Design Expert: Melanie Knopke
I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t interested in all things fashion or style related. Even as a young girl, I sketched clothing lines, spent hours flipping through Vogue, and I loved to redecorate my Barbie townhouse with contact paper and carpet samples.
As I got older, I took my passion and ran with it. I studied Apparel Merchandising in college and had a career as a clothing buyer for a high-end retail chain for seven years. After retiring from the retail industry to have our son, I needed an outlet for my creativity, so during nap times, I started to write a style blog. What started out as a hobby turned into a career as I began writing a shopping blog and column for our local newspaper.
It is hard to describe my personal style because I feel like it changes daily! If you were to walk into my closet, you would find an eclectic mix of clothing and accessories. You’d also find a plethora of pattern and color, a mix of vintage and new, as well as high-end and discount brands. I have a weakness for accessories, especially statement jewelry and handbags. I love to take a simple outfit and make it amazing with just the right earrings or scarf.
Through my writing, I love to share what is inspiring me at the moment. It may be a fabulous “look for less,” the best leggings you can find or a new self-tanner you can’t live without. And there is nothing better than finding an incredible bargain—the thrill of the hunt is half the fun!