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ah, new zealand. where does one begin? i’ll do a full blog recap of my travels and tips later, but to give you a snippet, new zealand is amazing. david and i honeymooned in fiji then zipped over to new zealand to explore both the north and south island. the south island was by far my favorite, but the north island sure did have its’ hidden gems.

on this particular day, my new hubby and i [that’s so fun to say :)] went wine tasting outside of queenstown. queenstown  is one of the coolest cities i’ve ever visited. so, i don’t know why i was surprised when the atmosphere of the wineries was just like that of queenstown. everyone was as friendly and easy-going as it comes. most people in the actual town are not from queenstown and have quite interesting and adventurous stories to tell. needless to say, making friends in the area is not a hard thing to do. so if you decide to visit, and i recommend you do, strike up a conversation with a stranger. they won’t stay a stranger for long.

the wine itself is delicious and drumroll please, super inexpensive! the pours are enormous and charcuterie plates are phenomenal. we made it to 3 wineries after getting a late start to our day and this dress was beyond perfect for the occasion.

new zealand weather is rather pleasant. we went during early fall, so the days were warm and the evenings brought a chill. this free people dress was light enough to keep me cool and enough dress to give me a little warmth. the baby blue hues are right on cue with my current blue crush. for whatever reason, i cannot get enough of baby blue these days. bring on all the blues! [i’m wearing an xs for size reference. free people runs just a tad on the large size and i am usually between an xs and s in other clothing]

these marc fisher wedges are the best wedges i have ever slid my size 7.5 feet into. i walked in them for 5+ hours without a single complaint. walked up and down the hills of new zealand and explored through the wineries, and no complaints. i don’t know how they did it, but they did. the most comfortable wedge has been born. these shoes are worth every penny. you can’t put a price tag on this kind of comfort.

now to the clutch. this $22 show-stopping pom pom clutch has sold out at least 3 times this spring. with that being said, i don’t expect it to stay in stock for too long. it’s the perfect spring and summer clutch. the pom poms add a fun summery flair while the large envelope size allows for plenty to fit inside. and at $22, you can’t go wrong. this is the perfect summer staple.

david and i recently moved to south korea and have been house hunting in the area the past month. prayers that we find the right place are always welcome!

xoxo | jasmine

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dress: ecote | sweater: bdg | shirt: project social | shoes: inc [on sale + extra 25% off with code ‘friend’] | bracelet: katespade, jesdesign | watch: jordwatches | rings: etsy | purse: chanel, similar | earrings: kendra scott


when you find the perfect mix of boho and chic, you rejoice! and to add a cherry on top, this dress has so much versatility. i try and make sure every piece i purchase has versatility so i can get multiple looks out of my purchase. i styled this dress three ways and there are still so many more possibilities

my first look features the dress as my statement piece. i’m all about open backs and this ecote hannah strappy-back maxi dress has such a beautiful and playful design! there is a zipper on the side of the maxi and it ties at the back so you can adjust according to size. i paired this look with inc heels for a little added height and a fun twist. swapping out the heels for a pair of sun seeker gladiator sandals [ <– i love these ones! ] would also be a great option for a more boho or festival look.

my second look is much more comfy with an easy-going boho vibe. i simply paired a black tee over the maxi dress. i tied a front knot on my shirt [i used to do this in elementary school, welcome back front knot] to add a little figure to the loose and casual look.

my third look is my favorite. i love getting all cozy in an oversized sweater. the weather in texas right now is going from hot to cold in a flash so this bdg sweater has been coming everywhere with me lately. i’ll have to part ways with my favorite sweater in just a few short weeks, so for now i’m trying to get as much use out of it as possible! i’ve paired the sweater with the same inc heels and kendra scott earrings. i wore this out to brunch with friends and it worked perfectly.

i’ve started to plan some of my summer trips and i am so excited. so very excited. of course most involve beaches and beach weather so i started kicking it up a notch on the workout front. i grew up playing soccer and use to run a lot. i loved it. yes, you read that correctly. i loved running. if i was stressed about something, i would go for a relaxing run, if i was bored, i would entertain myself with a run, if i was sore after a soccer tournament… i would go running?!

i continued to run and enjoy it even after hanging up my cleats, but every winter i hibernate with the bears and avoid the cold weather at all costs. i’ve never enjoyed running on treadmills so when mother nature says goodbye to the beautiful sunny 80 degrees and hello to anything below 50, i take a ‘break’ from the trails.

this past weekend texas had beautiful sunny weather so i laced up my running shoes and welcomed the new season with a long run. the sunshine and the run both felt amazing. however, immediately after, i fell ill. my boyfriend tried searching my symptoms on webmd before i put a stop to it in fear of it diagnosing me with 7 days to live. we did broad a google search instead and found blog posts referring it to “runner’s flu”. something that happens when you go for a long run in the heat after not running for an extended period of time. basically, my take away was i got sick as a result of being out of shape!! definitely a lesson i’ll remember for next winter, y’all. i’ll have to find something enjoyable during the cold months.

xo jasmine


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