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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Bangkok, Thailand ♡

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Recently, I had the opportunity to visit Bangkok for a few days. I was so excited to go because I have never been to an Asian country other than Japan!

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We stayed at a very cute and affordable airbnb near the city!

 

JJ Green Market

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On our first day there, we decided to visit the JJ Green Market which is a weekend night  market that sells awesome vintage and new clothes. You cannot imagine how cheap everything was. I was purchasing beautiful shirts for $3!!! I know, crazy.

 

Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market

IMG_4728.jpgThe next day we went to visit Khlong Lat Mayom floating market. There were sooo many delicious looking fruits and food.

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For $3 each we were about to go on taxi boat to a few different locations.

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We went to visit a beautiful temple!

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We went to a beautiful orchid farm!

We drank yummy coconuts

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I took lots of pictures and Felipe was sweet enough not to get annoyed. haha

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The food was soooo delicious! Every dish was around $3-$6! It was too go to be true.

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I wanna go back and eat these mussels again!!!

 

Wat Pho

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The next day we went to Wat Pho, and it is where the famous reclining Buddha resides.

It was HUGEEE.

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This is our attempt at taking a selfie with the Buddha.

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The architecture was so beautiful, we took lots of photos.

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Look at this cutie!!!

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LATER I HAD THE BEST PAD THAI OF MY LIFEEEEEEE~~~

Grand Palace

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We  walked to the Grand Palace from Wat Pho, This is the king’s palace ^^

It’s so big, the whole palace didn’t fit into the picture.

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Isn’t it so beautiful?! I’d like to live here!

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Bangkok, you were awesome ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡

 

Thank you ♡

I’d like to come visit you again soon.

With so much love,

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Red Bull Music Academy – Montreal

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I had the great opportunity of going to Montreal for an exciting weekend, sponsored by Red Bull. The weekend consisted of a tour of the Red Bull Music Academy facility as well as the  Björk Exhibit and a RBMA kick off party. wooo

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First we had The Björk Exhibit to attend. I had no idea that this exhibit would be presented through virtual reality. There were five scenes, for each scene you would be sent to a room,  sit down, turn on the headset and immerse into Björk’s world. Björk would bring emotion and warm ambience through each scene.  Every moment of this exhibit was so moving and eye opening. I wish I could have taken photos but was asked not to. I would definitely go attend  this exhibition again. Björk is a true artist and I was gratified to have experienced such a moving piece of art.

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That night, we attended the Red Bull Music Academy kick off party which featured artists such as Turbo Crunk. It was a great night filled with amazing  DJ’s and lots of yummy Red Bull (the orange Red Bull edition is my favorite)

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The next day we had the opportunity to tour the Red Bull Music Academy facility. The aesthetic of the center was beautiful. Everything I love and more (Electronic music, plants, more plants, amazing food, and great people) I would definitely call the Red Bull Music facility the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory for electronic music makers. 

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Every room in the facility was filled with a theme and designed by a local artist in Montreal.

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The art in the rooms were all done by different artists.  each room looked so amazing. This is one of the 10 bedroom studios.

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We were brought to the workspace of the facility- this floor was by far my favorite of the facility. I would love for this to be my workspace one day. #GOALS

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This was the RBMA Cafe. Ahhhh isn’t everything just so cute?! they were serving coffee and drinks and for lunch were served such amazing food.

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After lunch they were serving doughnuts from a local doughnut shop in the area. The doughnut was so yummy looking I couldn’t wait, I forgot to take a picture…haha  but just imagine a delicious looking doughnut. It was so goooood.

 

Thank you again to Red Bull for sponsoring this amazing trip. I had a memorable weekend and I hope to be back again at the RBMA sometime soon.

 

For more info on the Red Bull Music Academy check out their website here- http://www.redbullmusicacademy.com

 

with so much love,

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Surprise trip to NYC ♡

12179484_1047525471970317_91166851_nMy boyfriend surprised me on a trip to New York with tickets to go see Disclosure at Madison Square Garden for my birthday.,,ahhh I know, he’s so sweet! I didn’t get to record many footages because I wanted to enjoy the trip without feeling like I needed to record every moment of it but here is a short video clip of small footages I took during our time in NYC together.

Hope you enjoy!

Here are a few pictures I took from the trip-

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with so much love,

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My day in NYC ♡

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I arrived to NYC last night and have had a wonderful day in the big apple so far.

IMG_1285I finally got to go to the Butcher’s Daughter! A juice bar/ cafe that I have been wanting to go to for a while now…..mmm doesn’t the food look amazing?!

The Butcher’s Daughter is strictly vegetarian and non dairy.

Most of their items are vegan and gluten free!

IMG_1281My brother and I enjoying the delicious juices from the Butcher’s Daughter. I got the waterflower juice and my brother Andre got the yellow juice.

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We later went to Dominque Ansel Bakery where I indulged in a frozen smore!

(yes that is marshmallow on my mouth,

I actually did not realize that until now HAHA)

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The frozen marshmallow is a roasted marshmallow with ICE CREAM INSIDE!!!

AHHHHHHHH. This was the bomb.

I love you I love you I love you New York.

with so much love,

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Firenze, Italia ♡

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I have been to Florence a few times due to my brother living in Florence for a year but I never got to visit during the summer! This place was packed with tourists but I was happy to be able to enjoy this beautiful city again.

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This is called the duomo of Firenze! Isn’t the architecture so beautiful?!

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This is Ponte Vecchio which is a medieval stone it was said to be built in the roman times. This a very historical bridge in Italy.

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We had lunch at a new place called Centro Mercato, this place is like Italy is Eataly they had many little restaurants inside that sold traditional food. Everything was delicious!!

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Look how delicious these pastries look! yummmy yum yum

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This is what we had for lunch! Hands down the best mozzarella I have had in my life.

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We stayed at a family friends B&B in a city called Fiesole which is about 10 minutes away from Florence by bus. The little buildings in this picture is the city of Florence!

I had a great time, can’t wait to go back!

with so much love,

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Verona, Italia ♡

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I got to visit the town where Romeo & Juliet was originated from (Verona).

wooo wooo how romantic.

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The weather was so hot today, I enjoyed some cold fruit while walking around the city.

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There was something so special about this city.

Every inch of the city had beautiful architecture.

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This is the balcony that is said to be the exact balcony  Romeo and Juliet was based off of!

Soooo coool right?!

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Lunch in Verona. I was so ready to eat!! haha

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I’m happy to be back in Italy where the food is always delicious!

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We later walked around.

Here is a picture of my handsome brother.

Ladies he’s single haha.

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Sei belissima Verona!!

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I had a beautiful time,

I’ll definitely be back again.

with so much love,

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