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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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Island Time, Courtesy of Maui

July 2, 2017


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Vitamin A swimsuit
Argento Vivo earrings
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Hello, everyone. I’m back from Maui, which was part work trip with Veuve Clicquot and part family vacation with the parents. The entire trip struck a balance that was just right, and by the end of it all of my city stresses seemed to escape me. What a difference family time makes. I miss my parents already, and really do wish they lived closer than all the way across the country. But that just makes reunions like this so much more amazing. I’m already looking forward to the next one. The plane ride back home was the only thing to bring me back some aches and pains, but a massage is always a quick fix. I’m glad to be back home and at it again at the content creation routine. But just be warned, there will be a lot of Hawaii photos coming your way this week. It’s a slower week for me, thanks to the Fourth of July holiday and Natalie out of town, but that just means more time for me to focus on writing and coming up with more passion projects that I will be able to share with you all soon. I feel like I’ve put quite a few things on the back burner lately because of too much travel, fatique here and there and making more time than usual for my social life. But hey, summer is here, and I’m officially allowed to be easy on myself when it comes to work. But there is still so much I want to share with you all. I think I see another diary post coming soon. But right now, let’s talk about this Vitamin A swimsuit. It made it’s debut on my Instagram earlier this year when I was in Rio de Janeiro with my boyfriend. I still bring it out every warm weather travel opportunity. And I will continue to do so after this one. There’s something so retro and classic about this one. It’s one of my most flattering suits. Vitamin A’s collections have been on point recently. I’ve come to realize that a life isn’t worth living, if it cannot partially be experienced in a bikini. hehe. Happy Sunday guys! 

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A Big Ol’ Bonnaroo Weekend with Teva

June 15, 2017


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TEVA Flatform sandal in white
Zara Co-ord
Kenneth Cole sunglasses
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Oh Bonnarooooooo! I’m already having withdrawals from all the positive energy and high fives that surrounded us on the farm in the middle of a small town in Tennessee. This was Nat’s and my third Bonnaroo, our second one with the Teva crew, and it was by a landslide THE BEST BONNAROO ever. Our suitcases were light on the clothing side, but heavy with Teva sandals, of course. Our camping tent turned into an 85 degree dressing room that saw the change of many outfits throughout the day and evening. There was so many reasons we could have been a hot mess, but simplifying our daily routine on the campgrounds worked in our favor. Makeup? Who cares. Sunscreen only. Our hair? Forget the curling iron. Some sea salt spray did the job. Our easy to throw on summer festival outfits went a long way with some fun accessorizing and bold Tevas on our sunburnt feet. Coming from NYC, you don’t see Teva sandals on the feet of almost every passerby often., Here at Bonnaroo . . . what a different story. The Teva wearing crowd at the Teva Outpost (a curated, custom bus that housed festival essentials and featured a custom sandal engraving station) was more than just youthful and rosy cheeked campers in day glow tie dye and mismatching bandanas around their necks. They were a part of a community. A community that from within feeds off the energy of the festival crowd, and spreads positive ‘roo vibes. It’s like a bug you can’t help but catch at this festival. No matter what, it becomes second nature to high five strangers. Maybe five, ten, twenty in a row. Hippies are dancing to a Marilyn Manson techno remix while some DJ I’ve never heard of is spinning. The more put together city kids from out of town are head bopping to Deap Valley. The punks are listening to Michael Kiwanuka. Everyone is dancing to the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Here, it doesn’t matter where you are from, who you are or, what your day job is. All that matters is living in the moment, and in the Bonnaroo moment everyone fits in and has its place. Everyone is an equal. Everyone has the freedom to express themselves. just like Teva’s hashtag and mantra, #StrapIntoFreedom. Teva sandals aren’t just for granola kids anymore. They’re for the music lover who isn’t afraid to still let his or her inner kid shine. They’re for the fashion chicks (like us) who aren’t afraid to get dirt and mud on our toes even when we are wearing pretty summer dresses. They’re for the man in his 50’s dancing alone in the Silent Disco tent and having the TIME OF HIS LIFE. This is what I saw when I looked around me on the festival grounds. This is what I felt and heard. This is what I exchanged smiles about. That sort of freedom . . . it’s priceless. Bonnaroo, thanks for being my ticket to the fun zone. I made sure to take a little bit of you home with me. Until next year. 

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TEVA sandals
Where Mountains Meet Co-ord
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TEVA Original sandals in black
Mikoh swimsuit
M Missoni skirt
Kenneth Cole sunglasses
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TEVA sandals
Anna Sui dress
Lack of Color hat
Brahmin backpack
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