Adventures in the Valley Isle!

Ryan and I usually like to take one big trip a year, we had talked about doing Italy and Greece in the fall and had even started researching and planning it. But surprise! There’s a baby in me and it’s coming early November! So after some discussion we decided to take a two week trip to Hawaii, somewhere neither of us had been but always wanted to go and went in May for our anniversary. I’ve never talked to anyone who hates Hawaii, for the most part people say it’s heaven and their favourite place in the world. After consulting our friends who are Hawaii veterans we decided on Maui, and it was the best choice! Amazing weather, great food, gorgeous beaches and so much to see and do. Two weeks went by in the blink of an eye and there are so many things on our list that we would go back for.

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We stayed in Kihei, but in a condo in North Kihei where it’s a bit quieter but still really close to the bustling town in South Kihei. We were on Sugar Beach, which isn’t the most gorgeous beach of all that we went to but has miles of beach that we went on several walks down. The above photo is the view from our balcony.

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I’m just starting to get used to having a changing body for baby so there will be a long showcase of loose tops in all these pictures!

This first day we spent some time walking the beach by our condo and drove into Wailea and Makena, stopping at Makena Cove for some swimming.

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A friend of mine suggested we go to Costco and buy snorkel gear then go to different beaches to snorkel. Do it! Some of the snorkelling is so incredible, it was one of the best things we did.

We also went for our first taste of shave ice! In the heat and humidity it is an absolute must! I don’t usually like sweet things so the couple of times we went I got half watermelon and half lime, it was so good and refreshing! There are hundreds of shave ice places in Maui, you just have to find your favourite!

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That night we went to check our more of Wailea, which I would basically describe as the Beverly Hills of Maui. It’s where a lot of luxury resorts are, it’s beautifully maintained, gorgeous beaches and views. We actually got lucky when we were there because it was Wailea Restaurant Week, so a lot of the restaurants have special preset “taste of Wailea” menus that are heavily discounted and a portion goes to charity, so we took some advantage of that. This is the Four Seasons, which was by far our favourite of all the hotels we went to.

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The fabulous four seasons! We went back several times for dinners and “drinks.” We look like sorbet in these outfits!

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It was really nice to stay in a condo because Maui can be very expensive, being able to go to Cotsco and Safeway for groceries makes a huge difference. We went out for quite a few dinners but also barbecued at the condo and ate our own breakfast at home everyday but one.

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On our 2nd or 3rd day we went to the Alii Kula Lavender Farm, I’d say it was probably our biggest disappointment of all the things we did. Some of it is beautiful but it is very underwhelming and not nearly as polished and maintained as we expected. The weather was also extremely overcast in upcountry that day so that didn’t help either.

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We went to a Luau that night and it was really fun, definitely a highlight from the trip! There are a lot of options for different Luau’s throughout Maui, we went to the Marriott where they do it on the roof top so the views are gorgeous. The entertainment is fun and we enjoyed the food, they don’t do the ceremonial pig in the ground so that was really all it was missing. We really had fun, I would recommend doing one.

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Before we went to the Luau that evening, we parked at the Marriott then went on this long stretch of beach walk in front of the hotels in Wailea, it’s some of the most gorgeous natural beaches. It connects a lot of those luxury hotels in the area and you can walk and walk, which was difficult in the outfit I had mistakenly chosen but worth it for the beauty.

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There are so many gorgeous beaches, all public, to explore in Maui. Some of our favourites were Kamaole 3, Wailea Beach, Makena Beach State Park. But there are really endless options to try.

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Wailea Beach

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Serious burn to that little baby bump!

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Makena State Park

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There was so much more to see and do on this vacation! Soon I’ll post about our fun in Lahaina, the Road to Hana, snorkelling at Molokini and more. Have a great week!

 

 

 

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Each Day is a Page in your Fashion Story

We went on a recent trip to Vegas (believe it or not…) and these are some of my favourite moments and looks of the trip. Going around November through February isn’t my favourite time to go because it’s not really pool weather, and this time we were with my in laws and a lot of my husband’s extended family for his Grandparent’s diamond wedding anniversary. They are all great but it definitely makes for a different and more subdued trip! Plus Ryan was pretty sick with cold/flu the whole time so it was a lot quieter of a trip to Vegas as he was feeling so under weather.

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This is probably more of a summer friendly look but it was new and I love it, I was chilly by the end of the night but it was worth it!

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  • Necklace, top and skirt: Express
  • Shoes: Shi
  • Bag: Louis Vuitton (old)

This is my favourite new top, I’m in love with the long fringe, plus I was comfortable all night.

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We went to dinner at Blue Ribbon Sushi at the Cosmopolitan that night, it was our second time there and it was just as good!

This was my most casual night there, I was super comfy the whole night and it was pretty chilly that night so I was glad I was wearing a sweater. We went to eat at Mon Ami Gabi at Paris, which is one of my favourite restaurants. If you go, make a reservation and show up to it a couple minutes early to wait for a table on the patio – it is totally worth it for the view of the Bellagio fountains all night.  We went for a drink at a lounge at the Cosmopolitan with the whole family and then Ryan was really not feeling well that night so it was early to bed.

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I wore this fab dress for our last night out. We went to FIX at the Bellagio for dinner then to see the Cirque Du Soleil show Zumanity – we really enjoyed it, it’s fun and the theatre is a really small and intimate setting which makes it feel really interactive.

  • Dress: Express (quelle surprise!)
  • Shoes: Aldo (old) similar here

I think this is our last trip to Vegas for a while, as much as we love going there and have so much fun – it is very costly and we are itching to mix it up. We’re trying to plan one big trip before starting to talk about baby plans, so we’re throwing around ideas of Italy, Greece, New Zealand and Hawaii. The second I get back from a trip I want to start planning the next one!

“Man, I really like Vegas.” – Elvis Presley

You and me both Elvis, you and me both. I can’t stop going to Vegas, and I won’t! I just love it, there is so much to do and see. I know some people get burnt out or don’t love it like I do but I just feel like there is always new restaurants, shows and experiences to have each time, every trip is unique. This was the longest chunk of time I have ever been, we went for 10 days. That seems really extreme, but the first couple and last couple days were just Ryan and I and it was really relaxed, we went to the pool and went to dinner and just relaxed and walked the strip. It also helped that we stayed at Vdara, which is our favourite hotel. It is all suites, so lots of the time we had breakfast in our hotel room and there is no casino so it is a lot more chill. In the middle part of the trip good friends of ours, Ryan and Lisa, met up with us. He had never been before so we tried to show him some of our favourites and it was very go, go, go. I had such a great time, it was probably one of my favourite trips.

Ryan and I always try to travel on the 5:30 to 7:30 pm flight from Edmonton to Vegas and then we have the rest of the night in Vegas but you don’t have to get up at the crack of dawn to catch your flight, and truth be told I’m pretty unpleasant when I am over tired! Once we arrived and checked in we went to dinner at Blue Ribbon Sushi at the Cosmopolitan. It was delicious and we sat at the sushi bar which was really fun, sushi is one of my favourite foods ever! We then walked the strip for a bit and checked out the Bellagio gardens, which I always like to do, it’s just so gorgeous. This was an under the sea theme and it was one the best I’ve ever seen – and I’ve been a lot!

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The colours!

  • Dress: splendid, similar (and way cuter!) here
  • Shoes: Spring (on sale!)
  • Bag: Louis Vuitton (old) other top handles here

We spent the next day at the pool, we rented a day bed which we love to do because it is kind of away from the crowd, still close to the pool and way more comfortable and roomy. We also did a little shopping at the outlets and that night we had plans for dinner and a show, neither of us had seen a magic show in all the times we have been to Vegas so we went to David Copperfield. It was cool, and the things he does are definitely mind boggling and amazing, but I don’t know if I would spend that kind of money on a show like that again. We tried dinner at Julian Serrano at Aria, it is Spanish tapas and we would definitely recommend it. You order a variety to try and we got the Mediterranean chicken skewers, the beet salad, the Spanish charcuterie platter and the coco espinacas which is a goat cheese and spinach flatbread. We had fun walking the strip that night, grabbing drinks and joining a big group dance party on the bridge at New York New York.

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I was really feeling my husband’s look this night!

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The next morning our friends Ryan and Lisa arrived and we greeted them at the airport with open beer! Ryan could not get over the drinking out in public and in the street the whole time he was there. I hope we showed them a good time and they want to go back with us asap! After checking them into the hotel we went for a walk on the strip and went to lunch at Hexx, which is at Paris. The location is so great, we sat on the patio which has a great view of the Bellagio fountains. It’s a really casual vibe with a large menu and some really fun drinks; Lisa and I split the “Springtime Spritzer,” super refreshing and filled with dry ice so it was steaming the whole time.

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Bunch of old marrieds!

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We spent the rest of the day grabbing drinks (or brinks as we now fondly call them – drinks you can bring with you!) and showing Ryan some of the sights.

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I was really giving off some Britney Spears circa 2002 vibes on this trip with all my crop tops!

That night we went to Holstein’s at the Cosmopolitan, our friends are crazy for burgers. It’s pretty fun there, our server was great and they have an insane menu of boozy milkshakes. We all shared the Fat Boy which is candy bar vodka, reese’s pretzels, sprinkles, cap’n crunch, oreo cookies, and butterfinger all in a shake! After some serious digesting we got ready to go out and went to Omnia where Afrojack was the DJ for the night. Ryan and I had both been there when it was Pure nightclub and they did a huge renovation, it is awesome in there now, so  much different. I brought out my second crop top of the day to go out!

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My long, grown out and heavy bangs are a constant struggle, I’m always looking for new and cute ways to pin them, twist them and braid them. This dutch braid was so easy, lasted all night and was perfect for the heat.

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Boozy times with these little gems!

The next morning after slowly making out way out of bed we headed to the pool where we had a cabana reserved for the day. I personally love having a cabana because the heat is so outrageous, it was about 38-42 degrees the whole time we were there. We spent the day lounging, floating in the pool and sipping poolside cocktails, it was a really fun and relaxing.

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That evening we went to Rhumbar at the Mirage, we originally wanted to go there because they have a cigar menu and my husband loves them. But the also have a big menu of hooka, which I had never tried before and we settled on the grape flavour.

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We went out off the strip, had numerous libations and ended the night with pizza from Pin Up Pizza at Planet Hollywood. I’ve never been so off the diet wagon! I love the fuscia colour of the romper I wore that night, I think next time I might add a belt to break it up. The view from our suite was incredible, we were on the 51st floor.

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Romper: express, no longer available but other options here

This was just the first half of the trip, so much more to come!