I completely underestimated how incredible Hawaii would be, in my mind I thought tropical is tropicalthey’re all the same – I was in the Maldives two weeks prior so I was under the impression that I’ve already set the bar so high on beachy vacations that Hawaii wouldn’t even compare. Wrong wrong wrong wrong wrong!!! Hawaii has so many different landscapes and visuals… cities, mountains, rainforests, beaches, the ocean, cliffs. All it takes is a short drive to see all of these things within minutes. Hailing from the FLAT midwest, this completely blew my mind; I couldn’t believe just how beautiful everything is. No question, this trip is my favorite yet, my chest actually felt heavy when we were leaving to come back home after 8 days. I usually feel antsy after a couple days to get back into my routine but this time around I had absolutely no desire. Every island has a completely different look and feel, we only explored Maui and O’ahu but I know we’ll be back asap to experience the remaining six.
You all know that I’m very.. generous with the camera(s) so after narrowing down thousands of photos and hours of footage, this is the final result. A long vlog and a blog-post so long that I had to break it up into two parts after completing, ha! Part one today will be the first leg of our Hawaiian vacation on the lush island of Maui, grab a snack and get comfy – I’ll chat and reminiscence as we go! Part two in O’ahu will be posted tomorrow so don’t forget to check back! xo
Whenever I feel a pang of wanderlust I end up zoning out in front of the computer for hours searching for flights and making bucket-lists of things to do and places to explore. For me there are two types of vacations: 1. unplugging everything and checking out or 2. throwing on sneakers, exploring sights, and taking in as much history as possible. During my latest wanderlust session I yearned for something tropical, someplace where I could shut everything off (except my camera of course), and just relax and be pampered.
Last weekend my GF Eman & I enjoyed a little girls-staycation at the Viceroy Hotel in Santa Monica thanks to Palm Breeze! They were having their launch party there and we were so excited to have a mini weekend getaway and to meet Shay Mitchell who was hosting; we just love her and her travel videos!! Our room was so beautiful and relaxing with a perfect view of the party – we were literally smack dab right above it! The event was poolside so even though I didn’t wear any color I got a little playful with my makeup using the new Anastasia Beverly Hills Artist Palette which i swatched earlier this week! I love love love this palette and was obsessed with how my makeup turned out. I absolutely love blues and purples on brown eyes so Unicorn, the palette’s periwinkle shade, was so flattering on my eyeballs! I recreated it today and hope you guys love this tutorial!! I’ve also included photos from the event and our stay below and also stuck in our snapchat stories (which made a great vlog btw!) at the end of the tutorial! There’s a reason why I call this an All Things Beautiful blog, I’m literally all over the place talking about a million different things at once.. just like IRL. lol!
If you’re new here (welcome!!), I traveled to the Maldives in October and it was simply a dreaaam! I have never seen such beautiful water in my life. For as long as I can remember all I ever talked about was wanting to see tumblr-esque crystal clear blue water with my own two eyes. I must say that I’ve just set the bar extremely high for myself. The water was not only gorgeous to look at but I swear it’s magic LOL. I get so ashy and dry any time i get into the water; any kind of water but especially salt water, but for some reason this water left my skin and hair so soft.
Located at the apex of Waikīkī, steps away from everything you could ask for: luxury shopping, yummy dining, the beach, The Modern was a nice change of scenery after our more laid back, slow-paced, stay in Maui. I think it was a nice way to slowly transition back to the hustle and bustle of Chicago. This hotel is known to be the destination for both business travelers and vacationers. We were greeted with lemonade, cool towels, and the most gorgeous leis in the lobby upon checking in, you have to see the broken surfboard art piece hanging above the desk — I didn’t get to snap a photo of it but you can see it creeping in the background of a photo of Waseem and me somewhere below. The art piece was designed by a local surfer, and the surfboards he used are real, broken in action, and signed by all of their riders, how cool! All I wanted during our trip was to get lei’d and I couldn’t stop obsessing over the beautiful ones The Modern adorned us with, I kept moving them around the room (& hung them in our rental car) throughout our entire stay just for photo opps lol. The Modern’s style is very contemporary and clean, it’s extravagant but minimalist at the same time. There are 353 rooms, including 26 oceanfront suites. We stayed in one of the suites and it was simply perfect.