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Beauty on the Streets: Mel Rose of Food and the City

October 22, 2013

This week’s spotlight is on blogger extraordinaire, Mel Rose! As a fellow Progresso Artisan Ambassador (more on this soon!), Mel and I were busy roaming the NYCWFF together this past weekend and indulging in one of our shared passions — food! Not only is she an established YouTube makeup and fashion guru, she shares her delicious recipes on her food blog. Read on to learn more about what makes her tick: -Shy

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Name: Mel Rose

Age: 22

Occupation: Writer of Food and the City & Beauty/Fashion guru on YouTube

Location: Bronx, NY

Website: www.foodandnewyorkcity.com

Twitter: @OfficialMel

Instagram: @OfficialMelRose

“Just a regular young 20-somethin’ born and raised in New York, who is crazy for all things fashion and food! I love to entertain, hang out with my dog, and sprinkle glitter on pretty much anything I can get my hands on!”

When I wake up in the morning, the first thing I think is: “I’m not ready to wake up..five more minutes please?”

The song I have on repeat right now is: Wake Me Up by Avicii! That song just gets me going. Anytime I’m feeling “ehh” I listen to that song and want to conquer the world!

Growing up, I really wanted to be: A teacher…and a movie star. But no, really!

The best part about being a blogger is: Sharing my ideas with the world! Just being able to get my thoughts and creativity typed out and on a screen for thousands to see.

My best styling tip is: Wear what you feel comfortable in. Not a fan of the way peplum tops make you look? Forget em’.

My favorite places to shop are: Zara, H&M, Nordstrom, J.Crew, plus any cute boutique I may stumble upon.

One of my best makeup tips is: Get your eyebrows in check. They can drastically change your appearance. Play around with shapes, grow them out just to buzz em’ back off again, and look a little crazy until you find the best shape that works for you. It took me years!

Check out Mel's YT channel!

People usually compliment my: Eyes. They have a tendency to sometimes turn into this really light caramel color. I have no idea why it happens, but I’ll take it!

I’ll never forget: I went out for a drink with a few people, and may have had a little too much wine. Next thing I knew I was on the dance floor teaching former football player Michael Irvin how to do the Macarena. True story!

For my skin, I use: A little olive oil to help remove my eye makeup. Not only is it great at breaking down mascara/eye liner, it leaves your skin feeling soft!

My favorite place in the whole world is: Paris, France for sure! My boyfriend and I visited for a couple of weeks last year and the whole experience was amazing!

Current beauty product obsession: I’m really loving the Lorac Pro-to-go palette. I travel a lot and this beauty is equipped with eye shadows, a bronzer, and blushes! Hello non-overweight luggage!

But I also can’t live without: MAC Studio Finish concealer. Its like, an eraser. I love that stuff.

Worst habit: Planning to get ready early and then moving in slow motion since I think I have all this time. Translation: I always end up late.

When I travel, I MUST have: A box of green tea with me! You’d be surprised how hard it can be to find good, green tea! (totally random I know!). My favorite is Teavana’s Matcha Japanese Green Tea!

My favorite scent is:Dream by GAP. It was something I used as a teen, and my love for it was recently rekindled!

People might be surprised to know that: I’m a picky eater, and have been my whole life. I’d probably be a vegetarian if I didn’t love chicken dishes so much! A picky food blogger, go figure.

My current favorite hair product is: Josie Maran Argan Oil. I just rub a little on my ends when I get out of the shower and they feel like new!

I don’t understand people who don’t like: Pizza! I mean really, how can ANYONE not like pizza?!

The restaurant I can never get tired of is: Buddakan on 9th Avenue in Chelsea. The atmosphere is great, the food never disappoints, and it always makes for a great ‘girls night out’ spot. Plus a scene from Sex and the City was filmed there, so that makes it all the more fashionable!

Though I can make a mean: Steak! I’m not partial to steak myself, but its probably the #1 request I get from my boyfriend to make for him!

I hope in 5 years: I have an established career in the blogging department and can take off to travel the world for months at a time!

Who inspires me: Everything inspires me. Music, TV, trends, nature, friends/family–you name it! The world is one big visionary scene that we all see differently. Take what you may and run with it!

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