instagram lately: hawaii!

This year our family visited Hawaii for spring break - talk about a trip of a lifetime! We have had Hawaii on our wishlist for a while but always seemed like something we would do 'later.'  I think we actually surprised ourselves booking the trip!  We knew nothing about any of the islands and randomly booked at the Big Island.  So many people looked at us weird because apparently Oahu and Maui are much more common islands to visit. But we are never the type to do what everyone else is doing and when we landed we knew the Big Island had our heart right away.  Not visiting the other islands, I can't speak to them - but the Big Island isn't very touristy, no high rises, tons of open space filled with lava rock (which is surprisingly beautiful) and is beautiful beyond words!   

If you follow me on Instagram you already saw some of our adventures... but I thought I would recap them here on the blog as well!

The pineapples in Hawaii are AMAZING. OH MY! It's like I had never had a pineapple before! It was the perfect afternoon snack or dessert in the evening.  I wore these shorts almost the entire trip! They are so comfy and relaxed and this sweater (I believe it's on sale!) was the perfect extra layer when the sun went down at night. Also, I was worried these sunglasses were too big... but I rocked them loud and proud the entire trip and loved them (or less expensive option here).

Again with these shorts... and this hat was a real winner all trip long too. I tried a few new sun products this trip.  The Supergoop sunscreen oil and the Supergoop face spray SPF. I liked (not loved) the sunscreen oil, but I am IN LOVE with the face spray.  The face spray smells amazing and feels really great on your skin. I highly recommend it. 


No shame here: we ate a TON of shaved ice in Hawaii. It's my absolute favorite and hard to find in West Michigan.  I wore a lot of long sleeve light weight oxford-type tops the entire trip. I love that they are easy to throw on over a bathing suit and are a light weight protection from the sun also. 

We found the cutest road-side stand selling pineapple, mangos and bananas from their farm along with (more) shaved ice and fresh chilled coconuts to drink out of. I was basically in heaven.  Also these kekui nut bracelets (and necklaces) were for sale all over the island. And of course I had to snag a few! They are so beautiful and shiny! These were $4 a piece, but I saw them for as low as $2.50 a piece in stores. They were the perfect little souvenir to bring home. 

Hanging out on our back lawn and drinking wine spritzers was a daily occurrence in the late afternoons. This dress (under $25!) was perfectly easy to throw on after a day in the sun. I will feature my 'vacation' wine spritzer recipe later this week on the blog! Oh and these sandals got a ton more wear this trip too...

I randomly picked up this pineapple float for the kids and I to play with in the pool... I had no idea it would be SO LARGE and also that pineapples would end up basically being the theme of our trip! We all had such a fun time playing on it all week. (find my suit top & bottom here)

I am SO missing these aqua blue waters.

This one sleeved top was fun to wear to dinner one night. It's super cute and easy to wear. I paired it with shorts but it would be cute with skirts and jeans too! (shop my shorts, similar Loren Hope bracelet & earrings)

I hope you enjoyed my Hawaii instas! Stay tuned to the blog for lots more fun outfits I captured in Hawaii that didn't make it to Instagram...

instagram lately: hawaii!

This year our family visited Hawaii for spring break - talk about a trip of a lifetime! We have had Hawaii on our wishlist for a while but always seemed like something we would do 'later.'  I think we actually surprised ourselves booking the trip!  We knew nothing about any of the islands and randomly booked at the Big Island.  So many people looked at us weird because apparently Oahu and Maui are much more common islands to visit. But we are never the type to do what everyone else is doing and when we landed we knew the Big Island had our heart right away.  Not visiting the other islands, I can't speak to them - but the Big Island isn't very touristy, no high rises, tons of open space filled with lava rock (which is surprisingly beautiful) and is beautiful beyond words!   

If you follow me on Instagram you already saw some of our adventures... but I thought I would recap them here on the blog as well!

The pineapples in Hawaii are AMAZING. OH MY! It's like I had never had a pineapple before! It was the perfect afternoon snack or dessert in the evening.  I wore these shorts almost the entire trip! They are so comfy and relaxed and this sweater (I believe it's on sale!) was the perfect extra layer when the sun went down at night. Also, I was worried these sunglasses were too big... but I rocked them loud and proud the entire trip and loved them (or less expensive option here).

Again with these shorts... and this hat was a real winner all trip long too. I tried a few new sun products this trip.  The Supergoop sunscreen oil and the Supergoop face spray SPF. I liked (not loved) the sunscreen oil, but I am IN LOVE with the face spray.  The face spray smells amazing and feels really great on your skin. I highly recommend it. 


No shame here: we ate a TON of shaved ice in Hawaii. It's my absolute favorite and hard to find in West Michigan.  I wore a lot of long sleeve light weight oxford-type tops the entire trip. I love that they are easy to throw on over a bathing suit and are a light weight protection from the sun also. 

We found the cutest road-side stand selling pineapple, mangos and bananas from their farm along with (more) shaved ice and fresh chilled coconuts to drink out of. I was basically in heaven.  Also these kekui nut bracelets (and necklaces) were for sale all over the island. And of course I had to snag a few! They are so beautiful and shiny! These were $4 a piece, but I saw them for as low as $2.50 a piece in stores. They were the perfect little souvenir to bring home. 

Hanging out on our back lawn and drinking wine spritzers was a daily occurrence in the late afternoons. This dress (under $25!) was perfectly easy to throw on after a day in the sun. I will feature my 'vacation' wine spritzer recipe later this week on the blog! Oh and these sandals got a ton more wear this trip too...

I randomly picked up this pineapple float for the kids and I to play with in the pool... I had no idea it would be SO LARGE and also that pineapples would end up basically being the theme of our trip! We all had such a fun time playing on it all week. (find my suit top & bottom here)

I am SO missing these aqua blue waters.

This one sleeved top was fun to wear to dinner one night. It's super cute and easy to wear. I paired it with shorts but it would be cute with skirts and jeans too! (shop my shorts, similar Loren Hope bracelet & earrings)

I hope you enjoyed my Hawaii instas! Stay tuned to the blog for lots more fun outfits I captured in Hawaii that didn't make it to Instagram...

instagram lately…

I just realized it's been FOREVER since I've done a little Instagram round up here on the blog... (well, except my vacation version recently).  What the heck have I been waiting for!?!? Instagram is one of my favorite places for sharing easy everyday looks that don't often make it here to the blog... so with that in mind I always like to round up my favorite Instagram
 posts here every once in a while. They also just so happen to be one of the most popular posts here, so it's a win-win!

Here are some recent Instagrams that were favorites...

I've been trying to update Instagram with new purchases and doing at-home try-ons when new arrivals get to my doorstep. You gals seem to love it!  Here are a few new pieces I got from Old Navy recently... watch for them in outfits on the blog soon! All these pieces are SO cute and all under $25 too!! (red/blue off the shoulder top, narrow stripe white/blue open back tee, black open back tee, wide(r) stripe white/blue dress)

Simple winter to spring look. (sweater, similar flats, bag - or less expensive option)

Ripped jeans and sneakers are my number one love lately. This pair of jeans is really old, but I found a super similar pair for under $100 and these new Vans sneakers (I ordered down a half size, Vans tend to run big for me) are on serious repeat these days. 

I recently did a bunch of try-ons at LOFT - their spring line is SO SO cute! I wanted it all. Here were a few of my favorites, from left: striped lace-up back sweater, red/white stripe tassel top, navy off the shoulder dress, bell sleeve top, striped dress. I also really love this top, but it's only online! 

Again with these sneakers!  Also... how fun is this tasseled cardigan (or buy here)!?!? It will be on the blog later this week, I LOVE it! It's a perfect extra layer over tees and tanks as spring slowly arrives.

Peonies are always a good idea this time of year, or really ANY fresh flowers in the house really. Plus, I grabbed this top and wore it for New Years Eve and I keep pulling it out, it's 'dressy' but oh so comfortable.  My nail color is this one - it's my favorite red!

Here are some more spring pieces I ordered... I didn't keep all of them, but there were some really cuties in the bunch! From the bottom: pale blue peplum top, black cold-shoulder tee (so cute!), striped blouse, ankle wrap flats

I'm super excited to rock these espadrilles on vacation SOON! They are so comfy and the knot detail is super on trend this spring/summer. 

I always seem to go back to the basics... and I am never disappointed.  Classic black flats (these are similar to the pair I own), ripped jeans, a striped top and oversize glasses are just what the doctor ordered some days.

Don't forget to follow me over on Instagram for more fun!