GiftGuide

2018 Christmas Gift Guide For Her

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Last week, I created a poll on Instastories and a LOT of you mentioned that you still had to do your holiday shopping! However, you don’t have to fret for two reasons - first off, I’m on the same boat as you (heh) and second of all, I’ve created this helpful Christmas gift guide to make your holiday shopping process a lot more stress-free! Since I receive a ton of requests to blog about gift guides, I made sure to create a 2018 Christmas Gift Guide For Her so that you can take the stress off your holiday shopping this year by getting amazing presents for your loved ones!


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To make things easier on you (the gifter!), I’ve categorized these gifts by the type of person you plan on spoiling this year…see below for which genre matches your loved one most! Also, just to clarify, I either own or have already tried these brands/products, so I can strongly vouch that these are gifts worth giving for the holiday season!

  • Cooking

  • Fitness

  • Planners

  • Health & Wellness

  • Beauty

  • Home Decor/Lifestyle

  • Fashion

  • Skincare


Cooking

If your loved one is a huge cooking enthusiast, I would highly recommend getting them an Air Fryer by Crux for Christmas! Specifically, it’s called the Crux 5.3-Qt. Digital Air Convection Fryer, which you can purchase at your local Macy’s. Essentially, an air fryer fries a respective food with “air pressure” so that you still taste the crispiness and crunch without the oil! A healthier french fry?! Now that’s what I’m talking about ;)

Recently, I gifted this air fryer to my family by CRUX and they are in LOVE with the quality of this air fryer! Not only is it very spacious (we literally air -fried an ENTIRE chicken in here! What whatttt), but this air fryer is easy to clean afterwards as well! Next time, we plan to air fry sweet potato fries! Save your loved one from the deep frying cooking hassle by getting this air fryer!


Fitness

Looking to make a fitness enthusiast smile this holiday season? If he/she doesn’t already own a pair, Apple’s Airpods are the way to go and they are priced at quite an affordable rate! From the compact and convenient packaging case (which also charges your Airpods when on-the-go!) to the hassle-free wireless feature, I love how you can wear your Airpods at practically any workout. I’ve tested them out for myself - they don’t fall off while lifting weights or running on the treadmill! Plus, if your gym buddy forgets his/her headphones or earbuds for the day, you can share one of your Airpods and can both still listen to quality, headbobbin’, heart-pumpin’ music!

If we want to get real nit-picky here, Airpods can technically be gifted to the everyday individual, as you can wear them while walking on the sidewalk, on the subway, at work, etc. - however, I will say that I highly recommend them for those who hit the gym often!


Planners

As much as I am a crazy planner lady at heart, I somehow was able to and compile my 3+ planners filled with my workload/thoughts/schedule into one planner maximum for the last few months - not sure how I’m surviving, but I am!

Currently, I use the LifePlanner by Erin Condren, which I highly recommend for those bubbly, positive gals who LOVE color and motivational quotes! I always order my LifePlanner with the vertical layout so that I can outline my to-dos, photoshoot/collaboration deadlines, and any plans with friends or family! With horizontal planner layouts, I’m personally not a fan of how little writing room there is, so I prefer writing in planners with a generous amount of space offered.

Lucky for you minimalists, if Erin Condren stationery is a bit too colorful for you, EC recently came out with a new collection called the Focused Collection - an ideal planner for both men and women!

Additionally, if you want a more goal-oriented planner that helps you track your progress and achieve your short-term and long-term goals, I would go for Passion Planner instead! Passion Planner is the planner brand that allowed me to recognize and analyze the current state of where I was in my career, and what I needed to do to achieve my next goals. LOVE!

P.S. Stay tuned for an ERIN CONDREN pGIVEAWAY at the end of this blog post! ;)


Health & Wellness

As someone who preaches self-love and self-care over and over again on Instagram and Instastories, I have a few GREAT recommendations for those loved ones who are into destressing, relaxation, and me time!

If you find yourself always running around like a headless chicken during your work days and never take the time to just BREATHE/RELAX, the Steam Eye Masks by MegRhythm are a LIFESAVER! Essentially, you put this mask over your eyes for just 10 minutes and steam emits from the mask as soon as you open the package - whoa! I also recommended this product to one of my friends back in the Bay Area and she bought it instantly after I introduced her to the brand - and guess what, she LOVES it! You can already guess what I got her for Christmas ;)

Another present I would recommend for your health and wellness friend or family member includes any type of Pillow Sprays, Room Spray, or Bed Spray. When I feel like I’m taking the time to “prepare” my bed like its a sanctuary, I feel more at peace before I hit the bed. Currently, my favorites include the And Now To Sleep Pillow Spray by REN Skincare, Rest Linen Mist by OSEA Malibu x Parachute Home, and Japanese Cherry Blossom Room Spray by Bath & Body Works.


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Beauty

I plan to create a recap of my favorite beauty products in a separate blog post; however, to keep things simple, I’ll list a few beauty products that I personally LOVE that you CANNOT go wrong with as a holiday present or stocking stuffer.


Fashion

What’s your loved one’s favorite accessory? For me, it’s been EARRINGS - a small accessory that can serve as such a HUGE statement piece! If you ask me for my top recommended jewelry brands that carry timeless pieces, they include Kendra Scott and Gorjana.

I recently gifted my oldest sister a beautiful yellow box of Kendra Scott earrings and she LOVES the rose gold color! See their rose gold earrings collection here.

For me, I’ve been wearing my two Gorjana necklaces on REPEAT and I love how you can layer Gorjana necklaces to create a multi-layered necklace! See their collection of necklaces here.

If your loved one absolutely adores intricate and dainty jewelry pieces, I would definitely recommend shopping at either of these jewelry stores for quality and timeless pieces that your loved one can wear for years!


Home Decor

So what’s a Merry Christmas without a freshly scented candle?

If you don’t buy a Bath and Body Works candle for yourself, you should at least pick a few up for your loved ones! Bath & Body Works carries a variety of candle scents - my personal favorite is the Vanilla Bean Noel 3-Wick Candle!

Also, if you want to be a little EXTRA, you can purchase a matching wreath to place around this candle - see wreath options here.

P.S. My best friend, Marisa, went HAM during a Bath & Body Works sale and literally bought their whole collection of candles, LOL! If both my best friend and I are obsessed with their candles, you already know that they are worth taking a look into!


Skincare

Because of my obsession with skincare, I’ll be coming out with a separate blog post on my top favorite skincare products of 2018 - stay tuned! However, to keep things short and sweet, I wanted to share ONE holy grail product that the everyday individual would love!

One product that I cannot imagine living without is Patchology’s FlashPatch Rejunevating Eye Gels (30 Pack). In fact, I keep this product by my nightstand because I use it so often while working at my desk at home since these eye gels serve as a quick pick-me-up throughout my day! Personally, I do think this product is on the pricier end, but still worth every penny regardless.

If the 30 Pack is too expensive for your budget, you can buy a 1-pack for just $3.00 (serves as an amazing stocking stuffer!) or the 5-pack box for $15!


< ERIN CONDREN GIVEAWAY >

This holiday season, I am giving ONE lucky winner the opportunity to win a $75 Gift Voucher to Erin Condren, one of my favorite stationery brands of all time! From motivational planners to the softest blankets, Erin Condren has everything you need to make your life more colorful and optimistic! See below for the official rules to this giveaway.

RULES:

1) Follow @erincondrendesign & @missmisschelle on Instagram.
2) Like my last ten photos on Instagram (including today’s post HERE).
3) Like my Facebook Business Page here.
4) Leave a blog comment below including your full name, email address, Instagram handle, blog link (if applicable) & let me know what you would buy for yourself (or your loved one) from the Erin Condren website if you won this giveaway! :)

*US Giveaway only - no private/giveaway Instagram accounts allowed. I will be announcing the winner on my blog and Instastories in 7 days! Good luck!


If you found this blog post helpful or are planning to buy any of the brands/products that I’ve listed above, I’d greatly appreciate it if you clicked the big fat HEART button down below!

Have you done your holiday shopping yet? What is your favorite part about Christmas? Talk to me in the comments below - let’s chat!


Valentine's Day Gift Guide For Him

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Because my first gift guide resonated so well with you guys, I've decided to make gift guides a regular post on Missmisschelle! At first, I'll be honest that I absolutely dreaded writing gift guides because I preferred writing about personal life lessons or inspirational pieces instead. However, the more I got into writing the gift guide and coming up with cool presents to gift your loved ones, the more passionate I felt towards researching gift ideas that could help you guys out during the holidays. Plus, I always want to help you guys out in any way possible and if product reviews/recommendations are one way to do it, then I'm all for it! So this February 2018, I present to you my second gift guide - a Valentine's Gift Guide For Him.



Before I get into the details of my recommended Valentine's Day gift options for him, I just wanted to say that I'm all about FAIRNESS and EQUALITY in a relationship. The reason I'm bringing this up is because I hear stories about a partner expecting their man to gift them a luxurious item, only to do or give nothing in return. Honestly, I'm pretty against this mentality and feel that both parties should work just as hard to express their love through words, actions, or gifts, regardless if it's Valentine's Day or not.

Additionally, that's one huge reason why I created this gift guide - to remind everybody that it takes two to tango and that you should want to give willingly and not out of obligation. Remember that Valentine's Day is about celebrating the beauty of love, whether it's with your partner, family, friends, or pet (not even lying here! Pets need love too, haha). Don't allow materialistic items to take away the meaning of this holiday, but gift with good intentions and genuine feelings. If you aren't about physical gifts, expressing your love through words or gestures work too!

Now that we have that covered, let's get on with the Valentine's Day gift guide!


Watches

A classic watch is a man's best friend...or at least I'd say so! Personally, I don't know any guys who don't wear a watch and maybe it's because it's such a versatile and useful accessory to pair with any casual look.

If you are looking for a few watch brand options to choose from, here are a few watch companies that I'd recommend getting your boo this Valentine's Day. Daniel Wellington and Leonard and Church carry trendy watches, while Fossil blows my mind with their technological Gen 3 Smartwatch. Be sure to click the pictures below for a closer look on each of these watches, or click the links below if you want to browse around the brand's website instead. Happy Shopping!
 

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Fitbit

If your man isn't wearing a watch, then there's a good chance that he's wearing a Fitbit! Want your man to be more health-conscious this year when it comes to tracking how many steps he takes in the office per day, how many calories he consumes per day, or how much sleep he gets per night?

Personally, I love Fitbit because of it's user-friendly mobile app and the fact that you can compare/compete/interact with your friends on the Fitbit app itself. If there's one thing that keeps me motivated, it's having like-minded and ambitious friends who are as health-conscious as I am! Presenting the Fitbit collectiom - available in multiple colors and multiple styles/functions.


Couples Massage

As if there isn't a more intimate gift to give this Valentine's Day - the gift of a romantic couples massage. Although I personally never experienced a couple's massage before, it's definitely still on my to-do list. But, I can safely say that I LOVE massages for its beneficial health effects so a couples massage shouldn't be much different than what I've already experienced!

If your man is a workaholic in the office or spends a lot of time working out at the gym or playing ball on the court, there's a huge chance that he has a bunch of kinks and knots in his back that create strain and tension throughout his body. Not only do massages relieve stress (HUGE reason why I go), but it's proven to reduce muscle tension and enhance exercise performance and range of motion. If you or your partner has never had a massage before, read this article here for more information on how massages are beneficial for your health. In fact, I just got a 60-minute massage a couple days ago and I can feel a HUGE difference in the flexibility and looseness of my back - it's not as stiff as it felt before I got the massage. Trust me when I say massages really work!

Lastly, if you are based in the OC/LA area, I HIGHLY recommend visiting the Burke Williams Spa. I visited the Mission Viejo location in Orange County twice last year (once alone and once with my best friend, Marisa) and we were nothing but pleased with our entire experience. Not only is the staff very accommodating and friendly, but all of the facilities were clean, organized, and welcoming. How can you resist cucumber eye masks and a eucalyptus steam room to relax from the day's stresses? Count me in for a reservation!

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Mancrates

I recently discovered Mancrates through a friend during my Big Bear trip and can I just say that it's one of the coolest gift boxes ever?! Mancrates is a company that designs personalized gift boxes for men. From alcoholic beverages to board games to grilling essentials to project kits, they have it ALL!

And there's nothing that makes your man feel even more like a man when they have to open their Mancrate with a wrench that's provided with the gift box ;)

Here are a few Mancrates favorites that caught my eye:

The Clean Shave Crate

Taco Mania Crate

Game Night Crate

Pizza Grilling Crate

NBA Barware Crate

Muscle Hustle Fitness Crate


Stitch Fix Men

If there's one gift that a man can't complain about, it's getting him a new shirt or outerwear piece to wear out on date nights or with his buddies.

But even if you want to get him a new article of clothing, where do you start? If you find yourself struggling to pick out the perfect piece for your man, then that's what Stitch Fix Men is for!

Personally, I've worked at Stitch Fix for six months in the past and LOVED using the service myself! Essentially, you take an online survey (or in this case, your man's) describing your (or his) styling preferences. From there, you are assigned a Personal Stylist who will take care of the rest of the work for you! Your personal stylist then assess all of the information you've submitted in the survey and crafts a personalized box of clothing just for their client! Additionally, I love how Stitch Fix boxes come with style cards so that you can see visual examples of HOW to style each piece that's included in your box. Talk about a rad gift!


The Classic Button-Down

I don't know about you, but something makes me fall head over heels for a guy (that I like, obviously LOL) who's dressed in a classic button-down. The classic button-down makes an entire outfit look simple, clean, and fresh. Okay enough drooling Michelle, but can you tell us a little more about where to buy this classic button-down?

Sure thing! Personally, I love the quality and look of Frank and Oak's button-down pieces so be sure to check out their online store for the perfect Valentine's Day gift. Also, I've heard great things about Everlane so don't forget to check out their website as well! I've listed both stores below in case you wanted to look into each brand more.

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I hope that this gift guide helped y'all out and please let me know in the comments below what gift resonates with you the most! Until then, I'll talk to y'all soon.

Much Love,

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2017 Holiday Gift Guide For Her

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As much as I love the feeling of buying a special present for a loved one, I absolutely hate the struggle of picking out the perfect present. I mean, the possibilities are endless and we don't want that awkward moment when your loved one says thank you through a forced smile and an obvious disinterest for your handpicked present - who's with me? Let's avoid awkward moments together this holiday season by shopping early and shopping smart! And what better way to do that with a handy dandy holiday gift guide that I've created JUST for this occasion, huzzah! ;) Whether you're shopping for your grandma, your mother, your sisters, your significant other, or your best female friend, this holiday gift guide applies to EVERYBODY and I'll be sure to list below which present is best for its respective audience. So without further ado, let's get shopping!


Inspirational, Funny, or Cute Morning Mugs + Tea/Coffee

Maybe I'm just a grumpy snuffleupagus until I've had my morning coffee poured into an adorable and Instagrammable worthy mug, but can I just say that owning an appealing mug REALLY makes my morning 10 times better? If your loved one is drinking out of a boring ass mug every single day before going to work, I'm not gonna lie that their morning is lacking a bit of excitement and that they (don't know that they) need something to start their day with a BANG! By going out of your way to pick out the perfect mug, this gesture really shows that you put a lot of time and thought into their gift. With a new and fun mug to drink out of, this little change can really improve one's morning and can guarantee an awesome day full of happiness and productivity.

Personally, I love mugs with inspirational or fun quotes from Francesca's Collections or Target, but there are plenty of mugs to choose from at other stores as well! To each their own, but do shop with your loved one's interests/preferences in mind.

If you want to go all out, I suggest gifting them their special mug with an awesome tea or coffee brand (whichever they prefer more)! I recommend Bigelow Decaf Green Tea for tea lovers, and Nescafe Decaf Taster's choice House Blend for coffee addicts.


Fun & Useful Subscription Boxes

I love subscription boxes for the fact that it's (most likely) a surprise package tailored to your loved one's interests at heart. And if you hit the bulls-eye with this present, you could even get your loved one hooked on the company enough to be a monthly subscriber! Now don't you want to be that special person in their life who introduces them to great things? ;) With these subscription boxes, I've personally tried and loved them or I heard really great things about the brand.

With Adore Me, I am HOOKED on their activewear and sleepwear because of their guaranteed comfort and trendy styles. Every week, I literally rep Adore Me to the gym whether it's one of their flowy tanks or stretchy leggings. As for sleepwear, I adore their comfy slip dresses and matching top/bottoms sets.

As for Date Nite Box, I have never tried this before, but the concept of this box sparked my interest. I've seen influencers post about it on Instagram and honestly, I couldn't agree that this isn't a shabby gift idea for your boo! In a way, you'd be treating yo self as well ;)

Similarly to Adore Me, Ellie has been sending me monthly subscription boxes filled with comfy ass activewear pieces. If I'm not wearing Adore Me to the gym, I'm definitely wearing Ellie. The only con is that I wish I could share my preferences with the Ellie team, but I guess that's the element of surprise for ya!

I discovered Thoughtfully at a Beverly Hills media event a couple months back and absolutely LOVE the concept of these boxes! Not only are they packaged beautifully (teal boxes for the win!), but each Thoughtfully Box contains themed items that will really make . If you honestly can't think of a present and don't want to risk getting something your loved one may not enjoy, Thoughtfully serves as the perfect housewarming, party, or family gift. I mean, is that Godiva Cocoa Indulgence Set catching anyone's eye or is it just me? ;)

Adore Me - Lingerie, Sleepwear, Activewear
Date Nite Box - Date Night Ideas
Ellie - Activewear
Thoughtfully - Handcrafted Gift Boxes


Badass Electronics You Need For 2018

Okay, now this section can get a bit pricey, but who says you can't ever splurge on a loved one? One of the BEST decisions I've ever made with electronics was purchasing my sleek and trustworthy white Bose headphones. Originally, I've purchased these bad boys specifically for the gym (who else hates their earbuds falling out during your treadmill run?!), but I've learned that they've proven to be quite useful during webcam sessions as well. The noise-cancelling quality is phenomenal, and I couldn't be a happier customer. If you're looking for a dope set of headphones for the gym, this product is the one.

I've recently adopted a Google Home Mini from their Venice Pop-Up Shop event about a month ago and I've been loving my new companion! I mainly use this device to play music, but it's also fun to ask it random questions at times when you're in search of a quick answer. Not only is the Google Home Mini useful, but it is sold at a very affordable price range as well.

If your loved one is a fitness enthusiast, buying them a Fitbit or a Ringly is a genius present in my honest opinion. Fitbits come in all shapes, functions, and sizes, so be sure to do your research on its features and price point before buying one! As for Ringly, this is a fashionable alternative to the Fitbit for the ladies who want a gorgeous accessory to also serve as their fitness tracker. 


Makeup, Skincare, or Miscellaneous Product Must-Haves

I'm not going to go into too much detail with this section, but I recommend all of these products based on personal preference. Instytutum has been my holy grail of skincare for over a year now, Tarte Cosmetics has been my go-to eyeshadow palette for months, and you can never go wrong with eye masks to eliminate those eye bags from DHC. In other words, these are products that I currently use, and will continue to use on regular basis.

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The Number One Athletic Shoe You Need In Your Life

Let me just say that going cheap on athletic shoes has bit me in the ass multiple times. No, I'm not saying buy the most expensive shoe that's in the market because that would be ridiculously stupid move if you have no clue what you're doing either. I'm talking about investing in a shoe that will provide long-term comfort, mobility, and wear-and-tear. Ladies, I'm talking about the Adidas PureBOOST Xpose. Whether I'm walking the dogs around the neighborhood or sweating up a storm on the stairmaster, these babies have not disappointed one bit. Honestly, it feels like I'm walking on clouds 24/7 and my feet have never once ached from its supportive cushion. And lucky for your female friend, it's on sale right now for $70! ;)

Buy the Adidas PureBoost Xpose here.


Sweater Weather

Hands down, Express carries the comfiest and chic sweaters of the year. Snag one of these babies by clicking on any of the photos above, or head over to their website check out various other styles! These eight styles were the ones that caught my eye (P.S. I own sweaters #1 and #3, heh) ;)


If you found this holiday gift guide useful, it'd be much appreciated if you could click the HEART button at the bottom of this post and let me know in the comments section below what caught your eye! ;) Happy Holidays from my family to yours, and I hope that you have a stress-free Christmas shopping experience this year!

Much Love,

Birthday Gift Guide For The Average Fashionista, Travelista, Foodie, & Healthy Living

Birthday Gift Guide For The Average Fashionista, Travelista, Foodie, & Healthy Living

One of my favorite things to do during my birthday month is to write down a wishlist of items that I'd love to own, even if I don't necessarily receive these products or splurge on these items myself. The act of writing out this list gives me a sense of excitement and thrill, like brainstorming what furniture you want your dream home to have or what decorations you want your wedding to include. After all, it doesn't hurt for a girl to dream, am I right? ;) However, the aim of my blog and Instagram is to help others as much as possible through tips, advice, and useful guides. Thus, in early celebration of my 25th birthday, I've created a gift guide based on the different types of personas that Missmisschelle resembles. If you ever find yourself stuck on what item to gift a loved one, I hope that this gift guide comes to your rescue when it comes to shopping for your typical fashionista, travelista, foodie, and healthy individual! Below, I've either linked my favorite items or named top brands that I have owned or have heard great things about.