The Girl’s Guide to London

I love London! This city has a lot to offer in terms of culture, food, nightlife, shopping and...

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The Girl’s Guide to London

I love London! This city has a lot to offer in terms of culture, food, nightlife, shopping and more. It’s also a great home base for doing day trips to parts of the English countryside if your travel schedule allows. You’d really need multiple trips here to see and do...

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Top Things to See in Australia’s Gold Coast & Brisbane

Top Things to See in Australia’s Gold Coast & Brisbane

Mermaid Beach, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia I love Australia! I can’t wait to go back and visit again. It’s an absolutely beautiful country and there is so much more left for me to explore. For now, I’ll start with the top things to see in Australia's Gold Coast...

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How to Plan Your First Trip To Paris

How to Plan Your First Trip To Paris

There is no other city like Paris! It’s one of those places that stimulates all the senses – it's got great food, sights, culture, and more. I’ve been to Paris twice as a kid, but had yet to experience it as an adult. After finding out I’d be on a business trip to...

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The Girl’s Guide to Lisbon Portugal

The Girl’s Guide to Lisbon Portugal

Portugal is a beautiful country, full of sand, surf, friendly locals, and delicious seafood. As an artist, I LOVE the colors and patterns of Portugal. The entire country is full of design eye candy from the architecture, to the warm color schemes of Pena Palace and...

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My Favorite Spots in Amsterdam

My Favorite Spots in Amsterdam

From the canals to the stroopwafel there is plenty to eat and explore in Amsterdam. I spent a couple of days here, and am sure I will have more to add to this list when I return again one day, but for now, these discoveries are my favorite spots in Amsterdam. MY...

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Best Things To Do on a 10-Hour Layover in Tokyo

Best Things To Do on a 10-Hour Layover in Tokyo

I’ve always wanted to visit Japan! Even though I haven’t been able to plan a full country-exploring trip yet, I wanted to leverage a 10-Hour layover in Tokyo on my way back to the U.S. to experience the city.  Originally, I was planning to try and find a nice...

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The Girl’s Guide to Toronto

The Girl’s Guide to Toronto

I absolutely love Toronto in the summer and the winter! It’s one of my favorite cities to visit, and a bonus because I have family there. Here are the favorite spots I’ve discovered in the city so far (and thanks to my cousin for showing me some of them!). As I...

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My Favorite Spots In Tulum

Tulum is a gorgeous tropical paradise on the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. The jungle and beachside town has an eco-friendly vibe with a lot of sustainable hotels. There is also a colony of protected sea turtles that nest on the beaches along the hotel zone. While I...

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The Girl’s Guide to New York City

There is no other city like New York! With plenty of things to do, see, and eat, it literally is the city that never sleeps. As a former resident, I have plenty of tips if you’re planning a visit. This is not a tourist guide, as I leave a lot of gimmicky tourist...

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Five Fun Things to Do in Miami

Five Fun Things to Do in Miami

If you’re on a budget, Miami is a great city to visit! There are tons of things to do for free, like going to the beach, along with many free transportation options to get you around the city. Aside from the great weather, Miami has a vibrant arts scene. Whether you...

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Color Pop Confetti Watercolor Art Print

Color Pop Confetti Watercolor Art Print

You know I love color – when I was a kid I used every crayon in the crayon box. As an adult, I’m not really that different. This time I wanted to use all the colors in my watercolor palette, and the result was this painting! It reminds me of confetti, hence the name!...

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Watermelon Vibes Art Print

Watermelon Vibes Art Print

Happy Summer! We’ve just turned the corner on the summer solstice and what a crazy year it has been. Being stuck inside has given me the time to tackle a lot of creative projects, including some of my old ones. I was able to reimagine this watercolor print into a...

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Hearts of the Sea – Watercolor Art Design

Hearts of the Sea – Watercolor Art Design

On my trip to Portugal I spent a lot of time at the beach! It was my first time visiting this country, and I enjoyed exploring the vibrant city of Lisbon and surrounding areas. It’s a beautiful country with great weather and great seafood. I spent some time relaxing...

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Seahorse Life – Watercolor Art Design

Seahorse Life – Watercolor Art Design

This design is inspired by a ceramic piece I made a few years ago on a night with girlfriends! We went to one of those clay & latte places, and I painted this beautiful seahorse. I decided to try painting it in a different medium this time, and experiment with...

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Pink Candy Hearts – Watercolor Art

Pink Candy Hearts – Watercolor Art

I experimented with pattern making for this design! With Valentine’s Day around the corner, I thought I’d play with some of the whimsy you see in those popular candy hearts, and arrange them in fun pattern. I decided to use shades of pink and purple to give the design...

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Rainbow Splash Design – Watercolor Art

Rainbow Splash Design – Watercolor Art

Usually I paint objects and figures in watercolor, but this time I decided to play around and make a watercolor wash. Do you remember the crayon box from kindergarten? I tried to pick a few colors to paint, but I really just like them all, so that’s how this turned...

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Australian Collared Lorry Birds Watercolor Design

Australian Collared Lorry Birds Watercolor Design

On my latest trip to Australia I was mesmerized by the country’s unique wildlife. I’m from California, and while the weather is nice here, we don’t usually see tropical birds flying around freely. It’s really cool to see and interact with all the wildlife, and see the...

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Halloween Jack-O-Lantern PumpkiN Design

Halloween Jack-O-Lantern PumpkiN Design

Pumpkin season is upon us! This is my favorite time of year. I love pumpkin flavored everything & I’m notorious in my neighborhood for having the best carved pumpkins at Halloween (thank you graphic design skills). In honor of my favorite holiday, I’ve designed...

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