Review: Soufeel Jewelry

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 Hey guys! I was recently contacted by Soufeel, which is a jewelry company that allows you to completely customize everything. And it’s amazing. I got to pick the bracelet I wanted and the charms as well. The jewelry is fairly reasonably priced and all the charms are made from sterling silver, 14k gold and Swarovski elements, so you know they’re high quality pieces. Soufeel also offers free shipping worldwide for orders over $50 and 365-day returns.
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When picking charms out for my bracelet, I went with a celestial theme. My last name is Eclipse, so I tend to drift toward anything sun/moon related. I love these!
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And you guys know I always got the hookup for you, so if you’re interested in getting your own Soufeel jewelry (either for yourself, or as a gift), click here and use the code “Jasmine5″ for a discount! 

Photos: Hana, guns and sunsets

Happy Monday! This past week has been quite eventful. As you guys know, I’m working from home, which leaves me lots of time to do other things in the afternoons. This week, I went to Hana, which is such a magical place. It’s 70 miles from my house, which on an island is very far. The road to Hana is well-known for being rough, scary and really dangerous, but honestly that’s what I like about it so much. I also went to the gun range and shot some guns. I also spent a lot of time at the beach with my family this week. And I also spent quite a bit of time writing in my journal, which I fell out of for a while, but I’ve recently gotten back into it. Anyway, I hope you guys had a great weekend, and I hope you have a great start to the week! <3

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Okay, can we just talk about this coffee shop in the middle of the jungle?????

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My brother left to go on a two-week, 100-mile backbacking trip through New Mexico with his friends. I’m proud of him, and I know a lot of other people are as well. But really… I just want him to come home.

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You guys know how obsessed I am with sunsets, but honestly the sky has been blessing me so much with its beauty lately.

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My baby sister. She makes me laugh. :)

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Mommy and me. I’m really blessed to have a mom who is also my best friend.

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Lastly, I just want to end on something a little more personal, which I’m sure I’ll dedicate an entire post to, but I just wanted to talk a little bit about it first. If you follow me on Twitter, you probably already know, but I have a new man in my life and he’s been the biggest blessing. This is also the reason why I’ve been out and exploring so much more, I’ve been in a much better mood, I’ve been enjoying life and soaking in every second of every day, because he inspires me and pushes me to be the best I can possibly be. As I said, I plan on writing a much more in-depth post about my newfound love, but I just wanted to keep you guys in the loop, and share my happiness with you! <3

Father’s Day.

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We all have one father. That’s how life works isn’t it? But what happens when your father, isn’t a father? What happens when you’re 10 years old and your father asks you to choose between your mom or him? What happens when you’re 14 years old and he hands you a beer? What happens when he stops supporting you? Talking to you? Being there for you? What happens when your dad stops being a dad?

What happened?

I was blessed with a step-father, whom I see/treat/know as my dad. When my mom and I moved to Hawaii, we were alone. I was 5, and I don’t remember much, but the memories I do have include me, my mom, and Alan (who would later become my step-dad). I remember my mom around my birth father and it wasn’t pleasant. But when I think back to when my mom and Alan started seeing each other, all I can think of is happiness. My mom was happy, and that helped me adjust to living in Hawaii. He came into our lives at the perfect time, and I truly look at it as a blessing from God, because life has only gotten better since.

I remember going to Disneyland with my mom and Alan, and we all went on the It’s A Small World ride. The creepy dolls were singing their song and the boats were rocking, and that’s when I overheard him pop the question, and I prayed that she’d say yes.

We all have a birth father, but sometimes that person just isn’t cut out to be a dad. And in my case, mine wasn’t. However, I was blessed with something much greater: a step-father, who took me in and treated me as his own, raised me, taught me everything I know, laughed with me, cried with me, supported me mentally and financially, saw me graduate from high school and college, but most importantly, he loved me.

This Father’s Day, I honor my step-dad for being the greatest father that he didn’t have to be.

 

One year since I graduated college (what…)

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At this time a year ago, I was sitting on a field waiting to walk across a stage to grab my diploma. I honestly never thought that day would come. I always thought I’d be a student forever, I never thought I’d actually be a “real” adult. Yet, here I am.

A year ago today, I was moving out of my college apartment. I was saying goodbye to some of the greatest mentors, colleagues, coworkers and friends that I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. I was spending time with Eugene, the city that gave me so much, took all my money, and left me hating the PNW winters. A year ago today, I was surrounded by my family who flew from California and Hawaii to support me as I closed one chapter of my life and embarked on another. A year ago today, I was at a crossroads between being a college student and pretending to have everything together.

Today, I’m sitting in my home office in Hawaii, writing this blog post. Since graduating from college, I’ve applied to hundreds of jobs, I’ve gotten sick and gotten better, I’ve gone to LA, I accepted a job in China, moved to China and then moved back to America as soon as I got there, got my first job, fallen in love. A lot can happen in a year, and I’m nowhere near the same person I was when I graduated from college. Time changes people, experiences mold you into the person you’re supposed to be. College did that for me.

Blogger Highlight: Hey Kerri Blog

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Happy Friday! I’m so pumped to introduce you guys to another one of my favorite bloggers. Kerri of Hey Kerri Blog has been an inspiration to me as a blogger, but also as an individual. Her online space is so bright and positive, that it motivates me to create more beautiful things. Plus, her tweets are just… perfect all the time. Go check her out!
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Twitter Twitter: @kerrifor
Instagram Instagram: @kerrifor
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Pinterest Pinterest: Hey Kerri

1. When did you decide that you wanted to create/become a blogger? I started HKB exactly a year ago after somehow stumbling upon a *Life Style Blog* Erin’s from Living in Yellow to be exact) and was completely amazed. I’m definitely a talker and loooove to give my opinion on things, I also liked the idea of having something to look back on and being able to interact with people from all over the world.
2. Who is one person you look up to, and why? Definitely my mother! It was just her and I until my step dad came into the picture when I was in Jr High and thinking back I could cry at all of the sacrifices that woman has made for me over the years. I love that she is my best friend and I can turn to her with anything knowing that she will be there for me but also isn’t afraid to give me her opinion (wanted to not, ha!).
3. What are your long-term goals as a blogger/creative? To stay true to myself and always remember why I started this crazy journal which is to have fun. Obviously I would love to continue growing my readership and engagement but I always want to keep helping other bloggers. Some of my favorite posts to write are those that fall under “blogging about blogging”, there are SO many tips and tricks to the hobby that I’m still constantly learning new stuff myself.
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4. If you could give any advice to someone about blogging, What would it be? Do not compare yourself! Do you know how many bloggers there are? Neither do I and that’s because there are literally millions. Blogging is such a crazy, hectic and rewarding experience but with that being said, it takes time. Time to get the hang of what you want to write about, time to gain a readership and time to fully grasp minimal html coding (which you will need). I’ve found myself super stressed out and at times I thought about completely shutting down my site but I was able to sit back and realize that everything didn’t have to be perfect right off the bat. No one gets 5,000 followers over night and paid sponsorships don’t come flying at you within the first month.
5. Where do you think our world would be today if we didn’t have Internet/social media? Oh god, I can’t even imagine! Would blogging even be a thing?! One of my favorite aspects of blogging is being able to connect with your readers and people around the world, besides comments – Twitter is definitely the easiest and most practical way to make this happen. Also, I really don’t think businesses would be where they are today seeing as a strong and positive social media presence can help their image drastically.
6. What do you do when you’re not blogging?​ I work a Monday-Friday 8-5 job in finance so that takes up most of my time. When I’m not stuck behind a computer you can find me at the mall, more specifically in Sephora *treating* myself to new goodies that I probably don’t need. Now that summer is finally showing itself a bit here in Canada, you’ll more than likely find my on a patio downtown sipping a ice cold beer!
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8. What are some of your favorite blogs to read? I gravitate towards life style blogs with a few fashion and cooking websites inbetween. A few blogs I visit daily are Meet @ the Barre, Career Girl Daily and Ohh So Glam.
9. Is there one beauty/fashion item you cannot live without? Chapstick, mascara, black LuluLemon leggings, tons of gold jewelry and big sunnies. Does that make me basic? ;)

Photos: Maui, oh Maui

Hey guys! If you read my post yesterday, you’ll know that I’ve been kind of absent from this blog, haven’t I? I’ve been using my time to explore Maui, to soak in my surroundings, and spend time with people who truly matter to me. I’ve grown to be so much happier in these last few weeks. Here are some (a lot) of photos. Enjoy!

La Perouse — This area is on the southern coast of Maui, and it’s the most unique in my opinion. It’s covered in lava rock and there are lots of cacti and black sand. When I drive out there, I feel as though I’m on another planet. Of course, it rained the one day I decided to go down there, but I think it was just as beautiful. I love the rain. It makes the world feel fresh and new and clean.

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Lahaina — I go to Lahaina all the time, it’s on the western side of the island. And I always go the normal way along the Pali highway, but this time, I drove the long way around the backside of the island. The “scenic route” if you will. It was beautiful! There are lots of small villages and one-way roads along cliffsides and beautiful views. I’ll have to do it again soon.

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Wailuku + Iao — I live in Wailuku, but it’s not very often that I explore my own little city. I tend to venture out toward other places. But honestly, there’s just as much to see right out my backdoor.

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Ma’alaea Harbor — I remember coming here a lot as a child. I liked hanging out at the harbor because my friend’s parents had a boat, and it was always a good time. We visited and picked up trash along the beach and watched the boats roll in until the sun set.

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Kula — Upcountry Maui is also one of my favorite places to spend time because it doesn’t feel like you’re in Hawaii at all. It reminds me so much of Oregon because of all the tall trees and cool weather.

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Wailea — A few nights ago, I went to the southern coast again to watch the sunset on the beach. Wailea is known to be one of the ritzy areas on Maui for all its multi-million dollar homes and resorts. When you vacation here, you will more than likely stay in Wailea or Lahaina, because that’s where the resorts are. (I recommend Wailea!)

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Haleakala (House of the Sun) — On Sunday, we woke up at 2am and drove all the way to the top of the mountain to watch the sunrise at 5am. And did you know that Mount Haleakala is taller than Mount Everest? Of course, that’s only because nearly 20,000 feet of the volcano is hidden beneath the ocean… Anyway, watching the sun rise from the tallest point on the island was truly a spiritual and moving experience.

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These past few weeks have been extremely magical, and I’ve been blessed with a lot of new opportunities and relationships, and honestly I credit that to me spending more time outside of myself, with the great outdoors, and soaking in as many beautiful moments as I can.

Info: All photos were taken with an iPhone 5C and a Nikon p700, and edited using VSCO.

I’ve been living

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Hey guys, I haven’t been blogging lately because honestly I just haven’t logged onto my computer in a while. This past month, I’ve been talking to new people, seeing new places, and doing things outside of my comfort zone. I’ve been doing something adventurous every day. I’ve been pushing myself. I’ve been living. 

I had to kind of get outside of myself these past few weeks because I’ve been stuck inside my own mind, and I haven’t been able to escape my thoughts. About a month ago, I wasn’t feeling like myself. So I decided to go outside, switch up my daily routine, and live freely.

The result? I’ve seen more of Maui than I have in probably a few years. I’ve spent time with people who I rarely spend time with. I’ve regained my inspiration to write. And I’ve got lots and lots of new photos to share.

Sometimes you just need to get outside of yourself to discover (and rediscover) who you are.