Instagram Content – To Post Or Not To Post? That is The Question

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Instagram Content – To Post Or Not To Post? That is The Question.

 I wanted to talk about a slightly different topic than normal on here – about the thought process behind scheduling my Instagram posts and my entire Instagram feed itself…

“Is it a GOOD photo or is it mediocre?” “Does it look good on my feed?” “Should I start posting only outfit photos and not coffee drinks or pretty flatlays because my outfits get higher engagement?” “Should I completely change my entire feed and try something new?” “Should I share things other than fashion?” “Should I play it safe and only post content that I already know will do well?” ” or should I change it up and not care?” “What direction should I take?” Asking for a friend. 

This is how I’ve been feeling lately. I have been in one of those moods where I feel stuck in a rut, confused, lost. Getting out of this weird “funk” is sometimes difficult. Or maybe I’m just having a moment. It happens. I feel like other bloggers know what I’m talking about. I’ve noticed that whenever I post a photo other than outfits, it doesn’t get the reaction I would’ve hoped for. Engagement is super low. While I love my feed to have a variety and not just outfit after another, seems like my followers are not into it. They only like my outfit photos. So what do I do? Should I only post what my followers like instead of what I like?

Don’t get me wrong. I do post what I like and I stay true to myself, but sometimes I look at my feed and think “(Yawning) Ugh, I could’ve done better”. “Boring”. And I don’t like feeling this way.

While you’ll see more of my personality and personal side on my Instagram stories and Snapchat, I do keep my Instagram account strictly blog-related content. I have to. It’s my business, however; you will see my fun-witty-sarcastic side (read IG captions), and share content that is still relevant but not just an OOTD after another OOTD… make sense? That’s what my personal account is for – to show content that isn’t blog-related.

The way I see my Instagram account is if it looks boring to me, then I need to make some changes. I like content that shows some type of breakage, that splits content from repeating similar content in a row, such as beauty or details shots or anything inspiring. I like consistency but not repetitive if that makes any sense.

So while I still try to figure out the plans for my Instagram feed and the direction I plan to take, I do hope that you stick around because I do plan to sprinkle in some new not-your-usual content on my Instagram.

 If you have any suggestions or thoughts on this post, feel free to leave me a comment. I love reading them. 🙂

 

xo

 

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Allure Blow Bar

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I don’t know what person doesn’t love a good hair day. That feeling you get after a good blow out is EVERYTHING.  Am I right, ladies? Gents?

 

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The lovely ladies of Allure Blow Bar invited me into their beautiful salon for a complimentary blow out. Ummm yessss girllll!  So naturally I brought my sister Jojo (she’s like my right hand these days).

As soon as we arrived, we were greeted with mimosas. Every girl deserves to be pampered once in a while so this was very much needed.  After our hair was looking oh-so-fab, we had a little photoshoot sesh (duh!).

What an incredible day it was! Thank you to the amazing team at Allure Blow Bar for pampering us and making us look fabulous.

If you are ever in the area or looking to get your hair done, then definitely check them out. The place is beautiful, the staff is super friendly, and my hair looked ah-mazing! Linking everything down below.

 

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My Top Picks from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

 

By now, the malls are probably the craziest and most hectic, especially because of the most anticipated sale of the year – the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. The only time I wish I had a sugar daddy (no offense Horhey). It’s the most dangerous sale, but most exciting because a lot of the brands that are normally super expensive get dropped to a more reasonable price that cannot be passed up, I meannnn. Lucky for us there’s online shipping so we don’t have to wait in ridiculous lines. We can simply shop form the comfort of our home.

 

So without further ado, here are my top picks from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale that are currently sitting in my shopping cart, because it is frowned upon to be in a store with no bra, sweatpants and a glass a wine.

 

WOMEN’S APPAREL

 

 

BEAUTY

 

SHOES

 

ACCESSORIES

 

xo

My Thoughts on Loop Giveaways and Like / Comment Pods

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My Thoughts on Loop Giveaways and Like / Comment Pods

I miss the days when Instagram was easy, stress-free, and not having to worry about how to go around the “new algorithm changes” (literally rolling my eyes as I type this). Remember when you could get 600 likes with less than 10k followers? Or when your feed wasn’t controlled by Instagram’s new formula? Nowadays, you can have 100k followers with only 600 likes, if that (smh).

With the new changes, one must find ways to stay relevant in the blogger world. In other words desperate times calls for desperate measures… I’m talking about Loop Giveaways that have been all over your feed (guilty), and Like/Comment Pods (keep scrolling to read).

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LOOP GIVEAWAYS

As much as it’s annoying to see nothing but loop giveaways on my Instagram feed, I think it is appropriate to do one or two, not three in a day or in a week. Spread them to throughout the months. I made the mistake of doing two within two weeks only because I didn’t realize how close the giveaways were going to be (my bad). I won’t be doing that again.

Although a lot of people have their own thoughts and opinions about loop giveaways and are not fans of them, I am here to say that I see both sides. Some may think it’s like buying followers, but I have to disagree because someone actually ends up winning an amazing gift, while buying followers will only get you fake/ghost followers. These loop giveaways have their pros and cons.

Pros: Influencers who participate in these giveaways have a chance to gain more exposure from a wider audience, which means more followers. This is a pro, especially on a brand’s perspective since, unfortunately a lot of brands care more about quantity versus quality.

Cons: After the giveaway is over, you lose followers (not all but most), which is pretty standard and expected.

It really depends on how you look at it. The way I see them is that it definitely helps your blog/Instagram get recognition. The new followers might not have even known about your blog or Instagram, which can help in your advantage if they like your feed and stick around. OR, perhaps these accounts who are entering these giveaways are just in it for the free stuff (also pretty normal), and are only following for a chance to win, period. It’s really difficult to gage these loop giveaways, but I suggest every influencer who is trying to build their account to try a giveaway to see how they like it. If it didn’t matter about the number of followers you have on Instagram, then none of the above would be relevant. Unfortunately, as a full time blogger (I’ll speak for myself) we have to make sure our numbers keep growing and our engagement is high, which leads me to Like/Comment Pods…

Would I do another loop giveaway? Yeah, maybe –  but i’m definitely going to try to host more giveaways on my own and see how that works out. Not only for exposure but for my followers because I luv ya. 😉

 

LIKE / COMMENT PODS

For those of you who are not familiar with these pods, they are DM groups through Instagram or through the Telegram app (I’m sure there are others) with different bloggers who share their Instagram posts for the group to like and or comment on each other’s posts. It’s another way to support one another. I briefly mentioned my thoughts about it on my 5 Instagram Pet Peeves blog post. Very similar to my thoughts on loop giveaways – I’m not against them. My only issue is when other bloggers do not catch up, meaning like or comment on your posts. The way it works is that you must be caught up with whoever is involved in the group by liking and or commenting before sharing your posts with the group. Some follow rules, while most do not… this is based off my experience by the way. I had to leave a few groups because I felt like I was abiding by the rules while others were using lame excuses like “sorry no wifi, will catch up later” yet still share their post. This topic is silly, really. And I’m sure more for those who are reading this who are not bloggers, but this is the blogging world we live in.

Anywho, these are my thoughts on loop giveaways and like/comment pods based off my experience. I would love to hear your thoughts and comments.

xo

 

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Etsy Picnic Basket Bags Under $100

Last year, we were introduced to the basket bag. Today, still the most wanted, high in demand bag this season is none other than the rattan basket bag or what most people call – the picnic basket bag… You might’ve seen this bag flooding your Instagram feed – whether it’s an influencers wearing it or your favorite celebrity. This bag is all the rage.

I’ve put together a list of some of my favorite basket bags (all under $100) that I found on Etsy. Begin slideshow by clicking left arrow above. 

Let me know which is your favorite bag.

xo

 

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Farfetch Summer Guide: Los Angeles

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I’m an LA girl, and although I’ve called LA my home since I could remember, there is so much to see, places to visit, food & drinks to enjoy that I still have yet to visit… you name it! So when Farfetch invited me to join them on an LA adventure, I couldn’t resist.

 

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FIRST STOP

There were three blogger groups. My group met at the cutest most chic boutique: Loit, where we received a Farfetch gift, and had an on-site photographer for the entire day. Hashtag YASSS!

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SECOND STOP

Followed by drinks and small bites at the Rosy Oyster. There was a complimentary piercing station, courtesy of J. Colby Smith’s Adrian D. Castillo.

I got two ear piercings, who am I?! 

 

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THIRD STOP

After that, we departed to meet the rest of the bloggers at the Marciano Art Foundation.

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FINAL STOP… last, but not least.

We ended the evening at Mama Shelter, and got glammed by the Glam Squad right before dinner. Dinner was beyond amazing!

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I had an amazing time. It was fun-filled adventurous day with Farfetch.

If you are ever in LA or visiting for a few days, I highly recommend visiting all these places.

Thank you to the Farfetch team for the wonderful experience.

xo

Five Instagram Pet Peeves

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Before I share my five Instagram pet peeves, I wanted to explain why I decided to draft this post.

A couple weeks ago, I stumbled upon a heart-breaking post. Someone recently going through a miscarriage, and while most were sympathizing with her sending love and prayers her way, others failed to read the full post and leave comments like “Where is your blouse from?” and “Love this” and “Congrats” because many assumed that since she shared an ultrasound photo that it automatically meant she was announcing her pregnancy.

Now fast forward to last week, while I was scrolling down my Instagram feed, I came across a post of this beautiful girl in her wedding dress, shared by an influencer I follow – mourning over the recent loss of her dear friend. I know this because – as always I like to not only see pretty inspirational photos, but read the captions as well. Most were replying with “Sorry for your loss”, while others “So obsessed” and “Love this look”. I don’t know about you, but this didn’t sit well with me. It never does. I mean, come on people read the captions! You might as well say GFY.

Sorry. This just really annoys me.

Per usual, while doing my daily blog reads, I read Sivan’s recent My Instagram Pet Peeves post, and decided to add my two cents on this subject, specifically on the robotic comments, because it’s a total eye-twitcher for me.

 

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Without further ado… here are my five Instagram pet peeves.

  1. Read the captions. Especially if you are planning to leave a comment. Know what you are commenting on, and be genuine. Get creative even. Don’t leave comments, like “Fabulous look” or “Maj” or my favorite “Great capture”… Great capture?! WTF!!! Do people even speak like that? I know there’s been times when even I leave generic comments, but it’s never comments I wouldn’t actually say in real life. I always try to leave organic comments. I try to think as if I were running into a friend and she asked me what I thought of her OOTD. I like to leave comments as if I were speaking to a girlfriend in real life. Does this make sense? If you’re not going to leave a genuine comment then maybe don’t comment at all.
  2.  Inappropriate commenting. This ties back to #1. If someone is mourning over the loss of their pet, relative, anything tragic, don’t comment with a happy emoji or make irrelevant remarks. Don’t compliment someone’s shoes when they are clearly talking about a recent breakup. Have some respect. Don’t be rude. Read the post.
  3. Reposting. If you’re going to repost an image, ALWAYS make sure to give credit. While we all love pretty photos, it’s important to tag the account you got the photos from. Don’t be a thief. Lol.
  4. Like / Comment Groups. Oh, yeah this is a real thing. I think they’re great because it allows you to share your content with other influencers that may or may not get to see it other feed and/or get introduced to new influencers you might’ve not known before. It’s another way to support one another in this blogging community, especially since Instagram changed their algorithm. I’m totally apart of them, well was a part of several now I narrow it down to one for the following reason. My only issue with this is the strict rules you have to abide by that no one seems to ever follow. The rules are simple: before sharing your photos, you must be caught up and like/comment on everyone else’s photos. My favorite is when they say they’re caught up but they’ve missed a few photos. Or when they share their photos before catching up, but say they have bad connection or no wifi so they’ll catch up later… Sooooo if you have no service, then how did you manage to post a photo and then share it on the group? I’m confused. 
  5. Do not follow and unfollow accounts. That’s pathentic. It’s lame. Who does that?! This has got to be one of my biggest pet peeves. I know I’m not the only one that has experienced this before. Maybe I’m just the first to speak up about it. This has happened to me multiple times where I notice influencers with larger accounts follow and unfollow me right away. I know it’s only to get my attention to follow them back and once I do, unfollow me. Sometimes I do follow back because my first reaction is “oh cool, ___ is following me. I don’t know them personally but I’ve seen them. I’m going to follow them back.” I’m all about supporting one another. If you’re trying to increase your following, do your research and tag relevant accounts with huge followings that can potentially repost your photos and increase your audience. Don’t be fake. After all, no one likes a shady bishhh. 😉

Before I go, I wanted to say that I hope you all take this as simply me just venting and sharing my thoughts, experiences, and perspective. I hope this doesn’t make anyone upset. I treat my blog like a diary so I hope you understand my reason for publishing this post.

Off topic, I’ve linked and listed all outfit details below. 🙂

 

xo

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Hosting Tips for a Successful Party with H&M

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Backyard parties and BBQs are so much fun. Hosting these parties can be quite the opposite though. Being a host takes a lot of effort and is a lot of work. The good thing is that there is no right way to host a party, and there are no limits to hosting a cool party either.

Whether you love being the hostess with the mostess, or if the idea of hosting a party stresses you out, but are planning a get-together at your place anyway, then don’t worry. I’ve listed a few tips that help me prepare a fun, stress-free party.

 

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Whether you’re hosting indoors or outdoors, here are just a few hosting tips based from my experience that can help you plan a very smooth party this Summer.

  1. Clean & organize throughout the week leading up to your party. This will help relieve stress, and avoid feeling overwhelmed the day(s) before the big bash.
  2. Prepare cocktails in advance, and always keep wine and/or champagne refrigerated. Options is key.
  3. Avoid serving difficult/messy dishes, meaning try to stay away from dishes that will get all over the place, specially if it’s a kid-friendly party. Stick to tried-and-true recipes because trying something new the day of your party can go really really bad. Or try maybe hiring a taco man or ordering out.
  4. Have enough food and drinks. This is George’s tip by the way. Know approximately how many guest you are planning to expect.
  5. Be ready early. Set aside enough time for you to get ready. The last thing you want is to be in the middle of blow drying your hair while your guest are all waiting around bored AF.
  6. Having an outdoor bathroom is SO CONVENIENT. This will help you keep your place inside clean and have to worry less about cleaning more areas in your home. Trust me, an outdoor bathroom is life changing lol. But don’t worry if you don’t have an outdoor bathroom. This tip doesn’t apply to everyone. Perhaps rent a portable bathroom if you are trying to avoid indoor foot traffic.
  7. Make sure to have enough seating areas in your backyard for your guest to be able to relax. If you’re limited on chairs, maybe lay out blankets, pillows and cushions to create a floor seating. It’s the easiest and perfect way to add extra seating.
  8. Entertainment is very important. Create a music playlist and have it playing before your guest arrive. Have games out for guest to play, such as corn hole or even drinking games. Obviously if you’re hosting a kid-friendly party then have something to entertain them as well. Or if you don’t have any kids (like me), but your friends do, then maybe advice the parents beforehand that you do not have anything to entertain them with, so suggest for them to bring their own toys.
  9. Put away anything valuable or anything you do not want to get ruined, ESPECIALLY if you are expecting kids to attend.
  10. Have a cocktail and relax because you’ve worked so hard. After all, you’ve earned it. CHEERS!

I hope you find these tips very helpful for your next get-together. If anyone has any tips to add on, please feel free to comment as I’m always looking for new recommendations for hosting a successful partay!!!

 

xo

 

All home decor are from H&M and are listed below to shop!

Jacquard-weave Cotton Rug

Knit Cushion Cover Pillow

Crocheted-front Cushion Cover Pillow

Scalloped-shaped Metal Vase

Stone-like Metal Vase

Large Glass Vase

Small Metal Candle Lantern Holder

Large Metal Candle Lantern Holder

Stoneware Toothbrush Mug

Metal Napkin Holder

Jacquard-weave Bath Mat

Jacquard-weave Tassel Bath Mat

Patterned Seat Cushion

Cotton Seat Cushion

Jute Laundry Basket Hamper

Clear Glass Vase

Palm Leaf Coasters

Glittery Placemats

Patterned Cotton Rug

Velvet Cushion Cover Pillow

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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

The Blue Playsuit of My Dreams

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The Blue Playsuit of My Dreams

If I were a playsuit, this would be it. I mean, can we seriously take a brief moment or two to admire this beautiful ethnic print playsuit?! Also, comes in red.

Done. Dead. Bye.

xo

 

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