Ultimate NYC LOOKS

Here is my ultimate NYC packing list and my favorite looks for Spring! I was supposed to head to the other coast for my birthday, but it didn't work out!  I will, however, be coming in August! I am filled with excitement to pull out the best of my wardrobe. 


Before any trip I use polyvore to imagine our my outfits for inspiration on what to pack and how I feel like being represented. This was my packing list for my birthday trip in May!

Still, I feel it applies (except for the birthday goals outfit) which could be used for a bit celebration of night out.

Keep in mind there are some expensive pieces in this but there are always ways to find lower priced alternatives!  

PS- if anyone wants to gift me some birthday items, feel free 😜 

A bit of evening for you.

I like the idea of the evening starting at sunset. A glass of wine while watching the sun go down before going out. A few moments of peace before crowds and a rowdy amount of people and the loud sounds.

Before you ever think you're going to have an overwhelming night, think about allowing yourself moments of piece. Rather than a pregame, take a few moments to enjoy getting in touch with yourself. Take some moments to settle within before giving so much of your attention away.


The 5 Stages of Being Sick

I really hate being sick and right now, I have a case of strep (possibly mono) that is kicking my ass. Being sick made me realize that I actually tend to treat it to something similar to death. I literally process the idea of bed rest as a certain kind of death. A death to my schedule, energy, and ability to get work done. 

Stage 1: Denial - I'm not sick. See, look. I'm out of bed, making funny Snapchats, I stopped at Sephora, I shot for this dear old blog, and I went to yoga. I mean, sure I had to spend the last 45 minutes in child's pose because I was so dizzy but I went to yoga. So clearly, I can't really be that sick.

Stage 2: Anger- Why do I feel like shit? I just want to eat my dinner without it hurting to swallow! I  want to go play with my friends but I'm so damn tired. Why is my face so swollen? I just want my eyes to look normal. This fucking sucks. I don't want to stay in bed it's so sunny. This is utter bullshit.

Stage 3: Bargaining- Please God, just make me feel better because being sick really sucks and I really like having fun with friends. Plus, I have so much work to do. Okay, what if I lay in bed until like 11 then you give me the energy to go surf with friends! No? I think that's pretty fair.

Stage 4: Depression - Life sucks. Why do I always have to be sick? What did I do to deserve this? Where is everyone? Why won't anyone keep me company? I'd get your germs for you. Wow. Nothing makes you feel more alone in life then being sick and contagious. 

Stage 5: Acceptance - Okay, fine. I feel like shit. I'll stay home. I'll contain my germs. I'll watch Netflix until I feel better. SO, me and this lazy Sunday outfit of the day will just stay in bed and rest. Because, DAMN IT, I am sick. 

So, maybe me being sick isn't the most fun of an update. But that's what I got for ya.'ll



Nectarine Sundaes with Toasted Almond Gelato & Mint Caramel

Here is our first episode of Gone Native Cooking. In the future, there shall be music through out and even more interesting and beautifully shot content. This is our first go at this crazy idea of our cooking show but we rather enjoy it. 

Whipping up some New Things: Gone Native Cooking

This will be the opening/credits portion to our new cooking segments on the blog. I am super happy to be adding my passion for food to Gone Native Co. Get ready for more cooking videos coming your way, like the baked peaches with toasted almond gelato already filmed!