Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Well Equipped

This summer felt like the longest one I've ever experienced. Back when I was still in college I was taking classes during breaks to get ahead and I was too busy to ever enjoy a vacation. When I began working, summer seemed non-existent with no real time to escape from the office life either. 

This year, I had the chance to travel and experienced a lot of great moments in just a few months and it finally felt like I was able to have my first real summer break. For the first time ever, I'm feeling that summer time sadness that everyone talks about but I never understood, until now. 

I had to scroll through my photo collection on my phone to try to remember everything I did over the summer because it all flew by so quickly that it was all just a blur.

In just a few months, I've learned and grown so much. I learned how to enjoy time to myself, how to cherish time with loved ones, how to forgive quickly and to slow down in other aspects of my life. I learned to let go of fear and unhealthy attachments, and I've grown bigger than my fears. 

So although I'm sad that summer is over, I'm excited for a new start. It feels like a new year has began for me (anyone else feel that way in the Fall?) and I'm looking forward to what it has in store for me. There are so many great things ahead: my birthday next month is one, the wedding of one of my best friends is another, hopefully a little more traveling and of course all of the awesome holidays to end the year.

photographer: Erich Chen
I feel well equipped with a new perspective on life, a little more wise, more brave than I was just a few months ago and ready to take on last three months of this year. 

Find more posts with photography by Erich Chen HERE

Tuesday, August 25, 2015


I started off 2015 setting goals for myself and planning the year ahead, like most people do. There were so many things I wanted to accomplish and I really wanted to take it seriously this year. I made time to think through these goals and how I was going to get there as you may have read in my post "Renewed." I decided to review these goals just to check on my progress 8 months into the year. As a way to remind myself of what I wanted to get done and to look back at what I've learned thus far.

The most important lesson I've learned is that things don't go exactly as we may have planned and to have faith in where you're being led. There are a couple goals I set for myself that I am right on track with . Then there are others that I crossed off my list and began focusing my time elsewhere.

Family has always been important to me, but I realized I needed to take more time for family. For the first time in 7 years I was single, and this new found "alone" time definitely made me appreciate my family so much more. I was reminded that the relationships that  I have with my family deserve constant and conscious work and this became a new goal of mine . 

A friend of mine said something that really impacted me " if you have the opportunity to spend time with those you love, take advantage of it while you can." So making a trip out to Philippines & Hong Kong to visit family, gathering them together for a huge birthday celebration for my dad, taking my parents to Disneyland on a whim, bonding with my cousins and siblings through simple texts or long conversations were my ways of doing just that.  

photographer: Erich Chen

Within these 8 months I've realized that my family has become the main driving force keeping me focused on what's important while unknowingly helping me to work towards everything else I wanted to do this year. They have brought so much happiness to my life  and if spending more time with them is all that I accomplish this year , I'm happy with that.

How are you doing with the goals you set for your self this year? I'm curious to know if you've also shifted them a bit like I did. 

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Monday, July 27, 2015


I've shared a couple of photos on Instagram wearing this makeup look and had a few people ask me about my lipstick, including my mom & sister L.A. (who both thought I was trying to keep it a secret lol.) 

Before finding this color I had been on the hunt for a matte natural lipstick for the longest time but I didn't find anything I was in love with, until I stumbled upon "Soar" lipliner my MAC. This has been my go to lip color for about 6 months now. I was surprised that it was the perfect consistency to use alone all over my lips without drying them out. 

Before applying this lip liner I make sure to moisturize my lips with Burt's Bees Lip Balm. Then I line and fill them with Soar by MAC

Get the look:

Outfit Photography: Marissa Hope

Huge thanks to my friend and fellow blogger Marissa Hope for taking these photos. Make sure to check out here posts HERE. 

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