Great Barrier Reef: Heron Island

DSCN1422Remember when I visited Australia, got halfway through posting photos, then disappeared for awhile all distracted by my full time job working retail over the holidays?  It’s time to get caught up.  Over the next few weeks, every Friday I’ll be sharing the rest of my travel photos from the epic Australian journey.

Heron Island is actually quite difficult to describe.  It’s one of those surreal Discovery Channel beauty type of places that just saying “It was so beautiful” doesn’t even scratch the surface of how I really felt.  The skies are the purest blue of blues and the ocean looks as if a turquoise diamond has melted over the reefs.  This island is located on the Southern end of the Great Barrier Reef so the coral is mostly browns and neutrals with a few great pops of color.  The bright colorful coral is more North where the water is warmer.

One of the fantastically fun things about Heron Island in particular is that during low tide, you can walk a good mile from shore and only be up to thigh deep water.  It’s such a remarkably unique way to visit the reef!  We were able to spot tons of sea life just during these walks alone.  Bright blue starfish, neon lipped clams, sea cucumbers everywhere, and we were even lucky enough to spot a sea turtle both times we did a reef walk.  You’re literally in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, surrounded by wildlife.  From birds to sharks, you’ll have some form of wildlife in sight at all times.

This Island is known for its sea turtle activity.  While we visited in October, the sea turtles were in mating season.  We witnessed quite a bit of sea turtle love and saw evidence of the females coming to shore for a little rest.  Apparently, the males practically drown the females while, you know, getting busy so the ladies need a break.  A sea turtle cigarette so to speak.  At other times during the year, visitors can witness the entire sea turtle life cycle.  I would have died to see the baby turtles!  Next time, I suppose.DSCN1494DSCN1579DSCN1470DSCN1407DSCN1545DSCN1359DSCN1534DSCN1502DSCN1454DSCN1393DSCN1375DSCN1361DSCN1726DSCN1356DSCN1605DSCN1432

 

Fun fact: Heron Island was named after these birds above but they’re actually Egrets!

To plan your visit to Heron Island, click here.

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LookBook: Banana Dress

DSC_0145I love fashion with a sense of humor.  That’s why brands like Kate Spade New York, Markus Lupfer, and Anya Hindmarch speak to me.  The dress fits like a dream but it has bananas on it!  I mean, come on!  It’s like this dress was made specifically for someone like me.  I wore it for a night out to the Fashion Week San Diego Spring Showcase at Harrah’s Resort.  I felt great in this baby.

There’s obviously a lot going on with the dress so I kept accessories simple (for me at least) and just wore a statement necklace.  No bracelets or rings required (that purple thing on my wrist is my admission ticket).  My Kate Spade New York wristlet was relatively simple as well in plain white leather but kept it more ‘me’ with the little frog prince patch.

DSC_0280DSC_0144DSC_0141Banana DressDress: Markus Lupfer ‘Frankie Bananas’ (Also available in pink here), Necklace: Kate Spade, Wristlet: Kate Spade (Similar), Heels: Proenza Schouler (Similar)

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Celebration of Fashion Runway Show

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Spring has arrived in San Diego which means it’s time to roll out the new Spring/Summer trends.  Fashion Valley Mall shared some amazing new looks from retailers like Boss Hugo Boss, White House Black Market, Scotch & Soda, Anthropologie, Halston Heritage, AllSaints, Ted Baker London, Joe’s Jeans, & Macy’s.  If that lineup doesn’t get you excited, you need to check your pulse!  One of my favorite trends is the boho vibe including platform shoes, flowing maxi dresses, and fringe covered coats and bags.  If only my mom had kept her clothes from her teenage years!  I’d be right on trend!

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#FWSD15: Fashion Week San Diego Spring Showcase

DSC_0188There really is nothing better to get you pumped about new up and coming designers then a teaser runway show.  At Fashion Week San Diego‘s Spring Showcase, they let us take a sneak peek of the featured designers set for the main event next October.   Each designer selected only one look to send down the runway.  This year might be the most sensational yet!  Just look at some of these pics I took from the show!  I’m super excited about the move to La Jolla as well.  It’s literally shutting down a full street for the show!  Incredible.

Pre-Sale tickets are available online now but are going fast.  I have my tickets, do you have yours?!  Click here to purchase.  See you there!

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LookBook: Mini Road Trip

DSC_0068Sometimes one night away is all you need to hit the refresh button.  With Fashion Week San Diego’s Spring Showcase as our excuse, we set out on a mini road trip to Harrah’s Casino for the night.  Along the way, we stopped for a bit of wine tasting (my favorite thing!) and strolled along these beautiful orange groves.  The trees were blooming and the scent was divine!  The air smelled like warm honey and fresh squeezed orange juice so strong it was shocking.

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Dress: Kate Spade New York (Similar), Clutch: Samudra, Shoes: Keds, Sunglasses: Ray-Banstilettos

LookBook: Walk Around Heron Island

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After arriving on Heron Island by seaplane, we grabbed a quick bite to eat and immediately went for a walk around the island.  It’s such a tiny place you could easily do it in 20 minutes at a brisk pace.  It was amazing to see absolutely no other signs of land from any point.  Just in that short walk, we encountered sting rays, sharks, a couple sea turtles, and lots and lots of birds.  If you’re afraid of birds even a little bit, this island would be your nightmare.  The ocean views were just breathtaking!  We spent a lot of time with our toes in the sand.  Actually, it’s not even the type of sand we are used to on the beach!  Heron Island is a coral cay.  So that means the island is formed by tiny bits of crushed coral.  Such an unique experience!

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Romper: Young, Fabulous, and Broke ‘Malik’ (Similar & Similar), Sunglasses: Ralph Lauren (Similar), Sandals: Havaianas
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Seaplane to The Great Barrier Reef

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The next step of our adventure was to visit The Great Barrier Reef.  Visiting here better be on everyone’s bucket list.  It’s an amazing surreal experience.  It’s absolutely incredible how up close and personal you can get with the wildlife.  For example, we got up to watch the sun rise one morning to witness a little sea turtle love and saw tracks where the ladies had come to shore for a nap.  Just a flat out cool experience.

I highly recommend trying to take a helicopter or seaplane out to wherever your stay takes you for another perspective of The Great Barrier Reef.  As we were flying over we saw sharks, stingrays, schools of fish, and lots of sea turtles.  Pretty much everything I wanted to see!  The seaplane experience was really awesome too.  Landing and taking off on the ocean was crazy! I’m so happy we did that.  Stay tuned Wednesday for more on my Great Barrier Reef adventure.

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