Visuals | Car Camping

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Rejection. Isolation. Exclusion. It is these emotional battles I face as I simultaneously undertake living out of my car four days a week this summer. I'm working up in the mountains for the season, and due to a fragmented friendship, the previous living situation I'd worked out for it also fell apart.

So what's a girl to do? Hike up her big girl pants and find a new solution. I'm grateful my dad helped me build the platform for my car, because it really makes this whole thing work. That's right - for the three or four days I'm up there, I camp out in my car. Complete with hipster lights and curtains. Because if I'm going to live in a space, you can bet I'm gonna make it as damn cute as possible.

Thankfully, my husky Yuki keeps me good company, as well as attracting more dog-friendly company. If you haven't been following me on Instagram or Snapchat (ahem, you can fix that now@the_dragonfruit), I adopted a sweet little husky a few months ago and named her Yuki (it means "snow" in Japanese). She's basically been my best friend and cuddle buddy since.

I've spent a lot of down time working on my photography and writing while wrestling with emotional battles I've never faced before (sooo much growth happening in my life, that's for sure). Let me say, having a creative outlet has never been such a relief. Thank goodness for the gift of art!

What are you favorite outlets during stressful or emotional times?

Travel Visuals | Aruba

Sunday, July 9, 2017

"Aruba, Jamaica, ooooh, I wanna take ya!"

Aruba was a whirlwind, two-day trip that will definitely be one rich with spontaneous memories. Nothing planned, a forgotten wallet, multiple delayed flights, and sleeping overnight at the airport led to our last minute decision, and I believe it was meant to be.

We met flamingos, marveled at crystal clear waves, crashed an exclusive resort, rented an ATV, and went bouncing through the unexpected desert scenery. Cacti are as abundant as palm trees. With encouragement, I pursued a conversation with a local that turned into a night of dancing till 3 AM with new friends. We learned how to salsa, bachata, and meringue. We fought back sleep to stay up and talk about dreams, ambition, politics, and many other things with people who were all but strangers - and yet, by the end, were more than that.

Aruba, you are certainly "one happy island" and I'm grateful I got to experience your unexpected beauty.

PS: Watch my vlog to get a closer look at our trip to Aruba!

OOTD: Feeling Vintage-Preppy

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Dress: c/o eShakti   //   Blouse: thrifted   //   Boots: Just Fab   //   Glasses: c/o Firmoo   //   Lipstick: MAC "Russian Red"
This is what happens when I scroll through too many Instagram feeds and blogs of cutesy, girly, vintage fashion bloggers. I get the craving to imitate them. And you know what's great about fashion? You can flip your look and mood with something as simple as a dress and lipstick.

5 Tips for Traveling Cheap

Saturday, May 20, 2017

1. Sign up for Scott's Cheap Flights

I just saw an e-mail the other day telling me about $400/$500 round trip flights to Tokyo during cherry blossom season. Um, what? If you want to see a little bit of everywhere and don't have one set place in mind, sign up for Scott's Cheap Flights to get notified of amazing deals for sites around the world! 

2. Take advantage of helpful travel apps

Ever heard of Hopper? I used this handy app a ton to find cheap flights and when the best time was to buy tickets. Of course, if you've followed along on my social medias, you'd know I've since upgraded to working at the airport, which has massively helped me travel cheaply. However! I booked quite a few trips before on Hopper, and I can definitely recommend it to everyone.

3. Live like a local and use AirBnb

I once took a two day trip to Mexico with a friend, and the total amount paid for my half of an AirBnb was $30. Trust me, AirBnb is sooo worth it, especially if you can split the cost with some travel buddies. Just make sure to find a place with a solid amount of positive reviews! If you want, use my AirBnb code (HERE) to save us both some money!

4. Don't be afraid of street vendors

One of my favorite ways to get a taste of the place I'm visiting (literally) is to buy treats and dishes from locals and street vendors. Some of the most delicious foods I've tried have come from the not-so-polished streets and alleys most tourists avoid. 

5. Take a certain amount out of your paycheck every time and save it for traveling.

There are apps created to help you do this (I hear Acorn is a great one!), but since I have a part time barista job, I usually take all the tips I make from my shift and stuff it in a wine bottle. Yes, a wine bottle. You know how impossible it is to dig that cash out when you're tempted to go shopping for clothes or makeup? You literally have to break the thing to get to your savings. It works great and stops me from making impulsive purchases. Not to mention, when I travel to another country I like taking physical cash to exchange.

I hope these little tips might have helped! What are your traveling hacks? Any trips planned?
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