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: 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.

Bundled

IMG_1482IMG_1491IMG_1501 Joe Fresh sweater, jacket from Canada, vintage skirt, Banana Republic boots, F21 tights and t-shirt, ASOS Limit everyday watch, scarf from Mexico

Brrrr. A week ago, the weather in San Francisco dipped to 40 degrees, which is nothing compared to the frigid East Coast temperature but is quite low for us Californians. To keep warm, I bundled in multiple layers: a t-shirt, sweater, and huge jacket on the top and thick tights and a wool skirt on the bottom. My tall boots and cashmere scarf kept me bundled and warm as I explored Golden Gate Park with Tiffany. 

Hope everyone is having a great week!

-Amanda

Winter Florals

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Banana Republic boots, F21 coat, sweater, tights, vintage skirt, ASOS Limit watch, Nina Rossini earrings

Although florals are usually associated with spring, they can also be worn during the winter time. For today’s post, I decided to pair my vintage floral skirt with tall boots and a peacoat. I stuck to a fairly neutral color palette, playing with dark hues and musty, brown tones (boots & watch). This outfit was perfect for the crisp, cold air and matched with the bareness of the landscape. Thanks for visiting and hope you’re enjoying your week!

-Amanda

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Shot inside the Butchart Gardens. This view was almost obscured by thick bushes and trees, but a small opening allowed us to see the lake and peaceful environment. What does this scene remind you of? Hope everyone is having a good weekend!

– Amanda

Hello, Karl

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American Apparel skirt, Gallery jacket, American Eagle flannel, H&M crop top, Juicy Couture sunglasses, Vans sneakers (not shown)

To many of us in SF,  the thick layer of fog above our city is known as Karl. It was originally sunny (70 degrees) last Sunday morning, but Karl decided to come uninvited right when Tiffany and I were about to shoot this post at Sutro Baths. My outfit- blue AA skirt, crop top, thin black jacket, and flannel  was suddenly impractical for the weather. We finished the shoot in 10 minutes record time, and I gladly put on my puffer jacket after. Ah, the things we do for the sake of blogging.

Thanks for visiting!

– Amanda

5 things, 5 inspirations

Hello everyone,

To me, fashion is all about being inspired. Whether that inspiration comes from nature, food, magazines or other individuals, I always find myself being influenced by little details in life. Here are a few things that have sparked some inspiration in my life this past month. Thanks for visiting!

– Amanda

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1. stunning view from Cheesecake factory in late January

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1 (2)5. Bibimbap, my favorite Korean dish!

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Deviating from the usual fashion posts today. I saw this photo challenge on The Daily Post and thought it was such a creative idea. I am by no means a photography expert, but I wanted to share these photos from my winter Vancouver trip. I placed a glass cup on my hotel window sill, and captured the (almost) night landscape. Thanks for visiting!

– Amanda

The Blues: Velvet Dress and Varsity Jacket

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H&M blue velvet dress, Liz Claiborne cross body, Macy’s boots, Urban Outfitters jacket

Hey guys!

Amanda and I recently went to Union Square in downtown San Francisco on a sunny day, so the place was bustling with tourists, shoppers, and ice skaters. I decided to pair my blue velvet dress with tights, black ankle booties (again!), and a black cross body to accentuate the velvet and give it a more formal look. I could also make the outfit more casual by wearing my blue vintage varsity jacket. This places more emphasis on the jacket rather than on the dress. Thanks for visiting!

— Tiffany

Vancouver Photo Diary

Hello everyone!

This post is overdue, but here are some photos from my trip to Vancouver. I love Canada, but Vancouver in December is too much for this Cali girl. First Day: Rain. Second Day: Rain.  ( You get the idea…) Despite the cold weather and dark skies, it is definitely a great place to visit! Below are some of my favorite pics of the city and some outfits as well.

– Amanda

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VanDusen Botanical Garden, day and night (Light Festival)

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The Famous Steam Clock at Gastown

 

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Capilano Suspension Bridge in rainy weather

 

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Thanks for visiting!