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Searching for Fall

10.10.2017


I kid you not when I tell you there is not nearly enough time in a day, week, month or year to get all the things you ever want to get finished done. The transition from college to working full-time has been extremely difficult for me--someone who enjoyed a lot of free, relaxation time during those days. And now here I am, struggling to get my one blog post up for the month. BUT HERE WE ARE, GETTING IT ON THE BLOG...

So yes, I've been back from South Africa for about a month now and pictures still haven't gone up. {Forgive me.} There is too much to post and I just don't know how I want split it up. Yes, my problems are waaaaay bigger than yours. So while I think on that, this past weekend I celebrated my birthday weekend in Colorado searching for fall foliage. I visited Denver very briefly back in 2013, but this time I stayed a bit longer. We did a mini-road trip up to Aspen then back and my God, the sights were absolutely incredible. Coming from California, we never really get to experience "fall". I know I talk a lot about weather {complain, I mean} on my blog, but I mean it when I say we only get one season. I tested out the camera on my new iPhone 8 plus and no words can describe how happy I am with the upgrade, considering I take all of my photos on my phone. Oh yeah, I lost my phone in Vegas two weekends before. Hence, the upgrade.

Colorado, you did not disappoint. I will be back.

Yay snow! I am a huge lover of skiing, so count on me to definitely be visiting Aspen again.
My mama bear--my inspiration to explore the world.





Gingham on Casual Friday

9.16.2017


Don't get me wrong I love wearing work-wear, but I love casual Fridays even more! It's a chance to be comfortable and switch those slacks/skirt out for your trusty pair of jeans. Yeah, that's why I am smiling like an idiot in the picture above. This Friday was definitely a little more special. Since the office was practically empty - hoorah! - I went complete casual with my favorite new Gingham top from Anthropologie. The office gets extremely cold toward the end of the week, so I love bringing a cozy, over-sized sweater to stay warm. And you know what's the best part about casual Friday? The next day is THE WEEKEND! {Not to be confused with the rapper, the Weeknd. He has no 'e'.} On another note, there's been a ton of end-of-summer sales going on EVERYWHERE... you know the drill - go now!

Cloth & Stone Gingham Top {sold out, similar here} // Joe's Skinny Jeans {$47.98 - on sale!} // 
Sam Edelman Nude Flats {$59.97} // Celine Tote

Banff Photo Diary

8.15.2017

It's been a hot minute since I have actually been active on my blog and boy, you guys have missed out on a lot. Granted it's my fault, but that's why I am here to share with you now. As my next trip (to South Africa) approaches, I realize I never shared my last one. This past July, my sister, some friends and I made our way up north to Canada. We stayed in Calgary, but the bulk of our trip was spent exploring the wilderness in Banff National Park. My god, it was amazing. If it wasn't for my sister, I honestly would never have even thought about visiting this place. And a big shout out to this group of people who stuck it out for a whole week with me. You all are real troopers {even though you didn't let me listen to country music}. So here it is, I hope these pictures make you feel a little wanderlust and are another push for your to get out of your comfort zone and see the world.

Stumbled upon this beautiful place by accident. Calm and still waters call for an amazing reflection photo.
Hiking Johnston Canyon and found this hidden gem. 
I spy a wolf.
Waking up at 4 AM to catch this sunrise? 100% worth it {although I slept the whole ride and was very grumpy without my morning coffee}.
The real truth behind those insta-worthy photos. By the way, she fell and scraped her knee after this. Oopsy... sorry not sorry.
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Album dropping December 2017.
Walking on glaciers. Once in a lifetime experience. And free fresh water. PS: it's better than Arrowhead.
Emerald Lake kayaking adventures. Yes, spectacles.
Second album dropping January 2018.
Don't be fooled, that water was freezing cold. @theunexpectedtype can vouch for me.
And big, big thank you to the number one inspiration in my life for taking me places and opening my eyes to the world. I could never be half the person I am if you weren't there to do everything first... sucker. To my other half and twin. Much love. 

Realize.

8.09.2017


Sometimes you realize what you're doing before you do it, stop yourself, and commend yourself for making the right decision. Other times, you don't realize it until it's too late. But there are good and bad parts to both of those decisions. Because at least if you did it, you'll know it wasn't right and some part of you will never be constantly wondering 'what if'. Sure, you can sulk and regret that you did it but look on the bright side, at least you realized it's not what you need. And that, is the road to starting new again. Heartbreak might lead a person to do crazy things, but in time, you will pick your head back up and realize that you deserve more than just a midnight call/text. But I am here to tell you that now is the time to make those mistakes. Be young, reckless, and full of life. Life is going to pass you by and if you didn't takes those chances, then you'll be back at square one realizing 'what if'. You can't learn from a mistake, if you don't make it. And if you're worried about finding love, just be patient and love yourself first. The "one" will come.

Searching for Cherry Blossoms

4.04.2017

It sucks to admit that I am actually going to kind of miss college given the weird, nontraditional college experience I had. Yeah, you have probably heard me complain about it for the last five years, wanting to grow up and get a job, but now I wish I can stay in last semester forever. I mean, who wants to freaking adult? Unfortunately with my last semester of college came my last and final spring break. With that in mind, I really had to make it one of my best and go out with a bang. 

I thought: "What better than cherry blossoms in Washington D.C.?"

For as long as I can remember, cherry blossoms have always been one of my favorite flowers. I was the middle school teenager that would get everything cherry blossom scented. Imagine how much money I blew at Bath & Body Works. After learning about the Washington D.C. cherry blossom festival, I knew I had to make it a destination on my bucket list. I forced my sister to be on board with the idea and made it our next #dinhsisterstrip. We turned it into a little bit of a short east coast road trip and it was the perfect adventure. They only bloom once a year, so it is kind of a big deal. There was a bit of a scare of dying cherry blossoms due to the cold wave on the east coast a week before we went, but lo and behold, they were there blooming beautifully! Lucky us!

Here's a couple of pics from this wonderful trip to the East coast. Word of advice: PUT THIS ON YOUR BUCKET LIST. Not only were the flowers the delight, but the whole city was filled with adventure and history. It's the perfect travel destination for any season or reason. I really just wanted to stay and never come back, but hey! Ya girl needs to graduate!
What kind of vacation morning would it be if you're not eating leftover drunchies?
We spent a good hour and a half watching Bei Bei eat bamboo... they're so f*cking cute.

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