Wishlist Wednesday: Back-to-School Book Bags (Guest Post by Grace)

About a month ago, I finally decide to get my mid-20’s crap together and get serious about finishing up my Bachelor’s.  Yesterday was my first day of class, and although I’m doing my classes purely online so that I can work full time, it’s got me in a somewhat “back to school” mood (that plus I can’t wait for Fall…cooler weather now please!).  Therefore this week’s “Wishlist Wednesday” is focused on the school workhorse… the book bag: backpack, messenger bag, tote…it’s the thing you use to schlep your tons of stuff to and from class every day!

1)  Jansport “Superbreak” Backpack: $36


Every person I know had a Jansport backpack at one time or another.  This is THE backpack; you can throw it around, carry all your crap in it, and with the exception of maybe running it through a shredder, it just doesn’t die.  I still have mine from high school, and it’s still in one piece.  It’s available in a plethora of colors and prints to suit everybody’s tastes (I won’t lie, I’m actually quite envious of all the patterns available these days).

2) Herschel & Co “Little America” Backpack: $90-$170


Herschel & Co’s “Little America” is a backpack I’ve seen the last two years that is growing in popularity.  … READ FULL POST

Wishlist Wednesday: Cooler West Coast Cities (Guest Post by Grace)

With the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale in full swing at the moment, all I’ve heard about lately is shopping and sales.  To break up the topic monotony, and to save myself from the temptation of spending more money, I’m switching things up this Wednesday by doing another travel post (I’ve been itching to go places lately).  It’s quite warm in most of the U.S. by now, and we’re having a muggy stretch here in Southern California, so all I can think about is going somewhere that isn’t too hot…

1) San Francisco, CA: average summer temps in San Francisco are only about 70-75 degrees, and there’s lots to explore, from the Golden Gate Bridge to Alcatraz,  or the famous street cars and Painted Ladies.


2) Portland, OR: summer temps in Portland don’t seem to get too much warmer than San Francisco, averaging between 75-80 degrees most days.  Portland has a little something for everyone: exploring Crater Lake, the Oregon coast or Multnomah Falls; Powell’s Books, the largest independent bookstore in the world; lots of great restaurants and independent coffee shops to try; and SHOPPING because no sales tax!! (okay, so there’s one small blurb about shopping…sue me)


3) Alaska: I feel like most people tend to visit Alaska as a cruise destination, so I figured I’d just pop it on here as a whole.  … READ FULL POST

Wishlist Wednesday: Nordstrom Anniversary Sale (Guest Post by Grace)

I received my Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Catalogue in the mail today, so thought I’d do a quick post on things that caught my eye.  They have a good selection of fall offerings, and the Anniversary Sale is Nordstrom’s biggest sale of the year (this dates for this year will be from 7/17-8/3).  If you are a Nordstrom credit or debit card holder, you will get early access to the best deals that will begin tomorrow, 7/9.

Happy browsing!

*When clicking on the product links for more information, the current price will be listed. The sale prices will not be available until the listed dates above!

1) Melinda Maria “Tessa” Pendant: sale $84.90; post-sale $128


2) Sonya Renee Tassel Necklace: sale $49.90; post-sale $78

_105306523) Halogen Cashmere Wrap: sale $98.90; post-sale $148


4) Diane von Furstenberg Envelope Clutch: sale $165.90; post-sale $248

dvf_239231_dbldgs_s5) Halogen Twill Cape: sale $84.90; post-sale $128


Wishlist Wednesday: No Pants Summer (Guest Post by Grace)

All my life, I have disliked hot weather, which is somewhat of a cruel joke, since I currently live in Southern California.  Every summer, my friends can hear me moaning about how hot it is (anything above 85 is “WAY too hot” for me on most days).  At the beginning of the summer, I made it my goal to try and wear pants to work as few times as possible in an effort to stay cool, so my dresses and skirts are on full rotation at the moment.  My office dress code is business casual, but I feel like these can all be styled to fit all but the most conservative offices.  Also, I try to pick clothes that can pull both work AND weekend duty, since I neither have the space nor the money to maintain two separate wardrobes.

Below are a few of my picks, and the best part is, they’re all currently $70 or under!

My Skirt Picks:
1) LOFT Frond Pencil Skirt: $54.99 (plus an extra 60% off)


2) LOFT Stenciled Leaf Stroll Skirt: $59.50


3) LOFT Globetrotter Stroll Skirt: $59.50


4) Painted Threads Lace Midi Skirt: $36


My Dress Picks:
1) LOFT Bold Stripe Shirred Dress: $69.50


2) Caslon Embroidered Yoke Sleeveless Dress: currently on sale for $35.40!… READ FULL POST

Wishlist Wednesday: Beautiful Beaches (Guest Post by Grace)

While we were texting, Lisa gleefully informed me that today was the first day of her summer break.  While I am definitely happy that she gets a well-deserved rest, there is a petulant little girl in me that is pouting because those of us with 9-5 jobs don’t get a 3 month vacation.  Hence, this week’s “Wishlist Wednesday” is a mental vacation post (because who doesn’t love a trip to the beach?!).  The beach has always been my relaxing refuge, and listening to the waves is guaranteed to make me feel better.  So read on for a few beaches I’d love to escape to!

1) Cannon Beach, OR


Even though I’ve only been here once, this beach is one of the first that pops in my head when I think of relaxing beaches.  A friend and I went on Memorial Day a few years ago, and perhaps we got there at the perfect time because the beach was almost deserted, the sun was setting beautifully on the Pacific (I’m quite partial to the colors of a Northwest sunset), and it was absolutely serene.  I hope to go back again soon, and hopefully enjoy a few hours of blissful tranquility.… READ FULL POST

9 Things I Learned About Clean Eating (Guest Post by Mara)


If there is one person I would trust to provide me guidance and advice on living a healthy and clean lifestyle, it would be Ms. Mara. Mara and I first met during my freshmen (her junior) year at Cornell. Immediately, I knew I wanted to be her friend. She just radiates positivity and happiness. In fact, I do not think I have ever met a single soul who had anything negative to say about her (which is a very rare trait nowadays!) We bonded over many common interests and have stayed the best of friends ever since. Although she currently lives on the other side of the country in Arizona, we keep in contact pretty much daily and swap countless stories about what we are doing to keep up the healthy and active lifestyle 🙂 I am SO grateful that she decided to take the time to share her tips and tricks as to what she is doing to maintain a sustainable clean diet despite having a hectic schedule.


Welcome to the LisaTChen blogging community, Mara!


Googling “clean eating program” generates pages upon pages of results, and intuitively we know what to do (no processed foods, less sugar, moderation, etc.READ FULL POST

Wishlist Wednesday: Home Edition (Guest Post by Grace)

Since Lisa is in the process of moving into her new apartment, I figured it would be somewhat fitting to do a home decor themed post.  Maybe it’s because I’m transitioning into my mid-20s, but I’ve been noticing more and more that the things that catch my eye in store windows happen to be decor related, and I’ll find myself thinking how nice something would look in my future home.  However, because I currently don’t have a need to be decorating and apartment, today’s post should also be subtitled “Things I Would Buy for My Place If I Didn’t Have to Think About Money.” So read on for a quick few items I’ve come across that I’d love to decorate with!
I came across this chair while at Restoration Hardware with a friend a few weeks ago, and it was SO comfortable!  Even if I can’t realistically afford this specific one, a slightly more affordable option will be definitely a must in my future home for curling up with a cup of tea and a good book.

Since I started with the chair, I have to have a nice snuggly throw blanket to go with it.  How else am I supposed to ward off the chill as I sit engrossed in my latest book?!  … READ FULL POST

Love Song to Noraebang (Guest Post by K. O. Kay)


I am very excited today to share with y’all another fabulous guest post, written by a friend of mine. Since he would like to keep his privacy and blog for us anonymously, I am going to honor that and call him by his preferred pseudo name, Mr. K. O. Kay (clever, no?). I originally contacted Mr. K. O. Kay to write for my blog because we both share a rather passionate obsession with the art of karaoke. He is someone who will, without a doubt, always use any get-together as an excuse to rally up a community of people to bond over some good music and a great time. It is rather an amazing talent. Before I give away any more about our mysterious guest or his post,  will let Mr. K. O. Kay take the mic from here…

Please join me in inviting him onto your screen with open arms!

The word karaoke is enough to inspire fear in the typical American. The word itself is foreign and abrasive sounding. And its translation to English does not do much in the form of emotional support. Japanese for “empty orchestra”, this literal meaning reinforces the anxiety-inducing solace a microphone presents, strangely juxtaposed with the blaring, pre-recorded instrumentals that their vocals must compete with.


Wishlist Wednesday: Scentsical Smells (Guest Post by Grace)

I’m a firm believer that smell is one of the most powerful senses we have.  A smell has the ability to transport me anywhere, from a beloved childhood memory, to solidifying the image of a “happy place” when I’m stressed and need a mental break.  Lately, I find myself in such a scent-y mood.  Maybe it’s because it’s getting warmer, and everywhere I go I smell amazing things,  like the salt in the air at the beach, or the perfume of flowers as I walk past a garden.

The fragrance a person chooses to wear is extremely subjective, since not only do people have preferences for different scents, but also because perfumes react differently to each person’s body chemistry.  A perfume that might smell ah-mazing on person A, might smell only so-so or even not so great on person B.  With that said, I’ll share a few of my personal go-to’s and newly discovered scents with you all below.

Versace ‘Bright Crystal’ Eau de Toilette is my usual go-to for daytime perfume.  I feel like it’s a floral scent that still manages to be fresh, unlike some florals that are very potent and seem to just engulf you with a single scent.  … READ FULL POST

Unplugging from Facebook (Guest Post by John)

unplug2Photo: UC After Cruz

Happy Hump Day, everyone!

Since Wednesdays are typically reserved for our lovely guest bloggers (and Grace is still on her well-deserved vacation this week!), I thought I would bring forth another thoughtful writer and great influence in my life: John.


John and I have been dating for almost three years now, and he is, without hesitation, my best friend. Life is just that much better with him by my side and I am so grateful to be embraced by his love and support.

The reason why I really want him to guest blog today is because this is, ultimately, a lifestyle blog and we all live out our lives in different ways. I want to both celebrate and embrace this concept here because… let us be real: we all judge way too much before we seek to understand (I KNOW that I am definitely guilty of this!) One aspect of John’s lifestyle that is a little bit out of the norm for someone in their mid-to-late twenties is his lack of presence in social media. I enjoyed reading his story and hope you will, too!

I am excited to introduce John to my readers and I hope to have him continue to occasionally guest blog in the future!… READ FULL POST