These were taken three weeks ago during our Hawaiian vacation. Even though it’s only been three weeks, the trip already seems like distant memory with the hustle and bustle of summer (graduations, Father’s Day, birthdays, weddings, BBQs etc.) Looking at these pictures brings back vivid memories of our vacation and that giddy, relaxed feeling we had during our time in paradise.
I tend to gravitate toward pieces that are simple but still make a statement. When I saw this skort (yep, bringing back the term from third grade), with its unique asymmetrical hemline, cobalt color and clean lines, I snatched it up. The shorts make this skirt’s mini length comfortable for day or night and the piece stands out whether dressed up or down.
Skort: Zara, floral blouse: Old Navy (old), glittery sandals: Target, clutch: vintage, agate necklaces: DIY (here) cuff: S.Y.L.K. boutique.
A trip to Hawaii a few weeks ago was everything we hoped the vacation would be and more. Since we have been to the Big Island many times (here and here – nearly every year for the last three), we knew this trip could be about relaxing and enjoying our surroundings without feeling like we had to do a lot of exploring.
We watched a full sunset nearly every night.
During one night the colors in the sky changed from vibrant yellows and oranges to pinks and purples.
I love checking out the wildlife in the area especially while snorkeling. This little guy was at a turtle sanctuary at the resort.
Looking up at palm trees as I swayed in a hammock on the beach.
Tasty and cooling rainbow Hawaiian shaved ice at Hapuna Beach State Park.
A view of San Francisco from the plane where I’m off to next week.
As I get ready to hop back on a plane for Las Vegas and then San Francisco, I am gathering my last-minute travel essentials and packing them carefully in my carry on bag. I travel often, both for work and for fun, so I’ve figured out what helps me feel most comfortable on the plane.
Here are my top 10 traveling essentials:
1. Face moisturizer and lip balm (I use Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream for face and Burt’s Bees or EOS for lips).
2. A good book.
3. Pressure stabilizing ear plugs for flying (EarPlanes makes great reusable ones). They drown out noise, keep my ears from getting clogged and only have to be worn during takeoff and landing.
4. My iPad loaded with music, movies and reading material (I love the NextIssue App with 80+ magazines for one low monthly fee).
6. Gum to keep ears from getting clogged and keep teeth feeling clean post on flight snacking (I like Trident original flavor).
7. A neck pillow. For someone who always falls asleep during long drives and flights, these pillows are amazing. Get one that has a built is multi-speed massager to relieve tension even when you’re not sleeping.
8. Healthy snacks. Plane food is not the best. I avoid it altogether when possible by bringing my own food. I love fresh fruits and vegetables because they are a great source of much needed nutrients and water while traveling. An apple with almond butter, carrots and celery with ranch and string cheese and crackers are my go-to options.
9. A large bottle of water. It’s hard to stay hydrated during a flight and I hate relying on the flight crew for small glasses of water. I keep mine in the seat pocket in front of me so I remember to drink it throughout the flight. Then, when the cart rolls by I get a glass of Ginger Ale or sparkling water.
10. Hand sanitizer. Most old planes are pretty gross. Tons of people are ushered on and off the planes every day and it can be hard to get to the restroom to wash your hands.
My favorite carry on to stash these goodies is a large tote bag from Longchamp.
We returned from vacation late Sunday night and I am right back to my normal routine. I felt depressed about leaving Hawaii. Not just because of the gorgeous scenery all around, but also because of the serenity and calmness I feel while there.
On the other hand, part of me felt ready to get back home to a city I love (the beautiful weather helps), activities that fulfill me and friends that make me smile. As hard as it was leaving, I feel grateful for what I have back at home.
These were taken in the backyard of the home we were staying at on the Big Island. I wore this for our last evening and swapped the chambray shirt for a classic navy cardigan later that night for a luau dinner on the beach.
Dropped waist dress: H&M, striped wedges: J.Crew, chambray shirt: Nordstrom, necklace: old (from a small shop at The Grove), bracelets: Jessica Elliot, rings: Ariel Gordon (love knot and washer band) and XIV Karats (pave band).
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