Being born and raised in San Diego, you’d think I’d be a fun-loving beach bum who spends her days soaking up the sun and riding the waves… but that could not be further from the truth. I do adore the ocean, and I think I’m pretty fun-loving, most of the time, but I’m the kind of girl who lives for rainy weather, visiting museums, and late night adventures. My hobbies include browsing bookshops, antiquing, writing poetry, trying new craft beers, and researching the things that fascinate me, such as cults, conspiracy theories, unsolved mysteries, and things of that nature. There are many sides to my personality. Sometimes all I want to do is stay home and work on my creative pursuits, some days I want to get all dolled up and go out with friends, and sometimes I get the insatiable urge to travel and to have new experiences. I am constantly growing and changing, and I think that’s a beautiful thing.
As my personality has many sides, so does my fashion sense. One thing that never changes, though, is that I’m always influenced by vintage fashion. I’m infatuated with the 1920’s-1960’s, and even when I’m dressed in clothes that are completely modern, I find a way to pay tribute to the past through my accessories and/or makeup. I love my lipstick, heels, and dresses. What I appreciate most about my style is that I am not confined to a certain image. I love that I can be a Victorian-style goth one day and a pinup-inspired girly girl the next. Body positivity is very important to me. I wear what I feel good in, and I encourage my readers to do the same. I’m tired of women, including myself, feeling like certain clothes are only appropriate on certain body types. I don’t have the flattest stomach, but I’ll be damned if I’m not going to rock a crop top whenever I please. If it fits and you feel confident in it, wear it! Forget about what other people may think, and explore your own style!
I took my first photography class during my sophomore year in high school, and I was pretty good at it. By senior year, I didn’t really know what I wanted to do after graduation, but I knew I was a decent photographer so I decided to commit to pursuing photography in college. I figured I’d spend a couple years at the local community college to get my AA, and then focus on wedding photography. Ha. That’s not what happened.
First of all, I did start my own business and I did shoot a lot of weddings, but I quickly realized that my true passion did not lie with wedding photography. I loved shooting boudoir, and documentary work, and decided to run with what I was passionate about.
I spent five miserable years on that depressing, overcrowded community college campus, and ended up majoring not only in Photography, but also in Cultural Anthropology. Being a Cultural Anthropologist also means being a cultural relativist; truly believing that no one culture is any better than another. This gives me a unique perspective when traveling and really opens my eyes to things the average person wouldn’t see.
MY ATTITUDE TOWARDS TRAVEL
I love trying new things and seeing new places! Travel has been an important part of my life since I was a child. I used to spend every summer in Chicago and I’d take a trip up to the mountains every winter. When I was 17, I took my first trip abroad, to Italy! That was when I knew I wanted a career that involved travel.
A few years later, I made an even bigger leap and took off to Iceland by myself, and that experience changed my life and ignited a new love of mine: solo travel. I discovered that traveling alone opens up a world of opportunities you don’t get from traveling in a group, like only doing the things you want to do, and making new friends along the way!
I’ve been to ten countries (so far), and all over the US, and my love of travel grows more and more with each new adventure. When I travel, I try to engulf myself in the local culture, and do my best to learn as much about their history as my time there will allow.
When I travel, I do a ton of research before I go. I try to avoid tourist traps, and always make an effort to find out what the locals do for fun, and if the area holds any hidden gems. All of my favorite places I’ve visited have been bizarre or at least unknown to most visitors. I don’t want to keep all of those things to myself, I want to share them with you! Be a savvy world traveler, not just another tourist.
People don’t usually guess this when they meet me, but I’ve dealt with depression since early childhood, and anxiety since my teen years. I knew I wasn’t alone in this when I started making friends who also dealt with these issues. When I was in high school, my best friend took his own life, and that’s when I knew I had to start speaking up. He never asked for help and most people didn’t even know he was struggling, and I think this is due in part to the way society stigmatizes mental illness. 1 in 5 people suffer from some form of mental illness, and we all know more than 5 people. If you personally don’t deal with any form of mental illness, someone you love does. So let’s talk about it. Let’s get rid of the stigma that surrounds such a common affliction. My goal is to be transparent and honest about what I struggle with, and I encourage you to do the same. You are loved, and there are people out there who will support you if you choose to ask for help.
THINGS I LOVE
The sea, obviously
My dog, Whiskies
Dry British comedies
My dream man, Conan O’brien
WHY I STARTED THIS BLOG
A few years ago, I had an epiphany. I realized that I didn’t have to work that dead-end retail job that I hated. I could make my own way and be my own boss, all while doing something that I loved! I knew I wanted to have a place where I could share my knowledge, my passion, and my art with the world, but I had no idea how to actually make that happen. I created a Tumblr blog, and at that point I had no idea what I was doing. After a lot of research and a lot of self-reflection, I decided I wanted to get serious about blogging and make it my full-time job. So, with that in mind, I transferred over my only salvageable posts from my Tumblr blog (my trip to Iceland), and started anew.
For a while, my focus was completely on travel and photography. But as this blog started to grow, I realized there were so many other things I wanted to share with the world. And that brings us to the present.
Today, this Lifestyle blog serves as my own little corner of the internet. Here I can share my tips for success, discuss topics I care about, and hopefully enrich the lives of all who visit. My aim is to show you that despite whether you face financial hardships, illnesses, or any other disadvantages, you can still live a fun and meaningful life full of adventure!
More than anything, however, I love letting people know how important and how loved they are. Having dealt with depression and anxiety my whole life, I know how healing it can be to feel like someone cares about you. So, whether you’re here to learn, to find a photographer, to plan your next big trip, or just to feel appreciated, I want to assure you that I am SO thankful that you’re here! Please keep coming back! To get notified by email of my latest posts, subscribe below, and don’t forget to follow me on social media! Let’s be friends!