Even amidst the sunshine, Autumn is gleefully starting to peek through around here. Fingers crossed, Northern California seems to have officially said goodbye the triple digit heat waves and is even welcoming in a few evening breezes. Summer is still lingering a little - the trees have yet to change color, my coffee is still iced and my sweater usually has to be peeled off around 2 or 3 pm when the sun is in full swing.Read More
After reading Jordan Ferney's candy-colored confection blog Oh Happy Day for a few years, I instantly knew that her brain-child project, A Color Factory, was going to be magical. I attended last year's Altitude Summit and was lucky enough to hear her speak about the future of her blog and the industry at large, so it's always a pleasure to see what she's dreaming up next.
If you're one of the few people who hasn't had their Instagram feeds taken over by pop-ins at the Color Factory, I'll take a quick moment to explain: it's essentially a pop-up experience with rooms that are every shade of the rainbow, carefully curated into a 12,000 square foot building in San Francisco. There are a total of 15 different interactive experiences like a giant yellow ball pit, thousands of colorful ribbons hanging from the ceiling and so much more. Walking through A Color Factory is a bit like losing all sense of time and giving into the curiosities of light, color, touch, and taste in each room. From black charcoal lemonade to scratch and sniff walls, here's a peek into this charming pop-up for those who couldn't make it and those who want to relive it!Read More
Crystals are not only pretty to look at, but are a great way to set intentions and remind yourself to stay grounded. I wrote a blog post for Little Box of Rocks about which crystals are best for travelling to stay aware, grounded and present in the moment. You can check it out below for a quick read:
And, in the spirit of spreading good vibes, I've partnered with Little Box of Rocks to give one lucky winner a FREE Wildflower gift box, which celebrates new beginnings! Simply leave a comment on this blog telling me where you're traveling to next and make sure to include your Instagram handle! For a bonus entry, leave a flower emoji on my latest Instagram here. Winner will be announced EOD Monday (10/9) and contacted via Instagram DM.
Good luck + have a lovely weekend!
UPDATE: coNTEST IS CLOSED AND The winner has been contacted via Instagram. Thank you so much to everyone who entered!
Vietnam is a country of many surprises and its 1,000-year old capital, Hanoi, is robust in history, culture and delicious cuisine. Just when you think you’ve gotten to know the city, it offers up a contrasting view. Spending ten days in Hanoi and its surrounding villages allowed me a peek into all of its stimulating sights and smells. Somewhere between motorbikes weaving around women in silk pajamas and pungent cuisine cooking on the streets, there were quiet, breezy coffee shops and day trips to remote rice fields and limestone mountains appearing to float on emerald water. I found many reasons to love Hanoi and I can’t wait to share all of my favorite things to do in the city (stay tuned!) but Vietnam is often a misunderstood country. To be completely honest, the opportunity to go on this trip came a bit last minute and I didn’t have a ton of time to research like I normally love to do before a big trip. It turned out to be delightful to explore and discover things on-the-go, but there are actually few things I think would be helpful for people to keep in mind before traveling to this region. Here's what to keep in mind:Read More
In the spirit of savoring the little things, I’ll be sharing a few things “worth noting” to me at the end of every month. I love sharing a great book, show, product or even just a memorable moment from the week. "The little things? The little moments? They aren't little." - Jon Kabat Zinn.
Happy first day of September! Even though the weather is still unseasonably warm, I love knowing that Autumn is just around the corner. As much as I hate the coldness of winter and the brutal heat of summer, I'm still glad to live in a city that gets four seasons! I'm already looking forward to pumpkins on the porch, cups of homemade chai, and cozy sweaters. Until then, I'm soaking up the last rays of that summer sunshine.
Here are some of the things worth noting to me this week:
Health: Love Bug Probiotics
I've taken a daily probiotic for years ever since working with a Naturopath to boost my immune system. Probiotics are so great at aiding digestion and protecting your gut from bad bacteria. LoveBug Probiotics has become my new favorite brand because they work super well and they have different blends for different issues. Plus, they're available at a ton of different places. Highly recommend!Read More
As a recovering Pinterest-a-holic, I used to pin tons of fashion pictures for inspiration to try new things all.the.time. Somewhere between the lures of minimalism and other interests taking up space in my brain, I stopped thinking about getting dressed as much. Ergo, laziness set in -- or as I like to call it, “Can I just wear my comfiest pair of jeans and t-shirt to everything?!” syndrome. Unfortunately, the answer is not yes because I’m not in college and I’m an adult (kind of).
Despite not having fashion taking up a large space in my brain anymore, I have recently made some purchases that felt really great because they reminded me of the transformative power of clothes. We play dress up and put on costumes when we’re young, which can delightfully inspire a new mood or persona. Fashion can be the same thing for adults if we want it to be, it seems it's just easier for us to forget that.
Lately, I find myself so inspired by the playful nature of jumpsuits and overalls that it easily improves my mood when I get to slip into a one piece. Plus, they’re like dresses - easy to put on and quickly make you look pulled together with minimal effort… a.k.a that’s exactly what I look for in clothing.Read More