Summer Playlist

 

Love, love, love summertime.  Summer is all about fun in the sun and making memories.  And what better way to go along with the good vibes of summer than with great music?  Here is a list of the songs that I currently can’t get enough of this season.

 

There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back // Shawn Mendes

Stay // Zedd & Alessia Cara

Wild Things // Alessia Cara

First Time // Kygo & Ellie Goulding

Don’t Give Up // Morgan Page & Lissie

I’m the One // DJ Khaled & Justin Bieber

Shape of You // Ed Sheeran

Treat You Better // Shawn Mendes

Sun Goes Down // Robin Schulz & Jasmine Thompson

Powerful // Major Lazer & Ellie Goulding

Outside // Calvin Harris & Ellie Goulding

I Need Your Love // Calvin Harris & Ellie Goulding

Walking With a Ghost // Tegan and Sara

Mercy // Shawn Mendes

Side to Side // Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj

#AEO

American Eagle Outfitters is definitely my favorite store of all time and my go-to for just about any outfit.  Throughout the seasons they have just what I need, and it’s all super cute too.  This entire outfit, excluding the baseball hat of one of my favorite teams, the LA Dodgers, is entirely from American Eagle and is the outfit I love to wear on a warm summer night.

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I just bought these shorts a few days ago and I LOVE them.  I think they are so cute.  For some reason, I have always struggled with finding the perfect pair of light wash shorts.  I’ve been looking for years and never found any pairs that I thought looked decent on me.  But when I saw these, I just had to buy them!  I love the small rips on the shorts that create that vintage look, and the cute embroidered pattern on the white portions of the front pockets.

 

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Outfit Details:

Tank // American Eagle Outfitters

Shorts // American Eagle Outfitters

Flip-Flop Sandals // American Eagle Outfitters

Nike LA Dodgers Hat // Champs Sports

Bracelets // Pura Vida Bracelets

Hiking Little Si – North Bend, WA

Summer is here and that means hikes, hikes, hikes!  Probably one of the best things about living in the Pacific Northwest during the summer time is the endless amounts of hikes to do.

I am slowly starting to get back into hiking after not doing so since last summer.  And honestly, I felt so out of shape, lol!  One of my bucket list hikes this summer is Mt. Si in North Bend.  In preparation for that, I am starting off slow with some easier hikes before I advance on to some of the more challenging hikes.

So yesterday, I hiked Little Si.  Even though the clouds decided to come back out on the day this hike was planned, it was still a lot of fun, and still a great view.

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The hike was steep in some places and flat in others, but had great views all around.  I love this view of North Bend and into the mountains that surround my home.  So cool to see some rain pouring down in the distance too!  I would definitely recommend this hike for those who are on the same boat as me and want to ease their way into more advanced hikes.

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Brandy USA

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Seriously loving this summer weather we are having here in Seattle.  With the SoCal vibes of sunshine and Brandy Melville apparel, I am more ready for summer than ever.  Brandy clothing is definitely the way to go for all things summer.  This Los Angeles crop top is my absolute favorite, it’s super cute and goes with just about anything.  Whether you’re strolling the town one night, or headed to the beach, this crop top is perfect for almost any fun summer outing.  Plus, I couldn’t help but sport these aviator Ray-Ban’s and my favorite pair of Hollister shorts for modeling the total Cali lifestyle.

 

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Outfit Details:

  • Los Angeles Crop Top // Brandy Melville
  • Shorts // Hollister Co.
  • Ray-Ban’s // Sunglass Hut
  • Belt // American Eagle Outfitters
  • Sandals // American Eagle Outfitters
  • Bracelets // Pura Vida Bracelets
  • Wave Ring // Pura Vida Bracelets

Wanderlust 108 5K & Yoga

For those of you who have read my previous blog posts, improving my fitness plan has been a big new years resolution for me this year.  I have been more open to trying new workout classes and other types of fitness to find what I like best and what works out for me.

Over the past couple months, I have regularly been attending yoga classes and keeping up a steady workout schedule of running a lot more than I used to and going to the gym frequently.

And let me tell you, I have noticed such a difference with this steady workout schedule.  I notice myself feeling healthier and better about myself each time I work out.

So this brings me to Wanderlust 108!

For those who may not know, Wanderlust is mainly a large yoga festival that is a TON of fun.  With fun music and a great community of people, it’s such a fun time, while also getting a nice, relaxing workout in!  Definitely an event to add to the bucket list.

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When I found out Wanderlust 108 was coming to Seattle, I was BEYOND excited.  The event consisted of a 5k run/walk, yoga & meditation, and many other events throughout the day, with so many booths consisting of cute yoga apparel, healthy granola bars, and much more.  Not to mention, we lucked out with having some unbelievably nice Seattle weather.  80 degrees for a fun day outside? Yes, please!

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Starting off my day with this super fun morning workout made me feel very strong and proud of myself, like I had accomplished so much today.

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After checking in and putting my race number on my shirt, I couldn’t wait to start the 5k!  The run was so fun and casual, with no timers pressuring myself and the flexibility to run and walk as I please.  Growing a passion for running, I tried to push myself as much as I could during the 5k to my own comfort, running as much as I could while occasionally taking a walking break.  And once I crossed the finished line, it was all worth it.

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And what a great way to end a race by a total “gram-worthy” Wanderlust real-life polaroid filter photo-op!

10/10 will do again! I cannot wait for the next Wanderlust tour event and to keep up my passion for yoga, running, and participating in many more 5k’s.

A Traveler’s Guide to Vancouver’s Top Attractions in Just Two Days

Back at it again. Summer is definitely my favorite time of year and pairs perfectly with my love of traveling.  The convenience of heading up north to British Columbia from Seattle is always a fun little excursion to enjoy on a weekend off of work in the summer time.  This trip marks my third summer in a row visiting the big city.

So what all is there to do in Vancouver BC?

A LOT.  The total pacific northwest scenery and nature surrounding the large city makes for so many excursions and activities, including many things to do downtown as well, mainly all being within walking distance. And the best part?  It can all be done within just two days (and on a budget!)

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The perfect way to begin the trip is walking around Vancouver’s historic district, Gastown, to see the iconic steam clock and stop by the town’s many shops, bars, and restaurants.  One of my favorite bars in Gastown is 131 Water Kitchen & Bar.  They offer a great selection of food and drinks right in the center of Gastown.

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After walking through Gastown, Vancouver’s shopping district is a great place to go.  There are so many shops to choose from including Nordstrom, Prada, Gucci, Brandy Melville, Adidas, Urban Outfitters, and much more for those who love to shop.  For me personally, I am totally in love with Brandy Melville apparel.  I could not resist stopping by the store in Vancouver as there are none in the Seattle area or anywhere nearby.  It was seriously like a dream come true, lol.

Another must-see in Vancouver is Granville Island.  It is a little bit further and takes a while longer to walk, but is definitely not horribly far away.  I’ve walked there once and rode the aqua bus across to the island which was fun to do.  However, on this trip, I drove.  The public market on the island is basically like a huge expansion of Pike Place Market in downtown Seattle.  There are so many food, antique, and beauty vendors in the market to look at that I feel like I could get lost in there.  They all offer great products that you definitely want to spend a bit more time through the market just to see everything. Of course, walking around that cute part of town is always fun too, not to mention with a great view of downtown Vancouver on the other side of the water.

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Continuing the festivities of day one in Vancouver, driving over to Stanley Park from Granville Island is probably one of the best parks in the city to visit.  Other than the fact that it is huge, it’s a nice city park right on the water with great views all around.  Although I love the scenery of the pacific northwest, I got so excited when I saw a portion of the park with a bunch of palm trees.  The palm trees only enhanced the beach walk experience.

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Nearing the evening of day one, I would definitely recommend a nice, fancy dinner in Yaletown.  This year, I had my first dinner in Gastown, and while that was nice, I prefer the dinners offered in Yaletown as there are so many nice restaurants to choose from in that part of town.  Definitely a younger part of town for people my age to go to at night for the restaurants and bars.  You also get to see more of the city that was not seen earlier in the day by choosing Yaletown over Gastown.

My all-time favorite bar in Vancouver that I have gone to each year now is Steamworks Brewing Co. located right on the water near Gastown.  I always get the same drink each time I am there, the bellini.  The drink consists of Captain Morgan white rum, peach liquor, champagne, peach slush, and sangria, topped off with a large gummy worm candy.  It’s a bit sweet but very good.

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Starting off day two, I took an excursion just 20 minutes away from the city to Capilano, just north of downtown, to visit the Capilano Suspension Bridge.  This was the first time I have visited the bridge and it was definitely thrilling for me.  Even though I have an intense fear of heights, the experience was totally worth it.  I walked across the wobbly suspension bridge as well as the cliff walk which both seemed as if they were thousands of feet off the ground.  I was only slightly terrified haha.  Nevertheless, whether you are or are not afraid of heights, it is definitely a must-see while in Vancouver.  There was a lot of great scenery to look at and photograph.

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Another excursion that I did in place of the suspension bridge last year was visiting the University of British Columbia (UBC) campus.  That is also something fun to do in Vancouver as well.  The campus was probably one of the nicest and fanciest college campuses I have seen.  It contained so much modern architecture and a very nice botanical garden overlooking the water and mountains in the back.  I would also recommend visiting the campus after Capilano.

And you’ve basically seen it all! It’s amazing how much of the city you can see in just under 36 hours.  Of course, there is a lot more to look at such as many other shops and restaurants, Chinatown, as well as hikes and other outdoor activities.  But overall, you have now seen Vancouver’s top attractions on a fun mini-vacation!  I always have so much fun visiting each year and love exploring new parts of the city I have never been to before and trying new things each time.

JustKels Summer Style

JustKels Summer Style

 


Hollister Co. mini shorts
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Birkenstock open toe shoes
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Givenchy leather crossbody handbag
$1,175 – harveynichols.com

Alex and Ani bracelet
lordandtaylor.com

Linda Farrow rose gold glasses
$930 – uk.lindafarrow.com

Victoria s Secret fragrance
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