BIG News!

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BIG News! Huge.

1. This entire look is still available… say whaaaa?! I know. I’m linking everything down below so you can shop directly from your phone or computer, whatevs. ūüėČ

And 2. Sephora just opened a new location at Westfield Century City (stop.it.right.now). Not kidding. Be sure to check them out. Click here for details.

 

 

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Lulus Vacation Dresses in Tulum

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Sponsored by Lulus

You guys, Lulus has done it again! No one can argue that when it comes to finding the best vacation dresses, Lulus vacation shop has you covered. They nail it every season.

From mini, to maxi and everything in between, their dresses were perfect for my trip to Tulum. Their huge assortment made it so difficult to narrow down my selections because there are so many cute dresses to choose from.

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Look #1: Red Striped Dress, Sunglasses, Flatform Espadrille Sandals

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I decided to go with an off the shoulder mini dress (I love anything off the shoulder), a strappy maxi dress and flowy button-down midi dress. I love that these dresses were perfect for a day out on the beach as well as for dinner with the girls. They also doubled as bikini cover-ups, which is a win win!

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Look #2: Royal Blue Print Midi Dress, Rhinestone Statement Necklace, Flatform Espadrille Sandals

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Look #3: Coral Pink Print Maxi Dress, Aviator Sunglasses, Crochet Fringe Bag, Slide Sandals

If you’re looking for vacation dresses or the best dresses in general, I highly suggest checking out Lulus vacation dresses.

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

Forever Striping with Forever 21

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Forever Striping with Forever 21

It’s safe to say and obvious that I’ve got a thing for stripes. This pantalones are one of my newest jams.

xo

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Stripes on Stripes

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Stripes on Stripes. I apologize for the wrinkly outfit but I promise you it wasn’t like this when I got out of my car to shoot.

hashtag The Struggle.

I hope everyone had a lovely Easter weekend.

xo

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Currently

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Currently: feeling overwhelmed by the massive amount of emails pouring down my inbox. Excited and happy – nonetheless, but also finding myself shaking my head more often than not as I scroll down, mark unread, and continue reading the unanswered reason why brands continue to think I work for free or ok to even ask, when we all know they would not spend one day working off the clock –¬†good heavens no,¬†because why would you?¬†Why would¬†anyone devote their valuable time and get nothing in return? Unless it is for a good cause, right?

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I love gifts – don’t get me wrong. I’m forever grateful for all the gifts I receive, however for the amount of work that goes into each photo, every content created for my¬†blog/social media, and not being compensated for, is eye twitching to say the least. As much as I love receiving free stuff just like the next person, unfortunately at the end of the day, they’re not going to pay the bills.

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Oh, and the ridiculous net 30/60 terms (gag me). It’s not like I can tell my phone bill company or mortgage that “Oh, sorry I’m going to need 60 more days. Unfortunately XYZ hasn’t paid me”. Yeah, I’d like to see the look on their face. Lol.

In a perfect world, they would say “Oh, no worries. Take all the time you need. I’ll follow up in 60 days”

…¬†sigh.

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Am I doing something wrong? Maybe it’s me. I must be crazy… It’s true, I don’t have millions of followers, so maybe I’m not worthy…? Not enough? No, No. Stop it! Of course I am. I’m more than enough. I’m worthy –¬†goddammit.¬†I am deserving.

Tell the negative committee that meets inside your head to have a seat and shut up.

UGH.

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 Not asking for a pity party by any means. Just throwing my thoughts, feelings and emotions out on the table blog.

After all, I am only human.

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photos: Enocha

On a much lighter note… I am working on creating new content, and revamping my website (coming soon). It is well overdue for a facelift. Maybe I’ll create better content and post less, or post more than usual. I feel as though I was more creative back in 2011-12 when I was working on The Wear To Go Girls… Feel like the creative juices have dried up and need some type of refill to get the juices flowing, know what I mean?

I’m not sure but when I have all my ducks in a row, I will let you all know.

Until then, Happy Monday boos.

xo

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Polka Dots

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I’ve said this before and I will say it again.¬†Polka Dots are one of my favorite prints, aside from leopard. Always in style. Goes well with almost anything. And it’s such a classic print.

What do you guys think?

xo

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Five Ways To Stay Motivated

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Very often than not do I find myself questioning “what am I doing with my life?” I think it’s pretty normal.

There are times where I feel I have my s*** together …pardon my french, and times when I just want to throw in the towel. Also very normal.

So what do I do to stay motivated? What keeps me going?

Passion. That’s what keeps me going. I’m very passionate in what I do, and I think that is a huge reason why I continue to do what I love doing.

These are just a few things that help me stay motivated.

  1. I said this on insta stories before. I go on Pinterest and will LI.TER.ALLY search for positive quotes. It really does help me stay sane, driven and focused. honestly. 
  2. Read books. Currently re-reading Mindset by Carol S. Dweck.
  3. Surround yourself with others who are just as passionate and ambitious as you are.
  4. Travel. Even if it’s a quick getaway. Getting lost for a bit let’s you regroup and find yourself, ya know what I mean?
  5. YOU GUYS. Your kind words mean the world to me. I wouldn’t be where I am today with my blog without you guys. so thank you. thank you thank you. a million times thank you.

xo

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High Rise

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It’s really difficult for me to find the right pair of jeans, so when I find a good pair, I stick to them and never let them go. These high rise skinny jeans are ones that I will forever keep until they fall apart, that is. Fingers crossed they don’t. If you’re anything like me and love a good deal, then you will love¬†http://www.simons.ca/. They offer all the latest trends at exceptional prices.

xo

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Five Instagram Tips

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Social media has really changed the way we communicate with one another, and pretty much life altogether. Am I right or am I right?

One of the most rewarding things about being an influencer is the connection with you all. It’s truly one of the greatest pleasures of Instagram… for me at least.

What have I learned about Instagram?¬†Staying true to myself. Don’t be afraid to not like the same things as the next influencer. I can go on and on and on, but you get the point.

I wanted to share a few things I’ve learned/tips on Instagram from my perspective. As always, I speak for myself and all opinions are mine based off of what I’ve learned and/or experienced.

Five Instagram Tips:

  1. Post what YOU want vs. what EVERYONE else is posting. I use to create content based off of what was trending versus what I actually love. My content is always changing because as I get older, I discover new things I enjoy/love – but I’ve learned that posting more relevant content to my life is important and makes more sense, because who am I really if I’m not sharing things I actually fancy… right?
  2. Post IRL (In Real Life). This is obviously a tough one as you can’t ALWAYS post in real life. Things always come up or life just happens, therefore; sometimes you are unable to post right away. I totally get it, but I do prefer to try to post IRL as often as possible, because I find myself being more excited to post the content at the moment than saving it for a raining day (if that makes sense). I tend to get tired of seeing the “saved images” under my camera roll so much that I often end up never posting because I’ve seen them a million times already, which I end up forgetting that you (my followers) haven’t seen these images. The struggle.
  3. Be Authentic. This ties back to tip #1. For those who know me know I’m a very laid back person and don’t take things so seriously. I think being yourself is what will make you stand out. I love creating action shots. The accidental images are what end up doing well for me. Meaning less posey and more in-the-moment shots. The social media world we live in is saturated with so many influencers so getting creative can often be overwhelming, and often feel discouraged – but I think that’s the beauty of it. You must always stay¬†creative, and constantly find ways to differentiate yourself from the rest. I love a good challenge.
  4. Stop stressing. It’s not that serious people. Maybe because I’m not that picky when it comes to taking photos. I found myself taking less photos and getting a good 2-3 photos I LOVE. That’s really all I Need. It becomes overwhelming for me when I have to weed out all 500 photos I just took for that¬†one good photo to post. It’s a waste of my time and the person taking the photos. Sure we need options, especially when you’re asking a stranger, however; try to learn what angles/poses work best for you and direct the person on how to take the photos. It’ll save you some time. It becomes less stressful for me, too – honestly.
  5. Engage with your followers. How do I say this without sounding… um, bitchy… You’re not a celebrity therefore don’t act like one. Respond to your followers. If they’re asking where your shoes are from even though you stated in your caption that details are listed on your latest blogpost, just tell them. If people are DM’ing you about something relevant (obviously not the creepers asking if you’re single or whatnot), then you should respond even if it’s an emoji. Acknowledge your followers – it’s so important because to be honest, without them, your blogging business would be non existence. Again, speaking from my perspective/experience, so please don’t get offended.

I hope you find this post helpful. Obviously most of these tips apply to influencers or anyone trying to grow their Instagram.

xo

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