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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THACKER NYC DIXON BOYFRIEND SHIRT | FLORAL LACE BRALETTE – BLACK | JACKIE JEAN – VINTAGE WASH | CHARLIE BOOTS – SILVER STUDS | ZARA CROSSBODY LION BELT BAG | RAY BAN ICONS ROUND SUNGLASSES

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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Stripes, Flare Denim and a Pop of Red

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Stripes, Flare Denim and a Pop of Red

How to make a statement with doing the most: pair subtle colors with trendy pieces and add a pop of color.

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Here’s one way to make a statement without completely over doing it. I paired two huge statements pieces alone (stripe sweater and flare pants, together, and mixed in a pop of red. There’s definitely a lot going on with this look, but I do love how the subtle colors bring it down a notch, yet still not your average basic look (if that makes sense).

What do you guys think? Doing to much or do we love it?

xo

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LA Winter

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Winter in LA often means wearing crop tops, denim and throw on a light coat in case it gets chilly aka 69 degrees.

We are so spoiled here in LA. 🙂

xo

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Pregnancy Pet Peeves

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Today I’m sharing my recent pregnancy pet peeves. I wasn’t planning on sharing this post until later in my pregnancy (end of second/going into my third trimester), but felt good about sharing it with you all now. If you read my Let’s Talk Babies blogpost awhile back, then you know what I mean by some of these pet peeves I’m about to share.

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MY PREGNANCY PET PEEVES:

PEOPLE SHARING THEIR HORRIBLE EXPERIENCES – Here’s the thing, If you’re going to congratulate us, don’t then hit us with your horror baby stories. Save it for another time or if and when asked. Don’t say “congrats!” and then “oh you’re in for a rude awakening!” or “say goodbye to your social life!” Don’t be such a joy kill, seriously.

SO WAS THIS PREGNANCY PLANNED? “Sure was Helen. George and I took out our calendar and picked a date that best fit our schedule and wham, bam, thank you ma’am!  Insert sarcasm here, here – oh and here. This questions is so personal, so intimate and should not be asked, especially if you don’t know the person very well. I feel the same about this question as I do when people ask “So when are you going to have children?” – because what you’re really asking is when are you going to have unprotected sex. Am I right or am I right? It’s ok to ask “do you want to have children?”, but when you begin to ask the whens or why nots or how comes, that’s when it becomes too overwhelming. These are private questions and quite honestly none of anyone’s business.

TOUCHING THE BUMP – I don’t know why I don’t like this one very much. To be honest, it kinda gives me anxiety. The only person I don’t mind touching my belly is George, obviously, and a hand full of people. I think it’s so strange for someone to just reach over without asking to touch your belly, especially strangers or people you barely know. Touching someone’s body without asking is weird to me. I get it. Peoples’ intentions mean well; however, you should still ask before. I don’t know, maybe once my bump grows, I’ll feel differently about people touching my belly, but for now I would prefer for people to ask before reaching over.

BUMP SIZE – Everyone carries differently and everyone’s bodies are not the same. It’s not very nice to say that someone looks smaller or bigger than what they should be. Stop judging the bump size.

IS IT SAFE TO WORKOUT? – Again, everyone’s bodies are different – and as long as my doctor has given me the approval to continue working out, I will do just that. I obviously listen to my body, so when I am feeling tired, I do stop and take breaks. I am being careful and I am only doing exercises that were approved by my doctor. I’m not working out to be a bodybuilder. I’m working out to stay healthy and have an easier labor experience. My doctor encouraged me to work out before I was pregnant and still does, so until they say otherwise, I will continue to take my sweet little butt to the gym as long as I can.

IF YOU’RE NOT GOING TO SAY SOMETHING NICE, DON’T SAY ANYTHING AT ALL – This goes back to my baby blogpost here. If you just found out someone is pregnant (or in my case ME), don’t comment with “Finally” or “It’s about time you got pregnant.” It’s rude and unnecessary. You just never know if that person was having a hard time conceiving, and those comments may be hurtful. I’m not saying I had issues getting pregnant. What I am saying is that you never know what someone is going through just because they weren’t open about certain things in their life. Everyone is different, and what I decide to share publicly is one thing and what I keep private is another. Be careful what you say, and choose your words wisely. The pressure about babies was already so overwhelming enough, so these comments can really hurt someone.

 

I’m curious to know if any moms or moms-to-be out there can relate to the above. I’d love to hear your stories and pet peeves.

xo

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Winter Floral

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Winter floral – what’s not to love about it.

 

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Floral dresses that can take me from season to season make me happy. And this one just puts a smile on my face. 🙂

Happy Tuesday everyone. Hope you have a good one.

xo

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Reflecting 2017

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Reflecting 2017

And just like that, 2017 has come to an end (cue the tears). As I think to myself, and look back on the good, the bad, and the ugly, I must say this year was one to remember. Reflecting on the amazing moments, the heartaches, the loss, new memories made, what 2017 is going to bring 2018, I really don’t know how I truly feel about this year. I can’t say it was the worse year.

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What I can say about 2017, is that I am thankful, grateful, blessed for all the opportunities that have come my way, for being able to live through another year.

I usually don’t make resolutions – not because I can never keep them, but because everything that happens in life happens for a reason, whether explained or not. These are either blessings or lessons. What I do like to do each year is just try to be a better me the following year, and to continue to do good in this world. I’ll be the first to say, I’m not a perfect person (but who is, am I right?) I’m far from it. I have many flaws, countless flaws, I make mistakes, but I also make good choices. And I think that’s ok.

This year, George and I celebrated our first wedding anniversary. I still cannot believe that it has been over a year that we’ve been married. Time sure does fly when you’re having fun.

I got to travel to new places and revisit some old ones.

We lost our baby Kujo this year, which was probably the most difficult thing that has happened in my life. I miss him terribly. George and I were not prepared for 2017 to be the last year with him.

I celebrated one year of being my own boss. That’s kind of cool.

And the most amazing thing happened to George and I. We found out that we would be parents in 2018. That’s really really cool! We still cannot believe it and are beyond excited about the news. More baby stuff to come soon.

Lastly, I’d like to thank all my readers and internet friends for the continuous support of MelRodStyle. You guys are truly the best fam a gal can ever ask for. Thank you for supporting my blog and social media outlets. Thank you for following my journey, and I hope you continue to stay along for the ride, because 2018 is going to be a wild one!

Cheers and Happy New Year! 2018 is going to be LIT!!!

xo

 

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