American Apparel

Field of Gold








fieldofgold9[Photos by NR]

Top: American Apparel crop turtleneck, Aqua crop denim vest | Bottoms: Vintage Levis (similar here) | Shoes: Steven Madden ReaLuv sandals | Bag: Milly (similar here and here) | Hat: H&M | Belt: from DVf dress

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Wore this outfit on date night with Nate last Friday to the movies and I love that it’s comfortable yet a little sexy at the same time.

When I’m not in the mood to get dressed up, these are my go-to jeans because it’s so comfortable yet I can still add a little something extra to the outfit with the right pairings. I love the tight fitting crop top because it’s perfect for balancing out the over-sized bottoms and a pair of heels adds a sexy vibe. By the way, we saw Fast & Furious. It was surprisingly good and worth seeing if you’re looking for a summer action flick with a bit of muscles thrown in. :) There are so many movies that I have to see this June. A few of my must-see are Man of Steel (drooling), World War Z and White House Down. Do you have a favorite? Hope you had a lovely weekend!

South Beach: Girls Time, Memories & A Few New Gator Friends



miami5[Photos by T. Rhea]

Swimsuit: Victoria’s Secret top and bottoms | Bottoms: American Apparel wide leg sheer pants | Hat and glasses: H&M

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Weekends on Miami Beach are usually filled with parties, dancing, shopping and some pretty amazing meals. Our annual girls trip included just that and a few new buddies we met along the Florida Everglades…



Did you know that the Florida Everglades is not a swamp, but a 50-mile-wide, slow-moving fresh water river full of saw grass and home to roughly 300,000 alligators (as well as crocs)? The thought of being on a boat going down this river was pretty terrifying until we got there and saw just how beautiful this place was.



Meet Roderick!

Our first sighting was pretty exciting and a little creepy how close we were!


miami15Rod and the crew hanging out



After days of research we decided to go with the Airboat in Everglades tour because they have the best reviews on TripAdvisor. I was really nervous because these tours doesn’t normally offer seat belts, helmets, life vests, a stun gun and well, a glass wall all around the boat. But as soon as we met our tour captain Chad, he completely made us feel at ease because he was very knowledgeable, friendly, and mindful of our needs and comfort.

For $50 on a semi private 1 hour tour, we saw loads of alligators up close and learned about the general wildlife in the Everglades. This was definitely a unique and fun experience that’s a must if you’re ever in Florida!





As we get older, life can be pretty hectic especially when we have careers, husbands and/or children. Sometimes it feels like there’s no time in a day to do everything we need to do and we tend to forget about the people that has been there for us before all of this…our girlfriends! We started our “girl’s trip” a few years ago and plan on doing at least one a year to a new destination! I think vacations and quality time with friends are critical for our well being and being able to share these moments even after we’re married or have kids is also equally important. :)

xoxo, KTR

2013 Caribbean Vacation Diary Part II: St. John, St. Maarten, & St. Thomas

cruise2013_stthomas1[Coki Beach, St. Thomas]

Time is too swift for those on vacation because our next few days went by like a blink of an eye. Our next stops in the Caribbean were St. John, St. Maarten and St. Thomas!

You can see Part I of our Caribbean Vacation Diary HERE

2013 Caribbean Vacation Diary Part I: San Juan, Barbados & St. Lucia

cruise2013_barbados1[Beach at the Hilton Resort, Barbados]

Perhaps it’s the stretches of sugar-soft sand laying amongst the striking sea of crystal clear water that I love so much. Or it could be the warm breeze against my skin even when it rained…the delicious authentic food, the endless adventure and exploring that we can do…or maybe it’s just the laid-back pace of life and the people are generally charming and welcoming. I think it’s probably all of the above that has captivated my heart about the Caribbean islands, making it my top places to visit each year.

The “Husband Jeans” + DIY Tutorial


If you love having the option of choosing your own color, design and like to save some cash, DIY’ing is a good option… It’s super easy to do in a few simple steps and you’ll only need 4 things to create this look (no sandpapers or tedious tweezing needed, just cut, throw ’em in the washer and finish off in the dryer!).







husbandjeans13[Photos by NR]

Top: American Apparel crop top | Bottoms: DIY distressed Vintage denims (contact me if you’d like to purchase a custom pair) | Shoes: Aldo silver cap toe pumps | Fedora: H&M | Bag: Rebecca Minkoff studded bag | Accessories: Knuckle wire rings thanks to The Hatters, onyx 14k gold ring (similar for less here), Alexis Bittar ‘Miss Havisham New Wave’ Cuff, Cara leather wrap bracelet, 

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Growing up, I watch my mom struggled to take care of my 3 brothers and myself as a single mom who moved to the US without knowing a lick of English other than “hi” and “thank you,” but she managed to raised us well and do everything herself. Perhaps I got this quality from her, seeing life as a do-it-yourself project…..or maybe I just hate spending $150+ on a pair of jeans that’s destroyed.

I love the BF because they seem so comfortable but it was always difficult finding a pair to fit my body. Usually they are way too tight to be boyfriend jeans or way too baggy. Then I realized those mom jeans that I turned into distressed high waisted shorts last year would make the perfect Boyfriend jeans (pre-cut). Since these were originally high waisted mom jeans with a little diy twist, I’d like to call these “The Husband Jeans.”


Head to your local thrift store and look for a pair of “mom jeans.” Mom jeans are usually high waisted and have a really long zipper. Don’t worry if the overall fit is not perfect. As long as it fits your waist and hips, it’ll work! Also, don’t forget to check the men’s section as sometimes you’ll find these pants in the smaller men sizes there.