Thursday, June 23, 2011

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Banging Trunk Show

Hello Darlins! So much to blog about, so little time!  I'm sorry I never got a chance to blog about my recent photo shoot.  It was truly a lot of work, with its ups and downs but over all it worked out great thanks to an amazing team.  Check the blog, According To Aimee for some behind the scenes of my photo shoot!

Moving on, this past weekend was busy busy for me too.  I had a trunk show for my boutique and the launch party for M.Velia, my new label.  So not to overwhelm ya, I thought I'd share on the trunk show first.

For those of you who don't know, I own an online boutique that caters to woman and to what I now know, men too.  I started this little shop almost 3 years ago, to help fund my clothing line.  What started out as something that was just going to be a means to a knew beginning, turned out to be a huge successes.  Today Chu-La Couture Boutique not only sells "statement pieces" all around the world but host trunk shows and benefit trunks show all around California.

This past Saturday was one of our fabulous shows hosted at the posh Rockwell VT restaurant and bar.  Not only is this place a chic little venue to eat at but their food is amazing!

The trunk show was a get success, thanks to this fabulous venue, our kind waiter, our fashionable host, chic guest and of course these....

Mimosas. I only had one. For one must always stay professional.

Here are some more photo highlights of the event!

If your interested in hosting a Chu-La Couture trunk show and getting rewarded for it, email us at or if you'd simply like to attend a trunk show follow us on Facebook or Twitter for all the latest!

Special thanks to, Rosie Barreda

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Interviewing the Dreamer - the Photographer


Are you photogenic? I believe a truly great photographer can make anyone photogenic.  I've had the honor of working with a few great photographers in my past and this past weekend I had the privilege of working with another great, Robert Vega.  Not only was Robert a great photographer at my summer photo shoot but he was an easy person to work with.  Check-out my interview with Rob and his amazing work.

How did you get started as a photographer?
It wasn't something I planned on doing. It just kinda happened. I was in bands and playing music everyday before I got serious about photography. I always wanted to be a musician and get signed and tour the world and all that good stuff.

Music - Bright Eyes

Have you always wanted to be a photographer?
No. I've always loved taking photos, it was something that always intrigued me but I didn't take it serious until after the band I was in broke up. For a while after all that happened I didn't know what I was gonna do with my life. Since I was 12 all I was focused on was music, I woke up thinking music, I slept thinking music, and I practiced everyday. It's was my life and it was all I knew. And when it was over I didn't know what to do and I didn't know who I was outside of music. In a world without playing shows and practicing every single day I was lost. I didn't know what to do with myself. Then 2 of my friends and I took a trip to New York for my birthday. I had just bought a small compact camera that I took with me. I took over 1,000 photos in new york and it was on that trip when I feel in love with taking pictures. It's was then that I said to myself "Hey! I'm pretty good at this"


How long have you been a photographer?
I've been taking photos since high school. I took a class in high school and loved it. But at the time it was music first so photography was just a side thing. I became more serious with it like a little over 2 years ago. And just under a year ago I decided this is a career path I want to follow.

Melissa Velia photo shoot

Did you go to school for this or are you just a natural talent?
Just the one class in high school. The rest I learned from books, Photo blogs, videos, workshops. There's so much info out there and it's only a click away. I read and still learn about photography ever single day. And I guess you can say some is natural talent (wink).

What do you love about taking pictures?
I love capturing moments. I love the feeling and I love seeing the reactions a photo gets. Photos really do say so much. It can cause all types of emotions and they can say so much. You capture literally a fraction of a second of life wen you press the shutter and it's a moment that you can see over and over again for ever.


Do you want to do this for the rest of your life or are there other things your passionate about?
I have a lot of other passions but photographer is one I will never stop doing. I love photography. I also will never stop playing music. Even if it's just picking up the guitar and strumming by myself I don't think music or photography will ever not be in my life.

Who's your favorite photographer?
I have a couple but is if I had to choice one it would be Zack Arias. His style and approach amazes me. I learned pretty much all the aspects of photography from him. I have never met him in person but I feel like I know him personally. He just tells it how it is and I like that.

Who's your biggest supporter?
My fiancee Windy. If it wasn't for her I wouldn't have followed my gut and I wouldn't be where I am today. She made me see my potential and showed me a side of myself I never knew existed. She brings out the best in me and I can't imagine what my life would be without her. We push each other to be the best we can be and we don't take no for an answers. I was never like that before. If something was hard or if I felt I wasn't good enough I would quit. But she pushes me and is always by my side as I am for her.

People - Windy

Who inspires you?
The world inspires me. I see the world and know there's more we can do to make life better. I really think people have the potential to be better but there's a lot of change that has to happen for us to reach our full human potential. I find inspiration all over the place. The people who inspire me the most is Windy and my Dad.


What is your favorite thing to shoot?
I love shooting people. I love seeing how people reach when a camera is pointing at them. And I love how powerful a look can be. Expressions are a power thing.


What's the hardest thing about being a photographer?
Making a living with a camera. There so much more to a photographer then just taking good photos. You have to be good at marketing and good at business. When your a photographer it's you and only you. Your starting a business and going at it alone. I've heard pro photographers say that it's 80% marketing and getting your name out there and 20% actually taking photos.

In your wildest dreams, where do you see your career?
I never ever thought photography was gonna be something I would want to do as a career. But now it's all I want to do. And its a job I could do forever.

Here's a sneak peek at my Summer 2011 Look Book by Robert Vega! And don't forget to check-out the rest of his work at

Fashion - Melissa Velia Summer 2011

Thursday, June 9, 2011

I shall not milk a cow!

How's everyone's week going so far? As for mine, not so great. I got an email yesterday from this little website that my clothing line was on, stating that they would not have my line on their site anymore because I didn't ship an order, I never received. Or should I say, received with a foreign name that stated "Order ####". I mean come on, how many of us get those spam/virus emails? I get those all the time. So I never opened it. This company should have stated their company name, really. Anyways, this actually was for the best because my website is almost up and I wasn't really a fan of how this website functioned.  Lesson learned.  With that said, if any of you were the customer who never received their order.  I send you my biggest apologizes and request you email me for a special gift.

Moving on, this past weekend I visited a cow and horse farm with my family for a little family time.  I am NOT an outdoor person, therefore this was a bit of a challenge for me. I would never like to milk a cow or ride a horse BUT I would do it for my boys.  Anyways, all in all it was a great trip and I discovered what a great place a farm would be for a photo shoot. Can you tell I always have work on my mind! So here are a few of my pics from the day.

I was never really a horse lover as a little girl but I must say, this horse was beautiful.

Can you tell it was a girl horse?

Cows smell and have a lot of flies around then. So don't ever call someone a cow!

Totally needed some cowboy boots.

Next week, all the details from the photo shoot, plus interviews! Have a fabulous weekend darlins!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

White Wedding

So this past Friday I had the privilege of attending a family wedding.  It was a semi-formal event at a family home which was decorated in white linens, garden lanterns, candles and touches of colored flowers.  As soon as I saw the bride's dress, my urge to have a bridal collection grew even more.  Her dress was perfect for her body (considering she was expecting) and appropriate to the evening.  I loved that she wore a faux fur over her dress when she came in, giving it an old Hollywood feel to it.  Over all the bride and groom looked fabulous.  I on the other hand, had no time to make myself something to wear. So, I just went out and bought a blazer to put over my favorite LBD.  Like I always tell people who ask me, "Did you make your outfit?"...TIME IS MONEY.  I never have to time to make myself pieces, for everything I make goes on the sales floor.  Never the less, I hope to find the time to make it all possible.  Anyways, here are a few pictures from the evening, plus a little surprise at the end.

My wedding attire.

The Mr. & Mrs.

And last, my little surprise picture....

Six years ago I married my complete opposite. Sharing only two very big things, our love for God and our love for movies. Cheers, to the bride and groom! May they build their love not only on each other but on the foundation of God's love.

Later this week...another post from my very busy weekend. Stay tuned loves!