Canada Recap

Hi guys!! 

This post is a long time coming. In case you didn’t know, I went to Canada this summer! We spent time in Vancouver & Victoria. Both places are so beautiful! 

We started our trip from Washington, driving through the border & then staying in/near Vancouver. I honestly can’t quite remember details like that because we were all over the place!  But I know we took a fair amount of ferry rides, & that was super cool (& cold). In Vancouver, we went to Stanley Park. It’s a beautiful park right in the heart of the city! It’s a great place to walk, bike, run, picnic… whatever! It has great views of the city & is hugeee so you could honestly spend an entire day just exploring different parts of the park! 

Gastown, Vancouver is another great place to explore. The streets are literally cobblestone & wind up & down. There are a lot of little shops & Instagrammable streets. Gastown Steam Clock is a huge tourist attraction, & it sits right on the street corner. 

In Victoria, there is TONS to do!! We started our day at Habit Coffee in downtown Victoria. It was one of the top spots I found while browsing Pinterest for places to visit. I got a London Fog for the first time ever & it was sooo yummy. Then we made our way to Fan Tan Alley. I read somewhere it’s the smallest alley in the world! There are shops inside the alley, but it’s cool to just walk through, especially at night! 

As with most big cities, we visited China Town. There wasn’t a ton to see, but a lot of street markets & Chinese architecture. Fisherman’s Wharf is also a must-see!! There are FLOATING HOMES. Seriously the coolest, cutest things. The wharf has a lot of fun places to eat, & colorful buildings great for pics. At night, the city is honestly so sleepy, but the Parliament of British Columbia is really neat to see because it is lined with lights! Major home inspo honestly. 

We also made a stop at Beacon Hill Park, which is in the middle of the city, but you’d never guess! There were peacocks everywhere & it was the craziest thing I had ever seen! It is a great place for pictures if you can’t make it to Butchart Gardens. But I would HIGHLY recommend going to Butchart because there is endless Instagram potential. Also, more future home garden inspo. Half of my pictures from the trip were taken there! 

I was so excited to visit Canada because we’re neighbors lol but it was prettier than I could have imagined! I am for sure adding it to my list of fave places to visit. I want to go back & go to Banff!! 

Have you ever been to Canada? Let me know in the comments or DM me on social!

with love,

jazz

Roadtrip Favorites

Hey guys!

Today I wanted to share my favorite products to use/bring on a road trip! I have a huge one coming up in a couple of weeks, so I’ve been preparing for awhile. 

Flying is just so expensive & there is so much more to see when you drive! The long hours are hard, & I age about 5 years every trip, but the memories are amazing. These products are what get me through it all!

I will link all of the products down below so you can get one of your own! 

Microfiber Neck Pillow

Xhilaration Casual Socks

AEO Lightweight Fleece Jogger

Purederm Collegan Eye Patches

Beats Solo3 Wireless Headphones

ban.do Work it Out gym bag

Vans Old Skool Plus Backpack

That’s pretty much it! I like to take a backpack in the car with me as a carry-on with fuzzy socks, my charger, snacks (my favorite are Kind bars!) & a reusable water bottle. The neck pillow is the exact one I use, as well as the eye patches! They work amazing for getting those post-flight/long car ride under eye bags gone.

I hope this helps you guys be comfy & prepared for your next long trip! What are your favorite things to do on a road trip to kill time in the car? Let me know in the comments please!!

with love,

jazz

Hawaii Travel Diary

 

Happy Friday guys!!

The moment you all have been waiting for (or at least I have been)… my Hawaii travel vlog is up!! I’ve said it a billion times, & I’ll say it a million more, but it was such a fun trip & one of my best memories, so I’m excited to share it with you guys. What you see here doesn’t even do justice to how amazing Hawaii is & the awesome time I had!

Just as a disclaimer, because I feel the need, I am still new to this whole YouTube thing, so it won’t be the highest quality or anything crazy, but I’m hoping to only get better! I hope you enjoy it & feel free to subscribe to my YouTube for more travel videos!! (& maybe some others if I feel like it.)

with love,

jazz

 

Hawaii Recap

Hi guys!

I’m finally back!! Sorry I’ve been MIA for so long, but I had finals & then a super fun trip to Hawaii so I just decided to take a break from posts for a couple of weeks to get re-inspired & focus on other things. 

This post is going to be allll about my trip to Oahu, Hawaii! It was honestly such a dream & I would go back in a heartbeat. I was only there for one week, but I feel like I need a solid month to be able to see everything that there is to see.

We stayed downtown Waikiki, which is on the island of Oahu, close to Honolulu. Although I live in a city now, this city was nothing like Phoenix. For starters, we had a BEACH VIEW. It was so nice & I felt so close to everything.

As soon as I found out I was going to Hawaii, I got on Pinterest (typical) & looked up all the cool places to visit. We only had a rental car for one day, so unfortunately, we didn’t make it to North Shore or some of the other little towns nearby. If you ever go, try to get a car for a couple of days because there is so much to see outside of the city!! 

We took our rental car to Makapu’u Beach Park, which wasn’t too far from the city. You can bus there if you need to. (TheBus is how most people get around, but I would avoid it unless you HAVE to.) It was a small beach with lots of rocks & a view of a lighthouse. I felt like I was on the west coast with the rocky beach! It was so beautiful & the water was just so BLUE. I took all the other beach pics at another beach called Cromwell’s or Ka’alawai. I was really, really horrible at pronouncing all of the Hawaiian names lol.  

Another thing that we didn’t get to do, but would require a car ride, is the Sunrise Shack fruit stand, near North Shore. It looks so Instagrammable! 

One of the best things I think we did was hike Diamond Head. It’s a really famous hike that overlooks the entire city & the coast! It was so pretty, but very crowded. I took the jumping picture at the top of Diamond Head & may or may not have passed a No Trespassing sign to get it. Anything for the ‘gram amiright? 

There is a lot to do downtown Waikiki, so don’t worry if you don’t have access to a car! I still didn’t do everything there is to do. The Moana Surfrider beach side bar is the cutest place & has so many yummy drinks. (Especially if you’re over 21, which I am not.) :/ It feels like you’re in the south because the hotel style is like that of a southern mansion. There is a long porch with rocking chairs over-looking the ocean! Also, so much shopping!! The malls are open-air & unlike anything you’ve ever seen, I promise. The Ala Moana Center is huge & offers all the shopping you could ever want, plus we saw a hula show there! It has the coolest Japanese food court too with sooo much ramen!! The International Market is also a shopping center in the heart of Waikiki where I got shaved ice! The best shaved ice place is Island Vintage Shave Ice. I guess shave ice is a big deal in Hawaii so of course I had to try it & I was expecting it to taste like a snoh cone, but it was so much better! It almost had a sorbet texture & it was topped with fresh fruit. It would be super yummy on a hot day! (Also, P.S. it’s very humid in Hawaii.) 

Outside of the mall area, you can find Kona Coffee. There are several locations I think, but I went to the one at the Moana Surfrider hotel. I had to try it because I would definitely call myself a coffee lover. Kona is not the most Instagrammable place, but if you love coffee, I would try it. The best place for an Instagram & a drink is Olive & Oliver at the Surfjack hotel in Waikiki! It’s a boutique & coffee shop in one. The clothing is cute, & so are the lattes! Also, you need to try Banan! It’s a healthy ice cream place that makes ice cream out of bananas. It was really good, but normal ice cream is still better I think.

Last, but not least, my brother & I walked around Kings Village in downtown Waikiki. It is a small, European style village with tourist shops & Asian pop up shops. There are lots of good picture opportunities there. Also, Asian markets are a huge thing there & they are so intimidating! You have to bargain for everything because nothing has a price & it really scares me lol. But you can get stuff for cheap if you’re good at making deals!

I think that’s everything!! I’m also making a travel diary of my trip, so make sure to look out for that 😉 I hope you enjoyed this post & all of the pictures! It was by far one of my favorite trips ever & I loved telling you guys all about it! 

Have you ever been to Hawaii?? Let me know in the comments or DM me on social. 🙂

with love,

jazz

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