A mid-week source of pick-me-ups and beautiful things coming straight to you from Mel in Chanel HQ. From delicious new treats that I've cooked up in the kitchen, to people that inspire me or places to travel, consider this my personal musing board. Welcome to the inside of my head. Here's what's buzzing...


Pumpkin Ravioli, Buffalo Nickel - Asheville, NC


A few weekends ago, I was exploring the city of Asheville in North Carolina for my best friend's bachelorette weekend. Being unfamiliar with the city, I tried my best to find awesome local places to eat that were different than what we could get back home in Raleigh. One of the bachelorette's boyfriends had frequented Asheville for both work and leisure, and we reached out to him to see if he had any dining suggestions. He offered up exactly one restaurant for us to try our very first night in the city, Buffalo Nickel. Very urban and young while having a traditional southern taste hidden within their dishes and atmosphere, all twelve of us indulged in one delicious dinner. I was torn between several dishes, but chose to go with the chef's pumpkin ravioli, which was a seasonal farm-to-table dish made with all local ingredients. Being close friends, forks were flying everywhere as everyone tasted all the other dishes that were in arms length. I was able to try the North Carolina Shrimp & Grits, Apple Brandy Beef Brisket Sliders and Pulled Pork Nachos. I know - you're mouth is watering right? Basically my friend's boyfriend was the hero of the night for suggesting this little local place to us, and I most certainly will stop there again if I ever find myself back in Asheville. 



Last week I had the pleasure of being featured in the local Raleigh newspaper, as I was asked to provide 6 items that are on my fall wishlist. To read the online article written by Brooke Cain, click here, or view the article below. 




Vanessa Hong of @thehautepursuit


Today I share one of my favorite bloggers, Vanessa Hong, of The Haute Pursuit. She's edgy and fierce, and I can never get over how fabulous she looks with her blunt, gray hair! She's also begun designing her own jewelry line which she will feature in almost all of her outfits. She's a monochomatic and minimalistic girl's dream, and scrolling through her Instagram is one of my favorite ways to wind-down. If you're a go-to neutral girl, you're guaranteed to love Vanessa and begin to be a loyal Haute Pursuit follower.