21 May

Ninh Van Bay Vietnam

Hello travelers! After a wonderful cultural trip through Hanoi & Halong Bay, we jetsetted to Nha Trang. Just an hour drive and 20 minute boat ride from the airport we arrived at the stunningly beautiful Six Senses Resort in Ninh Van Bay. The service is insane here. From the moment you get off the plane to when you arrive at the resort you are warmly greeted by a staff member. They quickly appointed us to our own private butler, um what? Yes, that’s correct. A lovely man to take care of our every need. We felt very spoiled. At last the relaxing beach retreat we were dreaming of. We had no idea how beautiful the beaches would be and boy were we amazed!

Six Senses Ninh Van Bay

Six Senses Resort Ninh Van Bay

Vaulted seating overlooking the water, check! Perfect for sipping cocktails and enjoying the sunset.

Six Sense Ninh Van Bay Vietnam

Six Senses Ninh Van Bay

Six Sense Ninh Van Bay Vietnam

Six Senses Resort Ninh Van Bay

A breakfast buffet fit for a king. There were so many options like traditional Vietnamese cuisine, a decedent pastry display, waffle bar, the cutest yogurt and granola station, and the freshest juices. Clearly there was no reason to leave this little piece of paradise.

Six Senses Ninh Van Bay

Six Sense Ninh Van Bay Vietnam

Six Senses Resort Ninh Van Bay

Each guest is provided with their own beach bungalow, jungle retreat, or cliffside accommodations. With a mix of honeymooners and families from all over the country you always felt secluded or able to commingle with travelers at your leisure. To get around they provided bikes for each bungalow. A nice way to slow down and take in the jungle and water surrounding you.

Six Senses Ninh Van Bay

Six Senses Ninh Van Bay

Six Senses Ninh Van Bay

Six Senses Ninh Van Bay

Six Senses Ninh Van Bay

Six Sense Ninh Van Bay Vietnam

While our son enjoyed the activities at the sub club, which he loved, we ventured out paddle boarding, snorkeling, and island hopping. We really needed this moment to reconnect our marriage and be adventurous. It was like we were having a mini “The Bachelor” moment. Cheesy, I know, but we were in paradise, being treated like royalty, and feeling so in love. This moment will stay with me forever!

Ninh Van Bay Vietnam

Ninh Van Bay Vietnam

Ninh Van Bay Vietnam

Six Sense Ninh Van Bay Vietnam

We had lunch on a floating fishing farm. The farmers were so nice letting us play with their catch and treating us to a delicious spread.

Ninh Van Bay Vietnam

Six Senses Resort Ninh Van Bay

Ninh Van Bay Vietnam

Above, do you see that tiny house on the cliff? We were told that people live in huts 3-6 months out to of the year in search for the swallows nest. It’s a fine delicacy amongst easterners, and known as the caviar of the east. The homes are built in a particular way so as not to disturb the land. It was so impressive to see this type of living condition and what people will endure for such a prize. The bird is never harmed and they’re very sensitive to only take a few, only after the bird has made several. It’s a very delicate process.

Ninh Van Bay Vietnam

Six Senses Ninh Van Bay

Six Senses Resort Ninh Van Bay

What an adventure we’ve had thus far, and it’s not over just yet. Join us later this morning while we eat our way through the last leg of our trip in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam tour.

Photo: Scott Clark Photo / Accommodations: Mr & Mrs Smith Hotels / Flight accommodations: Cathay Pacific

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20 May

Hanoi Vietnam

Jillian here. Today I’m so, so very excited to share our amazing travels to Vietnam. I’ve longed to visit this beautiful place ever since hearing travel stories from family and friends, and because I had the opportunity to team up with Cathay Pacific Airways for their #LifeWellTravelled campaign, it was everything I hoped: Eye-opening, gracious, breathtaking, and delicious. Oh so delicious!

We enlisted the help of a travel agent, our trusted partners at Mr & Mrs Smith Hotels, and as mentioned, Cathay Pacific Airways. This was by far our biggest trip as a family, so working on the ultimate itinerary was super important. Together they created the perfect balance of comfort, spontaneity, and discovery. #LifeWellTravelled is not just about being able to travel often, but making each adventure the best it can be. Looking at these pictures, I still can’t believe we did it. Okay, enough talk… let’s go travel, shall we?

Cathay Pacific airport lounge

First stop: Hong Kong. We traveled via Cathay Pacific in their updated premium economy class. I’d never been on a 14 hour flight. It’s a doozy, so the premium economy offers bigger seats, more leg room, business class dining, and you can arrange lounge access. We didn’t feel like we were just killing time until we reached our destination, but actually enjoying the journey. Above is what we feasted on as soon as we arrived in The Cabin Lounge in Hong Kong. It was so nice to try the local fare right off the plane. Even if was at 6am!

Vietnam Hanio

Two hours later we arrived in Hanoi where we drove straight to our hotel, the Sofitel Legend Metropole, a gorgeous colonial hotel right in the center of town. We felt like we were in the Paris of Vietnam. Actually, to our amazement, Gustave Eiffel designed a main bridge in Hanoi. Just a little fun fact for you. Once we got settled we walked leisurely around the Old Quarter soaking up the new surroundings. The sounds of honking street bikes, the smells, and the language were intoxicating.

Sofitel Metropole Hotel Hanio

Vietnam Hanio

Hanoi Vietnam

Phó all day, every day!

Sofitel Metropole Hotel Hanio

Vietnam Hanio

Hanoi Vietnam

Hanoi Vietnam

A tourist must is to take a rickshaw ride around the old quarter. It’s so thrilling. We still laugh at some of the video footage from this experience. A couple of yummy food spots to check out: the perfect Banh Mi, French colonial restaurant, best sticky rice; you can check out this link for more foodie options in Hanoi.

Vietnam Hanio

Hanoi Vietnam

Hanoi Vietnam

Vietnam Hanio

Hanoi Vietnam

Our favorite cultural attractions: Museum of Ethnology, Temple of Literature, Water Puppet Theatre, and I recommend seeing the Ho Chi Minh mausoleum and house.

Halong Bay Vietnam

Our next stop was Halong bay. The running joke was, how long to Halong? Ha! It was a very long 3+ hour drive from Hanoi, but SO worth it. Breathtakingly beautiful, right? We boarded a Bhaya Cruise for one night. For a little more luxury you can also take a Paradise Luxury Cruise. It was so nice to get out on the water, sip a glass of wine, and watch in wonder at all the large rocks we pass by. Very relaxing! While we only chose to stay one night, you can take longer cruises amongst less boat traffic.

Halong Bay Vietnam

Halong Bay Vietnam

Vietnam Halong Bay

Halong Bay Vietnam

Halong Bay Vietnam

Halong Bay Vietnam

Halong Bay Vietnam

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Halong Bay Vietnam

It was exciting to think of this trip with the idea of #LifeWellTravelled in mind. It’s about soaking up every second of the adventure with locals, fellow travelers, and those there to assist you. When traveling to far away places I love engaging in conversation with those I meet, curious about where they’re from, where they’ve been, and where to next. You’re part of this unique group of explorers. Well explorers, our next stop is Nha Trang, the southern coast of Vietnam. A beautiful fishing culture. Pop by tomorrow for more of our adventures in Vietnam.

Photography: Scott Clark Photo / Flight accommodations: Cathay Pacific Airways

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20 May

Garden inspired bridal shower

Remember the sweet surprise southern California proposal that Love Ala Photography caught on camera last fall? We loved sharing Megan + Adam’s big news, especially considering our gal Megan is a talented wedding photog herself. And thanks (again) to Ala, we get to peek into her darling garden-inspired bridal shower, which was brought to life by one of her closest friends Wynter + Kim of Drops Of Honey Designs.

Garden inspired bridal shower

Garden inspired bridal shower

Kim says, We knew we wanted the shower to feel feminine, simple, and natural. One of the first design elements we decided on was a natural live greenery runner and hand dyed linen napkins, which were some of the items that really made the table top design stand out!

Wood place card

Garden inspired bridal shower

Calligraphy banner

Next up was incorporating Megan’s love for gold and flowers so we ensured that the few flower arrangements were designed to be statement pieces and the rest of the event design was designed with these two things in mind. One of our favorite pieces were the hand painted watercolor menu done by Lacy from Paperbirch Designs and the love quote banner featuring the calligraphy of Mon Voir. It was an intimate, girly celebration for such a lovely girl.

Ivy table garland

Garden inspired bridal shower

Ivy table garland

Yep, still swooning over the aforementioned runner.

Garden inspired bridal shower

Mini naked cake

Garden inspired bridal shower

Garden inspired bridal shower

garden inspired bridal shower

How cute are these ladies?!

bridal-shower

A big congrats to Megan + Adam, whose big day is TOMORROW! Wishing you the best!

Thanks to Love Ala Photography + the vendors below for sharing the deets with us…

Photography: Love Ala Photography / Venue: Historic Seven Sycamores / Stylist & Event Design: Kim Rico from Drops Of Honey Designs / Florist: Tricia of Queen Peach Designs / Calligraphy: Mon Voir Calligraphy / Paper Goods: Paperbirch Designs / Catering: The Lunch Box Catering Company / Desserts: Max’s Cookie Company / Chairs & Tabletop Items: Classic Rental Company / Farmhouse Tables: Junk in the Trunk 559

 
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19 May

Exciting news. Riley & Grey just added new designs to their collection of luxury wedding websites, and we’ve got a peek at the latest for ya today. They’re always coming up with new limited edition designs, and there are more styles now than ever for those of you thinking of personalizing your big day. Plus, we just heard about this rad new feature: matching paper! (You know you are as thrilled as we are at the thought of going matchy-matchy with your site + invites.) It’s possibly one of the easiest, coolest things you can do for a cohesive wedding design. Deets below…

Riley and Grey wedding websites

^^ Here’s one of the latest Riley & Grey designs, a charming layout paired with playful new fonts. This one in particular was designed for their collab with the wedding paper gurus Lucky Luxe. Which means there are some pretty matching paper elements to be had here…

Riley and Grey wedding websites

So nice that the guests who’ve taken the time to pop over to your website can receive a beautifully done hard copy in the mail too. Super sweet.

Riley and Grey wedding websites

There’s also the possibility of a photo-based website too, among other options.

Riley and Grey luxury wedding websites

If you’ve yet to check out R&G, you’ll want to know that a website by Riley & Grey means a custom domain name, a place to collect and organize RSVPs, easy navigation, and customer support. All sites are optimized for any device, which means they look great on mobile too. It will function like an app minus any downloading, and everyone will have all the info instantly in one place. Quite simple really!

Riley and Grey wedding websites

So. Much. Happiness. Stop by Riley & Grey to view the newly expanded collection of site designs, fonts, colors, and matching paper. And why not check out their Instagram + blog while you’re at it?

 
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19 May

Modern black and blue bridal inspiration

Morning everyone! So did you guys see the amaze emerald bridal shoot we had up on le blog yesterday? Pretty great right? Lucky for us, the collab between Lace & Likes + photog Joielala continues today with more unconventional ideas for brides to get inspired by. Black + blue comes complete with the perfect sultry white dress and even a fringe moto jacket, because really, what looks better in front of a setting downtown San Diego sun? Jump over to see more ideas from this modern bridal inspiration >>

Modern black and blue bridal inspiration

Modern bridal hair

The goal: to build different color palettes around metallics—in this case, silver + gold. Turquoise sure does it.

Modern wedding dress

Blue bouquet

Modern bridal hair

Modern wedding dress

Just the right amount of drama, don’t you think?

Modern black and blue bridal inspiration

Modern black and blue bridal inspiration

Rachael of Lace & Likes says, This look was much edgier with loads of turquoise jewelry from Gunn & Swain and some BANANAS wardrobe elements we got to pull from Cleobella. Overall with the shoots, our goal as a collaboration was to really showcase a bunch of different looks and some amazing vendors, and inspire brides to have fun with their bridal style. We wanted the looks to be more fashion forward and editorial with a bridal twist.

Mission accomplished, yeah? Thanks again to everyone below and be sure to pop over to Green Wedding Shoes for more. Click over to see more ideas from this modern bridal inspiration >>

Photography: Joielala / Location: Downtown San Diego / Concept & Styling: Lace & Likes / Florals: Siren Floral Co. / Hair & Makeup: 10.11 Makeup / Dress: Johanna Johnson from The Dress Theory / Jackets: Cleobella / Rings: Trumpet & Horn & Gunn & Swain / Bangles & Other Jewelry: La Feem / Model: Bleu Archbold

 
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18 May

Emerald and gold bridal inspiration

Contemplating sequins for your big day? (Honestly why not?) This little sequin number from Sarah Seven needs to be on your list. Rachael of Lace & Likes wanted to give this beautifully ethereal look (which Sarah Seven always, always embodies right?) a little edge. One particular shade of green helped ‘em pull it off… The always intriguing emerald. Here’s how, via photos by the talented Joielala

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Emerald and gold bridal inspiration

Sultry emerald eyes by 10.11 Makeup to start.

Emerald and gold bridal inspiration

Green and white bouquet

Green ivy floral crown

Rachael of Lace & Likes explains, The idea was to juxtapose a very feminine, ethereal look in an edgy space (thanks to Luce Loft). My tattoos also helped to round out the soft look with a bit of toughness. I’m a big fan of tattooed brides (although it was not in the original plan that I’d be the one modeling in this shoot). The hairstyle from 10.11 Makeup was one of my favorite elements to this palette—such a fun look to try for your wedding day as opposed to the more traditional updo.

Emerald and gold bridal inspiration

Emerald and gold bridal inspiration

Add in another lovely gown from The Dress Theory‘s latest lookbook…

Emerald and gold bridal inspiration

Into this edgy concept? Pop in tomorrow for another modern bridal shoot by Joielala + the team. You can also see the yellow + copper story on Green Wedding Shoes.

Click here to see more images from emerald + gold bridal inspiration >>

Photography: Joielala / Venue: Luce Loft / Concept & Styling: Lace & Likes / Florals: Siren Floral Co. / Hair & Makeup: 10.11 Makeup / Dresses: Sarah Seven & The Dress Theory / Rings: Trumpet & Horn / Bangles & Other Jewelry: La Feem / Model: Rachael Lunghi of Lace & Likes

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