Outfit of the Day: Los Cabos, Mexico / Todos Santos Adventure

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Tanktop – Old Navy / Necklace + Shorts – F21 / Bag – Rebecca Minkoff MAC / Sandals – Kohl’s

Hola amigos! I hope you are all doing well! I know this post is long overdue and I apologize. I will be pretty busy for the next few months with my corporate job but I will try my absolute best to have content created for my blog.

Continuing on from my last entry, I wanted to share more beautiful pictures from my trip to Cabo! Going anywhere as colorful and stunning as Mexico, I wanted to make sure I was dressed for the occasion. My travel outfit included a bright orange ruffle tanktop paired with a bold turquoise blue crossbody bag. My style was very much influenced by all the vibrant artwork that I saw throughout the streets of Mexico.

During my stay, I also had the opportunity to go on a private tour of a small village called, Todos Santos. It is a 45 min drive from Cabo and has an entirely different atmosphere. For one, there are fewer tourists and fancy resorts in the area which makes it feel more of a relaxed boho vibe. The village is mainly comprised of decor boutiques and art murals. Tiny restaurants and a small yellow church are found nearby. There is even a hotel there called the “Hotel California,” which is believed to have inspired the Eagles to write their famous hit song. How cool is that, right?! On the tour, we also had time to stop by a blanket shop to see the process of crafting a patterned blanket. It takes a lot of effort and can take weeks to complete one detailed design. Seeing skillful artisans at work made me appreciate the final products even more.

Overall, Todos Santos is filled with a lot of character and charm. Although not nearly as big as Cabo, there were still many things to do and places to explore. Through this experience, I felt more connected to the history, culture, and people of Mexico. Don’t get me wrong, fancy resorts are a dream come true – but taking time to see other parts of Mexico made this trip even more worthwhile!

I attached a mixture of pictures in this post to share with you all. From my resort to the village, incredible artworks to beautiful flowers – I hope y’all enjoy them! ~b

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Outfit of the Day – Picnic at the Lake

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Top – H&M / Shorts – American Eagle / Shoes – Grasshoppers

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

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Outfit of the Day – Antelope Island

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Zip Up – Victoria’s Secret / Top – Nike / Leggings – Aerie / Shoes – Brooks

The last main stop on my adventure out West was Antelope Island. It’s an idyllic island with close proximity to Salt Lake City (about an hour drive). To be honest, I was pretty tired at this point of my trip and a little bit cranky. I really wished this wasn’t the case but sometimes when you are constantly traveling, you yearn for your good old bed!

However looking back now, I am so glad we drove out there. The wildlife at Antelope Island is fantastic. It’s home to free-ranging bison, antelopes, bighorn sheep, and many various species of birds. You can admire the animals from afar as they roam freely in this prairie-like habitat. The area is surrounded by golden meadows of grasslands, large mountains jutting into the sky, and a scenic salt lake. We were lucky enough to experience good weather that day and have beautiful blue skies over us. This only added to the natural beauty of the landscape. If you are ever looking for a day trip to escape from the city commotion, then this is it. Peaceful and tranquil, you can easily immerse yourself in all things nature on  Antelope Island. ~b

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Outfit of the Day – Bonneville Salt Flats

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Coat – Patagonia / Boots – Uggs / Jeans – American Eagle / Sweater & Beanie – H&M

When I booked my flight ticket to Utah in March, one of the top places I wanted to see was the Salt Flats at Bonneville. Thousands of years ago, this location used to be a huge lake that has dried up since then. Nowadays, it’s home to virtually nothing but salt pans. However, there’s definitely something worth capturing even in the middle of nowhere. It’s a beautiful natural phenomenon that becomes even more stunning after it rains. When wet, the salt flats cast a mesmerizing reflection of the serene mountain and blue skies. It’s one of the most surreal experiences to witness in person, while also creating one the best mirror effect photography. Captivated by it all, I felt like a miniature figurine inside a snow globe. The landscape stretches on for miles and you can’t help but feel so small in such a vast endless space!  ~b

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South of France – Staying in a French Villa

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Top, Sandals, Sunglasses – Walmart / Shorts – American Eagle / Purse – Modcloth

I’ve been lucky enough to visit the beautiful country of France twice in my life. Once was on a school trip with a handful of honor students from my university. I had the opportunity stay in a French villa in the charming village of Valence Sur Baise. We stayed in a stylish historic maison with five bedrooms and five bathrooms. The home came equipped with a grand library, chef kitchen, entertainment center, courtyard pool, etc. It was elegantly decorated as well, with a ton of collectibles and antiques. I literally felt like I was living in a museum so I was pretty much petrified of touching/breaking everything (ha!). My bedroom had a magnificent  view of the rolling countryside fields which made mornings that much better. The room was also filled with classic furnishings and had an on-suite bathroom. All these posh amenities and fancy features made my stay feel like a luxury retreat!

While in the South of France, I  had the chance to visit the nearby villages, art museums, and also the city of Toulouse! My favorite memory from my trip, however, was attending the village community feast. It’s a traditional gathering that takes place once a week in the summer. Tents are set up with live bands and scrumptious meals. The carefree atmosphere is fun and upbeat. I loved watching the locals get tipsy and dancing the night away! It was an incredible experience to have everyone come together to simply celebrate life. Overall, my sunny escape to the South of France was an idyllic vacation. The memories and adventure that I made that summer are ones I’ll always appreciate and remember. 🙂 ~b
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Menton, France – The Pearl of France

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Dress – Target /  Sandals – Walmart / Sunglasses – Walmart

A couple summers ago, I had the adventure of a lifetime while backpacking Europe. I traveled throughout the beautiful country of France and was enamored by it all! Nestled in between the mountains and the Mediterranean is a sleepy seaside town called Menton. It’s one of my absolute favorite spots on the French Riviera and has even been nicknamed, The Pearl of France.” It’s a beloved hidden gem that tourists often miss out on. A cluster of pastel homes cascade the hillside overlooking the quaint beaches. A little library is even situated on the beach which I thought was a super clever idea. I know if I was local there I would totally love sunbathing with a good book in hand! Menton also has sunny weather year-round so it’s an ideal gateway for any season. The relaxed atmosphere also makes time stand still and you feel like you are in a daydream of some sort. I loved my quick mini trip to Menton and can’t wait to come back here one day to explore more of this charming village! 🙂 ~b

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Magnolia Plantation & Gardens // A Day Trip

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Dress – Delia’s / Sandals – Kohl’s

Hi guys! Spring is in the air, literally! The weather has been warming up in the South which puts me in the mood for sunshine, florals, and pastels. Therefore a blog post filled with greenery and garden pics seems naturally fitting for today. Enjoy!

Nestled in north Charleston is the beautiful lush grounds of the Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. Plantations are such an integral part of Southern history that I think it’s a must do if you are visiting the area! Spanish moss trees & vibrant blooms dominate the foregrounds of this tranquil riverside setting. Magnolia Plantation and Gardens is the oldest public tourist site in Lowcountry and the oldest public gardens in America. It opened its doors to visitors in 1870.

During my visit, I was quite impressed by the property. The expansive plantation puts a huge emphasis on the natural setting with a wildlife area, botanical gardens, swamp lakes, etc. I think it’s safe to say that there’s definitely plenty to see here! I also took a walk-through tour of the historic home. It was built in 1676 and amazingly has survived so many historical events. To this day, after 15 generations, the plantation still remains under the control of the Drayton family. I highly recommend adding this pit stop to your checklist of places to see in Charleston because it’s very well worth it! ~b

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Winter Day in Charleston

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Coat – Maurices / Sweater – HM / Jeans – Walmart / Boots – Stuart Weitzman /  Bag – Michael Kors

Even in the dead of the winter, Charleston is bursting with colors. To be honest, the city always looks and feels like spring to me. With pastel hue homes lining up the cobble street roads and warm temperature year round, it’s a sunny place to be regardless of the season. I recently visited with my family/friends from California and they were charmed by the culture here! We ventured to Rainbow Row and walked along the iconic Battery. Although it was not my first time, I always love exploring the idyllic neighborhoods. There always seems to be something new tucked away on every corner! A lot of the mansions are also being renovated so buildings are constantly changing. Overall, Charleston is a nice escape from modern cities and it’s a place that truly appreciates tradition and history. ~b

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Dreamy West Palm Beach

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Top – H&M / Shorts – American Eagle / Sandals – Vionic / Crossbody – Modcloth / Sunglasses – Talbots

Happy Wednesday, everyone! One of the main reasons I started blogging was because I wanted to document parts of my life. Like a diary of sorts, I love the ability to reflect back with words and beautiful photography. Below are photos taken in West Palm Beach, Florida this past summer.

Naturally anywhere with tropical palm trees is my type of vacation and West Palm Beach was no exception. It’s absolutely gorgeous! My family and I were only there briefly after our cruise to the Bahamas. Regardless of the short stay, I still loved strolling around the sophisticated streets and gazing at the colorful pastel architecture. We also had time to venture to the beach and enjoy the calming seaside bliss. Hearing the waves rolled in, eased and rejuvenated my soul with a sense of carefreeness. I love peaceful and relaxing destination, so I hope to travel back one day to fully experience all that West Palm Beach has to offer! ~b

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Cannon Beach Photography

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As the weather continues to plummet into the low 30’s on the East Coast, my mind can’t help but yearn for the warm, inviting, West Coast sun rays. Last year in early October, I took a mini getaway to one of Oregon’s classic seaside town, Cannon Beach. I have always loved the beach, there’s just something about the sea air that invigorates my soul with tranquility. Cannon Beach was a wide sun-kissed stretch of sand with rocky shores. Charming, quaint, and picturesque – it easily became one favorite destination of 2017! While I wish I could be whisked away and hop on the next flight there – that’s just not realistic or feasible. But, I can rejoice in the memories by posting a few of my favorite pics from my trip. 🙂 Hope you enjoy them! Where are you hoping to jet set to next? ~b

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