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After discovering so many flower fields online, I promised myself that I would visit each one. One of the first locations that was checked off my bucket list is the Carlsbad Flower Fields. With over 50 acres of vibrantly colored flowers, Carlsbad Flower Fields is a breath of fresh air for people who are accustomed to the city.

When to Go
The Flower Fields is open to the public starting March until Mid-May. Try to get there before the sunlight becomes too harsh. With that said, the best time to go is in the morning. It is also less busy in the morning so you will not have to wait as long to enter. Based on my experience, 2-3 hours is sufficient.

What to See
Beside the garden, there are other attractions that you should not miss. There is the Sweet Pea Maze, Tractor Wagon Ride, and Sluice Mining. There are also many small “flea market style” shops that sell handmade trinkets as well as food stands (try the popcorn and ice cream) near the entrance that you can shop at. 

What to Bring
Make sure to bring sunscreen! It is harsh out there since there is absolutely no shade. You will be in direct contact with the sun for as long as you are out in the fields. If you are going later in the day, I strongly recommend bringing an umbrella or large hat, but it’s not essential. It is also important to slather on some sunscreen before going to protect your skin from aging. Also make sure to bring cash! Beside for buying tickets, you may need cash when shopping at some of the vendors. Although some take card, it is easier to have cash with you. 

What to Wear
Anything cute, duh! I went with my mood and picked a chic outfit for the day. I went with a white shirt, black skirt and black leather boots. To complete my look (and protect myself from the sun), I wore a newsboy cap. I think this outfit provided a nice contrast to the delicate flowers. 

What are the flower fields on your bucket list?

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WHAT'S ON ME
Shirt: styled in NAPA PHOTO DIARY
Zara skirt: styled in FLORAL ROMPER AND BLACK SKIRT
Doc Martens boots: styled in PRETTY PLAID PRETTY
Sunglasses: styled in FEELIN FRINGY
Newsboy cap: here



Photographer: Cami






Everyday is brunch day. That is a fact. To kickstart your brunch journey, I curated a list of six brunch spots you must try in LA. 


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Republique
Try: Mushroom toast, Kimchi fried rice, Belgium waffle
Located in La Brea, Republique is a quaint restaurant that brings Frenchness to the table. My favorite item from their menu is the mushroom toast. It sounds rather mundane, but imagine soft scrambled eggs and tender mushrooms layered gently over sliced ham on crispy toast. Sooooo good. The array of pastries by the entrance is another pit stop. You will find croissants, danish, tarts, and cakes neatly placed behind the glass counter. Although I prefer plain cheese danish, I recommend that you try their grapefruit danish. It has an interesting flavor– a blend of tartness from the fruit and sweetness from the cream cheese, and one of their more unique pastries. Make sure to arrive earlier in the day since they only take walk-ins and the line can get pretty long. 

Urth Caffe
Try: Egg salmone, Poach di parma, Sunrise pizza, Organic boba
I’m sure you heard of this popular European-style cafe as it’s all over social media. In fact, many celebrities swear by this place. If you are shorter on time, you should order the matcha latte and one of their many pastries. Otherwise, go for one of their breakfast paninis or omelettes. You won’t regret it! Also, did I mention all of their ingredients are organic and farm fresh? Although you may not be able to taste it, it’s quite reassuring to know that everything on the menu is clean. Another cool thing is that there is an Urth Caffe at LAX, so if you could always stop by before your flight if you flying out/in.


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Openaire
Try:  Avocado toast, Lobster egg benedict, Juevos rancheros
Openaire is every girl’s dream brunch spot for cute photos because to be completely honest, the atmosphere outweighs the food. The greenhouse theme creates a dreamy yet earthy vibe, and especially when sunlight shines through the glass windows and casts a warm glow on you, you just go crazy. Trust me on the ambience. You will be in for a pleasant experience. On a more serious note, the brunch selection is smaller than the other restaurants on my list. However, you should try either their smoked salmon benedict or lobster eggs benedict. Another trust worthy option is their juevos racheros. If you have a sweet tooth, order the coconut chia pudding or cinnamon roll.


Yours Truly Venice
Try: Avocado hummus, Nashville hot shrimp, Cheese grits
Yours Truly Venice is former 71Above chef’s Vartan Abgaryan’s new modern restaurant. The Californian bistro features a selection of buzz-worthy dishes, but their signatures are the Nashville hot shrimp and avocado hummus. In addition to their delicacies, the restaurant has a good eye for interior decorations that attract millennials. The open bistro’s white walls are contrasted with flashy and colorful decorations, curating a trendy atmosphere. In all, this place is wonderful to catch up with friends. After eating, you guys can also relax by the Venice Beach Boardwalk.


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Blu Jam Cafe
Try: Crunchy french toast, Steak hash
 Hailing six locations in LA, Blu Jam Cafe is known for their delectable all-day brunch options. You must try their crunchy french toast. Seriously. CRUNCHY. FRENCH. TOAST. MUST. TRY. The brioche has the perfect ratio of crunchiness to softness because you can taste the fluffiness of the bread but get a soothing asmr sound. Aside, this spot has many vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options so you do not have to worry about dietary restrictions. The DTLA branch is also conveniently within walking distance of many notable attractions such as The Last Bookstore, Bradbury Building, and The Broad. Be sure to stay around to walk off the food and explore more of LA!

The Butcher, The Baker, The Cappuccino Maker
Try: Banana Foster french toast, Skillet baked seafood omelette, Smoked salmon egg benedict
The Butcher, The Baker, The Cappuccino Maker (BBC) is where fashion meets food. Although slightly overhyped for its interior design, BBC still offers everything from baked foods to coffee to cocktails and to wine. For IG worthy drinks, get the s’mores chocolate milkshake or the colorburst lattes. You can try the croissant breakfast sandwich or the banana foster french toast (can you tell I love french toast?). Other foolproof dishes are the skilled baked seafood omelette and salmon egg benedict. 



What's your favorite LA brunch spot?





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North of San Diego, La Jolla is an affluent neighborhood with beautiful beaches, delicious brunch spots, and incredible scenery. Natives often refer to La Jolla as "the jewel" by the sea.

As one of California's best beach destinations, La Jolla attracts tourists to enjoy its clear water and warm weather. Along the coastline, there are also luxurious hotels, shopping villages, and fancy restaurants that reflect the upscale lifestyle there.

Today, I'll be sharing photos that I took during a day in La Jolla!
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WHAT'S ON ME
Stripe top (here)
Denim shorts (here)
White sneakers (styled here)


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I have a love-hate relationship with stripes. At times, I really dig my outfit. Other times, I feel as though I got dressed in the dark. Although it is still a challenge for me, I want to share you some of my tips on styling stripes.

1. Choose the right fit.
It is so important to understand your body shape when it comes to clothes. If you have broad shoulders, avoid picking oversized pieces with stripe prints. Make sure the shoulder hems are at the shoulders since some stripes can create the illusion of wider shoulders. I tend to stick with fitted cuts and vertical striped tops because of the former reason. If you are petite, go for shorter pieces to avoid looking baggy. Choose pants that end above the ankle to elongate your legs.

2. Set your direction.
It's either vertical or horizontal. Mixing stripes in one outfit can be disastrous if you are unsure on how to style them. I tend to associate Parisian chic like Gary Pepper's outfit with horizontal stripes. Simply throw on a horizontally striped top, a pair of high waisted, flared jeans and pointed heels.
As for vertical stripes, a good starting point is to begin with striped bottoms. I love wearing worn out t-shirts with light-colored striped culottes like this. For some reason, I find it soothing on the eyes and super fashionable.

3. Mix and match.
As much as this contradicts tip #2, it is perfectly fine to mix and match stripes. Fashion blogger Pernille plays around with a striped blouse and floor length pants here yet is incredibly chic. Another option is to go for one-pieces and sets if you are new to stripes. The key is to not be afraid of mixing stripes because they may end up complementing each other.

4. Keep the accessories light.
Stripes is a statement already. Just as any other, I like to choose my accessories after I curate my outfit so I don't overdo it. I mixed gold and silver jewelry to glam up my look, but I know many people are actually afraid to wear both simultaneously. Since I kept my accessories to a minimum, the "clash" in colors brought everything together and made it more sophisticated.

5. Use stripes to your advantage.
Who doesn't want model proportions? Besides through diet and exercising, we can trick people into thinking we have our ideal body proportions with the help of stripes. My blouse is a mix between thin and thick stripes. The stripes on the front of my blouse actually brings in my sides and gives me a "smaller" waistline. Contrastingly, the stripes along my sleeves are much narrower so they draw less attention to my arms when looking at me from the front. Simple manipulations like these can definitely change the appearance of your body shape to what you prefer. I recommend to first figure out what works for you and go from there.

And that's my 5 tips to styling stripes!

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WHAT'S ON ME
Top: Striped blouse (here)
Jeans: Levi's (here)
Slides: Dolce Vita 
Bag: Marc Jacobs


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Different from most, this military coat is embellished with random paint splatters, patched letters, and dual toned sequins. Not to mention, it's already a statement piece so you don't have to try too hard to style it. Simply throw on a t-shirt and a pair of shorts, and you're ready to go. 

It's also a great transition piece into autumn. During cooler months, you can easily achieve a military chic look by layering a chunky sweater underneath with a skirt and boots. But since we are still beating the heat, a light top and a pair of denim shorts are perfect. Keeping accessories minimal, I decided to throw on a black cap to block the sun and a small crossbody. I didn't want to take attention away from my coat so I wore my crossbody underneath. Doing so also makes my outfit more stylish in my opinion.

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WHAT'S ON ME
Jacket: Zara
Shorts: Abercrombie (styled here)
Cap: similar here and here
Shoes: Nike (styled here and here)

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