In June of 2016, we drove across the country from
Salt Lake City, Utah ▻ to ▻ Camden, Maine in one week!
Here’s our journey. . .
If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably heard me talk about my LOVE for bikinis (i.e. HERE) and because I love to live and work in a bikini so much – I thought I would share a round-up of all the bikinis I am SWOONING OVER for summer 2016! Whether you are all about a classic suit, love sporty suits or have a little bit of a bohemian vibe and no matter you’re budget – there’s something on this list for you!
Check these out + tell me which are your favorites in the comments below! Also, be sure to share this on Pinterest with your friends!
Now, granted, we squeezed exploring all of Oahu into just shy of a week! So, we still have a bunch of places we want to see but this was a great start. Since our last trip about five years ago, we haven’t had the chance to explore Oahu but since moving to the Big Island, our interest has sparked again! Sure enough, this trip was so much better than our first! We were able to both adventure and relax! Totally worth an extended weekend stay. We loved every moment + I wanted to share my insight on how to plan your next trip!
This was the cutest place! We stopped here right when we got off our early morning flight. The coffee was yummy (and much needed), the toasts were all scrumptious – but the vibe of the place – that’s what got me! It was 50% plant shop, 50% coffee shop and 100% rad. Plus, what better way to get your day started than a smiley face on your latte?!
As I shared at the start of this year, I have deemed 2016 the year of INTENTION!
Part of my goal this year has been to become even more intentional with the products that I use. Choosing organic and REAL household products, food, etc has been important to me for half a decade. I want to know exactly what goes into my body, be aware of what I consume, what I use on my skin, etc.
Over the past five or so years, I’ve overhauled our eating habits (limiting sugar, eating all organic, whole foods), drinking habits (getting rid of soda + excess sugar), household products (getting rid of products containing sulfates, changing our laundry detergents + cleaning products), body products (shampoo, conditioner, body wash getting rid of lotions, etc) but the last thing on my list is something I use everyday . . . MAKEUP!
Sadly, it’s the last thing I’ve analyzed and switched over. I really wanted to have a better idea of the ingredients in my makeup because our skin is our largest organ and absolutely absorbs everything we put on it! With this in mind, I knew it was finally time for me to put my makeup under the same scrutiny that I put the other products in my life.
I said goodbye to drugstore + designer brands alike and instead sought out natural, organic makeup brands that I could actually read the ingredients! Sure enough, my skin has been way happier!
I’ve been loving ALL of the brands listed below and knew I wanted to share them with you. Whether you want to try out a new product for summer, or whether you want to overhaul your makeup bag entirely – I hope you find this post helpful! And as always, I am here to answer any questions you may have!
ENJOY. . .
These last couple of weeks (well, more like the month of May) have been rough – point blank. Although I don’t want to let the sadness and chaos of them overcome the beautiful experiences we had the preceding weeks before everything untangled.
As you may have seen, we went to Oahu at the end of April. We hadn’t been in about five years and we wanted to get a more intimate, adventurous and luxurious experience on the island to combat the touristy experience we had years ago. One of our very favorite memories from this trip to Oahu was a sunset sail!
Well, about to start reading . . . BIG MAGIC! I just picked it up from the bookstore the other day.
I’ve heard such amazing things about this read so I’m really excited. Have you read it?
Finished up Wildflower (by Drew Barrymore) recently & I highly recommend it. It resonated deeply with me and offered just wise insights on life.
Any page turners you recommend? I’m looking for some for our upcoming road trip! I’ve shared some of my past favorites here!
More balanced when I incorporate work outs into my daily routine!
The desire to ‘work out’ doesn’t come naturally for me – I crave more physical activity than I crave ‘hitting the gym’. Because of that, I’ve been loving–
Staying active has kept me motivated and given me a break in my workdays for the past few months so I hope to continue on that path. Thanks to Aaron for always being my motivator! I’ve heard great things about BBG and a few other workout programs. What are your favorite ways to exercise?
All things summer! I recently just hosted this giveaway + it got me so pumped for my favorite season!
I’ve always been a ‘summer type of girl’ so I always welcome summer with open arms!
To shop my summer favorites, check out my “SHOP ELANALOO” tab!
Sleeping. At the most odd of hours. I’m typically on a very regular sleep cycle and have been called a ‘grandma’ from time to time. But maaaan, after living somewhere else for a few months, I’m now understanding the intense change our body goes through with time difference. The struggle is real right now but I’m hoping my body adjusts sooner rather than later.
Catching up. To our dear clients, thank you. Thank you for your patience and understanding during the difficult time of my grandma’s passing. These past few weeks have been hard and I’m so ready for a fresh start this week! Getting back into a groove and back on track with work.
Seeing friends. Goodness, it’s been so good to catch up with loved ones since arriving back in Utah!
PACKING! All. The. Packing. Our house is a total mess and a total joke right now! People who move often, I applaud you. It’s super stressful and overwhelming. Although the silver lining is that we are getting rid of so much crap. We have donated at least five carloads of stuff. It’s so so good to clear our home of clutter and to start to really be intentional with the belongings we are keeping!
Moving to Maine for the summer! *cue dance partayyy*
Yes, you read that right! You might be thinking didn’t you just move to Hawaii? Yes, we did! But we have a lot going on this summer on the east coast. We decided instead of going back and forth, it was just easier to pack up + plant ourselves for a few months. We’ll return to Hawaii in the fall.
Aaron’s family is all in Maine and we have never had the opportunity to visit for more than 2-3 weeks at a time. This year, we have the flexibility to go spend some quality time with his family! This means the world to me to be able to have our first summer on the east coast with them.
You know what else I’m looking forward to? MY MOM COMING TO MAINE!
Ahh, I want to squeal while typing that! She is coming for a little over a week to meet Aaron’s family, explore Maine and see the place that I lovingly call my ‘second (or third) home’ – so exciting!
Aaron and I have been together for six years in August and want to hear something crazy? Our families have never met!
Nuts . . . we know!
His family lives moments from the ocean in mid-coast Maine and my mom lives moments from the ocean on the west side of Hawaii. Literally the two ends of America! What are the chances?
So the stars haven’t aligned (they even missed each other by a week in Utah last year) – until now!
There are many exciting things right on the horizon. I’m really thankful.
I’m excited to explore Maine as a ‘resident’ and to share my findings here with you.
Hah, did I mention that we’re driving across the country to Maine?! (Yea, we’re that crazy *rolling eyes*)
We’re planning to stop in Chicago, New York and a few other places along the way. I’m looking for recommendations for our cross-country road trip! If you have any ideas send them this way! Also, insider tips for Chicago or New York are totally welcome! I’d love to hear.
Our summer bucketlist! Now, I know it will be a bit different this year because we’ll be on the east coast but if you want to take a peak at my summer bucketlist from last year, there are some really fun ideas! This summer I’m going to make a list of beaches, hikes and local foodie spots to check out! I can’t wait.
Graduation party! My little sister (well, Aaron’s little sister – but I’ve claimed her as my own kin) is graduating high school! We’re throwing her a bash for friends and family with fun details (thinking we need a flamingo floatie or pineapple floatie for the pool, right?!). I am so proud of the young woman she has become and it’s so crazy to me to be planning her graduation party and getting her ready for college! Any party decor trends you’ve been loving?
As I lay here in bed, on this cold and dark morning, I feel numb. Emotionally and physically. My face is swollen and my head is foggy.
I can’t help but think, “It was all a dream. . . “
This summer it’s all about minimal, timeless style. Are you feelin’ that vibe too?
I’m allll about the rafia, boater hats, stripes, ikat in muted tones, white toes, flowing dresses, leather sandals etc.
As I’ve said before, I’m always drawn towards classic, timeless pieces but this year I’m fully embracing that!
*Read all the way until the end for a FUN surprise!*
As a young girl, I don’t really remember being obsessed with new trends or the latest fads – but instead, I always wanted to acquire a sense of style that was timeless, classic + effortless (if that’s attainable & you’ve figured it out – be sure to let me in on your secret). Despite this, each year we’re told what the latest, greatest styles are – sure, I love the new cuts, fabrics, etc. but I don’t completely change my style to fit what’s trending, instead I find myself turning back to what makes me feel confident and something that flatters my figure.
This crochet suit from Aerie does just that! (Practically every single one of their suits does *major heart eyes*) The crochet detailing is a nod to the 70’s which is prevalent this year, but the color palette is something that’s very true to my aesthetic and pairing the bikini with a classic white button down and a relaxed, floppy hat makes this look lean more towards classic. I tend to fill my suitcase with easy, go-to outfits like this! Perfect for beach lounging if you ask me. Of course, to and from the beach, I love to rock a pair of jean shorts like these over the suit!
Now, why I am overjoyed to be putting pen to paper (or in this case, fingers to keyboard) in collaboration with Aerie + American Eagle is that they are the brands that have carried me along my style journey since adolescence. I always have found pieces that express my style and now, I am 100% behind them because of the values that come along with #AerieREAL.
Embracing yourself as a natural woman, no matter what size, is vital to our happiness, success and confidence as women.
See, the thing is, just as you probably have – I’ve struggled with whole-heartedly accepting my body and my flaws. I wouldn’t call myself glamorous by any means; I proudly work from home (mostly in my bikini), don’t wash or style my hair on the daily and yes, I have cellulite.
Everyday, I see perfectly made up beauties with bouncy curls, lipstick on and impeccable outfits – and I can easily sink into the feeling that my reality is lack-luster, that I’m not as beautiful.
But here’s the real reality, it is my life and it is beautiful. It’s worth living, exploring and enjoying.
This is true for all of our lives.
My every day doesn’t look perfect, but I work hard to chase my goals and live an intentional life. I am proud of my curvy, bold self – flaws, scars, outspoken personality and all. These things don’t define who I am, but instead what I am putting out into the world does.
This is why I proudly partner with Aerie on the #AerieREAL campaign to share my un-retouched photos – my unedited, real self; the same person you’ll see working from a coffee shop, grabbing groceries or hangin’ at the beach any given Sunday.
My soul is beautiful, my body is beautiful – I am beautiful. And so are you.
When I envision a lovely staycation getaway, I’ll always picture this past week.
A few days break from the ordinary.
A little way to hit the ‘refresh’ button on life.
+ a lot of rest and relaxation.
Truly, The Hilton Waikoloa Village was perfect. I’ll tell you why. . .