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Natural Inspiration at McBryde Gardens

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A month ago we took a trip to Kauai.  Some of the first stops on the island was the Kauai Coffee company to check out their Fall blends of coffee. And go check out Glass Beach were the Sand is made out of pieces of glass that have been polished by the salt water.

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Our first day there on Kauai, we wanted to visit McBryde Gardens. Originally, part of the Sugar Plantation that my great grandfather worked on when he first arrived to the islands, McBryde today is a research institute for the study of endangered plants from all over  the world. It is home to the Breadfruit Institute and other plants that are being researched and cultivated to help with world hunger and to find cures for various diseases. Also, it is home to endangered plants that are being studied to save them from extinction.

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We had the opportunity to check out beautiful plants and explore the gardens.

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XOXO,

Michelle

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DRESS Fighting Eel (old)
SANDALS blue mountain (old)

 

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Taking a break in Bellbrae and Bells Beach

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Bellbrae is a quite town on the Great Ocean Road. It is known for their farm lands, wineries and a chocolatier.

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img_1618Our first full day in Australia, we got a chance to eat at Bowside Cafe and check out Bellbrae Art and Garden to check out their art and amazing local artists creations.
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img_1627-1img_1636img_1646-1Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery had a great selection of all things chocolate.

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Bellbrae Estates has beautiful fields of grapes.

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We also took in the cold beach air of Bells Beach in the South Ocean in the afternoon.

Thanks again for reading.

XOXO,

Michelle

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JEANS gap
SHOES tieks
BAG barney’s of new york

Road Trip on the Great Ocean Road

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One of the highlights of our trip to Melbourne was the Great Ocean Road. Stretching 51 miles from Torquay all the way to Warnambool in Western Australia, it features historical towns, sightseeing, great food, and many activities along the way. A week is not enough to take in everything that the Great Ocean Road has to offer. My suggestion is to do it as a road trip and to stop along the way and enjoy as much as you can. The trip down the coast is beautiful so take your time. There is so much to do.aquino

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The Great Ocean Road was built was World War I Veterans coming back home from the War. It provided them with employment at the same time it allowed the smaller towns on the coastline to connect with others.  The road has many stops for sightseeing and learning about historical sites throughout the road.  One of our first stops was the city of Lorne. We got a chance to visit the Lorne pier and enjoy amazing food at the Lorne Pier Seafood Restaurant.

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We also spent some time checking out the different beaches, lookouts, and ended our first day on the Great Ocean Road with the amazing Twelve Apostles. img_2199

On our second day, we checked  out the Split Point and Otway Light Houses and relax and chatted in a few cafes along the way.

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Thanks again for reading. Take care and have an amazing Thursday.

XOXO,

Michelle

:Outfit:.

SHIRT forever 21
JEANS gap
SHOES tieks
JACKET kirna zabete for Target

 

A Day in Torquay

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Just west of Melbourne is the small town of Torquay.  It is known for being the gateway to the Great Ocean Road and its known for surf spots that are famous in the region.

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While in town, we checked out the beaches and cafes and got a chance to visit the Australian Surf Museum.

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Thanks again for reading.

XOXO,

Michelle

 

 

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SHIRT forever 21
SWEATER  old navy
PANTS  gap
SHOES tieks
BAG barney’s of new york

Wanderlust: Taking in Melbourne

Two weeks ago we went on an Australian Adventure. The next few blog posts will be about our trip. There was so much to take in and I did not feel that one blog post will do the trip justice. So in the next couple of days, I be sharing highlights from the trip. This first post is going to highlight  the city of Melbourne.

The weather was chilly when we got there but the sun was warm.  We spent a day in the city visiting a few art galleries.

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SHOES tieks
BAG barney’s of new york

img_1847img_1868img_1862.jpgimg_1777img_1844.jpgimg_1870We also got a chance to walk the city and take in some of its beautiful architecture.  The highlight of our day was seeing the city at the Eureka Tower Sky Deck 88  which is the tallest building in the southern hemisphere.

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Thanks so much for reading. I hope you like a few of the snapshots we took of the city.

XOXO,

Elle

Wanderlust: Cruising Through Central America

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A few weeks ago we got an opportunity to take a break and spend time with family. Our first stop was Florida and a visit to the campus of University of Miami. versailles1

On our first night there, we got a chance to taste the Cuban food from Versaille Restuarant in Miami.

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Our first stop in Central America was Roatan, an island off the coast of Honduras, were we got a chance to swim with dolphins. And a quick stop in Belize where we drifted down Rio Grande. Both places were full of eco-tours.

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We cruised up to Cozumel for some fun in the sun and a cooking class on Mexican food and learned strategies and recipes to bring back home.

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And finished the trip with a visit to the Mayan ruins.

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.:Outfit:.DRESS ava sky (similar here) SANDALS grey by saks 5th avenue (similar here)

Hope you enjoyed  these snap shots of the Western Carribbean.

XOXO,

Elle

Nature Inspiration

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Saturdays and Sundays are for enjoying the outdoors. I’ve definitely missing the turning of the leaves on the continent but I’m happy just being outside and enjoying nature. I’ve been meaning to visit the botanical gardens to get some color and outfit inspirations. I love how nature gives us clues on what color combinations and outfit ideas work best.

A couple of weeks ago, we decided to go and check out one of the botanical garden of Wahiawa on our way to the North Shore. We got a chance to check out the new orchid blooms as well as the other interesting plants.

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I notice how the ground cover looked a lot like the outfit that I am wearing. The way the purples and the silvery blue green merged complimented each other.

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Always know, that if it happens naturally in nature, it can be translated into an outfit. Try it out.

Thanks again for reading and I hope you get inspired by nature in your next outfit.

XOXO,
Elle

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TOP old navy
BOTTOM old navy
SHOES grey by saks 5th avenue
BELT american eagle
BAG tribeca
NECKLACE unbranded, obtained from eden in love

Photo Credit: Adam Levine Photo

Wanderlust: Taste of the Garden Isle, Kauai Adventure

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About a month ago, we decided to take a break from Oahu and make our way to Kauai. It was a great weekend to get away and just enjoy life on another island. We got a chance to spend time with family and check out the cool sites to see on Kauai. Here are a few shots on our drive up to the north where we got a chance to visit the wet and drive caves.

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I enjoy the character of each island. Kauai has this air of relaxation wherever you go. I love checking out the beaches there, so serene and peaceful.

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We got a chance to check out the newly renovated Kilauea light house and listen to its significant story.

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We also got a chance to check out one of my favorite local brands of coffee,  Kauai Coffee Company and take a tour of their farm as well as go coffee tasting.

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wpid-20150221_193915.jpgAnd best of all, we got a chance to taste some of the local cuisine at a few popular eateries. Many Kauai restaurants are incorporating locally grown produce in their dishes.
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Hope you enjoy these snap shots of Kauai.

XOXO,

Elle

.:Outfit:.

SHIRT old navy
SHORTS j crew
SANDALS grey by saks 5th avenue

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