Spring Awakening

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Today’s look is all about embracing California’s early Spring. A floral chiffon maxi skirt paired with a white crop top was the perfect attire for a stroll through the gardens. I chose to accessorize with a neon yellow-green Versace purse for a pop of color in my otherwise blanc et noir outfit.

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Versace Purse | Bebe Top | Asos Skirt | Vince Camuto Pumps

White Party

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Several months ago, we hosted a white party at our place for my sister in law’s birthday. I chose to wear a white lace dress with a chiffon overlay, while accessorizing my hair with a gold head chain. The backyard dressed with a hint of Moroccan vibes set the tone for a celebration to remember.

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Ark & Co (via Lulus) Dress | Bebe Head Chain

Wat Arun

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We had the pleasure of visiting the stunning Wat Arun, or Temple of Dawn, in Bangkok. We began our journey by riding canoes similar to a gondola, and rode through Thailand’s own canals. One of the unique highlights of this experience was being approached by several floating market people who hoped to sell trinkets from their own boats. But as we arrived at Wat Arun, we were left in awe.

This Buddhist temple will leave you with a sense of tranquility as you step into the Holy area. Surrounded by well maintained and lush gardens, the ornate and intricate detail is evident on each of the towers. Each tower is adorned with bells, porcelain flowers, mosaic art, and other oriental designs. Thailand has done a fantastic job preserving its extraordinary beauty.

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Palace Wedding

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Two years ago today, I married the most incredible man alive. He continues to make me laugh, be supportive, and join in on my weirdness. A wedding is something most girls dream of, and when the time comes to make that love official in front of close family and friends, it is truly magical. I wanted to feel like a princess, and since The Palace in San Francisco used to be an actual historical palace, I knew it was where I wanted to marry my Prince.

I cannot thank my parents enough for providing me with the dream wedding that I had wished for. It felt like the beginning of a fairytale, which continues on to this day. But, like every wedding, there were things that did not pan out as flawlessly as one would have liked.

5 tips I would give a bride about her wedding day:

  1. Be 100% sure you love your photographer.

    Had I done more research, we may have been happier with most of our wedding photographs.

  2. Slow down, breathe, and just take everything in.

    Everything goes by in a blur. Enjoy these moments!

  3. Just accept the fact that your family will go temporarily insane.

    With emotions and stress running high, people will not be themselves. This is more evident on the bride’s side since they feel they are apparently “losing a daughter.” Just take solace in knowing that everything will eventually resume back to normal

  4. Things will go wrong. Just laugh it off.

    No matter how much you plan every little detail, there will always be something that goes wrong or doesn’t happen the way you want. In my case, I had a rare 104° fever/flu the day before the wedding. I literally could not get out of bed or breathe properly. Thank goodness I was feeling a bit better on the actual wedding day, but this made me feel like I didn’t look my best.

    My wedding outfits were also supposed to arrive a month before the wedding functions. They arrived the day before my first wedding function (Indian weddings have multiple wedding related festivities). It was too late and I was unable to wear my San Francisco reception outfit because the design was a complete mess.

    Then there were the little things that didn’t go the way I planned. But does it matter now? No. Because those things seem insignificant now, and my husband and I actually giggle about it.

  5. Remember that the wedding may be the best day of your life at that point, but every day of marriage after that is much, much better.

    While I had a blast planning my wedding, I have even more fun now decorating our home, planning our vacations and other future journeys than I ever did! If you remember to cherish a marriage more than a wedding, you will be just fine.

My wedding day felt like a fairytale because I was simply happy sharing my love with my wonderful husband who I continue to fall in love with more and more each day. Everyday truly feels like a celebration.

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Paresa Resort

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Paresa translates to “heaven of heavens,” which is such a fitting name for what truly felt like heaven during our 3 day stay at this wonderful retreat. The resort cascades down a cliff and blends seemlessly into nature. From the moment we stepped into the resort, we were greeted with a glass of fresh lemongrass tea. Our villa came equipped with its own cabana and private infinity pool overlooking the Andaman Sea. We dined daily at their renowned restaurant, Diavolo, which never failed to delighted our palates.

This has been the most memorable place my husband and I have ever stayed, and would recommend this place in a heartbeat. With the cliff-side azure ocean and the lush green jungle as a backdrop, it’s no wonder many people choose to propose and have wedding ceremonies here.

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Photos by Sameer Sontakey

Kamala Paradise

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The sweltering weather in the Kamala area in Phuket made wearing a dress the perfect choice to wear. The light chiffon material flowed freely in the warm breeze as I danced about the day.

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Dress by Forevernew Austrailia

With Love, From Paris

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Valentine’s Day made me remember our recent trip to the most romantic city in the world–Paris. We wandered the city hand in hand, shopped the Champs Élysées, had a romantic picnic in the Luxembourg Garden, and dined at two of the most famous Michelin starred establishments, Le Cinq and Epicure. All of this was planned by my wonderful husband.

As if that wasn’t enough, my husband decided to be extra romantic by surprising me with a photographer who captured a few moments of our charming weekend in Paris.

Despite the cold weather on this windy day, I wore my red chiffon dress as we were on our way to the Cathédral Notre Dame.

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Bariano Australia (via LuLus) Dress | Enzo Angiolini Pumps

Photos by Krystal Kenney of Romantic Paris Magazine

Elephant Trekking

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A trip to Thailand wouldn’t be complete without elephant trekking. We roamed through the jungles and climbed up various trails which led to a spectacular view of Phuket. We also got a chance to feed a baby elephant several baskets of bananas, but the little creature was so hungry he simply devoured everything before we were able to capture it on camera.

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Tiger Kingdom

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One of the items on my bucket list has been checked off–cuddling tigers in Thailand! Unfortunately most of the pictures did not turn out as we had hoped, but it’s still an experience worth sharing. They were so unbelievably adorable, and one of our tigers was sucking his thumb while we were napping on him.

I may have loved being around the tigers too much, because I started posing with the cat at our resort as if she’s a tiger. She was not amused.

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Phang Nga Bay

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We began our travel to Thailand by canoeing through caves and speedboating through islands. Koh Panak and Koh Hong had wonderful caves waiting for us to explore by canoe, while Kao Ping Gun (aka James Bond Island) offered a breathtaking view.

We concluded our island excursion by jetskiing for about an hour at Naka Island, where we took advantage of the high speed limits and calm waters.

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Wearing a dress by True Decadence

Floral Affair

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Indulging in exotic Indian fruit and lounging around in my jersey dress while being mesmerized by a captivating novel are just one of ways I spent relaxing in India. On a day like this, I chose to wear a floral piece by ASOS to allow me to move comfortably around our beautiful estate.

It was a particularly special trip as my in-laws were just finishing up their dream house they have built for all of us in India, and it was the very first time my husband and I had laid eyes on all its splendor. It was easy to get lost in the generous sized home, and I had endless options of where I wanted to spend my day. The spa? The gym? How about the the billiards room, or the theater room? It goes on.

While I paid a visit to each room, I often liked to retreat to the enclosed gazebo above the pool and drift off as I peruse through the chapters of my book. The warmth of the sun gleaming down my back as I casually sway in my swing was more than enough for me to decide I never want to leave. The only time I wandered out was to play with the seven puppies my in-laws rescued! Sometimes it’s the simple things in life that make me the happiest, like curling up to a good book, cuddling with puppies, and spending time with family.

With a resort-like atmosphere in the palatial home, it wasn’t hard to achieve the ultimate relaxation.

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Wearing a dress by ASOS

Gardens of Versailles

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Visiting the Palace of Versailles was magnificent on its own, but what truly took our breaths away were the beautiful gardens. The expansive greenery and opulence allowed me to channel my inner Marie Antoinette, and evoked a sense of splendor that left me in awe as we roamed about the gardens.

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Sky Dress | BCBG Sandals