Life Update #5: On My Mind

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“On the other side of the clouds, is a bright blue sky.” Throwback to Sunny Days in Chi-Town.
There’s a running joke at work that every time I try to go on vacay, something disastrous takes place. True real-life examples;
  • Last year in May, my brother and I bought tickets to take my parents to Paris for the first time using WOW airline. It went out of business one month before our flight. However, we did manage to get a refund and luckily found affordable flight deals through Chicago’s airport.
  • In October, I was planning a trip to Japan but ultimately didn’t get to go. The weekend I was flying, Toyoko was hit by Typhoon Hagibis.
  • This March I was all set for a 2 week trip to Patagonia, South America. But, of course, that’s when Coronavirus was starting to rapidly spread and everyone’s life was put on pause.
Did I mention that this all took place within a year? What are the chances, right!?! Lol, so I have a lot of PTO at the moment but realistically I won’t be going anywhere soon amid this outbreak. In addition, I’m needed at work because of the cutting of staff. As some of you guys know, I work in the event industry which has been largely impacted by COVID-19. It was utterly devastating to watch people’s life get turn upside down with the massive layoffs. & To be honest, I felt guilty about the whole situation. Here I am, feeling quite burnt out from not getting to go on a vacation. But my position at work was secure while others that worked for decades were losing their jobs. On top of that, I have multiple streams of income and enough in my savings to buy myself a property. I didn’t have to worry about taking care of a family during a crisis. I had SO much to be grateful for, but it was hard not to see the negatives happening all around me.                                                                  
A lot of people won’t come out of this okay. That’s just the reality. There needs to be more support to aid the public during these difficult times. It’s hard to comprehend how advanced the U.S. is but how far behind we are in taking care of our people. So many were already struggling to cover their basic necessities – food, shelter, and medical care even before the pandemic. That’s why I think all Americans should have the right to universal health care and rent shouldn’t cost you an arm. I’m hoping change will come as a result of these issues being brought more into light. But who knows what these next few months will bring. It’s truly unprecedented times we are in, and the fact that this is a global issue makes it all the scarier. I guess it just puts into perspective how minuscule our own problems are when you look at the bigger picture of life. Before this, I was disappointed of all my canceled plans. Now I can’t wait until this is all over so I can just fly home to see my parents. Sadly, it takes being in quarantine for many of us to simply slow down. Many of us are wired to be constantly working and on the go that we often forget to take the time to reflect and enjoy. At least that’s one of the positives that came out of this month. When the time comes to be with loved ones again, we will appreciate everything even more. #WeAreAllInThisTogether . ~b

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

Outfit of the Day: Lanikai Pillbox Hike – Mokulua Islands

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Tank top – Mango / Jeggings – Forever 21 / Flip flops – Vionic

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

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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 – Camel Rides in Cabo

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Tank top & Sunglasses – Walmart / Shorts – American Eagle / Shoes – DSW

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

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Outfit of the Day – Horseshoe Bend + A Personal Reflection

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Poncho – F21 (Thrfited) / Top – Nike / Leggings – Aerie / Boots – Uggs

For the longest time, I had this mindset that the final destination was always the best stop. Not just in terms of travel but in my everyday life as well. I guess I have this natural tendency to want to arrive from point A to point B in the most efficient timely manner. That’s the Type-A personality trait side of me coming through. Although following a  straightforward path in life is ideal, it’s really just not realistic. I am learning more each and every day that curveballs/setbacks are inevitable. To truly appreciate any final destination, you have to embrace the journey of getting there as well.

In fact, some of my favorite pictures in this post were not captured at Horseshoe Bend at all. Instead, they were taken on a random dirt road off of the main highway. The stop was unplanned and spontaneous, thanks to my lovely boyfriend who has a keen eye for photography. Among a sea of red rocks, there were these vibrant blue and white hills lingering in the distant. I was instantly drawn to the pops of colors and loved seeing the variations in the landscape. This location was also isolated which made it even more enjoyable.

After spending some time there, we continued our journey to our final destination, Horseshoe Bend. This is a mega tourist attraction in the area. It is a magnificent example of the natural beauty of Mother Nature and overall, an amazing sight to see. However, I am also thankful that I was able to experience the less traveled to stops along the way. 🙂 ~b

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Outfit of the Day – Monument Valley

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Remember when I told you guys I was visiting Utah in March? Welp, I’m finally posting some of the pictures even though I know they are long overdue (hehe). In short, Utah is beautiful. The Wild West is filled with sweeping canyon views, vibrant red rock formations, and stunning national parks. Not to mention the people are extremely kind and hospitable here…at least the ones I met during my trip. 🙂 Below are some photos taken near Monument Valley. It’s on the border of Utah and Arizona. There’s an iconic straight road there that is known as the Forrest Gump Point because it was featured in the famous film. It’s the exact location where Forrest decided to end his journey running across America. Even if you are not a huge fan of the movie, this spot is super picturesque and great for photography. I posted a few of my favorite photos to share with you guys! ~b

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