Hawaii is GORGEOUS… I think. – Destination Daze

I don’t think I’ve ever done one of these before but lately I find myself dreaming of traveling. I picture visiting new places all over the world and trying out all the food. YES FOOD. I have to confess: when it comes to traveling I am in it for the food (surprise, surprise). I want to try out all of the local favorites and history comes second. I feel like that might sound really weird to anyone that isn’t me but growing up I never cared about the history of places. It’s definitely changed since moving to the UK because HELLO there are places older than the US. That thought never crossed my mind when I’d visit places like Disneyland or the beach. Ok I didn’t go to the beach that often and only went to Disneyland twice as kid (and can’t remember any of it) but like I said, history was never something I cared about. As a ‘cool’ teeny-bopper I never appreciated the history of places until visiting the UK because it was the first and only place I have ever visited/lived in outside of the US. I’ll admit, whenever we’ve visited new places, the first two things that pop into my head are nice views and restaurants. Ali is more about discovering places and learning about a country or city’s culture so whenever he’d be like “oh we can go see a wall” I’d be like “WHYYY?! it’s a wall.” He always laughs at me because, as he knows, I’m the type of person who would drive passed the Great Wall of China and be good. But whenever I get to our destination, I am usually in awe and so happy I actually visited and learned about each place we’ve been to. We’ve gone to a couple of graveyards in Scotland with gravestones that date back to the 1500s, which when I saw them was like a weird punch to my brain like “THERE IS SO MUCH MORE THAN CHIPOTLE AND NETFLIX” and I’m truly grateful for that, no matter how reluctant and bratty I’ll be about going at first. Blame my anxiety. LOL Anyway, this brings me to my next point. I have always wanted to visit these places that I’ll be mentioning in future posts but I now have a new reason for visiting, history…. but still food. Always food.

SO I MEAN OK I GUESS I CAN DO A QUICK FIRST PLACE I’D LIKE TO VISIT, RIGHT??

I feel like this one is an obvious choice and it’s Hawaii but not for the reasons people might think. When Lilo and Stitch came out when I was around my early teen years, I remember that everyone was suddenly in love with the culture. I remember watching clips and being annoyed by Stitch so I didn’t watch the movie and therefore wasn’t into Hawaii and to be quite honest, I wasn’t into the idea of going to Hawaii up until a year or two ago.

I want to go somewhere tropical and although there are a couple of places that provide the sunshine that I always dread, I would love to immerse myself in both ancient and modern Hawaiian and Polynesian culture. Of course, growing up in California I have had the fortune of experiencing the culture through friends and hula. I’ve always found hula fascinating and the ways that culture and stories can be conveyed through dance. I joined a friend’s dance group for a good 2 minutes years ago and wished I could have stayed a part of the group longer, and I’ve actually been looking for classes out here in England but have only found hula hoop classes. That’s great and all but that ain’t what I’m looking for. Nah ah chica. I wanna move my hips and break my knees and feel the burn in my thighs!! That is a very strange sentence out of context but I am going to stick to it and commit.

Although there are tons of things I want to see in Hawaii my priorities are visiting the Polynesian Cultural Center, seeing the ‘iolani Palace, go to a touristy (but super cute) lu’au, lay out on the beach in a bikini, and of course visit Pearl Harbor. Ali, of course, wants to do all the hill-y things that involve trekking thousands of miles across the Hawaiian countryside (Ok I know I’m exaggerating, but still). Aside from this part of Hawaii’s history and culture, there are more things I want to experience. As I mentioned above, I really want to do the lighthearted touristy things that I’d never get to do. I’d also like to try out authentic Hawaiian food. I grew up eating L&L Hawaiian bbq but I don’t think having Hawaiian food made in San Jose on the corner of Capitol & Aborn (SHOUT OUT!) has the same authenticity as food made by the people who actually live and grew up in Hawaii. Still good though!

Maybe someday, when I visit California again, I’ll take a detour and spend some time with my love relaxing in a resort on the beach, sipping cocktails, trying out new foods, the history, and learning all about how to make spam musubi without them falling apart. We’ll see!

ps shout out to my friend Mack who let me borrow her picture of a Hawaiian sunset she witnessed.

What I’d Do If I Won The Lottery

The other day I made a video with my love about what we’d do if we ever won the lottery and we had so much fun making it I thought that I’d do a little follow up and further explain my choices since we were a bit jumbled in the video and immersed in thinking about what it’d be like to actually have millions.

I would fix up my parent’s house.

This is the first thing I would do. I feel like most people would buy their parents a new house which is AMAZING but the reason I’ve decided fixing their house up would be a great idea is because I feel like even if you won the lottery, in northern California, in Silicon Valley, you’re better off fixing the house you’re in. I don’t know what happened to the place I grew up but I noticed even before I moved away that living there was becoming unaffordable. When Ali and I were living there together we were thinking about buying our own place, thinking that we’d be in California forever. To our surprise, one bedroom apartments in average areas were at about $600,000 to start so this is why, if I had the money, I would fix up their house. I’d also install air conditioning cuz NAH AH CHICA I remember those summers full of boob sweat and wanting to punch anyone who was within one foot of me with their body heat.

I would then take all of my loved ones on a month long vacation at Disney World & somewhere tropical.

The reason I’d want to do this is because all of my family and friends are all over the world and it’s rare that everyone is in the same place. Come to think of it, I can’t remember a single time where every single person was in the same room. Closest thing was our wedding but even then there were a few people I really wish could have been there to celebrate with us.

My dream would be to be able to afford to pay for everyone’s flight and stay at Disney World’s Boardwalk Inn because that’s where Ali and I stayed on our Honeymoon and the boardwalk itself is adorable, not to mention the PIZZA at the hotel. I’d love to go on all of the rides together and meet up for dinner since I know every single person who would go would enjoy themselves because if there’s one thing my closest people and I have in comment, it’s our love for Disney. Then I’d love to take everyone to a tropical place to just relax, sip cocktails and spend all of our time at the beach. I don’t think there’ll ever be a time where everyone is together at the same time so this would be a dream.

LORT DO I HATE CLEANING.

I’ve always loved organizing things; putting everything in their own little place, labeling folders, planning trips, scheduling my week, folding my clothes the same way, taking notes and rewriting them just so they look cuter… LOL. But when it comes to washing dishes and cleaning the bathroom, no thank you. I mean I still do it but it’s really not my favorite thing to do. Ali usually cleans the bathroom because he’s less bothered by it so if it ever gets to the point where we could get help with this that’d be amazing.

I’d hire a hair stylist to do my hair.

This is exactly what it sounds like. I’m not great at doing my own hair and this is one of those vain things where I know I’d be more motivated to do ANYTHING if my hair was cute. TBH I probably wouldn’t even have someone do that every day so maybe this one is a waste? Maybe we can throw in a person do to my makeup too.

Aside from the selfish things I mentioned, I really would want to give back to the world.

I’d want to save the bees, endangered animals, pay of any debt my friends and family might have, donate to charities like St Jude’s Children’s Hospital, cancer research, pay for people’s health insurance, and I would absolutely love to pay for people’s tuition fees and pay off student loans. I never got the chance to go to college full time and get a degree (but still want to) because life happened. HOWEVER I would love to see more people get the chance to enjoy life with one less thing to worry about.

What would you do if you won the lottery?? Let me know in the comments or even link me to a similar post as I’d love to read what you have! Hope everyone has an amazing weekend!
 

Current Yours Clothing Favorites!

This week I am doing a follow up to my favorite things I shared on my takeover on YoursClothing’s Instagram as well as mention a few items that didn’t make it. Mostly because it was so warm and I was so sweaty LOL. Imagine being in a dressing room except under direct sunlight and that’s what it was like LOL!  It’s ok though cuz you’ll get to see them now!!

BAGS!!

You know by now (maybe?! I don’t know how long you’ve been following me) that when it comes to accessories or bags I just don’t care very much. HOWEVER there have been some instances where I’ve been like YES I NEED THIS NOW. That’s how I felt when I saw these bags!! They’re just the size I need when I’m traveling and they are also cross body!! I hate carrying crap due to the fact that I have no upper body strength and have t-rex arms so cross body is my friend!

These Black & White Shorts + White Tank Top/Vest

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I don’t know if I’m ever looking to go out of my comfort zone, and I’m not sure if that’s what this is, but I went with these Aztec-inspired shorts because they were high waisted and had a pattern! When I think of my wardrobe I think of solid colors unless it’s a dress. I wanted to wear a pair of shorts that were different and also comfortable and I found that in these! The white vest is nice too! The fabric isn’t too thin or too thick, like April 25th.

Kimono!

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I have been waiting to own something like this for quite some time! It is comfortable, breathable and for the most part it stays on my shoulders!! You can see me wearing it in my newest vlog that’s going up at 3pm pst on my gloriashurinava channel.  Here’s a cute thumbnail!

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My clothing BFF, MY PINK ROBE/DRESSING GOWN!

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You’ve probably seen me wearing this in my vlogs quite a bit recently and it is so comfortable. I like wearing it at night after I’ve showered and am relaxing on my laptop before bed. When I say relaxing I mean still answering emails and editing. EITHER WAY I love it.

Multi Tropical Floral Dress!!!

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I wore this in Boston earlier this month and got a compliment or two about it. It’s a great dress for holidays because it’s light and airy (I’m sensing a pattern here) and the length was actually above the knee but I felt safe enough to where I didn’t think people could see my lady parts… except for when there were gusts of wind. I held my bag in front of me to prevent such disasters though LOL.

Last but not least, my Rose Pink Dress

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I posted about this on my blog last week so you can read up on it if you like!! But it’s definitely one of my faves so I had to mention 😀

I Like Pretty Pink Dresses

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I love me some pretty dresses and I love me some special occasions (especially weddings) and today I’m here to talk about this SUPER cute rose pink dress! While I was away in Boston, we were given the task to choose a dress that we would most likely wear at a special occasion. The choices were between maxi, midi, skater, swing/shift and tunic! I immediately wanted the skater because that usually means knee length, flowy, and possibly a sweetheart neckline! I searched through the site and saw this rose pink skater dress and was like MINE. It hit basically every mark I have on my list of “this is what I want as a guest at a wedding” dress:

It’s flirty. It’s pink. It’s cute. It’s flowy. It’s got a sweetheart neckline. It fits LOL.

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So I asked and I received! On top of the things I mentioned above, the dress is actually very comfortable and is heavy enough to withstand SOME wind. All I know is that I won’t be worrying about anyone seeing my undies because of any random UK gusts of wind this summer. I might have to worry in the Fall but still LOL.

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Me being the proper lady I am. Some objects in picture are more LIES than they appear LOL. I’m not a liar though just that first sentence of this caption was OK SO.

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selfie worthy!

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That detailing tho!

Be sure to check out the other girls’ blogs on what they chose for this summer’s occasion wear!

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52 Weeks of Gratitude Challenge – My Best Friend

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Leo is my best friend so of course he’s going to be a part of my 52 Weeks of Gratitude Challenge!! We became friends on myspace years ago and I don’t know how it exactly happened but we spoke almost every single day and I remember playing pool, monopoly, etc… with him whenever there was an opportunity!

Back then we were just internet friends, we would NEVER talk on the phone but we’d send each other 5 second voice mails. We’d chat until 5am on aim, we’d make up our own Spongebob and Sandy scripts (while pee laughing), going on these old chatroom things similar to BlogTv but I can’t remember the name at the moment lol… and then after a few years of friendship we met iRL. I didn’t tell my friends we never met in person before so the whole time I was freaking out because he was the first internet stranger I ever met in person. (Also please be careful if you decide to meet people from the internet!!!)

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Fast forward to 13 years later and now we’re both married… to other people lmao! We have a million inside jokes and they’re all stupid but they’re funny af. Our significant others are close as well and whenever the four of us are together it’s my most favorite environment. We’re always laughing, they reluctantly play long drawn out board games with me, Ali and Leo reluctantly watch what we call “Ken movies” (I enjoy them), we all reluctantly watch Leo play on his xbox (one of THOOOOOSE people 😂) and Leo and Ken reluctantly let Ali put dishes in the dishwasher… and then they wash them again. it’s like we’ve always been family and the fact that we all get along means the world to me.

BACK TO LEO. He’s the type of person who will do everything he can for you if he is able to. He’s always around for a laugh and always there to let me complain and he understands because he’s also been through whatever it is I’m going through. He loves Disney and quotes the movies with me. We have our own language and the words don’t translate to what they might sound like in English no matter what Ali thinks and whenever we’re together we’re like those people who met in “CAHHHLEGE” and turn into teens again lol… cuz teens are all in college?! ANOWAIFS. I don’t know what I would do without him. He’s been there for me for as long as I can remember and he is one of like 3 people in the world who understands my dumb, immature, humor. I LOVE YOU CARRNIE MARRNIE ND ERRERERERER!

My Issues with Wearing Heels

Lort have I had trouble with shoes no matter where I’ve shopped. I’ve had mostly negative experiences because when I try on shoes I get discouraged; my ankles are either too big or my actual feet are too big to fit parts of the actual shoe.

When I wear heels… Actually I don’t. I never wear heels. The only time I think I’ve ever been seen wearing heels is at a couple of photoshoots I’ve done over the years only because I didn’t’ have to walk in them lmao. The reason why I don’t wear heels is because 99% of my experiences have not been good ones. I thought it could be partly my fault because I always went for those tiny, thin heels with hardly any support on the bottoms.

I had basically given up on finding heels. I was however, given the task to talk about wide fit shoes and was a bit reluctant at first because of my issues I have with even wide fit shoes. I almost changed my task but being the never giver upper person I am (LOL I’ve given up on quite a few things through life, who hasn’t) I decided to give heels another try at Yours.

Now before I share my new experiences, I’m going to share the top mistakes I’ve made because if you think there are any similarities in our body types, it might help!

1. I have bought shoes with a thick second strap over the vamp area, does that make sense? I don’t have a big arch on my foot but I do have pretty chubby and wide feet. They don’t fit and there’s no point in wasting my money on shoes that I can’t even put on.

2. I’ve bought shoes that are wide, or “e” before but they apparently aren’t wide enough for me. I’d still have to size up and I’d look like I was wearing clown shoes. My feet wouldn’t have any support and would feel very sore just after a few minutes of walking. I’ve found that EEE is the best option in sizing for me.

3. High tops are usually a no-no. I have the Vans Bo Peep shoes that came out last year and they fit just fine but I had to size up. I wouldn’t recommend walking in them for a long time though.

4. As I mentioned before, long, tiny heels are horrible for me. There’s not enough balance and almost immediately I am uncomfortable and even though they look pretty, they are not for me.

All this said, it’d probably be best to try shoes on in person unless you’ve never had these issues. BUT NOW TO MOVE ON TO THE GOOD STUFF!

Even though I was reluctant at first, I did give heels another shot and purposely bought extra wide fit shoes that had more of a platform heel and toe. Here’s what I feel about my top 3:

1. First are these Black Comfort Insole Suede Wedges

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They are the narrowest of the three at the heel, but they are still very comfortable! I am a bit wobbly in these still but I think it’s just a matter of getting used to walking around in heels. The insole provides support and like the next two, adds automatic comfort that I am very thankful for LOL.

2. Black Comfort Insole Platform Slingback Heels with Glitter Bow

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They are still chunky but they are more comfortable on the back of my ankles. They don’t dig into the back of my foot like a lot of shoes normally do because of the strap and I feel like I’m about to walk the runway in these because they’re pretty high up but still very manageable!

3. Last but not least, and my ultimate FAVES!!! Black Comfort Insole Platform Sandals with Block Heel

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These are the actual best and the most comfortable heels/platforms I have ever worn. They are available in EEE and I was so surprised the second I put them on. I was able to walk in them right away, and because they have a little elastic on the buckle, they close with no issues. I spent hours wearing and walking in them with socks on at home (cuz that’s a tip I learned on how to break them in) and my knees, calves, and feet didn’t hurt at all! This is the first ever pair that I actually felt 100% comfortable in and confident in being able to wear them out. I’m still working my way up (and almost wore them last week but rain and NAH AH CHICA I’M NOT ABOUT TO FALL ON MY FACE JUST TO LOOK CUTE LMAO) to wearing them outdoors but you know that Manchester weather! When I wear em out, you’ll definitely see it happen hahaha!

Who Doesn’t Like a Flowy Spring Outfit?

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I was given the task by Yours Clothing to create a celebrity style steal featuring trends that are in right now and the first person I thought of was one of my favorite plus size cuties, Melissa McCarthy.

When I saw this look I immediately fell in love! To me, this outfit would be made even more perfect with a wind machine in front of her at all times to showcase her diva & boss lady status LOL. I’ve always admired her sense of style (and humor) whether it’s something she wore in the movies or something more casual off screen. I think I actually let out a little gasp because of how cute I think this look is.

Going back to the Yours task, this casual but floating-on-a-cloud look for spring inspired me to put my steal together. I chose a light, airy, pink top, a black and white midi skirt, white heels, suede bucket bag, and crystal drop earrings to pull the whole look together. You can get the following items on Yours Clothing‘s website and here’s a price breakdown with the links!:
Pink Top -£21
Black & White Midi Skirt – On Sale!!! £8.50
White heels £19
Suede Bucket Bag – £16
Crystal Drop Earrings – £4

I chose this look for spring because this an outfit that I would personally wear – especially if I could wear heels, but more on that later this week. My style has always been about comfort and when I look at this outfit not only do I see comfort but also versatility. It’s something you could wear for business meetings, a cute brunch, afternoon tea or even just to go out and have a fun picnic in the spring sun!