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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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...


 

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Honolulu, This Weekend

WHAT I'LL BE DOING...

...heading to the (sand) bar. A friend of ours recently got his boating license, so we're renting a little Boston Whaler and cruising around K-Bay. Eventually, we'll drop the anchor at the sandbar before swimming, tossing around a football, and (hopefully) soaking up allllll the sunshine. // SATURDAY, KANEOHE BAY
 

WHAT YOU SHOULD DO...

...learn from the master. Dry Bar founder--and my personal life saver--Alli Webb will host a masterclass on achieving the perfect blowout as part of Nordstrom's Beauty Trend Week presentations. The event coincides with the Beauty Trends Cocktail Hour so you learn the secrets of the trade while sipping on something fun.  Both events require a reservation, but a call to the beauty counter is all that is needed to add your name to the list! // FRIDAY, NORDSTROM AT ALA MOANA
 

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Don Julio Presents Cinco De Mayo  // SATURDAY, SALT AT OUR KAKA'AKO

Honolulu, This Weekend

WHAT I'LL BE DOING...

...researching ways to support Kauai. In case you missed it: "The island of Kauai was hit with a devastating storm last weekend, with rain reaching record highs on the north shore. The towns of Hanalei received 27 inches of rain and Wainiha received 20 inches of rain within 24 hours, causing landslides, flooding and destroying homes, and putting much of Hanalei under water." 

 

WHAT YOU SHOULD DO...

...conquer the pillbox trifecta--Lanikai, Ehukai, and Pu'u O Hulu--with a hike each day this weekend. It's supposed to be the first sunny weekend in what feels like months (!!!), so the views from the top are bound to be glorious. With the hikes spread across the island, you'll get the added benefit of exploring a new neighborhood.

 

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The Laylow's First Anniversary + DJ Tittahbyte’s Birthday Celebration // SATURDAY, THE LAYLOW, AUTOGRAPH COLLECTION HOTEL

Packing List No. 2 | The Beach

Hawaii has a plethora of great beaches to enjoy and, if you don't already, you'll be sure to find a favorite soon. For some people, it's the surf conditions that make the difference. For others, it's the potential for a great tan. But the real secret to a great beach day anywhere? It's all in what you pack!

THE BAG

For my first dozen or so trips to the beach here, I recycled my Tory Sport shopping bags to carry all my beach essentials. The bags are adorable (those preppy blue and green stripes!) and made out of a nylon-esque material that's relatively sand and water resistant. However, the bags are also shapeless and have zero pockets. The contents of my bag spilled out every time I set one down and I always brought home at least a few pounds of unwanted sand. 

That being said, an investment in a dedicated beach bag pays for itself. Look for a large bag with enough structure to stay upright, a few pockets for smaller items, and is made out of a material that can withstand the elements. 

SUN ESSENTIALS

Sunscreen is a non-negotiable in life, but especially when dealing with the strong Hawaiian sun. Besides the serious risk of melanoma, sun damage is also responsible for roughly 90% of signs of aging (you'll either thank yourself or hate yourself when you're fifty #choosesunscreen). 

Not all sunscreens are created equal though and the best protection usually includes incorporating multiple types into your routine. I recommend a rub-in (mousse or lotion type) sunscreen for your body. They tend to be thicker in nature than other types, but you'll know for certain if you missed a spot! 

Next, pack a sunscreen specifically designed for your face (to prevent clogged pores and irritations) and protection for your lips. Plenty of chapsticks have built in SPF already, but you can step it up a notch with this lip shine.

Lastly, tuck in an oil based spray to protect your lovely locks. Prolonged sun exposure and salty water can leave your hair dry and brittle. The right products won't only prevent damage, but add shine to your soon-to-be wind swept hair! This is a personal tried and true favorite, but this spray--created by celebrity hairstylist and Oahu native Jen Atkin-- has gotten nothing but great reviews. 

What not to pack? Tanning oil. If you're trying to build color, opt for a product that offers a guiltless glow + protection like this sunless tanner. 

Depending on how sensitive you are to the sun, other essentials can include a hat (a visor for light coverage or a giant sun hat for more), sunglasses, and even an umbrella. 

TEXTILES

While fluffy towels are dreamy, but they take up a lot of space in your bag and hardly ever dry completely. Instead, opt for a couple of Turkish towels.

Thinner material means you'll get a neater fold in your beach bag, leaving more room for the fun stuff. Low volume + quick dry time = perfect beach companion.  Oh, and did I mention their signature stripes? It's a win-win-win situation.

 

Tech support

I'm a huge advocate of putting the phone away during beach hours (your brightness only goes up so high anyway!), but there's no reason to forgo technology completely. The right tech tools can turn a simple beach outing into a beach party.

In the mood to turn it up? Pack this retro inspired speaker from the Australian "summer lifestyle'" brand SunnyLife.  In addition to being sand and water resistant, this speaker literally plays your tunes anyway you like it--AM/FM, bluetooth, USB, aux cord, you name it. While you're there, pick up this underwater camera and this electric pump for all your adorable floats. (Real talk: you'll want pretty much everything SunnyLife offers...)

THE FUN STUFF

Remember that fun stuff I mentioned earlier? Here's where you pack your bag full to the brim with your favorite reading materials (I'm a novel girl, but you may be strictly magazines), beach games, and lots of snacks. 

Pro tip: Once you've gathered everything you need, pack your bag ahead of time. Keeping your beach bag fully stocked ensures you won't forget anything important (like sunscreen!) when headed out the door, making those impromptu trips with friends all that much easier. 

See you at the beach!

P.S. HOW TO SPEND A WEEKEND IN WAIKIKI

Honolulu, This Weekend

WHAT I'LL BE DOING...

...channeling my inner Nurse Evelyn Johnson, the kick-ass character Kate Beckinsale portrays in the epic film Pearl Harbor. While I won't be saving any lives (or negotiating an impossible love triangle), I am headed to a military formal on the historic WWII battleship, the U.S.S. Missouri. My date? A handsome aviator, of course. // SATURDAY, PEARL HARBOR

 

WHAT YOU SHOULD DO...

...trade town for country to watch the Hawaii Polo Club's season opener. For the last 55 years the club has played the "game for kings" on a pristine oceanfront field on Oahu's North Shore. Sunday celebrates the start of the 2018 season with multiple matches and a live musical performance. Gates open at 11 AM, but the party will last until sundown. Dress smart and BYOC (Bring Your Own Champagne!). // SUNDAY, MOKULEIA

 

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ADAM DEVINE COMEDY SET // FRIDAY, HAWAII THEATRE CENTER

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 and Ginza,  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...

...recovering from Founder's Day. Each year, my Alma Mater gets together at locations across the world to celebrate our school. We tell old stories, meet other grads in the area, and then listen to the oldest and youngest graduate in attendance give a speech. It was a great time (with lots of cocktails and toasting) that ran pretty late into the night, so I'm laying low for most of the day. 

This evening though, I'm headed to the Honolulu Art Museum's "Art After Dark" event. The event, held every last Friday of the month, includes cocktails, DJs, and a chance to admire some of the best art on the island. // FRIDAY, HONOLULU MUSEUM OF ART

 

what you should do...

...celebrate Easter--or simply your love of guava mimosas--with a brunch reservation at The Royal Hawaiian. Every Sunday brunch at the Pink Palace is extravagant, but the holiday spreads are truly magnificent. // SUNDAY, THE ROYAL HAWAIIAN HOTEL

 

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WAIKIKI BREWING COMPANY'S 3RD ANNIVERSARY PARTY // SATURDAY, WAIKIKI + KAKA'AKO LOCATIONS

Passport to Luxury with tory sport

LAST Friday I was kindly invited by Tory Sport Hawaii to attend Passport to Luxury, a private shopping event at the Ala Moana Center. We're incredibly lucky in Honolulu to even have a Tory Sport (there's only six in the United States!) and I felt even more fortunate that I was invited to spend time with such a select group of clients.

The event, hosted annually by Modern Luxury Hawai'i', featured several luxury boutiques, each with their own in-store presentations.

Naturally, I spent the majority of my time at Tory Sport. I loved getting to know some of the women who work there, shopping the spring arrivals (give me all the green stripes!), and participating in the store's fun raffles. The boutique also served delicious bites from one of Honolulu's best restaurants, Yauatcha--which I'm craving now just thinking about!

 

While I love just about everything Tory Sport creates, the 2018 Spring Collection is my favorite to date! I'm naturally drawn to blues and greens, so I appreciate that the collection offers a spectrum of color and pattern options for both. And as always, the collection celebrates women embracing ambition; so the clothes are as functional as they are stylish.

I walked away with this anorak jacket and this adorable tennis themed key fob. I had originally planned on picking up a pair of these leggings too, but the store was sold out of my size by the time I arrived. Luckily, they're still available online! Side note: I already owned this performance cashmere sweater, but I can't suggest it enough. It's the most comfortable sweater plus it has a nice relaxed fit--perfect for on and off the court!

Ultimately, the evening was fun with a purpose as a portion of all sales were donated to this year's charity the Hawaii Community Foundation.

I can't thank Tory Sport Hawaii enough for the invitation, especially my girl Christine! (If you need anything from Tory Sport, I can't recommend working with Christine enough--she's absolutely fantastic. Just tell her I sent you!)

Thank you to Tory Sport Hawaii, Ala Moana Center, and Modern Luxury Hawai'i Magazine for graciously hosted the event. 

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what I'll be doing...

...shopping for a cause. Tory Sport Hawaii graciously sent me an invitation to the Passport to Luxury event tonight at the Ala Moana Center. The annual charity shopping event benefits the Hawaii Community Foundation this year, so I'm excited to spend a few dollars tonight on some of my favorite brands. // FRIDAY, ALA MOANA CENTER

 

what you should do...

...celebrate Prince Kuhio. After the overthrow of Queen Liliuokalani in 1893, Prince Kuhio dedicated his life to advocating for Native Hawaiian rights. This weekend, the islands honor the visionary leader with a commemorative parade, live entertainment, and several exhibits on Hawaiian culture and history. // SATURDAY, KAPI'OLANI PARK.

 

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HONOLULU MAGAZINE BRUNCH FEST // SUNDAY, SALT AT OUR KAKA'AKO
 

How to Spend a Weekend in Waikiki

Waikiki has a reputation for being touristy, kitschy, and overdone. But in recent years, a flood of boutique hotels, insta-worthy coffee shops, world class restaurants, and hip bars have breathed new life into Honolulu's south shore. Gone are the days of mega-resorts, over done luaus, and (for the most part) blatant cultural appropriation. Instead, the new Waikiki has managed to pay homage the neighborhood's trademark vintage vibes while developing a new, decidedly modern scene. Whether a local or a tourist, a trip to Waikiki should be in your future. 

To make things easy, below are my recommendations for a perfect weekend in Waikiki.

FRIDAY

Arrive in Waikiki and check into The Laylow Hotel. A luxury boutique hotel with mid-century modern charm, The Laylow boasts playful rooms, a fresh take on the tiki bar, and easy access to all Waikiki has to offer. What the hotel lacks in views, it makes up in character. (For example: all 251 rooms are equipped with a ukulele.)

Grab a towel from the gift shop and take a short walk to the world famous Waikiki Beach for a quick swim before heading to Duke's Waikiki for lunch. Order a Mai Tai (the first of many) and nibble from the assorted offerings of Duke's lunch buffet while taking in the iconic views of Diamond Head and the Waikiki surf.  

Then its back to the room for a quick change of clothes and a trip downstairs to the hotel bar, The Hideout, for pre-dinner drinks. Choose from a selection of craft cocktails, but make sure to start with the No. 115-- the perfect combination of Pau Maui Vodka, fruit juice, mango, and boba. The Hideout hosts live music and DJ's each Friday night from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., so expect the bar to get more and more crowded as the evening progresses. 

Cross the street (literally!) for dinner at Marukame Udon, a Japanese artisanal noodle shop. Don't be discouraged by the long line out front; it's the natural consequence of a restaurant which freshly rolls, cuts, and boils the noodles in the traditional Sanuki style. Once your stomach is satisfied, retire back to the room or explore the neighborhood bars--you'll find plenty!

SATURDAY

Wake up before the sun rises!  Saturday morning is dedicated to Waikiki's number one pastime: surf. With beginner friendly breaks like Pops and a plethora of shops offering both rentals and lessons, there's no excuse not to try your hand at the ancient sport. 

Of course, for locals or more experienced surfers, Waikiki's crowded waters may prove more frustrating than exhilarating. If that's the case, or if surfing is simply not your thing, take an early morning stroll down to the Duke Kahanamoku statue to pay your respects to the father of modern surfing.

When it's time to eat, hit up Bill's for an Aussie style breakfast, or "brekkie".  Start with the sourdough toast and homemade Vegemite before choosing between the ricotta hotcakes and the kahuka sweet corn fritters (although, you can't go wrong with anything on the menu).

On your way back, indulge in some serious retail therapy on Waikiki's famed Luxury Row on Kalakaua Avenue. Looking for something a little more local? Pop into the legendary Newt's at the Royal for a custom fitted Panama hat. Other local favorites include: Kai Luxe for swimwear featuring several Hawaiian designers and Bailey's Antiques and Aloha Shirts for the world's largest collection of aloha shirts (and the most unique souvenirs!)

Wear something you just bought (which you should naturally refer to as "this old thing" if anyone asks) for pre-dinner drinks on the Holokai catamaran. The sunset sail shoves off at 5 p.m. and ends just in time for dinner at the House With Out a Key.  Pro tip: A popular spot for tourists and locals alike, call ahead for a reservation and request a table near the front for the best view of the century old Kiawe tree and hula performances. 

Saturday nights in Waikiki are a bit of a "choose your own adventure".  In the mood to do it big? Head to Sky, a top notch nightclub which overlooks all of Waikiki. Wanna lay low? Go bar hopping throughout the many beach side hotels. Don't miss The Beach Bar or The Reef Bar and Market Grill. 

SUNDAY

Sleep off last night's escapades until it's time for your brunch reservation at the "Pink Palace of the Pacific"--the Royal Hawaiian Hotel. Upon arrival, order a guava mimosa and take a few insta-worthy snaps featuring the sea of pink umbrellas. When its time to order, go with the Royal Loco Moco for yourself and split the Pink Palace Pancakes with a friend. 

Take a detour on the way back to walk along the beach. Soak in the views one final time before packing up, checking out, and heading home.

 Until next time, Waikiki.  

My Hawaii Uniform

As someone who rarely shops, I tend to wear the same things over and over (luckily for me, so do some of the greats: Steve Jobs, Karl Lagerfeld, Hillary Clinton...). So naturally, after several months of island living, I've already developed my Hawaii uniform. 

If you're in need of a casual, but polished look, this is it. Whether visiting the islands or just hanging out around town, this look can take you from brunch at Bill's to drinks at Bevy--and everywhere in between.

WHITE TANK

The warm weather version of the classic white tee, a crisp white tank provides maximum style with minimal effort. Plus, I'm into anything that let's me show off a hard earned tan. My personal favorites include this cotton tank and this, surprisingly versatile, knit version (you'll never guess who makes it!). If you're willing to splurge, I hear that this version is worth the investment.
 

(HIGH WAISTED) DEMIN CUTOFFS


 

After seeing aesthetics guru Amy Stone wear a pair of vintage LEVI 501's (seen here and here), I picked up my first pair of denim cutoffs since high school and have been wearing them non-stop. Because of my body type (hourglass), I gravitate towards high waisted pairs. The beauty of cutoffs? There's a perfect fit for every body. 

Side note: I'm seriously obsessed with RE/DONE which takes old Levi jeans and remakes them into modern, stylish denim cutoffs--a slow fashion lover's dream.
 

LEATHER SANDALS

When I first moved here, it took me a while to get used to the idea of wearing sandals all the time. Luckily a friend guided me in the direction of this seriously stylish leather pair. Admittedly, the timeless (and more formal) look of leather appealed to my east coast sensibilities--and I haven't looked back since. I've currently got my eye on this classic pair
 

SIGNATURE LOOK

I never the leave house without two pieces: my engagement ring (a stunning oval solitaire on a rose gold band) and a delicate, thin necklace. Since Hawaii has a generally laid back feel, I leave the bigger pieces for special occasions and fancy nights out.

The exception? Statement sunglasses. I tend to rotate between a cat eye pair (for instant retro-glamour) and a classic, mirrored pair. (UPDATE: I haven't taken off this super affordable pair since buying them a few weeks ago.)

I round out my look with an equally simple makeup routine: a thick layer of sunscreen, wind blown hair, and just a touch of face paint. Glossier has some of my favorite low key products--can't stop raving about this lip tint or this foundation--if you're looking for makeup that enhances natural beauty rather than covers it. 

While I've got my casual uniform down, I've come to realize that I'm in desperate need of a few other items: a rain coat for these drizzly winters, more than one bathing suit, a sweater for when the trade winds blow in, and--of course--an aloha shirt. 

Packing List No. 1 | In-flight Essentials


If you’re headed this way on holiday, there’s a good chance you’ll be spending the first day or so of your vacation on a plane. Fret not! While the flight probably--hopefully--won't be the highlight of your trip, there's no reason you shouldn't enjoy it.

To paraphrase an old adage: there's no such thing as a bad flight, just a poorly packed carry-on. 

Having taken nearly a dozen trans-pacific flights, I've perfected my in-flight packing list for surviving the long haul. The list is extensive, but trust me when I say there is nothing worse than feeling bored, hungry, hot/cold--you name it--on a 10+ hour flight (#beenthere). Tuck even just a few of these items into your bag for a flight that's guaranteed to feel first class, even from the back of economy (#beentheretoo). 

The Wash Kit

For a flight this long, a well stocked wash kit will be your best friend. For inevitably, there will come a time when you feel one or more of the following: dried out, puffy, and/or irritated (are you still reading or have you gone off to enjoy something that reads a little less like Web MD?).

While nothing can replace a solid day of pre-flight hydrating, the right skincare products and routines work wonders to combat the inevitable unpleasantness that comes with flying. This is what works for me:

After prepping my face with a cleansing cloth, I follow a basic in-flight routine: serum, sheet mask, moisturizer--a habit I developed during my time in Korea. Some of my favorites for traveling include this serum superpack (which offers a variety of serums based on skin need rather than skin type), these sheet masks (which are specifically designed for skin hydration), and this unbelievably expensive, but legendary moisturizer (I currently use the original, but I'm thinking of switching to this lighter gel version). Lastly, I apply a thick layer of vaseline to my lips, which always seem to dry out first. 

Beyond that, I always include a few wipes, a small deodorant, a toothbrush, and toothpaste for all the obvious reasons. And while I have strict no makeup while flying rule, I still tuck some basics--tinted sunscreen, a sheer, matte lipstick, mascara--and a solid perfume into my wash kit to be applied during that awkward time between landing and departing the plane. You never know who you'll run into...or who's waiting for you at the gate!

The Carry-ON

Any time I'm traveling over an ocean, I pack an entire outfit in my carry-on just in case my luggage is delayed or lost. Since I'm already wearing my trusty travel uniform (pants, top, oversized sweater, walkable flats), this secondary set tends to be composed of opposing pieces: a bathing suit instead of underwear, dressier (read: less comfortable) sandals, and a shift that can carry me from day to night. This way, I don't have to change any of the activities on my itinerary while I wait for luggage to be delivered. 

Other than that, I recommend leaving a good amount of empty space for souvenirs. The best souvenirs are unique and deserve to be handled with care--after all, you can't get them anywhere else in the world! Packing them in your carry-on eliminates any possible heart break at the baggage carousel. 

 

The Personal Item

As someone who immediately stows my carry-on in the overhead compartment and promptly forgets about it until the end of the flight, the personal item is my go-to bag for traveling. EVERYTHING that I hold near and dear goes into this bag (so yes, yes, mainly snacks...). A big, roomy bag is essential. 

I always pack my electronics (laptop + camera + headphones + chargers) here rather than my carry-on for easy access, security, and protection. While I'd love to own this bag one day, for now a combination of these cord organizers and these pouches ensure nothing gets lost, tangled or broken. 

You also can't go wrong with bringing at least two pens (as one will inevitably get lost or borrowed when it comes time to fill out the customs forms) and a notebook for planning itineraries, jotting down recommendations, and documenting any general observations. On the same note, trade the in-flight movies for a quality book; you won't regret it. Bonus points if it puts you in the island mindset. 

My favorite thing to pack on the return trip: postcards. Writing home about your adventures makes the vacation last just a littleeee longer while letting others share in the fun. You can get your typical postcards at the airport, but scout local hotels and coffee shops for some surprising finds. 

 

 

The Extras

Whether you wear them or pack them (in the personal item, of course), the extras are where you make your money. 

Before my first trip to Korea, my brother--an expert traveler for both business and pleasure--suggested I invest in a pair of compression socks (to prevent swollen ankles), a pair of thin slippers (so you can kick off your shoes and be done with it), and a sleeping mask (as planes are rarely ever dark when you want them to be). After several trips back and forth, I now suggest you do the same. There are a ton of options for all of the above; but for an added feel of luxury, pick up this velvet mask infused with the scent of lavender. Absolutely dreamy, in every way possible. 

Lastly, remember that thing I mentioned about planes having the uncanny ability to dry you out? Well all the Korean sheet masks in the world won't make you look--or feel--better after a long flight if you don't do your part: drinking water. (And, I hate to say it, easing off the free in-flight booze. Although, I'm also a believer in the one glass of champagne, two glasses of water method....because, well, champagne.) Stay hydrated with the help of this water bottle which you'll 100% need at the beach, on a hike, or anywhere else on island anyway.

Happy flying, xo.

 

Waimanu Street

When we began searching for our Hawaiian home, it was clear that my fiancé and I didn't see eye to eye on where exactly that would be.

My fiancé, who was living on North Shore at the time, wanted to live closer to the bars and restaurants downtown. I'd rather imagined he'd stay put, I'd join him, and together we'd restore a mid-century home with an ocean view. But, since marriage is compromise (and neither of us are millionaires...sigh), we've taken up residency in a condo in the Ala Moana neighborhood of Honolulu. 

It’s our first home together and the first piece of property either of us has ever purchased. While I doubt it will be our forever home, it feels nice to have planted solid roots in Hawaii. 

We love our building and our neighborhood--which is in walking distance to great bars/restaurants in Kaka'ako, the Ala Moana Center, and, of course, the beach. 

Most importantly, we love having a place of our own for friends and family to visit (I've said it before and I'll say it again: a visit to Hawaii will change your life). 

With limited square feet, designing a home that's stylish enough for entertaining and practical enough for real life is challenging to the say least. While we've managed to get the basics down--couch, bed, pots and pans--we're still on the hunt for the details.

We want our house to reflect our island life, but not feel too kitschy...it is, after all, a home and not a tiki bar.

It'll probably be months before everything finally comes together. Until then, here are some things for the apartment I'm currently coveting. 

 coffee table book | traychairs | pillow | stools