10.19.15 – Big Pine Lakes

Here are some pictures from when I went camping up in Big Pine a couple months back. We stayed at Glacier Lodge and went hiking up to the Big Pine Lakes (First Lake and Second Lake).

The hike to the First Lake was about 4 miles (one way), and took us almost 4 hours because it was all uphill. Definitely one of the hardest hikes I’ve ever done, but you’ll see that the views were worth it.



Glacier Lodge Campsite

Glacier Lodge campsite

Glacier Lodge

Tent details

Big Pine Lakes trail


Trying not to show that I was struggling. At one point, we sat down to take a break and I was so tired that I fell asleep for a good 5 minutes.

hiking view

Big Pine Lakes

First Lake

Second Lake

Second Lake

10.12.15 – TASTE LA

Another late post, but better late than never, right?

Back on Labor Day Weekend, some friends and I had gone to the LA food festival at the Paramount StudiosTaste LA (Sept 4-Sept 6). You had to buy tickets in advance and I believe they were around $100/person for 3 hours of all-you-can-eat and drink.

Before you buy your ticket, you choose which day and time you want to attend, all of which have different themes (which vary by vendors and type of food/drinks served). We chose the Sunday Brunch & BBQ from 11AM-2PM.

It seems a little pricey, but all in all, I’d say that the money was well worth the amount of food and drink consumed (not to mention, that there were quite a few free goodies that we collected throughout the event).

My only advice would be, to not eat as much at the front booths because you’ll be full by the time you reach the booths in the back.

I do realize that I don’t have any pictures of the actual food here. Hah! I guess I was too busy consuming it. I will make a mental note to take more pics next time!

Wearing: Urban Outfitters Dress | Urban Outfitters Flannel and Hat | Topshop Sandals | Forever21 Backpack

Paramount Studios


Karen Walker

Don Julio

The first booth we stopped at was Don Julio, so of course we had to take a picture with the truck.

Taste LA drinks

Taste LA friends

Taste LA

Taste LA food


Taste La crowd

Taste LA lounge

Sunday Brunch & BBQ

Taste LA candid

LA Times

Los Angeles Times

Photobooth fun

LA Times lounge

Chillin’ at the LA Times lounge.

Taste LA chalkboard


10.05.15 – SF Trip

Had to take some time off from the blog because things were kind of hectic for a bit, but here’s some pics from my recent trip to SF.

Day 1:

Delta Airlines

Early morning departure from LA.

pre-breakfast walk

Right off the plane and straight to breakfast.

Wearing: Urban Outfitters Long Cardigan | Zara Jeans | Jeffrey Campbell Booties | Forever21 Backpack

Mascarpone French Toast

Mascarpone French Toast from Kitchen Story.


How cute is the Airbnb we stayed in? 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom with a full kitchen and small dining area. Would definitely stay here again. (Only downside was that it was a little hard to find parking at night).

Airbnb front porch

Entrance to our unit

Airbnb kitchen


Airbnb dining area

Dining area (Philz Coffee not included, unfortunately).

Airbnb porch seating

Front porch

Baker Beach

Had always seen pictures of Baker Beach and was so glad I finally got to go there this time.

wedding rehearsal

Headed to the wedding rehearsal.

Wearing: Zara Cardigan | Forever21 Dress | Asos Boots

Day 2:


The following day, we started with breakfast at Outerlands. Let me just say, that I will be coming back here the next time I’m in town.


Lands End

Obligatory pic at Lands End Lookout.

Golden Gate Bridge

Lands End view

Wearing: Zara Cardigan | Urban Outfitters Flannel | Foreign Exchange Jeans | Jeffrey Campbell Booties

P.S. I don’t recommend hiking to Lands End Lookout in this attire. If I would have known, I would have worn workout clothes – this would explain all of the weird looks I was getting from the locals.

San Tung wings

The infamous wings from San Tung – we were not disappointed. (P.S. we called the order in and picked them up because we didn’t want to wait).

Palace of Fine Arts

Palace of Fine Arts Theatre

Japanese Tea Garden

Treats at the Japanese Tea Garden.


Day 3:

Mission Beach Cafe

Pre-wedding: breakfast at Mission Beach Cafe. It was a good thing we got there early and were able to get a good spot in line!

makeup touch up

Last minute touch-ups before the wedding.

Wearing: Zara Jacket | Asos Dress | Zara Heels | Rebecca Minkoff Bag

Asos dress

Day 4:

Tartine Bakery & Cafe

On our last day, we got up extra early so that we could make it to Tartine before we headed back to LA. (The night before, BF’s cousin had convinced us that we should go). We were a little iffy on the whole waiting-in-such-a-long-line-before-it-even-opened thing, but so glad we did.

Morning Buns

The famous morning buns did not disappoint.

Croque Monsieur

Neither did the Croque Monsieur (ham).

Bi-Rite Creamery

Lastly, we were able to squeeze in a couple scoops from Bi-Rite Creamery after Tartine. Perfect ending to a great trip.

packing up

Wearing: 4SI3NNA Top | Zara Jeans

All in all, it was a very productive trip. We were able to turn a trip for the wedding into a mini getaway – we were able to try a good number of restaurants and were also able hit a few of the must-see spots in the city.

I must say, I probably gained a couple pounds from this trip, but they were well worth it.






07.13.15 – Cancun Trip

Recently just got back from a trip that some friends and I had planned to Cancun, MX for the week of 4th of July. As I’m looking back through all of the photos, I am having some serious withdrawals. Here are a few memories from our trip.

Cancun bound

ocean view

Grand Park Royal Cancun Caribe. All-inclusive. Ocean view.

Cancun beach

Cancun water

RIP Free People sunnies.

white sand


Grand Park Royal

Grand Park Royal Cancun Caribe



FujiFilm Instax

Cancun bus

Haagen Dazs

Xel-Ha Park


Xel-Ha – Definitely recommend going if you haven’t been before. It was my second time at the park and it was just as fun as the first time I went.

Cancun sunrise

wave watching

Cancun memories

FujiFilm Instax Mini 90

Grand Park Royal Resort


Ernest E. Debs Regional Park

Sunday morning hike at Ernest E. Debs Regional Park.

Komodo Venice

Post-hike lunch at Komodo Venice.

Komodo tacos

Komodo 2.0 and MP3 tacos

National Donut Day

Taken on #NationalDonutDay

Pitaya Bowl

Pitaya bowl and Escape With Me pressed juice (below) from Fruitology.


Make Music Pasadena

Accidentally stumbled upon Make Music Pasadena a couple weeks ago – an all-ages, all-day free music festival.

Slater's 50/50

Eat Your Veggies burger at Slater’s 50/50 in Pasadena.

Alberto's Mexican Food

Late night order of taquitos from Alberto’s Mexican Food in South El Monte – go-to Mexican restaurant for late night cravings.

Zinc Cafe

pre-dinner selfie

Bacaro LA

Friend’s b-day dinner at Bacaro LA.

711 donut

iPhone 6+

Free People sunglasses

Free People sunnies


A couple weeks ago, some friends and I went up to Mammoth to fish for the long weekend. Can’t tell you how good it was to get away for a couple of days. I’ve been going to Mammoth since I was a kid; my family used to go every summer for the annual Shogun Tournament because my grandpa loved to fish, so I always think of him when I’m up there.

It was actually really cold while we were there – the coldest weather I’ve ever experienced during a fishing trip. The first day out it started hailing on us while we were still on the boat. But nonetheless, it was still a good trip. Can’t wait to be back there in July! Here are some pictures until then.

Gull Lake

Rainbow trout

Successful first day fishing at Gull Lake.

Silver Lake

Silver Lake

Mammoth Lakes

June Lake

Pontoon boat on June Lake.


pontoon boat


The lake was so gorgeous after the clouds finally cleared away.

June Lake fishing

Lake George

Shore fishing at Lake George.


We decided to visit the Manzanar National Historic Site on our way home. I had never been, and always wanted to go as both of my dad’s parents were in the internment camps during World War II (however, they were relocated to Heart Mountain Interpretive Center).

I definitely suggest stopping by if you have the time or would like to learn more about this relocation center and what the Japanese Americans who were placed here experienced.


On our way home, after making our usual stop at Schat’s Bakery in Bishop, we decided to wander around the city’s Memorial Day Arts and Crafts Show at the city park. I picked up a sterling silver personalized name ring, that I am currently obsessed with (picture to come in a later post).

All in all, I’d say it was a good trip.