Thursday, March 31, 2016

Gingham Two Ways

Look #1   Gingham Shirt exact here (similar here, here)
               Denim exact here (similar here, here)                                                             Sandals exact here (similar here, here)   
Look #2   White Jeans exact here (similar here, here)                                                       Lace-up flats exact here (similar here, here)
               Clutch (similar here, here)

There is nothing better than a double-duty piece!  I am loving this top right now pink and blue gingham that is so very wearable, comfortable and great fitting. Look #1 is great for a casual feel, while Look #2 could easily go from jeans day at the office to cocktails and dinner after!  Happy Shopping!

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Classic Full Skirts

You guys.  THIS SKIRT!!!! Seriously it is so cute!! I love the bright pink color, the fact that is has pockets, and basically everything else!!  This Eliza J beauty from Nordstrom  comes in a bunch of colors and in Stripes too, and it isn't bank-breaking either making it the perfect addition to a spring wardrobe!  I paired mine with a Vince turtleneck, a chunk pearl necklace, DVF leather clutch and my trusty Black Patent Louboutin Pigalles.  Classic!  Happy Shopping!

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Pops of Pink

Black, white and a pop of anything might be my favorite combo ever.  Make that pop pink and I'm pretty much in love.  AND bonus if the pop of pink are these gorgeous (and super comfy!) Sam Edleman lace up sandals!! They are seriously perfect.  This dress is Spring staple. Happy Shopping!!

Monday, March 28, 2016

Blush Crush

I am so in love with this blush pink swingy Chelsea28 sweater from Nordstrom!! It is so much fun and a perfect color for the Spring season too!  I paired mine with Paige Ankle Peg jeans, Tory Burch flats and my Burberry Satchel.  Happy Shopping!

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Trip Review Sydney Australia

Sydney Australia is stunning and well worth the trip, especially if you are getting there First Class from the U.S (see prior trip reports on Cathay Pacific First Class and Thai Airways First Class).  We had an absolutely amazing 9 days in the beautiful Australian City and found it very difficult to get a bad meal which is a welcome relief for some travelers used to "tourist traps".

Staying in Sydney
Staying in Sydney
Since we were in Sydney during New Years 2016, we wanted a hotel with views of the Opera House and a location close to Circular Quay. We choose the Four Seasons Sydney, and we choose poorly. You can read all of my comments in my trip advisor review here, but in general this was a Four Seasons disappointment. Most of the staff was great, but we experienced terrible staff and service in the Four Seasons Sydney Executive Club Lounge. Where most other lounges we have experienced serve you, in Sydney you serve yourself. Cocktail hour here is a joke with beer and wine and some very low shelf liquors available only 5pm-8pm, again most other lounges (like the Four Seasons Maui) you can have any cocktail at anytime during the day or night. Food was a similar story, where the "daytime snacks" where just leftover breakfast pastry. The "nickel and dime" experience was also not what you would expect at a Four Seasons. The views however, were perfect!
Four Seasons Sydney

Things to do in Sydney

Sydney is an incredible city to explore, we did all of our exploring on foot (and occasionally, a bike!) And very safe to roam around freely, so you can't go wrong.Things to do in Sydney

What can I say we are suckers for a bike tour. We did ours with Bike Buffs. Very safe, very well run and an amazing way to spend a day sightseeing with locals!

Bike Buffs Sydney
Expensive yes, but the absolute BEST thing we did in Sydney. The Husband (who is not thrilled with heights) found this to be his highlight of the trip.
Sydney Bridg
e Climb
Manly Beach

Great way to spend a day at the beach!  Take the Manly fast ferry and spend a day beach-going, having a few cocktails and enjoying a day on the water!

Botanical Gardens

Absolutely beautiful, free, and a great way to spend a few hours.  One of the highlights of the downtown area.

Chinese Gardens

Small admission fee, but incredibly worth it.  Located in Darling Harbor, just a short ferry ride or walk from the central business district.  This was also such a great family activity, both kids and adults can get dressed up in traditional Chinese clothing at a little shop inside the gardens - let's just say it is such a cute photo op.

Blue Mountain Day Tour

We used a tour for this day trip and had a great time!  We had a small group, a great guide and great outdoorsy experiences without to much effort.  Also - Koalas. 

Hunter Valley Wine Tour

Because wine tasting is amazing.

Eating in Sydney

You cannot go wrong here (or at least it is really hard to!) But below is a list of my absolute favorites, in order!

It seriously is the most amazing place, make reservations at least 2 weeks in advance, more if you know for sure when you want to go.  The views of the Opera House and Bridge are incredible.

Seriously the best most amazing Thai food I have ever had, and that includes in Thailand.  Pro Tip - make sure you make a reservation and eat in the downstairs restaurant, not in the upstairs canteen type dining.  The menus are different and the downstairs is where it is at.

We went to the Darling Harbor location and couldn't say enough positive things about our meal (burgers) we watched so many delicious looking plates of ribs go by, and the wine was spectacular.

A Sydney institution, good food, great drinks, well-heeled atmosphere.

Great Italian food at Jamie's I love Jamie Oliver restaurants anyway so this was always going to be a hit with me!

Friday, March 25, 2016

Think Spring!

Pink, purple, and bows.  That pretty much sums up this look!  I am in LOVE with the combo - it absolutely screams Spring! I started by sharing a great layer option for those cool mornings and warm sunny afternoons, and when it gets warm enough, rock this great-fitting plaid pop-over alone.  Here I paired my trusty white jeans (exact here, similar here and here)  with a bright pop-over, Valentino Bow pumps, and an Louis Vuitton Alma in Epi Leather.  Happy Shopping!

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Flower Power

Floral prints are one of my favorite things about Spring, ranking right up with weather nice enough for bare legs!!  Today I paired this gorgeous Haute Hippie floral print silk dress (similar here) with a Tory Burch striped sweater coat and a pair of Ivanka Trump suede booties.  Happy Shopping!