Father's Day 2018 Gift Guide


More often than not, Father's Day almost always lands on my birthday (June 17th), or at least extremely close to this special day. Although my family is not big on gift-giving and we prefer to show our love and appreciation through intimate family dinners and quality time together, it doesn't mean that all families are like that! Every family is different, and I totally respect that! In fact, I know plenty of you celebrate Father's Day and whenever a special holiday arrives, we always get into this panic mode where we freak out when we do not know what to get a beloved individual. Worry not, because that's why gift guides are created on my blog ;) In today's blog post, I share with you a few amazing gift ideas that will make your Father smile this time of year.


As of recently, Airpods are one of the coolest Apple gadgets to exist on this planet. If you don't know what Airpods are, they are essentially wireless, bluetooth-activated earbuds made by Apple. These two "pods" come in a compact case that also serves as a charging station, so you're technically charging your Airpods whenever they aren't in use.

Honestly, these babies are convenient AF to own. Although I don't own a pair myself, I definitely want to someday and I have played with a pair enough to know that I want one for my very own. Not only do I love the compact and convenient size of Airpods for easy storage and mobility, but I love how it's so user-friendly and easy-to-use as well. Also, a pair of Airpods definitely beats my handy-dandy Bose noise-cancelling headphones regarding the fact that they do not easily slip or fall out of your ears during an intense session of abs or crunches. Additionally, if a gym friend forgets to bring his/her earbuds or headphones for a day, you can still share one Airpod with that buddy and have one for yourself so that you can both listen to music! It's like splitting a pair of earbuds - without the wire! Compared to my more expensive pair of headphones, the pricepoint of Airpods are set at a fairly reasonable price to spend on an important family member. 

If your Father gardens, works out, walks the dogs, or just loves listening to music, you can give him no better gift than the gift of beautiful music through a pair of trustworthy Airpods.

Purchase a pair of Airpods here.

Massage Vouchers

All of our Dads work hard, and any hard-working Dad definitely deserves a massage every once in a while!

In previous blog posts, I have always shared my secrets to getting a massage that is worth every bang for your buck and the secret is purchasing affordable massage vouchers on GROUPON! To do this, you simply search what city/location you want to visit for your massage (or in this case, your Dad) and the search engine will provide multiple suggestions on various businesses you can purchase a discounted massage voucher from. Honestly, I don't trust GroupOn reviews, so I look to see which location is the most convenient to visit before I head on Yelp to look into more trusthworthy 4-star or 5-star reviews. Also, GroupOn typically only applies to first-time customers, so make sure that your Dad hasn't visited the location before for the GroupOn voucher to be applied!

Honestly, whenever I purchase a GroupOn voucher for massages, I always save anywhere from $25-100 off the original price! I'm sold.

I talked about this awesome company once before in a previous Valentine's Day gift guide here, but I wanted to bring it up again because ManCrates does not have enough recognition for its innovative and diverse amount of crates! Essentially, ManCrates designs a "crate" full of themed products for the father figure in your life. Think of it like a themed subscription box, without the annoying or unnecessary subscription! Instead of picking out miscellaneous items that you think your Father will like and putting it together in the form of a gift basket, ManCrates does all of the work for you! From the genres of grilling to eating to drinking to to sports to project kits, ManCrates has it all. See, they even have a tab called "Father's Day"! That's when you know they're prepared for the holidays ;)

Browse through recommended Father's Day ManCrates products here.


Google Home or Google Home Mini

If your dad is electronic-savvy or into the latest technology, he will definitely love owning a Google Home or Google Home Mini! As a matter of fact, I am the proud owner of a Google Home Mini that is shaped like a coral donut speaker and I absolutely LOVE it! With my Google Home Mini, I use it daily as my alarm clock and also various times when I feel like blasting a random playlist of music in my room. You can literally say, "Hey Google, play Michael Buble" and a popular hit by Buble will start playing within the next few seconds. Additionally, you can ask your Google Home various questions such as, "What time is it?", "When is Father's Day?", "How long do eggs last in the fridge?", and other questions where you need a quick answer without browsing the Internet. This device is great to place in the bedroom, bathroom, living room, family room, garage, outdoor patio, or anywhere you need to have an electronic buddy that provides all of these services and more.

Purchase a Google Home here.
Purchase a Google Home Mini here.

Personally, I don't use the Kindle because I prefer old-fashioned paperback or hardcover books, but I know plenty of Moms and Dads who have hopped on the Kindle train as of lately. Not only is it convenient to carry around with you, but I just don't envision parents these days lugging around books when they can easily access multiple sources of literature through one electronic device. Especially because men don't often carry a backpack, bag, or purse with them everywhere, I can't imagine a man wanting to carry a thick book with him everywhere that can easily get wrinkled when he can carry around a lighter, sleekly designed electronic instead.

I believe my Dad owns a tablet or Kindle of his own, which is all the more reason to trust me and get a Kindle for your Father as well! ;)

Purchase a Kindle here.


If your gift-giving creativity has hit a major slump, I have been there too and I feel ya! Don't become frustrated, concerned, or down if you've tried really hard to think of a creative gift - sometimes, some people are just difficult to shop for! Say, if your Dad is extremely picky or he already owns everything he could ever want, sometimes a giftcard is the best route you can go in some cases. This way, your Dad will be happy that he can treat himself to something else he may want or need and KNOW that he's going to like it too! And since the giftcard is from you, what he buys is technically from you too ;)

Personally, I've gifted my Dad Home Depot giftcards in the past because he LOVES gardening, and he seemed like a happy camper, LOL. Write down 3-5 hobbies that your Dad has, and from there, find the most relevant businesses that you can purchase a giftcard from that relates to these hobbies.

This particular gift is for those MARRIED TO and HAVE CHILDREN with their male partner - I introduce to you, DateBox. DateBox serves as the ideal "dating" gift when you're trying to spice things up with your lover or fi the quality of your time together has been feeling a little repetitive/dry/comfortable. Say, if you both are super busy with the kids and find that you never have free time, try hiring a babysitter sometime before or after Father's Day (unless you're free on the actual holiday!) to spend a little time with your man and DateBox. In fact, DateBox can either set you up on a fun date around your city or you can receive a physical DateBox in the mail as an in-home activity. In-home DateBox activities include a sushi-making kit, a card game over alcohol, an espresso-making kit, and more. Although this is technically a subscription box, you can cancel anytime if you just want it to be a one-time memorable gift. Just because your significant other is a Father doesn't mean you, as his wife, can't celebrate it with him too! 

Purchase your DateBox here.


Read my Valentine's Day Gift Guide here for the deets.


Read my Valentine's Day Gift Guide here for the deets.


And those are all of the Father's Day Gift inspired ideas I can think of for this upcoming Father's Day holiday :) Do any of your Fathers own any of these products? What did you get your Father on previous Father's Days? Let me know in the comments section below - let's chat!

Outfit Details:

Hat: Dynamic Asia

Sunglasses: Sunglass LA

Jumpsuit: Chriselle Lim x JOA

Denim Jacket: Kut From The Kloth

Photography By:

Sharon Litz (@sharonlitz)


Much Love,


Eight Healthy Changes I've Implemented Into My Everyday Life


After reading a book called "Sleep Smarter" by Shawn Stevenson every single night before my bedtime, the contents of this book have literally changed my life for the better. Not only do Stevenson's life tips provide me with a fresh new perspective of how we should treat sleep as a luxury and not as a dreaded chore, but this entire book made me rethink about the quality of my entire life as well. If you need a good read or want to improve your sleep, I highly suggest purchasing this book that I'll link for you guys here (psst, "Sleep Smarter" book review coming to the blog later - stay tuned!).


For the last few years, I have always been sucked into this vortex that is social media and to be honest, I was not too happy about it. By staring at my phone screen almost 24/7 for work-related purposes, I did not like how people (this includes strangers, a few family members, and various friends) labeled my work field, and thus me, as "superficial" and "vain", without really getting to know me or knowing what the responsibilities of my field entails. When people see multiple selfies or #ootd shots on my page, they think "she's full of herself" or "why can't she get a real job" versus what really goes down. As hard-working influencers, we do not capture photos of ourselves for superficial or ego-boosting purposes (okay, I'll be honest - some people do...but that's just lame if that's their only reason to be on social media), but we do it to continuously create content and build a strong portfolio so that we can partner up with various brands where we can help promote a product, service, or location to our target audience. In other words, social media marketing is the new form of advertising these days and it really works - just not a lot of people know about it still. Also, it's part of our job to be taking photos all the damn time, although those who aren't social media savvy wouldn't understand this task at all. 

Also, by working as a content creator, there is no real break unless you create one for yourself. People would often tell me, "Why don't you just take a break? It's not that hard to do" but no, it's much harder than you think. It's not a job where you can clock-in at 9:00AM and clock-out at 5:00PM - it's just not that simple. In fact, social media is one of the most emotionally draining fields to work in, and if you're in it, you know just how much responsibility it takes to manage a business Instagram account or juggle collaboration emails, photoshoots, and blog posts. However, enough of my mini rant - let's just get to the main point about why I'm writing this post.

Because of the reality behind working in the social media industry, I'll be honest that it's definitely a difficult career choice to stick to because this is one of the fields that follow you from when you head home from a coffee shop or when your head hits the pillow. As a social media influencer, your brain is hardwired to create content 24/7, and thus, it is hard for us influencers to easily separate when to enjoy the moment versus when to document it on Instagram for work-related reasons. Because of the freelance lifestyle of this industry and the self-discipline that comes with it, I'll be honest when I say that I allowed several factors to fall out of my control just so I can manage my Instagram account on the daily - sleep, diet, exercise, you name it.

By discovering this book per a recommendation from a good friend, "Sleep Smarter" has opened up my perspective of the world in which we live in and how so much has changed throughout generations (for example, compare how the beginning of humanity never used electronics versus how everybody cannot live without their phones today). Furthermore, this book has taught me to become more aware of my actions and what I need to do to gain control of my life again. Long story short, let's just say that this book made me a lot more zen. After reading this book, I suddenly had this "wake-up call" that urged me to change a LOT of my current actions and to allow myself to steer the direction of my life again, not social media. At the end of the day, just one little change can make a huge difference in the long run. As soon as I improved my sleep thanks to this helpful novel, I was motivated enough to change other aspects of my life and now I feel like I'm on an all-time high to continue implementing the most healthiest changes for both my body and mind. If you're interested in what changes I've made to my life to make me my most healthiest self today, keep on reading! Remember, just a little bit goes a long way.

1. Get more massages.

I know, I know - massages are PRICEY. I get it. But, just because something is pricey, does not mean it is unattainable. When it comes to investing on something grand that costs more than 15 McDonalds Happy Meals, you need to consider a few questions:

  • Is the money I invest in this purchase benefitting me in some way?
  • Is this purchase going to elevate my mood or improve my health?
  • Is my body stiff/sore from constant exercise or from a 9-5 cubicle job?
  • Can I budget my finances accordingly to save up for this purchase? (Ex: Can I sacrifice a Starbucks coffee per day and make my coffee at home to treat myself to a luxurious and therapeutic experience by the end of the month?)

If you can answer YES to all of these questions, then sure enough - a massage is calling your name! It just all comes down to prioritization and budgeting. If you value your health and care about your body, you will make a bigger effort to treat yourself to the spa once in a while versus spending mindlessly on unnecessary purchases that you don't really need in your everyday life.

Also, quick tip for those who love massages, but don't want to break the bank - I often look on GroupOn for discounted massage vouchers. Let's just say that I've been a very happy camper with every GroupOn purchase that I have made when it comes to massage vouchers, and I have purchased anywhere from 3-5 massage vouchers on GroupOn from various businesses that had 4 stars or more on Yelp. Just be sure to look up the business name on Yelp for legitimate and trustworthy reviews from other customers so that you know you will be treating yourself to a stress-free and memorable experience.

2. Invest time and money in an exercise routine that you enjoy.

From Planet Fitness to LA Fitness to my current membership at LifeTime, I've seen it all. I've bounced among three gym memberships within the last year and that tells me something - I was not satisfied with my gym experience. Although I was hitting the gym for hours per week, I was not seeing the results I wanted. And as much as I know that diet plays a HUGE role in losing weight and being healthy, deep down, I still wasn't satisfied with my current exercise routine. I worked out aimlessly, without a dire motivation to challenge myself with every strength training routine. I did not sweat as hard as I did from my previous hip hop practices and no matter how much I dedicated myself to hitting the gym four to five times a week to endure a 1.5-hour strength training & cardio sesh, it wasn't enough.

Eventually, I learned with time that the only way I am super excited to workout is when I attend cardio or strength training CLASSES and this is offered all at LifeTime. To reiterate, I have taken classes at LifeTime spontaneously throughout the last couple of years, but could never get myself to join due to the high price point of $139/month. I just couldn't justify it. I mean, that's a lot of money for a gym - not gonna lie! However, when I broke everything down to how I felt before/after class to how much I sweat per class to the positive vibes I got upon entering LifeTime, I knew that this was the gym I was looking for all along. Even after just one hour of class, I can guarantee you that I am always sweating like a pig. Not only do I love the positive and supportive vibes from each instructor, but I enjoy the feeling of a good workout sesh in the presence of good company (my friends signed up for this gym as well, making it all the more fun!). Because I am finally happy to workout and FEEL a miraculous different with each class, the overall investment is worth every penny in my opinion.

3. Set your bedtime by 10:00PM & stay away from your electronics one hour before bed.

After I finish reading "Sleep Smarter", I am SO excited to write a book review on this life advice novel because every chapter has seriously changed my life! I will not go into major detail about sleeping smarter because a recap of the book will come soon in a future blog post, but what I can say is that your mobile devices, laptops, and TV screens play a huge role in disrupting your normal sleep cycles. Long story short, as soon as I put away my phone around 9:30 - 10:00PM, started reading from 10:00PM - 11:00PM, and head to bed at 11:00PM, I have always slept like a baby without insomnia getting the best of me. And trust me, this is coming from who I thought was an incurable insomniac (cough - I'm talking about myself) who kept rolling around in her bed from 10:00PM - 2:00AM. By ditching the electronics, I am able to successfully fall asleep almost instantly and wake up every day feeling energized and ready to tackle the day!

4. Satisfy your hanger with healthy, real foods.

Hangry? We have all been there before. Whenever I am with friends or family, I constantly joke that I am hangry, but little do they know...I'm somewhat serious, LOL. When it comes to eating healthier or dieting, I would never, ever suggest starving because starvation will eventually lead you to eat unhealthy junk foods that your brain craves for a quick energy boost. If you are truly hungry, reach for real foods - aka things that grow outdoors or in Mother Nature versus being processed in a factory or combined with a lot of other artificial ingredients.

I have added a lot of healthy recipes to my blog as of lately, but one homemade recipe that I highly suggest hopping on is the Grain Bowl. Find the recipe here to get your daily dose of protein, healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals. Yum!


5. Take real breaks.

A real break does not include going to the bathroom or scrolling through your Instagram feed to see if you got 10 new likes on your most recent photo. Instead, a real break means temporarily getting away from your office and putting yourself in a whole new environment.

As much as I used to count "Instagram scrolling" or "bathroom breaks" as part of my work break, it really isn't a real break if you come to think of it. By taking these useless "breaks", I felt burnt out and drained throughout the work day because I never properly assigned myself an official, legitimate break.

A real break includes eating a meal at your own pace without the use of your cellular device, chatting with friends/family, walking outdoors around the neighborhood or your office building, taking a quick nap, and much more. 

Since I work from home, my work breaks differ a little from the average 9-5 person. Various examples of work breaks I take include helping cook lunch or dinner for myself or the family, hitting the gym for an hour, walking the dogs around the neighborhood, just literally sitting on a couch with Muffin doing nothing for 15 minutes, throwing a ball in the pool for JB to swim to, etc. Honestly, just a little break away from your office can do wonders in improving your work efficiency and productivity. Because we look at our cellphones or laptops a lot these days, I try my best to ditch the electronics during my break so that my eyes feel more refreshed and rejuvenated when I have to return back to my devices for work.

6. Drink more water.

As if health experts or your mom has not advised this enough, stay hydrated friends. I noticed on days where I did not drink enough water, I felt dehydrated, which led to annoying headaches and dizziness that only interrupted my work productivity. Thus, if you are trying to stay focused and energized throughout your entire day, keep a reusable water bottle by your side at all times so that you reach for water - sometimes I drink water without even thinking about it! Now that's the beauty in owning a reusable water bottle.

Recently, I've been using my Contigo and take it with me EVERYWHERE - my desk, the gym, my nightstand, you name it. You can purchase my Contigo here in a beautiful mint color.

7. Clocking out of work at a certain time (if you work freelance or are an entrepreneur).

This seventh point goes hand-in-hand with Tip #3. Before, I always used to wonder why I constantly felt burnt out and drained - this was because I had no "off" button and used all of my free time trying to catch up on "extra" deadlines. In the end, this is actually counterproductive because the quality of my work just decreased, despite giving my work so much time. By knowing when to clock out each day and give yourself a break for the remainder of the day, you allow your body and mind to rest and prepare for the next day ahead. If you continue to overwork an individual and don't provide proper rest/breaks, there's only so much that he/she can do before his/her work productivity, creativity, and efficiency begin to decline.

As an entrepreneur or freelancer in the creative field, you must remember that there will ALWAYS be work to take care of and there will never be an end to it. But don't think of this negatively - think of this realistically instead. Instead, what you can remind yourself of is to work as hard as possible every single day, reward yourself with a much necessary break and leisure time (gym, massages, mani-pedi, meditation, dinner with friends, etc.) and you'll eventually get to where you want to be. 

The most successful formula in life is work-life balance. If you surround yourself with too much work or playtime, you won't get very far in what you're trying to accomplish. However, if you learn to balance the two well, then you'll only leave room for more window of opportunities and success. 

8. Pick up yoga (or meditation) whenever you have free time.

Honestly, I used to correlate yoga with the terms "slow" and "boring" because that's how I viewed the movements (sorry yogis of the world!). But, that is coming from an oblivious and ignorant Michelle back then. After taking my first yoga class this previous weekend with friends at LifeTime, I honestly enjoyed every minute of my one-hour yoga class. Yes, yoga is a very "slow" and "chill" class, but a yoga room creates a very tranquil and problem-free ambiance that one needs when surrounded by a high-stress job or environment.

What I love most about yoga is the fact that you can temporarily get away from all the stresses of life (work, relationships, finances, etc.) and focus on what truly matters in that 60-minute time frame - the words of your instructor, the tranquil music, your body/mind. Not only does the calm, soothing music allow you to enter a very zen state of mind, but yoga is a great way to work out all of the kinks in your body when you spend the majority of your life working in front of a computer or working out. After dying from two one-hour classes back-to-back last Sunday, yoga was the third class that saved my aching muscles from collapsing on me that day. With yoga class, I was able to give my body the time and place to stretch and recover from the daily stresses of life and felt rejuvenated right after.

Regarding meditation, you have to be really disciplined and be in a quiet environment to do this consistently. I've only tried meditation once and I'll be honest that it's not for me (in other words, I can't picture myself meditating alone unless a friend joined me), but what I can say is that it really works. If you allow yourself 10 minutes to meditate, you allow your mind to approach internal stress factors or problems that you are currently dealing with and accept these problems for what they are. In other words, meditation allows you to be at ease and helps you approach problems in a calm, accepting state versus reacting in a panicked frenzy.

If you have 10 minutes in a day to meditate or an hour to head to a nearby yoga class, I'd highly recommend it to improve the health of your body and mind.

Ever since I've implemented these positive changes to my health and everyday lifestyle, I love sharing with you guys what works for me, with you! Let me know in the comments section below which tip resonated with you most - let's chat!


Outfit Details:


Jumpsuit: Julia Jordan NYC

Shoes: Zooshoo

Much Love,


May 2018 Skincare Favorites


Hello everybody, and happy first day of June! I've been wanting to write about the topic of SKINCARE for a while because it has literally become my new obsession as of lately, but I never found the time to shoot all of my skincare products until recently! In this new "Skincare Favorites" blog post series that I've decided to add to Missmisschelle, I plan to share all of the skincare products that I currently use or have recently tried out and will only share my HONEST opinions about each one! If I love a product, you'll definitely understand why after you've tried it for yourself. On the other hand, if a product didn't resonate well with me, I'll also explain what I didn't like about it OR I'll leave it out of this post altogether, heh. Now, let's get on to my top skincare favorites of May!



Cleansing Brush:
Out of all of the months of having a strict skincare routine, I have NEVER incorporated a cleansing brush into my morning or evening routine until just recently. Ever since I added Michael Todd Beauty's SoniClear Petite in the color "English Garden" to my cleansing step, I have been nothing but a happy camper! With cleansing brushes, they really help dig deeply into the skin to eliminate surface dirt and impurities that may reside on your face.

SoniClear Petite Antimicrobial Sonic Skin Cleaning Brush

Never have I took "double cleansing" seriously until I visited the Dermalogica Headquarters for one of their amazing Friday Facials. Throughout my facial, my professional skincare therapist showed and educated me on the various products that she applied to my face. The very first product she used during my facial was the Dermalogica Precleanse, which is an oil-based cleanser that is combined with lukewarm water to remove your makeup. I absolutely LOVE using oil-based products to remove makeup because I personally feel like they do a much better job than your average drugstore makeup solutions or makeup removing wipes. If you're looking for a holy grail product that eliminates a full cake of makeup, the Dermalogica Precleanse is a product that you NEED to add to your evening skincare routine. On days that I wear no makeup, I skip the precleanse step!

Dermalogica Precleanse

Wait, I thought we already talked about a cleanser. Nope! That was the precleanse - aka a cleanser before your cleanser. LOL Michelle, how much more confusing can you be right now?! Well, my friends said that I can confuse them pretty easily so...yeah, I can be pretty confusing LOL. But, let me break it down for ya. A cleanser is used as a secondary cleaning precaution to further remove any dirt or impurities from the surface of your skin. Our faces are exposed to a bunch of bacteria and pollution throughout the day, so it never hurts to double cleanse (aka use a precleanse and then a cleanser right after)! For cleansers, I switch between the Instytutum Cleansing Milk and the Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel. While the Cleansing Milk is a very gentle substance perfect for my sensitive skin, I love how the Special Cleansing Gel creates huge foam bubbles upon use with my cleansing brush - just something about seeing bubbles makes me feel EXTRA clean! I apply either cleanser to my Michael Todd Beauty SoniClear Petite cleansing brush and voila, I have a cleaner face!

Instytutum Cleansing Milk
Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel

Exfoliators, Toners, Pore Refiners, & Acne Creams

An exfoliator serves as an effective way to remove the dead skin cells off of your. After using an exfoliator, you are left with baby butt soft skin. However, I would only recommend using an exfoliator a few times per week, or even less if you have sensitive skin - you want to exfoliate your skin, but you don't want to irritate it! Two exfoliators I currently use include the Instytutum Triple Effect Peel and Burke Williams H2V Buff Refinining Exfoliant. While I switch off between either product 1-2 times per week, they both leave a different, yet refreshing feeling on my face after the application process. While the Triple Effect Peel gets the job done and I feel perfectly exfoliated, the Buff Exfoliator gives me a tingly feeling that leaves my face feeling very refreshed after washing it off in the shower - plus it smells amazing. The results when I use either product? Super soft skin and a happy Michelle.

Instytutum Triple Effect Peel
Burke Williams H2V Buff Refining Exfoliant

Tone, tone, and tone! In the past, I was so clueless as to what a toner did until I discovered the meaning for myself in a random month's issue of Cosmopolitan magazine. In the article, it explained the steps of a standard skincare process perfectly and I loved the article so much that I ended up sharing a photo of the article on my Instastories. Within 24 hours, someone DM'd me and ended up thanking me for teaching me what a toner does! LOL girl, don't thank me, thank Cosmopolitan! ;) Anyways, a toner is used to restore the pH balance of your skin and has the consistency of water. Whenever I apply my BABOR Rose Toning Essence every night, I literally feel like I'm slapping water upon my face but girl, the contents are so much more powerful than water. With toner, I apply a couple pumps into my hand, rub it on my palm for some added warmth, then pat gently around my entire face to allow the substance to absorb. Once it's dry, I move on to a serum!

BABOR Rose Toning Essence

Pore Refiner:
For weeks now, I've been using the Bioderma Sebium Pore Refiner. It has a matte finish that leaves your skin feeling soft and firm and creates a great base for the remaining application process for the rest of my evening skincare routine products.

Bioderma Sebium Pore Refiner

Acne Cream:
After my Dermalogica facial, I was gifted all of the products that they used throughout my facial, including the Dermalogica Breakout Control. I use this acne cream after my toner, but before my serum.

A tip for those who are new to skincare routines - if you ever forget what order to apply your creams and serums, you want to apply your skincare products from the lightest consistency to the most dense.

Dermalogica Breakout Control


Serums are essential for an effective skincare routine, as these are the products that help the absorption process of the ingredients and nutrients from skincare products that will be applied after the serum. The consistency of a serum is thick, and it feels a bit like wet glue, without the stickiness. Sorry that I don't have a better way to explain the consistency, heh. Regardless, I love using the Instytutum Serum or Instytutum Oyster Renewal Serum because it leaves a very dewy glow on my face before I proceed with the rest of my skincare routine. After applying these specific serums to my face, I can safely say that I can never live without a serum in my life again.

Instytutum Serum


So, oils are a relatively new step that I incorporated recently into my skincare routine. Relatively new meaning like 1-2 weeks ago, heh. As much as I heard that oils were amazing for the skin (thanks to Chriselle Lim and Ellenor from SpreadFashion), I just never hopped on the oil bandwagon because I didn't really know which one to get for myself. Luckily for me, Pixi sent me a surprise package in the mail one day and lo' and behold, this mystery gift included a Jasmine Oil Blend. SCORE! As soon as I applied this product to my face, I couldn't stop touching my face - really! You know how people pet dogs and they can't stop? I was doing the same thing to my face, LOL! Call me weird all you want, but the softening effects of this oil were MINDBLOWING. Also, you have to get used to the fact that oils sit on your face for quite a while, so I allow this to absorb a bit longer before applying my other skincare products (10-30 minutes).

Pixi Beauty Jasmine Oil Blend


When it comes to moisturizers, I've been using the Instytutum Lifting Cream for months now. And when I say months, I'm on my second container of Lifting Cream - now you can just imagine how big this product is to last me several months! What I look for in a moisturizer includes hydrating properties, texture, scent, and how it makes my skin feel afterwards. And just as I predicted, my face feels so much more moist, soft, and hydrated after applying this baby on to my skin.

Instytutum Lifting Cream

Eye Creams

Last but not least, we have the eye cream step! Although I use the Instytutum Eye Cream pretty much every night, sometimes I swap out for the Pixi Beauty 24K Eye Elixir once in a while if I want a different eyelifting experience. While the Eye Cream gets the job done and combats dark circles and puffiness under my eyes, I really enjoy the cold touch of the metal rod from the 24K Eye Elixir. Also with the Eye Elixir, you can store it in the fridge before use for that EXTRA wake-up call! Additionally, the Eye Elixir is very convenient and tiny to store in your bag or during travels so I love bringing this baby along on my trips!

Instytutum Eye Cream
Pixi Beauty 24K Eye Elixir

Sunblock & Vitamin C

For this specific section of skincare products, I utilize sunblock and Vitamin C products only in the morning and throughout the day. Although I've only gotten into skincare just a couple months back, it's never too late to start - especially when it comes to protecting your skin with the SPF. This has never been stressed enough, but SPF is vital towards protecting your skin against harmful UV rays. By starting early and taking the necessary precautions to protect your skin daily, you will notice a HUGE effect later on when you get older - in fact, your skin will look a lot more youthful, supple, and healthy than those who didn't bother to apply the proper skincare or SPF protection when younger. When it comes to sunblock, I've used the CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion with SPF 30 for years now and it was highly recommended by my dermatologist. What I love about this particular sunblock is the fact that it simultaneously acts like a moisturizer and sunblock - love, love, love! Honestly, I hated applying sunblock in the past due to the fact that it felt so chalky or sticky, but this facial moisturizing lotion is truly a skincare blessing in disguise. I would highly recommend using this product on the daily before you head out of the house for the day. Additionally, before I apply my makeup, I like to add in the COOLA Daydream Mineral Primer SPF 30 for a protective base to apply my makeup on and for added SPF protection. Literally, I got this primer in January and I'm already half way done! Lastly, I've recently added the application of Vitamin C to my skin thanks to SpreadFashion's helpful skincare advice and I love using Kiehl's Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate. This Vitamin C product contains hyaluronic acid, which is why I always feel a slight tingle upon application, but my skin has never felt more tightened and firm! Additionally, this concentrate is great for eliminating fine lines and wrinkles so I'm happy that I am able to implement a few anti-aging skincare steps while in my mid-20's! Also, I'm running out of this product too so I better restock soon, heh.

CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion with SPF 30
COOLA Daydream Mineral Primer SPF 30
Kiehl's Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate

And that's all I have to share with you guys today in my May 2018 Skincare Favorites! Do you have any favorite skincare products that you rave about to friends or family? Let me know in the comments section below - let's chat! 

Much Love,


My Eventful Memorial Day Weekend


You know that you're officially a grandma in life when you cannot hang at your own Memorial Day backyard party longer than the older peeps, hah. I'm typing this blog post as "Turn Down For What" is blasting from the outdoor speakers of our newly renovated backyard pool and patio, yet for some reason I rather edit photos for Instagram and write a blog post than chug down alcohol bottles. Meh, I guess I'm finally growing up, LOL. But since I have a bit of free time before the work week starts, I thought I'd share with you guys my eventful Memorial Day recap in a diary format because this was DEFINITELY a relaxing and productive weekend that I've been needing for a long while. Read below if you want to learn more about my eventful weekend featuring Marisa's bachelorette party at Glen Ivy Hot Springs and a fun backyard party featuring MilkAndEggs ingredients!

Friday, May 25th

Honestly, all I can remember from this day was probably ending work around 5/6PM, hitting the gym at night to work on "leg day", then running 2-3 miles around the neighborhood at night. Let's just say my legs felt like jello the next day, just in time for Marisa's bachelorette party. Awesomeeeee.


Saturday, May 26th

Finally, the day we've all been waiting for - it was BACHELORETTE PARTY TIME! ;) For Marisa's bachelorette party, we headed to Glen Ivy Hot Springs for an entire day of rest and relaxation. If you guys haven't tuned into my Instastories, I am in absolute awe of this hot springs location. The first time that I visited Glen Ivy Hot Springs was for a fun collaboration, and I brought Sharon with me to get 50-minute Aromatherapy Essentials massages - you can read all about that experience here.

To start the day, I arrived at Marisa's house at 7:45AM sharp and her family and I carpooled to Glen Ivy Hot Springs. Man, were we tired, but the entire experience was so worth. Marisa's mother-in-law rented a cabana for Marisa's entire bridal party (this includes me!) to relax in for the entire day, which is pretty much a private and exclusive area to dine and chill in. From our cabana, you also receive a picturesque view of the entire hot springs. If you're curious about what the cabana life is like at Glen Ivy Hot Springs, I left all of the behind-the-scenes, which includes a tour of Glen Ivy Hot Springs, in the HIGHLIGHTS REEL of my Instagram account, @missmisschelle, under "BRIDESMAID". Also, when you rent a cabana, you get to skip ALL the lines that a typical customer has to wait in - this includes checking-in at the entrance and waiting for food in an assembly line fashion. Talk about a "fast pass" type of experience!

When it came to ordering food, can I just say that their mountain of nachos is ADDICTING AF?! I could literally wipe out an entire nachos bowl, I'm not even joking. Meal-wise, I ordered a Turkey Avocado Sandwich & a Berry Smoothie...honestly, I wouldn't recommend the sandwich, but the smoothie was bomb! I wanted to order a second smoothie after devouring my first, but decided against it since I thought I should try other things on their menu. Later throughout the day, I ended up ordering a Coffee Frap from their Starbucks and a Chocolate Brownie Froyo that the employees served to us at our cabana. Seriously love the cabana life!

Regarding my Glen Ivy Hot Springs experience, Marisa's bridal party first visited Club Mud, which is popularly known for exfoliating your skin. First, you apply wet mud to your body, then sit in a heated room to allow the mud to dry before washing the mud off in their outdoor showers. Although it's strongly advised to wear a dark-colored swimsuit in the accidental case that mud won't wash off your swimsuit later on, oblivious Michelle ended up wearing white - goddammit Michelle

After Club Mud, we went to The Grotto - now THIS part, I loved. Essentially, an employee uses a "paintbrush" to apply a warm mixture of aloe vera, coconut oil, eucalyptus, and lavender masque to your entire body. Also, this mixture can instantly wash off your swimsuit so phew, I was saved there. Not only does it smell amazing, but the mixture feels SO relaxing when applied to your body. Similarly to Club Mud, we sat in a heated room to allow the mixture to dry on our skin before washing it off. The Grotto is meant to soften and hydrate your skin in a very therapeutic and interactive way. Lastly, we ended our Grotto experience by sipping on hot Tazo tea (we all loved the flavor orange!) while chatting the day away.

As soon as we left The Grotto, we all went separate ways temporarily to head to our appointments. I received the Aromatherapy Essentials massage from a massage therapist named Robin, and she was absolutely AMAZING. I would definitely book with her again the next time I visit Glen Ivy Hot Springs!

After receiving our massages and body scrubs, we all visited various pools around the resort and then relaxed back at our cabanas over coffee drinks and froyo. What a way to end the day! I hope Marisa had a great time at her bachelorette party because I certainly did, and I cannot wait for her big day coming up soon in less than a month! ;)

Sunday, May 27th

To make my Sunday morning productive, I went to the gym at 9:00AM and got "arms/chest" day over and done with for one hour, followed by cardio on the treadmill for another 30 minutes.

With my Dori-like goldfish memory, I can't seem to remember too much of what happened after the gym. Honestly, I think I just took it easy, but I made a HUGE effort to stay away from electronics since I do a bunch of social media work on the weekdays. 

One thing that I DO want to start enforcing is putting away my phone anytime between the hours of 8-10PM and afterwards. Not only has a friend told me, but I noticed that I sleep like a baby much easier when I don't stare at the screen too close to bedtime. Also, I started reading a book called "Sleep Smarter" by Shawn Stevenson, recommended by a close friend and I absolutely enjoy it so far! Nowadays, I'm going to do my best to read every day for 30 minutes before I go to sleep - please feel free to keep me accountable ;) And truth be told, I woke up today feeling SUPER energized and refreshed, all thanks to putting away my phone earlier than usual. Lastly, if you have any book recommendations, please send them my way as well!


Monday, May 28th

Since this morning, I whipped up a BUNCH of recipes using my favorite MilkAndEggs ingredients - this includes Shrimp Ceviche and Shrimp Skewers. If you're looking for the bombest homemade Shrimp Ceviche recipe, read my previous recipe blog post here.

Just a quick reminder for those who don't know what MilkAndEggs is, it is an amazing grocery delivery service located in OC/LA that I've been using for several months now. Honestly, I have NO complaints about their and always rave about their business to my family and friends. MilkAndEggs literally takes the work and time away from grocery shopping by delivering quality and fresh ingredients to your doorstep whenever you want it!

Essentially, my family and I had an intimate Memorial Day backyard party with homemade entrees prepared from MilkAndEggs ingredients to celebrate our newly renovated backyard. Honestly, our pool gives me "mini Disneyland" vibes, as the design looks very similar to the pool located near the hotel in Downtown Disney. In our backyard pool, we included a handmade rock slide (literally, the rocks were made of cement and sanded down to look like real rocks!) and added salt water to our pool to give it that beautiful and natural blue water effect that you can only find in Hawaii. And of course, what's a pool party without awesome FLOATIES? ;) Also, I'm absolutely loving our backyard setup because now I have a sweet location to shoot more product & food shots from the comfort of my home, heh.

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I hope you guys had a wonderful and enjoyable Memorial Day weekend as well! What were you up to, or what was your favorite part about the weekend? Let me know in the comments below - let's chat! ;)

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by MilkAndEggs; however, all opinions remain my own.

Much Love,


Top 15 Instagrammable Hotspots You Need To Visit in San Francisco


Lo' and behold, today's blog post is a juicy read that a lot of photographers and influencers will probably want to learn more about! Today, I want to take you on a tour of TOP 15 INSTAGRAMMABLE HOTSPOTS you can find in San Francisco, especially because not a lot of people share their honest opinions about each spot. What you see on da gram may not be necessarily as aesthetic in person, OR it could be just the opposite - better than you expected ;) Whenever I travel with Sharon in the Bay Area, we always make sure to hit up a few scenic areas so that we make the most of our trip and can also push out more interesting and creative content while we're out traveling. So from me to you, here are the top 15 locations that you should visit for da gram ;)


Looking for the cutest flower mart in San Francisco? Then look no further than Ampersand! With brightly colored teal walls and a gorgeous collection of blooms, what Instagram fanatic WOULDN'T shoot at this location?


Baker's Beach

Probably the funniest part about taking Sharon here for the very first time last year was the fact that I, myself, didn't realize that this was a nude beach. Let's just say our eyes got a lot more than we were asking for this day, LOL! Thanks to Karl The Fog, we captured the dopest beach photos here and as long as you avoid the naked peeps, your shots will look like perfection.


Ferry Building

In my personal opinion, this is definitely an "underhyped" Instagram hotspot that I don't see too often on Instagram. I kept saying to Sharon, "Wow, this is a bomb location but I've never seen anybody shoot here!" However, as soon as those words came out of my mouth, I was also loading Instagram and the FIRST photo that appeared on my feed was a blogger shooting in front of the Ferry Building. Coincidence or what?! LOL. Regardless, I honestly don't see too many bloggers, influencers, or photographers shoot at this location so get shootin'! Also, one tip I have for parking is to GPS "Hotel Griffon" and park in their meter street parking because it was practically an empty street of parking spots when we went!


Golden Gate Bridge

Let's just say you can retrieve some pretty dope shots here whether you're in it for da gram or just your average tourist wanting a photo in front of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. Honestly, I always avoided shooting at the Golden Gate Bridge because I came up with these horror stories in my head about not being able to find parking in such a tourist-packed area.

So here's a pro-tip for you first-timers headed to the Golden Gate Bridge - right before you drive INTO the Golden Gate Bridge (the roads should start leading you uphill), you will see an entrance near the bottom right side of the bridge. Be sure to stay on the very right lane before you reach this entrance so that you can easily turn into the parking area. Don't be like Sharon and I where we accidentally drove on to the bridge, then took another 25 minutes stuck in traffic to head back the way we came, hah. Also, parking is free on weekdays so HOORAY!!!


Ketsourine Macarons

I'll say this once and I'll say it again - Ketsourine Macarons is like my Disneyland away from home! Not only is the staff always attentive and friendly, but the shop's minimalistic aesthetic and decor is pretty much #cafegoals. Every time that I visit Ketsourine Macarons, they always have a new addition to their menu or shop. You can definitely find the Instagram-worthy shot you're looking for if you sit at their barstools or at their snowy white circular wooden tables.

Luckily for me, I was able to try their Savory Crepes for the very first time and it is BOMB. Thanks to the cashier's recommendation, I opted for the North Beach (pepperoni and cheese crepe) and it was amaaaazzingggg. And yes, I Instastory and Snapchat this shop SO often that now my friends send me a photo every time they are at Ketsourine Macarons! Love it, hahaha. Parking is free, but you may have to look around this always-packed shopping plaza.


Legion Of Honor

Legion of Honor is one of my default places to take photos at, so default that I've been avoiding it lately, LOL! To sum it all up in one sentence, let's just say that I always get the shot that I want when I go to Legion of Honor just because it's so minimalistic, clean, and beautiful. Also, it may be hard to get the Instagram shot you want here on a weekend due to tourists, so I would recommend visiting on a weekday if that's possible. Additionally, parking is free, but you have to fight for it!

Le Marais Bakery

Helloooo blogger central! As soon as Le Marais Bakery opened up on Chestnut Street, this bakery has literally appeared on my Instagram feed a countless number of times...and I couldn't complain a bit ;) A lot of bloggers and influencers love shooting outside of this cafe because of its beautiful light teal color and cozy cafe vibes.

If you do decide to dine at this cafe before or after your shot, you can't go wrong with their Duck Confit. As for parking, you can find meter parking almost anywhere around the vicinity.

Maiden Lane

Unfortunately, Karl The Fog was replaced with Max The Muddy Sky on the day we stumbled upon this hidden gym. By luck, we accidentally passed by Maiden Lane as we were scouting places to shoot around at and decided to give this place a try. As much as I loved incorporating Maiden Lane's lights into my shoot, the unlit lights combined with the unappealing lighting did not make for the best of pictures.

Honestly, weather does play a huge role with how one's photos turn out, especially if you're in a narrow alleyway such as Maiden Lane. If you do shoot when it's darker while the lights are on, you can get some pretty sick shots here. When the lights aren't on, there's nothing too special about this location in my honest opinion.

Museum Of Ice Cream San Francisco

This is the one hotspot that I swear everybody has been to except for me, hah. I think that the pictures you see on Instagram speak for themselves. Now THIS is a worthy attraction worth visiting if you are a huge fan of sweettooth samples as well as colorful and interactive rooms. Last but not least, you cannot forget to visit the SPRINKLE POOL once you're there! Hopefully, one day I can cross this museum off of my list of places to visit.

Ocean Beach

So, Ocean Beach isn't your average beach due to the fact that you can actually get killed by the boisterous waves if you walk close enough to them. If you're looking for a not-so-crowded beach for landscape or portrait photos, Ocean Beach is the place to go! Just not the place to swim...

Painted Ladies

For anyone visiting San Francisco, one must stop at the Painted Ladies for a quick photo. Since I originally grew up in the Bay Area, I didn't feel the need to take a photo here - but hey, feelings can change with time, haha! Painted Ladies is famous for their appearance in the popular sitcom,  "Full House", and consists of multiple pastel colored houses that adjacently line up in an uphill fashion. Very cool tourist shot for any non-San Franciscans!

Palace Of Fine Arts

Another iconic landmark that is a must-visit in San Francisco is the Palace Of Fine Arts. Whether you're with a friend, family member, or significant other, Palace Of Fine Arts is a gorgeous architectural landmark to take in when you're walking around the pond filled with ducks or underneath its beautiful infrastructure. Because there are a good amount of tourists here, it is a bit difficult to get the perfect shot here. But that's why our good friend, bokeh, is worth bringing on this trip! ;) Also, you didn't hear this from me, but a lot of people like to climb on the structure for the perfect Instagram shot - although it's not allowed and you'll probably get yelled at by a nearby security guard, let's just say I warned ya.


Pier 39

If you're looking for a fun time, Pier 39 has a plentiful amount of attractions and food stands to offer to your local tourist. Not only are there a bunch of activities located at the Pier 39, but just think about how many photo ops are here as well! You've got your lit-up merry-go-round, your pier, your Ben & Jerry's ice cream stand shot, and much more! Have fun at this location while you're at it, and there's so much more to Pier 39 than your average Instagram-worthy location.

P.S. Parking is a bitch here and expires every 2-hours so good luck!

Portrero Hill

My blogger friend, Thy from @thy.time, took me here once when I had to do a workout shoot and can I just say that Portrero Hill is gorgeous?! Not only do you a get a full view of the city in the background of your picture, but it's also not too crowded! You just have to find street parking and dodge cars left-and-right from time to time - but who's to say we all haven't done that before? ;)

San Francisco City Hall

Although I've never shot at San Francisco City Hall, it still remains on my to-shoot list! If you want to see more of what San Francisco City Hall has to offer, you HAVE to watch this amazing YouTube Christmas lookbook video that my friend, Brittney from @missxbo, filmed here! As soon as her video went live, I couldn't stop watching it LOL! 

Yerba Buena Gardens

To get to Yerba Buena Gardens, I highly recommend taking an UBER or a LYFT since this is one of the busiest areas in town! Parking will be a bitch if you drive, just a heads up! At Yerba Buena Gardens, there are a lot of hotspots to shoot at this particular location. A lot of people like to shoot near the "fountain" where ducks swim because you can get an amazing view of San Francisco from that angle. Additionally, more people like to walk uphill and follow the ramps until they end up near Samovar Tea Lounge because the architecture here is perfect for the gram. You can also get some pretty bomb flower shots here as well during the spring/summer when the flowers are in bloom.

So this list pretty much rounds up my top 15 Instagrammable Hotspots in San Francisco! Have you been dying to visit any of these locations? Did you visit more than one of these locations? Talk to me in the comments section below - let's chat!

Photography By:

Sharon Litz (@sharonlitz)


Food Photography at Ketsourine Macarons By:

Michelle Sun (@missmisschelle)

Much Love,


Cass House Cayucos: An Intimate Getaway Between NorCal and SoCal


Just a three and a half hour drive from Southern California exists a homely, welcoming abode otherwise known as Cass House Cayucos. If you're looking for romantic getaway vibes with your boo, a fun bachelorette party away from home, or an intimate wedding venue, Cass House Cayucos is the place to go. Located across from the sandy Cayucos Beach, Cass House Cayucos serves as a luxurious five-room boutique hotel that offers the most spacious of suites for you to rest, eat, and explore around the city of Cayucos.


Out of all of the hotels, resorts, and Airbnbs that I've stayed at throughout my years as a lifestyle and travel blogger, Cass House Cuyacos has to be my top hotel choice for channeling the most homely vibes. Because every individual's own room is just a short walking distance from each other, Cass House Cuyacos honestly feels like a home away from home to me. While Sharon stayed at the "Master With Ocean Balcony" suite, I opted for the "Master With Deluxe Tub" suite. As soon as we arrived, the cheerful-as-ever receptionist gave us a quick tour of the house and detailed introduction to their food services (The Bakery and The Grill).

As soon as Sharon and I dropped off our luggage, we took a good 30-minutes to unpack our suitcases and relax before officially starting off our day. But first thing's first - who's hungry? An always hungry Michelle and Sharon made their way towards The Bakery, which is just around the corner of Cass House Cuyacos. What I love about The Bakery is the fact that it is an open kitchen where you can visually see the staff make the food from scratch - LOVE IT! For some reason, seeing food being made from scratch literally makes me drool ten times as harder...TMI much, hah. Since The Bakery offered a variety of options, we literally went down the whole list and left with two Popovers (with the bombest chive butter EVER), two biscuits (with honey butter), one slice of quiche, one Vanille Canele, and one Egg & Bacon Panini. Want to know how delicious everything tasted? Let's just say we pretty much devoured our entire order.

Afterwards, I ended up shooting a few product shots in my suite while we waited for the sun to go down before we could start our photoshoot session. Shoutout to the staff for being extra acommodating for me to capture the perfect Instagram photo, as they helped provide me with fresh flowers, extra pastries, mugs, and condiments, just for one shot - yo gurl could never be more appreciative! As you can see from the photo below, Cass House Cuyacos has definitely helped up my Instagame in this shot.


When a tired Michelle was done shooting, Sharon and I headed to The Grill at 5:30PM for a luxurious dinner also located in the premises of Cass House Cayucos. At The Grill, the chef clearly explains the ingredients used behind each dish and how the ingredients are locally sourced from nearby farms or from the Cass House Garden itself. Sharon and I both agree that every entree that they made was high-quality, aesthetically appealing, and packed with flavor. One entree I must hype up is their Pepperoni Pizza - this is a pizza drizzled with honey and it is SO addicting that Sharon and I contemplated on ordering a second pizza, even though we were stuffed by the end of the meal. After that Pepperoni Pizza, I'm not sure if I can eat a normal pizza again without honey drizzled all over it, LOL! Additionally, we also tried their Grilled English Peas, Oak Grilled Prawns, Vegetable Quinoa Salad, and Spaghettini Carbonara. The Spaghettini Carbonara and Oak Grilled Prawns are two more dishes I would recommend ordering at The Grill - trust me when I say you won't be disappointed with the flavor.

After dinner, we took photos around the vicinity of the house before heading over to Cayucos Pier across the street. During our photoshoot, we had a conversation about what theme we wanted to direct our Instagram feeds towards and ended up turning on our weird-o-meter's to an all-time high. Sad to say, our silly pictures turned out to be our favorite photos of the day over your typically posed, "Instagram-worthy" shots.


To end the night, I watched an hour-long episode of this Asian drama that I've been addicted to called "My Amazing Boyfriend" (LOL at the title, I know - please don't judge me) while soaking in a bath. And man, Cass House Cuyacos was not kidding about that deluxe tub! I swear, every tub that I've been in at a hotel has not accommodated my 5'5" body, but this deluxe tub can literally fit two people! It was definitely the kind of bath I needed in a while to destress.

When we woke up in the morning, we headed to The Bakery once again to fill up on fresh out-of-the-oven pastries before driving off to San Francisco. If you missed any of our Cass House Cayucos adventures, don't forget to check out the HIGHLIGHTS REEL on my Instagram page (@missmisschelle) for behind-the-scenes!

Last but not least, I wanted to give a special thank you to Cass House Cayucos for hosting us! I absolutely enjoyed my stay and I hope to visit again soon!

Much Love,