Ethereal Ear Crawlers

Inspiration comes from many places. One of the things I've been star strucked for lately, is well... stars! Dreamy night skies, the milky way, and constellations to be exact. This mental mood board has started to translate through new pieces I've been picking up from clothes to jewelry. To my surprise, I found these constellation inspired ear crawlers during one of my routine Target runs. 

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ear crawlers? what's to love?

I love ear crawlers because unlike regular ear cuffs, this type of earring has a standard post with secure backing, and cuffs at the top.  I lose ear cuffs all the damn time, and with these I never have to worry. For the record, I've been wearing them on repeat with just about any outfit.

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How do you style them?

Jewelry

My favorite way to style these babies are pairing them with minimal gold necklaces and rings.

Hair

With these beauties hugging my ears, I either wear my hair in a slick low pony. If I keep my hair down, I make sure to pull my hair back, because we all know these need to be star of the show.

You can find these through the Sugarfix by Baublebar line at Target

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Get to Know Me

Let me keep it real, this post took me so long to write. Sure, I'm open sharing all the best things about my blog topics and willing to answer hard questions. However, even as a blogger, writing a post directly about me gives me a little anxiety.

When I'm going through a big transition in life (like my recent career change), I get reclusive and take a step back from everything else. Now that I've regained my flow with work and life, I'll be posting weekly again. Kindly Kimiko community, welcome back!

Take a moment to get caught up by reading my about page, and a few fun FAQ's below. 

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How would you best describe yourself in a few words?

bay area bred, with a mindful earthy heart and always on the move, getting things done.

Guilty Pleasures

My guilty pleasure is listening to my inner couch potato. I love being lazy with my other half, T, and our two pups, Yoshi and Socks.

Things I Love

3-wick candles, sunsets and views, iced vanilla lattes, fluffy pups, bullet journals, plants, and national parks

Things I  dislike

brussel sprouts, eating ginger, salty attitudes, and shallow topic conversations

Can you describe your personal style uniform?

My go-to uniform is a black leather jacket, bold Quay Australia sunnies, high waisted skinny jeans and chunky heeled booties. 

Why do you talk about self-care so much?

We're raised in a society that has made us believe self-care is indulgent, but truly it's an essential need to prevent us from burn out!

In 2013, I thought being healthy was all tight abs and a skinny waist. After seeing solid results for the first time, I fell in love with fitness...no matter the cost. While on a strict diet plan with a coach, I pushed myself too hard until I could barely function and was dragging every day. Though my body new looked better, I felt so broken internally and began a vicious cycle of binge eating. Though it was an ultimate low, it was a defining moment for how I perceived health and wellness.  From then on, I realized that health was so much more than looking fit, it was a holistic and balanced approach to life. Emotional and mental health are equally important as physical health is. I'm a firm believer that you cannot sustainably have one without the others. Now, I use my platform to inspire and encourage others to adopt self-care into their daily lives.

What do you love most about San Francisco?

There's always something new to find and the city has so many unique layers to experience. It's got beautiful parks and views mixed in with the hustle and bustle of a busy metropolitan city. But my favorite? The fact that San Francisco has many micro-cultures which translates into it's communities, food and people. I truly never run out of inspiration or things to write about here.

Describe your food philosophy.

I really enjoy eating, especially growing up in a Filipino-American household. Being raised in that culture meant food is an expression of love and hospitality. The more food, the merrier. If you've been to a filipino party, you know exactly what I mean.

Influenced by my culture growing up, my current approach to food is balanced between enjoying food with the company of others, while being mindful of making healthy food choices that are flavorful but also fuel my body. To this day, I'm still practicing finding that sweet spot. It's seriously an ongoing challenge!

Favorite Ways to Treat Yo' Self?

Let's call out a few guilty pleasures! First and foremost, I have a weakness for shopping binges at Target, starchy carbs, or a new pairs of boots. If I'm feeling really low, I lift my spirits with a whole day of quiet self-care solitude and watch Ali Wong's Baby Cobra on Netflix with my dogs. 

Describe your friendship with your childhood best friend, Abbie.

Chances are you have already seen Abbie in at least half of my posts, and will continue to do so forever.  Our moms were friends before we were born, so we were family friends since we were buns in the oven. At 18, we coincidentally committed to the same college, and decided to move into our first apartment together. We grew together every step of the way of our crazy college lives, and became sorority sisters, business partners and best friends. I mean, she still lives 2 miles away, and she's the only person I facetime consistently. lol. 

What inspires you to blog?

This creative outlet is a sanctuary to me. I have had a blog on several platforms over the years.. since I was an early teen: from xanga, myspace, tumblr, wordpress, now my own domain as of 2016. It's continues to grow and expand as time goes by. It's a creative medium I've kept close all this time.

While it is a self-care practice for me, I'm glad this platform connects me with others. Being here gives me a chance to be transparent about the highs and lows, and relate to others who go through similar experiences. So to each of you, thanks for being here. I hope you find something on the blog that encourages you to seek adventure. 

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Coffee Shop: Sightglass Coffee in SOMA, San Francisco
Photographer: Rachel Radcliffe

Top: Express
Bottom: H&M
Quartz Crystal Necklace: H&M
Shoes: Forever 21
Sunglasses: Sunglass Spot

Essential Positive Affirmations feat. JORD Watches

In the midst of change and growth, sometimes the hardest part is not letting go of what you have always known. But to begin new chapters in life, I'm learning that we must be okay to let go of the past, in order to make room for what's to come next.

Lately, I've been inconsistent with my creative projects, including my blog, because upcoming changes in my professional career are on the horizon, and I'm watching how this next chapter will take form. My heart is ready for new experiences, challenges and opportunities that will allow me to use all that I have in a new way.

Change is inevitable; in our careers, in our families, in our passions and in ourselves. And if you are like me, it can be just as scary as it is exciting. What do you do when you're in the midst of growth? For me, every day, once a day, I repeat a few positive affirmations to assure I'm aligned in the right direction of life. On weekends, this ritual is even more special because I can be more intentional with how I incorporate this into my day. Here's how my ideal reflection routine goes:

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PUT ON YOUR FAVORITE OUTFIT

Pick something that makes you feel good inside and out. It sounds strange to start with the exterior, but when you dress up to celebrate life, you'll notice it will uplift you too. For me, my uniform is selecting a variation of a black top, paired with denim pants and ankle boots. A few key accessories you'll never find me without are my Quay Australia sunnies, my ThirdEye Pinecone necklace and my newest uniform addition, my JORD Frankie series zebrawood watch. Something about incorporating natural elements into my favorite outfit makes me feel closely connected to nature, even in the middle of this city hustle and bustle.

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SETTLE DOWN IN YOUR FAVORITE SPOT, INDOORS OR OUTDOORS

This could be a quaint cafe, or a relaxing view in your town. For me, one of my favorite spots is Sutro Baths in San Francisco. Especially when the sun rarely comes out to play, I'll wake up early and visit any calm place in Golden Gate National Recreation Area to relax and reflect.

FIND A QUIET PLACE AND STATE THESE AFFIRMATIONS

Pro-tip: If you feel uncomfortable stating these affirmations out loud in public, pre-record yourself stating these affirmations (with confidence) using the voice recorder on your phone. When you arrive to your favorite location, plug in your headphones, and listen to your recording. Even better, listen to it once a day! You will be surprised how hearing yourself speak positively about yourself will quickly change your perspective in a wonderful, optimistic way! :)


AFFIRMATIONS FOR NEW BEGINNINGS

  • I am grateful for the good in my life.

  • Something great is happening to me. I open myself to the possibilites.

  • Letting things come undone returns me to powerful innocence.

  • When I take a pause from receiving multiple messages, I can hear my true calling.

  • All of my treasures are buried deep inside, and I trust in the resources I already have on hand.

  • With this new chapter, I am grateful for a new start.

  • I am willing to step out of my comfort zone.

  • I trust myself to handle anything.

  • I am confident and brave. I live in the present and look forward to the future. 

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BEST OF LUCK ON YOUR NEW BEGINNINGS! 

Photography: Rachel Radcliffe Photography
Watch: Frankie Series from JORD Watches

THANK YOU JORD WATCHES
FOR PARTNERING WITH ME AND GIFTING ME THIS BEAUTIFUL WATCH.

 

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