For the past couple of years on my birthday, I've tried to find some time to myself where I can think about my past year. Similarly to what most people do on New Years Eve, I go through the good and the bad, the things that I was really blessed with and the things that didn't pull through. Sometimes, it's quite an emotional few moments for me as I stop for a bit to remember all that God brought to me. This year, much like any other one, I had some difficulties and some challenges that have really impacted my life. I've inwardly struggled about all sorts of things that I suppose being a single, entrepreneurial 23 (er, now 24) year old woman is all about. 

Today, I remember all the times throughout the year when I thought "Why is this happening to me? Do I really have to go through this? Why God? WHY?", and every year I see His reasoning. It was all for a purpose, it was all because He loves me, and it was all because He wanted me to grow. And even through all my times of doubt and insecurity, He has remained faithful to me, provided for me and loved me.

The purpose of my blog is to inspire you in fashions and creativity, but I hope that I also inspire you to remember who you belong to and that He loves you regardless of all your shortcomings. I hope that I inspire you to work hard and live a full life and ultimately do what you love; to find your passion and go for it. I hope I encourage you to take risks and to not be afraid of failing. 

My blog has immeasurably grown this year and is continuing to grow and I am so thankful! I'm so blessed from all the opportunities that I have been given, all the people I have met and connected with, and especially all of my followers who take the time to 'Like' or 'Share' and read all my posts. I would not be where I am today without all of you! 

This year, I wanted to thank you all by doing the very first of it's kind on Mel in Chanel - a GIVEAWAY! Here's a list of all the goodies inside... 

A playful "You look Lovely" bag to house makeup, school supplies, or to use as a clutch from Paper Source,

A mini planner from Anthropologie,

My favorite Rosewater Facial Spray that I introduced to you in my Mario Badescu post,

A stylish gold card holder to encourage every entrepreneurial girl to go for her dreams, 

And to top it all off, a fun summer nail color from Essie!


In order to be eligible for the giveaway, you must:

1. Go to melinchanel.com and Subscribe on the right sidebar

2. Follow @melinchanel on Instagram

3. Leave a comment on the "Giveaway" Instagram image by tagging 3 of your most stylish friends, or your girlfriends who you think are fierce and strong #BOSSWOMEN

4. For EXTRA entries, or just to show your love, share this post!

The winner will be chosen at random and will be announced in two weeks on May 19th at 8pm EST.