The Best Face Oils For Every Skin Type

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The Best Face Oils For Every Skin Type

If you told me 5 years ago that using oils on your skin had so many benefits, I would’ve probably rolled my eyes, laughed even. We were told that adding oils to your skin would cause breakouts or clog pores, and so on and so forth, but that’s not actually true. The right oil can help improve your skin – it’s just knowing which one is right for you. It can be extremely overwhelming selecting which oils are a perfect match for your skin, since there are so many different kinds. That’s why I’m breaking it down for you and sharing a few favorite facial oils for every skin type.

 

GRAPESEED OIL: No one really talks about this oil (at least I don’t really hear about it), and it has so many great benefits. Grapeseed oil can help reduce the appearance of aging, wrinkles, acne and scars. It can also help balance your skin, and restore collagen.

SQUALANE OIL: This oil is suitable for all skin types: dry skin, aging or acne. It’s a great oil to use if you have eczema. Squalane oil helps reduce pigmentation in the skin, and also has some UV protection.

JOJOBA OIL: One of my favorites. It’s an overall great oil to include in your skin regimen. It is super hydrating, and is a great moisturizer to use. Jojoba oil helps prevent anti-aging, acne, soothes sunburns and dry skin. It also reduces redness, and helps with eczema and rosacea. Jojoba oil is a great oil to use for oily skin believe it or not. It will help regulate your skin oils.

LAVENDAR OIL: Helps reduce dark spots and redness. Also helps slow down signs of aging. Lavender oil is great to heal minor burns, cuts, scrapes and wounds. This oil is great for oily or dry skin.

ROSEHIP OIL: Rosehip oil helps brighten and tighten your skin, along with evening out your skin tone. It’s also great to help fade scars. Rosehip oil is great to apply during winter.

ARGAN OIL: Another great oil for all skin types. Argan oil helps heal skin problems, like eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis and rosacea – all commonly associated with dry or sensitive skin. It also treats acne, decrease the appearance of aging skin as well as improving the elasticity of your skin. This oil is also great to use during dry weather.

MARULA OIL: This oil is very similar to argan, jojoba and grapeseed oil. It helps fight acne and treat blemishes and scars. Marula oil helps protect from sun exposure. It also rejuvenates and reduces fine lines and wrinkles, along with helping promote collagen, and boost skin firmness. Great to use during winter.

 

These are just a few of the many benefits. From skin to hair – the list can go on and on, but to avoid this post from being too overwhelming, I decided to keep it short and sweet for you guys. I hope this list of facial oils helps you find the right one for your skin type.

xo

 

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How to Make Friends as an Adult

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How to Make Friends as an Adult

Adulting is hard, that’s something we all know and are well aware of. After high school, you go off to college, meet new friends or dorm-mates, then get ready for the big world – corporate.

When they say you often don’t stay friends with the people you went to high school with, I thought they were crazy. I laughed in fact. I never thought this could be true. I still keep in touch with a few of my best friends from grade school (so blessed and thankful for that), but definitely lost some that I thought I would never. Most of my close friends now are either George’s best friend’s significant other, coworkers turned friends, blogger friends, or my sisters and cousins… they count as friends, right?!

Please note that this blogpost is no way of me encouraging others to have more friends. I’m perfectly fine with the friends I currently have (I’d rather have less true friendships than a lot of fake ones), however; if you are looking to expand your network of friends or just moved to a new town or are getting ready to have a baby (like me), and want to network with girls who share similar interests as you, then keep on reading.

I’ve complied a few tips on how to make friends as an adult. Hope you enjoy.

JOIN CLUBS OR ATTEND A NETWORKING EVENT: Whether it’s joining a book club, or a facebook group chat, or attending a network event – this is an easy way to network and have meet ups in your area.

HOST A BRUNCH OR A PARTY: Invite a few of your gal pals and tell them to bring a friend. The more the better.

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF SOCIAL MEDIA: Utilize the many different social media platforms that are out there and start engaging with people that share mutual hobbies or interests you do.

TAKE A CLASS: Maybe take a yoga class or a cooking class. These are ways to expand your circle of friends.

HAPPY HOUR WITH COWORKERS: Work is one of the most popular places to make long lasting friendships. I speak for myself as many of my friends now are people I once worked with. Hit up happy hour after work.

 

Ok, who wants to be friends?! Raise your hand! 🙂

xo

 

Shop Valentine’s Day Looks Under $20

Shop Valentine’s Day Looks Under $20

 

For anyone last-minute shopping for something to wear for valentine’s day, here are a few looks that are not only super cute and playful, but also under $20….. Can I get a hell yes!!!!

 

 

 

 

To shop the looks shown above, just simply click any look you like, and it’ll direct you to the store to purchase OR you can click the below images as well.

Happy shopping and happy pre-valentine’s day!

xo

 

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7 Steps for Preparing a Better Week Schedule

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7 Steps for Preparing a Better Week Schedule

It’s so easy to get distracted from having a productive week or to find motivation or inspiration to get you back on track. If it’s one thing I’ve learned is not only setting goals for myself but having a better week schedule that I actually follow. Here are 7 steps for preparing abetter week schedule that has helped me have a better week.

SUNDAY: Still have your Sunday Funday, but spend sometime planning out your entire week (Monday-Saturday). Whether it’s bringing out your planner to start writing your ideas or writing down a list of goals you’d like to accomplish. I suggest setting weekly goals rather than a bigger goal that will most likely take you longer to achieve. It’ll be easier to tackle small weekly goals. You’ll definitely feel more accomplished and good about yourself once you achieve them. Maybe it’s cleaning out your closet you’ve been dreading and avoiding for the past month or so, or eating healthier and cutting out specific foods out of your diet, or making your bed every morning. Whatever those goals are, they are all important and mean something to you, so make it a point to tackle at least one this week.

MONDAY: Although Mondays are usually the busiest day of the week, it’s also the most difficult day to get our of that “funk”, and get back on track. Work on your vision. Start creating new Pinterest boards and get inspired for the rest of the week. Imagining how you want your life to be, plays a huge part in actually creating that life. This is also the perfect time to finally start reading that book you purchased, but haven’t even flipped through the pages yet. Make time to squeeze a workout session, whether it’s going to the gym or finding a fitness video on YouTube – or simply meditating (indoor or outdoor).

TUESDAY: Meet a friend for coffee or brunch, and pick her brain if you’re feeling stuck in a rut or lack of motivation. Sometimes talking to a friend helps the brain wheels going. Tackle one of your tasks/goals you had set for yourself this week. You don’t have to complete it, just as long as you start.

WEDNESDAY: Mid-weeks are usually for winding down. Make today about you. Read a book, bring out your exfoliating/sheet masks and have a little spa day at home, or just Netflix & chill. You can probably do all three.

THURSDAY: Get back to work, and finish that goal you set for the week. Try to finish it today, that way you can cross it off your list and begin a new goal the following week.

FRIDAY: This day is usually for going out and partying it up. That’s fine, too. Maybe hang with family or do girls night. Be social today and do something fun.

SATURDAY: Get your place in order: clean, laundry, groceries, etc. Run your errands today.

 

I hope these tips help you have a better week and a more successful one. I hope you guys enjoyed my 7 tips that have helped me.

 

xo

 

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5 Ways To Make Monday Your Favorite Day

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Why do we dread Mondays so much? Why is it that we are always looking forward to Fridays and the weekend rather than the beginning of the week, like Mondays? I think it’s because our minds are trained to believe that the weekends are always the best, but I also think it’s because we lack a little motivation in our lives. Could it be because we are slightly or overly unhappy with what we’re doing in life: career-wise, hate my boss, wish I didn’t have to come into work, etc…?

Here are 5 ways to make Monday your favorite day. These tips have actually helped me look forward to a fresh week and the first week of a new week, Monday.

 

TREAT YOURSELF TO A DELICIOUS MEAL: Why wait until the weekend to have brunch with friends. Go with a friend, relative or even alone and splurge a little on yourself.

DO SOMETHING YOU’D NORMALLY NEVER DO ON MONDAYS: Go to the beach or try a new activity, like yoga, paddle boarding or take a class. Pick up a new hobby or face a fear.

NEW WEEK, NEW YOU: It’s normal to get stuck in a rut or to feel uninspired, but it’s important to know that no matter what you are going through, there is no one in this whole wide world like you. Know your worth. If you’re feeling insecure about something or wanting something, but your insecurities are holding you back, then you better tell the negative committee that meets inside your head to kick rocks! A new week means a fresh start. A fresh start to do something new or to finally work on those goals you’ve been wanting to achieve. Literally take those ‘new week, new you’ words to heart and do something. Get a journal or a notepad and begin writing down a list of things you want to accomplish this week, or a list of goals you’d like to begin working on. Find your passion. Whatever they are, jot them down and make it a point to at least cross one off your list each week. It’ll motivate you to keep going once you’ve seen progress.

READ A BOOK: If you love reading as much as I do, then why aren’t we best friends yet?! If you’re not much of a reader, you should start. It really helps and has motivated me when I’ve felt pretty low. Here are a few books I’ve read/currently reading: You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero, The Women’s Room by Marilyn French, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D.

MAKE MORE ‘ME TIME’: and make it a priority. We often get so caught up with work or stress over things that really don’t matter, and forget to switch the off button. I know because that’s me. I’m 100% guilty of this. Some things in life are out of our control, but one thing that we do have control of, is our mind. I know it’s easier said than done, but try to train your brain. Calm down, take a moment, breathe and relax. At the end of the day, no one is going to take care of you like you, so make sure you take time for yourself. Maybe it’s staying offline for a day, or spending more time with family or friends you haven’t seen in awhile, being more present or living more in the moment than spending time on your phone. I actually need to be better at this one myself. It’s important to make space for offline moments in your life.

I hope these 5 tips help you look forward to more Mondays than usual. 🙂

xo

 

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Denim Girl Forever

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I will always be a denim girl – forever and ever. Anyone that knows me will vouch for that. 95% of my wardrobe consists of denim – whether it’s jeans, shorts, skirts, skinnys, straight, flare, boyfriend – you name it. Which is why I will be holding onto my sweet jeans until I can no longer wear them (insert crying emoji & preggo emoji here). I know that time will come very soon, but for now, here is the latest OOTD.

 

What is one item you cannot live without or that you wear the majority of the time? I’d love to know!

xo

 

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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