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 »

Japanese beer girl

This week’s Links à la Mode is giving me a chance to bring up Japan one more time! Did I mention I really loved my time in Japan? Well, I REALLY loved Japan. And I was very excited my blog post “My Top 10 Favorite Things I Did in Japan” was selected by Independent Fashion Bloggers for this week’s Links à la Mode! Also, if you have time check out the actual link to IFB’s post here…I love that my… Read more »

Makemechic sleeveless trench coat

Shop the look: Happy Halloween! I hope everyone had a wonderful time celebrating this weekend/has a wonderful time celebrating today. As you may have noticed, I didn’t get a costume this year. Halloween is really not a big deal here in Sydney. So, I decided to save my pennies for another day. Our Halloween celebrations this year included getting a couple drinks and tacos with friends this weekend and also stuffing our faces with some yummy treats for Diwali. (Thanks… Read more »

QVB BUILDING

I’ve always been told nothing in life is free. And that is still technically true for the “I’m Free” tours. However, it is a pretty neat concept, in my opinion. The way it works is there is no set price, you just show up at the time the tour starts, and it lasts for about 3 hours. At the end of the tour you decide how much it was worth and then pay your tour guide accordingly. Pretty neat, right?… Read more »

JORD watches outfit

Shop the look: There are so many pieces in this outfit that I’m excited about I hardly know where to start! And you can even win my favorite part of the outfit! I think I’ll save that part for last, though. This outfit started with going on a ModCloth binge and ordering enough to get my free international shipping, haha. I finally invested in an Ooh La La Lady top and LOVE it. Bonus for it fitting perfectly with my… Read more »

grey trench coat

It’s funny that this week’s outfit post selected to be featured on Links à la Mode is actually the same outfit as what I had worn in yesterday’s “Skywalk” post. Yep, my “Seasonally Confused” outfit is what I had on to do the “Skywalk.” As you can see, I was not even a little prepared for what that all entailed! Haha. (Click here to see yesterday’s Skywalk post if you missed it.) And if you’re wondering, I’m still seasonally confused,… Read more »

sydney skywalk

Let me start this post off by saying, I am deathly afraid of heights and was pretty much in panic mode in every photo you see of me in this post. Haha. Obviously, I survived…so, there was no need to freak out. But I really hadn’t realized what Sydney Tower’s “Skywalk” all entailed when I signed up to do it with my husband. Sydney Tower is Sydney’s tallest free-standing structure. It offers amazing views of Sydney (obviously) and is one… Read more »

featuredfashionistabrittneyg

Meet Brittney! She’s this month’s Featured Fashionista and a creative force to be reckoned with! Many of you ModCloth-lovers may recognize Brittney from ModCloth’s “#fashiontruth” campaign. And she’s also the incredibly talented Art Director for Jonesboro-based magazine, “Occasions!” The ModCloth campaign (that we’ll talk more about shortly) is where I had originally been introduced to Brittney and how amazing and creative she is. And through the magic of social media, I felt I came to know Brittney even better. I’ve… Read more »

Sydney opera house

The Sydney Opera House is one of the first images that comes to mind when I think of Sydney… or even Australia. It’s an iconic building that is recognized worldwide (and is even a World Heritage site, now). So, needless to say, this was one of the first things we wanted to see when we arrived in Sydney…and we did check it out, but just the outside views. This past weekend was the first time we actually went to a… Read more »

ATM COLLECTION

Wishlist posts are something I love and hate putting together all at once. They are incredibly fun and exciting to make…but they also get my brain into fantasy shopping mode, which can be a bit dangerous. Taking a look back at my previous wishlist posts…I’ve actually ended up acquiring more from them than was probably necessary. Whoops! However, when ATM Collection reached out to me about this wishlist post, I thought this would be more of a therapeutic exercise. This… Read more »

shein blazer

Shop the look: Just as we were about to leave for the day, my husband looked at me and said, “You look too expensive to be standing next to me! Should I change?” As he was wearing jeans and a t-shirt. I laughed and told him he looked great…and we went about our day. But that made me think about this outfit a little harder. If you took the accessories out of the equation, this outfit cost just under $70…. Read more »

manly beach

Manly Beach is a beach in Sydney that is best known for its surfing. However, I have zero interest to try surfing, thanks to having less than stellar coordination. Haha. But the surrounding area has some wonderful walking/hiking trails that offer outstanding views of the ocean and city…and the northern beaches are a bit calmer. (Right up my alley!) Side note: Manly Beach actually got its name because the guy who discovered it hundreds of years ago, thought the indengous… Read more »

zaful maxi skirt

Something I am not used to dealing with on a regular basis is wind gusts that just about knock me on my rear end when I leave a building. I am here to tell you about 75 percent of my days in Sydney have been WINDY. Sure, we would get windy days in Wisconsin, don’t get me wrong, but they were in the minority (we had other weather issues of the freezing variety to deal with instead). So, needless to… Read more »

Featherdale Wildlife Park

When I think of Australia, kangaroos, wallabies and gorgeous, natural scenery is what comes to mind. And don’t get me wrong, I love Sydney, but I’ve been dying to get close to a kangaroo and see some new views of the outdoors since I arrived here. So, thanks to our recent holiday weekend, my husband and I finally took some time to get out of the city center and get some fresh air! We took a bus tour from Sydney’s… Read more »

Fashion Weekend Sydney Outfit

Shop the look: My debate for what to wear for Fashion Weekend Sydney was not nearly as intense as my debate for what to wear for NYFW. This was a nice, laid back, fun, shopping event…that I would also get to be sitting for a good portion of...thanks to the runway shows & champagne lounge area. (Click here if you missed my last post on the event.) So, I could actually wear heels and not fret…and it was a good… Read more »

WE ARE KINDRED

My first Fashion Weekend Sydney is in the books! It’s an event filled with runway shows, designer sample sales, the latest makeup/hair trends and champagne. It’s pretty hard not to have a good time! Fashion Weekend Sydney is different than Sydney’s Fashion Week, though. Fashion Weekend is a fun shopping event that has runway shows…but the runway shows include ready-to-wear pieces…so, if you saw a dress you liked on the runway, you can walk out to the sales floor and… Read more »

Sydney outfit

My days are completely messed up. I went all day thinking today was Monday…whoops! I then had a bit of panic attack, as I realized I had not yet posted this week’s Independent Fashion Bloggers Links à la Mode feature, and it’s already Tuesday night! But I’ll blame that mix up on yesterday day being Labor Day here in Australia…so, it was a nice long weekend here! It was also apparently Day Light Savings Time, which I was completely unaware… Read more »