Paris Outfit Look Book

Paris Outfit Look Book

As many of you know, I traveled to Paris for the very first time this summer, so obviously I had to plan out my entire wardrobe from head to toe! Paris has been on the top of my travel bucket list for years so when I finally booked flights with my best friend I immediately went into excited planning mode. And when I say planning, I mean over-planning, but that’s just me naturally 🙂 So today I’m sharing what I wore in Paris and where you can find the pieces too! All of the items I wore will be linked below the images, happy shopping!

Day 1 – Exploring St. Germain

On our very first day in Paris we both arrived at the airport early in the morning (around 9am) so we had a full day ahead of us! I went for a girly but casual look with sneakers, a ruffled dress and straw bag. Boy, it was hot out! But this little number kept me cool because it was a really light material.

Blue Ruffled Dress

White Platform Sneakers

Straw Bag

Day 2 – Breakfast at Ladurée, Arc de Triomphe & Shopping

Our second day in Paris was a little better planned out than the first because we weren’t as tired and had a better idea of what we wanted to do. We started the day off with breakfast at Ladurée on the Champs-Élysées, walked over to the Arc de Triomphe for some photos and then spent the rest of the day shopping! I went with a floral print and heels on this day because I wanted to feel extra pretty for breakfast!

Floral Dress

White Kitten Heels

Day 3 – Galeries Lafayette & Eiffel Tower Picnic

Our last full day in Paris was spent doing more shopping (obvs) and ended off with a lovely picnic in front of the Eiffel Tower. I’ve never seen a bigger or more beautiful mall than Galeries Lafayette! Every level had tons of stores and you could say we went a little crazy in there 😉 Our picnic started off a bit rough because we weren’t in an ideal spot, but once we moved and found a better location to set up we didn’t want to leave! I did an outfit change between these activities, so look below to see the details!

White Tie Top (I can’t find this top so here’s a look alike)

Denim Skirt (This is also just a similar skirt because I bought mine a year ago!)

White Eyelet Dress

Although we didn’t spend much time in Paris, I was able to get a feel for the culture and style of the city. It was just as I expected and I can’t wait to visit again! Have you been to Paris? Share your favourite Paris activities/attractions or tourist spots below!

xoxo,

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Mexico Travel Diary

Mexico Travel Diary

Last week I went on my very first vacation to Mexico and it was a wonderful and much needed get-away. My family and I stayed at the 5-Star Iberostar Resort in Playa Mita and although I haven’t been to many resorts, I can say that this was definitely one of the best I’ve seen. It truly felt like a 5-Star experience, especially because it was all-inclusive. Below are the highlights of my trip and experience at the resort. Hopefully if you haven’t been to Mexico before this will convince you to book your next vacation there 😉 It is seriously beautiful!

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FOOD

Let’s talk about what’s important first, the food! 😛 Since this resort was an all inclusive, anywhere we went we were able to order food and drinks without having to worry about holding money. There were two buffet style restaurants, one was extremely large and the other was a little smaller and closer to the pool. I expected the food to be sub-par as it was buffet style and all-inclusive, but the food was AMAZING! This definitely made our trip more enjoyable because the variety of food was very wide too. Everyday around noon one of the chefs would come out to the mini poolside hut and make either burgers, hotdogs, tacos or paella.

The highlight of my food experience here was the Japanese Teppanyaki. Honestly, I was nervous to eat sushi while in Mexico but it turned out to be very delicious and the show that our chef put on was marvellous!

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SERVICE

The staff at the resort were all very helpful, friendly and involved! Majority of our days were spent poolside and there were always activities going on which made it super fun, especially for the younger kids. A few of the activities that went on during the day were water aerobics, salsa and meringue dance, biking, water volleyball, beach volleyball, and many more. The staff would even go up to everyone poolside and let them know what activities were happening next. This might seem easy but the resort was HUGE so it was a nice gesture for them to remind us what was going on.

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The only service that disappointed me was room service. The very first time I ordered, a simple plate of chicken nuggets and fries and a brownie dessert, we waited 2 hours and then ended up cancelling it completely because it was getting too late. However when my cousin and her boyfriend ordered the exact same thing on a different night, theirs came in 15 minutes! So clearly there’s a bit of inconsistency with the room service timing.

ENTERTAINMENT

This resort went above and beyond to provide amazing entertainment for all of its guests. Each evening there was a show in the theatre either in concert form or music/lip-syncing performance. The shows that we watched were themed Boogie Nights, Rock, Pop Love Songs and Las Vegas and they were each about an hour and a half long. The singers, dancers and band were extremely talented and every show was put on very well!

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In addition to the shows, on a few of the evenings before the show times there would be a set up in the lobby with games and drinks that corresponded with whatever theme that nights show would be. On one of the evenings it was Mexican festival themed so there were multiple traditional games going on and a booth dedicated to tequila 😉 Another evening was Las Vegas themed so they had a “make your own cocktail” stand and poker games all around the lobby.

VENUE

As soon as we walked into the lobby we were in awe of how beautiful the resort was and I really appreciated their attention to detail in the design. Throughout the entire building there were gorgeous pieces of furniture, light fixtures and art making it really feel like a 5-Star building. The views of the ocean were insane and at sunset there was enough seating and viewing points for everyone to watch. The pools were in the centre of the resort but a little closer to the beach so that there was easy access if you wanted to go down for a dip in the ocean.

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Overall my stay at Iberostar was unforgettable and a fantastic first impression of vacationing in Mexico. I would 100% go again! If you have any specific questions regarding the resort please don’t hesitate to comment or contact me here!

xoxo,

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My Airplane Essentials

My Airplane Essentials

Plane rides can be a real pain, especially when you’re unprepared, so today I’m sharing what my airplane essentials are when travelling! I’m flying to Mexico this week so I thought the topic was fitting 🙂

When packing my personal airplane bag, either a purse or backpack, I like to categorize all of the items that I’m bringing. This makes packing easier, quicker and ensures that I don’t forget anything.

The categories that I create lists by are toiletries, medical, tech, accessories and miscellaneous. Below are the items that I usually include in my personal bag within these categories!

Toiletries

  1. Moisturizer: For face and hands because airplanes are so drying! Right now I’m loving my Chanel hand cream (TSA approved) and I think I’ll bring my Tula Day and Night cream because it’s also small enough and super moisturizing.
  2. Lip Balm: If I ever forget to pack my lip balm I always buy a new one at the airport because that’s how necessary it is for me on flights LOL. I love bringing my squeeze tube lip balm from Vaseline because it’s clear, very hydrating and works well under glosses and lipsticks.
  3. Face Mist: A face mist is something that I like to use after I’ve already applied moisturizer. I love my travel sized Clinique Moisture Surge face spray because it keeps my skin hydrated for a long time.
  4. Pressed Powder: This is a great way for me to touchup my skin upon arrival and it’s super convenient to carry around. I love the matte pressed powder from the Maybeline FitMe collection.
  5. Mini Highlighter: I try to fly with the least amount of makeup on possible but carrying around a mini highlighter works wonders when I want a glow upon arrival! I really like the Benefit Watts Up sample sized highlighter, and I apply it under my brow arch, in the inner parts of my eyes and also on my cheekbones.

Medical

  1. Advil: For those nasty headaches and back aches from the chairs LOL.
  2. Emergen-C Packets: I always carry these with me when I travel because I’m so paranoid of getting sick! Plus they’re great for a boost of energy if your flight is longer than 5 hours.
  3. Cold-FX: I don’t usually take these on my flights unless it’s a really early morning. They’re for prevention of cold and flu which I find really important if I’m travelling far. This is what kept me healthy when I flew to Manila and Hawaii.
  4. Bandaids: You never know when you might need one!
  5. Sanitary Wipes: These aren’t really for medical purposes but I keep them in this category anyway. They come in handy when you’re snacking on the plane or need to wipe something down.

Tech

  1. Phone Charger
  2. Portable Charger: I bring a portable charger for my phone for when I get off of the plane and still have some travelling to do before arriving at my destination!
  3. Camera: I like to pack my camera in my personal bag so that it doesn’t get damaged in checked luggage. It’s also convenient if I decide to take photos or vlog while flying!
  4. Earphones

Accessories

  1. Sunglasses
  2. Hair Ties
  3. Jewellery: I hate packing my valuables in checked luggage because there’s a chance of the whole bag getting lost, so I pack them in my personal bag or wear them on the plane.

Miscellaneous

  1. Magazines: Depending on how long my flight is, I love bringing fashion and gossip magazines for the plane. I’m not a big reader so it’s always magazines over a book.
  2. Jacket or Sweater: Airplanes get really chilly, imo, so I like to bring an extra sweater that’s small enough to pack in my bag just in case!
  3. Passport
  4. Wallet
  5. Travel Itinerary: This is usually just a few papers that include my travel plans, flight info and other important things like phone numbers, locations, etc.

What do you pack in your personal airplane bag? Share below in the comments!

xoxo,

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5 Ways To Stay Organized While On Vacation

5 Ways To Stay Organized While On Vacation

An enjoyable vacation for me is always well planned and organized. I find that when I don’t have to worry about putting together outfits or planning my days I’m much more relaxed! This does take some extra organization beforehand, but it’s definitely worth it. Scroll down to read my tips on staying organized while on vacation!

  1. Plan ahead of time. It sounds obvious but most people don’t do this! I like to plan my trips at least three months ahead of time so that I have a set schedule by the time I head to the airport. This includes booking flights, booking hotels or Air BnBs, transportation within my destination (unless it’s Uber), and an activity itinerary!
  2. Create detailed itineraries. It’s easier to write down a list of attractions and events you want to visit while on your vacation, but it’s better to plan the dates and times that you actually want to go. I always create a detailed itinerary for each vacation that I go on because it eases my mind before travelling and let’s my brain relax when I get to my destination. The details of these itineraries include date, time, method of transportation and the amount of money I assume I’m going to need for food and shopping. I’ve created a template that you can use for your next vacation itinerary too! -> VACATION ITINERARY TEMPLATE
  3. Buy tickets early. To avoid long lines and sometimes higher prices I always buy tickets for events or attractions before I travel!
  4. Brainstorm outfit ideas. Outfits are probably the biggest deal for me, but I’m not ashamed! I love feeling good in what I’m wearing, especially on vacation. I’m definitely not the type to let go of my style when travelling so I always plan every single outfit early. I create mood boards on Pinterest and Instagram that include the style that I want to portray on vacay and then I execute! I plan everything from head to toe (accessories, clothing, shoes) and write it all down in a chart. This way I can avoid overpacking and when I’m actually on vacation I don’t have to worry about pairing pieces!
  5. Use packing cubes. I only recently started using packing cubes but WOW are they a life changer. They make life SO much easier when travelling!! I categorize each cube into shirts, pants, undergarments, swim suits, pyjamas and toiletries and it saves me so much time when unpacking and looking for items.

 

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Water Proof Packing Cubes

How do you stay organized while on vacation? I’d love to know! Comment below with your travel tips 🙂

xoxo,

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How to Prevent Sickness While Travelling

How to Prevent Sickness While Travelling

Travelling can often bring on sickness, especially if you’re on long haul flights often, so today I’d like to share my tips on how to prevent that from happening! A couple of these tips were given to me by my best friend and when I was travelling last December I tried them out and successfully avoided any illness on my trip.

Sickness while travelling can arise from a multitude of factors some of them being fatigue, large groups of people in close quarters, exposure to foreign diseases, and stress. Therefore it’s important to cover your bases before and during your trip to ensure those bugs don’t get to you!

  1. Do your research before you go. Depending on where you’re travelling to, there may be viruses and diseases that you need to prepare for. Sometimes this involves getting shots beforehand and other times it just means avoiding specific types of foods and water.
  2. Stock up on Vitamin C packets. Every single morning while travelling I take an Emergen-C packet or tablet in a glass of water and not only does it boost your energy but it also helps support the immune system.
  3. Take Cold-FX daily. Taking Cold-FX pills helps prevent flu and cold symptoms and reduces their frequency, duration and severity. I honestly think that taking these was a huge factor in why I didn’t get sick during my three week trip.
  4. Drink from disposable water bottles, not tap. Wherever you go if you know it’s not 100% safe to drink from the tap then don’t. Even in restaurants you should ask for a bottle of water rather than a glass because you never know where it might be coming from.
  5. Pair up your sleeping schedule as soon as you can. If you know you’re going to by flying during the nighttime hours of your destination then sleep as much as you can to catchup to that places time zone.
  6. Carry a hand sanitizer at all times. Keep those airplane and airport germs away!

Do you have any other sickness prevention tips for travelling? Share them in the comments please!

xoxo,

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Touch-Up Products You Should Keep in Your Purse

Touch-Up Products You Should Keep in Your Purse

I believe I’ve already done a post about the necessities you should keep in your purse but today I’ll be sharing what my favourite touch-up beauty products are in my bag! These are quick fixer-uppers that you can use throughout the day for a touch-up on your makeup or skin. They’re petite too which makes them even easier to carry around with you all the time.

(1) Glossier Cloud-Paint

(2) Clinique Moisture Surge Face Spray

(3) Sample Sized Watts-Up Benefit Highlighter

(4) Oil Blotting Sheets (Forever 21)

(5) Christian Dior Creme de Rose Balm

(6) Chanel La Crème Main

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Do you have different touch-up products that you carry in your purse at all times? Please share them in the comments below!

xoxo,

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Vacation Diaries: NYE in Makati

Vacation Diaries: NYE in Makati

On New Year’s Eve my family and I flew back to Manila from Bohol and went straight to the Shangri-La Hotel in Makati. We didn’t celebrate at the actual hotel but rather on top of a relatives apartment building where we could see all of Makati and the celebratory fireworks going on. I had never seen fireworks so big and close in proximity until this NYE. From every corner of the apartment building’s rooftop there were fireworks going on for as far as your eyes could reach.

Right in front of one side of the building were the Rockwell buildings outlined in a bright yellow lighting and this development had the largest fireworks. It was quite the sight indeed!

We ended up back at the hotel around 1:30am and crashed right away because of our travel fatigue.

On New Year’s Day I went shopping (again) and ended the day with a wonderful buffet meal at the Shangri-La, Makati. The buffet had every food you could possibly think of and it all tasted delicious.

Forward one day to January second and I’m flying out to our next destination…can you guess where? It’s closer to Vancouver but definitely still warmer!

Until next time loves.

xoxo,

Vacation Diaries: Bohol for Christmas

Vacation Diaries: Bohol for Christmas

This year my family decided to do Christmas a little differently…okay maybe a lot differently. Instead of a white and chilly holiday in Vancouver, we flew overseas to the Philippines to visit our family and spend Christmas with them. Christmas Eve was spent in Manila at a relatives house and Christmas Day was spent flying from Manila to Bohol!

After our one hour flight to Bohol on Christmas morning we spent the day beachside getting our tans on.

We stayed at the Bellevue Resort and were greeted with a (just about) white sand beach, crystal clear water, and refreshingly warm salty air. It’s safe to say I had an unforgettable Christmas Day.

The day after we arrived, we woke up bright and early to drive to Danao Adventure park. I never thought I would let myself free fall from the edge of a mountain but I DID IT. And it was amazingly thrilling! In addition to the 4-second free fall “Plunge” as they called it, I also went on the “Sui-Slide” zipline between two mountains, and completed a tree root climb.

Between beach and poolside days at the resort I also went island hopping to Padre Pio Island, Balicasag Island, and Virgin Island. It was one of the most surreal experiences I’ve ever taken part in. I’ve never seen more beautiful sands and waters as these!

Stay tuned for my next Vacation Diaries post on Tuesday! ❤️ Merry Christmas and Happy New Year my loves!

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Vacation Diaries: Starting 2018 in Waikiki

Vacation Diaries: Starting 2018 in Waikiki

I started 2018 in probably the best way I could’ve ever imagined…in beautiful Hawaii. Immediately after New Years Day, my family and I flew from Manila to Guam, stopped over on four islands, and finally arrived in Honolulu.

Our flight was unexpectedly long as what we thought would be a direct flight from Guam to Honolulu ended up being an island hopper plane. We flew for a total of 4.5 hours from Manila to Guam and another 14 hours to Honolulu. It was tiring but so worth it.

Our 7-day vacay here consisted of multiple beach days, snorkelling, surfing, body boarding, tanning, shopping, a luau and pure relaxation. I can honestly say I’ve never felt so relaxed and refreshed in my life. It’s that Hawaiian magic 😉

Enough with the chit chat though, I’ve had a few requests about the outfits and swimsuits I’ve worn over the past week so I’ll try my best to include everything below!

North Shore

Shorts: from a market in the Philippines

Bodysuit: from Wilfred at Aritzia

Sunglasses: Rayban

Hilton Hawaiian Village

Shorts: American Apparel

Bikini Top: Design Lab at Hudson’s Bay

Sandals: Romwe Fashion

Necklace & Bag: from a market in the Philippines

Head Wrap: SheIn Official

Ala Moana Mall

Top: Romwe Fashion

Shorts: Zara

Bag: Gucci

Sunglasses: Rayban

Kalakaua Ave

Top: TopShop

Shorts: American Apparel

Sunglasses: Rayban

Waikiki Beach

One Piece Swimsuit: Basta Surf

Hat: Forever 21

Chief’s Luau

Dress: They had these everywhere! I borrowed this one from my sister and it’s from Ross.

Sandals: Romwe Fashion

Turtle Bay Beach

Swimsuit: BooHoo

MORE PHOTOS FROM MY TRIP

Turtle Bay Beach
Friday Night Fireworks at the Hilton Hawaiian Village
North Shore waves
Chief’s Luau
Maui Babe is a must buy when you go to Hawaii, it’s one of the best tanning lotions out there, besides Bali Body of course!
Snorkelling at Turtle Bay Beach
Waikiki Beach
The beautiful sunset view from the Hilton Hawaiian Village.

Matcha and coconut shaved ice with strawberry, condensed milk, and mochi.
North Shore

Until next time Hawaii! 😍

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Instagram Travel Accounts You Should Be Following

Instagram Travel Accounts You Should Be Following

I wish I could travel for a living but realistically that will probably never happen, so I turn to Instagram for inspiration and a little travel fix. Below are some of my favourite travel accounts, take a look!


@taylorcutfilms – Taylor’s page will never disappoint because each photo is something completely new and stunning! His photography and editing skills go beyond just photos though, check out his YouTube channel for mind-blowing travel videos!

@alyssalynch – She’s one of my all-time favourite bloggers and has a page that will captivate you for days. As the girlfriend of @taylorcutfilms, her page features some of the same photos that he edits, as well as pics of her latest outfits and travels. She’s a cutie!

@girleatworld – All your food and travel dreams come true on her page! This is no ordinary food page that’s for sure because each photo contains a shot of a unique treat from the place she’s currently located in and also a distinctive background to tell where she is.

@doyoutravel & @gypsea_lust – Jack’s page has a very smooth flow to it as he travels and explores the world with his girlfriend Lauren (@gypsea_lust). Both of their pages feature similarly filtered and edited photos that catch the eye right away. They just released their Lightroom presets for sale so checkout their pages for more details!

@taramilktea – Originally from Sydney, Tara explores all parts of the world and expresses her creativity through her gorgeous photos. Each destination she posts is jaw-dropping!

@muradosmann – If you’re familiar with the hashtag #FollowMeTo, then you may have come across this page already. It’s literally goals! Majority of the photos on this page consist of @natalyosmann, Murad’s girlfriend, holding his hand and walking into a beautiful travel destination.


Do you have a favourite travel account? Leave some usernames in the comment section below! 🙂

xoxo,

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