:: In The Mirror | MELANIE MARiE::

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I was contacted by a friend a few weeks ago who asked me to
check out a jewelry and handbag designer by the name of MELANIE MARiE.
I had no idea that I would be blown away by the design, style, and allure of her pieces!
As I communicated with her directly, I felt her passion and ambition for the MM brand. 
She took the time to answer a couple of questions for me,
AND she's sponsoring my next GIVEAWAY!
The Melanie Marie Collection is stylish, affordable, and MirrorCheck approved!

Check out the interview below!

Q. Who is MELANIE MARiE?

A. I am MELANIE MARiE! I am a 24-year old accessory designer from Yonkers, NY and I
am currently still there ;) Designing for me began when I noticed the love of accessories and
embellishment in everything among females. I have always loved accessories, whether it be
bags, rings, bracelets, or necklaces and being creative by putting together pieces and coming
up with different styles that I buy in stores, thrift shops, or my borrow from my grandmothers
vintage collection was always a favorite hobby of mine. I have dozens of handbags that always
seemed to have some minor detail on them that I wanted to change, so that eventually turned
into me wanting to come up with my own designs. I would get so excited when I came up with
a new piece that it evolved into me creating more and more and then eventually grew into me
starting my own business.


MM Collection Jordan Necklace



Q. Did you ever think that the launch of your collection would have such a quick and positive response?
A. Well, I’m a very positive person so I launched my line with the confidence that people would
like the pieces but I did not think that it would take off in the short amount of time that it did! I
have already been featured in magazines, photo shoots and celebrities have been seen wearing
my pieces. It’s all very exciting since I have only been working on the MM Couture Collection for
less than a year.


Q. What have you done as a designer for your brand to set your products apart from any other?

A. MELANIE MARiE is a line that is based off my unique style. I always notice when there
is a new trend, there are so many designers that have similar pieces. I don’t want anyone to
look at a MELANIE MARiE bag and think to themselves that it looks like another designers
handbag. That is why I create pieces based off my experience and environment. If you notice, I
have a few pieces that are named after women. I name pieces after friends because I feel their
personality is reflected in the piece somehow.

MM Collection Black Onyx Duo Ring

Q. When I see your jewelry, I can totally see myself wearing EVERY piece. How does it make you feel to know that you are creating a brand that people love?

A. Aaaww thank you! That makes me VERY happy because I love all my pieces and I want
everyone else to feel the same. I feel very accomplished and grateful when people tell me
that they think my pieces are great. Knowing that people love my line makes me want to work
harder to keep my customers happy. I want to make sure that I keep my customers in love with
MELANIE MARiE so I keep them coming back for more.

MM Couture Showstopper Handbag

Q. What is the vision for the MM Collection going forward to continue success?

A. The vision I have for my collection is a very big one. People say when you dream to dream
big and that’s exactly what I am doing. I plan to expand my collection to include accessories for
men and children and get my pieces in major department stores and other boutiques. I even
want to start designing shoes! I LOVE shoes so why not, right? One day, I might even open a
store, but we will see how everything works out.

MM Collection Iman Cuff

Q. Do trends play a major role when designing your pieces?

A. I try not to design pieces based off the trends of everyone else. I try to design pieces that are
different so my customers wont feel as if they have the same pieces as everyone else. I want
the customers to have a sense of exclusivity.

Q. Do you have any events or collaborations coming up?

A. I do! I am currently working with a publicist as we speak, so I will let you know once I have
them set in stone. ;) I just had a collaboration event with Honey Magazine during NY Fashion
Week for my MM Couture Collection preview.

Melanie (middle) with designers Coco & Breezy
 Q. Where can we purchase pieces from the MM Collection?

A. You can purchase pieces on http://www.melaniemarie.com/. Soon MELANIE MARiE pieces will be
available in boutiques throughout the country. The names and addresses of the boutiques will
be posted on the site. I will keep everyone informed via the Facebook fan page and the MM
Twitter page.
  
MELANIE MARiE GIVEAWAY 


MM Collection Peace Earrings

 Enter for your chance to win these teardrop peace sign earrings valued at $50!
Melanie mentioned they are a best seller!!

TO WIN YOU MUST DO ALL OF THE FOLLOWING:
1. Follow Me on Twitter
2. Follow MELANIE MARiE on Twitter
3. Like the MELANIE MARiE Fan Page on Facebook
4. Leave a comment on this post with a valid email address

If you enter Tweet me and let me know! :)
Submission acceptance ends October 6th @11:59pm CST!

::CheckingOut::

16 comments:

Dreamworkx8@yahoo.com said...

Interesting interview, very pretty girl and nice jewelery. Wish There was a mens designer out there that did stuff like this. But this would be a awesome Christmas gift for my mom, i no this is premature considering Christmas is a few months away but but do to financial difficulties i think this would be a great gift from me to her.

Courtnee V. said...

Beautiful collection !!!
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Whitney B said...

Love it!
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Morgan P. said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!
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Anonymous said...

charitykyoung@gmail.com
i lalala love her pieces im def putting a few of her rings on my Christmas list

ps. ur blog is one of my favs its a def bookmark

Portia said...

I love all of these pieces! Congrats to Melanie on her creative success! I love the giveaway earrings; they scream Hippie Chic! :)

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Jessica said...

I love it!!! Hope I win!

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Mo W said...

Love the collection! :)

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Anonymous said...

LOVE these pieces!

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xoxo
Melinda Marie

Tat said...

I want those earring! So fly!
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Ivan McK said...

I love this post! Great interview....and great jewelry. I need to cop sum for my lady friends...hehehehe. ;-)

+8!3

Sade said...

Hey my lovely Krystle....I absolutely love your blog and this post on The Melanie Marie Collection..oh and you of course! Not sure if its your avenue, but I would love to see you do a feature on a plus size designer, blogger,model, or stylist. Anywho keep up the good work my love!!!

Tara said...

Her designs are super spicy!
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Anonymous said...

I love the earrings!

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Robert CarterJR said...

Love the interview. I love that your showcasing the accessories side of fashion that ties looks together. Great Job! I love the earrings and would love to win them. They would be perfect for a shoot I have Monday.....SO I HOPE I WIN!!!!!!
robertecarterjr@aol.com

Kamilah_P said...

I love the earrings! Her collection is nice. It has an earthy, artsy feel :) Aww and ur doing interviews now? I love it.


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