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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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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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Vintage Hostess

Renee Lang

I often scour the web for vintage and i find it so interesting how some items can go undetected and how other sell for hundreds of dollars or hit their reserve within minutes of going out to bid. As a business owner I often have to take my buying experience and build that into your shopping experience. The one thing that any online company will tell you, is that the product photos need to be clear and cohesive for a shopper to click on it. My best friend when shopping is that disgustingly bad photo that no one wants to click on. I live and breath for those ugly photos. Which is exactly why I choose this Dela-Ann Creations Hostess Dress to feature for this post. 

I will have to admit that at first, I passed this dress by. The photo was so bad and had a yellow tint to it but after a few minutes of searching something told me to go back to the dress. It had zero bids and just over an hr until the bid ended so I clicked and I am so glad I did. Look at how beautiful she is. 


I have lots of favorites when it comes to the Dela-Ann dress but my absolute favorite is the pockets. I am a sucker for a dress or skirt with pockets. I don't often want to switch out purses or even bring one so pockets are ideal. But in my experience pockets only work on heavier fabrics as the contents in your pockets stick out too far if the fabric is too light.

My second favorite part of this dress and yes even i am surprised its not my favorite is, the skirt. The colors are to die for. The colors and the design are bold and scream 60/70's. What may be difficult to see in the photos is that this skirt is quilted. So, its super soft and great for those cooler seasons. God bless Meghan for humoring me and wearing this dress in August. Love ya girl(kisses).


Now another neat detail is the detailing on the zipper pull. Its so retro and I can just imagine wearing this and having a dinner party with hard drinks that require olives or sugar cubes and music playing on the record player and finger foods being passed around. You know...when times were a little more simple and good conversation is all one needed to get dressed up and to have a get together. All without leaving the house. 


Another win, win for this dress is that its a size 16. Vintage is difficult to find in plus size or even a average size and this dress is true to size, even with todays sizing charts. It also has a built in belt that ties so its perfect for adjusting to different body types. 


So, as you can see, I love this dress and I am so happy that the original seller had lower quality photos and that I was able to gobble up this beautiful piece of history and share it with the world.

Thank you for taking time to read my blog. Please leave me a comment below and let me know if there is anything that you would like me to cover as a fashion blog topic.


Peace, Love & Confidence

Renee Lang

Writing this blog post is bitter sweet and making me a little emotional as I begin to type.

The model in this blog has been a life long friend and somewhat of a little sister to me and she has recently moved away to PA. I miss her but am so happy for her to be taking this journey in her life. I am blessed to have had such a great model and supporter and if you want...please leave a comment below with some kind wishes for the beautiful Kim in this next phase of her life! XOXO

Okay now on to the less emotional part of this blog.....the FASHION!

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I stumbled upon this vest while in Cleveland OH. I saw a thrift store on the side of the road, pulled a U and before I knew it I was elbow deep in all kinds of funky much that I had to ship all of it back home via UPS. I just HAD to.....

I fell in love with this vest because of the amazing colors and design from the various colors used to make the vest. The purple is so neat along side the green....not a color paired up too often which is why it caught my eye. You then have my favorite color....burnt orange...a staple color in home décor in the 70's.  I could go on and on about the color pattern and the overall design, I just find it so funky and unique. If this vest was in my size it would be a keeper for sure but score for the size Small as this ones for you.

We decided to keep it nice and natural and let the vest stand on its or closed. Kim preferred it open as her confidence has been off the hook as of late and as a Boutique that supports strong confident females, I 100% supported her flying that confidence flag and styling herself for her final Mélange Shoot.(awe typing that made me sad)

We also paired this killer vest with a light wash vintage pair of blue jeans with cute seam/stitching detailing on the bum and thighs. I too got this while in Cleveland but it was a different thrift store than where I picked up the vest.  A Mélange tip: always stop in  antique and thrift stores while traveling. Their clients may be different from your or your to go to boutiques, clients and you may stumble on a wonderful hidden treasure and $1000.00 worth of vintage goodies for a faction of the cost.

While I’m writing this blog I keep thinking about how else I could have styled this look and what kind of other items I have in my inventory to pair this beauty with. I'm thinking: 1) black skin tight jumpsuit with some killer black boots and a purple clutch. 2) long white boho skit, floppy brown hat, leather tooled bag, slouch boots with cream tights and finally 3) Cream Blouse with puff sleeve detailing, skinny jeans, open toed wedged shoes and oversized sunglasses...are a few options for styling this vest.

Thank you so much for taking time to check out my blog and this fun and funky vest. Please leave a comment below and let me know you are here and if there is anything specific you would like me to cover..

Also share some love for Kim and her new adventure. She is a free wild spirit and this is her first big leap and I know it won’t be her last. Love you Girl!

Spring is just around the corner

Renee Lang

Next week it is going to be in the mid 60's... in Chicago... in February. That's just crazy and to celebrate all this awesomeness, I wanted to put one of my FAVORITE Spring outfits on the blog.

Mix - Blend - Mingle patterns and eras to create your signature Melange Style

Mix - Blend - Mingle patterns and eras to create your signature Melange Style

As you know I LOVE Goodwill and surprise, surprise, this entire outfit (minus the shoes) is from my local Goodwill.  Really, if you haven't checked out your local thrift store and estate sales, please do. I promise you wont be disappointed.

For this look, I paired a pair of vintage 1980's elastic waist and ankle pants that had a super feminine pink fabric with flowers, with a vintage crochet top with flower detailing on the sleeves, and a faux fur vest which matched perfectly with the flowers on the pants.

To accessorize the look, we paired sea foam green oversized sunglasses and a vintage tooled leather purse from Mexico. The purse had flower detailing, which also played well with the pants and top.

I love playing dress up, especially when the entire outfit was purchased for under $30. Like I said check out your local thrift store and estate sales, you can create beautiful and unique outfits with a little effort and a little budget.

Below I have provided a few more photos of the completed look. Please let me know what you like, what you don't like, what you would pair with the outfit and what you would like to see me blog about in the future.

XOXOXO - Renee