Let’s get real…

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Hey friends… It has really been awhile – huh. A lot has happened in my life the past few months. And I really only started to feel like myself recently. From family drama, to being sick with the stomach flu, to having our pup running into our garden fencing and going to the animal emergency, laser eye surgery which took much longer to heal than usual.

A lot. And that entire string of events was a mouthful.

When I’ve spoken to people about things, I have heard that on a psychological scale if it were measured in points positive things/exciting things/happy things hit just as hard as negative things. And if this is true well then my bells were definitely ringing loud and clear. Almost as if one won the lottery (and nope, no jackpot).

But with that said good things have happened…the bf and I are engaged! My amazingly talented sister designed my ring and it is gorgeous! So excited, and happy and overwhelmed a bit. Because you see we have dated for 7 years (I know that’s long), and I knew it would happen eventually…but I just didn’t know when. So in the middle of a winter wonderland, at his grandmothers place “the Hill”, it happened. It was picture perfect, a little chilly, and I was just getting over the stomach flu…but I had no idea. So a true surprise- perfect!

These past few months have been up and down, and when I begin to reflect on what has happened it brings me to a time where I was just broken up with (don’t worry not from the bf/fiancé) and sad, and school sucked and life sucked (psh and I thought it could never get worse). And I decided to try something new, yoga. So I dragged my sister, to our first class. We had a lovely teacher, her voice was so soothing, and we all got mini neck/shoulder massages it seemed just wonderful. Well after class, she gave us these power cards. They were cards of empowerment with a sentence meant to give some sort of meaning/clarity in ones life. So as I continued to breathe, I read:

“Every storm brings a fresh new beginning.” 

And it is true.

xo N

Nest lately…

 

 

nestlately.feb27A vacation in AZ to see the family. Snuggle times with Buns. A new photoshoot with my photographer for my portfolio.

Thanks January, it was a great month!

Follow along @lovenataliechong

xoxo

Let’s Get Real…

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There is something about life that is well really real. You know when you have those moments when you are consumed with only one thing. When you think that there really isn’t anything else to worry about because what is happening right now is so much more important and overpowering that there is nothing else you can focus on.

Like the first moment you get broken up with, or when your first pet dies, or when you got the job you’ve always wanted, or when you got your first puppy.

In that exact moment…nothing else matters. 

I have had those moments.

I am sorry for being away, but being overwhelmed and distraught about real life is what has been happening.

My life is not perfect, my job is not perfect and not that I want it to be…but sometimes it can be a lot.

For the past few months, I have been dealing with some real stuff. And with the support of family and friends it seems more bearable but not easier. So please bare with me, as I sort things out, go on vacation and deal with real life.

Because we all know, real life is never easy.

A blogger chick I follow, also had a good heart to heart here and I felt like I should explain my absence.

Thank you for your support, and kind words and comments. It really means a lot.

I will be back soon.

Thank you for reading. xoxoxo

A serious festive party!

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Well we threw a little party! We did!

The BF has a birthday every year just about that time around Christmas when people come back. When people are in the mood for some serious parties. That wonderful time of year where everyone is filled with love and cheer.

So being…well me. I had to throw him a party. I kept it simple. Canadian and casual. Festive Casual I called it. Using some of the few details I had from last years party…I had gold votives, pine branches, and log candle holders and personally calligraphed names on each persons birch coaster! It was awesome!

Apparently the sister and I were the epitome of “festive casual”…which was wonderful!

We had lovely food, about 40 people and everyone came out to celebrate that guy – which is more then I could ask for!

Have a lovely day, thanks for following!

xoxo

Let’s Get Real…holiday edition!

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Hey friends…so it is the holiday season. And we are officially on vacay! So we shall be away from tomorrow until sometime in the new year.

Thanks for being patient and understanding that we too have vacation time, and get to spend time with our families.

Have a wonderful holiday, sending much of our love to your families this wonderful season!

xoxoxoxo

Thank you for reading and see you in the new year!

Big Island Part 3 {the last one}

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* Hat: Target | Swimsuit: Victoria’s Secret | Sunnies: Kate Spade | Striped tank: Club Monaco *

Oh boy was that trip fun. So as you can see we didn’t do a crazy amount of stuff. The Big Island is a pretty chill island. There are things to do and places to see, but most of it is like a huge day trip. It is the biggest island, and that means plenty of driving. Not to mention the fact that we were there during the government shutdown, and the Ironman competition…which meant busy busy busy.

Because things were so busy, we decided to just mostly stay around the resort, or do small day trips to beaches.

The town in the top pictures, is called Hawi (ha-Vi). It was small and quaint. We had some yummy ice cream and then headed elsewhere. But small interesting details, like the wooden carving face on the old chipping painted buildings. Details that are just really neat…that make you remember that this is totally a beach town.

So as the water washes away our little memory note on the beach…the 10 days went by so quickly. I can’t wait to go back to another island in a few years. Like I said…I love it there…too much!

Happy Friday lovelies, have a great weekend!

xoxo thanks for reading

 

Big Island Part 2

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Well we had plenty of beach days…and then we had some sunset evenings. Some beautiful sunset evenings. The only “problem” is that because we are so close to the equator, the sun sets very very early. So we almost missed it a bunch of times!

Luckily we got one great night, the night where we get to see the man blowing the conch. Oh that Hawaiian man…that buff man. So we were wondering why at the other resort we were at the guy was like a “typical” Hawaiian guy…not overly buff, maybe a little soft, but tatted, and just Hawaiian. This guy was SO skinny. And then we realized that it was because this resort was HUGE. He was so fit because he had to run so much further! Haha..well buff and hot none the less. That was wonderful entertainment for sure…at least for me and my Step Mum.

One of our last nights there, we made the drive up to Mauna Kea. Now last time the sister and I were there, we got to see all the stars in the sky because it was such a clear night. This time though, we went to the top…but it was crazy cloudy. I do not deal well with altitude sickness…because I was definitely light headed. But being that high, was awesome. They do say that from the bottom of the volcano – because a huge part of it is under water, it is taller than Mt. Everest. Insane. 

Thanks for reading lovelies!

xo

 

Our trip to the Big Island…Part 1.

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I can’t believe it has taken me this long to show you our trip. I mean where to start. I am pretty much obsessed with that place. It is magical. As soon as we stepped off our second plane ride, after about 14 hours of travel time…I knew it was all worth it. I don’t know how to explain it, but it is so strange, it is like I am almost home. My home away from home. The warm air off that plane, the humidity, the salt in the air. No matter of the fact that it was pitch black outside, and I was starving and pretty much dying to have a shower…I felt amazing.

Where to start, well of course having not been to a beach for some time, that is where our adventures began. We waited the entire first day at the lagoon, as we basked in the sunshine, drank tropical drinks..and just waited until the family got here. Boy was it glorious, and as soon as they did get here…we got back in the water all over again.

I wish I took more pictures, but getting used to not taking pictures with my iPhone is a tough concept.

P.S. My suit is from Victoria’s Secret and my headband is from Forever 21. 

Happy Monday lovelies!