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!

 

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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!

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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.

Gelato
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
Poutine
Fennel salad
Reuben sandwich
Bone Marrow at Depot
Pork hock with an apple slaw and a side of asparagus
Amazing pork hock
Panna cotta

Weekend in Palm Springs

I grew up in a really big family with about 10 aunts and uncles on both my mom’s and my dad’s side and dozens of cousins (didn’t intend to rhyme there). My dad is the oldest sibling in his family so that makes me the oldest cousin on my dad’s side. So I grew up with a lot of younger cousins and we were always causing tons of trouble together! Don’t even know how my grandma was able to babysit all of us at once so lots of kudos to her! Now that we’re all grown up, we don’t get to spend that much time together anymore so it was about time for us to plan a weekend trip together!

We decided to get an Airbnb in Palm Springs for 9 of us and had the best time! The house was breathtakingly gorgeous with such cool and fun retro decor and details. Apparently, the house was built for FDR’s son, which was a really neat piece of history about it!

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My favorite part of the house were these fun, colorful old telephones that were hanging on the wall in the hallway. They didn’t work, but they looked great! 🙂

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This was the master bathroom and I was just in awe every time I used it! The shower was really open which is something I’m not used to but it was beautiful nonetheless! Just made sure that I closed the doors to the bedroom and locked it so that I could shower without feeling scared someone was going to walk in.

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We spent the weekend just lounging at the pool, watching movies, drinking (everyone else, not me), and eating tons of home cooked food! Didn’t even have to leave the house, but who would if you were staying in this one! It was such a great time for us to bond and really spend time with each other. The youngest cousin (13 years old) went home after the weekend and told his mom that he had a blast and didn’t want to go home! Isn’t that the sweetest?! I just wanted to make sure they had a fun time!

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Also, I just recently got this Iphone case from Caseapp which is a website where you can design your own cases from cellphones to laptops. It was such a simple process and I got exactly what I wanted! The case itself is very sleek and pretty durable! I’ve dropped my phone a few times and haven’t had any problems. I really wanted a geometric pattern mixed with a marble print so I designed this colorblock look for my phone. Isn’t she pretty?! I highly recommend checking out Caseapp’s website and products.

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OUTFITS

Floral Off Shoulder Dress| Striped Off Shoulder Bikini| White Crinkle Curve Top| Phone Case|

See below for more pieces similar to the ones I’m wearing during my weekend getaway!

*Thanks, Caseapp for this really cool new phone case! I’ve been in need of a new one! Now, my phone is shiny and new again! 🙂

Off Shoulder Blouse

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The boyfriend and I went to Chicago last weekend to visit a friend and get out of town for a bit. The day we arrived was incredibly hot and humid, so maybe wearing black jeans wasn’t the best idea but I was glad that I wore this breezy white off shoulder blouse. It was oversized with tassel details on the front and bell sleeves. It gave my outfit a relaxed boho feel to it which was perfect for a hot summer day!

We went exploring around Millenium Park and to Wrigley Field for a quick photo op, as well as dinner around the area! It was a great day and we had such a great time catching up with our friends in Chicago! FullSizeRender (1)

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Off Shoulder Blouse (Similar HERE)| Cross Body Purse| Jeans (Similar HERE)

Travel: Sedona and Antelope Canyon

Went for a short weekend trip and met in Arizona with some of our close friends from Chicago, Denver, and Glendale (AZ). We all needed to get out of town for a little bit and agreed on meeting in Arizona for a fun-filled weekend!

We all flew into Phoenix and drove from there to Sedona for some leisurely hiking. We hiked to a point called Devil’s Bridge, which was stone formation that looked like a bridge (makes sense, right?). It’s not for the faint of heart since it’s pretty high up and can make you feel a little uneasy. It had some amazing views though! I was not as daring as other people that were sitting at the edge but I like to be on the safe side.

After the hike and some lunch in Sedona, we made our way to Page (with a pit stop at the Southern Rim of the Grand Canyon for the sunset). We spent the night in Page and planned to get up super early so that we could visit Horseshoe Bend and see the sunrise. It was very ambitious but we successfully did it and then onto Antelope Canyon we went! It was the main thing I wanted to experience from this trip!

We booked a tour to see the Upper Canyon. The tour provided a ride and tour guide(which was required). We walked through the canyon and soaked up the beauty of it. There were a lot of people there, given the popularity, but it was still great to see it! The vibrant red of the walls and rays of sunlight through the crevices above were definitely at sight! It’s a must see and a magnificent experience! Overall, it was such a fun weekend and tons of beautiful sights!

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