LookBook: Polka Dot Romper

chels13The real reason I love a fun romper is because it’s the best lazy day piece that still looks great on.  One and done.  I just accessorized with simple gold jewelry and nude gladiator heels.  I love this Eddie Borgo gold choker too.  It’s a little dramatic but not a huge “look at me” statement piece.  The romper is full of polka dots!  That’s loud enough as it is.  This outfit is going to be my spring go-to for sure.

chels12chels18chels16chels14chels15 Jumpsuit: Splendid, Heels: Stuart Weitzman (Similar), Choker Necklace: Eddie Borgo (Similar & Similar), Bracelet: Stella and Bow (Similar)

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80 Degree Winter

ootd pajama trendSo California has decided to not participate in winter this year.  We got like 3 sprinkles of rain and that was it!  It’s summer again.  From what I understand, temperatures are expected to drop but for now, my look is more spring time than winter.

These velvet pajama pants are hands down the most comfortable thing I own.  They’re lined with a silky material and feel so luxurious on that these will be making a regular appearance in my wardrobe over the coming months.  I mean, if its secretly pajamas, I’m in!

DSC05687 DSC05680 pajama style

Top: Halston Heritage, Pants: J.Crew, Shoes: Sole Society c/o, Necklace: Samantha Wills, Bracelet: Brighton

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Lust List Gift Guide: Teen Edition

The holidays are quickly approaching!  I know it seems early to be thinking about gifts but I like to shop early so I get better more thoughtful gifts without spending a fortune (i.e. – no last minute gift cards).  Each week I’m putting together a list of items for different people in our lives.  This week I’ll start with the teen ladies.  This girl is a budding fashionista with bold taste all her own.  Here are a few ideas she will love!

Teen Gift Guide

1) Diane von Furstenburg Animal Print Ear Buds – $25

2) A spa day for a teen facial.  Teaching good skin care techniques at a young age is important, especially for teens when acne can become an issue and they start wearing makeup.  A facial at your local spa is a fun way to spend time together and is a great unique gift!

3) A fun statement necklace from Jeweliq.  Everything here (like this Emerald Fan Bib) is under $25!

4)  Lulu’s Drawstring Handbag – $44

5) My Nail Polish Diary – $42

6) Fun Printed Tights like these Leopard Print ones from Nordstrom – $18 or 2 for $24

7) The Cheap Chica’s Guide to Style: Secrets to Shopping Cheap and Looking Chic – $17

8)  Lulu’s Pink and Orange Infinity Scarf – $16

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Just Add a Hat!

Wandering In Heels Brixton HatOne of my fashion philosophies is “When in doubt, add a hat.”  When I’m dressing casual, I feel like a great hat pulls my look together.  You could wear a plain white T and jeans with a great hat and Voila!  Instant style!  This Brixton hat is my latest go to and I love it!  I kind of feel the same way about booties too.  They works with everything from skirts to jeans and are so on trend.  These ones I think I paid like $8 for on Amazon 2 or 3 years ago.  I’m such a deal hunter, paying full price actually hurts me!  Keep searching and no doubt you’ll find some really great cheapies out there!

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Smooch!  Thanks for reading!

Smooch! Thanks for reading!

 

Hat: Brixton, Top: Zara (old), Jeans: Citizens of Humanity (similar here and here), Booties: Qupid (old), Necklace: Samantha Wills (old), Bracelet: Make Good, Lipstick: NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil – Damned

 

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Hawaiian Sunset Montage

Sunrise in Oahu

As a finale to my Hawaiian adventure, I’ve compiled all the beautiful sunset/sunrise shots from throughout the trip.  I never really did get used to the time change so I was up by 6 am and usually passed out embarrassingly early every day.  I actually liked it because I got to see both the sunset and sunrise!  I’m everything a morning person is not so I can’t remember the last time I saw a sunrise!  I have to say… I kind of like them!!

Thanks for following me on my Hawaiian Adventure!  We have a few other trips in the works and I can’t wait to share more details with you when everything gets nailed down.  Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter (@WanderingHeels) for all the details!

Sunset in Hawaii

lava skies

Ocean sunetHawaiian SkySunrise over a mountainSunset at the KahalaSunset at the north shore

 

Resort Review: The Kahala Resort

Rainbow over Hawaii

I don’t even know where to start with The Kahala Resort.  It’s so luxurious and amazing!  Coming here was a total surprise from my honey for our 4 year so as we walked in, I was floored.  Not to mention my eyes welled up with excitement when I saw the dolphins (see my last post for pictures of the happiest girl in the world and her dolphin pal).

We might be the luckiest people to have gotten an upgrade to the 9th floor with views of the ocean and the dolphin lagoon.  We were able to sit on the balcony, enjoy our celebratory mimosas, and watch the dolphins play frisbee with their trainers.  The Kahala is also a hugely popular place for weddings and we saw at least 3 happening daily.

The resort is a place for relaxation and since cabanas come with the room, we spent many hours soaking up some rays, eating lunch in the sand, and snorkeling the reef that starts just feet from the shore.  You can paddle board, kayak, and do yoga classes on a paddle board as well but we decided to be lazy so swimming and snorkeling were our activities of choice.

The Kahala is also home to Aracino, one of the best Italian restaurants we’ve ever been to.  We had the 5 course meal with wine pairing and could hardly believe how delicious everything was.  The service was amazing as well and they were able to answer all Tyler’s questions about the meal (he’s an aspiring chef so there were many questions!).  If you’re on Oahu, I highly recommend coming here for dinner.  It’s one of the top 3 meals I’ve ever had so this is an absolute must-visit in my book.

Overall, The Kahala has everything a relaxing Hawaiian resort should have.  I did not want to go home at all after staying here.  I mean, life is good but there’s just something about a vacation that makes everything even rosier.  5 stars Kahala… 5 stars…

You would have found me in this position often

You would have found me in this position often

The Grand Entrance of The Kahala Resort

The Grand Entrance of The Kahala Resort

Super excited about the view for our balcony

Super excited about the view for our balcony

I loved watching the sea turtles swim

I loved watching the sea turtles swim

The view from our balcony

The view from our balcony

Sunset in Oahu

Sunset on the balcony

Sunrise in Oahu

Sunrise on the balcony

Swimming Pool at the Kahala

Look at those people doing that exercise thing *sips mimosa*

Look at those people doing that exercise thing *sips mimosa*

There's a gorgeous wall of orchids that leeds down to the beach

There’s a gorgeous wall of orchids on the way down to the beach

 

A Secret Hike in Hilo

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After we said our goodbyes to the North Shore, we took an island hopper flight over to The Big Island to stay in Hilo for a few nights.  Originally we were supposed to visit the Volcano National Park but because of the government shutdown we weren’t able to go.  No worries though!  Hilo was full of super fun things for us to do!!

One of my favorite adventures was a totally unplanned stop on our way up to Akaka Falls.  There was a teenie tiny trail head on the side of the road with a stunning view.  So we pulled over to take some shots and decided to head down the trail a bit.  I’m so glad we did!  There were little hidden beaches, mini waterfalls, and plenty of ocean views.  If you’re looking for this secret spot, it’s about 1 mile South of the Hawaiian Botanical Garden entrance.  Just keep your eyes peeled for a small trail head sign just before one of the bigger curves in the road.

Tip:  Do this hike before buying your tickets to the botanical garden.  Once you’re a ticket holder, you can’t do this hike for insurance reasons.  Also, bring some water shoes.  You’ll be walking across a few streams and things you won’t want to miss out on!

 

Hawaii Views

Secret Beach

secret beach

Waterfall

lone palm tree

palm tree on the beach

Mongoose

Tropical Plants