Instagram Stories vs Snapchat Stories

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Instagram stories or Snapchat stories? Which platform do you prefer?

As a blogger, it is really difficult to be on both and try to create different content as oppose to sharing every snapchat story onto Insta stories, which I’m guilty of. It honestly makes no sense. What’s the point of following you on both platforms if you’re going to be sharing the exact same content, right?

Here are my thoughts on Instagram stories vs Snapchat stories…

Instagram Stories:

Pros:

  • You can see and click on users who view your stories (I see you boo boo).
  • Hands-free video is awesome.
  • You can tag a brand/person, which will lead you to their Instagram profile with just a click of a button. Very convenient when working with a brand.
  • Video seems longer but not really sure if they are.
  • The Boomerang feature is my favorite.
  • You can go live.
  • You can be more creative with the drawing and text tools, especially since you can create multiple text lines.
  • You get more views.
  • You can view a photo longer by pressing down on your screen. Love this feature because I am able to read a longer caption if needed.

Cons:

  • You can’t see who screen shots your stories, which is annoying.
  • There are no fun filters.
  • You cannot control the length of each photo or video.
  • Once the stories are done, it automatically takes you to the next person, which I can definitely do without.
  • You don’t have the fast-forward, rewind or slow-motion tool.
  • You can only upload photos from your camera phone that were taken within 24 hours, otherwise you’ll have to screen shot & crop your photos to appear within the 24hr time frame.
  • If you save your stories, they automatically appear in your camera roll versus within the app itself.

 

Snapchat Stories:

Pros:

  • Geo tags and filters are the best.
  • You can control the length of each photo and video.
  • All stories saved are saved within the app and not necessarily in your camera roll, however you do have the option of doing both.
  • You can upload from your camera roll without any restrictions.
  • You can see who screen shots and re-plays your stories.
  • You can create your own geo tag for special events.

Cons:

  • Although Snapchat let’s you see who views your stories, you’re limited because you cannot click through their profile to see exactly who they are unless you know them by their screen name.
  • You can mention a brand, however they will not be notified that they have been tagged or mentioned.
  • The drawing tools can be better.
  • Views aren’t nearly as great.
  • No Boomerang or Live feature.

 So, which platform do you prefer?

In my opinion, if Instagram stories had better filters, be able to control the length of each story, and be able to see who screen shots your stories, then I would probably stop using snapchat altogether. Although I find myself more active on Insta stories, I am having a bit of separation anxiety and completely letting go of Snapchat. I do believe that Instagram will be coming out with new tools and features that will convince me to officially cut the Snapchat umbilical cord. Until then, you can still find me on both, but most likely more Insta stories.

xo

How I Edit My Instagram Photos

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“How do you edit your Instagram photos?” “Love your photos?” “What filters do you use?” The most popular questions I’ve gotten. Well, you asked, I answered.

If you scroll a few months down my feed, you’ll notice that my photos use to be very blown out, I would whiten every single background, even moody (love a good moody shot). I used to be very particular with my feed and how every single photo looked. I was OCD with the editing and filter usage. I kept my filters to a minimum (two I think), and it HAD to look perfect. “Now wait a minute… but my life isn’t perfect so why am I trying so hard?!”  Yeah, I know. Pretty silly right?… LAUGHING OUT LOUD.

My feed has changed since. Now, I just look at what looks best, which has lead me to use multiple filters. I love more natural backgrounds, still with moody/contrast tones as before. I just love that feel, ya know? I just post whatever looks and feels right to my liking… does that make sense? It’s not that I don’t care about what my feed looks like anymore, it’s more about liking how each individual photo looks rather than stressing if my feed looks consistent or if this photo looks ok next to the previous edited photo. I still think that my feed is cohesive and still remains somewhat of a consistency, however; in a more “go-with-the-flow” kind of way. I guess you can say that. I don’t know, it’s really difficult to explain it but you get the gist of it, right?!..

Anyways, moving on. I listed the apps and a quick rundown of the filters I use.

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Want to know my secret? Ok, are you ready? I use EVERYTHING! Lol, just kidding – but I kinda do.

A6: Aaahhh good ol’ A6 – probably the most famous & most used filter bloggers have used or still do. I’ve notice I use this every once in awhile. Not as often as I use to but still great, especially for photos you absolutely think are trash. This filter has saved a lot of my photos that almost never made it to the gram.

C1-C3 & E1-E4: I always play around with these to get the right tones. I can’t really narrow it down because while one will work for one photo, it may not necessarily work for another… Does that make sense?! I hope so… moving on.

J1, J2, J5 & J6: These have been some of my favorites for sure. If you’re like me, and like moody, these are great.

SNAPSEED:

I use this app to control the brightness and exposure of my photos. You can also tap a specific area of the photo to change the tone, which is ah-mazing!

FACETUNE:

This is what I use to use to whiten out the backgrounds of my photos. I still use it from time to time when necessary. It’s great to smooth out any blemishes. I also use it to remove certain things, people, stains, etc. that are photo bombing my photo… yeah, this app can do that.

LIGHTROOM:

I just recently started using this app even though I’ve (for some odd reason) have had this app on my phone for years. It’s great for selfies. 😉

So there you have it ladies & gents. I hope this helped you out, and as always if you have any questions, just leave me a comment below or feel free to email or DM me on Instagram. 🙂

xo

Holiday Gift Guide For Him Under $100

 

Not sure what to get the mister for Christmas this year? Didn’t realize Christmas was around the corner and need a last minute gift? Don’t worry. I gotchu boo. Get your special someone something special (obvi) but that’s also affordable.

I’ve created a holiday gift guide for him that’s under $100. I hope this is helpful for anyone that is not done shopping for their boo’s.

xo

Entree Biggie Smalls Dad Cap by: Forever 21

Men Faux Leather Gloves by: Forever 21 

MEN Faux Leather Low-Tops by: Forever 21 

Dock Peacoat by: Nordstrom

The 4 Elements of the Perfect Shave Sandalwood Kit by: Nordstrom

Mr. Burberry Set by: Nordstrom

‘Cooke’ Slipper by: Nordstrom

Cashmere Beanie by: Nordstrom

Men Faux Leather Baseball Cap by: Forever 21

Men Canvas Matte Watch by: Forever 21 

Wide-Brim Wool Fedora by: Forever 21

Men Mirrored Aviator Sunglasses by: Forever 21

Snow Days Bundle by: Forever 21

Faux Leather Moto Jacket by: Forever 21

Moto Drawstring Pants by: Forever 21

Men Plaid Flannel Scarf by: Forever 21

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Be Right Back

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Let the birthday countdown begin!!!

So excited to be traveling to warm weather with the hubs and good friends this week.

Guess where I’m headed?

Follow along on snapchat (melrod1206) and instagram (@melrodstyle) for all the fun to come!

xo

Black Friday Sale 2016

 

Happy Black Friday everyone! I’m sure everyone is out shopping the sales.

Me? I’m staying in and shopping straight from home. If you’re like me and try to avoid the crowds, then this post is for you. I’ve curated a few items from home goods, pet goods, clothing, shoes, to beauty that are a steal!

HOME GOODS:

For obvious reasons, my obsession for anything home is so real. I spend hours, days (I can go on) home shopping (my snapchat fam knows me). Her are a few items I found that are amazing and are on sale!

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PETS:

I have 4 dogs and 1 cat… need I say more?

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BEAUTY:

I’m a firm believer of spending more on beauty items as oppose to clothes because skin is everything, and when they’re on sale, you just can’t pass up. It’s even better.

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CLOTHING:

I don’t like spending a lot on clothing or over $100, but these I just couldn’t not share.

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SHOES:

I think at this point (if you’ve been following my blog and/or social media accounts) you know my love for shoes is no joke. Besides beauty, shoes are other items I wouldn’t mind splurging on – but you don’t have to spend a lot because these are on sale. 🙂

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Other In-Store and Online Deals Happening Right Now:

1. H&M: Score up to 60% off select items and get free shippping with code 0319 now through Monday, November 28th.

2. Rag & Bone: Get 25% off everything!! Use the code BLACKFRIDAY25 at checkout.

3. J. Crew: Get 30% off everything at J.Crew with the code FESTIVE at checkout.

4. BaubleBar: 30% off on Black Friday and 25% off one item and 35% off two items on Cyber Monday

5. Dolce Vita: On Black Friday, score up to 60% off items and 20% off all sale with the code BLACK20. On Cyber Monday, get up to 60% off items and an extra 20% off sale with the code CYBER20

6. For Love & Lemons: Get 25% off all orders with the code Ouioui from Black Friday to Cyber Monday

7. Guess: Get up to 50% off the ENTIRE STORE until Monday, November 28th.

8. Levi’s: Score 40% off your entire purchase online until Monday, November 28th and 40% off your entire purchase in stores until Monday, November 28th.

9. Mackage: Get up to 40% off women’s and men’s outerwear and accessories on Black Friday.

10. Steve Madden: Starting Cyber Monday, get 30% off all full-priced items, 10 % off sale styles and 10% off your next purchase with any purchase made on Cyber Monday

 

Happy shopping!

xo

The 90’s Look

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Who doesn’t love the ’90s? Many of us grew up in the grunge-soaked decade filled with boy bands, epic sitcoms, and the introduction of mainstream internet. It’s hard for anyone that grew up back then to think of any specific low points or note anything they would look back on and frown.

Just kidding. As with any generation looking back on their youth, some of our fashion choices are enough to make us cringe.

Of course this doesn’t mean all of the decades styles. Some of the trends from the ’90s have come back in full force this year, but there are definitely still some that everyone would like to keep in the past for good. If you want to recreate a successful ’90s look, here are a few dos and don’ts to keep in mind.

Don’t Wear Tie-Dye Tops; Do Wear Flannel
Unless you’re starring in an episode of Clarissa Explains It All, tie-dye shirts should probably remain exclusively as night shirts/pajama wear, and maybe as a workout shirt if you’re feeling bold.

Instead, if you want a ’90s top, go with flannel. Not only is it an iconic pattern/fabric from the decade, now that the fall weather has arrived, it’s also a comfy shirt for the season. According to this article from Hollywire, the look is great with a pair of classic denim jeans as well as when paired underneath a cardigan and used as an accent piece. You can also tie the bottom of the shirt around your waist for some extra ’90s flair, which brings us right back to Clarissa

Don’t Wear Yin-Yang or Peace Necklaces; Do Wear Chokers
Who among us didn’t have a slew of yin-yang and peace symbol jewelry? Pair one of them with a mood ring and the odd toe ring or ankle bracelet, and your jewelry was on point in the ’90s.

The bad news is that you still probably won’t get much use out of that jewelry. The good news is that if you had a collection of chokers, you can feel proud showing them off again.

Even better, if you already ditched your old chokers, you can achieve the same look with a shoelace. As one post from Elite Daily explains, one girl posted a photo of herself on twitter wearing a shoelace wrapped around her neck in a bow, and everyone went nuts over it. Find a thick, black shoe lace, and you can easily achieve the same romantic look on a shoe string budget…Sorry, couldn’t resist.

Don’t Wear Jellies; Do Wear Dr. Martens
Who thought these shoes were a good idea? They’re not comfortable, fashionable, or practical in the slightest. They’re stiff, sweaty, and downright ugly, and that’s speaking as someone who actually wore them back in the nineties! When preteens saw these shoes in a video from the Scene, they looked at them puzzled, asking nothing more than “why?” I wish I could answer them, but I can’t. Chalk it up to poor shoe judgement.

The same kids, however, gave a nod of approval to Dr. Martens. One girl even went on describing how much she loved the multiple pairs she owned. They’re definitely back, and they’re much more comfortable than a pair of jellies. Pair them with a skirt, dress, or tights, or any top and pair of black leggings.

The ’90s might have come and gone but their fashion will live on forever, for better or worse. Whenever possible, let’s try and make it for the better and skip the embarrassing styles best left in the past.

Beauty Bridge Luncheon

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Yesterday I got the chance to hang with my beautiful girlfriend Daniela (@daniexpertmua), along with some amazing ladies at the Beauty Bridge luncheon.

From a delicious 3 course meal to mimosas to vanilla bean wanna cotta…. (insert heart emoji)! It was life changing, seriously! Estrella is one of my favorite places for brunch.

I was clearly having a major Cher moment. What can I say, I love the 90s. 🙂

Be sure to follow my insta stories and snapchat to see all the behind the scenes from our luncheon.

xo

SHOP THE LOOK:

Jacket | Sweater | Shirt | Boots | Clutch

Simply Stylist Session with Dove

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I’ve been a fan of the Dove Dry Spray Antiperspirant since I was first introduced to the product earlier this year, so when I was invited to attend the Simply Stylist Session with Dove, I immediately cancelled my plans that Saturday.

For those of you who are not familiar with the Dove Dry Spray Antiperspirant, it is amazing! Life changing, actually. It goes on instantly dry, cares for your skin, and keeps you feeling fresh and confident throughout the day – up to 48 hours. It’s perfect if you’re always on the go like myself.

The Simply Stylist session went on from 11 am to 2 pm. We got to listen to Jamie Chung and Dawn McCoy speak about beauty tips, life and career goals. Listening to them both speak was very inspiring, and motivating to continue to pursue my career goals. I also learned a new hair trick that I am excited to try very soon.

xo

Kyboe Miami Swim Week

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MIAMI BEACH, FL – JULY 15: A model walks the runway at the KYBOE! Watches Miami Swim Week fashion show on July 15, 2016 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Rodrigo Varela/Getty Images for KYBOE!)

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MIAMI BEACH, FL – JULY 15: Jenn Taule Bell (L) and CEO of KYBOE! Marc Bell walk the runway at the KYBOE! Watches Miami Swim Week fashion show on July 15, 2016 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Rodrigo Varela/Getty Images for KYBOE!)

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Last week, George and I were invited to attend the Kyboe Show in Miami for Miami Swim Week. It was our first time going to Miami so you can only imagine how excited we were to attend.

We arrived super early Friday morning where we stayed at the Gale Hotel, which was AH-mazing! The first thing we did on Friday (after we took a nap of course) was walk down to the beach. I loved that it was walking distance from our hotel. We then headed back to the hotel to get ready for the show that same night.

The Kyboe show totally blew my mind when they displayed the watches on a conveyer belt, followed by actual models wearing the watches. Later that evening, we hung out with Marc bell, owner of Kyboe at the Setai Hotel for drinks.

The very next morning, we met with the Kyboe team at the Setai, where they reserved a section on the beach for all of us. It was so relaxing. That same night, Marc and his wife Jen invited us over to their home for an intimate dinner, where we took a legit party bus fully stocked with champagne. Oh, and there was a DJ on the bus, too! It was so much fun! If you didn’t follow me on snapchat and didn’t see my stories that night, then you totally missed out because their home was unbelievable! And Jen’s closet?! I mean, don’t even get me started. AMAZING!!! P.s. Jen, if you’re reading this, I can totally be your personal stylist. Just throwing it out there. 🙂

We had an incredible time. The most memorable yet. Thank you to Marc and Jen, and the entire Kyboe team for having us. It’s definitely one for the books.

For more, visit www.kyboe.com

xo

She said Yes!!!

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This year has been such an incredible year thus far. I got married to the love of my life, and now it’s my sister’s turn to marry her love!

We are showering the bride-to-be this weekend, and cannot be more excited for her… and then we are off to Vegas to celebrate her bachelorette party in a couple of weeks (woohoo)!

How adorable are these tanks from ESEFApparel?! Definitely taking these with us to Vegas!

If you are a bride-to-be or know someone who is, click link below to shop their customizable bachelorette party shirts.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/ESEFApparel

xo