LDW has arrived, which officially marks the end of summer. It’s a bittersweet feeling to be saying goodbye to my favorite season; however, my favorite month is coming up: October. You may remember from last October, and the last October, just how much I adore that time of year. You will be reminded again this October why I love it (so I’ll spare you the details), but I had to take the time to kiss hot bikini days goodbye and welcome sweaters, hot coffee, and snuggly blankets instead.
I often feel that summer vacation never really ended for me. How could anyone let go of what was the best three months of the year? No school, no work (while still in school), beach, friends, what’s not to love? As an “adult” I have been determined to keep the spirit of those summers alive by allowing myself mini vacations, happy hour, some summer Fridays, and of course, lots of time by the water. Although the turn of season means I am headed back into the grind, I am actually excited this time. I have set myself challenging goals and there is just so much to work towards that I feel more motivated than ever. If only my attitude about exercise were this positive…One step at a time, I guess. Wishing everyone a wonderful and safe holiday weekend. Enjoy the last sweet sips of summer!
The first couple days of our trip were spent driving around the island exploring and visiting some of our favorite spots. After a day at the Grand Wailea we got in the car and headed toward Makena to see a more familiar shore. With wind-blown hair, a severe tan, and fresh coconuts in hand we accidentally passed the turnoff but came across these crystal clear coves. We had initially kept driving but upon our return I basically jumped out of the car to run into the water. It was warm and the sand was sinkier (not a word but you know what I mean) than the sand in Wailea, or anywhere for that matter, and it was absolutely deserted. I felt we struck gold and after Paul insisted I play in the mini waves for some pictures we later learned that these coves are where the more recent shark attacks took place. Lovely. My second biggest fear in the world (2nd to earthquakes) is sharks and I was basically asking them to come snatch me and my lacy cover-up! Luckily I made it out of the water untouched but I still get creeped out just thinking about it! Have you ever encountered a shark in the water? Do tell, I’m fascinated!
I’m wearing: Jen’s Pirate Booty cover-up (sold out) // Gap flip flops
I’m back in LA and surprisingly very glad to be here. After 5 blissful days prancing around the soft Maui sand, floating in the warm water, admiring the sunsets, and watching two of my good friends get married, I was ready to come home. I missed my dogs restlessly and even though Maui was once my home, I definitely felt like an outsider visiting. Something just felt different. I was lucky enough to see some old friends on the island, which was truly the best feeling when feeling a little lost, and it restored a sense of familiarity. I won’t ignore the fact that wearing a bikini (and an equally cute cover -up) was a dream–because it was–island attire never gets old. I did my best to showcase my favorite looks from our trip but honestly blogging looks all day can be tiresome, not just for my photographer, but for me mentally. I almost felt as though I was “wasting” my trip searching for the perfect lighting and second to shoot a look instead of truly taking in my surroundings, which might have contributed to my growing pit of melancholia. Okay, okay, I wasn’t exactly melancholy on this trip; I just want to make sure I reinforce how important it is to not get caught up in the big picture (no pun intended) but instead focus on what is making up that picture-worthy moment, aka your loved ones and occasionally a drop-dead gorgeous sunset. With that said, I hope you enjoy my Maui Diaries. They are a true peek into how I spent my intimate vacation with my fiance.
I’m wearing: Mara Hoffman cover up (sold out) // Billabong bikini // Karen Walker sunnies // Charme Silkiner Celine necklace
My good friend Kelly is getting Maui’d this weekend so Paul and I decided to head back to my old hometown for a little relaxation prior to the festivities. It has been far too long since I’ve been back on the island and I’m already feeling like my time is too short there. Thankfully Paul has spend just as much time on Maui as I have so we aren’t obligated to do any tourist attractions, leaving us with days wide open for beach, pineapple, Maui babe, the fish market, friends, and a few secret spots (sorry, a secrete is a secret). Please excuse the lack of posting this week but do follow my travels on Instagram to get your daily fix (@sivanayla). Aloha!
I have some pretty exciting projects coming up and if you have been even semi-following me lately you would probably be able to guess who I’m teaming up with. I have a borderline obsession with a new store in town and we are working to bring you something fun to officially welcome it to the community. Hint: everything I wear lately has been from this super chic, super affordable, and super on-point boutique. I highly recommend keeping one eye on us because this is one duo you won’t want to miss!
I’m wearing: Dress from elle a // Karen Walker sunnies // Balenciaga handbag // Charme Silkiner pyramid studs
Real or DIY? That is the question this tiresome Friday afternoon. Life has been an absolute whirlwind for me lately and I honestly do not foresee it calming down anytime soon. When you spend a good three weeks straight just being “on” (your A game, awake, online, working, creating, you get it), there comes a time a girl just needs a nap. Thankfully I am leaving for Maui on Tuesday for a good friend’s wedding and I am so ready for days of absolute nothing with Paul. Beach, sand, cocktail, book, done. Until then I am hustling to get everything prepared so I can truly enjoy my mini vacation (I say mini because you aren’t truly on vacation until week 3 and this is certainly not a 3 week vacation…sadly).
Getting back to the topic at hand (almost ended this post without addressing the point! Yes, I’m tired), I’ve found storage to be my biggest issue lately. Buying new things always poses this problem since I live in a condo and I’ve been forced to get a little creative. Since I refuse to put anything in my home that isn’t aesthetically pleasing, I was forced to find ways around your typical storing options. For example, after burning my favorite Diptyque candles I gut the inside of the glass and use if for my make-up brushes or pens for my desk. Soap dishes make for great ring holders while doing the dishes (or in my case, they are home to my engagement ring when I sleep). For “real” storage I recently picked up some acrylic treys from the Container Store and used it for my nail lacquers, make-up, and bedside tchachkis. It looks much sleeker and gets the job done! How do you get creative with your storage woes? Do share.