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Mix - Blend - Mingle. Living a Mélange Lifestyle allows you all the wonderful and beautiful things life has to offer.  Mélange Boutique is an online & pop-up boutique offering fashion and home décor with a vintage flare. All items available through Mélange Boutique are hand selected and ethically sourced.

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Chicago Chinatown & Bridgeport Event

Renee Lang

I completely skipped over this fun yet extremely cold event. After shooting at the Magic Lounge I decided that I wanted to put together a spring photoshoot event in Chinatown and Bridgeport, both very artsy and beautiful neighborhoods of Chicago. I had such a great time networking at the Magic Lounge that I knew I wanted to work with the same photographers and Make up Artist & Hair(MUAH).

It was April 29th I believe and it rained the night before and the high for the day was estimated to be 42F and the event began at 9:00am. However, rain or shine, the show must go on. Main reason being…we as creatives need to know how to adjust to get the perfect image in the conditions we are dealt with. Its our job and what sets us apart from other production teams.  Plus we all have vehicles with heat and I had tons of heavy vintage blankets and hats to wrap around us in between shoots and outfit changes.

However, cold is never fun and wet and cold is even worse. Not to mention, we had two models that didn’t show up that day. Luckily, we had a wonderful MUAH, named Kendal Stanek, who jumped in and modeled for us. You would have thought that Kendal has been modeling for years with the content she produced. Noor Khalid and Ashley Fein, also provided MUAH for this event, along with Alex Callejo, Joe Underbakke and James Boyland as the photographers. I sure do love this group! xoxox

Enjoy:

 Model: Jenny Valle, Photographer: Alex Callejo, Fashions: Discover Mélange

Model: Jenny Valle, Photographer: Alex Callejo, Fashions: Discover Mélange

 Model: Karina Zephyr, Photographer: Alex Callejo, Fashions: Discover Mélange

Model: Karina Zephyr, Photographer: Alex Callejo, Fashions: Discover Mélange

 Model: Jenny Valle, Photographer: Alex Callejo, Fashions: Discover Mélange

Model: Jenny Valle, Photographer: Alex Callejo, Fashions: Discover Mélange

 Model: Kendal Stanek, Photographer: Joe Underbakke, Fashions: Discover Mélange

Model: Kendal Stanek, Photographer: Joe Underbakke, Fashions: Discover Mélange

 Model: Karina Zephyr, Photographer: Joe Underbakke, Fashions: Discover Mélange

Model: Karina Zephyr, Photographer: Joe Underbakke, Fashions: Discover Mélange

The Pink Squirrel

Renee Lang

Wow, time does fly when you are having fun. How have you been? I have missed you all so much!

Since my last post, I turned 35, started working with a modeling agency and hosted many of my own shoots. One of them at the Old Joliet Prison, the abandoned Statesville. That was a bucket list shoot so and I am still on Cloud 9.

Today I am going to share some of the photos from the Event I held at the Pink Squirrel, located in Chicago IL. I had so much fun working on this project and I have worked with so many people that were involved in this shoot, since the shoot, which makes this day very special to me.

The amazing team consisted of. Videographer: Kayleigh Kay Photographers: Kayleigh Kay, Hanna Walkowaik, Tom Finke, and Leila Marie. Models: Megan Nelson, Cassie Neuron , Fernanda Carrasco, Jessica Gardner, Karina Zephyr, Maria Breese. MUA: Kendal Margaret. Hair: Liz Rajcan and Sarah Scalpelli from Mint Salon. Creative Director: Renee Schweikle. Fashion Stylist: Renee Schweikle of Fringe and Creme Brûlée. Production: Renee Schweikle of Melange Production Ent. Location: The Pink Squirrel Clothing Brand & Accessories: Discover Melange

Enjoy!

 Model: Cassie Negron, Photographer: Leilani B’Smith

Model: Cassie Negron, Photographer: Leilani B’Smith

 Model: Fernanda Carrasco, Photographer: Leilani B’Smith

Model: Fernanda Carrasco, Photographer: Leilani B’Smith

 Model: Maria Breese, Photographer: Hanna Walkowaik

Model: Maria Breese, Photographer: Hanna Walkowaik

 Model: Megan Nelson, Photographer: Kayleigh Kay

Model: Megan Nelson, Photographer: Kayleigh Kay

 Models: Cassie Negron, Megan Melson, Photographer: Leilani B’Smith

Models: Cassie Negron, Megan Melson, Photographer: Leilani B’Smith

 Models: Jessica Rae, Megan Nelson. Photographer: Thomas Mark Photography

Models: Jessica Rae, Megan Nelson. Photographer: Thomas Mark Photography

 Models: Megan Nelson, Karina Zephyr, Fernanda Carrasco, Photographer: Thomas Mark Photography

Models: Megan Nelson, Karina Zephyr, Fernanda Carrasco, Photographer: Thomas Mark Photography

 Model: Fernanda Carrasco, Photographer: Thomas Mark Photography

Model: Fernanda Carrasco, Photographer: Thomas Mark Photography

 Model: Maria Breese, Photographer: Leilani B’Smith

Model: Maria Breese, Photographer: Leilani B’Smith

 Model: Karina Zephyr, Photographer: Kayleigh Kay

Model: Karina Zephyr, Photographer: Kayleigh Kay

BTS - The Pink Squirrel PhotoShoot

Renee Lang

On May 7th I hosted a shoot at The Pink Squirrel in Logan Square Chicago with an amazing team of creatives. This was one of the most magical shoots I have produced and I am so happy and proud of the outcome.  I hope you like the BTS video. I will be sharing more photos through out the month of June. Enjoy! 

The amazing team consisted of. Videographer: Kayleigh Kay  Photographers: Kayleigh Kay, Hanna Walkowaik, Tom Finke, and Leila Marie. Models: Megan Nelson, Cassie Neuron , Fernanda Carrasco, Jessica Gardner, Karina Zephyr, Maria Breese. MUA: Kendal Margaret. Hair: Liz Rajcan and Sarah Scalpelli from Mint Salon. Creative Director: Renee Schweikle. Stylist: Renee Schweikle of Fringe and Creme Brûlée. Production: Renee Schweikle of Melange Production Ent. Location: The Pink Squirrel  Clothing Brand & Accessories: Discover Melange

Vintage Festival Fashion

Renee Lang

Festival season is here and about to get into full bloom. With Coachella this weekend, festival fashion is all over social media and I felt that it was the perfect time to launch our Festival Season Collection. This collection is perfect for all types of festival goers with its BoHo to Rock influences. I am a sucker for fringe and this collection does not fail to deliver. All items were hand curated by me from all over the USA. I hope you enjoy this collection as much as I do. Let me know what festivals you are going to this year. xoxox - Renee

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Square Dancing Golden Goddess

Renee Lang

This is one of my favorite outfits. Main reason why, is that it is a vintage square dancing skirt and top. I can honestly say that I didn't even know there was such a thing as a square dancing outfit. But of course now that I have researched what it is, I am seeing so many beautiful square dancing outfits and it completely makes sense that they exist.

Throw back time....Did you have to square dance in middle-high school during gym class?? I did and man I wouldn't have complained as much if I was able to wear this bad ass square dancing outfit. LOL

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I remember when I saw this set for the first time. It was hanging up on a rack with 100's of outfits and I wasn't really in the mood to go digging but I saw the gold ever so slightly sticking out, so I went in for a deeper look. Once I had her in my hands I knew she was coming home with me and I was going to find her a new mamma. Don't you just love the gold? Its all over this outfit and it is so shinny and bold. When we were walking through the Venetian taking photos, this dress was a show stopper. One twirl in this skirt and jaws will drop. 

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For both shoots I styled the outfit more formal with heels and hair down. However, you can style it so many ways. You can wear it has a complete set, you can separate the two and wear the top and the skirt separately. You can pair with sandals, cowgirl boots and lots more to create your custom Melange Style. 

I hope you enjoy this look at much as I do. Keep checking back for more vintage goodies. 

XOXO - Renee

Models: @jodymarie_offical & @ohdarlingaurora - instagram

Photographer: @hazukiphotography - instagram 

 

Flower Dress ideal for all four seasons

Renee Lang

Over Valentines Day, I went to Las Vegas, NV for the Magic Fashion Convention and decided to have a few photo shoots with our offerings. It was so much fun and I am now addicted to traveling and shooting and networking and getting out and meeting everyone and sharing my love for vintage and fashion. I will be sharing various looks over the upcoming weeks and I hope you enjoy them.

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The model we used for the shoot was Kayla Kalisz who is a wonderful dancer, model, aerialist and actress based out of Vegas and California. You can book Kayla at kaykaykalisz@yahoo.com The Photographer is Carrier Pollard and she creates some amazing work. You can contact carrier at carrie@carriepollardphotography.com

This dress is great. It is form fitting and has the cutest flower pattern. When I saw Kayla in this dress, my heart melted. 

This dress can be styled year round. You can wear knee high brown boots in the fall, low white sneakers or boho sandals in the summer and ankle boots in the winter and spring. In the winter you can also toss a cute sweater over top of the dress to stay extra cozy. 

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 I hope you enjoyed this look. 

How would you style this look? What hair would you rock and where would you wear this dress?

Chat with you soon.

XOXO

Renee 

Stop and Smell the Flowers

Renee Lang

I just love this dress. I mean who doesn't love a maxi / hostess dress, especially when its vintage. They are just so versatile and flattering on all body types. 

One of the features that I love on this dress is the V-neckline which then draws attention to the diamond on the chest. The flowers on the dress are so bright and pretty you just want to stop and smell them. This is such a fun dress.

For this look, we styled the dress more formal with black high heels and more dramatic hair and make-up, done by the amazing ladies over at Mint Salon

 What a lovely time. They opened the salon an hr early to fit us all in, last minute. Such a blessing to have them in town. Kendra (3rd from left) is also my stylist. Love me so Mint!

What a lovely time. They opened the salon an hr early to fit us all in, last minute. Such a blessing to have them in town. Kendra (3rd from left) is also my stylist. Love me so Mint!

My Personal MelangeStyle would be to style this look with Nike Chuck Taylors, Frye Erica Stud Oxford, or DollsKill Dr. Martens Iced Metallic Pascal Boots. I would pair all shoes with the ModCloth Hell Bunny Spell It Like It Is Bomber Jacket and toss my hair in a messy bun and call it a day. 

I hope you enjoy the look below and the styles I suggested for my own MelangeStyle. Please leave me a comment with what you would style along with our Stop and Smell the Flowers Dress.

If you are interested in buying this dress you can purchase it here but don't delay too long, there is only 1 available. 

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The leaves have fallen

Renee Lang

Its a beautiful day in Chicago, its estimated to be a high of 55 and sunny. Walking around this morning, I noticed that all the leaves have pretty much fallen off the trees. So, in honor of the final falling of the leaves, I am going to share some photos of this super cute vintage skirt I found while visiting Milwaukee.

The pattern is abstract so I am pretty sure not all of you will see leaves but this skirt 100% reminds me of falling leaves. The skirts ankle length with a tapered waist with button closure. It has pleating in the front and back near the top to create more of a figure. This skirt is just so super cute and I am so happy to be sharing it with you. 

We paired this skirt with a white tank top and suede vest with wool lining as it was 85 the day we took this photo. You could however pair this with a blouse, turtle neck, t-shirt, boots and lots more. It's super versatile so its all about being creative and playing around to discover new looks. I would also wear this skirt for work, girls night, shopping, date night and pretty much anywhere else.  

I hope you enjoy this skirt as much as I do. What would you pair this skirt or vest with?

 - Renee -

P.S. don't forget, most items in my blog are for sale in my boutique. Email for pricing and sizing 

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Girl Power Outfit

Renee Lang

With over 3.5 Million people marching and supporting Women's Rights on 1/21/17, I have decided to highlight some of my most favorite vintage jumpsuits, to help those Girl Bosses out there and to inspire others. #womensmarch

I don't know who I am in love with the most, the model or the Jumpsuit.

 Don't you just love the cut.

Don't you just love the cut.

What I love the most about this Montgomery Ward Jumpsuit is the deep-v. Often vintage just does not fit us modern day ladies like we would hope. But with a deep-V you can adjust the top to fit our various shapes.

We choose to pair this blue and cream jumpsuit with nude heels, blue and gold costume jewelry, Vintage Red Blazer Style Jacket and Vintage Tooled Leather purse from Mexico. The best part of creating your Melange Style is that its all yours and you get to Mix - Blend - Mingle many different colors, patterns and eras.

You really want to know what gets me all hot and heavy when it comes to jumpsuits...vintage or modern..??? Man they make your best ASSets shine.

 Perfect Fit! Check out our Etsy Shop under @discovermelange for more vintage jumpsuits. I will be posting more throughout the next 30 days to support the strong men, women and children who believe in equality for all minorities.