I decided for today’s post, I would share 10 important things I have learned as a blogger.
Don’t Be Afraid to try something new. Just because the next influencer hasn’t done it or isn’t doing it, doesn’t mean you can’t or shouldn’t. It’s ok to go out of your comfort zone.
Be Real with yourself and everyone else. In the beginning of my blogging days, I would wear anything and everything that was gifted to me. I’m sure most bloggers did the same. Now, of course I’ve grown and learned to stay true to myself and my style. But one thing I’ve always remained since day one, is be genuine with others. I’ve been to countless events where bloggers I’ve met so many times before, act as if they don’t know me or haven’t met before, OR act overly nice where it seems super fake, yet they don’t support you on social media. I like to keep it very cordial at times likes these and keep it moving.
Start Saying No and Stop Saying Sorry – I struggled with these two for the longest time. Some may say I was a ‘people pleaser’ in the beginning. Finally almost 2 years ago, I decided to make that my goal. I politely would decline opportunities and didn’t apologize for what I wasn’t really sorry for. “I’m sorry I can’t promote your brand for free and return loaned styles without a return label.” With such a busy schedule, I would do the most and try to attend every event possible, until it quickly creeped up on me and drained me. It’s exhausting. I’ve learned you have to pick and choose and prioritize. That’s key.
Know Your Worth because people will take advantage.
Collaborate instead of Competing with other influencers. Reach out to other bloggers in the community and collab. You’ll only be successful if you support one another rather than constantly trying to climb over everyone. There’s room for everyone, you just have to figure out your place. I honestly get so excited when my fellow blogger friends are doing amazing things. It’s so nice to see others happy. Supporting each other is so very important, especially in the world we live in today.
Don’t Feel Discouraged because one brand told you no. Keep it moving. On to the next. Trust me, the same companies who once told me no, have reached out to me months later to collaborate. Don’t let one little thing get in the way of you pursuing what you want to do. You’re going to get a lot of no’s before you get a lot of yes’s, and that’s ok.
Ignore The Negativity because it can consume you and make you feel some type of way. If you get mean comments or bullied, just delete and keep being your fabulous self.
Set Goals and give yourself a deadline to accomplish them. I like to set little goals weekly. I’ve realized that this works best for me.
Surround Yourself With Positive Vibes. Be around people who are just as passionate and driven as you are. Good things happen to those who stick together.
Most importantly Stay Consistent and Creative at all times.
I hope this helps any blogger who is feeling lost, confused, or any type of way. If you have any questions, feel free to DM on Instagram or leave a comment below.
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.
I have 4 dogs and 1 cat. I baby talk to them all the time. I bet my neighbors think I’m cray.
Arranging flowers are my jam. My first job ever was at a flower shop.
I started my blog in 2010, which was first called Modanista Junkie.
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.
I have two younger sisters and one brother.
I am very sarcastic. Honestly, truly. But I’m also a very emotional and sensitive person (ask George).
I have my lash extension license.
I went to FIDM.
I’ve always wanted to design shoes and open up a boutique.
I have major OCD.
I don’t eat red meat.
I was a cheerleader in high school.
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.
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.
Cheese is life (insert drooling emoji here). I can eat a whole block of cheese. It’s terrible but oh so delicious.
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).
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.
I have an obsession with cleaning my ears, lol. OMG, it sounds so weird typing this. I’m so effing weird.
My spirit animal is Nicole Richie.
In case you missed it and wanted to know more about me…
Bold prints are usually my go-to when I go shopping, but you bet your sweet ass you can catch me wearing leopard almost anything. I feel like leopard print should be considered more of a basic color. It practically goes with everything.
Alright boos, today I’m tackling one of the most asked questions on Instagram “What color are you wearing on your nails?” I’ve partnered with OPI to share their new and oh-so amazing Fiji collection that I cannot wait to try every single color. We’re saying good-bye to all the darker hues and welcoming the punchy brights and sweet pastels instead. From brights, pastels and bold hues, Fiji’s new polishes are giving me Spring fever. The new collection is so beautiful, and in this post, I’ll be sharing three different looks that I styled with three different spring Lacquers.
New season new hues. A shift in season doesn’t necessary change much about what we wear. Sure, we shed a few layers after Winter, but from time to time, we still reach for the most trust-worthy color: black. Not today though. We’re steering away from the dark, moody colors and adding a punch of color with ‘Living on the Bula-vard!’ Infinite Shine 2 lacquer. I love wearing subtle colors and incorporating a pop of color to make a statement. It’s one of the easiest ways to make a quick statement, especially when you’re always on-the-go. This gorgeous color is also a very universally flattering shade that looks amazing on every skin-tone.
My go-to wardrobe hues usually involve a lot of neutrals, so it’s no surprise why I chose this pastel beauty ‘I Can Never Hut Up’ Infinite Shine 2 lacquer for my next look. This color reminds me of a paint job on a classic car. It’s so vintage looking, yet great for an everyday look. Not only is it the perfect neutral color that can be styled with almost everything, but it’s also a fresh take on typical spring neutrals.
Neutral colors have always been my go-to because I like the versatility of it, but every now and then I like to mix it up with a bold color. I decided to style a monochromatic look with this denim on denim outfit and be daring with this bright ‘Do You Sea What I Sea?’ Infinite Shine 2 lacquer, which by the way I’ve received numerous of compliments, surprisingly. I suppose I should be more daring with my selections of nail lacquers. With the color-blocking trend seen all over the runway, this color combined with ‘Two-timing the Zones’ Infinite Shine 2 lacquer would be perfect for date night or even Valentine’s day.
Instagram stories or Snapchat stories? Which platform do you prefer?
As a blogger, it is really difficult to be on both and try to create different content as oppose to sharing every snapchat story onto Insta stories, which I’m guilty of. It honestly makes no sense. What’s the point of following you on both platforms if you’re going to be sharing the exact same content, right?
Here are my thoughts on Instagram stories vs Snapchat stories…
You can see and click on users who view your stories (I see you boo boo).
Hands-free video is awesome.
You can tag a brand/person, which will lead you to their Instagram profile with just a click of a button. Very convenient when working with a brand.
Video seems longer but not really sure if they are.
The Boomerang feature is my favorite.
You can go live.
You can be more creative with the drawing and text tools, especially since you can create multiple text lines.
You get more views.
You can view a photo longer by pressing down on your screen. Love this feature because I am able to read a longer caption if needed.
You can’t see who screen shots your stories, which is annoying.
There are no fun filters.
You cannot control the length of each photo or video.
Once the stories are done, it automatically takes you to the next person, which I can definitely do without.
You don’t have the fast-forward, rewind or slow-motion tool.
You can only upload photos from your camera phone that were taken within 24 hours, otherwise you’ll have to screen shot & crop your photos to appear within the 24hr time frame.
If you save your stories, they automatically appear in your camera roll versus within the app itself.
Geo tags and filters are the best.
You can control the length of each photo and video.
All stories saved are saved within the app and not necessarily in your camera roll, however you do have the option of doing both.
You can upload from your camera roll without any restrictions.
You can see who screen shots and re-plays your stories.
You can create your own geo tag for special events.
Although Snapchat let’s you see who views your stories, you’re limited because you cannot click through their profile to see exactly who they are unless you know them by their screen name.
You can mention a brand, however they will not be notified that they have been tagged or mentioned.
The drawing tools can be better.
Views aren’t nearly as great.
No Boomerang or Live feature.
So, which platform do you prefer?
In my opinion, if Instagram stories had better filters, be able to control the length of each story, and be able to see who screen shots your stories, then I would probably stop using snapchat altogether. Although I find myself more active on Insta stories, I am having a bit of separation anxiety and completely letting go of Snapchat. I do believe that Instagram will be coming out with new tools and features that will convince me to officially cut the Snapchat umbilical cord. Until then, you can still find me on both, but most likely more Insta stories.