TGIF! Happy Friday, everyone! It seems like Dane and I have been in one continuous stream of work week after we both worked through the weekend last week, so I am extra excited for a little R&R this weekend together. Now if only we could get this crazy Honolulu weather to cooperate. Seriously, I think we’ve had 1 or 2 sunny days in all of 2018 so far. It’s been cold (by Hawaii standards…in the 50s some mornings!), wet and gloomy – no fun! In any case, here’s to hoping that celebrating Spring this week is the stimulus Mother Nature needs to bring the sun to all of us. What do ya think?! Without further delay, let’s chat about my week, some favorites and more in this week’s 5 on Friday!
1. This week I got to head to one of my favorite local coffee joints TWICE. Once to meet the beautiful Kat and the other to link up with Instagram friend turned real life friend Amber! I love getting to mix and mingle with island friends and internet friends, so if you’re ever in town….give me a holler! I’ll definitely try my best to meet up with ya 🙂
When I posted this photo on Instagram, I got lots of questions about the jeans and shoes. Shoes are old Anthropologie and jeans are old GAP factory. Neither of which I can find online – sorry 🙁
2. All good hair days need to be documented, right? I was feeling this mermaid look on Tuesday, so I snapped a photo to send to my friend Casey who introduced me to this magic spray. Safe to say I’ll be using it from here on out. Also, can you tell I literally snapped it on my way out – total real life in the background. The wax I swear by, medicated dog toothpaste and brush and an almost-gone toilet paper roll just chilling! #lifeunfiltered
3. I read the most insightful article this week that was a peek behind the curtain on what it means to be a travel writer or blogger. I think sometimes people think that travel writers are always traveling or always living in this dreamy world of nonstop luxury trips. If this is you – give this article a read!
Drone shot by Dane during a moody day on Oahu’s South Shore
4. When I found out about the death of the last male northern white rhino this week – I teared up! I was cleaning something in our kitchen and Dane texted me saying he had passed away and I stopped what I was doing to look at photos and I cried! Sudan was a 45 year-old rhino living in Kenya and had been monitored closely by veterinarians and conservationists. From Ol Pejeta Conservancy’s Instagram page:
“Sudan was being treated for age-related complications that led to degenerative changes in muscles and bones combined with extensive skin wounds. His condition worsened significantly in the last 24 hours; he was unable to stand up and was suffering a great deal. The veterinary team from the Dvůr Králové Zoo, Ol Pejeta and Kenya Wildlife Service made the decision to euthanize him.
Sudan will be remembered for his unusually memorable life. In the 1970s, he escaped extinction of his kind in the wild when he was moved to Dvůr Králové Zoo. Throughout his existence, he significantly contributed to survival of his species as he sired two females. Additionally, his genetic material was collected yesterday and provides a hope for future attempts at reproduction of northern white rhinos through advanced cellular technologies. During his final years, Sudan came back to Africa and stole the heart of many with his dignity and strength. “We on Ol Pejeta are all saddened by Sudan’s death. He was a great ambassador for his species and will be remembered for the work he did to raise awareness globally of the plight facing not only rhinos, but also the many thousands of other species facing extinction as a result of unsustainable human activity. One day, his demise will hopefully be seen as a seminal moment for conservationists world wide,” said Richard Vigne, Ol Pejeta’s CEO.
Unfortunately, Sudan’s death leaves just two female northern white rhinos on the planet; his daughter Najin and her daughter Fatu, who remain at Ol Pejeta. The only hope for the preservation of this subspecies now lies in developing in vitro fertilisation (IVF) techniques using eggs from the two remaining females, stored northern white rhino semen from males and surrogate southern white rhino females.”
Photo Credit: Ami Vitale for CNN
5. If you missed any of this week’s post, be sure to check out:
Brown Butter Ghee Cookie Bars (With Delicious Icing!) – a recipe Dane swears is the best thing I’ve ever made!
Life Lately via my iPhone – no fancy photo edits here, but I kind of love this post and hope to do more 🙂
Dairy Free Lobster Risotto – a delicious meal that can impress friends + family that comes together in a SNAP!
And I think that about wraps things up! What are you plans for this weekend? Thoughts on the death of Sudan? A product you can’t stop using? Tell me everything!