4th of July ♡

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Spent my last 4th of July in Boston with friends at Carson Beach in Boston. I just wanted to share a few photos from my day on my blog.

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We spent the day with lots of yummy fruits, coconut water and chips.

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Here with my friend Allie!

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and with my peri chan 🙂

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I went with a few other friends but they were too shy to take photos haha.

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We later biked home 🙂

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and went to The Charles River and watched the fireworks! They were so beautiful.

 

I will miss you Boston, sad to be leaving you so soon.

 

With so much love,

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Gifting a Unique Wood Watch ♡

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This blog post is very exciting to me because I am doing my very first ever giveaway!! I have been waiting for this exciting moment. FOREVER!!

I was so excited whenJord Wood Watchesreached out to me to collaborate. When companies reach out to me, my number one priority is that I have to genuinely like what I am blogging and sharing.

These watches caught my eye because they were very unique. They’re made from sustainable resources, make for timeless gift options, and offer an element of unique style to anyone that wears them. This also means that no time pieces will be exactly the same.

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I was able to gift Felipe a watch from their Hyde Series, this watch is called Ebony & Iron. You can also gift a beautiful watch to a significant other, a friend, a family member or even to yourself!

They have unique men’s and women’s watches, that you can also check out because one of you will be winning a $100 gift card to Jord Wood Watches. Woohoo. If you sign up for the giveaway —-> here <—  The giveaway will close 03/11/2018 at 11:59pm.

Click here to check out: men’s watches

Click here to check out: women’s watches

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The watch arrives in a beautiful wooden box just like this. So pretty, I love the detail of this wooden box.

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Thank you so much to Jord Wood Watches, sending lots of love to you!

Sign up for the giveawayhere

All photos edited by the fabulous Remi David for inquiries check out her portfoliohere 

with so much love,

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Yokohama, Japan ♡

Kimono ♡

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During my time in Japan, we went to Yokohama (a city an hour away from Tokyo) to visit my grandma’s friend of 55 years and her husband.

My grandmother’s friend Atsue handmakes kimono’s and she handmade me two kimonos.

They are so beautiful, one of the kimono’s is a yukata (which is a casual summer kimono) and the other kimono is a lot thicker with many layers and is used for formal purposes.

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This is the kimono used for formal purposes, look how beautiful this is!

This was handmade. Kimono’s are an art.

So beautiful, it makes me feel so proud of my heritage.

Kimonos are worn for many occasions, even during weddings, they have been around since the Heian Period in Japan which is from the year 794.

 

When wearing kimonos, their are specific ways you need to put on each layer. The kimono has to be wrapped onto your body a certain way.

(This is Atsue San, my grandma’s friend of 55 years and the lady that handmade me these kimonos)

Like I mentioned before there are many many many layers. haha

To the point where you feel stiff when walking around or sitting down.

This process takes a while, more than you would really think!

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Then finally ta-da!

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The Obi (the belt of the kimono) can be wrapped and tied in many ways.

This is how Atsue San folded my obi, this is very very difficult to do!

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This is Hirofumi San, Atsue San’s husband.

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My brother Andre and I.

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Hirofumi San, Atsue San and I.

Aren’t they so cute?! I call them my Yokohama Ojiichan and Obaachan (grandpa and grandma).

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Then, I tried the yukata (as mentioned before, the casual kimonos worn during summer).

This time my obi was yellow and folded in a bow, so cute right?!

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My family with Hirofumi San and Atsue San.

I cannot begin to thing how blessed I am to have been able to receive two handmade kimonos and to experience my Japanese culture in an even more traditional sense.

ありがとうHirofumi San and Atsue San ♡

 

Akarenga (Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse)♡

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Akarenga also known as the Yokohama Red Brick House, is a place I have been going for several years because of family friends that have taken me.

Look how cute and festive it was for Christmas!!

Fun Facts:

  • Akarenga is a warehouse near the Yokohama port.
  • There are two brick houses, One is a museum and the other is filled with small shops and restaurants.
  • In 1911 the first Brick House was built and then later in 1913 the second Brick House was built.

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Taking selfies outside haha

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We went inside and did a little shopping ♡

and later had lunch inside the brick house, there are many restaurants in the brick house.  We ate at the food court.

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This was my yummy lunch, I had sashimi donburi (donburi which literally means bowl in Japanese) and miso soup.

yummy.

Cup Noodle Museum ♡

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We went to the Cup Noodle Museum and we got to make our own cup ramens!!!

 

Andre and I were so excited!!!

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To the left is Andre’s and to the right is mine 🙂 I put little narutos that had cute birds on them 🙂 (naruto is a cured fish).

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After making our cup noodles we got to put them in bags, so that’s me showing off the cup noodle I made, loud and proud 🙂 haha

Then on later floors they had the history of how the first cup ramen was made and it was actually a very educational and inspiring experience!

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I would recommend for you to go if you ever have time to visit Yokohama:)

Thank you Yokohama ♡

Yokohama is a city I have grown to love very much.

またね Yokohama ♡(see you)

With so much love,

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Tokyo, Japan ♡

IMG_3701My family and I were blessed to go on a trip to Japan . As some of you may know, I am half Japanese and my mom’s side of the family still lives in Japan! So we try to go visit often.

 

Sensoji Temple ♡

IMG_5137We began by visiting the Sensoji Temple, which is one of the most famous and oldest temples in Tokyo (Asukasa district).

IMG_5129Here is a photo of my brother & I in front of the entrance, as you can see this place is filled with many people and tourists!

IMG_5139As you begin walking into the entrance you are greeted by hundreds of little shops that sell osembe (Japanese rice crackers),okonomiyaki, chopsticks and millions of other things!

IMG_5140Look how beautiful! If you ever come to Tokyo, this the temple you should visit.

IMG_3869.JPGI took this cool photo of my brother at the temple and he later ripped his pants haha

 

Daikanyama – Flipper’s♡

IMG_5094Some of you may know that Daikanyama is a city in Shibuya (Tokyo) where I dream of living some day 😀

Daikanyama is filled with adorable cafe’s, clothing stores, restaurants and a million other things I could name off.

Cute stores, including this one we went to called Flipper’s, where they sold fluffy pancakes !!!!! ♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡

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IMG_5104My family and I had a great time 🙂

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Shibuya ♡

The next day we went shopping in Harajuku/Shibuya area. This behind me is a cute little van called espresso express and you can find them around Tokyo.

They are just parked in a little corner somewhere selling coffee & tea.

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We passed by Flamingo, which is Felipe’s favorite thrift store in Harajuku.

 

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For those of you who don’t know the convenient stores are different from other convenient stores you would find in the U.S. or in Europe etc.

They are filled with delicious fresh foods, including onigiri (which is a rice ball), yummy teas and drinks, cakes, and more!! I tend to spend hours in convenient stores in Japan. haha

IMG_3893Arigato Tokyo ♡, I will be coming back very soon! (and hopefully maayyybe to live their someday)

See you soon♡

with so much love,

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The Asian Magazine ♡

 

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I recently had the amazing opportunity to collaborate and write for the travel segment of The Asian Magazine May/June 2016 issue.

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It is a seven page spread of my experience to Japan with my boyfriend Felipe! Thank you to our sponsor Audley Travel a traveling agency that tailors your journey to fit just for you. Isn’t that amazing?! For more information, you can check out their website here- https://www.audleytravel.com

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Never in a million years would I have thought my name would be on the cover of a magazine. I am so thankful for this experience and I have learned so much! Thank you to Remi David for taking a few of the photos in my article. As well as Jane Luo and Mav Niu from The Asian Magazine! Also a special thank you to Miles from Audley Travel. An extra extra extra special thank you to Felipe for encouraging me and being a part of this whole process.  I am thankful to everyone who was a part of this experience.

If you would like a copy of this issue you can go to The Asian Magazine’s subscription page. Which is here- http://theasianmagazine.com/subscription

 

You can also check out their blog post for a few behind the scenes photos and a small part of the article- http://theasianmagazine.com/archives/675

All photos of me in this post have been taken by Lillian Seibert http://seibertlillian.wix.com/lsphotography

 

With so much love,

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SunChildSoul ♡

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A lovely friend of mine Bella Christopherson and her sister Eva Christopherson  make handmade jewelry and they recently opened a store on Etsy called SunChildSoul. When I saw their products I instantly fell in love. After closely looking at the products I realized that each stone and crystal carried a different meaning/energy to them.

Here are a few of my favorite pieces from their store!

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This necklace is called the Citrine Point Necklace with Malachite & Blue Laced Agate Chips. The Citrine crystal brings success, and personal power. The Citrine crystal is also known for its power of eliminating negative energy.

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Blue Howlite Tumbled Crystal Necklace, Howlite is a stone that brings spiritual wisdom and awareness. Howlite is related to the crown chakra, it stills the mind which is great for meditation.

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Goldstone Necklace, it is said that the Goldstone helps attain goals. It can also be used as an energy generator and can steer away unwanted energies.

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Angel Aura Quartz Crystal Necklace, The Angel Aura helps with meditation. It is said that this crystal helps bring peace and tranquility.

For more products check out their store with the link I have provided below. You can also use the code “spring123” for a 10% discount for any purchase of $15 or more (this code is valid until March 31st)

https://www.etsy.com/shop/SunChildSoul

All photos were taken by Felipe Maldonado

Let me know if you guys purchase any!

With so much love,

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