This is one of my favorite hot-weather outfits because it's easy to wear and keeps you cool in humid climates, like Washington D.C. in the summer. If you're not familiar with what it's like, you're basically swimming through the air in the humidity; and from my last memory in November, the experience was quite the opposite.
It definitely made sightseeing a breeze and I enjoyed walking around the National Mall to see all the historic places and memorials. I was finally able to see the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial and Reflecting Pool, Jefferson Memorial, and World War II Memorial. I also visited the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History to check out the Hope Diamond. And of course (for me), a trip to DC is not complete without dining at Founders Farmers. I had that tasty Skillet Corn Bread 3 days straight! It's probably a good thing this restaurant is across the country since I could probably eat it everyday!
I celebrated the 4th of July in Lake Tahoe; and the weekend consisted of the following: Soccer matches and World Cup viewings, boat rides and Chambers Landing Bar, wake boarding and tubing, BBQ's and fresh farmers market foods, board games like Settlers of Catan, breakfasts at Tahoe House Bakery, and fireworks along the pier. It's definitely my favorite holiday weekend I've spent up here so far.
I've been exploring the outdoors more these days -- based on my weekly trail runs and hikes in Marin. That got me acquainted with nature for my recent trip to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, where I took fly fishing lessons and dodged bears during a hike up to Jenny Lake. Last time, I visited during the winter so it was nice to see what this place is like in warmer temperatures. It's definitely a lot easier to move around when the weather is on your side. Lotus Cafe and The Granary were mandatory stops; along with checking out a few tourist locations like: Mormon Row, Chapel of the Transfiguration, and the National Museum of Wildlife Art.
I've enjoyed going on these adventures and have built an entire wardrobe -- hiking boots, pants, wool socks and backpack to look the part of an experienced outdoorsman! Excited to get more use of this gear for an upcoming trip to Iceland in August. The search for a super-serious-jacket is still on; and so far I've set my heart on an Arcteryx and Aether brand. Unfortunately, the options are limited since it's been really difficult shopping for cold-weather clothes during the summer. With that aside, my main goal is to travel as light as possible and pack like a world traveler, the kind who can fit everything in one small luggage/backpack. It'll definitely be a challenge with all the bulky clothes but here's to wishful thinking!
One of the perks of living in San Francisco is the proximity of all the world class wineries and vineyards. An easy hour-drive up north will take you to Sonoma or Napa Valley, where the best wine tasting experiences happen. As a Bay Area native, I've discovered Healdsburg ideal since this charming town has so much to offer and is less congested that Napa.
For Memorial Day Weekend, we did a half-day trip to J Vineyards & Winery for a champagne tasting and had lunch at one of our favorite restaurants in downtown, Barn Diva. I highly recommend visiting Medlock Ames if you haven't been and make sure you also try Shed!
We visited Tokyo in March and Alex shot a lot of random footage. He compiled it into a typical travel montage, but then had some fun experimenting with a voiceover, and turned it into this weird little travel programme. He thought it'd be an interesting way to make, what is essentially a personal travel diary, into something more widely accessible. We both love Tokyo, and hopefully this video captures that and inspires you to take a trip to this wonderful place!
Photos by Alex Cornell
A few random shots during our 7-day vacation in Tokyo. We stayed at the Capitol Hotel and the Park Hyatt - both incredible choices. We visited famous districts like Shibuya, Harajuku, Roppongi, Shinjuku, Shimokitazawa, Aoyoma, and Nakameguro. We also went shopping at Omotesando, La Foret, and Cat Street. For food, we had tasty ramen at Menya Musashi in Shinjuku and ate the best omakase (similar to Jiro) at Sushi Ichi, located in Ginza. We went to Robot Restaurant -- the most bazaar experience I have ever had. We also dined at New York Grill and had drinks at the bar, where much of the movie Lost in Translation was filmed. We saw the best views of Tokyo there, along with Mori Tower and Tokyo Skyree. And finally, we visited old landmarks like Meiji Shrine and Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden where we were so lucky to see the beautiful cherry blossoms in full bloom. There is so much to do, we didn't get to all the attractions but this is definitely a good place to start if you plan to go!
The likelihood of experiencing Shibuya, this empty, is pretty rare. Jet lag does have it's benefits, like in this case, a perfect photo opportunity -- crowd-free. But the downside of having such an early start is that nothing is open until 11am, so most mornings were spent aimlessly walking around while everything was closed. By Day 3 we learned our lesson and paced ourselves with a mega-breakfast -- a must in Tokyo, as you need all the energy you can get for all the walking required. My favorites were the buffets at the Captiol Hotel, the Cerulean Tower and of course, the Park Hyatt. Japan surprised me with its obsession for pastries; I must've stuffed myself with enough croissants to power me through the entire trip.
My first visit to Japan was in 2003 — right before I became obsessed with Lost in Translation. We visited again last month, and got to stay at the Park Hyatt where much of the film took place. It was just as enchanting as I’ve always imagined.
The pictures above were taken at the New York Bar. The food there was excellent, the atmosphere was amazing, and the views were absolutely breathtaking -- it’s definitely a must if you’re visiting Tokyo. It's easy to find yourself lost, pretending what it was like when when Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson were there, retracing scenes from a movie that left such a lasting impression even 10 years later.
I had such a pleasant experience staying at the Delano in South Beach. The atmosphere here is so stylish and the all-white decor makes everything feel very dreamy; and the pool is so pretty -- it's really such a gorgeous hotel. You can't beat the location - it's right along the beach, near all the action and not too far from OLA, the restaurant that serves the best corn empanadas.
During my stay in Miami, I attended a beautiful wedding and love this dress I wore for that occasion. I do have a love/hate relationship with these open-back dresses, though. I'm attracted to how delicate it looks, they're very sexy and feminine. But the problem is the straps are so thin and the material is so sheer, it makes it tricky for undergarments. Fortunately, I discovered these and they're simply the best solution for this kind of outfit.
This past weekend, on my trip to Miami, I was able to finish a book by one of my favorite bloggers, Leandra Medine from Man Repeller. Certainly one of my highlights since her writing is so clever and witty. It was really such an easy and enjoyable read on the beach.
Since January, I've become a bit of a beach-snob after being spoiled with the crystal clear waters in Palawan. It's a little unfair to expect Miami to contend with that, but at the same time the saturation of people on the beaches was so overwhelming, it's hard not to draw that parallel of how drastically different the two places are.
Nonetheless, Miami from my memory has always been in the Awesome category of Place I've Been To And Look Forward To Returning, so I was very excited to be back. Plus, I had a few beachy pieces that didn't make an appearance in the Philippines and Miami was the perfect place to channel the diva-inspired attire!
However in this case, the embroidered kimono + bandeau top + leopard print bottom + half-tinted-sunglasses combo were apparently so "man-repelling" to my own boyfriend, he despised every second the morning I sported that get up.
Although his reaction was neither shocking and in fact, based on the book I just finished reading, his response was pretty spot on. If you need further instructions on how to do this, Man Repeller's book, Seeking Love. Finding Overalls is full of good examples.
Here are a few photos taken from the Griffith Observatory on my latest trip to LA, about a month ago -- shortly after we returned back from the Philippines. This place has the best views of the city, and I was very surprised it was my first time visiting. As a Los Angeles regular, it's always fun exploring new parts and some exciting discoveries I made on this trip included: the Beverly Hills Soul Cycle studio, a new favorite LA instructor name Lauren, tasty tofu tacos from James Beach in Venice, and a super cool neighborhood - Silver Lake. Don't get me wrong -- I do like my routines so there was a mandatory bread pudding stop at Urth Cafe, a coffee break from Alfred's, and dinner + drinks at Chateau Marmont!