My Collaboration with “Radiant Rhinos”

Good morning my beauts, and I am so happy you decided to pop by visit my blogging channel.I always love to have new guests come and stop by, so thank you for your time and happy reading! I have been busy lately visiting the family these days! So I have not been blogging lately, but don’t think I have forgotten about you beauts. I have some really neat and interesting collaborations that I am looking forward to in the near future, just waiting for some things to come in the mail. I can not wait to show you guys! Should be really good! I recently have been collaborating with a wonderful company called “Radiant Rhinos” who have been supporting a beyond wonderful foundation. This is the first company I have worked with in relation to animals and a foundation towards raising money to help these animals out more specifically, rhinos.  So this is a rather special collaboration as 10% of ALL net profits are donated to the International Rhino Foundation, which is absolutely amazing. Radiant Rhinos launched on July 23, 2017, and with every purchase, you help support the survival of the world’s rhinos through conservation and research.

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“There are five different rhino species which consist of the greater one-horned rhino, the black rhino, the white rhino, the Javan rhino, and the Sumatran rhino.  While the population of the white rhinos is stable, each of the four other species is threatened. Every day rhinos are brutally killed for their horns.  It is believed by some that a rhino’s horn is as valuable as diamonds or gold or that it can even cure cancer.  A rhino’s horn is actually made out of keratin, which is what our hair and nails are made of, and has no proven medical benefits.  The status of each species is different but they all have one thing in common, they need our help. Conservation efforts are being made and there has been progress in the rehabilitation of the rhinos, but poaching still continues. During the early 20th century 500,000 rhinos lived in the wild.  Today only 29,000 survive in the wild as a result of poaching.  Just in South Africa, three or more rhinos are murdered every day for their horns.  There has been a 9,000% increase in poaching since 2007 and around the world middle-class individuals are becoming able to afford rhino horns which means the demand for them is constantly rising.  We need to protect these beautiful animals now more than ever.  And for the rhinos who are surviving in the wild, it is becoming increasingly difficult for them to reproduce due to human barriers which are preventing the wild population from growing.  If we allow poaching to continue it is possible that rhinos could become extinct within the next 10 years!  Radiant Rhinos donates 10% of all net profits to the International Rhino Foundation to help protect the rhinos and keep them from becoming extinct.  Every purchase makes a difference and together we can save the rhinos! Visit the IRF’s website to learn more about rhinos, how you can help, and the International Rhino Foundation!”

This information can be found on the Radiant Rhinos website, and it is so fascinating and informative to read. Let’s start saving these rhinos one shirt at a time! One thing I absolutely love about this company aside from the great cause is how cute and adorable the shirts are. The colours completely grabbed my attention 100%, they have more of a washed out kind of look which is absolutely stunning and beautiful. There are both long sleeved shirts and short sleeved as well which is fantastic. Since the cold winter weather is slowly approaching, I decided to go with the long sleeved shirt which retails for $26.00 and went with the “Radiant Berry Long Sleeve Pocket Tee”. I absolutely love this colour it’s so gorgeous and caught my attention right away. When I received my package in the mail it was all packaged nicely, and there was a cute ribbon holding it together. It really does help when the product looks so presentable and nice given to you.  I honestly love my shirt, it is so comfortable and looks so stylish and adorable on. It is so warm too which helps with the cold weather. The T-shirts retail for $20.00 each which is fantastic as well. There are so many different beautiful colours to chose from as well which is wonderful.

I want to take the time to personally thank “Radiant Rhinos” for allowing me to collaborate with them on this blog post and allowing me to work with their company to support such a great cause. I absolutely love this, and they were a wonderful company to meet and get to know. I highly recommend checking out their Instagram page and their online shop which is located in the link in my bio at “radiantrhinos” . Be sure to tag #radiantrhinos for a chance to be featured on their Instagram page. Let me know if you beauts purchase anything from this cute store. Also be sure to follow my other social media sites located on my homepage for more blogs in the near future! Take care.

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Borderline Personality Disorder- Chit Chat & Mental Health Update

Hey there my beauts, Alyssa here with a mental health chit chat with me blogging post. As you beauts know I always share my mental health updates with you guys, I am not ashamed of having some illnesses, in fact, I share them with you guys to give you a better understanding of my life, and maybe help someone else out there who is dealing with the same thing as me. I recently have been going through a bit of a rough patch lately and it is because of some underlying issues that have risen up.  I have been taking medication for my anxiety which is a normal thing for me, and have bee taking another pill which I thought was for mood swings. I stopped taking this pill for a little while, on my own terms, which was not the greatest idea and my mood and anxiety has taken a dramatic dip and fall. As you beauts may have known I have recently had a retail job that I really liked a lot. I have never worked in retail before and it was all new to me, but my coworkers and boss were wonderful to work with. I recently have only been working a few shifts when my anxiety took a turn for the worst one morning before one of my morning shift I physically could not go to work. I simply had a huge knot in my chest, my chest was also super tight and my nerves were unbearable.  I was crying and crying and simply could not gather myself together. Needless to say, I called into work and stated that I simply could not do this job at the moment due to my extreme heightened anxiety. Luckily, my boss understood my situation and was there to offer me the support. I hate disappointing people and felt like I had let her down a ton, but I knew in my head I needed some help and my mental health came first. I saw the doctor that same day, explaining what had happened, and she asked if I was taking all of my medication which I was not. She explained again what my medication was for, and explained that the one I thought was just for my mood swings was for “Borderline Personality Disorder“. I was shocked. I had no idea what this meant, and I literally thought to myself, “oh great… another illness to add to my collection“. She explained to me that it was not a disease, that in fact, 25% of people have this and it is quite normal. This made my anxiety ease up and I knew I was going to be okay. My doctor informed me that you just have to work on this. I was surprised that the psychiatrist did not inform me what the pill was, but at least now I know and can educate myself a bit better on it.

She also informed me that just like my social anxiety meetings I attended every Wednesday, there were Borderline Personality Disorder meetings that I could attend and I am going to do just that. Why not better myself. I am going to be recording and blogging about the sessions for you guys, to inform you and educate you about my progress. Not only am I doing this for you guys, I am doing it so I can reflect on it myself if I need to. It helps to see how far you have come and the progress you are making. This will be later on down the road,  but I will keep you beauts updated when I start the sessions and know more about them. So I know what some of you may be thinking, what the heck is Borderline Personality Disorder?  It is a mental illness that centres on the inability to manage emotions effectively. The disorder occurs in the context of relationships; sometimes all relationships are affected, sometimes only one. This usually begins during early adolescence or early adulthood which would explain my situation. There are several traits of symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder that I found on the internet for you beauts, these include:

  1. unstable relationships
  2. unclear or unstable self-image
  3. impulsive, self-destructive behaviours
  4. self-harm
  5. extreme emotional swings
  6. chronic feelings of emptiness
  7. explosive anger
  8. fear of abandonment
  9. feeling supicious or out of touch with reality

Of course, people who have this illness do not need to necessarily have all of these symptoms, I personally do not. What truly fascinated me was that this disorder is rarely diagnosed on its own. Common co-occurring disorders that I have myself include an anxiety disorder and my eating disorder. So that really made a lightbulb go off when I found that out. Luckily, there are different ways that I can work on treating this illness in three steps. The first is calming the emotional storm, the second is learning to control impulsivity and tolerate distress, and lastly improve your interpersonal skills.

I am hoping that all of these are taught within my classes that I am going to be involved with so I can learn these different strategies and better myself as an individual. One of the interesting things that I had researched about this disorder is that people who have it are often indecisive, and that is me to a T, which is crazy. One thing I also found crazy was people who have this disorder often have difficulty maintaining stable jobs, which is what had happened to me with my last job. Often people who have this experience strong feelings of anxiety, worry and depression (I can highly relate to the anxiety part of all of this for sure). So even though I have this disorder, it does not define who I am as an individual, just something I need to work on an conquer. I know that nothing is impossible, there is always help out there and you are never alone, ever. There are always proper resources there to help you get through difficult times and situations. I am just happy to have found this out now so I can do something about it and move forward with my life. Even though I have an eating disorder, an anxiety disorder and borderline personality disorder, I am still Alyssa. I am still me. I am no different than someone else who isn’t suffering from a mental illness, I just have to work a bit harder than others and that is okay. I am not ashamed of who I am, I am proud of who I am as an individual and how far I have come in life. I have come this far, and I am not about to turn back now. Please feel free to reach out to your doctor, loved ones, or friends if you feel you are struggling. You are not alone. I hope you beauts enjoyed this little update and chit-chat on mental health, be sure to follow my other social media accounts located on my homepage for more blogs in the near future! Take care.

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My Collaboration with “Magni” clothing!

Hey there beauts , thank you for stopping by and having a peek at my blogging channel! I have been busy nonstop working with so many companies ranging from coffee companies, clothing companies and beauty products! I recently reached out to a clothing company called “Magni” clothing, and absolutely loved their page on Instagram. You beauts know me, I love simple yet beautiful designs that you can pair with a bunch of different outfits! I loved the bird on the apparel and was so happy when they reached back out to me and agreed to do a collaboration with me!

I love reaching out to companies that I have not heard of before! It’s amazing to find out more about the company from their website and get to know the creators a bit more while chatting! I came into contact with Jamie Stokes, a twin brother with a passion for travelling, adventure and a love for the outdoors. He was super nice to talk to and really down to earth which was great! I read into their company a bit more and found out such interesting information! The products are currently made on three continents, each individually picked because of their beautiful textiles, speciality materials and local artisan techniques! What I found exceptionally neat about the clothing brand ” Magni” is that Magni is the Norse god of strength, which is truly fascinating! Also, the chosen god of adventures and individuals wishing to attempt great feats of adversity. I love this. I love brands that have such beautiful and powerful meanings behind them that’s for sure!

When I received my package in the mail I was greeted by two beautiful products! One was the “Women’s slim fit tee” in the colour which retails for $19.99. Beauts, can I just say the material on this is to die for! I absolutely love it so much, it’s super comfortable and it really does look so appealing on, hugging your body. The next product that I received was a beautiful “Bronze Oak Necklace” which retails for $4.99 in store. This gorgeous necklace was influenced by the colours of summer sunsets. It is simply colourful and beautiful, brightening your day! I love the design on it too, breathtaking! You code ” Hotrum25″ at checkout for 25% of your whole purchase !:)

For all those nature lovers out there I highly recommend checking out their website and Instagram page at “OfficialMagni“, and let me know what you beauts think! It was a pleasure working with Jamie, and I wish him nothing but the best for his company! I love the fact that he is a twin as well, twins have to help twins out! Thank you very much for the opportunity! Be sure to check out my other social media accounts located on my homepage for new blogs in the near future! Take care.

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How I started the process of collaborating with different companies!

Hey there beauts! It’s me Alyssa and I’m here today not actually discussing a company in which I am working with and collaborating with but rather how I started the whole process! I have been asked this question several times now whether it be, ” how do you get so many products?”, or ” how do you approach companies ?”. I started blogging several years ago, and focused mainly on beauty products as well as makeup tutorials. I saw a couple people that I knew on Instagram posting where they were collaborating and working with companies and that honestly sparked my interest. I wanted to work with companies and get my name out there for sure! I knew this would be a great opportunity for me, especially since I am just starting to get out there into the industry. I actually did a bit of research on collaborations and working with companies, understanding how to reach out to them and what not! I actually had no idea how to approach companies and wanted to do it the right way. I researched different advice that other bloggers were giving to their viewers and incorporating and using this for myself. I decided to finally give it a go one day and come up with a paragraph basically explaining who I was, what I blogged about and a little bit why I am reaching out to their company. I basically made a template which I was going to follow when reaching out to companies. The outline that I follow and say states,

“Hello! My names Alyssa I am a beauty /fashion/ lifestyle blogger/influenced and I am always looking to do reviews or model products. I am from Hamilton Ontario. I was wondering if you wanted to do a collaboration with me on some of your products and have them featured on my blog ❤️My link is located in my bio if you wish to check out my blogging channel! Much love xo💕”

It gets right to the point, states where I am from, what type of blogger I am, as well as why I am reaching out. I find this is a really respectable way to reach out to companies and is super friendly as well. Being a blogger and reaching out to people, you get two different kinds of people. You get people and companies who are all for it and would love the help and promoting, and you get the companies who want nothing to do with you. If companies do not want the help you simply thank them for reaching back out to you and go about your day. You can’t let things get to you, that’s one thing about being a blogger is you have to have thick skin. I am fortunate enough to not have experienced a lot of negativity on my blog yet, but that could change you never know! Just have to be prepared for it! You just focus on what you are promoting or giving advice on and that’s it, you simply do you. Not everyone is going to like your work and it’s that simple. That’s what I tell myself and I move on from there!

I specifically send this paragraph to companies that I know I am interested in promoting, looking for companies that send out great messages to their clients, and I know my viewers would love. I am always keeping all of these things in mind when I am blogging and looking for companies to work with. I then wait to hear back from companies and see if they need the extra promoting and help! I have met so many wonderful people through companies and and reaching out to businesses. There are so many beautiful people from all around the world and you get to build and make so many friendships! It’s honestly not about getting products but it’s about their reactions and the companies’ reactions when I am done and finished my blog. I love that rewarding feeling, there is nothing better than that I think anyways!

I absolutely love what I do! I wouldn’t change my hobby for the world, it is super rewarding and I get to make so many friendships and memories. I love every single product I have received and I am always completely honest for my reviews on my channel. I always put 110% into each and every one of my blogs, ensuring they are very detailed! One thing I am so proud of myself for doing is taking the step to reach out to companies and put myself out there, it’s not an easy thing to do. But you never know unless you don’t try! I wouldn’t be where I am today if I stayed quiet and shy. I love collaborating with companies, it has built up my confidence and allowed me to put myself out there , letting others know about my blog! I can say I am very proud of myself.

I hope this post has helped you beauts or anyone wanting to start collaborating with different companies. Remember to be confident in what you are doing and passionate about your hobby. It may get you somewhere one day !  Be sure to follow my other social media accounts located on my homepage for upcoming blogs in the near future! Take care!

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My Collaboration with “ Eleven Past Eleven Candle Co”

Hey there my beauts and welcome to my blogging channel if you are new ! Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to read , I greatly appreciate it beyond words! If there’s one thing you need to know about me is I absolutely love my candles. I’m that one always shopping at bath and body works, stocking up on candles! I also love searching and looking up candle companies on Instagram! Some beautiful companies I came across included Heaven Scent Soy Candles, as well as Lavish Beauty Baskets. Being a blogger , I love reaching out to companies and meeting new amazing people. I meet new people everyday and I am overwhelmed with all the love and support, it’s amazing! So thank you guys! I recently came across a beautiful candle company called ” Eleven Past Eleven Candle Co”, and what grabbed my attention was how beautiful the candles looked! There is nothing better than a beautiful candle to grab your attention let alone one that smells absolutely incredible. If your candle looks appealing chances are more people are going to stop by and check out your page! I reached out to this company and spoke to the owner and creator, Cassandra, who was such a sweetheart! She kept me up to date with the tracking information and with everything which was so helpful. It really helps when the companies you reach out to are so kind and caring, makes a big difference that is for sure!

So I knew that I was going to be receiving a candle but did not know to what extent the candle would really look like! I was completely and I mean completely blown away at the elegance and how gorgeous the candle was! I received a beautiful note from Cassandra which was so sweet !

When I saw the candle I nearly died, it was absolutely gorgeous. Even the outside of the candle was adorable and grabbed my attention right away! I received the “Positivity Candle” which retails for $27.99 in store. The outside of the candle states ,”positivity- ( noun) the state or character of being positive ; a positivity that accepts the world as it is”. I absolutely love this. I think this is such a great touch to this candle , and really adds to the appearance! When I opened it up , the scent was unreal. I could not stop smelling it ! The candles are made with all natural soy wax, and can be used in the home or office for an instant pick me up!

The positivity candles are scented with endlessly in love fragrance, and each candle’s estimated burn time is 30 hours. I also love how the candle has the wooden wick to create the crackling noise. I honestly have not seen any candles like this before until I collaborated with Heaven Scent Soy Candles who uses the same beautiful technique! Love it! So cozy and calming.

What I absolutely love about these candles that makes them so unique is the crystals that are located on top of the candles! How unreal and beautiful is that? Ontop of my positivity candle, there were rose quartz and Dalmatian jasper crystals. The rose quartz has a powerful but gentle energy that soothes and calms the aura. It is considered to be the crystal of unconditional love, opening the heart to foster empathy and promote self love. It emits a soft healing vibration that is joyous to the soul. I honestly absolutely love this you beauts! I am all about self love and empowering/ growing as individuals. I think this means so much and I think it’s so interesting to read the meaning behind the crystals!

The next crystal , the Dalmatian jasper, has a wonderful energy that promotes happiness and restores a sense of fun and child-like wonder, a true pick me up. The black tourmaline inclusions help to cleanse and purify the aura. It transmutes any negative energy in the auric field, transforming the negative into positive.

Again, love the meaning behind these crystals , they are so empowering and send powerful messages to the user. I have tried burning my candle for a little bit to test it out and it’s absolutely beautiful. The scent is amazing, it’s super relaxing. It is honestly like Cassandra knew what kind of scent I would fall in love with. I am also all about positivity and promoting positive vibes to my channel . Cassandra could not have picked a better candle for me! By far , go and check out her Instagram page at ” 11past11candles” and spread some love on her page! Her candles are amazing, so unique, fun , and mean different things! Incredible!

From Newcastle Ontario, Cassandra is doing amazing for herself and her company. I was so fortunate to be given this opportunity to collaborate with her and Eleven Past Eleven Candle Co. I want to personally thank her for allowing me to work with her, it has been a wonderful experience! I wish her nothing but the best in her future endeavours! Be sure to follow my blogging channel and other social media sites located on my homepage to be up to date on the latest blog posts! Take care!

My Collaboration with “Jealous Youth”

Hello my beauts, and welcome back to my blogging channel! I am so glad you are here and decided to pop by and say hello! I have been busy with my new puppy Winnie, and have been visiting my parents home for a bit now off and on. I absolutely love visiting my parents and sisters in the country, gives me some space away from the city that’s for sure! I recently have been collaborating with a clothing company that I found on Instagram called, “Jealous Youth”, and I instantly fell in love with their unique clothing line!  I came into contact with designer Elijah Mckenna, who has been obsessed with music and art for as long as he can remember.

Elijah states, “my obsession with music resulted in attending many concerts throughout my life and even performing in multiple Punk and Metal bands throughout my short time I have spent on this Earth. It is safe to assume that the hundreds of concerts I have attended led to the purchasing of many t-shirts from my favourite bands. Those many t-shirts inspired me to eventually pursue a graphic design career of my own in hopes of showcasing my art to the world through one of the best mediums available. Jealous Youth is an independent graphic design and apparel company based out of North San Diego County, California. It was founded in 2014 and focuses on providing limited, small-batch apparel and other various forms of printed merchandise. And by “limited,” I mean that once a certain design sells out, it’s gone for good. I have no intention of printing any of my designs a second time.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always held an affinity towards hand-made products. It makes the item I just purchased much more special knowing that the artist them self-has touched it and channelled every ounce of love and passion they possess into the art they created. It makes it even more valuable to me when the item was created in limited quantities because that way I know that I have one of very few of its kind in the entire world. Since day one, I’ve wanted to convey this love I have for limited-run art pieces through these unique Jealous Youth designs that I enjoy making more than anything.

As of July 27, 2017, every Jealous Youth product will have a handwritten, hand-numbered, and signed tag attached to it. This will pass on my own personal value I hold for each piece to you, my valued customer. Each item has its own “Collector Number,” which is the specific number given to that item out of however many of them were made in that variation. You may choose to hold on to your tag as a “proof of purchase” or for sentimental value if you wish. It will not offend me if you throw it away like you would any other shirt tag. I will NEVER reprint any of my designs a second time. This way, it is confirmed that you own a unique piece of art that not many other human beings will possess and that will never be recreated. With that in mind, you are buying something so much more than just a t-shirt or a coozie. You are buying a limited edition, handmade work of art that holds personal value to me, and hopefully, in turn, to you as well.

I hope this has helped explain what “Jealous Youth” truly is and what it means to me. Feel free to contact me with any questions or comments you may have regarding your product, your order, or anything else that may come to mind. I am a human being, like yourself, and love conversations about art and creativity of all kinds. Thank you to everyone who has purchased a Jealous Youth shirt in the last three years that this company has existed. And an even BIGGER thank you to those who have purchased anything of mine within the year of 2017, which is technically my first year of legitimate business. You have helped me grow as a person and expand this company more than you could ever comprehend”.

When I received my package, I was more than excited to open it and see what was inside! I received my ” Always Cool women’s Tank Top” which retails for “$15.00-$17.00”. I honestly do not think I own anything that is yellow, and I was really intrigued by it! I absolutely love the design and how bright it is, it’s fun and playful!

I also received another t-shirt which was the “Outer World (Women’s T-shirt) which retails in store for $10.00. I love the design on this shirt as well, it’s very simple but can be paired with a ton of different outfits. I love it! I also received a coozie which is the ” Always Cool Drink Coozie” which retails for $3.00 online as well as a couple of cute stickers which are the “Lonely Grave Sticker Set” (Limited Halloween Edition), and that retails for $5.00.

Elijah was super nice and extremely down to earth when communicating with him and reaching out to him in regards to collaborating with his company.  I absolutely love his Instagram page and clothing line, it is extremely unique and caught my attention that’s for sure! Be sure to spread some love over on his Instagram page at “Jealousyouth”. Thank you so much for allowing me to collaborate with you and your company! I absolutely love the products. Also be sure you are subscribed to my channel and follow my other social media accounts located on my home page! Take care.

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My Collaboration with “Lavish Beauty Baskets”

Hello and good morning my beauts, I hope you are all doing well and fantastic like myself! I have been slowly planning out what to get my friends and family for Christmas, what about you beauts!? Christmas shopping is always stressful and sometimes you never know what to get people, or that’s what is always my problem anyway! I recently came across a beautiful Instagram page that sold beautiful candles, body scrubs and handmade beauty products. Guys…. if you know anything about me, you know that anything beauty-related screams my name, and I absolutely love these kinds of things. I find handmade beauty products to be so relaxing, soothing, and more personal by far. I reached out to the company “Lavish Beauty Baskets“, and spoke to the creator Krystle Ajaegbu.  She was so kind and down to earth, kept me updated when it came to my order and when it would be coming in! She was such a kind soul to work with and super friendly to speak to.

When I received my box, I was super excited to be a part of this collaboration with beauty products. I opened it and was created by a personal card from Krystle and her company which was adorable.  I absolutely love my personal cards, they mean so much to me and I keep every single one of them!

Thank you so much, Krystle, for the sweet card I appreciate it a bunch! I then received two beautiful products in my box which I was super excited about trying! I received a beautiful box scrub in the mail by Lavish Beauty Baskets which is called the “Lavish Glow Scrub“.  The ingredients in this scrub are to die for. This scrub contains sugar, coconut oil, apple extract, glycerin, phenoxyethanol, ethyhexylglycerin,  and fragrance.  I absolutely love this body scrub, it feels so smooth on my skin and makes my skin look glowy afterward. I love the scent as well which is an added bonus!  It goes on so nicely, and I love how much product is in the container.

I also love the design of this product as well, and all the products in general. I think they look absolutely gorgeous and are super glamorous as well! The next product that I received from Lavish Beauty Baskets was a gorgeous candle. If there is one thing that you beauts need to know about me is I absolutely love soothing candles with Eucalyptus scent in them. I find this scent to be super relaxing, especially someone who suffers from anxiety, these scents are calming and amazing. Even after a stressful day these are great.  I received a candle in “Eucalyptus Mint” from Lavish Beauty Baskets and let me just say beauts, the scent is to die for. I absolutely am in love. It literally feels like all my worries disappeared after smelling this. I also love the cute little design labels on it as well, adds such a nice touch to it. What I find so amazing about these products is that they honestly would make such great gifts for someone! Whether it be a birthday, Christmas gift or gift for your girlfriend or mom, they are beautiful. I highly recommend checking out Lavish Beauty Baskets Instagram page at “Lavish Beauty Baskets“, and simply DM Krystle if you are interested in purchasing something, or send her an email at : lavishbeautybaskets@gmail.com for ordering.

I absolutely love these two products so much and want to take the time to personally thank Krystle and her company “Lavish Beauty Products” for allowing me to collaborate with her ! I absolutely would recommend purchasing some of her products, she is super talented and takes a lot of time in her products, you can tell! Thanks again Krystle! Be sure to show her some love on her Instagram page! Also be sure to subscribe to my blogging channel and follow my other social media sites located on my homepage! Take care!

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My Collaboration with “Shop Abby Lee”

Good morning my beauts, and welcome to my channel if you are new! My name is Alyssa and I have been blogging for a couple years now and absolutely enjoy it! I find blogging a huge stress-reliever that’s for sure, it keeps me grounded and I love expressing myself on my blogs.  I have had a slight break from collaborations recently which gives me time to breathe, get my thoughts together, and start preparing for my next blogs that are coming in the near future. I had the wonderful opportunity to collaborate with a sassy and stylish clothing company called “Shop Abby Lee”. This company creates a collection of handprinted statement sweatshirts designed out of the L.A. I reached out to their company after coming across their page on Instagram a little while back. They were happy and pleased to collaborate with me, and I was beyond excited to work with their company. I was completely drawn to their page right off the start, especially with the statement in their bio, “we represent and celebrate babes that are bold, classy and sassy”. I absolutely loved this, as I am super sassy myself! Their clothing store represents and celebrates unapologetic self-expression through what we wear, and having an attitude of sassy and badassery while doing it.

“if you have never fallen in love at first sight, you’re shopping at the wrong site”


Beauts, when I received my package I was super excited. It was wrapped in this super cute and stylish paper which had pineapples all over it…. how friggen cute is that!?  As soon as I opened it up and I was greeted with a personalized card which I absolutely love, you know me guys, the more personalized the better! So that was super sweet of them that’s for sure!


Guys, check out their motto, it honestly is adorable. It states, “wear this with confidence, cause clearly you are a badass with good taste aiming for the “hot as hell but wouldn’t touch without asking look” and you’re doing amazing sweetie”. How freaking adorable and sassy is that?! I fell in love while reading this, and love this saying so much! When it comes to care instructions for the shirts simply wash inside out, on a gentle cycle and do not iron over graphic. I received my “Bad and Boujee” sweater which retails for $35.00 in store, and this is quite a steal for the quality of clothing as well!

“There are hints about who you are in what you wear”

I want to personally thank Shop Abby Lee for collaborating with me and allowing me to model their “bad and boujee” top which I absolutely love! I love anything stylish and sassy, especially cozy and comfy sweaters! They are wonderful people to work with, and I highly recommend checking out their Instagram page at “shop.abbylee”.  They have tons of sassy related sweaters with a whole bunch of different sayings on them, it’s hard to pick just one! Be sure to check out my other social media sites located on my homepage for upcoming blogs in the near future! Take care.

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Mental Health Update- Chat Chat with me


Hello my beauts, Alyssa here! It’s been a while since I have talked to you guys, sat down with a cup of tea, and just shot the shit with you beauts. I have been so busy doing collaborations with companies lately, that it is nice to take a break and just sit down and talk to you guys about what has been going on in my life so far. As you beauts know I am always real with yous, I never hide anything and I am always sharing updates about what is happening in my life, especially on topics such as mental health. As most of you guys know mental health runs in my family, and it is not something I am ashamed to discuss with you guys, infact it is a topic I am extremely open about. I am an advocate for mental health and love sharing with you guys everything how I am feeling and my emotions. Lately, my family has been struggling with a lot of personal family matters, something that I am not going to broadcast because it is rather personal. As a result of this I have not been myself whatsoever, it has been constant days where I am completely up and about, and other days where I just want to sleep all day. It does not take a lot for me to worry about things, so I have been to say the least.. a mess. I have thought long and hard about what I am going to do, knowing that something needs to be done. I am not one to sit there and do nothing about the situation, I am not going to sit there feeling sorry for myself, that’s not me. I like to do things about situations and I think that is exactly what you have to do when life gets in the way of things. You need to make a plan. So that’s what I started to do. As you beauts know I am in college right now for Social Service Work and it has been extremely hard for me to focus on school at the moment for the past month or so. I let a professor know what was going on, and she was extremely supportive. I tried from then on to keep attending classes and try to focus on assignments and so forth but it was getting tough. I knew that I needed to start taking care of myself whatever that meant to do.


I recently was supposed to start placement the other day and knew I just could not do that right now. I am not in the right state of mind, I have no motivation for school whatsoever, and I would be setting myself up for failure not knowing if I would wake up and not want to go to placement that day. I then thought long and hard about what I was  going to do, breaking down to my mom about everything that has been going on. I am so glad I have that support there for me.  Family means absolutely everything to me, they are the closest people you have to you. I let my mom know that I don’t think I can do placement right now, and she completely understood. I let her know I was not in the right mindset and that I have not been myself lately whatsoever.  People who struggle with mental health issues can sometimes be up and down, and different things trigger our emotions, it can also be completely out of nowhere. I came to the conclusion that I decided to postpone school, for now, I am almost done, but I feel like I am not going to do my best or even go for that matter if I continue right now. This was a big decision to make but honestly, mental health comes first before school. I just wanted to chat with you guys and let you know that sometimes life gets in the way of things, it’s unplanned and it happens but you just have to sometimes think of a different plan and deal with it. I am now in contact with some counsellors from my college and I think I am going to start seeing my own personal therapist again just to touch base and get things off my chest. I can not emphasize how amazing it feels to chat with someone, whether it be your mom, dad, friend, or a counsellor, someone is always there to help and you don’t have to be embarrassed about it whatsoever.  I never thought I was going to share my own personal life on the internet, with complete strangers and with others but something in me told me it was the right thing to do, so here I am today. I want others to know they are never alone, that there are options out there, and that it is okay to put your goals and dreams on hold. That is exactly what I am doing and I am content with my decision. It doesn’t mean I will not finish my program but it means that I will finish it at a later date and that is okay. My program is not going anymore, what matters the most and what is the most important thing right now is my mental health and making sure everything is okay.

Of course, it helps with this little one here with me, this is baby Winnie. She is a cockapoo puppy and has helped tremendously in our household as our therapy dog. Puppies and any animal for that matter as huge life savour when it comes to making you happy, smile and bring peace into your home. We have only had her for a few days and we already notice a huge difference in our home which is wonderful when I go and visit my mom. I highly recommend having an animal in your home if you are struggling or just need a bit more happiness/peace in your home.

I hope you guys enjoyed this little chit chat blog! I always like keeping you guys updated when it comes to my mental health and I always love sharing any piece of advice that I have! Also, want to give a shout out to @dodolashes for these beautiful mink lashes that you can purchase with my discount code “thatothertwin_xo” for 5% off at the checkout. Absolutely love these lashes, they are super easy to apply and look stunning for daytime/ night time looks. Take care, much love xo.

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My collaboration with “Ten Thousand Tees”


Hey there beauts! I hope you all are having a fabulous week so far! I have been busy doing collaborations over the past few weeks and have been absolutely loving it ! I have been loving this fall weather lately and you know what that means beauts ? Beanies! I love beanies for a fall fashion statement. So pretty much any chance I get I am going to wear a beanie! I recently worked with a company where I could do just that , wear beanies with these unreal tops I received! I reached out to ” Ten Thousand Tees” a while back asking to do a collaboration and look where we are today! I was super thrilled and hyped about this opportunity as their page really caught my eye and I loved the look of the clothing. I love simple tees that make a huge statement and I think that’s what drew me to their page . When talking to the owner of Ten Thousand Tees, James Ruta, he was so chill and down to earth to talk to. James is a super sweet guy and I knew that working with their company was going to be enjoyable and fun for sure!  One of James favourite things to do is seeing people connect.  James states, “forget about our differences for a moment . In the end we’re all human. We all have hopes and dreams, we all have insecurities. We all make decisions that show who we are. One of those decisions is the clothes we wear. The clothes that we wear show who we think we are and who we want to be. They show what we believe in and what we represent. I never wanted Ten Thousand Tees to be just another brand – there are too many of those already. I wanted it to be a way of connecting people . I wanted it to be a way of standing for something. I wanted it to be a way of saying this is who I am and this is what I believe in . So it’s not just a matter of printing something on a t shirt . Every tee tells a story by life itself. That is what Ten Thousand Tees is. It’s LIFE IN THREAD”. 

I absolutely love this . If you beauts know anything about me it’s that I love people who want to make a difference in the world. I am all about reaching out to people  and striving to make the world a better place . I believe this is exactly what James is doing with his clothing company and the message he is sending people , nothing but positive vibes. We need more people in our lives that are so upbeat and positive, life is too full of negative and serious people.

I received my package in the mail the other day from James and Ten Thousand Tees! I was so excited and could not wait for my package to be sent to me! When I opened my package I was greeted with a lovely personalized letter from Ten Thousand Tees! You beauts know me and my letters, I love getting personalized letters, I think they are more thoughtful and so sweet to read.  They make you feel important is how to put it!


I received two t shirts from their company which I am absolutely in love with. I love simple t shirts that you can style with pretty much anything , just use your imagination! I was super happy when I received a black and a white t shirt, both with different messages and designs on them.  The first was the t shirt on their website that caught my eye. I absolutely love the ” stand up ” tee, I think it is super powerful and empowering in general. You can purchase this off their website for $29.99! I adore mine and have paired both shirts I received with a black beanie, sunglasses, ripped faded jeans and converse.




The next shirt that I am In love with is the “Ten Thousand Tees” shirt which is black and retails for $29.99 in store.  I love the design and you can pretty much pair it with anything! The shirts are super comfy as well!




I want to take a minute to thank Ten Thousand Tees for agreeing and allowing me to show off some of their amazing and powerful shirts for you beauts! It was an honour working with their company! I love working and collaborating with such wonderful and down to earth people such as James Ruta! Be sure to come spread and show some love on their page on Instagram at ” tenthousandtees_lifeinthread”!  You guys are awesome! Also be sure to follow my other social media sites located on my home page for more blog posts to come in the near future ! Take care and much love xo.

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