wear­ing a pony­tail. I sham­poo only between wear­ing my hair curly or straight to cleanse prod­uct buildup. My curly hair weapon of choice is Herbal Essences Total­ly Twist­ed Curl Boost­ing Mousse and I can’t beat Miami’s humid­i­ty with­out Liv­ing Proof’s Straight Spray.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
M: Yup! You can find me at RadicalDarling.com.

Rinny

Tex­an by birth, Los Ange­leno by sit­u­a­tion. Lover of Tame Impala and Shoegaze music. Come­di­an by trade. Mac­a­roni and Cheese con­nois­seur by appetite.

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6 Comments on "Style: Melanie in Rhode Island"

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[…] It still amazes me that some­one would find me inter­est­ing enough to inter­view, haha. Some­thing I don’t talk about as much as I should is my nat­ur­al hair (I tran­si­tioned two years ago) but it was cool to be rec­og­nized for it any­way! Check out the inter­view here. […]

Jenmarie

Great inter­view! I also decide what I am wear­ing the day pri­or some­times even longer before depend­ing on the event tak­ing place :)

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[…] Hey every­one! I’m excit­ed to announce to you that I’ve been inter­viewed by nat­ur­al hair care blog, Black Girl with Long Hair! You can find the inter­view here. […]

Asana

That white and black dress it every­thing!

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Jachile

Can I please have ALL your clothes?! LOL I would wear every sin­gle out­fit sigh (: Nice pic­tures, pret­ty girl.

Elle

Love the sheer sock with the com­bat boot, the sil­ver mini and that chee­tah jack­et. Love that Asos har­ness on your site, sad­ly a dupe is not avail­able any­where. She’s giv­ing mad face in that first pic!

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