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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

:Outfit:.

SHIRT forever 21
CARDIGAN gap outlet
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

 

Spending time in Geelong & Bellarine

img_2361We spent a few days in Geelong and Bellarine to check out a few restaurants, galleries and museums. cider3cider2cider4First on our list was the Flying Brick Cider Company. The restaurant has amazing food.  img_2334img_2335img_2344-1We also got a chance to check out the Australian National Wool Museum in Geelong. Here’s a few pictures from our time there.

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Thank you again for reading.

XOXO,

Michelle

.:Outfit:.

SHIRT forever 21
DRESS  j crew
SHOES tieks
BAG barney’s of new york

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

 

 

.:Outfit:.

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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.:Outfit:.

SHIRT DRESS j crew
SWEATER  gap outlet
PANTS  gap
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

Shoe of the Month: Alexander Wang ‘Antonia’ Sandals

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Hi Everyone,

I decided to start something new on the blog. Each month I’d like to feature and review pairs of shoes. I have done reviews before  this time I’m going to try to do them on a monthly basis

Details about the shoe: 

Packaging: 5/5

 Shipped in brown shipping box with tissue paper padding to prevent shoe box damage. Shoebox is sturdy cardboard with black on black printing. Alexander Wang printed tissue paper covers the shoe. Tissue paper is  used to stuff the shoes so that the straps on the ankle and the toe box area keep their shape.

Fit:  4/5

STS. I’m a size 4.5 and the size 5 fit me well. The ankle straps have an adjustable buckle.  If you are in between sizes, I recommend sizing up because these run small.

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Quality: 4/5 

The pair of shoes is of high quality leather. It has a full grain leather insole, leather sole and suede body. It is stamped with Vero Cuoio at the bottom of the size stamp. The shoes uses Italian sizing but they are not made in Italy. Actually if you flip the strap for your toes it says Made in China. The suede upper is soft and supple and does not cut into your skin or create blistering.  The leather insole is black which is easy to clean and will not darken over time with the oils in your skin.  The outsole of the shoe is made of  black leather. Overtime this will wear so rubberize outsoles will need to be added on. Also I recommends spraying some waterproofing protectant on these to protect them from water/moisture damage.

Comfort: 5/5

My first pair is Orange and orange is not a easy color to pair. I have worn them several times and the curve of the arch actually fits the curve of my feet so they do not ache after a few hours of wearing. The height of the heel is about 3 inches and they are fairly comfortable to walk in.

Price: Depends on when and where you guys these.  I bought mines at Bloomingdales and at the Alexander Wang website. The original price of the shoe is runs about $475 full price. But I have found them for more reasonable prices. Seasonal colors and styles go on sale at the end of the season.

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Is it a Shoe for Everyday?

The style is definitely classic and wearable for various occasions. I suggest investing in a nuetral pair without embellishments because you may get more wear out of them. It is a pair of sandals that I would purchase again. Yes, because I have. The silhouette is classic and many brands carry similar styles so if this one does not suit your price point then there are similar ones out there for you.

I hope this helps you decide if this is a sandal for you . If you are deciding to purchase this for yourself it would be a great addition to your collection as it is a versatile shoe.

antonia6Have a great Tuesday, take care and happy shoe shopping.

XOXO,

Elle

P.S. I shared an unboxing video. Check it out on Youtube!

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Of Dreams and Celebrations

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This year marks the fifth anniversary of this blog. Five  years of hard work and dedication and even if the successes are far and few between, this has been the creative outlet for my dreams. I have loved fashion all my life and this blog has been the space where I allow my dreams to take flight.

When I was younger I adored Dr. Suess books and always loved the messages woven in his words. One quote sticks out to me:

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose”

When I started this blog five years ago, I made a conscious choice to finally work on my dreams after letting others brings my dreams down. This is my dreams materialize and even though this blog is not where I would like it to be.  This is my blog, a work in progress, an attempt to follow the path I always wanted to carve myself. I tried and gave it my best and it is worth every moment I’ve put to it.

For those of you, who have followed along in my journey and have been supportive of my dreams. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Thank you for being great friends and for helping me slowly realize this dream.

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Thank you always for reading.

XOXO,

Michelle

.:Outfit:.

TSHIRT t and j design
CARDIGAN old navy (old)
SKIRT j crew
SHOES alexander wang  (old) (similar)
BAG rebecca minkoff
NECKLACE j crew (old) (similar)

Romantic: Lace and Satin

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The flowers are blooming and the birds are chirping. It’s definitely almost Spring here in the tropics. And we all know what that means, love, love is definitely in the air. It’s a time of renewing promises, renewing goals, and renewing commitments. Nature is doing this and so are people.

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I’ve always adored the look of these yellow flowers sprinkled on the ground in Febraury in Hawaii. They always seems to put a smile on my face, it reminds me that nature is getting the air ready for love.

While Febraury marks the last month of winter and is often a time to celebrate love, one of my favorite combinations for a dinner night out with the love of my life is satin and lace. This Spring’s collections  celebrate sheer fabrics and layers with lace and chiffon.

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In this outfit, I played with satin and lace layers for a romantic date night outfit using the concept of undergarments as outerwear. Here, I layered a satin camisole underneath this lace shell and paired it with a lacey A-line skirt. This look can be achieve by layering undergarments underneath or over tops.

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.:Outfit:.

CAMISOLE papaya (old)
SHELL guess jeans outlet (old)
SKIRT forever21 (similar here)
SHOES christian louboutin (old)
BAG tribeca (old)
EARRINGS t and j designs

2017 Shoe Wishlist

Hello All,

Sharing with you my 2017 Shoe Wishlist. Some of these are making it back from a few years ago and some are new pairs that I’d love to add to my shoe closet.  These styles have been mainstays in a few of these designer collections but I’ve been eyeing these for a while.

I’m completely in love with two pairs of shoes from Valentino, the Rockstud pumps and sandals. I love the elegant twist on the rock vibe. I’ve always loved spikes and I just love the juxtaposition of an elegant shoe with very masculine details.

I have two pairs of sandals on my wish list. The first is the Stuart Weitzman Nudist sandals.  I love the minimalist look of this shoe. The second is the Saint Laurent’s Tribute. It’s been on my wish list for the longest time. I’ve tried both pairs a few times and have been in love with their comfort.

I’ve recently been into two pairs of Manolo Blahnik pumps, the ever so popular BB Pumps and the iconic Hangisi.  I’ve always loved pumps and both of these are classic styles that are collection worthy. It also helps that the Hangisi was popularized by Carrie Bradshaw’s shoe obsession.

Last but not the list is the Gucci Marmont . I love it’s its chunky heel and loafer look. It reminds me a lot of vintage shoes because of its classic cut.

Thank you again for reading. What on your shoe wish list?

XOXO,

Michelle

 

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All Lined Up

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Hello Everyone,

I’ve been unearthing pieces from my old closet lately. I adore this dress mainly because it plays with stripes in unexpected ways.  I love the contrast of thin and thick stripes throughout the dress breaking the monotony.

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I’m completely adoring this quilted Love bag from Rebecca Minkoff. It’s been the bag of choice lately. It’s a perfect bag for causal outfits and it nicely pairs with dressier outfits. It’s a great all around bag.

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Thanks again for reading. Take care, have an amazing day and let me know what you think.

XOXO,

Elle

.:Outfit:.

DRESS eden in love (another cute one here and here)
SHOES kate spade saturday (old) (similar here and here)
BAG rebecca minkoff love ( chevron version here)

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