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

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

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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
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The beautiful sunset view from the Hilton Hawaiian Village.

Matcha and coconut shaved ice with strawberry, condensed milk, and mochi.
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Until next time Hawaii! 😍

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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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Road-Trip Essentials – Packing List

Road-trips can be a lot of fun, but only if you’re packing the right items in your vehicle. What would a road-trip be without good music? Or cards? Snacks? I’ve been on numerous road-trips since I was a little girl to Edmonton, Saskatoon, the Okanagan, Portland, and even California so today I’ll be sharing what my road-trip essentials are. If you ever find yourself stuck in the middle of packing not knowing what to bring just print out this list!


  • Music; aux cord, CD’s
  • Laptop for movies
  • DVD’s or USB loaded with movies
  • Snacks; chips, candy, water, Gatorade, nut mixes, etc.
  • Pillows and blankets
  • Advil, gravol, Tylenol
  • First aid kit
  • Bathing suit; depending on where you’re going, you never know where you’ll stop along the way!
  • Towels; for the reason above
  • Plastic bags; grocery store bags and/or ziplock bags; for garbage and the possibility of motion sickness….
  • Sunglasses
  • Charger extension; cords and a box that can charge more than one device
  • Electric fan & spray bottle
  • Cash; stops on the way might not always accept cards, be prepared!
  • Moisturizer, hand sanitizer, lip balm
  • Tissues and/or paper towel; for clumsy drink spills
  • Sandals or runners, vice versa depending on what you wear on your feet into the car! It’s all about being prepared for the stops on the way to your destination.
  • Disinfectant and baby wipes; one pack or more of each for vehicle and body cleaning
  • Cards (Uno, SkipBo, Card Deck) or small games that can be played in the car
  • Earphones; yes sometimes alone time is necessary, especially if there are children in the vehicle!

Summer is moving fast people, make sure to fit that road-trip into your schedule even if it is just for a weekend! Until next time…happy traveling!

xoxo,

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Outfit Diary – California

California has now become my home away from home. From the never-ending sunshine to the hundreds of tourist attractions and activities, it’s one of the places that I find myself at my happiest.

After a long two weeks in the California rays I’d like to share a few of the outfits I had put together for the trip. I was definitely feeling inspired by the blogger filled community that I was surrounded by!


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Markie Seamless Cropped Cami

 

Here’s a similar pair because the one pictured isn’t available anymore!


GHOST Tee

 

White Denim Skirt
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Black Faux Leather Flat Loafer Slippers
Soho Leather Disco Bag

Drawstring Top

 

 

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Here’s a similar pair!

 

 

Zara Mules


I couldn’t find the exact dress from Pacsun online anymore so here’s a few that are similar:

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Sweetheart Fit + Flare Dress

 

 

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White Denim Overall Dress

Would you wear these outfits? Which one suits you best? Let me know in the comments below!

xoxo,

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How To Pack for a 2 Week Trip

Since I’m going away I think it’s only fair that I share how I’m packing my suitcase for a two week trip. Specifically in the outfit department. This is going to sound bad but it honestly used to take me a few hours to pack one suitcase, even just for a few days. I’ve figured out a way now, just like my carry-on post, to pack strategically and make the most out of my luggage space.

2 weeks is a long time and really intimidating when thinking about all the clothing options I could be bringing, so I break it down. Follow the steps below to achieve a flawless suitcase and put-together outfits.


  1. Create a trip itinerary; how many days/nights you will be staying, what you will be doing, where you will be going.
  2. Figure out according to the itinerary how many outfits per day you’ll need. For example, I’ll be doing workouts in the mornings and then going out later in the day, that counts for two outfits.
  3. Make a list of all the clothing items you would like to bring. Categorize this list into the following:

Tops, Pants, Shorts/Skirts, Dresses, Active Wear, Shoes, Coats/Jackets, Misc (pajamas, undergarments)

  1. Create a list of different outfits with your list of items.
  2. Choose and pack the pieces that are repeated in your outfit list. Consider the fact that you may be able to do laundry and make sure you pack enough outfit options for the entire trip!

Now I know that may sound tedious, but trust me once you actually do it and pack properly, your suitcase will be much lighter and you won’t have to chuck things out of your bag looking for an outfit.

PS. It’s easier to create your lists if you type it down on a word document rather than hand writing!


How do you pack your suitcase?

xoxo,

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LA Hot Spots

As some of you may know, I visited California twice last year and I just returned from this year’s trip with my sister. My Godmother, Uncle, and two cousins live in the area and since I barely see them I’ve decided to travel to LA at least once annually.

Los Angeles is my dream city, mainly because of their year-round sunshine 😉 Can you blame me though? I live in a city where it rains more than half of the year! Through my multiple trips and crazy Instagram exploration skills, I’ve come up with a list of what I believe to be the hottest tourist spots and activities in LA.


Food

Alfred Tea or Alfred Coffee– you’ve either been here or you’ve seen famous pics of their drinks on Instagram. This is the cutest little café serving everything from coffee to ice cream! Try out the iced matcha latte if you stop by.


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MILK – let me tell you, I have never had a better snicker doodle or red velvet cookie in my life. This little gem’s menu is one that will have you stumped and wanting to order every item!


Afters Ice Cream – This is not your average ice cream parlour that’s for sure! My favourite flavours here are the Jasmine Green Tea and Milk & Cereal flavor. This time around they had added new flavours, one of them being Thai Tea and it tastes EXACTLY like thai tea! Yum!


Urth Caffé – Looking for a quick breakfast snack, full lunch, or a sweet and refreshing drink? Urth Caffé has everything and more that you would expect from a “café”. I tried the Mediterranean Plate and Coconut Green Tea Boba and it completely made my day!

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Porto’s Bakery – Dream up every pastry or dessert you’ve ever wanted…..lucky for you Porto’s Bakery probably has it ready for you behind the counter! I’ve never seen a bakery as big as this one. The service was excellent, the lunch item I got (Pork sandwich) tasted delicious, and their famous cream cheese rolls made my mouth water.

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Tourist Spots

LACMA – you know those super tall lamp posts that everyone likes to take pictures in? This is the spot! It doesn’t end there though. LACMA has a huge variety of places for photo ops, so if you’re in the LA area make sure to visit.
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Beverly Hills Sign – right in the heart of Beverly Hills you’ll find freshly cut grass, flawless sidewalks, silver fire hydrants, and the BH shield on almost everything you look at. The pool of water that says Beverly Hills behind is a great place to stop for a picture.
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Rodeo Dr. – you know me, I love to shop 😉 Window shopping at it’s finest happens on Rodeo Dr. where you’ll find the most luxurious stores in all of LA.

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Venice Beach – the beach vibes here are real! I personally love walking down the pathway right along the beach to watch street performers, purchase little knick knacks, and catch the best bites to eat.

Santa Monica Pier – I’m warning you, do not walk on the sand with barefoot on a hot summer day. Don’t even wear sandals. When I visited Santa Monica last August I went down to the beach to take photos, my mistake. The 30 degree weather had my feet burning like never before!! The pier is definitely on the pricey side, but good for photos and fun if you really want to experience the rides and all. The light blue lifeguard shacks on the beach also make for fantabulous photos.

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Activities

Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour – I could do this bus tour for the rest of my life it’s so good. There’s always something new to see with this tour. You have the freedom of getting off and back on at any of the tourist spots. This is how I get around Los Angeles to visit all of my fave places.

Universal Studios – I really love USH more than Disneyland now because in my opinion most of the park is for an older audience. The food here is fantastic and the rides are quite fun!

Disneyland – obviously Disney has to be on the list, but it’s not a place that I would visit every time I travel to Cali. It’s become pretty expensive to get even a day pass, so if you can try to find a Groupon or something!

Visit or Hike to the Hollywood Sign – so I found out this year that the hike is actually 5 hours long, so my family and I took the easy route and visited the park that you can view the sign from. We still had to walk up the hill if that counts 😉

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Walk the Walk of Fame – definitely something to do during the daytime near the Chinese Theater. At night it’s also really nice to walk along the star strip and visit some of the restaurants and shops in the plaza nearby.


Am I missing a few great spots? Let me know, I’ll visit and try them out the next time I travel to LA!

Until next time love bugs, happy travelling!

xoxo,

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Everything You Need To Know- BLOOM Tulip Festival

This past week my boyfriend and I visited the Instagram famous Abbotsford BLOOM Tulip Festival. I can honestly say that I’ve never seen so many tulips in my life! It was absolutely breathtaking. However, there are a few things I wish I had known before going and that’s what I’m here to tell you about.

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One of my favourite tulips there!

Let’s get right into it!

  1. Do NOT wear suede sandal heels like I did. Trust me when I say this. The Tulip field is mud, mud, and more mud. I made the mistake of wearing a nice pair of shoes and had to be very careful! Luckily it was a nice sunny day so majority of the mud was dry, but at the sticky parts I really had to watch where I was stepping. They do have shoe covers available for $2 but realisticallly who wants to walk around and take photos in a pair of bright blue plastic covers?
  2. Wear an outfit that you would be okay getting dirty. This was another mistake I made, WHITE JEANS. Mud and white jeans do not go together y’all. Just wear something that you’d be okay with getting a little muddy. This is if you’re posing for photos inbetween the Tulip rows or happen to get stuck in mud and fall down. We saw it happen, no lie.
  3. Wear sunscreen! Unfortunately I forgot to put sunscreen on and I ended the day with a minor sunburn on my arms. Sunscreen is very important, especially if it’s a scorching hot day!
  4. Bring some mula for treats. There are food trucks at the Tulip Festival and there’s also an eating area. Perfect for a lunch date!
  5. Bring a camera. This is probably obvious but I totally forgot my Nikon when I left the house, so we had to use our iPhones. Although, in the daylight our iPhone quality was pretty good! If you’re going for a more professional shot, definitely bring a better camera.
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Sneak peak of the mud…



I hope these tips help you enjoy your time at the Tulip Festival! Share your experiences with me below in the comments!

Xoxo,

Trip to Ontario

As you may know, I was recently in Toronto for four days on a trip for my Rodan+Fields business. Before this trip I had never been outside of the Pearson International Airport so this was extra exciting for me because I love exploring new places, especially big cities! I’ve been to Los Angeles multiple times and I can honestly say that Toronto to me felt like a colder Canadian version of it. The freeways, the big city, the lights, the billboards, you so many things! In just four days I was able to visit and experience dining at different restaurants, get a feel for the people, and gain loads of experience from exhibiting at the Toronto Congress Centre.

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Where I Stayed

The Toronto Congress Centre is closer to the airport than downtown, and therefore my Dad and I decided to stay at a hotel in Mississauga. It was a 10 minute drive from the Congress Centre so it gave me a little more time to sleep too! Our hotel was nice but unfortunately we didn’t have much down time there except for late in the evenings. Besides our washroom fan not working, it was a good stay. The highlight of the hotel was definitely breakfast in the morning though… it’s my favourite meal of the day. Orange juice, waffles, omelettes, bagels, tea mmm.


Where I Dined

3 nights equals 3 dinners at 3 different places, woo hoo! On the first night, right after my Dad picked me up from the airport we headed over to Tuckers Marketplace and boy was I hungry! This award winning buffet restaurant served us well, and the food was all very tasteful. I ate a plethora of foods but the top 3 for me were the mediterranean kale salad, cranberry quinoa salad, and butter chicken tortolini. The service was great as well and despite the huge crowd of people we walked into at first, our wait time was only about 20 minutes! I highly recommend Tucker’s for buffet style lovers.

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Tucker’s Marketplace

On Sunday night we met up with my Aunt whom I had never even met! This was the dinner that I had been looking forward to the most because it was right downtown just a couple blocks away from the CN Tower (photo-op!) and I was curious about my Aunt. From the way she was reviewing the restaurant we were about to dine at I could tell that she too was a foodie! She introduced us to the restaurant Figo  and when I insta-searched it I could tell it was going to be nice AND it fit my theme on Instagram (score!). The restaurant was actually beneath the building my Aunt lives in so we were able to park for free (double score!). You can read my full review of Figo here.

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Figo Toronto

Monday night, my last night in Toronto sigh, ended in mounds of sushi and Japanese food at 168Sushi in Mississauga. I can’t complain though, I seriously have an obsession with Japanese food. This all you can eat was SO GOOD. First of all, our menus were actually iPads; no servers took our order! This was insanely cool, especially because each item said $0 beside it and we could add to our “cart” as many items as we wanted (AYCE was a fixed price obviously). The only extras were drinks, and I ended up ordering a “Chocolate Monkey” but I didn’t enjoy it as much as I wished I would have. I also ended up devouring 15 whole pieces of salmon sashimi, my FAVOURITE, and a bunch of other menu items. I found it easier to eat a variety of different foods because the servings were actually smaller than usual. So I highly recommend this restaurant for those of you that can never decide what to order at a restaurant. You can try them all here! They have quite a few locations around Ontario too!

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168 Sushi

Toronto Gift Fair Experience

You’re probably wondering what I was actually doing in Toronto so now I’ll spill the details.

What the Toronto Gift Fair is All About

The TGA is a trade show for manufacturers, importers, exporters, wholesalers, distributors, and suppliers to showcase their products or services to certified retailers and buyers. The show has attracted an international audience over the years and is the top national gift fair and largest trade fair in Canada.

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How It Happened

My Dad owns a furniture company, E9 Luxury Living, and since he is a wholesale distributor he often travels to different cities around the world to exhibit his product. I have also worked with him a number of times as a Sales Associate, my favourite being at the Las Vegas Summer Market 2 years ago! I’ve gained loads of experience from working with him, and therefore he suggested that I travel with him to Toronto to exhibit my Rodan+Fields products. He had a gigantic booth at this show and he generously gave me a corner piece of it to do my own thing. He rocks.

What I Was Doing

As a Consultant for Rodan+Fields my Mom and I can run our business however we want to, so exhibiting our product and business opportunity at the TGF was an experiment to determine whether or not doing shows was good way to get our business out there. My Dad set up a smaller booth for me at the corner of his so that I would be able to showcase all of the Rodan+Fields products and speak with retailers and buyers. My hopes in exhibiting were to attract buyers and retailers with an established clientele and customer base. In doing this I would share with them the opportunity of displaying R+F products in their stores for their customer base to see, ask about, and order online. This would be a way for business and store owners to take advantage of what they have already built and make an extra income. At the end of the day, I think that doing the show was good for me and my Mom’s business, and it also enabled me to practice speaking about our product and opportunity. The only downfall doing this show was the fact that it was a “gift show” rather than a beauty or pharmacy show which we may have done better in. But I’m just happy we were able to test the waters out anyway.


My flight home was quite tiring, arriving at 2:30am Toronto time was not fun. Yet I managed to shower, unpack, and get a full 8 hours of sleep before work the next morning. Now that is efficiency my friends.

Overall my trip to Toronto was a memorable and eye-opening experience. I learned new things about my business, improved my people skills, and got to spend quality time with my ever so hard-working Dad. He’s my inspiration, if you’re wondering 😉

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My booth setup!

Until next time TO!

xoxo,

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