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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…

  • 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…

  • Travel

    5 Things To Consider When Planning A Trip To Los Angeles

    Image by David Mark from Pixabay  If you’re planning a trip to Los Angeles and you don’t know where to start then don’t worry, you have definitely come to the right place. Whether you’re booking a long vacation or heading to Disneyland, it’s important for you to prepare as much as you possibly can. From booking the perfect hotel to finding activities you want to do, the more you’re planning in advance the better. With that in mind, here are 5 things to consider when planning a trip to Los Angeles:   – How Much Do You Want To Spend? One of the first things you need to decide is…

  • Lacie Weekender Bag - Toasted Almond

    Fashion,  Looks,  Travel

    Vegan Leather Weekender Bag

    Finally, I can talk about this vegan leather weekender bag! I got this during Black Friday sales. Why have I waited so long to talk about it? Because I picked up 2 during the same – one in Toasted Almond, which is the one I have, and one in Cognac. I got the cognac one as a White Elephant gift and our party wasn’t until New Year’s Eve. If you missed it, my high school friends and I have been doing Secret Santa since high school and this year we decided to do White Elephant instead. It was just easier than having to buy for 1 specific person plus it…

  • Hotel Hershey - Christmas

    Fashion,  Food,  Travel

    Hershey at Christmas

    The last time I went to Hershey, Pennsylvania I was probably around 10 or 11. Needless to say it’s been a long time and it’s only about 2.5 hours away from me. My hopes of going somewhere tropical this winter vacation were dashed by semi last minute planning and the very high prices of warm weather destinations during the winter. So when thinking of places nearby for a quick getaway, my family and I decided to go to Hershey since I’d heard it’s supposed to be nice for the holidays. We went for 2 days and it was a nice time and not too jam packed, which offered time to…

  • 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!

  • Williams Sonoma Ginger Jars

    Home Decor,  Travel

    Blue & White Ginger Jars

    For as long as I can remember I’ve loved blue & white decor – namely ginger jars. Chinoiserie is really popular and if you don’t know what that is it’s decor pieces that imitate or evoke a Chinese motif vibe in western art, furniture, etc. Nice pieces are pretty expensive, so for now I can just admire them from afar. But, one day when I can afford expensive home decor and investment pieces I’d love to have a collection of blue & white ginger jars like the ones in the photo below! I took this photo when I was at the Williams-Sonoma flagship store in San Francisco over the summer.…

  • Travel

    Getting To Know The Coast Of The Sunshine State

    (Image Source) There are a lot of gorgeous places around the world. You can find white-tipped mountains which touch the sky, crystal clear oceans which seem to go on forever, and forests with so much character they feel as if they’ve been around since the beginning of time itself, and most people want to have the chance to explore the wonders. When you’re in the Sunshine State, though, the coast will be the biggest attraction, and this post is going to be showing you how to explore it properly. Florida isn’t the biggest state, but it is blessed with one of the best coastlines across the US.   Surfing/Other Watersports…

  • 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…