photos: Stefanie M Mariee
I went to see the Jason Rhodes installation at the Hauser With and Schimmel, and it was amazing!
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I hate to admit it but with my busy schedule, I often skip meals, which is the worst thing you can do. The worst part is that when I do eat, it’s all junk food.
Being a blogger and always on the go, Eat Crateful has honestly helped me stay on track and make sure I get my meals in between my crazy-busy-days.
If you’re not familiar with Eat Crateful, allow me to fill you in… Eat Crateful is a gourmet meal delivery service created by top chef and celebrity nutritionist Cristina Bowerman. Their program allows you to select from their menu (Chef, Fit, Vegetarian, or Paleo), customize your meal plan, and schedule a delivery time that works best for you. You’re getting healthy and delicious meals delivered right to your doorstep. How amazing is that?!
Check out www.crateful.la for more information. As always, if you have any questions, comment below.
A couple of weeks ago, I attended the Rebecca Minkoff runway show debuting her Spring 2017 collection, on behalf of GE Lighting, to celebrate the launch of the RMxGE Glow selfie case. It was so much fun. The best part was that it was a see-now-buy-now show, which meant that the audience was able to view the collection off the runway and shop the entire collection right after.
The collection was a mix of floral prints, flirty and whimsical silhouettes, along with statement handbags.
Ok, now for the best part!
Because I love you all, I will be hosting a giveaway. So be sure to keep an eye out for the image above on my Instagram to find out how you can win a Rebecca Minkoff x GE Lighting Glow selfie phone case.
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…
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.
If you follow me on Instagram, snapchat or view my insta stories, you know that I always add Vital Proteins to my drinks (hot or cold). In case you are not familiar with their product, here are the Collagen Peptides benefits:
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Winner will be announced on Friday February 3, 2017 via Instagram, so be sure to keep an eye out.
“How do you edit your Instagram photos?” “Love your photos?” “What filters do you use?” The most popular questions I’ve gotten. Well, you asked, I answered.
If you scroll a few months down my feed, you’ll notice that my photos use to be very blown out, I would whiten every single background, even moody (love a good moody shot). I used to be very particular with my feed and how every single photo looked. I was OCD with the editing and filter usage. I kept my filters to a minimum (two I think), and it HAD to look perfect. “Now wait a minute… but my life isn’t perfect so why am I trying so hard?!” Yeah, I know. Pretty silly right?… LAUGHING OUT LOUD.
My feed has changed since. Now, I just look at what looks best, which has lead me to use multiple filters. I love more natural backgrounds, still with moody/contrast tones as before. I just love that feel, ya know? I just post whatever looks and feels right to my liking… does that make sense? It’s not that I don’t care about what my feed looks like anymore, it’s more about liking how each individual photo looks rather than stressing if my feed looks consistent or if this photo looks ok next to the previous edited photo. I still think that my feed is cohesive and still remains somewhat of a consistency, however; in a more “go-with-the-flow” kind of way. I guess you can say that. I don’t know, it’s really difficult to explain it but you get the gist of it, right?!..
Anyways, moving on. I listed the apps and a quick rundown of the filters I use.
Want to know my secret? Ok, are you ready? I use EVERYTHING! Lol, just kidding – but I kinda do.
A6: Aaahhh good ol’ A6 – probably the most famous & most used filter bloggers have used or still do. I’ve notice I use this every once in awhile. Not as often as I use to but still great, especially for photos you absolutely think are trash. This filter has saved a lot of my photos that almost never made it to the gram.
C1-C3 & E1-E4: I always play around with these to get the right tones. I can’t really narrow it down because while one will work for one photo, it may not necessarily work for another… Does that make sense?! I hope so… moving on.
J1, J2, J5 & J6: These have been some of my favorites for sure. If you’re like me, and like moody, these are great.
I use this app to control the brightness and exposure of my photos. You can also tap a specific area of the photo to change the tone, which is ah-mazing!
This is what I use to use to whiten out the backgrounds of my photos. I still use it from time to time when necessary. It’s great to smooth out any blemishes. I also use it to remove certain things, people, stains, etc. that are photo bombing my photo… yeah, this app can do that.
I just recently started using this app even though I’ve (for some odd reason) have had this app on my phone for years. It’s great for selfies. 😉
So there you have it ladies & gents. I hope this helped you out, and as always if you have any questions, just leave me a comment below or feel free to email or DM me on Instagram. 🙂
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.
I hope you find this post very helpful. Feel free to share some of the items you carry around in your car.
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Today’s post is not like my usual ones. I decided to share something that I deal with on a regular. Anxiety.
Here are 5 natural anxiety remedies I use when I’m feeling anxious and cannot sleep…
Stress ReLeaf Herbal Soft Gels: Because I refuse to take Xanax. These are completely natural supplements, which help reduce stress, restlessness, nervousness and anxiety.
Meditation: I decided to try this because I’ve heard nothing but positive things. I bought a singing bowl, and did notice how soothing and calm this method is. Taking deep breaths while doing this helps.
Lavender Oils: My sister-in-law is a firm believer of using oils.
Take a Time Out: Remove yourself from your computer, phone and anything related to social media, and take a break. I tried coloring and found it to be very therapeutic.
Earlobe Massages: I know what you’re thinking. That’s crazy!… So weird?… WTF? I thought the exact same. To be honest it’s very relaxing just like meditation.
I hope you find this to be helpful for you or anyone you know that deals with Anxiety. If you or anyone you know gets anxiety like I do, and have any suggestions or tips on how to deal with anxiety, please send my way. I’d love to hear new remedies that help!
I’ve partnered with Dove Hair to try the #SkipAWash Challenge with Dove Refresh + Care Detox & Purify Dry Shampoo, and the rumors are true! It’s beyond ah-mazing!!!
I have been wanting to try this for quite some time now, and am so happy I finally did. The Dove Dry Shampoo leaves my hair feeling so fresh and smelling delicious. I don’t wash my hair everyday (I usually go a day or two), and with this dry shampoo, I am able to skip an extra day or two without leaving visible residue. My hair feels clean and purified.
It is super easy to use. Here’s how to use the Dove Dry Shampoo:
Step 1: Shake can before and during use. Spray on lifted sections of dry hair, 8-12 inches from roots, where hair is most oily.
Step 2: Massage through roots to absorb oil evenly.
Step 3: Brush through for hair that is revived and clean.
Done and done!
Join the Dove Hair #SkipaWash Challenge and try Dove Refresh+Care Detox & Purify Dry Shampoo and get an extra day (or two!) out of your blowout. 🙂
I’ve discovered a new love for interior decorating. It’s funny, really because my entire “career” life, I’ve done nothing but work in the fashion industry. I realized how much I enjoyed shopping, and finding amazing items at flea markets just recently. It’s very therapeutic to me, honestly. I
think enjoy it much more than clothing shopping that’s for sure.
If you follow me on Instagram (@melrodstyle), you know that I have been slowly but surely re-decorating my living room space.
I’m not quite done yet but wanted to share what I have done so far with my living room area. I decided to begin with that room first, since it’s where I spend most of my time with Boo Boo Kitty. 😉
I plan to share more on Instagram and Snapchat.
Pillows: Loloi Rugs
Rug: Rugs USA
Framed Wall Art: Minted
Macrame Wall Hanging Decor: Niroma Studio
Macrame Hanging Nest: Madime Macrame