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Beach, Please: Why I Love Hawaii

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Roughly two weeks ago, I found myself feeling completely over winter. It was quite timely, then, that I had scheduled within a few days of this feeling an escape to warmer waters.

I’m in Oahu, Hawaii, an island I’ve been to several times already and adore like a second home. If you’ve never been, I highly recommend it because of the people, the food, and of course, the beaches. It’s an eleven-hour flight for me, which sounds horrendous, especially to go somewhere within the United States, but to me it’s worth it. Hawaii has a totally different vibe from the mainland United States — much more relaxed, friendly, and filled with that famous aloha spirit.

My top 10 things to do in Oahu are:

  1. Drink: fresh coconut water from road stands on the North Shore
  2. Play: in Lanikai beach, probably one of the prettiest beaches I’ve been to
  3. Visit: Haleiwa town on the North Shore
  4. Eat: at shrimp trucks on the North Shore, especially Dat Cajun Guy & Giovanni’s
  5. Eat: at Shirokiya Japan Village Walk, a beautiful newly renovated collection of Japanese food stalls that immerses you in Japanese culinary culture (chicken katsu curry! okonomiyaki!)
  6. Drive: through Oahu’s scenic highways, including Pali highway, I-H3, Likelike highway
  7. Watch: the gigantic waves at Ehukai beach, famous for the talented surfers that frequent it
  8. Shop: around the island: in Haleiwa town, in Waikiki, at Ala Moana mall
  9. Eat: at Crepes Na Ka’Oi, one of my favorite crepe places in the world
  10. Eat: (TIE) spam musubi at Musubi Cafe Iyasume & coco puffs at Liliha Bakery

What’s your favorite paradise getaway? And what makes it special? I’d love to hear ❤

(Lace dress from American Apparel, Bikini from Topshop, Hat from Ross, Sunglasses from ZeroUV, Phone case by Skinnydip London from Nasty Gal)

Street Art Of Ireland

I just made it back from a 10 day trip to Ireland for the holidays, and man, what a beautiful country!

I anticipated drinking lots of Guinness and Jameson (check and check), nursing a 10-day hangover (crisis avoided), and seeing the seriously stunning countryside, but what I didn’t anticipate was how absolutely gorgeous and plentiful Ireland’s street art is!

Dublin and Galway are filled with beautiful pieces of wall and door art, and here are just a few of my favorites:

Dublin:

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A parrot’s life for me! Layered bell sleeve blouse from Shein, Leather pants from H&M, Velvet booties from DSW
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See the stars in her eyes.

Galway:

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Gotta love a bit of grunge. Coat by BB Dakota, Blouse thrifted from Housing Works, Boots from River Island (on sale for 12 euro!)
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Shark week.
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Beeeee happy!
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The world is more colorful than you know.

Hope this explosion of colors brightened your day a bit like it brightened my whole week! Many thanks to the talented artists who put so much effort into making city streets more colorful; it’s so easy to get bogged down but the sometimes gray and dreary city lifestyle (especially on rainy days like today), but street art serves to make those days so much brighter.

As a result of this trip, two of my New Year’s resolutions are to seek out more color, and go exploring for the hell of it. On the latter point, I take New York City life for granted and have never gone wall art hunting before… however, I know there’s loads to see here. Thanks to the inspiring street art of Ireland, I’m going to try a little harder to make this giant city a home.

Happy New Year, friends ❤

If you know any of the above artists, please let me know so that I can give them due credit!