Christmas in London

Christmas in London

I’ve spent the last ten days in my favorite city, with my favorite person, during the most wonderful time of the year. Can life get better? Certainly seems not. London is always magical but especially around Christmas time. All the streets are lit up and there is festive energy in every corner. There are plenty of activities to do leading up to Christmas – the numerous Christmas markets, shopping, ice skating… but our favorite thing to do is probably just walking around the streets and parks to soak up all the festivity. From Oxford Street to Covent Garden to St.…

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Florida Lookbook

Florida Lookbook

When I was little I’d get so excited over a trip that I would start packing two WEEKS in advance. It’s absurd. Through years of experience I’ve become quite the pro at packing. I can finish everything in an hour or two tops, rolling and placing everything in the most convenient, efficient, and TSA-friendly fashion. What I spend the longest during packing is of course, outfit planning. There is a lot to think about: Space. I don’t like to bring too much stuff because well.. I’m the one who’s going to have to carry it. Therefore I like the bring…

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Key West, FL

Key West, FL

Thanksgiving is hands down the most important holiday to be with family (other than Chinese holidays for me, of course). Though my family values the time we spend together, we don’t care much for holiday conventions, so we ditched homemade turkeys and stuffing and hit the road to Key West, Florida. Now if I’m going to be honest, I’ve always thought of Florida as a lesser California: they’re both have endless beaches and palms, except Florida is way hotter, wetter and full of alligators. Key West, however, is definitely my favorite spot in Florida that I’ve been by far. The…

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A Moroccan Dream in California

A Moroccan Dream in California

No, I am not rich enough, spontaneous enough or free enough to jet away to Morocco any time I please, but there is a place just two hours away that is pretty much the same. Whenever there are big changes in my life, whether it be moves, graduation or a new job, I like to go on a trip during the transition period. I find that the excitement of escaping to an unfamiliar place and the disorientation after returning really help me deal with any anxiety or uncertainty that inevitably comes with big life changes. Recently my boyfriend moved to…

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On the Road in Norcal

On the Road in Norcal

I had exactly 18 days between two full time jobs. After going to Seattle and Portland with my best friend and visiting my boyfriend in San Diego, it was only natural to spend some quality time with my family. We spent four days on the road, going from Napa to UC Davis to Lake Tahoe, not doing too much more than just *being* wherever we were.  The city of Napa wasn’t big at all. We took an evening stroll by the river before indulging in an incredible meal at Morimoto, a Japanese fusion restaurant opened by none other than Iron…

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Portland, OR

Portland, OR

Earlier this month I visited Portland for the first time. I wasn’t sure what to expect out of a place that prides itself in being “weird”, but it definitely exceeded whatever implicit expectations I did have. The thing that made the biggest impression on me was how amazingly friendly everyone was. On our first day, a bus driver gave us day passes for free and showed us exactly how to get to where we wanted to go, and that was just the beginning. Everyone else from hotel staff and waiters to strangers on the street, was as just warm and…

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