Travel: Bahamas

Posted on January 10, 2015

If you guys follow my Instagram, you probably already know that I love to travel.  I couldn’t think of a better way to kick off the New Year and decided to go to the Bahamas!  The weather here in Washington, DC has been so unpredictable and incredibly cold.  The soft white sand, turquoise water and warm sun was exactly what I looked forward to.   I stayed with my awesome friend Philece and we were basically beach bums the entire time IRead More

Luxury Hair Affair Workshop D.C.

Posted on October 30, 2014

Join us and Sheer Luxe Beauty for a luxury hair affair workshop including: 1.  Brunch and unlimited mimosas 2.  Cool giveaways 3.  Exclusive style workshop by the beautiful Monica of MoKnowsHair 4.  Interactive healthy lifestyle panel with the awesome Yolanda Renee of EtcBlogMag and yours truly! Visit moknowshairdc.eventbrite.com for event details.  Grab your curl friends and get a ticket!  I promise you would not want to miss this. Xo, Mel

Old Town Blogger Crawl

Posted on October 27, 2014

I was so excited to be a part of the first Old Town Blogger Crawl.  The lovely ladies of SpicyCandyDC and Neuprofile organized a lively and fun filled evening that brought together ten of DC’s finest bloggers.  We visited some of the most amazing stores and learned about the importance supporting local businesses.  For the event, we were all named ambassadors for the participating boutiques. I represented the chic and charming jewelry boutique – She’s Unique.   Photos: Julien Garmen She’sRead More

Labor Day Cookout

Posted on August 31, 2014

Come hang with me and my peeps !

Blissful Curls Tour DC Recap

Posted on August 15, 2014

I was so excited to be a part of the Blissful Curls Tour especially since it kicked off in my city- Washington, DC with over 300 attendees!  I really enjoyed being a panelist with fellow blogger/vloggers Whitney of Naptural85 and Yolanda of etcblogmag.com to discuss the natural hair movement and the importance of perfecting your brand to those who are aspiring to pursue a career in social media.  The highlight of the evening was talking to all the beautiful naturalsRead More

Happy Birthday Rock Yo Rizos!

Posted on August 13, 2014

Rock Yo Rizos has turned 1! Thank you to all of my followers, family and friends for your support.  I truly appreciate every ounce of it. This year has been amazing – from photo shoots, to magazine features, to traveling to beautiful countries while developing great friendships along the way.  I’m super excited to start showing you all the new material. Xo, Mel  

First Refugees’ Thanksgiving Dinner

Posted on November 27, 2013

I was invited by friend Mariestella to attend the First Refugees’ Thanksgiving Dinner at the Ethiopian Community Development Council Center in Arlington, VA.  I of course agreed to attend because I really enjoy working and helping the less fortunate.  When I arrived, there were several tables of families and I decided to sit next to one that arrived from Iran six months ago.  We talked briefly about experiences due to a language barrier but they all expressed that they wereRead More

Labor Day Weekend – Budweiser’s Made in America Festival

Posted on September 4, 2013

Am I the only one that thought this summer flew by?  Sheeeesh!!  So I felt the need to end the last days of summer with a bang.  I rounded up some of my friends and headed on a road trip to Philadelphia to enjoy the Made in America Music Festival.  A huge thanks to all of my amigos and Budweiser for making this weekend one for the record books!  *Special thanks to my buddy Quincy (he’s wearing the gray tankRead More

Welcome and Bienvenidos!

Posted on August 5, 2013

My name is Melissa also known as Mel to my amigos.  I was born and raised in the Boogie Down Bronx to a beautiful, strong Puerto Rican woman.  I have accomplished a lot in my short life. I attended Hofstra University majoring in psychology, won 1st place and overall figure in the 2008 Pacific Muscle Classic in Okinawa, Japan, then appeared in Oxygen Magazine July 2009 as a success story, and served 10 years in the United States Navy.  Finally, I’m embracing my rizos (curls),Read More