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Maui

Sunset and a Baby Bump at the Grand Wailea

We spent the first 5 days of our trip at the Sheraton Maui, which is located in Lahaina. We had an amazing view from our room. It was so nice to wake up and see the water each morning. We settled into a routine of lounging for a bit, working out, breakfast and then heading to the beach or pool for a few hours. It was seriously the most relaxing time. Other than a day trip to Lanai (read more here), that was the extent of our adventures. Well, except for Jim’s swim out to and jump off of the black rock one afternoon. Luckily he snuck it in while I wasn’t with him or I would have been worried!

 

After our stay at the Sheraton Maui, we ventured to the Grand Wailea for 3 nights. I thought the Sheraton Maui was sprawling, but the Grand Wailea was massive and majestic and decked out for the holidays. The first night we headed to dinner at Monkeypod. It was so good that we returned again on our last night! I highly recommend it. Have the strawberry pie for dessert.

 

It was an incredible trip that we won’t soon forget. We even talked about making it an annual vacation!

 

Our family tradition is to exchange gifts on Christmas Eve Eve. I won’t be there tonight to celebrate with my parents and brother. Merry Christmas Mom, Dad and Zack!! I miss you guys!!

 

A Hawaiian Sunset

Sunset at the Grand Wailea

Holidays at the Grand Wailea Holidays at the Grand Wailea

The Chapel at Grand Wailea

Hawaiian Coastline

Rainbows in Hawaii

Day Trip to Lanai

Hole #12 at Manele Bay

 

dress: splendid (non-maternity, also seen here); flip flops: havianas; hat: too old to remember; necklace: purelife; bracelets: david yurman (herehere and here); rings; david yurman, catbird nyc (here and here); sunglasses: warby parker

 

Yesterday we took a day trip to the island of Lanai. There are multiple ferries each day; we chose to get up early and catch the 6:45am ferry and were golfing at The Challenge at Manele Bay by 8:30am.  Okay, Jim was golfing and I was settling into my role as caddy/photographer. The course is beautiful…ocean views from almost every hole. Afterwards we had the best meal of our trip and a couple of refreshing drinks at the clubhouse restaurant before checking out the beach at the Four Seasons Lanai. We even saw three whales on our ferry trips! It was a great day and definitely worth an early morning and the transportation costs. I’d highly recommend it if you’re looking for a short escape from Maui.

 

Hole #12 at Manele Bay

 

Golfing at Manele Bay

 

Shadows golfing at Manele Bay in Lanai

 

Golfing at The Challenge at Manele Bay Lanai

 

Golfing at The Challenge at Manele Bay Lanai

 

View of the beach in the distance

 

Beach at the Four Seasons Lanai

 

Beach at the Four Seasons Lanai

How to Pack for a Beach Vacation

how to pack for a beach vacation

Happy Monday! While most of the US is headed into winter, I’m lucky to be taking a pre-Christmas trip to Hawaii for some time in the sun and sand. A little babymoon of sorts. I always carry on my luggage, but it can be difficult to narrow down your wardrobe to those essentials for a weeklong beach vacation. Here’s how to pack for a beach vacation, pregnancy or not.

 

for the flight: a pair of comfy leggings (non-maternity here), a long sleeved tee and sweater to keep warm and a tote that can double as a beach bag

for the beach: a classic black bikini, sunglasses and a fedora

shoes: favorite flip flops, sandals in a neutral shade (less expensive option here) and heels to pair with a dress, jeans or shorts

tops: drapey tank tops in neutrals (black and white), a graphic tee (also love these), chambray shirt (can be worn alone with jeans and shorts or over a tee and tank) and a basic grey tee

bottoms: white jeans to show off your tan (maternity option here) and a pair of denim shorts (non-maternity these)

dresses: three maxi dresses in a variety of neutrals (black, navy (or green) and navy/grey striped) and a black dress for going out

active: 2-3 tanks and pairs of these and nike frees (lightweight and easy to pack)

accessories: don’t leave home without your leopard clutch and a dainty ring and necklace (leave the statement jewelry at home for this trip)

 

While you’re drinking hot chocolate to warm up, follow me on Instagram to catch a glimpse of the beach!

Travel 10

When Mackenzie posted about the 10 places she’d like to travel a couple of weeks ago, I was inspired to put together my own list. A mix of places I’ve never been and old favorites I’d like to return to.

 

Banff National Park

1. Banff National Park

Clear, blue/turquoise water gets me every time. Every photo I’ve seen of Banff is beautiful. I’d love to explore the area hiking and out on that water.

 

PCH Road Trip

2. Pacific Coast Highway Road Trip

I’ve always been fascinated with a road trip along Pacific Coast Highway between LA and San Francisco. Road trips can be a lot of fun and what better place than along the coast of California?

 

Santorini

3. Santorini

Although we visited Athens and the area around Pilos, Greece a few years ago, I really want to visit one of the islands. Santorini is my top choice; the white buildings against the blue water are stunning.

 

Maui

4. Maui

Fortunately we’ll be visiting Maui in December for a week of relaxation. Although I’ve been before, I’m excited to return. Relaxing on the beach, eating fresh pineapple and fish, and sipping frozen cocktails are all in my not so distant future.

 

Zion National Park

5. Zion National Park

We camped in Zion National Park a few years ago and it remains one of my favorite vacations. The views are amazing. I’d love to return and hike The Narrows, a route that requires you to get wet.

 

Patagonia

6. Patagonia

After watching a documentary about Patagonia a few years ago (180 South), I fell in love with the area and added it to my travel wish list. The mix of mountains and water, activity and relaxation can’t be beat.

 

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7. Charleston

I met Annie at Alt Summit in June and have been following her on Instagram ever since. She posts the best photos of Charleston, which make me want to visit more and more every day!

 

Maldives

8. Maldives

Doesn’t everyone want to stay in a hut over the water once in their life? For mine, I’d choose the Maldives. As the lowest country in terms of elevation, experts predict the islands will cease to exist in the future. It would be great to visit before that happens.

Havasu Falls

 

9. Havasupai Falls

Havasupai Falls is the beauty that awaits after an 11 mile hike down the Grand Canyon. I didn’t even know it existed until I heard some friends talking about it a few years ago. Although the hike would be strenuous, the reward would be well worth it.

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10. Australia

Australia is a big country so I’d need to narrow it down a bit, but I’d love to spend two weeks traveling around. The hiking opportunities combined with sightseeing some of the major cities sounds like a perfect balance to me.

Some of my favorite places I’ve visited include Switzerland, Spain, Italy, Napa, and Maine. What’s on your travel wish list?