Thursday, May 28, 2015

Maui Vacation - Travel Diary

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You may or may not have noticed some radio silence around these parts a couple of weeks ago (although you can always find me on instagram)!  The reason -- I was on vacation in Maui, Hawaii with Jesse and his family.  I had never been to Hawaii before this trip and I fell in love!  I was so thankful they included me on their family vacation and I really hope I get the chance to visit again soon. 

I thought I would share my travel diary for any of you who might be visiting Maui soon, or are thinking of planning a vacation!  There is so much to see and do in Maui, and not enough time, so if you have any recommendations yourself please post them in the comments below!

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Mama's Fish House - Paia, HI 
We had our last dinner here on our last night in Maui, and I'm so glad we did.  Every article I read on Maui pre-trip said it was a must, and there's not a local we spoke to who didn't insist we had to eat there at least one night.  

This restaurant bears a spectacular view of a practically private beach.  I would suggest making reservations early on and request a table by the beach because they book up extremely quickly.  All of the fish is freshly caught and is probably the best fish I've ever had.  I do have to take a moment to mention their Liliko'i Creme Brûlée which by far the best Creme Brûlée I've ever had, and I'm pretty sure the whole table agreed!

After dinner you have the most perfect beach spot for photos with your family or loved ones.  I can't say enough good things about this place, so if you pay the island a visit, make sure you check it out!


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Fishing Trip - Start Me Up - Lahaina, HI 
Jesse's brother loves to fish and he was gracious enough to plan an entire day of fishing for us while we were there.  To be honest, the idea of fishing makes me kind of sad and while we caught a fish and I was happy for J's brother, it was a little more graphic than I had expected.  That being said, we accomplished what we came there to do, and while I wasn't participating in the fishing aspect, it was amazing being on a boat all day and getting to see the islands from another angle.  We were lucky enough to catch the sunrise from the boat which was one of the most beautiful sights I've ever seen.  This is definitely a trip to look into if you have any fishing enthusiasts with you!  Even if you don't participate in the fishing, being on a boat all day on one of the most beautiful oceans is a perfect way to spend the day in Maui.  

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We didn't have an entire day to do hiking so we picked two hikes that were short and relatively easy.  These are both very beautiful, but also very short.  They are also on the Road to Hana, so if you do that, you will have the opportunity to stop and check them out. 

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Lahaina, HI
We spent an entire day here and it was not difficult to do!  There's a huge historic tree in the center of downtown and they had a little market set up with local shops.  Then we walked around the shops (there's so many!) and spent some time down at Baby Beach.  I highly recommend checking out that beach if you're in the area.  The views are incredible and we even saw a seal lounging out of the water. 

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Maui Zipline  - Wailuku, HI
One of the days was not so sunny so we thought it would be perfect to do something like zip lining!  We all had a lot of fun- the employees were super friendly and made it really enjoyable.  I will say it's very family friendly, and I think we were all expecting something a tad bit more challenging.

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Other Restaurants
  • Monkeypod in Kihei, HI - This spot is super trendy with delicious food and has the best Maitai you will ever have. 
  • Kimo's in Lahaina, HI - We got to watch the start of a beautiful sunset with an ocean view here.  The fish was delicious and the service was great.
  • Cafe O'Lei in Kihei, HI - We had lunch here (I got the shrimp, avocado & papaya salad).  It was fresh and delicious, but no ocean view.  
  • Sansei in Kihei, HI - Three words; Late Night Menu.  Jesse and I napped through dinner one night so we decided to come here since they were open late.  Sushi is 50% after 10PM and they have karaoke. Most entertaining night by far. 

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By far, the number one must in Maui is to watch the sunset as many nights as you can.  You will see people lining up at the waters edge every evening to watch the sunset because it is just that gorgeous. We get some stunning sunsets in Orange County, but they have nothing on Maui!

Hope you guys found this insightful, and as I said earlier, please leave your Maui suggestions below, and if you visit any of these places let me know.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The Perfect Sunless Tan: Tips & Tricks

This post is sponsored by Jergens®. All opinions are 100% my own.



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I'm naturally extremely fair-skinned but I prefer to have a tan year-round.  I know some people who look absolutely stunning with fair skin, but unfortunately, I don't prefer it on me.  I think a huge part of confidence is how you feel on the inside - if you feel good, you'll project that to others.  If you feel like you look good on the outside, you'll feel good on the inside.  It's a perfect circle. 

I have been using self-tanner for years (since 7th grade!) so I've had a lot of experience with mishaps, and poorly made products.  I also have picked up a few tips along the way that I hope you will find helpful!  In this post I'm trying the Jergens® Natural Glow® line and oh boy, is it good.  The fact that it can be bought in a drug store makes me do an extra happy dance.   

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Step 1
EXFOLIATE.  I cannot stress enough how important this step is, and how often it's skipped.  There are a few reasons this is so important, but if you really think about it, your skin is constantly shedding.  If you put self tanner on top of dead skin, it's going to flake off, leaving you with a splotchy tan.  I started with the Jergens® Natural Glow® Color Primer In-Shower Scrub which smells like a dream and really leaves your skin feeling fresh and smooth - just what we want!

Step 2
Put a tiny amount of lotion on the tops of your hands, feet, knees, and elbows.  The skin is very thin in these spots and will absorb self-tanner much more quickly.  If you skip this step, you can expect to have dark brown elbows and knees for a week. 

Step 3
Apply the tanning mousse to your body with a tanning mitt.  I found this one on Amazon (Get it here.)  I have found that this is the absolute best way to apply self tanner.  You don't get it on your hands (which is self-tanning nightmare #1), and it blends leaving no streaks... provided you apply in a circular motion.  You can use a makeup brush to blend out any streaks that are being finicky. 

Make sure you start at your legs and work your way up.  If you start at the top and work your way down, you risk getting creases where you've just applied tanner and bent over to reach your legs. 

I usually ask for help with my back, but if no one is there I reach around to get the tops of my shoulders and sides at the very least. 

Step 4
Apply a good moisturizer like the Jergens® Natural Glow® Tan Extender daily.  Once your tan starts to fade to an undesirable color, repeat the process all over again. 

I cannot stress how much of a fan I am of these products.  I have spent the same amount on a self tanner (with nothing else) for the amount I spent on all three of these products.  You can pick them up at your drug store, which makes it extra convenient.  I applied this stuff two weeks ago and have only re-applied once.  I feel like I've had a nice healthy glow which makes me feel radiant on the inside and outside.  I love that I can control how dark I get, and I know I'm not harming my skin (unlike the sun!).


Do you guys love self-tanner as much as I do?  Do you have any tips or tricks I might have missed here?  (I love finding out how other people use products--hence why I watch so many Youtube tutorials!)


Life's too short to spend hours in the sun. Tan in an Instant with the Jergens® Instant Sun® collection. (Get a $1 off coupon when you go here).

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Neon

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Top: Nordstrom  |  Skirt: Kelly Wearstler (old, but I've linked my favorite denim pencil skirts below!) |  Shoes: Kendall & Kylie (old - love these)  |  Bag: Louis Vuitton  |  Earrings: Topshop  |  Bracelets: Ford Designs c/o (Get 20% off with code SUNSHINE20)

Did you guys have a good Memorial Day weekend?  Unfortunately we had absolutely no sunshine in Orange County so I spent a lot of time inside.  On the plus side, I was able to get a lot of spring cleaning done...8 trash bags to Goodwill clean!

I think if the weather is gloomy, or if you're in a bad mood, there's nothing that can turn it around more than a bright outfit.  I've had this Kelly Wearstler skirt for awhile and have been waiting for warmer weather before I busted it out.  This coral shirt from Nordstrom matched perfectly, so while I had originally envisioned wearing this skirt with a black tank top, I loved how the bright top just made everything pop.  (Side note: this top is reading especially orange in these pictures but it's a little closer to the coral color in my skirt in person - a little more pink than orange!)

I'm also getting the feeling that the denim skirt is making a comeback, don't you?  I thought I had officially kissed them goodbye in the 90's, but they are definitely having a moment again.  I think they are especially flattering in pencil form, and if the right length, look very classic. 

Thanks for reading!


Saturday, May 23, 2015

Memorial Day Weekend Sales


Anthropologie
20% off sale | CODE: GONEFISHING

Asos
20% off | CODE: LONGWKND

Barney’s Warehouse 
Up to 50% off sitewide

BaubleBar
Free shipping and up to 30% off| CODE:  MEMORIAL20, MEMORIAL25, MEMORIAL30

Bloomingdales
Big Brown Bag Sale 20% off sale | CODE: SPRING20

Bluefly
Handbag and shoe sale | Extra 20% off select designers

Club Monaco
Additional 30% off sale items | CODE: MEMORIALDAY

French Connection
40% off everything | CODE: FCMS40

J.Crew
25% off your order | CODE: SUMMERLOVE

Loeffler Randall
30% off resort and spring shoes and handbags | CODE: HOORAY

NastyGal
Save 40% on various brands | CODE: HOT$TUFF

Nordstrom
Half-yearly sale, up to 40% off

Revolve
Up to 75% off sale


Thursday, May 21, 2015

Black & White

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Top: Free People  |  Jeans: TopShop  |   Heels: Zara  |  Bag: Louis Vuitton  |  Earrings: Gorjana

I don't normally spend a ton of money on tops, especially if they are on the trendy side.  I like to invest in bags and shoes, and you can read more about that here.  I broke the rules with this top, and I'm glad I did.  The cut is so unique and flattering, and I love the patterned trim.  I love that you can wear it with jeans and heels just as easily as cut off shorts and flip-flops.  I can justify the price more when I can envision myself wearing something multiple ways at multiple events.

My shoes are a recent Zara purchase, but for some reason I can't find them online.  Make sure to check in store if you are interested, because mine still had quite a few in this style last week.

And last but certainly not least is my new bag; the sweetest birthday present from the love of my life.  He actually picked it out all by himself even though I had never hinted toward wanting a bag or anything.  For some reason the presents that are a total surprise mean the most to me.  I'll never carry this and not think of how thoughtful he was to get this for me, when I would have been just as happy with dinner and a movie at home. 


P.S. Make sure you check out Nordstrom's Half-Yearly sale...a lot of things are 40% off!  I'm currently picking out my favorites and there are too many to name off.



Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Fire

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Dress: Nordstrom  |  Earrings: J.Crew  |  Heels: BCBGeneration (sold out love this affordable pair & this similar version)  |  Bag: Tory Burch (similar style - love it for summer!)  |  Bracelets: BaubleBar

There's something about the color coral that I can't resist.  It's such a happy color, and perfect for the summertime.  The second I saw this dress I knew I was getting it because it has so many things I love - coral color, tassels, and an off the shoulder silhouette.  The best part?  It's under $50 and can be worn so many ways - to the beach with flip flops or to brunch as I've styled it. 

I hope you guys are having a great week so far!  I am so looking forward to the long weekend to catch up on some errands and just get some rest at home -- we don't have anything extraordinary planned.  Do you guys have any fun plans for the long weekend?