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LA Locals Love: Creme & Sugar OC


You may have seen the famous Unicorn Hot Chocolate or the Unicorn Shake on your feed once or twice. At least once if you follow me on Instagram since I posted my birthday treats from Creme & Sugar in Anaheim, home of the Unicorn Hot Chocolate.

Orange County has become quite the spot for foodies with its diverse offerings of delicious and Instagrammable cuisine. Since I technically live in Orange County, I have to give a shoutout to @OCFoodFiend who's inspired me to try out new restaurants in the Orange County and Los Angeles area as well as introducing me to Instagrammable places like Creme and Sugar! I don't actually 'know' @OCFoodFiend but we've been following each other for a while and I like to think we're Instagram friends, ha!
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7 Apps That Every Travel Blogger Needs

8 Must Have Apps for Travel Bloggers

When it comes to apps on my iPhone related to travel, social media or photography, I feel like I've tried it all. I'm a typical Millennial (good or bad thing?) and I'm absurdly picky about user experience. I've tried the free ones and I've spent money on others. While my phone has tons of apps on it, there's really only a few that I immediately go to for different reasons other than you know, text, phone, e-mail and the other basic apps.

I also get asked often by readers what apps I use for certain things; editing photos, videos for Instagram Story, etc. I did answer a few on two posts; Travel Blogger Myths & Truths and 15 Questions I Get Asked Most Often As A Travel Blogger but I thought I would break it down and share my favorites apps here today. Below I have best photo editing apps, best app to erase objects out of pictures, best social media schedulers and more. Let's get to it.
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Featured Friends: Moira from Style Pack Go


One of Fly Away Friday OG's, Moira from Style Pack Go reached out about being November's Featured Friends and I have to say, I was ecstatic. I've always loved her demeanor, her participation in link-ups or groups and her blog that's a fusion of fashion and travel, which she does seamlessly. Truth: we've been trying to get together for what feels like almost a year now, haha! I live in Southern California and Moira comes down here quite a bit for her actress/director career (I know, super exciting - don't worry, I made sure to ask about it in the interview!) so we've been talking about grabbing lunch. With our busy schedules though, we haven't been able to make it happen. I'm really hoping that it's soon!

Anyway, I had a fun time interviewing this multi-talented lady and I know you'll enjoy getting to know her as well. Let's get started! 

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Fly Away Friday 37


Welcome!
Welcome to the Fly Away Friday link-up! We’re so happy you’re joining us! Grab a cup of coffee, tea or wine (we’re not judging!) and enjoy!
About Fly Away Friday:
Fly Away Friday is a link-up community for travel related blog posts. Hosted by Janine from Fill My Passport and Kana from Life in Wanderlust; we wanted to create and cultivate a supportive community of travelers. Every other Friday at 9:00AM PST, the Fly Away Friday link-up will open for everyone to share their posts all weekend long until Sunday at 11:59PM PST.
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Checking In: Carnival Cruise Imagination - Halloween Voyage

Carnival Cruise Imagination Baja Mexico
This post is in collaboration with Carnival Cruise. However as always, opinions are my own.

If you've been following my blog the past few weeks, you know I've partnered with Carnival Cruise for 3 posts (10 Things To Know Before A Cruise & 10 Things To Pack For A Cruise) and this is the final one! I had the amazing opportunity to take the Halloween Carnival Voyage from Los Angeles, California to Ensenada, Mexico on the Carnival Imagination this past weekend for 2 days.

In good Southern California fashion, the weather was absolutely ideal for cruising and what a great getaway it was! The Carnival Cruise Baja Mexico route is perfect for people that have never cruised before but curious to try it. Whether you're retired, with children or a couple like my husband and me, it's an absolute blast. Let's start off by giving you a look at our Stateroom!

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10 Things You Should Pack For A Cruise


Disclaimer: This post is in collaboration with Carnival Cruise Line. However my opinion is as always, my own. 

If you haven't read last week's post, 10 Things You Should Know Before Your First Cruise, you may not know about my partnership with Carnival Cruise Line for 3 posts. I'll be going off on a voyage with them on their Baja Mexico Halloween Cruise this weekend and I'm beyond giddy! A cruise experience celebrating one of my favorite holidays? Yes, please! I'll be on Instagram Stories posting a room tour, ship tour, food, events and more so make sure you're following along by clicking here.
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10 Things To Know Before Your First Cruise

Disclaimer: This post is in collaboration with Carnival Cruise Line. However, all opinions are always my own.

I am beyond excited to announce my partnership with Carnival Cruise Line for the next 3 posts. I'll be going off on a voyage with them on their Baja Mexico Halloween Cruise next weekend and I can hardly wait. A cruise experience celebrating one of my favorite holidays? Yes, please! I'll be on Instagram Stories posting a room tour, ship tour, food, events and more so make sure you're following along by clicking here.
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Featured Friends: The Travelling Sociologist

Taking in the view of Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in the Alps, in
Switzerland. Photo credit: © thetravellingsociologist


This month, my Featured Friends is The Travelling Sociologist. We started chatting on Twitter a couple of months ago and now she's an active participant of the Fly Away Friday Link-Up as well as the engagement pod. When she reached out to be interviewed, I was thrilled! I've enjoyed reading all of her posts through Fly Away Friday and couldn't wait to get to know her a bit more. She has an interesting background and I can definitely identify with the issue of the "Where are you from?" question. Keep reading to see what I mean!
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Fly Away Friday #35


Welcome!
Welcome to the Fly Away Friday link-up! We’re so happy you’re joining us! Grab a cup of coffee, tea or wine (we’re not judging!) and enjoy!

About Fly Away Friday:
Fly Away Friday is a link-up community for travel related blog posts. Hosted by Janine from Fill My Passport and Kana from Life in Wanderlust; we wanted to create and cultivate a supportive community of travelers. Every other Friday at 9:00AM PST, the Fly Away Friday link-up will open for everyone to share their posts all weekend long until Sunday at 11:59PM PST.
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Exploring the Abandoned Water Park Between Los Angeles and Las Vegas

Abandoned Places California

If you've ever done the drive from Los Angeles to Las Vegas, you've spotted the abandoned park on the I-15. I've driven past it numerous times and each time, it comes up in conversation but I end up being too lazy to go, especially because there aren't obvious exits. Or let's be real, I'm either too excited to get to Vegas or too exhausted and want to go home!

But finally, I made it a point to explore it and I'm so glad I did because I'm completely fascinated by abandoned places. This abandoned water park is known as the Lake Dolores Water Park and is located along the I-15 in Newbury Springs, California in the western Mojave Desert between Los Angeles and Las Vegas.
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6 Reasons Why You Should Visit THIS Owl Cafe in Tokyo Japan


I've said this before but I've never been a huge fan of cat cafes because I hate cats (sorry, cat people!) but mostly because I'm deathly allergic to them. So naturally, I was never interested and didn't think much of animal cafes until they started opening cafes with other animals! I recently posted about the Bird Cafe which is by far, my favorite animal cafe so far.

But being a Harry Potter fan (I've accepted my fate as a Slytherin) and intrigued by owls in general (they're so majestic!), I knew I had to visit the ever popular Owl Cafes. There are several throughout Tokyo alone and I know it's hard to pick, especially if you're not familiar with the city or the Japanese language in general. So here's 6 reasons why you should visit THIS Owl Cafe in Tokyo and forget the others.
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LA Locals Love: Barton G. The Restaurant Hollywood

Barton G West Hollywood

A few months ago as I was scrolling through my Instagram, a ridiculous photo caught my eye. It was this enormous cotton candy concoction placed pretty on a white glass bust of a woman. I immediately saw that it was my former employee and DM-ed him for the details. It looked fascinating and I had to know everything; where, what, who, why and how I can get my hands on it.

He immediately texted back and said, "Barton G in WeHo (West Hollywood)! You've never heard of it? You MUST go".

I looked it up as fast as I could and made reservations for my fiance's birthday dinner. I didn't even look at the price (although in hindsight I perhaps should have) but knew Barton G would be an exciting way to celebrate since we were going to be staycationing in downtown Los Angeles anyway.
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Featured Friends: Juliette & John from Snorkels To Snow

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I'm overly thrilled to introduce you to September's Featured Friends, Juliette and John from the amazing travel blog, Snorkels to Snow. I've 'known' them for at least a year now, if not more, and have enjoyed reading their blog and getting to know them quite a bit. They have one of the best blog user experience ever with a clean, easy to navigate page with absolutely stunning photos that will have you wanderlusting for days. Since I'm off to Fiji for my honeymoon early 2018, I can't tell you how many of their pages I've bookmarked and they've kindly offered to give me tips for when I go.

While I thought I knew a lot about them, I learned a lot more from interviewing them. I hope you enjoy getting to know them as much as I did!
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Fly Away Friday #33


Welcome!
Welcome to the Fly Away Friday link-up! We’re so happy you’re joining us! Grab a cup of coffee, tea or wine (we’re not judging!) and enjoy!
About Fly Away Friday:
Fly Away Friday is a link-up community for travel related blog posts. Hosted by Janine from Fill My Passport and Kana from Life in Wanderlust; we wanted to create and cultivate a supportive community of travelers. Every other Friday at 9:00AM PST, the Fly Away Friday link-up will open for everyone to share their posts all weekend long until Sunday at 11:59PM PST.
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Checking In: The Bellagio in Las Vegas, Nevada

Bellagio Las Vegas Review

While I've been to Vegas several times and have dined at the Bellagio, I had never stayed the night there. I normally tend to stay at the MGM or the Luxor depending on the reason for visiting (for EDC or just to visit). Thankfully I live in Los Angeles where it's a short drive (4-5 hours) so when I saw an amazing deal to stay at the normally expensive Bellagio, I went for it with only a week's notice.

I truly was looking forward to the stay aspect of experiencing the Bellagio and they did not disappoint. Here's my full review!
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Alice in Wonderland Cafe Shibuya in Tokyo, Japan

Alice in Wonderland Cafe Tokyo Japan

If you weren't aware already, Japan loves themed restaurants and cafes. Whether it's animal related, robots, famous characters - whatever you can imagine, they have it. Alice in Wonderland is no exception. This particular Alice in Wonderland Restaurant in the Shibuya area of Tokyo has been around for a few years already. However, it's been so popular that the lines would be around the block, especially on weekends or holidays. As a 'local', I didn't even want to deal with that so I decided to wait until it died down.

A few years in, the Alice in Wonderland restaurant is still a popular spot for tourists. Thankfully though, the weekday crowd has subsided quite a bit and I finally had the opportunity to dine there. I can walk from my house to this restaurant but from the Shibuya station, it's only about a 5 minute walk or less. Let's dive into this magical dining experience!
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The Ultimate Guestroom Makeover Tips Under $200 - Before and After!


Recently, I started getting a little bored with the guest room and decided to give it a budget-friendly facelift. Originally I gave myself $100 to spend for the makeover but since a new bedding set was necessary, I doubled it to $200. I shifted the furniture around, purchased new decor and was able to wow my best friend when she visited. Since she had stayed in this room before, she was shocked with how small changes can make such a big difference!

Ever since moving to this home in California, I've welcomed and hosted many friends and family. I always receive flattering compliments about the guest room and I credit that to working in the hospitality business for so long! I know what makes a comfortable, welcoming room and what to add for an extra oomph. Here's a few tips that I swear by in order to create the perfect space for your guest, as well as real life before and after pictures of my guest room! Enjoy!
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Checking In: Hotel Maya in Long Beach, California

Hotel Maya Long Beach Review

I'm irrationally excited to be writing this review of Hotel Maya, A DoubleTree by Hilton in Long Beach, California. As some of you may know, I've worked in the hotel business for 8+ years - started as a Reservations Agent and ended as a Director of Sales & Marketing with several other positions in-between. I've stayed at hundreds of hotels between business and leisure yet the Hotel Maya is one of my (if not THE) favorite hotel I've ever stayed at. Trust me, that's saying a lot.

I enjoy the big-box hotels for their reliability but if you're looking for a boutique hotel in Long Beach, California, Hotel Maya is the spot. Let me take you around! Here's a full review of the Hotel Maya.
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Fly Away Friday #31


Welcome!
Welcome to the Fly Away Friday link-up! We’re so happy you’re joining us! Grab a cup of coffee, tea or wine (we’re not judging!) and enjoy!
About Fly Away Friday:
Fly Away Friday is a link-up community for travel related blog posts. Hosted by Janine from Fill My Passport and Kana from Life in Wanderlust; we wanted to create and cultivate a supportive community of travelers. Every other Friday at 9:00AM PST, the Fly Away Friday link-up will open for everyone to share their posts all weekend long until Sunday at 11:59PM PST.
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10 Travel Blogger Myths & Truths

Travel Blogger Myths & Truths

Since I got such great feedback from everyone on my 15 Questions I Get Asked Most As A Travel Blogger post, I wanted to write a post that addressed myths I've been approached with during my 2 years of Travel Blogging, along with the aligning blatant truths for each one.

These are my personal opinions in response to comments I've directly received whether it's from fellow bloggers, followers, friends or family about Travel Blogging. Some may be encouraging, others discouraging but either way, I'm being absolutely honest!

Welcome to the reality of being a Travel Blogger!
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LA Locals Love: Glen Ivy Hot Springs & Spa

Glen Ivy Spa Corona

Ever since I moved to Los Angeles, people have told me to visit the Glen Ivy Hot Springs & Spa in Corona. Corona is about 30-40 minutes East of Los Angeles in the Inland Empire. Glen Ivy is a hot springs resort and a day spa, perfect for relaxation! Now that I've spent a day there, I'm so mad I hadn't visited before!

When my best friend was visiting from Portland, I wanted to take her somewhere to relax and I knew Glen Ivy was the perfect idea. We both love swimming, beaches, hot tubs...just being in water. That's actually how we bonded at a work training - hours in a Hilton Garden Inn pool, haha!

If you're looking for a day spa in Los Angeles or Orange County, Glen Ivy is highly recommended!
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Our Maui Engagement Story || Ad


I have partnered with Jewelers Mutual for this post. However, all opinions are as always, my own. 

While a few of you already know this, I got engaged last November. I've had some readers ask me to discuss the engagement but I had so much travel and work happening, I didn't have the chance to share the experience. But today, I'm excited to finally sit down and tell you the story of our engagement that happened last year in Maui, Hawaii!
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5 Things You Must Eat When Visiting Harajuku Tokyo

Harajuku Food Places

If you're a frequent reader of this blog, you know I was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan. If not, hello and yes, I was lived in Tokyo until I was 18! I grew up in Shibuya to be exact, smack in the middle of the biggest city in the world. I don't know anything other than the city life and I'm a self-proclaimed Tokyo expert.

When in Tokyo, one of the top places I recommend for anyone to visit is Harajuku. The eclectic, busy and pop-culture-bursting area of Tokyo. Specifically in Harajuku, Takeshita Street is not to be missed! It's a strip of small restaurants and shops that are cheap, quirky and fun - not to mention the people watching quality is top notch!
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LA Locals Love: Hello Kitty Cafe


It's not news that I love Sanrio, the umbrella company of famous characters like Hello Kitty, My Melody, Bad Batzmaru, Keroppi and more. Since Sanrio is a Japanese company, it's sentimental for me and love that people appreciate it even here in the United States. I recently visited the Pompompurin Cafe in Tokyo, Japan and I couldn't get enough! When friends alerted me that there were a couple temporary Hello Kitty Cafes here in the Los Angeles area, I knew I had to visit!
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Fly Away Friday #29


Welcome!
Welcome to the Fly Away Friday link-up! We’re so happy you’re joining us! Grab a cup of coffee, tea or wine (we’re not judging!) and enjoy!
About Fly Away Friday:
Fly Away Friday is a link-up community for travel related blog posts. Hosted by Janine from Fill My Passport and Kana from Life in Wanderlust; we wanted to create and cultivate a supportive community of travelers. Every other Friday at 9:00AM PST, the Fly Away Friday link-up will open for everyone to share their posts all weekend long until Sunday at 11:59PM PST.
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5 Amazing Benefits of Scuba Diving || Ad

Photo Credit: PADI.com
This post is in collaboration with PADI. However, all opinions and experiences as always, are my own.

I'm so excited to be partnering with PADI (The Professional Association of Diving Instructors) to celebrate the third-annual Women's Dive Day on July 15th.

Women's Dive Day is a day where divers - both male and female alike - will unite around the world through hundreds of different events hosted by PADI Dive Centers and Resorts to celebrate female divers, all the while aiming to decrease the gender gap in scuba certification. To give you a little more background, PADI is the world's largest scuba diver training organization, having issued more than 25 million certifications to passionate divers and ocean advocates across the globe. Women's Dive Day is just one example of how this powerful group can unite as one under a worthwhile cause.

Scuba diving has always been an experience that is consistently magical, wherever I do it. My experience of scuba diving started fairly young when my family and I were vacationing in Okinawa. After exploring the deep waters of beautiful Okinawa, I continued to dive in Saipan and Hawaii. It's been a good amount of years since I last dove but now that I'm looking back on it, I really need to go again soon!
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Featured Friends: Serena from Serena On The Go


Welcome to July's Featured Friends! I'm excited to have Serena from Serena On The Go as my guest this month. While she's a Travel Blogger, she's not your typical one. She finds, experiences, researches and writes about tips and tricks on getting the most out of travel. Not to give away too much but she's an expert in maximizing loyalty programs - from working in the hospitality and airline industry myself, I know that can be a science, so I have a lot of respect for Serena! Without further ado, get to know her and learn something new!
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Tea Time At The Bird Cafe In Tokyo Japan

Kotori Cafe Omotesando

Japan has become quite the popular spot for unique, themed cafes. Among those themed cafes that are particularly popular are the animal cafes! It all started with a single cat cafe in Tokyo, where locals were able to visit, grab coffee and get soothed by the presence of cats. I'm personally deathly allergic to cats and don't like cats in general (sorry!) so I wasn't ever interested. But when other animal cafes started introducing dogs, rabbits, snakes, owls, hedgehogs and parrots, that definitely perked my interest!
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#ChangeDestiny with SK-II | Ad

This post is sponsored by SK-II. However, all opinions and personal experiences told are my own. 

When SK-II reached out to me regarding their #ChangeDestiny campaign, I was curious. As a long time SK-II skincare user, I was tempted to agree with whatever the terms were. But I became more intrigued when the details didn't involve testing out skincare or a review proposition. Not only did it have nothing to do with their products, it was about changing destiny. I quickly clicked on the YouTube video they sent me and to my surprise, tears started rolling down my eyes.
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10 Must Have Japanese Beauty & Skincare Products

Japanese Hand Mask

While I'm picky about my makeup and skincare, I'm in no way one of those beauty gurus! Living in the US and being from Japan, it's been interesting to watch Japanese and Korean beauty products and brands become popular here. For good reason, though! Japanese and Koreans are obsessed with maintaining their skin and they have high expectations for anything beauty.

If you don't follow me on Instagram, I was back in Japan visiting my family last month. It was the perfect time for me to replenish my must-have beauty and skincare items, so I thought it would be fun to share them with you!
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Rainbow Karaoke : The Ultimate Place to Karaoke in Shibuya

Rainbow Karaoke Shibuya

Oh, karaoke. It started in Japan and now it's a universal phenomena that people enjoy. As someone that has a name and kanji that means 'melodious', I'm quite the karaoke queen. Growing up, the cool place to hang out after school was at karaoke and trust me, back then it wasn't this nice. I remember going to karaoke boxes near my school and paid 300 yen per hour in a dirty, tiny room.

But now, karaoke has become even more significant in the Japanese culture and companies are competing to be the best karaoke spot. Since my parents are also karaoke fans, they've been scouting out the best and newest spots around our neighborhood. Between my parents and I, we've sang in a variety of karaoke boxes but nothing compares to the Rainbow Karaoke in Shibuya!
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Fly Away Friday #27



Welcome!
Welcome to the Fly Away Friday link-up! We’re so happy you’re joining us! Grab a cup of coffee, tea or wine (we’re not judging!) and enjoy! About Fly Away Friday:
Fly Away Friday is a link-up community for travel related blog posts. Hosted by Janine from Fill My Passport and Kana from Life in Wanderlust; we wanted to create and cultivate a supportive community of travelers. Every other Friday at 9:00AM PST, the Fly Away Friday link-up will open for everyone to share their posts all weekend long until Sunday at 11:59PM PST.
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Dining at the Adorable Pompompurin Cafe in Tokyo

Pompompurin Cafe Tokyo

Since I was born and raised in Tokyo, Sanrio played a huge part in my childhood and my creativity. In other countries, Sanrio is predominantly represented by Hello Kitty and you visit Sanrio Stores at the malls. But in Japan, Sanrio is part of the Japanese culture and yes, Hello Kitty is the star of the show but closely followed by Keroppi, Pochacco, My Melody, Kiki & Lala, Batz-Maru, Tuxedo Sam, Winky Pinky, Peckle and Peppy, just off the top of my head! Bet you don't recognize half of what I just listed!
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Checking In: Hotel Elysèe in New York City, New York

Hotel Elysee New York City

For the majority of my stay in New York, I had the pleasure of cozying up at the Hotel Elysee in Manhattan. The Hotel Elysee is a luxury boutique hotel and part of the Library Hotel Collection. If you haven't already, click here for a review of their sister property I also stayed at in Manhattan, the Library Hotel. While they're a part of the same collection, they offer a unique and very different experience!

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8 New York Eateries I Would Revisit

Doughnuttery Plaza Hotel

Hands down the most read and commented post on my blog is the 10 Eateries in Maui That Will Blow Your Mind. It was my first post dedicated to food and I'm so glad to know everyone enjoys food as much as I do, especially while traveling!

One thing I do before a trip is research local food spots. I'm all about trying places that are hyped up, whether it's 'touristy' or not (because really, who cares? I discussed that a little on this post). Since New York is the mecca of food, I knew I had to try as many places as my stomach could handle!
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L.A. Locals Love: Reasons to Visit the L.A. Opera

LA Opera

For this week in Los Angeles, let's get fancy! That's right, put on your best pair of dress shoes and get yourself to the L.A. Opera. In the City of Angels there are endless entertainment possibilities so why should a show at the L.A. Opera be an option? Besides the fact that the this amazing non-profit organization helps fund art education around different Los Angeles neighborhoods, it is also home to many stage premiers for spectacular performance since the 1980's. If you are wondering if a visit to an opera is right for you, here are 4 reasons why you should visit the L.A. Opera!
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Checking In: Library Hotel in New York City, New York

Library Hotel New York Reading Room

During my visit to New York City, I had the pleasure of staying at the whimsical Library Hotel in Manhattan. I had heard so much about this hotel from friends and other bloggers that I just had to see it and spend a night myself. I love reading books, owning books, smelling them and visiting libraries, so a hotel based on all of that? Couldn't possibly ask for much more!

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Fly Away Friday #25


Welcome!
Welcome to the Fly Away Friday link-up! We’re so happy you’re joining us! Grab a cup of coffee, tea or wine (we’re not judging!) and enjoy!
About Fly Away Friday:
Fly Away Friday is a link-up community for travel related blog posts. Hosted by Janine from Fill My Passport and Kana from Life in Wanderlust; we wanted to create and cultivate a supportive community of travelers. Every other Friday at 9:00AM PST, the Fly Away Friday link-up will open for everyone to share their posts all weekend long until Sunday at 11:59PM PST.
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15 Questions I Get Asked Most As A Travel Blogger


I receive e-mails and DM's almost every day with generally the same 10 or so questions and I thought it would be informative if I answered them in a post! I also got some great questions from my fellow Travel Bloggers and I've linked to their blogs as well, so make sure you visit them!

Just as a background, I've been Travel Instagramming & Blogging for almost 2 years. During this time, I've worked hard and consistently on writing and growing my 'brand'. I'm no means a top Travel Blogger or able to work full time as one. However, I've had the pleasure and honor of working with some amazing brands!

With that said, let's get answering the 15 questions I get asked most frequently as a Travel Blogger!
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LA Locals Love: 5 Stops to Make in Hollywood


Let's head out to Hollywood to play tourists! Whether us locals like to admit it or not, our city runs on the tourism industry and we are thankful for it. There are endless possibilities of things to do and see. We are always discovering new things in our very own city right here in Los Angeles. Even the locals have to play tourists sometime in the City of Angels. If you have a day free and want to explore the world famous Hollywood Blvd strip, here are 5 stops that will be worth visiting within a short amount of time.
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Featured Friends: Janine from Fill My Passport


Meet Janine from Fill My Passport! The timing of this Featured Friends couldn't been any better! Why? Because she's my interim Co-Host for the Fly Away Friday link-up! Janine knew that Chloe was having a baby and took the initiative to volunteer to assist. I was going to host it alone until Chloe was back so I'm so thankful for her kindness!

This Toronto gal and serious content creator (not just in travel!) has traveled all over the world and looking to do more. Get to know the lady behind Fill My Passport.
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5 Unique Things to Experience in Frankenmuth Michigan


Ever since graduating from undergrad in Washington State, I've lived in 5 different states, including Michigan. I lived in Detroit for a little over a year and consider it dear to my heart. I have a hard time when people stereotype Detroit when they've never even visited and my life long goal is to try and change their views one person at a time! Michigan is an incredibly beautiful state and I loved my time living in Detroit.

One particular place in Michigan was so memorable that I knew when we were planning this trip, we had to visit. As I'm sure you've figured out, it's Frankenmuth, Michigan, also known as Little Bavaria.
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LA Locals Love: The Broad Museum


If you were to Google all the museums in Los Angeles, you'd see that we have so many amazing ones to choose from, it'd be hard to narrow it down to just one for a day visit. On Earth Day, I took the train out to DTLA instead of my car and set out for a day of adventure at The Broad, a contemporary art museum. I had been to The Broad once when it first opened in 2015. I had to reserve admission tickets months in advance to avoid the hours of waiting in line! This gorgeous and eclectic museum has been all the rage with local and tourists, and it should definitely be on your list of places to visit in Los Angeles. Here are some helpful tips on how to make your visit to the The Broad an awesome one!
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Visiting the World's Largest Christmas Store


When you find out one of the most popular places to visit at your destination is Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, the largest Christmas store in the world, you go. This wasn't my first visit but it's been several years since I was there last and couldn't want to revisit. I used to live in Detroit, Michigan and remember how magical it was when I visited the first time. Because who doesn't love Christmas and Christmas decorations?
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Welcome!
Welcome to the Fly Away Friday link-up! We’re so happy you’re joining us! Grab a cup of coffee, tea or wine (we’re not judging!) and enjoy!
About Fly Away Friday:
Fly Away Friday is a link-up community for travel related blog posts. Hosted by Chloe from Time Travel Blonde and Kana from Life in Wanderlust; we wanted to create and cultivate a supportive community of travelers. Every other Friday at 9:00AM PST, the Fly Away Friday link-up will open for everyone to share their posts all weekend long until Sunday at 11:59PM PST.
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Checking In: MotorCity Casino Hotel in Detroit, Michigan


Even though I knew of the MotorCity Casino and their colorful, grand building when I lived there, I had never visited. When I purchased the Detroit Red Wings' final game at the Joe Louis Arena, I knew I wanted to experience and stay at the MotorCity Casino Hotel.

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LA Locals Love: Melrose Trading Post


Sundays are for relaxing, eating a hearty brunch to soak up the drinks from the night before, and it's a day  for enjoying the Los Angeles sunny weather. As much as us LA locals love our warm weather, we don't get to enjoy it often enough due to sitting in our cars, in traffic 5 days a week. So, what's a way to take advantage of the almost always perfect weather in Southern California? Take a leisurely stroll to shop and people watch at the Melrose Trading Post!
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