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2018: A Year In Review

2018 was a big one for me. I graduated, I moved out of my family home, I travelled a ton, I started new jobs, and I met a bunch of new people. I can look back at myself a year ago and see someone who had no idea what the future held, who was unsure of what she wanted to do, and even more unsure of how to achieve the things she knew she wanted. Today I am far less afraid of the unknown, I embrace it and look forward to it and just hope to be lucky enough to get to experience more of it. This year has changed everything about me, from the hair on my head the very essence of my outlook on life. Here’s what happened, maybe after reading you’ll be able to understand why I’ve become such a different person in such a short period of time.
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Cuba Travels | The Best of Viñales

Hola amigas! As promised, here is my second Cuba vlog AND! It’s edited in VSCO! Colour grading on my amateur youtube channel?! What?! I love it. What do you think? Did I go overboard? Do you like it better? I don’t know!!! Either way, come along for a little day of adventuring around Viñales and see everything the beautiful valley has to offer! I’m honestly SO happy we decided to travel here to stay for a few days rather than doing a day trip. It’s easily one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been in my entire life. I can’t believe how skeptical I was now, I thought it would be quite off the beaten track and hard to navigate but it was SO travel-friendly. I can’t say enough good things about it, so just watch the video and see for yourself!

 

If you’re interested in travelling off the beaten path in Cuba, here’s an article I wrote called ‘Beyond the Beaches: A guide to exploring off-resort Cuba‘.

Cuba Travels Part One: Thunder Bay to Havana to Viñales

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March in Instagram! ✴

I’m sure you know the drill by now but in case you don’t – each month I share a little ‘behind the scenes’ of my Instagram. This year all my Instagram captions are lyrics to a song that relates/has the right vibe to go with the picture. You know when you feel a connection between music and a memory or a place or a feeling? I thought I would stick to lyrics so I could ~maybe~ better communicate the feeling of the picture.
Are you guys even READY for all of the Cuba pics? I have ONE more to post tomorrow and then my theme is officially moving on. I’m already sad about it.

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Cuba Travels | Thunder Bay to Havana to Viñales

Hola amigas! I’m sure by now you VERY well know that I was recently on a trip to Cuba, aka one of the BEST things I’ve ever done. I was seriously already mentally planning my trip back when we were driving around the island. I initially planned on doing a LOT of filming while I was there but a big ol’ whack in the face of anxiety at the beginning of my trip put me off, and once I was back up to normal I was just to enamoured with the place to be bothered – sorry! I DID manage to vlog pretty much the whole time, I knew I would kick myself afterwards if I hadn’t. This is my FIRST Cuba Vlog, where I’m traveling from home (Thunder Bay) to Havana, spending the night there, and then going to Viñales. For a LOT of traveling, I still think it’s pretty good! Most of what you see here is Old Havana and our tour around the Viñales Valley – GORGEOUS place. It NEEDS to be on your Bucket List.

 
I’m proud of the editing but I JUST discovered that you can use VSCO to edit videos now, so I’ll FINALLY have some colour gradient editing on the upcoming Cuba vlogs! If you’re interested in travelling off the beaten path in Cuba, here’s an article I wrote called ‘Beyond the Beaches: A guide to exploring off-resort Cuba‘.

A New Take on Traditional (OOTD) | Zaful Haul + First Impressions

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A New Take on Traditional

This is by far my favourite outfit post that I’ve ever done. A few months ago I (finally) booked a trip to Cuba after years of pining to go, but even before the flight was booked I picked up this dress – THE dress. It has so many hints of traditional Spanish women’s fashion that it breaths life into the outfit and just emanates an ambience of Spanish style. It’s one of those pieces that you buy because it gives you a feeling and a vision, and I just knew it would be perfect for my trip to Cuba (and future travels!!) Are you ready for it? …

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February in Instagram! ✴

February was a BIG month for me! I *finally* got to go to Cuba over my winter reading week and I’m still reeling from the experience. As you may know, Cuba’s WiFi situation is a bit weird, you pay for cards that allow you to log in at WiFi hotspots. There are hotspots pretty much everywhere: restaurants, hotels, downtown areas, etc., so it’s not completely unmanageable, my sister had WiFi for most of the trip, but I decided to just let it go for the week I was there. As a result, there’s a big gap in time and content on my Instagram for February… whoops! Friendly reminder that my goal this year is to caption Insta pics with lyrics from songs that fit with them.
*note captions run from most recent to least recent, top to bottom, left to right*
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‘the first time in the darkest little paradise’ its true isn’t it? It was my first day and firs time in Cuba, an island paradise ✴ ‘are you ready for it?’ pretty much just are you ready for all my cuba pics ✴ this wasn’t captioned with lyrics bc it was a #AD!!! I do #ADs now! who am I????
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‘I didn’t mean it + you didn’t see it’ V-day outfit post plus I was listening to a lot of rep that week ✴  ‘everybody’s got somebody, I just want to be alone’ Niall lyrics to promote my valentines day bake sale, very festive, no? ✴ I used this picture to enter a contest and also bc I love it but there were no lyrics used
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#AD pt 1 ✴  ‘is this enough or are we just burning ashes’ my Meet Jo Totes promo post also I LOVE this song ✴  ‘its 2 o’clock on the edge of the morning’ I rewatched sing street after getting into UCD bc I wanted to make myself sad
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‘we’re running with wolves into the wild again’ aka its 2018 and I have no clue where the heck ill be in 3 months time ✴  my photo submission for the #GoOverseas scholarship to Ireland ✴  my last post from my January in Instagram.
So this time I broke it down by groups of threes, is that better than the big lump of pictures I did for January? I think I like it better but let me know what you think! How did your February go? On one hand I’m so happy that we’re closer to Spring but on the other my allergies are already acting up and I’m out of school with no jobs lined up in less than two months now so………..!
Tune in next month to see a heck of a lot more of Cuba! It was INCREDIBLE! I’m working on a little something for it but I want it to be just right so you’ll have to sit back and wait for awhile. PS – what are you guys watching on Netflix lately? I’ve been bingewatching tons of foreign shows because holy heck! Europe knows good TV! I recommend Babylon Berlin and Cable Girls (if you haven’t already seen Dark, if not – prioritize that!)

January In Instagram! (2016) | Zaful Haul + First Impressions

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