Hi there! I’m May, a girl who loves to wander and wonder! I’m from Saigon, based in Los Angeles, but my current location is anywhere and everywhere. Travel, Photography, Tea Time, Picnic, Home Decor and Event Planning are a few of my favorite things.
inArabymay is a travel and lifestyle blog inspired by beautiful destinations, by color and nature, and by wonderful people that I’ve met on my journey.
When the weather gets warmer, we’re all itching for bright colors and florals! If you haven’t locked down your dress game yet, now would be the time. A spring dress is simultaneously simple (just pop on and go), versatile (easy to style casually or more dressed up) and just makes you feel so chic and comfy. I’ve rounded up 5 of the best spring dress styles for you in this blog!
In case you haven’t noticed in your social media feeds, Spring has officially “sprung” in LA. There’s still a bit of chill in the air and a few lingering raindrops on the ground, but spring is starting to burst out all around us. All the rain we complained about in January and February has brought us the most amazing spring bloom. It’s time to bust out those sandals, those picnic spreads, and those floral dresses and get ready to smell the flowers.
My inbox has been flooded with questions since I posted on my Instagram pictures taken with wild flowers and almond blossom. So I decided to spill all of my “secret” spring bloom spots in and around LA. In this blog I’m sharing with you my top favorite spots to catch the first glimpse of spring blooms!
It’s HERE!!! It’s time for Natural Products Expo West (NPEW) 2019! Blogging gives me the greatest pleasure to attend many conferences/press trips over the years, but to be part of the press team for Expo West – the leading trade show in the natural, organic and healthy products industry – is absolutely an honor.
Just two and a half hours (140 miles) east of Los Angeles on the 10, Joshua Tree has become our favorite weekend getaway! This area is one of California’s most beautiful – and less-visited – natural treasures! Its spectacular landscape is filled with beautiful Joshua “trees,” which aren’t trees at all, but tree-like members of the yucca family. Barren landscape, magical starry sky, spooky coyote howling,…all bring a sense of solitude and seclusion at the same time provide endless opportunities for adventures.
Although the area lacks hotels, it has so many lovely options on Airbnb from rustic desert homesteads, mid-century tiki huts to teepees and airstreams. If you want to combine seclusion with luxury, then the Jackrabbit Wash is the ideal place for you!
The sweetest time of year isn’t just for couples! Galentine’s Day is an unofficial holiday that takes place the day before Valentine’s Day and is gaining more and more momentum over the years. It is a special day for ladies celebrating ladies and friends celebrating friends! Valentine doesn’t have to be all about romance. All love should be celebrated… and because you can never have too many excuses to get all your girlfriends together in one place!
And what better way to celebrate Galentine’s Day than with a tea party! This year I had an honor to attend Morning Lavender‘s Galentine Afternoon Tea with other bloggers. We gotta enjoy all of the adorable, sweet and whimsical parts of Valentine’s Day with all the #bossladies. Just us gals gathering together to uplift, support and, most importantly, laugh. It’s the best therapy! This tea party is such a fun way to bring together everything we love about Galentine’s Day!
South Coast Plaza is ringing in the Year of the Pig with a celebration filled with exciting family-friendly experiences, unique exhibits, and a one-of-a-kind spectacular Year of the Pig centerpiece in Jewel Court from January 31 through February 18. Now on its 9th year, South Coast Plaza’s 20-day Lunar New Year festivities are the largest of any retail center on the West Coast, drawing visitors from Southern California and abroad.
I had an honor to be invited to their Lunar New Year Luncheon at AnQi by House of An. AnQi is a high-end restaurant with exciting modern décor and gourmet Asian fusion fare. The restaurant is honoring Lunar New Year with specially crafted menus symbolic of what this holiday means to those of us who celebrate it.
The best bath towel is an essential part of any luxury lifestyle and interior bathroom décor. There’s nothing like coming out of a relaxing bath or refreshing shower to a big luxe towel! It’s worth spending a bit more to get something that can cheer you up and make your everyday bath experience pleasant! A decent towel can remodel a simple space with a pop of color or you can go all white and extra fluffy to create a spa-like atmosphere. But when it’s time to shop for your towels, you are faced with so many options, in a wide range of prices. It’s hard to choose the right one!
So when our go-to bedding company, Brooklinen, is launching their towel line, I’m super excited. Brooklinen linen bedding has transformed my sleeping experience (check out my review of Brooklinen Linen Bedsheet Bundle here) so when I heard about Brooklinen’s Super-Plush Towel collection, I didn’t hesitate to try.
Valentine’s Day is just 2 weeks away! The smell of scented candles and rose petals is already in the air. The town will soon be painted with red and be filled with boxes of chocolates and teddy bears. Whether you’re having a romantic date or you’re spending your time with your girlfriends, choosing a perfect dress should be your first order of business. Embrace Valentine’s Day in a sweet style that suits the mood. I’ve rounded up several of the prettiest designer dresses to complement all sorts of V-Day scenarios.
Here we are at that time of year again—romance is in the air! You’ve seen stores filled with cards, hearts, chocolate candies, and cuddly little stuffed animals with messages like “Hug Me”, “Be Mine,” or “Let’s Kiss”. It’s the most romantic time of the year and is a big deal for most women. You know me, I’m all about the holidays and especially anything to do with decorating for the holidays! BUT… As I do a quick online search for Valentine’s Day party ideas, and there are just so many party tables smothered in red and pink. Not that I don’t love red and pink at this time of the year, but I’m on the hunt for something a little less vibrant….but more pastel, fairytale, and whimsical.
So this year I have teamed up with some of my favorite LA vendors to bring you lots of inspiration to create a beautiful and magical Valentine’s Day decor. Whether you’re celebrating with the girls for the ultimate Galentine’s Day soiree or treating your Valentine to an afternoon tea for two, these romantic Valentine’s Day decorations are sure to make everyone’s hearts swoon.
In Asian communities, Lunar New Year is the most important holiday of the year. One of the most diverse cities in the world, Los Angeles celebrates the Lunar New Year with colorful parades and family friendly festivals. It is not only a time for family gatherings, but also a time for people to honor ancestors and give thanks. As the Lunar New Year approaches, a great way to experience the excitement of the holiday is visiting Chinatown and having a fun photoshoot with their beautiful lantern displays, neon lights, antique stores, and historic temples. In this blog I’m sharing with you some of my favorite places to take pictures in LA Chinatown!