Beijing, China

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These are the last of our China pictures, from our final destination: Beijing. We spent 3 full days in the city, and i’m not gonna lie when I say it was a difficult few days. We were already exhausted from almost 8 days of constant moving, and mainland China is not the easiest to navigate for noobie tourists. Nevertheless, seeing Tiananmen square, the Forbidden city, the Great Wall and tons of night markets and restaurants was amazing, and a true cultural experience for us.

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Beautiful waving canal in the Forbidden City.

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And this guy, waving around, a little loopy from the heat.

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Sweaty with no makeup during our very steep hike up the Great Wall! Such an amazing view and highlight of the whole trip.

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Last but not least, our final adventure. We rode push carts all the way down the Great Wall to the base! So so amazing and definitely something I would recommend if you visit.

Taking Stock

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Taking a cue from Sydney and taking stock.

Making: turkey chili in my slow cooker
Cooking: hot soups, hearty stews, and spicy chili’s
Drinking: endless iced tea’s for long work days
Reading: Cuckoo’s Calling because I missed the last J.K Rowling bandwagon…
Wanting: more and more time with family and friends. more hours in the day
Looking: forward to a few months of peace, and normalcy, and waking up next to my love every day
Playing: with hair styles. time for a change?
Wasting: time watching YouTube videos (i.e. the most relaxing thing). So not a waste at all
Sewing: nothing, ever
Wishing: for happiness, always
Enjoying: the way Cesar reads audio books on the way to work and then giddily recaps them to me at the end of the day.
Liking: my time at home
Wondering: when I will get the chance to visit my parents again
Loving: how Cesar cuddles with me for 5 minutes before bed every night, and before he leaves in the morning
Hoping: for more relaxation
Marveling: at the beauty of this city, everyday.
Needing: for cheese and ice cream to have no calories.
Smelling: the amazingness of Macadamia intensive hair masque on my locks
Wearing: my favorite skinnies. All day erryday
Following: only those blogs/websites that inspire me. Time to pare down and focus on myself
Noticing: clearer skin
Knowing: that the holidays are coming
Thinking: about my future. What I want, what it will be.
Feeling: nervous/anxious/tired/excited.
Bookmarking: Holiday cheer
Opening: online order boxes. It’s the only way to go
Giggling: when Cesar tickles me all. the. time.
Feeling: hopeful

Happy weekend, all.

3 Days in Hong Kong

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wearing Sole Society necklace, Prada sunglasses

Hey remember that time I went to China? Cesar and I went on a whirlwind, super exhausting but fantastic exploration through Hong Kong, Beijing and Macau. We allotted approximately 3 days for each city and were literally running the entire time.

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If you can’t tell from these pictures already, Hong Kong consisted of a lot of looking and sensational views. From the Peak (pictured at the top) to Victoria Harbor (above), Hong Kong is just beautiful, and somewhere I could absolutely see myself living.

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The Chinese culture is still so rich in HK even though it is a very international city. We walked through the Temple Street night market in Kowloon and loved exploring all of the open air eateries and little shops.

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This is downtown Kowloon (the side of the harbor we stayed on), and we were pretty taken aback that it looks somewhat like New York. Very bustling, lots of cabs and people. The Hong Kong side of Victoria Harbor is even more so like Manhattan.

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Perhaps the most exciting thing for me was the emphasis on shopping in the city. There was literally every brand you could ever want and so many malls I couldn’t even keep track. I kid you not I saw nearly 10 Chanel stores while there and could barely contain myself. The picture above is of some bags displayed at Maud Frizon, a brand I learned about from Tiffany Ish!

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Oh, and Cesar casually walking through a fountain. Cuz guys, it was HOT.

Swimsuits for Pearshapes: Featuring Freya

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Freya bathing suit c/o *see below for purchasing options, Prada sunglasses, Sam Edelman sandals (old color, here in nude)

This post marks a big accomplishment for me both personally and professionally. For starters, I am collaborating with a brand that I have used and loved for many years: Freya lingerie, highlighting their swimwear for curvy girls. However, and perhaps more importantly, I have come to a place where I am comfortable putting pictures like this on the internet. I love my figure and am proud of the curves I have, in a bathing suit or not. So, please, be kind, and help me in celebrating a swimwear line that finally caters to busty, curvy, beautifully hip-endowed women like us!

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When Freya asked me to choose one suit from their catalogue I immediately gravitated towards a two piece, if we are being honest. It’s what i’ve always worn if simply for the extra bust support. I decided to step out of my comfort zone and trust that Freya’s curve-enhancing technology would give me the proper support, and look I desired.

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While the bust look is definitely not quite as supportive as a bikini top, it did quite a good job! I ordered a 32F just for reference, and love that I could order by specific cup size.

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The polka dot pattern camouflaged any imperfections and the material sucked me in at all the right places.

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Thank you SO much to Freya for having me today and for all of you for supporting the brands that I truly love. Read my post about the best bra that hides back fat from quite a while back, featuring Freya, here.

* This particular style and color pattern isn’t available on Freya for purchase, but here are two piece options in the same pattern, and the same one piece style in a different color available online.

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