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⭐ NEW! The Sharon Kaftan 

'When I don't know what to wear, I wear black lace.'
~Carine Roitfeld

Effortlessly chic, our new Lace Kaftan Blouse offers a flattering butterfly silhouette with Boho Chic flair.

http://www.melodiadesigns.com/product/Lace-Kaftan-Sharon.html

- Available for Pre-Sale at 20% OFF
- Scheduled to Ship the week of Aug. 11th
- Offer expires Sunday at Midnight on the West Coast

Our L♡VE is the New Black xo

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Featured Styles:Varga Girl Short http://www.melodiadesigns.com/product/Lace-Varga-Short.htmlBamboo & Lace Cami Bra http://www.melodiadesigns.com/product/Bra-Bamboo-Lace-Cami.htmlPhoto: Rawtographer

★ #Humpday Special ★

Free UPS Ground on all domestic order of $100+.

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Offer expires tonight @ Midnight Cali time.

Our L♡VE is the New Black. xo

Featured Styles:

Varga Girl Short http://www.melodiadesigns.com/product/Lace-Varga-Short.html

Bamboo & Lace Cami Bra http://www.melodiadesigns.com/product/Bra-Bamboo-Lace-Cami.html

Photo: Rawtographer

'Beauty is a radiance that originates from within and comes from inner security and strong character.'
~Jane Seymour
When I was a girl I was chubby and awkward. My hair was so curly, and I had no idea how to style it, hence the nickname “fro” my schoolmates gave me. 
'Til this very day when I'm feeling insecure I see myself as that 11-year-old girl.
So badly I wanted to be pretty and graceful, like a ballerina. I was lucky enough to try a season of classes, but I never felt like I fit in, let alone fit into my recital costume…..but I kept practicing because dancing made me feel good (and pretty) on the inside. 
Still to this very day I discover  awkwardness when I’m learning a new way to dance with life. Whether it’s learning how to make spreadsheets, or implement tax planning, or communicate the really vulnerable stuff with my sweetheart, it’s these moments that echo the feelings I had as a girl. 
But I also remember being courageous and thriving on the excitement of trying.
And as uncomfortable as moments can be, the joy I feel overpowers the goofy girl and gives her wings and twinkling toes…
So the moral of the story is this… Follow your passion, and don’t let fear rob you of who you really are. Who really cares if you are clumsy at times?… it’s your radiance that is most inspiring and beautiful…Let’s not forget that …(Note to self).
Please no blackmailing with these pics. ;)
~Melodia

'Beauty is a radiance that originates from within and comes from inner security and strong character.'

~Jane Seymour

When I was a girl I was chubby and awkward. My hair was so curly, and I had no idea how to style it, hence the nickname “fro” my schoolmates gave me. 

'Til this very day when I'm feeling insecure I see myself as that 11-year-old girl.

So badly I wanted to be pretty and graceful, like a ballerina. I was lucky enough to try a season of classes, but I never felt like I fit in, let alone fit into my recital costume…..but I kept practicing because dancing made me feel good (and pretty) on the inside. 

Still to this very day I discover  awkwardness when I’m learning a new way to dance with life. Whether it’s learning how to make spreadsheets, or implement tax planning, or communicate the really vulnerable stuff with my sweetheart, it’s these moments that echo the feelings I had as a girl. 

But I also remember being courageous and thriving on the excitement of trying.

And as uncomfortable as moments can be, the joy I feel overpowers the goofy girl and gives her wings and twinkling toes…

So the moral of the story is this… Follow your passion, and don’t let fear rob you of who you really are. Who really cares if you are clumsy at times?… it’s your radiance that is most inspiring and beautiful…Let’s not forget that …(Note to self).

Please no blackmailing with these pics. ;)

~Melodia

Can Money Buy You Love? Why I Pay for ‘Made in the USA’

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Being an entrepreneur in the clothing manufacturing industry in San Diego, CA, USA has been an eye-opening experience. After getting a first hand insider’s view of the fashion industry, I’ve decided to share how my products are made, from fabric production to cutting and sewing. My designs are made primarily of eco-sourced materials and natural fibers such as modal, bamboo, and organic cotton. 

Sometimes I utilize remnant rolls of fabric found on closeout. This allows me to add a splash of color and novelty to my collection while reducing the potential for carbon imprint. Even though some of said materials many not be considered eco-friendly in the traditional sense, I consider the use of salvaged materials to be an eco-minded practice.
All of my production is cut and sewn in small batches. I personally source materials, deliver fabric to the cutter, deliver the cuts to the sewing contractor, and finally, I unload my bounty to my home office/workshop.

Some of the contractors I’ve worked with long enough to have held their new grandchildren, so it’s not uncommon for me to greet my production friends with a smile and a hug. 

Having such an intimate relationship with my contractors has developed a great appreciation in me for their hard work. They show pride in the quality of their craft and work long hours to meet deadlines and provide for their families.

Running production in San Diego is my choice, because not only do I value these relationships, local production allows me a personal hand in quality control, which ultimately has an impact on the outcome of each piece. There is, however, a price to produce in my home town. The cost of living in the U.S., particularly in Southern California, is especially high. In order for my contractors to afford the costs of insurance and benefits, their labor costs must be many times higher than those of the apparel companies operating from foreign countries. There are also labor laws in the U.S. that protect human rights. Implementation of the laws to insure worker rights, such as paid breaks and overtime wages, results in higher manufacturing costs. I am very grateful my contractors take care of their staff, for if not for them, none of us could enjoy my creative visions actualized. 

I am shocked and saddened when I see cheap, disposable clothing sold for $10. I know first hand what it costs to buy fabric that is responsibly milled and to pay a fair price for sewing. Basic math proves that selling “cheap” can only afford the use of toxic materials assembled by slave laborers ….and unfortunately, that is exactly what is happening in much overseas manufacturing. I cringe in disbelief at such a claim, but after participating in a survey that quantifies “how many slaves do you own,” based on your purchasing habits, the results were evident.

Some people justify buying ‘cheap’ from chain discount stores because they believe these commercial behemoths can afford to sell inexpensively due to the volume they move. Whether it’s first hand experience or common sense,  I find it rather impossible to believe a fair wage and responsible manufacturing can be included in a ten dollar pair of jeans.

Even though my profit margins might be lower and the retail price higher, my customers and I can feel confident that we invest our dollars with integrity. When I print our tags with ‘Made in the USA with Love’,  you can rest assured that you get what you pay for. So maybe you can buy love after all.

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Woman Code

As awesome as it is to have come into this world as a female, we all know that it’s not always peaches ‘n cream throughout the month. 
I find it disconcerting when my preferred outgoing-multitasking - superhero-self shifts to feeling like a tortugas slug with fried nerves and overly sensitive waterworks.
Only as an adult have I encountered valuable information about female hormone health. After reading a “game changing” book called the The Woman Code, I have become adamant that this should be a mandatory read for anyone who is or knows a woman. ;)
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I find this book to be a kind of instruction manual for operating the female machine. 
There happens to be a free webinar today with a focus on how hormones impact relationship. I already registered and encourage you to check it out, too.
★ Give More & Get More Promo ★Spend $75 to receive $5 OFFSpend $100 to receive $10 OFFSpend $150 to receive $23 OFFSpend $200 to receive $35 OFFhttps://www.melodiadesigns.com/But wait there’s more…VIPs get an additional 5% discount. Check our latest newsletters for the coupon code. Not a VIP yet? Message us with our email address and we’ll let you in behind the velvet rope. Offer Expires Sunday @ le midnight de Cali. Photo: James LangVaVaVoom: Shakti, Melodia & Christy
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Spend $75 to receive $5 OFF
Spend $100 to receive $10 OFF
Spend $150 to receive $23 OFF
Spend $200 to receive $35 OFF

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VIPs get an additional 5% discount. Check our latest newsletters for the coupon code. Not a VIP yet? Message us with our email address and we’ll let you in behind the velvet rope. 

Offer Expires Sunday @ le midnight de Cali. 

Photo: James Lang
VaVaVoom: 
ShaktiMelodia & Christy

Our L♡VE is the New Black

'What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.'
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Photo: James Lang Makeup & Styling: Christy Ogden VaVaVoom: Melodia & ShaktiOur L♡VE is the New Black
'What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.'
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Photo: James Lang
Makeup & Styling: Christy Ogden
VaVaVoom: Melodia & Shakti

Our L♡VE is the New Black
'Where there is love and inspiration, I don't think you can go wrong.'~Ella Fitzgerald So honored to be collaborating with these amazing, passionate, inspiring women of dance. xo #mygirlfriendsfreakinrock Zoe Jakes Versa Sash Pantaloon & Wrap Bikini TopColleena Shakti Flamenco SkirtOur L♡VE is the New Black

'Where there is love and inspiration, I don't think you can go wrong.'
~Ella Fitzgerald 

So honored to be collaborating with these amazing, passionate, inspiring women of dance. xo #mygirlfriendsfreakinrock 

Zoe Jakes Versa Sash Pantaloon & Wrap Bikini Top

Colleena Shakti Flamenco Skirt

Our L♡VE is the New Black

'The most important thing is to enjoy your life - to be happy - it's all that matters.'~Audrey HepburnFeatured Style: Ruffle Onesie Photo: Inner Muse Photography

'The most important thing is to enjoy your life - to be happy - it's all that matters.'
~Audrey Hepburn

Featured Style: Ruffle Onesie 

Photo: Inner Muse Photography