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TRAVEL DIARY: SAN FRANCISCO

It’s time of the year when the hubs and I start traveling quite a bit for wedding photography shoots. We can’t complain – we love to travel and the fact that we get to do it together and for work makes it even more special. Whenever we go for a wedding destination shoot, we add on a few more days for ourselves. I’m not sure how we fit it all in with our businesses and busy schedules, but we try to make the most of every moment and opportunity. I must admit it gets a bit tiring to take photos for the blog everywhere after shooting countless hours for a wedding a day before, but when I see these images captured by Jason, I know it’s all worth it and thankful to have these beautiful memories to look back on! So stay tuned for more travel diaries this summer!

I’m finally getting to post a little recap of our recent trip to one of our favorite U.S. cities – San Francisco. We have family and friends in the city so it makes it an extra special place to visit for us. Jason and I are big fans of walking cities and we love that San Francisco has so much to offer every time we go. I’ve been to SF countless times before but we decided to go to some new places this time and found the views to be pretty stunning. With A LOT of encouragement from the hubs, I conquered my fears and managed to get some amazing photos from the swing at Kirby Cove. It’s a little bit of a hike, but a very easy/paved hike (and I’m not a hiker) down to the beach.

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NAPA TRIP: FIT AND FLARE STRIPE DRESS

This past weekend, I traveled with my girlfriends to beautiful Napa Valley, CA to celebrate a bachelorette party for one of my closest friends. We chose Napa for the occasion for the vino of course, but also for the breathtaking scenery and delicious food! One of our favorite experiences on the trip was wine tasting at one of our favorite vineyards, Shafer. We were treated to a tour and tasting in a small, intimate group and loved hearing about the history of the vineyard and winemakers. Known for their Hillside Select Cabernet, each wine we tasted was full of flavor and I’m not much of a wine connoisseur myself, but I thoroughly enjoyed the wines and experience at Shafer. I highly recommend this tasting to anyone and no this is not a sponsored post!

When I travel, I love packing for the location! Since Napa is such a beautiful place full of light and greenery, I packed a lot of light, feminine dresses. I already had in mind the perfect dress to wear on this trip – this lovely fit and flare stripe dress from Chicwish. This is the perfect feminine dress for the Summer and I just love the blend of cotton and polyester, not to mention the adorable bow detailing. Some of our other favorites from this trip were: AdHoc for dinner, Bouchon Bakery for bread, and Bistro Jeanty for oysters happy hour and the most amazing puff pastry tomato soup. Can you tell we did a lot of eating and drinking?! 🙂

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TRAVEL DIARY: JAPAN 2016

Last year we had the most amazing time visiting Japan but we were sad that we had just missed the cherry blossoms by one week! We decided to go again this year with some friends in search for the beautiful sakura trees and let me tell you how magical they were!!! As amazing as my husband photographer is, our photos don’t even compare to the beautiful experience when you are there among the gorgeous, blossoming trees. I highly recommend a visit to Japan to experience this at least once in your life and to eat the most delicious ramen too ;).

I wanted to share some photos from our trip, some of which you might have caught on my Instagram. My wonderful #instagramhusband obliged as I made him row the boat and take my photos at the same time. Love you baby!

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COLD WEATHER LAYERS

Here is my second look from a fun getaway in Mammoth! I must be honest – I’m not much of a snowboarder or skier (I’m very scared of heights) but I LOVE the snow so it was fun to ride the gondola up to the top of the mountain and enjoy the beautiful weather! It was a bit windy up top so I made sure to wear lots of layers to keep warm.

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FAVORITE PINK MAXI SKIRT (ON SALE!)

You may remember this gorgeous yellow maxi skirt I posted earlier this year. Well this beautiful skirt now comes in lovely shade of light pink and I couldn’t resist showcasing it’s flowiness on the Brooklyn Bridge in NYC (by the way it is super hard to wake up early and get a shot on the bridge empty and in heels!) This skirt has layers of full fabric that make it extra flowy and special. I just love how it moves when I walk! I also love that I did not have to hem or alter this skirt. I wore it high-waisted and with 4″ heels and it fit perfectly. And better yet, Morning Lavender is having a private SALE just for Friends & Family! And because you all have become like family to me, I am happy to share this code with y’all! Use the code MLFF20 to save 20% OFF EVERYTHING include this lace top and maxi skirt. Hurry though – quantities are limited and the sale ends Friday, October 16, 2015 11:59PM PST! Don’t miss out on getting this amazing skirt for under $60!

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DETAILS
Photography – Jason Huang
Pink Maxi SkirtMorning Lavender – get 20% off SITEWIDE using code MLFF20 until Friday, October 16, 2015 11:59PM PST
White Lace TopMorning Lavender
Statement NecklaceMorning Lavender
Shoes – Steve Madden find similar HERE
Clutch – Saint Laurent. Love also this ONE.
Sunglasses – Nordstrom

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WIDE LEG PANTS

Greetings from NYC! The husband and I have been here the last few days for NYFW and it’s been a whirlwind of fashion, fun and food (follow me on snapchat lacenlocks if you want to see more). We really love the city so much, especially the easily accessible public transportation and option to walk to so many great shops and delicious restaurants. There seems to always be something fun and new going on in the city! This all black look I’ve got going on here is a great look for fall – with an all black tone and a chic, minimal silhouette. I have the hardest time finding pants for my petite size and I’m usually too lazy for alterations so I was amazed when I found these chic pants from ASOS that fit perfectly in waist and length. I paired it with one of favorite new lace tops from my boutique, Morning Lavender for a flattering, overall chic, city look!

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WEDDING WEDNESDAYS: NHA KHANH TULLE DRESS

Last week I was in Dallas for a Morning Lavender event and I also got a chance to spend some extra time with the in-laws (my husband is originally from Dallas) and also visit one of my favorite designers! Nha Khanh was my wedding dress designer and has turned into a good friend and incredible #girlboss inspiration. She is a wonderful business woman and designer, as well as wife and mother. I love supporting fellow women entrepreneurs and I have always been in love with her beautiful, feminine designs. I knew when I got married that she was the designer for me. Fortunately for many, her beautiful designs can be found on Rent the Runway, including this gorgeous navy tulle dress seen. It’s fun, flirty and feminine and perfect to wear to weddings. I’m a big advocate of this sight and have seen many girls at weddings use this option. You might not wear it again so why not pick a designer beauty from a great site like Rent the Runway? The site lets you choose a free 2nd size in case your first choice does not fit and my favorite part is seeing real life examples of the dress on real people with real measurements. It is especially useful for petite gals like me because dresses are often too long or overwhelming.

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DETAILS
Photography – The Hubs
Dress – Nha Khanh – you can rent it from Rent the Runway HERE
Shoes – Old Steve Madden find similar HERE, HERE and HERE and designer version HERE
Crystal NecklaceMorning Lavender
Clutch – Tory Burch find similar HERE and HERE
Sunglasses – Nordstrom

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Here are some of my other favorite dresses from Rent the Runway:

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TRAVEL DIARY: JAPAN

Tokyo has always fascinated me and been on my “I-need-to-go-to” places. So when the hubs asked me randomly one day in early April if I wanted to go to D.C. to see cherry blossoms, I replied “lets just go to Japan!”. I found a great deal on Singapore Airlines and we booked our tickets 2 weeks before our travel. It was spontaneous but when you are busy as we are and find a window of available time, you take it. And let me just say I’m so glad we did! Japan was amazing! We fell in love with the culture and food. There were so many amazing sites to see and everyone we met (for the most part) were kind, respectful and helpful. We traveled everywhere conveniently by train (why can’t the States be more like this?!) and we were able to visit 5 cities including Tokyo and Kyoto. We unfortunately caught the tail end of the cherry blossoms so we weren’t able to experience it in full bloom. Nevertheless it was still a beautiful site to see and I was lucky enough to be traveling with my best friend/love-of-my-life/photographer.

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MY CARRIE MOMENT

A few weeks ago I went to NYC for work and was lucky enough to experience some of the beautiful fall weather in the city. One of my favorite spots in NYC is Central Park. As crowded as it gets sometimes, it always feels so calming and peaceful. I love just sitting in the park and people watching or strolling along the tree lined walkways. One of my favorite memories with the husband is when we took a row boat down the lake :). When I went to Central Park this time, I knew I had to wear one of my favorite new tulle skirts and channel my inner Carrie Bradshaw. I know it’s a bit cliche to wear a tulle skirt in NYC but I just had to. And I had to wear my new bow heels of course!

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DETAILS
Photography – Hanh Nguyen
Top – Ann Taylor last season find similar HERE and HERE
Skirt – Chicwish
Shoes – ASOS
Clutch – Morning Lavender
Sunglasses – Nordstrom find similar HERE

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FALL DATE

The hubs and I recently took a fun trip to NYC for our 1 year anniversary (wow time flies) and for NYFW. Our trips usually consist of eating and more eating. Since it was our anniversary, we took some time to celebrate by having a date night and watching the hilarious Book of Mormon on Broadway. Here is our date night look where I took one of my favorite tulle skirts from Morning Lavender that I have been wearing all summer and transitioned it to a more fall look by pairing it with a darker navy sweater and dressing it up a bit with a gorgeous crystal necklace. Jason wore a gray and navy combo that complemented my look but wasn’t too matchy-matchy.

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DETAILS
Photography – Mimi Nguyen
Makeup – Plush 9 Network
Tulle Skirt – Morning Lavender
Sweater – Banana Republic find similar HERE
Necklace – Morning Lavender
Shoes – Old Sam Edelman find HERE and HERE
Clutch – Old Target find similar HERE and HERE

Jason’s Look
Sweater – Uniqlo find similar HERE and HERE
Shirt – Banana Republic
Tie – Uniqlo find similar HERE and HERE
Pants – Banana Republic
Shoes – Banana Republic

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