Stephanie

A New Year for Miss Mélange

Miss Mélange turns 1 today!

It’s officially been a year since we launched the blog, and it has been amazing – mostly because of how sweet and wonderful our readers are! Thank you for reading, liking, and commenting. It really means the world to us to get your feedback.

This blog all started when Emily called me with a crazy idea: what if we started a blog together, along with her sister-in-law, Katherine? We are all creative, we love to write, and we love clothes and our respective coastal cities. We had so much fun designing the site, getting used to writing posts, picking out a name, and talking about topics.

Katherine wrote a few awesome posts and then had to bow out – with a newborn and a toddler, it was just too much! Emily and I kept going and saw how challenging blogging can be. Staying inspired, making time for it, and being vulnerable – it’s a lot. We started the blog when I was unemployed, and transitioning to working full time was a challenge. Emily was also dealing with a lot but we had a lot of fun chatting about changing our banner and archives, future posts and photo shoots, our goals… it was a blast.

Now Emily has an announcement that we have been meaning to share, that will change the course of Miss Mélange once again:

Hey guys! I’m really sad to be writing this, but also so excited about new possibilities ahead. After this post, this blog will belong entirely to my talented and ever inspiring bff, Stephanie. After going back and forth for a long time I realized that it was time to let blogging go in order to make more room in my life for other new and exciting things (like moving to Santa Cruz!!) as well as eliminating some unnecessary stress. As much as I LOVED planning and designing this blog with Steph, I have to move on. I learned so much, like how to set up and design blogs, dabble in social media, and that being open and sharing things even when it’s scary can be super liberating and therapeutic.

Just for the record, none of this has anything to do with something bad happening or Steph and I having issues with each other. In fact we love each other just as much as ever. When we had the convo about me bowing out we got all mushy and basically talked about how much we like and respect each other the whole time. So if there are any conspiracy theorists thinking there’s some big meltdown going on either with me or our friendship, worry not. Everything is great! I’m so excited to see all the great content Steph has coming our way and I’m sure you’ll be hearing from me from time to time via guest posts.

So woop! There it is. Miss Mélange is now wonderful Stephanie’s blog. Love ya, girl.

~ Emily

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So I am now embarking on my own as the sole editor of Miss Mélange! I think it was fitting that we made this decision by the one year anniversary of the blog. I’m excited for the next year, although I will miss Emily’s content A LOT. She cooks, she does amazing DIY projects, and knows how to live a life chemical-free… I can only promise that I will try to relay her wisdom to you all as much as possible!

Thank you all so much, again, for your support. I can’t tell you how much it means when I get a sweet or thoughtful comment on a post, or a text saying my friend read something they loved, or meeting a friend of a friend who has read the blog. I love writing and sharing with you, and I look forward to many more fascinating conversations together!

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Love and such

Valentine’s Day is coming up, or Singles Awareness Day, as I have heard it called recently.

Anthony and I aren’t big on this holiday – it has always seemed weird to me. I think it’s just the shamey-ness and unkindness about it. Like we’re in elementary school and if you don’t have a partner, YOU CAN’T BE IN OUR CLUB!

Anyway, I thought I would still take the opportunity to gather some fun posts we have that explore love, dating, and all that jazz. Although the holiday isn’t my favorite, I still love talking about love. Which you all are probably very aware of at this point.

Here are some of my favorites:

 

Love Links

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Worst Case

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Emily & Kirby’s Wedding

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It really comes down to cliche’s

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What to do if you have depression (talkin ’bout some self-love!)

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Making the Online Dating Plunge: Confessions of an Ex-OkCupider

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Hope you have some fun plans for the weekend, just because it’s the weekend. :) And give yourself some self love just because! <3

Oh, and tell us if you have any best/worst Valentine’s day stories in the comments below. Those are always entertaining!

Real Talk: We use the Diva Cup

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First off: WORST NAME EVER FOR ANYTHING.

Secondly: If you are squeamish, don’t like talking about lady issues, or just don’t want to know us that well – stop reading now.

If you do want to find out just how crazy hippie Emily and I have gotten, read on.

You might also be interested in an alternative to tampons, too (yes, that’s what we are going to talk about). Surprisingly, two of our friends have recently switched to using it too – hence the inspiration for this post. Maybe you’ll find it enlightening. Or maybe you’ll just find it hilarious. Either way, we’re glad you’re here.

So. Emily calls me one day and she’s like, okay. I have made another change to a super hippie product and you can laugh at me all you want. But you might be into it, too.

Me: “Okay, what is it?”

Em: “Well, please don’t judge it by it’s name. It’s the worst name ever. Like, I can’t even say it without laughing slash being embarrassed for being associated with it.”

Me: “Okay, just say it. I’m ready.”

Em: “Aaaahhh okay it’s called the Diva Cup. Blahdkawjefegkzdsfhaqfd”

She proceeds to tell me that she was looking into alternatives to tampons, because she was doing research on going totally chemical-free and wasn’t super into the idea of this bleached product hangin out in her body. Plus it’s also a huge waste of paper and plastic.

So she came across this product, which will be henceforth referred to as The Hippie Lady Product.

What it is is a silicone-like cup (ick) that is flexible and small enough to be inserted like a tampon during your period. It catches everything and is reusable.

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Here are the pros and cons, as I see it:

Pros:

  • No more buying tampons!! That shit is expensive! I got my Lady Hippie Product for like $30 online.
  • You can leave The Lady Hippie Product in for much longer than a tampon – you can leave it in for 10-12 hours at a time!
  • No leaks. I’m serious. I haven’t had a leak once since using it. Underwear saved!!
  • Warning, I’m about to get even grosser: You know when you use a tampon and there’s the string? Well, I hate the string…and all the surrounding issues of said string…like…smells. That is totally not an issue any more, and it’s fabulous. The Lady Hippie Product is basically a plug, so you feel like you’re just not on your period until you take it out.
  • No more moments that go like this: “Shit!! I don’t have any more tampons in my purse! I forgot to load up when I left this morning and now I have one left to last me til 5…? No way is this gonna work.”
  • You don’t have chemicals like bleach chillin in yo body for hours at a time – I don’t even wanna think what’s actually in tampons.
  • You will be so green! Imagine all the plastic and waste created every month using tampons, panty liners, or any other device we poor women have to deal with…
  • Did I mention no leaks?? Ya.

Cons:

  •  Um, it’s gross. Let’s get real: you have to empty it. And clean it. HOWEVER – I, personally, think it’s not that more disgusting than changing a tampon, and you totally get used to it.
  • It’s called the Diva Cup.
  • Your friends will laugh at you if you ever tell them you use it.
  • If your boyfriend/roommate/whoever somehow finds it in the bathroom, that’s gonna be an awkward conversation. But I have a cute little bag for mine (NOT the one that comes with it that says Diva Cup all over it with daisies and shit), so problem solved. Plus I live with my boyfriend and as you might imagine, I’m an over-sharer.

Okay. So you might be like, screw this, that sounds disgusting and I am going to be a normal person and continue to use tampons. Totally, I get it.

If you’re like, “Hmm, I’m intrigued…”, like a lot of my friends are when I come out of The Diva Cup Closet, then you can check out the website here. Please try to overlook all the daisies and princess fonts.

You can also ask us anything in the comments. We have both used it for a year or two and are not scared of graphic conversations.

Side note: I hope you still read this blog after this.

 

Do you have any weird confessions? Feel free to share as an act of solidarity… :)

 

 

Dear Pop Stars:

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Dear Jonas Brother,

Um, why does your album have a parental advisory thing? YOU JUST TURNED YOUR BACK ON THE KIDS, JONAS BROTHER.

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Oh, hi, P.S.: YOUR “JEALOUS” SONG IS BARBARIC. And way too fucking catchy, thanks a lot.

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Dear Everyone,

Does anyone remember how awesome R&B duets used to be? Ahem, ONE SWEET DAY??

 

 

I need more. It’s been YEARS. And I know, “No Air” tried. They had everything going for them besides those lyrics (“How do you expect me to live alone with just ME??!!”) – I think an 11 year old wrote them. It seriously sounds like my journal entries from junior high.

I got excited when Ariana Grande came out with “Love me Harder”, with The Weekend. It’s not epic, but would have at least helped my withdrawal symptoms for a while… except that they missed one crucial point: they don’t sing together. Ever, unless I missed something. It’s like they can’t bother to show up in the same studio on the same day anymore (One Sweet Day even has PROOF that they were in the same studio). At least Chris Brown and Jordin Sparks did the awesome screamy pop runs in unison after the bridge on No Air. That’s what a duet is about, people. We need it back.

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To Every Pop Star Ever: you need to try to be more like this, period:

Can we talk about Nicki Minaj for a second? Because obviously there are no words to describe Beyonce’s awesomeness. Anyway, that smile she flashes at the end of her rap! Kills me every time! (yes, I watch this regularly). And that body suit! I can’t even deal. And the moment that Beyonce and Nicki start almost dancing with (on?) each other…. If I walked into a club and saw that I think I would faint.

Okay, I do have something I want to say about Beyonce – who wears a hat like that, and like, wipes their mouth all weird while staring open-mouthed at the camera, and is THAT AMAZING.

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One Direction,

I was excited about the come-back of boy bands, because I really (really really) miss N’Sync. Sorry – N*Sync.

But then I saw you perform on the Grammy’s or something and you did the unforgivable: you didn’t. dance.

What the hell, guys?

You just jumped off stuff at key moments and kind of just, jumped around and flailed your little boy limbs.

So we were in a fight. But then you really made me an offer I couldn’t refuse when you came out with Steal My Girl. Omigod, guys. That song is amazing.

 

 

There is still a lot to be desired as far as even singing goes, but that song is just too good.

But seriously, get to dancin. Because what the hell is a boy band who doesn’t dance? I really feel bad for the generation of girls who follow you – they don’t even know what they’re missing.

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Ariana Grande,

I feel like I want to like you. I’m really into your hair color and your ponytails.

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And you have good producers. And I love that song where you’re like, THIS IS THE PART WHERE I SAY I DON’T WANNAAA

…but then…you don’t really give me that Beyonce or Mariah vibe where you make it look so easy to sing the most insane notes. You kind of seem like you’re trying pretty hard to sing your notes. Which is fine, I guess. Maybe you’ll come out with a Steal My Girl move and we’ll be BFFs all of a sudden. Actually I’m pretty positive that that is what will happen. See you then, girlfriend.

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Do you guys ever have all the feelings about top 40 songs, too? What’s bugging you lately? What song is your guilty pleasure?

 

 Image via Rolling Stone

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