Monday, April 14, 2014

top 10 things to do in Hawaii

**Disclaimer: My top 10 is based on my personal opinion of Oahu and Maui. I have only been to the two.**

1. Watch the sunset at Sunset.

Located on the North Shore, packed with surfers, sunsets, and sea turtles...what could be better?

2. Hike the Kokohead stairs. 

Quite possibly my favorite thing in all of Honolulu. This was the most grueling and strenuous hike I've ever done, but I loved every minute of it. Ok, maaaaybe not every minute, let's just say I was very happy to make it to the bottom...alive.

3. Get a Hula...pie!

Trust me when I say it's worth every penny and calorie. Hula Pie is a tourist favorite and can be found at Duke's in Waikiki.

4. Grill on the beach.

We did this at Waimanalo beach, however it may be a good idea to grill on a beach where you can watch the sunset, aka the North Shore, ironically located on the west side of the island.

5. Island hop.

(Preferably to Maui!) Prior to visiting Maui I heard great things about this island, in addition to The Big Island, which we decided was too big for the amount of time we had. Here's a few sites to see:
  • Haleakala Crater (watch the sunrise, you'll need to wake up around 4am)
  • Hana Highway 
  • Black sand beach
  • Seven Sacred Pools

6. Visit Lanikai beach.

One of the most beautiful beaches I've ever been to. The Mokulua islands in the background make for the perfect photo shoot as exhibited above. :)

7. Hike to some tide pools

I hiked down to the tide pools by the Makapuu lighthouse, which was pretty neat. There's a lot of shimmy, shake, and balance involved but you should be alright. Wear good shoes and minimal clothing - gets pretty hot down there.

8. Be cheeky at Sandy's.

When in Rome, do as the Romans do. When in Hawaii...wear cheekys! I never thought I'd be one to expose my booty in such a way where I barely had tan lines due to the amount of coverage, or there lack of, that my bathing suit bottoms provided. However, it was quite liberating if I do say so myself and if you're a girl, I highly recommend investing in some cheekys. If you rock 'em at Sandy's beach or the North Shore, you'll fit right in! (This picture was actually at Lanikai).

9. See a waterfall.

...or 100. See as many waterfalls as possible. It's very Hawaiian. I liked Manoa Falls. There are also several hikes you can do once you get to the waterfall, which made it all the more enjoyable.

10. Visit the Kaneohe Bay sandbar. 

Now, I'm not positive, but I think you have to be with someone of military relation to get in on the action at this sandbar, but if you have the chance, definitely take it. There's this random, (but huge), sandbar, literally in the middle of the ocean and on the weekends military personnel and all their friends gather here for some fun in the sun. Though, there's not a beach, if you get tired of the knee high water you can lay out on the boat. Pretty rad.

Keep smiling,

Monday, March 24, 2014

sheer style: go eurown way

Sunglasses: Ray Ban, Sweater: H&M, Shirt: Free People, Jeans: Paige, Shoes: Target, Bag: H&M

I felt super European this day with my half-head bun, which is a popular trend among those Brits. I dig it. I can get down with the half-head bun for sure. Tell me what you think in the comments below: to bun or not to bun? I'd love to hear from you! Have a fab week everyone. 

P.s. the bag was $15 at H&M, $15!!!!! How crazy awesome is that?! 

Keep smiling,

Monday, March 17, 2014

4 signs you've met your match

Oftentimes we're not always 100% sure something is the best for us. Our minds fill with doubt and we always think twice with a constant inner dialogue of "what if". Though we may never be truly sure what's meant for us, the following are pretty good indicators. Whether it be in regards to your job, relationships, business ventures, hobbies, etc. when you've met something that is perfectly suited for you you'll know, and here's how...

1. It feels good
When you engage in things that are aligned with your purpose, morals, values, etc. you generally gain a sense of accomplishment, pride, respect, and/or significance. When something is good for you, it feels good to you. It's as simple as that.

2. It's easy
When you jive, you jive. There is no pressure to say or do the right thing because when you've found something that is meant for you, everything just works. There is no need to analyze every little detail. You are in a constant, natural flow of bliss.

3. You enjoy it

This can be applied to every aspect of our lives. When you do what you love, you'll love what you do.

4. You're 100% authentic
You don't overanalyze or second guess your word choice or seemingly minute decisions when it comes to what's meant for you. You can show your vulnerability, frustration, joy, fear, insecurity, etc. without any reservation. There is no fear of being judged because this is all for you, this is your moment. You speak your truth and you do it 100% authentically.

I hope this serves you in whatever endeavor you choose to engage. Take what you like, leave the rest and always remember the Uni-verse has your back. Great things are headed your way.

Keep smiling,

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

sheer style: attack of the aztec

Sweater: Forever21, Leggings: LuluLemon, Scarf&Tank: H&M, Boots: ALDO
Bag: Urban, Necklace: TwoButtons 

It snow wonder I haven't posted any spring trends with this weather...#sorryimnotsorry

Photo creds to my trooper of a mom. 

Keep smiling,

Monday, February 24, 2014

sheer style: mad hatter

Hat: BEBE, Shirt: H&M, Vest/Belt: Forever21, Jeans: Page, Bag: Urban Outfitters

Well, since this weather isn't warming up, either are my outfits. Enjoy! 

(Photo creds to my amazing mom, love you homegirl.) 

Keep smiling, 

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

4 things your selfie says about yourself-y

1. You're confident
It takes someone who is super comfortable in his/her skin to post a picture of themselves up close and personal; not to mention the amount of criticism you may receive from doing so, but choose to post it anyway. You don't justify your actions, because looking good needs no justification. You just go with how you feel: I'm sexy and I know it.

2. You live unapologetically
You are who you are and that's just the way it is. You're not ashamed of your past or how you choose to live your life currently. When ya look and feel good, you want to share that with the world, regardless of what anyone has to say about it. #sorryimnotsorry

3. You love yourself
If you enjoy snapping selfies, you definitely enjoy yourself and that enjoyment stems from love. I always say if you don't love yourself, you can't expect anyone else to either.

4. You take risks
You're not sure how anything is going to turn out, not even your selfie, but you go for the gold anyway. And much to your surprise things always turn out for the best, many times even better than you expected. Keep on keepin' on and take risks in all areas of your life, not just on Instagram. You never know how something will turn out if you don't try.

Keep smiling,

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

how to find your silver lining (in 3 steps)

It is scientifically proven that as a species, we have fundamental human needs. Arguably the most important human need is the need for love - to love and be loved in return. When that need is not being met we develop insecurities, low self-worth, and that can lead to a plethora of other issues such as failure to commit, anxiety, and depression.

One of the leading, yet denied, causes of divorce is lack of love; which is ironic because marriage is supposed to be the union of two souls with a love so deep that only when death do you part. 

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

sheer style: dress to impress

Dress: H&M, Jewels: H&M/Forever21, Bag: H&M

I love H&M. That is all.

Photo creds to my mom. She rocks. 

Keep smiling,