TGIF! I’m so happy to see this weekend, because Dane and I are happily relaxing on Maui for a long weekend getaway. If you’re wondering what Judy + Bill are up to, you can read about my secret to traveling so often as a dog owner. Trust me, they are happy as can be! We have big plans this weekend to RELAX first and foremost, but will hopefully see some whales, eat delicious food and visit with friends who live here. All of my previous Maui posts can be found here if you’re interested or planning a trip of your own, but for now – let’s dive into my favorites of the week!
1. This week has been a mixed bag of weather here in Honolulu – super hot, chilly, cloudy and rainy. And of course, I mean chilly by Hawaii standards – but it was 59 degrees when I woke up one morning! Needless to say, I crawled back in bed. That’s practically snowing for me! I haven’t seen temperatures like that for a really long time. Moving back to the mainland will be a huge adjustment some day! All of this to say, my workout routine has been out of whack, which I think has thrown me for a bit of a loop. I’ve only gotten in two runs and the rest have been indoor Youtube videos (my favorites under 1 hour). If you’re someone who swears by indoor workouts, send me your favorites!
2. I’ve been getting a fair amount of questions about my hair lately and a full post is coming – I promise! Some of you ask how I tame this mane when it comes to curling. Lucky for all of you, when I first got my curling wand, I made a video. I promise, I became less awkward about it, but my love for this particular wand hasn’t stopped! It’s definitely a bit of an investment, but right now it’s 20% OFF (!!) which makes it a little bit more affordable. I’ve had my wand for nearly 3 years and it works just as well today as the day I took it out of the box, so I think it’s 100% worth it. Plus, when I’m using such hot temperatures on my hair, I want a product I feel confident isn’t going to singe off my tresses.
3. On Tuesday, Dane and I got to attend the new opening of Morimoto Asia in Waikiki and spent time with the Iron Chef himself, creating a 60 foot sushi roll, which was so fun, and I shared a bunch of the fun over on my Instagram (saved to highlights!) Chef Morimoto is just as kind, humorous and talented as he appears on any television show you’ve ever seen. His food is a true work of art and the restaurant (located in the newly renovated Alohilani) is a direct reflection of that. I would highly recommend checking it out if you’re local or planning a trip!4. Valentine’s Day marked 13 years since my grandfather passed away. He was such a vibrant personality and most days it seems like a lifetime ago, but others it seems like just yesterday. The irony of him passing on his least favorite day is not lost on me or anyone in my family. My mom’s dad, he was the father of three girls and four grandchildren, a Navy veteran, avid golfer, receipt saver, cigar smoker, woodworker and perpetual jokester. He could also fix literally anything (appliances to cars, kid toys to plumbing), which always left me (and so many others) in awe. In so many ways, I wish he was physically around to see me “grow up”, but in other ways I know he is – like when I unexpectedly crank one down the fairway or figure out how to remedy something on my car. I can practically hear him clapping and laughing in the background and it makes my heart swell. 5. And finally – I discovered Auds and Ends on Instagram, since Audrey is a fellow Hawaii dweller and I just love a good play on names! . She makes the most adorable Hawaii-style hats and even has a whole collection of hats for brides and bridal parties, plus a selection for kids too 🙂 If you’re in the market for a little tropical inspiration and some adorable product to go along with it, be sure to give her shop a visit!
Okay so let’s talk – how was your week? How did you celebrate Valentine’s Day – something low key or out and fancy?! Are you doing anything fun this weekend? Give me all the details!