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.

M and G To Be

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So here we are, witnessing the aftermath of what was the best day of my life. Although there were thousands of photos to go through (that were just as amazing as these that didn’t make this post), I decided to share a few that I felt really captured those special moments.

Where do I begin to share about the most magical day of my entire life… The morning started off rather nerve-wrecking for me because of the weather, which I go in full detail on this post here.

The ceremony was short and sweet – exactly how we had pictured it to be. We really wanted a garden theme wedding, so having an outdoor wedding for both ceremony and reception was on the “must-have” list.

After our wedding photos, our wedding party including our parents held sparklers as we made our grand entrance into the reception. We walked into our first dance, followed by the traditional dances (FOB and MOG dance), to food, to speeches, to dancing, to cake cutting, to dancing some more, to taking photos in the photo booth, to more dancing, etc. We danced the entire night. I don’t think I even sat down for more than 5 minutes, which I am so happy about.

They say your wedding comes and goes before you know it. Enjoy it while you can because it goes so fast you don’t remember anything. Well, I beg to differ because both my husband and I remember every single part of our wedding and I cannot tell you how truly happy I am about that. That was so important for us – to remember every moment and to fully enjoy the night. And we sure did.

I was beyond blessed to have had my beautiful sisters (bridesmaids), mom, and of course the best wedding planner – Harlow Planning,  by my side to make sure this day was perfect. And it truly was. It was beautiful. My dream wedding really came to life. I cannot even put it into words how incredible this day was for me… for my husband. This day will forever be so sacred in my heart.

Photographer: Hailley Howard

Wedding Planner: Harlow Planning

Hair and Makeup: Valerie Star

Bridesmaids, MOB and MOG Dresses: David’s Bridal

Bride, Groom and Bridesmaid Shoes: Vince Camuto

Bride, Bridesmaids & Flower Girl Robes: Love Ophelia

Flowers: Florals By Isabelle

Cake and Desserts: Sweet and Saucy Shop

Cake Topper and Table Numbers: NGO Creations

Rentals: Found Rentals

Caterer: Colette’s Catering & Events

Photo Booth: https://www.instagram.com/funkyfreshmo/

Fun facts about our wedding:

  • While it was raining during hair and makeup, the rain literally stopped the minute I walked down the aisle. It was magical.
  • My god daughter (8 years old) had written me a letter and read it while we were getting ready. I cried my eyes out.
  • George and I wrote our own vows.
  • I didn’t toss my bouquet.
  • My friend Enocha sang “Lean On Me” during the reception.
  • A lot of DIY went into our wedding – wedding favors, George made our alter, ceremony/reception signs, including the ‘here comes the bride’ sign.
  • I didn’t have two dresses, but I did have two different tops – one for the ceremony, which had some beading and the second for the reception, which was all lace to match the rest of my dress.
  • We took the after party to our house, which went on until 5:30 am.

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