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I don't know about you but I've always had trouble finding the right sport bra... until now! I have a small chest and finding something that fits and feels comfortable while working out (or in my case, rock climbing) is nearly impossible. The smaller bras are too tight/ hard to take off and the bigger ones are too spacious in the chest.

Luckily, Reebok created the PureMove sport bra! It even made TIME’s “Best Inventions” list, earning its place as one of the most awarded sports bras of 2018. The first of its kind, PureMove features unique Motion Sense Technology. In other words, it reacts to your movement. Shear-thickening fluid (STF) plays a key role in PureMove’s Motion Sense technology where the fabric stiffens on the treadmill and releases when, for example, you hang it in the locker room, providing support AND comfort. Wow ok, that's something else! My favorite part of the PureMove sport bra, however, is the free cut edge design.

As a climber, I need all the flexibility and comfort I can get and this minimalistic second-skin fit allows me to move freely. It almost feels like I am not wearing a sport bra at all!

Shop the bra here!
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*This post is sponsored by Reebok; all thoughts an opinions are my own.

Let's Move with Reebok

March 13, 2019

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I don't know about you but I've always had trouble finding the right sport bra... until now! I have a small chest and finding something that fits and feels comfortable while working out (or in my case, rock climbing) is nearly impossible. The smaller bras are too tight/ hard to take off and the bigger ones are too spacious in the chest.

Luckily, Reebok created the PureMove sport bra! It even made TIME’s “Best Inventions” list, earning its place as one of the most awarded sports bras of 2018. The first of its kind, PureMove features unique Motion Sense Technology. In other words, it reacts to your movement. Shear-thickening fluid (STF) plays a key role in PureMove’s Motion Sense technology where the fabric stiffens on the treadmill and releases when, for example, you hang it in the locker room, providing support AND comfort. Wow ok, that's something else! My favorite part of the PureMove sport bra, however, is the free cut edge design.

As a climber, I need all the flexibility and comfort I can get and this minimalistic second-skin fit allows me to move freely. It almost feels like I am not wearing a sport bra at all!

Shop the bra here!
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*This post is sponsored by Reebok; all thoughts an opinions are my own.
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For the most part, my skin is pretty clear and I am lucky that I don't have any major issues. However, I wish my pores were smaller. I am excited to give Clarins Pore Control Serum a try and see how its firming Vine Flower cells and mattifying Organic Strawberry Tree fruit extracts can help me tighten and refine my pores! Because you know... Serum is important! Unlike moisturizer, serum usually includes active ingredients that bring antioxidants to the skin and restore cell growth. Clarins Pore Control Serum contains Tamarind which naturally exfoliates pores to help smooth and refine skin's texture for a boost of radiance. I use it each morning and night and it's quickly becoming part of my beauty routine. The application tip also makes it easy to use, I warm it between my palms and then apply to my entire face, following with a moisturizer. I've been using it for a few months now and my skin is definitely smoother and more radiant! This is going to be a stable in my beauty regimen from here on...
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* This post is sponsored by Clarins, but all opinions and photography are my own.

Clarins: Serum SOS

March 11, 2019

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For the most part, my skin is pretty clear and I am lucky that I don't have any major issues. However, I wish my pores were smaller. I am excited to give Clarins Pore Control Serum a try and see how its firming Vine Flower cells and mattifying Organic Strawberry Tree fruit extracts can help me tighten and refine my pores! Because you know... Serum is important! Unlike moisturizer, serum usually includes active ingredients that bring antioxidants to the skin and restore cell growth. Clarins Pore Control Serum contains Tamarind which naturally exfoliates pores to help smooth and refine skin's texture for a boost of radiance. I use it each morning and night and it's quickly becoming part of my beauty routine. The application tip also makes it easy to use, I warm it between my palms and then apply to my entire face, following with a moisturizer. I've been using it for a few months now and my skin is definitely smoother and more radiant! This is going to be a stable in my beauty regimen from here on...
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* This post is sponsored by Clarins, but all opinions and photography are my own.
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A couple of post back, I shared with you a casual beach date in collaboration with Lucky Brand. Today I am sharing with you a fancier occasion. As much as we love being in touch with nature, Mark and I can also appreciate dressing up and going to the movies and concerts. Since we both have a sweet tooth, we stopped by La Tropézienne on La Brea for some of our favorite French pastries before heading to the movies. Not only does this heart shaped macaron with raspberries and cream filling look good, it also tastes good! LA has cooled down a bit with the rain lately and this blush pink teddy coat is just perfect for gloomy days! I paired it with a dotted blouse, black denim and haircalf booties, and a cute circle bag. Mark is wearing a speckled button up (I love this on him) and a pair of pearl gray skinny jeans. And lastly, if you haven't checked out my post over on the Lucky Insider Blog, you should totally do that!
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On Mark:

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* This post is sponsored by Lucky Brand, but all opinions and photography are my own.

Love Is Sweet

February 22, 2019

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A couple of post back, I shared with you a casual beach date in collaboration with Lucky Brand. Today I am sharing with you a fancier occasion. As much as we love being in touch with nature, Mark and I can also appreciate dressing up and going to the movies and concerts. Since we both have a sweet tooth, we stopped by La Tropézienne on La Brea for some of our favorite French pastries before heading to the movies. Not only does this heart shaped macaron with raspberries and cream filling look good, it also tastes good! LA has cooled down a bit with the rain lately and this blush pink teddy coat is just perfect for gloomy days! I paired it with a dotted blouse, black denim and haircalf booties, and a cute circle bag. Mark is wearing a speckled button up (I love this on him) and a pair of pearl gray skinny jeans. And lastly, if you haven't checked out my post over on the Lucky Insider Blog, you should totally do that!
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On me:

On Mark:

Shop our looks:




* This post is sponsored by Lucky Brand, but all opinions and photography are my own.
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... until the right one comes along.

It took me nearly three years to write this story, but here goes.

Three years ago, I went through a major heartbreak. I was engaged to someone whom I was with for over 10 years, someone I met freshman year of college, someone who eventually left me for someone else he was having an affair with for months. When I found out, I didn't leave. I forgave him and, now looking back, begged him to stay. We went to counseling but four months later, he left (they are now married). That day, he called my mom to tell her to tell me that he wasn't coming home. Just like that, he was gone. I was devastated, my world fell apart. I was crying everyday for months but eventually I had to try to move on. I soon realized that I held onto that relationship for way longer than I should have but at least I can say I gave it my best.

I downloaded ALL the apps (Tinder, Bumble, Raya and Hinge) and began dating again pretty quickly. I was obviously not over my relationship and so I was dating all the wrong guys. Not gonna lie, I can't even tell you how many dates I've been on in the last two years. There was this period where I went on 7 dates in 5 days. How? I don't even know! Dating was easy, but finding someone on the same page as you is very rare. Most of them only lasted 2-3 dates, the few whom lasted 3-4 months eventually 1) realized he wasn't over his ex 2) decided that work is his priority 3) was intimidated by my success 4) used me 5) "didn't know what he wanted". I was disappointed and discouraged, to the point where I would say "I hate men."

Truth is... I wasn't ready to date, hence I was attracting guys who were also not ready. I jumped right into the dating pool after my break up because I was afraid to be alone and I thought distracting myself with other guys would be a way for me to heal. Man, was I wrong!

Fast forward to sometimes during January of last year, I had just gotten back from spending two weeks by myself in Paris. I was happier about being in LA and I felt like I got this whole dating app thing out of my system. I was still dating but I was much pickier with whom I was having a conversation with and I wouldn't easily meet up with people. Mark and I matched on Bumble and we were briefly talking until he wrote "I am going to be off the app for an indefinite period of time..." We haven't met in person and we only chatted for a few days so I thought, "Ok thanks for letting me know but I don't really care." Fast forward 7 months later in August, I received a message in my Bumble inbox from him saying hello. We started talking again. Apparently he had gotten off the app because he was dating another girl and wanted to give it a shot. That is something super rare with guys on dating apps nowadays so I totally respected and appreciated that. Mark and I decided to meet and went on a date. I had a lovely time but I was also casually seeing someone else which I was stupidly infatuated with. So when Mark asked me out again the next day, I said I just wanted to be friends. He said ok. Long story short... over that weekend, the other guy I was interested in totally flaked on me and I was, of course, DEVASTATED. Somehow, I ended up telling Mark about this guy. At that same exact time, a bird had flew into my kitchen window and I was also telling Mark about the bird. I sent him a photo of the bird sitting on my kitchen counter and he told me it was a morning dove. I calmed down as I was talking to him and an hour later the bird peacefully flew out the window. Googled symbolism of dove. Yes, it was a sign. And that night, he asked me out again and the rest is history.

It's been a long time coming. Right away, I knew it was different. It was easy. Not once did I doubt/question his intention. Before we know it, we were inseparable. Two months later, I was making pancake one morning and I jokingly said "What if I drop this bowl and it splatters everywhere?" Mark responded, "Then I would break up with you." And I was like, "We are together?"

Everything really does happen for a reason. Looking back now, I am so glad I didn't end up marrying that guy. I definitely dodged a bullet! And if it wasn't for all the other guys that didn't work out, I would have never found Mark. Every fling/relationship helped me figure out what I want, what I like, and what I shouldn't tolerate. I guess I am sharing all of this with you because I want you to know that heartbreaks take time to heal and that it is absolutely ok to be sad and angry. You are going to feel all sorts of emotion and that's ok. Feel all the feels, focus on yourself, discover new things about yourself. And when you are ready to date, have no expectations. These are things you can't rush or force. When you do meet the right person, you will know and so will he. It will just work.

Love Isn't Easy...

February 14, 2019

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... until the right one comes along.

It took me nearly three years to write this story, but here goes.

Three years ago, I went through a major heartbreak. I was engaged to someone whom I was with for over 10 years, someone I met freshman year of college, someone who eventually left me for someone else he was having an affair with for months. When I found out, I didn't leave. I forgave him and, now looking back, begged him to stay. We went to counseling but four months later, he left (they are now married). That day, he called my mom to tell her to tell me that he wasn't coming home. Just like that, he was gone. I was devastated, my world fell apart. I was crying everyday for months but eventually I had to try to move on. I soon realized that I held onto that relationship for way longer than I should have but at least I can say I gave it my best.

I downloaded ALL the apps (Tinder, Bumble, Raya and Hinge) and began dating again pretty quickly. I was obviously not over my relationship and so I was dating all the wrong guys. Not gonna lie, I can't even tell you how many dates I've been on in the last two years. There was this period where I went on 7 dates in 5 days. How? I don't even know! Dating was easy, but finding someone on the same page as you is very rare. Most of them only lasted 2-3 dates, the few whom lasted 3-4 months eventually 1) realized he wasn't over his ex 2) decided that work is his priority 3) was intimidated by my success 4) used me 5) "didn't know what he wanted". I was disappointed and discouraged, to the point where I would say "I hate men."

Truth is... I wasn't ready to date, hence I was attracting guys who were also not ready. I jumped right into the dating pool after my break up because I was afraid to be alone and I thought distracting myself with other guys would be a way for me to heal. Man, was I wrong!

Fast forward to sometimes during January of last year, I had just gotten back from spending two weeks by myself in Paris. I was happier about being in LA and I felt like I got this whole dating app thing out of my system. I was still dating but I was much pickier with whom I was having a conversation with and I wouldn't easily meet up with people. Mark and I matched on Bumble and we were briefly talking until he wrote "I am going to be off the app for an indefinite period of time..." We haven't met in person and we only chatted for a few days so I thought, "Ok thanks for letting me know but I don't really care." Fast forward 7 months later in August, I received a message in my Bumble inbox from him saying hello. We started talking again. Apparently he had gotten off the app because he was dating another girl and wanted to give it a shot. That is something super rare with guys on dating apps nowadays so I totally respected and appreciated that. Mark and I decided to meet and went on a date. I had a lovely time but I was also casually seeing someone else which I was stupidly infatuated with. So when Mark asked me out again the next day, I said I just wanted to be friends. He said ok. Long story short... over that weekend, the other guy I was interested in totally flaked on me and I was, of course, DEVASTATED. Somehow, I ended up telling Mark about this guy. At that same exact time, a bird had flew into my kitchen window and I was also telling Mark about the bird. I sent him a photo of the bird sitting on my kitchen counter and he told me it was a morning dove. I calmed down as I was talking to him and an hour later the bird peacefully flew out the window. Googled symbolism of dove. Yes, it was a sign. And that night, he asked me out again and the rest is history.

It's been a long time coming. Right away, I knew it was different. It was easy. Not once did I doubt/question his intention. Before we know it, we were inseparable. Two months later, I was making pancake one morning and I jokingly said "What if I drop this bowl and it splatters everywhere?" Mark responded, "Then I would break up with you." And I was like, "We are together?"

Everything really does happen for a reason. Looking back now, I am so glad I didn't end up marrying that guy. I definitely dodged a bullet! And if it wasn't for all the other guys that didn't work out, I would have never found Mark. Every fling/relationship helped me figure out what I want, what I like, and what I shouldn't tolerate. I guess I am sharing all of this with you because I want you to know that heartbreaks take time to heal and that it is absolutely ok to be sad and angry. You are going to feel all sorts of emotion and that's ok. Feel all the feels, focus on yourself, discover new things about yourself. And when you are ready to date, have no expectations. These are things you can't rush or force. When you do meet the right person, you will know and so will he. It will just work.
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This year, Mark and I are so excited to celebrate our first Valentine's Day together that we teamed up with Lucky Brand to share with you some of our favorite date ideas in LA!

You can see my post over on their Lucky Insider Blog here.

If you and your significant other love being outside and celebrate in a more casual way, sunset on the beach can never go wrong. Although Santa Monica and Venice Beach are popular, these spots can be quite crowded and packed with tourists. I suggest going a little south to Playa del Rey where the beach is just as nice but it's much more low key and private. For this casual day look, I am wearing a cute embroidered peasant blouse, skinny jeans, and this amazing floral trim wool hat... Because you know, the beach gets windy and I gotta keep that hair off my face when I go in for a smooch! As for Mark, he is wearing a soft knit top, corduroy jeans and these super cool olive suede leather boots. Whether you are celebrating Valentine's Day or Galentine's Day, I hope it's a fun and memorable one!
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On me:
Embroidered peasant blouse c/o Lucky Brand
Ava skinny jeans c/o Lucky Brand
Floral trim wool hat c/o Lucky Brand
Leather circle crossbody bag c/o Lucky Brand

On Mark:
Knit top c/o Lucky Brand
Skinny corduroy jeans c/o Lucky Brand
Suede leather boots c/o Lucky Brand
Wire bridge sunglasses c/o Lucky Brand

Shop our looks:


* This post is sponsored by Lucky Brand, but all opinions and photography are my own.

Love Is In The Air

February 12, 2019

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This year, Mark and I are so excited to celebrate our first Valentine's Day together that we teamed up with Lucky Brand to share with you some of our favorite date ideas in LA!

You can see my post over on their Lucky Insider Blog here.

If you and your significant other love being outside and celebrate in a more casual way, sunset on the beach can never go wrong. Although Santa Monica and Venice Beach are popular, these spots can be quite crowded and packed with tourists. I suggest going a little south to Playa del Rey where the beach is just as nice but it's much more low key and private. For this casual day look, I am wearing a cute embroidered peasant blouse, skinny jeans, and this amazing floral trim wool hat... Because you know, the beach gets windy and I gotta keep that hair off my face when I go in for a smooch! As for Mark, he is wearing a soft knit top, corduroy jeans and these super cool olive suede leather boots. Whether you are celebrating Valentine's Day or Galentine's Day, I hope it's a fun and memorable one!
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On me:
Embroidered peasant blouse c/o Lucky Brand
Ava skinny jeans c/o Lucky Brand
Floral trim wool hat c/o Lucky Brand
Leather circle crossbody bag c/o Lucky Brand

On Mark:
Knit top c/o Lucky Brand
Skinny corduroy jeans c/o Lucky Brand
Suede leather boots c/o Lucky Brand
Wire bridge sunglasses c/o Lucky Brand

Shop our looks:


* This post is sponsored by Lucky Brand, but all opinions and photography are my own.
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I was drafting an Instagram post when I began listing all the skincare, makeup and hair products I am currently using (and loving) and thought to myself, "Wait a sec, I should write a beauty post!" So here I am! When it comes to my beauty routine, I am fairly low maintenance and believe it or not, it usually only takes me about 15-20 minute to get ready. It certainly helps that I am a shower-at-night person because washing and blow-drying my hair at night saves me 20 min in the morning. Strangely but fortunately, my hair behaves when I sleep so I only need to brush it real quick when I wake up.

For my daily skincare, I am currently using Clarins Pore Control Serum along with Freck Rich Bitch Cactus + Vitamin C Moisturizer and the So Jelly Cactus Eye Jelly. I really love how light and fresh these smell!

For makeup... I swear by Bobbi Brown when it comes to foundation and concealer! I use Skin Long Wear Foundation SPF 15 in Natural and Skin Foundation Stick in Warm Beige. I contour with Benefit Hoola Matte Bronzer and highlight with The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer Highlighter. For blush, I am obsessed with Lilah B. Lip & Cheek Duo in Beige/Nude. It's so creamy and pigmented yet super light and last all day! As for brows... oh man... I am TERRIBLE at drawing my brows (I got microbladed long time ago but I need to do that again soon!) but I don't seem to have any trouble using Total Temptation Brow Definer by Maybelline. For my eyes, I usually don't do ANYTHING with them unless I am going out or doing something fancy because my lash extension from Blink Bar is simply magical and I don't need any eye makeup. However, when I go out to a nice dinner or an event, then I use either the Dolce Vita Luxury Palette by Charlotte Tilbury or the Urban Decay Cherry Naked Palette and finish off with a cat eye using Fenty Flyliner Liquid Eyeliner. Is it odd that I only use liquid when it comes to eyeliner? Anything else won't last on my eyes and I've used only liquid eyeliners since I was a teenager. Mascara, on the other hand, is completely out of the picture ever since I go to Blink Bar for my volume lash extension. Seriously, it changed my life! Lipstick... is also not really in my life anymore. These days I mainly use Clarins Light Lip Comfort Oil because it's glossy, has a tint of color, and smells sooo good. If I am going to an event, then I usually rock some red lips.



Moving onto hair! Ever since I got my blunt bob and a new color, I've been obsessed! It's only been three weeks but I can't even imagine myself with long hair now. Crazy right? To keep my rosy blonde hair cool, I use Amika Bust Your Brass Cool Blonde Shampoo and Conditioner once a week. Other days, I use Kérastase Densify Shampoo and Conditioner. I apply Kérastase Lait de Soie Blow-dry Hair Milk before blow-drying my hair. Containing both coconut oil and Moroccan Argan oil, it controls frizz, detangles, and protects hair from heat. I wash my hair once every two days and the dry shampoo by Klorane keeps my hair feeling fresh in between wash. I've used a fair share of dry shampoos and this one is by far the best! Lastly, for styling and volume, I alternate between Living Proof Dry Volume Blast and Ouai Volume Spray.


Beauty Routine: Skincare + Makeup + Hair

February 3, 2019

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I was drafting an Instagram post when I began listing all the skincare, makeup and hair products I am currently using (and loving) and thought to myself, "Wait a sec, I should write a beauty post!" So here I am! When it comes to my beauty routine, I am fairly low maintenance and believe it or not, it usually only takes me about 15-20 minute to get ready. It certainly helps that I am a shower-at-night person because washing and blow-drying my hair at night saves me 20 min in the morning. Strangely but fortunately, my hair behaves when I sleep so I only need to brush it real quick when I wake up.

For my daily skincare, I am currently using Clarins Pore Control Serum along with Freck Rich Bitch Cactus + Vitamin C Moisturizer and the So Jelly Cactus Eye Jelly. I really love how light and fresh these smell!

For makeup... I swear by Bobbi Brown when it comes to foundation and concealer! I use Skin Long Wear Foundation SPF 15 in Natural and Skin Foundation Stick in Warm Beige. I contour with Benefit Hoola Matte Bronzer and highlight with The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer Highlighter. For blush, I am obsessed with Lilah B. Lip & Cheek Duo in Beige/Nude. It's so creamy and pigmented yet super light and last all day! As for brows... oh man... I am TERRIBLE at drawing my brows (I got microbladed long time ago but I need to do that again soon!) but I don't seem to have any trouble using Total Temptation Brow Definer by Maybelline. For my eyes, I usually don't do ANYTHING with them unless I am going out or doing something fancy because my lash extension from Blink Bar is simply magical and I don't need any eye makeup. However, when I go out to a nice dinner or an event, then I use either the Dolce Vita Luxury Palette by Charlotte Tilbury or the Urban Decay Cherry Naked Palette and finish off with a cat eye using Fenty Flyliner Liquid Eyeliner. Is it odd that I only use liquid when it comes to eyeliner? Anything else won't last on my eyes and I've used only liquid eyeliners since I was a teenager. Mascara, on the other hand, is completely out of the picture ever since I go to Blink Bar for my volume lash extension. Seriously, it changed my life! Lipstick... is also not really in my life anymore. These days I mainly use Clarins Light Lip Comfort Oil because it's glossy, has a tint of color, and smells sooo good. If I am going to an event, then I usually rock some red lips.



Moving onto hair! Ever since I got my blunt bob and a new color, I've been obsessed! It's only been three weeks but I can't even imagine myself with long hair now. Crazy right? To keep my rosy blonde hair cool, I use Amika Bust Your Brass Cool Blonde Shampoo and Conditioner once a week. Other days, I use Kérastase Densify Shampoo and Conditioner. I apply Kérastase Lait de Soie Blow-dry Hair Milk before blow-drying my hair. Containing both coconut oil and Moroccan Argan oil, it controls frizz, detangles, and protects hair from heat. I wash my hair once every two days and the dry shampoo by Klorane keeps my hair feeling fresh in between wash. I've used a fair share of dry shampoos and this one is by far the best! Lastly, for styling and volume, I alternate between Living Proof Dry Volume Blast and Ouai Volume Spray.


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How did I go from being a non-coffee drinker to needing a cup every morning before I can even function? Hotel Paradox sure knew how to get us ready each day with some espresso. This was not my first time staying at this property, years ago when I was living in Santa Cruz (for five years) I had a little staycation here. I loved it so much that I came back, this time with my boyfriend and two dogs! They even had a little welcome board in the lobby with the dogs' names, it was so cute and we felt so welcomed! Santa Cruz was the last stop of our holiday road trip before heading back home in LA and we sure had a wonderful stay. Thanks for having us, Hotel Paradox!
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Hotel Paradox, Santa Cruz

January 18, 2019

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How did I go from being a non-coffee drinker to needing a cup every morning before I can even function? Hotel Paradox sure knew how to get us ready each day with some espresso. This was not my first time staying at this property, years ago when I was living in Santa Cruz (for five years) I had a little staycation here. I loved it so much that I came back, this time with my boyfriend and two dogs! They even had a little welcome board in the lobby with the dogs' names, it was so cute and we felt so welcomed! Santa Cruz was the last stop of our holiday road trip before heading back home in LA and we sure had a wonderful stay. Thanks for having us, Hotel Paradox!
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I sprinted to the window the second I stepped into my room at the new Stanford Court. The view! My oh my! It was so beautiful that I made sure I was there to catch every sunset the two days I was there! Having grown up in Hong Kong with high rises, being up high is a bit nostalgic for me and I love it. Besides the view, our room also had great tech amenities, super cute bathroom and comfiest bed. We also love how the hotel is centrally located, right by Grace Cathedral and just up the hill from Union Square and Chinatown. And the breakfast buffet was amazing too! Omelettes, scrambles, bacons, sausages, pancakes, fruits, and all sorts of pastries! You name it, they had it! Getting a substantial breakfast each morning was crucial for heading out for action-packed days. Thank you Stanford Court for having us!
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Stanford Court, San Francisco

January 12, 2019

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I sprinted to the window the second I stepped into my room at the new Stanford Court. The view! My oh my! It was so beautiful that I made sure I was there to catch every sunset the two days I was there! Having grown up in Hong Kong with high rises, being up high is a bit nostalgic for me and I love it. Besides the view, our room also had great tech amenities, super cute bathroom and comfiest bed. We also love how the hotel is centrally located, right by Grace Cathedral and just up the hill from Union Square and Chinatown. And the breakfast buffet was amazing too! Omelettes, scrambles, bacons, sausages, pancakes, fruits, and all sorts of pastries! You name it, they had it! Getting a substantial breakfast each morning was crucial for heading out for action-packed days. Thank you Stanford Court for having us!
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We drove through Big Sur in the rain and arrived in Carmel on Christmas' Eve. My first impression of Hotel Carmel when we pulled up was how incredibly charming it was with its black and white aesthetic and greenery everywhere. Yes, it was cold and rainy (we were also starving) but Hotel Carmel kept things cozy by greeting us with a beautiful cheese plate and wine which we enjoyed on our balcony. In the morning, we sipped coffee and juices and loved the bagel bar (the pesto and bacon cream cheese were sooo delicious) in the lobby which was absolutely adorable. After spending a long day exploring Monterey and Carmel, we had dinner at the hotel's restaurant Brophy's Tavern on Christmas. For drinks, I had the Smoky Rita while Mark had the Hotty Scotty which I couldn't stop stealing sips of! Orange spice tea, honey, lemon, fireball whisky and bitters... Yum! We also had the steak salad and fish and chips. We had such a lovely stay at Hotel Carmel, will definitely be back soon! Oh did I also mention it is walking distance to downtown (the main street of Carmel) and the beach? So convenient!
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Hotel Carmel, Carmel-by-the-Sea

January 11, 2019

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We drove through Big Sur in the rain and arrived in Carmel on Christmas' Eve. My first impression of Hotel Carmel when we pulled up was how incredibly charming it was with its black and white aesthetic and greenery everywhere. Yes, it was cold and rainy (we were also starving) but Hotel Carmel kept things cozy by greeting us with a beautiful cheese plate and wine which we enjoyed on our balcony. In the morning, we sipped coffee and juices and loved the bagel bar (the pesto and bacon cream cheese were sooo delicious) in the lobby which was absolutely adorable. After spending a long day exploring Monterey and Carmel, we had dinner at the hotel's restaurant Brophy's Tavern on Christmas. For drinks, I had the Smoky Rita while Mark had the Hotty Scotty which I couldn't stop stealing sips of! Orange spice tea, honey, lemon, fireball whisky and bitters... Yum! We also had the steak salad and fish and chips. We had such a lovely stay at Hotel Carmel, will definitely be back soon! Oh did I also mention it is walking distance to downtown (the main street of Carmel) and the beach? So convenient!
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