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Exploring Hulihe’e Palace in Kailua-Kona

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wearing: sun hat c/o Chico’s / bold silver earrings c/o Chico’s / summer lipstick / sunglasses (avl in prescription) / bold convertible necklace c/o Chico’s / black tee c/o Chico’s / palm print kimono c/o Chico’s (on major sale!!) / black slim fit pants c/o Chico’s / bold blue bracelet c/o Chico’s / summer nail polish / woven handbag c/o Chico’s / gold ankle bracelet / black espadrilles (super comfy!)

One of the first things I wanted to do when we arrived in Hawaii, was to show and teach my children some Hawaiian history. After breakfast on our second day on the Big Island of Hawai’i, my husband and I took the kids out to tour the grounds and buildings of the famous Hulihe’e Palace.

We took a few family photos around the grounds until 10am when the first tour was supposed to start. Unfortunately they didn’t have a docent available, so we ended up doing the self guided tour. It was incredible to view the interior of the Palace, and learn the history behind Hawaii’s last royal family; and the grounds themselves. I wish we were allowed to take photos inside the Palace, but they only allowed outdoor photography. Boo!

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My kids enjoyed seeing the Hulihe’e Palace, and learning the local history. It was fun to learn that the Prince had studied in San Mateo, and ended up having a San Francisco Bay Area connection. The museum included a large amount of historical facts and items, including what happened to the monarchy of Hawai’i. The self-guided tour took us close to an hour to read through and absorb. It was truly amazing, and a must-do if you ever visit the Big Island of Hawai’i.

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Since we were doing a lot of walking, I was so happy to have a comfortable outfit which had an island theme. These pants and this tee were the perfect canvas for this amazing kimono from Chico’s. I received so many compliments from both tourists and locals alike! This kimono was the hero piece of my look, and it was so much fun to wear! If you are looking for one fabulous piece this summer to get you into a vacation vibe, this is it! Plus, it’s on major sale, love that!

If you visit Kona, don’t miss touring the Palace! It’s on beautiful lands, and the history is just incredible. It is so important to learn about the places you visit around the world, otherwise, what’s the point?

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Thanks for stopping by, and stay tuned for more coverage from Hawaii!

Aloha!

Cathy

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Packing for Hawaii with Chico’s

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The perfect luau outfit for Hawaii: sun hat / woven tote bag / palm print dress / convertible statement necklace / statement earrings / wedges /

I’m packing for a trip to Hawaii today, and thankfully it is really easy to do! As you know, I am a huge fan of Chico’s. They have in-house artists who create the beautiful, exclusive prints you can find on Chico’s scarves and clothing. So when we started to plan our family vacation to Hawaii, I knew Chico’s would be my go-to source for island-ready prints, fabrics, and style.

When packing for a trip, it’s always important to make sure you pack clothing and accessories which can be mixed and matched. This cute little woven tote by Chico’s is perfect for travel. It can be worn two different ways depending on the outfit and/or activity. There is a detachable strap which can be worn over the shoulder, or cross body. This is great for travel since it is always nice to be able to be hands-free. It can also be worn hand-held, or on the arm with the strap detached. This is a great look for dinner, the pool, or the beach. The interior offers a zipper pocket and two slip pockets which are perfect for a phone, and other small items. The woven texture offers a tropical vacation vibe too. It’s the perfect handbag for Hawaii and summer vacation! Love!

I know you have heard it from me before, but Chico’s has the best convertible necklaces. This convertible necklace can be worn three ways. The top layer can be detached and worn close to the bottom of the neck. The bottom layer can be detached, and offers an adjustable 18″ drop with a statement. Of course, both strands worn together offers a huge statement; and isn’t it fun to be bold?! Love it! I picked up the matching earrings too in order to complete the look. I don’t need to pack any other necklaces or earrings, these will carry me through the entire week! Love that!

The first outfit pictured above, will be my luau outfit. The outfit below will be perfect for sightseeing and dinner on the beach.

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Hawaiian beach dinner outfit: wedges / ombre dress / blue print scarf / convertible statement necklace / statement earrings / blue bracelet / sun hat / woven tote bag /

This blue ombre dress from Chico’s is absolutely beautiful! I love the shades of blue, and it looks amazing with this floral print scarf worn around the waist as a belt. Of course I am pairing it with my convertible necklace, statement earrings, woven tote, and this fabulous sun hat from Chico’s. This outfit will be perfect for sightseeing, and dinner on the beach. For sightseeing, it can be worn with flip flops or flat shoes, and for dinner, wedges dress it up!

When packing for a trip, it is always a good idea to bring basics which can be worn multiple times, multiple ways. The black pants below by Chico’s are really comfortable, and versatile for travel! I am pairing them with a classic black, v-neck tee for a base look. It can be worn with an island print kimono (mine is currently on major sale) or with a scarf worn as a belt. That’s already two outfits in one! The pants and tee can be paired with flat shoes for sightseeing, wedges for dinner, or sneakers for an aggressive walking schedule. These pants, and this tee, are a must-have for travel!

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Sightseeing look for Hawaii: sun hat / palm print kimono (on major sale!) / statement earrings / statement convertible necklace / blue bracelet / black v-neck tee / black pants / woven tote bag / wedges / Alternate sightseeing look below: blue print scarf / black mules /

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I’m excited to pack all these versatile pieces for our family trip to Hawaii. Stay tuned! There will be plenty of Hawaiian vacation coverage here on the blog in the coming week, as well as on my Instagram where you can follow along via Insta-stories. If you are planning a trip to Hawaii, or anywhere this summer, be sure to check out Chico’s Traveler’s collection as well as all of their fabulous prints! They are the perfect vacation destination!

Check out my Chico’s look from NYFW, and my Traveler’s Collection looks from last summer’s Seattle trip.

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO
Cathy

*thank you to Chico’s for sponsoring this post, all thoughts and opinions are my own

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Carefree kimono

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wearing: blue resin hoop earrings / prescription sunglasses / summer lipstick / white v-neck tee (comes in several colors-love!) / blue print kimono / black snake belt / classic blue jeans / summer nail polish / PVC tote bag / silver bracelet stack / black mules /

There is nothing like summer vacation! I can work any time of day, and my kids have schedules that are so light, I feel like I am in a dream! If you have kids, you know what it’s like to spend all your time taxiing your kids around town. With three kids, I feel like I am always going somewhere, and I am always juggling conflicting schedules! Summer vacation alleviates all of that. Love!

Since summer vacation also means my teacher friends aren’t at work, I get to spend time with my good friend Dawn. We spent an entire morning wandering around Valley Fair, picked up a dress for Dawn at Nordstrom, enjoyed too many dumpling at Din Tai Fung, and of course, snapped pictures of each other! haha It was a ton of fun!

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Dawn and I posing together while taking our outfit photos. Check out her blog at FashionShouldBeFun.com

Kimono’s are one of my favorite “outfit enhancers” during the spring and summer months. I love throwing one over a basic tee and jeans for a put together look. The base outfit is really one of my go-to looks, and it is super comfortable. I love how this kimono makes it look like I put some effort into the outfit; haha, I really didn’t! I feel like everyone needs at least one kimono in their closet, and it’s entirely possible I own three. . .mmmm. . .but I digress. . .

What is your favorite way to spice up a basic and comfortable look during the warmer months?

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Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO

Cathy

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