Singapore in 24 Hours

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Singapore is AMAZING. We stopped here for a quick 24 hour layover between San Francisco and New Delhi, and instantly fell in love with this little country. I feel like I barely scratched the surface during our quick time in Singapore, but it was awesome to get our feet on the ground and cram in as much as we could in a day. There are so many cultures and influences that have combined to create Singapore’s own unique identity. And since it’s such a new country (only 52 years old!), it was so impeccably clean, modern, and beautiful. But what I loved most about Singapore most was the people. Everywhere we turned, we were met with kindness! Here’s what we did: 


SLEEP! Since our flight landed at night, we booked a room at ParkRoyal on Pickering to get some rest before exploring. We ended up spending so much time at the hotel because a) we were exhausted after the 16 trek and b) literally everything about this hotel was absolutely incredible. I was blown away by this place. The infinity pool looking over the city, the rooftop gardens, and the room itself were above and beyond anywhere I’ve ever stayed in the US. 

In the morning, we had about 5 hours between breakfast and when we had to leave for the airport. It was quick, but I we got to see a lot and definitely get a feel for the city. First, we went to Gardens By The Bay, specifically the Cloud Dome and the Flower Dome. This was the place that every travel guide, person I talked to, and internet search unanimously recommended as a must do. And it did not disappoint. I’ve been to botanical gardens before, but nothing like this. The Cloud Dome literally had a giant manmade mountain and waterfall inside! Unreal. 




Next, we headed across the Singapore River to the Merlion Statue + Park. Definitely glad we saw it since it’s so iconic, but the statue itself was honestly a lot smaller than I had pictured! Still, the park was right on the waterfront and there were tons of great restaurants and shops. 



After that, I was on a mission to find Brother Bird Soft Serve Co, this really amazing soft serve and mochi place I’d seen on Instagram. The search took us to Arab Street, a really cool, boho district with Middle Eastern influence. There were tons of colorful murals, hole in the wall shops, and music blaring down the alleyways. Accidental discoveries like this are always my favorite, so this district was my favorite. And yes, we found the soft serve place, and YES it was amazing! 




Then, it was back to the hotel for a quick afternoon tea before we headed back to the airport to catch our flight to India! Singapore, you were the best! 

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Denim On Denim

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photos by Deanna Marie Photography 

When we shot these photos I must have really been feeling the blue hues, because there is so much blue and white going here! For the longest time, I was a little hesitant about the denim on denim trend, but I think as long as they're different shades you can absolutely make it work. I've actually really loved pairing light and dark denim together. Plus, these jeans (which I also featured in this post) are currently the most comfortable pair I own. Another thing I'm loving? This bag. It is the perfect carryon size and, as I mentioned, this summer is definitely the summer of crazy travel. This bag has been my partner in crime throughout every single plane ride and road trip! 
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Balboa Island

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What a fun little shoot this was with one of my very favorite photographers, sweet Deanna from Deanna Marie Photography! Her energy is absolutely radiant and made shooting even more fun. Our location, the pier on Balboa Island in Newport Beach, was full of sunshine and color. The best part? Hopping on the ferris wheel and shooting photos from the very top of Balboa Pier! The photos are zoomed in, so it doesn't seem that high up, but it was so funny seeing Deanna way off in the distance balancing on a railing trying to get the perfect angle! Anything for the shot right? Such a fun day of shooting with such a fun photographer! 
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Journal Series

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A huge reason why I started this website was as a means of tracking my own experiences + where I'm at in life. As much as I love sharing outfit posts and travel guides, it can be easy to get caught up sharing what I do and not who I am. I decided to start this journal series as a way to share more depth,  challenge myself, and get to know each other a little more. I'll post the prompt + my thoughts, and if you'd like, you can join in on the conversation by commenting below with your own response. It's so important to check in with ourselves every once in a while, listen to others, and feel like our own thoughts are valued. I think this could be a great way to do that. So starting next week, each Monday there will be a new journal entry from me. If nothing else, I'm so excited to be using this space to share more of myself + grow a little in the process too. 
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Mel's Diner

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As we finish off my favorite photo series ever, the only way to celebrate is with chili fries, a milkshake, and great friends at Mel's Diner on Sunset Boulevard. This series was all about capturing Old Hollywood, so the only logical place we could end the shoot was at Mel's! It's classic Sunset Strip location has been used in countless movie and tv shows, and makes you feel like you're back in the 40s! And what better way to capture that vibe than with this Kingdom & State Bombshell Top? It's technically swimwear, but it was too perfect not to shoot in. And I've pretty much been living in it by the pool since the summer began! All of the Kingdom & State swimwear is so cute and wearable... I want it all! 

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