My Job Title

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So what is my job title? One of the most common question I’m asked in person is “what do you do?” While my Instagram profile states I’m a blogger and I do have a blog, I don’t necessary tell that to people who ask me in person.

So what is my job title you ask? Well, I don’t quite tell people I’m a blogger, but that doesn’t mean I don’t consider myself one. I do, but I’d like to think of myself as a content creator. Someone who influences others through my style and life. While I’m no professional writer or consider myself to be one, I do like to write when I do have something to say. When I do write, I love to write as If I’m speaking to a friend or how I would in real life. One of the greatest compliments is when people say they can hear me talking through my blog.

I tell people I work in marketing and social media… I mean I do, so that’s not a lie, just because some people don’t understand what blogging is, or when you go into details of what it is – especially when they hear you get paid for it. It’s just easier to say I’m in marketing and do social media rather than explain how I get paid from my blog. I do try to educate and help others understand what blogging is and how it is a real paying job – but sometimes it’s just a teeny bit difficult.

To really go into details of what I do, some of the content I share on my blog and/or social media is paid work, meaning I get paid from a brand or company to promote their business. While not everything is a “paid post”, I will state it on all platforms whether it was a sponsored post. You’ll see me state it either in the caption of my social posts, through hashtags or will state it at the very bottom of my blogpost. This is how I am able to do what I do full time. Please note that everything I do share with you all, are brands that I would use/wear in real life. I never promote anything I don’t truly believe in or fits my style. For instance, I’m not going to promote the flat tummy tea, when clearly you all know I’m a coffee drinker. It just makes more sense to partner with a brand that already fits your lifestyle, like Nespresso. When I collaborated with them, it was a perfect match. You guys see me drinking Nespresso every day, because I really do. I’m not saying I don’t drink tea. I do, but those dieting tea companies are definitely not something I would promote on my channels, simply because I won’t drink those in real life. Matcha, green tea, mint tea… are just a few I do drink.

When I first started blogging, yes – I would promote everything and anything that was gifted to me because back then, it was just a hobby and honestly had no clue what I was doing. I was still trying to figure it out all while being gifted stuff. I thought it was super cool just because it was free, but it’s so different now. Now that this hobby has turned into a career where I, fortunately can make money off of, I have grown and learned to remain true to myself in what I share and promote with you guys. That’s is ultimately the most important thing.

I hope this makes sense, and you get a better understanding of what blogging is, and what I do. 🙂

 

If you have any questions or would like to know more about this topic, please feel free to comment below or reach out via instagram. 🙂

xo

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The Challenges of Being an Online Influencers

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The Challenges of Being an Online Influencers – Believe it or not, it’s quite challenging when you’re constantly having to prove yourself. As much as I use this platform as a positive space and love creating pretty content (or at least I think so), there are some downsides to being an online influencer. I shared What It’s Like Being A Full Time Blogger here including the pros and cons, but was inspired to go in depth of the challenging side, because as always I like to keep it 100 with you all. This post is in no way of me being a brat or trying to complain. The purpose of this blogpost was to share that it isn’t always peachy. It may seem like we have our sh*t together (again speaking for myself), but in reality, we have our struggles, too. Of course, we’re only going to share positive content and keep the bad and ugly out of our feeds, because who likes to share negative things, right?

The Challenges of Being an Online Influencers:

  1. CONSTANTLY HAVING TO PROVE YOURSELF TO OTHERS – As mentioned above, it’s quite a battle. You have to constantly convince brands why you are worthy and just as good as other influencers. I’m constantly seeing other influencers that are always featured on big accounts that I, too will tag, for example LiketoKnow.it or OOTD Magazine – who apparently only feature and repost the same type of influencers. I won’t go into detail on this one, but you guys know what I’m talking about. If not, check their instagram.
  2. ALWAYS BEING JUDGED AND COMPARED TO OTHER INFLUENCERS – It’s unfortunate, very frustrating and discouraging at times. Because I really love what I do, that’s what keeps me motivated and makes me push myself even more. It’s pretty normal to have your moments and feel some type of way, but I’ve learned to keep going and to not let that stop me from reaching my goals.
  3. BUYING FOLLOWERS – I see many influencers doing this and trying to get ahead. It’s unfortunate that we as influencers have to worry about the number of followers we have, because most brands only see quantity vs. quality. The number of followers determine how much you deserve to be paid.
  4. PEOPLE TAKE ADVANTAGE OF YOU – This includes brands, family and friends. Even people that you don’t speak to on a regular basis. I don’t mind helping others out in terms of giving advice, but don’t mistake my kindness for weakness, and try to get me to tell you everything I’ve done to get where I am today. I think it’s fair to give some insights, but also for others to figure it out on their own. I didn’t have anyone holding my hand or tell me how to start my blog or where to even begin. This was all trial and errors and figuring it all out on my own. I’m still trying to figure things out, and learning new things every day. Be careful who you trust or try to help out because sometimes those same people will take advantage and peace out when they get what they wanted from you. It’s happened many times to me. I’ve learned that the same people I helped out would never return the favor. Be careful who you share your contacts with. Trust me, I’ve learned that you should keep that information to yourself, because from my experience, the same influencers who I gave information to, have never helped me out.
  5. GETTING PAID ON TIME – OMG!!! When I say the struggle is real on this one, I mean the struggle is real. It’s so frustrating and stressful when you’ve completed your end of the collaboration, and the brand doesn’t pay on time. It’s even more frustrating when their terms are net30 or net60, and if it’s through a PR or agency they don’t follow up with the brand. The worst is when the brand goes MIA or leave the company and you cannot get ahold of anyone. It’s not like I can call my phone bill or mortgage and say, “Hey sorry I’m late on payment. Can you give me 60 days? I’m waiting for a company to pay me. “
  6. NOT BEING TAKEN SERIOUSLY – This ties back to the first and second. Brands often want to gift you and they feel that it is ok to give so many requirements and guidelines for posting gifted items. They expect so much, yet they refuse to pay. I’ve learned to only accept gifting from brands I absolutely love and wear in real life. Of course I only feature brands that fit my style and that I love, however; I will take gifted product from brands that don’t have a budget and make sure they understand that if I like the product, I will feature on my own time and terms. At the end of the day, as much as it is nice to receive free stuff, free product is not paying my bills. It’s ok to politely decline, especially when you are providing a service for the brand, and they need to respect and understand that.

 

I hope this information has become helpful for some of you who are influencers or feel stuck. It’s normal and no matter what, just keep doing you and stay true to yourself. Somethings gotta give. 🙂

xo

 

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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

Stuck in a Rut

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Stuck in a Rut

I have been so busy lately (fortunately), that I have had no inspiration (ZERO, NADA, NONE) to create content or do anything in general. I’ve been stuck in a true rut, people. The lack of inspiration is so real right now. The same questions have been playing in my head on repeat: “what do I do?” “how do I get out of this weird ‘funk’ I’m feeling?” – le sigh.

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I decided to change my morning routine and try a few new things in hopes that it would help change my mood, pick my spirit up, and bring some inspiration into my life. Here’s what I’ve been doing:

  1. Meditation: I purchased a mediation singing bowl  with absolutely no clue how to even use it. I am still trying to figure out how to meditate. It’s not as easy as it looks or sounds, that’s for sure, but I’m giving it a try.
  2. Read Self-Help and Motivational Books. Currently re-reading You Are A Badass book, because every time I read a few lines I’ve already highlighted, it definitely changes my mood and gives me some inspiration I kind of lost.
  3. Workout. Insert eye-rolling emoji here. As much as I am not a fan of working out, I do believe it helps release all the yucky vibes and bring back all the good ones. Speaking of, if you are looking to update your workout attire, then look no further and check out Wear It To Heart. They have some of the best high waisted black leggings.
  4. Get out of the house. Even if it’s just to walk around the neighborhood. Weirdly enough, fresh air actually has been helping.
  5. Family & Friends. Spending time with family and close friends has been helpful and nice. Did a lot of that this week.
  6. Setting New Goals. Jotted down a few new goals I’d like to achieve this week. It helps when you actually write them down on a piece of paper as oppose to putting it in my phone. Seeing them on paper is oddly more motivating than having them on my phone.

What are some ways you stay inspired and motivated? I would love to hear your tips and suggestions, and what works for you.

Hope you all have a wonderful day, and will see you all soon on the gram (@melrodstyle).

xo

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Blog Tips: How to Get Started

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Blog Tips: How to Get Started

I wrote a blogpost on how I started my blog and included a few blog tips back in February. Since I’m constantly receiving questions and advice on how to start a blog, I decided to blog about it and share some more helpful tips. I’m always learning something new about blogging everyday – even after having 7 blogging years under my belt.  And because I never had someone to give me advice when I first started, I want to help those who are just starting out.

 

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Here are a few helpful tips and advice for anyone wanting to start a blog:

  1. START. You don’t have to have all your ducks in a row and have a direct plan on how you would like to execute your blog. The best thing to do is just to start. Have a presence online, and begin creating content. The rest will fall into place accordingly. My blog is far from perfect, but that doesn’t stop me from creating content and publishing posts. If you don’t have a professional camera, that’s ok. Reach out to photographers on Instagram and see if they are willing to work for trade. There’s a lot of photographers out there who are trying to build their portfolio. Message them. It’s all about how you edit your photos. Use photoshop or light room. Most of my Instagram photos are taken with my iPhone 7 if I’m not shooting with my photographer or George. I wrote a blogpost on how I edit my Instagram photos and the apps I use. Most likely if you’re just starting out, chances are you’re not receiving gifted product, and again that’s ok. Do what I did when I first started my blog, go to Forever 21 or Nordstrom, and buy a few items and start taking photos. It’s all about building content. What a lot of influencers do or have done that no one really talks about is purchase product, shoot it for the blog with the tags still on, and then return or exchange. Sometimes you have to do what you have to do. WHAT ABOUT BEAUTY BRANDS? Sign up on https://www.octoly.com. Obviously you cannot return used makeup and skin care products, so sign up to Octoly to receive free product to feature. This is a great way to begin, especially if you cannot afford to purchase beauty products on a regular like me. https://www.ipsy.com is another great way to receive product. It’s $10 a month. And once you have a decent amount of blogposts on your blog, then make sure to look into SEO (search engine optimization). Very important. This helps drive traffic to your blog.
  2. CONSISTENCY IS KEY. Blog regularly. Stay active. You have to have enough content on your blog if you want to work with brands. You need to have something to show these brands before pitching them. Make sure you link back to the brands you are featuring on your blog and social media, then shoot them an email or DM letting them know so that they can go check it out. Tagging brands on your Instagram posts helps tremendously. See what fashion accounts other bloggers are tagging in their posts, such as @world.fashion.bloggers and @streetstyleluxe, and start tagging them. The same goes with hashtags.
  3. GOOGLE IS YOUR FRIEND. Honestly, I wish I had someone who could guide me in the right direction when I first started my blog. Unfortunately, I didn’t. I had to learn and find everything on my own for myself. I googled everything and anything, even if it didn’t make sense when I googled it. And guess what? I figured it out. My motto in life has always been MAKE IT HAPPEN. that phrase has stuck with me since my early years of working in the fashion industry. It just speaks to me in so many different ways on so many levels. Make It Happen. However I had to, or whatever I needed to do, I had to figure it out and make it happen. And I did.
  4. COLLABORATE INSTEAD OF COMPETING. There is room for everyone. You just need to figure out your niche – what you are good at and what you can bring that makes you stand out.  Support one another. Reach out to other bloggers and plan brunch dates. This is one of the easiest and best ways to network. If you don’t have a photographer – that’s ok. Reach out to other bloggers and meet up to take each other’s photos. I do it all the time. Have a friend, your mom, boyfriend, girlfriend, niece (I sometimes have my god-daughter take my photos, and she’s 9). Give them direction on how you want your photos taken. Show them inspiration photos.
  5. SELF PROMOTION. Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there. You are your own brand, and if you don’t have an agent or manager, you need to represent yourself. Reach out to brands you want to work with or other influencers you want to collaborate with. DM them. Email them. Text your friends, family, baby momma, cousin when you publish a new blog post. I’m not kidding either! Spread the word. It’s free. Take advantage. Some people don’t understand the value of self promotion, and how beneficial self promoting truly is. When I first started my blog, my mom was and still is my biggest cheerleader. She always shares my blogposts and social media with her coworkers (bless her heart) and amongst her friends. I ain’t made about it. So what if people think you’re being “thirsty”. You have to go full force in promoting yourself before anyone starts promoting your work. You have to believe you are who you are before anyone else does. SOCIAL MEDIA IS EVERYTHING. It really is. Especially Instagram. Use this platform to cross-promote your content on your blog or any other channel.
  6. KEEP GOING. Even when the going gets tough (sounds like a quote from Pinterest, but it’s so true). Don’t feel discourage. I know it’s easier said than done. We’re only humans. We feel what we feel when we’re feeling it. LIFE. It happens to all of us. You’re going to get a lot of no’s before you get any yes’s. I can’t tell you how many times I wanted to throw in the towel and say f*** it, I’m just going to go back to school. To be honest, what keeps me going is the fact that I never want to sit behind a desk all day. I’m not saying 9-5 jobs are bad. It’s just not for me. To each their own. If i’m going to be working a 9-5, then it’s going to be for myself or what I am hard-core passionate about. I just knew I was missing something in my career life, and a 9-5 corporate job was not one of them. Something that is very important, and should keep in mind is that many people do not realize that blogging is a lot of work. It’s not as easy as it looks, but if you’re passionate and it’s what you want to do as a full-time career, then you can do it. Leaving my 9-5 corporate job wasn’t easy, and being a full-time blogger is twice as hard because you are now your own boss, but I absolutely LOVE IT.
  7. PAY ATTENTION. Be very observant. If there’s a brand working with another influencer that you have been wanting to work with, DM that brand. If an influencer doesn’t share within the caption the outfit details or product they’re sharing, tap the photo and see if the brands were tagged, or message them – leave a comment and ask. Don’t feel embarrassed or ashamed. At the end of the day, this is business and you have to be in a business state of mind.
  8. NETWORK in real life and online. Attend events, pass out your business cards, and ask for theirs. After the event, send them a thank you email. Stay on their radar. Support other bloggers by commenting on their blogs and/or social media. Most likely the people who follow that blogger will notice you and chances are they might start following you, too. Reach out to https://www.thecollectiveaffair.com and https://www.gpsradar.com, and stay updated on upcoming events and collaboration opportunities.
  9. PITCH BRANDS. It’s important to let them know the following: who you are, what you do, what you can offer them, and how they would benefit from this. Again, you may or may not get a respond, and you’re going to get a lot of no’s before you get a lot of yes’s. Trust me. I still get no’s, but the same brands who said no to me once upon a time, have reached out to me later to collaborate. And just because they don’t respond doesn’t mean they don’t want to work with you. Make sure to follow up. Even if it’s more than once. If you’re trying to pitch PR companies, but don’t know where to even begin, google or research on Instagram and find out who is representing these brands. This is exactly what I would do. Check what accounts these brands are following or see who is tagging them. Once you find them, shoot them an email introducing yourself and request to be on their influencer contact list for future events and collaboration opportunities.
  10. BE A NICE HUMAN. BE HUMBLE. BE YOU. No matter what, be nice to others. This industry is smaller than you think. Stay authentic and be real. My personality has remained the same since day 1. I’ve grown so much as a person and as an influencer because you never stop learning. I’m always learning something new about this whole blogging world we live in today. It’s crazy, good – and fun. Don’t try to change yourself because you think that you don’t “fit” the brand’s desire or requirements. If they don’t want to work with you, don’t take it personally. Maybe THEY weren’t a right fit for YOUR aesthetic and brand. Accept it and move on and keep doing you, boo. There are many brands out there who will love you and your work. Authenticity definitely shows, and brands appreciate it more than you think. I’m 100% grateful for every opportunity that has come my way, and have remain true to myself. I think this shows… or at least I hope so. 😉

I hope these tips and my advice are helpful for anyone reading. If I missed any questions you may have or want to find out more information about blogging, please feel free to comment below or send me a message on Instagram. I am more than happy to help out anyone. I love hearing from you guys. 🙂

 

xo

 

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MelRodStyle Turns 7 Today!

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MelRodStyle Turns 7 Today!

Wow.

Feeling pretty overwhelmed, excited, speechless, anxious (for whatever reason.. idk), happy, blessed, grateful, thankful, love, a little emotional, but overall proud. Proud of myself (pats back). I feel like we never really give ourselves enough credit or any for what we have accomplished or how far we have come. And today I’m just feeling all kinds of emotions. Feelings on top of feelings. I know some may think I’m being so dramatic, some might think this is not a big deal – but it is to me. I wasn’t prepared for this day (ok now I’m being totally dramatic). I knew June 15 was coming, but I didn’t prepare a blogpost or what I would publish on this day, so here it is… as I draft this post, literally just typing away whatever comes to mind.

 MelRodStyle has become something greater than I had expected. A business I never thought existed or could even exist. It never crossed my mind that perhaps a “blog” can be my main source of income. My baby.

I decided to share a few fun facts about me/MelRodStyle, but before I do I wanted to say THANK YOU to you all who have shown love and support to my baby blog. I sound like I’m giving a speech for winning some type of an award an all, but to be truly honest, my blog wouldn’t be what it has become without you all, so thank you from the bottom of my corazon.

  • MelRodStyle was originally called Modanista Junkie, which lasted a few months until it was changed to MelRodStyle.
  • Mel Rod came from simply the first 3 letters of my first and last name. My very first email began with MelRod so it just felt natural to name my blog that.
  • Although I started my blog in 2010, it wasn’t until 2016 that my blog became more than just a hobby.
  • My blog began with nothing but OOTDs and DIYs.
  • I’ve never deleted a blogpost or an Instagram post even if it was the worst outfit or if it was a terrible photo, mainly because I like to look back on how much I’ve grown as a person as well as how far my blog has come.
  • I’m sure I don’t stand alone when I say that it was completely awkward and embarrassing to take photos in the beginning. Like who do I think I am taking outfit photos… for who? for what? But here we are today.
  • I was working in the fashion industry for many years while blogging on the side.
  • It wasn’t until I started feeling very overwhelmed and had to turn down opportunities because of my full-time 9-5 job, that I took the plunge, stepped out of my comfort zone, took a leap of faith, made the biggest decision of my life – not knowing if this would bite me in the a*$ in the end or not, and left my corporate job.

 

It’s incredible what blogging has evolved to today. I’m completely humbled and blessed to be able to say I can work for myself. The hustle is real, but I would much rather work hard for something I’m passionate about and can call my own than stress over someone else’s dream. What I’m trying to say is that if you are passionate about something or want to build something of your very own, then go for it. MAKE. IT. HAPPEN. I did. It took me longer than expected but I did it, and haven’t looked back since. Even though it took me almost 7 years to get to where I am today, it all happened for a reason. The timing wasn’t right for me back then. I truly believe that timing is everything.

I hope that this post inspires you to pursue your dreams.

As always, if you have any questions, leave a comment below or DM on Instagram @melrodstyle.

 

xo

How to Juggle Blog Life and Real Life

 

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How to Juggle Blog Life and Real Life….

Really wish I could say “OMG, it’s SOOO easy. All you have to do is this, this, and that!”  Wish it were as easy as snapping my fingers. That would honestly be amazing and make my life easier, LOL.

Balancing work and play isn’t that easy but you have to always keep in mind to find a happy medium, especially with family and friends.

How to Juggle Blog Life and Real Life

This is how I juggle both my blog life and really life, that have actually helped me stay sane….

  • I try to get all my work done before George gets home from work, so that I can be present and give him my full attention.
  • I always work my schedule around his. On his days off, I will make sure to clear my schedule, whether it’s skipping events (unless it’s a campaign) or scheduling my meetings and appointments on days he’s working.
  • I make sure my blog and social media content is scheduled and done at the beginning of the week so that it is less stressful when I’m trying to do real life things outside of blogging.
  • When I get campaigns while I’m traveling with George, I like to get them out of the way by shooting all content early in the morning, so that we can enjoy the rest of the day, and enjoy each other’s company.
  • I often meet with my blogger friends to shoot content together so that when I’m spending time with family and friends, I don’t bother them for a photo.
  • I always make a list of things I need to get done. What’s important and what can wait. Prioritizing is key.

Sure, things come up and don’t always work out the way you expect them to, but what I’ve learned is having a plan is VERY helpful, and makes your life so much easier.

Besides, happy hubby, happy….

Wait, I don’t think that’s how it goes. 😉

xo

What It’s Like Being A Full Time Blogger

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What It’s Like Being A Full Time Blogger…

Well… it definitely has it’s pros and cons. I love being completely transparent with all of you guys because that’s just the kind of person I am in real life – duh. I thought I’d share the good, the bad and the ugly side of blogging, and what it really looks like.

From an outsider looking in, it seems so glamorous and perfect, free clothes all day everyday, fun trips, fancy brunches… seems like a full time vacation, right?

Don’t get me wrong, I am so grateful for all the opportunities and beyond blessed to be where I am today with my blog. I am not complaining nor am I asking for a pity party. What I am saying is that as a blogger (I’ll speaker myself), I will only share positive content on my social media channels – whether it’d be fashion, beauty, lifestyle, travel related topics to anything that I love sharing, and occasional personal posts. At the end of the day, my job requires me to be on my phone 24/7. It’s a business I’m trying to run, and I need to keep it very professional but authentic as much as possible. So before anyone makes assumptions that our lives are so “picture perfect”, you should really think before assuming because you never know what someone is going through. We’re humans. As much as our social media shows otherwise, it’s not as pretty as you think. It is only natural to think that we live the most amazing and glamorous lives, because no one wants to share anything negative, I mean why would you? I know I don’t. I hate being around negative people.

“Must be nice to be traveling.” “Oh, must be nice eating brunch in the middle of the week.” You’re so lucky.” “Ugh, I wish I had your life. ” 

Must be nice? Yeah it actually is. It’s nice being able to treat myself for working hard. It’s the perks you get for hustling. Lucky? perhaps. Lucky I get to wake up and work hard to do what I love.

Just a few comments I get on social media. I don’t understand why people think that I was handed everything to me. That’s not the reason why I’m doing what I’m doing and get to do what I love to do as a job. I work extremely hard to get to where I am today. You want it so badly? Then go get it. MAKE IT HAPPEN. HUSTLE. You want to start your own business? Then get up and do it. Figure it out. I did. There is no 9-5 for me. I wake up and get on the computer, and start working. And sometimes don’t end my day until past midnight, but guess what? I love it. I love what I do so it doesn’t seem like work to me.

The Good…

Free clothes, meeting new people, attending events, getting paid to do what you love, share your work with your followers… I can keep going on all the good from blogging. I am so thankful for all of my followers/readers who show me nothing but love and support on this platform and social media. You guys are seriously the best!

The Bad…

People think it’s so easy being a blogger. It’s not, you guys. It’s a lot of work. From shooting all day multiple outfits a day, changing in your car (yup that’s normal), trying to have a real life outside of blogging. You never clock out. There’s no off-button. Sacrifices are made constantly.

The Ugly…

Expect people to continuously dismiss your work as a real job. Some companies – even family and friends don’t take you seriously. I think it’s because they don’t get it. They don’t understand what you are trying to build. You’re constantly having to prove yourself and educate people to understand your business and what blogging and social media has evolved to today. It’s a constant battle between being so passionate about something you strongly believe in and often questioning yourself “What am I doing with my life?” – quite possibly start believing “they” who don’t believe in your work, which leads to shutting down.

The struggle is real sometimes.

At the end of the day though, I would not trade anything in the world. I do not miss my 9-5 corporate job. I am forever grateful and blessed to be able to blog full time and share my life and love with you guys. You all mean the world to me, seriously.

I really hope this shed some light to anyone reading, and possibly educate anyone out there that is new to the blogging world or didn’t quite understand it before. As always, if you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below or DM on instagram @melrodstyle.

xo

Vlog 1: Breakfast and Costco

 

Hey boos! Happy Monday!

I decided for 2017, I’d begin to focus more on videos, so here’s the first one. Stay tuned for more videos. I plan to share more vlogs, lookbooks, possibly beauty…

I hope you enjoy it, and leave a comment below on what you’d like to see more of.

xo