Engagement Story & Pictures!

Engagement Story & Pictures!

June marks six months since Vishal popped the question and to commemorate the milestone, I’m sharing the story and pictures from the day he proposed!

On the spur of the moment in May, Vishal and I booked a ten-day trip throughout Japan and Cambodia. It was a couple months before while we we’re planning all the details when he asked if I’d be interested in a guided photography tour for one of the days we were going to be in Cambodia. I thought it was a wonderful idea, so Vishal said he would get it all set up. We left for our trip on December 8th and, after spending the five days traveling throughout Japan, we arrived in Cambodia for the second half of our trip! It was the day of our photography tour and our guide, Chris, met us at 4 AM to start our tour with the famous sunrise at Angkor Wat. We spent the whole day visiting all the temples and ruins, learning photography tips, and taking pictures along the way. As we were nearing the end of our photography tour through the temples of Angkor, our guide, Chris, took us to one last temple for a few more shots. It was a beautiful site in the middle of the jungle with no one else around. We climbed to the top of the temple and as I was looking around to plan our next shot, Vishal said he had a question to ask me. Unsuspectingly, I turned around and Vishal got down on one knee and asked me to marry him! After lots of hugging, kissing, and maybe just a few happy tears, we ended the day with a champagne toast celebration on a private river cruise into the sunset!

XoXo

 

Visiting India: Night Out at Upré

Visiting India: Night Out at Upré

One of the best parts of my trip to India was having some friends from college (who were traveling in Morocco) come stay with us for a few days!

We decided to do some exploring during the night and came across an awesome rooftop restaurant with panoramic views the city and water!

Upré is located on the terrace of Lake Pichola Hotel. It was a great place to spend our second night in India enjoying among great drinks and wonderful friends! I would definitely suggest requesting one of the booths along the edges for the best views.

*Funny story: While we were enjoying our drinks a grasshopper showed up out of nowhere and landed on me! I’ve been told Grasshoppers are a universal symbol of good luck, so I felt extra special.

XoXo

Voodoo Doughnut: The BEST Doughnuts. Ever.

Voodoo Doughnut: The BEST Doughnuts. Ever.

Happy National Doughnut Day!

It’s no secret how much I love and enjoy food- all of our travels are pretty much focused on trying the most buzz-worthy places in each city- but it’s pretty safe to say doughnuts are my favorite!

I’ve visited lots of different doughnut shops, but one always stands out as my favorite: Voodoo Doughnut.

I first experienced the pure deliciousness of a Voodoo Doughnut doughnut after  becoming a Denver resident. We were driving down Colfax Ave and the bright pink building caught my eye. There was a line stretched out the door and around the block, but I made us pull over and wait. Even with the 45-minute line, IT WAS SO WORTH IT! Among their Raised Yeast, Cake, and Vegan doughnuts, my top two are The Homer (Raised Yeast) and Voodoo Doll (Raised Yeast).

Since this doughnut enlightenment in Denver, I’ve also checked visiting their Portland, OR and Eugene, OR locations off my list!

Doughnut lovers everywhere: If you ever come across a Voodoo Doughnut, wait in the line and get a big pink box of doughnuts!

As they say at VD, “good things come in pink boxes”.

XoXo

My Top Ten: Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale

My Top Ten: Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale

The Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale is going on now!

I swear I get the most satisfaction from shopping when I know I’m getting a great deal and the Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale is really great. I’ve rounded up my Top Ten picks for this year:

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#1 Blue Peacoat

#2 Rose iPhone Cover

#3 Pink Tunic

#4 Sea Mist Crossbody

#5 Red Tunic

#6 Wall Mount Wine Holder

#7 Bell Sleeve Top

#8 Tie Bikini Top

#9 Skinny jeans

#10 Peep Toe Bootie

Happy shopping!

XoXo

FabFitFun Box: Fall 2015

FabFitFun Box: Fall 2015

I know, I know, I’m super late with this one, but it’s finally here! The FabFitFun Box: Fall 2015 edition.

The box includes:

Doctor D Schwab Flawless Skin Fluid (Value $39)

This boasts that it is all natural and “replaces uneven skin tone caused by age spots and pigmentation with clarity and radiantly youthful skin”, so I’m excited to adopt this into my beauty routine!

Hisy Batter Pack (Value $24.99)

I always like to keep an external battery pack on me when I know I have a long day ahead of me, so this is so nice to get!

Gold Radiance Luxury Facial Mask (2 Pack Value $65)

It left my face so soft, but the mask was very heavy and large so it would keep sliding down my face. Also, the mask left glitter all over my face after taking it off. I did not expect that!

Merrithew Strength Tubing Ankle & Tone Body Tone + DVD (Value $33)

Again, I LOVE fitness programs because they keep my focused and going, so I am so excited to try this out!

Tappan Collective Umbrella (Value $32)

Cute and useful!

Manna Kadar Lip Locked Lucky Lip Stain (Value $24)

This  is a primer, lip gloss and lip stain in one! The color is really nice and think it will complement every skin tone. Very moisturizing and long-lasting!

Glass Crystal Bead Bracelet by Tribe Alive ($49 retail value)

Love this! So delicate and dainty. It is definitely my style

Purple Purse Foundation Tassel Charm

So cute and I love the purpose!

Picture it On Canvas $75 Gift Code (with free shipping)

Jeweler’s Wife $15 Gift Code (with free shipping)

Crest 3D White Brilliance 2-Step System Sample

Going to get some pearly whites!

Grand Total: $352.20!

For $10 your first box: http://xo.fff.me/c8MAL

With Love,

Steph

What I Learned From Someone Stealing My Phone in Thailand… and Other Tips for Traveling Abroad

What I Learned From Someone Stealing My Phone in Thailand… and Other Tips for Traveling Abroad

My trip to Thailand was one of the best experiences of my life- It was my first time traveling internationally. It was a bit of a culture-shock once we landed, but I learned more about myself and the world out there that I had yet to experience. While I had the best time in Thailand, on my first full day in Bangkok, I was the victim of pickpocketing. Not even realizing the “Beware of pickpocketing” signs around the temple- of course-until after i fell victim, it happened in the matter of less than 5 minutes.

I have come up with a list of some Do’s and Dont’s for traveling abroad with links to handy items below!

  1. Do yourself a favor and DON’T bring a backpack to use as your daily bag. I bought a Longchamp ‘Le Pliage’ Backpack specifically for this trip, thinking it would be the easiest way to travel so my hands would be free. I loved that it had a zip top and flap to cover- figuring this made it extra safe, but it didn’t, and my new iPhone 6 was stolen. After reading tons of articles, the best choice would be a crossbody of messenger-type bag. Two of my favorites are the kate spade new york ‘cobble hill – ella’ leather hobo  (on sale right now) and the Longchamp ‘Le Pliage Neo- Medium’ Tote. I always bring my Canon DSLR and GoPro with me on trips, so I like a roomier bag. These two work well, but each also come in a smaller size if you travel light . With these bags, you can zip them up and keep them in front of you and have the pickpocketers not see you as a target.
  2. DO bring an external battery pack. Life-saver on those long flights where you may be stuck in a seat that DOESN’T have a working port (true story). I love the external battery pack I bought from Amazon. It’s a little thick, but can fully charge my phone six times!
  3. DO write down all of the names, addresses, and phone numbers for the places you are going to- think hotels, restaurants, attractions! Do not rely on technology, because we all know things happen-Batteries can die, wifi can not be found, etc. The person in our group in-charge of the hotel address kept it in his email and once we reached the town, he phone didn’t work and we spent the next two hours walking around town trying to find the hotel… not the best situation.
  4. DON’T over-pack. I was in Thailand for 12 days and I fit everything in one carry-on and a small personal and it was still too much! I’ve been spoiled by being able to stuff an insane amount of stuff in my carry-on and I knew, as long as it fit in the overhead compartment, I was good! Imagine my shock when learning, first-hand, that most international carry-on items are subject to size AND weight limitations. I bet you can guess how my experience went. I either had to pay weight-overage fees or was forced to check-in my bag and pay outrageous checked baggage fees. Save yourself the trouble and pack smart and light. It’s also a good idea to invest in a handheld scale to be certain you’re good to go.
  5. DO have fun 🙂 Remember to enjoy your time on your adventure. Go with the flow, roll with the punches, and fully embrace the surroundings and cultures. Appreciate your opportunity to see a world different from your day-to-day life!

With Love,

Steph

Steph in Singapore

Steph in Singapore

Some interesting observations while in Singapore:

  • Singapore is absolutely the cleanest place I have ever been
  • Gum is illegal- no where sells it and no one has any
  • Singapore is home to the 100th Starbucks location 🙂
  • At first, you don’t realize what it actually is, but the Singapore SkyPark is the coolest place and gives the best views of the area

With Love,

Steph

FabFitFun Box: Summer 2015

FabFitFun Box: Summer 2015

Summer time and the living is easy! The snow and cold are officially gone from Denver and it is time for warmth and fun!

This box was AWESOME! Check out the goods below:

Wren 14Kt Gold and Black Sapphire Necklace- $100

I. Am. In. Love. With. This. Necklace! It is so simple and delicate, which makes it a great daily staple piece. My favorite item from this box!

The Everyday Wireless Speaker by FabFitFun- $29.99

After getting a speaker for my shower, I found myself wanting to get another one that I could take with me to the lake and beach- and presto- FabFitFun had me covered! Great accessory for all of your summer-time activities.

Inkling Scents Sultry Roll-On Oil Perfume- $25

This is the first oil perfume I’ve ever tried and I am quite impressed. The scent is really alluring and musky (my favorite type of scent), but light. The oil takes a bit to getting used to, but overall I like it.

Gorge “I’ll Make You Look Amazing” Daily Spray- $24.95

Silky. Smooth. Conditioned. Shiny. Soft. If any of those words are how you want your hair to be described as, you need to adopt this daily spray now. This product has completely replaced my serums, oils, and leave-in conditioners. Holy Grail for Hair!

Tarte LipSurgence Lip Gloss- $19

I was a little apprehensive with this product- I’m really picky with glosses, since anything with a sticky consistency goes directly in the garbage. This gloss was different, though. It instantly made my lips look SO moisturized and SO plump. It has more of a tacky feeling, which I can definitely deal with given the results.

Pros: The color is gorgeous and makes your lips look SO moisturized!

Cons: Get a bit tacky- it’s not sticky, but it does feel thick.

FabFitFun x CosmoBody Jump Rope- $14

I bought a jump rope earlier this year that was just too long to use, so this is a nice addition.

Scratch Nail Wraps- $12

I’m not totally crazy about the color/print that I recieved in this box, but I’m now open to the idea of the stick on nail wraps. They’re easy and quick to use

Headspace 3-Month Subscription- $38.85

I really like the concept behind Headspace. They offer exercises all focused on working-out your mind through meditation and mindfulness techniques. Head to the Headspace website for a free trial.

Hello Konjac Cleansing Sponge- $12

I actually already use a similar product (which I love), so I know this product is the bomb!

Vaseline Intensive Care Aloe Soothe Spray Moisturizer- $7.99

I am all about the spray moisturizers now! This product is just so convenient to use and smells so incredibly refreshing. Five stars!

Grand Total: 275.79

For $10 your first box: http://xo.fff.me/c8MAL

 

With Love,

Steph

True Life: I’m Traveling Internationally for the First Time!

True Life: I’m Traveling Internationally for the First Time!

In one month, it turned from a random and wild idea to actually stepping foot onto the plane for a 12-day adventure throughout Singapore and Thailand!

I have never truly traveled international (my cruises to the Bahamas don’t count), so I am just so ecstatic and excited to have this opportunity to travel to the complete other side of the world to experience a different culture, eat new foods, and try my hand at navigating in a place where I don’t speak the language. I’ll be making stops in Singapore, Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket, and the Phi Phi Islands.

Stay posted for updates on my travels. Time to take-off!

With Love,

Steph

 

Find my Gilmore Girls tank from Arsenic and Lace

Find my Longchamp ‘Le Pliage’ Travel Bag at Nordstrom

FabFitFun Box: Spring 2015

FabFitFun Box: Spring 2015

Spring-time, spring-cleaning, spring-break. Spring is associated with a lot of different things, but mostly it is change.

This year, I decided I wanted to make a change and try out some cool new things…and that is when I discovered the FabFitFun box!

The Spring 2015 box is my first box and I am SO happy with the quality of the products in the box and the overall value of the box.

What I received in the box:

Jules Smith Scarf- $42

Cute colors, soft, and very spring time appropriate! Made of lightweight cotton viscose.

Palmetto Derma Collagen Booster and Restoration Serum- $48

I love serums and my skin seems to be loving this one. Perfect addition to my beauty routine!

Merrithew 3 DVD Set “Intense Body Blast” & $25 Gift Card- $61

Work out videos are the best way to get my butt off the couch and live an active lifestyle. This DVD mixes HIIT with Pilates for a balanced session. Very cool that it came with a gift card so I could invest in a new yoga mat.

ORLY Nail BB Creme- $15

Never knew BB creme for nail existed, but here it is! I’m not sure about the smoothing, moisturizing, and brightening claims, but it sure does look pretty.

ORLY Nail Polish “Cake Pop”- $8.50

Nice neutral polish perfect for springtime.

Yasi Metallic Flash Tattoos – $36

I’m not really into the flash tattoo, so I’ll probably end up handing these over to my little sister.

Rifle Paper Co. Cities Coaster Set – $16

Adorable coaster set featuring New York, London, Tokyo, and Paris! Love it!

OFRA Cosmetics Eyeshadow Brush Duo (#11 and #20) – $45.90

These brushes could not be more welcomed, as I was in desperate need for more brushes as my makeup collection has grown! Super soft.

Sprout It App Card & Miracle Grow Gro-able Seed Pod – $1.49

This was such a cute item. I’ve been wanting to grow a little herb garden and I received a basil pod. So excited for this to grow and incorporate fresh basil into my meals.

Cosmos Creations Premium Puffed Corn -$1.49

Interesting item- I got the caramel coated popcorn, and while it was very tasty, it was just to much on the sweet side for me to really enjoy.

Vow To Be Chic Gift Card: One free dress rental (up to $125) with the rental or purchase of another dress

I don’t have an occasion coming up that I would need a dress for, so this will probably go to the wayside.

Hello Fresh Gift Card: $40 Off First Week of Delivery Service

HelloFresh is a weekly meal-kit delivery services that provides fresh ingredients and recipe cards to make meals at home. I like the idea of this and may try it out! If I do, I’ll share my thoughts 🙂

Grand Total: $273.89

For $10 off your first box: http://xo.fff.me/c8MAL

With Love,

Steph