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Tips + Tricks: Maximizing Vacation Excitement

20 Feb

Hawaii beach reads
It’s not the destination but the journey.

One of my favorite things to do ahead of a vacation is to read up on my destination. But not just factual stuff about sites to see and the best places to eat. I certainly do that legwork too, but that’s really the provenance of my husband, the information-gatherer and map-lover. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve grown to love reading fiction based in favorite vacation spots. I think it’s a remnant from childhood when I loved reading historical fiction; I loved learning about the world without realizing it.

Before my honeymoon in Hawaii, I read two amazing books set in Maui, very close to where we stayed actually in Lahaina. Soon, I’ll dive into some set in the Palm Beach area. Not only does this give me a sense of the place before traveling, but it encourages a sort of deja-vu-like feeling once I’ve arrived. The shock of suddenly entering a new place is lessened and replaced with a friendlier, oh, it’s you, I-kind-of-already-know-you feeling that is awesome. And I can’t even express how wonderful it is to later re-read these books after a vacation. I’m always immediately brought back. It’s almost like I’ve extended the vacation and let’s be honest, who wouldn’t appreciate that?!

1. Haole Wood by Dee DeTarsio

2. The Aloha Quilt by Jennifer Chiaverini

Hawaii packing research 101

28 May

With our honeymoon booked and a lot of the “what-do-we-want-to-do” research out of the way, I can focus on my favorite part: shopping packing!! Or rather, planning for packing.  Time to bust out the research books. Hawaii is a LOT more casual than we’re accustomed to here in New England and a lot of the best beaches and waterfalls require a bit of a hike, so I’m thinking more simple shorts/sneakers and bathing suits, good sun glasses, a sturdy tote bag that can double as a carry on, and less filmy cover ups and resort wear! But it’s my honeymoon, so I’ll probably bring at least a few pretty dresses in some bright colors.

We also learned that Hawaiian shirts, oraloha shirts,” as they are referred to in Hawaii, are the go-to for all but the most formal occasions. Traditional men’s aloha shirts are usually adorned with traditional Hawaiian quilt designs, tapa designs, and simple floral patterns in more muted colors than what you’re probably used to when you hear “Hawaiian shirt.” Malahini (newcomers) often wear designs of many bright colors while Kamaʻāina (or those who have been living in the islands for a long time) prefer less busy patterns.

Fabulous. They even make dresses for the ladies:

The jury is still out on whether either of us will take that plunge, but we both scooped up some deals over the holiday weekend and the colors are BRIGHT! We hope this doesn’t brand us tourists.  For a color-phobe like me, this tangle of suits and shirts below is completely out of character, but Brian is in his element. That man loves pastels and brights.

Tocca Cosmetics bag / here *on sale for $18

Anyways, while I’ve been stockpiling SPF 70 kidding, it’s just SPF 30, and all the ikat and neon I can get my hands on, my incredibly thoughtful groom picked me up a little pre-nuptial present to pack for our trip. I’ve been drooling over this Tocca cosmetics bags for years I tell you. If only I had stockpiled mini-versions of all my favorite products, I’d be all set and ready to go. But I’m sure I’ll fill this baby and then some, no problem. My suitcase will be begging for mercy, I have no doubt.

Another cute little something I am pretty excited about for our trip is this sweet little luggage tag my mom found for me:

And this “Mrs.” necklace from Kate Spade. Yes, I have fallen victim to it: Absolutely everything with “Mrs.” and “Bride” on it is irresistible these days.

We still have to actually pack, but we’re having fun with our research and shopping excursions!!

Aloha Honeymoon!

16 May

Our honeymoon is officially completely booked!! Thank you to everyone who offered recommendations, resources, advice and tips. We are SO grateful; we couldn’t have planned this without your help.

So what did we decide?

The morning after the wedding, we’ll grab a quick breakfast at the hotel (care to join us at 7 AM?!), then zip to the airport for our 10 AM flight and will be in Maui by 5 PM! From there, we’ll spend the next two weeks exploring the islands of Maui, Kauai, and Oahu.  We can’t wait!!!

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