Emirati Diaries #3: Desert Safari

March 20, 2018

Platinum Heritage Desert Safari

UAE is one of the countries within the Arabian Desert, so of course a visit there wouldn’t be complete without a desert safari. I’m typically a do-it-yourself traveler that avoids tour groups. Probably because when I think of them, I picture giant buses and a crowd of overzealous buzzing tourist. So when it came to deciding which company to do the safari with, I made sure to do my research. I can’t have just a good safari, I want the best one out there, ya know?

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Emirati Diaries #2: Escape to Ras al-Khaimah

March 16, 2018

Ras Al Khaimah Travel Guide

While most people are probably familiar with Dubai, the crown jewel of UAE tourism, you may not know that there’s a hidden gem of a destination just an hour-and-half drive north: Ras al-Khaimah. This spot ended up being my favorite part of my UAE trip. As soon as we got to the Ritz-Carlton Al Wadi Desert, hubs and I knew we made a mistake by only booking two nights. We were scrambling to figure out how we could squeeze in more nights out of this trip. But of course that was impossible since we’re trying to fit in a whole country within one week.

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Emirati Diaries #1: UAE Trip Essentials Packing List

March 2, 2018

UAE Trip Packing List

I don’t know about you guys, but I’ve always been one of those people that lives with the constant feeling that she forgot something. Probably because most of the time, I did forget something. The ADD force is strong with this one! So the way I combat my terrible forgetfulness is by making lists. I always tell people: if you don’t see me write it down, it’s probably not going to get done. Well if I don’t put things in my packing list, there’s a good chance it’s not going to make it in the suitcase. It’s not a very fun feeling realizing you’re missed packing something essential when you’re halfway around the world. But no worries, I’m here to make sure that you’re trip goes smoothing without a snag and everything you need packed in you bags!

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Throwing Shades (of Red), All Year Long

February 14, 2018

H&M Chunky Red Sweater

Happy Hump Day and happy Valetine’s Day to you beautiful people. Ok so I gotta admit, I’m usually not really big on Valentines Day. Sure it’s a great excuse to be getting chocolates and macaroons (hubby got me super cute ones from Stache of Goods this year). Although I can’t really say I get into the spirit of it, let alone remember to wear red on the day. But thanks to a planned ahead photoshoot with some of my blogger friends, I am prepared this year. Red is actually one of my favorite color. Though typically I only wear it as an accent, like bold red lips or a hat. But hey, since it’s the official color of Valentine’s day, I guess I have an excuse to go nuts on it.

What about you guys? Are you a fan of wearing red, especially on Valentine’s Day? Read on to check out more of my (and my Galentine’s) full outfit and see some of my favorite shades of red pick that will look good on you all year long.

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Elevated Casuals

February 12, 2018

Old Navy Two-Button Sweater-Fleece Coat

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Old Navy. All opinions are 100% mine.

Raise of hands: how many of you guys are fans the “Stars Are Just Like Us” section of the celebrity magazines? You know which magazines I’m talking about. The ones that you never really buy, but read while waiting in line at the grocery store or for your nails to dry at the nail salon. The photos typically show celebrity in doing regular everyday things, like going to get brunch. But almost always, even though they are often times in über casual-mode, these celebs seem to master the “looking good without trying too hard” look. That’s the elevated casual vibe I’m trying to emulate with today’s look.

Since comfort is one of my top priority in dressing, I’m all about comfy casual looks. And the combo of the Old Navy power jean and soft sweater-fleece coat is not only comfy, but also mega stylish. So how do you take it to the next level then? One of the easiest way to elevate a casual look is by incorporating a button-up. And depending on the material you pick (go with 100% cotton), this addition doesn’t have to mean that you’re sacrificing comfort one bit. Of course since this look is Old Navy, you won’t need a celebrity stylist budget to recreate it.

What do you think of this look? I feel like the only addition I need to round out this “celebrity incognito” look is a big bug eye sunglasses and a horde of papparazzi following me.

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Wrapped and Flattered

January 29, 2018

Urban Outfitters UO Velvet Wrap Tulip Maxi Skirt

It’s so easy to get in a clothing rut during the winter. When I’m feeling particulary uninspired and especially on those days when I wake up too late (which happens quite a bit), the default go-to that pops in my head is typically skinny jeans and comfy sweaters. Now there’s nothing wrong with that, as you may know from past blogs, I have a huge love for oversized comfy sweater. And while jeans is an obvious choice to stay warm in the Winter time, skirts are totally still an option with the addition of tights (or heattech tights on those really chilly days). My favorite lately has been wrapped skirts: they’re flattering for all body types and easy to wear. Not to mention (bonus point) you can wear them well into Spring and maybe even summer, depending on the material.

Read on to see more of this outfit and some of my other wrap skirt picks.
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Chunky and Cozy in Chenille

January 25, 2018

Express Cable Knit Chenille Boat Neck Balloon Sleeve Sweater

In my early 20s, my dressing theme was: sexy sexy sexy. Now that I just turned 34 (fun fact: my birthday is January 22), my dressing theme is: cozy cozy cozy. I mean really though considering the current chilly temps, why would you want to add tight uncomfortable clothes to your list the discomfort. Of course that doesn’t mean I won’t be looking good while feeling cozy. So actually let me update my update that dressing theme to: stylish cozy and comfy. This cable knit chenille boat neck balloon sleeve sweater meets all of the criteria and so it’s been my recent favorite.

Read on to see more of this outfit and other favorite chunky sweaters you’re going to want to get your hands on.

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Winter Florals

January 23, 2018

Urban Outfitters UO suddenly spring ruffle tie dress

When the weather is warm and the snow has long since melted, floral prints are definitely something you see aplenty. But they’re definitely not something I would typically consider wearing outside of the Spring/Summer months. But as much as I love my solid velvets, I was looking for a change.
Turns out there’s a very easy way to “winterize” floral printed dresses. All you got to do is pair it with an oversized faux-leather jacket, which let’s face it, is a staple that every one should have in their closet (if you don’t have one yet, this beaut from BCBGeneration is on mega sale for only $53). If you’re going for a shorter length dress, like I’ve done in this post, you’ll probably also want to add tights to the ensemble. I find that the sheer options work better here as opaque tights weights down the outfit too much.

What do you guys think? Would you rock floral prints in the snowy months? Read on to see more of this outfit and my other favorite floral printed dress from Urban Outfitters.

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Potato Sack Chic

January 17, 2018


Shapeless chic: I bet that’s two word that you didn’t think would go together in the same sentence. You guys know that I love me some oversized clothes, and this dress is one of my recent fave. I lovingly call it my potato sack dress. So crazy to think that once upon a time I was so nuts over the bodycon dress, and even considered dropping four-digits for a Herve Leger dress. Now, I couldn’t be happier in a sensibly price sheath dress.

I found this one on mega-sale as it was the last piece at the store and also it was a size too big for me. But hey thats not a problem for me, because that just means I can take my love for oversized to the next level. This dress is unfortunately sold out already — but no worries I got a similar pick lined up for you as well as my other fav sheath dress picks. Read on to check out ore of this outfit and my picks.

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Staying Warm with Old Navy Cold Weather Activewear

January 11, 2018

Old Navy Funnel-Neck Pullover Hoodie

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Old Navy. All opinions are 100% mine.

Whether you’ve always been super active or using the New Year as a motivation to get fitter, I think we can all agree that one of the funnest part of working out is shopping for all the cute outfits. The winter weather also gives me an extra reason to go shopping for some cold weather gear. For me, working out is typically just one part of a very long day. Whether it’s a spin class at the end of my work day, or a run followed by brunch and errands on the weekend, my active wear needs to perform double duty. They need to be both gym and street worthy. I find that one of the easiest way to ensure this is to dress mono-chromatically with an accent color: navy and maroon is my pick for this outfit.

But no matter if you’re getting your active wear strictly for the gym or you’re also planning to wear it around town, one thing that is for sure not cool is paying a ton of money on them. Well don’t fret because Old Navy is here to the rescue. They’ve got a great selection of activewear that won’t break your wallet. And don’t get it twisted: just because you’re paying less doesn’t mean you’re sacrificing quality. Read on to see more of my outfit and see a selection of favorite Old Navy activewear items.
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