Portland Japanese Garden in Fall


The first signs of fall are here to stay...

During my getaway last month, I traveled to Oregon and Seattle with Mr. T. We've been wanting to do this combo trip for a while now and we were so excited that we finally got to plan it! Whenever you probably think of Oregon, gorgeous views of nature probably pop into your mind right? Well, that cause this place lives up to that reputation! Everywhere you go, there are trees - in the city and while you're driving along the highway. It makes for a great scenic route no matter where you go. Here are some snapshots from when we visited the Portland Japanese Garden and International Rose Garden right next to it. If you're looking to escape the busy everyday city life, book a flight out here. You can't help but to come back refreshed and relaxed after enjoying a couple days out in nature. And another bonus? There's NO tax in Oregon so shop to your heart's delight!

Did you know? They had the Adidas Employee store out here where you can get 50%?! Just to the Portland Visitor Center in the morning and ask if they have any daily passes available. It's on a first come, first serve basis so the sooner you go, the better. Thanks to #TheATKTeam Tanya for sharing this inside scoop!

{TRAVEL TIP: Keep an eye out for cheap flights. We booked out Oregon ticket for $50 from Southwest. Shocking, I know!} 

Portland Japanese Garden, 611 SW Kingston Ave., Portland, OR.
International Rose Garden, 400 SW Kingston Ave., Portland, OR. 


{wearing} Band of Gypsies dress c/o Canyon Country LA :: DSW flats :: sunglasses c/o ZeroUV :: hat c/o Dynamic Asia :: Marc Jacobs handbag (gifted from Mr. T)

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Visiting Hearst Castle


Take a trip outside the city...

Just not too far from Orange County, about a 2-3 hour drive, is the infamous Hearst Castle. Considered a national historic landmark, the 127 acres castle first opened in 1919 (which means it's almost 100 years old-wow!). Although it was not opened to the public at first, it has now become one of the popular places to visit in the Central Coast. I've gone here a couple times before and there was always something new to see with each visit. What's great about this place is that they have multiple tours going on at the same time and you can pick which area of the castle you want to explore. From touring the guest rooms to the actual kitchen to the dining halls and gardens, you can decide what interests you the most and no matter which one you select, each tour ends with the grand finale of the castle's pools (they have both and indoor and outdoor pool) which will surely take your breathe away! From the design details that were thought out for each room - let alone each piece selected - you can't help but to feel quite amazed at all the exquisite work put into creating this wondrous masterpiece. So if you're feeling adventurous, grab a buddy (or two) and plan a day trip to see this place for yourself! 

What excites you more: seeing architecture or landscaping? With Hearst Castle, you get a good dose of both to enjoy. The tour gives you access to see the fine detailing of the architecture as well as a chance to view the floral landscapes. There really is something here for everybody. 

{TRAVEL TIP: Highly recommend to plan ahead and book your tour tickets in advanced.} 

CHECK IT OUT: Hearst Castle, 750 Hearst Castle Rd., San Simeon, CA  93452. Tel: (800) 444-4445. Tickets and tours info here

Fun fact: Lady Gaga was the last to swim in the grand outdoor swimming pool (which is currently under construction) for her latest video. ;) 


{wearing} dress c/o Lulu's from #LulusBeachParty :: vintage jacket :: Vans sneakers (gifted from the boyfriend) :: sunglasses c/o Coach :: Coach backpack (gifted from the boyfriend)

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Weather changes...

Now I'm not much into cold weather but, with the SoCal heat wave and drought we're in, I'm all for it. Luckily I got to take a break from it during my recent trip to Seattle (posts to come!) where we got a little taste of fall weather. The leaves were beginning to change colors and hints of autumn were starting to appear. It gave off positive vibes to explore more - walk more - as we made our way through the city. We even randomly took a ride on the Seattle Ferris Wheel - total tourist moment (haha)! They say we travel to not escape from life but for life to not escape from us and they are right. It's about being able to experience things outside your regular routine and opening up your vision to embrace new things. So c'mon and let's find new places to discover!

What are you excited for fall? With 10 degrees of cooler temperatures in Seattle, the city called for light layering and it was fun to be able to put aside my summer wardrobe and enjoy the change in season. 

{TRAVEL TIP: When packing for travel, pick pieces that you can mix and match and create different outfits. It helps to save on luggage space.} 


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