Maui on Film

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Road to Hana on film

Maui on Film

Last month, Charles’ parents flew in to spend some time in Oahu as well as travel to Maui over Labor Day weekend. Only a short flight away from Honolulu, Maui is always a great island to visit from the hustle and bustle of Oahu. I know that sounds silly given the fact that Oahu is also paradise but I digress. The traffic on the island can be bad though!

While in Maui, I decided to take full advantage of the cheap 200 speed Fujifilm. The colors were too warm for my liking so I post-processed them but lowering the saturation but overall, I thought the images were beautiful, composition-wise. Here’s a few I took:

Wander Hour - Film

Wander Hour - Film

Wander Hour - Film

Wander Hour - Film

Wander Hour - Film

Wander Hour - Film

Wander Hour - Film

Wander Hour - Film

Wander Hour - Film

Wander Hour - Film

Wander Hour - Film

Overall, I probably won’t be using the cheap 200 speed film from Fujifilm again as it doesn’t align with my aesthetic. If you’re curious, Kodak Portra 400 is currently my favorite at the moment (and one that I used while in New Zealand and Japan which I can’t wait to show you the latter)!

Hope you guys have a great weekend planned out! I’ll be heading to the farmers’ market with Charles to buy produce for the weekend which I’m really excited about. Oh the joys of growing old. Happy Friday!

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Japanese Souvenirs

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Sour lemon candies & Tokyo Banana

Japanese Souvenirs

Having gone to Japan a total of five times (and probably will be going back every so often), I now will always have my go-to souvenirs for when I get back. You know, those souvenirs where you have to get it each and every time you visit a place you love. Yea, there are those occasional shopping buys and random knick knacks you come across but there are few a things I get my hands on ever single time I go to Tokyo and I’m happy to share them with you:

tutuanna Socks

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The cutest socks from tutuanna

I wasn’t much a sock wearer until my very trip in Japan. Before then, I would always steal socks from Charles whenever I had to wear boots or sneakers. A lot of times, the awkwardness of going through TSA with longer than life socks was always met with embarrassment. Prior to that very first trip, I had read about always having socks in hand in Japan for whenever you have to take off your shoes. Figured it was time I finally bought socks. My first mistake was buying them here in the States. They were cute socks but not at the same level of “kawaii” as Japan’s.

The first time I came across cute socks were from tutuanna on Takeshita Street in Harajuku. For 1,000 Yen, you can get yourself three cute socks (some socks weren’t 3 for 1,000 Yen but it’s easy to tell which are part of the deal). I’ve been to two tutuannas in Tokyo: one in Harajuku and the other in Shibuya. But really though, check out how cute these socks are!

Tutuanna isn’t the only place to sell socks; there are various vendors and stores throughout Tokyo that sell socks! So keep your eyes peeled while sightseeing around Tokyo!

Lemon Candies & Tokyo Banana

Wander Hour - Japanese Souvenirs

Sour candies are my fave and the lemon sour candies in Japan are so good. I bought two from Daiso and the other at Don Quijote. Many of you are familiar with Daiso and Daiso in Japan (versus LA or even Auckland for example) is way better. You can find the top candy as well as the bottom right at Daiso. Super Lemon was bought at Don Quijote. I actually remember Super Lemon from my childhood! I always stock up on lemon sour candies whenever I’m in Japan and these three are my faves.

Tokyo Banana is the most popular food souvenirs of Japan. Ask anyone who has been to Japan, they’ll tell you about Tokyo Banana and I’m here to tell you about it! There are several flavors (like an original flavor as well as exclusive flavors to certain airports and attractions) but my favorite would be the Banana Caramel Custard Cream. So basically, it’s a like a Twinkie but with a delicious banana caramel custard inside. Yum! It’s about 1,000 Yen for this box and I was able to grab it at the Haneda Airport but you can find them all throughout Tokyo.

Aside from shopping for clothes in Harajuku or finding souvenirs at Asakusa, these are my go-to souvenirs whenever I go back! Forgot to mention that I also love to stop by the Nike store in Harajuku for their Japan and Tokyo exclusive shirts! But I’ll save that shirt for an outfit post in the future.

Hope you guys enjoyed this post! Let me know what are you favorite souvenirs from your favorite places!

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New Zealand on Film

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A shot of Sky Tower and books near Silo Park

New Zealand on Film

Shooting in film is my newest hobby at the moment, albeit an expensive hobby, it’s given me confidence in my work that I have been lacking through digital. There’s something about being able to take a photo without knowing if it’s good or not but having it developed and falling in love with it. That is what makes shooting in film so special.

After receiving my film scans, I wish I had taken more photos in film while in New Zealand. Note to self: shoot in film, at least 50% of the time.

Ortolana

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brunch at Ortolana

On our first full day in New Zealand, Charles and I had brunch at Ortolana, one of my favorite restaurants in New Zealand. Ordered a mochaccino as well as a brassica, chorizo, caramelized onion puree, and fried egg. Such a delicious dish with some of the finest ingredients using produce from their farms as well as other local farms.

Along the Water

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Wander Hour - New Zealand

Wander Hour - New Zealand

After brunch, we headed next to the sea for a stroll and burn off some calories. Doesn’t film make these shots dreamy? Can’t wait to share the rest of my film scans from New Zealand as well as Maui from my weekend trip with Charles’ family over Labor Day Weekend! Have a great week!

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Sudio Sweden

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Sudio Sweden Vasa BLÅ earbuds in rose gold & white

Sudio Sweden

Disclaimer: Sudio Sweden sent me these awesome earbuds and all reviews/opinions are of my own.

Aloha, friends! I had just gotten back from a quick trip to New Zealand with Charles (which was of course, amazing as always) and it always feels good to be home! As much as I love traveling, nothing beats being in Hawaii (or LA) for a long period of time and creating beautiful content!

Being home is the perfect time to just relax and listen to music with a great view (because no matter where you are in Hawaii, you’ll always have a good view). I teamed up with Sudio Sweden to bring to you one of the chicest earphones in the market: the Vasa BLÅ in rose gold & white. These earbuds have amazing, quality sound and I did not expect anything less in terms of chicness from Sweden. The rose gold & white is perfect together but much more so as I’m loving rose gold lately (and the staying power it has).

Charles and I have been spending some time working out (boot camp, runs around the neighborhood) so these earbuds come in handy! If you’d like go get your hands on them, Sudio and I have teamed up to offer my followers 15% off your order with the discount code: wanderhour. Happy shopping!

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Separates

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wearing Zara top, Zara skirt, and rings (this and this) gifted by Mejuri

Separates

Disclosure: Mejuri sent me beautiful rings and all reviews/opinions are of my own. 

Growing up, my parents always loved sales: after-Christmas sales, Black Friday sales, coupons, anything to save money. They never paid for anything full priced. As I got older (and I guess, more financially responsible) coupled with my degree in economics, I realized how important it was to always wait for a good sale. I’m not saying that I always buy items on sale (some things just never go on sale), but I do my best to spend less whenever I can!

That said, I had been eyeing this top and skirt combo from Zara for awhile now. Yes, they are separates but could totally pass as a dress! They were originally a little less than $150 together but during the sale, I ended up paying $25.99 for the top (versus $49.90) and $39.99 for the skirt (versus $99.90). I ended up paying about $65.98 (not including tax) for the two items together instead of $149.80! I saved about $83.82! It’s definitely a risk you take when you wait for a sale, but I think it’s so worth it (and generally, Zara items do not completely go out of stock – although some have, most items do go on sale).

Mejuri

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I wore my outfit with Mejuri rings that they sent me as a gift. These rings are beautiful and I’m obsessed. I’m not one to wear jewelry that are too flashy so Mejuri’s dainty rings are right up my alley! I chose rose gold as I wanted rings to match the engagement ring I want (always thinking ahead haha) and these rings are my new everyday rings for sure. I wear them whenever I’m out and about! What I love most about the open ring with the black diamonds are that the diamonds are conflict-free and socially responsible diamonds. Anyway, I have so many rings I want to add to my collection! Have you checked out Mejuri yet? Let me know what pieces you are in love with!

Have a happy Monday friends!

 

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