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Hawaii Travel Guide

My Husband and I recently traveled to Hawaii for our honeymoon and me saying it was AMAZING is an understatement. Hawaii was absolutely gorgeous and somewhere I can definitely see myself returning. We had a pretty long flight from NJ so we stopped of in San Francisco and stayed in Napa Valley for a few days after that we were on our way to our first stop, Maui!

I did a ton of research about all of the resorts that Maui had to offer. I knew we wanted to stay on the southern most part of Maui so I had narrowed it down to a few resorts there. (there are MANY resorts on the south side of Maui so this was pretty difficult) We chose to stay at the Four Seasons Maui and we are SO happy we did. The hotel, the service and the amenities the hotel had to offer were in my opinion unbeatable and surpassed my expectations completely. To start, as soon as we arrived at the hotel we were greeted with a fresh flower lei and my husband was given what is called a “Kukui Nut Lei” and we were given a glass of super refreshing mint lemonade. The entire check in process was very smooth and we were sent to our ocean front room. The view from our room was amazing. We were able to watch the sun set over the ocean every night which was one of my favorite things about Hawaii.

One of my favorite parts about the four Seasons was the Adult only serenity pool. It was a little difficult to get seats there everyday, but we loved it there because it never felt over crowded or loud. There is also a main pool and a smaller family pool area which we did sit by the main pool a few days and this was very nice as well. The resort is definitely pretty family friend but also really great for couples. The food was also soooo good and I was really happy they had so many healthy options. There was a juice bar downstairs in the hotel and I was so excited about this because I was able to start my day with a healthy breakfast without ever having to leave the resort. They also had a ton of gluten free and vegan options which you don’t see very often at hotels. Overall we had an amazing stay and I definitely will be returning!

Another really fun thing our hotel offered was different activities everyday of the week. We did a sushi making class that was paired with a Sake tasting lesson. We made California Rolls, Spicy Tuna Rolls, as well as an assortment of Hand rolls and Salmon Nigiri. The class was provided by the Four Seasons Maui and they did an excellent job. It was a really fun experience to have especially in Hawaii where they have some of the best most fresh seafood!

I will touch a little on some of the outside restaurants we ate at as well. We tried a local sushi place one night down the road called Sansei. It was super casual and you can tell it was definitely a more local place, which we loved. We also really liked Nicks in the Fairmont as well as Monkeypod which was a short drive down the road from the hotel. The Four Seasons also had hotel cars and you could have the drivers drop you and pick you up from dinner each night or anywhere else you wanted to go within a few miles of the resort.

 

 

These are just some pictures of 0ur room and around the resort! As you can see everything is amazing. The bathroom was HUGE and gave us so much room to get ready. There were also six different music stations to chose from in the bathroom which was a really cool feature! If anyone has any questions about anything please feel free to email me or leave a comment and I will be sure to respond!

 

The next stop on our trop to Hawaii was in Waikiki beach on the Island of Oahu. This is very different from Maui. Its way more upbeat and more city like. I was really surprised to find out when we got there that there is the best shopping on the island. There is everything from Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Valentino, to Nordstrom and Kate Spade.  We chose to stay at the Halekulani which was a very nice hotel as well. It was really high tech and they had so many cool additions.  It was also directly next to some of the best beaches in the world. We only spent 3 days here so we didn’t do as much as we did in Maui but I would definitely recommend hiking up diamond head mountain. It was a relatively short hike about an hour and a half but the view from the top is amazing. I will add some pictures below!

If anyone has any questions I would love to answer them! Just message me or send me an email!

 

xoxo

Tara

Comfy Weekend Outfit

Happy Weekend Everyone!

I just recently purchased a pair of leggings made by Alo with the cutest leather looking paneling on them I purchased them in black but I loved them so much I bought them in the olive green color as well! They are a little pricey but I truly feel that the quality shows in these pants. I wore them on a  hour flight recently and they were super comfortable. I will also link some other leggings I found that are very similar to mine but at a lower price point if you want to still get them same look of my outfit. There are definitely ways to still get this look at a lower cost.  I paired my leggings with a black and white stripe top also from Amazon as well and you seriously cant beat the price of this top! it is almost a stretchy fabric but its soft and its also long enough to wear with leggings. This will definitely be a staple in my closet through the winter. It has been realllly chilly every morning here in New Jersey, so I also threw on this black vest for some extra warmth. My sunglasses are from Quay Australia and as you can tell I really love them since I wear them so much! I will link all of my Amazon finds below as well as some pictures.

My Alo leggings and stripe top are both from Amazon!

Honeymoon Pictures in Hawaii!

As many of you know I recently traveled to Hawaii for my honeymoon! Hawaii was absolutely breathtaking and one of my favorite parts was waking up to see the sunrise and watching the sunset each night. We decided to do some photos with an amazingly talented photographer Love + Water. They do some really cool stuff with their shoots and I loved their work because it was so different then most of the other stuff you see out there. They specialize in Land and water shoots. So basically at our shoot we were able to take some photos in the water as well as on the sand.  I was so happy with the way they came out!

I just wanted to share some of the images with you guys! I would highly recommend doing a shoot at sunrise if you plan on honeymooning in Hawaii! It is such a great way to remember your trip and the sunrises are are so light and amazing nothing like we ever see here on the East Coast.  I will be posting my Hawaii travel guide next week so stay tuned and see below for some of my favorite images from our shoot!

 

Casual Outfit In Napa Valley

It’s me again talking about our trip to Napa! I can’t stop because it was seriously SO amazing.

While I was packing for Napa I was really confused about the weather there. When I would look at the forecast the temperatures ranged from the 40’s to the mid 80’s so it was’nt very easy to know exactly what to pack!  I tried to pack pretty versatile things- this Leith dress from Nordstrom and Jean Shirt ended up being PERFECT for the weather in Napa. I also paired this outfit with some booties. I ended up wearing the jean shirt in the morning and when we went to lunch but by time 2pm hit it was 80 degrees out and I tied it around my waist and it still looked super cute. This look is really easy to replicate too with any type of bodycon dress and a jean shirt. You can even pair it with a checkered flannel and solid dress or the other way around! I love super easy to copy, cute and comfortable outfits and this is definitely one for you! This dress also comes in sooo many different colors and is only $55. It also comes in a long sleeve option which I love for the colder months. I will link it for you guys below!

Dress: HERE

Napa Valley Travel Guide

Hi Everyone!

If you follow me on Instagram, you know I just returned from my honeymoon and one of the stops was in Napa Valley! It was absolutely amazing there to say the least.

To start of, we flew direct into San Francisco and rented a car through the on site Enterprise at the airport. From there we drove to Napa. It’s about and hour and a half drive from the airport but we decided to go out of our way a little and stop over at the Golden Gate Bridge which I defiantly recommend if you haven’t been to San Francisco before.

Once we arrived in Napa at our hotel, Hotel Yountville they told us our room was immediately ready for us which was amazing so we would get to change and get out to the vineyards ASAP!  I will touch on our hotel a little- it was so nice and very quaint and cute exactly how I picture a hotel in Napa to me. They had an amazing pool and the Spa staff was incredible we went for massages our first full day there and the staff was great.  Our room had an extra large king bed, a huge bathroom and each room had a very large patio. At no time did I feel the hotel was over crowded even though I believe the hotel was almost fully booked during our stay. The hotel also had a car that would drive you to dinner each night which was very convenient.  The hotel had a pool, fire pits and a bar which we would visit each day after we were done at the vineyards we toured. I will post some pictures below!

This was our huge king bed at the hotel!

The pool and Fire pit at the hotel- the bar was also right near here as well

Every room had a fire place in it! We ended up using it most nights after dinner when the temperatures would drop down to the mid 40’s

We went to 6 different Vineyards and each had something different to offer. My Favorites were Joseph Phelps and Stags’ Leap. They Tour at Joseph Phelps took place on the terrace and you got to look out over onto the beautiful Vineyards.  Stags’ Leap was also very different because the tasting included an interactive 90 minutes tour with some pretty generous wine pours along the way LOL! It was very interesting to hear what happened to Napa during prohibition and the history of the estate in which has stood there for over 100 years.  We also visited some othr Vineyards which included Cakebread Cellars, Caymus, Chandon, and Darioush.  Check with your hotel before hand too because a lot of hotel have deals with the vineyards for a free tasting or some type of discount.

Some Dinner and Lunch places I would highly recommend are Farmstead at Longmeadow Ranch, PRESS Steakhouse and if you are looking to splurge on an AMAZING dinner one night I highly recommend the Restaurant at Auberge Du Soleil. the menu is price fixed and on the expensive side but its worth it! If anyone has any questions about Napa I would love to hear from you just leave a comment or email me!

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