Melanie Fincher Title: Associate Commerce Editor, Real Simple Education: University of Georgia Location: Birmingham, Alabama Melanie Fincher is the Associate Commerce Editor for Real Simple. She primarily reviews home and lifestyle products, including decor, appliances, kitchenware, and beauty products. Her work also appears in Real Simple's sister brands, Better Homes & Gardens and Southern Living.Highlights:Bylines in Real Simple, Allrecipes, Better Homes & Gardens, Southern Living, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, and more. She was the former SEO writer for Allrecipes, covering product reviews, cooking tutorials, and food news. Melanie Fincher graduated from the University of Georgia Summa Cum Laude with a bachelor's degree in journalism and international affairs. Experience Melanie Fincher is a Birmingham, Alabama-based associate commerce editor for Real Simple. Melanie's work also appears in Real Simple's sister brands, Better Homes & Gardens and Southern Living. She was previously the SEO writer for Allrecipes, where she wrote tested product reviews, cooking tutorials, and food news.Melanie's editorial experience led her to commerce content, which is fitting as she loves to shop and often shares her favorite purchases with friends and family. Gift giving is one of her primary love languages, so she puts careful consideration into all her recommendations, just as she does when shopping for loved ones.Favorite PurchaseThe Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer was Melanie's best pandemic purchase. It's held up to over two years of use, and it's been a complete game-changer in her hair styling routine. Gone are the days of painstakingly drying hair using a round brush—the Revlon One-Step makes quick work of both drying and styling simultaneously. She doesn't know what she ever did without it. Education Melanie Fincher graduated from the University of Georgia Summa Cum Laude with a bachelor's degree in journalism and international affairs. She is a member of Kappa Tau Alpha, a college honor society that recognizes academic excellence in journalism and mass communication. During her studies, she wrote for Fast Copy New Service, an editorial and writing agency.Other Works:The 12 Best Vacuums of 2022, Tested and Reviewed, Real SimpleThe 53 Best Gifts for Brothers of 2022, Real SimpleThe 9 Best Duvet Inserts, According to Our In-Depth Testing, Real Simple About Southern Living Southern Living, a Dotdash Meredith Brand, celebrates the food, homes, places, and culture of the South. We reach 7.2 million readers a month. Our content is written by experienced journalists and fact checked for accuracy. Learn more about us and our editorial guidelines.