She Sells Sea Shells

 
R de R for Magaizne Inc.

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Anyone else have a major girl crush on designer Rebecca de Ravenel?

Her collections of jewelry, accessories, and ready-to-wear are all inspired by a childhood split between the Bahamas and Paris (aka: the. most. fabulous. childhood. ever.). This developed, in her words, an "innate aesthetic which remains deeply rooted in the old sensibilities of the tropics, with a touch of urban flair"...le sigh. 

Sound right up your alley? Mine too. I've had a crush on all things R de R for the last six months. Her apartment (see top image and her LA + NYC home tours) is my current inspiration for my finally decorating mine own and these oversized earrings inspired my entire wedding aesthetic*.

WHAT'S TO LOVE

Ms. de Ravenel manages to do the impossible: create ultra-feminine, larger-than-life designs that compliment any outfit rather than overwhelm it. In other words, done differently, these pieces could be cartoonish, more the Little Mermaid than Old World Tropics.

While all her designs are devastatingly fashionable, it's her sea inspired jewelry that speaks to me the most (maybe it's because I'm a Pisces?!). Do you have a favorite?

HOW TO STYLE

Almost all her jewelry comes in every shade of the rainbow, making it an easy addition to anyone's wardrobe. 

WHERE TO WEAR

These pretty baubles fit into anyone's island lifestyle, town and country included. 

UPDATE: *Sadly, I decided last minute that these earrings were just too much for an already very expensive day. I ultimately went with this more affordable, smaller pair. If you're in the same boat, purchase those instead. They're just as great! I get multiple compliments on them literally every day that I wear them. Don't worry though, those floral earrings are on my Christmas list...

A Beach Party

 
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It's true what they say: despite the months (or years!) of planning, your wedding literally flies by. Sadly, it'll be a few weeks until we see our wedding photos, but I've been reliving every moment captured through the lens of family and friends' cameras. 

Thankfully, I just received the photos taken at our wedding welcome party at the Ala Moana Beach. And let's just say they are more than enough to hold me over. These shots were all taken by the talented Bailey Makaimoku, whom I can't recommend enough (she lives on the Big Island now, but travels!) for photos of any kind. 

In case you didn't know: instead of a formal rehearsal dinner, the husband and I opted for a "beer + pizza" style welcome party on our neighborhood beach. While the party took minimal planning (more on that later), it was a huge hit with all of our guests. 

How to throw a Beach Party

Here's how you can do it too:

THE INVITE

Given the nature of a beach party, it's best to keep the invites very casual. We used Paperless Post to send out invites to all of our guests, specifically choosing the The Paperless Post x Gray Malin invites. Things to highlight: the meet up location (remember that some beaches go on for miles...), the timeframe (we invited guests to come and go as they pleased), and what to bring v. what will be provided (for example: we'll bring the food, you bring the sunscreen).

Beach Party

THE LOCATION

The trickiest part, at least in Honolulu, about throwing a beach party is picking the right location. Your perfect beach party spot equals some combination of empty space + easy locatable + shade available. In addition to these factors, you'll need to consider if your beach requires permits, allows tents, sanctions alcohol, etc. 

We chose Ala Moana Beach due its close proximity to  where the majority of our guests were staying. If our audience would have been different, say local friends, we probably would have picked a much less crowded beach.

SETTING THE SCENE

I had this brilliant idea to informally mark off our piece of the beach by laying out several dozen blue and white striped beach towels. Since I can't yet afford so many of these beauties, I turned to Amazon for a cheaper alternative. I searched "striped beach towels", found an adorable six pack, and added several to my cart. ...you should have seen my face when I opened up a box filled with 13 inch x 13 inch blue and white striped wash clothes. Wedding brain is real my friends!

That being said, it's still a good idea to distinguish a "party space" if you're on a public beach (which, FYI, is all beaches in Hawaii). Beach towels are a great pick if you'll have guests coming in from out of town and who may not have access to towels. Another great idea: letter balloons! "ALOHA", "WELCOME", or even your initials will be easy to spot. Plus, how great will the pictures be?

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FOOD + DRINKS

Like I mentioned earlier, we went straight pizza for our party. It's the easiest thing in the world to call ahead and relatively inexpensive. Whatever your bring, you'll want something that can get cold and won't spoil after being left out in the sun (as oxymoronic as that sounds). 

As for alcohol, I'd recommend you read up on your local beach park rules for the best information. In Hawaii, you simply can't drink on the beach. That's why we commandeered a little area away from the beach park to use as our pizza + beer station. It's also just best practice to nix the bottles and cans for cups. We went classic with red solo cups, but I love the look of monogrammed or customized cups too! 

THE EXTRAS

The only thing our party was missing: music! I'd recommend bringing a small portable speaker to play some tunes. It helps get set the tone of the party (say Jack Johnson vs. Lil John for example) and breaks up any awkward silence at the beginning. 

Most importantly: have lots of fun. 

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How to Throw a Beach Party_Town Honolulu

See you soon. (We'll bring the sunscreen!)

P.S. WHAT TO PACK IN YOUR BEACH BAG

P.P.S.  All photos were taken by Bailey Makaimoku--who we love and can't recommend enough if you need a photographer on the Big Island, Oahu, or even the Bay Area!

 

Packing List No. 5 | Pacific Coast Highway

Have you heard of a "mini-moon"? The concept was introduced to me a few months before our wedding and it completely changed our plans. The husband (!!!) and I have decided to postpone our original honeymoon trip to Australia in favor of a mini-moon to California. We'll spend the extra few days visiting with friends and family who are still in town before jetting off to the city by the bay. After a few days in San Francisco, we'll hop in the car and head south for the ultimate road trip down the Pacific Coast Highway. 

Here's what I'm packing:

THE Bay Area

One of my family's favorite stories takes place a few years after my older brothers were born and my family was still living in the Bay Area. After months of record rain and fog, my dad looked up at the sky and said, "Please Lord, if not for me, for my children--they've never seen the sun before." The story always sends us into fits of laughter, but serves as a humorous reminder: when visiting the Bay, it's best to dress in layers. I'll be carrying this cashmere v-neck sweater with me at all times, while keeping my trusty Tory Sport anorak (currently on sale!) at arms reach in case of rain. There are a few things that I'll still need to pick up though: a lightweight scarf and an easy-on-easy-off jacket to throw on top of literally anything. 

San Francisco proper

When it comes to travel, the husband and I tend to favor leisure over adventure. Splitting our days between the Argonaut Hotel and the Palace, we're predicting plenty of lazy mornings spent enjoying  the hotel amenities. I'll admit that I packed this pajama set with room service in mind! 

In the afternoons, however, you'll find us out on and about. We'll be frequenting as many museums (de Young is high on my list), restaurants (any recommendations?!), and ballparks (at least AT&T--big baseball fans over here) as possible. There's a good chance I'll be living in this pants + sweater combination 24/7. 

HIGHWAY 1

Maybe it's the Hollywood effect (think Bonnie and Clyde or On the Road Again), but expectations for road trip wardrobes no longer stop at "comfortable clothes". To make the most out of my suitcase--with minimal effort--I'm primarily packing in shades of white. I've packed this cute little number for breakfast in Carmel, an oldie-but-goodie SUBOO wrap dress for dinner in Monterey (similar, and on sale, here), and my favorite combination of white jeans + tees for any detours which may catch my eye along the way down. 

BIG SUR

Our road trip takes a momentary pause for a couple of days in beautiful Big Sur. The husband and I are splurging on a one night stay in the Ventana Inn and Spa, which basically requires its own special packing list. I've packed my favorite leggings + bra combination (aka the greatest sports bra ever made) for morning yoga, this Trina Turk one piece (last seen at my wedding welcome party) for the infinity edge hot tub, and my brand new pair of Birkinstocks for walking the grounds. (I fought the trend forever TBH, but my poor, poor arches convinced me. Plus, the birkinstocks feel verrryyy California!) 

(THE) REST AND REPEAT

It wouldn't be a road trip without a pair of sunnies and fabulous head scarf, so I packed this cat eye pair and a white silk scarf (similar, but blue, here). I'm also bringing this durable (i.e. easily washable with my snacks inevitably spill...) purse to fill with road trip goodies. Lastly, this camera which I bought specifically for documenting all the sweet honeymoon memories. 

Will send postcards, xoxo.

P.S. WHAT TO PACK IN ORDER TO SURVIVE A TRANSPACIFIC FLIGHT

P.P.S. Did you watch Big Little Lies? I recently finished the first season and I can't stop thinking about it. I definitely intend to find all the famous landmarks when we're in Monterey/Big Sur. 

HONOLULU, THIS WEEKEND

WHAT I'LL BE DOING...

...going to the chapel! That's right, lovelies. I'M GETTING MARRIED THIS WEEKEND!!! (Which is why this HTW update is a few days early; I'll be checking out for the rest of the week in preparation for the big day.)

Destination weddings are an ordeal of sorts, so the we need the whole week to prep and celebrate! On the 4th of July, my maid-of-honor and best friends are throwing a low-key hen party for me (all I know is that Buho, brunch, and boats are involved...). On the 6th, in lieu of a formal rehearsal dinner, we're hosting a beer + pizza style welcome party on the beach. And on the 7th, we're doing get married! // SATURDAY, LA PIETRA SCHOOL FOR GIRLS

WHAT YOU SHOULD DO...

...catch a wave. With the weather calling for rain (let's not talk about it), the beach might be out, but surf is still very much in. Celebrate the release of the Vans Surf x T&C Surf's new summer collection at the Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club. The launch party starts with tales from the ocean via pro surfers Rocky Cannon, Bill Kemper, and Nathan Florence and includes live music, a live auction for surfboards, and a screening of the film "Blue Intensity." Let's just hope it doesn't actually rain... // SATURDAY, THE SURFJACK HOTEL & SWIM CLUB
 

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BRUNCH + YOGA // SATURDAY, SALT AT KAKAAKO

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WHAT I'LL BE DOING...

...playing tour guide. With our wedding next Saturday (WHAT!!!), our friends and family are starting to trickle into Honolulu. After picking them up from the airport, my fiancé and I are giving them a grand tour of our favorite places: Scratch Kitchen and Meatery, Honolulu Museum of Art, and Ala Moana Beach Park included. 

WHAT YOU SHOULD DO...

...slide into summer. Take a trip to the Ward Village for Summer Slide, a new exhibit centered around the south's swell season from 1960-1980. Featuring iconic photos from David Darling, Steve Wilkings and Warren Bolster, vintage surf documentaries, and replica boards, the whole thing feels one part art exhibit, two parts time machine. // ONGOING, IBM BUILDING AT WARD VILLAGE

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INTERNATIONAL MAI TAI DAY POOL PARTY // SATURDAY, THE MODERN HOTEL 

Where to Go Out Every Night in Honolulu

If you're fortunate enough to be able to go out literally every day of the week, first off: I'm jealous. Secondly, you'll need to know where you're going. 

MONDAY

Head to Lulu's in downtown Waikiki. With happy hour from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and live entertainment from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., get there as early as you want and stay until closing. Pro tip: Capture your dance floor antics on Snapchat with a custom Lulu's filter. 

TUESDAY

It's #tacotuesday so naturally the place to be is Buho's Mexican Cantina. While it's true the restaurant offers $2 tacos, you're really here for the Buho's Margarita. Pro tip: Skip the tequila melon bowl...just trust me on this one. 

WEDNESDAY 

With maybe twelve seats in the whole place + the world's best Mai Tai on the menu, Wednesday nights are actually your best shot at getting a seat at the intimate cocktail bar, Bar Leather Apron. Pro tip: It's famous for it's cocktails, but BLA also has the most extensive selection of whiskey on the island.

THURSDAY

Trade Honolulu for Kyoto with a visit to the Shirokiya Japan Village Walk. The replica village features a Japanese beer garden complete with $1 beers. Need I say more? Pro tip: With a prime location near District,  the village can be your only stop of the night or just the first. 

FRIDAY

If you're going out on the first Friday of the month, you're headed to Hotel Street in Chinatown. If it's the last Friday of the month, you're on your way to the Honolulu Museum of Art for Art After Dark. Any other Friday? Consider your night out a warm up for the main event on Saturday. Start at The Study before circling the usual weekend spots like Rumfire or Sky. Pro tip: Purchase a museum membership; the one time contribution is only $5 more than the usual cover, but grants you free admission for an entire year and let's you skip the line to get in. And yes, you totally get to add "Patron of the Arts" to your LinkedIn bio.

SATURDAY

While Sky may have been optional on Friday night, it's an absolute must for any Saturday. If the dance floor gets too crowded, just head outside to take in one of the best views of Waikiki. Pro tip: Sky has one of the stricter dress codes in Honolulu, so it's better to be over dressed than undressed in this situation. 

SUNDAY

Spend the day recovering at Duke's. Pro tip: If you ask to sit outside, no one will question your oversized, very dark sunglasses...

HONOLULU, THIS WEEKEND

WHAT I'LL BE DOING...

...leaving on a jet plane. Last Wednesday, I flew to Seaside, California for a work trip and I've been exploring the west coast ever since. While I love a good trip to Cali (Fun fact: my first trip to California was to see the Spice Girls reunion tour!), I'm ready to get back to my island home. With that being said, I'll be on the first flight out of Monterrey on Saturday morning. // SATURDAY, SEASIDE, CALIFORNIA

P.S. THE SECRET TO SURVIVING TRANS-PACIFIC FLIGHTS

WHAT YOU SHOULD DO...

...order the Cubano. It's with the heaviest of hearts that I write about the closing of Grondin, the French-Latin fusion restaurant in Chinatown--and one of my absolute favorites places to brunch. While the owners are off to bigger and better things (a product line!), that didn't keep me from crying in my cassoulet earlier this week when I sat down for one last meal. Whether it'll be your first visit or the last of several, book a reservation. You won't get another chance. // SUNDAY, GRONDIN FRENCH LATIN KITCHEN IN CHINATOWN 

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Just the usual suspects! 

Packing List No. 4 | Waikiki

With less than a month until my wedding (!!!), I've started getting emails and calls from friends about what to do, where to eat, and, of course, what to pack. Here are my recommendations for a perfectly packed trip: 

When you're headed to Waikiki for the weekend, your packing list has to be ready to do it all--from lounging on the beach to sampling a few (or more) mai tais to dancing the night away at some of Honolulu's dressier nightclubs. 

BY THE WATER

A trip to the beach usually means a mixture of swimming, light reading, and, of course, sunbathing. Catch a tan in this retro inspired bikini; then show it off the next day in this ultra flattering white suit.

If you're more adventurous than I am or even mildly more coordinated (i.e. in college you were captain of something other than the debate team), the beach might also mean surfing or paddle boarding. If that's the case, you'll want a suit that stays in place while offering maximum coverage.

No matter how you choose to pass the time, sunscreen is a non-negotiable. If you are planning on getting into the ocean though, choose a brand that's reef safe like COOLA. (Common sunscreen ingredients, such as oxybenzone, can damage coral reefs and/or kill coral).

APRÈS BEACH

You'll need to throw on a cover up and slides before heading to a late lunch at House Without a Key or, if you're interested in something more casual, walking down to Musubi Cafe IYASUME for the best musubi on island. 

Either way, skip the cut offs and tank top. Took a cue from the locale's retro vibe and opt for something glamorous, but relaxed like a caftan and statement sunglasses.

NIGHT ON THE TOWN

In a town where even slippers (the local word for flip flops) can be optional, nightclubs like Sky Waikiki are the hard exception. Use the strictly enforced dress codes as an excuse to pull out all the stops in an otherwise super casual locale. Plan to change into something a bit dressier like this little white dress, which is perfect for the modern vibe at Sky. Dress it up even more with these trendy sandals and a bright lip from Nars in the color Heat Wave

(THE) REST AND REPEAT

For the days when a t-shirt and laid back pair of denims shorts is preferable: this graphic tee (on sale!) and these shorts make a great pairing. Throw in a pair of sneakers and you're all set for a day of hiking, biking, or neighborhood walking tours. 

Also, how sweet is this dress? It's perfect "Sunday" dress: from mass, to brunch, to an afternoon at the museum. Even if that's not your idea of a typical Sunday, you'll never regret packing anything that can be dressed up or down so easily. 

Enjoy Waikiki!

P.S. HOW TO SPEND A WEEKEND IN WAIKIKI

HONOLULU, THIS WEEKEND

WHAT I'LL BE DOING...

...laying low. After our plans to get away last weekend fell through, my fiancé and I decided this weekend called for a do-over. Island hopping wasn't in the cards for such a short weekend, so we booked a stay-cation at our favorite hotel, The Laylow. We LOVE the Laylow--last year we stayed there two weekends in a row--so we're going to soak in every minute of this vacation. // LE WEEKEND, THE LAYLOW, AN AUTOGRAPH COLLECTION HOTEL

WHAT YOU SHOULD DO...

...celebrate First Friday. Come down to Chinatown initially for dinner (we suggest Fėte or the Pig & the Lady), before staying for a night on the town (swing by Bar 35 and Manifest). All of the above will be busy--half of town will be in the neighborhood--but the deals (and the drinks!) will be worth it. // FRIDAY, CHINATOWN 

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MISS HAWAII 2018 PAGENT // SATURDAY, HAWAI'I THEATRE CENTER

HONOLULU, THIS WEEKEND

WHAT I'LL BE DOING...

...watching the Royal Wedding, duh. The wedding coverage starts around 11 PM here, so we've stocked up on champagne and plan to make a night of it. Hopefully, it will inspire me to finish some last minute wedding planning for my upcoming island nuptials in July! If you're curious, I've been pinning away on my inspiration board, Town Wedding

WHAT YOU SHOULD DO...

...take a trip to the Middle East. Or rather, visit Doris Duke's Shangri-La. Located just below iconic
Diamond Head lays the late heiress' mansion-turned-islamic-art-musuem. Start with an orientation at the Honolulu Museum of Art before a guided tour of the estate. (Hey, we may not have Buckingham Palace, but the home of the world's richest socialite is a close second!)


 

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A NIGHT AT THE ROYAL // SATURDAY, THE ROYAL HAWAIIAN