Life Update #4: Moving Out? + Fall Travel!

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Life lately! Where to start, where to start…. I feel like so much has happened in the past few months that it’s hard to summarize it all. In short, life throws a lot of curveballs at you — so you mind as well not plan at all. Lol. The biggest dilemma that I am currently facing is my living situation for next year. Last month, I was considering (for like 2 seconds) of putting a down payment towards an uptown condo. I know, crazy right? It was a future investment property kind-of-thing. Anyways, that plan is no longer realistic because I might be moving out of the city into the suburbs for good. Which I was actually kind of okay with it at first, but now it’s like a big question mark looming over my head.

The company I am currently with is moving to a new corporate building. It’s literally ginormous and like a maze. We will be transferring everyone by the beginning of 2020. My current options are to either stay and have a long commute, move, or look for another job. But I am leaning towards the first two alternatives. I have a pretty good gig and I know a lot of modern millennial gals would love my position. ( I work in the special event industry – think parties, festivals, weddings.)

Anyways, living in the city is a huge privilege and a lifestyle that I definitely took for granted. But I am fortunate to have at least experienced it in my early 20s. The city surrounds me with skyscrapers, opportunities, and love which keeps my heart wanting to stay there… I haven’t completely decided what my next move is but I will know by the end of next month!

Also happening next month is my fall trip! I will be flying out to Japan in mid-October! I bought these cheap tickets in July and it was a spur-of-the-moment purchase. I love traveling internationally so I am looking forward to this adventure! Hopefully, when I get back I will have some cool pics to share!

In this post, I also included a picture of the art painting that I just recently purchased for my office. I love the piece because it’s like an explosion of happy colors on canvas that instantly brightens up the room! In addition, a white mini couch was also added to my workspace. I might be 25 years old but I still very much dislike the taste of coffee, so a power nap at noon on my sofa will do. #IWillSurviveAdulthood – one nap at a time. lol.  I’ll be sure to do an updated office tour before my company moves out!

Lastly, I just wanted to mention that I just traded in my iPhone 7 for the iPhone 11! I think I’ve been living in the dark ages so I’m sooo ready for this upgrade. I always wanted to do a “what’s on my iPhone video,” and maybe I will this time around! Anyways, that’s all for this very long life update. 🙂 ~b

Outfit of the Day: Mellow Yellow

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Top – H&M / Jeans – Marshall’s / Sandals – Vionic

Happy Labor Day weekend! Can’t believe August is over and fall will be here before you know it. I flew home to spend time with my family for the three-day break. But it’s been forever since I’ve posted so I wanted to do a quick blog post today. This mini photoshoot was from last Sunday and I got my Instagram boyfriend to help me out, lol. Nothing was really planned, we just walked around the historic parts of Uptown and snapped a few pictures at spots with a pretty background. I wanted to fit an end of summer outfit before I start posting some autumn ootds! There’s actually still photos from last year that I never got around to editing (I’m the worst!). So the next few weeks there will be “new” throwback posts. I also have been meaning to do a life update soon because a lot has been happening and changing – but that deserves it’s own post altogether. Anyways, I hope y’all have a great holiday weekend with family and friends! 🙂 ~b

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Outfit of the Day: Sunflower Field

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White Dress – TJ Maxx / Sandals – Vionic

Happy Thursday! Frolicking carefree through a field of beautiful sunflowers is the quintessential summer day. They are the perfect pick-me-up flowers and one of my absolute favorites!  Just give me a bouquet of these and you can’t wipe the smile off my face. 🙂 That’s why I love making the drive out of the city to visit this flower patch every year in mid-July. When the field is in full bloom, it bursts into life! The sunflowers’ beaming golden hues stretch endlessly into a yellow mirage of beauty. Radiating warmth and joy wherever they grow. Nothing seems more fitting to style in this dreamy scape than a white eyelet dress with floral detailing. It’s classic, simple, and exudes sweet Southern charm. I think a white sun dress is a summer wardrobe must-have so I’m linking my 20 dollar #TJMaxxFind here!  I hope this sunflower photoshoot helps brighten up your day and gives you a ton of inspo! Cheers to it almost being Fri-Yay! 🙂 ~b

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Outfit of the Day: Yellow Jumpsuit

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Jumpsuit – Old Navy / Shoes – Forever 21 / Crossbody – Prada

Happy July Y’all! I can’t believe its already mid-summer! So much I still want to do before it’s over. But rainy and muggy weather is in the forecast for the next week and a half which puts a damper on a lot of my summer plans. Luckily, I did get a chance to visit Charleston recently. I wore this bright yellow jumpsuit while I was there and I think its bold color is the epitome of summer! It’s something I usually would never go for but I oddly like it. I found the jumpsuit for 11 dollars at Old Navy’s clearance rack last year. I know they don’t carry this specific floral print anymore but they do have some other summery classic patterns like gingham and chambray in stock. I love that these have pockets as well. I feel like women clothing are notorious for excluding this super functional feature, so it always feels like an added bonus when it is included. I hope you like this outfit inspo for today! I’ll be visiting the sunflower fields this month, and I have a cute white dress that I can’t wait to share on here! Wishing you all sunny weather until then! 😊 ~b

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Outfit of the Day: Lemon Print Dress

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Dress – Nordstrom / Sandals – Vionic / Crossbody – Prada

Citrus-chic! If this lemon print midi dress doesn’t scream summer, then I don’t know what does. This fresh mellow yellow ensemble was perfect for a casual out and about day in Paris. I paired it with my light blue Prada crossbody bag for a fun pop of color!

On my recent trip, I visited the beautiful Luxembourg Gardens and walked the lovely Seine River with my family. The weather was fairly mild in May but the sun shining made all the difference. I always found sightseeing in Paris to be very charming. The buildings are historic yet elegant. Sometimes you can’t help yourself but ooohhh and ahhhh at the exquisite architecture. I also love to people watch. I noticed that most Parisians have an impeccable sense of style that is effortless yet composed. There’s no denying that Paris is simply a timeless chic city, one of the many reasons why I am so enamored by it. ~b

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Outfit of the Day: Eiffel Tower Blue Dress

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Dress – H&M / Sandals – Vionic

Of all of my European travels thus far, I think I will always have a soft spot for France. Perhaps, it’s because I’ve been blessed to be able to experience so many beautiful places in this lovely country. From idyllic beach days at the French Riviera to wandering the rolling countryside. I adore and feel a connection to France.

This past May was my third time visiting Paris. However, it was my first time being here with my family. In some ways, it was kind of surreal. I never thought I would be able to take my parents on a trip like this, or at least at 25. The older I get, the more I just want to give back to them. They made a lot of sacrifices for me growing up so they rarely allowed themselves the leisure of a vacation.

During our Paris trip, it was the 130th birthday of the Eiffel Tower! In honor of the anniversary, there was a laser light show put on at night. The colors would “dance” and change with the rhythm on the tower. It was a really cool celebration to witness! Unfortunately, I didn’t get any good pictures at the event because of lighting….but I did get my family up at the crack of dawn to take some photos at the Eiffel Tower. ( See my mother and me down below! ) Early mornings at the Jardins du Trocadero are the best times to take pictures of the iconic structure without people in the background.

All in all, I love the city of lights and it means the world to be able to enjoy it with my family. I know Paris is a destination that I will continue to return to in the future and I can’t wait until then. ~b

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Outfit of the Day: Southwest USA Road Trip

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Cardigan – Walmart / Tank Top – Forever 21 / Jeans – American Eagle / Uggs

Road tripping around Southwest America is like taking the scenic route to everywhere. The beautiful surrounding area makes it hard not to find a pretty picturesque road stop. I live on the East Coast, so it’s always a marvel to see these vast rock formations and mountains in the desert. I think sometimes living in the city makes me forget how gorgeous the simple things in life are. Everything is so much slower paced here, plus if you are a nature lover – there are a ton of breathtaking state and national parks to choose from! ~b

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Outfit of the Day: Death Valley Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes

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Red Dress – Amazon

Death Valley National Park is the lowest elevation point in North America and home to some of the most unique landscapes that you will ever see. Experiencing this place truly feels like you are taking a voyage to another planet!

The Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes is where the mountains and the sand collide. It was on the top of my list to go! I had a styled shoot in mind that I really wanted to execute and capture here. I bought this red dress specifically because I wanted to create a lot of effortless movements in my pictures (it’s super affordable too). My boyfriend and I started shooting around 9ish and even then we had to walk pretty far to get to the fresh sand dune spots without any footprints. Also, you can’t tell in these pictures but I was silently crying on the inside. It was actually quite freezing here in mid-February (at least in the morning) and also very very windy. But regardless, I’m happy with how the images turned out. My absolute favorite picture of all time was taken down below by my brother. ❤ My boyfriend didn’t want me to post it…but it’s my blog and I’m the editor-in-chief sooooo I do what I want. 🙂 Lol, anyway thanks so much for stopping by and have a great weekend y’all! More content to come!  ~b

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Outfit of the Day: Valley of Fire

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Jacket – H&M / Top – Forever 21 / Skirt – American Eagle / Shoes-  Steve Madden

Hi all! Thrill to be finally sharing my photos from my visit to the Valley of Fire State Park! Who knew a pile of rocks could look this pretty, right? Ha!

Situated just an hour outside of glitzy Las Vegas, the Valley of Fire is an escape haven from the flashy neon signs and boisterous rowdy crowd of the city. A drive out to the state park is well worth the adventure! Although it is just a region of rocky terrain, don’t let the roughness of the rugged landscape fool ya. This place can put on quite a dazzling show. Be here around dusk or dawn, and the sun will illuminate the valley, painting a striking image of the Aztec red rocks. Their brilliant colors ( when bathed in sunlight ) will burst into warm tones and vibrant hues – bringing fiery life to the canyon.  ~b

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Vietnam Travel Recap

I won the lottery when I was a kid. Not in the scratch-off ticket instant money kind-of-win.  But in an instant life-changing win all the same.

When I was four years old, my family immigrated to the United States in 1998. My aunt was a refugee in the Vietnam War and moved to America many years before us. She slowly built a life for herself in a small town in Ohio. Through a tedious process and many years of trying, she eventually was able to sponsor my family for immigration. My parents in their late 30’s / early 40’s at this time, uprooted their entire life for the American dream. They left loved ones and everything they knew behind. With little formal education and no knowledge of English – their journey to America was filled with uncertainty and obstacles. Looking back now, I realized just how incredibly brave my mom and dad were. Their leap of faith would set the course for my life.

The summer of 2016 was the first time my family traveled back to Vietnam. Since this was 18 years later, I didn’t really know what to expect. My recollection of memories was vague and distant at this point. However, the trip turned out to be a colorful whirlwind adventure leaving me with vivid new memories. From sightseeing ancient temples to visiting the idyllic countryside village where my father grew up – I felt like a tourist because I was captivated by it all. Some of my favorite pictures I took are down below. 🙂 I also got to see my family members that I have not seen since I was a little baby. It was a rush of emotion, to say the least.  I felt overwhelmed with love – because no matter the span of time and distance, your family is still your family after all. Seeing where I came from left a profound impact on me. It made me appreciate my parent’s selfless sacrifices so much more. This trip will always remain near and dear to my heart. ~b

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