i guess it mostly started when i was feeling like there was a need for a change.  ok well a SERIOUS need for a DRASTIC change.  this came about, after finding out i have high cholesterol, low hdl’s and a couple other pretty serious health issues that could be completely turned around by changing my diet.  so i did.  it started by cutting back on this, eating more of that, etc.  the usual changes when you’re doctor tells you to stop eating like a college frat boy (my words not hers).

i decided i was going to attempt 10 days of the master cleanse.  that’s right, i said attempt.  and by that i mean i went to the grocery store, bought everything i would need for weeks of cleansing, began the cleanse, after 4 hours, i ordered jr’s. – chicken cheesesteak and chicken parmesan, french fries and brownies.  yeah… so much self-control right?!?!

then i watched food inc.  oh boy oh boy.  that’ll make you think twice about when you’re shoving down your throat.  instantly i thought back to the days of being vegan and remembered how “healthy” i always felt.  and i mean felt.  like from the inside out.  i thought about the reasons why i was vegetarian to begin with all of those years ago.  i thought about how on my brothers birthday i looked at the usually eye-popping goodness of a giant whipped cream cake and only thought of a (earmuffs) blistered nipple of a hormone injected cow pumping out the milk that became the main ingredient in this sheet-cake of disgust.  then i was vegan.  years later, on my sister jenny’s birthday, a trip to cheesecake factory, the three of us ordered chicken dishes and entered back into omnivory.  oh then i was on a binge.  forget chicken, forget milk.  i was instantly eating bacon wrapped, deep fried hot dogs with cream cheese on top, recipe courtesy of crif dogs in nyc!

and i wondered why i had high cholesterol and no energy.  hmmmm.

i grabbed a book.  eating animals by jonathan safran foer.  and now here i am.  a few months into quitting meat.  i ALREADY feel healthier.


after just receiving an email update from my gal Jenna over at M.Studio i was reminded to give an online update to just what the heck is happening in my crazy life!!!

so as not to bore the heck out of y’all… the brief update.  new job, new apartment, new hair, new lease on life!!!

after nearly 5 summers at the same salon i recently packed my things and moved over to Katie Arbus’s shop High Maintenance Salon on monmouth rd. in oakhurst!  what a change of pace!!!  the vibe is laid back, bright, uplifting and totally my speed!!!

katie made my dreams come true by BUILDING me a room to offer The Turquoise Pony’s spa services in her shop!!!  i think this partnership will really enhance both of our business’ and provide a great place for our clients to receive all of the wonderful treatments that we offer!!!

since i wasn’t going to be working in allenhurst anymore.  and i no longer needed the extra spa room for The Turquoise Pony.

i decided why not move my home as well!!!  all at the same time, literally, same week even… i moved to a fantastic apartment in asbury park!  i’m only two blocks to the beach and right outside my door is a beautiful park where i bring jack and sammy more than a few times a day!!!  i’m almost ALL settled in!!!

oh and the hair… well i had to go back to black a little while ago.  you know, give the hair a break, let it heal.  well, it got boring… so the other day i had gena and lindsey at the new salon give my hair life again!  i’ve got my turquoise back!!!  thank goodness!!!

so that’s the update!

much more to come… so many good things are happening!!!

i’m really excited to meet with Jenna Zilincar of M. Studio to discuss some marketing and design ideas for my life.  haha.  and by my life i mean my jewelry, my blog, my etsy shop and the other half of melissa the spa services, facials, waxing, etc.  i’m hoping to take it all, pop it in the blender and come out with the world’s most delicious smoothie and without looking like the color of mustard and ketchup on a hot dog.  do your smoothies end up that color too?!??!

anyway… if you’re in need of some marketing genius get in touch with jenna.  she is super creative, smart, friendly and i believe she may even be able to work miracles.  we’ll see about that last one this afternoon!

xo. mel.

a super sweet email!!!

oh i am full!!!  a recap… it’s been snowing like mad these past few weeks here at the jersey shore!  we currently have almost 2 feet out there.  and what do i do while i’m snowed in… EAT!!!  oh between bacon wrapped hot dogs wrapped in crescent rolls, home made pizza, tilapia with broccoli and rice and having just put down the spoon from my last bite (hopefully for the rest of the night) of warm brownies and vanilla ice cream… i am happy to be wearing such loose pants!  ahhhh.  so while i was eating these delicious brownies i got an awesome email from a fantastic photographer,  Brandi Grooms Johnson.  she was letting me know that she had blogged about my etsy shop and the jewelry i had made for a friend’s wedding.  SO COOL!!!  Brandi was featured on rocknrollbride.com recently, as well a few pictures of my jewelry ended up there along with her!  thanks so much brandi!!!  here’s the best photo ever taken of me 😉

Candy Cigarette Girl

in addition to shooting weddings and all sorts of other events… brandi does boudoir photos as well… oh if i ever have the nerve!!!!!!!

check out her website.  she’s really really fantastic.  this made my night.

p.s.  i don’t want to go to work tomorrow!!!  🙂

it is officially fall!

not that you would know it… today i actually needed to put the air conditioning on!!!  temperature aside… leaves are turning and then falling.  my little shore town has emptied out.  our bakery has returned to its “winter” hours.  and i’m crafting up a storm for this year’s Sweet and Sinister Swap hosted by ArtsyMama!  i’m having so much fun with this years swap.  even with my busy schedule… work, school, family,and dogs!!! 😉  in preparing my sweet and sinister package, i visited my favorite antique center in englishtown, check out my sister Jenny’s blog, where she posts pics of this amazing place!  as soon as i have an assistant (jenny… hint hint) i’ll take photos of my FABULOUS finds… as well as some new items that will be up in my etsy shop soon!!!

ok back to painting!  xo.

just a quick post!  i’ve been busy all day painting and varnishing and uploading and updating!

lots of new items and still many more to come!

my favorite… the OOAK wooden bracelet!

let me know what you think of the new items!


first time in weeks it feels like, that i can sit down and have my morning coffee at home.  not that i mind running to starbucks for a large iced black-eye… but i mean i work 3 blocks from my house… a little silly to do all that driving.

so!  my etsy shop is open!!!!!!  i’ve had a couple sales.  i’m going to be working on a set of bridal jewelry for a wedding in october.  and my coffee table is covered with more projects that are in the works!!!  i’ll likely be listing some more items by the end of the week.

then shortly after, i will be hosting a give-away!!!  YAY!

i appreciate any and all suggestions!  i’m new to selling on etsy and new to selling any of my items for that matter!  so if you have something you’d like to see, maybe the batea-inspired earrings but a little smaller…

the loteria earrings on a round surface… different colors… gold or brass findings… let me know.  i’d be so thrilled to hear!!!

i’m just getting back into the swing of things.  my brother walt and i, took a quick weekend trip down to myrtle beach, sc.  so much fun!  we stayed at a great hotel on the beach with two pools, a lazy river, hot hot hot tubs!  so i’ve had a little bit of a vacation hangover!

please, comment, let me know what you think so far!!!

xo.  missy!