Reflecting 2017

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Reflecting 2017

And just like that, 2017 has come to an end (cue the tears). As I think to myself, and look back on the good, the bad, and the ugly, I must say this year was one to remember. Reflecting on the amazing moments, the heartaches, the loss, new memories made, what 2017 is going to bring 2018, I really don’t know how I truly feel about this year. I can’t say it was the worse year.

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What I can say about 2017, is that I am thankful, grateful, blessed for all the opportunities that have come my way, for being able to live through another year.

I usually don’t make resolutions – not because I can never keep them, but because everything that happens in life happens for a reason, whether explained or not. These are either blessings or lessons. What I do like to do each year is just try to be a better me the following year, and to continue to do good in this world. I’ll be the first to say, I’m not a perfect person (but who is, am I right?) I’m far from it. I have many flaws, countless flaws, I make mistakes, but I also make good choices. And I think that’s ok.

This year, George and I celebrated our first wedding anniversary. I still cannot believe that it has been over a year that we’ve been married. Time sure does fly when you’re having fun.

I got to travel to new places and revisit some old ones.

We lost our baby Kujo this year, which was probably the most difficult thing that has happened in my life. I miss him terribly. George and I were not prepared for 2017 to be the last year with him.

I celebrated one year of being my own boss. That’s kind of cool.

And the most amazing thing happened to George and I. We found out that we would be parents in 2018. That’s really really cool! We still cannot believe it and are beyond excited about the news. More baby stuff to come soon.

Lastly, I’d like to thank all my readers and internet friends for the continuous support of MelRodStyle. You guys are truly the best fam a gal can ever ask for. Thank you for supporting my blog and social media outlets. Thank you for following my journey, and I hope you continue to stay along for the ride, because 2018 is going to be a wild one!

Cheers and Happy New Year! 2018 is going to be LIT!!!

xo

 

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Holiday Favorites 2017

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Holiday Favorites 2017

We are well into the holiday season, and by now, most of you have probably finished all of your holiday shopping. Family? Check. Friends? Check. The kiddos? Check. The furry babies? Check check. White elephant gifts or gift exchange gifts? Double check!

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So now that you got all of your shopping done and out of the way, what about a little gift for yourself? It’s perfectly fine to treat yo self! Or maybe you want to send this post to your significant other or your secret elfster to remind them what you want.

And others… well who haven’t nearly started their holiday shopping, not to worry because that’s why I’ve compile a list of gifts for not only yourself but for everyone else on your list as well. Raise your hand if this is you? (slowly raises own hand).

Here are a few of my holidays favorites that are not perfect for any last minute gifts, but also for yourself. Don’t mind if I do! 😉

xo

 

FOR YOU

 

HOLIDAY STOCKING STUFFERS

 

BEAUTY

 

HOME

 

WHITE ELEPHANT GIFT

FOR HIM

 

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Ruffle Sleeve Jacquard Blouse | High Rise Tomboy Cropped Straight leg Jeans | Leather Stud Boater Hat | Linear Drop Earrings | Wesson Bootie

Cyber Monday Sales

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Cyber Monday Sales

Tired of hearing all the steals, deals and sales? Nope? Well hope not because today’s blogpost is just that: Cyber Monday Sales, which means I’m sharing some amazing deals happening right now.

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Happy Cyber Monday Shopping!

ASOS // 20% off Sitewide and In Store

CODE: GOGOGO

// 30% off Sitewide and In Store

CODE: THANKFUL30

DATE: 11/24-11/29

Banana Republic // 50% off 5 regular-priced items Sitewide

DATE: 11/24-11/26 (online) 11/24-11/28 (in store)

// 50% off Sitewide and In Store

DATE: 11/27-1/28

BaubleBar // 30% off purchases

DATE: 11/25 – 11/27

CODE: THANKS30

// 25% off 1 item

CODE: SAVE25

// 35% off 2 items or more

CODE: SAVE35

DATE: 11/27-11/29

Bloomingdale’s // Extra 25% off a large selection of items Sitewide

DATE: 11/27-11/28

// Take 15% off $100-$199.99 or 20% off $200+ on a great selection of items online  + save up to 50% on select items

DATE: 11/24-11/26

// Take 25% off a large selection of regular and sale price items for a total savings of up to 60% off online

DATE: 11/27-11/28

Coach // 30% Off select styles

DATE: 11/18 Early Access; 11/19-11/27

CODE: THANKS2016

// Up to 50% off select styles & shop 125+ online sale exclusives

DATE: 11/28

Express  // 50% off everything ONLINE ONLY + Free Shipping

DATE: 11/28

French Connection // 40% Off Everything In Store and Sitewide + Free Shipping

DATE: 11/21-11/29

CODE: F40BLF

INTERMIX // Extra 40% Off Sale

DATE: 11/23-12/7

// $150 off every $750 spent with code.

DATE: 11/24-11/28

CODE: THANKS

// Cyber Monday Sale: 30% off select full-priced items

DATE: 11/28

// Green Tuesday Sale: 40% off private label & exclusives

DATE: 11/29

Minted // 15% off no minimum, 20% off $150+ on holiday

DATE: 11/23-11/27

CODE: BF2016

// 20% off $150+ on holiday, wedding, and all gifts

DATE: 11/23-11/28

CODE: BF2017

Nordstrom // Take an extra 20% off selected sale items

DATE: 11/24- 11/28

// Designer sale – 40% off

Public Desire // 30% off everything Sitewide and In Store

DATE: 11/24-11/27

CODE: CYBER30

Saks 5th Avenue // Up to 40% off

Shopbop // Spend $200+, get 15% off; Spend $500+, get 20% off; Spend $800+, get 25% off

DATE: 11/22-11/28

CODE: GOBIG16

// Save up to 25%

CODE: GOBIG16

Sole Society // 30% off all footwear, select bags, and accessories

DATE: 11/25-11/27

// 30% off Sitewide

DATE: 11/28

Steve Madden // 35% off + 30% off clearance

DATE: 11/28

CODE: CYBER

TOPSHOP // Up to 50% off select items

DATE: 11/23-11/28

Tory Burch // 30% off any purchase of $250+

DATE: 11/28

CODE: THANKS

Trina Turk // 30% Off Sitewide

DATE: 11/23-11/28

True Religion // 40% off + a free beanie with purchases of $250+

DATE: 11/27-11/30

* Free Shipping

Ulta // New and Only at Ulta Beauty! BareMinerals Kits Make Them Stare Smoky Eye Trio OR Make It Glow $10 each ,$37-39 Value

DATE: 11/24 @6pm- 11/26

//  NYX 40% Off Eye Makeup

DATE: 11/28

Under Armour // Up to 50% Off UA Outlet + Free Shipping & Returns

xo

 

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Fuzzy Fur Coat | Top | Jeans | Boots

 

Black Friday Sales

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Black Friday Sales

How many of you camped out late last night for Black Friday Sales? How many are out shopping right now? And how many of you are like me doing all the black Friday holiday shopping in the comfort of you home (or in bed)? I’m definitely avoiding any interaction with anyone today and doing all my shopping online. It’s easier, safe, less stressful, and you can stay in your pajamas all day, I mean. Does it get any better than that? NO!

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I’ve listed all the Black Friday Holiday Sales that I’m currently browsing through as we speak. Happy Black Friday! Happy online shopping!

 

URBAN OUTFITTERS – BUY ONE GET ONE 50% OFF EVERYTHING

AMAZON

BAUBLE BAR – 30% OFF EVERYTHING, CODE: FRIDAY30

TOPSHOP – UP TO 50% OFF

FOREVER 21 – 30% OFF MARKED DOWN ITEMS, CODE: EXTRA30, PLUS FREE SHIPPING ON ALL ORDERS

WINDSOR – 20% OFF EVERYTHING, NO CODE NEEDED

NORDSTROM – EXTRA 20% OFF SELECTED SALE ITEMS, FREE SHIPPING, FREE RETURNS

SHOPBOP – UP TO 75% OFF SALE ITEMS, UP TO 30% OFF FULL-PRICE ITEMS, CODE: MORE17

SEPHORA – $15 & UNDER GIFT ITEMS

REVOLVE – UP TO 65% OFF, FREE SHIPPING AND RETURNS

 

XO

SHOP THE LOOK:

Top | Jeans | Boots | Beret | Bag

 

Cyber Week Holiday Sales

 

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The time is FINALLY here! The moment we have all been waiting for. The holiday deals and steals. That’s right. It’s Cyber Week holiday Sales, and I’ve put together a list of all the sales that are happening now. From apparel to accessories to beauty to mens to home – I’ve listed it all. All you have to do is click the links below for each sale and it will direct you to the discounts that each store is offering. It’s a long one, so be sure to get comfy. Grab a chair, get some coffee, and shop on!

 

AEROPOSTALE // Shop @aeropostale Early Black Friday 50% – 70% Off Everything

DATE: 11/14

AEROPOSTALE // Shop Up To 75% off @aeropostale during our Cyber Monday Sale 

DATE: 11/14

ANDRE ASSOUSE // Start Black Friday Early at @andreassous! Take 40% off Fall Styles 

DATE: 11/22 – 11/29

CODE: Fall40

ASOS // Black Friday Weekend- 30% off Everything

DATE: 11/22 – 11/28

CODE: EPIC30

BB DAKOTA // We All Scream for 50% Off Black Friday

DATE: 11/24

BEAUTY BAY // UP TO 30% off every.single.thing

DATE: 11/20 – 11/27

BERGDORF GOODMAN // Save up to 40% off during the Designer Sale @bergdorfs

DATE: 11/20 – 11/26

BROOK AND YORK // Shop @brookandyork and use promo code HOLIDAZE2017 for 15% off.

DATE: 11/22 – 12/25

CODE: HOLIDAZE2017

CAMILYN BETH // BLACK FRIDAY SAVINGS:spend $200 and receive 20% off, spend $500 and recieve 30% off. 

DATE: 11/20 – 11/26

CODE: WEEKEND

FITFLOP // FitFlop Shoes, Sneakers, and Boots Up to 60% off + Extra 20%

DATE: 11/15 – 11/28

CODE: REWARD20

HORCHOW HOME // Black Friday Sale! Save up to 40% off select items + enjoy free shipping on orders $50+ with code HOLIDAY @HorchowHome

DATE: 11/22-11/26

CODE: HOLIDAY

HUNTER // Shop the Black Friday Sale alongside an exclusive offer up to 40% off a new Hunter product every day.

DATE: 11/20 – 11/27

KEDS //Black Friday Sale: 30% off full price + 10% Off Sale

DATE: 11/21 – 11/26

CODE: NOLINES

KURT GEIGER //20% off at Kurt Geiger: A Christmas Gift for You

DATE: 11/20 – 11/27

LUCKY BRAND //Shop the Lucky Brand Black Friday Sale – Save 50-60% off & Earn up to 15% commission.

DATE: 11/21

MACKAGE //Black Friday Event! Save up to 40% + Free Shipping at Mackage.com (Valid Nov 21 12:01am EST to Nov 26 11:59pm EST)

DATE: 11/21 – 11/26

MARLEY LILY //Shop Black Friday with @marleylilly and get *limited edition* red duck boots! 

DATE: 11/22 – 11/26

MATISSE FOOTWEAR // Matisse Footwear is celebrating Black Friday in a BIG way!  Shop 25% off EVERYTHING now through Wednesday, 11/22.  

DATE: 11/22

CODE: LIKETOKNOWIT25

MATISSE FOOTWEAR // Black Friday Sale Announcement: Up to 70% off and free shipping on orders over $125

DATE: 11/21

MATISSE FOOTWEAR // New Styles added to style including Amuse Society Collaboration, up to 70% off. Free shipping on orders over $125

DATE: 11/21

MISSGUIDED // Own the night with the new season party collection from Missguided and get 50% off all dresses (excluding sale and CarliBybel items) using code DRESSYBABE in the US and DRESSLOVE in the UK

MONNIER FRERES // Up to 20% off

MSR MONSHOWROO //-50% and up to additional -10% off selected items

DATE: 11/13 – 11/28

MYTHERESA // enjoy 30% off on selected items by entering the code BLACK30 at checkout

NATURALIZER //Black Friday! Take 40% off + Free Shipping

DATE: 11/22 – 11/27

CODE: BLKFRIDAY

NEIMAN MARCUS LAST CALL //Early Black Friday Sale! Save 40%- 80% off everything @LastCallNM

DATE: 11/20 – 11/26

RADLEY //Launch Up to 50% off Black Friday event

DATE: 11/17 – 11/27

RAY-BAN //UP TO 50% OFF (20% off sitewide)

DATE: 11/22 – 11/27

SAM EDELMAN //30% Off sitewide

DATE: 11/21 – 11/23

CODE: SAMSGIVING

SAUCONY //25% Off Saucony Originals

DATE: 11/17 – 11/29

CODE: FAVORITE25

SAUCONY // 25% off Saucony Originals

DATE: 11/17 – 11/29

CODE: FAVORITES25

SEQUIN // Hidden Message Necklaces 25% off

DATE: 11/22

CODE: MESSAGES17

SERENA & LILY // Get started on your holiday shopping with 20% off everything at Serena and Lily

DATE: 11/20 – 11/28

SHOPBOP // Get 20% off orders of $200 + .25% off orders of $500+ and 30% off orders of $800 or more with code MORE17 at Shopbop!

DATE: 11/21 – 11/26

SPERRY // Up to 50% Off Select Sperry Styles

DATE: 11/22 – 11/28

SUPERDRY // 30% off everything at Superdry

DATE: 11/22 – 12/11

T3 MICRO // Black Friday starts early! Enjoy 25% off luxe hair tools

DATE: 11/21 – 11/26

CODE: FRIDAY17

TOMMY HILFIGER // Black Friday & cyber Monday 40% off site-wide

DATE: 11/22 – 11/28

CODE:THATSALE

TORRID // Torrid’s Cyber Week Sales are here – Save up to 40%

DATE: 11/22 – 11/27

URBAN OUTFITTERS EU // Black Friday preview – Up to 40% off

DATE: 11/22

CODE: PREVIEW40

W CONCEPT // Shop our CyberWeek Sale! Up to 50% off markdowns + an EXTRA 15%

DATE: 11/22 – 11/24

CODE: CYBERSECRET

WANDERLUST+CO // 30% off site-wide

DATE: 11/22 – 11/30

CODE: cyber

Yandy // Get 10% off Yandy’s New Holiday Dress Line

DATE: 11/22 – 11/30

CODE: SANTA10

ZAZZLE // Big Holiday Deals Start Now: Up to 50% off Bestsellers at Zazzle! Hurry! Ends Soon.

DATE: 11/22 – 11/27

Jemma Sands:

Jemma Sands will offer 40% off site-wide with no exclusions from 11/22 through 11/27.

Use code: THANKFUL17

http://jemmasands.com/

2(X)IST

2(X)IST will offer 40% off site-wide, including sale items from 11/21 through 11/27. Free Shipping over $50.

https://www.2xist.com/

Coalition LA & Motion by Coalition:

Coalition LA (outerwear) and Motion by Coalition (activewear) will offer 25% off site-wide from 11/24 through 11/28.

Use Code: BLACKFRIDAY25

https://www.acrossatlas.com/

Endless Summer:

Endless Summer will offer 30% off site-wide, including sale items from 11/24 through 11/27.

Use Code: CYBERLOVE

http://www.shopendlesssummer.com

 

I hope this list helps you get through your holiday shopping. I know it’s definitely going help me. 🙂

Have a lovely day, and Happy Thanksgiving! I’ll see you guys next week or on the gram (@melrodstyle).

xo

 

Sapphire Pantry Laguna

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BRUNCH SO HARD, MIMOSAS WANNA FIND ME

As a fashion and lifestyle blogger, I am invited to many events throughout the week, and while they are all so much fun, my favorite events are the ones that involve food… don’t judge me. If there’s an event with food, I’m totally there. You can find me chasing the waiter around with the platter of hors d’oeuvres. To be honest, my favorite influencer events are the brunch ones (hashtag sorry not sorry). So naturally, when I was invited for a tasting at the Sapphire Pantry in Laguna Beach, there was no hesitation. I was definitely attending!

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If you follow me on Instagram @melrodstyle,  then you might’ve seen on my stories all the food we were able to taste. Sadly, I didn’t get to take photos of every dish (hence why I am not a food blogger), because my belly could not wait #STORYOFMYLIFE, but we had the following from their breakfast menu: OATMEAL, TRADITIONAL SANDWICH (hickory smoked turkey, scrambled egg whites, tomato, whole wheat bread), BREAKFAST TACO, BREAKFAST BURRITO, BUTTERMILK PANCAKES, PB & J FRENCH TOAST (ahhh insert drooling emoji here), SMOKED SALMON SANDWICH, and so much more. Just thinking about all the food we I devoured is putting me back into a serious food coma.

 

If you are ever in the area or are planning to visit Laguna beach, I highly recommend giving them a visit because their food is incredible, and their staff and manager were the friendliest.

Sapphire Laguna

 

xo

 

Allure Blow Bar

Allure Blow Bar

 

I don’t know what person doesn’t love a good hair day. That feeling you get after a good blow out is EVERYTHING.  Am I right, ladies? Gents?

 

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The lovely ladies of Allure Blow Bar invited me into their beautiful salon for a complimentary blow out. Ummm yessss girllll!  So naturally I brought my sister Jojo (she’s like my right hand these days).

As soon as we arrived, we were greeted with mimosas. Every girl deserves to be pampered once in a while so this was very much needed.  After our hair was looking oh-so-fab, we had a little photoshoot sesh (duh!).

What an incredible day it was! Thank you to the amazing team at Allure Blow Bar for pampering us and making us look fabulous.

If you are ever in the area or looking to get your hair done, then definitely check them out. The place is beautiful, the staff is super friendly, and my hair looked ah-mazing! Linking everything down below.

 

Allure Blow Bar

http://allureblowbar.com

Be sure to follow them on instagram @allureblowbar.

Meet the Squad aka My Furry Babies

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MEET THE SQUAD AKA MY FURRY BABIES

Going off the usual fashion topics here, and talking all about my little ones. I previously mentioned my little big family in my 20 Fun Facts About Me post, but wanted to share a little more about them since you get to see a glimpse of my personal life on Insta stories. Thought it only made sense since I share my babies with you guys quite often on the gram (@melrodstyle).

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When George and I moved in together, we instantly became The Brady Bunch.

Tootsie: (My dog) My little 12 year old baby, the queen, the one who runs the backyard world, the feistiest little nugget you’ll ever meet. I’ve had her since she was only a few weeks old. Her and Kujo grew up together, so they’re besties for the restie. Tootsie was originally my sister’s dog, but she couldn’t keep her.

Kujo: (My dog) The only boy from the bunch, my old little man. He’s also 12 – going on 13 this year. He’s the sweetest, but most stubborn lil dude I’ve ever met. I’ve also had him since he was a puppy – he use to fit on the palm of my hand. Kujo was originally my sister’s dog as well, but wasn’t able to keep him. I technically wouldn’t have any dogs if my sister didn’t give me Tootsie and Kujo. Also, I know most are thinking “why the name Kujo?” “Is he a vicious dog?” The answer is I don’t know and no he is not a mean dog. He’s Kujo with a K not Cujo like the movie… lol.

Hennessy: (George’s dog) My little lady. She’s the calmest from the group. Very chill and friendly. She’s also up there in age. She likes to pick on Tootsie from time to time, but she wouldn’t hurt a fly. If anything Tootsie is the one who has nipped her a few times (smh). She was originally George’s cousin’s dog, but due to moving they couldn’t keep her. Same with her. We didn’t give her the name Hennessy, she already had that name when George took her in.

Boo Boo Kitty: (George’s cat) The sassiest of them all. The one who truly runs my world. She’s very independent, doesn’t like to cuddle (only on her terms), also senior. Her routine consists of sleeping, eating, pooping, sleeping, meowing my ear off to feed her tuna, and sleeping. She loves sleeping on our stomach or back depending on how we’re laying down. She doesn’t like children. She hides whenever our nieces and nephews come over. She was originally George’s sister’s cat, but couldn’t keep her due to developing some allergies. See a pattern here? When we first moved in together, Boo Boo was not a fan of me AT ALL. She treated me like I was her stepmom (lol). No, but seriously she did, but that didn’t last for long. She warmed up to me and started coming around. Now we’re besties and always likes to sleep on my lap.

Marley: (Our dog together) The puppy. The most playful and hyper one. She’s almost 2. Like Hennessy, she also likes to pick on Tootsie. George and I rescued her from a shelter last year. So basically, if my sister kept Tootsie and Kujo, and if George’s cousin and sister kept Hennessy and Boo Boo, we’d only have one dog – Marley.

FUN FACTS:

We didn’t name any of the babies, except Marley.

Marley has yet to meet face to face with Boo Boo. Not sure how that would work out so trying to avoid that interaction from ever happening.

Boo Boo doesn’t use a kitty litter. She’s like a dog. She will scratch our closet door when she wants to go outside, and she’ll scratch the front door to come back in. She’s literally the best cat ever.

Tootsie is deadly afraid of Boo Boo.

Hennessy was once attacked by a raccoon – sad story but true.

Kujo loves to shake hands.

 

Whoa major info. overload. Well there you have it. A little more about my little big family.

 

If you guys have any questions or want to know more about my babies, feel free to comment below. Also, if there are any topics you’d like me to blog about, let me know. 🙂

xo

Elevating My Morning with Nespresso

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When I wake up every morning, the first thing I look forward to is a cup of Nespresso. It’s no surprise that I am a serious coffee aficionado. Coffee plays a big part of my everyday routine, and if you follow me on Instagram, then you’d agree that my feed is filled with lots of coffee and latte drinks. I am thrilled to be partnering with the Nespresso “One Touch to Extraordinary” VertuoPlus to share how I elevate my mornings with simple pleasures of coffee.

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I truly believe that you’ll have an amazing day if you begin your morning on a good note. If your mornings already feel rushed, then most likely you will end up having a very hectic day. It’s all about positive vibes and good energies and pausing even if it’s for a few minutes. It’s so easy to get caught up in life and not take a moment to yourself. I know I am guilty of it, especially since I am always on the go – whether it’s to meetings or photo shoots one after another, events or traveling. It’s easy to rush out of the house and not take “me time”. Which is why I’ve made it a priority in my everyday morning routine that as soon as I get up, right before beginning my day and being glued to the computer working nonstop, I set aside 20-30 minutes to have a seat and enjoy my Nespresso. And in those moments, I like to catch up on my reading – or sometimes do absolutely nothing but pause and enjoy some quiet time… just me and my Nespresso.

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The VertuoPlus’ one touch to extraordinary is so easy to use, because with the touch of one single button, you can make the most out of your mornings while enjoying the best coffee – and who wouldn’t want that?! It’s so convenient having the VertuoPlus’ in my life, especially since I’m constantly on the move.

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I alternate between a hot and iced cup of Nespresso coffee in the mornings depending on my mood. May I add that I make an AWESOME iced cinnamon latte?! With that said, I’m so excited to share my iced cinnamon latte recipe. Cinnamon is one of my favorite spices, and this drink is inspired by my recent trips to Mexico. It is really easy and simple to make, and perfect for summer.

 

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Iced Cinnamon Latte Recipe

 

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cup of ice
  • 1 capsule Voltesso
  • 1/8 tsp of Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon of almond milk or of your choice (try cashew milk for a sweet alternative)

 

*** I don’t add creamer because I like the natural taste of my Nespresso and don’t want it to overpower the taste or take away from it.

 

Preparation

  • Brew capsule with ice already in cup.
  • Add milk of your desire at the end.
  • Followed by cinnamon on top.
  • Add a straw, stir and enjoy!

 

A special thank you to Nespresso for helping me get the most out of my mornings, because a good day starts with Nespresso.

 

*This post is in partnership with Nespresso but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

MelRodStyle Turns 7 Today!

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MelRodStyle Turns 7 Today!

Wow.

Feeling pretty overwhelmed, excited, speechless, anxious (for whatever reason.. idk), happy, blessed, grateful, thankful, love, a little emotional, but overall proud. Proud of myself (pats back). I feel like we never really give ourselves enough credit or any for what we have accomplished or how far we have come. And today I’m just feeling all kinds of emotions. Feelings on top of feelings. I know some may think I’m being so dramatic, some might think this is not a big deal – but it is to me. I wasn’t prepared for this day (ok now I’m being totally dramatic). I knew June 15 was coming, but I didn’t prepare a blogpost or what I would publish on this day, so here it is… as I draft this post, literally just typing away whatever comes to mind.

 MelRodStyle has become something greater than I had expected. A business I never thought existed or could even exist. It never crossed my mind that perhaps a “blog” can be my main source of income. My baby.

I decided to share a few fun facts about me/MelRodStyle, but before I do I wanted to say THANK YOU to you all who have shown love and support to my baby blog. I sound like I’m giving a speech for winning some type of an award an all, but to be truly honest, my blog wouldn’t be what it has become without you all, so thank you from the bottom of my corazon.

  • MelRodStyle was originally called Modanista Junkie, which lasted a few months until it was changed to MelRodStyle.
  • Mel Rod came from simply the first 3 letters of my first and last name. My very first email began with MelRod so it just felt natural to name my blog that.
  • Although I started my blog in 2010, it wasn’t until 2016 that my blog became more than just a hobby.
  • My blog began with nothing but OOTDs and DIYs.
  • I’ve never deleted a blogpost or an Instagram post even if it was the worst outfit or if it was a terrible photo, mainly because I like to look back on how much I’ve grown as a person as well as how far my blog has come.
  • I’m sure I don’t stand alone when I say that it was completely awkward and embarrassing to take photos in the beginning. Like who do I think I am taking outfit photos… for who? for what? But here we are today.
  • I was working in the fashion industry for many years while blogging on the side.
  • It wasn’t until I started feeling very overwhelmed and had to turn down opportunities because of my full-time 9-5 job, that I took the plunge, stepped out of my comfort zone, took a leap of faith, made the biggest decision of my life – not knowing if this would bite me in the a*$ in the end or not, and left my corporate job.

 

It’s incredible what blogging has evolved to today. I’m completely humbled and blessed to be able to say I can work for myself. The hustle is real, but I would much rather work hard for something I’m passionate about and can call my own than stress over someone else’s dream. What I’m trying to say is that if you are passionate about something or want to build something of your very own, then go for it. MAKE. IT. HAPPEN. I did. It took me longer than expected but I did it, and haven’t looked back since. Even though it took me almost 7 years to get to where I am today, it all happened for a reason. The timing wasn’t right for me back then. I truly believe that timing is everything.

I hope that this post inspires you to pursue your dreams.

As always, if you have any questions, leave a comment below or DM on Instagram @melrodstyle.

 

xo