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Hana Staycation

It’s been a while since my last post so I figured it was about time for a little update. 
As I’m sure most of you know, I live on Maui. I work on the South side of the island, live on the North shore, and spend most of my time somewhere in between. Maui is fairly small, you could drive around the entire island in one day. Coming from California (where you can drive in almost any direction for hours and hours) I tend to get island fever quite often. 

My ideal getaway is Hana, a little town on the other side of the island. It takes about 2-3 hours to get there (depending on how you drive). The drive itself really is my favorite part of the whole ordeal. I’ve discovered some stunning hidden waterfalls along the way, and of course there’s always the old favorites like Coconut Glens Ice Cream and Hana farms fresh baked farm to table pizza for some tasty road fuel. 

Last week, I had some of my closest friends, Michaela & Katie, visiting from California, so we decided to take the weekend and make the trip. Although it was overcast and drizzling, Hana’s beauty was still jaw dropping. Here’s a little taste of our experience! 

As I mentioned before, Hana highway has tons of beautiful hidden gems…Our first stop was about halfway to Hana; This little waterfall is one of my favorites…

(Wearing Conner Hats and Rocker Bands top) 

No harm in a quick waterfall beverage (Suerte Tequila) with some fresh picked guava and only the scent of wild ginger in the air! 

Next we hit up my all time favorite ice cream stand: Coconut Glens

With their delicious array of over 10 (everchanging) flavors, it’s always difficult to choose just one! I went for Vanilla bean, and the girls chose the original Coconut (with flakes of toasted coconut) and both flavors were to die for. 

Next we stopped at Wainapanapa State Park, for a dip in the caves.  Absolutely something I would recommend taking the time for, just the scenic lookout alone is worth the stop. 

(Above photos taken by Katie Owens)
After that refreshing dip, it was time to check into our hotel. Generally I camp when I visit Hana, but it was Michaelas birthday so we decided to live the life of luxury and get a suite at the Travaasa Hana. The room was gorgeous, but our favorite part of the resort was the pool. The view was just perfect. 

After admittedly too much wine and an evening full of laughter and night swimming… we hit the hay. 

We woke up to fresh banana bread and coffee, followed by some incredible sparkling Maui Wine birthday rose, and right back to the pool for a little more R&R. 

When we checked out of the hotel, we decided to pay a visit to one the most special places on island… Red Sand Beach. 

Last two photos by Katie Owens 

After Red Sands, we were tuckered out, so we made our slow but steady trip back home. Hana never disappoints! Absolutely always worth the trip!

Jar-ingly delicious 

Alrighty kids! You’re constantly asking me about my diet, so I decided to do a quick post about my all time favorite meal. It’s so simple but I could seriously eat it for every single meal…

Layered jar lunches are THE BEST. Easy to make, delicious and great for meal prepping. 

My favorite is this baby right here…

I like to start me jar lunch with my favorite grain. I almost always choose quinoa but today I’m going with brown rice.  I also found this sprouted rice and quinoa blend at Costco, and I’m a huge fan of that as well! 

Next I layer on as much spinach as I can fit (usually about 3 handfuls). 

After that, I like to add a lean protein. Sometimes I’ll use tofu, but ground turkey is my absolute favorite. I just cook in a large pan with minimal spices, sometimes a little salt and pepper and a pinch of cayenne pepper.

Last but not least, I love to add as many veggies as possible. Zuccini noodles are life, but unfortunately I’ve devoured all my zuccini so I don’t have any on hand today. So instead I’ll add some delicious fresh avo. Just take a gander at how yummy and creamy it looks!

And for the icing on the “cake” I like to top it all off with my favorite salad dressing of all time: Annie’s ShitakeSesame vinaigrette. I’ve been obsessed with this dressing for as long as I can remember. It’s also great as a marinade for chicken! Remember, when it comes to dressing, use sparingly because it really is a guilty pleasure. 

Well that’s about it! If you try out my silly little recipe, let me know how you like it! And if you change it up for the better, I would love to hear any variations you might have! ❤️

Maxi skirts are my jam

Building your own style is so difficult, especially these days. Brands are constantly trying to sell me things, but just because it looks great on one specific model, doesn’t always mean it will be flattering on me. 

In the past, I have spent so much time trying to find inspiration via other bloggers. After years of getting to know myself, I’ve finally built a style that is all my own. 

People often ask me where how and why I choose to put the pieces together the way that I do, and the answer is… Comfort. Seriously. That’s my main motivation when I’m putting together an outfit. 

No-I don’t wear sweats and sports bras every day (everyone has their own option of comfort I suppose) but I adore anything that is as little maintainence as possible while still looking FAB. 

Which brings me to the point of this post… My favorite, staple outfit. Give me a maxi skirt and a crop top (or body suit) and I’m a happy camper! 

First up we have a beachy combo of two of my absolute favorite brands. This gorgeous wrap skirt is by Tysa Designs (I have this baby in at least 5 colors because it is so incredible and SO versatile) and crochet top is by Elegant crochets  (I’m a sucker for anything crochet). All of these crochet tops are handmade, and you can just feel the love she loops right in.

Second up we have an effortlessly beautiful every day outfit. This beautiful skirt is by an obvious favorite brand of mine: Spell & The Gypsy. Spell continues to blow me away with their STUNNING hand drawn prints, and lusciously soft fabrics. The crop top I’ve picked is by Free People, a brand which I will always love. 

TIP: I totally understand that not everyone lives in Hawaii, SO hunt down an amazing thrift store and get yourself a good vintage jacket to throw on over your favorite pieces. The beautiful rust goodness (AKA the jacket of my dreams) in the photo above is a little something that I picked up at Ooh La Loft.

My third outfit is a magical combo of a vintage maxi that I picked up at a thrift shop, and my favorite crochet top by Elegant Crochets. The cappuccino color of this baby just goes with everything in my closet so it’s an easy go to. As I’ve said before, I could wear a crochet crop top every single day if it was socially acceptable! 

The above outfit is a little bit sexy, which is what makes it so good. I’ve paired yet another vintage maxi skirt with a gorgeous off the shoulder top by Mary Grace Swim

And speaking of sexy… Here’s a sweet combo perfect for a night out. I’ve paired another gorgeous printed wrap skirt from Tysa Designs with a ultra sleek lace up body suit from Ooh La Loft. I love this body suit because it can be paired with just about anything to give your outfit a feisty vibe.

Last but most certainly not least… My favorite outfit of the day… Another gorgeous Spell & The Gypsy maxi paired with the perfect Dazey LA tee. This skirt is just pure bliss, with the flowy fabric and bright floral print, and this tee is the ideal basic because it’s super soft and fits just so. 

Jewelry details: all bangles and rings are by Mac Designs and large turquoise choker is from Bella & Chloe.

Ultimately-wear what makes you comfortable! The better you feel, the better you’ll look! 


Dome Sweet Dome❤️

I am constantly being asked about my home in Northern California, so I decided to dedicate a post to just that…

Below is the first view you see as you when you arrive…my little home nestled in the redwoods.

My parents built this beauty by hand with the ever so generous help of their friends and family almost 30 years ago. Up until I was about 6 years old, the house was just the dome (a 3 story home with kitchen on the bottom level, a little living space on the second, and a large loft at the top). 

Eventually my folks decided we might need a little more space and hired a few neighbors to build an additional living space on to the side of the dome. That is what you see in the left hand side of the top photo. 

The inside of dome has the most amazing view out of these large windows. I often like to sit, and gaze out over the valley while drinking a hot cup of coffee. 

You can catch a glimpse of the loft in the upper part of the photo below.

One of my favorite parts of my home is the stove… This beauty in itself is a piece of art. (I was cooking an awesome curry-tofu stir fry when I took the photo below).

Outside the kitchen is the wrap around deck… 

The view from the deck is absolutely breath taking as well. Yet another perfect place to sit and enjoy a hot cup of joe in the morning, OR even better, some local red wine after dinner. 

The view of the dome from the deck is with out a doubt my favorite part of our wonderful home… The way the evening light reflects off the windows is incomparable. 

Last but not least, all the beautiful little details of our little wonderland that make it so incredibly special…

My moms wonderful garden, and lavender she’s strategically scattered around the property…

The view from the road as you drive to the house (a perfect morning walk)

And of course all the little bonus snacks…

Summer blackberries,

Lemon cucumbers (my fav!) 
Gigantic zuccinis,

And delicious mini nectarines and sweet plums, warm from the summer sun.

And of course my sweet fat baby, Pheonix (he loves me, he’s just mad that I left him!) 

I hope that you enjoyed this little tour, but please remember that I hold my home so incredibly close to my heart, be respectful and do not steal my photos, thank you so much! ❤️❤️❤️

Retro Montce Swim bikini 🌻

Beyond stoked on this set! I have never rocked a high waisted bikini before but this one goes above and beyond…

Ultra comfortable push-up style top makes this baby SUPER flattering. 

And of course like every other bottom by this epic brand, they perfectly complement your booty with their Brazilian cut. 

Montce Swim continues to stun me with such original & gorgeous cuts and prints. All in all, I’m a huge fan! 

Photos by Chad McCord   📸

ORR Hot Springs

A few weeks ago two of my girlfriends, Simone, Hannah and I enjoyed Orr Hot Springs together. I’ve lived right next to the springs my entire life, and yet this was my very first time. Let me tell you, it was absolutely incredible!

We also had to reek some havoc as per usual, the communal carts were perfect for that… 

There’s multiple pools, so naturally we had to try them all…

We started our day in the hottest pool (about 107 degrees) and graduated to free standing private bathtubs that have been scattered among the hot pools, and are filled with warm water. Last but not least we enjoyed the sauna & the cold pool which was a bit off a shock, but felt amazing getting our sweat on in the sauna. 

The springs also has great little cabins if you plan on staying the night, and a communal kitchen fully set up with everything you need for meals. Hannah planned ahead like a boss, and brought us some delicious fresh smoked salmon, strawberries, kale and other various veggies and treated us to one of the best salads I have ever enjoyed!

All around Orr was a totally amazing experience, and hopefully now a new tradition with my girls. If you’re in the area, I highly recommend the trip!