December Highlights

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This season was so energizing. After finals, I felt like I was charged up and refueled by the people and things I love most. For most of December I felt like I was going a million miles an hour-- and I loved it. Though it wasn't exactly restful, I feel like I got to squeeze every ounce of fun and laughter and adventure out of my days! 


December began with my dear friend Natalie spending a week in LA with me! 


A few festive Disneyland trips...


After finals week, I flew to North Carolina to visit Mandy! 


And then made a spontaneous 24 hour trip to NYC with Angelika! 


I ended my December travels with friends and brunch in Laguna Beach 


Home for the holidays and celebrating Christmas Eve traditions 


Our moms got us matching Christmas jammies! 


Ended 2017 the best way: with ice cream, the ocean, and the ones I love most. 

Not pictured: the 3 (!!) times I went to see The Greatest Showman, Kyle coming home from his Tokyo trip, family kayak trips across the San Francisco bay, a double date to the Kings game, competitive Yahtzee tournaments with Kyle, a ski day with my brother, band practice with my dad, and all the Christmas cooking with my mom! 


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Holiday Guide: 20 Under 20

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I am so excited about this gift guide and even more excited that every single item is under $20! I love shopping for Christmas gifts for friends, but when you're on a budget it can get overwhelming fast. One idea that we had is to do a gift exchange where we each draw one name out of a hat and get a gift for just one friend. Then we can all get together, drink hot coco, watch a Christmas movie, and exchange our gifts. This way, we are able to give something and receive something without getting stressed out and overspending. Here are some of my favorite budget buys! You can shop this gift guide using the feature below: 

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Holiday Gift Guide 2017

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I love Christmas shopping and searching for the perfect gifts for friends and family. I am always on the look out for my favorite online publications' gift guides this time of year. Seeing what ideas people have put together gives me plenty of holiday gifting ideas and style inspiration in general. As I've looked through my own gift guides throughout the years, it's been fun to see how my own style and interests have evolved. This year's list is comprised of a few things I've received and loved in the past, am gifting to others this year, or might be adding to my own Christmas list! A few simple and can't go wrong gift ideas? A calendar for the new year, sweet smelling candle, or a warm beanie! You can shop this gift guide using the feature below:
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Pike's Place Market

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10 Things You Cannot Miss in Seattle

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Pikes Place: 
No Seattle visit is complete without a visit to Pike's Place Market! The flying fish, lovely flowers, local vendors, and famous coffee from the world's very first Starbucks is pretty magical

Frankie and Jo's: 
The vegan of our crew was stoked for ice cream at Frankie and Jo's, and let me tell ya, this vegan ice cream tasted better than the real deal. I loved the unique flavors (and the pretty wall paper too!) 





Gum Wall: 
I opted out of this experience (fun fact: gum grosses me out more than anything), but Natalie and Angelika captured some great photos and even contributed to making that gum wall a little more spectacularly gross! 

Bar Melusine: 
The green and blue decor alone would have been enough to make me fall in love with this restaurant. The fact that it had the best food of our whole trip was just a bonus! I was so excited for dinner at this place in Capitol Hill and it did not disappoint. 

Umbria Cafe: 
This little gem felt like it fell straight out of Paris! The latte I ordered was the perfect pick me up along our Seattle grand tour! 


More Seattle Favorites: 
Shug's Soda Fountain: The is the coolest dessert place famous for creative ice cream flavors and spiked milkshakes! 
Capitol Hill: This quirky neighborhood was my FAVORITE part of Seattle! So many incredible shops, restaurants, and streets to walk through and explore 
The Ferry: Another quintessential Seattle experience! Each day we'd drive onto the ferry from Bainbridge to Seattle and get the most spectacular view
Bainbridge Island: We stayed in an Airbnb on the island and it was the most peaceful, beautiful, and perfect way to see the more quiet side of Washington
Pegasus Coffee: This cute place was on Bainbridge Island and had the best coffee 


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Rainy in Soho

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On the day of my birthday, we took the subway from Midtown to Soho and spent the quiet Monday wondering the neighborhood, enjoying the chilly fall air, and huddling together under an umbrella during the occasional 5 minute rain storm. We window shopped at vintage designer stories, explored the aisles of used guitars at Rudy's Music Shop, and enjoyed birthday lunch at The Dutch! Soho is my favorite part of Manhattan, and it was so fun to roam around with absolutely no plans except to just enjoy the day. My brother shot these photos throughout the day (remember his photography debut?). This outfit was so cozy, but still felt stylish and put together.  In fact, someone asked me for directions and it just about made my day that someone thought I looked like a local! 
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Birthday Weekend in NYC!

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I think this was the best birthday yet. It was a whole weekend full of NYC adventures, saying cheers to 21, plenty of pizza, and lots of love. We stayed in Midtown in the best little apartment. Our street had tons of personality with local bakeries, bars, and cafes while still being close enough to the craziness of Central Park, Broadway, 5th Avenue, etc. We took a red eye from LAX on Thursday, landed early Friday morning, and hit the ground running by walking to Central Park. The trees in the park were all turning the most beautiful fiery orange, and I quickly realized that there is nothing like fall in NYC. So beautiful! Our long weekend was filled with discovering new favorite restaurants and bars (Hudson Malone was the best!), re-visting my favorite neighborhoods (Soho and DUMBO), and seeing Hamilton on Broadway (still shaking/crying from excitement). My birthday was a day of perfect preceded by a whole weekend of perfect. I got to say cheers to 21 with my favorite people in the world in one of my favorite cities in the world. Scroll down to see my favorite things to do, see, and eat during our weekend in NYC! 








(this picture was too funny not to include! we posed and these random guys photo bombed us!)

Eat: 
The Smith
Hudson Malone 
Front Street Pizza 
The Dutch 
PJ Clarkes 
Petit Parisian
Ralphs Coffee 
Mason Kaiser 
Corner Stone  
Lavain Bakery

Do: 
Soho 
Hamilton 
DUMBO 
High Line 
World Trade Center
Central Park 
Top of the Rock 

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