New York, New York!

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New York, United State of America, Feb 16'

My uniform in New York: Burberry jacket, Uniqlo thermal turtle neck and jeans 

Earlier this year, after our travels on the West Coast of America we hopped on a plane to the crazy, bustling, freezing and amazing New York City. My neighbour on the plane had about 6 mimosas during the flight and man I wished I was of legal drinking age in the US to join her in the celebration of our touch down in NYC.

Just like when I was in Paris, I was very conscious of the fact that I had a very romanticised view  of New York. It is the Big Apple where dreams come true and life is amazing, or so I am told from countless rom-coms, Sex and the City and the scandalous lives of Manhattan's elite (xoxo gossip girl). While I do believe this city is great and lives up to its expectations, I think more movies need to portray freezing New Yorkers with leaky noses in winter because that was me the entire ten days and the romantic reality.

While I didn't stay on the fabulous Upper East Side - a room in the Palace or Plaza would have been a dream, instead Ivor and I stayed in a gorgeous boutique hotel in midtown called the Evelyn. I think this area is the perfect spot to stay for tourists as it is in the middle of this great city and walkable to places like Flat Iron, Fifth Ave and Times Square. 

While it was bitterly cold in this grand city it didn't stop us from going out all night, not in the partying form but the exploring kind, as everything was open until late, the city was still bustling at 1am, oh and also our sleep pattern never left Californian time. I don't think we ever got up before 11am in New York. We would spend the day exploring the endless New Yorkian sites, such as Times Square, the Rockefeller Centre, Byrant Park and the Statue of Liberty, as seen in these photos. And by night we would explore more and frequently caught a show, which included Matilda, Les Miserables and the Late Show with Seth Meyers. One night we went up the blistering cold Empire State Building where the incredible views heavily outweighed my hypothermia. 

The Aussie dollar compared to the US dollar was so crap when we were over, but my oh my was the shopping amazing and neither the economy or my leaky nose was going to stop me from exploring and shopping in each major department store. They were so dreamy, from the decor in Saks, the bags in Barneys to the shoe sections of Macys and Bloomingdales - wow, wow and wow. As you can guess, my suitcase was getting very full at this stage.

We stayed in New York for ten days, so stay tuned for another post featuring more photos of our stay.

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Bell Sleeves

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Dress: Nicholas (another bell sleeved Nicholas dress), Pouch: MonPurse (similar), Sunglasses: Karen Walker, Rings: similar  triangle shaped ring , rose ring and half circle ring
Photos by Ivor


A while ago I saw this dress online by Nicholas and instantly fell in love. This shirt style dress with intricate cut outs and bell sleeves ticked all the boxes for me but my bank account said nope. But a couple of weeks later I was gifted it as an anniversary present and to say I was surprised and happy is an understatement! With summer arriving soon here in Melbourne, I can't wait to wear this dress out more. But even still, a night out in this city is always unpredictable. One moment it can be warm and sunny and five minutes later you're frozen from the chilly wind and downpour of rain. That's why a winter coat when you're going out, even in summer here, is essential! Fashion.mia has a great variety of women trench coats that I think would be perfect for Melbourne's climate. Here are my favourite picks below - not too heavy but can protect you from the weather and of course are stylish:

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Spring in Orange

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Dress: Elizbeth & Row, Shoes: Asos (similar), Bag: Burberry, Necklace: Similar

While Spring has taken it time to arrive here in Melbourne it is finally appearing and at last I can bring out my spring colours. My seasonal closet tends to conform to its associated colours and thereby over winter I wore copious amounts of black and navy blue. However I do enjoy a bit of colour, and as you can see orange has always been a favourite for me during this time. I think the colour suits many lighter skin shades and I recently found so many great orange finds on StyleWe, where you can shop long down coats to gorgeous spring outfits. 

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The last of Cali; Disneyland, LA and Calico!

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Los Angeles

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Calico

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                               Disneyland outfit: Sunnies (Prada), Playsuit (similar), Nikes

The end time of our time on the West Coast was spent in sunny and hot winter California.

On our way to Los Angeles we stopped by a so-called ghost town named Calico. It had been a short lived mining town from the late 1800s that still looked the same, including floors covered with peanut shells (a little bit eww).

But back to modern times, by the time I woke up from the bus ride from Calico we were on the congested roads of Los Angeles. From a childhood of watching far too many Californian based television shows the houses and roads looked so familiar. Instantly, we were immersed into the glam (but also unglam) atmosphere of LA. I saw Usher driving his car along Melrose Avenue, a girl take her friend's designer handbag and hat just for da insta shot, a twitter username plastered onto the back of a mercedes, countless bling LV belts, dogs in handbags and Chloe Grace Moretz walking through LAX wearing sunnies and a fur coat. Ladies and gentlemen, the lavish over the top lifestyle of the City of Angels is real!

The highlight of my time in LA was at the most magical place in the World - Disneyland!! As soon as I walked in, after a very long wait, it felt like we were in another world. Everything adhered to the Disney ideology, from the buildings, ice cream, roller coasters, workers and even the Starbucks take-away cups. For a full 12 hours, my boyfriend and I joined the hoards of children in buying an excess amount of merchandise and food, and also lining up for hours for rides. The Disney parades were the definition of spectacular. The night parade involved huge colourful lit up floats with an incredible firework show finale. It was possibly one of my most joyful experiences.

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Sammydress Review

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Recently the lovely team at Sammydress sent me a dress and two tops (as seen above). I was so excited to get the items in the mail, which came in a little under two weeks.

I chose this dress because it reminded me of Self-Portrait designs with the layered and textured fabrics. The material of the dress was just what I had imagined, it was gorgeously designed and made. Although I would definitely recommend going a size up, as I am usually a small, however the top half of the dress was quite tight (and I barely have boobies haha). Also, going a size up would also help with the bandeau design of the top. The bandeau section is gorgeous, although a little impractical as big chested girls would be popping out all over the place. All in all, the dress is gorgeous and very impressive for the price.

So I accidentally wore the blue off the shoulder top incorrectly but I still loved it (the part I wore on the inside was meant to go on the outside - but hey it's one top with two looks, even better!). Both the white and blue tops were great material and fit really well. They are both perfect tops for summer and I can't wait to wear them more often on hotter days. Additionally, they are both incredibly inexpensive!

What do you guys think about these designs?


You can find Sammydress on facebook here.

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Winter Dress

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Dress: Cheap Monday (similar here and here), Boots: Asos (similar pair that I love), Watch: Marc by Marc Jacobs, Beanie: Asos (the same look and cheap similar one)

Madison Square Park, New York City

Don't mind the fact that I'm not wearing any make-up in these photos, but this is my favourite winter dress. Woolen, black and white, comfortable, flattering and on sale at urban outfitters - yes please. It was perfect for the climate in New York when we were there and also perfect for Melbourne's current chilly winter.

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The Grand Canyon

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Grand Canyon, AZ (USA), February 2016
Coat: Burberry

Our drive through Grand Canyon National Park had an abrupt stop at the local store. We all wondered what our tour guide was “quickly picking up”. Next thing we know we all had brown bags over our heads, holding each other’s shoulders and walking in single formation towards the glory hole (lel, I mean the Grand Canyon).

When we were allowed to take the bags off our heads, I could not comprehend exactly what I was looking at. The canyon was so large in every direction, with thousands of trees resembling grass fields and the Colorado River looking like a mere creek. 

We visited various viewpoints to take in the Grand Canyon and even came across a rubber ducky rock formation (see second image). The greatest sight during our stay was the sunset over and below the canyon, I wasn't able to photograph it due to poor photography skills. Hopefully my brain will remember the beautiful rays of sun and suppress the memory of being bitterly cold. 

If you have visited the Grand Canyon let me know what you thought down below!

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