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I’m so excited to introduce you to a dear friend of mine… and a new installment here on Fresh Mommy all about fashion! Being highly involved in the fashion world, and yet still able to keep it real and on a budget, Melody is the perfect woman to share new trends and insights on what’s happening with our wardrobe. She’s always been that friend, the one who grabs a belt out of her bag and throws it around my waist to complete my look when we’re on a trip together. The one I ask advice of if I can’t figure out what to wear to a specific event. The one who introduces me to a great brand I may not have ever found on my own. And yet, she keeps it simple, and real. As a mom, I know my fashion has changed dramatically since the first positive pregnancy test… I like real.

This comes at the perfect time, because before we dive too much into fashion, Mel is going to be tackling our closets with us. Hello, fashion advice mixed with #PROJECTdecor. I’ll stop rambling now and let Melody take it away.

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Fashion. As is customary on almost every 3rd grader’s report across America, I will also begin my article with the ever-popular definition intro. Wiki describes it as such: “Fashion refers to a distinctive; however, often-habitual trend in a look and dress up of a person, as well as to prevailing styles in behavior.” Wait! Behavior?! hmmm…..

Welcome!!! My name is Melody Cooper Jones and we are going to go on the [fash-uhn] journey together! I was altogether thrilled when Tabitha approached me about contributing a recurring guest article on Fresh Mommy that will be dedicated to fashionable faves for mommies and babes. I love fashion and I have LIVED IT for half my life! It started for me when I was a young child and I discovered a bin full of fun fabric in my mother’s closet. Since my mother worked a ton while I was growing up, I had rarely seen her sew anything, and I had no idea that she had this treasure trove of fabric-y goodness collecting dust behind the racks and boxes that held her shoes! I yanked those pieces out of there and started playing. I do believe that in the course of one afternoon, I displayed 200+ outfits to my parents just by draping, tying and tucking those glorious strands in different directions on my little body.
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And then it happened. At age 14, my whole world opened up. We took a family trip to New York City and saw my uncle’s clothing company, his showroom, his offices, his workrooms, and gasp!!! His mannequins DRAPED with all sorts of fabric! I had no idea that people designed this way. I was hooked! From working retail at various department stores, to sales in the showroom environment, to department store buying and product development, to merchandising, designing, and freelancing as an in-store consultant, I have been lucky enough to experience fashion in it’s many forms. I am also here to tell you that I am NO fashionista! I prefer easy to difficult, comfortable to chic and affordable to OMG, I MUST SPEND MY ENTIRE RENT MONEY ON THOSE EARRINGS!! However, I have seen enough to have some good perspective and I’m excited to share it with you! And moms, we will touch on that “BEHAVIORAL” part of the FASHION definition up above.

Stay tuned for the next installment: “Where ARE those pants I love so much?! Living in a clutter-free closet.”

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