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  • Kiyomizu Temple

    Travel

    #fbf Kyoto

    Did you have to cancel summer travel plans due to the pandemic? I was supposed to go to Ireland in July and had to cancel that, unfortunately. I was literally supposed to leave next week – on the 3rd or 4th I believe. I’m hoping to at least do a weekend trip somewhere, maybe in the New England area since it’s driving distance from me. If you haven’t heard, New Jersey (where I live), New York, and Connecticut announced a joint travel advisory. Anyone traveling to one of these 3 neighboring states from a state with high COVID rates has to quarantine for 14 days. So if I were to…

  • Martha's Vineyard

    Life,  Travel

    #fbf Martha’s Vineyard

    Sharing another flashback Friday today. So many people have been sharing throwbacks lately, back when times were simpler and more carefree. With it about to be Memorial Day Weekend, things are feeling extra strange. Normally, the holiday weekend is the unofficial kickoff to summer. Lots of barbecues, people going to the beach, opening up their pools etc. But, here in NJ, we’re still pretty much in lockdown even though very few restrictions have been eased. Beaches are open now, but social distancing has to be practiced and capacity is limited. State parks are open, but again the same restrictions apply. Non-essential retail is allowed to reopen for curbside pickup only…

  • Sunrise

    Life

    #fbf Morning Sun

    Happy Friday! I hope you are staying healthy out there in the craziness going on with CoronaVirus. I have off from work today, but it was already a scheduled day off for the school after yesterday’s parent-teacher conferences. With all the schools around us closing for at least 2 weeks, it is looking likely that my school will also close and switch over to 100% digital learning temporarily. I hope with so many people working from home and schools doing online learning for the next couple of weeks will help slow the spreading of the virus and things can start to calm down! Amidst all of this I thought it…

  • Snowy Tree

    Life

    #fbf Snowy Tree

    I wrote yesterday about how I’m hoping for at least one snow day before winter’s over. It’s been an unusually quiet winter and while winters that have constant snow storms gets annoying and tiring, it’s also so weird to not have any snow! We had snow twice I think this season but both times it was very little and pretty much gone the next day. I just need a dose of winter prettiness and not just cold, bleak winter days. And a snow day from work wouldn’t hurt either! So for my Flashback Friday, I’m throwing it back to 2 years ago when we had a snow storm and the…

  • Kiyomizu Temple - Bells

    Life,  Travel

    #fbf Kiyomizu-dera Wind Chimes

    It’s been a while since I’ve done a Flashback Friday or #fbf post so I thought I’d do one today! As I scrolled through my camera roll to find a photo that would jump out at me as one I would want to share today, I came across my videos of the beautiful wind chimes at Kiyomizu-dera – a temple in Kyoto, Japan that I visited in summer 2018. The temple is actually a UNESCO World Heritage Site. I though this photo and more specifically, the sound of the chimes, was especially fitting given that for many people this week has been particularly emotionally draining. I don’t know why the…

  • Angel Island

    Travel

    #fbf View from Angel Island

    Happy Friday! I could use a vacation right about now, but that’s not happening so I’ll settle for a flashback Friday in the form of a photo from my vacation to San Francisco back in August. This is a view from Angel Island. How amazing would it be to live in one of those houses across the water? Okay, that’s about all the pretending I can do since there’s still a day of work to get through before the weekend!

  • Russian Hill

    Travel

    #fbf San Francisco Hills

    When most people think of San Francisco they probably think of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and fog. Sometimes people think about the steep hills in the city and they are seriously steep. It’s hard to capture the steepness in photos. You have to be in just the right spot for it to translate on camera. While I was looking through photos on my phone I came across a photo that I think really shows off the steep streets. The photo I’m sharing today in this #fbf, Flashback Friday, is from the morning I went to Lombard St. aka The Crookedest Street. After taking a ton of photos and waiting…

  • Heart shaped petals

    Life

    #fbf Heart Shaped Petals

    The title of this blog post might be misleading, but I didn’t know what else to call it. The flower petals themselves aren’t heart shaped, but they just so happened to flow down the street with the rain and stop at the end of my driveway in the shape of a heart! This photo is fitting since it seems like we get pouring, stormy weather multiple times a week lately. A few weeks ago I had just gotten home from work, the rain had just stopped, and I was walking down my driveway to get the garbage can or the recycling to bring back in to the garage. The rain…

  • Floral Tiered Maxi Dress

    Fashion,  Life

    #fbf Custom Floral Maxi

    Happy Friday! This week didn’t go by too slowly which was nice, but I am feeling so tired and run down. Stressed to the max! So let’s throw it back to a carefree photo from last month when I was visiting family in Georgia. I wore this tiered floral maxi dress that was custom made for me from Eshakti for Easter lunch. This photo pretty much embodies how I want to feel right now! Dress: Eshakti | Wedges: DSW | Sunglasses: Quay Australia Sending easy and carefree vibes your way!

  • Daffodils

    Life

    #fbf Daffodils

    My flashback Friday, #fbf, this time around is from just last weekend. I was taking some outfit photos at my parents house and I took a few photos of my mom’s daffodils that have just come out. I love daffodils and the bright yellow is so cheery! My parents get a ton of deer in our yard and they eat everything. But, someone recently told my mom that deer don’t eat yellow flowers – I haven’t looked in to why that is or if it’s true. But so far, so good!