• BOOKS,  LIFESTYLE

    What I Read in June 2021

    Somehow, it is already July (really?! halfway through 2021?) so I am back with my monthly book post! In June, I read multiple solid books and read some books that had been on my TBR list for a LONG time, which always feels good. 28 SUMMERS by Elin Hilderbrand – 4 stars This was my first book by Elin Hilderbrand, and I totally get the hype. Crowned the queen of beach reads, Elin Hilderbrand is a prolific author who mostly writes stories set on or around Nantucket. 28 Summers follows Mallory and Jake’s love story (read: affair) over 28 years. After their first summer together on Nantucket (for Mallory’s brother…

  • RALEIGH DURHAM LIVING,  THINGS TO DO

    Visiting Purple Alpaca Farms

    I visited an alpaca farm for the first time this weekend, and of course, I had to tell you all about it! About Purple Alpaca Farms After seeing a college friend visit, I immediately bookmarked Purple Alpaca Farms on Instagram (I have a collection of “Local Places to Try Soon”). Purple Alpaca Farms is a family-owned farm located in Boonville, NC. It took us right about two hours from Durham, but the bulk of the drive is a straight shot on I-40. If you are in the Triad area, it would be a quick drive. Purple Alpaca Farms offers a few different types of experiences—Farm Tour, Alpaca Yoga, and agriculture…

  • LIFESTYLE,  PERSONAL

    Credit Cards I Use as a 20-Something

    I am so thrilled to share my first blog post talking about money! Having grown up poor, I have somewhat of an unhealthy relationship with money. What has helped me in recent years is talking about money with friends and my sisters, and I have been wanting to bring those conversations onto the blog for quite some time. In today’s post, I am talking about the credit cards I use. I actually did not have my first credit card until after college, and I only got it because my older sister Jiyoung literally dragged me to the bank to open one. In my defense, I had applied for a different…

  • EAST COAST,  TRAVEL

    Everything We Ate in Charleston, SC

    Hi, friends! Better late than never, right? Here’s a post on everything we ate during our trip to Charleston last month. I didn’t title this post “what you should eat in Charleston” since there is an overwhelming number of great restaurants in Charleston, many of which I have yet to try. If you’re considering any of the places we went to, I hope my “review” is helpful! If you are looking to visit Charleston this summer, I recommend making reservations for a few spots you really want to visit. When we were coming up with an itinerary the week before our trip, a lot of the recommended places were booked…

  • EAST COAST,  TRAVEL

    What to Do in Charleston, SC

    Hi, friends! After my recent trip to Charleston, I wanted to share a list of things to do (besides eating) while visiting Charleston because after two trips to the city, I am an expert. Just kidding. This post is in no way original but I hope my experiences and opinions help you in building your itinerary. Take a Picture with Pineapple Fountain Considering pineapples are symbols of hospitality and wealth often associated with Charleston, the Pineapple Fountain is pretty iconic. Snap some photos with the famous pineapple! Your kiddos (or yourself?!) can play in the fountain! You can even get married at the fountain, it turns out! Visit Rainbow Row…