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A Casual Day in NYC

Whenever I travel I always try to pack pieces that I can re-wear with multiple different outfits ( trying to save some space yah know? ). My recent trip to New York City was no exception. I only wanted to pack a carry-on, so I had to be really selective. Typically I like to bring a few different tops, and not as many bottoms. Dresses and jumpsuits are also great space savers because it’s an entire outfit in one piece.

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My black jeans are usually a go-to. I love black jeans because they literally go with everything and you could even dress them up if you needed to. I wore my black jeans on the flight to save space in my bag, and then I had them to mix and match with different tops.

Here I’m wearing a blush pink bell sleeve top tucked into my black skinnies, and paired off with some mules. I thought the pink colour was perfect for spring, and it’s the kind of material that doesn’t wrinkle very easily so it’s perfect for when you’re on the go.

Mules are such a great shoe for both comfort and style. I find that I get so much use out of mine, and they are really easy to slip into a carry-on bag without taking up much space. Depending on your outfit you could easily dress these up or down as well. For a casual day walking around NYC though, I thought they were perfect for this outfit. The pair I’m wearing have little gold studs so I always find that they add a little bit of something extra to an outfit with that little detail. Mules are really in style right now and there are so many options and styles to choose from, so if you wanted a pair that’s more plain you totally do that or you could get a pair that’s more of a statement to spice up your outfit.

Last but not least I threw on my cat eye glasses, and my black bag for accessories. When I travel I pack one bag that’s extremely versatile ( usually a black one – surprise, surprise ), that way I can pair it with everything. I also like to make sure that it’s big enough to be able to hold all my belongings that I may need for a day exploring, like my camera, wallet, cell phone, etc.

This is a really simple look with subtle details like the bell sleeves, and gold studs on the shoes, but it’s also really comfortable and perfect for a day on the go and exploring.

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E xx

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Summer 2018 Fashion Trends Staples – What’s Actually Worth It?

Summer is by far my favourite time of year. I love being able to wear sandals and dresses, and the fact that you don’t have to worry about extra layers. I’ve been keeping my eyes peeled for summer 2018 fashion trends, and trying to decide what I like the best and what I feel is worth adding to my wardrobe.

As we all know trends come and go pretty quickly, which is why it’s important to invest in quality timeless pieces rather than a trend that may be out of style next season. With that said, I still like to have fun with trends because I feel like it keeps my wardrobe fresh, and I don’t get bored as quickly. I also like to be selective with the trends that I decide to follow. I will only get pieces that I actually really like and think are fun rather than just aimlessly buying things because they’re trendy and everybody else is doing it ( and it may not suit me ).

Below I’ve listed some of my favourite trendy pieces for the summer season that I’m planning to add to my wardrobe.

Small Sunglasses

The 90s are back – Holy guacamole! I remember rocking small sunglasses when I was a kid, and big sunnies were a no-no. One of the hottest trends I’ve seen all over Instagram, and the Kardashians is small 90s style sunglasses.

Sunglasses are such a fun and inexpensive way to spice up your summer wardrobe. I found a pair of smaller cat-eye shaped glasses from Forever 21 for under $10! I didn’t go all out and get the teeny-tiny ones because I feel like they look funny on my face, but this pair I got is still right on trend and I love the colour and shape of them.

Even just adding these sunglasses to a basic look like jeans and a white camisole already adds that trend factor to your outfit.

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Floral Dresses

Floral dresses is a trend that I stand behind 100%. I feel like they don’t go out of style as quickly as some other trends so you really don’t have to feel guilty about indulging in this one. I’ve seen so many different styles from maxi, to midi, to wrap dresses with floral prints so there’s plenty of options and it fits the season so well.

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Pastels

Pastels are another huge trend this season that I have been seeing everywhere – especially in matching blazer / pant combos! Blues, purples, pinks, you name it! This is one trend that I like but I personally wouldn’t go all out and buy a matching pant suit, because it doesn’t seem like something that you could wear for years to come.

With a trend like this I plan to mix and match. When I say mix and match, I mean I’ll incorporate the pastel colours along with another trend, like a pastel blue floral dress, or some statement shorts including some of the colours. This way I’m still on trend but I’m killing 2 birds with one stone.

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Statement Short

I think that this trend is so fun. I’ve seen a lot of shorts with some really funky patterns and prints happening. Once again this is probably something I would get just 1 or 2 pairs and leave it at that because it probably won’t be trendy for long. I found a pair that has a fun print but the colours are a little more basic so I’m hoping to be able to rock them for a few years. If I want to rock this trend full out ( which I’m still thinking I will ) then I will probably just get one inexpensive pair with bolder colours, and a louder print.

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Fanny Pack

Another blast from the past, the fanny pack! I am so down for this trend because they are so comfortable and a completely hands free way to carry your things! I plan on getting 1 fanny pack, preferably under $50, and in a more neutral colour so that I can wear it with everything! This is another great accessory that you can add to your summer wardrobe pretty inexpensively, and be really on trend.

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The Problem With School

What do you want to be when you grow up?

Probably the most common question asked by adults when you’re a child, a tween, and then a teenager trying to make it through school.

My answer: I don’t know………….. maybe a teacher??

Did I actually want to be a teacher? No. No, I didn’t.

I’d always respond with that answer because truth be told I had NO CLUE what the heck I wanted to do when I was older, and a teacher seemed like a reasonable answer to that question.

School’s an interesting thing, you start when you’re four years old, and graduate when you’re 18. It’s is a huge part of your life and it really is the base for how the rest of your life will turn out. If you drop out, doors will start closing, and if you excel and achieve high grades then doors will start opening. It’s officially been 10 years since I graduated from high school, and looking back on my whole schooling experience it kind of makes me annoyed if I’m being completely honest. Not annoyed at the people, or the idea of school, but the way school caters to a certain type of person only.

I’m going to leave elementary to middle school out of the equation because we’re all just kids then, but high school is a different story. These years are supposed to groom you and shape you for your future. For me, that wasn’t the case at all. I honestly felt stupid, and lost, and like I wasn’t good at anything. I wasn’t in the advanced English, Math or Science classes because I just couldn’t keep up, and frankly I had no interest in keeping up!

As the years kept passing by and the “what do you want to do after high school?” questions kept rolling in, I started freaking out. ‘I literally suck at everything’  I would often think to myself ‘what can I even do, and who would even hire me?’.

It wasn’t until I was in the eleventh grade ( almost graduated ) that I wound up in an art class. This was the first moment in my entire schooling history that I felt like I was good at something. How did I go through my whole life not knowing this about myself!? Probably because in middle school we had art for 30 minutes 1 time every week and it was a fun group thing, and then in high school we had to choose between art, drama, or music – you couldn’t try all three. At the time, I chose drama because my friends did. I get it, you have to take maths and sciences every single day, but why when it comes to the arts or creativity can you only pick one? Almost like it’s an afterthought, or just there for fun and not to be taken seriously.

From my experience and view point the arts weren’t held to the same standard as maths and sciences in school, so as a creative it made me feel like I didn’t have as much of a chance. I never knew I could have a future or a career doing something creative.

Today, I have a career as a creative. I guess I kind of owe it all to that art class I was plopped into just 2 years before graduating ( so perhaps in that sense high school did play a role in grooming me for my future ). The reason I get frustrated thinking back is because I probably could’ve found out earlier what my strengths were if creative classes and arts were considered just as important as maths and sciences.

Like I said I graduated 10 years ago so perhaps it could be different now, but from my experience school was really geared for a certain type of person. If you are that type of person then, hey, lucky you! But, if you’re not then it tends to complicate things a lot more and make you question yourself.

I wanted to write this because I’m sure I’m not the only one who felt this way or feels this way. We’re all so uniquely different with different learning styles, strengths, weaknesses, likes, and dislikes. With school, we’re all expected to learn the exact same way even if it doesn’t necessarily work for us. If you don’t fit into the mould it doesn’t mean you’re a failure, it just means you have strengths in different areas. Find those strengths, and use them to your advantage.

E xx

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Tropical Smoothie of the Month

I never realized how delicious coconut milk was until I bought it on a whim. All I have to say is wow have I ever been missing out this whole time. Not only is it delicious by itself, in oatmeal, or in a smoothie, but it is jam packed with nutrients. Coconut milk contains healthy fatty acids that can actually start to lower cholesterol levels and improve blood pressure. By lowering cholesterol and improving blood pressure, these fats found in coconut milk can also help to prevent heart attacks and strokes. Another notable benefit of coconut milk is that it provides us with electrolytes, which can help prevent dehydration.  Lastly, coconut milk can help you lose weight (but as always, portion control is key), and can improve arthritis conditions by helping to lower inflammation. With all of that being said, here is my favourite smoothie with coconut milk right now!

Peach and Mango Coconut Smoothie
  • ¼ cup of oats ground up
  • ½ cup of frozen peaches
  • ½ cup of mango
  • 1 cup of coconut milk

I use a magic bullet for this so the portions could be bigger if you have a bigger blender, so add whatever you would like in regards to the quantity of fruit and milk. First off, I grind up the oats until they are in a powder form. Then I add the fruit, and top it off with coconut milk. Blend it all up, and determine if you need to add more coconut milk depending on how thick you like your smoothies. I hope you love this smoothie as much as I am right now, and if you’re looking for an even more tropical taste just toss in some pineapples as well!

K

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Managing Fine and Thin Hair – My Personal Do’s and Don’ts

Fine hair is much more fragile than coarse thick hair, so you really do need to treat it with care. As someone who has really fine hair that’s thinned out within the past few years, it’s safe to say that I’ve tried tons of different hair tricks and hacks for managing fine and thin hair. I’ve compiled a list of my own personal experience of the do’s and don’ts for fine hair:

DO’s Easy does It

Every time I wash my hair I try to be as gentle as possible. Fine hair is extremely delicate and can break easily ( especially when it’s wet ), so I always be sure to gently massage the shampoo into my hair.

Condition Ends Only

Fine hair can easily be weighed down so when I condition my hair I focus on the ends only. Typically, I won’t condition up past the bottom of my ears, just to make sure that it won’t weigh down the roots of my hair once it dries.

Rinse with Cold Water

I know it’s really nice to take a steaming hot shower, but it’s really not the best for your fine hair. I try to shower in warm water, and then when I rinse out my hair at the end I turn the tap to cold. It’s a shocking few seconds, but your hair will thank you!

Gently Brush

Make sure that when you brush your hair you’re using a wide tooth comb or a brush that is gentle on your hair. I typically like to loosely run my fingers through my hair and then brush it out with a gentle hair brush with flexible bristles.

Use Dry Shampoo for Touch Ups

It’s best to not wash your hair every single day, so on those in between days dry shampoo is a great option. I find dry shampoo gives my hair a little bit more volume, and just adds a little bit of life back during those in between wash days.

Get Regular Blunt Haircuts

Because fine hair splits and breaks more easily it’s a good idea to get regular haircuts. I trim my hair about every 8 weeks or so to get rid of any split ends. For my hair in particular I feel like a blunt hair cut works best. I like having my ends even and one length with minimal layers. Thinned out ends can sometimes give the appearance of even thinner hair because your ends will get stringy faster.

Sleep with a Scrunchie

I usually sleep with my hair up in a loose bun tied with a scrunchie. If your hair is down then it may be more prone to knotting up, so a loose high bun usually does the trick for me.

Take Omega 3

Now, this one isn’t for everyone and you should always check with your doctor before taking any supplements, but I have started taking omega 3 capsules daily to help with my hair. My hair is quite damaged and brittle from bleaching, and I’ve found that the omega 3 capsules have really increased the shine in my hair.

DON’Ts Don’t Brush with a Fine Tooth Comb

Never, ever brush your hair with a fine-tooth comb or brush. That will just cause breakage, and more damage. Frankly, try to avoid brushing your hair as much as possible, because it can even flatten out fine hair more.

Don’t Overuse Products

Like I mentioned before products weigh down your hair, so try to avoid using too many products in your hair at once. The less the merrier in this case.

Don’t Sleep on Really Wet Hair

I wash my hair at night but I always try to give it enough time to dry before going to bed. If you go to bed with soaking wet hair then chances are you’re going to wake up with it being a hot mess. Fine hair doesn’t bounce back easily like thicker hair because there isn’t enough weight so often you’ll wake up with weird kinks, or frizzy bits. It’s better to wait until your hair is dry before bed.

Don’t Use Heat Often

Try to avoid using heat on your hair as much as possible ( blow drying, curling, or straightening ). I only use heat once per week or once every two weeks to avoid damage and breakage. We all know that heat isn’t the best for your hair, so just be extra cautious if you have fine and thin hair.

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Spring Nudes: Minimalist Outfit

Neutral should really be my middle name because that’s what I always fall back on. I always find spring to be a difficult time of year to pick out outfits ( especially in Canada ). Our weather is so back and forth that it’s either winter or summer, so we often don’t get that smooth transition. That being said I really don’t have many ‘spring’ clothes.

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I put this outfit together because I thought it looked spring-y but was also a little warmer. Of course I kept the look pretty neutral with nude wide leg pants ( these are from H&M ), and a cream sweater. I think wide leg pants are my absolute favourite, and I really hope they never go out of style lol. I just find them to be so classy, and extremely comfortable at the same time so you really can’t go wrong. I absolutely love the nude colour of this pair and matched with the cream sweater it felt like the perfect spring neutral palette.

As for my accessories I styled this look with my new nude bag which I picked up in Thailand, and I just love the shape of it as well as the gold ring. I felt like the bag complimented the outfit nicely, but still stood out as more of a statement because of the funky shape. My shoes are just a pair of block heels in a pale pink/nude colour, and I choose them because I felt they went seamlessly with the pants. Last but not least, I went with some round sunglasses to add a touch of contrast to the outfit and keep me from squinting ;).

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How to Decide What to Wear Today Fashion Basics 101

Getting dressed every day seems like it should be an easy enough task, but unfortunately for most of us it can be frustrating, and much more time consuming than it should be. Here are some tips to hopefully help you decide what to wear today and make getting dressed every day / picking out an outfit quick and painless.

1. Check the Weather

The first thing that you should do before heading over to you closet is check the weather. There’s nothing worse than leaving the house in a cute little dress and then realizing it’s much colder or windier that you thought it was. If you check the weather right away then it helps you narrow down what you should be looking for right from the start.

2. Essentials First

Your essentials are the core of your outfit; so a shirt and bottoms ( or dress ). I typically like to pick out my bottoms first. The reason I do this is because I feel like bottoms are more reliant on the weather. If it’s cooler out you’re going to choose pants, if it’s warmer you may opt for a skirt or some shorts.

I also like to select my bottoms first because depending on my mood or what I’m doing that day I may want a different level of comfort. For example, a mini-skirt is really cute, but if you’re going to be running around all day and getting in and out of your car then it may not be as practical as a pair of trousers. Once you’ve selected your bottoms, then they can now be the base for the rest of your look.

Next, you’re going to pick out your top, but now that we already have our bottoms picked it’s just a simple mixing and matching game. If your bottoms are more of a basic piece then you could grab a top with some colour, pattern, or texture to spice up your outfit. You could also choose another basic that compliments the bottoms and wait to jazz up your look in step 3. This also goes either way:

  • Pattern, colour or texture top X basic bottom
  • Pattern, colour or texture bottom X basic top
  • Basic top X basic bottom
3. Add the Extra

We have our top and our bottoms picked out, now it’s time to add. I always like to add something to my outfit that is going to compliment it, or if I’m feeling like there’s something still missing then I’ll add a piece that is going to act as a statement.

For example, you could add a cardigan, jacket, blazer, scarf, or ( my favourite ) a belt.

4. Accessorize

Lastly, once you have your entire look nailed down it’s time to accessorize. Accessories are another great way to add in that statement piece, or just enhance your look overall. I personally like to keep my accessories minimal and just try to compliment my outfit with them rather than over power the whole look with too many.

Some ideas of accessories to enhance your look:

  • Necklace
  • Earrings
  • Bracelets
  • Watch
  • Bag

Hopefully these tips can help you get dressed each morning and figure out what to wear today! Let me know if you have any tips yourselves.

E xx

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Roasted Chickpea Salad with Broccoli

Summer is perfect for salads, so I decided to try my own roasted chickpea salad. This is pretty quick and painless to make and has loads of flavour.

Ingredients
  • 2.5 Cups of chopped spinach
  • 2.5 Cups of chopped romaine lettuce
  • 1.5 Cans of chickpeas
  • 3 Cups of sliced broccoli
  • 1/2 Red onion sliced
  • 1 Clove of garlic
Spices
  • 1 tbsp Chilli powder
  • 1.5 tbsp Curry powder
  • 1 tsp Cayenne pepper
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 F
  2. Toss broccoli and sliced onion in olive oil, salt, and pepper and place onto a cooking sheet. Put into preheated oven and bake for about 20 minutes, then take them out to stir, return them to the oven, and roast for an additional 10 minutes or so.
  3. Chop spinach and lettuce really fine and put into a big bowl.
  4. Roast chickpeas on a skillet with olive oil, garlic, and spices.
  5. Place all ingredients together in a big bowl.
  6. Dress with ranch dressing.
  7. Serves 5.

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16 Day New Zealand Road Trip Itinerary Both North and South Island

New Zealand is one of the most beautiful countries we have ever been to. We realized that it doesn’t take very long to see pieces of its beauty spread out across each island. The scenery is picturesque, the food is delicious, and the people are wonderful. We were only able to spend less than twenty days between both islands, but we knew the minute we started driving that we would be back. There is so much to see and experience, it’s impossible to soak it all up in only a few weeks. Here is a brief overview of where we went and what we saw on our 16 road trip in New Zealand.

Day 1

We first landed in Christchurch, on the South Island, and unfortunately didn’t spend any time here, as we only stayed the night that we arrived and drove off the next day to Dunedin ( about a 5 hour drive ). We stopped at this amazing viewpoint called Sandfly Bay. As soon as you park your car and pass through the gate all you can see are hills and sheep. It’s exactly what we pictured the countryside looking like. Sandfly Bay gives you the opportunity to look down at the beach and the ocean surrounding it, as well as enjoying a longer walk down to the beach if you please. We decided to just soak up the views and head on out to dinner. Dunedin is a very hip and cool town, with a lot of good places to grab a meal or a drink, or even take a drive down to the Otago Peninsula to visit the Royal Albatross Centre to see these gigantic seabirds in action.

Day 2 and 3

After Dunedin, we drove further south to the small town of Bluff, where we were staying at in order to do a day trip to Stewart Island, which is about an hour and a bit ferry ride to get to from Bluff. Bluff itself is a cute little fisherman town, with a few restaurants and bars to go to. We visited Stewart Island to try and see a kiwi bird, which we learned later they only come out at night, but were told we had a good chance of seeing one on Ulva Island during the day time. We took a water taxi over to Ulva Island to do some birding for the day, which is only about a 15 minute boat ride. We weren’t able to spot a Kiwi, but the quaint little island was home to so many other native birds that it was hard not to enjoy your time there. After our adventure on Ulva and Stewart Island, we headed back to spend one more night in Bluff before heading to our next destination.

Day 4

From Bluff we drove about 4 hours to visit Milford Sound. On our next trip to New Zealand we will definitely be spending more time in this area as there is so much to see here in the Fiordland National Park area, and a day trip simply did not cut it. Although it was raining when we got to Milford Sound, it was still a gorgeous sight to see. We couldn’t imagine how picturesque it would be on a boat and on a nice day. We recommend spending a few nights in this area and book a boat ride through the mountains and cliffs of Milford Sound.

After spending a bit of time at Milford Sound, we ventured out to the beautiful ski town of Queenstown ( which is about another 4 hour drive ). This town is gorgeous, and would be a great destination for anyone looking to hit the slopes, or to even stop and spend a few nights in simply to eat some delicious food at one of their great restaurants or maybe enjoy a cold drink in an igloo like ice bar. There’s definitely a few things you can do if you spent a bit of time in Queenstown, and is somewhere we will be coming back to spend more time in.

Day 5

Our next stop was to visit the Fox Glacier ( which is a little under 3 hours to get to from Queenstown ). When we arrived in the area, we were disappointed to see that the road to get to the glacier was closed off. Our B&B host told us that there was a little viewpoint close by that we could drive to see the glacier from the forest. It was pretty cool to see from here, but if you have the money and it is something that you really want to see we suggest taking a helicopter tour of the glacier, which gives you the best possible view.

After, we ventured to Hokitika Gorge, which was a cool sight to see. Across the gorge is this wooden bridge, which is kind of scary once you get a few people on there. From the bridge you can take a look around below to see the gorgeous teal coloured water that is found here. If you are heading up this way, it’s definitely a fun little spot to stop off at and enjoy a quick walk through the forest to get to the bridge. From Hokitika Gorge we drove about two hours to get to the very small town of Reefton, where we spent a night.

Day 6

From Reefton we drove a little under two hours to stop at Lake Rotoiti. Unfortunately, like most of our trip, it was raining, but it was still a gorgeous lake to stop at. We stood on the dock and watched the rain and fog move around the lake, covering the mountains from our sight.

Day 7 and 8

From here we drove up to the Picton area ( which was a little over an hour and a half ). We spent two nights in Picton in order to spend a little bit of time visiting the Marlborough wine region. We went to a few wineries and one of their craft breweries as well. Villa Maria winery was the standout here, as the staff were extremely knowledgable, informative, and very friendly. The wine was delicious, and although neither of us really like sweet drinks, their Noble Riesling ( dessert wine ) was fantastic!

Day 9

After our amazing time travelling through the South Island, it was time to hop on the Interislander Ferry and head to our first stop on the North Island, Wellington. The ferry itself was a fairly long ride than we’re used to, but the seats are comfortable, they have snacks, and they even have a little movie theatre if you’re interested in paying a few extra bucks to kill some time. As for Wellington, we only stayed one night so we weren’t able to see too much, but they do have a couple blocks that are filled with good restaurants so if you’re into eating you don’t have to look far.

Day 10 and 11

After our one night stay in Wellington, we drove a little over 4 hours to get to the Hastings area. We stayed here for a couple nights as we were visiting some of the wineries in the area. We visited a few wineries throughout the day, with Trinity Hill Limited being our favourite one. It’s really interesting trying wines from the same grape variety here compared to the ones we had in the Marlborough area, as the taste profiles are very similar, but different at the same time due to weather conditions, soil, etc. The staff at Trinity Hill Limited were very knowledgeable and it was nice to talk with them and ask questions as we tasted some of their wine.

Day 12

After our stay in Hastings, we were off bright and early to drive 3 hours to visit the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Now, looking back at this we shoudl’ve planned this a bit better and stayed at one of the B&B’s or motels near the Tongariro Alpine Crossing in order to be able to start the hike a bit earlier, and also be able to leave some of our gear in a safe spot. The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is a 19.4km hike, and the best way to start it is to pay for one of the shuttle buses to drop you off at one start/end point, and pick you up at the opposite end at the other start/end point. We didn’t want to leave our camera equipment and laptops in the unsupervised car all day, so we ended up lugging it around with us throughout the 19.4km hike, which was not ideal. The hike itself was amazing, but difficult. The sights could not be beaten, and if you are a fan of The Lord of the Rings, then some of the scenery may look familiar, because they filmed some parts of the movie there.

There are only certain times that the shuttle services drop off and pick up, so it’s best to give yourself lots of time to complete the hike so that you aren’t rushing, and so you are able to take your time and enjoy the scenery. You don’t have to be in professional athlete level shape, but we both felt out of shape during some portions of the hike ( mostly during the Devil’s Staircase part ). Be sure to pack lots of snacks, and tons of water (around 3L per person would be good) as a 19.4km is a fairly long day so keeping up with food and water is very important. If you are into hiking, or you want to enjoy amazing scenery and snap a couple of pics, we highly recommend hiking on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, but remember to pack a lot of food and water, and give yourself at least 8-10 hours to get throught the hike!

Day 13

Once we finally climbed out of bed the day after our exhausting hike, we headed off to the Hobbiton Movie Set ( about a 2 and a half hour drive ). Kyle is a huge fan of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, so this was a must see on our list of things to do. Hobbiton looked just as it did in the movies, and the grounds were kept perfectly for people to come and see the little movie town. It was absolutely amazing, and the attention to detail was amazing. It really looked as though little Hobbits were living here. During the tour, if you get a great guide ( as we did ) you will learn a lot of background information about the set, and the movies themselves. It was really cool to listen in as the guide shared some interesting information about the process of building Hobbiton. Once you get to the end of the tour, you are able to head in to the famous pub of The Green Dragon Inn to enjoy a complimentary drink of your choosing. This was definitely one of the highlights of the trip, and if you are a fan of the books/movies then this is a must see.

Day 14, 15, and 16

After Hobbiton, we made our way to Auckland, which is a little over a 2 hour drive. Auckland is the big city in New Zealand, and it is definitely way more busy than other areas in New Zealand. There were a lot of great restaurants and takeout places to choose from, so you’ll never go hungry here. The shopping was also pretty good and we hit up Queen Street, which seemed to be the hip and happening area with lots of stores to go into for every type of person. As Auckland was our last stop, we mostly took it easy here and walked around a bit and went out to eat, but there is definitely lots to do in this lively city.

New Zealand is one of the most beautiful places we have ever visited. The best way to truly enjoy this country is by renting a car and driving through. Half of the time we were pulling over to take photos at built in lookouts on the way to our destinations. As you drive from city to city, from town to town, it really doesn’t take long to see the beauty that everyone talks about after visiting here. After a jam-packed quick trip through each area, we know we will be back to spend more time at some of the places we have already visited.

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Weekend Uniform

It’s been a while since I’ve done a personal style post, so I thought I’d share my go-to uniform especially on the weekends. You guys know that my style is comfortable and casual, so for the weekends it’s extra comfortable and casual.

This outfit is something that I would wear to run errands, or for a really casual brunch or lunch date around town. I like to think of this look as more put together sweats lol.

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Since spring is holding off here in Ottawa, it’s still necessary to wear a jacket out and about. Here I’m wearing one of my favourite jackets I got last winter from H&M. It’s a little bit lighter weight so I usually wear it for warmer weather ( like spring or fall ), but I absolutely LOVE the colour of it. I’m a huge fan of that burnt orange colour. Under the jacket I’m wearing an oversized grey sweatshirt, which I scored from WINNERS and it’s another one of my favourites that’s on repeat for my lazy days. I ended up buying it in an XL because I wanted that oversized cozy feel. ( Pro Tip: always size up for sweaters if you want that comfy / oversized lounging vibe ).

For bottoms I’m rocking my black leggings ( duh ), and then my black and white Nike’s for more of an athleisure vibe. Throwing on a pair of runners just secures your comfort for the day, especially if you’re running around doing errands.

Lastly, for accessories I went with my NY baseball hat ( greasy hair day hacks ), and my big grey scarf. It’s really too bad that I still need to wear a scarf in mid-April, but what can you do. With a really basic outfit like this I feel like you need to add at least one bigger accessory just to jazz it up. If I wasn’t having a greasy hair day I would’ve done something with my hair to bring the look together as well, like a top knot or something.

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Hat  //  Scarf  //  Leggings

Runners  //  Sweater  //  Jacket

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