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Bad Medicine: Salmonella and Sjögrens in Bali

September 4, 2019

My eyes are always the first thing people notice, and never take for granted how rad they are in look and function. They are everything to me - especially in my career. They allow me to see the awe-inspiring beauty of this world, travel independently, take photos, design websites, cook and style food, read, write, learn, create, and connect with humans on a deep level. And I'm not going to lie, they sure do open a whole lot of literal…

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Reclaiming My Childhood Dreams: A Path to Thailand

July 28, 2019

I was born and raised to have a deep feeling of wanderlust. My dad’s favorite parlor trick was to pull miniature Stephanie into the dinner party (I’m talking before I could spell my own first name) spin the globe, (always) land with his finger on Madagascar, and much to the shock and awe of my parents’ guests- I would enthusiastically name the country every time. I grew up with basement shelves lined with dusty Jacque Cousteau, J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis,…

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CITY GUIDES

How to Survive a Week in Bangkok, Thailand: A City Guide

July 28, 2019

Oh Bangkok... I’m not going to lie, I’m not a big fan. I don’t like big crowded cities, traffic gives me anxiety, and the scams, hustle, and energy just did not vibe with me. I’m glad I went, and I likely will not return unless I absolutely have to. But this is a great time to remind you: be careful who you take travel (and really any) advice from. Make sure they have similar travel goals, styles, and lifestyle alignments with…

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4 Days in Krabi, Ao Nang, and Phi Phi Islands, Thailand: A City Guide

July 27, 2019

Krabi and the South is what I always pictured Thailand to be from everything I know from Leonardo DiCaprio and other assorted movies and Instagram photos - and it did not disappoint. I stayed in the beach town of Ao Nang, about 30 minutes from the city center of Krabi. It had all the feels of a miniature two-street Cabo, complete with loudspeaker-topped vans advertising DJ clubs and drink specials.…

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A Guide to My Favorite Thailand City: Chiang Mai

July 27, 2019

I fell in love with Chiang Mai really quickly, and wish I could have spent more time there. I had high expectations for this northern city that has made all the “best places for digital nomads” lists for years, and it did not disappoint. Surrounded by lush mountains and filled with the best food, cafes, and vibes I found in Thailand, Chiang Mai was much smaller, hipper, and more relaxed in comparison to Bangkok. It felt as if just the…

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CONFESSIONS OF AN OVER-PACKER: A HERSCHEL LUGGAGE REVIEW

April 28, 2019

Hello, my name is Stephanie… and I am an over-packer. Since I decided to leave Los Angeles two years ago, I have been working hard on Marie Kondo-ing my life. I said thank you, next to my things in a few stages. The first give gratitude and say farewell wave was when I subleased my Venice Beach apartment and put all my things in storage in September of 2017. I was ruthless, or so I thought. I packed up a…

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LOVE, GRIEF, AND NCAA BASKETBALL: THE STORY OF MY HEART

April 19, 2018

I began writing this blog for many reasons, but the underlying mission was to share some of the raw and real truth behind the shiny hyper-curated world of social media that we all are bombarded with every day. We look at our Facebook and Instagram feeds and see a version of people’s lives that seem, for the most part, something without a care in the world, without missteps, without struggle, without pain. A highlight reel. I’m guilty of producing that…

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TULUM, MEXICO (CITY GUIDE + A STORY OF A SNAKE, MURDER/SUICIDE, AND A WITCH)

December 22, 2017

When I set out earlier in the year on my adventure to find a new home, I chatted with nearly every single friend and stranger with whom I crossed paths to tap into the collective brain-trust of travelers to answer the question: where the hell should I go? We would sift through and list my many criteria for a locale for my fresh start and 9 times out of 10, the person would answer with complete clarity: Go to Tulum.…

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AN ODE TO MOLE AND THE CITY OF OAXACA, MEXICO

November 13, 2017

When I booked my ticket to Oaxaca, all I knew about the city (which turned out to be a state too- doh) was that it was the culinary epicenter of the country and home to Mole: one my favorite sauces since I went with my Spanish class in high school to a Mexican restaurant in Cleveland Ohio (supppps autentico!). I had also heard rumblings of artisanal Mezcal productions, but since I’ve never been able to tolerate hard liquor I paid…

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COOKING STORIES

FATE, COOKING, AND LOVE IN BALI

September 25, 2017

The more I grow, the more I believe in some certain undeniable truths in my life. One of which is that whatever is supposed to happen in my life will always happen. The people I am supposed to meet, I meet. The experiences I am supposed to have, I have. All at exactly the time I am supposed to encounter them. Fate. When I trust this simple truth, when I allow myself to let go and follow the signs that…

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