July went by so fast but t'was one of the best months this year! First, my family from the mainland visited me in time for my birthday, which means I got to go around Oahu playing tourist! Second, I had two-week off from work which enabled me to recharge and spend some quality time with the ohana. Third, I went full throttle uploading videos on Youtube at 3 times a week. I never thought I can handle the balancing act! Here's a recap of the month that was...
gingham top, summer must have top
This was taken July 3rd, the first day of my staycation. Hub and I went on a brunch date, of course a quick trip to Sephora was pre-meditated, haha! Check out my Sephora shop and haul video to see what I snagged! ** Gingham top, skinny jeans, red wedges (similar), mirrored round sunnies **
palm leaves romper, summer romper
This was 4th of July, my birthday. After circling many times trying to look for a parking at Koolina, we decided to hang out by Hawaii Kai side, then went sightseeing at Hanauma Bay, Sandy Beach, visited Byodo-In Temple and had a hearty late lunch. You can see everything in this travel vlog. ** Palm leaves romper, brown wedge sandals **
White Cold Shoulder Tunic
Right after breakfast at Koolina, we drove to Waikiki to welcome our mom (6 hr flight from San Jose California). I was extremely happy and excited to the core! ** Cold shoulder dress, floppy straw hat **
vince cameo gladiator lace sandals
Okay so my camera broke so I had to resort to iPhone, good thing my teenage niece knows how to take nice photos (alright I coached her how to capture the right angle) ** Gladiator lace sandals, white shorts, off-shoulder embroidered top **
floral tunic dress, what to wear to luau
Of course, a trip to Hawaii isn't complete without attending luau. You can see all the sights and sounds in this travel vlog! ** white crossbody bag, similar cold shoulder dress **
open toe toms espadrilles
This is a special photo to me because it was taken by my mom. She didn't need coaching, she got it right the first time, haha! Check out my birthday haul video ** white crossbody bag, red espadrilles, ripped jeans, aviator sunglasses, boyfriend shirt **
rose gold hair
And then the color bug bit me, rose gold you say? I shared my low maintenance haircare for frequently colored hair in this video! By the way, my giveaway on Youtube is still up and running, it's open international, enter here!

August I am so ready for you! 
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Givenchy Les Saisons Le Rouge Coral Gypsophila review swatch, Givenchy Le Rouge Sculpt Two-Tone Lipstick review swatch
They're simply irresistible! And as a Givenchy lipstick fanatic, I used that as a lame excuse to buy the newly-released two tone sculpt lipstick as well as the summer limited edition. In this video, I unboxed, swatched and tried these beauties, are they worth the price? come check it out! 

Okay Gen X, represent! We are the ones sandwiched between Baby Boomers and Millenials. If you know Milli Vanilli, danced to Vanilla Ice, grew up owning Song Hits, listened to cassette tapes, played Tetris or Donkey Kong, sprayed your hair with Aqua Net then yes, I am talking to you! Age is slowly creeping up and regardless of the current situation or household setup you're in, you understand that looking after your own health is more important now than ever! This brings me to my next point, don't let age wither you soon, beauty or health-wise. Remember, age is just a number and for the most part, what you do now impacts your life down the line. Hence, I am all about staying active because it isn't true that with age comes sedentary lifestyle. In this video, I shared very practical tips to stay motivated, please watch and hopefully you'll find a tip or two to keep you motivated.
how to stay fit, exercise tips, generation x, what is generation x

I am also linking my blogger friend Norah who's also looking fabulous for her age, you can check out her fitness post here!

Get to know moi a little bit more! This video is 2-in-1, I show you how I get ready as well as attempt to answer questions, kind of like random facts about me. You will also see that I do spend more time with my eyebrows! I hope you watch it, I had fun filming it.

get to know me, get ready with me
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This is my fourth installment of the most anticipated Nordstrom anniversary sale this year. I have curated closet must-haves that can take you from summer to fall, mostly with the working gal in mind. The items can be mixed and matched featuring classic pieces with few trends (i.e flutter or bell sleeves), and yes, I own very similar styles which you have probably seen in my Youtube videos.  I added two athletic-type pieces (leggings and off shoulder sweatshirt) because let's face it, some days we just want to dress down but still look glam! 

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This is the third installment of my curated favorites in line with Nordstrom anniversary sale this year. I am a handbag aficionado so these beauties I have carefully selected are the very same ones I see myself carrying year-round. I love totes for everyday essentials, satchels when I am dressed for business meetings, crossbody when shopping and clutch for dates. And yes, we can never have too many purses! 
Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2017 handbags bags purses

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Are you subscribed to Popsugar Must-Have Box yet? If you're curious as to what this box is all about, I did a quick unboxing featuring all the goodies last month. In a nutshell, for $39.95/ month + free shipping, you get to receive more than $100 worth of products which were all carefully selected and curated by Popsugar's editors.

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Every month you get over $100 worth of well-curated goodies.

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2017  shoes
This is my second installment of the great Nordstrom Anniversary 2017 Sale curated picks. I am all about shoes! My preference requires two main criteria (1) comfort (2) style; hence my predilection towards flats or some height if need be. But flats (or some heels) don't need to be boring! The shoes I have chosen are very Fall-Winter appropriate and now is the time to snag them! I own several Vince Camuto (including a similar bootie), Sam Edelman and Cole Haan, they are all true to size but in the event they don't fit, Nordstrom has good return policy. You can never go wrong with taupe, black, animal print, (I own several pairs in varying styles), pump, mules and what have you's!
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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2017 Beauty Exclusives
I am drooling at all these beauties as I round up my curated favorites from this year's anniversary sale from Nordstrom! These are all beauty exclusives that I totally recommend because I have vast experience with the aforementioned, repurchased many times, hoarded at some point, so I am telling you right now that these are all amazing deals! 

Remember my lash extension horror story? you couldn't tell with my super long lashes ha? thanks to neubrow (yes it's for brows but lashes=brows=hairs) but really, this is the secret to my rejuvenated lashes! This usually retails for $100 but I am so excited to see it to sell for only $100 for 2 so you know I am hauling like a mad woman! As a luxury brand fanatic, I have also included great makeup deals from Tom Ford, Guerlain, Dior, YSL, Chantecaille, Hourglass, NARS and Charlotte Tilbury. For skincare, take advantage of Foreo, Murad set and Arcona. Summer fragrance you say? go for Tory Burch and Kai. ghd styler is also a good investment, I've had mine for almost five years now and still in perfect condition.
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birthday 2017 haul, birthday unboxing, birthday presents unboxing
And so the festivity has come to an end, and so I thought! I celebrate my birthday not just for a day (4th of July) but for the entire month. It has been a personal tradition for as long as I remember, it's the inner child in me I guess! My mood in this video is somewhat melancholic because my family went back to the mainland after spending few days with me last week. But I did something to cheer me up  a little, you have to watch to find out! 
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luau night, tropical vacation outfit ideas, what to wear luau
Aloha my lovely readers! This is the second part of my birthday week. If you missed my previous post, I mentioned that my family from the mainland visited me for few days of fun and festivities. Last July 6, we trekked to Dole Plantation, had lunch at the famous Turtle Bay Resort (where movies Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates, Sarah Marshall, to name a few, were filmed, and attended a Luau Night at Paradise Cove. Please watch the vlog for better appreciation. Mahalo! 

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what to wear to hawaii, cute summer outfits, hawaii travel vlog, hawaii travel
I had the most amazing birthday experience last week. My family from the mainland visited me so that's something I will always treasure! Watch my video as I take you around Oahu. Special shoutout to my beautiful teenage nice who filmed her mamita's (a.k.a moi) "vacation" outfits! 
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sephora makeup haul, sephora beauty haul
Hello lovely ladies in the house! For the next few posts, I will be showing you how I celebrated my birthday (born on the 4th here). Yes, it's a week-long because my family flew from the mainland to spend it with me. Let's start with a Sephora trip last July 3rd. Watch my video (vlog-style) as I take you inside Sephora in Kapolei (Hawaii) and see what I ended up purchasing (affiliate links below).

makeup giveaway, youtube giveaway international
Hello my lovely blog readers and subscribers! I thought of giving you a quick heads up that I am running a huge giveaway on my recently revived Youtube channel. Up for grabs are the following: Tory Burch leather tote, makeups, skincare, fashion accessories and more. I hope you can help me achieve my goal of hitting 10k subscribers on Youtube. I will pick the winner as soon as we hit that milestone. Here's the video for full reference of prizes!

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best summer makeup, summer proof makeup, top makeups for summer
Hello beautiful ladies! How are you preparing for the 4th? well guess what, lady here is celebrating her birthday on that day! But before moi paint the town blue, red and white, let's briefly recap my favorites from the past month. Instead of just giving you the usual writeup, I thought of making a GRWM (get ready with me) video using all my favorites! There is a chit-chat after the one-minute or so mark where I talked about why they're my staples plus see a bonus clip (a day in the life vlog) and find out what I got diagnosed with. If you frequently use the computer, you may have an idea!

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