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Costa Rica Street Style

December 29, 2015

costa rica street style jumpsuitJumpsuit: Ella Moss (Kona print sold out, other prints available here) // Shoes: Michael Antonio (sold out, similar) // Bag: Rebecca Minkoff // Sunglasses: Burberry // Necklace: Topshop (sold out, similar)

Many of you know I recently traveled to Costa Rica. You can read my trip highlights here! For most of the trip we were traveling through the rainforests and volcanos, and we did not get to a big city until the end of our trip. We spent two nights in San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica. Like most urban centers, it has the restaurants, nightlife, museums/theaters, and other attractions. It is a vibrant city with beautiful historic buildings and architecture. I was excited to explore the downtown area in my Ella Moss jumpsuit. I had purchased this a few months ago but had never worn it. The fabric is soft and lightweight–perfect for 80 degrees weather–and I love that it has pockets. This Kona print I picked out is fun and easy to pair with different accessories and shoes. I can’t wait to wear this more next summer!

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costa rica street style jumpsuit

costa rica street style jumpsuit

While searching for this jumpsuit online to see if it’s still available to purchase, I came across with pictures of Selena Gomez wearing the same Ella Moss jumpsuit! Who wore it better?? 🙂

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Photo Credit: Spencer Liu

Lifestyle, Travel

Breathtaking Costa Rica

December 21, 2015

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I just got back from a wonderful trip to Costa Rica. What a beautiful country! I am excited to share some highlights and pictures from my trip! (Photo credit: Spencer Liu)

Tamarindo: Day 1-2

We flew into Liberia Airport and took a taxi to Tamarindo, a town in the Northern Pacific coast of Costa Rica. It has a lovely beach and is a great place for surfing. We spent the two days exploring and relaxing on the beach. The sunset was beautiful, but my favorite part was walking on the beach late at night. The beach was completely dark so it took a while for my eyes to adjust, but then I was able to see thousands of stars. I cannot remember the last time I looked up at the sky searching for stars!

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Arenal/La Fortuna: Day 3-5

We hired a driver to get to Arenal/La Fortuna. My advice to anyone traveling long distances in Costa Rica is to book a driver/shuttle/van/bus. Do NOT try to drive around on your own because the roads are very hard to drive on! The ride was so bumpy that I logged over 7k steps on my Fitbit while sitting!

The resort we stayed at was very nice! It had about 20 small houses/units, and a couple swimming pools and hot springs. Arenal was my favorite stop of the entire trip. I went paddle boarding for the first time. I was scared because I don’t know how to swim, but having a life jacket on helped. The scariest part was jumping off the boat when we were in the middle of Lake Arenal. It was difficult getting up on the paddle board in the beginning, but after doing it once it was a lot easier. I had a blast paddle boarding around the lake and I cannot wait to go paddle boarding again. We also visited Arenal Volcano, which was a very easy walk/hike to the outer edge, relaxed at the Baldi Hot Springs, and went on a safari rafting trip. We saw many species of birds, monkeys, cows, and beautiful trees/plants.

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Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel

Effortless Beach Look, and Goodbye Summer!

September 17, 2015

IMG_3629Pants: 1. State (now 40% off!) | Laced Top: Zara | Bucket Bag: Rebecca Minkoff | Hat: Target

I hope you’re all enjoying the last few days of summer. I am thrilled to have spent time in California before heading back to Chicago, where we only have about 20 days of fall and then 6 months of winter! These photos were taken at Lake Tahoe during sunset. The weather was perfect and the place was simply beautiful.

The summer flew by, and I am now back in Chicago finishing up my last year of graduate school. How are you guys spending your last few days of summer?? What are you looking forward to this fall?

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Lifestyle, Travel

Trek to Maggies Peak

September 14, 2015

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During our visit to Lake Tahoe, we hiked to Maggies Peak. It was absolutely beautiful, but it was the toughest hike I’ve ever done! Maggies Peak is located in the Desolation Wilderness in West Lake Tahoe at 8,699 feet. The hike was about 2.5 hours straight uphill! On top of the peak, we were able to view Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe, and Granite Lake.

My brother’s puppy, Balto, had a blast hiking with us. It was wagging its tail with tongue out the entire trip. It probably hiked 3x the distance as us because it kept running around chasing things. It was a long day of hiking, I logged close to 20,000 steps on my Fitbit! The hike was tough but it was a great sense of accomplishment at the end!

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Hiking and Eating Through Portland

September 11, 2015

IMG_3286Cannon Beach, Oregon

Over the years I have heard many great things about Portland, and my first visit to this city did not disappoint. Ted and I had a great time hiking and eating through the Portland area. Here are some highlights from our trip!

Hiking:

Oswald West State Park Neahkahnie Mountain was about 3 miles with an elevation gain of 840 feet. The day we went the trail was practically empty!  Once we got to the top, the view was beautiful and we were able to see Neahkahnie Beach, Manzanita and the Pacific Ocean.

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Speechless for Seattle

September 8, 2015

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My husband, Ted, and I are absolutely in love with Seattle! It was our first visit to this breathtaking city and it exceeded every expectation. I love the energy of the city and everything a big city has to offer, and I love the countless getaway options when one needs some peace and quiet. Here are some highlights from our trip:

Day 1:

We stayed two nights at the W in downtown Seattle. The W is in a fantastic location–walking distance to restaurants, shops, Pike Place Market, etc. We explored Pike Place Market, had a late lunch with Ted’s cousin at Japonessa Sushi, watched the Minnesota Gopher football game, and had dinner with another cousin at Din Tai Fung, an amazing restaurant specializing in xiaolongbao. There are a few locations worldwide, with one of the restaurants awarded one Michelin Star. There were 8 of us at dinner and we ordered family style, so I got to try at least 15 different dishes! We ended the night with Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream.

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