the beach

I have this fantasy of returning to Maui. I had a highly-anticipated holiday there a few years ago, but from Day One was stricken with terrible food poisoning. But despite that, I have this peaceful memory of sitting on a private beach, my toes dug deep into the sand, the sun warming my legs and arms, and… Continue reading the beach

fashion + style

god of wine, arts and gucci

I have this thing for...beautiful handbags. A beautiful handbag makes me feel like a style star. Like my style truly expresses what's in my heart. It makes me want to wear my best outfit and go outside and seize the day. Gucci's Dionysus mini shoulder bag with black suede and antique silver hardware is just too cool… Continue reading god of wine, arts and gucci


mexican meal

I love Mexican food. Like a lot. Chimichungas, tacos, quesadillas, fajitas, enchiladas... Muy bueno. My go-to Mexican meal would be chicken mole enchiladas with a side of rice and beans. And for dessert? Sign me up for mini churros or sopaipillas with vanilla bean ice cream. Are you drooling yet?



I've been journalling since I was a teenager. Back then, I did it all long-hand. I would pick up gorgeous blank books from Barnes & Noble and waste no time scribbling my memories and innermost thoughts. Today, I journal using the Day One app. I've been using it for years. It's made it so easy… Continue reading journalling


pretty nails

Before anxiety wreaked havoc on my life, I used to go to the nail salon all the time. I loved getting professional manicures. I loved how glossy and fun my nails would look after, and how put-together and cool I felt. When I stopped getting my nails done and did them myself, I didn't get… Continue reading pretty nails



One of my all-time favorite songs is "Wild" by Beach House. There's something so calming yet celebratory about it. It comforts me and makes me feel less alone. It's simple and beautiful. I listen to it all the time -- when I'm happy, when I'm sad, when I'm anxious. And it never fails to bring… Continue reading wild


compassionate listening

Vietnamese Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh is a delightful, inspiring soul, and I really enjoy watching his 2012 interview with Oprah. (You can also read the interview here.) He makes mindfulness accessible through his simple, poignant teachings. But more than that, his teachings are a philosophy about making the most of life -- right here,… Continue reading compassionate listening