Sunday, May 25, 2014

Recently on Go Seek Explore Blog + Instagram

You may have read that I recently launched my new travel blog, Go Seek Explore, where I post daily content on travel tips and inspiration, study abroad, and lots and lots of wanderlust. A few of my favorite articles from this past week:

8 Seattle Stereotypes That Are Actually True

Must-Dos For Any South Africa Trip (Guest Post!)

10 Cliche But Inspiring Travel Quotes

It's Okay To Feel Overwhelmed Before You Travel Abroad - Just Don't Give In To The Nerves

A Beginner's Guide On How To Navigate a Metro System

Why You Should Visit Croatia ASAP

And recently on the Go Seek Explore Instagram:

Hope to see you over there!

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Tumblr Saturday #104

Happy weekend! Here are a few of my faves floating around Tumblr this week.

Gorgeous! Who else wants to be on that boat right now?
I have those shoes! Vince Camuto :)
I have the same Vince Camuto heels and I LOVE THEM. I wear them out all the time and they're super comfortable, especially compared to my 5-6" heels :P

Going here would be pretty cool...

Essie + Lilly = summertime

kate spade: pink and navy | ivory lane
Love everything about this outfit.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Tumblr Saturday #103

Happy weekend! Here are a few of my faves floating around Tumblr this week.

These pretty summer drinks look delish!

Love colorful gerbera daisies.

Porch swings <3

Haha, this never fails to make me laugh. #shestheman #channingtatum

Thursday, May 15, 2014

I launched my new travel blog!

Hello all!

I am very excited to announce my new travel blog, Go Seek Explore. The purpose of Go Seek Explore is to inspire more people to travel and see the world. Sometimes people need that initial "push" to go abroad for the first time, or maybe even to continue traveling. Go Seek Explore will provide daily posts filled with quality content, personal stories, captivating photos, travel tips, and lots of wanderlust.

I will be spending a majority of my blogging time working on Go Seek Explore, though I will continue to post on Sunny Sweetheart from time to time. You may even recognize a few of my recent Sunny Sweetheart travel posts over there! ;)

If you took some time to check out Go Seek Explore, I'd adore you forever! Also, please follow along on Instagram, as I've been posting travel photos daily.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

One Year

Today marks the three year anniversary since I left to go to Florence, Italy to study abroad. It was the first time I left the country.

A year ago, I graduated college. It is so crazy to think how much has happened in one short year and how little I knew what was going to happen at the time. I didn't know I would spend the summer in DC and New York, then go back to Florence for five months, and then back to DC again. Now, exactly one year later, I am back in Seattle, figuring out what's next (hopefully moving!)

I've realized how important travel/study abroad/education are to me, and that is where my future career goals lie.

I still enjoy blogging, and am in the works of creating a whole new blog. :) I'll announce it here when it goes live, whenever that will be.

What's crazy is how quickly a year can go by and how little changes add up over time. You don't realize things are slowly changing, but they are, and you are too. You are slowly evolving now into the person you'll be a year from now.

Cheers to another year! (And happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there!)

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Tumblr Saturday #102

Happy weekend! Here are a few of my faves floating around Tumblr this week.

(Monogrammed) chinos scream summer.

Take me somewhere tropical.

Lovely pink roses brighten any day. :)

A classic summer hat.

Okay, baby seals have got to be the cutest things ever.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Breathtaking Video of the Canary Islands

Travel videos from destinations are a great way to feed the "travel bug" in between trips. From the creator of the popular Move, Eat, Learn series, here's a breathtaking video filmed on one of the Spanish Canary Islands that lie west of Morocco. You'll want to book the next flight there.

TOWARDS THE SUN from Rick Mereki on Vimeo.

Monday, May 5, 2014

The Beautiful Italian Island You've Probably Never Heard Of

When you think of Italian islands, names that often come to mind are Capri, Sicily, or Sardinia. While there are plenty of Italian islands, one of my favorites, Elba, lies in the Tuscan Archipelago. Think the bluest water you can imagine, delicious Italian food (one of the best paninis I've ever had was at Elba), and plenty of sunshine. Elba Island was an easy choice to choose for a weekend away during my study abroad experience, after a friend suggested it and we got a group together to go. Elba is a great place for a quick getaway, and close if you happen to be in Florence, like many students, or in the Tuscan region. 

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How To Get There (From Florence)
Take a train from Florence Santa Maria Novella to Pisa Centrale. From there, take a train or bus to Piombino. At Piombino, get on a ferry to Elba Island. We stayed in Cavo, which is a small beach town on the northeast tip of the island. There are only daily ferries to Cavo, but there are hourly ferries to Portoferrario, which is more of a common town for tourists.

The only English-speaking person we encountered in Cavo was an Australian man that owned a restaurant. This was refreshing because we had just spent the previous weekend on an opening tour in Rome, and while it was beyond incredible, it was nice to get away from the hustle and bustle and all the tour groups. We went up to Portoferrario during one of the days to relax on the beach, do some shopping, and grab a bite for lunch.

Oh, and did you know that Napoleon was exiled there in 1814?

Map: Wikipedia
Photos: My own

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Longchamp: A Girl's Perfect Travel Bag

The traditional Longchamp Le Pliage totes are a popular choice for many college students and professionals. Since I got my first Longchamp last year, it has been all over the US and Europe with me, and has stood the test of time. Here's a list of five reasons why the Le Pliage tote is the perfect travel bag.

 Longchamp "Le Pliage" Large Tote

1. The Price is Right
Between $125 - $180, it isn't overly expensive, but not so cheap you'll know it'll fall apart.

2. Size Options
I've had two Longchamp bags, both size large. They easily hold my laptop, magazines, big DSLR camera, and other handbag necessities. The Le Pliage comes in small, medium, and large with multiple color choices.

3. It's Durable
Both of my Longchamps have stood the test of time (at least for the year it's been since I got my first one) and are still in great shape despite their almost-daily use.

4. It Has a Zip Closure
When you travel to a foreign city, the last thing you want to worry about is getting pick-pocketed. A zip closure makes it harder for thieves to reach in and grab your stuff.

5. It's Waterproof!
This is something you may not always think about when purchasing a handbag, but a waterproof bag is so nice to have. When you travel, you'll likely be walking most places, so when it rains, you don't have to worry about your bag - or the things in it - getting ruined. I can't tell you how many times I've been caught in the rain and was glad to not have had my papers or electronics ruined.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Tumblr Saturday #101

Happy weekend! Here are a few of my faves floating around Tumblr this week.

Elie Saab - Spring Summer 2014
This Elie Saab S/S '14 gown is beyond gorgeous!
Adorable J. Crew catalog photo.

How is it already May? Seriously.
The Franco brothers ;) call me?

A lil' French bulldog looking at its reflection. Aww.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

On Wednesday, We Celebrate The 10th Anniversary of Mean Girls (+ 9 Deleted Scenes Videos!)

If you've been stopping by the blog lately, you've probably noticed the #MeanGirlsMonday posts. For the past five weeks, I've celebrated the 10 year anniversary of Mean Girls (which is today!) by putting together outfits each inspired by a quote from the movie. You can see all the greatness here:

Now, onto to the good stuff. If you've seen the movie a gazillion times and can quote every line, here's some new material: 9 deleted scenes! Is it just me, or were some of these scenes actually in the movie when it was in theaters? Also, the fact that the 10th anniversary falls on a Wednesday is almost as grool fetch fun as October 3rd being an unofficial holiday.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

10 Reasons Why You Should Travel After College


There is a lot of pressure put on college graduates to get jobs right out of school. Whether it’s coming from family, friends, professors, the media, or yourself, the stress of landing a 9-5 by graduation day can be substantial. That’s what you’re supposed to do, right? Go to college, get a job, and then life will work out. For some people, that’s fine and that’s okay. But for you, there is that voice in the back of your head that won’t let the idea of traveling after college go away. There are so many ways to go abroad after college, though fear and excuses often get in the way of those travel dreams. Since almost everyone will tell you all the reasons why you shouldn’t travel after college, I’m here to give you ten reasons on why you should.

1.   Because you have the time.
You don’t need to jump into the corporate grind first thing Monday morning after graduation. You have the rest of your life to work. Taking some time off to go abroad, have new experiences, and maybe even find yourself is worth it. There will still be jobs to apply for when you get back.

2.   Because you aren't tied down.
When else will you not be tied down to anything? When you get a full-time, entry-level job that gives you maybe two weeks of unpaid vacation per year? When you have an apartment lease and bills to pay? When you get married and start a family? Nothing is wrong with any of that, but if you want to travel, it is much easier to travel now, when you aren’t tied down to anything.

3.   Because it makes you more marketable when you apply to jobs in the future.
Study abroad or travel boosts your resume and often makes you a more qualified candidate compared to those without international experience. When you’re back on your turf you’ll be able to apply all the things you learned abroad to your future job interviews.

4.   Because you learn much more by seeing, exploring, and experiencing a foreign place than reading about it or looking at pictures.
When captioning photos of my travels, I always think, “This picture does not do it justice.” There is nothing more liberating than actually being somewhere in person. The feeling of jumping off a boat into the Adriatic Sea, with the rush of adrenaline and chills going up your spine as you hit the gorgeous, crystal clear water is 100 times better than simply looking at a photo of the turquoise ocean surrounding the islands of Croatia.

5.   Because you're young and your body is able to handle pretty much anything.
Your body is likely more capable of handling jet lag, outdoor activities, late nights partying, etc. now than it will be when you’re older.

6.   Because you can still take advantage of discounts when you’re young.
Most students and young travelers (usually under 26) are eligible to receive discounts. Whether it be airfare, transportation, lodging, or other fees associated with travel, take advantage of your young age to score some major deals.

7.   Because there are plenty of options to travel after college, and they don't have to be expensive.
On that note, budget travel makes going abroad more feasible than you think. You won’t mind staying in a $12/night hostel in Istanbul now while you’re young, but you probably will when you’re older. There are hostels and websites such as Couchsurfing and Airbnb to save you some cash on accommodations. If vacationing or backpacking still seem to stretch your budget too far, then get a job overseas: you can be a tour guide, intern, Peace Corps volunteer, English teacher, au pair, the list goes on. And you don’t have to go to Western Europe, Japan, or Australia, which tend to be more expensive. Try Eastern Europe, Southeast Asia, or Central America. There are so many places in the world to see, and not all of them will cost you an arm and a leg to see them.

8.   Because it opens you up to a whole new view on life.
When you travel somewhere new, you become much more understanding of the world by experiencing new cultures firsthand. The skills you will strengthen while traveling will carry on with the rest of your life. You will feel and become more independent.

9.   Because it makes you happy.
There is a reason behind the saying, “Travel is the only thing you buy, that makes you richer.” People tend to be happier in the long run by spending money on experiences like travel instead of material items.

10.  Because if not now, when?
If you make excuses or wait for the “right time,” the right time will never come. The time is now. Start planning your trip and make it happen. What are you waiting for?

Photo: Pinterest

Monday, April 28, 2014

mean girls monday: week 5

It's the last week of #MeanGirlsMonday and I went with the quote from the scene when Gretchen Weiners had finally "cracked." Gretchen confided in Cady that Regina once told her that she couldn't wear hoop earrings anymore. When Gretchen got a pair of really expensive white gold hoops for Hanukkah, she had to pretend like she didn't even like them! Since that was so sad, I wanted to make an outfit for Gretchen that included the white gold hoops she never got to wear. The purple dress mimics her top from the scene, and since they had just been in class (we should totally just stab Caesar!), I added this fun book clutch  from Kate Spade.

"There's a Mean Girls quote for everything," I like to say. To celebrate the movie's 10 year anniversary (it came out on April 30, 2004), I'm doing a series on Sunny Sweetheart called Mean Girls Monday, where I share an outfit inspired by a quote from the movie! While the classic quotes are 2004, the outfit will be "updated" to make it look fashionable in 2014.

For previous #MeanGirlsMonday outfits:

Saturday, April 26, 2014

tumblr saturday #100

Happy weekend! I cannot believe that it is the hundredth Tumblr Saturday and that these numbers will be going in the three digits! Here are a few of my faves floating around Tumblr this week:
A fun pun ;) the shells are pretty too! As always, I'm dreaming of summer.

JFK reads a newspaper on Capital Hill, November 1946.
Cool photo of JFK reading a newspaper in 1946 at the Captiol Building.
Multiple pink surprises once the cake is cut!
More confectionery goodness: an adorable bunny cupcake.
Love the sheer polka dot top.
That breakfast looks delicious!