2020 is here. A new decade, still the same pretty Shay. This year she attended three events already, and was part of Ashley Graham’s podcast Pretty Big Deal. Enjoy the photos!
Welcome back to Shay Mitchell Daily. I’m truly sorry for the lag of updates the past months. So many things have changed in my life and I hardly have had time to update anything. But, 2020 is going to be a whole different thing. You can find all the latest appearances and candids from late 2019 in the gallery, with adorable cameos of Atlas, Shay’s amazing baby.
Shay Mitchell, Entrepreneur, Actress, And Founder of BÉIS, Shares Her Journey To Motherhood, The ONE Thing She Is Craving, And How She Plans To Run Her Business After Baby
With a glittering career as an actress (see ‘You,’ ‘Pretty Little Liars’ and most imminently, ‘Dollface’), this stunning entrepreneur and founder of multimillion dollar travel and accessories lifestyle brand, BÉIS, plus YouTube star of ‘Almost Ready’ (a video diary of her pregnancy journey, def tune in!), has a ‘little Shay’ on the way. And, if you don’t know, now you know…this magnetic multifaceted mama-to-be is a total powerhouse.
Nearing the end of her pregnancy, Shay shares how she emotionally made it through the isolation of the first six months, why she gives mad-cred to working while pregnant (with zero plans to stop), and what’s next for BÉIS (mamas, get ready!). Plus, did someone say 7-Eleven Slurpee? @shaymitchell
Current state of mind?
We got good news today! I went to the doctor, and she’s flipped head down, which is such a relief! Having her face in the right direction lowers our risk of a C-section. Don’t get me wrong, I’m down to do whatever is best for her, but I’d love to avoid a C-section (if possible); I’ve never so much as had a broken bone, so the idea surgery scares me, plus the recovery time on a vaginal delivery is generally far less!
Physically, how are you feeling?
For months, my hands have been extremely swollen with constant pins and needles. Other than that though, I feel great. I have been super lucky in that I didn’t have a lot of the typical pregnancy symptoms (outside of my mental struggles) such as morning sickness or wild cravings. I know some women that are reading this who did have intense nausea or physical symptoms will be like, “wow, F-you,” but that’s the way it has been for me. Physically, I have been very fortunate.
Emotionally, how did you deal with keeping your pregnancy a secret?
The first five months of this pregnancy were super isolating, and I went through a severe depression. I previously had a miscarriage and that experience gave me anxiety about sharing the news of this pregnancy with anyone outside of our parents. With the first pregnancy, I was elated and told everyone at eight weeks. However, I wanted to be sure that this second pregnancy would be viable before shouting it from the rooftops, so I hid it for nearly six months and became very anti-social. Usually, I’m incredibly active and outgoing, but instead, I mainly stayed home to avoid stares and questions. I was extremely lonely.
On top of that, I was gaining weight without having a noticeable bump. I became paranoid that my team was giving me the side-eye (not knowing I was pregnant) and thinking I should hit the gym — which added to my loneliness. I think it’s really interesting that prepartum depression or feelings of isolation in pregnancy are not more vastly discussed…feeling that I was alone in my depression compounded my state of mind, but have found since sharing the news publicly that many women feel as I did…pregnancy can be a hard time, especially if you’re having to hide it. After I came out publicly, I felt an enormous wave of relief and was finally able to start enjoying the pregnancy.
How did you heal from your miscarriage?
I kept telling myself that everything happens for a reason. To follow a miscarriage with a healthy pregnancy generally means the first fetus was not viable. As difficult as that was to wrap my head around when I was going through it, I tried to remind myself there was a reason the pregnancy didn’t come to term.
Sharing my struggles also helped me heal. As a community of women, we’re getting better about speaking up, discussing our challenges, and shedding light on fertility issues. There shouldn’t be any shame in miscarriage. The support I received from other women when I was trying to recover was so powerful! While everyone’s experiences are unique, we can all benefit from hearing other women’s stories.
We’re obsessed with ‘Almost Ready!’ Why did you decide to launch this series?
I started my YouTube series, ‘Almost Ready’ as a way to depict the imperfectness of pregnancy, and to be as honest as possible throughout the entire experience. I didn’t want to post a perfectly curated photo with an idealistic caption…it wouldn’t have done this experience justice and I would have felt like a fraud because you can’t sum up the transformation into motherhood with a few perfect images. Instead, I wanted to approach this as a true journey…with everyone. Over the past nine months, there’s been a lot of awesome things and equally not-so-awesome things…it’s all there. To be authentic and relatable I feel that we have to share the good with the bad. Showcasing the real experience has been liberating for me, and hopefully it will help other women feel less alone or self-conscious in their journey.
On filming ‘Dollface’ throughout the pregnancy?
I was cast on ‘Dollface’ when I was in Tokyo with my family at nearly 13 weeks pregnant. Since I knew that we would be done filming before I popped, I agreed to do the show. Honestly, it was the best thing I could have done. Every day I was surrounded by an incredible cast of amazing women that kept me inspired and motivated. In the final month of filming, I came out about my pregnancy to the cast and crew — joking that I wasn’t simply “bulking up” because of the craft table (although I indeed spent a lot of time there!). Just after we wrapped, I went public with the news.
What was that like to share the news publicly?
Total relief. Fortunately, I was able to come out on my terms in exactly the way that I wanted. I was a little nervous that at some point a photo would be released before I was ready to talk about the pregnancy. I’m so happy it all worked out as I had hoped.
Shay plays the role of Stella Cole in the Dollface remake, you may know this by now. On November 15 you can watch all episdes on Hulu! During the TCA panel last night Shay talked a little about the show:
They are very different characters. Aesthetically you see similarities, but Stella is a wild spirit and a completely 180 from Peach.
Guess who? Yes! Our beautiful Shay is pregnant! The team of Shay Mitchell Daily sends out so much love, support and all the best wishes to Shay and her wonderful boyfriend (and their baby girl/boy) 👶🏻
There is something in the oven and it’s not my pizza!!! WOW… It’s kind of surreal processing the fact that another human is growing inside of you. It’s exciting, nerve-racking, difficult and emotional all at the same time. Everyone waits for the right time to make the announcement and for me it wasn’t until I couldn’t hide it anymore and was tired of wearing over sized sweatshirts. We’re beyond excited and looking forward to starting a family. I’ve learned so much about myself and parenthood over the past 6 months, and feel like I haven’t even scratched the surface! It’s going to be a wild ride!!
She has 24 million Instagram followers, almost 4 million YouTube subscribers and another 3 million or so Twitter fans. But sometimes Shay Mitchell just wants a break. With an upcoming role in Hulu’s Dollface, the former Pretty Little Liars star (and mega beauty influencer) shares how she stays balanced and pursues her dreams.
I didn’t always want to be an actress. I never took drama or any of that in high school or elementary—nothing. When I was younger, I wanted to be a marine biologist. I realized that wasn’t the career path I was meant for when I went scuba diving for the first time at 12 and I was terrified of the ocean. At 19, I decided acting is what I wanted to do, after coming back to Canada from living in Bangkok. I’d tried modeling, but it wasn’t for me—I enjoy food too much. I did enjoy the traveling aspect of modeling, and I loved the community that it built and being able to work with a lot of people to get the shot. I realized I could do that with acting and not have to fit into a size 0, so I startd going down the road, and I booked Pretty Little Liars. I was on that show for seven years.
When I was playing Emily [on PLL], I was a completely different person than her. She had flats and only flats in her wardrove. But when I was playing Peach from You, the majority of her wardrobe was from my own closet, though my hair was a little bit more polished than what it would normally be. Obviously, You is super creepy just because it’s so relevant. It’s really easy to stalk somebody when you just have to follow their social media postings. There are safety precautions that you can take. I mean, knock on wood, nothing has ever crossed the line for me, but I’m very careful. If you post about where you are, people are probably going to come. I always post a few hours after I’ve left. That’s something everybody should do, celebrity or not, lots of followers or not.
I scout most of my glam squad on Instagram. Actually, I first saw Patrick Ta’s work on Instagram, and we had a trial where he came and did my makeup for a job. Now I joke with Patrick: I’m like, “I started you.” I’m kidding, but not. For me, getting ready for an event, most of the time, is more fun than the actual event. Being able to work with a team I feel comfortable with is huge. Back in the day, when I didn’t have a choice, it was a little but more difficult. I have a darker complexion, and I had trouble finding concealers and foundations that worked for me. I would make up my own concoction and take the dark-pigmented stuff and mix it with lighter ones to get my shade. Now there are more options, and I’m working with the best of the best, so I’m not scared to try new things.
I don’t color my hair—that’s where wigs come in. I dyed my hair platinum, and it just wasn’t a good look. My hair broke off and went brassy really quickly. It took a long time to get back to normal. But I do think I’m more experimental now than I was back in my 20s. Now i’m just like, “Why not? It’s just makeup. You can take it off.”
When it’s up to me, my hair is what it is when I come out of the shower, and then I tend to just have really light makeup on. Skin care is my number one thing. To have good makeupm you need to have a good canvas to start with. I take off my makeup with micellar water to really get it all off. Undereye cream is crucial—there’s nothing worse than having dryness underneath your eyes. When I do at-home beauty spa days, I fill up a big bowl of hot water and add essential oils, like lavender, and steam my face. If I want to wake up a little bit in the morning, I’ll use citrus oil. And if I have a shoot where I need even more of a wake-up, I’ll put my whole face in a bowl of ice water. It’s really good to depuff your skin.
I never go anywhere without my phone. Because if I were to go on a hike and this double rainbow shows up, I’d have to capture it. just for memory’s sake. But I think it’s important to know when to shut off. You need to be aware that when you look at Instagram what you’re looking at is a highlight reel, not real life. My Instagram feed is super curated—not for anyone else, just for me—but if you go to my Story, I’m taking you behind the scenes of everything. We’re all going through one thing or another, so we don’t need to pretend everything is perfect and rainbows. It gets a little cloudy sometimes, but that’s fine.
I found this little girl online who says “JOMO [joy of missing out],” the opposite of FOMO [fear of missing out]. That’s what I have every day of my life now. I see people going to these amazing parties and these amazing events, and I’m just happy to be watching it from my bed, hanging out with friends, watching Chef’s Table, and eating popcorn.Because when you’re having the most fun, you’re not posting about it. You’re living the moment.
— as told to Cotton Codinha
Listen: Shay Mitchell knows travel. The jet-setting actress, known for her starring role in Pretty Little Liars (or more recently, Netflix’s mega-hit series You), is no stranger to globe-trotting, and she has the hashtag and YouTube travel series to prove it (it’s #SHAYCATION, if you’re wondering). Add to that her successful launch of new travel accessories brand Béis, where you’ll find a range of smartly designed bags and other essentials made with function and style in mind (we’re talking items like a travel backpack that unzips generously, just like a suitcase, so you can take it with you overnight, for the weekend, or on the plane).
Now Béis is launching its most requested item yet — rolling hardside luggage. But that’s not all. In true Béis style, these suitcases are more than just some plain, old thing meant to hold your belongings. These suitcases will actually tell you if your luggage is over the weight limit.
On the suitcase’s side handle, you’ll find a super-handy, built-in weight limit checker that’ll turn red if your packed luggage weighs more than 50 lbs. — no more anxiety about pulling up to the check-in counter, only to be hit with an excess baggage fee.
Available in both a carry-on and check-in size, the new Béis rolling suitcases range from $198 to $258 and are available on nordstrom.com starting today. Go for the sleek, goes-with-anything black, or a clean, minimalist beige.
Source: Travel and Leisure
Actress. ENTREPRENEUR. Social media queen. YouTube star. Shay Mitchell talks exclusively to HAYLEY D’ONOFRIO about taking on HOLLYWOOD, building her business and the transformative effects of beauty.
Shay Mitchell has never been one to shy away from experimenting with her look. She recently stepped out on the red carpet at the iheartRadio Awards sporting a platinum blonde wig so cleverly concealed that she nearly fooled her fan base into thinking that she’d coloured her hair. “I love that hair and makeup can make you feel a certain way,” says Mitchell down the phone from Los Angeles in the weeks following her Gritty Pretty Magazine cover shoot. “It can completely change me into a character—I might become Shay-oncé. Or maybe Shay-Lo,” she laughs, the latter she tells me is the nickname her friends coined due to her obsession with Jennifer Lopez. Mitchell’s love of beauty grew from a young age: “Ever since I was little and I saw my mum apply lipstick, makeup has always been something I’ve loved watching,” she says. It’s also something Mitchell likes to share with her over 24 million Instagram followers, regularly documenting her experiences in the glam chair with the likes of makeup artist Patrick Ta. “I work with such talented artists that I love to share the tips and tricks they always share with me—I feel like I owe it to the world,” she laughs.
At 32, the self-confessed beauty-obsessed actress has spent many a day in the glam chair. After leaving high school with no immediate plans to become an actress, she relocated to Bangkok at 17 to work as a model. “I actually wanted to be a marine biologist when I was younger! I think I had an idea that I would do acting later on in life but I didn’t take want to take any drama classes. I’m kind of happy I didn’t because I think I came into acting at the perfect time for me.” Returning to her native Canada, she appeared in Degrassi: The Next Generation—which she explains is a rite of passage for Canadian actors, much like a stint on Home & Away is for Australians—before scoring a lead in hit television series Pretty Little Liars. Playing the role of Emily Fields, Mitchell maintains that doing the character justice was the most difficult part of her seven years on the show. “The writers had given me such a great storyline and it was a really fun role to play but it was also a really important role to play. I tried not to put too much pressure on myself because I was trying to play [Emily] as authentically as I could.”
When the show wrapped in 2017, Mitchell filmed cult Netflix drama You in New York City. “It had always been one of my goals to live in New York and film something, and I got to really live out my Gossip Girl fantasy by shooting across from Penn Badgley, which was amazing.” And the roles keep on coming; Mitchell is currently in production for television series Dollface, which co-stars Esther Povitsky and Kat Dennings, with Australian Margot Robbie on board as one of the executive producers.
Slated for release later this year, the plot centers around Dennings’ character, who tries to reconnect with her girlfriends after a breakup. “We just did the upfronts together in New York,” says Mitchell excitedly. “The character I play, Stella, she’s the laidback one. She’s a world traveller, easy-going, loves fashion, and has an extreme confidence within her—it has been really fun to play her and experiment with different looks. The script is funny, and it’s a comedy,” a genre that Mitchell says she hasn’t yet dabbled in and is clearly enjoying.
Following in the footsteps of other actresses-turned-entrepreneurs à la Jessica Alba with The Honest Company and Gwyneth Paltrow with Goop, Mitchell decided to further her already impressive résumé by launching her own accessories brand BÉIS at the end of last year. Inspired by Mitchell’s love of travel, BÉIS encompasses luggage tags, travel organisers and cosmetic cases in chic, understated tones that are all at an affordable price point. “I think everyone should get out there and see as much of the world as possible—you grow more as an individual,” she explains. “In saying that, some people fear travelling because they’re going out into the unknown, but that should be exciting! It is only exciting if you feel prepared, and feeling prepared means you [travel] with things that make you feel comfortable. That’s where the idea for travel bags came in; I wanted them to be chic, functional and affordable.”
I work with such talented artists that I love to share the tips and tricks they always share with me—I feel like I owe it to the world.
Starting BÉIS hasn’t been without its challenges though, particularly when it comes to laying down the ground rules—Mitchell is extremely hands on, and across everything from design to product conception and delivery. “It’s different when you’re doing a collaboration with a brand because you’re walking into their world but this is my world that I’ve created and I set the tone. I’m not just the face anymore; this isn’t an endorsement,” she explains. Juggling both careers would be difficult to manage for most but Mitchell takes it in her stride, and thrives on the hectic pace. “It’s what I’m most passionate about. I love being busy about things that I love doing—it excites me to get up in the morning and go to the office or a photo shoot for BÉIS.”
Another arm to her profile? Social media, but Mitchell doesn’t place as much emphasis on it as you might think. She started her YouTube channel well before the medium turned mainstream, as a different way to connect with her audience and to create her own content. From documenting her holidays around the world—also known as her Shaycation series—to beauty and cooking tutorials, her engaging, conversational
tone and real talk are an undisputed hit with her fans—at last count, she has amassed over 3.7 million subscribers. The same can be said for her Instagram account @shaymitchell, and with that in mind, I ask her what it’s like to directly influence over 24 million people. She pauses before answering: “I never really think of it like that,” she says earnestly. “I’m as authentic as I can be on my socials, and what you see is what you get—that’s who I am, and I don’t take myself too seriously. There are a lot of smoke and mirrors out there, and to be honest, the parties I go to, if they’re really fun, I’m not putting them on my stories. If you’re having the time of your life, you’re not on Instagram.”
I’m as authentic as I can be on my socials, and what you see is what you get—that’s who I am, and I don’t take myself too seriously.
Mitchell’s personal take on social media, and also the importance she places on working—and working hard—is both refreshing and inspiring in a time where the desire for fame and celebrity—both on and off the Instagram grid—is so highly regarded. “At the end of the day there are much more important things to focus on that what I upload to IG,” she explains. “I want to be remembered that I left people feeling a little better than they did before, to make them comfortable and happy, [and to] inspire.”
With plans to expand BÉIS—a luggage collection launches this month—and to continue her reign as one of the up-and-comers in Hollywood, make no mistake, Shay Mitchell just getting started.
Source: Gritty Pretty