About Me


Hi, I'm Melina.

After living in LA for most of my adult life, I recently threw caution to the wind and moved across the country to start a new adventure in NYC.

5th Floor Walk-Up is a place to share the creative inspiration I've found in my new home—a cozy West Village studio in a not-so-cozy, yet magical city.

It's a new girl's guide to NYC. A blog for anyone who has ever fumbled through uncharted territory, trying to make a home somewhere new.

A little more about me: I'm a writer and photographer at heart, working in advertising by day while searching for something more to life than clicks by night. It's an age-old dilemma but somebody's got to pay the rent and finance that extra $1 for almond milk in my already overpriced matcha latte.

And if you're curious what I was up to circa 2011-2015, here's an old friend of mine.

Thanks for following along!