Monthly Archives: May 2012

Lovely Spaces, Places and Things: Around Hawaii

mauna kea beach big island hawaii

My boyfriend and I returned from Hawaii late Tuesday night. It was so hard to leave the beautiful scenery and weather, and even harder to say goodbye to a week of almost no work (I barely checked any emails). I’m slowly easing back in to my normal L.A. routine. It’s been a challenge, but there is no place I would rather call home. I feel pretty lucky to get back to a good life in a place I enjoy near friends and family.

In honor of the trip, here are some lovely spaces, places and things from the Big Island. Beautiful beaches and perfect weather year-round make Hawaii a popular vacation destination. This beach at the Mauna Kea is one of my favorites.

big island hawaii sunset

I love how the resorts and restaurants on the island take advantage of their gorgeous scenery by building indoor/outdoor open concept spaces. This restaurant offered a particularly special sunset view for our last dinner. I also loved this and this restaurant (way too much amazing food on the trip).

hawaiian lizard big island

Little lizards were all over the place. I could not  get over their vivid coloring and gorgeous patterns –  unlikely inspiration for wearing bold, head to toe neon.

big island beach home

I loved this villa situated on a path at the edge of the water, steps from a pristine white sand beach and a golf course. With tons of big windows, the home offers 180 degree views of bright blue ocean.

kabuki nuts big island hawaii

On one of two wonderful tours, we learned about Hawaii’s vast array of plant life. We ate the most amazing orange I have ever had and raw kabuki nuts fresh from their trees.

big island hawaii backyard

The view from our room’s patio was serene and relaxing. This lush landscape offered the perfect place for eating breakfast each morning.

large bath tub

Equally as lovely was the room’s huge bathroom including a very large tub with gold fixtures.


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Currently Craving: Matt Wisniewski Dreamscapes

fashion art prints

I am officially obsessed with Matt Wisniewski’s prints thanks to Strawberry Koi. Matt Wisniewski creates digital collages, fusing two things that I love: fashion and nature. This unexpected combination results is beautiful, inspiring artwork.

The artist lives in Pennsylvania and graduated from New York’s Rochester Institute of Technology. There is a great interview about his creative process here.

fashion art photo prints

art fashion prints

art photo prints

fashion art prints nature

fashion art prints

fashion prints nature art

How dreamy, right? The fashion prints are only $20 here.

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Swing(in’) Mint Dress

mint dress fedora style outfit

Sadly, we only have a few more days left in paradise. I am soaking up the last few rays of Hawaii sun and beautiful scenery while I can. I can’t wait to share some photos from the trip once I’m back.

These were taken before we left for vacation. This swing dress is feminine and fun with its pretty mint color, A-line cut and full skirt. I combined the 50s ladylike style with beach-y accessories and pops of red/hot pink. The straw fedora has been one of my go-to Hawaii staples.

mint dress outfit

azzedine alaia heels blogger style outfit

mint dress outfit

mint dress outfit

Hope you are having a wonderful holiday weekend! xx

Swing dress: H&M, satin heels: vintage Azzedine Alaia, belt: S.Y.L.K. boutique (Century City and Vegas), hat: F21, clutch: American Apparel in stone, bracelets: Banana Republic (leaves, love this one), vintage (triple stand) and Sheila Fajl (thin bangles), gold studs: H&M.

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Fab Friday: DIY Personalized Wine Glasses

DIY personalized wine glasses

I’m a bit of a germaphobe and one of my least favorite things is sharing my drink with someone, which usually happens unintentionally. Whenever I am out with friends or hosting people, I’m usually focused on the conversation and not on guarding my drinking glass. At some point in the night, I inevitably grab whatever glass is in front of me, take a drink and notice a guest/friend watching me. “Oh, is that your glass,” they ask. “I think so,” is my first response as I put it back down. Then, after further investigation, “no, this is definitely not mine,” followed by me apologizing profusely. Hence my new favorite DIY how to: personalized stemmed glasses using chalkboard paint.


Chalkboard paint $10

*I bought this small container of chalkboard paint from Amazon and it comes in several fun colors including hot pink, black, blue and green.

Stemmed wine glasses or goblets

Paint brush

Total cost – $10 – $15

personalized wine glasses diy

Paint the base of the glass as far up on the stem as you want. Let the first coat dry fully. Repeat this step three or four times until you’ve reached the desired opacity.

personalized wine glasses diy

Once the glasses are completely dry, finish by using white or colored chalk to write names on the paint.

My new glasses are in regular rotation and the paint has yet to chip or scratch. I have even washed them in the dishwasher multiple times.

Have a great weekend! xx

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Hawaii Packing

packing list

I am on a plane to the Big Island for a real, week-long vacation! I waited until the last moment possible to pack (I hate packing for a trip) and just finished this morning. I threw in my last few essentials, hurriedly zipped up my suitcase (while sitting on it to keep it closed) and ran out the door to catch our ride. Luckily, I had my trusty packing list, categorized by electronics, accessories, clothing, beauty and miscellaneous, to make sure I wouldn’t forget anything.

Rebecca Minkoff and sun hats

Sun hats and a simple crossbody bag for running around during the day.

printed bikinis

Packing for a warm, beach-y locale means lots of bikinis. I’m excited to wear these printed ones.

ombre shorts outfit forever 21

I can’t wait to wear this ombre outfit with my Hawaiian flower hair pin that I picked up on our last trip two years ago.

sandals metallic sandals

A plethora of flat sandals with unique details that are ideal for both casual days at the beach and fancy resort dinners at night.

flowy strapless dresses hawaii packing

Flowy, strapless dresses ideal for going from day to night during our Hawaii trip.

I will be posting while I am away, but for more current updates, follow me on Instagram and Twitter.

Sun hats: F21 (I love this one and this one), crossbody bag: Rebecca Minkoff, bikinis: Freya top and bottom (red) and Victoria Secret (blue, different prints available now), neon tank top and ombre shorts: F21 (similar here, here and here), sandals: Vince Camuto (embellished, similar here and here), H&M (black tassel, similar here and here) and Urban Outfitters (ankle wrap), strapless dresses: Target (brown floral) and Urban Outfitters (similar strapless colorblock and yellow dresses).


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