Red

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photos: Enocha

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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Layered Up

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photos: Leslie Rodriguez

Layered up.

There’s nothing more I love when putting my outfits together than layering. It’s my most favorite thing about colder weather.

What are some of your most favorite things about styling your outfits?

xo

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Blue Jean Baby

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photos: Leslie Rodriguez

Blue Jean Baby. Always and forever.

xo

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These Boots Were Made For Walking

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photos: Leslie Rodriguez

The boots that filled my Instagram DMs with tons of questions.

Believe it or not, I scored these babies at Windsor. Aren’t they just mouth-dropping good?! I mean, they’re just gorgeous.

Anywho, hope you all has an amazing day!

xo

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Denim Jacket | Shirt Dress | Boots (similar)

On the Streets with 2020AVE

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photos: Enocha 

Last week, I shared a sneak peek of this outfit and my.gawwddd you guys LOVED it. This look is one of my favorites because it’s not too dressy, and not too casual. It’s what I like to call an in-betweener. Kinda like me. 😉

Can we take a moment though to talk about this hat?! Remember that hat I purchased at a convenient store in San Francisco that George made fun of me for? Well, 2020AVE had the same hat in Olive…. I nearly lost my s***! Ah, it’s just so good, amiright or amiright?!

Any who, hope you all have a fantastic day. I’m linking everything I’m wearing or similar down below.

xo

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Cardigan | Top | Jeans | Boots | Hat | Bag | Sunglasses 

Spirit Hoods

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photos: Stefanie M Mariee

It’s never really appropriate to wear faux fur coats in LA, but I swear it was cold the day I wore this outfit. Plus I’m low-key obsessed with this Spirit Hoods jacket because it’s one faux (obvi) and two, Spirit Hoods helps save animals with every purchase, which I am 100% for that.

xo

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AE Skin

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photos: Stefanie M Mariee

For those of you who follow me on Instagram, you know that I have been receiving acne laser treatments from AE Skin. I’ve never had issues with acne before until recently. I noticed my skin was changing and I was getting ‘adult acne’. Dr Alex, suggested the acne facial treatment, which is suppose to help prevent my skin from breaking out, and improve the smoothness and texture of my skin.

I will keep you all updated, and share my experience after my last treatment. If you have any questions, please feel free to comment below or direct message me on Instagram. I’d love to answer any questions you may have.

For more information, please visit www.AE Skin.com.

TGIF!!!

xo

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Cardigan c/o Amadi | Top | Jeans | Boots | Sunglasses

50 Shades of Grey

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photos: Stefanie M Mariee

50 shades of grey goodness today. If it’s one color I always fall back to other than black, it’s grey.

xo

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Hauser Wirth and Schimmel

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photos: Stefanie M Mariee

I went to see the Jason Rhodes installation at the Hauser With and Schimmel, and it was amazing!

xo

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Blazer (similar) | Sweater Dress (similar) | Bag | Boots

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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