Have You Met Natalie Vinh?

Let’s get into another introduction!

Haaaaaaaaave you met Natalie?

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Natalie blogs over at Natalie Vinh (her full name). She is based in Northern California over in the US, is 16 years old and is studying independently. She blogs about beauty, food, travel, food, fashion, and life in general.

Here’s her words (from her About page) about her blog:

I started this blog in February of 2017 after I started studying independently and wanted something to fill my extra time. I’ve been writing posts on fashion, food, beauty and travel ever since, all of which have been met with the utmost kindness and unbelievable support of my readers. I’ve poured my heart and soul into this little website, and I am thankful for those who give me the encouragement and support to do so.

I love that last statement she makes. We do put a lot of ourselves into our blog, and it’s really amazing how encouraging and supportive this community is!

Natalie is another blogger who I’ve known for a while (back since March!!). I didn’t actually know her age for a few months (a personal choice of hers, she didn’t share it till she went self hosted 🙂 ), and thought she was around my age! I always enjoyed talking to her, and seeing what blogs she posted!

Speaking of, here are a few of my favourite posts of hers:

An oldie, but a goodie. Natalie talks of how she compares herself to others and how difficult it can be. We all do it, and we all try to be better. It’s a trap that we fall in, but every now and then it’s good to remind ourselves to be proud of what we’ve accomplished. Be confident in yourself, practice self love and appreciation. It’s hard, and it’s trying, but it’s worth it!

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Another classic! This was one of the first baking posts I came across in my early blogging days, and made me think, I could do this too! I have since done many more baking posts and found many more blogs that are inspiring in this domain! But I hold a special place in my heart for Natalie’s post about this classic cookie 😀

This post has been around a few times, but I love the set up of it. It’s a great way to see what is on someone’s mind. I look forward to reading these kinds of posts from Natalie, as it’s like having a conversation, or a coffee catch up! Plus Natalie normally always grabs an iced coffee, which is also my go-to choice.

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I absolutely love travel posts of any kind! It gives me a chance to see another part of the world through another pair of eyes which is always so much fun! Natalie recently visited San Francisco, she originally wasn’t going to do a post about it, but decided in the end she wanted to share her trip with us! She was also lucky enough to see Hamilton (which I will forever be jealous of!), as well as walking around town, and seeing Pier 39!

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First of all, isn’t that the best title?? Natalie shares in this post, her go-to summer dress, alongside gorgeous photos of the best wall ever.

Natalie recently went on a trip to Dillon Beach with some family and friends and daily posted while she was there! I’m super proud of Natalie for daily blogging while on holiday, cause us those of us who daily blog know, it ain’t easy! My favourites of these were Day 3, where she and Bryan got some amazing shots of the sunset! Her little cousin has a gift with photography!

Before we wrap up, be sure to say hi to Natalie on Instagram as well!

So, Natalie, first off, thanks for being such an amazing blogging friend! You’re always so friendly and sweet, I’m always curious to see what you’ll share with us next! You write really well, and you have a knack for coming up with some awesome titles 😀

So, have you guys checked out Natalie yet??

Angela.

If We Were Having Coffee #3

Welcome to another round of monthly coffee catch ups. Its still cold here, but I am loving this Jelly Tip frappucino, so I will get this again.

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Here we go.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you guys how excited I am once again that we have a house! It still doesn’t feel real yet, so we constantly remind ourselves about it. We have bought a house (nearly, we’re still sorting out the rest of the finance things)! We can do whatever we want with it, decorating wise. We can paint things, buy furniture, get a washer and dryer. So many things that are equal parts boring and exciting!!

If we were having coffee, I would say that I’m getting a travel itch. I want to go somewhere that’s not home. We’ve fully settled back into regular life since returning to Fiji back in April, and part of me is already wanting another adventure. At the same time, I’m aware of our financial situation (see the previous point), so I have to rein in that feeling. But! We are heading up to Auckland and Waiheke island for a week in October for my sister’s wedding. So that should help the itch for a bit.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I’m so happy to have gone self-hosted! I would also say that a small voice in my head likes to tell me that my stats aren’t as high as they previously were, and that my follower rate has slowed down significantly since moving over. I have to keep telling that voice to hush. Technically my site is new, it’s still working out hiccups and finding it’s feet, but I still have my previous followers and community, so it’s not like I’m starting from scratch. I am planning on reposting some more of my older favourite posts over  the next few weeks though. I’m so proud of them, and I’d like to give  them a second chance to shine.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I went for a proper run for 20 minutes the other day. That may not sound long to some of you, but it was more than enough for me. I live in a hilly place, and my run consisted of one big up hill to run. I ran it the first lap, jogged slowly up it the first time, then walked it the last time. I feel like I did decently. I got a stitch, so I slowed to a jog and eventually it passed which was nice. However, the next few days it’s been pouring with rain so I haven’t wanted to go for another run.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I am over winter. A few weeks ago I wrote a post about What I Like About Winter, but I take that all back. Right now, I’m so sick of the cold. I wake up and it’s cold. I come home, it’s cold. I walk to work in the cold. I look outside and it looks cold. The wind is always cold and galey and icy. The rain is tiny drops from the frozen depths of hell. Please leave me alone. Thanks.

If we were having coffee, I would try stop glaring at the cold for a second to ask you how your month has been.

Angela.