A perfect summer day!

My first Sunday back in Houston, my friends aided me in something I'd been dying for all summer (winter in NZ). They took me to the beach!

Of course, I've been to beaches in New Zealand that are way more beautiful and stunning (sorry, little galveston, but it's true), but there is something about being home with your friends at an empty beach. It was cloudy when we left home, and doubt started creeping in that it might not be the perfect beach day we imagined. But as we crossed over the little bridge to Surf Side, the sun appeared.

It was the perfect beach day. Effortless, not too hot, empty beach. We listened to music and tanned and jumped over waves. We even ran down the beach a ways. These are the days that can't be replicated, so we savored it!


Pass me the mom jeans, please.

Now that I'm back in the midst of fall again, I have found my new wardrobe staple. High-waisted jeans. These are not new by any means, but the high waist and above the ankle style is something I didn't think I would ever be able to pull off. I have a short torso and not too long of legs, but I am still obsessed with these jeans. They make my legs look longer and slimmer and I will not complain. A couple of years ago I bought a mustard colored sweater. My friends (and mom, included) made faces. Then I put it on and got so many compliments. I love mustard. That's right. I do. My mom is still not a fan, but I have converted some of my friends. It's staying in my closet, guys.

Top--Banana Republic Outlet// Jeans--Madewell// Glasses--Warby Parker// Shoes-- Fake birkenstocks from Maude Boutique// Watch-- Michael Kors// Bracelet-- Brickyard Buffalo// Purse-- Kate Spade//

Can't forget my birkenstocks and michael kors watch. Favorites.


Day 1 of South Island PT 2

Will you just look at the views? We learned a couple of lord of the rings facts (of course, this is new zealand) while we rode. The horses were a bit cranky, but who cares when you're in that landscape? Gorgeous.

A good start to our South Island adventure, for sure!


Day 1 of South Island PT 1

On Sunday (aug 31), Whit dragged me out of my sick bed (after basically packing for me the night before) and we headed to the airport for our South Island adventure! I don't know if you can tell from the first photo, but I still wasn't totally well. Thank God I was feeling a ton better, though! I slept through the flight and woke up to gorgeous snow-capped mountain views out the window. I did a double take as I awoke. Because it was that beautiful. Unbelievable.

We drove the short drive into Queenstown after picking up our Jucy rental car and found a cute little restaurant for lunch. While eating we didn't waste any time and booked a horse back ride through the mountains.