Packing Tips for a Summer Getaway

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As I am just a few hours away from taking off to Puerto Vallarta, still not packed not even a little bit. DON’T PANIC., decided I’d share what I usually pack when I’m headed somewhere warmer.

Packing Tips for a Summer Getaway.

Here are a just a few tips of what I like to pack…

  • I always try on every single piece of item that I plan to bring with me. Trust me, this prevents from over packing. So much easier and less stressful.
  • Pack basics white and black tees and tank tops. These are perfect for day to night outfits, and they make great layering pieces.
  • Pack a few sandals and one pair of sneakers. You really only need 2-3 pairs of shoes plus a pair of flip flops. Honestly, I never pack heels anymore because I noticed every time I do bring heels with me, I never end up wearing them. Lesson learned.
  • Swimsuits, obvi. I always like to bring one for each day. I like to pack one-piece swimsuits as well because you can use them as tops paired with shorts.
  • At last three pairs of shorts and one denim skirt. These double as swimsuit cover ups, too.
  • Pack 1-2 maxi dresses. Dresses are always a must because they’re perfect for either day time or night time.
  • One to two pairs of sunglasses. I always pack cheapy sunnies, just in case they get lost.
  • Bring at least one statement piece of jewelry. For me, I’m really into earrings so I’m definitely packing statement earrings and dainty layered necklaces.
  • If you’re married, I suggest leaving your wedding rings at home. Both George and I never travel anywhere internationally with our rings. You just never know if they get lost or stolen.
  • Pack your beauty products in one bag away from any of your tech accessories, such as chargers, batteries, camera, etc…
  • Don’t forget hair ties and bobby pins, especially if you’re planning to travel somewhere humid.
  • Bring dry shampoo, and anything you need to protect your hair from the heat. HOT MESS HAIR, I DO CARE.
  • Don’t forget sunscreen.
  • Pack little to no makeup. I never pack a lot of makeup because I don’t like to wear makeup while I’m out laying by the pool or the beach. I keep it very minimal. Instead, I pack a tinted moisturizer, anything that already has sunscreen. Pack at least one neutral and one pop of color lipstick, and bring a bronzer.
  • Either carry your hat(s) with you on the plane or pack upside down in your suitcase. Fill it up with either swimsuits, undergarments or socks, and fold/roll your clothes and pack around your hat to secure your hat from moving or bending around. This will help from damaging your hats.
  • Bring a tote bag to serve as a carry-on. It’ll double as a beach bag as well. Also, you really only need one day bag (cross body or backpack) and one clutch for the evening.
  • Pack neutral color clothing. If you want to add a pop of color to your outfits, accessories and shoes are always the way to go. My go-to colors are always neutrals, but I like playing with colors with my shoes and jewelry.

I hope these packing tips are helpful!

Happy traveling, and happy Cinco de Mayo!

xo

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You guys, Lulus has done it again! No one can argue that when it comes to finding the best vacation dresses, Lulus vacation shop has you covered. They nail it every season.

From mini, to maxi and everything in between, their dresses were perfect for my trip to Tulum. Their huge assortment made it so difficult to narrow down my selections because there are so many cute dresses to choose from.

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Look #1: Red Striped Dress, SunglassesFlatform Espadrille Sandals

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I decided to go with an off the shoulder mini dress (I love anything off the shoulder), a strappy maxi dress and flowy button-down midi dress. I love that these dresses were perfect for a day out on the beach as well as for dinner with the girls. They also doubled as bikini cover-ups, which is a win win!

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Look #2: Royal Blue Print Midi Dress, Rhinestone Statement NecklaceFlatform Espadrille Sandals

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Look #3: Coral Pink Print Maxi Dress, Aviator Sunglasses, Crochet Fringe Bag, Slide Sandals

If you’re looking for vacation dresses or the best dresses in general, I highly suggest checking out Lulus vacation dresses.

xo

What It’s Like Being A Full Time Blogger

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What It’s Like Being A Full Time Blogger…

Well… it definitely has it’s pros and cons. I love being completely transparent with all of you guys because that’s just the kind of person I am in real life – duh. I thought I’d share the good, the bad and the ugly side of blogging, and what it really looks like.

From an outsider looking in, it seems so glamorous and perfect, free clothes all day everyday, fun trips, fancy brunches… seems like a full time vacation, right?

Don’t get me wrong, I am so grateful for all the opportunities and beyond blessed to be where I am today with my blog. I am not complaining nor am I asking for a pity party. What I am saying is that as a blogger (I’ll speaker myself), I will only share positive content on my social media channels – whether it’d be fashion, beauty, lifestyle, travel related topics to anything that I love sharing, and occasional personal posts. At the end of the day, my job requires me to be on my phone 24/7. It’s a business I’m trying to run, and I need to keep it very professional but authentic as much as possible. So before anyone makes assumptions that our lives are so “picture perfect”, you should really think before assuming because you never know what someone is going through. We’re humans. As much as our social media shows otherwise, it’s not as pretty as you think. It is only natural to think that we live the most amazing and glamorous lives, because no one wants to share anything negative, I mean why would you? I know I don’t. I hate being around negative people.

“Must be nice to be traveling.” “Oh, must be nice eating brunch in the middle of the week.” You’re so lucky.” “Ugh, I wish I had your life. ” 

Must be nice? Yeah it actually is. It’s nice being able to treat myself for working hard. It’s the perks you get for hustling. Lucky? perhaps. Lucky I get to wake up and work hard to do what I love.

Just a few comments I get on social media. I don’t understand why people think that I was handed everything to me. That’s not the reason why I’m doing what I’m doing and get to do what I love to do as a job. I work extremely hard to get to where I am today. You want it so badly? Then go get it. MAKE IT HAPPEN. HUSTLE. You want to start your own business? Then get up and do it. Figure it out. I did. There is no 9-5 for me. I wake up and get on the computer, and start working. And sometimes don’t end my day until past midnight, but guess what? I love it. I love what I do so it doesn’t seem like work to me.

The Good…

Free clothes, meeting new people, attending events, getting paid to do what you love, share your work with your followers… I can keep going on all the good from blogging. I am so thankful for all of my followers/readers who show me nothing but love and support on this platform and social media. You guys are seriously the best!

The Bad…

People think it’s so easy being a blogger. It’s not, you guys. It’s a lot of work. From shooting all day multiple outfits a day, changing in your car (yup that’s normal), trying to have a real life outside of blogging. You never clock out. There’s no off-button. Sacrifices are made constantly.

The Ugly…

Expect people to continuously dismiss your work as a real job. Some companies – even family and friends don’t take you seriously. I think it’s because they don’t get it. They don’t understand what you are trying to build. You’re constantly having to prove yourself and educate people to understand your business and what blogging and social media has evolved to today. It’s a constant battle between being so passionate about something you strongly believe in and often questioning yourself “What am I doing with my life?” – quite possibly start believing “they” who don’t believe in your work, which leads to shutting down.

The struggle is real sometimes.

At the end of the day though, I would not trade anything in the world. I do not miss my 9-5 corporate job. I am forever grateful and blessed to be able to blog full time and share my life and love with you guys. You all mean the world to me, seriously.

I really hope this shed some light to anyone reading, and possibly educate anyone out there that is new to the blogging world or didn’t quite understand it before. As always, if you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below or DM on instagram @melrodstyle.

xo

Glamping with Pets

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Glamping with Pets

The tree house that filled my Instagram DM’s with the most asked question “Where is this place?!”

The anticipation is over, you guys. Here is all you need to know about our home-away-from-home getaway.

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George and I had been wanting to go glamping… Well, I wanted to go glamping. He wanted to go camping. I stumbled upon this gem online, and instantly fell in love. I mean, can you blame me?! This lovely safari tent cabin is located on a secluded ranch near warner springs – about a two hour drive from LA.  It was the perfect place for a quick getaway.

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Wine with a view… I could’ve stayed in here for hours.

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Best way to wake up every morning.

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The best part about this camp site was that they allow pets. We brought our girl Marley, and she had a blast!

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She was beyond spoiled during this trip.

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During our stay, we visit a few vineyards, which allowed us to bring Marley with us, so it was a perfect “Marley and Us” trip. 🙂

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xo

Howlita Tulum

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About a 10 minute drive from the beaches, resorts and all the fancy boutiques, is where you will find the most charming boutique hotel: Howlita, which is located in Tulum Pueblo. I was so thrilled to find out that we were staying in town rather than off the beach, because there’s so much more to Mexico than laying out on the beach. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a beach kind of gal, however; I love exploring new places, and learning about the history and culture behind places I visit. It was my first time traveling to Tulum, and the location definitely reminded me of where my family is from – Zacatecas. It brought back so many beautiful memories.

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The interior was just as chic as the exterior of the hotel. It had a very rustic vintage feel to it (right up my alley). I was obsessed with the hanging clothing rack. It’s inspired me to make my very own for my place. It’s such a great and simple idea.

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Howlita Hotel is a little hidden gem in downtown right next to where the locals live. It is walking distance from the main strip, where all the fun bars, eateries and shops are located.  We took a 5 minute cab ride to the main strip, where we had yummy shrimp tacos and margaritas at La Malquerida.

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Welcome to my crib! 😉

No, but seriously… can I move in?!

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If you know me you know that ice cream is one of my favorite desserts. I have the biggest sweet tooth. We stumbled upon the cutest little ice cream shop called Campanella Cremerie, where the ice cream and waffle cones were freshly made daily. Our ice cream cones were still hot when we got them.

Cravings satisfied!

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Can we take a moment and talk about how adorable the outdoor bathroom is?! I mean, #bathroomgoals.

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Joshua, the owner of Howlita recommended a few places to visit. One of them being the most talked about in town: Batey Mojito Bar. The watermelon mojito is AH-mazing by the way!

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The Gran Cenote was definitely one on the list of where to go in Tulum. We went snorkeling under the caves filled with bats and birds, swam with the fish and even got a love tap on my shoulder by one of the turtles. Can’t say I wasn’t scared, but nonetheless, an amazing experience. One for the books!

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I think Enocha and I could’ve had all the pina coladas in the world. They were so yummy. Also, quick shoutout to the kind local man for taking our photo.

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The Mayan Ruins was one of the places that was highly recommended, perhaps the most suggested location to visit before leaving Tulum. I’m so happy we did because it was beyond incredible to see the ruins, iguanas everywhere, and the breathtaking beach view from above. Best seat in the house!

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We had dinner at Burrito Amor, and it was so delicious that we went again the next morning for breakfast. Their bean and cheese burritos and mojitos were amazing. I had their egg pico de gallo breakfast burrito and a much needed cup of coffee for breakfast. I was a happy girl. 🙂

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I’m all about that hammock life!

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Howlita, you were so good to us. I had the best time. It didn’t feel like I stayed at a hotel. It felt more like home. The staff was extremely friendly and made us feel comfortable, and feel right at home.

If anyone is planning a trip to Tulum, I would definitely recommend staying at Howlita. It’s the cutest little boutique hotel, everyone is so friendly and all the fun spots are walking distance. What more can you ask for!

Hotel Howlita

Calle Chanchen between calle Zazil Ha y Nicte Ha, behind Avenida KukulcanTulumQuintana Roo
CP 77780 Mexico

+52 19841575991

info@howlitatulum.com

http://www.howlitatulum.com

xo

Acne Laser Treatments with AE Skin

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A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned in this post that I was going to begin acne laser treatments that consisted of 6 sessions. The time has come, and I’m so happy to share the end results with you.

As you can tell from the first two photos shown above (not edited), I had acne and blemishes along my jawline. I was very self conscious about it. I tried endless skincare products, even changed my skincare regimen a few times, but nothing seemed to work. Instead, it left me feeling very frustrated and helpless. I never suffered from acne growing up, so I was so confused. Then I realized it was “adult acne” (insert eye-rolling emoji here).

As a blogger, I’m always on camera and meeting new people at events, so suffering from adult acne made me feel very insecure. There were times when I would even try to hide my face. I’d skip out on attending events just because I didn’t want anyone to see my skin.

I decided to contact Dr. Alex at AE Skin, and discuss my concerns and see what he could recommend. That’s when he suggested I’d try acne laser, which was a 3-step process: a blue light, red light and infrared light, that consisted of 6 sessions.

I was a bit nervous at first because I wasn’t sure what to expect. Was it going to be painful? Would I really see results? What if it didn’t help improve my skin? I had so many questions. Luckily, Dr. Alex and his amazing staff answered all of my questions, and addressed my concerns.

It was not painful. They actually numb your face so you don’t feel a thing.

 

 

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As you can see in the last two photos above (not edited), there is a huge difference from the photos taken before my treatments. My skin feels smoother, brighter, healthier, most importantly my skin has cleared up significantly.

I feel more confident than ever. Even feel more comfortable wearing less makeup – and being on social media without makeup at all, which is the best feeling in the world. George has even noticed a difference, and has mentioned that my skin is glowing (insert blushing emoji here).

I would highly recommend scheduling a consultation with Dr. Alex if you have any concerns with acne. I am beyond happy with my results. My only regret is that I didn’t begin these treatments sooner.

Thank you to Dr. Alex and his incredible staff who made this experience so amazing and made me feel comfortable during every session. My skin feels and looks better than ever!

For more information, visit www.aeskin.com.

Also, click here to watch my testimonial video.

A E Skin
Alex Eshaghian, MD, PhD
15840 Ventura Bl. # 106
Encino, CA 91436
(818) 835 – 1833

http://www.aeskin.com

Forever Striping with Forever 21

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Forever Striping with Forever 21

It’s safe to say and obvious that I’ve got a thing for stripes. This pantalones are one of my newest jams.

xo

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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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Girlfriends Who Easter

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I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love to brunch. Brunch is such a delightful affair. The workweek is over, and it’s all about enjoying your time off. Plus, there’s food, which is obviously the most exciting part.

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This week is all about Easter, so Sunday brunch with girlfriends seemed fitting. I invited my two favorite blogger gals Enocha of Locks and Trinkets and Elizabeth of A Keene Sense of Style to brunch at Manuela – a relaxed and informal atmosphere. Right up my alley. Manuela brings southern charm to the Arts District with their locally-grown produce, and a variety of vintage furniture throughout the restaurant. It was a gorgeous place to take photos. Besides, what’s a blogger brunch without taking a million photos before eating, right?! 😉

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No better way to celebrate the holiday than gathered with your best gals over a delicious meal and yummy lattes. Sounds like the perfect way to end the weekend.

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I decided to switch things up this Easter. Instead of a pastel color, I opted for a metallic-shimmery lacquer – Worth A Pretty Penne. It has a slight rose-tinted silvery-copper tone that has quickly made its way to my top favorite colors this season.

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photos: Stefanie M Mariee

I hope your Easter is filled with nothing but good memories. Whether you’re meeting up with friends or spending it with your family, the most important thing is to be surrounded by those who mean the world to you.

 

Happy Easter!

xo

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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