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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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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 The Photographer is Carrier Pollard and she creates some amazing work. You can contact carrier at

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.



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 


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.


For the love of Fringe

Renee Lang

I have missed you guys!!!!

I want to apologize for not posting last week, but there are times when being on vacation cellular networks and truly taking a break from Technology. So please...forgive me...pretty please with lots of vintage fringe on top!

Todays blog post is highlighting something you will find a lot of in my wardrobe. Be it on a sweet pair of shoes,  leather jacket, belt, dress, or jewelry. Fringe is one thing that I cannot get enough of. I think I even like Fringe better than truffles...and man do I love me some truffles....but this is a fashion blog not a food blog so I need to reel myself back in.

When I saw this jacket at....of course Goodwill, I just had to have it for the shop. The jacket is in great shape with very little wear or fading and the fringe is all there and still moves with ease. It is also this amazing camel brown color which goes perfectly with all types of fabrics, patterns and color pallets.

For this outfit, we styled the jacket with oversized tortoise shell sunglasses which I secretly took from my little sister...its not technically stealing if she is family right....lets just hope she isn't reading this post. shhhhhh

We also decided to dress up the jacket with this great layered necklace. The necklace is just so precious. Its vintage and it was my grandmothers. Check out those amazing gold and cream swirls and the beautiful coloring of the beads. This necklace is sure to dress up any outfit.

We also paired with an oversized brown cluster ring to help carry the darker colors of the necklace throughout the outfit. My mother had a healthy obsession with cluster rings so I have a few available in my shop now. Ya know...I'm always happy to help one with an addiction..espically a vintage shopping addiction.

To give the final feminine touch, we styled this look with an amazing crochet dress. The dress is not vintage but it is vintage inspired and I truly believe that this dress completed the look. This dress is hot, hot, hot! It created this carefree style that would be perfect for work, dinner, festival and more.

Don't you just love this jacket!!?? Fringe on the front. Fringe on the back. Its just perfect!

Thank you for stopping by. Please share this blog to inspire others and please do not hesitate to share blog ideas with me.


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

Rock Star

Renee Lang

This entire outfit makes my heart melt and leaves me wanting to hug my family. I know you are probably thinking...okay weirdo this outfit makes you feel like that!? So let me just elaborate a little.....

This Rock Star outfit has bits and pieces of wonderful memories from my childhood and honeymoon. AWE LOVE.

This amazing faux leather puff jacket was purchased in London on my honeymoon, 7 years ago. I took one look at the puff on the shoulder and just had to have it. The vintage red gloves and purse were my mothers from the 80's and I remember her wearing them with some killer red boots. The black oversized sunglasses were a super sweet Goodwill find along with that amazingly bold vintage scarf....just imagine the creative ways to wear that scarf...we will save that for another blog post. AND...the black sequin dress was a dress that my older sister Brianna wore to one of our family Christmas vacation dinners when we were young teens. 

I grew up in a small Illinois town, made up of 3500 people and my parents felt that it was important to take trips each winter to the BIG City...aka Chicago, to help make sure that we understood that there was more to our future than a small town. We would get 2 rooms at the Palmer House and live like princesses for a day or two, walking all over Chicago and trying new types of foods and go to the theater dressed up like we were going to prom.  I believe this was the best thing they every could have done for us and it created wonderful memories year after year, after year. And because I love my family so much...watching Meisha model this outfit, just melted my heart.

How amazing are those EXTRA tall heels!? If you were in an environment where heels are not the best option or you are anti heels, I would pair this outfit with black suede wedges, sequin boots, combat boots or a cute pair of black or red flats.  

For Meisha's make up, we decided to keep it fun and bold. We drew attention to her beautiful eyes with gold liquid eye shadow around the outside, which highlighted her amazing bone structure and paired well with her bold purple hair.  

We also went with a smokey eye with black and a bright pink eye shadow and created even more of a rock star look by giving her a little wing with eye liner.

Because her outfit, hair, and eyes were so bold, we decided to keep her lips and cheeks neutral. With a model this beautiful, we could have done just about anything and she would have looked like a Rock Star!

The dress, jacket and scarf are available for purchase through our Etsy shop and Instagram page. Or just shoot me an email and we can chat about what you are looking for.  


Red, White & Blue

Renee Lang

Here is another Vintage Jumpsuit I just had to have. I'm sad to say though.....I couldn't wear this one. My lady curves are just too curvy for this style. Sad for me, but good for you.

What drew me to this Jumpsuit is the color. Its so hot to be exact. I mean who wouldn't want to toss on this power outfit and take on the world?!

We decided to pair the jumpsuit with a vintage sequin gold stretch belt with Wing Closure to create a more feminine shape, nude High Heels and a Madden Girl American Flag backpack.

If you wanted to take this look from day to night, I would suggest change into a pair of black high heels with gold tips on the toes and heel and a black blazer or bold scarf to create your ideal Party Girl outfit.

Some other great features on this Jumpsuit are the pockets...yes I am a sucker for pockets...and the deep V neckline. Often pockets, shoulder straps and pads can make an outfit look quite masculine. By adding the Deep V Neckline, it really gives the feminine touch you need.

Check out the listing on our Etsy store.



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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.

And so it begins

Renee Lang

My name is Renee and I am the owner of Discover Mélange; an online vintage and vintage inspired boutique

 I was raised by two amazing parents both with a passion for family, food, The Arts, being "BOLD" and being "YOU".  I truly couldn't have asked for two better people to gather genes from.

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Like most children of the 80's, we were the poster children for bad trends. I know I am not the only one to fall victim to French rolled jeans, teased hair, applying WAY too much Aqua Net or the dreaded oversized shoulder pads! I think it is safe to say that we had to learn how to own, rock, and survive our childhood wardrobes.

Throughout my childhood, I saw my mom getting dressed in modern bright bold colors and patterns while paring them with her vintage hats, shoes and accessories. I always found it so fascinating how she could mix, blend and mingle different eras and trends and come up with this one of a kind style that seemed to make everyone gravitate towards her. She was truly the first #melangegirl and inspired what I like to call #melangestyle

Mélangestyle is about being BOLD and being YOU. Taking your favorite trends from the past and blending them into present day life, resulting in a Mélange style that you can call your own. The purpose of my blog and Discover Mélange is to provide exciting recipes, vintage fashions, home furnishings and entertainment, creating the synergy needed for a happy, healthy, well balanced soul.  


I look forward to getting to know each and every one of you! Keep checking back for more Melange Tips.

XOXO - Renee