Favorite Instagram Apps

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Favorite Instagram Apps

One of the number 1 questions I am asked is what filter I use on my Instagram photos. I wrote a blogpost on How I Edit My Instagram Photos, but thought I’d update you with my new favorite instagram apps that I’m using most of the time these days.

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Here are my current favorite Instagram apps…

  1. Afterlight – This was one of the first apps I downloaded when Instagram launched. I love using the “dusty” tool and “light leak” tool on some of my photos.
  2. Retouch – This is also another app I’ve been using for awhile now. I use this app to remove blemishes or stamp out any little distracting objects in my photos, like clean the floor or remove a person in the background if I feel it is too distracting. It’s such an awesome app and really think everyone should download it. For me, it’s convenient and easier than having to upload iPhone photos on my desktop. I can edit while I’m on the go.
  3. Snapseed – I use this app to control the lighting or tones on my photos. For example, if one side of my face or body looks darker than the other side, I can easily edit through this app.
  4. Facetune – I use this app mainly to lightly smooth out any blemish, but I keep it to a minimum. I don’t like to overly edit my face or skin. This app also has a stamp tool called “patch”, which also removes objects. This app is very convenient, especially when I need to edit images for clients. I can sharpen or enhance details with the “details” tool. I can whiten out an object that looks too warm or yellow with the “whiten” tool.
  5. A Beautiful Mess (aka ABM) – This app has doodles, borders, backgrounds, and phrases, which allows you to create quotes or any text you’d like. I like to use this for either clients or for Insta Stories.
  6. Squaready – I use this app to resize an image. For example, if a photo doesn’t fit on Instagram or Insta Stories, I will sometimes use this app.
  7. Layout – I rarely use this app, but when I do it’s to create collages. I use this more for clients.
  8. VSCO – An oldie but goodie. I mainly use this app for the filters, along with the other featured tools, which I shared the exact filters I use on this blogpost here.
  9. Hyperlapse – I use this app sometimes for when I upload videos on my Insta Stories, or when I announced my pregnancy on Instagram here. It’s a fun app to fast forward or slow down any video you create.
  10. SquareadyV – Similar to Squaready, except this app can resize videos instead of photos. It’s convenient to have when certain videos do not fit on Instagram or Insta Stories.

 

Well, there you have it. An updated list of my favorite Instagram apps I’m using at the moment. I’d love to hear about the apps you use. Please feel free to share below or find me on Instagram @melrodstyle. 🙂

 

xo

Instagram Photo Trends and Tips

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Instagram Photo Trends Tips. Started from the bottom now we’re here. Literally. Let’s just say my Instagram feed has come a long way. This post was inspired by @travel_inhershoes – an influencer I follow. As you can see from my feed above, my instagram wasn’t always so pleasing to the eye, in other words “pretty” or consistent. There wasn’t a story or a consistent flow. It was definitely all over the place – a hot mess. You see, I was blogging before Instagram was around, and Instagram was all so new to a lot of people and a lot of influencers. The point I’m trying to make is that it’s ok that you didn’t begin with a pretty feed. Although I’ve wanted to delete all these old photos on my feed, I’m glad I didn’t. I like that I can look back and see how much I’ve grown and how much I’ve learned being in this industry. It’s almost like a photo album or a yearbook. I love seeing my growth from the ground up. This right here reminds me that I should never compare myself or feel discouraged when I see other people’s feeds, because at some point, their feeds were not the prettiest… unless of course you’re new to instagram – and if that’s the case then, congrats. 😉

 

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I wanted to share this post in hopes to inspire and bring some light to other new influencers or anyone wanting to start a blog. If you ever feel lost or wanting to give up, just remember that not everyone started at the top, and there is hope, (take me for instance) lol. No, but seriously it’s all about finding the right filters or tones that work best for your feed and remain consistent.

I wanted to share how much instagram – or in my case my instagram feed, has evolved throughout the years.

In 2012, it was all about wrist/arm candy shots with this bubble dreamy filter effect.

 

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In 2013, from above shoe shots and flat lays of clothing items were so on trend.

 

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In 2014, collages and side-by-side shots of OOTDs were so in.

 

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In 2015-2016, whiting out, over editing the backgrounds and brightening the entire photo was very popular. Making sure there were no distracting objects beside you or in the background of your photos were very important.

 

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In 2017, we began seeing more natural tones, and leaving the backgrounds as is, with minor edits. Also, when Kim Kardashian returned to Instagram, everyone went wild with her vintage/grainy aestetic, or better known as HB1 and HB2 filters from VSCO app. We then started to see more raw and not-so-perfect photos. Not that people stopped caring about their feeds, it was just more acceptable to have an imperfect photo, which was nice. The grain tool was and still is very popular, along with the “dusty” editing tool on Afterlight app. Also, blurry and out of focus photos were most accepting and less frown upon than what they were back in the day, which I’m not mad about. Hyperlapse, Hype Type, 8MM, Boomerang and Kirakira were among other top apps.

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Today, we are still seeing similar trends from 2017, like blur and out of focus photos, the grain tool, and more use of Afterlight app, along with Tezza’s presets that I think had the world mad about. Mad in a good way. As much as I do like her presets, I think it is important to not just slap a filter on your photos because everyone else is using it or because it works for others. Chances are it won’t look the same, especially on different skin tones. If I can give a quick tip on editing Instagram photos, I would say to pay attention to your skin, and edit based off what is going to be more appealing and look best with your skin tone. I say this from experience because I use to up the brightness and highlight tool on my photos so much that I would forget about what my skin tone looked like. I look back at most photos and see how overly blown out my skin looked. For me personally, I like my skin to look as close as possible as it does in real life. Don’t get me wrong, when I’m not tanned, I do up the saturation or skin tone tool a bit, however; I make sure I don’t look too orange or oompa loompa-ish if this makes sense.

Again, this is my preference and believe that everyone has the right to edit their photos however they wish to. If looking orange or any other color is your thing, then by all means, do you boo. There is no right or wrong. I’m simply sharing this information based off my trial and errors and experience throughout the years, and I’m not saying I’m right. Just wanted to share my thoughts and tips. So please be kind in the comment section below. 🙂

I hope this information is helpful, and as always if you have any other questions, please let me know. Leave a comment below or DM on instagram @melrodstyle. I’m really curious to know what you guys think about this topic. Feel free to share.

Stay tuned, as I will be drafting a blogpost on my favorite instagram editing apps soon.

xo

Stripes, Flare Denim and a Pop of Red

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Stripes, Flare Denim and a Pop of Red

How to make a statement with doing the most: pair subtle colors with trendy pieces and add a pop of color.

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Here’s one way to make a statement without completely over doing it. I paired two huge statements pieces alone (stripe sweater and flare pants, together, and mixed in a pop of red. There’s definitely a lot going on with this look, but I do love how the subtle colors bring it down a notch, yet still not your average basic look (if that makes sense).

What do you guys think? Doing to much or do we love it?

xo

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LA Winter

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Winter in LA often means wearing crop tops, denim and throw on a light coat in case it gets chilly aka 69 degrees.

We are so spoiled here in LA. 🙂

xo

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Pregnancy Pet Peeves

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Today I’m sharing my recent pregnancy pet peeves. I wasn’t planning on sharing this post until later in my pregnancy (end of second/going into my third trimester), but felt good about sharing it with you all now. If you read my Let’s Talk Babies blogpost awhile back, then you know what I mean by some of these pet peeves I’m about to share.

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MY PREGNANCY PET PEEVES:

PEOPLE SHARING THEIR HORRIBLE EXPERIENCES – Here’s the thing, If you’re going to congratulate us, don’t then hit us with your horror baby stories. Save it for another time or if and when asked. Don’t say “congrats!” and then “oh you’re in for a rude awakening!” or “say goodbye to your social life!” Don’t be such a joy kill, seriously.

SO WAS THIS PREGNANCY PLANNED? “Sure was Helen. George and I took out our calendar and picked a date that best fit our schedule and wham, bam, thank you ma’am!  Insert sarcasm here, here – oh and here. This questions is so personal, so intimate and should not be asked, especially if you don’t know the person very well. I feel the same about this question as I do when people ask “So when are you going to have children?” – because what you’re really asking is when are you going to have unprotected sex. Am I right or am I right? It’s ok to ask “do you want to have children?”, but when you begin to ask the whens or why nots or how comes, that’s when it becomes too overwhelming. These are private questions and quite honestly none of anyone’s business.

TOUCHING THE BUMP – I don’t know why I don’t like this one very much. To be honest, it kinda gives me anxiety. The only person I don’t mind touching my belly is George, obviously, and a hand full of people. I think it’s so strange for someone to just reach over without asking to touch your belly, especially strangers or people you barely know. Touching someone’s body without asking is weird to me. I get it. Peoples’ intentions mean well; however, you should still ask before. I don’t know, maybe once my bump grows, I’ll feel differently about people touching my belly, but for now I would prefer for people to ask before reaching over.

BUMP SIZE – Everyone carries differently and everyone’s bodies are not the same. It’s not very nice to say that someone looks smaller or bigger than what they should be. Stop judging the bump size.

IS IT SAFE TO WORKOUT? – Again, everyone’s bodies are different – and as long as my doctor has given me the approval to continue working out, I will do just that. I obviously listen to my body, so when I am feeling tired, I do stop and take breaks. I am being careful and I am only doing exercises that were approved by my doctor. I’m not working out to be a bodybuilder. I’m working out to stay healthy and have an easier labor experience. My doctor encouraged me to work out before I was pregnant and still does, so until they say otherwise, I will continue to take my sweet little butt to the gym as long as I can.

IF YOU’RE NOT GOING TO SAY SOMETHING NICE, DON’T SAY ANYTHING AT ALL – This goes back to my baby blogpost here. If you just found out someone is pregnant (or in my case ME), don’t comment with “Finally” or “It’s about time you got pregnant.” It’s rude and unnecessary. You just never know if that person was having a hard time conceiving, and those comments may be hurtful. I’m not saying I had issues getting pregnant. What I am saying is that you never know what someone is going through just because they weren’t open about certain things in their life. Everyone is different, and what I decide to share publicly is one thing and what I keep private is another. Be careful what you say, and choose your words wisely. The pressure about babies was already so overwhelming enough, so these comments can really hurt someone.

 

I’m curious to know if any moms or moms-to-be out there can relate to the above. I’d love to hear your stories and pet peeves.

xo

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Winter Floral

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Winter floral – what’s not to love about it.

 

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Floral dresses that can take me from season to season make me happy. And this one just puts a smile on my face. 🙂

Happy Tuesday everyone. Hope you have a good one.

xo

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Bahamas Vlog

 

The most memorable trip of 2017!

In case you missed my blogpost here, I shared all the places we visited, and excursions we did. I decided to vlog our trip to the Bahamas, so here it is. I hope you enjoy my vlog.

Happy Wednesday everyone!

xo

We’re Pregnant! First Trimester

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By now you’ve probably heard the news on social media. WE’RE PREGNANT! We’re going to have a baby! We’re going to be parents (woo hoo!) There’s legit a tiny human growing in my belly right now, and that to me is the most craziest most amazing feeling in the world. We cannot be anymore excited. I don’t even know where to begin. When we found out, all types of feelings were felt. Very emotional, because we found out a little after a week of us losing our baby Kujo. Both George and I literally cried because we both were thinking the same thing – that this was God. I guess you can say it was a blessing in disguise and a bitter sweet moment for us because I don’t know how I would be if we lost Kujo during this time. But I know Kujo is in a better place, and he lived a very long and happy life, and I will always be his furry momma.

 

I’ve been receiving a lot of questions, and so many comments from a lot of you on social media because this was a huge surprise. Many of you did not see this coming. So in this post – the first official baby blogpost of 2018, I will share a few questions I’ve received, what I learned, along with my first trimester experience.

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MORNING SICKNESS – Not everyone gets it, and I am so thankful I was one of them. I think this was a big reason why it was easy for me to hide my pregnancy news, because I actually felt great. The only thing I did notice was how strong my sense of smell got. For instance, the smell of wet dog food… barf!  It was definitely stronger than I remembered it being. Besides that though, I felt just fine. Going to the gym really helped keep my energy up. Again, very thankful that I was able to work out. And yes, my doctor approved my workout routine. In fact, they encouraged me to work out. Apparently there are so many benefits, along with an easier delivery experience. So you bet ya sweet butt, momma is going to do squats! 😉

CRAVINGS – I didn’t have any specific cravings. Just randomly would crave pho and veggie soup, and one time french toast, like whoa! I’ve been asked how I’m doing without drinking coffee, since we all know how I love my lattes and what not. Surprisingly, I haven’t been craving coffee, and I’ve been ok without it. I’ll treat myself to a latte here and there, but always get a small cup. When I do crave a cup of coffee, I make myself a Nespresso decaf coffee, and honestly, it’s just as good.

OTHER SYMPTOMS – When they said you pee every 5 seconds, they weren’t kidding. No joke! I pee even when I don’t feel like I have to pee, but I’ll go just in case, before leaving the house (TMI). The bloating, sore boobies, itchy belly are also even more real. I also, was having the most bizarre dreams and nightmares. I could not even explain them if I tried. Some were scary, some were sad – really sad. None of them ever made sense. I also have trouble sleeping at night and taking naps. Sometimes I felt tired, but couldn’t nap. I’m a horrible napper.

COUVADE – also known as sympathetic pregnancy for men. Oh yeah, it’s a thing ladies. George definitely felt some type of way during my first trimester. He felt tired, certain foods made him nauseas. He didn’t gain weight though (insert eye rolling emoji here). I didn’t even know this was a thing.

FEAR OF MISCARRYING – It’s real and I felt this so hard. I was so afraid that this would happen, because of all the stories you hear. I think it’s pretty natural and normal to feel this way, and for the word miscarriage to run through your head period.

FELT ALONE – because we kept our pregnancy news to ourselves. I had so many questions. I couldn’t ask my family or friends because George and I decided to wait until our second trimester to tell our family. So I googled EVERYTHING, and when I mean everything, I mean from sentences not even making sense to words that I’m so embarrassed for anyone to find on my history page – lol. Luckily, I downloaded my very first baby app (insert cheesy emoji here).

Lastly, thank you to everyone for all the sweet comments, direct messages, text messages, phone calls, visits. They truly mean a lot to us. We feel so loved, we feel the love, and feel so much love for this little nugget already. I cannot wait to be a mom and for this new life George and I will have. I cannot wait to begin this journey and share it with you all. If you have any questions or want to share your stories with us, please do. Comment below or DM on Instagram.

Any moms out there that have any tips for this new momma to be, please do share. I’d love to hear any tips and advice you can give. Also, any soon to be moms out there, I would love to hear from you, too.

It still feels so surreal. Like, is this really happening? Holy cow! Sh*t just got real!

 

xo

 

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Reflecting 2017

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Reflecting 2017

And just like that, 2017 has come to an end (cue the tears). As I think to myself, and look back on the good, the bad, and the ugly, I must say this year was one to remember. Reflecting on the amazing moments, the heartaches, the loss, new memories made, what 2017 is going to bring 2018, I really don’t know how I truly feel about this year. I can’t say it was the worse year.

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What I can say about 2017, is that I am thankful, grateful, blessed for all the opportunities that have come my way, for being able to live through another year.

I usually don’t make resolutions – not because I can never keep them, but because everything that happens in life happens for a reason, whether explained or not. These are either blessings or lessons. What I do like to do each year is just try to be a better me the following year, and to continue to do good in this world. I’ll be the first to say, I’m not a perfect person (but who is, am I right?) I’m far from it. I have many flaws, countless flaws, I make mistakes, but I also make good choices. And I think that’s ok.

This year, George and I celebrated our first wedding anniversary. I still cannot believe that it has been over a year that we’ve been married. Time sure does fly when you’re having fun.

I got to travel to new places and revisit some old ones.

We lost our baby Kujo this year, which was probably the most difficult thing that has happened in my life. I miss him terribly. George and I were not prepared for 2017 to be the last year with him.

I celebrated one year of being my own boss. That’s kind of cool.

And the most amazing thing happened to George and I. We found out that we would be parents in 2018. That’s really really cool! We still cannot believe it and are beyond excited about the news. More baby stuff to come soon.

Lastly, I’d like to thank all my readers and internet friends for the continuous support of MelRodStyle. You guys are truly the best fam a gal can ever ask for. Thank you for supporting my blog and social media outlets. Thank you for following my journey, and I hope you continue to stay along for the ride, because 2018 is going to be a wild one!

Cheers and Happy New Year! 2018 is going to be LIT!!!

xo

 

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New Year’s Eve Outfit Ideas 2017

The countdown to 2018 is officially on! By this time, some of you have probably already figured out your New Year’s Eve outfits, but for those of you who still have no clue, I gotchu boo!

Here are a few ideas from themed parties to dresses to NOT dresses and other festive outfits to help you ring in the new year in style!

 

DISCO THEME PARTY

 

GREAT GATSBY THEME PARTY

 

ALL WHITE ATTIRE PARTY

 

ALL BLACK ATTIRE PARTY

 

OTHER FESTIVE OUTFITS

 

NOT DRESSES

 

FOR BAE

 

JEWELRY

 

SHOES

 

BAGS

 

xo