Our 2014 San Francisco trip

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A belated little travel post… I have a lot of fun trip photos I've been meaning to share! This set of pictures and video is from our trip to San Francisco this past May – and since we are going back this May I thought it was an appropriate time to finally share these! My husband, Chris, went to go run in the Bay to Breakers race and I tagged along with him to do fun touristy stuff while we were there! (When this posts I'll actually be on my way back to SF for the same exact race!!) We visited the Walt Disney Museum and saw the fabulous Mary Blair exhibit, relieved a tiny bit of our old Japan trip at the Japanese tea garden, ate many delicious meals and desserts, took sticker pictures at Japan town and visited with my friend Wendy! This was also the first time I got to see Chris run in a race which was super exciting!!! 

So onto the good stuff – all my photos and videos!

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Delicious mochi and tea in the Japanese garden…

 

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My Disney World Bachelorette trip + haul!!

This is post #1 in my Disney World Bachelorette trip series! I took so many photos I want to share that I decided to break it down to a post per day we were there. To start off the series, here is a YouTube video I filmed in October talking about my trip and sharing a mini haul of what I got at Disney World and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter!

Stay tuned for more pics!! ❀

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Japan: Day 1 at Kiyomizu-dera of Kyoto

 

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The flight was a long one over – We flew straight in from Atlanta to Tokyo and then took a train to Kyoto…and we spent over 24 hours awake I think. I don't really remember much that night when we arrived other than my luggage felt like it weighed a million pounds, taking a bath and passing out. 

The next morning we got breakfast in the hotel and I drank a TON of coffee!! (I needed all the fuel I could get!) After breakfast we set out for adventure – our major destination was the Kiyomizu-dera temple and possibly checking out a shop I wanted to visit if we had the energy. 

  

 

We walked along Gojo-dori from our hotel to the temple and saw so many interesting things along the way. It was such a beautiful and relaxing walk despite feeling tired from jet lag. Along the way we stopped at a few places to take photos and look around. Unfortunately, I don't know the names of the little places we came across but they were lovely to look at regardless.

 

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My Japan adventure!

Every Friday for the next few weeks I will be posting photos (some mine, some my boyfriend's!) and drawings about my November trip to Japan – so please check back if you'd like to read more!

 

When I first started planning my trip, the major thing I was looking forward to was shopping!! I had dreamed of shopping in Japan for over 10 years now… which sounds kinda silly but I love interesting clothes and accessories to express myself with, and I've often found inspiration from brands in Japan. So to begin my Japan posts, I thought I'd include a little sketch I made before leaving of hopeful items to find on our trip. Some of these things I found and bought, some I didn't. 

 

 

 

However, while I thought shopping would be the major highlight of my trip, I was pleasantly surprised and proved wrong! This list quickly became the last thing on my mind as I tried to take in all the adventure and excitement around me.

It's taken me a while to collect my thoughts and feelings about this trip since it moved me greatly… But hopefully the delay in posting will be worth it! ;) Japan is such a beautiful and inspiring country and I look forward to sharing posts over the next few weeks about my adventures there!

 

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Japan bound!!

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I have some really exciting news to share: This November I will be going to Japan for two weeks with my boyfriend!! I

I'm still planning all the things to do on our trip and if you'd like to follow the process you can add my pinterest boards I made for it:

Also, if any of you have suggestions on places I should visit or things I should do while I'm there, leave a comment. I'd love to hear!

I can't wait to blog all about the trip when we get back! πŸ™‚

What I wore + Florida trip pictures

No drawings or video tutorials with this week's "What I wore"… I have been out of town since Sunday without access to a computer! Which was actually pretty nice. πŸ˜‰ I did manage to snap a few photos at my Aunt & Uncle's house Tuesday morning of my outfit, so I'll share that!

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  • Painted Black Flats – DIY
  • Flower Clip – Aldo
  • Heart Necklace – Tarina Tarantino
  • Pink Cardigan – Viviene Westwood
  • Floral Dress – Betsey Johnson
  • Jersey Motorcycle Jacket – Body Central
  • Leggings – Target

 

Look at that poooooll!!! Unfortunately, it was a little too cold to swim while I was there. Maybe next time I go visit!

Shopping tips:

Recently someone on flickr asked me where I do my shopping and if I had any discount websites I recommend… I buy most of my stuff on Zappos (sometimes has prices cheaper than other stores + free shipping), Ideeli (awesome discount site) or directly from a brand when it goes on sale. I just watch for good deals and usually stuff is on sale after a few months and I save to buy it… other times I've purchased things second hand from Ebay or off of internet pals cleaning out their closet. If you have stores like TJ Maxx, Nordstrom rack, Ross, Marshall's or Loehman's in your area, they sometimes have really great finds also. Another thing I've done is customized an item I don't wear anymore – like the shoes in this outfit! They were silver, but I painted them black. The paint will eventually come off and I'll have to touch them up again, but for now they look nice and give me something different to wear! Saving money, having a little patience and a creative idea or two on using what you've got can go a long way πŸ™‚


A shot with out crazy sunlight stuff going on. The lighting indoors was nice but not a lot of space… and it was really good on the back porch but it was SO cold. I'm trying to learn more about taking photos and lighting, so I tried a few pics in all different spots… Such as the super cold shade – Hence my derpy face here, haha:

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"BRRRR get me outta here!"

 

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