backpacking

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Just came back from a family vacation in Arizona where we visited Sedona, Scottsdale and the Grand Canyon (breathtaking!). Knowing we’d be doing a bit of hiking, I was hard-pressed to find a backpack before we left. Not being a backpack owner since high school, I scoured online looking for something compact and picked out the Herschel Supply Co. Survey Backpack. With magnetic snaps, it’s just the right size to fit all your essentials (including a DSLR). Though I went with this army color for versatility, it’s offered in a slew of other colors. Retails for $55.

 xx becs

 

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back east

empire state building, new york city

brooklyn, zara scarf

brooklyn

brooklyn flea market

snow heart

brooklyn sky

new york city

brooklyn

times square

Annnd I’m back! Technically, I’ve been here in L.A. since the holidays wrapped but have been so crazed at work that I really wish I was back east again, because you know, two weeks just wasn’t enough! We ventured into NYC a few times to hit up the Brooklyn Flea and even witness the overwhelming crowds around Times Square on New Year’s Eve. Talk about a FRENZY. AND I even got to see snow for the first time in years.

You can guarantee that nearly every single time I head back east during the holidays, the same thoughts replay over and over in my head:  how the hell was I able to survive in the insanely chilly weather?! My super warm plaid scarf from Zara was THE lifesaver of my trip. Practically wore that thing everywhere — even to bed!

So, happy-one-week-later-new-year! Much love and success for all of you this year, and beyond!

xx

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coney island

coney island

coney island

coney island wonder wheel

coney island

coney island cyclone

coney island nathan's hot dogs

coney island

coney island nathan's hot dogs

coney island

coney island

coney island nathan's

coney island cyclone roller coaster

coney island

coney island subway

coney island

coney island cyclone roller coaster

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coney island nathan's hot dog eating contest

coney island

coney island

coney island new york aquarium

August 2012

Snapped these photos during happier times back in August when I had visited Coney Island for the very first time with my family. We experienced one of those idealistic summer days — the kind of day you keep in your inner arsenal and pull out when you need to go to your ‘happy place’.

From strolling on Steeplechase Pier and taking in the views to eating at Nathan’s and riding the historic NYC landmark, the Cyclone, it was a damn good day. Jeez. I’m lucky that I was able to create those special memories with my fam.

Fortunately, my family in NJ and NY are fine but there are many of my friends who are still without power or displaced from their homes. It’s a tragic situation and I’m praying for them. If you’ve been affected, know that we’re all grieving your pain and championing your resiliency. Stay strong.

xx, becs

up above

view from airplane

taken somewhere over central U.S.

First time I’ve felt close to my grandma in heaven since her passing. Took a break from here but I’m slowly reverting back to normalcy — whatever that even is anymore. The sole consolation? Knowing I have a new guardian angel by my side.

xx