Hey guys! I’ve been looking forward to sharing this post with you guys! Last week, I was invited to go to Spa Kingston for a Valentine’s Day body treatment and facial. Let me tell you… It was seriously AMAZING. No, this is not sponsored. This is 100% my honest opinion about my little spa day experience.
Spa Kingston is located in Bankers Hill, San Diego. They are a day-spa specializing in everything from body treatments, facials, to body-hair removal. The atmosphere of the spa is very relaxing and dare I say it? “Instagram Worthy!” I was instantly drawn to all the crystals that adorned the spa and the big white flower wall that’s located in the waiting area. Spa Kingston is basically spa GOALS.
Hey guys! I’ve been waiting all weekend to share with you guys these photos! Ahhh! I am so in love I can’t contain myself haha. So last week, Mike and I had the pleasure of taking photos with this amazing photographer duo: Lori and Matt of “Pretty Branch Photography“. They were seriously so amazing and we had a freaking blast with them! Lori had reached out to my on Instagram and asked if we wanted to do a free couples shoot with them. I’m always trying to get photos with Mike so of course I said yes. I thought it would be really cute to take Valentines Day photos to share with you guys. Matt and Lori were like Ying and Yang. She had a vision and he was there to capture it. It truly was a beautiful thing to witness. They were so easy going and directed/guided us the entire time (which I know Mike really appreciated since he NEVER gets his photos taken). I really recommend you guys checking out their work if you’re looking for engagement/wedding photos. Matt spent serious time editing these photos and it definitely showed! They sent me over 130 photos and I loved each and every one of them! So much so that I texted Lori immediately telling her that “I think I found my wedding photographers.”
Anywhooooo with Valentines Day coming up, I thought it would be fun to do a little questionnaire with Mike to share with you guys a little bit about our relationship! I seriously laughed out loud when we did this. I tried my best to type it “word for word.” Enjoy you guys!
Describe your fiancé on your first date? Him: You were soft spoken, um… *thinking* you were easy to converse with given the fact that it was a Wednesday, midnight, and there was no one around us… Her: He was sweet. He was easy going… I couldn’t stop staring at his flip-flops hahaha
Hey guys! So this is technically my second winter in San Diego and I’m still not used to this weather yet. I spent such a long time in Virginia so I’m used to the cold. Every day I wake up here it’s seriously so so perfect! This morning it felt amazing stepping outside. It was 75 degrees and not a cloud in the sky. I really feel blessed. I was really trying to make fall/winter happen here in SD. I wore knit sweaters almost everyday even when it was like 80 degrees outside. Do any of you do that as well??? Anyway, I’m over the sweaters for now. I’m so ready for SPRING!? Are you with me?!
Hey guys! It’s been such a hectic few weeks and things are beginning to slow down and get back to normal. Ever since November, I’ve felt like I was on overdrive and have been in zombie mode since. We were running around trying to see family and friends in Texas, New York, and Virginia. Adding to the chaos, Mike had to leave immediately for three weeks in January did not help at all! Any who… I’ve been in a little slump since then and I decided to take a little break. Don’t get me wrong, I felt so blessed to be given the opportunities to work with amazing companies but I didn’t realize that I was starting to overload myself. Between work, blogging, and just everyday life, I started to get burnt out from all the social media stuff so I decided to take a social-media detox.
Being a blogger, it’s impossible for me to stay off social media… Which means I’m constantly looking at other influencers Instagram pictures. Constantly commenting and liking other peoples posts… It’s nearly impossible to not compare yourself to others that you see on there. Sadly, we are ALL guilty of comparing ourselves to others that we see on TV, magazines, and social media. What you all should know though is that what I post is only a glimpse of my life. I want to post pictures that I feel best showcases my day. What you don’t see is the stress, anxiety, and sadness that’s going on inside. That’s why it’s so important for me to share with you guys that I struggle with insecurities and deal with constant stressors like everyone else. I don’t want to perceive this fake and “perfect” life on social media because that’s just not realistic.
During the holidays, I was go go go and it was so difficult keeping up with my blog and Instagram. Yeah, yeah, yeah I know… This girl is complaining about taking pictures and wearing pretty clothes. Ridiculous right? No. I’m not going to lie; it’s a lot of work! But that’s another blog post for another day. As I was saying… I found myself becoming more stressed every time I clicked on that little Instagram app. The more I looked at it (which was about 30 times a day) the more I started comparing myself to other influencers on Instagram. There are just so many beautiful influencers on IG that you can’t help but compare yourself to them. Comparison is seriously the devil! Crazy thoughts started running through my head… Like why does she look better in the top? Why is my engagement level so low? Why didn’t I get this many likes on this picture? When will I ever get to go there? Bla bla bla… Blogging was supposed to be a fun and creative outlet for me but instead it was slowly tearing me apart. I started doubting myself and felt that my content wasn’t good enough. It just wasn’t healthy anymore so I needed to just stop and take a little time to revaluate my life and to enjoy the people around me.
Happy New Year everyone! “New year… New me!” That’s what I always love to say at the beginning of the year. I always say that I’m going to have abs by the end of the year but lets face it ya’ll… IT’S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN! I’m over obsessing over the idea of having a six-pack. My goal for the year is to get toned and just be healthy. Ever since I started graduate school three years ago, I have been seriously slacking in the fitness department. I feel as if I’m starting over and you know what? That’s OK. Another thing I want to get better at is my diet. Lord knows that I have such an awful sweet tooth. I can’t cut anything cold turkey so I’m going to have my sweets in “moderation.”
As far as a well balanced diet goes, Mike is so good when it comes to his veggies but I on the other hand am not. I am soooooo awful when it comes to eating vegetables. There is just something about it! Unless its cooked, I just don’t ever crave it. If it’s blended or cooked, I’ll eat it but otherwise, you can count me out. When I cook at home, I have the tendency to look for recipes that have meat in it. Otherwise, I won’t even make it because I don’t think it will be filling and then I’ll just end up eating again an hour later! That’s why I’m so glad I discovered Purple Carrot!
Hey guys! Sorry I’ve been kind of MIA from social media this past week. Mike and I went to Las Vegas the day after Christmas and met up with his parents. I’ll talk a little more about that trip in another post. For those who don’t know me, I’m not a huge gambler. What do I like to do you ask? SHOP of course!
So during my trip I decided to go peruse the forum shops at Caesar’s Palace and wandered into the H&M there (which is HUGE might I add…) I got lucky because they were having a ridiculous sale! There were jackets there for only $25! I found sweater dresses on sale for as cheap as $10. Now that’s what I call a freaking SALE! After about thirty minutes of trying on sweaters and jackets, I settled on two super cute knit sweaters.
The first one is this soft baby blue off-the-shoulder sweater, which I got in a size small. I don’t like it when off-the-shoulder tops feel too tight around your arms and you end up walking around like a robot. The small has the perfect stretch and the fabric is super soft. Nothing worst than an itchy sweater! I paired the sweater with a pair of my favorite boyfriend jeans from NA-KD Fashion. I only paid $29 for this sweater! That’s a deal to me… What makes it even better??? While in line, I signed up for H&M’s email notices and got a 10% off coupon for one item.
Hey guys! So my FIRST EVER blog post! This is so exciting and scary at the same time. I’ve been working and working on this blog trying my best to make it “perfect” for you guys. But as I was sitting there on the couch watching tv… I just realized “you know what? This is never going to be perfect, so just DO IT Kim!” That’s my advice to new bloggers. There will never be a perfect time, so if you’re thinking about blogging, you should really just start TODAY! So a little about me…
I stand tall at 5’1. I’m Vietnamese-American and I’m a food connoisseur. I was born in Orange County, California and since then I’ve lived South Carolina, Florida, and Virginia. I went to elementary, middle, high school, and graduate school in Virginia, so you can call that home. I moved out here to San Diego last year because of my fiancé’s job (proud NAVY wife! Just kidding… He hates when I say that haha) and it was time for a new adventure. I was so exciting about the idea of moving here but when it was time to actually move, I was a nervous wreck. My friends, mom, sisters, and majority of my close family are all in Virginia so it was really difficult for me to leave. I’m not going to lie… I struggled for a few months when I first got to San Diego. I didn’t know where anything was, didn’t have friends, and nothing was familiar. After a few months, I started figuring things out and I met my first friend through Intsagram! That’s when the idea of “blogging” really kicked in. I was inspired by all these Istagram influencers and decided that I was going to give it a go. Every time I looked up “How To Start a Blog” online, it would tell me “pick a niche…” Well… Sorry to tell you but I am all over the place so picking one or two things to stick to was going to be IMPOSSIBLE. I just have so much to share with you all and I can’t wait to finally start doing so!
It wasn’t easy but I eventually figured out what worked and what didn’t work for me. It’s been almost a year since I started blogging via Instagram and it’s still a learning process. I’ve been blessed with the opportunities to work with various companies that I’ve grown to love and adore. I started this blog because I wanted a creative outlook that allowed me to share everything that I loved with you guys! Whether that is recipes, fashion-finds, or beauty products, I thought that creating a blog would be the perfect place to do it! Thus, The Blushing Life was born. So if you’re reading this, I just want to thank you for going on this journey with me. If there is ever any questions or suggestions you have for me, PLEASE! PLEASE! PLEASE! comment below. I promise to try my best to answer your questions. Plus, I’m so new at this so I’m always open to friendly advice ☺