Merry Christmas, Ya Filthy Animals!

imageMerry Christmas all you lovelies!  I hope your holidays were spectacular and Santa was good to you this year.  That is if you were good!  I mentioned earlier that my family was doing an ugly Christmas sweater theme for our get together and here’s my contribution.  It makes me giggle… but it was 80 degrees outside so I was over heating a little bit.  It still made for a pretty great family photo.  I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy and share with you on Twitter (@WanderingHeels) and Instagram (@WanderingInHeels).  Thank you so much for reading and I hope you all had the best holidays yet!

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My honey got me a banjo!  I can't wait to start my lessons!!

My honey got me a banjo! I can’t wait to start my lessons!!

 

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Sweater: BooHoo, Shoes: Sole Society c/o

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Swimming with Dolphins

Swimming with DolphinsDuring our stay at The Kahala Resort and Spa, I had the pleasure of meeting an Atlantic Bottlenose dolphin named Liko.  For my experience, I so lucked out that I was the only one to sign up for that time slot.  That means I got to paddle around the lagoon with my arm around Liko for about 20 minutes all my myself!!  It was so much fun!!!  I basically turned into a giggling little girl and couldn’t break my giant grin.

The dolphins are so sweet and gentle with their guests.  I even saw a girl no more than 3 years old in the water with them at some point!  They’re like water puppies!  They love rubs, praises, treats, and toys.  So adorable.

You also get to learn some dolphin commands such as holding out both index fingers and lowering them to the water will tell the dolphin to sink down to the bottom of the pool.  They love coming back to get their fresh squid for a job well done.  If you’re ever in Oahu, you must at least swing by The Kahala Resort and Spa to watch these guys at play.  They’re hysterical!

For more info on how you can book your own dolphin experience, click here or call 1-808-739-8918.

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Wandering in heels swims with dolphins

Dolphin hugs!

Rental Review: North Shore Beach House

Hawaiian Rental House

I won’t lie… we totally lucked out on our rentals while in Hawaii.  I mean, this place is directly on the water, there’s great snorkeling right out front, and sea turtles swimming by every few minutes.  I’d give it 5 stars if it was just a place to pitch a tent with those credentials but it was so much more.  The 4 bedroom 4 bathroom house was set to impress.  There was everything you could possibly need to cook and BBQ, lots of snorkeling gear, and water shoes/fins.  We ended up spending many nights just creating our own personal luau and playing “The Turtle Game.”  The rules are basically just shout “Turtle!” when a sea turtle pops it’s head out of the water and scramble to get a glimpse.  Yeah… it’s a totally stressful environment… Not!  I think the only negatives are, for the price, we might have expected more amenities in the bathrooms (i.e.- soap, shampoo, hair dryers) but nothing you’ll die without!  The salt water will give you the best bath anyway!

Check out more details at www.HawaiiNorthShoreBeachFront.com.

Relaxing on the beach

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There’s a stunning view of the sunset here!!

Here's the view from the back yard.

Here’s the view from the back yard.

We're only steps from the ocean!

We’re only steps from the ocean!

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Throw Back Thursday: Catalina Island

The Inn on Mount Ada stepsI love the whole idea of Throw Back Thursday.  It gives us a chance to look through old photos and relive some fond memories.  For our 3rd year together last October, Tyler and I went to Catalina Island’s historic Inn on Mount Ada to celebrate.  If you ever want to get spoiled rotten, this is the place to do it!  Situated on the tip top of the hill next to the main part of Avalon, the views from all the rooms are spectacular.  It’s fun too that you have access to free champagne, beer, and wine whenever you like.  We took advantage of that by starting each morning with a round of mimosas.  Hey, we were on vacation!!  Other than that perk, we had some of the most delicious breakfasts and lunches each day and they also hosted a really nice happy hour in the lounge room.

Cars are hard to come by on the Island.  Apparently, residents are on a mile long waiting list to bring a car over.  So most people get around the island on golf carts.  The Inn provides each room with a golf cart for your use whenever you like.  We spent a lot of our visit just wandering around on the golf cart trying to find the best view on the island.  Avalon is a gorgeous little tourist town where you can do anything from lay in the sand to fancy dinners.  Many people come to the island just for the day so after the last ferry leaves, the island is much more quiet and you feel like you’re on your own.

The weekend we were there happened to be a really big jazz festival.  We didn’t plan on going but lucked into some tickets from guests at the Inn who needed to leave early.  We thought, “Why not?!” So we wandered on over to the Avalon Casino Ballroom not really expecting much since we didn’t consider ourselves jazz fans but ended up having the most ridiculously good time! We clapped, danced, and congaed the night away to bands like Trombone Shorty.  I love when amazing memorable nights just happen on accident.  I have to say now… I’m officially a jazz fan!  Can you believe it?!

Enjoying our morning mimosas with a beautiful view of Avalon

Enjoying our morning mimosas with a beautiful view of Avalon

Taking in the view from our room

Taking in the view from our room

My Birthday Suit

Birthday Jumpsuit

Not that birthday suit!  My jumpsuit!  For my birthday dinner, I got spoiled with a beautiful sunset at Bertrand at Mr. A’s in San Diego.  We sipped delicious wine on the patio while watching the city lights flicker on and the planes fly in right at our eye level.  It’s one of my favorite places in San Diego for a view of the harbor, downtown, and the sunset.  The happy hour patio menu is really reasonably priced too!  My mom and I came here once and shared ahi sliders, truffle fries, and 3 glasses of wine for only $36!  Anyways, back to my birthday jumpsuit…

I really love a good menswear inspired look.  So I went to with a Ted Baker jumpsuit with shorts and a faux wrap front.  Every outfit needs the perfect pair of shoes so these gorgeous cutout oxford heels from the Sole Society Julianne Hough Collection were the best bet.  They’re so unique and surprisingly comfortable.  I’ll be wearing these straight through the holidays with dresses, trousers, and more!  Not to mention, my complement-o-meter was going through the roof on these gorgeous heels!  Doesn’t every girl love that?  Top off your menswear looks with an ultra feminine piece of jewelry and you’re good to go!  All in all, it was a gorgeous evening and a wonderful addition to my already great birthday.

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Me and my Sole Society Heels enjoying the city lights

Close up of the birthday girl

Close up of the birthday girl

Looking good San Diego

Looking good San Diego