Light Layers

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Since there’s really no sign of Fall anywhere, light layers it is.

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I shot this look in the arts district – one of my favorite places to shoot, for obvious reasons. Endless walls, every corner looks different, multiple outfit shots are a breeze around here. It’s just very convenient and easy to shoot around the arts district when you have more than one look to shoot. Quick outfit change in the car? Boom!

Today’s look is brought to you by this heat. Light layers was the closest look I was able to pull off for “fall”.

What are some of your go-to looks right now? Where are some of your favorite locations to shoot?

xo

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Tee | Tank | Jeans | Heels | Beret | Sunglasses | Bag

Shopbop Sale Event Favorites

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Shopbop Sale Event Favorites

Happy Wednesday everyone!

You guys! A little birdie told me that Shopbop is having a MAJOR sale right now until this Friday 9/29. And not just any ordinary sale – I’m talking sitewide discounts! Everything on their website is on sale…. I know, I can’t handle it either. This is the perfect opportunity to shop items that normally sit in my shopping cart that I never check out. Also, the perfect opp to shop key items, like coats, bags and shoes – items I would wear over and over again that will actually get good wear out of throughout the year that will never go out of style.

From women’s clothing to bags to shoes to accessories, even men’s. They have it all, and it’s all on sale.

These Quay sunglasses pictured above are on sale right now. Click here to shop them now. Plus there are many similar bags like the one above that are discounted at a very good price. Click here to shop all round bags.

Spend up to $500, and get 20% off your order with code EOTS17

OR

Spend over $500, and get 25% off your order with code EOTS17

 

Here are my favorites from the Shop sale event. P.S. I suggest you run don’t walk to your computer and start shopping, because this sale ends this Friday September 29th. So hurry!

Happy Wednesday, happy shopping!

xo

 

 

 My Favorite Pieces

 

Shoes I Love

 

 

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Accessories I Need

Things I love for George

Red for Fall

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Red for Fall

The temperature has finally dropped below 70, feels cooler (a lot cooler) outside, and we are in the clear to say that it’s beginning to feel a lot of Fall! Yay! Anyone else just as excited as I am about this?! With a new season comes new trends and new wardrobe… obviously. Hello Fall, Hello red!

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photos: Stefanie M Mariee

I’ve been seeing a lot of reds and maroons, pant suits, and color blocking play EVERYWHERE, epsecially on my Instagram feed, and quite honestly not surprised either. One in particular that has grabbed my attention is the color red. Red is such a powerful color. It makes such a strong statement alone, and easy to create an effortless outfit when you’re in a rush. It’s definitely one of my go-to colors right now for this season. If you know me you know that I steer far from a bold lip or any darker hues when it comes to beauty, however; as you grow, you tend to develop new loves and interests, and red has definitely grown on me. One that I happen to keep wearing over and over again. I’ve found myself wearing red more often than usual. If you asked me last year what my go-to wardrobe and beauty palettes were, I’d probably say neutrals and of course black. I’m very particular with adding pops of color in my wardrobe. Fast forward to today, I’m for sure playing with more colors and adding new tones in my life both wardrobe and makeup – and I ain’t mad about it.

What are some of your favorite Fall trends at the moment? What are some trends you’re currently wearing that you never thought you’d wear before? Would love to hear them.

Hope you all have a great Monday. See ya soon!

xo

 

WHAT I’M WEARING

outfit by Amaro

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Stuck in a Rut

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Stuck in a Rut

I have been so busy lately (fortunately), that I have had no inspiration (ZERO, NADA, NONE) to create content or do anything in general. I’ve been stuck in a true rut, people. The lack of inspiration is so real right now. The same questions have been playing in my head on repeat: “what do I do?” “how do I get out of this weird ‘funk’ I’m feeling?” – le sigh.

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photos: Stefanie M Mariee

 

I decided to change my morning routine and try a few new things in hopes that it would help change my mood, pick my spirit up, and bring some inspiration into my life. Here’s what I’ve been doing:

  1. Meditation: I purchased a mediation singing bowl  with absolutely no clue how to even use it. I am still trying to figure out how to meditate. It’s not as easy as it looks or sounds, that’s for sure, but I’m giving it a try.
  2. Read Self-Help and Motivational Books. Currently re-reading You Are A Badass book, because every time I read a few lines I’ve already highlighted, it definitely changes my mood and gives me some inspiration I kind of lost.
  3. Workout. Insert eye-rolling emoji here. As much as I am not a fan of working out, I do believe it helps release all the yucky vibes and bring back all the good ones. Speaking of, if you are looking to update your workout attire, then look no further and check out Wear It To Heart. They have some of the best high waisted black leggings.
  4. Get out of the house. Even if it’s just to walk around the neighborhood. Weirdly enough, fresh air actually has been helping.
  5. Family & Friends. Spending time with family and close friends has been helpful and nice. Did a lot of that this week.
  6. Setting New Goals. Jotted down a few new goals I’d like to achieve this week. It helps when you actually write them down on a piece of paper as oppose to putting it in my phone. Seeing them on paper is oddly more motivating than having them on my phone.

What are some ways you stay inspired and motivated? I would love to hear your tips and suggestions, and what works for you.

Hope you all have a wonderful day, and will see you all soon on the gram (@melrodstyle).

xo

WHAT I’M WEARING:

Outfit from Amaro

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What it’s Really Like on Blogger Trips

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What it’s Really Like on Blogger Trips

Before I get into this topic, I wanted to start off by saying how very thankful and blessed I am to be a part of this blogging community that once didn’t exist nor was considered to be a real job. I meaaaan, is this real life?! I am very fortunate and grateful that I have turned a hobby into my career. And all of this would not be possible at all whatsoever if it weren’t for the continuous support of my blog and social media friends – YOU! Thank you.

Now where were we…? Oh yes!

 

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Social media is really funny. While no one most do not like to share anything negative on social media (speaking for myself as an influencer), it’s really easy to judge someone based off what they choose to share on social media. This goes without saying, don’t believe everything you see on social media – DON’T! Especially when you see all these amazing trips bloggers go on. Wait – let me rephrase that. Blogger trips ARE indeed fun and am forever grateful for every opportunity I have had as a blogger, however; it isn’t always what it seems to be.

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photos: Ryan Chua

Allow me to break it down for you.

Here’s what really happens behind the scenes on these blogger trips that we don’t talk about…

Before blogger trips:

  • Work on media kit and proposal letters. Outreach to brands to partner with me during my trips. Whether this is for complimentary stays in hotels, accommodations, or sponsored post collaborations. I love a free trip just as much as the next person, however, free doesn’t pay my bills. At the end of the day, I gotta eat.
  • Style my outfits beforehand. Taking photos of each look will help and make your life easier when shooting back-to-back photos.
  • Have inspiration photos to make sure I capture the content I and/or the brand is asking for.
  • Pack the essentials: camera (very important), chargers (very very important), the product I am shooting, etc…
  • Scout the location and area I am traveling to: hotel, outside of hotel, restaurants, shopping centers, etc. for outfit photos. Backgrounds are key.

During blogger trips:

  • Start documenting EVERYTHING on SnapChat, Insta-stories (because if you didn’t snap it, didn’t even really happen?!), Instagram, Vlog, and Blog.
  • Start creating content: outfit photos, product, etc.. depending on the collaborations.
  • Make time to eat in between shoots.
  • Then begin editing content, and start posting on Instagram.

 By this time, I have yet to enjoy the hotel, location, beach. To be completely honest with you, I have yet to really enjoy the hotel pool when I travel. Every Most photos I have shared on social media laying out on the beach or lounging by the pool have only been for a quick second or for the gram. I’ve never actually done any of the above in “real life” during my trips – lol. Sounds silly when you think about it. Sounds even more silly as I’m typing this post. But that’s blog life. That is my life when traveling for work.

After blogger trips:

  • Unpack.
  • Catch up on real life for a little bit. Then get back to work.
  • Begin uploading all of your content, and start editing.
  • On top of that – catch up on other work: respond to emails, follow up, prep for upcoming shoots and other collaborations, etc.

Although I have yet to master this whateveryouwanttocallit, I have learned that setting aside a few hours in the morning to shoot everything, has definitely helped me enjoy the rest of my stay. And as much as I try to set a plan and shoot all content first thing to get it out of the way, things always come up and not everything goes as planned. Life, right?! There’s a lot of work that is put into all of these trips and vacations. A lot of people don’t understand or realize that these trips are a lot of work and a huge part of our jobs. Creating content isn’t just taking a photo. It’s not as easy as point, shoot and upload. It’s so much more than that. It’s a lot of work but a lot of fun, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

 I love posting in real time on social media as much as possible because it feels more authentic and right for me, but that’s not how it always works out when traveling. So one thing I have learned and would advice any other influencer is to post all your travel content after your trip to fully enjoy your stay. This will make it feel more like a vacation and less stressful. As a creative, you always have to make sure you are in a happy place and stress-free in order to produce and create amazing content.

PLEASE NOTE: this post is in no way of me complaining. I am simply sharing with you all what happens prior from posting vacation photos on Instagram, and during these trips, and the amount of work behind it that you don’t hear about. I love what I do, and my goal was to turn what I love doing into a career. Beyond blessed.

I’m pretty sure I left out a few other things, but this is just to give you an idea of what goes down behind these blogger trips and vacations. If you have any questions or feedback on this topic, feel free to leave a comment. I’d love to hear your thoughts, tips and what works for you when traveling.

xo

The Oaks at Ojai

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The Oaks at Ojai

Before we get into today’s post, happy Tuesday! I hope everyone enjoyed the long holiday weekend, because I know I sure did! Is it just me or did it felt like it was the shortest weekend ever though? If you follow my Insta Stories, you know that I had the most Sundayest Sunday of all Sundays.

Ok, let’s do this….

For those who have been following MelRodStyle for awhile, you know that I’m always on-the-go, and am always up for quick getaways. If there’s any talk of a girls trip or plans for one, you bet you can count on this lil gal to be there. Enocha and I decided to take a very last-minute girls trip to The Oaks at Ojai, which was approximately a two-hour drive. Though it was a very spare-of-the-moment getaway, it worked out perfectly, especially since it would be my last trip with Enocha until she returns from her trip to London (insert crying emoji).

We stayed in a Double Courtyard Suite located in a private corner behind the pool area, which included a private patio entry. I loved that it was secluded because I was really looking forward to nothing but a peace and quiet trip.

 

 

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The Oaks at Ojai offers an extent list of activities and services, such as Yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi, Qigong, along with facial and body treatments. Their mission is to provide their guest with an environment that encourages your healthy goals of all kinds, including your eating and exercise habits. The Oaks provides healthy meals and snacks throughout the day, along with yummy smoothies and desserts, as well as offer fitness and calorie conscious meal programs customize to fit your needs.

During our stay, we made sure to make time for a facial. We got the Vita D Brightening Facial Treatment, which included a marine based mask that helps firm and lift the skin, along with Vitamins B5, C, D, E and K to protect and hydrate the skin.  It was heavenly. 

The rest of our stay was very relaxing and spent most of our time by the pool lounging. This quick trip was exactly what I needed to unwind and recharge. Thank you to the team at The Oaks for a wonderful experience. I had an amazing time.

xo

 

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Polka Dot Dress | Halter Maxi Dress

Glow Medical Spa

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With traveling so much and constantly in the sun in between shoots, it’s extremely important that I take extra care of my skin, especially with warmer temps.

I was recently invited for a complimentary facial treatment at the Glow Medical Spa, and for obvious reasons, I immediately accepted. Upon my arrival, I was greeted by the friendliest people ever. I mean, if there were any awards given for great customer service, Glow Med Spa would have my vote!

 

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Before selecting the best treatment for my skin, I sat down with Mastaneh, one of the physicians, and discussed my concerns. Immediately after going over everything, I felt so comfortable with her, and knew I was in good hands. She suggested the Laser Facial treatment for my skin, which targets and treats, scars, blemishes, acne scars, age spots, wrinkles, amongst other blemishes. The Laser Facial is a non-invasive treatment that uses a high-tech process to augment your skin’s production of collagen. The benefits of this treatment are that it helps stop fine lines from forming. It helps produce collagen, giving you a glowy, younger, healthier skin.

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Although this was my first visit, I felt very comfortable with the staff. It’s true, it is very difficult to find a good spa facility that you can find trust in, but because Glow Med Spa had amazing testimonials and reviews, I knew I had nothing to worry about. They ensured me that I was in good hands, and I was. Mastaneh was amazing! Mastaneh educated me a little more about my skin – from what to use to what to avoid, and ingredients that are really good for your skin, which I’m all about. You can never be over educated with skincare, and I’m always open to learning new tricks and tips.

I had an amazing experience, and I would definitely go again.

If you are ever in the area or in need of a treatment, Glow Med Spa is the place to go. I highly recommend it.

 

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Overnight Getaway – Be Right Back!

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Overnight Getaway – Be Right Back!

Happy almost Friday my kitty-cats!

I am headed to the Pala Casino Resort & Spa today for an overnight getaway. I’m super excited and cannot wait, because a little R&R is definitely in order.

To find out what I’ll be doing there during my stay, follow along on Instagram @melrodstyle, and Snapchat (username: melrod1206), where I’ll be sharing all the behind the scenes, fun activities, and so much more.

xo

Nature Queen

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It’s true, good hair days make me feel like I can rule the world, which is why I am a firm believer of making sure my hair is kept up and well maintained by using product that will keep my locks looking healthy. While I stick to a very basic hair routine, I do make sure to use the right shampoo and conditioner because happy hair, happy life, am I right?!

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Good hair doesn’t come easy. It takes time, effort and knowledge to be honest, which brings me to Nature Queen. After being educated a little more about their hair products and the ingredients that are in each product, I started questioning myself, “what have I been using this whole time?” With only using Nature Queen for a few days, I’ve definitely noticed a difference on not only the way my hair looks, but feels.

Their formula is made with a concentrated extract blend of 9 types of healing herbs that have been traditionally used by Asian women for hundreds of years, which I find so fascinating and interesting. Nature Queen helps with hair growth and scalp without any harmful ingredients, plus has a natural scent, which is simply the smell of the herb extracts and essential oils. I mean, can it get any better?! Their products are free of parabens, GMOs, sodium lauryl sulfate, artificial coloring and fragrance so I knew right away their products were for me.  And since there are no harsh chemicals, their shampoo and conditioner are also good for dyed hair, any infections, dandruff, oily or dry scalp, hair loss and hair thinning – even new moms who are going through postpartum hair loss. Major win win if you ask me!

I can’t remember the last time my hair felt this good. I don’t think I can ever go back to my original shampoo and conditioner. Bad hair days?! Ain’t nobody got time for that!

If your hair needs a little pick-me-up or just need a new hair regimen, I would definitely recommend to incorporate Nature Queen in your hair routine. For more, please visit them: https://naturequeenbeauty.com

xo

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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