Sunsets in Hawaii are just… incredible. I took this shot last summer with my head out the window as the sky was blowing up and out of twenty this is the only one that wasn’t blurry. North Shore of Oahu on our way to a bachelorette dinner, life doesn’t get much better than a bunch of hens clucking away in beautiful Oahu.
the waterproof iPhone case really works
ferns. which make me want to finally plant my mesozoic garden
Wa Wa road
We all learned in elementary school about how the Earth was made and volcanoes and lava and earthquakes. Being from California, I am all too familiar with the ground shaking but it’s crazy to go to the mouth of a crater in the middle of the night and see the reddish orange glow of magma being spewed out in real time. We drove into Volcanoes National Park late at night and went straight to the mouth. You get a tingle down your spine and a quickening in your step as you see the red glow fill the darkness. Unfortunately, you can no longer see the lava flow from within Volcanoes NP, it has now moved just outside the park boundaries where 20 years ago it overtook a little town named Kalapana. We went to what was left of Kalapana and hiked 7 miles roundtrip on fresh new lava land to see the hot stuff oozing down the hill. Walking back in pitch black on jaggedy land we encountered many shooting stars, not a bad way to spend an evening.
For the last 24 hours, we’ve been shacked up near the Halema`uma`u crater (what a mouthful) which literally means “fern house.” As the legend goes, the pig god Kamapua’a attempted to woo the feisty feminist Pele and instead they hurled fire and rain at each other and he turned into a fern surrounding her crater home. Our little chic shack (courtesy of VRBO) is nestled in a forest full of these ferns that emerge red, for natural SPF, and mature into beautiful green things. To honor both Pele and the pig god embodied in these ferns, I decided to wrap myself like a tight pork sausage in this rusty red lace casing.
I can’t be bothered to put makeup on. Sorry. I’m in HAWAII.
Friday night we got on a boat and decided to take a little sunset cruise then jump into the cold dark Pacific Ocean in hopes of hanging out with some big Manta Rays. I almost lost my days supply of food on the short ten minute ride out to the spot in Keauhou Bay on the Big Island of Hawaii. Sorry if I seemed rude captain guy who is trying to let us know what to do but I couldn’t look at you because if I took my eyes of the horizon for a moment I feared that I was going to boot. No matter, I eagerly jumped into the choppy water only to feel even more nauseated by the ocean dance. Hopefully this experience gets better. And it does! The moment I put my face into the water a Manta was swimming at me, mouth wide, coming for that plankton floating around my face. And they, yes multiple Mantas, continued to do so for the next 45 minutes at many points coming within inches of my lips. Ugh. This was one of the coolest things I have ever done. Bring some Dramamine, prepare to have your world rocked.
A side note: This vid was captured on my iPhone 4S. Thank you Lifeproof for making a case that is completely waterproof. Bravo.
The wedding schlep continues. Next stop Hawaii (Big Island) for more celebration of love and merriment. I know Hawaii is all about the bright colors and lush forests, flashy manicures and flowers but I woud like to wear more subdued things with a hint of color so that nature can do the talking.
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Dying for these Carven Sunnies, the greenish yellow acetate is really talking to me.
These strand of vintage zula trade beads will give me just the pop of color I need to accent the hibiscus flowers.
I will forego the predictable flowy maxi dress for a structured floral draped one to celebrate the happy couple.
These shorts have a drawstring so they will be super comfortable and will be perfect to throw on with my bathing suit to the fish shack.
Instead of a cover up, this loose knit cream sweater will do the trick.
The Pièce de résistance: a Chloe black scalloped bikini.
Today is the Summer Solstice which is the official start of the season. I woke up today to a pavement melting heat in Manhattan and luckily we were heading out to the Hamptons for a wedding extravaganza. Very excited for this summer, I feel motivated to get out there and do some fun stuff. Some highlights from last summer:
Lounging with Maeby in the backyard in LA
The insanely blue water in Sardinia
Italians really know how to live it up.
Petrie gets so hot that she finds any amount of shade will do.
The hot sun lighting the sky on fire over the Brooklyn Bridge.
A trip to Hawaii for an awesome Bachelorette Party.