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

Catalina Island GIVEAWAY!

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If you follow me on instagram, you know that Enocha and I were in Catalina Island last week. Catalina is just a boat ride away, and one of my favorite places to visit, especially when I want to get away for just a few days. We had a blast. It was nice to be back, since the last time we were there, was back in 2015, so definitely was due for some Catalina time.

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DAY ONE:

As soon as we arrived, we went to check into our hotel: Hotel Metropole, which by the way is the cutest little hotel EVER! I seriously wanted to take the pillows home. And I don’t sleep with pillows.

Once we checked in, we headed to Descanco Beach for our two hour… but felt more like 10 hours, kayaking adventure. Kayaking is so much, and boy is it a workout!

Lastly, we went to happy hour for $1 tacos and yummy margaritas. Our kayaking instructor recommended this taco restaurant that was just a few blocks away from our hotel. So yummy.

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DAY TWO:

We woke up super early for breakfast, then headed to our parasailing appointment at 8:30am. Yup, super early and super cold, but so much fun. I was being extra by taking my phone up with me to video and take photos… Yeah, I was THAT girl (smh).

We then headed back to the hotel to freshen up and get some OOTDs in before lunch at the Descanco Beach Club. The crab dip was totally my favorite. Also, we sat right next to Carlton (The Fresh Prince of Belair). Enocha was totally being a creeper taking photos, lol. Love that girl. 🙂

And we ended our day with taking last minute photos near the hotel. Bloggers being bloggers… what’s new. 😉

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Ok, now for the good stuff! GIVEAWAY TIME!!!

Both Enocha and I have partnered with Catalina to gift one lucky winner a FREE TRIP TO CATALINA ISLAND, KAYAKING FOR TWO, $50 FOOD CREDIT TO DESCANCO BEACH CLUB AND TWO HOUR GOLF CART RENTAL!!!

CLICK LINK BELOW TO ENTER.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

*** Open to U.S. residents only and must be 18+ to enter. Winner will be announce via Instagram on Friday, April 14th, and winner will be contacted via DM. Good luck.

xo

Rebecca Minkoff x GE Lighting

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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.

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Ok, now for the best part!

GIVEAWAY ALERT!!!

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.

xo

 

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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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

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

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

WWDMagic Magic Trade Show 2016 Vlog

 

Hey guys, sorry it took me so long to get this video up. My time has been spent on wedding stuff, but now I’m back and ready to create more fun content. I hope you like this video I whipped up for ya!

Oh, and if you missed my outfits from vegas, click here to view the details.

Also, don’t forget to show me some love by giving this video a thumbs up & subscribe to my channel, pretty please!

xo

Magic Tradeshow 2016

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In case you missed it, I attended the Magic Tradeshow in Las Vegas as one of the Magic influencers. It was really exciting to be on the panel with other very inspiring bloggers. I spoke in 3 different panels about YouTube, beauty, fashion and tips on how to make your brand successful.

This is what I wore for the first day. I keep the look clean and simple with this fun culottes jumpsuit and snakeskin booties.

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photos: Kristina Wilde

Here’s what I wore the second day (last day). I decided to dress down with my favorite faux leather jacket, comfy jeans, and of course another snakeskin boot. To complete my outfit, I paired the look with this really cool fringe bag.

Vegas was so much fun! I had the opportunity to meet new bloggers and make new friends.

Stay tuned for my Magic Vlog.

xo

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1st Look: Top | Forever 21 Culottes Jumpsuit | Booties | Sunglasses

2nd Look: Jacket | Top | Jeans | Bag | Boots