bra·zen | adjective

bold and without shame.

Hey girl hey! My name is Melissa Kilner (middle name Mae). My short story? I’m a photographer, mom of 3 (with two pups), and I’m on a quest to help men and women everywhere feel confident, brazen, and empowered in their own skin. Want the long version (including all of my deepest darkest secrets)?

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Overweight and in a bikini? You bet your ass.


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This is my ultimate “I feel bloated, and I want to be warm, but still feel chic” outfit. I love it because I can run around town for errands or meet friends for lunch and feel pulled together but super comfortable. I love combining complementary patterns (plaids + stripes are an easy way to do […]

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HELLO MY FRIENDS!!!  I’m so excited to welcome you to what I think will become, a world-changing, life-altering, mind-blowing, nobel-prize winning (too far?)  piece of fine fashion literature. Because I’ve been so excited about finally letting the cat out of the bag, I’ve been agonizing over what to say in this post. It’s a lot […]


I’m not going to lie, this outfit totally makes me feel like a powerhouse. A little touch of military, a little touch of victorian, a bit of leather, some of my favorite accessories, and I basically have turned into a freaking modern-day Mary Poppins. Let me tell you about some of my favorite pieces… THIS […]

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You guys, it has pretty much been decided that when I die, I want to be buried in this outfit. It’s my spirit animal. You think I’m being hypothetical right now, but I really just want to be the girl who shows up to the gym in yoga pants and a belted fur coat. PJ’s? […]

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This outfit is pretty much me fashion-vomiting all of my favorite things (is that a thing?…because it is now). First off, I have to talk about this skirt. Me and pencil skirts have never gotten along. I’ve had three kids, have zero elasticity in my skin (thanks genetics), have the loveliest little not little overhang […]


A year ago. this post would have scared the crap out of me. A year ago, I would have been on vacation in my boring one-piece, keeping my fingers crossed that I wouldn’t draw attention to myself. Lets face it, I weigh more than I want. I have cellulite. My thighs touch. The list goes […]

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