MAUI: PART II

Happy Friday! I hope everyone is having a better week than I am! I have been having the worst stomach pains these past 3-4 days, so  I went to the doctor today… I was told I have gastritis. I’ve been feeling so down, stressed, and overwhelmed because the semester just started & this is something I do not need to deal with right now. I hope the pain goes away in a day or two with the medicine I was prescribed. It’s seriously been the roughest couple of days. NOT HAPPY AT ALL. I’m so confused on how I even got it to begin with….  but enough about that, let’s jump into pretty Maui pictures!

Dexter and I went whale watching, and it was something I’ve been dying to do for so long. When I found out that whale watching season is during Nov-May, I knew we had to go! It was a sunny day, and we were lucky enough to see a lot of whales! Mostly baby calfs & their mothers. We only got one really good picture of a baby calf, because the whales were either too far away, or by the time we got the camera they were gone. Regardless, it was an amazing experience. Since I live close to the coast in California, I want to try going in Monterey or so.

 

Lahaina Harbor

 

 

 

The Road to Hana

 

 

 

Having drinks at the Four Seasons Resort in Wailea 

 

I have part III coming soon & that’ll be my final Maui series on the blog! I have so many pictures, and I wanted to share as much as I could with you all. Are you planning a trip to Maui? Have any questions to ask me, feel free to leave a comment! Side note: I also have some exciting reviews coming soon… so stay tuned for that! I hope everyone has a lovely weekend.

 

 

xo

MAUI: PART I

I’m back from vacationing in Maui! I am so happy I got to spend 10 full days relaxing, eating, and exploring.  I MISS IT SO MUCH ALREADY.

Some of the highlights of the trip? Whale watching, dinner cruise, seeing sea turtles napping on the beach, and just driving around the island. I’ve got a ton of pictures that I can’t wait to share with you all!

We found these Sea turtles laying on the beach, in Paia. I have never seen a sea turtle before in real life! It was so incredible. The weather was so warm and perfect, in the mid-70’s & low 80’s.

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We stayed in multiple locations on the island: Kīhei, Ka’anapali, and Māʻalaea. We did it this way 1) to save money (we used Airb&b the entire time) & 2) we liked to see what each location had to offer. We had such an amazing time, I’ll try and break up the photos by location!

 

Kīhei:

 

 

Upcountry Kula:

 

The Lavender farm in Kula was beautiful! So many gorgeous flowers and plants… and the views were incredible. On Part 2 of the maui trip I’ll post pictures of Ka’anapali, Lahaina (whale watching), the road to Hana, and more.

 

 

xo

RINGING IN THE NEW YEAR: 2018!

As I reflect on 2017, it has been one hell of a year for me. 2017 started off with me leaving to my study abroad program in Paris (Jan-May). I traveled to so many beautiful places in Europe {it truly was a dream come true}. It was my very first time traveling alone, living alone, and focusing entirely on myself. I pushed myself completely out of my comfort zone, and there were many proud moments. I am so grateful for the experiences and life lessons of 2017.

When I got back from Paris (late May), I decided to give love a second chance, after 6 months of being apart. We are making our way to Maui in just a few days, and I’m curious/excited to see where our relationship goes this year.

I’m looking forward to seeing what 2018 holds for me. I know it’s going to be a year full of big changes. I should be graduating college the end of this year, which is something I’m ecstatic/nervous about! It also might be my last year of living in the Bay Area, which is so bittersweet to even think about. Who knows! I’ve noticed you can try to plan.plan.plan every aspect of life out, but most of the time things don’t go as expected {which isn’t always a bad thing}

A goal of 2018 is to travel as much as I can. I know this is so cliché  because who DOESN’T want to travel?? Obviously it’s on everyone’s list of things to do! Whether it’s a day trip, weekend trip, or full-blown vacay- I want see new places. My top 3 International picks: Iceland, Greece, Switzerland. My top 3 U.S. cities: South Carolina, Chicago, Maine.

I want to do well in school, and I want to continue my fitness journey. Possibly signing up for spinning classes or barre classes, eat cleaner, and work on my body confidence. Since I have Prolactinoma it’s SO much harder to lose weight. It’s frustrating beyond belief but it’s my reality, sadly. So with that being said, I want to lose a good 20-30 lbs, but I need to continue to search and find what works best for me, since I do have this condition.

I hope everyone had an amazing & safe NYE! I celebrated in SF, had some drinks & watched fireworks from Russian Hill. It was such a nice night. Happy New Year!  What is something you’re proud about in 2017? What is something you’re looking forward to in 2018?

I’ll see you guys in a few weeks, going on vacay! Follow my instagram: krystalinthecity for Maui pics!

 

xo

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.