Saturday, November 30, 2013

Give Thanks


Happy belated thanksgiving everyone! After three weeks in California, I'm back home just in time for Thanksgiving. It feels good to be back home. I'd love to say that I wore this outfit on Thanksgiving but that would be a lie. My family is very casual and doesn't dress up for the holidays. But if we did, this is what I'd wear.

This Thanksgiving, my heart and stomach were full. I was constantly surrounded by people I loved the entire day. In the morning, I spent time with my church family by delivering thanksgiving meals to low-income families that we prepped the night before. In the afternoon, my dad's side of the family came over to eat, laugh and play games together. And in the evening, my mother, sister and I were gladiators and shopped six hours to find the best Black Friday deals. It was a crazy but wonderful day. I can't wait to do it all over again next year!

One of the reasons why I love Thanksgiving is because of it's meaning behind the holiday - to be thankful. This year, I am thankful for my family. With my dad always working and my sister away in college, my family is always apart. But the holidays bring my family together. Being in the presence of my whole family was the highlight of my week. I could go on and on about what I am thankful for because God has blessed me with many, many things. Family is just one of them.

If you could remember one thing during the holiday season, I hope it's this: It is easy to get caught up in school, in work, in life to forget about the many blessings that we have. I hope that Thanksgiving day is not the only day that everyone give thanks. This video says it all: I highly encourage you to watch this amazing two minute video. It's a great reminder that "giving thanks is more than a holiday, it's how people live."
Sweater: J.Crew
Dress: Forever 21
Boots: Urban Outfitters
Purse: Kate Spade

Photography by: Ryan Yanagihara

Friday, November 15, 2013

Seattle Girl

If you haven't heard already, I'm not in Seattle right now... This girl is in the golden state, California. I've been in Los Angeles for a week now - relaxing and soaking up the sun. So far, I've slept on the beach, hiked 282 giant steps, and become Minnie Mouse for the day. All in the company of my boyfriend and some of my closest friends. I'd say it's been a great trip so far.

Even though there's so many things to love about California, I miss home. Besides missing family and friends, I miss my bed and oddly enough I miss the Seattle weather. You can call me crazy but I miss it all: the wind, the rain and the leaves.

According to the weather man, it's going to cool down this weekend in Southern California. And I think I'm the only person who is excited for the cold weather. It's nice to wear shorts in November but I'm itching to wear my boots and sweaters. It's no secret what I'll be wearing this weekend :)

Sweater: Target
Vest: Old Navy
Jeans: Old Navy
Flats: Target
Purse: Coach

Photography by: Landon Nagata