Yosemite National Park

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Driving through the national park we were surrounded by thousands of trees that looked like they never ended in every direction. Deposits of snow and ice on the side of the road signalled that we were getting closer. We pulled over to a visitor look out and there I saw the real life version of the my Macbook's desktop background. There it was with the sun shining right on it; El Capitan, Half Dome and the other rock formations, all of which seemed too good to be real. I'd never seen anything like it before.

During our couple of days in Yosemite National Park we did a couple of the easy walking trails (however I still managed to fall). My Nike free runs were not well equipped for the environment at all, lets just say I would have broken a hip if I had been a couple of decades older. 

One of my favourite sights was Mirror Lake. Once you see the lake you realise how literal its name is. The lake captures amazing reflections of the rocks, trees and sky and is surrounded by more trees and rocks and also never-ending beautiful white snow. 
Whenever people ask me what was my favourite place that we visited in the US, my response always includes Yosemite. It was nothing like I'd ever seen, including the deers!!

I'd definitely recommend venturing out of the big cities while travelling in the US and visiting a few of their national parks. I never though I would be so enthused by nature, but the beauty of these sights were unforgettable. 

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From night to day and back to night with one dress

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Dress: Alpha60 (similar on sale!), Boots: Asos (similar), Lipstick: Nars, Bag: Louis Vuitton, Watch: Marc by Marc Jacobs

A dinner date, work the next day and then a 21st, all with this exaggerated turtle neck dress. Don't worry it is in my laundry basket now.

First night I wore it out with my everyday boots and natural make-up for a dinner date. We went to a Spanish restaurant and I prayed that I wouldn't spill paella on my pure white dress. Drumroll please... thank god for napkins, there was not a single smudge!

The second day I wore the dress with a cardigan tied around my waist with the boots again for an even more causal look. Also, I wasn't wearing the right underwear that day so I needed something to cover up my very obvious panty lines (oops lel).

On that second night I had a 21st and decided to wear it again, this time with a bold-lip colour and black pointed high heels.

I love a good dress that is versatile enough to be worn on a causal day or a formal event. I found some other dresses on #banggood# that I think could be worn with sneakers or killer pumps.

Here are my picks:



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White Long-Layered Dress // Hollow-Out Turtleneck

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If you're going to San Francisco...

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"If you're going to San Francisco" by Scott McKenzie

In February, Ivor and I hopped on a plane from Melbourne to to the Golden State City. It was our first location on our month long trip to America (cue U.S.A chant). 

The 14 hour economy class flight was made bearable with some great midnight snacks, a few good movies and a shoulder to sleep on. By the time we knew it, we were already climbing the hills San Francisco calls their footpaths, eating lunch at Nob Hill Café and having an incredibly stressful time figuring out how tipping works. It was not until mid-way through our trip we got it down pat.

On our second day, I awoke to a delivery of chocolate covered fruit and a birthday balloon from a dear friend. On this day, I marked the end of my teens years at the Oyster Depot (amazing seafood), Fisherman's Wharf (there is seals there, do I need to say more?) and the Foreign Cinema restaurant, which was showing Signing in the Rain that night (and also had free tampons in the female bathrooms, why don't all bathrooms have this?!). All these places provided a great introduction to the coast, cuisine and culture of the city.

The next morning we were greeted with beautiful Californian weather, got onto a bus (after missing it twice #rookiemistakes) and travelled down to Land's End. Our day involved a 6km trail and a very unfit me, peanut butter sandwiches and beautiful views of  the coast and the Golden Gate Bridge. I would definitely recommend bringing some sandwiches and a good quality camera to enjoy and remember these sights.

On our last day before we joined our G-Adventures tour group we visited Alcatraz and did an audio tour of the Island. It was incredibly interesting to hear the history behind the prison, whilst being immersed into the environment, even the cracks on the ground had a significance (hint bombs). Additionally, the views of San Francisco's skyline from the Island were amazing. After we got back from the Island, a man on the street jumped out some bushes and yelled out as a joke,  it scared the shit out of me but it was pretty fucking hilarious.

Whilst, I absolutely hated walking through the hills of San Francisco, it is a beautiful city. I do have to say it's hilly nature really adds to its uniquely adorable aesthetic, where pastel coloured townhouses meets the sea. 

Let me know in the comments if you have been to San Francisco and your thoughts on the city.

Photos by myself and  Ivor

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Cranes

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Coat: Newchic, Sunglasses: Asos, Dress: Zara, Shoes: Acne, Bracelet: Tiffany & Co, Watch: Marc by Marc Jacobs, Silver ring: similar, Lipstick: Nars

I'm pretty tame when it comes to coats, I only own black coats with the exception of a purple coat that I don't give enough attention.

So getting a pink coat with grey clouds and large cranes on them is out of my comfort zone (especially seeing as I am not a fan of birds at all). This coat just looked so different, including its shape, that I thought hey I'll give it a shot. And I loved it!

Every now and then, going out of comfort zone and getting a bit of a crazy item is the way to go.

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Sheer Midi

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Bomber

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Scalloped Edged

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