Hi! My name's Melissa and smellymellyblinks is a collection of daily life, fashion, food and music. In case you're wondering about the name smellymelly, it is indeed a nickname that comes from my partner in crime, Ian.

Monthly Archives: August 2012

Before we headed back home we  squeezed in some random places to see in LA. One of those random places we visited was the building from the tv show It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Like most people I thought they filmed the show in Philadelphia and was surprised to hear that they mostly film in LA. If you’re a fan of the show I’m sure these pictures of  Paddy’s Pub will look familiar to you. Unfortunately you aren’t able to go inside and the building isn’t a bar. Bummer……

Since we were in Downtown LA we decided to visit the “500 days of Summer Park” aka Angels Knoll. On our way to Angels Knoll we passed by the Bradbury Building, you know the building where Blade Runner and where Tom from 500 days of Summer goes for an interview. Here’s a random fact for you: The Bradbury building is the oldest commercial building remaining in LA. It truly an amazing building to see.


Here are a few polyvore sets that are fall inspired. If only I had access to this imaginary wardrobe…

A few weeks back while visiting the fam fam we were trying to come up with things to do in LA while spending time with my mom. Ian had come across this video and really wanted to check out the place. When we told my mom about the idea she didn’t seem too keen about driving all the way to Highland Park just to visit a store with a bunch of different sodas. But man, did her opinion change once  she set foot in that door. Her eyes lit up and she got soo excited, let me just say she literally looked like a kid in a candy shop.

If you are ever in LA I’d definitely recommend taking a trip to Galco’s Soda Pop Store. The amounts of soda stocked in this one store is amazing and the sodas are made with actual sugar (none of this corn syrup junk). The owner is super friendly and was able to give advice on which kinds of soda we might like. My favorites sodas so far have been: Mint Julip, Nesbitts Peach, and Bubble Up just to name a few.




Orla Kiley can do no wrong in my book. I love everything from their prints that you get on your bed sheets to the lovely bags they carry.  This British label makes adorable dresses that I can only dream of wearing. Their new autumn/winter collection gives off a 60s vibe- which I can very much appreciate.


* All photos found on Betty Magazine


All this weekend I’ve had this song in my head.  The melody is so infectious, I can’t help humming along to it. This song has a sort of mellow/Dr. Dog kind of feel to it (if that makes any sense). The entire album, Works on Paper seems to be influenced by a sort of 90s indie rock.  I highly recommend giving the entire album a listen, trust me it’s pretty darn good.

I think the last time we flew back home was in December for Christmas of last year, so obviously a trip was long over due. It was a little hectic planning and arranging times to see everyone since we were only staying for the weekend. But it was really lovely seeing all of the fam fam. Here are some photos from Friday where we spent the entire day with my brother (Daisy) and sister (The Beast). We started out the day eating pizza at Pieology (described as the Chipotle for pizza) then ate ourselves into a food coma with ice cream from Farrell’s. The diner has an all american theme to it and they are known for their over the top ice cream sundays. The plan was to end the day on a hot air balloon in Irvine but our plan failed miserably due to my sister and I losing track of time while shopping. Luckily Daisy was still able to go and enjoy it with his girlfriend, Nicolle since he was the responsible one out of all of us. To make up for it the beast, her boyfriend(Tim Tim) , Ian and I went miniature golfing. I can’t remember the last time I played but it was a lot of fun. After mini golf we met up with Daisy and Nicolle only to drive to some bowling alley and bowl for two hours. Still can’t believe we did so much on Friday, we certainly were exhausted the next morning.