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Monday, August 21, 2017

Pops of Red in Ubud, Bali

Ubud Bali outfit inspiration
I think I only wear color on tropical vacations haha. I brought so many colorful outfits to Bali, one of which is this look with pops of red. To me, bright colors scream "vacation!", and they seem appropriate and fun amongst the tropical surroundings.

Natya Ubud Resort Bali
Bali vacation style
BaubleBar tassel earrings
off the shoulder top summer outfits
Chicwish off the shoulder top
Valentino slide sandals
round straw bag
red outfit ideas
Chicwish off-the-shoulder top (c/o)
Clic Clac sunglasses (similar)
J.Crew round straw bag (similar)

I've been wearing tassel earrings all summer -- in fact, I think I own the spectrum of the rainbow in tassel earrings (these hot pink ones, these green ones I wore in this Bali post, and these orange ones I just got). Another thing I've been into is this red lip lacquer, which is more pigmented than a gloss, because sometimes it feels too heavy to wear lipstick in the summer.

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Monday, August 14, 2017

My Wedding Ring

Blue Nile wedding ring

This year marks husband's and my 5-year wedding anniversary! To celebrate this anniversary, I wanted to update my wedding rings. We got all of our rings at Blue Nile years ago (and more jewelry over the years) and have always loved our experiences with them, so I knew I wanted to do my ring update through Blue Nile, especially as they have an easy ring upgrade service. Before I reveal my new ring I thought I'd write about my original wedding ring (pictured) since I get a lot of questions about it!

We'll be answering some frequently asked questions below in the form of topics:

round diamond channel engagement wedding ring
solitaire wedding ring
solitaire round diamond engagement ring

The wedding ring details
Solitaire round diamond, six-prong setting, with channel set princess cut diamond rings.

Our wedding ring shopping experience
Carolyn: Miguel and I went ring shopping one month into officially dating. We'd never done this before in a relationship, but I guess when you know, you know! We started off at the classic engagement ring shop, Tiffany & Co. It was a fun, quintessential experience trying on all the rings! I always thought I loved a cushion cut halo diamond ring, but when I tried on that style, I felt it wasn't really "me". The moment I tried on a solitaire round diamond ring, I knew it was "the one"! From there, we looked around some more jewelry stores. One thing about shopping in stores is that we could only see the few diamonds they had in stock that fit what we wanted, so that was limiting. But Miguel already knew what style I liked, and he took it from there!

Why we chose Blue Nile
Miguel: I did the whole brick-and-mortar shopping experience, which was okay, but I found most stores didn't offer a large selection of diamonds. Blue Nile literally puts thousands of diamonds with different characteristics and price points at your virtual fingertips. Blue Nile also sources GIA graded diamonds, which is the same grading institution that all the major jewelry companies use. This gave me peace of mind that I was getting a high quality gemstone. Lastly, Blue Nile has a 30-day free return policy, making it easy to return any items that don't work out. In my case, this was not necessary as we both loved the way the engagement ring turned out!

There is a Blue Nile Webroom in our city, so I picked out the ring styles I wanted to try online and they held them there in the store.

I'll be sharing more about the Webroom experience and revealing the updated option I chose in next week's post! Leave the number of your favorite ring in the comments below! Also, let me know if you have any questions that I can answer in the next post.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Casual Nautical Style

Whenever I'm by the water, I tend to subliminally dress in a nautical style. So I wore this look when I was exploring Olympia, Washington a while back, and the outfit has a slight nautical vibe without being too over-the-top in theme.

Aritzia linen shirtdress (old - similar here & here)
Sunday Best oxford shirt (similar here & here)
Joie straw hat (similar - $28!)
J.Crew hoop earrings (on sale!)
J.Crew straw bag (sold out - similar here)

I've worn this linen shirtdress from Iceland to Sweden to Hawaii, and I recently packed it with me to Bali. It just goes to show that a classic piece is worth the investment and will last season after season.

I'm working on all my Bali and Australia trip photos, and I hope to get the outfit posts and travel guides up soon! I just got back a couple days ago and am still lethargic from jetlag, but I'm slowly getting back to regular programming.

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Hello from Ubud, Bali!

It's been a couple weeks since I've posted, as I went offline while on vacation. I first traveled to Hong Kong to visit my family for a week, and I just enjoyed time with them. Last week, I went to Bali (first to Ubud then to Uluwatu -- more posts about our itinerary to come!) and had the best time relaxing. From there, we flew to Port Douglas, Australia to snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef (more on that as well!). Now we're in Sydney, Australia, where the internet is more reliable so I thought I'd pop in to say hello!

Rebecca Taylor dress (on sale!)
H&M sandals (similar here & here)
BaubleBar "Piñata" tassel earrings (c/o)
Mar y Sol raffia clutch (on sale here!)

These photos were taken in the entryway to our villa in Ubud -- I couldn't get over how beautiful and lush the grounds were, and how well the resort blended into the surrounding jungle. We spent hours everyday chilling on floats in our private pool, mesmerized by the sights and sounds of nature all around. I'm always go go go, so slowing down was so rejuvenating for the soul.

I got this La Vie Rebecca Taylor dress months ago (now it's on sale!) and have been waiting to wear it in Bali. The fit is pretty conservative, as I wanted to be mindful of the modest dress code there. Plus, I like the coverage as an extra layer of protection from sun and insects. The dress has muted tones of green and yellow, so I wanted to draw those shades out with these emerald BaubleBar tassel earrings (they come in so many colors!) and this fun Mar y Sol marigold clutch.

I'll be back soon with lots of outfit and travel posts. Let me know if you have any content you'd prefer to see!

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

My Picks: Nordstrom Anniversary Sale [Updated!]

It's that time of the year again -- the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! I already scooped up a bunch of necessities for fall: these no-show socks, a couple of these affordable cardigans for work, the coziest pajamas set, and this huge tub of body lotion... just to list a few.

I've culled through the whole sale and picked out some of my favorites:


Active Wear





Happy shopping!