Monday, October 9, 2017

How To Thrive Even Through The Fire


It's not all black and white....



These photos (along with the others with the same background) were taken by my girl Rolanda after an SF Picture Perfect event at The Women's Building in the Mission District.

The past few months (I could even say years) have been a challenging season for me. I am doing a lot better, but it's taken a lot of practicing of patience and self-love on my end to get through the fire. And by fire I mean depression, anxiety, fatigue, and recently eczema flare ups (I'll post more about my eczema separately). 

I'm very hard on myself. We've all heard the phrase "don't say to yourself what you wouldn't say to your friend," but it's a lot harder than it sounds. It's easy for me to stop myself from judging others, but it's so hard for me to stop judging myself and pointing fingers at my flaws...and I've come to realize that it's not all black and white. With whatever has been going on, I've learned that there are deeper rooted issues that it was caused by and that healing doesn't always happen overnight. And I've also learned that there is no healing without pain (and failure throughout the process).

It's been anything but easy, but it would be lying if I didn't say that I'M KILLIN' IT compared to yesterday, and I know that tomorrow will be better than today.

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Stop and Smell the Roses


We've all heard the expression "stop and smell the roses," but how many of us actually do it? My grandfather did.
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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

My First Time Visiting New York

When I started working a year ago, one of my goals was to visit New York within a year. Last week was my 1 year anniversary at my job, and I fulfilled my goal!!
It was my first time in NYC and experiencing the East Coast.

Pictured Above: Brooklyn Bridge
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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Mother's Day Weekend in LA

I love spending a weekend in LA - especially if I take a day or two off and make it a long weekend. It felt like a vacation!
This time around, I surprised my mom for Mother's Day. She actually got scared when she heard someone opening the door at 10PM (lol) and but was so happy to have me back home for a few days.

We celebrated on Saturday and spent the afternoon having brunch at The Cheesecake Factory in Marina del Rey.

Later on, I headed to Abbot Kinney Blvd. with my sister to have some quality sista-time.

Abbot Kinney Blvd. is quite possibly the trendiest street in L.A. & I would highly recommended visiting if you're in the area (lots of fun photo opps, too ;))

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Monday, July 4, 2016

Affordable & Versatile 4th of July Outfit

Happy Fourth of July from San Francisco!


This is my first fourth in SF and I love my outfit this year because it's perfectly fitting for the holiday but can also be worn on any other day.
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Saturday, June 25, 2016

5 Life Lessons I Learned as an Undergrad at UC Berkeley


Congratulations to all 2016 college grads! Here are some photos from my graduation photo shoot with the talented Victor Zhang. Email him if you're interested in booking with him and check out his website here.



Don't let the smile on my face in these photos fool you. The past two years at Berkeley were definitely not a walk in the park—I faced a lot of difficulties and challenges. I had many ups and downs and I'd love to share with you some of the things I've learned:


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Sunday, February 14, 2016

Valentine's Day Makeup

Happy Valentine's Day, my loves!


Here's a video of my makeup look for Valentine's Day. 
I'll be spending my day at The Musical Offering Café in Berkeley, CA. Every Sunday from 1:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M., they offer live music by The Town Quartet
Then at night I'll be attending another musical performance called Hand Eye, also in Berkeley.
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