Steppin' It Up A Notch

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So this is one of the blog posts that I've written quite a while back, revisited, and rewrote because so much has changed within the last couple of weeks in just JANUARY! As much as you could call this a late "New Years Resolutions" post, I prefer to use the phrase "2018 plans" instead, as it packs a more powerful punch and sounds a lot more ambitious than "NYE resolutions".

To be honest, 2017 was a year of finding myself. Personally, I reflect back on 2017 and am thankful for everything that's happened, but I will be honest when I say that it wasn't my best year. My health deteriorated from poor diet choices, my work stresses got the better of me, and I felt completely lost and unmotivated with my social media platforms for several months.

However, I've started 2018 with a BANG and a new mindset to change everything. This year, I'm ready to eliminate all of the negativity and stresses holding me back and am now embracing this year with an open mind and a determined checklist of goals to tackle.

In this post, I wanted to share with you guys a few plans that I aim to commit to for the long haul and I hope that you guys can follow me along on this journey to a happier life!


Outfit Details:

Workout Top, Sports Bra, & Workout Leggings:
Ellie Activewear
*Similar styles - Tank #1 and Tank #2

Shoes: Ryka


Photography By:

Sharon Litz (@sharonlitz)
www.sharinaone.com


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1. Waking up earlier.

For those who know me closely, you know that your girl never wanted to get out of bed past 10AM. Since January 2nd, I've been setting up my alarm and getting up exactly at 8:10AM. The first morning I did this felt like absolute hell, but I will admit that each and every early morning after Day One becomes easier. Nowadays, I feel pumped that I'm getting so much shit done before noon. If I really have to lay down longer, I casually browse through my emails or Instagram feed for a good 10-15 minutes before getting up, but I don't ever let my eyes close after that alarm or else...mission unaccomplished.

A quick tip for my snoozers out there - Cosmopolitan magazine states that hitting the snooze button is pointless because you're getting an inefficient and interrupted amount of sleep, so you might as well get your ass up and do something productive! Ever since I read that tip, I've successfully gotten out of bed without hitting the snooze button and I couldn't be happier.


2. Sleeping earlier.

This second point pretty much goes hand-in-hand with point one, but I thought that this was also an important topic to address. As a previous night owl, I was always guilty of staying up late (which is why I woke up late) and I realized that a lot of the things I did from midnight to 2:00AM were absolutely unproductive and useless. I didn't like being the last person to go to bed in my family and wasn't happy with the fact that I didn't use this time wisely. Since I wake up at 8:10AM nowadays, I make it a plan to sleep between 10:00PM - 11:30PM. Whoever says sleep is for the weak is wrong in my opinion because I believe that you can be your most efficient and productive self when you are well-rested.


3. Losing weight and being healthier.

Now this is a personal topic that I'm not as comfortable talking about, but I want my platforms to be about accepting your flaws, loving yourself and your body, and brainstorming solutions on what you can do to improve your situation if you aren't happy. I'm never somebody who wants to settle or accept things for the way they are, and always strive to change for the better.

So let's begin with the long-story-short version. Ever since the beginning of freshman year of college to now, I've gained 30 lbs in total. Thirty. Fucking. Pounds. When I went to my doctor's appointment recently, I was shocked at just how quickly undisciplined eating and lack of exercise could sneak up on you and take a negative toll on your body.

Now it's time for honesty hour. As much as I love the feeling of working out, I never pushed my body past its limits. Ever since I retired from my hip hop team (and thus retired from exhausting AF dance practices) and developed a burning discomfort that shot through my wrist called tendonitis, I always exercised casually and made excuses that I couldn't work out too "hard" because my wrist hurt. Little did I know that this laziness bit me in the ass several years later.

With family and the wrong crowd of "friends" (who are no longer my friends for obvious reasons), I've always been made fun of how much I eat. I was told that I ate too much, that I never stopped eating, and that I was fat. To be honest, I knew that they were right that I ate an unhealthy amount for an individual with my body size and height, but that doesn't disregard the fact that hearing each negative statement about my body stung.

However, with a New Year comes a new change. Several years ago, I went on a strict diet and had a consistent exercise regimen that helped me drop 10 lbs easily. If I did it once, I know that I can do it again. Honestly, I'm not so focused on the number on the scale as I am about how I feel/look physically and emotionally. Thus, my first goal is to drop 10 lbs first. From there, I will make another realistic goal until I reach a weight that I am happy with. After all, it's all about the baby steps and making realistic goals that you know you can stick to :)

I wanted to thank a LOT of you guys for giving me positive feedback on a type of "diet" that I plan to implement into my everyday lifestyle called Intermittent Fasting. With Intermittent Fasting, I essentially eat a healthy diet within an 8-hour time window and fast for 16-hours. To put it simply, the excess fat and weight that you have will be burned effectively if you stay dedicated to this disciplined routine.

It's currently Day 2 and the hunger is totally real (and torturous), but I'm motivated enough to keep going because I know just how rewarding it is to feel healthy in your own body. Not only does staying healthy keep my mind focused and stress levels lowered, but it definitely makes me feel like I'm more in control of my life and I end up making better choices when I treat my body right. I'll definitely write a blog post on my Intermittent Fasting progress and will keep you guys in the loop if you have any questions, so be sure to stay tuned on Instagram stories if you want daily updates ;)

P.S. For those who are trying to lose weight as well, the mobile app MyFitnessPal is literally a gamechanger! This app counts calories for me so I didn't have to, but don't forget to get your daily nutritional needs as well ;)


4. Improving my time management skills and achieving work-life balance.

I will be honest when I say that I personally felt that my time management skills sucked, even when I was a crazy planner lady using five planners at once. With time and learning more about the lifestyle of being a freelance creative in the social media industry, I learned that you need to be able to work hard, but also enjoy your life outside of work.

As an entrepreneur, I have to work more than the average 9-5 and same with a lot of other freelancers. After all, the hustle never stops when you're building your own empire. However, I should never be at the point where I drown myself at work and refuse to hangout with anybody because that kind of lifestyle isn't good for you either. I learned that making myself work over 12 hours per day just led to a lack of productivity, constant daydreaming, and inevitable procrastination. This is also why I'm not a huge fan of the 9-5 cubicle lifestyle - I just can't imagine myself chained to a desk for eight hours per day. I value days where I balance commuting for photoshoots and events or just blogging at my desk, but I will admit that this lifestyle can be very mentally and physically exhausting if you're not ready for the challenge.

To achieve work-life balance, I have to literally force myself to take a short break from work. One of my best friends knows too well that I refuse or hate taking breaks, but they are necessary if you want to refresh your mind. Also, if I need a break from my desk, I also use this time to exercise at the gym, then jump right back into work after a quick shower and meal.

So if you're a workaholic like me, my one piece of advice to you is to work hard, but remember to take necessary breaks. You'll find yourself a lot more productive in the end than working non-stop hours.


Which of these 2018 plans resonated with you most? Let me know in the comments below, and I'll talk to you guys soon!

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Much Love,

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My Six Healthy Living Tips + WORKOUT GEAR GIVEAWAY

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As much as we often rely on New Year's as the "perfect" time to improve certain life aspects for the better, I'm a strong believer behind starting anew anytime, anywhere. If you're unhappy with a certain life aspect, just know that you have the power to change the direction of your life if you have the right mindset and motivation. And one significant part our lives that I wanted to talk to you guys about today is health and how important it is to make healthy choices in our everyday lives, both physically and mentally.

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Photography By:
Thy Nguyen from @thy.time


A healthy lifestyle can only be achieved when you treat it like an everyday routine instead of a short-term goal. Thus, I always enjoy making one realistic short-term goal that I can stick to before moving on to the next big goal. For 2018, I aim to become healthier both physically and mentally. However, for today's blog post, I'll be focusing on the more physical aspects of healthy living! With that being said, I wanted to share a few health-related tips that I plan to implement into my everyday lifestyle and I hope that sharing these tips will help motivate yourself towards a healthier life as well! Plus, I have a fun GIVEAWAY for you guys at the end of this blog post so keep reading along to find out how to win an entire WORKOUT GEAR OUTFIT for yourself!

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1. Incorporate exercise into your schedule like it's a MUST - like brushing your teeth or taking a shower.

More often than not, we make excuses as to why we don't have time to exercise when we really have all of the time right in front of us. Find yourself with the free time to scroll through your Instagram feed or watch a 10-minute YouTube video? Yeah buddy, don't lie to me - you definitely have time to work out.

If you're a busy bee like me and are always on-the-go, you can always devote anywhere from 5-30 minutes to do a quick, high intensity workout at home if you don't have enough time to hit the gym. If you are consistent towards squeezing in quick workouts around your busy schedule, your hard work and dedication will really make all the difference - both physically and mentally.

Personally, the longer I go without a workout, the more lethargic I feel for days on end. Dedicating a portion of your day to exercise allows you to take a mental break from work and the stresses of life to focus on just you. Just think of working out as the "me" time you've always wanted. Remember that we use our body every single day, so we should be finding ways to take care of it to the best of our abilities as well.

In fact, Blogilates is one of my favorite fitness YouTubers and I've included a few of my go-to videos that will BURN every inch of your body once you're finished with them! Trust me when I say to not let a cute and motivational individual like her make you underestimate these workouts - they are definitely challenging ;)

Quick Burn Arms (8 minutes)
Plie Squat Challenge (8.5 minutes)
5 Minute Flat Abs
Perfect 10 Minute Abs
Lift Your Booty Workout (7.5 minutes)
Kick Butt Blaster (8.5 minutes)


2. Drink more water.

One useful tip I read a long time ago was to drink one glass of water before every meal so that you already start the meal partially full. Not only does this help you consume less calories, but it helps you stay hydrated as well!


3. Keep a reusable water bottle with you at all times - at your desk, in your purse, by your nightstand.

This year, I plan to utilize a reusable water bottle wherever I go. If you didn't already know, I tell my friends that I'm like a redwood tree because I drink gallons and gallons of water per day, LOL! By refilling your reusable bottle with fresh water, you're saving your health from the nasty carcinogens lurking in plastic bottles, money from purchasing new water bottles, and you're saving the environment as well! Plus, if you're all for supporting environmentally friendly causes, then can I just say that you're pretty damn cool ;)

Additionally, I find that I get huge headaches during work when I fail to stay hydrated. Having a plentiful source of water by my side at all times will only help fuel my hustle further ;)

Purchase my favorite reusable glass water bottle here.


4. Hop on the scale every couple of days or once a week, not every day.

Trust me when I say that hopping on the scale every single day will make your efforts feel ineffective and discarded. Weight loss doesn't happen overnight, so trust the process. Most importantly, trust yourself and that you're doing everything in your power to make healthy choices.

Personally, I like to hop on the scale every couple of days to see if my altered eating regimen made a huge difference or not. Whenever I carefully monitor what I eat for the day, the scale definitely shows the results that I'm looking for. 


5. Choose the fruit over dessert.

Whenever I find a dessert craving lurking in the corner of my mind before bedtime, I refuse to give myself the time of day to think about it and opt for a pear or banana instead. Eating a piece of fruit will keep you just as satiated and satisfied, and eating one dessert may often lead you to further junk food temptations that your body doesn't need.


6. Never grocery shop when you're hungry.

If there's one thing that Nutrition class taught me, it's to never shop for groceries when you're starving. From the wise words of my professor and my own personal experience, this statement has never been more true.

Here's a quick story - I don't know why, but there was this one day I was grocery shopping while hungry and I ended up buying 3-5 extra snacks that I didn't need or even want to eat once I went home to eat a proper meal.

Lesson learned, I'll say. Save your hunger and money by eating a satisfying meal first before you enter the grocery store. Don't say I didn't warn ya ;)


Whew, now that we've breezed by the six tips, I hope that at least one of these tips resonated with you to make healthier choices in the long run! Now for the moment that you've all been waiting for, let's get to the GIVEAWAY! ;)

With Missmisschelle, I always aim to use my platform to promote environmentally friendly practices and eco-friendly products. Thus, I've partnered up with one of my favorite workout gear brands, Inside Out Active (@insideoutactive), to host TWO giveaways on my social media channels - one Instagram Giveaway and one Facebook Giveaway. You can find the respective rules on both my Instagram and Facebook pages, so be sure to follow those required rules first before reading the remaining rule below.

Two lucky winners will be winning an ENTIRE WORKOUT LOOK from Inside Out Active -  yep, that means one flowy workout tank, one pair of comfortable workout leggings, and one COMFY AF sports bra. Can somebody say #winning?

P.S. I cannot STRESS how much I love their sports bra, as I've worn it for years throughout intense hip hop dance practices and workout grinds at the gym. Also, I think it's super cool to brag that I'm wearing a one-of-a-kind sports bra that's 95% made of bamboo, heh ;)


Wearing Inside Out Active workout tank, sports bra, and workout leggings.

Wearing Inside Out Active workout tank, sports bra, and workout leggings.

[LAST GIVEAWAY RULE:]

>> To complete this giveaway, all you have to do is comment down below which tip you enjoyed reading the most from this blog post and whether you're entering the Instagram giveaway, Facebook giveaway, or both! Don't forget to leave your full name, Instagram handle (if you have one), and email address in the comments section as well! <<

Good luck to all of you and I'll be announcing TWO lucky winners total in seven days on both Instagram, Facebook, and my blog. Giveaway is open to US residents only. With that being said, stay hydrated and healthy, everybody! :)

Much Love,

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Blogger Brunch at Le Marais Bakery

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Wanting to start 2018 with a bang, I knew that the event planning junkie within me HAD to throw another media event sooner or later. Thus, a blogger brunch at Le Marais Bakery in San Francisco was born and I had the honor of brunching with eight other San Francisco fashion bloggers (some that I've already met, and some that I've always been waiting to meet)! Whenever I host influencer events, I always get so sentimental and nostalgic so I always love documenting a blog post recap of each event that I host on Missmisschelle. This was one of my favorite media events that I've hosted due to the fact that I had a lot of fun doing an INSTAGRAM TAKEOVER on Le Marais Bakery's Instagram account! Not only do I love helping my favorite businesses grow through influential social media exposure, but I love finding ways to push my brand name out there and being able to interact with other people from my area!

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Outfit Details:

Sweater Dress:
Express (Different colors here: Style #1 & Style #2)

Black Leather Jacket:
Thacker NYC (Similar style here)

Moon Pendant Necklace:
ShopBexo (Different color here)

Booties: Skechers


*Use discount code "MICHELLE10" for 10% off your entire online purchase from Shop BEXO.


Cafe, Goodie Bag, & Group Shot By:
Thy Nguyen from @thy.time

Food Shots By:
Michelle Sun from @missmisschelle


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At this blogger brunch, we did what all typical fashion and lifestyle bloggers do - eat and take pictures, duh! But of course, I do enjoy some good ol' conversation as well. I had fun getting to know the background of everybody's lives outside of the blogging world in addition to answering a few questions about full-time blogging! If you ask me any questions about blogging in person, I swear I could tell you my entire life story for hours on end...and you probably don't want to go through that, LOL. Oh, and I can't forget the hilarious, but frightening moment after brunch when we were all running away from a bee that wouldn't leave us alone when we were trying to take photos outside the entrance, LOL! Ah, good times.


Special thanks to all of the sponsors who joined us at this blogger brunch:

Le Marais Bakery (@lemaraisbakery):
Entrees, Pastries

Ketsourine Macarons (@ketsourinemacarons):
Macarons

ShopBexo (@shopbexo):
Jewelry [ex: Necklaces]

Dynamic Fashion (@dnmcfashion):
Winter Accessories [ex: Beanies, Berets, & Scarves]


Lastly, I wanted to add that the customer service at Le Marais Bakery is over-the-top phenomenal. Our waiter, Derrick, always came back to our chatty, distracted-by-everything-cute table full of bloggers every 5-10 minutes to make sure that all of us were taken care of throughout the entire brunch. If you had to ask me what to order (which many of the bloggers already did once we sat down, LOL), I highly recommend their Duck Confit Salad, Prime Rib Salad, Caramel Latte, and any of their fresh pastries! There's a reason I come back to Le Marais Bakery all the damn time, and it's because of their stellar customer service and quality dishes. Until next time, Le Marais Bakery!

I hope you all enjoy looking through the photos, and please do try out Le Marais Bakery if you are in the San Francisco area! P.S. Their fruit tarts are bomb ;) Again, thank you so much to everybody who came out to my blogger brunch and to all of the sponsors for participating! This brunch wouldn't have been the same without each and every one of y'all :)

Much Love,

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Friendships, Family, & Relationships - What I've Learned In 2017

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With all of the sentimental posts flooding my Instagram feed for the last couple of days, I wanted to take the time to reminisce about 2017 as well. Nobody described 2017 as best as my fashion blogger friend and photographer, Sharon Litz. Basically, Sharon stated that this year has been "an unusually challenging, crap year but also weirdly fantastic at the same time" and I couldn't agree more. Simply put, 2017 has been a crazy ass year that made me experience a fluctuation of ups and downs that I never thought I'd want to experience...and I wouldn't have it any other way. Without struggles, unpredictable outcomes, meltdowns, and surprises, I wouldn't be the person I am today and I am grateful to have experienced all of these moments, whether they were bad and good. When things don't go your way, it makes you a stronger person at the end of the day once you overcome the obstacles that once hindered your growth. Now, I want to take you guys on a long-story-short version of my 2017 and what I learned about the importance and value of friendships, family, and relationships throughout this unpredictable, yet intriguing year.


Outfit Details:
Red Sweater: Target (Similar style here)
White Jeans: Rue 21 x Wild Blue Denim (Similar style here)
Black OTK Boots: Kohl's x Candies


Guest Blogger & Photographer:
Thy Nguyen from @thy.time


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1. Trust your gut instincts about people - whether it involves work, love, or friendships.

When you meet somebody for the first time, your first impression of them is often on point (that is, if you're a good judge of character or have good intuition). If I find myself thinking about that person after meeting him/her for the first time, I most likely will take control of the situation and reach out to that individual to hang out again.

WORKPLACE:
In an industry that is competitive and oversaturated with bloggers, I'll be honest when I say that it's not often that you find a work-related buddy worth keeping by your side. People in any competitive work industry often take what they can get, so you can easily be replaced, betrayed, or ignored if you don't watch your back. If somebody is often talking to you about work-related topics and doesn't bother to get to know you on a personal level, the chances are high when I say that they are using you to get information. Just because somebody is nice to you does not mean they want to be all "buddy-buddy" with you, and this person could care less about the things happening outside of your work life. Sadly, you'll learn the hard way about who really cares about you when you something drastic happens in your personal life and that "buddy" isn't there to check up on you.

DATING/RELATIONSHIPS:
If you get the feeling that your potential love interest does not give you the time of day to get to know you, drop him/her and move on. A serious dater would make known that he/she is serious about you by dropping obvious clues or signals that he/she likes you. Or even better, he/she will directly say what he/she is looking for when it comes to dating and relationships and won't waste either of your time.

FRIENDSHIPS:
If a friend says or does questionable things that make "red flags" fly, don't automatically turn around and run for the hills. Be cautious of future actions or spoken words from this friend, get to know them on a better level, and see if their flaws are worth tolerating (because c',mon, we all have flaws). I'll be honest when I say that there are some people that I have to distance myself from in order to keep the friendship at a healthy level because that's just life. After all, you aren't meant to be 100% compatible with every friend that you make. Sometimes, two people aren't meant to be as close, but can still maintain a civil, healthy relationship from afar - and why break a friendship when you don't have to? Don't dive into every friendship thinking that you can become BFF level with everybody, but definitely get a feel for chemistry and compatability and see if you can become closer without harming the friendship. If there's no or minimal harm done, then you've found yourself a good friend!


2. Keep the friends around who support your passion and goals, even if they aren't invested in the same interests.

It's all about work-life balance.

I may sound like an asshole for saying this, but there were days when I wondered, "If I have a good amount of blogger friends, why do I need to befriend individuals who don't blog?" However, I actually found it funny that a college friend shared similar thoughts and asked me why we may need friends outside of the workplace. And here's my answer...

First off, friendship isn't entirely based off of similar passions and interests. Yes, similar interests/passions and compatibility is a bonus when it comes to maintaining a long-term friendship, but it definitely is not a necessary part of the equation. Instead, friendship is based off of the amount of support, honesty, and time that a loving individual is willing to give to you. Even if that friend doesn't understand the basics of photography or owns a blog of his/her own, I would love this friend just the same as somebody who blogs for a living. 

Essentially, if a friend opens up their heart to me and wholeheartedly respects me as an individual, this is what true friendship means to me - regardless of interests, ethnicity, gender, or religion.

Also, I wanted to point out that it's actually a good thing to socialize with friends outside of the workplace. Let's take a hypothetical example and say I only had blogger, photographer, videographer, and social media influencer friends. If this were the case, we would constantly be talking about work 24/7. Eventually, my mind would begin to shut down because there would be no "off" switch that turns off all conversation topics about work. Even if I don't bring up work in the conversation, there's a good chance that another person from this my work party will.

When you hang out with a friend who isn't from the same field as you, it automatically takes your mind off of work and allows you to experience peace of mind. You can chat about topics that are non-work related, and this will allow your mind and body to indulge in good ol' conversation. Plus, you can always learn more from people who are in different fields or share different hobbies. And who could say no to learning more in life? Sign me up!


3. Don't judge words; judge actions.

If you've ever read Gary Chapman's book "The 5 Love Languages", I discovered that my first way of expressing love is through "Words Of Affirmation". In other words, I love lifting my friends up with positivity and giving/receiving compliments make my heart feel all fuzzy and warm like that Teddy Bear Coat you've been eyeing on Nordstrom's website.

Now, can you imagine how hard it is to take my own damn advice when it goes against what (referring to "Words Of Affirmation") I love most? Hah. Anyways, I learned the hard way that as much as I want to trust people's words, it will only hurt me in the long run if they don't end up keeping their word. Trust words with a grain of salt, and learn to observe actions more.

So, if you are trying to figure out whether a friend or (potential) love interest cares about you, here are some questions to ask yourself:
- Does this individual make time for me?
Does this individual text/call/message me?
Does this individual initiate conversations or hangouts?
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Does this individual ask you questions about your personal life?

If you answer "no" to more than one of these questions, you may want to reanalyze why you're so focused on this person in your life. A genuine friendship/relationship should evoke a natural flow of conversation and emotion, and you should never have to try hard to get this two-way street to work. If you find yourself struggling to make a friendship or relationship work when the other person isn't investing any effort, it's time to move on to better people.


4. Family will always care about you, no matter how inexpressive they may be with their feelings.

Don't get me wrong - I love my family with all of my heart, but we aren't the type of family who often dish out warm hugs or say "I love you" upon each meetup. It doesn't mean that we don't love each other - it just means that every family expresses love differently, and that's totally okay.

My family's dynamics of expressing love is shown through cooking and eating meals together or keeping in touch through family texts. Recently, the moment when I found out just how much my family cared about my well-being was when I shared a personal story on the blog not too long ago. Honestly, I didn't even have the balls to confront them about such a sensitive and raw topic, so of course, they found out through social media eventually. As soon as they found out, their overprotective family traits sprung into action immediately, which made me burst into tears upon interrogation. However, these were happy tears; tears that I couldn't hold back because of the love and warmth I felt from their care.

All in all, don't ever assume that your family doesn't love you if you don't hear or see obvious signs. It doesn't mean that they don't love you; sometimes, family may not be the best as expressing their love. No one's family is perfect (nor is anybody perfect), but don't forget to focus on the bigger, more positive picture. Count your blessings and appreciate what you have in front of you because when shit hits the fan, sometimes family will be the only solid foundation that you can count on during the toughest times in your life. Always be grateful, and always remember that family is the reason you're here in the first place.


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I love you guys so much and thank you so much for the support and love that you continuously show Missmisschelle for the three years and counting that I've been blogging for! Honestly, I cannot wait for what 2018 has in store for all of us and I'm ready to hustle harder than I ever did before! Wishing you all a wonderful and safe New Year's Eve!

Much Love,
 

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15 Best Moments of 2017

As 2017 comes to a close, I've compiled a list of fun memories that made me realize just how much I've changed, grew, and learned within the last 365 days. My motto in life is to never settle or be comfortable with the current state of things, and to always crave more in life. 

So without further ado, let's throw it back to 2017, the year that I...


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1. Flew to Chicago (with Sharon from @sharonlitz) to meet up for the first time with the four blogger babes who have supported me since the beginning of my Instagram journey three years ago.
- Huyen from @huyentxo
- Thy from @thy.time
- Fiona from @fionahx3
- Van from @loveeevan

2. Attended New York Fashion Week for the very first time.

3. Ditched the constant excuses I made and splurged on any equipment necessary to improve my Instagram and blog's content quality.
- 13 inch Macbook Pro
- Canon G7x
- Ringlight
- DSLR Tripod
- Canon G7x Gorilla Tripod
- Lightroom
- Microsoft Office
- PicMonkey

4. Had the balls to publish the most sensitive and raw personal story I never thought I'd release to the public eye & received so much positive feedback on my courage to address a subject that not everybody can talk about.

5. Finally established a consistent theme for Missmisschelle (inspirational stories, blog/marketing tips & tricks, hotel reviews, fashion lookbooks, restaurant guides, etc.)

6. Caught the travel bug and visited more travel destinations than I ever had any other year.
- Seattle, WA
- Chicago, IL
- New York City, NY
- Joshua Tree, CA
- Palm Springs, CA
- La Jolla, CA
- Santa Monica, CA
- Frazier Park, CA

7. Faced my fear of public speaking (ex: talking straight to a camera) and filmed/edited/published my first YouTube video on Missmisschelle.

8. Time I celebrated my birthday twice by organizing two birthday parties back-to-back in both Northern and Southern California.

9. Won $400+ dollars playing my first slot machine ever at Pala Casino Resort & Spa's Influencer Event.

10. Collaborated with additional established brands that I've always wanted to work with
(Dr. Dennis Gross, DSW, Famous Footwear, Godiva, Kate Somerville, Kohl's x Candies, Physicians Formula)

11. Visited Disneyland and had an entire photoshoot around the Happiest Place On Earth. Hell yeah!

12. Redesigned my blog layout that features a more visually appealing aesthetic.

13. Discovered amazing games that I never knew existed, such as King Of Tokyo, Codenames, and that one competitive Christmas game where you unwrap a ball of saran wrap that holds a shit ton of random prizes (LOL).

14. Signed up for a gym membership and became addicted to using the stairmaster every workout sesh.

15. Co-founded my own digital agency called iRose Social with Sharon.


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Looking back on everything that has happened in 2017, I'm proud to say that I managed to explore outside of my comfort zone and that I plan to face more of my fears in 2018! I hope that a year from now, I can look back at the next 365 days with more destinations crossed off of my travel bucketlist, a stronger work hustle, and most importantly, a smile that shows just how much I love the feeling of making my dream career a reality :)

Much Love,

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The Coolest Christmas Party Appetizer Ever

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Tis' the season for festive holiday feasts and party food, and what better way to whip up a Pinterest-inspired holiday recipe than with fresh MilkAndEggs ingredients? For those of you who don't know, I've partnered up with MilkAndEggs for the last several months to introduce to you guys a bunch of seasonal recipes that I've bookmarked on Pinterest! Food will, and always will be, a huge part of my life and I love showing you guys new recipes that I make in the kitchen! Now without further ado, let me show you the coolest Christmas themed recipe that my family and I whipped up together this holiday season!


Outfit Details:
Penguin Pajamas: Adore Me


Photography By:
Jonathan Wang from @jonathanbangwang


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Christmas Tree Spinach Dip Breadsticks

Ingredients:
- 12 oz. frozen chopped spinach, thawed & squeezed
- 6 oz. cream cheese, softened
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon italian seasoning
- 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 1 cup cheddar or mozerella cheese
- 1 tube refrigerated thin crust pizza crust
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1/2 teaspoon each garlic salt + italian seasoning

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Directions:

1) Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 
2) In a bowl, beat spinach and cream cheese together. Add garlic, salt, onion powder, pepper, chili powder, italian seasoning, & beat to combine.
3) Add parmesan cheese and 1/2 cup cheddar cheese & beat to combine.
4) For shaping directions, go to https://wp.me/p405LX-3SX
5) Bake tree for about 22 minutes until golden brown on top and cooked through on the bottom.
6) Melt butter and stir in garlic salt and seasoning. Brush over breadsticks. Serve warm.

Find the original recipe here


Without a doubt, this appetizer is major addicting that you can serve at any holiday party and impress your guests. When I was only expecting to eat one "tree branch", I ended up eating five more because it was so damn good. If you're looking for a holiday treat to make next year, THIS is the recipe that will get people saying "compliments to the chef" - which will be you! ;) Hope you all had a Merry Christmas and soon-to-be Happy New Year's!

Much Love,

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