Photos: Plants. And more plants.

Hey guys! I’ve been doing more things outside with real live people (I know. I’m just as shocked as you are). Here’s some photos from the past week. Enjoy!

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I went to the farmer’s market for the first time in months, and I forgot how much I enjoy it! I really like shopping for local produce in this open air environment much better than shopping at grocery stores. There’s just something about it.

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I also spent a lot of time over in Lahaina, which is 40 miles from my house (this is far for Maui), I like walking Front Street during sunsets and sitting down and people-watching. There’s a lot of interesting people that visit the islands.

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Can we just appreciate this Kate Spade bag?!

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I’m so proud of these little plant babies!

I had a really great week! I hope you did too. :)

Blogger Highlight: Winifred Jac

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Hey guys! Before I get into this post, I just want to explain a little bit first. This is my first time doing a blogger highlight type of post, and I’m so excited! I had so much fun doing this, I want to do one every Friday. I think it’s a great way to get to know our blogging friends! (So email me if you want to collaborate!)

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This week’s Blogger Highlight is Alexandria of Winifred Jac! Her style, bright spirit and adventures as a mom truly inspire me, and I love following along on her blog! Check her out:

Twitter Twitter- @winifredjacblog

Instagram Instagram – @winifredjacblog

Facebook Facebook – Winifred Jac

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1. Why did you start blogging?

I started Winifred Jac a lil’ over a year ago because I wanted to have something that was mine. I am a SAHM and I love it with all my heart, but I felt like I needed my own thing again. I had just stopped dancing and teaching because my daughter started it so that huge part of me was gone. I mean, I had been doing it since I was 5. I really don’t enjoy doing anything without my daughter, but I know ME time is important. Rather than attempt to go out somewhere, I use this as MY time. I have always been an admitted shopaholic, and I simply love fashion and of course, my life, so I decided to showcase it.

2. Who has been your biggest motivator in the blogging world?

My biggest motivator to keep blogging and in life is my daughter. I want her to see me turn a hobby and something I love into something big. I hope that I can teach her a lot through this. I do have to say my biggest inspiration for fashion is celebrities. I am totally one of those celebrity gossip addicts. Yes, I even care about what this star is eating for lunch. I know… roll your eyes. But I am so inspired by the trends they set, the high fashion gowns they get to wear, and all the amazing photo shoots you see in magazines.

3. What has been one of your biggest hopes as a blogger?

Like I said, I hope I can turn Winifred Jac into something great. I have always wanted to own a boutique so I want to use blogging as a platform for that. Would I love to attend NYFW or work with a HUGE company? Of course! But my own store is my main goal.

4. If you could give any advice to someone thinking about blogging, What would it be?

First, put money into it right away. Paying for a new layout and getting hosting was a game changer. And a using a nice camera definitely helps. I was using my phone, but invested in a USED Nikon and it was soooooo worth it. Also, I have this quote engraved in my brain and I would tell it to any new blogger who gets frustrated when they see their fav bloggers doing bigger things…

5. What are your long-term goals as a creative professional?

I kind of answered that in Question 3, but I would love to continue to work with brands and shops that can help me get to where I want to go. And also, to get paid!

6. What do you do when you’re not blogging?

I am being the best mommy to my little Bunny and running my house like a BOSS! But I personally love watching reality tv, wine, shopping, listening to Justin Timberlake and Taylor Swift, scrapbooking, planning events and trips (seriously, it’s never to early to plan your daughter’s next birthday party), going to spin class, and antique hunting.

7. What are some of your fav blogs to read?

Cara Loren // WeWoreWhat // Ash and Crafts // My new fav, Sazan // and, Liz Marie on Instagram is a fav, her home decor style is beautiful and is my style as well.

8. Is there 1 beauty or fashion item that you cannot live without?

Beauty – Lipstick. I could be all natural and throw on a bright pink or red lip.

Fashion – High Waisted Jeans. Love em.

9. If you could have a dinner party and invite 5 celebs, who would you pick?

Justin Timberlake, Steve Martin, Demi Lovato, Natalie Portman, and Kyle Chandler.

Health Update: More changes

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Hey guys, I was planning on posting this a little earlier today but I still haven’t completely processed it all. But you all know I’m an open book, and I’ll share what’s going on.

A little over 6 weeks ago, I went into remission. And over the past few weeks I’ve been feeling very sick, so last week I got a bunch of tests done to see what’s happening. I met with my team of doctors today (and I’m meeting with three more tomorrow as a second opinion).

I’ll try to use as little medical terminology as possible for this to make sense, but basically my condition is worsening. My levels are the highest they’ve ever been, and my blood cell counts (red and white blood cells) are extremely low, and I’m showing signs of depleting platelets. On top of that, my body isn’t absorbing my medications, and I get terrible allergic reactions when I get the injection version of those medications.

Which means that I’m going to be beginning a new form of treatment. This is a treatment that I have mixed feelings about. There are two main reasons why I’ve put off going on this medication: One, because it makes it near impossible to get pregnant. Not that I’m wanting to have kids any time soon, but I would like to in the future. And the thought of not being able to have my own children brings tears to my eyes. With this medication, patients are required to be put on birth control and their condition has to be stable enough to stop treatment at least 6 months prior to getting pregnant. Second, it has been shown to cause other forms of cancers and autoimmunities in over 80% of patients.

But in the words of my doctors, it’s either this or slow deterioration.

So, I’m continuing the fight.

I hope this makes sense. I hope I didn’t scare/worry you, because that wasn’t the point of this. The point of this is to raise awareness and keep you guys in the loop, because you’re my friends and my support group.

Life Lately (Vol. 1)

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Hey guys, today I wanted to share a little bit into what’s going on in my life lately. There’s been some changes — some good, some not so good. But as always, we’re rolling with the punches. Here’s what life has been looking like lately.

As of this month, I’ve been single for a solid year now. This is the longest I’ve gone without being in a relationship, and while I’ve talked to several guys, I haven’t had that concrete relationship. I’m not sure what else to say about that. I mean, there’s a lot I could say, I just don’t even know where to begin. You should know that I’m content though. I’m happy with where I am and in this process, I’ve gotten to know myself a whole lot better.

About 3 weeks ago, the CEO of my company flew to Hawaii and told us the news that we’ll all be working remotely. So for the past few weeks, I’ve been working from home. This has been challenging, and unlike anything I ever thought working from home would entail. I thought it would be fun to work in my pajamas, but quite honestly, it’s lonely! And I miss the commute and seeing my coworkers every day. But I’m adjusting.

Early on last week, I was sitting on my porch and I don’t know what brought it on, but I began thinking a lot about my childhood. I had a severe case of nostalgia and it brought about loads of memories. In particular, about my stepmom (who lost her battle to cancer a few years ago). I started remembering the summers I spent with my dad and stepmom, the camping trips, all of the stories and the laughter. And then I started thinking about her final weeks/days before she passed away. I didn’t call her. I didn’t want to hear her voice or talk to her because I knew she was beginning to become incoherent and she didn’t know who she was or who anyone else was most of the time. Her brain was deteriorating. I had the chance to fly to California to be with her to see her one last time, to be there for her (last) birthday, to attend her funeral. But I didn’t. I wanted to remember her how she was to me her whole life — alive, healthy, vibrant. Instead, I live with regrets. I don’t know what was going through her mind when everyone in the family was by her side, except for me. I’ve always told myself that I wouldn’t live with regrets, yet here I am admitting that I live with regrets every single day. And the worst part is, it’s too late to do anything about it.

I have a doctor’s appointment on Wednesday, which will be my 6-week checkup since going into remission. I had to get a bunch of lab tests done last week in preparation for my appointment, which we will go over together this week. I’m feeling optimistic, although it’s still very nerve-wracking going into these appointments because my body loves to surprise me. I’ve been feeling alright, except for the occasional pains, my random bouts of illnesses, and the onset of nausea/dizziness that has come back. I hope this isn’t my disease coming back, but we’ll find out on Wednesday! (I’ll update you guys, but please keep me in your prayers/thoughts!)

Lastly, I’m thinking about moving! Yes, I know. I move a lot. And I always say I’m going to move. But the truth is, I’m somewhat of a gypsy soul. I can’t stand staying in one place for too long, or it drives me crazy! Since my job is now remote, I can technically live anywhere (within the U.S.), and since I have family in Los Angeles, I’ve been strongly considering moving there. It would be an easy move, I already have a home there, family, I know my way around, and I don’t own many things. But we’ll see. If I do decide to leave Hawaii, it would most likely be within the next few months, which is both exciting and terrifying. But the best ideas are ;)

Anyway, this is what my life looks like lately. These are the thoughts that run through my mind night and day. And you know what? It really helped to get them out of my mind and onto this blog. I hope you have a great Monday! <3

Obsessions (Vol. 2)

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Hey guys! I’ve actually been really getting into a lot of different, quirky things lately. So I figured I’d share them. What are you into right now?

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Cheap coffee. What? Yeah. I’ve always been a Starbucks girl through and through, but over the past few weeks I’ve really been loving cheap, crappy coffee from local coffee shops. Whether that be because of the company shared in those shops, or because of the family-friendly vibes they give off, or just because it’s a change of pace. I’ve been loving the cheap stuff.

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Crochet. Okay, so I’m a bit of a grandma. Judge me. I seriously love crochet right now, and nothing can stop me! After finding a photo of the Golden Girls crochet dolls on the Internet, it sparked my interest with crochet. Since then, I’ve purchased multiple little crochet kits and I’m oh-so-content with my retirement-esque life.

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Chill-Wave tunes. You’re probably thinking: what the hell is “chill-wave”? Well, I didn’t know either until I found myself listening to hours and hours of chill-wave music this past week while I was working. It’s a lot of mashups, covers, synthesized music. I actually made a playlist with my favorite songs, and you can check that out here.

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Shop Camp. This brings me back to my childhood when I spent summers with my dad. I never went to summer camp per se, but I did spend my summers camping. I came across this brand on Instagram, and instantly fell in love. I’m digging this vibe!

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Aliens + other ’90s things. I don’t actually know what to call this obsession, but it’s so strong right now you guys. So strong. I’m just really into holographic, quirky colors, trippy patterns (did you notice my little blog makeover?) I actually have a Pinterest board dedicated to this obsession.

Award!

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Hey guys! I haven’t done one of these in such a long time, so this is exciting for me. I was nominated by Katy, so you should totally go check her out!

1. What was the first concert you went to?

I don’t actually remember going, but there are photos and stories. My very first concert was War and then No Doubt. I was 2-3 years old for those. The first concert I remember going to was Aerosmith.

2. Name one beauty product you can’t live without.

Eyebrows! Whether that be powder or gel, I can’t see myself going without these bold brows I’ve been loving lately. However, I also love mascara… So it’s a toss up.

3. If you could live in one country forever, where would you live?

#MERICA

4. What is your best quality?

My sense of acceptance, I suppose. I accept everything as is. I don’t judge things if they aren’t the way that I would prefer them, I just take it as is and roll with the punches. I go with the flow. Hence the blog name “Flux + Flow” :)

5. Favourite youtuber or blogger?

This is the hardest question because I feel like every person I follow is a favorite, which is why I follow them! But right now I’m loving HeyClaire as both a YouTuber and Blogger.

6. Your favourite holiday you have been on?

I’d say my trip to Spain a few summers ago. I went on the Camino de Santiago, which is a religious pilgrimage. I landed in Portugal and made my way to Madrid to meet Pope Benedict XVI, which was an incredibly humbling experience. I met so many people from many different countries along the way, and made memories that I’ll remember forever.

7. Best life lesson you’ve learnt.

To be true to yourself. Fall in love with yourself. Learn to be comfortable with yourself. Because at the end of the day, all you have is yourself.

 

Want to read more posts like this?

**Disclaimer: I don’t participate in the awards the way you’re supposed to, I just like to recognize bloggers that have nominated me, and I enjoy answering the questions. I also omit any questions that I have previously answered in other awards posts.

 

 

Photos: Finding nirvana on Maui

Hey guys! Happy Monday! Last week, a friend and I ventured out toward East Maui to a place called Twin Falls. This is probably one of my most favorite places to go on Maui because it’s really fun and adventurous, while not being strenuous at all. It’s a simple hike through Hawaiian forestry, and lots of native plants and beautiful flowers. Then you cross rivers, walk across aqueducts, and at the end you wade through the river/lagoon to get to the waterfalls! Anyway, I’ll shut up and let the pictures do the talking:

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I had a blast exploring Maui, I hope you liked this photo post!

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