Stripes on Stripes

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photos: Enocha

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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Stripe Crop Top | Stripe Midi Skirt | Heels | Sunglasses 

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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High Rise

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photos: Enocha

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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Zero Uv Glasses | Top | Jeans | Heels (similar) | Sans Souci Bomber Jacket

Nobody’s Baby

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Nobody’s Baby. If this bodysuit came in different colors, then sign me up. I want them all.

xo

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Black and White

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Truth be told: when in doubt, black and white are always my go-to colors for – obvious reasons.

Easy, clean, sophisticated, always classic, never not in style. The end.

Hope everyone enjoys their weekend.

xo

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Red

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Red. Color that is usually never on my mind, nor my go-to color when I’m getting ready; however, this blouse really had me take a second glance.

What do you guys think? What is your usual go-to color?

xo

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How I Started My Blog + Blog Tips

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I cannot believe my blog is turning 7 this year (insert clapping hands emoji here).

I decided to share how I started MelRodStyle in today’s post, plus share a few blog tips.

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HOW I STARTED MY BLOG:

I always knew I wanted to do something with fashion.  I went to FIDM and worked in the fashion industry. I remember working in a showroom, and how much clothing I would be gifted. I seriously played dress-up all day and put looks together. Ugh, I loved it, but there was no way of me showing these outfits, other than to George or Boo Boo Kitty (true story). There had to be some way I could share my outfits with my friends – I thought. Mind you, social media didn’t really exist.

Then one day, I was sitting in my car looking over a FIDM newsletter I received in the mail, and came across a blogger. It immediately caught my attention, and went online to find out more about this whole blogger thing. That’s when I stumbled upon a few other bloggers, like Cupcakes and Cashmere, Fashion Toast, Sincerely Jules, The Blonde Salad. I knew right then and there that this was it. This was the platform I needed to be on. I could share my outfits. It was perfect. I was so excited, you have no idea!

And just like that, on June 15, 2010, my blog was born. Not a clue in the world as to what I was doing. I was just going with it. My blog was mainly focused on OOTDs and DIYs. Also, my blog was once called Modanista Junkie. Moda is Fashion in Spanish. I thought I was being clever by making up a word (sigh… don’t ask). That quickly changed. Thought MelRodStyle was more fitting, since everyone called me Mel or MelRod anyway.

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BLOG TIPS:

How to start a blog? Just start.

If you’re new to this blogging world, then guess what, you’re already ahead of the game because any fashion/beauty blogger that began their blog around or before 2007-2010 will  agree with me that they had no clue what they were doing and didn’t realize that blogging would be what it is today. All you newbies out there get to see all our trials and errors.

Don’t try to perfect every little detail on your website. Just buy the domain, and start creating amazing content. Make sure you have good quality images though. It’s all about the lens.

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BRAND COLLABORATIONS:

Advice to brands: Send straight-to-the-point emails. Make it short and sweet.

Make sure you know the blogger you are reaching out to. I cannot tell you how many emails I receive that read: “Dear Melanie, we’ve been huge fans of your blog for several years now”…. Well if that was the case, then you’d know my name is not Melanie. Also, don’t send out “Dear Blogger” emails (insert eye rolling emoji here).

I created my blog as a hobby. Never in a million years did I think it would be what it is today. I thought I would have my blog as a hobby and continue to work a 9-5 job until I was able to pursue my own business (shoe line and open my own store). Things are so different now. I get to be my own boss. I get to make what I thought was just a hobby a career. Is this real life?

There has been several times where Brands don’t feel that they should pay influencers. My favorite is when they reach out to me to offer content to share on my blog, and provide a list of requirements, and tell me they do not have a budget for this collaboration. Now what do I get out of this? Nothing. What do they get out of it? Free advertisement. Brand exposure.

I think it’s very important for companies to know that some of us bloggers make a living out of this. And although it’s nice to receive free gifts, gifts are not going to pay the bills, unfortunately. Bloggers provide a service just like any other company does, like a spa, a hair salon, the list goes on.

I work with many PR agencies that loan me styles to shoot, however; there is always a mutual agreement of some sort, plus I have amazing relationships with most of these companies.

Is it ok to promote brands for product in trade? Sure, why not. Is it rude to say no? Absolutely not. It is up to you how you wish to proceed with every partnership. Whether it’s kindly declining or agreeing to their terms. I do both gifting terms and paid, depending on the collaboration.

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photos: Stefanie M Mariee

BUT BLOGGING IS EASY… WHAT? LIKE IT’S HARD?!

Insert laughing emoji here, here and HERE!!! What people do not understand is that blogging isn’t that simple. There’s a lot that goes into creating content. You don’t just grab a camera, point and shoot. You have to pay attention to your surroundings, your backgrounds, the lighting, the angles, and most importantly that your outfits are on point (or whatever you’re shooting is amazing). There is so much work that is put into creating content.

DO I LOVE BLOGGING?

OMG, yes! It’s so much fun. I love what I do. I love creating content, meeting new people, making new friends, and of course having your support.

You have no idea how blessed and thankful I am for having you all by my side on this crazy-fun journey of mine. Somebody pinch me.

 

xo

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How to Style a Boho Shawl Three Ways

I’ve partnered with World Market to share how I styled a boho shawl three ways.

With Spring around the corner, it’s time to think about transitioning your wardrobe. One of the best ways to prep for those unpredictable weather days is with a light shawl. Shawls are an easy way to create an effortless look.

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For my first look, I wore my shawl over a basic tee and denim overalls. Topped the look off with a choker necklace, boho bags/totes and a low mule sandal.

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Stripe Miyu Kimono Shawl | Top | Denim Overalls | Sandals | Yellow Textured Carpet Tote | Rose Quartz and Leather Choker Necklace

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I decided to belt my shawl over a little white dress for my second look. Paired the outfit with over-the-knee boots, a fringe bag and statement earrings.

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Stripe Miyu Kimono Shawl | Dress | Boots | Black Suede Crossbody Bag | Belt | Gold Ring Drop Earrings

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For my final look, I threw my shawl over a basic tee and skinnys, swapped the OTK boots for ankle boots, an Aztec print backpack, choker necklace, completed the look with a hat.

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Stripe Miyu Kimono Shawl | Top | Jeans | Boots | Leaf Choker Necklaces | Burgundy and Tan Carpet Backpack | Heathered Rancher Hat

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I hope these looks inspire you to find different ways to style one item.

Xo

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OUTFIT #1: Stripe Miyu Kimono Shawl | Top | Denim Overalls | Sandals | Yellow Textured Carpet Tote | Rose Quartz and Leather Choker Necklace

OUTFIT #2: Stripe Miyu Kimono Shawl | Dress | Boots | Black Suede Crossbody Bag | Belt | Gold Ring Drop Earrings

OUTFIT #3: Stripe Miyu Kimono Shawl | Top | Jeans | Boots | Leaf Choker Necklaces | Burgundy and Tan Carpet Backpack | Heathered Rancher Hat

 

Rebecca Minkoff x GE Lighting

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A couple of weeks ago, I attended the Rebecca Minkoff runway show debuting her Spring 2017 collection, on behalf of GE Lighting, to celebrate the launch of the RMxGE Glow selfie case. It was so much fun. The best part was that it was a see-now-buy-now show, which meant that the audience was able to view the collection off the runway and shop the entire collection right after.

The collection was a mix of floral prints, flirty and whimsical silhouettes, along with statement handbags.

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Ok, now for the best part!

GIVEAWAY ALERT!!!

Because I love you all, I will be hosting a giveaway. So be sure to keep an eye out for the image above on my Instagram to find out how you can win a Rebecca Minkoff x GE Lighting Glow selfie phone case.

xo

 

20 Fun Facts About Me

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20 fun facts you probably didn’t know about me…..

  1. My name is Melissa…. whaaaa?! but most call me Mel or Mel Rod. I also respond to Nina Boo Boo Kitty or Gigi Mel (my nieces and nephews call me that). While others, well, call me Melanie. Don’t know why but if I had to guess it would be because they assume Mel is short for Melanie. So, yeah basically I will answer to any of the above, except Melanie.
  2. I have 4 dogs and 1 cat. I baby talk to them all the time. I bet my neighbors think I’m cray.
  3. Arranging flowers are my jam. My first job ever was at a flower shop.
  4. I started my blog in 2010, which was first called Modanista Junkie.
  5. Biggest pet peeve? People sending me multiple text messages when it could be very well sent in a single text. It drives me nuts, especially when it’s literally just an “lol” or an emoji.
  6. I have two younger sisters and one brother.
  7. I am very sarcastic. Honestly, truly. But I’m also a very emotional and sensitive person (ask George).
  8. I have my lash extension license.
  9. I went to FIDM.
  10. I’ve always wanted to design shoes and open up a boutique.
  11. I have major OCD.
  12. I don’t eat red meat.
  13. I was a cheerleader in high school.
  14. I almost died when I was a little girl. I was maybe 3 years old. My dad always likes to share this one with new friends.
  15. Speaking of… I can’t handle death. I don’t understand it (never have & quite honestly don’t know if I ever will), and it’s very difficult for me to cope with. I don’t know how to explain it.
  16. Cheese is life (insert drooling emoji here). I can eat a whole block of cheese. It’s terrible but oh so delicious.
  17. I wore glasses in 5th grade then upgraded to contact lens, until I got lasik eye surgery years later. I once wore glasses and braces at the same time… I know, I know. Cute kid, right?! I was like super attractive and popular (in my most sarcastic voice).
  18. I was born here in California but my family is from Mexico. Probably one of the most asked questions whenever I meet someone is “What’s your ethnicity?” “What are you?” or “What’s your nationality?” Most of the time people are shocked to find out where I’m from. I always get either Brazil, Thai, once got Russian (so strange), and often get that I look Asian.
  19. I have an obsession with cleaning my ears, lol. OMG, it sounds so weird typing this. I’m so effing weird.
  20. My spirit animal is Nicole Richie.

In case you missed it and wanted to know more about me…

xo

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Jacket | Top | Overalls | Heels | Sunglasses