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Top 10 things to do on San Juan Island, Washington – without a car!

Top 10 things to do on San Juan Island, Washington – without a car!

If you’re from the Pacific Northwest, you’re probably in love with the San Juan Islands. If you’re not, you probably don’t know that they exist—which is ok, because they’re seriously magical and we’d like to keep them all to ourselves.

No Pacific Northwest summer is complete without a trip to the islands. So when spring rolled around, I began doing what I do best: planning a vacation months in advance.

I planned a trip to San Juan Island for Memorial Day weekend (also my birthday weekend, yay) with my partner. After a long weekend of sunshine and seafood, I’m more than happy that I did! Here’s my guide to a long, car-less weekend on San Juan Island.

What I wish I had known when I graduated from college

What I wish I had known when I graduated from college

Wow, it’s almost been two years since I graduated from college! (lol, I feel old)

I remember the angst of being a college senior and a new grad very clearly. I cried a lot, agonized a lot, and stress-ate a lot of late-night quesadillas.

The main cause of all my anxiety was that I felt incredibly lost and confused about what I wanted to do with my life, which was how I had felt for pretty much my entire life. But now that the culmination of four years of learning and preparation for the Real World was staring me in the face and I was counting down the finite days until I had to leave my academic bubble and actually…make a choice about the direction of my life, the lost feeling was unbearable.

Anyway, I like to think that I’ve learned a thing or two since then. Everything worked out okay—better than okay, actually.

If you’re graduating this year, I want you to know that EVERYTHING WILL BE OKAY. I promise.

And if you’re not convinced, here are five things I wish I knew when I graduated.

Dear fast fashion: This is why I broke up with you #FashionRevolutionWeek

Dear fast fashion: This is why I broke up with you #FashionRevolutionWeek

About a year ago, I broke up with fast fashion. If you’ve been following my blog, you already know this, but I think it’s worth sitting down and explaining why.

I’ll start from the beginning.

My skincare routine for combination skin (hormonal & fungal acne-prone)

My skincare routine for combination skin (hormonal & fungal acne-prone)

As you may know, I’ve been struggling with hormonal acne ever since I got my IUD. And in the past year, I’ve tried so many products to try and tame the hot mess that is my face, mostly to no avail.

But I’m happy to report that although my skin isn’t completely clear, I actually have a better relationship with my skin than ever before. Desperate to figure out how to return to the good old days of clear skin, I’ve been forced to get to know my skin better. I’ve learned what triggers my acne and what the condition of my skin says about my general health. And I’m much more mindful of what I put on my face as well as what I put in my body.

Here’s the lowdown on my current skincare routine! In conjunction with eating less sugar and dairy, I’ve found that my skin is generally happier (and clearer!!) with this routine. In case you’d like to try out any of these products, I’ve included some discount codes/links at the bottom of the post!

Starting a blog, content planning, & working with brands / Blogging Q&A

Starting a blog, content planning, & working with brands / Blogging Q&A

A couple of weeks ago, I asked you all on Instagram to ask me your questions about blogging, and today I’m answering them!

Wondering how to start a blog, plan content and write consistently, and work with brands? Watch the Q&A!

Cultivating self love and care / what I’ve learned from Black feminists and social justice

Cultivating self love and care / what I’ve learned from Black feminists and social justice

Happy Valentine’s Day! Amid all the hubbub about romantic love, I want to talk about one of the most important, yet neglected loves of our lives: self love.

People have been talking about self love and self care a lot lately, and much like the growing popularity of progressive movements like feminism, it’s been a mixed bag. On one hand, loving and caring for ourselves is so, so important and these discussions have brought issues of mental health to the forefront. On the other hand, I’ve seen “self love” misused as a marketing ploy to get consumers to “treat yourself,” often completely missing the radical and political roots of self love and care.

I want to take a closer, more critical look at the concepts of self love and self care, and how we can incorporate loving and caring practices into our own lives.

What I wore in Hawaii & what to pack for a tropical getaway! (LOOKBOOK)

What I wore in Hawaii & what to pack for a tropical getaway! (LOOKBOOK)

Guess what? Your girl is making her YouTube debut!

As you probably know from last week’s blog post and my gratuitous vacation pics on Instagram, I went to Hawaii a couple weeks ago. I’ve put together a short video of the sustainable and ethical looks I wore on vacation, plus a packing guide.

Whether you have a getaway to somewhere warm planned, or are just fantasizing about summer already (I definitely am), I hope this gives you some inspiration!

Learning how to travel more consciously

Learning how to travel more consciously

Although I, like all American travelers, am inextricably tangled up in U.S. imperialism, I’m trying to figure out how I can be a more conscious and thoughtful traveler.

Through my experiences traveling and conversations with friends and people affected by the tourism industry, I’ve come up with some guidelines for how I can travel more consciously.

My New Year’s resolutions + tips for sticking to yours!

My New Year’s resolutions + tips for sticking to yours!

Happy New Year! Though the demarcation of time is a social construct and there’s not really anything inherently significant about the start of another trip around the sun, it’s always a good idea to reflect on what’s important to us, what we’ve accomplished, and what we want to work on. 

Here are my 2018 resolutions, followed by some tips that have helped me accomplish goals and establish good habits.

Thank you.

Thank you.

With the end of the year approaching, it’s a good time to slow down and reflect on the things that bring us joy. Sometimes, it’s only when we pause that we realize just how much we have to be grateful for.

Here’s my list of blessings; I hope it inspires you to find the things that make you happy and hold them close, too.