Monday, January 30, 2017


"You must find no worth in yourself if you think I am worth less."


I feel like it's been so long since I blogged when in actuality it's really only been about a week and a half. Yet, in a week and a half it feels like the world that we once knew has been drastically altered. It's easy to block out what's happening in the world at a macro level when it comes to our daily lives because largely, we don't directly feel the impact at a micro level - at least not right away.  But when your phone screen lights up multiple times a day with breaking news headlines one after the other, it starts to become hard to ignore. I grew up in America - I was born here and raised here, and it's the only place I know as home. Like so many other people in this country, my family is a family of immigrants and I am the first generation of my family to be born here. It doesn't matter when your family immigrated here, whether it was 10 years ago, 20 years ago, or 200 years ago - we are all immigrants. We all fled to this country, whether it was to pursue a greater dream, to pursue peace, to pursue hope, to pursue stability, to pursue unity, or to pursue freedom we all came here so our worth could be recognized and this country welcomed us with open arms. To think that opportunity has now been taken away for some; to think that there are families that will not be able to be whole saddens me. We all have the same worth - who's right is it to say that one is worth less?


Ann Taylor Sweater || J.Crew Pants || Sigerson Morrison Loafers || Chanel Bag || Covry Sunnies

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Little Joys

"Bloom beautifully, dangerously, loudly; bloom softly. However you need, just bloom."

Bloom beautifully.

A special post today and the only one this week in celebration of my birthday! I love birthdays, but the older I've gotten the more I've realized that for me birthdays are about the little joys. When I was a little girl, every year I'd pray for snow on my birthday because snow during the winter was my absolute favorite thing. It brought magic to my birthday, and to this day it still brings a smile to my face. I celebrated my birthday early this year because it falls in the middle of the week but as far as pre-birthday celebrations go, I'd classify this one as the best one yet. I spent the long weekend with some of my favorite people, dining out, drinking wine, getting surprised, and just simply feeling absolutely spoiled and loved. It was low-key in the most perfect way and exactly how I wanted to start off 25 - my year to bloom...beautifully, dangerously, loudly, softly; to just bloom.


J.Crew Coat - similar here || Uniqlo Turtleneck || Yummie by Heather Thomson Jeans || UGG Snow Boots - try these || American Eagle Glittens

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Winter in Sedona // A Sedona Travel Diary

Sedona, Arizona

"We live in a world that is full of beauty, charm, and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open."

it was a white christmas after all // 
our original plans to drive to antelope canyon were derailed by a surprise snow storm. our backup plans to stay at a different hotel in sedona were cancelled because the hotel was situated on top of a hill, and the road was closed due to the snow. 

hotel views // 
we spontaneously ended up across the street at best western but the view did not disappoint

getting lost //
driving aimlessly to discover hidden paths, completely untouched

view through the trees //
i like to think the snow made this place infinitely more magical

desert snow //
the color contrast was any photographer's dream

off the beaten path //
this sweeping landscape was up a dirt hill off the main road

pause //
take a moment to stop, see, and appreciate

wander far, and wander wide //
don't discount the beauty you can find everywhere you go

reflections //
always look up, but sometimes don't forget to look back down

serenity //
cabin in the woods kind of charm

free like the rushing waters //
i wanted to be the photographer lying on that rock in the middle of the river. i can only imagine the shot he/she got...

juxtaposition //
cacti x snow x red rocks

against the odds //
snow covered desert flowers

golden hour //
it was very cool seeing how the color of the rocks changed with the change of the sun

top of the hill //
view from the chapel of the holy cross

point of view //
same view, different perspective

ever green //
loving the diversity of the desert plant life

until next time //
in a different season, for a new experience

Monday, January 9, 2017

New Beginnings // The Lab

"Stop looking for happiness in the same place you lost it."

New beginnings.

Breathe in the new and breathe out the old. As creatures of habit, we tend to go back to what we know whether it be consciously or subconsciously. If something "worked" for us in the past, we'll naturally gravitate towards that again. Whether it be out of laziness to try something new or whether it be the comfort of familiarity, we tend to look for happiness in the same places. But in this new year, let us make it a goal to start looking for happiness in new places - seek new perspectives, try new things, take a new route to work; change the formula you've created for yourself that "works" for your daily routine and see where it takes you. It's easy to go back to something tried and true if the new doesn't work, but you'll never discover what is possible if you always find yourself in the same places.


Cardigan from Taiwan - similar here || Paraphrase Dress - similar here || Marc Fisher Booties || Rebecca Minkoff Bag || Covry Sunnies

Thursday, January 5, 2017

With Me // LACMA

"I carry your heart with me
(I carry it in my heart)."

With me.

Back again, to the one place I will always feel deeply connected to. I took a week off from blogging to close out 2016 so I could spend time with family and friends and feel present. I shared a post on New Year's Eve from California, about how I felt like 2016 really came full circle for me. The first place I traveled to in 2016 was California, back in February as soon as my PTO days at work renewed so I could visit my grandmother. 10 months later, I found myself back in the same place to say goodbye to the past year. Except this time it was different, because a piece of my heart that always connected me to this place was no longer going to be there. It was, as I said in my last post, bittersweet. It was like the end of one huge chapter of my life and the beginning of a new one because now this place will have to hold a different meaning to me. It will always be the place I used to visit every year growing up to see my grandmother and the rest of my extended family, and I know for a little while it will keep feeling like a piece of that is missing. But we will all learn to grow around the missing part of our family - she was our heart. It'll just take some time. And until then, I will keep carrying her heart with me wherever I go...always.


Joan Vass Vest || Annalee + Hope Dress || Marc Fisher Booties || Rebecca Minkoff Bag || Covry Sunnies