Romper: Chloe Oliver (c/o) | Shoes: Shutz (loving these) | Sunnies: Quay | Necklace: James Michelle | Lippie: Too Faced Melted | Nails: OPI “Mod About You” (BEST color for every season!)
It’s no secret that I have a love affair with rompers! I honestly couldn’t resist this one by Chloe Oliver because the ombré effect reminded me of an orange creamsicle, which is the essence of all things summer wrapped up in one popsicle. I’m sure I could have tried a little harder to resist adding one more romper to my closet, but those bell sleeves and that open back though! It was the perfect get-up for outdoor shopping at Fashion Island in Newport: Sunny, but not too hot, with a cool breeze. I would much rather be in California than stuck sweating it out in this heat wave in Arizona. The struggle is really real right now, wish us luck!
Blouse: Equipment (similar) | Headband: Cara New York (similar) | Sunnies: Free People | Sandals: Skemo (similar) | Lips: MAC “Morange” + Liner: MAC “Boldly Bare” | Nails: China Glaze “Sun of a Peach” + China Glaze “Grass is Lime Greener”
I’m so bummed that this is my last outfit post from Hawaii, but this was a day full of adventure! First we went out to breakfast, like we did every day, and drove to North Shore and watched the enormous waves and surfers trying to dominate them. Then we ventured over to Kualoa Beach Park to get a closer look at Mokoliʻi, formerly known as Chinaman’s Hat. This was one of the busier beaches we visited, with a lot of people barbecuing, kayaking or snorkeling. Unfortunately, it was windy and overcast that day, so we didn’t get to soak up much sun, but still, a beautiful day in Oahu! I still can’t believe it has almost been a month since I left for this tropical paradise! My husband and I have been talking about going back since the day we came home. We’ve since watched “Aloha” and “Jurassic World”, which was filmed in Hawaii, since retuning and it’s only feeding our wanderlust. We decided that since we stayed on the main island the whole week, the next time we go to Hawaii we want to go to Maui or Kauai. But either way, we’ll be back Hawaii, don’t you worry.
I loved dressing in colorful, tropical outfits in Hawaii. This buttery-soft silk shirtdress was one of the first things I packed because I was specifically saving it for Hawaii! I also couldn’t forget my starfish headband and yet another pair of starfish sandals. I might have a slight obsession with starfish, but doesn’t every mermaid?
Dress: Shabby Apple | Hat: Forever 21 (similar & love this) | Boots: Frye (in brown) | Sunnies: Free People | Bag: Street Level (similar & love this, this & this) | Necklace: Michael Kors (similar) | Lippie: MAC “Viva Glam Nicki” (similar) + Liner: MAC “Hip ‘N’ Happy” | Nails: China Glaze “Sun of a Peach” & “Grass is Lime Greener”
Remember those tide pools I was talking about? These ones were up higher so we were able to access them without having to snorkel. In Mexico, one of my favorite things to do since I was a little girl was to venture back down to the beach at low tide and peek at all the critters that had been covered by the ocean hours before. The reef here was composed of an opaque volcanic rock, which revealed crabs and fish amongst other sea creatures scurrying away as soon as they saw your shadow or felt the weight of your footstep. From there, you can see the lighthouse in the background, which is party of the Makapu’u Point Trail that Todd and I hiked.
This chiffon dress from Shabby Apple was light and breezy, which made it ideal for exploring. These combat boots weren’t well-equipped for wandering on top of slippery, porous rocks due to their rubber soles, though. And I was careful to avoid getting the leather wet when the waves crashed up the sides, but one caught me off guard and splashed me when my back was turned. But luckily, they were fine. 🙂
Top: Bikini Lab | Bottom: Bikini Lab | Sunnies: H&M (similar) | Nails: China Glaze “Sun of a Peach” + China Glaze “Grass is Lime Greener”
One of our favorite beaches to go to while in Hawaii was Makapu’u Beach. It has gorgeous white sand, black lava rocks and little tide pools which are perfect for snorkeling. It also offers stunning views of Makapu’u Point, which Todd and I hiked at sunset, and its lighthouse. While the beach is small and secluded, it’s known for its rip currents and powerful shore breaks so it was great for body surfing or boogie boarding. In fact, most of the people that were there were locals. The first day was overcast and cloudy, and as we were walking down to the beach it began to rain! But we were determined to make the most out of it and later all agreed that swimming in the ocean while it was raining was one of the highlights of our trip! That same day while we were waiting for the right wave to come, out pops a seal a couple yards away. It was so close to some of the riders they could have reached out and touched it. Everyone was in awe watching it bob up and down, in and out of the ocean.
The tropical print of this swimsuit could not have been more fitting for the location! I love the retro cut, and the high-waisted bottoms with ruched sides are so flattering! Plus, its style name is “Hot & Gold” which I took as a nod to Katy Perry’s song, “Hot N Cold” and her limitless supply of vintage bikinis. Anything Katy, I’m sold.
Dole Whip with freshly sliced pineapples: tasted like literal heaven, if that were a flavor.
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… 😉
Tank: Wildfox (similar here & here) | Skirt: Surf Gypsy (similar here & here) | Sandals: Miu Miu (similar here & here) | 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!