Hi! I’m Melissa Marie. I am the woman who got tired of waiting for her life to change and showed up to live and change it instead. 

I was sleepwalking through life, fighting daily against systemic lupus. I have never been in remission in the past 16 years and the damage was not only to my body but also my mind. I began to sit on the sidelines of life and eventually just quit showing up for it.

I was in a slump and desiring a change, but I did not know where to start. I had inspiration and little else. I remember feeling that it felt good to be alive and I should start living MORE. Then a month after starting my blog, I had my second mini-stroke, except this one left mini earthquakes known as non-epileptic seizures.

In other words, my body can be fine one minute and in another be on the ground with involuntary movements.  I am currently (2019) a mystery and on close watch with a team of doctors that are trying to make sense of it all.

I know that God knows. That brings me peace in my heart but I would not be human if I did not mention that it often wreaks havoc on my social and everyday living schedule.

Those are my reasons for being absent sometimes but not an excuse to not show up for life.

Here on The Fashioned Woman, I share how I am fashioning my life in hopes of encouraging you to be more than you ever dreamed.

I also write about frugality, homemaking, faith, chronic illness, fashion and the little bits of life in between.

Just a bit about me

I am a hybrid Texan with Louisiana and California roots. My husband and I strive to live debt-free and a slow-paced life of grace.  I am a full-time homemaker and enjoy writing, traveling, reading, chocolate and a good time with friends.

Because my roots are so varied, I like to call my self an All- American girl who enjoys wearing a pair of cowgirl boots and stilettos. I say, yes ma’am and no Sir’s, I say Y’all and you guys, I like sweet tea and gourmet food, I like sports and fashion shows, I sew better by hand than by machine and I am a proud American girl married to the love of my life ( no really, I truly am).

I believe that even though life hands us difficult circumstances we can find the right choice to adapt our adaptations and create a beautiful life.

I am honored that you are here and hope you will stick around while you become inspired to write your own beautiful life’s story!


Melissa Marie


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