EXPLORING ON A MONDAY.

This past Monday, I went into the city to do some exploring. I love bookmarking restaurants on Yelp, and when I have the time and money- try them. One of the places that’s been on my list for months is LEO’S OYSTER BAR. I was going to try and make a reservation, but didn’t have time to. I think I got pretty lucky since when I got there, the bar was empty. They couldn’t seat me at a table, as they were already booked for people who made prior reservations (keep this in mind if you want to go- I’d say make the reservation especially if it’s more than 2 people!) But since it was just me and my bf, we opted for the bar.

One of the biggest reasons why I wanted to come here was for the atmosphere and aesthetics. (I’m so guilty of this- but I know I’m not the only one!) Who can resist a pretty place? I just love taking pictures of everything! I also really love seafood.

My cocktail was so good, I ordered two! I got the bubble bath {champagne, gin, lavender, citrus and rose} As for food, I got a lobster roll with french fries, and had some oysters.

Next, we went to Union Square. I wanted to see the Christmas tree & decor! I love doing this every year. I normally don’t go to Union Square often since the hustle & bustle tends to stress me out! I like the quieter places in the city, but it’s fun nonetheless.

Last, I went to my favorite patisserie in Hayes Valley. If you’re ever in SF, I highly recommend you go to MIETTE. Their macarons are seriously the best!

I am officially done with fall semester! I finished my last final yesterday, so now it’s time to relax & start reading those books from my WINTER BREAK READING LIST. I passed my Calculus class, which is a huge relief! (I failed it the first time I took it, ugh!) I am one step closer to graduating! I hope everyone has a lovely day & rest of the week. I’m off to Los Angeles tomorrow to visit family, and spend Christmas there. I’m excited to spend time with my twin sister, I haven’t seen her since our birthday celebrations in September!

 

 

xo

COUNTDOWN TO WINTER VACATION: MAUI EDITION

In a little over 2 weeks, I’ll be on a plane making my way to MAUI! I’ve been once before, almost 3 1/2 years ago. {it’s been too long!}  I’m ready to be by the ocean, drink a cocktail, get golden, and explore places I haven’t seen yet.

I have made a list of things that I want to do while I’m there, and wanted to share with you all {in-case you were curious or going to Maui & in need of some ideas}

1. Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm:

Who knew Maui had a Lavender Farm?! I didn’t! So this time, I’m going to take full advantage! I am excited to take some amazing pictures while I’m there! We are going to book a walking tour, and hopefully we will be able to have a picnic there as well. It truly looks gorgeous!

2. Haleakala National Park Summit:

Watching the sunrise is supposed to be a big hit! We were going to do this last time we were in Maui, but never made the time to wake up early and see the sunrise. Bummer! But this time I am determined to set aside ONE day to wake up at 4:00 am and drive to the top of the volcano. I live for moments like that, it’s what makes life so special.

3. Maui Tropical Plantation:

You’re able to tour this plantation to see how sugarcane and pineapples grow! Another good opportunity to take beautiful pictures & explore Maui. I’ve never been to a plantation before, so this will be a first!

 

4. Pacific Whale Foundation:

One of the top things I’m looking forward to: whale watching. I have never been whale watching before {which is weird because I live so close to surrounding areas that offer whale watching in Cali} I have always found ocean life interesting, I am so intrigued by whales! I think they are so majestic and mysterious, and I know I will scream when I see one! {it’s whale season right now!}

 

Have you ever been to Maui? If so, do you know any special places that I should go to or see? I would appreciate all recommendations! I cannot wait to take loads of pictures and share my Maui trip with you all.

 

 

 

xo

*none of these photos are my own, all taken from google search.

WINTER BREAK READING LIST:

Winter break is just around the corner & I’ve already got my reading list ready. I’ve got two Christmas theme books {which I’m super excited about!} Last winter (January 2017) I read “Christmas in Paris” while I was in Paris & it was beyond magical. Although I won’t be in London reading Anita Hughes’ new book, I’m super excited about it because I was in London earlier this year! It was such a beautiful city & I cannot wait until I can go back. {sorry I went on a little tangent} I just really like reading books set in places that I’ve recently traveled to! It’s so fun.

Do you have any books you want to read this winter? Anything you would recommend to me?

  1. Christmas in London by Anita Hughes

 

2. Let it Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, Lauren Myracle

 

3. Looking for Alaska by John Green

 

 

4. A Wedding In Provence by Ellen Sussman

 

 

xo

 

CHRISTMAS WISHLIST:

Here are a few things on my Christmas list!

 

SCOOTER KEYCHAIN Rifle Paper CO.

 

 

FIVE YEAR JOURNAL KEEPSAKE Rifle Paper CO.

 

 

CHARLOTTE TILBURY LIP LUSTRE LUXE COLOR-LASTING LIP LACQUER in color High Society

 

 

CHARLOTTE TILBURY INSTANT EYE PALETTE

 

 

 

CLEO SUNGLASSES by Warby Parker

 

 

 

 

LOWA RENEGADE GTX MID HIKING BOOTS from REI

 

 

 

 

MARINA BEACH ONE-PIECE SWIMSUIT by Kate Spade

 

 

 

CHAMPAGNE GLITTER IPHONE CASE by Kate Spade

 

 

What are some things on your list?

xo

2 YEARS OF BLOGGING!

LAST WEEK WAS KRYSTAL IN THE CITY’S 2nd BLOGGING ANNIVERSARY!

Two years of consistently blogging has been such a huge accomplishment! I didn’t have any expectations starting this blog- I just wanted to do it as a creative outlet. I love writing, it’s such a passion of mine. I enjoy writing about all sorts of things: my favorite restaurants in the city, my traveling experiences, fashion, product reviews and even sometimes about my personal life.

So to those of you who’ve read and commented on my blog- thank you. I appreciate you stopping by, and taking the time out of your day to read my blog posts. It really does make my day!

I’m almost done with the semester, I wrap things up on the 19th of December, and at this point it really couldn’t come sooner. I’m stressed out- so much to do because it’s the home stretch. So I’m trying to stay on top of all my assignments, so I can pass my classes and graduate next fall. Fingers crossed!!

I think December is going to be an exciting blog month! I have so many ideas planned: Christmas wish list, winter break book list, vacation must-do’s in Maui (because I’m going there in January!!!), and more! So stick around…

xo

 

 

 

*all photos are my own, taken in Santa Cruz, Ca.

PRODUCT REVIEW: TEA TREE OIL SHAMPOO.

Hey everyone!

I have an exciting product review today from Maple Holistics. I’m super excited that they reached out to me to test their TEA TREE OIL SHAMPOO.

What I loved about this shampoo? Well, this tea tree oil shampoo is cruelty-free, parabens-free, GMO-free, and gluten free.

These are some of the many benefits tea tree oil shampoo offers (from their website):

-Promotes healthy hair growth.

-Can slow hair loss, shedding, and thinning hair.

-Helps prevent flaking and dandruff.

-Capable of soothing an irritated scalp.

-Potential to naturally eradicates lice.

-Leaves hair and scalp rejuvenated and fresh.

 

I love the way tea tree oil smells, I know for some people it may be overbearing, but I enjoy the minty freshness of it! Sometimes I struggle with dandruff, and this is the perfect shampoo to keep your scalp clean and healthy. I’ve noticed I’m not scratching my scalp as often, and my hair feels softer. Yay! I’m looking forward to using the rest of the bottle up!

If you would like to test out a FREE SAMPLE from Maple Holistics, CLICK THIS LINK. I hope you guys take advantage & get your own free sample! For those of you who love all natural products that are cruelty free- this is worth trying out.

 

 

 

xo

 

 

*this product was given to me complimentary for testing/reviewing purposes.

HELLO NOVEMBER.

Hi everyone!

Kind of sad to say goodbye to October- it wasn’t a very festive Halloween for me, as I had class ALL DAY LONG (and night), so that was a bummer. But, I told myself next year I am definitely dressing up (already have a costume in mind) and I’m going to be more festive! Life is too short not to be. Right?

November is going to be a great month! First off, it’s my TWO YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF BLOGGING (yay! blog post coming soon), my furbaby Lola Mae is turning 9 years old, and it’ll be Thanksgiving!

What have I been up to? Well ten days ago, I started this program called WHOLE 30. I am not sponsored, I just wanted to tell you my experience. If you have no idea what Whole 30 is, or what I’m talking about- I highly suggest you googling it & going on the website. CLICK HERE TO SEE WHAT IT IS.

I’ve cut out alcohol, grains, sugar, legumes, dairy, and soy products. It’s been HARD. I have 20 days left, which leaves me literally right before Thanksgiving day. Eeek! If you’ve been following my blog for awhile, you would know that I have Prolactinoma & that I struggle with losing weight. It’s almost impossible to lose 1 pound. So- I thought I would give this a shot. I’ve never cut anything out of my diet before, so I am eager to see how my body will do. Ten days in and I’m still trying to get over the hump of my body adjusting. I have cravings, but I’m staying strong. If anyone has done this before, I’d love to know your story! I will come back and tell you how much weight I lost/how I feel after my 30 days are complete. We aren’t supposed to step on the scale- but I have and I already lost 4 lbs. YES!! So that’s amazing to know, and I’m super motivated.

I hope everyone has a wonderful rest of the week.

xo

BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS: PART II

I’m officially TWENTY-FIVE!

I spent this past weekend in Los Angeles with family to celebrate! We went to this cool restaurant in West Hollywood that my twin sister wanted to go to: Barton G. The only reason I know about this place is because it was on The Real Housewives of OC. Haha! It was such an experience, I highly recommend going at least one time! It was over the top- amazing food & drinks.

 

 

 

Taking a bite out of Marie Antoinette’s cotton candy hair! How fun is this? The bananas foster on the side was amaaazing as well.

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Some things I want to accomplish being 25 years old:

  • Save up for a new car
  • Pay off all my debt & increase my credit score
  • Travel some place new
  • Lose weight! (My goal is 35 lbs overall)
  • Read more books

 

I hope twenty-five is going to be a great year for me. I’m slowly inching closer to 30! It’s so strange because l feel like I just turned 20, yesterday! Since I know time flies by way too fast, I’ll soak it all in.

 

xo