Lilee yamanato dress

I bring it up pretty frequently that I’m not a fan of wearing tight dresses…and generally stay away from low cut tops as well. It’s not that I have any issues whatsoever with that type of clothing…I think it’s just because I haven’t quite found the right dress to feel comfortable in. I have had a rather hard time articulating why I haven’t felt totally comfortable in some of the bodycon dresses that I’ve sported on the blog…however, I really… Read more »

trashy-diva-twirl

Meet Emily! She’s December’s Featured Fashionista and the creator of one of my favorite blogs – “Thoroughly Modern Emily.” Emily is always featuring outfits on her blog that are swoon-worthy – I can’t get over her amazing collection of skirts! I also love following Emily’s blog because she shares fun tips about the city she lives in – Chicago. (And I love The Windy City!) Emily is also a gal after my own heart, she is a huge Star Wars… Read more »

candy recipes

I am really not good at cooking or baking. I’m also not very patient when it comes to cooking or baking. If something requires more than a half hour of prep and more than a handful of ingredients…I’m definitely not going to attempt to make it. Which is unfortunate, because I come from a family of really amazing cooks! (I don’t know how that gene missed me, haha.) So, with it being the holidays, I asked my Mom and Grandma… Read more »

Tokyo Street food

Guest post by: Jeffrey Barroga It invigorates your soul, calms your weary morale, and widens your perspective in life: travel is one of life’s pleasures that seems to enrich your entire being as you do it more and more. Unfortunately, as much as there is to be gained by traveling, it’s also one of life’s more expensive pleasures. But that doesn’t mean that you have to limit yourself to traveling just locally. Don’t get me wrong, there are so many… Read more »

Makemechic wrap dress

Shop the look: It is starting to feel more and more like summer here in Sydney! This outfit was worn last weekend on a balmy Sunday afternoon…even the water was warm as it splashed my toes. But now, I’m currently in Wisconsin, where it’s well below freezing and very snowy! To say that I am cold would be an understatement, haha. I have definitely turned into “a baby” about the cold weather. (How did I ever do outfit posts in… Read more »

shein floral maxi skirt

Shop the look: I think I am officially at the age where it’s becoming acceptable to forget how old I am. Not that I’m implying I’m super old…I just kind of feel after the age of 21 (for us folks in the United States at least), age is just a number and doesn’t really matter all that much anymore. I honestly had to think about it for a moment when everyone asked how old I was turning this year, haha…. Read more »

Chic me tunic

Shop the look: Tunics, stretchy skinny jeans (with an elastic waistband, of course) & heels, this has been my outfit of choice on the days that are cool enough to get away with it. It’s just so comfy yet stylish! And honestly, it feels so odd to wear sundresses this close to Christmas, haha. I need to change it up now and again. I really love this tunic from Chic Me. It’s comfy, breathes well and is super affordable. Oh,… Read more »

passion lilie dress

Yippee! I found a fit and flare dress that is just long enough for me to be able to wear it in the breezy weather here. I still wore a pair of running shorts under this dress, just in case, but the cut and length kept it from flying up in the wind. It’s weird, how I never would’ve thought about getting a dress based on its ability to not embarrass me in the wind…until I arrived in Sydney. Not… Read more »

Independence Hall

Philadelphia is one of my favorite cities in America, and I am hoping to get the opportunity to visit again so I have the chance to see all of Julia’s awesome recommendations in this post! Julia of Philly with Fjallraven isn’t a stranger to the travel guest post section of my blog, she was one of my very first guest posters with the amazing “9 Reasons Why You Should Visit Denmark.” But Julia is also an expert on all things… Read more »

camel ride

One thing to be aware of before visiting Uluru in Central Australia is your entire trip will be based around sunsets and sunrises. And for me, personally, not being a morning person & needing obscene amounts of caffeine to survive…I find sunsets to be much more enjoyable! So, I really wanted to make our sunset experiences memorable when booking activities. After a little bit of research, I settled on a sunset camel ride for one night (because who doesn’t want… Read more »

Vipme dress

Shop the look: Woah, is that some knee showing in this post? Craziness! I’ve hardly worn anything that showed a little leg since I came to Sydney (thanks to its windy conditions). It’s also been awhile since I’ve worn a dress that is this fitted. However, this dress being fitted is the reason I can get away with wearing something a little shorter in the breezy weather here…I won’t have to worry about this dress flying up over my head… Read more »

Valley of the winds

After hearing I spent a few days near Uluru, most people are curious as to what I did exactly. After all, isn’t there just the big rock out there? However, even within Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, there’s an entire rock formation even LARGER than Uluru (Ayer’s Rock), that you can hike and enjoy. I would argue that Kata Tjuta is even more impressive than Uluru. However, like Kings Canyon (mentioned in this here post), it’s not well-known by us international… Read more »

Richa of Fanciers World

Richa of “Fancier’s World” is this month’s Featured Fashionista! “Fancier’s World” is a delightful blog created by Richa and her husband Vinay where they give us glimpses into their quirky and fun life through a variety of posts! I can’t help but smile every time I read Richa’s posts – they always bring me so much joy. It’s clear from Richa’s adorable photos and words that she really enjoys creating all the amazing content for Fancier’s World. And with posts… Read more »

STYLWE TUNIC

I hope everyone back in the US had a wonderful Thanksgiving! We were rather lazy about our Thanksgiving here. My husband and I ended up getting risotto and wine with our friends and watching the fireworks on Darling Harbour…I really didn’t have any desire to make a turkey for two people. (And honestly, I didn’t even see turkey as an option in my favorite grocery store – an even better excuse! Haha.) The weather in Sydney was nowhere near as… Read more »

Oh, it’s the most wonderful time of year! Where everything is on sale and stores are packed to the gills and lines are miles long. But, fortunately, we live in the age of the Internet! And all the lovely deals you can get in store are also available online! I’ve done all of my Christmas shopping online the past few years, and I am doing the same this year (plus, I want to get a couple things for myself, haha)…. Read more »

map skirt modcloth

Shop the look: These are the only photos from my trip to the Australian Outback where you won’t see me sweating profusely in crummy, old workout clothes. Haha. Most of my time in Uluru was spent being active, but for this night, I had a special candlelit dinner in the desert to go to (there’ll be a separate post on that), and wearing my map skirt, once again, felt like the perfect occasion. (I love wearing this skirt when I’m… Read more »

shein blazer

Happy week of Thanksgiving to you folks in the United States! Please eat some pumpkin pie and stuffing for me, haha. It’s really strange to not be doing anything for Thanksgiving this year. Although, I’ve always secretly wanted to have Italian food instead of turkey and gravy on Thanksgiving…so, I’m thinking this year might be my chance to try that out! Haha. And if you’re looking for style inspiration for what to wear for Thanksgiving, check out all the lovely… Read more »

Priscilla's Crack

When travelers think of Australia’s Red Centre, inevitably Uluru (a.k.a. Ayers Rock) immediately comes to mind. But that great, big rock is not the only amazing formation in Central Australia. I’ll be covering a few spots to visit if you’re venturing to this part of Australia, but I’ll first be starting off this series with my favorite part of our trip to The Red Centre – Kings Canyon. I’m sure if you’re from Australia you’re well-aware of the beauty of… Read more »

SHOP SPLASH

“He’s making a list, and checking it twice…gonna find out who’s naughty and nice. Santa Claus is coming to town!” And hopefully, I’m on the nice list, because I went a little overboard with my wishlist here. Haha. I seriously can’t believe Christmas is just over a month away…especially since it just keeps getting hotter and hotter here! But when Shop Splash reached out to me about putting together a wishlist, I knew I wanted to start thinking about what… Read more »

Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

FINALLY! I went into Australian nature and actually saw some rather scary looking wildlife! Haha. (Pictures are below.) I wasn’t sure it was ever going to happen, but I finally saw some interesting creatures. And we’ve been in Australian nature (the bush!) pretty frequently. Hiking (a.k.a. bushwalking) has been our weekend activity of choice lately, as there are many gorgeous National Parks in and around Sydney. I’ll be sharing two that I really enjoyed in this post. One is rather… Read more »

Shein Maxi dress

Shop the look: The first day I wore this dress, my husband loved it. Not only did he think it looked cool, but he also couldn’t stop laughing because I had a woman sneakily trying to photograph this dress while we were walking to dinner. She was pretty sneaky, as I didn’t notice until my husband pointed it out. I should’ve turned around and just told her where it was from. Alas, introversion got the best of me, though. (I… Read more »

sleeping koalas

Hopefully, no one is tired of koala photos just yet, haha. I honestly think one of my favorite things about being in Australia is that I have the chance to get close to koalas whenever I like! And this post will be sharing photos from the Sea Life Sydney Aquarium & Wild Life Sydney Zoo…so, there’s going to be a couple more koala photos! When my husband and I first arrived in Sydney we bought a Sydney Attraction Pass that… Read more »

The Sydney Tower Eye

If you haven’t made plans yet this weekend, Sydneysiders, you’re in luck! This post has you covered. And it’s perfect that these events are indoors, because Saturday’s forecast is not looking the greatest for outdoor activities! Sydney Events You Shouldn’t Miss This November By: Jeff Barroga   If you want to discover the glitz, glam, and all that is tres chic in Australia, you really ought to head to its most famous city. Before the fictional P. Sherman 42 Wallaby… Read more »

IXIAH

Yippee! Another week, another Links à la Mode feature! This week’s post selected to be featured by Independent Fashion Bloggers was my “Fashion Weekend Sydney” post. I’m excited they enjoyed getting a glimpse at Sydney’s fashion scene as much as I did. In other news, today was a bit busy (in a fun way)… I finished up booking our trip to Uluru a.k.a. Ayers Rock a.k.a the big rock in the middle of the desert in Australia. I’m pretty excited… Read more »

Stylewe skirt

Shop the look: My oh my, it is nice to take a little break from having the city as my backdrop! Look, there are trees and grass in this post! Haha. Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoy living in all the hustle and bustle and excitement of the city, but when it comes to taking photos for the blog – I much prefer being in a quite wooded area by myself. I get incredibly anxious posing and twirling around… Read more »

Dubai Fountain

Meet Neha Singh! She’s writing this month’s travel guest post all about how to travel in Dubai on a shoestring budget! She is a post graduate in Mass Communications. Traveling is very close to her heart and she loves to write. She is also an avid trekker and explorer and often takes out time from her busy schedule to indulge in mountaineering. (How awesome is that?) Check out how Neha made the most of Dubai on less than $25 a… Read more »

sculptures by the sea

Sculptures by the Sea is an incredible, annual event in Sydney, that is exactly what it sounds like. More than 100 sculptures are set up along the coast from Bondi to Bronte Beach and are free for the public to enjoy for three weeks in the spring. It’s pretty amazing to take in such art while relaxing at the beach! I’m also incredibly impressed by how quickly this is all set up. I had just walked the exact same path… Read more »