Alright, so I asked you all a few weeks back what kind of YouTube video you would like to see on my channel and the #1 requested video was my everyday makeup routine! Well, I finally sat down and recorded it and I’m also sharing + linking up all the products I use day-to-day. I’ll let the video do the talking, but don’t forget to give the video a thumbs UP and subscribe to my YouTube channel. I have a lot more videos coming, so get excited!
Let me just start off by saying this is probably the most colorful blog post I’ve ever posted hah! After Coachella, Kell and I decided to detour on our way home to visit the Salvation Mountain. I had always seen it on Instagram and have always wanted to check it out, but I just wasn’t sure if the detour was worth it. Though it’s South East of Palm Springs kinda towards Phoenix, it’s still 1.5 hour detour. Well, we did it and I was so glad we did make the detour.
For those of you wondering what the heck Salvation Mountain is, it’s literally located in the middle of nowhere in a desert right outside of a tiny, tiny town called Niland, California. Salvation Mountain is this huge art piece painted on a hill by an artist called Leonard Knight. The hill was essentially his canvas covered with colorful colors covered in Christian sayings and bible verses. Leonard Knight is no longer with us, but people donate paint to protect the mountain due to concerns about maintaining the mountain due to its harsh surroundings.
From Instagram to reality, the photos don’t do it justice. It is a lot larger than I had expected with a lot more intricate artwork even surrounding the mountain that makes it worth checking out. If you guys do make it to the Salvation Mountain, I highly recommend driving through Slab City- it’s fascinating. Slab City is a town that was formed by people that wanted to live “off the grid”- squatters and homeless people. They don’t have running water or electricity, so a lot of homes either don’t have it or they use generators to have power. Again, it’s fascinating and definitely worth checking out!
Coachella 2018 - Who's Most Likely To Game! - YouTube
Finally!! My Coachella blog post! This blog post was way overdue, but I wanted to wait to post it until I had the vlog finished
Coachella this year was unlike any other year. The artists, the parties, the people- it was amazing! This was my 4th year going and it was the first time I went without a big group. I definitely missed all of my friends going, but we had a blast just going the two of us and being able to bop around from stage to stage, attending the pre + post-parties, and doing whatever we wanted without being worried that we lost someone in the group. I honestly don’t prefer one way or the other, but we had fun experiencing things that we wouldn’t have been able to if we had a big group. The highlight of Coachella was MOST DEFINITELY BEYONCÉ. Like I said at the end of the video, the performance was unreal- it blew my mind. I probably can die happy after watching her performance.
We stayed with my best friend, Laura, and her husband, Aaron who lives in Palm Springs. On the way to Palm Springs, we did a fun Who’s Most Likely To game and you can watch it all on my Coachella video above. Kell and I had such a wonderful time together at Coachella. Definitely one for the books!
How is it that it’s already May?! It’s been awhile since I’ve posted a blog post, but April was a crazyyyy month! My dad moved to Arizona, I went to Utah for a girls trip with my best friend, we went to Coachella, then I threw Kell a surprise 30th birthday party. On top of that, work at Bloguettes has been crazy too! INSANE. I owe you guys a Coachella post, but while I still work on the Coachella photos + videos, I wanted to do a blog post on the creative funk I have been in.
Lately, I’ve been struggling feeling like I am not using my creativity to the fullest. Before we had a team at Bloguettes, I used to do all of the Instagram photos, graphic design, everything + anything creative. I also used to have more time, so I was doing a lot of design work on my blog too. Since I’m limited on time now being busy, I feel like I have just been taking photos for my blog as I go and at Bloguettes, I hardly do the creative work, I just oversee it + manage it, so I’ve been in a funk. Anyways, I’m trying to change that.
I’m trying to change it by putting more effort + creativity in my blog photos. Have fun with it. Do something different. Whether it’s through the clothes I wear, the location + setting of the shoot, or the topic of the blog post. I want to push my self a little bit more outside of my comfort zone. My blog is my creative outlet and I want to challenge myself more rather than do something that’s easy and predictable. With that said, expect the change
Thanks for following along! Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! xx
Gahhh. I am so, so excited to share these photos from a shoot we did back in February. I had been dying to see these photos and it was totally worth the wait! We were honored to be a part of this magical shoot with all of the amazing people above to make it happen. This styled shoot was actually a giveaway that we won with Lovely Bride + Lauren Nicole. I had so much fun at the fitting and I knew I wanted something bohemian and gorgeous knowing that it was going to be a desert “elopement” shoot. Lauren is just an amazing photographer and we had a blast shooting with her as she made us feel so comfortable in front of the camera.
Welp, we’re headed from one desert to another today to head to Indio for Coachella Music Festival today and I am SO EXCITED. It is our 4th year going this year and it just may be our last. I promise to post a lot, so make sure to follow along on Instagram!
I think it’s every girl’s teenage dream to own a Volks Wagen Beetle. Unfortunately, I didn’t get one and got a Toyota Camry instead when I turned 16, but I was over-the-moon excited when Chapman Scottsdale Volks Wagen let me cruise around in one last week! We had the top down cruising around and I was living my teenage dream. The weather was so perfect too! It’s not too long until it’s going to be unbearably hot, so we definitely took advantage.
There’s this old motel in Downtown Phoenix that I have been dying to take photos at. It’s the perfect blue + pink color and it just screams “Instagram”! I bought this adorable + super comfy jumper from Asosand I knew I had to photograph it there. Lucky for me, there’s a McDonald’s right next to the motel, so we got some ice cream cones and had a fun afternoon!
We leave for Coachella this week and I am so, so, sooooo excited! This will be my fourth year and probably my final year, so we’re definitely going to do it big! We usually go with a big group, but this year, everyone decided not to go, so it’ll just be Kell and I staying with our friends that live in Palm Springs. We have other friends going, so we will most likely bop around and actually go to different parties this year! Make sure to follow me on Instagram to follow along on my Coachella trip!
Last weekend, the boyfriend and I had an activity-filled weekend in Tempe thanks to Tempe Tourism! Tempe was my first home away from home when I moved to Arizona seven years ago to attend ASU and I haven’t explored around much since I graduated, so it was so much fun reminiscing!
Our weekend started off by checking in at our hotel at Moxy Phoenix Tempe. The Moxy is suuuch a cool hotel- they put so much attention to the details of the decor, the experience, everything! If you’re looking for a grammable hotel in Tempe, this one’s definitely it. Once we checked in our rooms, we immediately headed over to Tempe Beach Park to meet up with our friends and go to the Innings Festival.
The Innings Festival is a music festival that focused around Spring Training and it was a 3-day event with 3 stages and over 35 artists. There were so many amazing artists and fun experiences with great activations and great food + drinks! The next day we slept in a little and headed over to brunch to my absolute favorite place, Ncounter. Ncounter was my go-to place in college and it still is hah. I know it’s frowned upon to get a salad for brunch, but I swear, they have the best chopped salad there and it’s delicious any time of the day! I mean… everything at NCounter is amazing!
We then spent our afternoon at the spring training game to watch the Angels vs Diamondbacks at Tempe Diablo Stadium. When you’re in Arizona during February-March, going to a spring training game is a must. The crowd, the energy, the weather. There’s nothing like spring training games that tells you spring is here
We spent our Sunday at the Tempe Festival of the Arts walking around Mill Avenue, exploring, looking at arts, and stuffing our faces. Mill Avenue is the “main street” of Tempe with tons of restaurants, bars, and retail shops. There’s also a lot of history on Mill, so if you’re visiting Tempe, Mill Avenue is definitely a place to go check out!
We had a blast and have to thank Tempe Tourism + August United for an amazing weekend in Tempe! My friends at Tempe Tourism compensated this post, but all photos, thoughts, and opinions are all mine. If you need some recommendations around Tempe, feel free to comment below and I’d love to share some of my other favorite spots! I’m headed to Salt Lake City this weekend with my best friends, so I’ll be sure to be posting about that soon. Hope everyone has a wonderful week!
When I was ten years old, my grandma was putting my hair up in a bun for my ballet practice and she noticed a few small bald spots in the back of my head. That was when I learned that I had alopecia areata, an autoimmune disease that mistakenly attacks hair follicles. I didn’t have control over it. All I could do is get steroid shots in my scalp once a month to help with growth, but it was never guaranteed. I saw multiple doctors all over the west coast and even in Japan and all they could tell me is that there is no cure and it’s something I have to live with for the rest of my life.
The doctors told me that stress is definitely a big cause of it but the alopecia ended up causing me more stress because I was ashamed, embarrassed, and it became my biggest secret. From 8-18 years old, I lived with a big secret, something I would hide from everyone but my immediate family. Luckily, I have thick hair and I was able to cover the bald spots, but there was a point in high school that I had lost about 30-40% of my hair. This was caused by stress and because of an unhealthy relationship. At that time, I didn’t really know what being “depressed” meant, but looking back, I was most definitely depressed. A lot of you guys might think that this “secret” I lived with is not that big of a deal, but to me, it was. Imagine not being able to put your hair up, get your hair done, constantly having to make sure that your bald spot wasn’t showing, it was a big deal to me- especially, during my insecure teen years.
I’ve always been a very happy + positive person and although I was going through this very difficult time, something told me that I was going to get through it and it’ll get better… and it did. It all got magically better when I changed my perception of my uncontrollable autoimmune disease and accepted it.
I remember like it was yesterday when I moved to Arizona to attend ASU and told a new classmate about it. That was the moment I freed myself from this world of embarrassment I lived in for the last 10 years. From then on, I chose not to hide it, accept it, and live my life. Since then, I haven’t suffered from hair loss. I’m sure there’s a lot of other factors to it, but to me, I like to see it as the fact that it was my perception that changed it all. It’s my biggest life lesson I’ve learned thus far and I think a lot of people can learn from this too.
We all go through unfortunate life events and situations that are out of our control, but it’s up to us to stop being so hard on ourselves, to do our best and free ourselves. As I’ve gotten older and more confident, I’ve learned that majority of the time, we’re all in our head and what may be a big deal to us isn’t such a big deal to others, so why make it a big deal? It’s up to us to change our mindset and live the life we want. Did I get lucky? Sure, but I still think the power of our brain + our mindset can change a whole lot of things and that’s what I want everyone to get out of me sharing my story.
Although I openly talk about it now, I’ve never publicly talked about it like this. This blog post was still very difficult for me to write, but I knew it was time to share this. Thank you for reading. xx
It’s been a while since I’ve been able to post a blog post on here because my life has been so hectic lately. I fell like I definitely owe you guys a life update blog post, so I promise to do one this week. Last weekend, we spent our Sunday with my boyfriend’s family in Buckeye, Arizona (it’s about 40 minutes outside of Central Phoenix) and on the way back home, we found a palm tree farm! Imagine just thousands of palm trees lined up- pretty magical, right?
We most definitely took the opportunity and snuck into the palm tree farm (not sure if we were allowed to, but we definitely did) and took a bunch of photos as if we were in Hawaii hah. I was in photo heaven! I happened to have this adorable + affordable top from Forever21, so it worked out perfectly.
I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and thank you again for always checking in!
YAYYY!! I’m excited to finally sit down and put together a list of all the places we went from our trip to Charleston, South Carolina!
Charleston was one of the places I had been wanting to go for a long, long time. I had never been to that part of the country and I really wanted to go on a vacation to celebrate wrapping up The Workshop! I can’t even begin to tell you how much this little city exceeded my expectation. The charm, the food, the people, the vibe- I loved every single bit of it.
I had done a lot of research before the trip and we explored A LOT. I’m excited to put it all together for those that are going to visit
WHEN TO GO
The time of the year we went was perfect, but to be honest, we definitely could have waited another month. The reason why I say that is because though the weather was perfect in February (not too hot, not too cold), you can tell the flowers were juuuuuust blooming. Had we would have waited a month, a jacket definitely wouldn’t be necessary and the place would be filled with beautiful + colorful flowers.
South Carolina obviously gets pretty humid, so springtime is definitely best!
WHERE WE STAYED
We stayed at this adorable loft Airbnb that was perfect for what we needed. Bathroom was small, but everything else was perfect! Perfect for a couple. It was right in the heart of downtown Charleston and you really don’t need a car to get around downtown!
WHERE WE ATE
Butcher + Bee – super cute, grammable, and everything was delicious! We went for breakfast and the menu was pretty small, but everything was seriously SO good. It was one of the best banana bread + avocado toast I have ever had.
Husk – a fun + romantic delicious restaurant in a beautiful Charleston-esque home. It’s perfect for a cute dinner date spot. Definitely, make reservations!
Xiao Bao Biscuit – We came here for dinner and everyone I know was raving about this place and it definitely didn’t disappoint. They say it’s an “asian soul-food” spot with small tapa style dinner. Everything was seriously soooooo delicious and though I didn’t get to try it, I heard that the Okonomiyaki is the dish to get!
Leon’s – This was definitely our #1 fave restaurant. We went for lunch and the vibe was great, the food was AMAZING, and I just loved everything about it. We were going to go to Darling Oyster, but we heard that this place was way better and we were SO happy with our decision.
Rooftop Bar at the Vendue – We came here for drink and appetizers and though everything was amazing, I would honestly go just for the view. It was right around the corner from our airbnb and it was so perfect. We watched the sunset from the rooftop while we sipped on local beer. I highly recommend this spot!
The Macintosh – Came here to just sit at the bar and for drinks! The dinner menu looked delicious though. The vibe was great and we saw Shelp from the show, Southern Charm, so you know this is a good spot hah.
Carmella’s Dessert Bar – okay, so this place is seriously the cutest place. They serve breakfast, lunch, and dessert (duh) and at night, it literally becomes a dessert bar where they serve alcohol, coffee, and yummy desserts. The coffee and desserts were so yummy!
Middleton Place Restaurant – Middleton Place is a plantation that we visited and they also have a beautiful restaurant that has the most beautiful view and delicious food. This is outside of downtown Charleston, but if you want to check out a place to eat, this is definitely an experience! I felt like I was right out of the Notebook eating here.
The Obstinate Daughter – On the last day, we went to Sullivan’s Island Beach(where we took these photos)and everyone told us we had to go here for brunch. There was definitely a wait and they do take reservations, so I highly recommend making a reservation. They have delicious food, totally grammable, and it’s a two-minute walk from the beach. Definitely, a place to check out!
Other places we wanted to try, but didn’t get to: FIG, The Daily, Tacoboy, Sugar Bake Shop, The Darling Oyster.
WHERE WE EXPLORED
King Street – King street is where all the restaurants, shops, and bars are. There’s a whole lot of attraction and it’s super instagrammable! Again, everything is pretty much walkable in downtown Charleston, so if you walk along King Street, you’ll most likely find majority of the things here on the guide!
Hampton Park – If you follow me on Instagram, this is where I took the pink flower tree photo (though you can find those beautiful trees everywhere). I don’t know what the name of the tree is called, but I do know for a fact that it isn’t a cherry blossom tree hah. Hampton Park is a beautiful large park with a beautiful fountain. There’s not much else, but it’s definitely a beautiful photo opp!
Rainbow Row – Rainbow Row is a beautiful street of colorful (and grammable) homes. Rainbow Row is definitely a must-see!
Sullivan’s Island Beach – Sullivan’s Island Beach is about a 15 min drive from downtown and it’s where Kell + I took these beautiful photoswith Ashley.It was such a fun, beautiful beach with great vibes!
Magnolia Plantation + Garden – I must for explain that I felt very, very weird about going to any plantations. Just everything that happened there in the past, the history, everything. I did learn so much and it’s such a big part of history. They also had great messages at plantations about the revolution and where we are today that I truly appreciated. Okay, with that said, I feel comfortable moving forward. Magnolia Garden was the first “formal garden” and it is MOST DEFINITELY worth checking out. It is a huge property, and the garden is unlike anything you’ve ever seen before.
Middleton Place Plantation – We didn’t have much time to explore Middleton Place, but like I mentioned above, we walked through the property and had lunch at their restaurant, that’s definitely worth a visit. They had sheep running around, horses around the property, it was pretty surreal.
I feel like there’s so much to Charleston that we didn’t get to see, but these are definitely the highly recommended spots that I researched and went to! If you know someone visiting Charleston, be sure to share this guide