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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Upcoming Travel Plans + Updates

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Mesa Arch – Picture Taken in March of  2018

Travel:

Hi all! I recently got back from a trip out West. I was there for a few days to visit Death Valley National Park + Valley of Fire State Park. I always find it refreshing to travel and experience different sceneries every now and then. I did a couple of mini photo shoots while I was there and can’t wait to share them here! But in the meantime, I have a few throwback outfit photos from Vietnam that I will be posting to my blog.

Also in May, I will be flying out to Paris. My brother and I gifted my parents with a vacation to France this year. We’ve both been out of the country multiple times but my parents have never been to Europe. I am excited to whisk them away to a place that I love. It’s going to be a lot of fun and one memorable family adventure! In addition to France, I will also be in Belgium and the Netherlands.

Content:

Last October, I spoiled myself with a Prada Saffiano Double Cuir bag so the next video I will probably be making is an updated, “What’s in My Bag.”  You guys really seemed to enjoy my last one and I like the creative challenge of creating a stop motion. In the future, I would like to expand to more lifestyle video content. However, I think my youtube channel will always have a strong emphasis on home decor and tours because interior design is something I truly enjoy.

In 2019, I plan to relaunch my Instagram and post more frequently on that social media platform. It’s been something I’ve been really wanting to do. There’s actually a lot of projects that I would love to work on for my blog/video etc. but honestly – as of right now, I just create content whenever I have the time or want to.

Update:

Lately, I have been really into decluttering. Over the years, I have accumulated so much stuff that does not add value to my life. I have owned things for the sake of having things. There were items that were practically brand new and never used. I have come to realize how wasteful and unnecessary all of this was. I am not a minimalist by any mean nor do I aim to be, but I am in the process of slowly letting go and organizing. I want to redirect my path to living a more intentional life filled with patience, balance, and gratitude. ~b

10 Facts About Me {Part 2}

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Hey guys,

I’m in the midst of editing another apartment video so there will be a lack of blog post for a while. Currently, I do not have a lot of time throughout  the week to edit pictures or create content due to my busy schedule. I did want to write another 10 facts about me post because I think they are fun to write and interesting to read. Enjoy!

10 Facts about me (Part 2)

1.) I work in the social media / advertising field doing marketing and design. I have my own office at my company’s headquarters. I’m a  rather young professional so I feel very blessed and spoiled even – to have my own space to be creative. Once it’s fully decorated, I’ll see if I can create a mini corporate office tour for you guys!

2.) I do not keep any personal social media profiles like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. But I do have multiple accounts on all platforms. They are all used for work related things / side projects. I love how influential and inspiring social media can be. Not to mention, it is a lot of fun!

3.) My boyfriend is not a photographer, which I think a lot of people assume. It’s just his passion and hobby! His actual profession is computer engineering. He’s very analytic and logical. My complete opposite basically. Haha.

4.) He used to be my next door neighbor and that’s how we met! We’ve been together for over a year!

5.) I have two apartments in the city that I call home.

6.) My dream dog would be a Pomsky. They are seriously so darn cute!

7.) Speaking of animals,  my favorite animal is an elephant. You can find mini sculpture decor of them all over my home and office.

8.) I very rarely will buy jewelry. In fact, the only jewelry I do wear is a four leaf clover necklace which I have worn since 7th grade!

9.) I fell down a flight of stairs when I was 2 or 3, which left a permanent indent on my forehead. Forever clumsy.

10.)  One of the best decisions I’ve ever made was choosing not to go to the Ohio State University. During the last month of my senior year of highschool, I was awarded a very big scholarship to attend a much smaller university near my hometown. This allowed me to graduate college debt free, putting me in a far better financial situation than most people my age. That’s why I am able to travel often, buy nice things, and live a comfortable lifestyle.

Welp, that’s all for this blog post! Thanks so much for reading and learning some weird facts about me! Here’s a link to my last one, in case you guys wanted to read some more! 🙂

~b

Life Update #2 : Adventure Awaits!

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Hello there & happy Friday! I just wanted to make a short post and write a quick blurb of updates.


In the next few months, I will be collaborating with West Elm on a redesign project of my boyfriend’s apartment. We are transforming the studio into a sophisticated space for the two of us. It’s going to be a lot of fun and I can’t wait to decorate it! In addition, I am going to be a part of their upcoming fall advertising campaign. It’s a tremendous honor and I am so grateful for this opportunity! I have been a huge fan of West Elm for years now. I absolutely love their contemporary aesthetics and passion for helping customers express their unique style.

The second big news is that I will be going to Maui and Honolulu for roughly two weeks this month. What a dream to go on a tropical vacation! This is my very first time visiting Hawaii and I’m on cloud 9! It’s going to be quite an adventure and I’ll be sure to take a ton of Instagram-worthy pictures. Hopefully, when I return home, I will have some good content to share with you all. ~b

Life Update: Upcoming Travel Plans (Utah + Hawaii)

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Hi guys! I’m excited to share my travel plans for the next two months! I feel extremely privileged to be able to travel as much I have in my early 20’s. I know there are so many people that rarely ever have the opportunity to go on a vacation. So with that being said, I feel immensely blessed.

Sooo where exactly am I going? Well, spring is great time to travel because it’s not the height of tourism season, making flight tickets more affordable. In March, I will be flying out to Salt Lake City, Utah and in April, I will be adventuring to Maui, Hawaii!! Fun fact: my flight ticket to Maui was  $425 round-trip + Salt Lake City was $263 round-trip. This is an amazing deal considering  I live on the East Coast. Both getaways are going to be about a week long so I have been planning and watching travel guides like crazy! I am most excited for Booneville Salt Flats + Haleakala Sunrise.

Other possible travel plans in the future include Texas in the summer, Alaska in the fall, and maybe an international trip! Key word: maybe...I’m kind of pushing it, but a girl can dream! I absolutely love traveling so I can’t wait! 🙂  ~b

Donating My Hair for the 1st time! // Pantene Beautiful Lengths

 

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Donating my hair to a cause has always been on my bucket list. On Jan. 8, 2018, I was able to cross it off! I recently chopped off  about 17 inches of my hair and donated 16 inches to the Pantene Beautiful Lengths program. Here are my before/after pictures + a video documenting my whole experience!

1.) Why Pantene?

There are so many organizations to consider when picking a charity for hair donation. All with pros and cons, but I loved that fact that Pantene offered free wigs to women battling cancer. Creating real hair wigs is a costly matter and some organizations have to charge patients a small fee to help offset the cost. However, I’m not a fan of this method because I think giving back should always come with no strings attached.

Pantene is also all about women empowering other women (#GirlPower) which I wholeheartedly support.

3.) Requirements.

To donate to the program your ponytail length has to be a minimum of 8 inches. Also no dyes, bleaches, or chemicals to the hair is accepted. In addition, your hair can have no more than 5% of gray to be consider. To learn more about Pantene’s hair donation requirements click here.

2.) Afterthought.

It takes 8 – 15 ponytails to create just one Pantene Beautiful Lengths wig, so every donation counts! If you are hesitant on donating, I encourage you to just go for it. Short hair is absolutely liberating — no regrets on my end. And overall, it just feels sooooo good knowing how impactful my hair donation can have on someone’s life. Think about it…the dead stuff that grows on your head can restore hope in someone’s heart. How beautiful is that? 🙂

~b

10 Facts About Me + Coffee Shop Outfit

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Blazer – Elodie / Tank Top – Naked Zebra / Jeans – Marshalls / Shoes – F21 / Bag – Gigi New York Hayden Statchel

Happy Fri-yay guys! I have been putting off making an about me page/post for the longest time. I dread the whole process of defining myself  in general. It feels like an interview or small talk which I have never been a big fan of. Plus, it’s rather difficult to summarize yourself in a paragraph or two. However, I understand readers will feel blinded if they don’t get to know at least a few facts about the girl behind the screen. So I rounded a list of 10 (ish) facts about me. 🙂

1.) Background: I was born in Vietnam. I immigrated to the United States with my family when I was 4 years old. I grew up in a small town in Ohio.

2.) Age: 23 years old                     3.) Personality: INFJ                        4.) Zodiac: Pisces

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7.) Gypsy Soul: I have done a fair amount of traveling. I have visited roughly 13 different countries and been all over the U.S. I backpacked Europe in college and my family did a road-trip across America when I graduated highschool. I do frequent trips throughout the year to various cities but I prefer international travel more and hope to be able to take at least one overseas trip a year. (Pst..Greece has been on my list!)

8.) Photographer: My brother and boyfriend both take pictures for me. They are amazing photographers and I am so so lucky to have their help. We go on a lot of mini weekend trips for fun so I try to get content from those excursions. I take some of my own pics on my Canon T3i or iphone 7. I edit all my photos with Adobe Photoshop or my phone.

9.) Favorite Music: Indie and acoustic jams give me life!! But I also like listening to dubstep songs when I run because it helps me pace myself.

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10.) Quirky: Probably the coolest fact about me is that I am very good at social media contests. It’s like a hidden talent and I have won close to 45 contests the last 2.5 years.  Some of my winnings include cash prizes, shopping sprees, wedding ring ( which I gave to my mother ) , a wedding dress ( I’m not married or engaged….lol ), beauty products, electronics, gift cards, home decor, etc. My favorite win of all time was an all inclusive paid trip to Cabo, Mexico courtesy of Urban Decay.

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That’s all for this post. Thanks for stopping by guys! I really appreciate it and I hope to be able to open up more about my personal life as time goes on 🙂 ~b