Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Petite-friendly rompers

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I've said it before and I'll say it again - Old Navy is killing it as of late. I found so many cute and affordable pieces. I bought this rompers last month. I love it so much that I went and got the exact one in a different print (which I rarely do). This is one of those easy weekend outfits for running around with my kids. Hope you're having a great week so far. Outfit details: Old Navy rompers *size XS* | Target slides |  Designer heart sunglasses | Affordable heart sunglasses | Forever 21 earrings | Hermes belt
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Sunday, July 14, 2019

Travel Bucket List :: Our Peru Itinerary

We're heading to Peru in a few short weeks to celebrate our 10-year anniversary. I am so excited! Our anniversary is in September but we're taking the trip before school starts to make it easier for my parents. This is the 6th destination on our travel bucket list (Hawaii, France, Italy, Alaska, Banff and now Peru). This trip took a lot of planning so I thought I'd break it down to several small posts. Today, I am sharing the itinerary. I will do several recap posts once I am back from the trip. Thanks to a couple of friends who have helped us tremendously when it comes to planning. We started planning in March (will tell you why in a bit). The itinerary below took us almost 4 months to plan (and to save) but regardless, we enjoyed doing it and can't wait to experience Peru.

Day 1: Getting there
  • Travel day - 3 flights (CMH - ATL, ATL- LIM, LIM - CUZ). Total travel time: 16 hours. We'll be arrived in Cusco, Peru approximately 6:00 a.m the next day
  • The hotel offers a free pick up from the airport. You can get a random cab from the airport for approximately 30 soles ~ $9.
Day 2: Spending the day in Cusco
Day 3: Heading to Ollantaytambo from Cusco
  • Natura Vive will pick us up from the hotel but if you don't want to book a tour, you can get to Ollantaytambo by bus. From the hotel, walk to "Calle Pavitos" to take a small bus from Pavitos St of Cusco. The bus will arrive at the main plaza in Ollantaytambo. Cost per person: 10 soles ~ $3. This trip takes approximately 1.5 hour via the Chinchero route.
  • Zip-lining in Sacred Valley: We booked a zip-lining tour with Natura Vive. I'll talk more about the zip lining tour once I get back. 
  • After the zip-lining, Natura Vive will drop us off at the Ollantaytambo train station so that we can continue our journey to Machu Picchu. 
  • Take VistaDome 603 to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu town). It's a 2 hour train ride via PeruRail. Departs at 3:37 p.m. and arrives at 5:02 p.m (must be at the train station 30 minutes prior to start the boarding process). Cost per person: $86
  • Spend the night in Aguas Calientes. The hotel we'll be staying is 3-minute walk to the bus station heading to Machu Picchu. Still need to buy tickets for the bus at the Consettur bus ticket office in Aguas Calientes. This costs $24 each for round trip tickets. We plan to buy the tickets after we check in to the hotel so that we don't have to do it in the morning heading to Machu Picchu
Day 4: Hiking the famous Huayna Picchu 
  • Our journey starts at 5:00 a.m. We booked a half day private tour guide. Cost: $100. Our tour guide will meet us at the hotel. We'll take a 30-minute bus ride to the entrance of Machu Picchu
  • Buses operate from 5:30 a.m - 3:30 p.m (no set times for departures)
  • At the Machu Picchu entrance, take a 20-minute walk to the Huayna Picchu entrance. This is where you'd want to purchase your tickets 6 months in advance. There are total of 400 people allowed to climb Huayna Picchu per day. 200 people at 8:00 a.m and 200 people at 10:00 a.m. Tickets sell out quickly. We purchased our tickets in March and there were only 62 tickets left for the desired date in August.
  • The first group of hikers can enter the entrance at 6:00 a.m.
  • Our tour guide will be with us to guide. I am looking forward to learn more about one of the 7 wonders of the world. We'll start with the ruins on the way to the Huayna Picchu, then the actual hike, then the rest of the Machu Picchu ruins. We probably will be done around noon
  • Take the bus back to Aguas Calientes
  • Looking at the picture below, I freak out a little!!! I know it's going to the toughest hike that I will ever experience in my entire life but I also know it will be worth it. I am mentally prepared for it.
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Day 5: Heading back to Cusco
  • Take the Expedition 72 PeruRail train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  • Costs $54 for the train tickets one way
  • The train departs at 8:23 a.m and arrives at 10:52 a.m
  • Have lunch in Ollantaytambo
  • We booked a half day private tour guide as well. Cost: $100. The tour guide will take us to visit Salineras De Maras (the salt fields) and Chincheros to see how the textiles are made. There are many souvenir shops here. This is the best place to buy Peruvian textiles
  • We will be back in Cusco by approximately 6:00 p.m
  • Spend the night in Cusco
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Day 6: Travelling back home
  • Travel day - 3 flights (CUZ- LIM, LIM- ATL, ATL- CMH). Total travel time: 19 hours =( 

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Recipe :: Mango Sticky Rice

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Sharing a quick, easy and delicious recipe today - mango sticky rice. It's probably one of my favorite desserts. I used my trusty multi-cooker to cook the rice. It's mango season and I can't get enough of them. If you end up trying the recipe, let me know how it goes. I have an exciting post coming next Monday. Check back if you're interested. No, it's not about the Nordstrom anniversary sale. I am tired to hear about the sale before it even started. I am sure there is no shortage of sales coverage. Your feed will be filled with picks and recommendations. There are a few things on my list but I am not in any hurry. I don't have a Nordstrom card and I am not planning to open one either. I will shop the sale once it opens to the public on the 19th.

Ingredients:
- 2 cups of sweet rice
- 1 can of coconut milk
- Sugar, dash of salt
- Ripe mangoes
- Sesame seeds
- Cornstarch
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Directions:
- Wash and rinse the rice until water runs clear
- Add 2.5 cups of water and set to high pressure for 10 minutes (my cooker)
- Heat the can of coconut milk in a saucepan, add sugar to taste with a dash of salt
- Make a slur of thickener with 1 tsp of cornstarch and one tsp of water
- Stir into the coconut cream to desired thickness

Presentation:
- Scoop of sweet rice, coconut milk, sliced mangoes
- Garnish with sesame seeds

Enjoy!

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Botanical Print Dress

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Sharing another winner from Old Navy today. I've gotten so many great pieces from Old Navy and this dress was of them (other pieces I love here and here). The fabric is breezy and comfy. Great for those hot summer days. I got a size XS petite and the length is perfect on me. What first attracted me to this dress was the print. It's summery but not overwhelming. If midi length isn't your cup of thing, this exact print is also available in a shorter version. Outfit details: Old Navy dress *size XS petite* | Steve Madden wedges | Le Specs sunglasses | Forever 21 earrings

Friday, July 5, 2019

Happy Fourth of July!

Hope everyone had a fun and safe Fourth of July. I am physically exhausted =) Unfortunately, I have to go back to work today but it's a ghost town in the office. Yesterday was so much fun. Started with Red, White and Boom on the 3rd. Since I work downtown now, I have an assigned parking space and it helped tremendously with the parking situation. Did you know Red, White and Boom is the biggest fireworks in the Midwest? There are approximately half a million people participating every year. The kids had a blast. On the Fourth, we invited family and friends over for a cookout. Not going to lie, hosting a large group of people was a lot of work. We decided on crawfish! lol not a surprise at all. Crawfish is in season now and they're so fresh. I'll share the recipe in a later post if you're interested. We grilled, we ate, we chatted, we laughed and we ended the night making s'mores by the fire. Hubby and I stayed up until 1:00 a.m to clean up but we wouldn't trade it for anything. It feels so good to be surrounded by down to earth, amazing people that we're lucky to call friends and family.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

June Recap :: July Plans

I know I said it a million times but the month just went by so fast! Our highlight of the month was definitely the trip to Aruba. It was incredible! You can read more about it here and here. We're not doing any big trips in July but have a few fun things planned with the kids

Goal of the month: This month I promised my husband that I will learn how to drive the boat. We have the boat for almost a year now and I kept putting it off. Now that it's hot outside, he wants to do all kinds of water sports and would need someone to drive the boat while he's doing so (lol).

Looking forward to:
- We're hosting a BBQ with friends and family tomorrow! We started our backyard landscape last weekend and hope to finish it today
- Planning a camping trip with the kids this month
- Celebrating my nephew's birthday. He'll be 5!
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June purchases:
1. Misguided floral dress *a Zimmerman dress dupe - 50% off* - $23.50
2. GymShark leggings - $13.50
3. GymShark crop top - $10.50
4. GymShark tank top - $7.50 - *got all my Gymshark pieces when they were 70% off*
5. H&M one piece swimsuit *fits amazing!* - $12
6. Old Navy maxi dress *size XS Petite* - $30
7. Vineyard vines x Target rompers *on me - $30*
Total spent in June: $127


Tuesday, July 2, 2019

20% off Gucci, Saint Laurent, Prada and more

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Fourth of July sales have started. Today, I am sharing a really great one. From now - tomorrow (July 3), you get 20% off everything at Barneys with code BNYJULY. A huge selection of designer items included in the promotion. We're talking about Saint Laurent, Prada, Gucci and Fendi. Take advantage of the promotion now because it'll end in 24 hours.
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Prada bag
Saint Laurent wallet on chain
Saint Laurent sunset bag
Fendi bucket bag
Christian Louboutin nude pumps
Christian Louboutin black pumps
Gucci mules
Gucci sandals
Gucci belt

Sunday, June 30, 2019

White Trousers :: Chambray Shirt

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Sharing another patriotic look today. While the last look is great for the weekend, this outfit is work-appropriate. This is what I am planning to wear to the office tomorrow. I am new to the headband trend. I picked up this one for my trip to Aruba and I love it. It adds an instant summery to your outfit. I can't find the exact headband online but here is the headwrap in the exact same pattern. I am thinking about ordering this set of 4 headbands from Amazon. They're super cute and affordable. Do you have any fun plans for the Fourth? We're heading downtown to see Red, White and Boom! on the 3rd then hosting a cookout with a large group of friends on the 4th. My husband is taking PTO this week to get the backyard and the house ready for the holiday. Lots of fun things happening this week and I can't wait to spend quality time with friends and family. Outfit details: WHBM trousers | Old Navy chambray shirt | Forever 21 headband | Louis Vuitton Neverfull | Le Specs sunglasses | Michele Deco watch

Saturday, June 29, 2019

The perfect outfit for Fourth of July :: Vineyard Vines for Target

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As you may remember Target's latest designer collaboration, Vineyard Vines (launched in May). Many items sold out quickly but I managed to score this rompers in store. This was the only piece that I was able to get my hands on. The quality is super nice. The fabric is extremely soft and comfortable to wear. This particular piece runs big (wearing a size XS here). It's pretty roomy on me but the drawstring definitely helps cinching the waist. This is what I wore last weekend to pick out a few trees for my backyard landscape. I am planning to wear it again to go watch the fireworks on Fourth of July. This romper is completely sold out online but there are many available here, here and here if you're interested. Outfit details: Vineyard Vines for Target rompers *size XS* |  Designer heart sunglasses | Affordable heart sunglasses | Red sandals

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Little White Dress

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The weather is glorious today and I couldn't be happier. It's been raining for the past few weeks. When it's hot outside, all I want to wear is white and this little white dress is the perfect summer piece. I wore this dress to work today (paired with my denim jacket when I was in the office). I even got several compliments =) I purchased this dress from Express a while back. Unfortunately, it's no longer available but other options are available here if you're interested. Outfit details: Express dress | Target sandals | Le Specs sunglasses
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