Who is Melissa Henderson?
At the core, she is a writer and business woman. She is passionate, socially responsible and open to opportunities and good conversation.
How did you choose your career path?
I always wanted to be a writer and I naturally love technology. I interned at a magazine during college, and the only position they had available was on their new website. The head of digital was super nice and welcoming and forward thinking about where editorial was heading. In general, the editorial world was slowly embracing digital and I seized the opportunity to build my skills for online writing and marketing. After college, I continued to work for various aspects of digital marketing while building up my digital writing clips. Although, challenging and a lot of sleepless nights, my career path has been very fluid and upward.
Where do you find your inspiration?
Inspiration finds me! People inspire me! Recently, I’ve been into my whole green period phase: everything that’s beautiful is not always good for you. I hung out in the Choco Rainforest in Ecuador for a few days and the energy literally recharged my mind, body, and soul.
Melissa at Isabela Island
What is Violet Summer Zine?
Violet Summer Zine is a small circulation of print zines released every summer on June 21. It’s long and short form chick literature. www.instagram.com/violetsummerzine
Any current project?
Issue 3 of VSZ is underway!
What is your biggest fear?
To be tied up and robbed of all my diamonds and my (future) wedding ring in my rented Parisian apartment during fashion week. What a fucking nightmare!!
What do you do on your free time?
I like to write or surf the net at a cute little coffee shop on the UWS of Manhattan.
Melissa in a Preppy Trendy dress
Describe a day in the life of Melissa Henderson. From waking up to Bed time.
My ideal day…7:45AM Wake and Time To Get This Money. Of course, I hit snooze on my iPhone alarm like three times before actually getting out of bed.
8AM Wash my face and brush my teeth.
8:05AM Pick out my outfit and get dressed in less than 15 mins.
8:25A Do my hair and makeup. This takes like 20-65mins on any given day depending on the look I’m going for; 20 minutes for a chic slick back bun at the navel of my neck. I use a brush, styling mousse, argan oil, edge control pomade, and hairspray to finish off the look. Hairspray is a MUST. Doesn’t matter the brand, as long as it’s a holding spray. My makeup application is simple and I always apply it at home. I pencil in my eyebrows, apply some brownish and red eyeshadow, along with a quick application of black liquid eyeliner.
8:38AM: Make my bed.
8:40AM Depending on the day, I’m heading to “Work.” At this moment, I’m working part -time at a factory in Long Island City. I lead communications and marketing efforts for a couture dry cleaners and restoration company.
9:15AM: Stop at health food store to get Runa juice, 2 boiled eggs, coffee, cut grapefruit and banana chips.
9:30AM: Arrive at work. Eat my breakfast while I check and respond to emails, answer publication requests on how to maintain garments. Indulge in office gossip.
10AM: Work on Print & Digital Projects, which may include: designing logos, corresponding with SEO team in Florida, looking over proposals, answering clients about garment care inquiries (i.e. Can you salvage my dried out thrifted fur?), updating company’s website, talking to the company’s legal team, setting up designer programs with brands like Lanvin, Fendi, Moncler, Chanel, and also taking photos of restoration pieces. Right now, I’m managing the restoration of one of Elizabeth Taylor’s dress. I also restored an 80s Givenchy evening gown that my boss’s girlfriend wore to a benefit. Then, I usually take a break to indulge in office gossip.
1:30PM: Order lunch or take a walk to a cafe to call clients about freelance writing stories and events.
4:30PM: Head to partnership meetings that take me weeks to set up with my boss. This is the fun part! Some partnerships I’m currently working on are with The Real Real, Tom James Company, Net A Porter & Quintessentially.
6PM: Wrap up all this office work and go to a networking or blogger event!
8PM: Arrive back home if I don’t have any events. I like to order seamless (if I have a writing deadline) or cook dinner.
9PM: Wine down time! A face mask and wine is a must! I do my best thinking in a hot bath. I also make sure to moisturize. My favorite brand to use on my face is la prairie. it’s expensive but it lasts for months!
10PM: Time to work on freelance writing deadlines and check/follow up with my personal emails I couldn’t answer during the day. Right now, I’m working on a bunch of branded content for www.enjoyflowers.com, updating www.melwrites.com and I have a column coming out soon!