Live music and I go way back – late night after parties, backstage hangs, stage dancing, that feeling of transcendence I get when I’m lost in a groove, inspiring friends I’ve made along the way. Designer and lifestyle blogger Melissa Baswell Williams is one of those inspiring friends. We met through the scene and share a deep passion for music, design and living creatively. She has this wonderful ability to make simplicity exciting, fashion uncomplicated, and greeting cards fresh. It’s no wonder her blog, Bubby and Bean, has such a loyal following. She was kind enough to share her insight, summer fashion must-haves, and favorite hummus recipes. I know you’ll enjoy getting to know Melissa as much as I have over the years.
You’ve got a very sophisticated eye for design and one you may not expect from a Grateful Dead loving designer. You have never fallen into the stereotypical patchwork and tie dye box (not that there’s anything wrong with that!) What inspires your aesthetic?
MBW: Thank you! I actually used to wear a lot of patchwork (and even had dreadlocks) back in my college years. Those days are distant memories though, and today I prefer more of a ‘modern bohemian’ aesthetic. I’m inspired by a combination of free-spirited late 60s/early 70s style and a more current minimalism. I love flow-y embroidered dresses and cut-off denim shorts with rock n’ roll t shirts and kimonos, but I also wear a lot of simple black/white pieces with clean lines.[sc:shn-ad3]
I know that sustainable fashion is near and dear to you. I was, and still am, a huge fan of your eco clothing line, Mountains of the Moon. I was sad to see it close, but happy to see you thriving with your creative living blog, Bubby and Bean. Tell us more about Bubby and Bean.
MBW: I’m sad Mountains of the Moon closed too, but I’m grateful that I was able to realize when it was time to let it go. It had many successful years that took me all over the country and allowed me to experience some really incredible things, and I’ll always hold it in my heart. I’m so happy for where I am now career-wise though. Bubby and Bean (my blog) allows me to work from home with my toddler, and it’s much less fast paced in terms of travel and constant work load, which is exactly where I need to be in life right now. It’s still a lot of work, but the schedule is so much more relaxed. I actually started it almost five years ago as a companion to my businesses, during a time when Mountains of the Moon was still going strong, but eventually it grew into something much greater and became a business of its own. I write about design, style, food, parenting, and the other things that inspire me to live a creative life. It’s an incredible way for me to be able to express myself and still be artistic while having time to enjoy life. You can read more about how Bubby and Bean got started and the premise behind it: here.