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Hey there!! And welcome to Em in the Sun, my little corner of the internet.

I’m Emily, a teen girl living in California whose mind is constantly wandering off to the not-too-far-away ocean. I have an big heart for God and His lovely creation, and a few of my favorite things include the ocean, boba tea, surfing, most anything retro, the color yellow,  photography, art, reading (especially Hunger Games//Harry Potter//Percy Jackson), graphic designing, etc.

I hope you’ll stay a while and enjoy scrolling through my photography, randomness, and profound little tidbits ❤

xoxo Emily

october bujo spread: books + coffee


hiya legends!!! (XD)

Hey everyone! today I have my october bujo spread to show off! Since it’s finally autumn here, the theme is coffee and books (which is basically what fall is about for me… if it were tea instead  🙂 )

this is my intro page:


I had to rip up an old book for this… I felt so bad tearing it up 😦

here’s the spread:


A lil’ page with coffee cup mood trackers:


And finally my polaroid and reflection page 🙂

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SO that’s all for now 🙂  Be sure to check out Mal’s post comin’ out soon! See ya (cringe)! XD


thoughts? do you have a bullet journal? have you posted your october spread?

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horse + beach photography + fall outfits


Hey there, everyone ❤

I still can’t believe it’s finally cooler again!! It actually rained, you guys!!! (it hasn’t rained since last spring…)

I’ve successfully carried out a couple of my autumn goals: wayyyy less sugar, more riding time, organization, reading, etc.

I’ve also been getting back into photography recently, and I took some photos at the horse stables and beach recently:











It was super fun to photograph these beautiful horses, when I could get them to look at me for a sec instead of eating their breakfast, XD


Ahhhh that wave!! ❤

So that’s that 🙂 It was super fun to photograph these beautiful horses, when I could get them to look at me for a sec instead of eating their breakfast, XD

I thought i’d also share a few of my favorite fall outfits ❤

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That’s all for today! Have a lovely week ❤em 2


Autumn goals + camp photos




Heyyyyyy! How is everyone?

Today I will be sharing some of my goals for this autumn! I love posting about this every once in a while, I feel it makes me more accountable to it or something like that XD.

+sugar free again!!!

Oh my word, I ate soooo much sugar this summer! what happened to me? Earlier this spring i was so good and ate little to no processed sugar at all. And then, vacation, and life… so i want to get back into it, maybe make some more acai bowls 🙂

+calligraphy and brush lettering

I am overall satisfied with my calligraphy at the moment but i really want to be better. I’m actually getting a lot better with the amazing tombow dual brush pens, but my normal calligraphy with the hard tipped tombow fudenosuke pens is actually getting worse…

+be more productive with schoolwork

I tend to procrastinate. a lot. i am mostly on top of the workload since it’s still the beginning of the year but i know that it’s going to get a lot harder…

+organize my room and desk

This was actually a school assignment in leadership//life skills and I want to have a nice clean study space to work at.

+get better at surfing//horseback riding

Autumn is my favorite time of year to go to the beach! And even though i adore surfing i’m just not amazing at it. So hopefully I can get out in the water more often.

I’ve been riding for maybe 2 years or so and i’m doing ok. Sadly i only got to ride one or two times this summer.  I’m getting into more lessons so that will help 🙂 and one of these days i gotta bring my camera and do a little horse photoshoot

+ improve my bullet journal

I was really happy with my july, august, and september spreads but i’m getting less creative with ideas. thankfully I have mal who helps me out a ton as well as various bloggers and youtubers 🙂

+read more!

I just realized how little i’ve read lately except for school books. I keep seeing a ton of book suggestions from friends and around the blogosphere and hopefully i’ll be able to go read some of them.

I also recently returned from camp and wanted to share a few pics 🙂

At camp we had lots of fun zip lining, going on the giant swing at 11 pm (XD), eating wild raspberries, enjoying the worlds legit best milkshakes (one of the reasons why I need to get rid of sugar again), kayaking, and other fun stuff.


I loveee climbing trees! this nice photogenic one was right outside our cabin. my hair’s a bit of a mess but it’s camp, right?

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Well, that’s about it for today! Thank you for reading 🙂
Have an lovely day!!

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September BuJo Spread


Hey there, everyone! I hope you’re having an awesome September!! I can’t believe that it’s already fall (or spring, I guess, if you live in Australia… lucky you 🙂 ) I’ve also just started school so I’ve been a little busy lately but I though I’d share my September bullet journal spread with you guys 🙂

This month I was really torn between doing a plant theme or galaxy theme, so I just decided to use neither and chose a yellow theme with honeycomb and bees.

Here’s the cover page:

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Annnddd… the spread!

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My mood tracker took up a lot of space but I loved how it turned out.

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A cute li’l inspiration board 🙂

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And the reflection for this month!

Well, that’s all for now! Have an amazing week ❤



Back to school haul + a trip to Alaska


Hey there everyone!!

I’m back, again (yeah I had to break my very informal blogging schedule once again…XD)

But that’s ok. I’ll have plenty of time to blog once school actually starts and I have a set schedule (that sounded really weird but it’s true)

So a while back I got a bunch of pens and stationary from amazon and it finally came!

Ok. Theses tombow dual brush pens are absolutely amazing. They work super well and I love the colors! I’m already using them for my September bullet journal spread 🙂

And the same goes for the mildliners! I may have frequently borrowed these from my lovely friend Mal, so I decided to just save her the trouble and buy my own.



My new backpack! I love the pattern and colors and… well, basically everything about it!


At my school we wear uniforms so the only things we can really pick for ourselves are backpacks/shoes. So, I went the the Vans store and bought myself some of these awesome retro old skool vans ❤

Annnndddd… we went to Alaska!

It was super pretty even though it was raining almost the whole time. Here are a few of my 400 photos (XD)

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I totally freaked out when I saw this mushroom. I have honestly never seen anything like it in my life (if these mushrooms grow near you, then you probably think I’m crazy, XD)alaska

A lovely river ❤

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We pulled over on the freeway to take in the lovely view ❤

The ocean is actually behind the guardrail I zoomed in on, but I liked the angle in this photo (and the ocean was so muddy and cold compared to our amazing California beaches, haha)


On one of the days there, we took a boat out to see some glaciers and were not disappointed!!

There were also SEA OTTERS 😍 but I forgot my zoom lens unfortunately..

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I honestly couldn’t wrap my mind around the fact that it was that cold in summer (Alaska summers are even colder and windier than winters here…)marsh

And finally, a pretty walk to see the sunset (at 10:30 PM…)


Are you back in school yet? Don’t you love Vans? ❤ Have you travelled lately?



August Bujo Spread


Hey everyone! What’s up? ❤

I’m back with another bullet journal post with my August spread!!

I’m doing a surf theme with metallic gold, teal, and orchid (magenta) this month.

Here’s the cover page (don’t you love VW vans?) :



And the spread! I love the gold marker ❤


The mood tracker was pretty hard but I love how it turned out!

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A little blog/notes section 🙂


Haven’t filled anything else out but I wanted my polaroid in there, XD

I hope you enjoyed! Please feel free to give any suggestions for upcoming spreads (I’m thinking succulents for one and a galaxy theme for another?) 🙂


What did you do for your August Bujo spread? Have you ever used a surf theme?


Our aesthetics// collab with Syd @ TWA


Hello everyone, and welcome to yet another collab with Sydney!

Yes, another… (XD -Sydney)

We’d like to show off our aesthetics! It’s been a recent obsession of ours 😉

Here’s mine:


Basic colors: light blue, mustard yellow//ochre, off-white


So let’s take a look at the individual images:


Definitely my dream car (complete with surfboards!!)


Ahhh I love the vintage feel of the surfboards!


I was actually using this pineapple as a prop in a photo and decided to just take a pic for my aesthetic, since they’re so yummy and aesthetic, XD


I love these shoes! ❤ I actually have this pair in another style

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Ahh so aesthetically pleasing! I LOVE surfing and the ocean, so this is perfect ❤

A bit of credit to the Coastal Twins (because I kind of borrowed this photo from their aesthetic, XD)

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Sunflowers are so pretty and a favorite flower ❤


Super cute and my favorite color


I would totally wear this, I love that shade of yellow


Polaroids! So cute and vintage

*all photos (except for the pineapple which I took) were found on the internet*

Stay tuned for Sydney’s post soon this Friday, and if you still haven’t signed up for her giveaway, be sure to check that out below 🙂

Sydney’s HUGE Font Bundle Giveaway


What colors//themes are in your aesthetic? Do you like mine? Have you checked out Sydney’s aesthetic?


Summer Faves

welcomeHey there everyone!  ❤

Today I’d like to show off some outfits/accessories that I’ve been loving this summer!

+ outfits

white top + rust-colored tied shorts + straw floppy hat + strappy sandals


striped top + high waisted shorts + pastel blue vans

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striped shirt + mom jeans + rose gold cloudfoam adidas


+ beach favorites

beach blanket // pineapple straw hat //halter top style 2-pieces // sunbum sunscreen + tinted chapstick // rip curl boardshorts // billabong woven sandals


Well, that’s all for now! I hope you enjoyed ❤

And stay tuned for a collab with Sydney next week (hopefully, XD)

Syd also wanted me to mention that she is hosting a blog-iversary GIVEAWAY for UNLIMITED beautiful fonts, clipart, and so much more! Go give her blog some love:



Which outfit was your favorite?//What are your favorite summer styles?






Recent Favorites//Pens + Stationary


Hello everybody! I’m back (but you probably didn’t know I was gone, did you?)

Last week I was over at summer camp with my church. It was super fun and I had a blast relaxing in the pools on free time, playing Steal the Bacon on a giant slip-n-slide (it got intense), and having very deep and amazing small group time with my friends.

So that’s why I messed up my sort-of blog schedule, sorry, XD.

Anyways, today I’m going to show off some of my favorite pens/stationary (thank you Mal for the idea).


calligraphy//brush lettering and decorative pens


Left to right: Tombow Fudenosoke soft tip, white uni-ball signo  broad, tombow fudenosoke hard tip, decocolor premium gold, decocolor premium copper/rose gold, bic white-out pen

Out of the two Tombow pens, I would have to say that I prefer the hard tip, mainly because it bleeds/runs less and there’s more of a difference between the up and down strokes. My other favorite calligraphy and brush pens are the the Tombow Fudenosoke black and gray double sided and the tombow dual brush pen markers, which I’ve used but haven’t ordered for myself yet.

The metallic pens are oil based and don’t bleed much when I use them in my bullet journal. The color shows up well and is opaque.

I actually like the brand white-out pen better than the other white pen. I don’t really use it as white-out; I use it for detailing or for writing/drawing on a darker surface.

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I use these as a sort of cheater calligraphy/brush pen. Hey, they work almost as well, XD

Sadly, I’m missing a lot of them (you’ll notice that the red marker has been a bit chewed up…). They don’t bleed through my bullet journal so I use them in my spreads a lot.

I also use the lighter colored ones as highlighters. My other favorite highlighters are the zebra mildliners, which I’ve borrowed from friends.

cristal up pens

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I was given these pens by the amazing Mal. They work really well and don’t spontaneously stop working when I’m using them, XD. They are my go-to pens fot my bullet journal or anything, really.

papermate flair (tropical + candy colored)


These felt tip Flair pens are fun and have lasted for a while. I love the colors of them and they work pretty well ❤


Well, that’s all for now! I hope you have an awesome rest of your day ❤


July Bujo Spread


Hey everyone! How are your summers going? It’s really hot now (this week the highest temperature was 112º F…)

Today I’d like to finally show off my bullet journal to you guys!! It’s something I’ve been wanting to do ever since I got it back in June.

I bought it from Muji in late May, and it shipped to my house within a week. I accidentally ordered the wrong journal and so it’s way smaller than I thought it would be.

Here’s my bullet journal:

For my July bujo spread, I decided to use a pineapple theme. It turned out nicely and I’m excited to show it off to you!

Here are the cover pages:

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I loved how these turned out! The markers worked pretty well and didn’t bleed much. I realized that most of you haven’t seen my calligraphy before, so, there it is! XD

Here’s the calender (which took a while, since my journal isn’t very big…)

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For the mood tracker, I did a pineapple and colored in each square. I liked how the other side turned out (except for that I messed up one of the squares, *facepalm*)

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Under the ‘birthdays’ area, you’ll notice that Sydney decided to fill in my journal a little bit, XD

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Here’s the last of July’s spread! I had to washi tape over that one part at the bottom of the page since my gold pen bled a bit on the page behind (I got a little bit into bullet journaling last week and have August’s spread almost done already, XD)

Well, that’s my bullet journal! I hope you liked it 🙂


I will be adding a little site page for Clover and Piper soon (they say ‘hi’ to all of you ❤ )

As you may have seen on one of the pages in the journal, TWA is now one year old!! Happy blogiversary, Syd!! She will be hosting some sort of giveaway or special post sometime soon, so make sure to check that out whenever that ends up happening, XD

See you next time!