Honeymoon in Hawaii ~ Part Three Just Maui’d

Our last Hawaiian island to visit was Maui. Getting to Maui was bittersweet because we knew our honeymoon would be ending soon and neither of us wanted to go back to the cold and work, but you have to pay for the trip somehow. Right?

After landing and picking up our car rental, we headed over to our hotel to check into The Andaz. This is the view from our hotel balcony.

I’m wearing my Jen’s Pirate Booty Peach cover up (Available here in Pink, Similar Here, Here, Here, and Here).

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We quickly got ready for our complimentary dinner at KO in the Fairmont. One of our generous family friends gifted us with a meal here because she works for a hotel affiliated with this one. The meal and service were out of this world. Amazing poke, drinks, waitress, manager, and food.

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I got more wear out of my Mara Hoffman Maxi Dress. (Similar Here).

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Dessert platter. Mmmm.

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There was a hurricane warning while we were staying at The Andaz on days two and three in Maui, so we had bogus weather for a little bit. We took that as an opportunity to watch our wedding day slideshow for the first time and catch up on The Mindy Project.

The second day in Maui we got breakfast at beach n bagels which apparently goes by a new name now. We went to a drugstore for beer/wine/snacks, then 808 deli for lunch, then back to the hotel to hangout in the hot tub while it was raining out. We had dinner at Monkeypod which was so good. We had been eating fish basically every single day and decided to get steak this night. You MUST order pie for dessert if you go here. It’s out of this world. Our waiter said sometimes he’ll take a slice of pie and blend it up into a smoothie at home.

The third day in Maui we got breakfast at a French Bistro, then drove to the upcountry area near Thompson Road to walk along the roads and check out the views. We grabbed a snack and coffee at Grandmom’s Cafe then drove to Lahaina to check it out. It was very crowded, so we continued on to Dukes for happy hour and had dinner at a pizza place near our hotel that was completely dead. I don’t remember the name of it, but it wasn’t anything worth recommending anyways.

The fourth day in Maui we woke up at 3:15AM to watch the sunrise at Haleakala.  It sure is one twisty and turning ride up there.  I thought I was going to puke when we were driving up, but luckily was able to keep that feeling brushed aside. It is FREEZING up there, so make sure to wear tons of layers. Our hotel concierge provided us with blankets which were definitely needed since we didn’t have winter coats with us.

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After the sunrise, we went back to our hotel to hang at the very nice beach and have lunch at the hotel bar.

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Dinner that night was The Feast at Lele sunset luau which was a blast. Kraig got called on stage to present one of the people with a leaf or something. I had a feeling he was going to get selected out of the audience and of course he was! We enjoyed the different dishes and beer pairing they did at the luau. We had a Mai Thai when we first got there, but figured a pairing would be easier than having to look for a waiter during the show. We walked around Lahaina for a bit after the luau because it was a lot less crowded than it had been the day before.

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The fifth day in Maui, we packed up our bags at our hotel to start our trek to Hana. We grabbed lunch at Mama’s Fish House.

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We saw a lot of surfers nearby here on our way to Hana.  On the way home from Hana, it was a lot of wind surfers instead.

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More pictures from the road to Hana.

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There was a lot of construction along the way and we actually were stopped in one place for almost an hour, but when you’re in paradise that’s just a small set back. We made it to Hotel Travaasa before sunset for check in. We enjoyed some bubbly outside our cottage before dinner at the hotel restaurant with live entertainment by one man.

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The sixth day in Maui was heaven. We had thai and reflexology treatments at the hotel spa, relaxed at the spa for a few hours, had dinner at the hotel and listened to live music by two guys. I love the spa at the Hotel Travaasa and highly recommend it to spa enthusiasts. The massage therapists here are the best I’ve had in my whole life.

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I wore my Gypsy 05 Blue Tie Die Dress (old dress available Here). You can ignore the stains from dinner. I always spill stuff on myself.

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The seventh day in Maui we had breakfast at the hotel, then went to the national park. The 7 pools were closed because of the hurricane earlier that week. We could still hike, but weren’t allowed to go into the water to swim.  We had about a 1.5 hour hike to the big waterfall.

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Afterwards we went to Hamoa Beach where we had lunch delivered to us from our hotel. The water was clear and the waves were a lot of fun.  Everyone there was having a blast jumping in the water and commenting on how clear it was. I even heard one woman compare the clarity to Bermuda.

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After the beach, we enjoyed our deck and hot tub outside our hotel room. Calling it a room is an understatement. It’s a beautiful cottage and we were told that Sylvester Stalone stayed in the same cottage as us. We had dinner in the cocktail/bar area this night and shared several appetizers and drinks.  Live music was three guys on this night.

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Our eighth and final day in Maui, we checked out super early because we wanted to avoid the construction on the road to Hana.  We had some banana bread for breakfast as we drove back towards the airport. Lunch was from a grocery store and then we hopped on a plane for a flight to my favorite spot. Seattle! It was hard to leave our cottage with this view, but knowing that we’d be going to one of my favorite cities next made it a lot easier.

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Honeymoon in Hawaii ~ Part two Kauai.

Kraig and I landed in Kauai, picked up our car rental and then headed to The Hyatt to check in. This is the view from the balcony in our hotel room.

I’m wearing my Gypsy 05 Pink Strapless Dress (Similar Here, Here, and Here).DSCN1828

After checking in, we got ready for our dinner at Tidepools in our hotel.

DSCN1833Tidepools has a romantic atmosphere, yummy food, and a good bread basket. I know it might be strange to comment on a bread basket, but I don’t believe a restaurant can be that good if they mess up a bread basket. This place had nice fresh warm bread which is always a good sign when you first sit down to a restaurant in my book.

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Our second day in Kauai, started with breakfast at the hotel and then a helicopter tour of the island with Sunshine Helicopter Tours.  I was so scared of going on the helicopter tour, but it ended up being one of my favorite parts of the honeymoon, so I’m glad I didn’t chicken out.

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Before take off.

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Some beautiful pictures taken on the helicopter tour. DSCN1861

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After surviving the tour, we drove up to the north shore where part of The Descendants is filmed and went to lunch at Tahiti Nui.

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We loved the poke and fish sandwich that we got here! I didn’t realize this was the bar from The Descendants until walking around inside of it to go use the bathroom and seeing a picture from the movie on the wall.DSCN1994

After lunch here, we went to the beautiful Hanalei Beach where you can view the NaPali Coast, rain showers, surfers, and boogie boarders.  This beach is awesome and Kraig had a blast body surfing here.  It was a little cloudy/rainy while we were there and this picture does not do it justice.

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We decided to snap a random picture when we were cruising along the road heading back to our hotel.  We grabbed a more affordable dinner at Shrimp Shack this evening which is a BYOB place.  Don’t mind my helicopter/beach hair.

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Day three in Kauai started with breakfast at the hotel again, followed by a kayak/hike/zipline excursion with Outfitters Kauai. Our tour guide Tina introduced us to lilikou on our hike through the forest. So when the tour finished up, Kraig and I decided to get lilikiou margaritas at the bar in Tacoria Republic. Here are pictures from our tour with Outfitters Kauai that day.

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Ziplining.
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Views.

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We finished the day with dinner at La Spetzia. Yummy.

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I wore my Gypsy 05 Blue Tie Die Dress (old dress available Here).

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Day four in Kauai started with breakfast at the hotel and mailing out our marriage license!

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After that, we got in the car to take a drive to Kee’s Beach on the North Shore.  DSCN2102

We stopped on our way to grab lunch to go from Bubbas Burgers and spent the day at the beach.

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We showered up at the beach’s public restrooms, changed and then went for drinks at The St. Regis Princeville to watch the sunset and see what the property is like. The hotel was gorgeous with amazing views, but I have to say that that the service was lacking. Our waiter forgot about us and a table sitting next to us and their valet service was the slowest I had during our entire honeymoon. This is not something I would expect from a top star resort and it made me feel relieved that I wasn’t spending the big bucks to stay there. Regardless, the property is still gorgeous, so I snapped up pictures.

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Once the sun set, we went back to Tahiti Nui for Pizza, Mai Thais, and live music! It was a lot of fun.

Day five was breakfast and spa treatments at our hotel.  We had a light lunch at the spa pool and then walked to Shipwreck Beach to squeeze in some ocean time before our dinner at Beach House.  I really liked the location of Beach House and think it was worth the trip.

Us in the hotel lobby area.

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I wore my Gypsy 05 Blue Mid Thigh Slip Underneath (Similar Here).

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After dinner we went for ice cream at Lapperts, which was good, but as always not as good as Nona’s. ;)

The next day we had breakfast at our hotel and then were off for our flight to Maui.  We really LOVE Kauai and I would love to go back there. I think I might consider renting a property if I ever have the chance to go again.

 

Honeymoon in Hawaii Part One ~ The Big Island.

Kraig and I left for our Hawaiian honeymoon two days after our wedding. We ended up using a travel agent named Mindy to help us with our trip and I’m very happy that we did. Mindy helped us plan out our trip during all the wedding planning chaos to make it as stress free and easy as possible. We flew into The Big Island and spent about a week there, then spent 5 days in Kauai, a week in Maui, and 24 hours in Seattle.

After landing on The Big Island, we noticed all these jacked in shape people waiting for their luggage at the airport. It’s because Ironman was going going on while we were on the island. Athletes were on the island from all over training for their big event. It was pretty cool to see them biking on the streets during the day.

When we went to pick up our car rental, we were upgraded to a Camero Convertible. We drove over to our hotel at The Marriot for check in and were greeted with free chocolates because it was our honeymoon. It was late at night when we got there, so we quickly grabbed a light dinner at the hotel bar of pork nachos and then went to bed.

The next day we headed over to my favorite beach that we went to on The Big Island named Hapuna Beach.  There is a place named Three Frogs Cafe there where you can grab lunch or shaved ice. We split the fish tacos and they were fresh and tasty.

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After the beach, we went to Waipio Lookout.  I couldn’t believe how beautiful it is there. I didn’t realize The Big Island had such amazing beaches and sights because usually when I hear things about Hawaii it’s regarding Maui, Kauai, or Oahu.

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I got a ton of wear out of my Mara Hoffman Maxi Dress on the trip (Similar Here).  It’s a perfect tropical dress to wear to dinner or a luau.DSCN1511

The next day we went to Makalawena Beach. We had to go through a short hike to get to it. I would recommend wearing water shoes like these instead of flip flops if you want to go here.DSCN1533

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The beach had a couple of hand made looking huts on it that was definitely my savior. Otherwise there would have been no shade. I need shade or else I turn lobster red in minutes. I also saw a few nude people on the beach which surprised me. Other than that, it was serene with no crowds.DSCN1567 DSCN1569We had Dinner at Merriman’s in Waimea. The food was good and our nice waiter liked to use phrases like Groovy and Far Out which added an element of interest to the experience. DSCN1580The third day was spent at Mauna Kea beach where there was plenty of shade. This beach was nice, but we liked Makalawena Beach and Hapuna Beach more.DSCN1591
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The next day we had lunch at the beautiful Four Seasons property.

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After lunch was our stargazing excursion at Mauna Kea with Hawaii Forrest & Trail.

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We completed our tour late at night then finished our drive to The Volcano House for check in. We had a view of Pele from our hotel room.  All of these pictures are taken from within The National Park or Hotel Property.DSCN1741 DSCN1812 DSCN1790 DSCN1788

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We stayed at The Volcano House for two nights.  I would only recommend staying at this hotel for one night, but it was great staying in the park to be able to explore. The hotel is very peaceful and a great place to read a good book outside your room while watching Pele’s smoke rise.  I have a very bad sense of direction and had a semi-embarrassing moment where I went outside my room in the early morning to take some pictures. When I tried going back into the screen door of our hotel room, it was locked. I knocked on it a few times and said “Kraig” and then received a response of “No” in a man’s voice I didn’t recognize. So creepy and embarrassing.  I’m really glad they had their door locked. I quickly ran to the next room to open the screen door to my correct hotel room. Oops!

Next up, our favorite island Kauai!

Cozy winter go to favorites.

It was 10 degrees outside in Boston today, so I decided to stick with some cozy winter favorites before bundling up for work today. I’ve worked in a “casual” office environment since I graduated college meaning I can wear jeans to work every single day. I’m pretty sure I could get away with wearing yoga pants to work, but haven’t done that yet. I like dressing up, but it’s not always realistic for every lifestyle and budget.

You can ignore my bathroom towels, almond milk collection, and vitamix in the background of these pictures below. I’m just starting to get the hang of the self timer on my camera and playing around with it.

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My hat is old and sadly not available. It’s Prana, but I’m sure you could find very similar hats by googling white winter hat. I found some similar ones here, here, here, here, here, and here.

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I’m wearing my favorite scarf by Yarnz. It’s 10% cashmere and 90% wool, so it keeps me nice and warm for the New England winters in Boston. I couldn’t find it anywhere online, but I found similar ones here and here.

This is the Prana Lucia Sweater in Wine/Burgunday. Similar ones are available here, here, and here. The back, neck and wrists have cute little stripes on them.

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Anthropologie AG skinny jeans. You can get them here.  These are the most comfortable jeans I’ve worn in a long time. They’re not too tight around the thigh/hip area like some other brands can be.

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The Suede Grey Boots are Cole Haan. I absolutely love these. I noticed over the knee boots are showing up everywhere now, but I don’t have a budget or logic to be spending money on another pair of boots right now. I could only find the exact pair on ebay here.  It looks like they’re sold out everywhere else according to lyst. Similar ones can be found here, here, here, here, here, and here.

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I decided I’m going to break up my honeymoon posts into sections. The first leg of the trip on The Big Island will be posted first!

Layering two of my favorite necklaces.

Mondays are always hard, but some cute jewelry can always brighten your day.

photo 1 (1)These are two of my favorite necklaces. I spotted this K necklace a few years ago on ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars and purchased one for myself.  The long turquoise necklace was gifted to me for my birthday a few years ago by my parents. I bought the sweater from Anthropologie a few years ago. You can find a similar one here. It’s one of my favorite warm, go-to casual winter sweaters.

photo (3)I love layering necklaces when I’m wearing a long sweater or dress.  It’s adds a nice pop of color and touch of femininity to the outfit.

In other news, I sorted through my honeymoon pictures on Sunday. We took so many pictures, but I narrowed it down to 100 or so photos that I’ll be using to update the blog with on details of our trip to Hawaii. I’ll include hotel details and as much information I can remember.

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Aloha.

How to get the shine back into your Hunter Rain Boots.

I’ve had my navy blue hunter rain boots for a few years, but have been neglecting them lately because they’ve looked pretty tired.  I needed a way to get them looking new again with their original shine.

The boot on the  left is a before picture. The boot on the right is how the boots looked after applying this Hunter Boot Shiner that I got on Zappos.

photo 1Now my boots look brand new for only the cost of $6! I took a picture with the shiner next to my boots so you can see the size of it.

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I highly recommend purchasing this boot shine to get your Hunter Rain Boots looking almost new again. Also available here.

I still want to figure out the best way to clean a pair of Toms. Please let me know if you have any tips.

Our wedding day on October 4, 2014 plus a link to our wedding day slideshow!

I woke up at 3AM in the morning wide awake on my wedding day. I tried to fall back asleep, but gave up after a while and turned on the TV to watch old re-runs of Full House while the city continued to sleep.

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Once I showered up and had a cup of coffee the morning began to move by so fast while I was getting pampered by Karla Patricia makeup and Lindsay Griffin hair with the ladies.

*FYI The rest of the pictures in this post are by my wedding photographer Kate McElwee.*

Now, let’s recap my wedding dress. I got the Monique Lhuillier Sonnet as my wedding dress from L’elite Bridal in Boston. I tried on so many dresses in so many different stores, but ended up with this one. It’s an absolutely gorgeous dress.

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Kraig and I had our first look on the roof of The Lenox hotel.  Kraig’s reaction is priceless. 

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The ceremony.
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After pictures with family and the wedding party, it was time for cocktail hour and party time! We hired Kahootz as our band and I highly recommend them. They really know how to get the party going.

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Katie-+-Kraig-Wedding-785There may have been a game of limbo that somehow started with my friend’s scarf. HAHA!

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There is a condensed wedding day slideshow that our awesome wedding photographer Kate McElwee made. You can view it by clicking here.  Kate is such a professional, kind, helpful photographer that will make you feel completely comfortable around her. I cried the first two times I watched this slideshow and perhaps a few other times. :) Her work is very moving.

I had such an amazing wedding weekend and am so happy that I married my best friend and love of my life. I felt so thankful to be surrounded by loved ones on our special day. Thank you everyone who helped me throughout the wedding planning process.

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