This year, I have made a conscious effort to live a more sustainable lifestyle. Sure it’s a buzzword and I’ve done obvious things like cutting back on shopping for new clothes, but I’ve really tried to get creative about my consumption. At the workplace Bye sticky notes! I made the switch to a reusable notebook … Continue Reading

What to wear: I have been fooled by San Francisco one too many times. This time, I packed my Marmot down jacket and had zero regrets. I also packed a denim jacked for the sunny, warm days, but more often than not, I needed the jacket – mornings, evenings, out after dark. Stop at Everlane … Continue Reading

I never learned how to apply makeup – my favorite tool is my fingers. One of my secret fantasies is to get a makeover a la Kylie Jenner just to see what I would look like. Can you imagine? Instead of indulging in foundation or eyeliner, I’ve really focused on my skin the past year. … Continue Reading

I love a good book. I read almost everyday thanks to the Kindle app. I was an early Kindle adopter but the app is even easier. Instead of opening up Instagram, I try to open the app for a few pages of reading. I also read before bed and the problem with the below book … Continue Reading

About a week and a half ago, I needed a notebook. I was at work in downtown Austin and the nearest option for a notebook that met my demands (basically not the marbled ones from CVS), was a 2 mile round trip walk. I can’t fit that into my already too short lunch break. And … Continue Reading

What we did: We spent our last night in New Zealand back in Auckland, this time in Ponsonby. This neighborhood is very hip, fashionable, and full of amazing food. We stayed at the Ponsonby Manor, a cute bed and breakfast right on the main road. The main street is great to walk and discover local … Continue Reading

When we started planning our New Zealand trip, Waiheke Island was at the top of our list for two reasons: views and vineyards. After the Coromandel, we took the 2pm ferry from Half Moon Bay in South Auckland to the island. The ferry got us there just in time to check in and head out … Continue Reading

What we did: We landed in Auckland, got our Ezi car rental, stayed the night in Drury, then headed to the Coromandel Peninsula and listened to the Breeze the whole way. If you’re into 70s, 80s, and 90s easy listening – that is your station. It was pretty perfect for our meandering, let’s get lost … Continue Reading

Coromandel Day 1 Drive

What we did: This was a necessary travel day but a scenic one. We drove through Arthur’s Pass and on a sunny and chilly day. We got to see a kea! I highly recommend adding an extra hour (minimum) to your travel time to account for scenic stops and travel delays – there were quite … Continue Reading

FRANZ JOSEF What we did: The next morning we headed to glacier country. This was a must for me. I had essentially cancelled and rebooked our entire trip because I decided we could not go that far and not see a glacier before they melt. The Glacier Highway passed over several rivers and the color … Continue Reading