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Casual in Black + White

April 29, 2016
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Happy FRIYAY!  Here's a casual black and white look I wore to dinner last weekend.  Black and white is always my go-to!  Enjoy the weekend..  
xo




outfit details

top: Old Navy (sold out), shop similar here, love this over-sized buffalo plaid option  //  jeans: Topshop Jamie (last seen here)  //  flats: Jeffrey Campbell (old), love these and obsesssed! with these  //  shades: Ray-Ban  //  purse: Forever 21 (sold out), similar here    




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the Perfect Jumpsuit for Wedding Season

April 28, 2016
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With Wedding Season quickly approaching, I want to share how to switch-up your go-to wedding dress.  My go-to happens to be any Little Black Dress (remember this outfit).  The jumpsuit is a perfect substitute -- you can maintain that level of dressiness but with a added twist.  There are SO many options to choose from these days -- black + white, illusion sleeves, even halter

I actually wore this Topshop jumpsuit paired with a fur vest back in January to a post-Holiday party -- yes, I'm just getting around to photographing it now.  But the beauty of this piece (a very similar option here) is that it can be worn almost year round.  The floral print allows you to wear it in the Spring with sandals, while the orange hues make it perfect for a Fall Wedding, or pair it with a fur vest and black patent leather pumps for a Winter wedding or Holiday party...  The possibilities are endless.  
xo



outfit details

jumpsuit: TopShop (sold out), almost identical here  //  heels: Candies (last seen in this post), similar here  //  purse: Clare V  //  shades: Ray-Ban Aviators




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Friðheimar // Lunch on the Golden Circle + What to Wear

April 26, 2016
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During our self-guided Golden Circle tour, we stopped for lunch at the delicious Friðheimar, a eco-friendly greenhouse specializing in the sustainable cultivation of tomatoes year round (despite Iceland's dark, dark winters).  The staff provides a wonderful explanation upon arrival, and you are free to wander through the greenhouse at your leisure.  The restaurant features a simple menu of only 3-4 options.  We choose from unlimited tomato soup and bread, fresh pasta or a tortilla (we think that meant flatbread).  They also offer a variety of Bloody Mary's made with their homemade mixes - yum!  We all opted for the unlimited tomato soup.  For around $16, it did not disappoint - we were re-fueled for the remainder of our day.  

The property is also home to an equestrian center where you are welcome to pet the horses-- of course, we did --- or even catch a horse show in their 120-seat arena...  

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Now, what to wear while touring the Golden Circle....Layers!  I can't tell you how many times we took off our jackets, hats, glove once the car warmed up, only to put everything back on before we went to the next spot on our Golden Circle tour.  It was cold!  But clearly, it can get warm pretty quickly in a small car packed with 4 girls. The weather can change just as quickly so I recommend bringing a raincoat and some sort of waterproof footwear -- I'm glad I packed my Hunters at last minute.  We experienced rain, bright sunshine, overcast skies, a minor snow squall in the mountains, then back to sunshine.  So be prepared for literally anything.  I also took a baggu cube and microfiber cloth so I could store and clean my camera in the event we were stuck out in the elements longer than expected...  

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xo




OUTFIT DETAILS

topWho What Wear for Target (last worn in this post)  //  rain coat: via Marshalls (also seen in this post)  //  jacket: B.B. Dakota (sold out, see this post here)  //  jeans: Hudson, last worn here  //  rain boots: Hunter (last worn in this post)  //




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Golden Circle // Iceland - Day 2

April 25, 2016
Day Two -  Another early morning...  We left our apartment, grabbed a latte and headed east, out of the City towards the Golden Circle route.  The Golden Circle is a 3-4 hour driving loop that contains some of the most iconic Icelandic sites: National Parks, beautiful vistas, geysirs and of course, waterfalls.  It has become a tourist trail in Iceland since the drive can be accomplished in a short half day window, and the roads are well maintained.  We opted to drive ourselves so we could take our time along the way, and stop for a leisurely lunch...

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1st Stop - Þingvellir National Park (or Thingvellir).  Located at the Northern tip of Iceland's largest natural lake, Þingvallavatn, Þingvellir National Park is a location of both historical (a UNISCO World Heritage Site) and geographical significance: read more on that here.  The entire Park is situated on an active volcano area.  But even cooler, the North American and European tectonic plates collided at this very location forming the Mid-Atlantic Ridge.  Over time, the canyon that has formed here serves as evidence of Continental Drift.  We took some time to explore the park, unique rock formations of the canyon, waterfalls and views of Lake Þingvallavatn before heading on to the next stop...

2nd Stop - Strokkur Geysir -  We were able to witness the phenomenon several times, each time more exciting than the previous.  The Great Geysir (the original attraction to this active geothermal area) has been dormant since 1916, only erupting once in 1935 then returning to its dormant state.  We didn't see the Great Geysir.  The new attraction to the area is the Strokkur Geysir, which erupts regularly every 6-10 minutes and spouts boiling water nearly 100 feet in the air.  The most intriguing part (in my opinion) had to be the beautiful crystal color of the water right before the gush -- simply amazing!

3rd Stop -  The Gullfoss Waterfall, or "the Golden Falls", a beautiful 3-stepped waterfall (maybe Iceland's most famous) that carries glacial water from the Highlands...  It was crowded and cold, but worth the stop. 

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4th Stop - Lunch at the delicious Friðheimar -- so good that I wrote an entire post dedicated entirely to it. 

5th Stop - Skálholt Cathedral.  Our stop here was pretty short.  To be honest, I hadn't researched this stop much so I didn't know what to expect.  I have since learned the town of Skálholt has an deep religious and cultural history in Iceland, as it served as the capital of rural society for centuries.  More recently, the Skálholt Catherdal has become home to archaeological investigations, further deepening the historical significance of the town.  We were able to freely explore the excavations and even venture into a tunnel beneath the Church...  Also, I have since learned the Cathedral recently has become known for its summer concert series, attracting music lovers from all over.  I can only imagine how beautiful this landscape would be in the Summer months...  


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6th Stop - Kerið Crater.  Before we arrived, we convinced ourselves this 'crater' must have been formed by an asteroid...  Wrong.  Turns out, the Kerið Crater is actually the result of volcanic activity.  When this volcano erupted thousands of years ago, the chamber of magma beneath the crater emptied, causing a large void that then filled with groundwater (or so they think....)    
At this point in the day, I think know we were exhausted.  We didn't even walk around the entire thing... As you can see from the people at the top left corner of the images below -- this oval crater is huge, about 550 feet wide.  So we left and headed on to the 7th and final stop...

7th Stop - ON Power at the Hellisheiði Power Plant.  By the time we arrived here, the exhibition was closed.  So we researched and found out that this power plant exhibition focuses on how geothermal energy (which is largely abundant all over Iceland due to the high concentration of volcanoes) can be harnessed in a sustainable manner.  In conjunction with other power plants, the natural geothermal heat they produce provides for almost all of the heating and hot water requirements in the entire country. The building itself was cool, architecturally speaking.  But even more beautiful was the geothermal clouds whisking by the beautiful mountains beyond.  
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We arrived back in the city around 6:30, with plenty of daylight to spare, as we got ready for our dinner at Tapas Barinn and night out in Reykjavik.  The night ended with this: 

the Camo Bomber Jacket

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I hope you had a great weekend!  Make it a good one...  Thanks for following along.
xo

Linking up with: Laura  //  Trend Spin  //  Turning Heads  //  What I Wore  //  Oh, Hey Girl  //  




outfit details

jacket: DKNY (old), shop similar here, here and sleeveless here  //  dress: Target (only $23), available in black here  //  sandals: J.Crew (last seen here)  //  necklace: J.Crew Factory (old, last seen here), similar here  //  shades: Ray-Ban Aviators  //  purse: Street Level Reversible Tote (under $50!)  //   




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Stripes on Moto

April 22, 2016
  
Happy Thursday all!  I've been pretty busy this week but wanted to quickly share this look.  I'm also working on a whole slew of Iceland posts -- hopefully ready to post this weekend (see first post in the series).  Thanks for following along!
xo

Linking up with: Laura  //  Trend Spin  //  Turning Heads  //  



outfit details

pants: BlankNYC Moto (sold out), similar style here or drawstring option here  //  shirt: Mossimo via Target (also love this dress version)  //  heels: Enzo Angiolini (old, last seen here), similar here  //  jacket: GAP  //  shades: Ray-Ban Mirrored Aviators  //  necklace: BP (only $13!)



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Blue Lagoon // Iceland - Day 1

April 21, 2016
Day One - We arrived early, like 3:45am early.  So we grabbed our luggage, changed/freshened up in the ladies room, then got settled at the only airport coffee shop we could find: Joe & the Juice.  Don't get me wrong, the coffee was fantastic, the staff was upbeat, with the music bumping, they made it hard to believe it was only 4am.  

After waiting for the sun to rise, we picked up our rental car and headed east towards the Blue Lagoon.  As we drove through the country, it felt like we were on another planet.  Literally, we felt like we were on Mars, with the rocky, lava field terrain and spongy moss growing sporadically - it was like something we had never seen before!  We wanted to squeeze in a quick morning hike before our 10am reservations at the Blue Lagoon.  We found Mt. Keilir (a volcano) on a few sites as a good 2-3 hour hike, close proximity to the Airport and the Blue Lagoon.  However, we learned very quickly that just because there is a 'road' to the mountain, does not mean the road is actually paved.  So in order to stick to the terms of our rental agreement (i.e. no off-road-ing), we ditched the planned hike.  Luckily, we found a smaller hike closer to the Blue Lagoon, where no off-road-ing was required, with pretty cool views of the Blue Lagoon. 

Next stop, the Blue Lagoon.  Located in the middle of Iceland's extensive lava fields and adjacent to a geothermal power plant, the Blue Lagoon is essentially a man-made hot tub containing 1.5 million gallons of milky, mineral-rich geothermal seawater from nearly 1.25 miles beneath the earth's surface.  When the water reaches the lagoon, it remains at a constant temperature around 100 degrees.  The water is known to have healing properties, not to mention the silica mud that settles at the lagoon floor can be used as a mineral rich face mask.  Even though the lagoon is currently going through a phase of expansion, it didn't hinder our experience.

We opted for the Premium experience at the Lagoon which included full-day entrance to the lagoon (saunas, steam bath in a lava cave, massaging waterfall, etc...), bath robe, slippers, a cocktail at the swim-up bar, and sparkling wine with our lunch reservations at the onsite restaurant, LAVA.  We could even dine in our bathing suits, robes and slippers -- it was like a fancy judgement free zone (my kind of lunching!).   But the best part had to be the in-water massages!  I highly recommend even a 30 minute treatment to relax, decompress and just enjoy the warmth of the lagoon.  (I also HIGHLY recommend pre-booking your admission to the Lagoon and any other packages -- at least a month in advance as it fills to capacity quickly!)

After a fabulous lunch (I had the cod), we changed out of our suits and headed towards Reykjavik.  We settled into our AirBNB apartment around 6pm, and eventually ventured out to see some of the city with any energy we had left....

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Disclaimer: I am in no way a travel guide or a travel expert for that matter...  But I hope to share with you insights and suggestions from my recent (jam-packed) trip to Iceland.

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