About Modish Mel

“Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.”

I am so excited to have created this platform and to now have the opportunity to share with others all that inspires me and most importantly to tell my story. I hope you leave here feeling inspired and knowing that if you believe in yourself, good things will happen.

My journey into adulthood and finding my true self started when I made the decision to leave Berklee College of Music after finishing my freshman year. I also took a leap of faith and moved into New York City at just 19 years old.

Originally from CT, I always imagined that I would live in the city to pursue my dreams of becoming an actor/singer. As I went on any and every audition, and booked occasional gigs, I became a nanny to support myself. One of the families I worked for was an executive at Conde Nast.

Though I always admired outfits, shopping and followed the latest trends, working for this family truly introduced me into the world of fashion. This job lead to other fashion roles, and one thing lead to another and I eventually took a job working with the COO of a top licensing fashion company and then for the design and merchandising team at Tory Burch.

During this time, I met the man of my dreams and we eventually moved in together and got married (that’s a whole other story for another day). We have always respected and supported each other in following our dreams and that still holds true for today. My husband eventually went back to get his MBA at NYU and I continued to rise up at my job. My husband went on to graduate from NYU Stern, receiving his MBA, and I became pregnant with our first daughter, Vivienne.

We were both very happy and excited about becoming parents, but were also young and both still had big dreams to fulfill. I fully intended on going back to work after maternity leave, but after being a new mom for 3 months, my husband was offered a dream job in Dallas, TX. I never planned on leaving NYC… It’s where I got my first “real” job and where I became an adult. It’s where I fell in love and it’s where I called home for almost 7 years. It was a hard pill to swallow, but it was my husband’s turn to follow his dreams and my turn to support him.

So we packed up and moved to Dallas, TX, with an infant, away from family, friends, my support system, and everything I ever knew. And as if that wasn’t hard enough, I became pregnant with our second daughter, Eleanor.

Now, here I am today. After a crazy, life changing 3 years, I FINALLY feel like myself again.

I have come out of (what I call) the “baby fog” and have lost all my baby weight for the second time around. I am feeling settled in our home, and I’m finally ready to start focusing on me again. I love being a mother. It’s apart of me. It’s my whole world. It’s my life. But I also need something for me, and that’s OK. I absolutely love the fashion industry and I love styling and creating images that capture the essence of a feeling or thought.

It makes me feel alive, but I also have always missed performing. It was a huge part of my life that sizzled out and I always wanted to get back into it. This site is a way for me to perform again and to be on a bigger stage than I ever could be before.

I have created this space for fashion inspiration, motherhood advice, an outlet for my creativity, but most importantly, I created this platform for people to come and be inspired.

My style is following my intuition. It is unplanned and generally a reflection of my mood.

I don’t have a specific approach to my blog, other than staying real and telling my stories and truths through the magic of photography and writing. Creating unique, and original content is something that motivates me. I am so excited for you to join me on this new journey. I am learning every single day as Modish Mel grows into what it’s meant to be. I don’t know where this journey will lead next, but I do know hard work and dedication and believing in yourself leads to good things. Your time and willingness to support Modish Mel is deeply appreciated.

Thank you so much for stopping by.

If you have any questions, or just want to chat, please email me at melissa.tidgwell@gmail.com