Life Through A Lens #21- BACK TO REALITY

 

A Day at Disney

I’m not usually the person who gets crazy excited about going to Disneyland, in fact the last time I was there was 10 year ago, but a few months ago my friend and I were talking about what to do for her birthday, and Disneyland seemed to be the perfect choice (after all, we do live 45 minutes away). Since the next time I go to Disneyland will probably be in another decade, I decided to write this blog post full of Disney favorites, tips/tricks and photos.

Favs:

If you’re just going to Disney for one day, it can be hard to choose what to do and what to prioritize, so here were some of my favorite rides to ride and things to do that I would prioritize over other things. My favorite rides were Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, It’s a Small World (I know I’m a 5 year old inside haha!), Matterhorn (my favorite time to ride this is at night, especially during Christmas, because you get an amazing view of the whole park lit up), and Splash Mountain. All of these rides are the ones that typically have long lines, so be prepared to wait or spend an extra $10 on tickets to get fast passes (will talk about this later). Other than the rides, Disney is full of fun things to do and places to go. During our day at Disney, I would say we spent only about 50% of the time riding rides, and the other 50% walking around, eating and soaking in all the Disney vibes. With me being me, one of the things we did that I loved was starting our day at the Starbucks on Main Street. I know this sounds super basic, but I absolutely loved the vibe inside the Starbucks (even though the prices are slightly marked up). The store was PACKED and got me excited for the day ahead (I also would not have gotten through the day without my daily coffee). Other than Starbucks, the other food I would highly recommend trying is the Beignets and Mint Juleps in New Orleans Square. We decided to stop there for an afternoon snack around 2:30pm and ended up sitting there for an hour talking, taking pictures and enjoying our snack. It was a perfect little break from a crazy day. My last favorite, pretty obvious, is to end the day by watching the fireworks in front of Cinderella’s Castle. Disneyland is such a magical place and the fireworks that are perfectly times and choreograph to match all of the classic Disney songs is the perfect way to end a day at Disney. And of course, don’t forget to take tons of pictures throughout the day!

 

Tips/Tricks:

Knowing how much we were spending on tickets, food and transportation for a day at Disney, my friends and I wanted to make sure that we were getting the absolute most of the day. For starters, we decided to add an extra $10 onto each of our tickets to get fast passes. What that allowed us all to do was to use the app to book our fast passes for the rides. We were able to use about 10 fast passes throughout the day (which probably saved us a total of 4 hours from waiting in lines). Another tip if you are going to Disney is to designate one person to book the fast passes by making a “party” on the app. All you have to do is have one person add each person to their “party” and each time they book a fast pass, it automatically gets booked for everyone in the group. And when you get to the ride and get into the line, only that one person has to scan their phone and it scans for everyone in the group. Another tip that was super helpful was to go on the busiest/most popular rides earlier in the morning. We got to the park at 8am, right as it opened, and the majority of the people there were families with young children who weren’t exactly rushing for Space Mountain and Splash Mountain. The lines for the bigger, “scarier” rides are much shorter in the morning than they are in the afternoon/evening.

 

Photos: Because if you didn’t Instagram a photo, did you really go to Disneyland?!

 

 

 

Life Through A Lens #20- CHRISTMAS AT HOME

12 Days of Christmas Day 8- Life Through A Lens #19 ~ CHRISTMAS SEASON

Life Through A Lens #19- THANKSGIVING WEEKEND

Hope you all had an amazing Thanksgiving weekend full of friends, family and lot’s of food! My grandparents and some friends and I took a quick road trip after Thanksgiving day and drove up to the Manzanar/Bishop area. The views were absolutely stunning, so I hope you enjoy the photos!

A quick stop for lunch in the cute little town of Lone Pine.
A beautiful view of the mountains, about 15 minutes away from Manzanar.
The never ending landscape never got old.
Fall/winter sunsets are feeding my soul.
Cotton candy clouds lighting up the sky in Bishop, CA.

This cute and well-known bakery was PACKED with all sorts of break and baked goods.
If you are a bread lover like me, Erick Schat’s Bakery in Bishop is heaven on earth.
This little creek in Law’s County was breathtakingly stunning. One of the most amazing natural sights I’ve ever seen.
Snow capped mountains making everything feel a little more like Christmas.

Life Through A Lens #18- CAMPUS LIFE

Santa Monica beach views of the Georgian Hotel and beautiful palm trees.
A break from campus with a night out on the town. Emily Saliers concert at The Troubadour was amazing!
First meet of my collegiate career! I don’t know what was better, the experience or the view ❤
Views from the top of the Pepperdine campus.
Malibu at sunset is nothing less than breathtaking.
My beautiful campus part 1…
…and part 2…
…and finally part 3.
Cotton candy skies make any day better. Still can’t believe that I live here!

Life Through A Lens #17- SHIFTING SEASONS IN LA

Photogenic buildings right by the Santa Monica Pier.
When in LA…
Beautiful evening views from campus.
Pasadena city hall with a deep blue background.
Living the high life…on Rodeo Drive.
More snaps from the famous Rodeo Drive.
Weekend brunch with a view- Santa Monica.
The bar at the outdoor Plan Check in Santa Monica.
Fall break in LA calls for hanging by the pool in Beverly Hills with a cold drink.
BOTTOMLESS MIMOSAS! The bar seat view at Market Provisions on Beverly Boulevard.
The Beverly Hills original Farmer’s Market is almost as magical as Disneyland.
Mid-October sunsets over the LA sky.

Life Through A Lens #16- OLD HOME, NEW HOME

SG- Holland Village at 6:30pm.

 

SG- Prettiest of views from my apartment.

 

SG- Fav Greek food in Asia!

 

SG- And how can you forget xiao long bao (I miss it already!).

 

SG- Potato Head Folk close to Chinatown at night.

 

SG- Inside the chic and stylish Potato Head Folk.

 

SG- Bars, restaurants and cafes outside the Marina Bay Sands.

 

SG- View of the iconic Marina Bay Sands from the Marina Bay Financial Center.

 

SG- Best view of the best little island.

 

SG- And the same view from another angle.

 

SG- A beautiful morning for the saddest goodbye (for 4 months) to my favorite country in the world. See you very soon SG!

 

LA- Morning view from Starbucks.

 

LA- I can get used to these beautiful, deep, blue skies.

 

LA- The cutest little outdoor courtyard in Pasadena.

 

LA- And another view of the cutest and most LA courtyard.

 

LA- The view of LA from our common room window.

 

LA- Super yummy lunch to get my ramen fix!

 

LA- Pretty evening skies from the middle of campus.

 

LA- The picture-perfect view of the LA sunset from right outside my dorm.

 

LA- Sunset drives home.

Life Through A Lens #14- TOKYO!

A magical Haneda Airport at 7:30am.

 

Beautiful June morning in Meguro, Tokyo.

 

Always travel in style. @KateSpade @ToryBurch

 

May not be the main Shibuya crossing, but just as fun and exciting.

 

Mid-afternoon break from shopping is complete by matcha shaved ice with red bean! #yum

 

Italian food or Japanese-Italian food? You choose…

 

The world-famous Takeshita street in Harajuku.

 

The streets of Takeshita are filled with vibrant, inviting stores.

 

But did you really go to Tokyo if you didn’t eat ramen? This was a delicious bowl of cold tan-tan men (sesame cold noodles).

 

The stores and buildings towering over the chaotic Shibuya crossing.

 

The entrance to the famous Asakusa temple.

 

Beautiful temples surrounding the main attraction in Asakusa.
Cascading little river-gardens around the temples in Asakusa.

 

Small food vendors with a view of the Tokyo Sky Tree.

 

The main and biggest temple in Asakusa.

 

A little comedy show theater in the backstreets of Tokyo.

 

A view of Tokyo from The Westin in Ebisu.

 

5pm skies from Ebisu Garden Place in central Tokyo.

 

Buildings and an indoor picnic sight at Ebisu Garden Place.

 

The cutest little vintage store in the backstreets of Karuizawa.

 

Kate always has words of wisdom. @KateSpade

JOLYN

There is only one word in the swimming world that is synonymous with joy, pride, honor, and thrill. And no, it’s not 200 fly, it’s JOLYN. For the past few years, Jolyn’s have taken the swimming and water sports scene by storm. Speaking from my experience, the number of my teammates that wear Jolyn’s have grown exponentially, even in the last year. It’s become a way for our team to bond. From “twinning” pics to team orders, Jolyn has creating a strong sense of team. Whether it’s the bright colorful patterns, the unique styles of the suits, or even just the small black logo, it’s something that has proven (time and time again) to be much more than just another brand of swimsuit. I can personally say that neither my sister or I have bought a non-Jolyn swimsuit in the last two years.

Not only are Jolyn’s absolutely beautiful to look at (I may have found true love:), they are amazing suits for swimming, training, and all water sports. With both the one pieces and (some) two pieces having adjustable tie-backs, the sizes are flexible and the suits stay up. I have used Jolyn’s for everything; from swim practice to weight training, and from beach bumming to playing a beach game. And never have a suffered from a wardrobe malfunction (if you know what I mean). From training one-pieces to beach bikinis, it’s the only place I ever want to shop.

So if I haven’t already convinced you that Jolyn’s are the best, I took some photos of me, my sister and a friend in our Jolyn’s, to show you what we really mean. I will link as many links as possible down below, and please let me know in the comments if you want more information on sizing!

Links:

Jolyn- https://jolynclothing.com/

Tops- https://jolynclothing.com/pages/swim-tops-category

Bottoms- https://jolynclothing.com/pages/swim-bottoms-category

One Pieces- https://jolynclothing.com/pages/onesies-category

Active Wear- https://jolynclothing.com/pages/dryland-accessories

Blue One Piece- https://jolynclothing.com/collections/solid-brandon-fixed-back-onesies/products/brandon-fixed-back-onesie-electric-blue?variant=21028013697

Pink One Piece-https://jolynclothing.com/collections/wazza-fixed-back-onesie/products/wazza-fixed-back-onesie-strawberry

Purple One Piece- https://jolynclothing.com/collections/solid-nico-tie-back-onesie