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

A serious festive party!

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*all images taken by Me*

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

True Canadian Winters…

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Coat: Zara | Sweatshirt: North Star | Hat: Talula | Jeans: Abercrombie & Fitch | Boots: Target | Jewellery: Nicola Chong Jewellery, GLAMROCKS Design, Urban Outfitters

Man is this a polar vortex or what! Us Canadians sure know how to make it feel really darn cold. I mean I guess I shouldn’t complain, as Minnesota had about -60 degrees celsius temps. So -40 here isn’t that bad.  I am dying for some warm weather. To remember what sunshine feels like on my face and maybe what sweating feels like too.

This is too cold Canada. Too cold.

I mean the bf’s fingers were falling off just about now, the UGH you want WHAT… PICTURES. REALLY. NOW! What a sport. In the 5 or so minutes we take these in an underground parking lot. He complained.

What a guy…hehehe. 

Well with this weekend approaching I really hope that we get into the single digit numbers…even if it is the negative ones. I’ll take a good old -5 right now. Thanks.

Happy (warm) weekend lovelies!

xoxo thanks for reading

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!

Free People inspired…the new hippie!

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Outfit details: Top: Free People | Shorts: Abercrombie & Fitch (super old) | Shoes: Sam Edelman | Bag: J Crew (old) | Sunnies: Rayban Aviators | Jewellery: Nicola Chong Jewellery, Madewell, Stella & Dot, Mendocino

Free People seems to be the new boho, the new hippie, the new rebel…really the new everything. And since the sister works there it only seems to be just about right that well we are inspired by what they have. We almost always have been, and I assume that we always will.

Just before it began to get cold, we had a few warm days here and there – and boy was it lovely! So here is to those warm days, where it could be still the end of summer kinda day!

xoxo Thanks for reading, happy Thursday!