A few years ago, I moved to the city with no real game plan. Just a wide-eyed grad with a rosy-tinted perspective of the world and all its possibilities. Though a small-town girl at heart, I always had big city dreams. One of my biggest goals in life is to be able to work for myself one day. I always loved creating something from scratch and cultivating it into something so much more. I am more proud of what I have accomplished on my own than anything related to my corporate career – and I realize fostering a vision is what motivates me. I still have a long way to go, but I am grateful for where I am at. The lifestyle I am able to live now feels like a dream. From the cosmopolitan bustle and hustle, to the boundless opportunities – uptown living is a chapter and an experience in my life that I am thankful for. ~b
I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to spend two amazing weeks in Hawaii this past year. Since I was there for a good amount of time, I also visited Honolulu for a couple of days. One of my favorite activities I did there was the Lanikia Pillbox hike. It was a little bit unplanned (hence why I am wearing flip-flops in these pictures), but still a fun memory to look back on. The climb was not too intensive and offered a rewarding view of Mokulua islands, Lanikia beach, and the surrounding residential neighborhood. I included a few of my favorite snapshots from the hike in this post! ~b
Wherever I travel, I often find myself gravitating towards beautiful architecture. Perhaps it’s the impeccable craftsmanship or the rich history but I am always captivated by these places. I believe these old regal buildings are the heart and soul of a city and within their walls lies stories of the past. Iolani Palace was the royal residence for the Hawaiian monarchy. Today, it stands proudly as a national historic landmark on the island of Honolulu. It’s a marvel of opulence and innovation, definitely worth a visit! ~b
When I was a kid, I always fantasized about being whisked away to an exotic destination. The beaches at Makena State Park in Hawaii are pretty close to that! With golden shorelines and brilliant aqua blue water, this hot spot in Maui is a dreamer’s paradise!
Hi guys, hope all is well! I still have a ton of images from Hawaii to post. So here ya go. 6ish months too late but better now then never! It’s a constant work-in-progress but I plan to very slowly but surely share them with you all. 🙂
Tropical florals and lush greenery background are pretty much ubiquitous in Hawaii. These pictures are fun because they make it appear as if I’m in the jungle. However, they were actually taken only a few steps from the front door of the condo in which I was staying at. This just goes to show that you really don’t have to venture far to get lost in the beauty of nature. ~b
One of the top must-have things to do in Maui is to drive theroad to Hana. This famous winding road leads you to sooo many beautiful places on the island. From waterfalls to bamboo forests, it definitely takes more than a day to explore it all. One of my personal favorite stops was around mile marker 32, Waianapanapa State Park. As you enter the park, the hills and valleys of the jungle open up to jagged borders, dramatic basalt coastlines, and the deep blue sea. The iconic black sand beach situated there was formed thousands of years ago due to the cooling and hardening of the lava flow that was battered relentlessly by the strong waves. I’ll have to admit though, that I was a little scared watching the huge ocean waves form and blast against the rugged cliffs. Though a magnificent sight to see – it was a humbling reminder of how powerful mother nature really is. Below are a few of my favorite pictures of the stunning landscape. 🙂 Till next time! ~b
Ahola guys! So very excited to be finally sharing some photos from my Hawaii trip this past spring! I have so many amazing photos to post but not enough time in the day to edit it all, ha! But no worries, they are slowly coming along and I would really like to put together a “Maui Instagram – Worthy” guide in the near future.
There’s no denying that these colorful surfboards make a striking backdrop – perfect for that insta shot! They were captured in Paia, a little beach town on the northern shore of Maui. Some of the biggest waves can be found here, making it a surfer’s paradise. Aside from that, it’s a pretty laid-back hippie town that attracts people from all over. This vibrant hostel in town was on the road to Hana. When I first saw the eye-catching rainbow fence, I instantly fell in love with the scenery. Composed of neatly lined surfboards, the owner here definitely knew a thing or two about curb appeal. Because I mean – who could resist a fun photo opportunity?! Ha! Well more Hawaii photos to come in the following weeks so be sure to check back! ~b
Happy July! Here are my final photos from my trip to Mexico. Though, a pretty short trip overall. I was lucky enough to be able to fit so many activities in my schedule. Last on my list was to see the iconic Arch of Cabo San Lucas before I left, so that’s exactly what my father and I did! It’s a distinctive rock formation that marks that spot where the Pacific Ocean meets the Sea of Cortez. We went on a yacht boat excursion in the evening to see it and to also watch the sunset. The views at sea were simply breathtaking and I thought it was the perfect way to end the trip! ~b
When in Los Cabo, Mexico – camel rides are a must!
Hi guys! In the next few blog posts, I will be sharing one of my favorite trips of ALL TIME. A few years ago, Urban Decay flew me out to Cabo and it was honestly one of the most amazing experiences that I ever had! They booked my flight first class, had me stay in a fancy resort, and I was even chauffeured in a limo at one point. Urban Decay definitely knows how to spoil a girl (hehe..) and I felt extremely pampered the whole time. On the getaway, I was allowed to take one guest so I brought my father. The year prior to this trip, he was actually quite sick and had to be hospitalized for some time. If anyone deserved a break – it was definitely my hardworking dad. I felt extremely grateful to be able to share this once in a lifetime adventure with him. Urban Decay took care of everything and even covered all of our activities in Cabo. One of the things we were really excited about was camel riding in the desert. We ended up taking the Camel Quest Riding Tour at Wild Canyon. There, we were able to ride and interact with these friendly giants. The guides also allowed us to feed and play games with the camels. It was such a fun and memorable experience. I was actually surprised by how playful they were! Below are some of my favorite pictures. 🙂 ~b
Hey guys! There’s something special about picnics and it’s an activity I LOVE to do in the summer. It’s a relaxing way to enjoy the outdoors and soak up the sunshine. This dock at the lake was the ultimate spot to set up a breakfast picnic.
The photos in today’s post were actually taken last year for a social media challenge sponsored by Olivio. Remember when I briefly mentioned that I have a knack for winning contests? Welp, it’s true! Some of the most notable brands that I have won from are Amazon Fashion, O-Cedar, Tory Burch, etc. Creating content/advertising is something I have always thoroughly enjoyed. From brainstorming to designing, I just love the whole process of being creative!
Olivio is a brand that believes in the goodness of family, food, and life. I collaborated with my brother and boyfriend to develop this mini photo series highlighting their product. I believe picnics are reminiscent of the simpler times so I was inspired to create a classic timeless moment featuring Olivio. I wanted to display how the butter’s warm and inviting flavors seamlessly integrates into life’s loving memories. ~b