Explore Your City #2: West Seattle | Alki Beach

Last weekend I explored Pike Place Market in Downtown Seattle and Capitol Hill (you can read my post about it here).  This week, I was lucky enough to sail around Lake Washington and ride a water taxi for the first time from Downtown Seattle to West Seattle. As someone who is prone to getting seasick on open water, I’ve always been hesitant to go out on any boat on any sort of body of water – but my phobia has definitely gotten better over the past few years and I don’t get too sick anymore. I’ll leave out the unnecessary details.

This was my first time riding the water taxi and it was quite the experience. After a few hours shopping in downtown, my friends and I made our way from Pioneer Square to Pier 50. For those of you with an active UPASS or Orca card, you can use them to board the taxi! Otherwise you can pay with cash and board for $4. It takes about 15 minutes to get to the West Seattle dock and then you can explore Alki Beach! If you get seasick, you may want to stand outside on the deck rather than sit inside because it’s stuffy.

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As soon as the water taxi pulls up to the dock, you can probably spot people fishing and crabbing if the weather is nice. There are many condos overlooking the water and right in front of the boardwalk is a restaurant that started off as a food truck, called Marination Ma Kai. We all decided to stop for a snack and despite the line, we got our food very quickly. The verdict? Everything was delicious, very reasonably priced, and they have a unique menu. Hawaiian-Korean cuisine? Yes please.

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Kalbi Taco

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Hawaiian Mac salad (w/ spam)

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Kimchi Quesadilla

Once we were back in the city, we stayed out to watch the sunset and it was absolutely beautiful. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.

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Now for the fun stuff.. only hours into our adventure did I decide/get permission from my adventure buddies to start vlogging so that’s why this is such a short one. But here’s my first attempt at a vlog! Unlike my last video (you can find it on my channel), the audio should be normal. My iMovie skills are still lacking since I’m teaching myself as I go but I got really fancy this time and added transitions. Please, hold your applause. But do enjoy the sunset. I can’t get over how beautiful it was! Let me know in the comments if you’ve ever tried out Marination Ma Kai or what you think about the vlog! Not going to lie, I was a little self conscious to be vlogging myself so the dual camera feature on my Canon came in handy. I love this camera!! Review soon, I swear.

Thanks for visiting – as always.

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Explore Your City

Something not enough people do is play tourist in their city. I frequently go to Pike Place Market and I never get sick of it – although the weekend crowds can be a little overwhelming on certain days. Here are some shots that I took this past weekend on a perfect sunny day. All the tourists were out and all the fresh produce and flowers were too – bright and beautiful as ever.

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Dark chocolate linguine exists and it truly tastes like chocolate. I was told you serve it with fruit, ice cream, etc. Hmm..

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Photobombed by cars (it happens). Thanks to the super friendly Pike Place valet for the picture!

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How cool is this mural that I stumbled across in Capitol Hill? I love the colors!

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Hope you all had a terrific weekend as well!

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Boston in Photos

This post is long overdue, but I wanted to share some pictures I took on my trip to Boston! It’s a beautiful city and I was excited to visit again after over a decade.

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Out and about in downtown – some from the Boston Duck Tours!

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Boston by night: 

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The Holocaust memorial is truly amazing and I would definitely recommend visiting in the evening. This is a shot of my feet standing on top of a grate. You can see twinkling lights underneath as steam rises. I looked it up and found that it symbolizes the gas chambers in the concentration camps. The memorial is beautiful, heartbreaking, and truly special. Last summer when I went to NYC/DC, the Holocaust museum was one of the best experiences so this was a great little landmark to randomly run into.

From my hotel room @ Revere Hotel 

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Fenway Park {private tour and everything!} 

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Lastly..my favorite. From the sky (all over the country): 

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A big thank you to LMI for hosting me! Despite how short this trip was, it was really exciting for me to travel alone for the first time this far and meet so many new people from all over the country. Hope you guys enjoyed some pictures!

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Travel Makeup Bag Essentials

Just a few days ago I traveled to the East Coast and as I packed my toiletries, I thought I would take a few pictures and share some of my essentials that I like to bring on the road. Some of you may be like me and enjoy seeing what’s inside others’ handbags and makeup bags – if so, here’s part 1!

{To protect}

Skincare copyUrban Decay De-Slick Makeup Setting Spray — Olay All Day Moisturizer with SPF 15 — Shiseido Sun Protection Eye Cream SPF 34 — Mario Badescu A.H.A and Ceramid Moisturizer

I’m a big advocate for wearing SPF year round but realistically, wearing a separate sunscreen is too much work for everyday wear so I typically go for a lightweight moisturizer with SPF. My mom is the reason why I have started using a daytime eye cream, thanks for the gift! The main reason I use this is because it has higher SPF and I have particularly thin skin near my eyes (as in my veins are very visible in this area) and it’s important to protect to prevent sun spots. (Asian skin is prone to sun spots, according to my mom’s dermatologist.)  Shiseido sunscreen is some of the best out there, I highly recommend it! Since it’s getting warmer, this makeup setting spray from UD is a must have. It feels refreshing and does help prolong the freshness of your makeup. This cute 1 oz. travel size is perfect for being on the go. Lastly, I love taking samples with me when traveling because it’s the perfect time to use them up and is often more than enough to last the duration of the trip. This moisturizer is from one of my favorite skincare brands, Mario Badescu, and provides the perfect amount of moisture while I sleep.

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Maybelline Color Whisper in Berry Ready — MAC eyeshadow in Shroom, Lancome Definicils Waterproof mascara — Rimmel Soft Kohl Eyeliner — Kat Von D Waterproof Autograph Pencil in Proud Peacock — Anastasia Perfect Brow pencil in taupe

For the typical travel day and for activities, I usually stick with minimal makeup and here are my top picks to combat any effects of a tiring trip. Well groomed brows can make a huge difference to anyone’s face and Anastasia Beverly Hills is the queen of brow products. This foolproof pencil is just the perfect hardness so it makes for a quick fill in. The double ended pencil has a spoolie on one end so you can quickly comb through your brows too. If you need a little bit of eye opening magic, I recommend a soft, champagne eyeshadow such as this one by MAC. You don’t even need a brush, just use your ring finger to gently pat onto the middle of your lid and inner corners. Waterproof mascara is a year round staple for me because it lasts longer and holds a curl better than regular formulas, just remember to pack a good makeup remover! Lastly, the best way to brighten up your look is some lip color! I love this berry shade – smells good and feels comfortable on the lips.

{To pamper}
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BeeKind Honey  & Organic Chamomile Lotion — C.O. Bigelow Rose Salve — Vasanti BrightenUp! Enzymatic Cleanser — Harvey Prince Hello perfume — Beauty Protector Protect & Oil — Air Repair Rescue Balm

If you’re flying to your destination, the air can really dehydrate your skin and leave it looking a bit dull. I like bringing an exfoliant either in a mask or cleanser form to rejuvenate the skin and some sort of salve/balm to moisturize particularly dry spots. Bring multi-purpose products that can double as a skin saver and lip balm. The baby size of the Protect & Oil smells delicious and is the best way to pack one less bottle of hair serum or heat protectant. This is an all in one! I also love this BeeKind lotion because the scent is really fresh and absorbs quickly. My hands feel dry after washing my hands with most types of soap, oddly, so this is a must – especially when I’m more of a germaphobe on the go. This Harvey Prince perfume is perfect for summer because it’s the perfect blend of sweet and fresh. I prefer the samples with a spray rather than the ones with just a little lid.

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I had to include this adorable patterned makeup bag that I got a few months ago from a CottonOn sale. I accidentally clicked the kids section sale but I’m glad I did. It’s actually a very large pouch and I paid less than $1 for it! Since this isn’t vinyl coated or anything fancy, I just use it to hold items like moisturizers, nail clippers, mirrors, and lip balms. Makeup tends to get messy so it’s important to store that in a easily cleaned bag.

Thanks for reading! Look out for some more travel posts in the near future – I can’t wait to share some pictures from my trip.

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