one year

We went to the beach a couple of weeks right before our ONE YEAR anniversary here in Australia and also our first visit back to the USA. It’s never too cold for the beach right?! We seriously can’t believe this is going so fast. We only have 12 more months left here (YIKES) and I…

the great barrier reef

This is going to be a super long post. Caution: Picture Explosion. I’m trying to get as many pictures in here as I can…I seriously think I took thousands of pictures and hundreds (I know this) of videos on this trip. The first day we flew in, we checked into our hotel for a night…

6 months

Because I thought you all don’t really deserve my beautiful photos as much as you get them (I actually just don’t have any good photos lately) here’s my 6 month recap of being abroad and other random thoughts. It’s been so fun and life changing. I’m sure my social media reflects just that – the positive,…

sydney

Finally made it to Sydney!!! Sydney was where we were supposed to get placed at first, but then at the last minute they notified us that we would be going to Melb instead! We drove to Sydney. We will never drive to Sydney again. We ended up stopping about halfway in the Australian Capital which…

nic’s visit

What an eventful 2 weeks! I’m honestly exhausted. We finally hosted our first guest here in ‘straya! We did so much while Nic was here, pretty much planned every single day out. The first day we went down to Sorrento – I made the guys get in and snorkel – it was so chilly this day!…

hair mask

Guys I am so excited to try this! While in Australia, I decided I wanted to give my hair a break. I’ve pretty much been dying, bleaching and styling my hair since…well I don’t even know when, probably since middle school. Especially when working full-time, I always woke up, showered, blow dried and styled my…

desummber thoughts

OMG! I have been neglecting my “blog”. Oops. I started working part-time so I have less boredom time to spend on fancy blog posts! The job is great, and working downtown (Aussies call it the CBD – Central Business District) is very festive with Christmas approaching. It is still so strange to have Christmas during…

dandenong

This is going to be a short post, because I just want to share images. We visited the Dandenong Ranges this week, which are just an hour north of our place. From the gorgeous Sanctuary of William Ricketts with beautiful sculptures, to a hike we did afterwards in the forest. It was filled with birds; scarlet-colored…

peninsula

We’ve had a fun couple of weeks. We did the Melbourne Cup – which was the fanciest race with most insane fashion I’ve ever seen! We also did a Halloween night (Aus doesn’t really get into Halloween like the USA does) and went to a theme park that was having a haunted night. Aaaand then this…

my favorite makeup brushes

In the past few years I’ve had an obsession with makeup. It all started when I YouTubed a makeup tutorial. Which lead me to other tutorials, and product websites, and ULTA, and Sephora…we all do it. The tutorials I started to find were so extremely helpful and I realized a lot of the keys to…

colour

It is one of the best ways to describe Australia. The landscapes, the animals, and the people. Everything is so diverse and beautiful. Still in awe…just the overall feeling of this country is so exciting and positive (which is refreshing coming from election time in the USA!). We’re loving it here. This weekend I planned a…

3 worth-it hair products

*insert Fifth Harmony – Give It To Me, I’m Worth It* A lot of the time, I’ll see a product online or on instagram and think I NEED it, and I usually end up talking myself out of it because it’s too expensive – which is actually the majority of the time. “What if I…