When in Maui Part 4: Stripes and Denim

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This is my last featured outfit from Maui. For a day of relaxing at a lavender farm, I opted to wear my denim overalls along with a striped crop top. Armed with my trusty cap and knapsack, it was the perfect look for exploring the nooks and crannies of Upcountry Maui. Hope you’d enjoyed all my outfits and thanks for visiting!

-Amanda

When in Maui Part 3: Understated Tropical

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DSW sandals, H&M pants, ASOS watch, off the shoulder top (Taiwan), F21 crop top, leaf necklace (Artist & Fleas LA), hat (San Francisco boutique)

Decided to wear my wide leg pants once again, dressed down this time in tropical Hawaii. I wore an off the shoulder white top and threw on a straw hat for a day of exploration. To add some sparkle to my outfit, I opted for gold sandals. If you want to see a more polished look featuring my wide leg pants, check out the post here. Thanks for visiting and stay tuned for my last Maui outfit post!

-Amanda

When In Maui Part #1: Isometric Romper

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As promised by Tiffany, up and coming are some summer appropriate outfits. I have 5 outfits that I dug from my Maui archives. I totally forgot to post them back in January, but at least the pairings are fitting for the  season. I practically lived in a romper/ sandals on my trip to Maui. This romper + mules combo was adequate as a beach coverup and transitioned well enough into dinners by the ocean. I love the isometric patterns of this romper and thought the print meshed well with the tropical vibes of Hawaii. Thanks for visiting and hope you’d enjoyed this post!

-Amanda

Maui Travel Series: A Tropical Food Haven

Maui has a good mix of local foods and high-end restaurants, which made it a no-brainer to eat at both spectrums. Maui food, however, is relatively on the pricer side.

Lahaina Fish Co: This restaurant located in downtown Lahaina was quite a pleasant surprise. Though we initially went because it was one of the only restaurants open on Christmas Day, we loved the ocean view ambiance. The Ahi Tacos were impeccable, and the Mahi Mahi special fish plate and fish & chips were amazing as well. img_2332img_2330img_2331

Honolua Store: This was a great pit stop to grab some fresh poke as well as Hawaiian Loco Moco at very reasonable prices. We ate at this store every time we passed the Kapalua/ Honolua areas. On multiple occasions, we’d also order the poke bowl (Spicy Ahi or Hawaiian Ahi with brown rice) to-go. img_4150

Coconut’s Fish Cafe: Hailed as Maui’s best place for fish tacos, we stopped by for their classic two taco set while on the way back from Wailmea (South Maui). Each taco was generously filled with toppings which include mango and vegetables. The result is a light sweet and sour taste. img_2940

Paia Fish Market: Well-loved by both tourists and locals alike, we made a stop after a long drive on the Road to Hana. I ordered the Ahi hamburger and thought it was a bit dry. The fish & chips were amazing though, and the fish tacos as well. img_3881img_3883

Palehu: Located at the Westin Villas, our hotel’s sister resort, we decided to treat ourselves out to a nice last meal. I ordered a cesar salad, NY steak, and sorbet. img_4053

Ono Tacos: We ordered some late night tacos from Onos, the locals’ favorite taco truck. It’s not comparable to LA tacos, but sufficed to satisfy our cravings. img_2758

Ululani’s Hawaiian Shave Ice: The best shave ice! We got pina colada/ guava and the girl who served us was really friendly too! Reasonably priced for its generous size. img_4133

Thanks for visiting and hope you’d enjoyed this list!

Maui Travel Series: Kapalua and Honolua

Kapalua Coastal Trail

Even though it’s not really a hike, Kapalua Coastal Trail was by far my favorite trail because of its stunning views. The trail covers 1.7 miles, and hugs the coastline where you can witness the waves crashing onto the bedrock. The beaches along this coast are also beautiful- I’d spent my last day in Maui swimming in Kapalua Bay. img_2455img_2493img_2475

Honolua

Honolua Bay is a great place to snorkel due to the gentle waves and clear waves, but because it rained that morning we’d visited, we couldn’t go into the waters. Nevertheless, it offers a beautiful view of the cliffs. However, the short 10-minute walk through the jungle was my favorite part. There were numerous tropical trees, wild chicken, and stray cats. I would say it’s an interesting experience!img_3920img_3943img_3958img_3944

Village Walking Trails

Although the views here are great, I’d wished I skipped this hike. There isn’t too much to see except the lake at the top of the trail (which has a family of ducks swimming around the waters). If you’re looking for great vantage points, avoid this trail. It is, however, a great place to workout and burn calories. img_4006

If you haven’t seen my Maui blog from December, check it out below! Our previous post which goes in detail about Road to Hana, South Shores, and Upcountry Maui is linked here. Thanks for visiting and keep your eyes peeled on the final segment documenting Maui’s delicious food.

-Amanda

Maui Travel Series: Road to Hana, South Shores, and Upcountry

As promised, the second Maui travel series segment featuring Road to Hana, South Shores, Upcountry, and surprise- our hotel!

Upcountry Maui- Haleakala National Park

Haleakala is the place to make the journey if you want to see a gorgeous sunrise or sunset. Most people wake up during ungodly hours to make the 3.5 hour trek up to Haleakala, but we opted to see the sunset instead. We were met with the most vivid colors around 5:50 pm, which turned into pastel, pink skies after sundown. So worth the trek, even though the drive down is a bit scary. You might be able to catch a glimpse of nenes (state bird) and cows!

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Alii Kula Lavender Farm 

A bit overhyped, but the farm (with mountain air and lavender scents) was a good break from the resorts and beaches. I enjoyed how peaceful it was to sip some lavender coffee while enjoying what the views had to offer.img_2977

Road to Hana

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Road to Hana is prided as one of the world’s best drive. With its lush greenery and hidden natural gems along the way, it’s easy to see what it is lauded as such. As people have noted before, the road is very twisted and windy, but very doable if you go at a slow pace (10-15 mph).

I usually don’t pay for apps, but this one for $4.99 (Road to Hana Gypsy App) was very needed. You can turn the app on before you hit the town of Paia, and the narrator points out notable landmarks & provides historical information along the way. We saved so much time because we didn’t stop every time we saw cars parked.

My favorite stops include: Waianapanapa State Park and its black sand beach, Keanae Arboretum and its rainbow eucalyptus trees, and Koki Beach (red sand beach). Don’t forget to stop by local stalls to buy fresh Hawaiian products such as smoothies and macadamia banana bread. We got ours from Hana Farms.

Overall, the drive is super scenic which makes the 10-12 hours round trip worth it. It rained in the morning that day, so while it was hard to see certain vantage points, we were able to witness multiple small waterfalls along the drive (caused by rain runoff).

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South Shores 

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South Shores of Maui has some of the most beautiful beaches on the island. I’d loved driving along the coast and making pitstops all the way from Kihei to Waimea. Some of the beaches were so small that there was no indication of the beach name. We stopped a couple times in Kihei and loved Ulua Beach in Makena. We ended our southern trek at Ahihi – Kinau Natural Area Reserve, which was perfect for snorkeling.

Wanted to include my hotel experience in this post as well. I had a blast lounging by the pools and looking at wildlife during my stay. Yes, I say wildlife because there were sooo many animals (parrots, flamingoes, swans, koi fish)… img_2338

If you haven’t watched my Maui video yet, which was shown in a previous post, check it out below:

Thanks for visiting and stay tuned for my next Maui travel segment featuring Kapalua and Honolua.

-Amanda

Maui Travel Series: Christmas in Maui Video

As some of you may have discovered from watching our San Francisco video (check it out here!), my family and I spent Christmas holiday in Maui. I’d visited Oahu in the past and heard great things about Maui, so I was quite stoked to get some much needed rest and vitamin D. I have split my Maui travel series into 4 separate posts; the first one of course is the video attached above. The second post will go more in detail about Road to Hana, South Maui beaches, and Upcountry Maui. The third post will highlight Kapalua and Honolua. My fourth and final travel post will note the must-see food places everyone should try while on the island. Stay tuned as I will try to have a Maui post up every other week!

-Amanda

Day 1 was spent mostly settling into our hotel and exploring our surroundings, which includes Lahaina, the “downtown” of Maui.

Day 2 features the greater Kapalua area, specifically the Kapalua Coastal Trail.

Day 3 was spent beach-hopping alongside Southwest Maui, some which include Big Beach and Ulua Beach. We then drove for a hour to upcountry Maui, where we visited the lavender farms. To make the 6 pm sunset, we spent another 1.5 hours driving up Haleakala.

Day 4 is all about Road to Hana. We left at 6 am in the morning to make multiple stops along the trail. My favorites are Keanae Arboretum (where we saw rainbow eucalyptus trees!), Waianapanapa State Park (black sand beach), and Koki Beach.

Day 5 we spent in Honolua exploring Honolua Bay and the Village Walking Trails.

Day 6, which is our last day, was spent by the beach and pool.

Venture Far

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Tank, shorts, hat (SF boutiques), ASOS watch, H&M swimsuit

Last post from my trip to Hawaii! My outfit wasn’t anything outstanding, but served its purpose throughout the day when I was hiking, swimming, and lounging by the beach. Although the tank and shorts are quite basic, the subtle patterns of both pieces kept the look from being too boring. Hope you enjoyed this post and get pumped for more spring-inspired outfits!

-Amanda

Dreaming of Paradise

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French Connection flip-flops, ASOS watch, H&M romper, Koali sunglasses, Sheinside kimono, bag (Taiwan), hat from an SF boutique

I know I know, why is this post so out of the blue? Admittedly, keeping a blog while pursuing a whole different career path can be quite challenging at times. Too often, Tiffany and I struggle to post content immediately and end up forgetting to put it on the web altogether. Other bloggers suffering from similar fate?

This was one of my favorite outfits during my time in Hawaii. I practically lived in this lightweight kimono, which paired beautifully with all basics ranging from tees/shorts to neutral dresses. Put together with a navy romper and a light hat, it provided perfect coverage at Waikiki Beach. Stay tuned for one more flashback post showcasing my Hawaii getaway. Hope you are enjoying your week and thanks for visiting! -Amanda

2015: Year in Review

Another year, another year in review. Where has the time gone? Check out our favorite moments from 2015, and see you all on Flying Neon Lights next year! -Amanda and Tiffany

LOCATIONS

Oahu, Hawaii (Part I, II, and III)

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New Orleans (Part I, II, and III)IMG_0437IMG_0707IMG_1034Cozumel, Mexico (diary here)IMG_1230Downtown LA (here)IMG_7613IMG_7622California State Fair (here)IMG_0110

OUTFITS

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Thanks for reading and cheers to a lovely 2016!