Spring is approaching in the Southern Hemisphere, but I’m pretending it’s fall.
My fiancé and I have been looking forward to our New Zealand trip since we booked our plane tickets in April. But as summer was ending and school was starting back home in California, I was beginning to regret our decision to travel far away during fall. I was going to miss the most colorful season in the U.S. and all the delicious fall recipes, and the pumpkin — oh, the pumpkin everything in stores — and suddenly I was dying to go apple picking, which is something I haven’t even done in about ten years. Needless to say, we weren’t about to let our multi-thousand dollar plane tickets go to waste, so we departed for New Zealand in mid-September. And it turns out spring in New Zealand isn’t too far off from fall back home. Sure, the bright fall colors may be missing, but the vibrant spring green makes for some enjoyable scenery. And the same crisp chill you get in fall is definitely in the air here too. And we’re camping, which is totally an activity I associate with fall. And the similar weather and activities mean I get to feel cozy in my favorite fall wardrobe pieces, even though it’s actually spring. Warm vest (it’s reversible!), wool socks, cozy boots, cute hat, favorite jeans… Those are the biggies. And I’m happy to have another chance to wear the active cold-weather top I bought in Iceland this past spring. Since we’re camping, I’m not wearing makeup daily, but I did bring some along for our city exploration time in the slightly more fashionable places we’ve encountered, like Queenstown, where we settled down for some urban van camping for a couple of days. Luckily my Estée Lauder eyeshadow compact includes a mirror which has been a huge savior in our mirrorless camper van — whenever, you know, stealing the rear view mirror isn’t exactly appropriate. 😉
With one day left in New Zealand, followed by a couple weeks in Australia and a few days in Fiji, I’m learning to embrace the spring. But I’m pretty excited to go pumpkin crazy this November!
Brilliant purple flowers as far as the eye can see
Iceland’s summer is uniquely beautiful. I’ve seen wildflowers before, but nothing quite like this. With conditions perfect for the growth and spread of the lupine flower, they’re a more common site than those furry little horses in Iceland. They’re easy to access, too, growing right along the roadside, so we couldn’t resist pulling over for a more immersive experience. Iceland was the final of twelve European countries we visited on our Europe trip, and despite the chill (that wool kept me warm), in beauty it was one of our absolute favorites. The steamy geothermal activity, the waterfalls, the massive volcanoes, the puffins (!!!)… we drove around in awe of the landscape at every turn. That eternal sun is a kicker. On a cloudy day when you can’t place the sun in the sky, it’s midnight before you know it, and you’re still three hours away from your hotel. (We spent a lot of time in the car in Iceland, so I dressed cozy.) Now I understand why many choose to rent campervans and RVs to explore this country. Perhaps we’ll try that next time. I know we’ll return soon. Below you’ll find my perfect outfit for a cozy summer day of exploring in the northerly part of the northern hemisphere.
Spring is just around the corner, according to good ol’ Punxsutawney Phil. But there was still a chill in the air in Seattle this February, where I spent all 29 days of the leap year month in this city’s notorious raininess. After spending the winter holiday months in Southern California, Seattle would give us a nice change of scenery and an opportunity to visit friends while we finished some U.S. based projects before heading abroad this spring. With the unrelenting rain, we did get a lot done indoors — the biggest thing being the promo video for my personal travel blog! And this light wooly poncho was perfect for the cozy days I spent tucked away in warm coffee shops working on it. The sun did poke its way through the clouds on occasion, as it did on the day we took these photos, so I did enjoy some outdoor time in Seattle. On those days we’d go for a walk in the park or stroll along Puget Sound trying to spot orca whales, and we even went skiing on two occasions (once at night!) But more days than not, I’d be conquering the cold rain with my new favorite umbrella, a bubble-shaped thing that kept my long hair dry even when it rained sideways! (I now consider this an absolute essential for my travels to Seattle, and since one road-tripping “luxury” is plentiful packing space, I didn’t fret too much over its non-compact size.) I absolutely loved seeing all the green everywhere, but the rain was too dreary for me to not be ready to move on at the month’s end. Seattle, I’ll come visit you again, but next time, I’ll come in summer!
Happy New Year, ladies! I hope you all had an amazing holiday season filled with love and warmth and powdery snow (if that’s your thing). Two months ago, I’d already experienced snow in Alaska, but now that it’s January, winter weather has spread further south. I just arrived in Reno earlier this week, and it’s colder than usual. Billboards around town are bragging that they’re getting the best snow they’ve had in years up here! I generally hate the cold, but I do like snow, so we’re going skiing tomorrow — Yay! — and as usual, ski apparel took up a large amount of space in my suitcase this trip. But playtime isn’t the only thing on my agenda, and since most days I’m frequenting local coffee shops to work on my online businesses, I did need to pack some comfy workday clothes: a loose sweater — the cardigan here is actually ‘plus size’ — with a warm hat, warm boots, my favorite jeans (and maybe some long underwear if it’s extra chilly)… yeah… I can stay pretty happy despite the cold. And speaking of cold weather blues, I’m trying something new! Since my activity level plummets in cold weather destinations, I finally got a fitness tracker to remind me to make an effort to keep moving. (So far I’ve only made it to 40% of my goal number of steps each day, but I’m hoping to improve on that in the new year.) I can’t wait to see what 2016 has in store for me, and I hope it sends some amazing things your way, too! I wish you all the very best in 2016!
It’s officially cozy sweater, hot cocoa, and cuddle season!
Brrr! Last week I arrived in Anchorage to 40-something-degree weather and the sun lingering low in the sky. A week later, it’s officially reached freezing temps, the wind now has quite a bite to it, and snow will no doubt be falling soon. I’m normally not a cold-weather fan, but I do love the feeling of being ‘cozy.’ Bundling up, flipping on the seat warmer in the car, sipping seasonal Starbucks treats, re-learning how to operate a touch-screen with gloved fingers… winter is coming. And quickly, I might add, here in Alaska. But with sunny Southern California as a home base, the Alaskan chill is a welcome change. Especially when it means I get to wear these adorable new SOREL boots and finally test out my fuzzy UGG snood against the cold (it does a fantastic job). And while I’m still finding plenty of opportunities to wear my fall jacket, this gold-threaded creme-colored poncho warmed me right up (in temperature AND appearance) on this cold and dreary day! Doubling up on my fleece-lined tights helped with that, too. My personal favorite thing about winter, though, is the spike in cuddle time with the boyfriend! So if the cold weather comes with my fair share of ‘cozy,’ well then, I’ll welcome it with open arms.
Across the country, the leaves are turning from green to vibrant yellows, reds, oranges… even some purples and pinks. I didn’t want summer to end, but change is a good thing. And who doesn’t love the changing leaves of autumn? It’s September now, and despite a quite hot end to summer in upstate New York, green is still present, but no longer the vastly dominant hue. Though I love the warmth and sunshine that summer brings, autumn is my favorite season for shopping! Especially during the transition from summer to fall. It’s a time when you can still get use out of summery fashions, like the romper I’m wearing here, and breathe new life into them by matching them with tights and boots rather than summer sandals. This second outfit in our new series on STG incorporates some of my favorite classic fall pieces. With blacks and grays and a splash of my favorite color, it’s got versatile pieces that will easily match with your other cold-weather wardrobe favorites — throughout this season AND into the next.
It’s not that I dislike fall (though I do hate the cold). I just love the feeling of summer. So many good memories are made in summer, and this summer, for me, was no exception. I’ve spent the last three months touring around the U.S. with my boyfriend (and photographer), Ian, and we’ve been treated to an endless supply of scenic beauty, wildlife sightings, and growing success in the blogosphere. This week, we’ve found ourselves on a retreat of sorts, a break from our cross-country 50-state trek, in the peaceful nature setting of the Adirondacks. I’ve had time to think about what I want to spend my time and energy on next, and with my never-ending love for fashion and shopping, this was the answer: a new series of travel outfit posts on Stylish Travel Girl. Each month, I’ll have (at least) one new outfit to share here on the blog. I hope you like my first outfit. Here’s to that summer feeling lasting forever!