Honolua Bay

July 12, 2017

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Kenneth Cole swimsuit
Pared Eyewear sunglasses
Argento Vivo earrings
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My friend Deborah is from Oahu, but has made many trips to Maui. She put together a list of places we should visit during our trip. Sadly, many of the places she recommended were on the Road to Hana or in Hana itself, which is on the entire opposite side of the island, which we didn’t have time to hit up. Next time! We drove up the west side of the coast in search of the beautiful and hidden Chutes and Ladders Tidepool, but for some reason couldn’t seem to find it all. We didn’t have wifi in the area, so we turned around and headed back to the one place we passed earlier on the way that had cars parked outside, and went to do some exploring. We found ourselves at Honolua Bay, a popular snorkeling bay. To get there, you had to spend a few minutes walking through a lush, hidden forest off the side of the main road. We were very occupied with oggling over the super cute chicklets following their momma around the green. The west side of Maui is the drier, less wet side, so I was actually quite shocked to find myself in this forest, full of green, that seemed more tropical. Photographing the intricacies of tropical forests is my favorite on adventure trips. It brought back memories of when I trekked through the rainforests of Puerto Rico one time. So, you can be sure that I had a lot of fun at this place. This place was a hidden gem. It was a blessing in disguise that we couldn’t find the Chutes and Ladders Tidepool, for it would have been a pretty steep hike to get to anyways, something much harder to tackle with our parents with us. Sometimes the best things happen by accident. At Honolua Bay, we watched the funny chickens running around like they owned the place, sat on large rocks, enjoyed the view of the bay and the snorkelers, and got to enjoy a little oasis away from the resort life of West Maui. Make sure it wear water shoes if you decide to go in, it’s super rocky!
 

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How I Revamped My Old Vintage Dress

July 11, 2017


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Vintage dress
VEDA bandeau
Marida Jewelry earrings
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For me, the summer season is always about bringing out the vintage dresses that I have collected over the years. Many are from my Philadelphia days, when I would regularly dig through the boxes of the Fishtown vintage warehouse. I did a lot of digging back in the day. And never paid over $15 for a piece. Those were the good old days. But now look at me, full blown summer mode in NYC, and I have no idea what to wear. Really my clothing rack is full, but for some reason . . . everything feels old. So that gave me an idea for a refresher. This slinky little black dress is perfect for the weather right now, but I felt like it needed something extra for it to be worn out again. I had this little bright red bandeau from VEDA. I was feeling some Caribbean vibes from it, and it matched perfectly with the red flower pops on the dress.  Instantly, my well worn vintage dress that I probably paid $5 for 6 years ago feels brand new again. Now I have no reason to get rid of any of my vintage. There is always a way to recreate it, even with one little touch. 

Lacking a bandeau in your wardrobe? Try a long printed or colored scarf and wrap it around. You will get the same effect. 

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A Big Bold Blue

July 10, 2017


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Heidi Merrick dress
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Go bold or go home. What cliché motto. But at the same time, what a motto that rings so true and so universally. From fashion and word choice, to relationships and career path, what’s the point if you are too scared to get your feet fully wet. Or in this case, your feet deep in green grass. I’ve learned this time and time again, everything is worth the chance to go all in, or go all out. It took me a long time to learn that there’s no such thing as in-between. 

When I was a kid, the idea of going bold was an escapism tool for me. A young girl growing up in the suburbs, where it seemed like all you could do was take was one path at a time, and that didn’t ensure that you could get that far with it. I had dreams that seemed bigger than the universe, and they are what kept me going. Dreams so extreme, so outrageous, that sometimes I would have to pinch myself to snap out of it. Snap myself back to the reality that my peers around me always reminded me of. But I never wanted to be the bland type. Not in reality or in my dreams. And let me tell you, reality definitely bites. I learned that it bit the most and the hardest when others would flatten my dreams, sometimes one word would break me down, or my own fear would kick in. That’s what I hated the most, and that’s when I hated myself the most. I was too scared to go all in. To be bold. I’d think to myself that maybe it was safer to step back, be safe, not dream so much. Or at least, keep my dreams at bay in a pocket only accessed for a few hours at night, to be forgotten during the day. But what’s exciting about that? Yes, reality definitely bites, but it doesn’t always have to.

As I got older and came to understand myself and the world around me more, my confidence helped me gain a hold on my dreams more. Those bold flashes that seemed so real, but almost too good to be true to ever happen in real life. But why not? I would always start to remind myself that? Why not. And I will never know if I don’t try at least. That’s the least I could do. I deserved that AT LEAST. 

So do it. Dance on the sidewalk because the song you are listening to is making your body feel something. Quit your job and do something that makes you truly happy for once. Fall in love with someone hundreds of miles away, because your heart can’t help but be in it even from a distance. Close your eyes, choose a place on the map, and go there the next day. Maybe you’ll look back, maybe you won’t. Cut all your hair off. Or grow it extra long. Say exactly what’s on your mind for once. You’ll feel the weight lift like that. Open yourself up to someone new. They might just understand you more than you understand yourself. Start a blog and lay your heart out for the world to see if it wanted to. 

Sometimes the only one thing holding us back, is the fact that there may be no going back. But you know what, that might just be the path you never knew you were ready for up until that moment that you just GO. Even just one step towards that means one huge milestone.

Happy Monday sweet peeps. This post was inspired by this Heidi Merrick dress. A dress in the biggest, boldest, bluest blue. 

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Relaxation at Westin Nanea

July 7, 2017

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ASOS crochet dress
Kenneth Cole sunglasses
L*Space bikini
Argento Vivo earrings
Cult Gaia purse
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Maui still on the mind!! How can it not be? This post is dedicated to our delightful stay with our parents at the brand new Westin Nanea Ocean Front Villas, who hosted us for our last four nights. Our large, two-bedroom villa was cozy and so perfect for the four of us. An outdoor balcony that allowed for us to enjoy some champagne on before dinner. I found myself on that balcony a lot first thing in the morning. Hawaii does that to you. You want to be outfit as often as possible. In the least amount of clothes as possible. hehe. The kitchen was gigantic, which we loved since we did do a little cooking. It’s fully equipped. I’m usually not the biggest fan of all inclusive resorts, but this one was so chill. It felt more like a home for a week than a resort. The beach just a short walk from the hotel, able to be viewed from our room. The boardwalk takes you to beautiful beaches in either direction. All of them local. My absolutely favorite evening was our last night in town, I went for a swim in the ocean during sunset and it was simply magical. I needed nothing else during those moments.

We ended our nights with a delicious dinner at the main restaurant. A roundtable of appetizers kick started our evenings. Every bite delicious and savory. They do such an amazing poke here in Hawaii. I mean this is where it started. For the mains, my parents loves the steaks, and I went for the fish. A dip in the hot tub each night was a ritual, right after dinner and right before showering and going to sleep early (around 10:30pm). We spoke to a lot of other resort guests, which was great fun. But then the heat would make us a sleepy in just the right way, telling our bodies it’s time for a break. We were up at around 6:30am everyday. It felt meditative for my body to adjust to this island time. Recovery time. Nanea . . . relaxation.

Speaking of recovering time, next door at the sister hotel, the Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas, resides the amazing Spa Helani. Natalie and I were treated to the 80 minute Nanea Ritual massage, dedicated to total head-to-toe relaxation for the next door Nanea guests . . . us! Nanea does mean relaxation in Hawaiin, FYI. It started with a ti leaf to cleanse the space and rid of negative energies. An aromatherapy blend of oils is massaged into the body with strong yet gently hands, and the use of warm lava stones applies pressure exactly where you need it. My body was slowly moved to a state of rejuvenation and calm. It also gave my body a great stretch, which after the long flight from NYC, was very much needed. The lounge/relaxation area of Spa Helani was such a dream to lay down in, even take a quick nap. Have a tea and read a book. Surrounded by green and the sound of hotel guests far in the distance. I could have stayed there forever. hehe.

Thank you Westin Nanea for having us on the west side of Maui. Next on the list is coming back to Maui and doing the Road to Hana that we’ve been hearing so much about. But don’t worry, I still have a lot to show you from our adventures on the west side of Maui 🙂 

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