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Month: June 2015

Pineapple Express

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Dole Whip with freshly sliced pineapples: tasted like literal heaven, if that were a flavor. IMG_6505

I had to take a picture inside THE pineapple, I mean c’mon! Apparently I looked like part of the attraction because Asian tourists were coming up and taking my picture and copying my poses afterward so… 😉
IMG_6499 Tank: Wildfox (similar here & here) | Skirt: Surf Gypsy (similar here & here) | Sandals: Miu Miu (similar herehere) | Bag: Street Level (similar) | Sunnies: Free People | Necklace: Michael Kors (similar) | Lippie: MAC “Viva Glam Nicki 2” (similar) + Lipglass: MAC “Viva Glam Nicki 2” (similar) | Nails: China Glaze “Sun of a Peach” + China Glaze “Grass is Lime Greener” (OBSESSED WITH THIS COMBO!)

The only thing gloomy about visiting the Dole Plantation was the sky! We went during the middle of the week so we practically had the whole place to ourselves. First we took a ride on the Pineapple Express, which took you on a tour-by-train through the gigantic plantation of never-ending fields of pineapples, sugar cane stalks, and banana, lychee, and cacao trees. We strolled through the plantation garden and found gorgeous hibiscus flowers with blooms as big as your head, and a beautiful Mindanou Gum tree with a rainbow tree trunk. It was so cute and colorful I just had to give it a hug! I also wanted to test my navigational skills out in the Pineapple Garden Maze, which happens to be the largest maze in the world mind you! But my husband and our friends weren’t feeling as adventurous and didn’t want to spend hours lost in a maze! To each his own. But let’s not pretend that my favorite part wasn’t the freshly made Dole Whips though. They were so heavenly my tastebuds are still singing praises.

This outfit was destined for wandering around in perfect weather and heading straight to the beach after. My strappy embellished starfish sandals by Miu Miu are a mermaid’s dream and oh so near and dear to my heart. So much so in fact, that I kept them as near to my heart as possible on the plane to Hawaii. They were in my carry-on because I would have been heartbroken if something happened to them. Ain’t nobody got time for that! This crochet skater skirt looks like it was practically made to be paired with this flowy, buttery soft tank! Unfortunately, both of them are sold out now but I linked a bunch of Wildfox tops & some similar skirts below!



Salty Breeze, Sandy Knees


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Overalls: Topshop (similar) | Bikini: Bikini Lab Top & Bottom (℅) | Sunglasses: Free People | Headband: Sweaty Bands | Necklace: Michael Kors (similar) | Lips: MAC “Candy Yum Yum” + Liner: MAC “Hip ‘n’ Happy” | Nails: China Glaze “Sun of a Peach” + China Glaze “Grass is Lime Greener

One of the highlights of my vacation to Hawaii was hiking the scenic Maunawili Falls in Hawaii. Traipsing through a lush, tropical jungle surrounded by enormous trees with roots jutting up through the earth and vines riddled up their trunks was completely new territory for a girl born and raised in the desert like me. I’ve never seen so much green in my life, and the rich, deep shade of green Hawaii boasts makes Arizona’s pale in comparison.

The cherry on top was being greeted by a picturesque waterfall and swimming hole at the end of our hike! My husband cliff jumped from the top of the waterfall, and I watched happily from the sidelines. (Long story but I refuse to cliff jump anymore due to an accident I had in the past.) I also wore this bikini to one of our favorite beaches, probably because it was the most secluded. We body surfed (RIP sunglasses! 🙁 ) until we spotted some Man O’ War’s floating around us and then took a little cat nap on the sand. Best. Day. Ever!