November 26th, 2015

Chiang Mai

Eight months ago we started planning our next vacation. Adventurous, unique, tropical were all words that came to mind when describing what we wanted out of our trip. We were in search of a place that was so far removed and different from home. We landed on Thailand and never looked back. Our two week trip consisted of spending four days in Chiang Mai, five days island hopping and 3 days in Bangkok.

Fast forward to today and we are just departing Chiang Mai and making our way to the islands. ‘Different’ could not be more spot on from our experience in Chiang Mai. Over 400 miles north of Bangkok, Chiang Mai is a sanctuary of sorts, with a refreshing combination of city sites and countryside views. Our four days were packed with adventure of navigating the Old City, renting a motorbike and riding through the country, eating authentic Thai, and riding bareback on elephants. 

tha phae gate chiang mai

It is easy to spot Chiang Mai’s city on a map as it is clearly defined by the ancient city walls that once surrounded the fortified old town. Within the walls you can find all sorts of shops, restaurants, hotels and markets. This is also where you will find many of the temples including Wat Phra Singh,Wat Chiang Man and Wat Chedi Luang. The area is extremely walkable, but there are plenty of tuk tuks and red songtaews if you get tired. Just be sure to negotiate before you hop in one :) Our hotel was located just outside of the Tha Phae Gate (De Chai Colonial Hotel). Its close proximity to everything made it easy to navigate the city.

tuk tuk chiang mai

There are several monumental temples inside the town square – all of them worth seeing! After checking into our hotel, we set out on a walking tour to visit each one. Whether you do a self-guided or hire through a tour, I would highly recommend checking out each of them. I was in constant awe of the architect and detail of each temple. Crazy to think they were built over 700 years ago and are still in excellent condition. If you a woman traveler, be sure to dress respectfully and cover your chest,shoulders and knees. You can always buy a shall outside before you enter.

wat inthakhin sadumuang

Wat Inthakhin Saduemuang – One of my favorite petite temples

wat chedi luang

Wat Chedi Luang – It once sheltered the famed Emerald Buddha, now in Bangkok

wat chedi luang temple

wat chiang man

Wat Chiang Man

Wat Chiang Man

Doi Suthep

They say you haven’t experienced Chiang Mai without a visit to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep temple.  Nestled on the mountain ridge, Doi Suthep is an important religious pilgrimage site for Thai Buddhists. I suggest waking up at dawn to make the 45 min drive up and catch the sunrise before all the tourists get their. It will be well worth it!

doi suthep

Outfit # 1: Dress: Bella Dahl  l Shoes: Converse l Bag: Vince

Outfit # 2: Skirt: old l Vest: Madewell (old, similar here) l Tank: J.Crew l Sandals: Michael Kors l Bag: Vince

More photos to come!

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October 4th, 2015

Shirt Dress

So many times I’ve run out and bought something for an occasion or bought a new shirt or dress that I thought was lacking in my closet. Moving forward, I’m trying to purchase things that can be remixed with what I already own. I’m hoping this will decrease the amount of unnecessary purchases and work more with what I got. Insert this shirtdress. I love shirt-dresses for the sheer simplicity of them. You throw it on and are ready in a matter of seconds. This long sleeve one by ATM is more Fall appropriate with it’s heavier cotton material. With this moody weather lately, I wore it as dress one day and as a jacket the other. For future wears, I envision it with a belt around the waist, a blazer or over-the-knee boots.

ATM shirtdress

ATM dress nordstrom

nordstrom shirtdress joie fringe boots

Look #1: Dress worn as a jacket: ATM (similar under $100) l Top: Equipment l Jeans: Mother l Necklace: J.Crew (similar)

Look # 2: Dress: ATM l Scarf: similar l Booties: Joie (similar under $100)

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October 1st, 2015

Flares X Mother Denim

I’m happy that the 70’s style and vibe of the flare jeans are back in style. I remember when I was 13 and I had purchased my first pair. Every inch of them was covered in glitter (Do any of my 90’s readers remember those?).Thankfully I haven’t seen any trace of glitter since then :)  As a petite person, I especially love wearing flares because they elongate your legs with a hidden wedge or heel underneath. I have a darker wash that I absolutely love, last seen here, but opted for a lighter color by Mother Denim as my second pair.

equipment plaid blouse Mother flare denim equipment friends and family nordstrom flare jeans

Jacket: Zara (similar here, here, and here) l Top: Equipment - On sale plus additional 25% off with code EQFRIENDS (long sleeve version) l Denim: Mother via Flaunt l Wedges: old, similar pair here l Handchain: SHY by Sydney Evan via Flaunt (similar here, here and here)

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September 4th, 2015

One Dress x Four Different Ways

Quality over quantity. If you invest in staple, basic quality pieces, then I like to believe you’ll have them for years to come. I’m not going to lie, forking out over several hundreds of dollars for one clothing item may make your jaw drop {even for this shopoholic} . When I browse the racks at department stores (or online), I try to take a single item and visualize how I can wear it at least three different ways. If I get stumped, then I know it’s not a ‘must have’ in my closet. I had no questions when it came to this a.l.c. dress from Flaunt. Lucky for my readers, if you stop by Flaunt and mention Purely Peanut you’ll receive 10% off your entire order. Not local? Check out their Instagram and they’ll ship it!

I know I’ll be wearing this dress all season long and mixing and matching with a few different accessories and shoes!


Dress: a.l.c. via Flaunt (available in navy) l Shoes: Brian Atwood (similar) l Clutch: Jimmy Choo (similar) l Sunglasses: Prada

denim jacket old navy

I love this more casual feel with the denim jacket!

Dress: a.l.c. via Flaunt (available in navy) l Denim Jacket: Old Navy l Shoes: J.Crew (very similar!) l Sunglasses: Prada

leather jacket zara

 Leather can transition any outfit to give it a more edgy vibe.

Dress: a.l.c. via Flaunt (available in navy) l Leather Jacket: Zara (old, similar) l Shoes: Vince (similar- on sale!!) l Sunglasses: Prada

iro sweater nordstrom

This iro sweater is so soft. I could lounge it in all weekend.

Dress: a.l.c. via Flaunt (available in navy) l Sweater: iro (similar) l Shoes: Old (similar) l Sunglasses: Prada

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September 1st, 2015

Ode to Summer

You will slowly see a transition into Fall on the blog, but for now I’m savoring all my summertime moments. An easy denim embroidered dress, a wide brim straw hat and the breeze through my hair. Summer, you were good to us.

love and lemons dress wide brim hat love and lemons dress free people wide brim hat love and lemons denim dress


Dress: Lovers + Friends l Hat: Free People l Shoes: Superga (on sale!) l Sunglasses: Prada

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