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.

VSCO:

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

One Dress Three Ways Lookbook

 

Hey boos! Yesterday, I shared how I styled this fun dress, three ways. Today, I’m sharing my very first look book of the year (yay!).  I hope you enjoy it, and subscribe to my channel. Don’t forget to give this video a thumbs up.

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xo

 

Living Room Makeover

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I’ve discovered a new love for interior decorating. It’s funny, really because my entire “career” life, I’ve done nothing but work in the fashion industry.  I realized how much I enjoyed shopping, and finding amazing items at flea markets just recently. It’s very therapeutic to me, honestly. I think enjoy it much more than clothing shopping that’s for sure.

If you follow me on Instagram (@melrodstyle), you know that I have been slowly but surely re-decorating my living room space.

I’m not quite done yet but wanted to share what I have done so far with my living room area. I decided to begin with that room first, since it’s where I spend most of my time with Boo Boo Kitty. 😉

I plan to share more on Instagram and Snapchat.

Pillows: Loloi Rugs

Rug: Rugs USA

Framed Wall Art: Minted

Macrame Wall Hanging Decor: Niroma Studio

Macrame Hanging Nest: Madime Macrame

xo

What To Wear For New Years Eve

Happy almost New Years everyone! For all you last-minute shoppers, I put together a few outfit ideas to ring in the new year with.

If you want to get all dolled up and look extra, then these dresses are totally right up your alley. Here are a few insta-worthy dresses you can wear to say “bye Felicia” to 2016.

Don’t feel like wearing a dress? Don’t worry boo. I gotchu.

Here are a few jumpsuits that will have you slaying all day errrday.

Not planning to turn up or get ratchet for the last night of 2016? Still gotchu boo.

This list of festive-not-thottie-casual-but-oh-so-YAAASSS-worthy looks are perf!

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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What To Wear For The Holidays Under 100

 

The time has come. Holidays are here, and the real important question is what do I wear for…?

Whether you’re attending a fancy holiday party/event, or going to a company party, Christmas dinner, or anything holiday related, I’ve got you covered boo. I decided to put together a few holiday items that are all under $100 – duh. Because why would you spend more than that?

Scratch that. I’ll speak for myself. I don’t like spending a lot on clothing or accessories because I don’t think you have to in order to look ahmazing!

Velvet Bardot Top – TopShop

Velvet Pleat Midi Skirt – TopShop

ASOS Tulle Prom Skirt with Multi Layer and Trim – Asos

Semelle Pendant – BaubleBar

Black Velvet Seduction Bodysuit – Windsor

Burgundy Intimate Velvet Dress – Windsor

Gold 12 Row Rhinestone Choker – Windsor

Natural Faux Fur Scarf – Windsor

Katie Black Full Sequin Formal Dress – Windsor

Black Pretty Young Thing Blazer – Windsor

Navy Longing Velvet Mini – Windsor

Cressida Natural Sparkling Goddess Dress – Windsor

Black Ombre Sequin Pants – Windsor

Black Star Dust Glitter Romper – Windsor

Rose Gold Holiday Cheer Jumpsuit – Windsor

Black Slit Life Living Midi – Windsor

Burgundy Puppy Love Jacket – Windsor

Gray Velvet Renaissance Booties – Windsor

Natural Buckle Down Heels – Windsor

Black Faux Fur Clutch – Windsor

Happy Holidays and Happy Shopping!

xo

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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.

Quality Over Quantity

Quality over quantity… a topic I’ve been seeing a lot of other influencers speak on. This topic has been weighing heavily on me for quite some time now and I’ve finally made the decision to address it and express my feelings about it.  So here they are….

Since day 1, Instagram has been a platform for me to share outfits of the day, beauty, DIYs and anything else I love. I’ve always treated my instagram like an album, sort of like a yearbook, that I can post photos and look back to see how far I’ve come, how much I’ve changed, how much I’ve grown – from the things I like – to what I wore – to how I look – to the captions I chose – to even the hashtags I shared.

From time to time, I find myself scrolling down my feed to go back to those special moments and events that have occurred in my life. Perhaps I do this to reminisce on old times or to laugh at myself for whatever I was into during that time.

I have been blogging since 2010, and while I may not have the “number of followers” or “number of likes” other influencers may have that may or may not have been blogging for that long, it is really disheartening when brands do not value the content you produce that I feel is just as creative and great of work that other influencers create. The only difference is a number that seems to “divide” us – that every brand seems to think is far more important than the quality of work that goes into each photo.

While I love to create pretty photos and inspire others, I love following accounts that bring inspiration to my life as well. But with all this obsession of the number of followers, the number of likes and comments you receive has gotten out of hand. Don’t get me wrong – I, too am guilty of hitting the refresh button on my instagram to see how many likes I’ve receive in the first 2 minutes, hoping that it’s over 12 likes at least, and hoping if I share 1,000 hashtags someone will comment quickly to hide it because it’s embarrassing to have that showing on your feed. And often wondering why my photos do not get as many likes as others. It’s almost convinced me that my work is not good enough because no one “liked” it. I, too have let this consume my life by stressing over a number. A number!… While I’m writing this post, I’m thinking how silly this is. It sounds so stupid. What has life become? Is it really worth it?

With the  new changes Instagram has made recently, it is only natural to be concerned, and sure it’s ok to wonder why your following isn’t growing as fast as others may be, but to let it consume you entirely and dwell over is something I refuse to do.

I’ve learned to say ‘fuck it’. I will no longer stress or get anxiety over a number that does not determine the value or quality of my work. It’s ridiculous. There are far more important things to be concerned about in life, and this “number” is sure not one of them. I’ve realized that yes my work is good enough and yes my work is worth more than a number. I refused for my blog or my work to be labeled as a number.

I hope that anyone reading this understands where I am coming from and does not take offense to this because this post is not intended to do so by any means.

Feel free to comment below or contact me if you have any questions.