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.

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We had the intention of making ketchup this past weekend but somehow got sidetracked and ended up making this instead. The idea behind this recipe came from reminiscing about London’s Borough Market. At one point both Ian and I worked near this market and would meet up for lunch every week. We would always try new dishes but we would always come back to the market for two things: 1) the Spanish chorizo and 2) the Mushroom paté. This mushroom pate is like nothing you have ever tasted before. It’s rich creamy and I swear anyone who doesn’t like mushrooms will convert for this paté. I decided to make my own version of this paté. (See below for recipe). The best part of this patè is that it serves many functions. I’ve used it as a spread on a cracker, whipped it in with eggs, and even used it in a pasta dish. Hope you enjoy this recipe.

-2 small shallots

-2 cloves of garlic

-20-25 closed cap mushrooms ( I used a mixture of whole crimini mushrooms and white whole mushrooms)

-16 oz of cream cheese

– 1 Tbsp of Tamari sauce (like soy sauce but with a stronger flavor)

– pinch of salt and pepper to taste

Start off by frying the onions, you want them to become translucent. This will take about 5-10 minutes. Once onions are translucent add the garlic. Fry the garlic for two minute then set aside.

Next blitz all your mushrooms in a food processor. Once they are blitzed spread them on to a frying pan over a medium to low heat. The idea is you want to get all the water out of the mushrooms. This took me about 25 minutes because I used a smaller pan and I was nervous that my mushrooms would burn over a higher eat.

Once your mushroom mixture is dry add your onion/ garlic to the mixture. Set this mixture to the side and allow to cool down for at least 30 minutes.

Once cooled beat in the cream cheese to the mixture. Add your tamari sauce to the mixture. Allow to cool in fridge.




Yikes I haven’t logged on to this blog since August! I practically forgot how to post on this site. Sorry for the lack of posting to anyone who actually takes the time to read this blog. Yeah auntie and Marvin I’m apologizing to the both of you.  Well, I finally graduated this past December and couldn’t be more excited to have finally finished with my studies.We spent the past two weeks celebrating the holidays with the fam fam. I think by the end of  our two weeks my family was ready to ship us back. Having spent so much time back home made me realize how much I missed the city. I’m truly excited to explore more of the city this new year and get to know every nook and cranny that makes this place such an amazing place to live in.

So I leave you with a picture of my infamous jumps at Santa Monica. By the way how crazy is it to live in Southern California during Christmas??? Yeah…. part of me feels guilty for those that actually do experience winter weather.


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.