I'm back from a long, but not long enough, trip to the Philippines! My mother is from Baguio City, so we usually try to make it out once every five years to visit family and what not. This time around I brought along my boyfriend to meet all my aunties, uncles, and cousins. When we weren't doing family stuff - reunion, wedding, baptism - we were out and about exploring the island!    

Sofitel Hotel, Manila: We stayed here for a few days at the beginning and end of our trip and it is seriously the most luxurious place I've ever stayed in Manila. They have an amazing lagoon style pool, big ass breakfast buffet, and fluffy soft beds. It was exactly what I needed before and after a grueling flight across the globe.

Pugad, La Union: I don't know why, maybe I was feeling brave, but I had my heart set on zip lining through the mountains while we were in the Philippines. Pugad was the perfect place to do it! They have three sets of zip lines set up so the entire adventure park could look up and see me screaming my ass off as I zipped past them. They also have ATVs, paintball, a zoo, and like ten different pools. It was the perfect place to spend a day with both my young and not so young cousins!  

Bomod-ok Falls, Sagada: In the many years that I've been going to the Philippines and of all the places I've seen, Sagada is hands down my favorite spot. It even beats the white sand beaches of Palawan in my book! It's a small, spiritual town that works hard to preserve tradition and culture despite being a popular tourist spot. It's so refreshing to experience, if only for a moment, a way of life that is so opposite to mine.       

Hundred Islands, Alaminos: I can't visit the Philippines without going to the beach! Although it's not quite as picturesque as Palawan, it was fun to spend a day island hopping, swimming with the fish, and soaking up the sun. 

Since this post is way too long already, I'll just leave you with a few quick tips to keep in mind if you ever visit the Philippines - which you obviously should. Don't drink the water. Don't eat raw oysters, or any other seemingly delicious raw seafood. Leave your heels at home. Spend a few more pesos on hiring a driver, it's worth it. When in doubt, buy an extra suitcase to bring your souvenirs home in. 



Happy hump day lovers and friends! Today my boyfriend and I officially celebrate our five year anniversary! Although, we already did plenty of celebrating over the weekend during our vacation in Palm Springs. By celebrating, I mean we mostly sat by the pool and drank fruity cocktails. What else is there to do in Palm Springs? That's a little harsh, there's actually some fun stuff to do in Palm Springs. Here are few of my favorite, non-pool-related activities from our trip:

Stuffing my face. The food scene in Palm Springs is a lot better than I remember. Or perhaps, eating on a sunny patio makes all food taste better? At any rate, Workshop Kitchen + Bar had some amazing cocktails. I had two rounds of the Matador - tequila with sweet pineapple and spicy serrano chile - and was feeling real good the rest of the night. For food, Copley's was my absolute favorite. The ambiance was romantic, the food was fresh, and the toffee & date english sticky pudding was so good I could slap myself.        

Acting wild in the west. Pioneer town is a fun little spot about 45 minutes outside of Palm Springs. This ghost town was once a living movie set, the outside served as a location for western films and the inside was open to the public as bowling alleys, motels, etc. Now, it's a cool place to take photos and practice your best outlaw impersonation. Pappy & Harriets, the local bar, is also a great spot to hear about juicy folklore from back in the day. 

Relaxing at the spa. Of course no vacation would be complete without a trip to the spa. I'm talking massage, sauna, watsu pool, cucumber water, the whole nine yards!

Sound Bath. We didn't actually get to experience the sound bath at Integratron this time around, as they were closed. But, I did it a few years ago and it was... indescribable. The whole history behind Integratron is fucking insane. It involves extraterrestrial beings, a geomagnetic vortex, and a mysterious death (possibly related to the CIA). Needless to say, if you're ever in Palm Springs, you have to try it!          



 Tobi cruising all night coat (gifted)// Aritzia sweater // Mother the looker jeans // Joes jeans boots // Jonathan Adler silk scarf

It has been a long and stressful couple of weeks, with no sign of things slowing down! On the days when I've honestly been too tired to even try, I've relied heavily on this moto jacket to help me look decent. That's the magic of a moto jacket! Normally dirty hair, raccoon eyes, and a grimy shirt are tell tale signs of some transient you want to avoid. But throw on a moto jacket and suddenly, that's not a transient, that's a rockstar!

The jacket is great for all this in-between weather we've been having in Seattle lately. If I had any backbone though, I would've gotten the jacket in the pretty powder blue color. But I'm too boring for that - ha!



Nordstrom stretch knit turtleneck // Aritzia cauchy pant // Loeffler Randall minetta boots //  Pour La Victoire elie mini crossbody bag // H&M faux fur stole

Here I go again, wearing the baggiest pants I can find! Honestly, I do this for health reasons. I can't just go around wearing skinny jeans everyday! Having poor circulation to my legs is a valid concern - I mean, they're are always cold! Also, I hate seeing those lines that tight jeans leave on my skin. Oh, and I love hearing my boyfriend complain about my baggy pants and how he will never ever like them.   



January is officially heath and wellness month. EVERYONE I know is doing some kind of diet, challenge, or cleanse - including myself. Well maybe not including myself, I've broken my cleanse several times already! Since being healthy is all the rage right now, I thought I'd share my favorite green smoothie recipe with you. I make these in large batches so I can just grab one in the morning on my way out the door.  

  • 1 bag of spinach
  • 1 cucumber, medium chop
  • 3 celery stalks, medium chop
  • 1 pear, quartered and seeds removed
  • 1/4 bunch of cilantro
  • 3 carrots, medium chop
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 2 cups coconut water, you could use regular water but then your smoothie wouldn't be trendy and cool 
I start off by placing the coconut water and spinach in my Vita-Mix and blending at medium speed. Then, with the circular piece removed from the lid, I add the rest of the ingredients in one-by-one. Once everything is in, I turn the blender on high for a few minutes. This recipe makes just over four servings. I typically drink one right away and store the rest in mason jars (they'll keep for three days max). Also, drinking from a mason jar is just the cool thing to do. 



I didn't think I'd be wearing pleated midi skirts until I was well into my nursing home years. Looks like I'm ahead of schedule.  



Michael Stars oh darling hat // Jonathan Adler oui oui silk scarf // Vintage shaggy cardigan // Dolce Vita silk button down // Mother the looker ankle fray jeans // Joe's Jeans blare boots   

My boyfriend's mother recently lent me a Herm├ęs book that shows off different ways to wear a silk scarf. Did you know there are a shit ton of creative things you can do with a silk scarf?? Not all of them are cute, and some styles you can only pull off if you're Mariah Carey in the Loverboy music video. But still, I spent a few good hours flipping through the book trying out all the different variations. I was bored, it was fun. The style I'm wearing above ended up being my favorite. I think it's very French meets Western. I call it... The 'Frestern' Method.