polka dot dress and white petticoat

Shop the look: Guys! I did it! I finally invested in some petticoats…and I am in love. Why didn’t I try these babies sooner? They’re so fun! Around 7 months ago I did a post with this dress and wondered if it wouldn’t benefit from a petticoat. Some folks let me know petticoats weren’t for them (and that’s cool too, they are an acquired taste!), and some responded by shouting, “Yes! Just get the petticoat!” It clearly took me a… Read more »

great barrier reef

My experience snorkeling The Great Barrier Reef was the stuff dreams are made of. I honestly don’t feel this post will do the day justice, but I hate to say “you had to be there” in a travel post. Haha. So, I will do my best to show just how awesome this day was…complete with pretty pictures and videos and some fun tips! And if you find yourself traveling to Cairns to check out The Great Barrier Reef – you’ll… Read more »

shein metallic skirt

Admittedly, I had gotten a bit lazy about getting my posts featured on Independent Fashion Blogger’s Links à la Mode…but this week, I’m back on the list with my post “Pearls, Bows & Metallic Skirts.” Yippee! And if you need a refresher on what Links à la Mode is…it’s a weekly roundup of the best blog posts selected by the site, Independent Fashion Bloggers. (You can read the full guidelines for submitting your posts to IFB, here.) Then, if you’re… Read more »

Koala Gardens Kuranda

  Now we’re getting to the fun stuff! Day 2 of our trip to Cairns was amazing! Now, you might have never heard of the town of Kuranda until now. I certainly hadn’t until I booked this trip…but honestly, this day was just as much fun for me as the Great Barrier Reef (more on that on Monday)! And I was able to bring coffee with me, so it really started well. Haha. Kuranda Scenic Railway The day began with… Read more »

red floral dress

Shop the look: You must think I’m crazy for featuring a red dress on here so shortly after my red coat fiasco. Haha. But don’t worry, this dress didn’t bleed on anything, and I had actually taken these photos nearly a month ago…but just hadn’t had a chance to share them! That’s why my purse is also in these photos. As of right now, it’s still at the cleaners. Apparently, they have a lot of handbags to try and clean… Read more »

rex lookout

I hate to keep being such a Negative Nancy on the blog (two Mondays in a row – sorry!), but I really don’t want anyone else to make the same mistakes I did if I can help it. And I promise next Monday’s post will be all rainbows and sunshine filled with a giveaway! But before we get to that, I’m first going to do my best to convince you why you shouldn’t waste a precious day in Cairns doing… Read more »

bondi dragonfly mural

Shop the look:   Guilty as a charged, folks! I know it’s been less than a month since you last saw this skirt…and I do try to do a slightly better job of not being a repeat offender when it comes to my outfit posts. Not to say that I don’t feature the same clothing items on here again and again. I just generally try to space out statement pieces a few months at a time. However, I couldn’t stop… Read more »

bondi icebergs

You might not have heard of Icebergs until now, but chances are you’ve seen photos of their iconic oceanside swimming pool. And to say they have some of the best dining views in Sydney, would be an understatement! I decided to dedicate an entire post to Icebergs Dining Room & Bar because it was one of the questions I was asked most when I was home for the holidays. “Have you been to that restaurant in Sydney with the oceanside… Read more »

red coat

**UPDATE: This issue has been resolved! MakemeChic was a dream to work with regarding this issue, and the cleaners were able to remove the stain! I have been fully reimbursed for all damages. Click here for more details. I have never been so mad about an online order in my life, until now. It might have been a better idea for me to sleep on this post before I published it…but I think getting my emotions out on here, regarding… Read more »

Denise of Denise's Planet

Meet Denise! She’s January’s Featured Fashionista and the creator of the lovely blog “Denise’s Planet.” If you’re ever having a bad day or are in a tough spot in life, Denise and her wonderfully uplifting blog posts will certainly brighten your spirits. Denise is always offering kind words that are good for the soul and that bring a smile to my face. And Denise’s blog has a lot to offer – from bits of life advice to style posts, recipes,… Read more »

scratch off map of the world

This year for Christmas I received a fun gift from my sister and brother in law. It’s a poster that is a map of the world, and you can scratch off the countries on the map that you’ve visited. Pretty neat, right? I love it! But it also made me realize that I have A LOT of countries left to “scratch off.” And while I do clothing wishlists pretty frequently, I thought it would be fun to start doing a… Read more »

shein metallic skirt

Shop the look: Look at me go! I am on a roll with these trends! Haha. Although, again, I’m a bit behind with this one. Metallic skirts were all the rage for the holidays, and while this is a trend that does appear to still be going strong…I do see why they were so popular around the holidays. I mean, sparkly and shimmery is perfect for that time of year! But it can still work for the rest of the… Read more »

blanket scarf and modcloth dress

Shop the post: Alright, so I am a bit late to this trend…I think about two years late, actually. Are blanket scarves even trendy anymore? Probably not. Haha. But I’ve always been hesitant to invest in anything trendy and am usually the last blogger to jump on board. But this is one trend I was really missing out on! (And will continue to wear whether it’s “cool” or not!) While I was home for the holidays in Wisconsin, my mom… Read more »

SMAstreets

This month’s travel guest post is taking us to Mexico! The author, Andrew Tjong, just came back from San Miguel de Allende and had a magnificent time there. He’s originally from the Netherlands but is doing his MBA in China… and currently residing in Taiwan. He’s quite the seasoned traveler! Andrew has been to San Miguel de Allende a couple of times (most recently he was there for the entire summer) and has now written an ebook on all that… Read more »

eshakti butterfly midi dress

The butterfly is a flying flower, The flower a tethered butterfly. ~Ponce Denis Écouchard Lebrun For reasons I can’t exactly articulate, I really like that quote. And while flowers and butterflies are both equally unique & beautiful in real life, I also think they are equally as fun as prints. However, I’m always drawn to florals when selecting a dress. I think this is because finding butterfly print clothing just isn’t as common. It can be a rather unique find…. Read more »

Lilee Yamanato dress

My venture into form-fitting dresses & tight, leather jackets was a fun little run…but, it’s nice to get back to a very “me” type of outfit. I love to experiment with different looks and push the boundaries, but I also have days where I just don’t want to think about it too hard. And on such a day, I grab a cute fit and flare dress, a cardigan, sunnies & a pair of wedges (or flats). This particular dress is… Read more »

Henry newborn photos

I have someone very special to introduce you all to today, my nephew, Henry. This kind of post isn’t normal for my blog, but I’ve mentioned in previous posts I was able to meet Henry while I was home for the holidays, and that he’s the cutest little guy in the whole wide world. So, I figured I should give some photographic proof of his cuteness if I was going to keep bragging about him. Haha. Henry was only a… Read more »

Wilsons Leather Jacket

Shop the look: I know, the first thing that comes to mind for most people when getting dressed for a special occasion, like a wedding anniversary, is NOT a quirky Star Wars shirt, red leather jacket and a super fun Betsey Johnson camera purse. But, I’m not most people. Haha. My husband and I celebrated our 4th year of marriage on January 4th (last week). And, we originally didn’t have any big plans for it. However, we tried a couple… Read more »

modcloth striped skirt

Shop the look: Look! There’s snow! And I’m wearing an honest-to-goodness winter outfit – the first one in many moons! Haha. Don’t worry this isn’t Sydney. This was actually my Christmas Eve outfit for when I was back home by my family. I passed up the traditional red and green outfit for a couple of reasons this year. First being I really wanted to wear this outfit but it’s been too warm in Sydney, haha. The top and the skirt… Read more »

Sydney fireworks from Mrs Macquaries Point.

*If you like this post, it is now available on iTunes as self-guided walking tour! Click here to download it. With millions and millions of dollars going into Sydney’s spectacular NYE firework show each year, it’s an event that can’t be missed if you’re in the city. I’ve never seen anything as incredible as this fireworks display! But the biggest dilemma is – where should you watch it from? I’m going to share my thoughts on where I watched the… Read more »

chic me cape

Shop the look: Happy 2017! I hope everyone had a great time ringing in the New Year! I was in Sydney for all the craziness this year – I’ll be putting together a post on Wednesday about what that was like. But for now, I’m going to talk about this here outfit! It’s no secret that I love capes and all things flowy. I mean, I REALLY love capes. So, I couldn’t resist ordering this cape from Chic Me. Capes… Read more »

So, 2016 was quite the year! From moving from New Jersey back to Wisconsin and then to Tokyo and then Sydney…phew! It was busy, to say the least, haha. But I loved every minute of it, and I was very grateful to have this blog to keep track of all the fun adventures. And I did a post last year on my favorite posts of the year, but I don’t know if I would be able to narrow it down… Read more »

Sydney sunset

*If you like this post, it is now available on iTunes as a self-guided walking tour! Click here to download it. Sydney is a city with some very unique activities and sights to take in. I mean, how many city’s activities include scaling a bridge to relaxing on a beach to seeing a show at the famous Opera House and even petting a koala? Needless to say, Sydney has a little bit of everything! Now, 3 days will mean you… Read more »

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 »