Banff Photo Diary


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. 



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


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.

Telling Time with JORD


I honestly never understood why people wore watches {obviously other than telling time}. In this day and age, everyone is constantly on their iPhones or insert other smartphone. So what is the point of wearing watches anymore when you can simply look at the bright screen staring back at you with the time {most likely} plastered on your screensaver?

It was when I got a little older that I realized that watches are more than just for telling time. It is not only wrist candy or a nice accessory to complete your outfit, but it is the perfect companion to appreciate life and time {without your phones}. Growing up in this new technologically-driven era, everything is about smart phones and even smart watches, but sometimes it is nice to step back and appreciate the simpler things in life. When you're in need of a little simplicity plus a dash of style, look to JORD for your perfect watch. These watches are unique and perfect not only for yourself, but as a gift for any special person in your life. Carefully crafted and adds the perfect touch to any outfit. So go on over to their website, get yourself one of these babies and start making memories!

Thanks JORD for partnering on this post.

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Cozy for the Holidays


One thing that I am a huge sucker for is the cold weather--or what we consider as cold here on the west coast--and being able to really bundle up. As much as I complain about not getting extreme weather on this side of the country {refer to many of my older posts}, just having the temps drop to sweater weather is good enough for me. By no means is it Carrie-Bradshaw-fur-coats cold, but it is nice to just slip on an extra layer, get cozy by the heater, and sip some tea.

This chunky knitted sweater from StyleWe was jumping out of the screen and reeling me in almost instantly. I love love love sweaters and especially chunky ones that I can just drown in during sweater weather. This sweater came just in time for the fall and I couldn't have been more happier with it. It is perfect for lounging around or outside in the cold. Wear it by itself or under a coat, dress it up or down--the color is versatile and extremely holiday friendly. I'm ready for Thanksgiving with this piece in hand.

MADEWELL 'artist' boyfriend jeans
AMERICAN EAGLE sandals {similar here}
CELINE sunglasses
ZARA bucket bag {similar here}

Thanks StyleWe for partnering on this post.

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