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    Hualalai Travel Diary

    Ahh, vacation. Is there anything better? This past weekend, Holden and I decided we wanted to catch a break from our crazy schedules and celebrate our three-year anniversary at the same time. I’d been to the Four Seasons Hualalai a couple of times before years ago and Holden has always wanted to stay there, so we decided to take advantage of the resort’s amazing Kamaaina special right now and just go for it. At first when we were planning this trip I wanted to rent a car so we could explore the island a little bit and get off the resort. But alas, H convinced me that we should just take it easy on property. I’m so glad he did because it was nice to just chill out by the pool, take walks on the beach, eat (a little too much) delicious food and just veg. H also worked out twice a day at the resort’s beautiful gym but I forgot to bring my gym clothes or shoes, so I think subconsciously my body was telling me no. Side note: H said they have the best trail mix he’s ever had. My favorite part about the pools — there are three lounging pools, a lap pool, and a snorkeling pond — is that they come around every hour with a special amenity like fresh pineapple, Halloween candy, an evian spritz or a small frozen cocktail at the adult pool. Our first night, we dined at Ulu Ocean Grill which was every bit as delicious as it looks in the photos — I highly recommend the lobster tails and the New York steak. I have so many more photos to share but this post was getting long so I’ll post those tomorrow. Hope you had an amazing weekend.

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    Everyday Casual

    Shirt: Rails // Jeans: Seven for All Mankind (similar here) // Heels: Charlotte Russe // Bag: F21 // Watch: Michael Kors

    My typical morning routine includes waking up to the sound of my alarm, checking emails on my phone that may have come through overnight, and catching up on the latest news. If I don’t have any meetings or events on my calendar, you can bet you’ll find me in something casual like this plaid shirt and jeans combination I pulled together at the last minute to go grab some coffee at Brue Bar in Kakaako. This week is a special week since Holden and I are celebrating our third anniversary. Technically our anniversary was on Monday, but we decided to take a weekend trip to Kona to celebrate instead and I. cannot. wait. for strolls on the beach, spa treatments, and relaxing afternoons spent poolside. Have a great rest of your week!

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    Tribal Style

    Pants: Florencia Arias c/o // Top: Fighting Eel // Bag: She + Lo // Sunnies: Karen Walker // Watch: Michael Kors // Heels: Charlotte Russe

    This past weekend flew by in an exciting but all too busy haze. Friday night I found myself jumping from Miss Hawaii appearance to fashion show to a party for a friend, then another fashion show on Saturday followed by cheering Holden on in a paddle tennis tournament (he won!). By Sunday, I was ready to slip into an outfit far more comfortable and these lotus tapered pants by Florencia Arias were the answer I was looking for. Easy, comfortable, and as casual as you want them to be — perfection.

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    Favorite Fall Boots

    With my upcoming move to NYC come January, I’ve had my eye on tons of cold-weather essentials including coats, sweaters, and the most exciting of all — boots! If you live in the continental US I know this might not seem all that exciting, but it’s one of the accessories you simply can’t wear in Hawaii without people staring at you like you’re crazy. I’ll be heading to NYC in early November to look for a place and I hear it’s already getting pretty chilly there so I thought now would be the perfect time to pick up a pair or two. Here are some of the boots I’m loving this season.

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    Fall Fashion Under 150

    Trench: F21 // Dress: F21 // Heels: Charlotte Russe // Earrings: Bauble Bar // Sunnies: ASOS // Bag: F21 (similar here) // Lips: Sephora Marvelous Mauve

    One of my favorite trends for Fall (or any time of the year, lets be honest) is monochrome. I just love the clean and sleek look you get when you stick to all one hue. And while I know I’ll wear each of these pieces on repeat this season, I wanted to challenge myself to put together a Fall look that was altogether under $150, accessories included. I can also see myself wearing this trench dressed down with a basic white tee, cutoffs and booties, or over a little black dress on the way to an event. What are you favorite trends for Fall?


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    Dress: Angel Biba // Bag: Tory Burch // Heels: BCBG (similar here) // Necklace: Bauble Bar (similar here)

    Anyone else over the moon that it’s Friday? Tonight we have our Miss Hawaii USA girls’ night out party and then all-day workshops this weekend so I’m pretty excited to get to hang out with all of the contestants. I remember this time last year we went out to PF Changs and it was so awful because I couldn’t eat anything, so I’m SO glad to not be competing this year and I plan to stuff my face accordingly. Last night I wore one of my favorite little black dresses. It’s very simple but I love the length and cut and pairing it with a chunky statement necklace, and best off all the price was right. Hope you all have an amazing weekend.

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    Wine Down

    Dress: F21 // Clutch: Saint Laurent // Sandals: Zara (sold out, very similar here) // Bracelets: Anthropologie // Earrings: Charming Charlie

    Well, it’s official! I think I’ve found my favorite color for the fall season and it’s this one right here (wine, burgundy, maroon, marsala, or whatever else you want to call it). I found this maxi at Forever 21 for a steal and paired it with some knee-high strappy sandals to add some extra pop. This weekend I’m doing a fashion show at Macy’s Ala Moana for its Front Row Fashion Show at 2 p.m. Afterward, there will be free food, manicures by OPI, makeovers by Lancome, and more. Definitely come check it out and say hi if you live in Hawaii! Have a wonderful weekend and thanks for reading.

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    This morning I had the unreal opportunity to guest co-host Living808, a live local lifestyle show on KHON2. Plus, they let me share my all-time, holy grail beauty products with viewers and I promised that I would share all the links to the products right here. So here you go! I’ll also post the link of the clip to hear all of my descriptions as soon as it’s live.

    Batiste Dry Shampoo

    Sephora Eye Masks

    Milani Baked Blush (holy grail drugstore blush, my favorite shade is ‘Luminoso’ which is a beautiful peachy shade)

    Beauty Blender vs. Real Techniques Beauty Sponge (aka the best dupe for the beauty blender out there)

    First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads

    Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector (I have mine in the shade moonstone)

    Mary Lou-Manizer (highly-pigmented powder highlighter — on sale!)

    ColourPop Liquid Lipsticks

    Arbonne Makeup Primer

    Tatcha Beauty Papers

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    Hawaiian Sun

    Swimsuit: Inking Tux Australia // Hat: J. Crew (similar here) // Sunnies: Ray Ban

    While I’ve been sharing my favorite fall fashion and makeup trends here over the past few days, bikini season never really stops in Hawaii and I’m pretty head over heels for this particular style. I think it would be perfect for a glam  vacation or just day trips to the beach. It’s designed by a brand called Inking Tux based out of Australia, and they ship all over the world. Plus, it comes in lots of bright colors (I have my eyes on the pink for my next beach vacay!). Be sure to check out their Instagram as well for their whole collection.

    Holden’s still gone on his massive Eurotrip so I’ve been catching up  on all of my shows including Ladies of London and and The Walking Dead since we decided to watch a set amount of episodes separately so we wouldn’t have to go without watching it. Oh, and is anyone watching The Voice and see Blind Joe’s audition last night? My sister and I were literally crying. XOXO

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    Fall Finds

    Here’s an outfit I’m absolutely loving for fall! I know I know, I put together another all-black outfit, but I’m loving this look with pops of color in the hat and sunnies. I ordered these Quay Australia sunnies from Urban Outfitters literally yesterday and I just checked back at the site today and they’re sold out…womp womp. But if you love them as much as I do, I saw on Instagram that they’ll be restocked at White Fox boutique, Love Culture and the Quay Australia site in early October. They also have lots of cute colors at the link above. Thanks for reading!