Monday, April 14, 2014

London, England {Part 1}

I am so blessed to have spent my 18th birthday in such an incredible city. After feeling a little homesick and overwhelmed in the beginning of the day, I was able to take it all in. Seeing the Tower Bridge made it real and I thought, I'm in London, how awesome is that! 
I was able to find my favorite store in the enormous Westfield shopping center right by Olympic Park. Urban Outfitters was the first thing I saw when I walked in, it was meant to be. I got myself a blouse and skirt. The style was still urban but a bit more preppy than the UO back home. The evening ended with walking across the bridge and breathing the London evening air. It was almost a type of mental preparation for the next jam-packed 4 days we had planned in this city. 

Tower Bridge 

//Stay tuned for more photos of London//

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Dublin, Ireland

I realized that my computer holds several folders of photographs from the different trips I've taken in the last year. Europe in September, road trip in January, and just recently spring break in Cabo San Lucas. And I have also avoided blogging. I avoided looking at blogs all together because I felt guilty about abandoning mine. The excuse of, "I'm too busy because of school" is lame but true!
Well finally, I've begun sorting through my Europe trip photographs by creating a Shutterfly book, I can't wait to have everything organized and in one place. I felt it would be an appropriate time to blog once again. & why not start with the best two weeks of my life (thus far)

It was a spontaneous last-minute booking. Family friends had an extra spot and invited me to go with them to Europe. I had never traveled across the Atlantic before, so I couldn't pass up on the opportunity especially since it was the only vacation I would have because of my busy schedule. The trip consisted of four countries: Ireland, England, Belgium, and France. We stayed the longest in London & Paris so stay tuned for extra posts. But first: gorgeous, green Ireland.. 

Day 1 - 09.04.13
The bed-n-breakfast we stayed in was adorable (pictured below). The Aishling House was our home for two nights in Ireland. We had breakfast there both mornings that was prepared by the husband and wife who owned the b&b. I will always remember the home-made applesauce was one of the yummiest things I've ever tasted (secret ingredient: 7-up!) I'm still determined to make it myself one day.. 

After our arrival the first day, we decided to explore around the neighborhood we were staying in: Clantorf, which is about a 10 minute bus ride from Dublin. I fell in love immediately; it was the cutest thing. Each home had its own personality with the lawn decor and bright colored doors. It was a clean and well taken care of town. It was added to my list of "I'd love to live here" places. 

Day 2 - 09.05.13
We took a bus to the main city (the bus driver didn't even ask for a fare & let us ride for free) & went exploring. We started at Trinity College. David fit right in as a college student with his backpack (pictured below).

Recommended by a grocery store employee (who was the nicest lady I've ever met), Tayto chips are known in Ireland. They are pretty tasty actually, and are texturely different than the potato chips here in America. 

The little family pictured below at St. Stephen's Green are the people I traveled with: Tanya, Nick, & their son David. They are incredible people, and I couldn't be more thankful that they chose me to join them on their adventure.

Found this random little house in St. Stephen's Green, a gorgeous park in Dublin. We picnicked & did some people watching there.

We visited St. Patrick's Cathedral. My first cathedral & a good one too. We walked around, took some photos, and got to step into Irish history. 

We took a tour of Dublin Castle & got to know so much about Irish history that I had no previous knowledge of. It was fascinating. It was more of a palace than an old medieval castle, but that is because it was under British rule for most of the time. 
Pictured below is the statue of Lady Justice. Interestingly enough, she is breaking some of the characteristics that this statue is supposed to uphold. Look it up, it's worth the history lesson (:

We dined at Leo Burdock's & had traditional fish & chips. Yum!

My first ever Choral Evensong was at Christ Church Cathedral. It was an interesting experience, and I enjoyed it because it was like going back in time and participating in the culture & history. 
Fun fact, out of the 5 choirs I had the opportunity to listen to on my Europe trip, this was the only church that let females sing. All the others had little boys sing the soprano and alto notes. 

Dublin was a great start to the trip. It was a beautiful city & it made me fall in love, or at least begin to fall in love, with Europe. I cannot wait to return one day and explore even more of Ireland. 

& the grass is really greener there. 

"Traveling - it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller."
Ibn Battuta 

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Lose Yourself to Dance

After coming back from the road trip, I had to settle into my classes this winter term.
Last weekend, I was finally able to put a little video together with my friends Inna & Lilli (the girls I went on the trip with). The whole thing is of us dancing in various locations throughout our trip. Locations: the ship RMS Queen Mary, Grand Canyon, Flagstaff, Sunset Crater, Route 66, & Bottle Tree Ranch. 
We found the perfect song: "Lose Yourself to Dance" by Daft Punk ft. Pharrell Williams.
It fits with all our dance moves. 
Enjoy the video! Hope it makes you want to dance.
& I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. 
Woohoo for the Seahawks winning the Super Bowl!
(not that I care about sports. at all.) 

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Starting the New Year Right

Well friends, it's been too long.
No excuses, I just haven't blogged. 
I have great hopes for this new year, and am excited about the way it's starting:


I leave tomorrow with my closest friends & I couldn't be more excited. 
I will be documenting this trip like no other. Got my camera, video camera, polaroid, and of course iPhone. 
It begins after landing in Long Beach. Disneyland, San Diego, Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, and L.A. are just some of the places we will visiting. Let's just say we packed as much as we possibly could into a week. 

source: Pinterest

Time to pack.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

F is for {Floral}

Yesterday, we had a tea party in my sister's backyard. And what a marvelous time it was. The evening was filled with picture-taking, video-making, music, dancing, and of course tea-drinking. The warm weather has returned to Portland, hopefully for a while now, and spending a spring-almost-summer evening outside couldn't have been more perfect. 

 Spring term is almost over, I've just got some finals to get through. I can't wait to cross off some things on my to-do list this summer. I'd like to do some more research about different universities and careers in order to get a better focus on what I want to do when I "grow up". Especially now, I keep getting asked, "What's your major?" or "What are you going for?" My answer: "Business, I guess." I know I have time to figure it out, but the sooner, the better. Besides school stuff, I want to enjoy my leisure time as well. I won't be completely free because I'm still taking three online classes, but that shouldn't be too rough. I miss reading books, normal books. Not textbooks! So I cannot wait to finally start going through my unread bookshelf. And to my poor, unused camera that's been gathering dust, I will pick you up again, I will! That's what's on my mind on this sunny Wednesday. Be blessed friends ♡.

I'm loving the Juicy Couture bag I recently purchased, the pretty lilac-y color goes great with a lot of looks especially for spring/summer. And that denim vest used to be a jacket, I cut the sleeves off because I just couldn't find the right jean vest for summer last year, so I made my own.

Friday, April 5, 2013


If you haven't listen to this album already, then do!
It's great. Been on repeat all day.

Some of my favorites:

Have a great weekend & listen to some great music. 
Be great. 

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Sunny Days Ahead

While on spring break in Seattle..
I was on a run to the grocery store with friends and we stopped by Grand Central Bakery. I was like ooo, a colored wall! I grabbed my camera and handed it to my friend to snap some pictures. Very random. Very casual.
 My go-to look: high waisted pants & a crop top. I've overworn these black BDG pants from UO. They are my absolute favorite pair of pants that I've ever owned. They make me look & feel great & they go with everything. 

I'm back home already, and the weather cannot be more perfect here in Oregon. It's going to be 74 degrees today! What? It still surprised me when I saw the sunlight peeking through my window this morning. Even though I'm more than ready to put away the winter sweaters for good, I'm still afraid to commit to warm weather clothes. But my pedicured toes are ready for sandals, so bring it on. Rain or shine. More like rain rather than shine. Oh well.

Time to soak up the sun today. 
Hope everyone's week went well.
Happy Saturday 

Monday, March 25, 2013

Double Denim

{shirt: urban outfitters; jeans: urban outfitters; bag: urban outfitters; boots: steve madden}


I was just spending the afternoon drinking tea and watching haircuts when another colored wall was found... I went for the double denim look and broke out my new boots. I felt just at home on Hawthorne St., where everyone seems to be sporting "hipster" style. Practically my whole outfit is from Urban Outfitters; no surprise there. It's my favorite store, and the only place that has perfect-fitting highwaisted pants.

I'll be spending my spring break in Seattle this week, and it couldn't have been a more perfect time. The weather is in the 60s with sunshine & NO rain. Crazy Pacific Northwest, but I'm lovin' it.

For those of you who aren't relaxing this week, Im sorry.
Happy Monday anyways.