Hi loves! Welcome to HAVEN! I can’t believe it’s finally launch day. I’m soooo, so excited to unveil this new publication and resource. If you’ve found your way here, you’re most likely a lifestyle creative, business owner, inspiration seeker or simply aspire to live beautifully everyday. Living a beautiful life stretches far beyond a perfectly styled shelf or a gorgeously set table… it comes from being intentional in anything and everything that makes you excited about life. Whether that’s crafting a homemade meal, spending time with family in your favorite room of the house or pouring your heart and soul into a business or side hustle that you love. That’s just what I aspire to do with this little community. I hope to learn about your story and intention, and I couldn’t imagine starting this journey without telling you a bit about my story and my why.
Many of you may already know me from my personal brand, Bisou Style, and as an Editor for Style Me Pretty and SMP Living. If not, hello! I’m Melissa, Founder of HAVEN, and I’m so thankful you’re here. I launched Bisou Style eight years ago and have been working for Style Me Pretty for nearly six years. Working for such incredible brands has been one of the most rewarding parts of my career thus far. To many, a dream job. To me, a dream job, and one I was so thankful to have.
With a background in graphic design, my personal blog began as an outlet for the wedding invitations I designed and letterpress printed in my garage. My original goal was to open a darling little boutique in our seaside town that carried stationery products, gifts and home decor. After taking a full-on business planning course and coming to the realization that it cost a LOT to startup a brick and mortar, I decided to pivot a bit and focus my time on my blog. Shortly after, I was hired on by Style Me Pretty (after applying three times!). The cool part was that my blog (something I just did for fun) was actually a huge part of my resume and reason for getting hired. I’ve worn many hats in my years with SMP, including editorial, photography, shoots, scouting content, working on sponsored campaigns, working with our Little Black Book members to get their work featured daily, social media and managing our Instagram accounts with 1M+ followers. After nearly six years and lots of experience under my belt, with an impossibly bittersweet heart, I’ll be transitioning out of my role at Style Me Pretty at the end of August and will be focusing 100% of my time on making HAVEN the very best platform that it can be—one that will serve this lifestyle community well.
A lot of you are probably thinking, why give up a dream job? Why begin fresh? Well, I wanted to create something that was beyond my own individual brand and my role at Style Me Pretty, that allowed me to reach my full potential. My years of experience in editorial, blogging, design, photography and joy in featuring beautiful content from talented creatives comes down to two things: inspiration and recognition of it. Nothing makes me happier than to inspire others around me through discovering and sharing the work of talented creatives. Marrying the two makes me want to jump out of bed everyday and start working.
So, what will HAVEN look like?
We’ll be posting content daily to inspire a beautiful everyday, with a heavy emphasis on home and entertaining, woven with topics in career, wellness, family, style and more—because everyday life encompasses all of those things, too. I’ve already learned quite a bit from our small but mighty following and a LOT of you are entrepreneurs and boss ladies (or have a goal to be!), so we’ll be sharing a ton of inspiring content for you, including our Haven Maven series where we interview some pretty incredible ladies at the helm of their own businesses and brands.
What is The List?
Beyond sharing inspiring content, building a community with HAVEN was really important to me, which is where the idea for The List was born—a directory of the most incredible lifestyle creatives. We’ll be expanding our list categories as more creatives sign up for listings. If you’re interested in joining or have a recommendation of someone we should reach out to, please get in touch here!
I am so looking forward to watching this community grow and flourish and create an impact, and to get to know you. Thank you for being here and starting this new adventure with me. I would love to hear from you, whether you’d like to submit content for a feature, join The List, or have any questions at all for me, please reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org.
And a quick fast five…
Daily go-to apps
Planoly, Over, 5 Minute Journal, and of course, Instagram
Paloma, frozen strawberry margarita, strawberry mojito or glass of Scaia Rosato (new summer favorite!)
The Influencer Podcast, Two Inboxes, The goop Podcast
Best time of day
Morning, when I’m greeted by the smiling face of my one-year-old. He’s the coolest person I know and the brightest light in my life.
Fave Instagram Accounts (and boss ladies that inspire me!)
Monika Hibbs, Kat Tanita, Lindye Galloway, Camille Styles