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Beautiful white sand beach on the Big Island of Hawaii

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Our trip to Hawaii’s Big Island was filled with a lot of sight-seeing, but we also made sure we had time to relax on the beautiful beaches near Kona. Since we were looking for beaches which were both relaxing and beautiful, we did a lot of research! We learned that one of the most beautiful beaches in Kona is Manini’owali along Kua Bay. It has white sand, black lava, and promises turtle and dolphin sightings. The beach is relatively straight, and offers an incredible view of the crystal clear blue waters of the Pacific Ocean.

This is a well maintained beach with restrooms, showers, and free parking. The sand is white, the water offers beautiful shades of blue, and the lava creates a fabulous contrast between the white sand, blue waters, and black rocks. The parking is along the road into the beach area, so be sure to wear flip flops or shoes from the car to the beach.

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There isn’t very much shade, but if you are lucky, you can grab a spot under the one tree we could find. It was directly in front of the picnic benches when you walk onto the beach, you can’t miss it! We sat there with two other families, and it was perfect!

The waves at Manini’owali Beach get stronger as the day progresses; so it’s calm in the morning, but after lunch, don’t try to swim or boogie-board unless you are an experienced swimmer. While there were plenty of visitors at the beach, I did not see a life-guard on duty. Make sure you can handle being in the water; especially with waves!

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While we didn’t spot any of the promised turtles or dolphins, there was a seal lounging on the beach, living his best life. The rangers even made sure his area was blocked off, so he could truly live the VIP life on the beach. Must be nice to be a seal! Haha

I was feeling a little bit tired, so while my husband took the kids swimming, I took a nap on the beach, under the tree. It was incredibly relaxing.

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Sometimes when you go on vacation, you just need to relax! That is exactly what we did at Manini’owali Beach. We swam, napped, and lived our best lives; just like the seal. We just didn’t have the roped off, VIP area like he did. haha

Thanks for stopping by!

Aloha!

Cathy

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Stripes and tie dye swimwear for summer 2019

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From left: Eugenia Kim hat (old, similar here) / sunglasses / blue tie dye cover up / PVC tote / blue and white stripe tankini /

I’m ready for summer! Now, if only we could get a few days with summer weather! I’m so excited to have my swimwear for summer 2019 already picked out, now I am ready for a beach day!

Swimwear for summer 2019 is fun, flirty, and bright this year. Designers and brands have created a plethora of stripes, and tie dye swimsuit styles for the summer 2019 season. In addition to stripes and tie dye, we are also seeing solid colors in bright hues. It’s going to be fun to see everyone’s swimwear on the beach this summer!

I love the tie dye trend, so I found this fun cover up which can be tied around the waist as a skirt, or around the shoulders for more of a dress look. Cover-ups which can be tied different ways are always fun on summer days!

Stripes are also a huge trend this year. While stripes are technically a classic pattern, they really took the runways by storm for the spring and summer seasons; so they have entered “trend” territory this year. I love stripes! Since modest swimwear is my jam, I am excited to have found this blue and white striped tankini for the summer season.

My stripe tankini and tie dye cover-up will be paired with my huge floppy hat, and my favorite little PVC tote this summer for beach days, and pool parties. I can’t wait for the weather to warm up a bit!

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Have you shopped for your summer swimwear yet? If so, which trends do you plan to look for in your swim look? Do you prefer, stripes, tie dye, or solid colored styles?

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO
Cathy


Affordable swimsuit cover up for the beach

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wearing: blue tassel earrings c/o BaubleBar / YSL lipstick / blue print affordable swimsuit cover up (under $20!) / black and white striped bikini / rose gold cuff / summer blue nail polish / wooden watch (30% off today only!) / handbag / beige wedge espadrilles (old, also love this pair under $100)

Beach season is here! Don’t let the morning fog in these photos fool you; it turned out to be a beautiful day at Capitola Beach! Over the weekend, we took the kids to the beach. We stopped at Zelda’s first for brunch; they have the best hot chocolate! Then, the kids built a little sand town on the beach while I dove into a new book. My friend Laura from Have-Need-Want lives close-by, so she walked over to the beach to say hi! My teen daughter loved meeting her baby. So fun!

This affordable swimsuit cover up, which doubles as a dress, was perfect for the day. It was easy to wear to brunch, for a stroll through town, and on the beach! With high heel sandals, this cover up would make a cute sun dress for date night on a hot day! I love how versatile this affordable swimsuit cover up is for the summer months. Nothing beats pieces which can be used for multiple types of occasions. This cover up hits all the points!

If you are looking for a fabulous bikini, my black and white striped bikini is so comfortable, and I love the side ties! The cut is flattering; I am in love!

I love the look of wooden watches; especially in the summer! My favorite wood watch is on sale today for Amazon Prime Day. It is 30% off which is a great deal! I love how it plays so well with my handbag. Natural materials are so perfect for the summer!

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Don’t forget to check out my tips and tricks for navigating the upcoming Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. This is such a great time to save!!

Thank you for stopping by!

XOXO

Cathy

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