THIS TRIP WAS SPONSORED BY GOOGLE PIXEL AND ALL THE BELOW PHOTOS WERE SHOT WITH A PIXEL 3.
CENTRAL FIRE STATION MARFA
YEAH FIELD TRIP
DO YOUR THING COFFEE
PRESIDIO COUNTY COURTHOUSE
TEAM PIXEL X PRADA MARFA
If I'm going to be honest, I'm not much of a glamper, much less a camper. Spending a week in the middle of a Texan desert and being subjected to extreme weather conditions, a communal bathroom, and a steady diet of food truck fare are not my ideas of fun.
But when Google Pixel extended the invitation to this year's Yeah Field Trip, I knew I couldn't say no. I've been shooting primarily with Google Pixel for the past year now (I rarely use DSLR cameras and even though I also have an iPhone, I prefer the look of Pixel photos) and knew it would be an opportunity to capture some great content.
All I can say is, Marfa is a special place. The town is adorable, with so many gems: beautifully designed hotels, farm-to-table restaurants, excellent coffee shops and, of course, a small but thriving art scene. It's not easy to get to, but well worth the trip.
Forever grateful to Google Pixel for the experience of a lifetime <3
I realize I’ve neglected the blog recently, but there’s nothing like an amazing trip to inspire me to want to write on here again <3
I just wrapped up with vacationing in La Paz, the capital of Baja California Sur. To be honest, I’d never heard of La Paz and wasn’t sure what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised to find an adorable little town full of fresh seafood, fun water activities, and some of the friendliest and warmest people I’ve ever met.
La Paz is also only about a two-hour ride from Cabo airport. (If that seems long to you, I highly recommend stopping at Hotel San Cristobal in Todos Santos which is on the way – it’ll break up the monotony of the drive, plus it has got to be one of the most Instagrammable destinations in the world.)
We stayed at Paraiso del Mar, which was flanked by beautiful beaches on all sides and required a short boat ride to get to. The accommodations were beautiful, with stunning views, fantastic dining options, as well as a world-class golf course (for those of you who play).
Unfortunately, we didn’t have more time to lounge and relax because there’s just too much to do in La Paz…starting with whale-watching! Now, when our guides first pitched the idea of driving three hours away to go whale watching, our group’s general reaction was of… confusion and lack of enthusiasm. Our past experiences with whale watching in other places have always been met with disappointment, plus three hours to-and-from our hotel seemed like a strange way to spend our limited time in La Paz.
What we didn’t realize was that whale-watching in La Paz is something else altogether. Within seconds of being out on the water, you’ll spot a whale (and then 10-15 more within the next half hour). Also, we were expecting to be on a catamaran or yacht, but instead our boat was nearly level with the whales. They were so close we could’ve touched them if we wanted. It was a surreal experience.
And the adventure didn’t end there. The next day we ventured out on sea with Tuna Tuna Tours, where we rode alongside a pod of dolphins, spotted sea turtles, and wrapped up our day with swimming with sea lions and whale sharks (!!!!!!!!!!!).
Honestly, I almost bailed on swimming with sea lions since the sea lions in San Francisco are aggressive af. But our guide Leo was so warm, knowledgeable and confident that he persuaded me to go ahead with it – and I’m so glad I did! He explained that La Paz’s sea lions are unusually gentle and playful, in part because they grow up interacting with humans from a young age. He was also by our side every step of the way, advising us when it was safe to move forward or when it would be wise to fall back. As for whale sharks, they are MASSIVE (literally 20+ feet long) and terrifying to behold, but they’re vegetarian, so totally safe to swim alongside. I couldn’t quite keep up the pace for longer than a minute (even with Leo dragging me along, lol), but it was still very cool. There’s video footage of all the above in my Instagram Story Highlights here.
On another note, I found myself continually impressed by La Paz’s commitment to conservation. I was afraid that with increasing tourism that damage would be done to the local wildlife, but the government has established strict laws to ensure minimal disruption. The locals are also careful to remind us to treat our surroundings with the utmost respect.
The result is that we are able to experience a place that feels relatively untouched, where the wildlife is plentiful and the water is bluer than ever. La Paz was truly a piece of Mexican paradise; I highly recommend anyone on the search for authenticity and a sense of adventure to visit! xx
Now you all know I'm all about the minimalism, but that doesn't mean I'm not attracted to some sparkle here and there – especially as we're approaching the holidays.
These metallic flats from Rothys add a hint of glam, but are still understated enough to wear to a friend’s baby shower or to work. Also, it goes without saying that they are comfortable (all of Rothys shoes are made with 100% recycled materials that are designed to be as lightweight and flexible as possible).
Currently can’t stop pairing them with long coats and midi dresses, so you’ll probably seeing a lot of them on my Instagram feed these next few months! <3
This is a paid advertorial with Corian® Design. Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own.
Since moving into my new house, fashion has actually taken a backseat to my newfound love: interior décor. It’s been hard to pin down my exact home aesthetic – I find myself partial to Swedish minimalism one day, then torn between midcentury modern and boho-chic the next. I’m constantly trying to achieve a balance between all these styles that feels uniquely my own.
Enter Corian® Design. I’m sure most of you know them for their expansive selection of beautiful solid surfaces and quartz countertop materials, but they’ve also recently introduced the Moodboard Maker, a new tool for creating inspiration boards from over 100 different textures, colors and patterns. In the past, I’ve jotted down ideas onto my notepad in my iPhone, but this is a far more efficient (and fun!) way to visualize a space.
First, you select a style. I ended up going with “Bohemian” just because it gave me a more interesting palette to work with. (Other options include “Organic,” “Minimal,” “Refined,” “Relaxed,” “Modern,” and “Edgy.”)
Second, you pick a Corian® solid surface or Quartz design swatch, and then upload your own pictures or add images from their library. I opted mainly for the latter, just so I could add specific textures I had in mind with furniture I already own, to keep my design consistent throughout my home.
And then you’re done! You can save your finished moodboard to your camera roll or order a framed print for your home via Peecho, so you can hang it in your finished home.
Above is the moodboard I created inspired by my living room.
The verdict? I absolutely love it. I still have a lot of finishing touches to work on in my home, and have yet to finish decorating our home office. Any time I’m feeling lost (or just in need of honing my vision), the Corian® Design’s Moodboard Maker is sure to come in handy! xx
Since my parents own a condo in Honolulu, I rarely get the chance to stay at a hotel. This time around, the timing worked out so that I was able to spend one night at Laylow Waikiki, an adorable boutique hotel I’ve been ogling from afar for years
So was it as beautiful IRL as on the ‘gram? I’d say it’s hard to go wrong with this wallpaper. Also, we managed to get up early and snag a couple cabanas, so our time by the pool was absolute perfection.
Sadly I didn’t get to try the food at their restaurant The Hideout, but the cocktails (especially the Mai Tai!) were divine.
I hadn’t planned on having my first trip to the Big Island coincide with one of their biggest volcanic eruptions in recent history, but c’est la vie. Also, thankfully, the west side of the island where we were staying wasn’t impacted.
My first thought upon arrival was that the Big Island didn’t look anything like Oahu or Maui. I’d been picturing lush jungles and palm trees, but instead was greeted by a black volcanic landscape that was beautifully stark and seemed to stretch for miles.
Of course, we were only able to explore a small section of the island – and even within those few miles, we saw a wide range of microclimates and terrains – so it’s possible the rest of the Big Island looks very different.
I did manage to pick up a few tips despite my short time there; below is my quick guide to navigating the Big Island:
Rent a car. Cabs are extremely expensive, and Uber is only available in certain parts of the island. Also, you’ll want to check out all the nearby beaches (and be able to pick up supplies, i.e. wine/beer, sunscreen, snacks).
Go snorkeling. I’ve been plenty of times in Honolulu, but didn’t see half as many fish and sea turtles (seriously, they were everywhere) as I did at the Fairmont Orchid beach.
I hear amazing things about Hapuna Beach as well. We ended up at a black sand beach (photos above), but it was quite a trek in the heat, and I’m not quite sure it was worth it.
Check out Napua Restaurant for the sunset view, but skip the cocktails (way too sweet). The food was good but slightly overpriced.
Eat at Broke Da Mouth Grindz (insane Kalua pork, tuna mac salad and garlic butter shrimp) and Umeke’s (a local favorite for poke and fried fish). I've also heard great things about Da Poke Shack and Hawaiian Style Café.
Never thought I’d say this, but buh-bye, black. This summer season, I’m all about the yellows, browns, oranges, and reds.
And this Marigold Point from the Rothy’s Classics collection (and the Lollipop Loafer from the Summer Bolds collection) are right in line with my new favorite color scheme. Also, they’re super lightweight and comfortable, and pretty much go with everything.
But best of all, these shoes are made from 100% post-consumer plastic water bottles. One of my 2018 new year’s resolutions was to reduce my use of plastic, mainly because all those videos I’ve been seeing of plastic overtaking the ocean are breaking my heart. With Rothys, we can repurpose all that plastic and kill two birds with one stone <3
ALTHOUGH THIS POST IS SPONSORED, ALL OPINIONS ARE MY OWN.