Aloha! I'm headed to Oahu and Maui for two weeks, and can't wait for the beaches and sunshine. I try to keep it simple and streamlined when I travel, and I try to pack multi-functional pieces that coordinate. For this trip, my bag is full of swim suits, comfy tees, a few layering pieces so I don't get too much sun, and a couple of dresses.
Since we're headed to Thailand this summer, we're using this trip as a packing dry-run. We're trying to bring just one roller bag to check both of our clothes in it. For carry-ons, my boyfriend usually brings a backpack and I just bring my trusty Madewell Tote. I'm thinking about picking up a festive pom pom tote, like this pretty one by Eliza Gran, but we'll see. Either way, fitting everything into one bag won't be easy but I'm up for the challenge. Oh, and my boyfriend is a basketball addict and needs to make sure his gigantic shoes fit in the bag. Great.
Our first stop is Oahu to check out the North Shore and Honolulu. Living in SF means I have a serious lack of summer clothes. Shopping in Honolulu is supposed to be really good, and I can't wait to check out the many unique boutiques. I've researched a ton, and come up with a pretty good list of stores I want to visit and places for lunch/breakfast/coffee. You know, all the essentials. Everything I've found is on this handy Google Map. I'm also looking forward to some hiking, waterfall exploration and a couple of beach days.
We're taking an inter-island flight over to Maui (there are tons of deals to be found and our tickets were about $50 each!). Don't be tricked--the ferry which used to run between the islands is out of business. My boyfriend grew up on Maui, so we're looking forward to a really mellow, relaxing, beautiful adventure. I've been to Hawaii a ton of times, but we've actually never gone together. I'm really excited to experience Maui from a local's perspective, explore some hidden beaches, discover shops and restaurants in Honolulu and take tons of photos. I'll be keeping track of our journey and publishing a travel guide when we get back!
I've spent the winter scouring some of my favorite sites for summery, Hawaii-ready clothes and bathing suits, and came up with some amazing finds at great prices. If you haven't tried it yet, I highly suggest checking out 6pm.com. They're owned by Amazon/Zappos and offer designer and name brand pieces at super low prices. They have amazing customer service and a huge selection. Who knew shopping for summer during winter would work out so well?!
I'm constantly inspired by Halley Elephante from The Salty Blonde, Amber Fillerup Clark from Barefoot Blonde, all the dreamy imagery from Peony Swimwear, Acacia Swimwear and Planet Blue on Instagram, and put together an island-inspired Pinterest board.
I'm really fair and skin cancer runs in my family so I'm going to try really hard this trip not to lay out too much, and not to get sunburnt. I'm getting a spray tan (my first...) before we leave, but I'm also counting on some layer-able beach pieces, mixing in high-waisted bottoms and one piece suits, and a gigantic hat. Oh--and plenty of SPF. I'm a new comer to the Korean skincare game, and I can't wait to try out this sunscreen from The Face Shop. They have a store in Japantown that is quickly becoming one of my favorite weekend stops.
Basically, I'll be living in comfy tees, swimsuits, kimonos and sun dresses with the occasional jumpsuit/onesie thrown in. We're looking for some recommendations on what to do/where to eat/places to shop in Honolulu and Ohua, so let me know if you have any tips!