24 Hours In Oakland #VisitOakland

hellooooo and happy september! i hope you all have had an eventful summer! it's been a great (and HOT) one, but needless to say, i am so ready for fall! if you need to pass some time between the seasons, here's some end of summer suggestions:

- go camping

- have a sleepover with friends

- go on a smoothie escapade & drink only smoothies for the rest of the month

- road trip to a city you've never been to before and explore

SPEAKING OF EXPLORING CITIES (see what i did there? such a nice segway), i recently had the chance to explore oakland, california for 24 hours with Visit Oakland and it was so fun! myself along with me sweet boyfriend/photographer/videographer/best friend took an early morning flight from portland to oakland and packed a ton of stuff into just one day — so whether the bay area is already on your bucket list or perhaps after this it will be, here's a little peak into what we did (video coming soon)!

oakland marriott

the first stop of the day was of course checking to our hotel, the oakland marriott, in downtown oakland. it had such a peaceful vibe with all the warm colors and natural woods (my favorite!), and my room had a lovely view of oakland, the bay bridge, AND the golden gate bridge. one of my favorite perks was the m club lounge, which had tons of snacks and drinks at all times! so whether you're a 'tea at night' or 'toast in the morning' kind of person, there is something for everyone here! the hotel also had a lovely little pool, which i didn't get a chance to go in, but it's on my list for next time! 


super juiced oakland

after checking into our hotel, we walked right around the corner to find a super cute juice bar called super juiced! this little place was just adorable and was inside of a sunroom on the side of a building — how cool is that? i had the ginger glow green juice and it was super tasty — a little spicy because of the ginger but i still loved it! if you're downtown and need a quick refresher, definitely pop into super juiced for juices, smoothies, or acai bowls. they have it all!


murals with a meaning

whilst driving to lunch, we came across this huge mural on a side street and i was so intrigued! the mural was literally so big i couldn't fit it all in one photo, but below are photos of my two favorite parts of it! something really cool about this mural is that there are phone numbers under each painting and when you call them, they have an audio recording from the artists telling you the story behind the painting, which is seriously so cool. all of these paintings were created in collaboration with locals from gaza, palestine to raise awareness about the struggles and resistance that have been faced by palestines. such a cool thing that i encourage you to go see and listen to if you're in the area!

hella vegan eats

if you're looking at the palestine mural and decide you're hungry,  just turn around and you will be facing the coolest little vegan spot called hella vegan eats. this place had a neat outdoor garden area with tons of picnic tables, and also had a bunch of classic cars inside the restaurant — old cars, plants, and vegan food, what more could i need?! i ordered the babe burger with fries and it was so super delicious. after my flight and exploring all morning, it definitely hit the spot. so whether you're vegan or perhaps would like to try some plant based goodness while you're in oakland, i would highly recommend this place. it was "hella" good. :P


oakland aviation museum

if you didn't know, i am a huge fan of airplanes (and not just because my boyfriend is a pilot, haha)! i have loved planes and flying and going to airshows my whole life, so i was super excited to find out that oakland had it's very own aviation museum! it was so fun to walk around and look at all the neat old school planes and learn about the history behind them all. oh, and it didn't hurt to have my own personal aviation expert to give me all the fun facts! if you find it fun to learn about the history of air travel, this is definitely the place for you!

bee-autiful gardens

after our exciting time with the airplanes, we decided to take it a little slower and have a walk through the gardens of lake merritt. this garden is SEVEN acres (which is so large for a garden in the city) and it is so peaceful to walk through. one of my favorite things inside is the air bee-n-bee — seriously, how cute is that? such a lovely little home for the bees! there were so many pretty flowers as well, and it was all around such a blissful time! also, it's free. so if you're a nature lover like me, this is a must see. nothing better than a little green in the city!

art on art on art

have you ever had the urge to just pop into an art gallery and be a part of a community art project? if not, you should! i'm so glad we walked into the joyce gordon art gallery when we did because we were able to watch artist stevens jay carter in the process of creating a new community mural. he is having locals write three words that inspire change to them and then draw the visual meaning on a heart. he is then incorporating it into his final piece, which i am so excited to see! this was such a cool experience that i feel is so unique to oakland. there is so much art culture in this city, and it is so moving.

all in all, oakland is a vibey little city packed with tons of culture and a whole lot of art and soul. so next time you're in the bay area, be sure to hop across the bay bridge and check this fun city off of your bucket list! here are a few more of my favorite photos from the day!

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*thanks to Visit Oakland for sponsoring this post. although it is sponsored, all opinions are my own!

empowering female voices with uber

hey hi hello! long time no talk! this summer has been super busy traveling about & also taking some much needed time to focus on building community & relationships here in portland. taking the time to pour into people & build a community of friends that is encouraging, uplifting, and helpful to one an other can be a whole lot of work — however, the end results are so rewarding! that said, i am excited to be partnering with uber to share with you guys my thoughts about female empowerment & how uber is advocating for empowerment across the charts.

1. as a girl, i think it is super important to have female role models to look up to AND be surrounded by likeminded women who share common passions to help inspire & motivate you to achieve your goals & be the best version of yourself. all of the gals in this photo have certainly motivated me in my career & personal life at some point & i encourage you to find some gal pals of your own to take over the world with!

2. another topic that is pretty important to me is diversity, especially within the creative space. having friends from different races, cultures & different walks of life can be incredibly inspiring & can bring something new to the table every time. something cool that uber is initiating is a plan to have one million women driver-partners using uber by 2020. go uber!!!

3. uber is all about #WhereTo & i think one of the best ways to take over the world with your female friends is to hit the road & take on the town! there is something so liberating & just plain fun about having a girls trip or girls day out! like i mentioned above, being surrounded by likeminded individuals to encourage & push you is truly the best feeling.

below are a few images i captured with my friends! i know you guys are used to seeing me in front of the camera, but i decided to step behind the camera like the creative businesswoman that i am & direct this shoot myself! i hope you all enjoyed this post & are left feeling inspired to go take over the world with your girls. 

keep on creating!

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workspace makeover — in collaboration with bed bath & beyond

greeeeetings earthlings! 

i hope you all are enjoying your week, i know i am! since i have been super busy traveling for the past few months, this week has included tons of emailing, editing, writing, scheduling, and just a whole lot of sitting at home! being freelance and working from home can be super tricky sometimes, because it's so easy to just work on your couch or your bed, which can feel messy and unorganized! work day in your pajamas?! if you're a freelancer, i know you totally get what i'm saying!

that said, it's been one of my goals this year to have a more organized workspace, which is why i am super excited to be collaborating with bed bath & beyond for this journal post! we recently teamed up together to do a little workspace makeover and i am so pleased with the outcome! from editing photos on my couch to working in this gorgeous new corner of my bedroom...i'd say it's been a pretty great upgrade! i've linked all of the items below, so if you're feeling like being twinsies on some office space furniture, check 'em out!

Verona Home Gemma Mid Century Desk in White                                                              Modway Invite Dining Side Chair in Tan

i am so in love with the mid century modern look and feel of all of these products, and they match perfectly with my natural and earthy home decor vibe! bed bath & beyond has such a diverse furniture assortment and so many fun styles and items to choose from, so i truly believe there is something for every one...in every category...and beyond! see what i did there? overall, i am super happy with my purchases and i would LOVE to see some photos of your workspaces! i'm always gaining new inspo, so send some photos my way! especially if you get any of these products! anyway, i should probably get back to planning out my life now! :P

thanks for reading! let me know on instagram if you guys would be interested in a tips on freelancing / working from home journal post! i think that's something i'd love to talk about! until next time...

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new year, new apartment!

greetings earthlings! happy new year! i hope your first week of january was awesome and full of motivation for this new year ahead! i've been spending this week settling into my new apartment in portland and i am soo happy about it! i love decorating, so i've definitely been having fun!

first up, i wanted to give you a little snippet of my bedroom, decorated with help of Cstudio Home! i'm pretty sure we spend half of our lives sleeping, so obviously we gotta show some love to our bed situation! i picked out this quilt, which is softer than a pair of fuzzy socks...and that's pretty soft — also super in love with this cute knit pillow and this fun little throw blanket! if you know me, you know shades of tan are my thing, so i was happy that Cstudio Home had lots of options to choose from, even down to the organic sheets and pillows *insert heart eye emoji*!

between all my cute 'n cozy blankets + abundance of pillows, it's needless to say i'm going to be doing a lot of sleeping! 

BTW, i am doing an instagram giveaway with Cstudio gifting one of you guys a $300 gift card to their site, so you can do your own bedroom makeover! sounds like a pretty sweet deal to me, so go on over to my post and leave comment to enter!

ok, that's all i'm going to show for now, but stay tuned for more sneak peaks of my new space and maybe a full apartment tour soon! 

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the year i got to travel the world

an ode to 2017...

from africa to london to costa rica and 41 flights in between, this was the year i got to travel the world. it didn't just happen overnight though. i'm not really sure how it happened to be quite honest. but what i do know is i serve a God who is good and this whole path of life that i'm on would not be possible without Him. so let's rewind.

i started off this year living with my family in los angeles, california. with a desire to gain independence and seek more out of life, i decided to spontaneously (and i mean super spontaneously) move to portland, or. i had never been to portland, i hardly knew anyone in portland, yet for some reason i thought it was a good decision. and it was. so on march 2nd of 2017 i found myself packing up my life into my prius and driving north.

i can't exactly explain why moving to portland changed my life, but it did. i was faced with tons of new feelings and experiences, ones that forced me to lean on God in ways that i never had before. and that has made all the difference. i decided i wanted to be someone who lived passionately, experienced as much i could, and share said experiences with anyone who would listen. boy oh boy did God answer those prayers, because about a month after i moved to portland i found myself with job opportunities in california, costa rica, canada, washington, and chicago...and this was all just in the first month. so i took them all, of course, and from that spiraled what would be my craziest year yet. 

don't worry though, i won't bore you with the intimate details of my travels. but what i would like to tell you is that no matter what path of life you are on, no matter your age, circumstances, hopes, or dreams, you have the ability to chase after whatever it is you set your heart and mind to. we have a God who listens to and answers prayers in the right time and right place, and He has the adventure of a lifetime waiting for you. i just know it.  so i encourage you in this new year upon us to reach higher, dream bigger, love deeper, explore farther, and enjoy this incredible journey we call life. there's a whole world out there waiting to be discovered. 

before i go, i'd like to take a moment to reflect on some of my favorite achievements and memories of 2017. thanks for coming along for the ride. here's to more adventures!

- my goal for this year was to go to 3 countries...i went to 7

- i got to work with some super incredible brands, companies, and organizations, like LUSH, Adobe, Apple, Education Cures, and more

- i've formed some really awesome friendships...you know who you are

- i finally built up the courage to jump off a cliff for the first time

- i traveled through europe with my best friend 

- i went on a sea plane...scariest thing of my life btw!

- i got to work with Adobe and Apple on a mobile editing initiative in NYC — probably my peaking moment

- i learned how to play the ukulele

- i conquered my fear of water and went white water rafting

- i moved four times...ok maybe this one isn't a proud accomplishment. but i now live in my own apartment, so that's pretty neat!

- i spent halloween in paris and thanksgiving in africa...AFRICA

- i saw God do incredible things in the lives of so many people around me, and that is the best thing of all

i could honestly go on forever about what an insanely cool year this has been. i feel so blessed to have been given these inspiring opportunities and am forever grateful for every individual who has believed in and encouraged me throughout this year.  i love you all. ok, now here's some photos of the fun times!