I'm sorry for the brief hiatus there. I was just taking a little time to exhale and enjoy being with my kids without the school schedule for a bit.
It was ever so nice to be a little checked out.
Now I'm getting ready for my upcoming trip to Hawaii.
We are off to the Big Island, our favorite.
You forget about Hawaii when you haven't been for a while, but it's all coming back to me, prepping for this.
It's the sounds of birds and palms trees in the wind, the smell of the flowers, and the sound of soft ukelele music everywhere you go that enchants as soon as you land.
Don't forget the tropical fruits, tropical drinks, and macadamia nuts! I love them in pancakes, on my fish, in the cookies and by the handful. I will probably eat pineapple until my mouth is sore and drink way too much Pog, (passion, orange, guava drink, the soda of Hawaii.)
Hiking, snorkeling, boogie boarding, biking and exploring are high on our list.
Personally, I'm thrilled to have several good books I've begun and time to read them!
Packing is always on my mind with vacations.
I've already given some serious thought to my holiday wardrobe.
Is a pineapple considered an accessory? :D
That post coming next.
In the meantime, I'm still contemplating a few new additions to the old vacation favorites I've dug out of the closet gallows.
I love rediscovering old dresses and pieces you would only venture to wear on holidays and finding new ways to wear them.
I'm trying out using longer printed blouses as a new beach cover-ups and skirts as strapless dresses. It's pretty fun once you start playing dress-up and see what you can do.
After I mix and match and come up with a core group of fresh feeling outfits, I donate or resell the left behinds.
I then decide what is missing and add those along with a couple of whimsical pieces for a tropical trip.
I thought I'd share a few of my favorites I found while shopping for a summer getaway.
In love with this retro one-piece Coach.
Coach just got into swim and their current collection is just gorgeous!
Love these Tory Burch sandals. For a splurge, wouldn't these be fun for Hawaii?
A little wink with your sundresses, and a nod to the islands.
Tropical prints were big this year so it's been easy finding fun pieces to take.
Tahari's tropical collection was pretty and this silk top from it just got marked down.
The colors are beautiful.
I think this would be flattering on almost everyone and I like the ability to dress this up with a soft skirt or make it casual with a cute pair of colored shorts.
I also need to add one more dress to take along and am obsessed with Madewell right now and especially this cotton maxi dress. My mother always likes white for holidays and a white dress does have that Gatsby feel. Everyone should have a white dress in their vacation wardrobe.
Okay and one more thing... I need a wow accessory like cocktail ring or fab earrings for special dinners out..
The colors in these J Crew earrings are very Hawaiian and funny enough they are Polynesian Stone earrings. They remind me of the sea corals and water.
I'll be back with a packing list for those going tropical later this week.
Tell me do you pack a lot or a little on an island getaway? Any travel tips for the Big Island?
Have a great week!
Images via Pinterest and more sources on my Pinterest board- Dreaming Of Hawaii.