Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Meet Melinda

For my second interview I spoke to Melinda, Studio 1220's General Manager, Assistant Buyer, and just generally jack of all trades. Melinda has been with Studio 1220 for about six years but has been a loyal customer for much longer then that. We love Melinda's outgoing personality and great sense of humor. She always keeps us laughing (and of course dressing brilliantly!)

When I asked Melinda to describe her style she said, "It is an eclectic mix of part gypsy, part rock N roll, part hippie, and part urban." All of our customers who love to get styled by Melinda would agree she knows how to mesh all these aspects into some killer outfits. Melinda told me what she loves most about fashion is accessorizing, "I could wear a white tee, skinny jeans, killer shoes and fabulous accessories all day EVERY day!!"
She said her go to styling trick is to mix and match. She loves to mix solids with stripes and add feminine touches to more masculine styles. "Never dress fully in one single trend." Melinda's style icons are Victoria Beckham, Gwen Stefani, Bridget Bardot, and Kate Moss whom have all played a vital role in the way Melinda's style has evolved into what it is today.

Melinda's favorite place to shop (outside of Studio 1220 of course) is Topshop in London. "Unbelievable." She says. Her favorite pieces in her closet right now are her Maxi dresses and maxi skirts ("When I can find ones that are long enough" she laughs) as well as a perfectly fitted leather jacket. When I asked what she thinks everyone NEEDS in their closet she answered with, 
"Several perfectly cut white tees, at least one pair of vintage wash skinny jeans, a tailored but current blazer, and of course all the right cami's for layering."
If you find yourself questioning whether or not to splurge on something Melinda's advice is to spend those Benjamin's on a  real leather hand bag, a unique leather belt, and the perfect pair of flat leather boots.

All the ladies at Studio 1220 love the advice Melinda gives. She has learned a lot being in the business for ten plus years. She told me her most valuable advice is never to buy items for your 'ideal' weight, always buy items that fit you properly when trying them on. She adds that not all trends work for every body type "Don't force it." Another favorite styling tip of hers is to always add a wild card for some extra excitement! "For me, an unexpected pop of leopard always does the trick." We love Melinda's ability to make every outfit look complete with a pop of color or the perfect statement necklace. She knows just how to stand out without being too over the top. 

Pop into our store at The Forum in La Costa to get some more advice from our lovely Melinda today!!
-Studio 1220

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