If you’re familiar with the Bungalow, drive a few minutes past it and you’ll find yourself at Oceana. You won’t find any loud parties or obnoxious drunks here. Nope, this luxurious boutique hotel is suited for those who really want to get away from the craziness of Santa Monica and are seeking a relaxing stay.Read More
Monday mornings are usually spent planning for the upcoming week, or at least that’s what my Mondays before 12 PM look like. If you work from home like me, you know how easy it is to plan but how hard it can be to stay focused throughout the day. Distractions happen left and right, and sometimes the most self-disciplined person will fall into lulls of procrastination too.
After plenty of years of trial and error, missed deadlines, and a couple of nights of falling asleep at my desk, I’ve learned how to better manage my time and keep myself focused when I’m at my desk.Read More
While many believe that the Maldives should be reserved for special occasions and yes, the general demographics are couples, we went as a group of 6 girls (for a press trip) and had just or even more fun together than if we had gone with our significant others. Leaving me to really urge those who want to go to the Maldives to just go and not “wait for the right time.” Yes, it can be expensive but it also is dependent on where you stay, which island you are going to, what transportation options are like, and how you want to spend your vacation.Read More
Just a short flight over from Miami is a country that is rich in culture and full of life. Vibrant, good vibes were felt all around as I explored Havana. The people were not only welcoming, but were so helpful and patience as we tried our best to communicate. Those four years of Spanish class in high school only got me by when it came to asking for where the bathroom was and to ensure that no cheese was included in my pasta. Hah.
This was a blogger trip, hosted by Acanela, so this travel guide may seem a bit skimpy as we did not get to truly explore Havana as how I typically travel. Therefore, I encourage you to take these ideas and add them onto whatever research you’ve already done.Read More
I had little to no expectations of Cuba, as I didn’t want to think of Cuba based off of other’s perceptions. I landed in a humid and hot country after a very uncomfortable overnight flight, but my mood was quickly lifted as I saw a driver waving a sign with mine and Layla’s name on it. He didn’t speak any English and Layla spoke a limited amount, so between the two of them, we figured out what our next steps were. He guided us to the currency exchange window before loading our things into his car.Read More
If you’re in need of a getaway from Vancouver or have some extra days while you’re in Vancouver, head out to Whistler and enjoy the fresh air, ride the Peak 2 Peak gondola, and maybe get lucky and see some bears. We saw two during our 3-day stay!
There is a lot to do in Whistler and while the area is known for outdoor activities, there are also some cool museums, great places to dine, and things you can do on the milder side.Read More
One of the things you don’t realize about adulthood is that credit is quite powerful, especially when you’re not well off. Having good credit, or even great credit, for that matter, not only represents your ability to purchase but marks you off as a “trustworthy and responsible adult” to lenders. Lenders that you may call upon for slight assistance when purchasing that new car or future home.Read More
After standing in line for 3.5 hours through customs, due to the airport’s computers being down, I was beyond excited to realize that all I had to do was take an elevator upstairs to get to the Fairmont Vancouver Airport hotel. Within 20 minutes, I was checked into my room on the Fairmont Gold level, in a robe and refreshing myself with some snacks and drinks from the exclusive 24-hour lounge. Now, how do I replicate this exact process for every trip? It really is nice to not have to hop into a taxi or Uber and wait to get to your hotel after a flight.Read More
Located right in Beverly Hills (on Beverly Drive) is a place where you can leave all your worries behind for at least two-hours. This Japanese Spa is the perfect place to getaway from the crazy traffic, hustle and bustle of LA, and your crazy boss. It really is a haven that everyone needs to experience at least once.Read More
I'm currently balancing grad school and blogging full-time, and have been asked a few times how I handle it all. Truthfully, I'm still trying to find the right balance of both but for now, this is what's currently working for me.
Take and adjust these tips as needed and above all, do what works for you.Read More
Let me make this clear before anyone jumps to conclusions from the headline. No, I’m not engaged, married, or pregnant. I am also not launching a clothing or beauty brand — and nope, I’m not selling my presets!
However, you know when things just all of a sudden makes sense? That’s exactly what happened to me and everything fell into place so quickly. The next thing I knew, I was talking to program coordinators, reviewing schools to attend, and applied before I even told KSOLE! Yeah, he was a little confused and surprised, hah.Read More
With this refresh, I wanted to invest on a good quality bed frame and mattress. My previous frames were from Ikea. No hate on Ikea, I still shop there but we all know their furniture can break pretty easily (hah). After 3 months of searching, I ended up purchasing this platform bed frame from West Elm, upgrading myself from a full size to queen. I love that West Elm’s team builds large furniture pieces for you within your home — so no assembly required on my end and they take all the boxes/trash with them.Read More
A recap of my recent trip to Seoul, Korea through the lens of my Yashica T4 film camera. Film used - Portra400.
It was my first time in Korea and to be honest, Seoul never really intrigued me and I never once had an urge to visit this city. However, after this week long trip, I fell head over heels in love with Seoul and am itching to go back as soon as possible. From the culture to the people, to the food and the technological advances, I am now recommending everyone make a visit to Seoul any chance they get.Read More
Known mainly for their shopping and street food, Myeongdong is always alive with tourist and locals roaming the streets in search of a good time. From cat cafes to beauty shops galore, there is literally something that will catch your eye as you walk around. While I spent less than 6 hours roaming Myeongdong, I did make it a point to do the following 5 things before I retired back to our hotel.Read More
I often get asked what books I recommend and while I’m not a huge reader, I am trying to read at least one book a month this year. I figured it’s best to have all the books I’ve read lately and/or love in one place so please find my recommendations below.Read More
I have to admit that I’ve always been a “one-trick pony” when it comes to my skincare routine. I firmly do believe that if it isn’t broken, then don’t fix it, meaning if the products work then why change right? During my trip, I realized that while I love the items I’m using now, I do notice a different type of glow with Asian beauty products. Mainly because their formulas are tailored for my skin specifically , therefore the ingredients are aimed to work better on Asians/Asian Americans. After two weeks of testing a handful of items that were gifted to us during the trip, I’ve narrowed down the top 10 favorites that I’m certainly will be restocking on (once I’m out).Read More
Encompassing 45 acres, the Fairmont Mayakoba offers 27, 710 sq. of exploration with two outdoor event lawns, 18-hole golf course, and 401 rooms/suites. There are 6 options for dining, which includes poolside and beach service, 24-hour in-room dining, and 37,000 square foot spa featuring 20 treatment rooms. There is also a mineral pool on the rooftop of the spa and they also house stingless bees. Fitness center and beauty salon are also offered on the property.Read More
Most people think you have to have a high paying job to be able to experience the luxuries of traveling. However, that is not true at all as anyone from any tax bracket can travel. The question is, are you willing to sacrifice a little more in exchange for a trip?Read More
The first impression most people make about your place begins with your entryway. For my studio apartment, it is literally the first thing you see when you open the door, so I have to make sure it sets the tone and vibe for the remainder of my apartment.Read More
My blog was launched January 2014 and about a year later, I took an unexpected turn and quit my full-time job as a menswear marketer for a clothing brand. You can read the full story here. Needless to say, it’s been a wild ride full of ups and downs, but at the end of the day, I have no regrets on the path I chosen. I’m 100% grateful for all of this, but I also still need to be realistic as this industry is still growing and in all honesty, all of this could be taken away in a blink of an eye.Read More