Preparing for the Holiday Season with Basic Invite


One of my favorite traditions around the holiday season is the act of giving and receiving holiday cards. Growing up, my mom used to hang each one we received on the wall, to be viewed well past Christmas. Since the holiday season is now approaching, if you're trying to get a head start on sending out Christmas or Holiday cards and invites, Basic Invite is the perfect place to look!

A Trip to the Windy City

Chicago, IL, USA


I've wanted to visit Chicago for the longest time. I remember almost planning on going with my college roommate for Spring break in Freshman year before we realized we were both too broke. But  I was finally able to visit with my mom and my brother for five days in August, just about a month ago.

We stayed in the North End and mostly traveled close to the Loop on our visit, playing tourist. I had so many destinations bookmarked on my phone, and made sure to hit as many as possible, though wish I could've eaten more meals in a day since the amazing food options were just uncountable. Nevertheless, here is a list of many of the places I visited on my trip to the Windy City.

Beach Day

New York, NY, USA

Around once a year, I get around to taking the long train ride to Coney Island. I find it quite amazing how you can be in the concrete jungle one moment, and by the ocean the next. My friends like to call Coney Island the "gross beach" and say we should go out further in Long Island, but when there's a beach a $2.75 train ride and a 45 minute nap away, I'll take what I can get. Plus, I think Coney Island has its charms.

NYBG x Chihuly


It's always such a nice break to visit one of the gardens in New York on a nice day. After visiting Chihuly Garden and Glass in Seattle last summer, my family and I just had to go and see the exhibit at the New York Botanical Garden. Luckily, we all had a free day on July 4th, so we decided to make a day trip. It did not disappoint.