Little Striped Dress

During our trip in New Zealand, we stayed at a small beach cottage in Tauranga and after researching things that we could see or do around the area, I found that everyone mentioned the Mt Maunganui Summit hike. For some reason, I got the impression that the hike was leisurely, so I wore my Converse sneakers and a comfy dress for it. Big mistake.

It was a very difficult hike for me, which may be slightly more leisurely for others due to my asthma. Nonetheless, we kept at it and finally made it to the top after a while. It was so worth it. The views were spectacular and pictures really don’t do it justice. Probably because I had a huge sense of accomplishment after completing the hike, but either way, it’s a must see!



Striped Dress (Similar HERE and HERE)| Sneakers

Foodie Friday: Sydney, AUS

The second half of our trip was spent with my family in Sydney, AUS. We ate past our stomachs’ capacity while we were here. My family spared no expense to make sure that we were full at every single moment we were there which I would have to say, they succeeded. I was never hungry and we ate tons and tons of food. My fiancé gained about 10 pounds by the end of our trip. Fiancé, still weird saying that! 🙂

Here’s ALMOST everything we ate during our time here! Enjoy!

Cured meat platter at Meat District Co.
Bone marrow at Meat District Co.
Party Platter at Meat District Co. Includes pork ribs, beef ribs, burger, salad, fries, steak, and sauces.

Gazpacho at Cafe Sydney
Shrimp at Cafe Sydney
Clams and Shrimp at Cafe Sydney

Dessert Platter at Cafe Sydney
Sausage Sandwiches
Pastries at Brewtown Newtown
Salmon Benedict on Brioche Buns
Cronuts at Brewtown Newtown
Giant platter of seafood

Plaid, Fringe, and Green Grassy Hills

I wore my Madewell fringe cardigan yet again! It was definitely a lifesaver for me during the trip since it was the heaviest sweater/outerwear piece I brought on the trip with me and some nights got kind of chilly! Anyways, New Zealand was not short on tons of green grassy hills, sheep, and cows. Everything was so picturesque that even getting a picture on the side of the road looks amazing!

This was when we were on our way to visit the Waitomo Glowworm Caves. I wish I could have gotten pictures of those caves for you guys but we weren’t allowed to take any photos so that the caves and wildlife are preserved. I do highly recommend those tours if you ever decide to go, they are very well worth the experience and perfect to add onto any bucket list!


Fringed cardigan| Grid button up blouse (Similar HERE)| Sneakers

Foodie Friday: Things We Ate in New Zealand

We ate tons of food on our trip and I didn’t fail to take pictures of almost everything! All in all, I would say the most popular things to eat that we saw were meat pies, green lipped mussels, and fish and chips! Those were definitely on almost every menu we saw. I really enjoyed the seafood there. Everything was so fresh and great quality. Check out all of our yummy eats below!

Battered fish, a fish cake, and a side spinach salad.

Hazelnut gelato from Island Gelato Company
Our dinner from Oyster Inn
Smoked eel with bread
Roasted potatoes with parmesan and chives
Raw Oysters
Yogurt and granola and an oyster omelette
Brunch at Cafe 88
Toast with cottage cheese, hummus, pesto, spinach, tomato, avocado, and a poached egg. Side of mushrooms.
Fish cakes with smoked salmon, tomato, avocado, and hollandaise.
Smoked salmon platter with blinis
Our entire lunch at Federal
Fennel salad
Reuben sandwich
Bone Marrow at Depot
Pork hock with an apple slaw and a side of asparagus
Amazing pork hock
Panna cotta

Cozy Cardigan with Fringed Details

I wore this outfit on our first day in New Zealand. I’ll be working on more travel posts so that you could see all of the sights we saw and activities we did! Because we pretty much just got off the plane and went to our first hotel on Waiheke Island, I just wore a simple white t-shirt, jeans, my bucket bag, and this Madewell cardigan.

I bought this recently because I am in love with anything with fringes and tassels. Add some coziness in there and I’m sold! This was a perfect piece to bring with me during our travels for days that were cooler than expected.

Fringed Cardigan| Jeans| Black Bucket Bag (Similar HERE)

Shop similar cardigans below!

Our Engagement Story

So if you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you probably know that I recently got engaged on my trip to New Zealand. It’s been such a whirlwind of excitement and I’ve been dying to write a post all about our engagement story. I’ve only told our family and close friends the story but I need to tell you guys of course!

It was about the 5th day into our trip in New Zealand and we were advised multiple times to visit Cathedral Cove by travel sites as well as locals. I know that this location has been seen in the Chronicles of Narnia movies and plenty of others, so it was something that I did have on my list. We were under the impression that it was a quick drive there and that’s it! BUT it was not only a bit of drive there but also a hike to get to Cathedral Cove. We were very determined to see it so we ventured on and hiked to the location. I’m not much of a hiker because I have asthma and strenuous exercise or cardio tends to give me difficulty with breathing so by the time we reached the cove, I was exhausted! It was breathtaking though, so much that I forgot how tired I was when I saw the view.

The boyfriend wanted to have us take a picture with the cove in the background, which I was totally up for but he didn’t want to ask anyone to help us. So he attempted to place my new camera on a very uneven rock that was fairly close to the water, that was only getting closer and closer to us. I had to stand there while he tried to set up the timer and felt really uneasy not only about the camera, but that I was in the way of so many other people trying to take pictures. I felt like I was standing there for nearly 10 minutes until I impatiently begged him to just give up and ask someone to take the picture. Little did I know that he was trying to actually set up a video recording so that he can tape the proposal, but I didn’t find that out until later.

He then suggested that we walk further away from the cove and people so that we can sit on these rocks on the beach. I was more than happy to do that so that I could take a little break and sit down! He just held my hand  after we sat and asked ‘How have you put up with me all of these years?’ and because our relationship is more on the quirky and very laid back end, my response was ‘With A LOT of patience’. I guess that was the response he was looking for, so he got down on one knee and asked me ‘Well, then how do you feel about spending 30 more years with me?’ which I was awfully confused about because we are both in our late 20s so 30 more years doesn’t seem like a reasonable number! 🙂 So I said, ‘ONLY 30 more years?!!!’ Out of nervousness, he didn’t really think about the math correctly, so he just says, ‘Or 40, or 50. We can renegotiate later! Will you marry me?’

And my answer of course, was YES! I don’t talk about him very much on my blog but just to give you guys an idea, we are high school sweethearts. Just hit 14 years together this New Years, so we have been by each others’ sides for as long as we can remember. I can’t imagine being with anyone else for the rest of my life that is as kind, caring, and makes me laugh or makes me as frustrated as he does. Looking forward to what the future has in store for us!


The ring is from Brilliant Earth which is a company that has locations in Beverly Hills, San Francisco, Chicago, and Boston. Their mission and philosophy is to provide beautiful pieces that are responsibly sourced while also donating a percentage of their profits to help communities that have suffered from unethical practices in the jewelry industry. I was very impressed with the boyfriend’s choice in both the company and the ring that he chose for me! I’m not the type of girl who’s really thought about what type of ring I wanted. I always wanted to leave that up to him and knew that he knows me well enough to find the perfect one. And he did! It’s classic, understated, and elegant- I’m in love with it!

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How I Find the Right Jeans as a Petite Girl

Hello everyone! I recently got a question on where I get my jeans from and if I have any shopping tips for other petite gals! So here is a dedicated post on my own personal strategies on jean shopping and where my favorites are from!

TIP #1: Know your measurements. In other words, your inseam.

It’s important that when you’re shopping for jeans or for anything in that matter, that you know your measurements and size. Your inseam is important when it comes to finding jeans in the right length. The inseam is the measurement from the crotch to the bottom of the leg. A lot of times, the tag will let you know the inseam and it’s especially important if you’re going to try to shop for jeans online, since you can’t really try them on right away. I know mine is approximately 27 inches and I’m around 4’11″/ 5′ tall.

TIP #2: Find a brand or store that offers petite sizes

This is probably the first step you should take so that you don’t waste time shopping in stores that don’t even offer shorter lengths. I am guilty of searching and searching for hours only to find that most of the places I looked don’t even have petite sizes. My recommendations are Topshop, American Eagle, Asos, and GAP. I know more high end brands like Paige and Citizens of Humanity also carry petite jeans. I tend to stick with more affordable options because I haven’t gotten the courage to expand my budget just yet.

TIP #3: Buy Cropped Jeans

If finding petite sizes fails, another tip I have is to buy regular cropped jeans. I find that these land right around my ankles which is perfect. My inseam is around 27 inches so I find that a lot of cropped jeans are around that length. Getting a pair of cropped jeans and just wearing them as regular jeans saves you time from going to the tailor and I love saving time and money! 🙂

TIP#4: Get a good tailor

Oftentimes, your shopping experience will be unsuccessful with finding the perfect pair of jeans. In times like these, you need to find yourself a great tailor that can help alter your clothes. When I buy a pair of jeans that I really really like but they are completely way too long for me, I take them to my trusty lady and she works her magic on them!

Below are some of my outfits in a few of my favorite jeans. I’ll list where I got each of them from underneath the pictures and show some really good ones I found online for you to shop!


Light blue jeggings with ripped knees from American Eagle.


Blue Leigh jeans with knee slits from Topshop


Distressed black boyfriend jeans from Zara

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Light blue jeans with ripped knees from American Eagle


Black distressed jeans with thigh slits from Asos


Distressed boyfriend jeans from Tobi

Below are some options you can shop from!

Good luck with shopping! 🙂

Fringed Shirt and Blazer


I decided to create a more everyday look using this blazer again since it’s super comfortable and easy to wear! I ran around on a Saturday grabbing some pastries and breakfast, so I wore one of my favorite shirts, the blazer, ripped jeans, and pointy toe flats. I looked somewhat put together yet still casual!



White Fringed Blouse (Similar HERE)| Heather Grey Blazer (Similar HERE)| Jeans with Ripped Knees| Pointed Toe Flats (Similar HERE)| Black Bucket Bag