A Lithuanian Christmas

Just a couple of days after landing back home in Sweden it was time to get back up in the air. As always, Christmas was gonna be spent in my beloved motherland – Lithuania!

This year it was a bit different, being only dad and I going and only for a week. It we had lots of fun anyways, and it was great to see all of our friends and family after such a long time!

Here are some of the things we did:

We spent Christmas Eve and Christmas Day at my grandparents’ house with my uncle and his wife as well, celebrating it with excessive amounts of food and some various displays of beautiful Christmas lights.

Then the Lithuanian Christmas tour continued on to my aunt in Marijampolė, where we got some time to catch up and also do some exploring around town.

World’s most beautiful Christmas tree 2017Dad, auntie and I by the tree

My aunt came back with us to Vilnius to get to spend some more time with us before it was time to go back home. We went to see what’s been officially voted as the world’s most beautiful Christmas tree 2017. I was really impressed!! Especially looking up photos of what the tree looks like from above, it’s really something special!

We also went for a traditional Lithuanian lunch with my my mom’s and aunt’s cousin and her daughter Goda.

Although this trip wasn’t as long as it usually is and we were missing half the family members, it was exactly what I needed coming back from a semester abroad in California. It’s always so nice to come back there and meet up with everyone, I wish I could do it more often!!



I left my heart in San Francisco 

On the last weekend of October, 27th-29th, a whole bunch of us international students decided to go on a weekend trip to San Francisco. It was a point on my bucket list for this exchange semester, so I’m really happy I got to cross this amazing city off!

The day after arriving to San Francisco, our touristing began! First we went to the Painted Ladies, which is an idyllic street with some iconic San Francisco-ish houses, super cute! Then we walked around a bit, admiring the beautiful architecture and themes of different neighbourhoods. We also went to Fisherman’s Wharf which is basically a bay area with lots of shops, restaurants and boutiques. We also got to see some seals! We were all feeling pretty cold and exhausted, not having fully prepared for the chilly weather and all the walking, so we found another iconic thing – a trolley! We took that one back to our hotel and spent the night in a chill mode.


Leaving San Diego behind for the weekend


The Painted Ladies 





Incredible architectural theme throughout the city



Old fashioned trolley


Fishermans Wharf





Cute, but loud


Found my new favorite flavor – salted caramel blondie


Taking the iconic trolley


Happy and tired girls


Loved this Halloween prop


The second and last day was a bit foggy and cloudy, but we still managed to make the most of it! We started off the day with some great breakfast at Pat’s Café. It’s definitely one of the most colorful and fun places I’ve been for breakfast, that’s for sure! And of course, the food was delicious. We also went on the red bus that takes you around the city and went over to the Golden Gate Bridge and then walked back. Then we visited the Ferry Building Marketplace and the 16th Avenue Tiled Steps, which were absolutely beautiful!


Cloudy/foggy day in San Francisco



Breakfast location



So delicious!






The iconic Golden Gate Bridge



Ferry Building Marketplace





The 16th Avenue Tiled Steps




Time to go home


Then suddenly it was time to go to the airport to catch our flight home. I loved every second of this weekend and I highly recommend to anyone who’s thinking about coming here to actually go through with it. I promise, you won’t regret it!

Until next time! xx


Fashion Week San Diego 

Last week – from Thursday to Sunday – it was time for Fashion Week San Diego! Finally the time I’d waited for ever since I first contacted them in May had come: I was about to volunteer during a couple of fashion filled days. And these days were really days of my dreams!


Schedule for the first two days



And for the last two days



The photowall behind all of the amazing guests of the night



Making sure to get our shot before the guests arrive – with Emily!



The beautiful location for FWSD Art & Beauty Night



Hardworking girls!



Models about to enter the scene

So the first night – Thursday – was dedicated to all of the “extra” things that compliement and enhance the runway experience, namely all of the work that goes into the beauty and hair! The looks this night were truly incredible, too bad I couldn’t get that many pictures. I was at work after all, not a guest!




Location of the main two days; The Broadway Pier in Downtown San Diego





Picture time with Marusya



Models backstage in hair and makeup



Show time!

Friday was the first of the two days filled with fashion shows from 10 amazing designers. The day started at 9.30AM and ended around 11.00PM – and I loved every second of it! Although I was exhausted at the end of it, I didn’t feel anything until I hit my bed. The day began with us transforming an undistinctive seaport-like location into an impressive venue suitable for a fashion week. It did take a lot of work from a lot of people, but the result was incredible! The shows started around 6PM and I got to the highpoint of my work – being in front of house and greeting all of the fashionable ladies and gentlemen coming to be entertained and inspired for the night. I loved my position, having the opportunity to be the first impression people get when arriving!




This year also marked the 10th anniversary of FWSD!





Some of the incredible crew of FWSD



Super cute and pretty setup by one of the collaborators inside the venue



Let the second night begin!

Saturday started a bit later, around 10.30AM and ended around 12.30AM (middle of the night). But of course it didn’t end there, because we haf an afterparty to get to! However, first we haf the day of Saturday, where most of the day was once again spent setting up all the final decorations and other preparations that needed to be done. And then the doors opened again at 6PM and it was showtime! I had the same position as yesterday, which I was really happy about! This night we got to see another 10 incredible designers and their magnificent creations, ending the night with BAZA Couture! After the shows were over, it was cleaning time, which took us about 2-3 hours, because we needed to get everything down and out and leave the location basically exactly as we found it. But then, it was party time!




Trunk show at the Hotel Del Coronado



Award time!



Best B winning an award for best backstage volunteer ❤



Ordered some great stuff from the beautiful ladies behind I Am Sublime



Caught on camera checking out the good stuff



Absolutely gorgeous!



Tiaras for days



If I ever had a red carpet event, I’d wear that… How beautiful?! ❤




The masterminds behind FWSD: Samantha DeWarf and Allison Andrews – such inspiring women!

Sunday was entirely for enjoying and man did we do just that! We got to the annual Trunk Show around 12 and walked around admiring all of the incredible stuff we’d seen glimpses of from the runway the past couple of days. I fell in love with one of the designer’s jumpsuits, so I ordered one. Ooops! No but I can’t wait to get it so that I can show you guys, it’s perfect for fall and in some of my absolute favorite colors! There was also an award ceremony where different kinds of awards were given out. My new bestie B got the award for best backstage volunteer, which I’m so happy that he got because he definitely deserved it the most!

After it all ended I was feeling really sad, but also increedibly grateful for having gotten the opportunity to be part of this creative madness that is fashion week. I’m so happy I got to learn from some of the best and I hope to do more things like this in the future!

Until next time! xx


Day N Night Fest 2017

We bought tickets to Day N Night Fest 2017 probably just a couple of days after getting here, so we were definitely excited when the time for it finally came! The festival took place during 3 days, September 8th-10th. We got tickets for Friday and Saturday only, mostly because of the early classes on Monday and with the festival being in Anaheim (close to LA) it would’ve been a bit of a hustle to get back to San Marcos late on a Sunday evening, to say the least. Although we were a bit bummed about not seeing Sunday’s artists, we were still super excited about the ones we would experience on Friday and Saturday.


The lineup for the festival

Getting ready!!






Travis Scott


Travis Scott floating on a freaking bird above the stage

So the first day was absolutely CRAZY!!! We ended up seeing PNB Rock, Khalid and Travis Scott. I was insanely excited about seeing Khalid! I discovered him when he came out with his first single, but didn’t fully fall in love with his music until maybe 4-5 months ago when he released his first album. Experiencing my favorite songs live was absolutely incredible!!

But, I have to give the award for best performance to Travis Scott. He created the hands down best show/festival experience anyone could have asked for. Although the moshpits were at times a bit too much, his energy, the visuals – the whole composition of it all, was INSANE!!!



Second day – Post Malone

On Saturday, we saw a bit more artists than on Friday: SZA, Playboi Carti, Post Malone, Lil Uzi Vert and Chance the Rapper. My favorites this day were Post Malone songwise, but Lil Uzi showwise. After the last performance we went out and didn’t come back until quite late, tired but very happy after a full day of amazing experiences!


Sunday we spent walking around and exploring two of the main beaches in LA. We started at the end of Venice beach and made our way up to Santa Monica Pier. It was a very nice and relaxing day!



Beautiful street art

Palm readings at the beach

Santa Monica Pier

Delicious lunch at Mariasol


Ending the day watching the sunset


LA weekend

A couple of weeks ago, my friends and I went to LA for a weekend. It was all of our first time there, and we were so excited to explore the city! Of course, we didn’t have enough time to do EVERYTHING that we wanted to, but we weren’t to worried about that. We know we’ll go there many more times, it is after all only about 1,5 hours away!




One of my favorite things about LA is all of the street art. It’s not just some random graffiti, there’s an actual idea behind it!



Kyra, me and Hannah in the back, and Sophie and Winston in the front 😀



For lunch we went to Grand Central Market – which is like a huge indoor market but with restaurants





This ice cream was BOMB



Found this beautiful place walking around the city



Girlies! (And Winston the photographer)



Loved the architecture


After a bit of exploring and enjoying all of the different corners of LA, it was time to get down to business. Next stop – Walk of Fame!






Even found my own star ❤







All of you who know about my love for Tom Cruise – just imagine my reaction when I saw this guy 😛



The day ended by meeting some other friends for dinner at an Argentinian restaurant


The next day was started in a healthy fashion – with acai bowls for the people!






Still can’t get over how beautiful this place is!


Next place to check off the list was Beverly Hills!






Getting a bit hungry from all the exploring, we found this place – Beaming



Apparently Jessica Alba goes here



And I completely understand why – this smoothie was the most DELICIOUS one I’ve ever had!!!



Of course we had to go to DASH



A bit of successful shopping



1st time at In-n-Out

That weekend was so much fun!! I can’t wait to get back there ASAP!