Hey everybody! I truly apologize for the random, unannounced hiatus that I took from my blog for about a month, but it was due to personal reasons. Don't worry, I didn't use this break to be a couch potato and Netflix (okay, maybe just 30% of the time, hah). Honestly, I used this extra time to take a breather from my stressful schedule, reanalyze the direction of my blog and Instagram, heal my wrist injury, and more. However, if you want to know what I'm up to on a daily basis, feel free to follow me on my Instagram, Snapchat (missmisschelle) and Instastories because I post daily on those social media apps! Despite how busy everybody's schedule is, I believe that is it truly necessary to take a break every now and then or else you'll end up burning out - like me. As much as I want to overwork myself and push out content past normal working hours and on weekends, I have to also remind myself that I'm human. With the proper amount of rest, we can be a whole lot more productive with our time with a focused mind versus working on low energy and high levels of caffeine.
Now that I'm back, I am SO excited to address future topics that I've always wanted to write about and what projects will come my way in 2017! Just in time for the holidays, I've collaborated with the positive, bubbly, and inspirational blogger babe Jillian from @comfycitychic to bring you all a fun blog post catered around "5 Holiday Gifts For Her". Not only did we come up with unique and affordable presents for women of all age ranges, but we also created a YouTube video explaining WHY these gifts would serve as the perfect holiday presents! Keep on reading to find out what items we chose and the reasons why these products are winners in our eyes.
5 Holiday Gifts For Her:
1) Kitty Mugs by IHeartAnkit:
You have probably seen these kitty mugs by IHeartAnkit appear on both my Instagram and blog multiple times, but that's just because I love them so damn much! I actually recently gave away five of these adorable babies on my blog not too long ago in my blog post here. Currently, I own every single kitty mug color that IHeartAnkit carries, which includes white, black, and pink. Kitty mugs serve as the perfect holiday gift because mugs are honestly a great default present to give ANYBODY, whether they love tea, juice, coffee, etc. Save 20% off your kitty mug or entire IHeartAnkit purchase by using my discount code "MICHELLE20" at the checkout screen - you're very, very welcome ;)
You can shop for all of the kitty mugs here:
White Kitty Mug: http://bit.ly/2fDxFfX
Pink Kitty Mug: http://bit.ly/2fSKpQA
Black Kitty Mug: http://bit.ly/2f2oYxt
*Use discount code "MICHELLE20" for 20% off your entire IHeartAnkit purchase at the checkout screen.
2) Curved Metal Prints by Mixbook:
You know times have been changin' when your portraits can now be printed on metal. Honestly, Mixbook's Curved Metal Prints are the sickest photography prints I have ever owned! Not only are they super unique, but I love how they don't require a frame because they can stand on their very own. I'm pretty picky when it comes to purchasing the right frames to display my photos, but now I don't have to worry about a thang! Mixbook's Curved Metal Prints know just how to make a blogger gal happy!
I honestly believe that Mixbook's curved metal prints serve as the perfect intimate gift for family, lovers, or best friends. Print your favorite picture on one of their curved metal prints for that special person in your life and I'll guarantee that he/she won't be able to stop smiling!
You can shop for Mixbook's Curved Metal Prints by clicking the link here. Or, if you want to browse through Mixbook's other sweet holiday deals, be sure to check out what other photography prints and services they offer by clicking the link here.
3) Makeup Palettes
What girl DOESN'T need makeup in her life?! It doesn't hurt to own extra palettes, especially when you're a busy gal on-the-go and need a little touch-up every now and then! Jillian and I shared our favorite palettes on our YouTube video, but I also wanted to add here that I absolutely love these two extra makeup palettes as well. If you're a fan of neutral tones, I would highly suggest purchasing The Balm's Nude Dude palette or Too Faced's palette. I've been using both of these palettes for the last several months and when I absolutely love a palette, I STICK to it!
4) Facial Sheet Masks
I cannot stress enough how much I adore facial sheet masks! These products are very affordable and easy to get a hold of at any beauty store you come across at the mall or online. A few of my favorite brands include SkinFood, Maskeraide, Ultru, and the Beauty Diary. I use facial sheet masks to destress at the end of the day because it allows me to get some shut-eye as I spend time offline from my mobile device or laptop. After applying the facial sheet mask to your face for a good 20-30 minutes, your face will feel SO refreshed and moisturized! Buy a pack of three flavors and tie it in a cute ribbon for the perfect holiday gift to distribute to all of your friends!
Chokers are definitely the new trendy accessory to spice up any ordinary outfit! I love how you can style a choker in several different ways based on your mood and outfit. Jillian and my favorite choker store has to be the Orange-County based online store, Shop BEXO. We personally know the owner and she is the absolute SWEETEST! Not only does she take pride in finding the highest quality string and charms to use, but she absolutely tries to revolve her brand around positivity and optimism - definitely MY kind of vibes ;)
Along with Shop BEXO, I also own chokers from the brands Nellene Tree and MakeMeChic. I loved how Nellene Tree's choker incorporated an initial choker necklace to make my choker feel more personalized. MakeMeChic's choker was a very classic piece that I felt could match almost any outfit!
Now, here comes the fun part - our first YouTube video! I want to thank Jillian so much for helping push and inspire me that I CAN join the YouTube community at any time. I'm definitely not a natural talker in front of the camera, but I'm definitely working my hardest to get rid of those nerves and jitters with every Snapchat video and YouTube feature with Jillian! Before, I was always so scared of the thought of even being on YouTube, but I'm so grateful that I can start off with Jillian right by my side! If you haven't already, please give our video a huge THUMBS up and leave us a comment if you'd like to see more collaborative videos from us! Also, be sure to check out Jillian's other YouTube videos to see little snippets of what we've been up to in Southern California (from media events to food tastings to behind-the-scenes of a photoshoot).
With that, I wish you all a happy Thanksgiving and I hope that this blog post and our video will help you find the perfect holiday gift for your loved ones this year!