Spontaneous trip to the desert

Packing our bags last Saturday morning, my mom and I took a spontaneous trip to Coachella Valley, California. The area is mostly known for Coachella, the music festival that is held there every year in May or the various golf and tennis tournaments that bring in spectators from around the world. Many people who live […]

Read More

12 Things to do in Barcelona

Four nights, three and a half days of sightseeing in Barcelona and lots of walking were part of our European itinerary over the holidays. This was my third time to Barcelona, a city I could see myself living in, if only I knew how to speak Catalan or Spanish. As I planned our trip I […]

Read More

Gaudi’s Casa Batlló and the Sagrada Família

Barcelona is known as the city of Antoni Gaudi, the Catalan architect who brought nature and life into his buildings. He is my favorite architect and one that I have come to admire greatly each time I see his work. While planning our trip to Barcelona I made sure that a few of Gaudi’s works […]

Read More

San Francisco Photo Diary

Disclaimer: I always disclose all of my partnerships. XoMandySue reached out to me with a steep discount on their clothing in exchange for sharing the clothes on my Instagram. While a blogpost was not a requirement for the partnership, I fell in love with their clothing and wanted to support a female entrepreneur and local […]

Read More

8 things I miss about Chicago

Two months ago I packed up all of my belongings into my Honda civic and drove over two thousand miles from Chicago to California. I still can’t believe everything I own was able to fit into my car and that I made the two and a half day journey across the country by myself. To […]

Read More

LACMA after hours

The perks of living in Orange County is that I am conveniently located an hour south of Los Angeles and an hour north of San Diego. Of course some of these times can change based on traffic but I feel like I can enjoy both cities without having to go too far. A few weeks […]

Read More

Snorkeling at La Jolla Cove

Even though I lived in Southern California for the majority of my childhood, now that I have returned (after seven years in Chicago) I am finding so many new things to do. The most recent has been snorkeling in the Pacific Ocean, and not only snorkeling with fins and a mask but also with seals […]

Read More

Dear Chicago

Dear Chicago, Thank you for seven memorable years. I know we had our ups and downs, especially when it came to finding parking, but I will never forget how much I grew up living in the windy city. Now, I have to say good bye. The first time I visited the city I was almost […]

Read More

St. Lucia, Simply Beautiful

Traveling from Costa Rica to St. Lucia was not a direct journey. I flew from San Jose, Costa Rica to Charlotte, South Carolina in the US where I had an overnight layover. Going through US customs, I handed my passport to the customs officer. He smiled and said “welcome back”, I returned the smile and […]

Read More

Nutella Cafe

Nutella, a recent food trend in the US unless you are from Europe and have grown up eating it, know this delicious hazelnut spread. For a part of my childhood my family lived in New Hampshire where we were lucky to have a variety of European imported goods in some stores. Otherwise we would have […]

Read More