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Tortola and The Virgin Gorda

Our next stop was The British Virgin Islands. We ported in Tortola. We took a 30 minute ferry to The Virgin Gorda and The Baths, where there were amazing large boulders the size of cars and two story houses. The place was amazing. When we got there it was a little overcast. We got a chance to explore the openings in the cave and got a chance to dip into the water.

The ferry ride to The Virgin Gorda was about $38 dollars per person if you book it yourself. To spend time at the baths and the beach was $3 per person.

While we were there we got a chance to check out the different beaches in the area. It was a nice day out for a while until it started to pour but it was a relaxing time at the beach. If you plan to go, go early, we did not get the opportunity to go to The Baths, the line to enjoy the area was an hour and a half long. To be honest the sites were gorgeous and it was a nice break from the ship.

Thanks again for reading.

XOXO,

Elle

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T SHIRT guess
SHORTS guess
SWIMWEAR gap

Driving Through Saint Thomas

Our next stop was Saint Thomas, we decided to get to shore and book a tour with the local guides there. Sometimes on cruises, it is much more cost efficient to do this just because certain shore excursions will cost more depending on the destination. We decided to do a driving tour of the small island in a taxi that reminded me of jeepneys in the Philippines. The guide took us to the scenic lookouts through the the Island and the few land marks there.

 

Overlooking Magen Bay Beach atop Top of The Mountain Look out

We passed by Blackbeard’s castle heading to the Top of the Mountain Lookout that overlooked Magen Bay Beach. You can see several nearby islands from the lookout. 

Our last stop by Magen Bay Beach which cost $5 per person to stay and enjoy the Sun. We took decided to pass on the beach and head back to the boat. The whole excursion with the guide was about 45-60 minutes because of the different lookouts that we stopped at. In all honestly, the island is extremely small and there is not of lot of things to do there.

A few tips to keep in mind on Cruises. Shore excursions are great if there is a lot of do on the island but it is also expensive if you go with those planned by the ship. It is possible to book excursions right off the boat just make sure to do a little research before hand and check on what is available at the site. I was a little surprised by the cost to stay at the beach but then again, I live in Hawaii and it is the same for some of the high traffic locations like Hanauma Bay on Oahu. But in the Caribbean, many of these islands main source of income is tourism so that most beach will have an entrance free. One of the benefits of going with the ships shore excursions is that you might not have to wait in long lines but they are a lot more expensive, sometimes 3-4 times more expensive than if you booked the excursions yourself.

Thanks again for reading. Hope you enjoy the pictures. Take care.

XOXO,

Elle

Stopping in Puerto Rico

In December, we went on a cruise with family to the Eastern Caribbean. Our first stop was Puerto Rico and we were out to see for two days before arriving. We ported in Puerto Rico in the late afternoon. We got a chance to walk around old San Juan. A lot of places were closed because of the holidays but we got a chance to do a walking tour and take in a few sights before sundown.The part of the city that we got a chance to tour was full of colorful buildings, houses, and cool Spanish Style architecture with cobblestone streets.

Convento Y Casa de Salud de las Siervas

La Fortaleza

San Juan Bautista Cathedral

Hotel Del Convento

For this trip, I packed a lot of comfortable basics that I could dress up and down depending on the day and activity. One of the most versatile pieces that I brought on this trip are these pair of joggers from Uniqlo that I picked up last year as a fun purchase. I like the fact that I can throw on a tee shirt and sneakers and go for an adventure or I can throw on a nice blouse and heels and some nice accessories for a night out on the town or date night.

I really enjoyed our short stay in Puerto Rico. I would not mind going back for an extended stay. Thanks again for reading. Let me know what you think. 

XOXO,

Elle 

T SHIRT old navy
PANTS uniqlo
SHOES adidas

Starting the Year in Osaka

It was nice and peaceful on New Year’s Day in Osaka. We got in from Hiroshima just in time to ring in the new year quitely hanging out and eating at a restaurant the night before.

New Year’s in Japan is quiet unlike the fire work shows in the neighborhoods of Hawaii. Japan’s shrines and temples are open for people to go and visit from midnight and well into the day. We spent some time to get some desserts at a cafe before we took some time to go into the city to see the festivities.

Thanks again for reading. Take care.

XOXO,

Michelle

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JACKET uniqlo
SHIRT all saints
PANTS gap
SHOES adidas

Exploring Osaka

On Sunday before New Years, I spent a morning strolling through Osaka. Downtown was so peaceful and serene. It was nice to be awake exploring the city before everyone got up. I spent some time alone in the big city and met up with my friends afterward. We headed to Kuromon Market for the Pre-New Year preparations.

The market was filled with shoppers and tourists. Businesses were preparing for the New Years.

In the middle of the market, we got a chance sit down and eat at a Sushi restaurant.

In the afternoon, we went over to the Osaka Aquarium in Kaiyukan.

Thanks Again for reading. Enjoy and let me know what you think.

XOXO,

Michelle

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JACKET uniqlo
CARDIGAN gap
SHIRT alexander wang by uniqlo
DRESS uniqlo
SHOES aldo
BAG steve madden

Hiroshima on New Year’s Eve

I have only read about Hiroshima in history books. It is a place of serenity, growth and beauty. It was the perfect place to end the year, to understand and reflect about the old year and welcome the new year. We took an early Shinkansen to Hiroshima and arrived earlier than expected.

From the train station to the sites we took a bus that took us to the first stopped. We walked to one of the first sites which was the Hiroshima Castle. We also got a chance to speak to someone from Hiroshima who spoke to us about some of the history of the castle. We also got a chance speak to others who were checking out the sites with us.

We went on a day when some of the sites were closed for New Year’s holiday but it was still great to see some of the historical sites. At the Castle, we met a family who spoke to us about Miyajima Island and recommended for use to check it out since the island.

One of the stops to the walking tour was being able to see the Hiroshima Dome. It is a testament to the impact of war and nuclear weapons.

The Motoyasu Bridge was one of the bridges that survived the nuclear bombing and leads to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, Park, Museum, and Children’s Peace Monument.

Later on in the day we headed to Miyajima Island and we had the opportunity to check out the Itsukushima Floating Torii Gate and shrine. During new year’s eve, they were food vendors and many people going to the shrines.

I hope you enjoy the pictures. This was a peaceful and quiet New Year’s Eve. It was amazing to see another part of the world celebrate New Year’s in a different way minus large crowds, fireworks, and merry making. This new year’s eve in Japan was full of reflection and thought. 

 

XOXO,

Michelle

 

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JACKET kirne zabete for target
STRIPED SHIRT forever 21
PANTS gap
SHOES aldo
BAG steve madden

New Year, New Directions

Happy New Year’s Everyone! I hope you are starting the new year with love ones, having lots of laughter, joy, peace and love. I wanted to wish you endless happiness and adventure in the coming year. From the bottom of my heart, I would like to thank you of your support throughout the years.

This blogs focus has been fashion in the past 7 years and while fashion brings me joy, I have been thinking a lot about it in the past year. Last year, I wanted to work on not shopping for most of the year and I have been very good. I shopped less. I do want to share with you outfits and shoes that I enjoy wearing. I have set the goal of carefully curating my closet to downsize and to fine tune my style. At the same time, I would like to share more of my creativity with you with more styling posts and things I learn along the way and maybe I can also share with you a little bit of history and culture, another passion I hold dear to me. I have decided to do new things this year.

Gratefulness. Taking the time to be grateful for the things we already have and the things that matter: family, great friends, and the little things in between.  In the fashion sense, I wanna to be grateful for the items I already have in my closet and how to best utilize them in their capacity.

Culture, History & Creativity. Creating and being creative has been an integral part of my life. I would like to put more effort in this aspect of my life this year and transferring this creativity in the way I style my clothes. A lot of pieces  in my closet have potential and I would like to use each piece well.

Health and Fitness. Focusing on eating right and  being healthy, taking time to exercise, and  learn to cook good food.

2019 is promising. Make it a great one. Cheers!

XOXO,

Michelle

.:Outfit:.

JACKET kirne zabete for target
STRIPED SHIRT forever 21
PANTS gap
SHOES aldo
BAG steve madden

Cool, Light, & Throwbacks

I am a child of the 80’s. A kid who grew up latchkey and dreaming.  I grew up on PBS educational shows, afternoon cartoons, fruits and butter sugar sandwiches.

I looked forward to Jem and the Holograms. The music made me want to sing, the fashion made me want to draw. I finally saw the updated Hollywood take on a childhood favorite. I was disappointed because it was not what I was accustomed to but I get it. My version of Jem was full of adventure, fashion, and it was not so much the fame that made me interested, it was her character, her true self, and most of all, the shows talked about charity, family, and belief is self. The movie had all of that but I was taken a back by the update.  The movie needed more time, more character development and to stay true to its 80’s roots. For me,  Jem was epic, it was a story that allowed dreams to flourish— colored hair, fashion, and changing the world. That was Jem, for my childhood self, she was inspiring.

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Speaking of fashion, I have been shopping my closet and building my basics capsule. I found this light knit sweater dress from my closet clean out last week and thought that it was perfect to pair with an open front light summer cardigan.  I like knit dresses for easy dressy mornings.

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I paired it with some espadrilles I picked up years ago from Diesel. I love how the raffia is brought all the way to the ankle of the sandal. It’s a great mix of leather and raffia. I added a pop of color with some gradient tassle earrings which I’m currently obssessing over.

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Thanks again for reading.

XOXO,

Elle

.:Outfit:.
DRESS forever21 (old)
CARDIGAN  old navy
SANDALS diesel (old)
EARRINGS forever 21

 

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