Wildest Dreams

While this week is my anniversary with my boyfriend, we celebrated it early with a trip to the central coast. I anticipated a pretty low key anniversary this year, but I was thoroughly surprised that my boyfriend booked a wonderful oceanview room at the Hyatt Carmel Highlands last weekend. Carmel is our little spot when … Continue Reading

Getty Villa

While I may have grown up in the Bay Area, I absolutely love going down to Los Angeles. I love the city, I love the vibe, I love all the beautiful beaches and I love the Lakers. I am definitely a California girl through and through. Last month I was in LA for work and on … Continue Reading

Amalfi Coast

A reader asked me about my last post, how on earth did I manage to take some photos in Positano without any people in the background. Well, when I’m traveling, I love waking up early. I get to catch the sun rise and enjoy as much as I can before it gets too crowded. Waking … Continue Reading

Roman Holiday

After traveling around Italy, our last stop was this relaxing spa resort called QC Termeroma. We had an early flight and wanted to stay close to Fiumicino so we could sleep in and not have any worries about a heavy commute to the airport. The resort was nothing short of spectacular. I wish I could have spent … Continue Reading

Venice, Italy

Venice easily draws you in with it’s colorful buildings and charming waterways. I still have dreams of walking around it’s romantic canals. In typical Venice fashion, I wore stripes. You may think, “that’s pretty basic of you, Miss Beyond Basic.” Well, sure…but I didn’t find anything else fitting and I already had this number in my closet. … Continue Reading

Positano, Italy

While this may be the second time I have been to Italy, this is definitely the first time I have gone to the Positano. I have this travel bucket list on my Pinterest and Positano has been one of the top of places to go. So words cannot express the excitement I had when I was … Continue Reading

Gloria Ferrer

If there’s one thing that all my loved ones know about me, it’s the fact that I love wine. And it’s sparkling wine in particular. A few weekends ago, I got to visit Gloria Ferrer in Sonoma. I have had flute after flute of their sparkling wines, but this was my first time actually visiting … Continue Reading

What to Wear: Wine Tasting

Napa used to have a handful of wineries and back in the day they actually offered free tastings. Now a days the wine and hospitality industry have taken the Napa Valley to new heights. It truly is a blessing to have one of the worlds most sought after destinations in your backyard. Whether it’s a short … Continue Reading

El Nido, Palawan

On my trip to the Philippines, I had the pleasure of visiting the island of Palawan. Conde Nast names El Nido, Palawan number one in both islands and beaches in the entire world. After wandering off to El Nido’s secluded islands, white sand beaches with turquoise waters and their many lagoons, it’s not too hard to understand why … Continue Reading

Amorita Resort

I have been vacationing in Philippines for quite some time now if you haven’t noticed from my Snapchat (beyondbasicblog) or Instagram. The first memorable portion of my trip was visiting Bohol and staying at Amorita Resort on Panglao Island. The resort and the food are top notch. Filipino people are just so friendly and courteous … Continue Reading