Allow me to introduce myself 👑
My name is Melissa; mother, wife, certified wedding planner and owner of Melissa Dewgards Designs. I’m a born and bred Brooklyn girl, but I spent a few years living in FL (where i fell in love with the #SaltLife ) while my husband was in the Air Force. I have 2 children who are the reason for me building this brand. I’m a crafter at heart, and a lover of LOVE ❤️. My specialty is alternative wedding bouquets and accessories. Pearls are my “thing” but I can do it all; brooches, silk flowers, you name it. I’m here for YOU. To bring your DREAM vision to life. DM me, click the link in my bio and follow my Etsy shop. Let’s chat about what I can do for you 👰🏽 #HelloWorld#MeetTheArtist
Why I do what I do? Apart from being a creative, so being excited by design and helping clients, my main drive is these two ... working for myself allows me to be flexible, which in turn ensures I never miss an assembly or an opportunity to support them. I know how lucky I am to be in that position. #wrbinstachallenge#behindthebrand#womenrockingbusiness#plotdesign
There are so many reasons why I do this, why I run #thecarryingworks & moments like this are just one of them. The relief on a parents face, the baby struggling with a new world who settles before the carrier is even fastened, the realisation their hands are free & they can still hold their baby close, the toddler adjusting to a new sibling, a tired preschooler needing to reconnect. Carrying my boys, along with everything it has brought to my life, has had & continues to have, such an unimaginable impact on our family life & my mental health. The opportunity to share such knowledge with families & carers, to support them to travel their journey & to discover new things is a real privilege.
Although I dropped fuchsia as the official color of Manic Trout a few years ago, I'll still always consider it the unofficial color of the brand. Which means that I also always perk up when I spy fuchsia gems. Like this amazing red beryl specimen. Isn't it lovely?
Image via irocks.com
Who knows the story behind the name Annalise?! No? Story time it is! 🤗
The name Annalise is actually the name of a little girl I used to babysit! She made such a significant impact on my life & I loved the name so much, I knew it was a name I was going to hold onto for my future child! Well before I had my baby girl... this shop was my first baby! 🎀
I just wanted to share this little story for two reasons. The first, I get asked A LOT! And secondly, I want brides to know the pieces of me that I have poured into this business! Yes, there are the obvious details such as my wedding photos in the back office and my favorite candles that are always lit around the shop, but this one is a bit hidden! 💕
A whole lotta love has been (and continues to be) put into this shop & we hope you feel it the second you walk in! ✨ | 📸 @nickimetcalfphotography
On Friday, January 19th surrounded by our families, friends and community we celebrated the GRAND OPENING of Big Wave Chiropractic!
Here’s a small glimpse of what you missed if you weren’t able to join us.
We are so excited and humbled to finally open the doors of Big Wave Chiropractic and serve the Myrtle Beach area with principled Chiropractic care.
Thank you ALL for your love and support! 🌊
Still hand-formulated, drop by drop, each one of those bottles contains a unique synergy of pure aromatherapy-grade Essential Oils ( $$$ ) and holds enough to scent only 6 candles.
Learn more about the RITUAL collection @ MIZUbrand.com #MadeMindful
A dietitian who eats cupcakes?!⠀
To find out how you can incorporate cupcakes and other sweet foods into your life (and believe me, it's possible!) without feeling guilty, book in for a consultation with me! :)⠀
A bit of history... L'Artisan Parfumeur is het resultaat van een uitdaging, een plaisanterie. Vanwege zijn opleiding als chemicus vroeg een vriend aan Jean Laporte of hij een bananengeur kon maken die bij zijn kostuum van hetzelfde fruit te dragen was, tijdens een gala-avond in de Folies Bergères. Soortgelijke aanvragen kwamen binnen met als resultaat diverse grapefruit- en vanillegeuren.
Jean Laporte experimenteerde en creëerde originele parfums van natuurlijke essences. Met het succes van zijn eerste geurencollectie werd hij door parfumenthousiasten “L'Artisan Parfumeur” - de vakman van geur - genoemd. Lees meer over dit Franse merk op www.artisanparfumeur.com/en-gb/inside-the-brand/history.html of shop de producten direct op skins.nl.
#skinscosmetics#behindthebrand @lartisanparfumeur #lartisanparfumeur#history#perfume
BE BRAVE! .... weigh things up and if it is best for you, go for it!
I came to a cross road in my life where I could continue along my legal career, which I loved and apparently I was rather good at (so I hear!) Or I could take the plunge and follow my heart.
Around 2 years prior I had just returned from Edmonton County Court and was sitting at my desk having my lunch. I opened The Times newspaper to find a feature of a top london lawyer who had taken the plunge and opened her own florists shop. In her own words 'I have never been happier'. I turned to my collegue and said if I wasn't doing this I would be working with flowers. I didn't actually think it would happen.... but it did.
After our 1st child was born I had a decision to make. Go back to corporate life or take the plunge. I decided on the latter and am very happy I did. It's given me the opportunity to be able to spend the time with my children, watch them grow albeit it meant working through til 3am to get everything done in building a business and fulfilling orders, but it was worth it.
I feel very lucky to have been able to do this as I am well aware many do not have the choice available to them. Do I miss Law? Oh yes! There are days I would love to be back in the court room or researching legal issues. Am I content and happy? Very much so. 💕
Thank you to all my couples and loyal clients over the years that made it possible.
Dee 💖💖 .
Today for the #WRBIntstaChallenge we are talking about our creative friends. This is a really hard thing, because I have so many! I have decided that as this is photograph based challenge I would focus on all of my photography friends. I have loads of friends who are great photographers, both professional and as a hobby, like @thecarryingworks @starlet_rob @thedukes_babywearingphotography @sarahwovenwings and others. But there are two who I want to mention especially, one is the lovely Jenny of @indigoandviolet who helped me to be able to use my camera, I still have a long way to go, but I am much further along in my journey than I would have been without her.
The other is my neighbour. Julie runs @artpackforphotographers She takes many of the photographs I use on my blog. The service she runs for photographers offer great bespoke products, I throughly recommend having a look. #WomenRockingBusiness#BehindTheBrand#Photography#CreativeFriends
Today we got asked a question that I haven't even thought about for over 5 years!! Our business name and the reason behind it. It's simple we want your experience with us to be all about you! The service we give, the flowers we create, everything we do is always about you. Every thought of ours from the very first enquiry to the wedding day is always about you! So Thoughts of You! Plus Award Winning Wedding Florists because that's what we are! But that only happened in 2015, and then 2017! Not bragging just proud!!! Reswagging because I can't find any photos of the van on my phone, just loads and loads of flowers!!!
We are SO thankful for this amazing team! Last night would not have been possible without our dynamite staff and the amazing @ampednow student members from @shermancollege. Thank you for providing our Grand Opening guests with flawless office tours and lifesaving information about the power of principled Chiropractic care!
“Ideen til Pechuga opstod en rødvinsaften hvor Hanne og jeg sad og diskuterede bæredygtig mode (som er vores store passion), og feminisme i forbindelse med kvinders liv, forventninger, kriser, karriere og kærlighed. Midt i denne diskussion opstod et behov for at kommentere på den feministiske debat omkring objektiviseringen af kvinders kroppe ’Free The Nipple’. Vi er begge to glade for ikke at tage os selv alt for højtideligt, og vi klarer mange af de svære ting i livet med humor...” Read more about us and how we started over at @finderskeepersdk or follow the link in bio 👆 (It’s in Danish) Happy Saturday ❤️☕️ Mucho Amor, Anna #pechugatees#freethenipple#behindthebrand#pechugatribe
Our little Olivia turned T W O today! She was such a huge inspiration in starting up this company! I was only a few months postpartum when I took a huge leap of faith and turned one simple vision into an international company! At two she has this amazing light she sheds on the world, is fearless, spunky and so loving! I know when she turns 16 I’m in deep trouble, but for now I’ll enjoy the snuggles! #personalpost#happybirthday#inspiration#mompreneur#familylife#behindthebrand
Getting ready for my Friday live video earlier today (you can catch it on the manic trout Facebook page!) about Galentine's Day. Sleeveless was not a good choice for how chilly it was in my studio and was changed into a sweater seconds after the video! For those of you who don't know the face behind the brand, my name is Sierra Bailey and I am the designer, maker and everything-er here at Manic Trout. Lovely to meet you! .
S H O W U P !
After months of mental and physical health issues caused by insomnia, I find this quote super helpful as I'm getting back on track and have to get used to be seen again. 👀 Exactly the reminder I needed plus pretty colors! 🍑
RG @caroline_van_natta ✨
So, you all know Chuck, she is our original Baby Bird. But, this guy here is the other little chick in our nest. He doesn't get nearly as much love in our feed on account of the fact that he isn't known to wear bows in his hair very often. But, he's here and he's pretty dang awesome. And how about that sister of mine - she makes adorable bows AND adorable babies. #skillz
Found my favorite!!! Y’all the designer of this collection (Brighton has multiple designers, that is how each of their collections are so unique) was dreamy herself! With a heart for travel, an impeccable eye for detail and the way she talked about the leather with such a rich accent, I couldn’t help but feel like I was no longer in a Los Angelos show room, but somewhere on a Spanish Vineyard. This style comes in 3 sizes and another lux color, yet every bag will be unique in coloring details due to the leather pallet, which I LOVE! Basically all one-of-a-kind!!
I had the pleasure of sitting in with their design team and hear the heart behind the designs for the Spring collection. I am always in awe at how the fashion industry weaves through concepts to create a trend and how it flows from brand to brand, each putting their own spin on it for their customer.
After the factory tour I took a spin through the showroom to peep all the Spring product 👀 can not wait to get my hands on these pieces for my clients. @brightoncollectibles does hammered pieces oh so well and I love the aztec spin.
I love fashion.... like I LOVE EVERY personal memory and experience that has shaped my passion into a career. When I was 16 I saved up babysitting money to purchase a @brightoncollectibles belt that I saw and had to have! I am kicking myself that I do not still have that belt, but getting to make a belt in their factories was such a special experience! I wonder who the lucky customer is to receive this one of a kind Brighton X Art of Style collab 😋
Watching the belts of many brands be hand made at the @brightoncollectibles campus was amazing! I only have Asian factories to compare it to and man was this different! The sense of community amongst the craftsman was of a family. I met artisans that had been working in the factory for over 30 years!
The snow has melted here in Nashville and it’s Friday! With all of that good news I was inspired to share the first image from the SS photo shoot. The collection is amazing with texture and color, matte and shine, new stones and beads..... stay tuned for more.
Lense// @redharephoto HMA// @nissileebeauty Model// @ronnajoon
By putting quality and comfort first, @oakstreetbootmakers have established a cult-like following of boot lovers around the world. Join them -> check the link in our bio to see more 🔗
#behindthebrand#oakstreetbootmakers 📷 by @migigp @pickingsandparry @drmmathias @morebymorello
Cloudy days make the studio so gloomy. As do the past their time twinkle lights that are still up on the bushes our side my window. At least I have a few plants in here for the winter until it's warm enough to be back in their patio jungle. My Favorite part of this moment? Faye peeking at me from behind the desk. She's been at my side since day 1, 15 years ago. Best studio dog ever. #behindthebrand#studiodog
Over the years I have had several hobbies which help me relax. But my current favourites things to do are reading a good book, then going to my great book club and talking about it with wine and cake.⠀
But the thing I love to do most is spend time with my lovely husband dancing. We do Ballroom and Latin and have for the last 3 years with @drapersdance (B also goes there). But every Friday night we meet up with this glam bunch and dance. Completely different and we love it!⠀
(Image description- a group of people all glammed up in dinner suites and dresses.)
Dear to my heart, as it's my birthstone, I've always been a sucker for a good aquamarine specimen. Aquamarine crystals with accenting Muscovite blades on Albite from Chumar Bakhoor, Northern Pakistan.
Photo credit: crystalsgems.com.