Car Essentials

Today’s post is a little different but thought it was very important to share. As a blogger I’m always on-the-go, from one photoshoot to another, in between meetings and outfit changes in the car…. yup. Been there done that. Still do that. I realized how important it was to have certain items in my car while working. I decided to compile a list of items I feel are essential to have in my car, and also feel every blogger should as well.

  1. ‘Absolute’ Camisole: A simple camisole is so helpful when you’re constantly changing from one outfit to another, especially in the car.
  2. Cosmetic Makeup Bag Toiletry Travel KitTouching up in between photoshoots and/or meetings are a must. After all, you gotta look your best at all times. 😉
  3. Hair Ties Ponytail HoldersHelps keep your hair out of your face when you’re changing, plus these do not leave any creases in your hair.
  4. Trident Sugar Free GumNo brainer.
  5. ‘In the Wild’ ThrowAgain, very helpful when changing in the car.
  6. Titan Mall Plastic T-shirt BagsGotta keep the car clean.
  7. Band-Aid Brand Comfort-FlexAdhesive BandagesLadies and gents, we all have those shoes that are killer (literally), so having these around are major.
  8. Lil’ Lemon Drop Daily Detangler to Go BrushI cannot tell you how many times I’ve found myself regretting not having a hair brush in handy. There has been countless times when I see photos of myself where I can see all those loose hairs that make my eye twitch (insert eye-rolling emoji here), especially when I’m attending events. Not cute.
  9. ‘Detox’ Dry ShampooLIFE. CHANGING. Because no one likes oily/greasy hair. One of my favorite dry shampoos of all time. May I also recommend Batiste dry shampoo. That one is also my fave.
  10. Deodorant: When you look and smell good, you feel good. And that’s important… plus no one wants to be around someone who smells like onions. Barf!
  11. Mobile Power Charger from Pac2Go Portable ChargerAaaah… probably one of the most important things to carry in your car or purse, honestly.
  12. Travel Size Aloe Vera Spray for Face, Skin & HairYou gotta feel fresh, too.
  13. Aveeno Daily Moisturizing LotionBecause ashy elbows and knees are not cute.
  14. Burt’s Bees 100% Natural Lip BalmSo important to have, especially when changing lip colors for different outfit looks.
  15. Healthy SnacksWe all get super busy and forget to eat, which is so bad. I am guilty of this. We need to stay energize and take a moment to eat something or else we will crash, and feel very yucky.
  16. Dasani Purified WaterThis ties back to #15. Stay hydrated.
  17. Wet Ones Sensitive Skin Hand and Face WipesI have found myself wishing I had these or hand sanitizer.
  18. Makeup Remove Cloths: This ties back to #17.
  19. WizGear Universal Air Vent Magnetic Car Mount HolderHands-free is the way to be.

 

I hope you find this post very helpful. Feel free to share some of the items you carry around in your car.

xo

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Vlog 1: Breakfast and Costco

 

Hey boos! Happy Monday!

I decided for 2017, I’d begin to focus more on videos, so here’s the first one. Stay tuned for more videos. I plan to share more vlogs, lookbooks, possibly beauty…

I hope you enjoy it, and leave a comment below on what you’d like to see more of.

xo

Be Right Back

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Let the birthday countdown begin!!!

So excited to be traveling to warm weather with the hubs and good friends this week.

Guess where I’m headed?

Follow along on snapchat (melrod1206) and instagram (@melrodstyle) for all the fun to come!

xo

South Carolina

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In less than 8 hours, I will be on a plane headed to South Carolina.

Follow along on instagram (@melrodstyle) and snapchat (username: melrod1206). 🙂

xo

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Top | Jeans | DIY Pom pom Choker Necklace | Heels | Bag 

Boho

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Nothing I love more than boho style during Summer.

Hope everyone had an amazing weekend.

xo

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Two Piece” Laura’s Boutique | Coach Bag | DIY Tassel Choker | Sunglasses | Shoes | Kyboe watch

Band of Gypsies

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This two-piece from Band of Gypsies has won my heart. It’s so good.

xo

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Two-Piece Set: Band of Gypsies | Shoes | Hat | Sunglasses | Watch: Kyboe | Necklace: Wren and Glory

Kyboe Miami Swim Week

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MIAMI BEACH, FL – JULY 15: A model walks the runway at the KYBOE! Watches Miami Swim Week fashion show on July 15, 2016 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Rodrigo Varela/Getty Images for KYBOE!)

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MIAMI BEACH, FL – JULY 15: Jenn Taule Bell (L) and CEO of KYBOE! Marc Bell walk the runway at the KYBOE! Watches Miami Swim Week fashion show on July 15, 2016 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Rodrigo Varela/Getty Images for KYBOE!)

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Last week, George and I were invited to attend the Kyboe Show in Miami for Miami Swim Week. It was our first time going to Miami so you can only imagine how excited we were to attend.

We arrived super early Friday morning where we stayed at the Gale Hotel, which was AH-mazing! The first thing we did on Friday (after we took a nap of course) was walk down to the beach. I loved that it was walking distance from our hotel. We then headed back to the hotel to get ready for the show that same night.

The Kyboe show totally blew my mind when they displayed the watches on a conveyer belt, followed by actual models wearing the watches. Later that evening, we hung out with Marc bell, owner of Kyboe at the Setai Hotel for drinks.

The very next morning, we met with the Kyboe team at the Setai, where they reserved a section on the beach for all of us. It was so relaxing. That same night, Marc and his wife Jen invited us over to their home for an intimate dinner, where we took a legit party bus fully stocked with champagne. Oh, and there was a DJ on the bus, too! It was so much fun! If you didn’t follow me on snapchat and didn’t see my stories that night, then you totally missed out because their home was unbelievable! And Jen’s closet?! I mean, don’t even get me started. AMAZING!!! P.s. Jen, if you’re reading this, I can totally be your personal stylist. Just throwing it out there. 🙂

We had an incredible time. The most memorable yet. Thank you to Marc and Jen, and the entire Kyboe team for having us. It’s definitely one for the books.

For more, visit www.kyboe.com

xo

She said Yes!!!

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This year has been such an incredible year thus far. I got married to the love of my life, and now it’s my sister’s turn to marry her love!

We are showering the bride-to-be this weekend, and cannot be more excited for her… and then we are off to Vegas to celebrate her bachelorette party in a couple of weeks (woohoo)!

How adorable are these tanks from ESEFApparel?! Definitely taking these with us to Vegas!

If you are a bride-to-be or know someone who is, click link below to shop their customizable bachelorette party shirts.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/ESEFApparel

xo

Stress-Free Packing Tips for a Weekend Getaway

Who doesn’t love a quick weekend getaway? I know I do! But sometimes when you’re faced with the task of packing for just a few days it can seem a bit like a chore. Lucky for you, this post will explore what I find to be some of the best pieces to bring so that you don’t spend a lot of time packing or unpacking for your trip. In the spirit of summer, we’ll be imaging that this mini vacay will take place somewhere warm and by the sea.

Thanks to bold colors, versatile shoes, and a few basics, you’ll have everything you need to grab your bag and go without having to pack everything but the kitchen sink.

Maxi Dress

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A maxi dress is a great versatile packing piece. With the right shoes and accessories, it will seamlessly take you from day to night. When the sun is up, pair one of these with flat, lace-up sandals and hit the shops, head to lunch, or use it as a swimsuit coverup. And when the sun goes down, throw on a pair of heels and statement earrings, as you head out the door for dinner, drinks, and dancing.

Lightweight Jacket

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Even though it’s summer, early mornings and evenings can still get chilly, so sometimes a lightweight jacket can come in handy. Add a different texture to your getaway wardrobe by choosing a denim piece that you can throw on over all of the tops and dresses you brought along for the trip. You can roll up the sleeves for an even more chill beach vibe.

Swimsuit

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When your beautifully printed one piece can double as a top, it will make packing for your weekend getaway less hectic. Choose something like the gorgeous swimsuit above and pair it with shorts and those neutral lace-up sandals you packed. If you get chilly, utilize the lightweight denim jacket mentioned earlier.

Stylish Shorts

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White, high-waisted denim shorts are a great packing piece for a weekend jaunt. The neutral color works well with the tops you decide to bring along—not too many, though! And like I said previously, these also look just as great over your one-piece swimsuit, creating a stylish look that won’t require packing a lot of unnecessary tanks and tees.

Strappy Sandals

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Let’s face it, more than two pairs of shoes for a weekend getaway seems like a bit much, so let’s exercise some restraint here by choosing the right ones. A pair of trendy, flat, lace-up sandals will work with everything seen on this list—maxi dress, shorts, swimsuit, and more. They’re comfy and perfect for day wear.

Statement Heels

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Short trips mean your evenings out are limited to maybe one or two at the most, so bringing more than one pair of heels would be a bit much. Choose a single pair that will match everything you brought, like your maxi dress, and opt for something comfortable as well as fashionable, like the trendy block heel.

Aside from undergarments and the rogue accessory, following just a few simple suggestions will make a world of difference when preparing for your trip. And now that you’ve gotten a few pointers on packing easily and efficiently for a weekend getaway, you’ll be able to concentrate more on sipping daiquiris by the bay, than wrestling with an overstuffed suitcase.

This is a guest post by Lauren Williams, a fashion writer hailing from Orlando but currently living in Charleston, South Carolina.

Palm Springs

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Sorry I’ve been so MIA here. Just life has gotten in the way. Been so busy but promise I’ll be back to share new #ootds. Until then, here are a few photos from my weekend in Palm Springs.

Catch more on instagram @melrodstyle.

xo

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Bathing Suit c/o Banana Moon | Hat: Nordstroms | Sunglasses c/o Zero UV