Turquoise Print

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IMG_2515 We’ve all been there, when you’re shopping and you spot a sliver of material that just catches your eye? That’s how I came across this printed blouse and I knew from the moment I saw it, it would be perfect for my trip. Something about the print reminded me of Hawaii and the colour was an easy sell to say the least! It’s breezy and the bold pop of colour is perfect for summer or more specifically, an afternoon at the beach. I styled it with white shorts, a summer staple, and my favourite Tory Burch sandals in the same turquoise hue.
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Blouse: Banana Republic (sold out – similar) // Shorts: J.Crew – on sale!
Purse: Rebecca Minkoff // Sandals: Tory Burch (old – similar) // Bracelet: J.Crew
Necklace: Thought Blossoms c/o

Life Lately

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Despite what it may seem, I haven’t fallen off the face of the earth! It was nice to take a little break from blogging/emailing/working while in Hawaii and I truly wish I had the opportunity to take a little more time for myself more often. I know I speak for us all when I say we really do push ourselves too hard and take little to no time to relax when things get busy with work and life. It’s funny how it takes a vacation far away from work and daily commitments to realize just how little time we dedicate to treating ourselves and it’s something I’ve been trying and will continue to focus on this year!

Alright enough about the serious life talk, onto the good stuff: Hawaii! This was my second time returning to Maui and as expected, it was just as amazing as two years ago! If you have any questions or are planning a trip, please don’t hesitate to email me or check out my guide to Maui. I’m more than happy to give recommendations on accommodation, restaurants and amazing places that simply cannot be missed! Below are a few of the highlights from my trip.

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Sweetheart Rock <3

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In the ocean, where I belong {hat / bikini}

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Sunsets are like fingerprints, no two are the same

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Turquoise water as far as the eye can see

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Celebrating our second wedding anniversary with a few memorable photos

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View from breakfast

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Salt in the air, sand in my hair {bikini (similar)}

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Toes in the sand

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Enjoying morning coffee on the lanai overlooking the ocean

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Beachin’ {magazine / tote}

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Gorgeous exotic flowers

 

June 26th

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Today is more than just another day for me…it holds a special place in my heart as today, my husband and I celebrate our second wedding anniversary! We’re so blessed to be able to celebrate this wonderful occasion on Maui, where we were married two years ago today! Returning to the same location where we said I do makes the memories of that day even more vivid and it’s fun to relive those moments!

To my sweet and caring husband, I couldn’t have asked for a better person to share this crazy and amazing life with! The memories we’re created over the last eight years have shaped me into the person I am today and without you I wouldn’t feel whole. You’re always so encouraging and supportive with each crazy idea I pursue and are willing to do anything to help me succeed. I am home when I am with you, you are soul mate and I love you more than words can say. Here’s to many more amazing anniversaries!

xx jen

Life Lately

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It’s officially summer, and I can’t tell you how happy I am that I can finally say that! I hope you’re all enjoying the first week of summer and Mother Nature is actually cooperating; I’ve loved seeing everyone’s summer roundups and blog posts as well as too many amazing summer outfits to count on Instagram! I’m ringing in the first week of summer in Hawaii and I’m making full use of the glorious weather to rock skirts and summer dresses all day long. I’ll leave you with a few snaps of my life lately (with a few from Hawaii), if you’d like to see more photos feel free to follow along here.

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Hawaii bound! {popover / tote}

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Beach necessities! {bikini / serum / eyeshadow

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Heavenly peonies

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It’s officially summer hat season!

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On my desk {watch / candle / magazine}

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Dreamin’ of Hawaii

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The palest shade of pink fills my heart with joy! {tote}

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I have a weakness for gold polka dots! {notebook}

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My Monday morning view…definitely beats being at work!

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My definition of perfection!

Packing Tips

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fashion blogger packing tips summer vacationLike most people I love to travel, seeing new places or even revisiting old favorites holds a special place in my heart. Packing for a trip however is no easy feat, especially if you’re like me and you try to fit the contents of your entire closet into a check bag! I swear that 50 lb limit haunts me in my sleep during the nights leading up to my flight. I have visions of being over the weight limit and having to rifle through the contents of my bag at the check in desk trying to cram a few items into my already full carry on. With each trip, I try to improve upon my packing and I’m excited to share a few of my tips while I’m packing for my upcoming trip to Hawaii with my husband, Pat. If you have any tips feel free to comment below, I’d love to hear them!

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#1. I like to lay out the majority of the items I’m planning to pack on my bed so I get a good feel for each piece. If there are two similar items, I try to eliminate one, there’s no point in having duplicates. This is also a great way to plan outfits ensuring that certain pieces serve double duty.

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#2. This is also a great time to go through your jewelry collection and choose pieces that work well with each outfit. I definitely have my fair share of jewelry but always seem to pack my favourites on trips. If you have difficulty choosing I recommend pieces that work well with the majority of your clothes, with a couple pieces that you plan on wearing with a special outfit for a particular day or evening out.

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#3. If you’re headed to a sunny destination like myself, no doubt you’ll be packing a multitude of bikinis. My rule for packing bathing suits is to choose tops and bottoms that you can mix and match. I also have this in mind when shopping for bikinis, I’m constantly looking for complementary patterns or colours; this will allow the greatest variety of looks without packing a million bikinis.

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#4. When it comes to packing oddly shaped items such as hats, my golden rule to prevent them from loosing shape is to fill the hat with a bikini. It serves double duty since it maintains the shape of the hat and also makes use of every inch of your suitcase.

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#5. When it comes to beach bags or totes I fold and lay them flat at the bottom of my bag. This works well for my beach bag but if you find your tote is a little more structured then I suggest filling it with folding items to maintain the shape before placing it at the bottom of your bag.

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#6. I’m really particular about storing my shoes and bags in their respective boxes and dust bags when I’m not using them at home so I take the same approach when I’m packing them. The dust bag protect shoes from being scuffed and shifted around during transport and also helps keep everything more organized in your bag so things are easier to find once you’ve reached your destination.

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#7. When packing shoes and handbags place them around your hat as to add even more padding to ensure it maintains it’s shape.

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#8. Longer items such as maxi dresses can be folded in half (to prevent further creases to the material) and placed in your bag. I often pack these items last so once I arrive at my destination and open my bag, they’re the first items I grab and I hang them up immediately.

 Additional Tips:

Travel with a Carry On Bag: I always travel with one, not because I necessary need the extra space (although it is nice) but because it’s a place for me to carry valuable items that I would never put in a check bag. These items include my laptop, jewelry and curling iron; I’ve heard far too many horror stories from friends who’ve had jewelry stollen from their check bag or have arrived at their destination only to find their straightener or curling iron was damaged as a result of careless baggage handling at the airport. I also place special articles of clothing in my carry on if there’s a specific event I’m attending while on vacation and would be completely stuck if the airline lost my bag and I was without that outfit.

Don’t underestimate the power of Ziplock Bags: Something I didn’t include in the above section was placing all my personal products (shampoo, lotion etc) in Ziplock bags before packing them in my check bag. There is no worse feeling than opening your bag to find a gooey mess after a bottle leaked all over your clothes mid flight.

My Outfit:
Top: Privilege Clothing // Skirt: Gap (sold out) similar
Watch: Kate Spade // Necklace: J.Crew (similar)

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