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Love of my life

Hi lovely people,
This post is way overdue, but its here eventually…yay
The love of my life and I celebrated 3 years together a month ago….it is a milestone for us, we can’t believe how fast time has flown.
I guess time flies when you’re having fun haha
It seems just like yesterday when we met and were getting to know each other
In the little time we have been together, we’ve learnt that love is a choice we both make everyday, to respect one another and be there for each other.
I never imagined that I could love someone as much as I do now, and I do not take it for granted.
We’ve learnt a lot about each other and we are both looking forward to more anniversaries together.
Cheers to many many more years filled with love!
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Important things to remember when you are in a relationship (could be dating or married):
1. Communication is key: Never hold back on how you feel about certain things because you’ll end up bottling things up and taking them out on the wrong people. Honesty is also key in communication, it will benefit both parties in the long run

2. Be trustworthy: I like to know my partner in life is someone I can trust with my life and vice versa

3. The small little things matter: like remembering their favorite meal and making it/buying for them when they’ve been stuck at work and you know they are pretty hungry (just an example), or buying them their favorite perfume/cologne just because (not having to wait for an occasion to get it for them) – this little things make them happy and also shows that you care

4. Take care of yourself and have your own friends outside of the relationship: its nice to have mutual friends in the relationship, but you are also an individual and you do need your own way to unwind and re-generate? (is that a word haha), so having things that build you separately prevents feeling suffocated in the relationship.

5. Teach each other new adventures – keeps things interesting and you get to learn more about your partner too

6. Be respectful of one another: this is an umbrella that holds all things like not intentionally doing things to hurt each other and also being supportive of each others dreams and aspirations in life, and many more

7. Know your limits: This is also an umbrella for so many things but the short and tall of it, is do not compromise your morals or values just to impress others. Don’t stop your life goals so you could be there for someone, you are important as well, and if they value you, they will see this

8. Last but not least, don’t compare your relationship to other relationships or take advice from people who don’t know you or your significant other. I have had so many people ask me a question or 2 about myself and my fiancĂ© and they then jump into giving me advice, and it is very off-putting especially if you are just meeting this person because they don’t know you at all. Every individual is unique in their own way, so comparing your r/ship to others can literally destroy what you have.

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I hope you are all having a great December, eat all you can and don’t let guilt hold you back – just don’t forget to walk it off haha
Thanks for stopping by

Holiday spirit

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It is officially December and this year I am full-on holiday mode, lights and other christmas decorations are out and ready to be hanged, the fireplace (even though its electric haha) is on and my iTunes is playing all day christmas music, too soon? , I don’t think so..
I remember back home, my mom would buy tons and tons of decorations and we would all stay up late hanging them up, it was one holiday tradition I looked forward to always. My parents didn’t hold back on the christmas shopping either, so that was fun too. Now than am living solo, shopping not so much haha, I have found that all the junk I buy during the holidays just ends up being piled up somewhere in my apartment, and I hate clutter! I love shopping for gifts, for other people though. Other little traditions I do: cooking/baking/experimenting holiday favorites, decorating and visiting people I haven’t seen almost all year long
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Last year, we visited and spent christmas at a little bavarian village in Leavenworth, WA which was fun but so crowded!, I don’t think this year we’ll go back but it was fun to at the time. I want to go snow shoeing this year, esp because we have so much snow up the mountains, I think this will be fun.

Gardens

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This is a little throw back from when we were in Portland, OR, at the international rose test garden. I was disappointed that I didn’t get to see any blooming roses, but now I feel stupid coz….duh…winter…no blooms..ha (blonde moment) It was fun to visit though and walk around. It is huge, and very well designed, there are some sweet spots to just sit and take in the beauty.

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I hope you guys are having a great December so far, and thanks as always for stopping by

Jacket -HM
Pants -FOREVER 21
Scarf – local store
Shoes – Marshalls

What a beautiful life

Hey lovely people!

I hope your holidays are going as wonderful as can be! Can you believe its almost christmas because I am still trying to wrap my head around it..seriously the year seems like its just started yesterday. I am excited though, I put up some lights and will be putting up more decorations soon, and my house smells like the holidays. Its so nice to come from work or school and enter into a “holiday-home-like” little apartment..oh you have no idea how satisfying this can be.
It has been so foggy lately down here, like zero visibility foggy and driving is kind of scary especially in the early a.m. But I am holding up well, super excited to be doing my finals soon and be done with this quarter, graduation….I can smell you from here haha

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I am one of those people whose always itching for an adventure, on my days off I love to go visit new places, mostly through hiking or visiting a new town. Adventure is good, right? it keeps us interested in every day and looking forward to the next. I however realized how ordinary life can be beautiful, by changing my attitude and finding the beauty in the routine, everyday life.
I found some quotes and lovely poems that I shared below. Do you guys read poems?, I used to hate them, I thought they sounded stupid, but people change (insert thoughtful face)
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“Life is amazing, then its awful, and then its amazing again.
And in between the amazing and the awful,
its mundane, ordinary and routine.
Breathe in the amazing, hold on through the awful,
and relax and exhale through the ordinary. Thats just living
heart breaking,soul healing, amazing, awful, ordinary life.
And its breathtakingly beautiful”

“Good morning, I hope you find today extraordinary. Are you in love with the whole damn world? You should be, its glorious, and I can’t see a better way to experience life than being madly in love with everything” – Victoria Erickson

“How we spend our days is of course how we spend our lives”

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“So many roll their eyes at weekdays filled with the dread of the mundane. They’ve long forgotten that there are things other than passports that’ll sweep us away.But we’re breathing. The earth is turning beneath the ground, mere months away from bursting into bloom. The light constantly shifts, brightens, darkens, and moves. There are seasons within seasons within seasons. Seek out new reasons to be thrilled with the familiar, or find a new cafe or passion or road to drive down, or wander to a different place or doorway or sweeping, serene view. Allow the world to work its way into your heartstrings and still existing adrenaline, as everything is fascinating when you go deep enough. Reach for the natural wonder that still breathes inside the pulse of this, the world, and you.”
– Victoria Erickson

Outfit details:
Old navy – vest (old)
Pants – GAP
Shoes – amazon
Top – Marshalls
Scarf – Local store (Leavenworth, wa)

Have a wonderful week everyone.
xoxo

Heart’s warm and thankful

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It is amazing how my blog has come along this year and how it has made me see things differently. I have enjoyed being productive in this little space, even though sometimes I forget why I am doing it, I become overwhelmed, I compare my blog to more established bloggers and feel silly doing it, but looking back, I am happy I have stuck to it. It is fun reading other people’s perspectives on things, I enjoy fashion inspiration, food and decor ideas and most of all the motivation. There are so many talented minds, and all of it is free of charge! could it be any better?

And for that I am thankful for the freedom to share my two cents and for the freedom to read and engage with others.

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Winter fashion

This year, I chose to be a better friend and in return I have enjoyed meaningful relationships with people I happily call family. These people have stuck with me through thick and thin, they have held judgment when all others pointed fingers, and most of all, they have helped me grow into a better person. For that I am more than thankful.

Lastly, I am thankful for the opportunities that have presented themselves to me this year, and also to doors that have closed. I have learnt from the bad and the good, and I am still learning.

I hope you all have a wonderful thanksgiving, it doesn’t matter if you celebrate it with turkey or not, may your heart be warm with love and your bellies be full 🙂

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Jacket, rings & Hat- F21//Sweater (similar) & pants – H&M//Blanket scarf – local store

Thanks for stopping by, xoxo

 

 

Your guide to Portland, OR

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This city is my second favorite after Seattle, but if I lived in Oregon, it would be my absolute favorite. There are so many things to do here, plan ahead though so you don’t waste your precious vacation/getaway time researching what to do. I have been here a couple times but I still find new things to do each time.

Recommendations:

Food tour:
Forktown Food tours
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My fiancĂ© loves food tours, he introduced me to them and I have loved them since then. If you are not picky about what you eat, (if vegan or have allergies, they do reserve special food for you if you let them know when you purchase the tour) save your appetite and get ready to have fun!, not only do you get to eat from a bunch of different places, you also get a locals perspective on the city and what to do. Usually the best food places tend to be “hole in the wall” places we are not aware of as visitors, but in a food tour, you get to know whats what. Some tours incorporate historic walks, where you learn about the history of the city/certain streets. I promise you’ll love food tours if you take the leap and do it.
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Places to stay:
Ace hotel – Everyone we talked to from portland had good things to say about this place
River place – next to the river, the staff are amazing, rooms are very spacious and comfortable and the price is reasonable. They also have a good restaurant that you can eat at too.
Hotel monaco – I stayed here on my first visit to Portland and I did love it. Amazing staff, good food at their restaurant and very comfortable.

There are more hotels but I recommended those I have actually experienced, all 3 are in the city too and you can walk everywhere.

TO DO
Japanese garden – Closed this winter for construction but it is worth a visit during spring or summer

International rose test garden – Beautiful during spring or summer, with blossoming roses everywhere, but its more like a park in winter

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Places to eat: Endless possibilities and all so good
Here are a few we’ve been to
1. Bijou cafe – it is near VooDoo doughnuts (a popular donut shop in portland that you may want to visit – just to say you were there, honestly I think its overrated)
Ok, Bijou cafe was really good, unique brunch menu and very good service despite how busy it was

2. Stumptown coffee

3. Food trucks – Very unique food trucks, we ate from Kargi gogo, a Georgian food truck and it was awesome

4.Pearl district for fancy restaurants, they are on every corner

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5. Cacao for some amazing chocolate, they also have European drinking chocolate which was the BOMB!

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Multomah falls: 1 mile hike to the top. Wear hiking shoes/boots and comfortable clothes if you would like to hike all the way to the top, You can still enjoy the view from the bottom, nothing much to see from the top, but it is fun to hike 😉

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Rocky butte – hike

Colombia river gorge – Kayaking all year round, wineries around the area, also just hiking around the river

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I hope this post was helpful, I feel like I didn’t even touch on the amazingness that Portland is, but hey at least you have an idea of what to get into.
Have fun in your travels and thanks for stopping by!

Catching up

Hi there lovely ladies and gentlemen
My days have been rather monotonous consisting of large piles of school work and long days at work, leaving me wishing it was summer again, where I had so much time in my hands. Can you believe class got cancelled because of wind?, yes you read that right, apparently that is a very unsafe condition that demands cancellation of classes(am sure in certain areas of the world, strong winds are extremely dangerous, but yeah..no it wasn’t that bad) of course I was happy I didn’t have class but seriously?, I don’t see it as a good enough reason to cancel class, because that just means more work for me (online assignments) when I could have just sat in class pretending to listen to lecture. I hope my instructor doesn’t read my blog haha, she is a lovely woman but sometimes I think she enjoys leaving class early more than the students do.

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HM – shirt
pants – Forever 21
Hat – Forever 21
Brogues – Amazon
Do you like my outfit?, I have never owned a wide brim wool hat, so I branched out style wise and I love it, more because I didn’t have to do my hair, even though it almost got blown off by the wind while I was out haha
I was thinking the other day how calculated I am about style branching, I spend a lot of months contemplating before i do something dramatic like owning a hat haha, I wanted this hat since January, and now is when I finally got it. I am definitely not an impulse shopper, I think of how and when I will wear whatever I got (unless I am gifted something). I know I don’t sound fun to go shopping with, but i promise I will try on everything in the store, I just end up leaving empty handed in most cases. You may not know this from looking at my blog posts but thats me in real life haha. I actually never used to be this way, I was a shopaholic when in high school thanks to my mom who lead the example haha, but when I started living solo, I just didn’t see the need to clutter my apartment with clothes, I hate having tons of clothes everywhere (biggest pet peeve)
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Are you guys planning for thanksgiving already?, I am thinking of making a meal for a small number of people, I can’t wait for days when I have my own big family that I can cook for on thanksgiving…gah!, am excited already
I might share some recipes am planning on trying this thanksgiving, be on the lookout

Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely rest of the week!

When it rains

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I have to admit that before I moved to Washington state, rainy weather always made me a little blue and all I would do on rainy days is sleep, but when you live in the rainiest state in the United States, you realize that you have to deal with it, and when you do get used to it its actually fun!
Walking in Seattle on a rainy day, I realized how comfortable satellites are in the rain, and its fun to people watch and see the “rainy weather fashion trend”, composed of fun colored boots and umbrellas. You also realize how many people wear “north face” coats – esp men
On this particular day it wasn’t too cold out, so my coat was half open most of the day. Ok ladies, how cute are my boots? I have to admit, they are the comfiest boots I have ever owned!
I have always wanted to own cute hunter boots and I went back and forth between colors and when I finally decided what color I wanted…the color (purple) was “unavailable”, so instead I got these UGG boots as a gift from my fiancĂ© and I couldn’t be happier! The inside has that comfy wool, so your feet feel like they are wrapped in little blankets haha

Purple hunter boots
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UGG rain boots // Nordstrom
HM blue coat
American Eagle jeggings
Local store – White T
Forever 21 Bag
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Have a lovely Monday and a great rest of the week!

Hello November..

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It’s unbelievable that November is here already, it is almost the end of the year! Can you believe it? I honestly feel like fall just slept through my fingers, I wanted to do more adventures during the fall but I found myself in the library more than I thought I would be. Am not complaining though, I found a really neat library to study at, and its almost becoming my second home….whats better than reading a good book(in this case my school books) on a rainy, dull day? haha, am not a nerd

Below, am going to share my current favorite bloggers, some I just found recently and some have been my favorites for a long time
I enjoy all of this blogs and get a lot of inspiration from them, so of course I am doing some free advertising because the authors do a great job and would love for my audience to discover them too. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

For bloggers reading this, I would love to check out some new blogs, so feel free to comment below your own blog if you like

1. In my Sunday best by Sade – She is a vintage lover and her blog is amazing, from the writing to the photography and also her sense of style. Sade is a UK blogger, but her style is something anyone anywhere can relate to. I recently just found her blog and I am addicted!

2. Delightfully Tacky by Liz – Such a great and from the heart blog. I never miss a post because I enjoy everything about her writing, photography, fashion sense and her personality too, which she expresses through her posts. You won’t be disappointed!

3. Trendencies by Claudia – This girl is so gorgeous (girl crush alert haha), she styles everything so flawlesslesly, I am always tempted to buy all the clothes she wears. She puts up great content, I absolutely enjoy all her posts and am always looking forward for more. She is from spain and has a youtube channel too (if you speak spanish)

4. From roses by Rebecca – I enjoy her content, she writes a lot of motivational/self-improvement type posts and brand reviews of different products she uses. I love her photography and writing. You should check her out

5. Fruity girl clementine by Clementine (am not sure this is her actual name) – French blogger, and another girl crush of mine, she is super creative with her personal style and photography, I enjoy her blog and hope you do too

6. A clothes horse by Rebecca – She recently moved to Ireland but I discovered her blog way back when she lived in the U.S, her style and writing is still something I enjoy, I love her vintage style (even though I wouldn’t pull of most of her clothing), I still enjoy her creativity and seeing Ireland through her eyes. She is quite the adventurer too, so you will not be bored

7. Blisful brit by Britney – I love her blog to pieces, she writes mostly about her adventures in the northwest which is my number one hobby…duh…I love to read about places she visits, she is also vegan and has a ton of recipes that I have tried a few times and loved. If you love the outdoors, you’ll like her

8. Twenty7 by Michelle – I may have mentioned Michelle’s blog before, I love this girl, she has an amazing sense of fashion, and puts out great content. I am always looking forward to her posts. Check her out

Thanks for stopping by 🙂

Halloween is coming..

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“Too much month at the end of the money?”….does this sound familiar? Not to fret, the month is almost all gone! I feel like October rushed by, soon it will be halloween, then Christmas time again before we even know it.
Thinking of last year at this moment, I was just a fresh grad nurse, just starting out on the floor solo, very nervous about performing nursing skills, and now I am back in school continuing my education and still working..but in a very different environment, more supportive, I am more confident and sure of myself, even though in most cases walking into work I still am a little nervous, not knowing what to expect..
All I can say is “#blessed”
I saw a Facebook post talking about how 20 year olds should stop complaining about life because it only gets worse once we hit 30, due to more responsibilities, etc haha and I guess its true to some point, so if you’re a 20 something year old crying over how hard your life is, take a chill pill and brace yourself, life is about to get even worse

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Dress//thrifted(originally from target)
Chelsea boots//Marshalls
Tights//F21
Jacket//Thrifted
I am excited to wear this dress during fall and winter because I love layering bright colored pieces with darker ones. I also love how good of a cut this jacket has, and the quality of it too. I have owned to for 4 years and it still looks the same, gotta love a good deal (wink)

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Finally, I love this quote by Zooey Deschanel, and thought it would be nice to share, “Being tender and open is beautiful. As a woman, I feel continually sshhhh’ed. Too sensitive. Too mushy. Too wishy washy. Blah blah blah.. Don’t let someone steal your tenderness. Don’t allow the coldness and fear of others to tarnish your perfectly vulnerable beating heart. Nothing is more powerful than allowing yourself to truly be affected by things. Whether it’s a song, a stranger, a mountain, a rain drop, a tea kettle, an article, a sentence, a footstep, feel it all – look around you. All of this is for you. Take it and have gratitude. Give it and feel love “

So let it fall wherever it may…

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I am here sitting in my living room attempting to study for my dosage quiz, with the fireplace warming the place up and a pumpkin spice candle burning, filling my little apartment with the aroma of pumpkin spice….
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Am also wrapped in a huge cozy blanket, nibbling on some homemade banana and oatmeal cookies, my favorite music is also playing in the background………yes you guessed it, life is perfect for me at the moment. I love moments like this when I am just enjoying the present, just me and my perfect little apartment. There are so many times I get depressed over missing my family and my life back in Kenya where I was surrounded with people who knew me most of my life, people who cared for me (even though they didn’t think of it that way)………and it brings me down because I keep wishing for these things again. My current life consists of MEETING friends but not really KEEPING most of them, because am either too busy working towards my future(and so are most people my age – either in school a lot or starting new careers and no time for a social life), and friends feel like extra work because people have responsibilities and hanging out has to be planned days in advance (I miss the good old days of texting my buddies to hang out without notice or go on adventures together without planning days in advance..sigh), my co-workers are probably the closest I have to real friends and that makes me sad at times, and thats when I start to live in the past…missing my old life. I understand the circle of life though, at certain stages in life, things shift and life is not always what we thought it would be when we were younger.
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Sometimes I try to wrap my little human mind around how wonderful life is or can be if we let it be, we don’t others or need things that others have to make as happy, we only need to take advantage of what we have to make us happy. As the weather gets cooler, all I want is to snuggle up inside all day and read a good book(in my case a nursing textbook ha) or watch back to back episodes of the Mindy project! (don’t pretend you don’t watch too much t.v)
Besides wanting to stay indoors all day every day, I also enjoy hiking in foggy chilly weather and of course photography. It is a good outlet from the normal work days and schools weeks…even though I do enjoy work and school (which you wouldn’t care to hear about haha), it is nice to do the complete opposite as a way to unwind and explore your creativity. I also do have some favorite humans I enjoy doing things with (that is if they are not working insane hours that leave me wondering how they survive…)
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Reading through my post, I realize that I may have been way too honest with you all (some of you I’ll be seeing on a daily basis so don’t judge me please haha), am happy to share my thoughts and am certain you can relate to some of this content as well.
I photographed everything in this post with my iPhone, and I am very impressed with how good the iPhone camera is. Am taking advantage of weather changes to grow my photography skills, isn’t this place beautiful? Btw, if you can’t tell yet, I love natural settings more than urban settings, there is something very attractive about un-touched wild growth compared to nice architecture (unless its historic…then thats another story..)