Friday, August 29, 2014

A Quick Guide to Maui Food

One of my favorite things about Hawaii is the amazing food: plate lunches, shave ice, ahi poke...! I definitely had a lot of food coma naps on the beach during this trip. Below are some of my favorites sorted by area.

Left: Star Noodle - pork buns (not pictured), garlic noodles (not pictured), local saimin, fried soup, and local green salad (shiso ranch - so amazing!)
Right: Ululani's Hawaiian Shave Ice  - mango, pineapple, and li hui hing powder, and Haleakala (coconut and leche - not pictured, but my favorite!)

Left: Choice Health Bar - super delicious mango a├žai bowl, and green juice for a healthy morning
Right: Maui Swap Meet (Saturday in Kahului) - fresh coconut juice (tip: stroll around the market, buy local fruits and vegetables, and then return to the coconut stand when you're done with your juice so they can slice it open for you to eat the coconut meat)

Road to Hana
Left: Kihei Caffe - banana macadamia nut pancakes with coconut syrup and kalua pork loco moco
Right: Bruddah Hutts - bomb ribs! Smokey, tender, meat falling off the bones

Left: Stop along the Road to Hana for stands with addictive coconut candy
Right: Shaka Pops - handmade fruit popsicles; we got pineapple ginger and passionfruit, orange, guava

Left: Grandma's Maui Coffee - after watching the sunrise on Haleakala, grab breakfast and coffee here, specifically the Bullseye: fried corn beef hash over rice with egg and spam
Right: Ali'i Kula Lavender - lavender scones and lavender tea peacefully overlooking the lavender farm

Left: T Komoda Store & Bakery - guava-filled malasadas and stick donuts
Right: Eskimo Candy (in Kihei) - best ahi poke with four different types of ahi

Left: Da Kitchen - deep fried spam musubi, chicken katsu (not pictured), and kalua pork (not pictured)
Right: Mama's Fish House - our favorite meal! Lobster guacamole (not pictured), mahi mahi stuffed with crab and lobster, ahi steak with coconut rice (not pictured)

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Easy Breezy Summer Uniform

Everlane "High-Low" belt
Alexander McQueen studded andals

One summer day, when sweltering in yet another tank and shorts combo, I became determined to find an even more pared-down wardrobe option: something breezy that I could mindlessly throw on. I came across this linen dress, which was a dream of an answer to my quest. The material is breathable and the shape (or lack there of) is easy for chilling and sweating in a lounge chair. What's been your summer uniform?

I affectionately call this my Moses dress and wore it on our drive to Hana in Maui. These pictures were taken around 7am in the soft morning light.

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Floral Maxi Dress

Collection J dress (c/o)
H&M sandals

For tropical vacations, I like to pack a maxi dress. Collection J gifted me a couple pieces, and I was so excited to receive this floral maxi dress right before I left for Maui. I love the feminine off-the-shoulder sleeves and fluttering slits on the hem. It was the perfect dress for a stroll along the shoreline before our beachside anniversary dinner. Thank you again for the dress, Elle of Collection J!

Was not on my usual posting schedule last week since I was in Hawaii, but now that I'm back I'll have some posts to catch up on! I've been keeping up with updates on Instagram. Thanks for your patience. :)

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Hello from Maui!

Re:named lace crop top
Tracy Reese silk skirt (similar)
Zara leather sandals (similar)

Thanks to those who commented on the last post and Instagram with recommendations for Maui. We've been having so much fun! So far, the notable places we've eaten at have been: sunset dinner at Kimo's, coconut leche shave ice at Ululani's, deep fried spam musubi at Da Kitchen, and fresh seafood at Maui's Fish Market. Lots of fun ahead as we're planning to snorkel, paddle board, watch the sunrise at Haleakala, and drive to Hana. Will keep posted!

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Packing for Hawaii

Husband and I are headed to Maui! I'm most excited to eat everything from fresh fish poke to spam musubi and then take food coma naps on the beach. Besides essentials like sunscreen, my suitcase is full of swimsuits, day dresses, beach tunics, and maxi dresses for evenings. Click the pictures above to shop my picks for what to bring on a tropical vacation. I'll keep the blog updated with posts, and you can follow our adventures on Instagram.

If you've been to Maui, I'd love to know your recommendations in the comments below!