This is a blog series on my Liz in Los Angeles that features a top LA blogger. The goal of this series is to introduce you to Los Angeles bloggers and influencers who are not only influential but who are making a difference. Through these blogger interviews, I hope you can get to know more authentic influencers who are sources of blogging tips and influencer marketing tools. This month, I’m featuring Melanee Shale. Melanee Shale is a passionate fashion blogger sharing all things fashion, lifestyle, and travel.
Established in 2012, Melanee Shale is a part-time fashion, beauty, lifestyle, and travel creator sharing her love for affordable style trends, skincare tips, favorite spots in her hometown of Los Angeles, and her travel adventures. Melanee has leveraged her social media expertise working full-time for a luxury hotel brand and to partner with such brands as Clarins, Nordstrom, Target, Levi’s, and many more.
An Interview with Melanee Shale, LA Blogger in Los Angeles
01. What are your favorite curbside pick restaurants in Los Angeles?
Bianca Bakery LA, True Food Kitchen, Jon, and Vinny’s.
02. What’s the best thing about being an influencer? What’s the biggest struggle as a Los Angeles Blogger?
I’ve been an influencer since 2012 and the best thing has been the close friendships I’ve made over the years. We started at a time when we weren’t sure where this influencer world was going and without each other’s support and guidance, I don’t think I would still be doing it today. For me, my biggest struggle is just staying consistent since I work full-time. Today, everyone is an influencer and it’s become an extremely oversaturated market especially in L.A. I have to constantly push myself to remain relevant otherwise you get lost in the sea.
03. Where is your favorite fashion boutique in LA to shop from as a Fashion Blogger?
Honestly, I’m an online shopper now! The only store I visit in person is Zara. Some of my favorite boutiques online are…Petal and Pup for cute dresses and tops, 12th Tribe for cute and comfy loungewear sets and of course I love the affordable well known sites such as Asos, H&M and Nastygal.
4. How do you foster cohesion with your audience as a fashion blogger?
I try to remain authentic to who I am and what I love. I try to show my real life on stories since my feed shows mostly beautiful, edited images that may not give you a direct look into who I really am. If you watch my stories, you’ll see that my life is pretty simple, I live in a one-bedroom apartment with my husband and two adopted dogs. I love to talk about real-life situations that I know many women can relate to!
05. What are your favorite ways to give back to Los Angeles?
Right now with the pandemic and everything going on with Black Lives Matter, it’s important to give back to the community and help support small businesses and Black-owned businesses including restaurants.
Are you following this Los Angeles blogger yet? Which one of Melanee Shale’s tips did you find useful?