romantic date at home

Since I’m not planning on going out for a Valentines Day dinner, I have to get a little creative this year! You guys might remember my amazingly talented friend Shawna Yamamoto from our DIY Tablescape post…this week I enlisted her to help us create a romantic Valentines Day surprise for the hubs! Sometimes I think less is more, and a simple romantic night of staying in is exactly what we need...

the awesome oregon coast

Suddenly, it’s summer; school is winding down and temperatures are climbing as you scramble for vacation ideas. The Pacific Northwest is the ultimate outdoor experience — hiking the cool, majestic old-growth forests of the Pacific Peninsula, the majestic snow-capped peaks, boating or kayaking the crystal blue mountain lakes or exploring the miles of scenic coast — this is the place to be. (...

a gift for the ages

Hope everyone had a lovely weekend! Spent the weekend in complete relaxation with the laptop buried far far away. I’ve gotten quite good at “shutting off”  (instagram doesn’t count..haha) during the weekends and giving the the hubs and my fam 100% of my time.  In the beginning I felt as if I was doing it for them, but soon realized I was doing myself a favor as I now come back to the wo...

grilled fruit and salad

It can be hard to figure out what to eat when you need to lose weight, and a diet that only includes a few types of foods may be tempting because it is simple. (more…)

5 french beauty tips

Traveling is all about learning new things and expanding your horizons. Some people like to try new and exotic foods when they travel, but me? I like to discover beauty tips! (Okay, and food too! ) One of the things I love about France is that the women I meet are very effortless and chic. They always look very put together and aside from the occasional bold lip, their look is very simple and beau...

park city hike

Taking you back to sunny Hong Kong,  poolside at The Grand Hyatt hotel.  Although i’m back in LA, I can’t stop thinking about Hong Kong, and I feel as if it’s calling my name to be back very soon!It was very difficult packing for 3.5 weeks , but I was able to pack certain key pieces that I was able to wear over and over again. If you follow me on Instagram, you may recall this white Trina ...

romantic bridal

The architecture of Đà Lạt is dominated by the style of the French colonial period. Đà Lạt Railway Station, built in 1938, was designed in the Art Deco architectural style by French architects Moncet and Reveron, although it incorporates the high, pointed roofs characteristic of the Cao Nguyen communal buildings of Vietnam’s Central Highlands. (more…)

bahamas photo diary

One of my favorite things about traveling is being able to interact with the locals. Because what’s the point of traveling if I’m not able to go outside of my comfort zone to learn something new? On my second day in the Bahamas, I was able to visit downtown Bahamas to see the local life. It was so interested being able to walk down the street of vendors where every shop carried something diffe...

daytime beauty

When Fall comes along, everyone goes for a deep red or burgundy as their go-to color. As beautiful & classic as that is, it’s fun to think outside of the box and be adventurous! Of course there are pieces you can adopt to transition into Fall, but nails are the easiest and least expensive way to change up your look and usher in the Autumn season! Here are my picks for fall nail colors this ...

5 tips to completely remove your makeup

I’m constantly in front of the camera and as much as I focus on having natural and dewy skin, I also have to rely on certain products to make sure my face is clear and camera ready for shoot days! But as important as it is to look camera ready, it’s also important for me to make sure that I remove all of that gunk off my face before I go to to sleep at night! That’s why I have such an extens...

california roadtrip with sta travel

Back in April this year Alexia and I embarked on an epic adventure around California. We explored 2,024 miles of it in 14 days beginning in LA and heading up right up to Redwood National and State Park and back down again, visiting some amazing places along the way. The trip was in conjunction with STA travel who recommended some great spots to explore and see a different side to California. (mo...