Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Blog Run $25 Starbucks Christmas Card Giveaway!

  It's time again for the giveaway! Like a ton of people, I'm a big lover of Starbucks so I thought it'd be a wonderful gift to give away a $25 Starbucks Christmas Giftcard. And you can do plenty with $25. ;)

  The giveaway is hosted by The Grand Adventures of Me, Be a Warrior Queen, Cassandra M's Place, Jen's Blog of Random Thoughts, A Gayle Force, My So-Called Chaos, and Sky Envy! They're great blogs to follow, covering a variety of things like other giveaways, product reviews, fashion, and travel. Great fun! 

  The giveaway is very simple. Just follow through the simple entries, and you get more chances in the drawing! It is appreciated if you comment and let us know you're following, etc.! We're thrilled to see you here! 

  So without more ado, let jump into the party! Everyone enjoy! The giveaway ends December 24th, at 12:00 a.m.

  Enjoy yourselves!

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  ~Miss Cocoa Latte


Monday, December 8, 2014

Lifelong Traveler~Sarah from Sky Envy Interview

la jolla sky envy travel photography   We have Sarah from Sky Envy for a visit today! I was so excited when she agreed to do the interview. I've just fallen in love with her incredible photography, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading what she had to say about her travels. All photos show here are hers, and cannot be used without permission, so if you want to share some please contact her. 

Enjoy the interview!


Firstly, I'd love to know how you got started. I know you mentioned on your blog that you traveled around with your family a lot. How did you transition from it being family trips to you deciding to continue traveling on your own? Was it part of a career choice?


The transition happened naturally. As I got older, I started traveling with friends, then sometimes meeting friends in the destination whether locally here in the US or abroad. Later on, I found an opportunity to do contract work that involved living in different cities. This became more of a habit and little did I know, I've became a nomad for 4 years.



How did you get into photography? And what camera/tools do you use?


I always loved taking photos whenever I'm away. When I started traveling to more exotic locations like the Great Wall of China, I realized I wanted more from my travel photos. I invested in my first dSLR, a Canon XSi. It was a great camera but then again I became more serious, and decided to get a more advanced camera. Now I have Nikon D7000 with several lenses. And I always have my iPhone with me for that spur of the moment photos. 

sky envy travel photography

What has been your favorite part of traveling? What has effected you most? 


It is hard to pick just one favorite part but I spend most of my time planning my travel. Researching each destination and planning the iterinary is a big part of the fun. That is why I enjoy independent travel vs being in a tour. I get to learn more of the city and thus enjoy it more when I am actually in it. 


sky envy travel photographyWhat experiences have you had meeting other people, have you made friends from different parts of the world?


I have been fortunate enough to meet a lot of different people through my travels, some of them I even became good friends with. There are a lot of experiences I've shared with the people I've met, but the most memorable ones have been the moments I've shared with my fellow volunteers when I was in Peru. We shared the same house, ate/slept/volunteered/studied/went out and traveled together for two months and those are the things you just would not forget. 



sky envy travel photographyHas traveling changed your outlook?


I wouldn't say it changed my outlook. I have travelled since I was young and so I was already exposed to other cultures and life abroad. I believe I look at life the same as before, just more matured and have deeper understanding. 



What are your future plans?

 
I plan to travel more as much as I can. I want to travel slow and not to rush my trips. The experience and trip is more memorable with slower travel. To me, it's not how many countries you've been in one week. It's the joy of taking your time and just living the moment. 




Uros Islands sky envy travel photography


If you could tell only one story from your experiences, what would it be?


Growing up in South East Asia, I wasn't accustomed to seeing the snow. My parents have already taken us to the US but mostly during spring or summer time (this was before we moved to the States). Then it happened, while on a birthday party of a friend, I saw my very first snow fall. In Paris, of all places. 



What place have you not visited yet, but is definitely on your list?


A long list but it starts with London, Istanbul, Budapest, Berlin, Barcelona, Corsica, Ko Phi Phi, Palawan, Miami, Madrid, Marrakesh, Budva and Reykjavik.





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Where all have you been? 


US: San Francisco, San Diego, Los Angeles, Monterey, Las Vegas, Seattle, New York, Virginia, Maryland, Washington DC, Philadelphia
South America and Canada: Cusco, Lima, Arequipa, Paracas, Vancouver
Europe: Paris, Nice, Strasbourg, Brussels, Amsterdam, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Prague, Monaco, Rome, Vatican, Moscow, Athens, Mykonos, Santorini
Asia: Bangkok, Singapore, Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong, Macao, Manila



What advice would you give to new travelers?


The world is too big to stay in one place. Just go. Save and invest more time in traveling. You don't want to just SEE the place, you want to BE in it. Live the moment. Don't be a tourist, be a traveler. 



sky envy travel photography


Loved reading about your experiences, Sarah! I can't imagine what it must be like to grow up not having experienced snow, and then to experience it in Paris! Wow. And I completely agree with you about getting out there, being a traveler and not a tourist. One can only truly understand a place by expereincing it more personally, not in a package. A place isn't defined by monumental stone and museum tours. It's by the people who remind us that we are all in the end, very much the same, but they show us in what ways we're different. Through traditions, landscapes.

  Thank you so much for allowing me to use some of your stunning photography, and I have to say your Trivoli photo is incredible! Those golden hues! I'm in love. I can't wait to see more of your adventures and photography on your blog!

  If you want to follow Sarah, you can follow her on her blog Sky Envy, on Bloglovin, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Google+!

  Sarah will also be cohosting the coming giveaway on the 17th! I'll be giving away a $25 giftcard, so don't miss it!


  ~Elora

Friday, December 5, 2014

My Top 5 Destinations to Return To ~ Hosted by Go There Promotion

Hi guys! I was recently approached a second time by Booked.net - Top Destinations to Go There for their Go There Promotion, a project which allows travel bloggers to share their traveling experience and also gives a chance to win  iPhone 6! I thought that'd be fun. We also get to nominate 5 other bloggers to participate! My destination selection will be a trifle limited, but I can honestly say that I do strongly wish to return to these places time and time again. Wonderful memories there.

My top 5 destinations! Here we go!


San Diego

This is the place that holds the most memories. Family vacations, our first time at the ocean--discovering places my dad had grown up with. It is so gorgeous there, and I just fell in love. I love the museums, the beach, Balboa Park, The Prado--it's high on my list to go back!


san diego shelter island

san diego shelter island

san diego koona kai shelter island




San Diego, Coronado Beach

  This is my favorite beach at San Diego. It is just so gorgeous, with the old hotel in the background, and the mounds of flowering creepers. And I can never resist picking up shells. Just can't.


coronado beach

san diego coronado beach

san diego coronado beach

san diego coronado beach

san diego coronado beach




Mt. Cheaha, Alabama


  This is a place I visited with friends in 2009, and just realized that I really should do a post on all the things I was kindly taken to see by those I was staying with. So, look for those posts coming up! Cheaha is a very gritty place, with wonderful views and that backwoods, camp feel that you hope to find. 


cheaha state park alabama

cheaha state park alabama

cheaha state park alabama




Legoland, Sand Diego, CA


 This is a terrifically fun place! The day we went, there were people dressed up like the characters from Starwars! Got to see Darth Vader, Leia, Obi-Wan, Luke--so very cool. Even Darth Maul. Super cool. We had a great time on the rides, (rode my first rollercoaster and I was ecstatic) and absolutely loved the minilands, especially the Starwars scenes!! I'll be doing a post on that as well. 


legoland california pics

legoland california pics

legoland california pics



San Diego Zoo


 I LOVE San Diego zoo. It is always fun, and seeing those cubs last time was incredible. I'm a big animal person, and being able to see so many was awesome. And the first day there, during our bus tour, we got to see the newborn giraffe!!! I can't wait to go back! Maybe next time I'll be able to do some of the activities that I haven't done yet.

baby giraffe san diego zoo

baby jaguars san diego zoo

leopard san diego zoo

elephant san diego zoo

meerkat san diego zoo



 Doing this has made me realize there are several destinations and trips I haven't even listed from years ago! So I'm going to have to take care of that!

  Well I hope you enjoyed it all! I'm nominating...


Sarah from Sky Envy

Amanda from A Dangerous Business

Candace from The Great Affair

Alex from Alex in Wanderland

Jamie from ink+adventure


  I'll be posting again soon! Obviously have much to do. And don't forget about the giveaway for a $25 Starbucks giftcard this 17th!


  ~Elora











Monday, December 1, 2014

Sky Envy Giveaway!

  Hey guys! Hope you enjoyed the giveaway. The next giveaway date of the Blog Run is December 17th, and a $25 Starbucks holiday giftcard will be given as a prize! In the meantime, here is a giveaway hosted by Sky Envy, who I'll be posting an interview about soon! I'm really looking forward to that! She posts stunning photography of the sites and scenes of her many travels on her blog. I just discovered her recently, and have been loving her posts!



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  ~Elora


Monday, November 24, 2014

It's the Blog Run Giveaway!

  It's giveaway time! This is the first running of the Blog Run, and I'm happy to say we have many cohosts, and three prizes today! We are giving away some Ethnic Charm and Jade Stack Bracelets, a $10 Starbucks Giftcard, and a free ad space on My So-Called Chaos!

Your cohosts are: The Grand Adventures of Me, Be a Warrior Queen, Cassandra M's Place, Jen's Blog of Random Thoughts, A Gayle Force, My So-Called Chaos, and Sky Envy! They're great blogs to follow, covering a variety of things like other giveaways, product reviews, fashion, and travel. Great fun! 

  The giveaway is very simple. Just follow through the simple entries, and you get more chances in the drawing! The first few are mandatory, before you can unlock the many others that will get you extra points. It is appreciated if you comment and let us know you're following, etc.! We're thrilled to see you here! 

  So without more ado, let jump into the party! Everyone enjoy! The giveaway ends December 1st, at 12:00 a.m.


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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Hello Katie Girl~Guest Post by Katie!

Hello Katie Girl LACMA
Katie from Hello Katie Girl, Los Angeles County Museum of Art
  Hey guys! We have our first guest on Out My Front Door! So excited to have Katie over for a visit. She runs a lovely fashion/travel blog that I recently came across, and I'm so glad she agreed to introduce herself. Enjoy the post!

(disclaimer--ALL photos are courtesy of Katie!)

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  What an honor it is to have a guest post on Out My Front Door today! This is my first time partaking in a guest post and it thrills me to step outside of my comfort zone at my blog, Hello Katie Girl and venture into uncharted waters. So without further ado, let me introduce myself: I’m Katie, the “girl” behind Hello Katie Girl’s Fashion, Food and Fur. Although the focus of my blog is on fashion and style, it’s also a hodgepodge of my other interests that extend beyond the confines of my wardrobe. I’m always up for an adventure, be it exploring a new recipe in the kitchen, taking photos of my handsome English Springer Spaniel, William, or finding a hidden architectural gem in my backyard.

hello katie girl san juan capistrano
San Juan Capistrano
My “backyard” just happens to be the sprawling city of Los Angeles. I have a love-hate relationship with the City of Angels, but lately through blogging I have learned to appreciate some of the subtle and perhaps not so subtle attractions it has to offer. My findings both on and off the beaten path in Los Angeles are often chronicled on my blog.

You will see some of my favorite locations in the Los Angeles and Southern California area. They include in chronological order: the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Mission San Juan Capistrano, Roy’s Diner and the Wigwam Motel on Route 66, the Lummis House, the Korean Friendship Bell, furniture designer Sam Maloof’s house, and the iconic Hollywood sign. In the near future I hope to get to more places, discover more sights, and learn more about the area, so feel free to come along on the ride!


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Thanks Katie! Loved the post. Hope to see you again! I'd also like to remind everyone that tomorrow is the BIG GIVEAWAY! So don't miss it! We'll be giving away some a set of Ethnic Charm Stack Bracelets, a $10 Starbucks card, and Angie of My So-Called Chaos is giving away a free ad space! So stay tuned for all the fun!!

  Here are more stunning pictures from Katie. It'd be a shame not to lose them all!

hello katie girl san juan capistrano

hello katie girl roy's 4
ROY'S


hello katie girl wigwam motel 5
Wigwam Motel

hello katie girl lummis house
Lummis House

hello katie girl korean friendship bell
Korean Friendship Bell

hello katie girl sam maloof museum
Sam Maloof Museum

hello katie girl sam maloof museum
Sam Maloof Museum
hello katie girl hollywood sign
The Famous Hollywood Sign ;)


Thanks again Katie, for visiting and sharing your blog!


  ~Elora


Saturday, November 15, 2014

The Quad Cities, LeClaire Illinois~Day 2, Part 2, Antique Archeology

  Here's a fun one! We visited Antique Archeology, the shop featured in the American Pickers show. It was really cool to be able to step into it, see everything, take pictures--I was so thrilled. Smaller than I expected, but it was so fascinating to see old victorian shoes, a hand chariot, a medicine kit, plane propellers and motorcycles (they have  penchant for them, and I appreciate that). Really awesome. For some reason some of my pictures were lost--I know there are certain shots I took, in the first shop (there were two) that we went into, like a red motorcycle, the hand chariot, a sailor's hat...leather jackets. I have no idea what happened to them. Such a pity, because I really wanted to show you the hand chariot. Hopefully I can go back someday.

  The first giveaway in the upcoming Blog Run will be posted on Nov 24th, so make sure you mark the date. You'll be thrilled to see the prizes!

  Without any more adieu, here are the pictures! Enjoy!


antique archeology american pickers shop
This was the only picture saved from the first shop, where things like that hand chariot was.
antique archeology american pickers shop

antique archeology american pickers shop
Interesting to see all those shoes, so old--they used to be used, they used to have the dust of the past century filling their crevices every day.

antique archeology american pickers shop
Oh, motorcycles...how I love them.



antique archeology american pickers shop
Loved this.

antique archeology american pickers shop

antique archeology american pickers shop

antique archeology american pickers shop

antique archeology american pickers shop

antique archeology american pickers shop

antique archeology american pickers shop

antique archeology american pickers shop


antique archeology american pickers shop

antique archeology american pickers shop
I love old popcorn machines!! There's something so fascinating and...I don't know...possibly romantic about them.

antique archeology american pickers shop

antique archeology american pickers shop


  Hoped you guys enjoyed this! Antique Archeology is a really fascinating place. We were a bit disappointed not to see the Pickers there, but ah well. People rarely do apparently. ;)

  Part 3 will be coming soon, covering our trip to Walnut Grove! (Which just might need a couple posts in itself--it was incredible).


  ~Miss Cocoa Latte