So you want to be a blonde…3 things to consider

Around the end of April I was really itching for a physical change. During May 2017, I got a beautiful blonde balyage treatment from my favorite O’ahu salon, Foundry, and I loved it so much that I booked an appointment at a salon in Fitchuburg, Wisconsin, to have the same thing done. Here’s what I originally was going for. That was the plan…until I was actually at the salon and my amazing hair stylist, Laura, mentioned Pia Mia and how fun the bleach blonde thing would be. As you may have seen on Instagram, I have now been a blonde for about three months and am absolutely loving it! Since making the change I’ve received lots of questions about the process, so I decided to put together a little post for anyone who may be thinking about changing up their hair. Here are a few things to consider: Cost. Going blonde is a process. And an expensive one, at that. It took Laura and I three visits (about 12 hours total!) to get me from my natural brown color to white blonde. And guys, my hair took to the bleach pretty easily. AKA it could easily take longer and require […]

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Galentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day one and all! This is my first single Valentine’s Day literally I think ever…or at least since elementary school. I’m not saying that to be annoying, it’s just the strange honest truth. (And I think that in itself says something…jeez Katie, maybe try out the single life? I’m on it…work in progress.) Suffice it to say, I was extremely excited to celebrate my very first “Galentine’s Day” this year. Being in a relationship is great, of course, but I decided last fall that 2018 was going to be a year dedicated to nurturing my friendships. It’s kind of inevitable when you enter a new romantic relationship that your friendships are going to at least change, if not suffer. I dove headfirst into my last relationship and as a result unintentionally distanced myself from many of my closest friends (both emotionally and obviously in terms of physical distance. Hawaii is pretty dang far.) It’s been the most beautiful experience rekindling them since moving back to the Midwest. I feel so lucky that so many friendships fell right back into place with little effort. Going forward in life, I hope I never lose sight of how special and valuable […]

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Local Gifts Under $50

Hey guys! Ahhhhh finally after a few months the blog is back up running and I am so stoked! It’s about time. Happy to share that I’ve taken security measures and hopefully won’t have any issues or blog shutdowns anytime soon. Since it’s already a week before Christmas, I decided to put together a little list of some of my favorite local Hawaii products under $50 that would make great gifts. As you may know, I’m adamant about shopping local and always strive to support other businesses and artists through my blog. Hope these ideas give you some last minute gifting inspiration! 1. XIX Palms Wrap Top. XIX Palms is arguably my favorite local clothing brand. I can’t get enough of the gorgeous prints, soft fabrics, and beachy silhouettes. Wrap tops have become a favorite style of mine lately and this one is one of my all time favorites. It’s $55 via the XIX Palms website but if you sign up for their newsletter you get 10% off your first order, bringing the total down to just under $50. The Blanca wrap top is my favorite but I also love the Syrah wrap top. See more at the XIX Palms website. […]

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Flash Tattoos, Hawaii style

September is here, which means summer vacation is officially over and done with, the weather is getting ready to turn, and the leaves are preparing to change color. Unless you live in the Pacific, of course, where the summers are quite literally endless. I teamed up with Krome Body Hawaii this summer to showcase some of their awesome Hawaii themed flash tattoos. I never got into the flash tat trend, but the Hawaii exclusive collection stole my heart. Next I want to get my hands on the rose gold collection. They’re the perfect addition to any summer ensemble. Check out to see more – they even have an option to make custom tattoos! Amuse Society bikini. Spell Byron Bay bralette. D’Blanc sunnies. Kiele earrings.

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WCW: Emily and Eileen

Today, I’m doing something new – a Woman Crush Wednesday post featuring two of my favorite ladies to follow on Instagram. Let me know what you think in the comments below! Emily Ratajkowski – @emrata I’m sure you all know of Emily Ratajkowski, whether it be from Gone Girl or We Are Your Friends…this stunner has become an absolute internet sensation and it’s easy to see why – she is completely gorgeous! What I like most about Emily, though, is her fierce feminist outlook and her dedication to empowering other women. Because she came into the spotlight in large part due to her role in Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines music video, in which she dances around practically naked, she has unquestionably been cast as a sex symbol. It’s evident from her Instagram feed that she has embraced this aspect of her public identity but she refuses to be written off and categorized so easily. Aside from modeling and acting, she has been known to speak out about causes that are important to her, declaring that as a public figure it is her responsibility to take a public stand on political and social issues. Emily is also constantly speaking about female sexual […]

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SoCal by Storm

I spent a few days in Southern California mid-June and had the best time. As a native Californian, (I grew up in the Bay Area) the lack of time I’ve spent down south amazes me. It’s almost like an entirely separate state. While San Francisco will always have my heart, I couldn’t help but fall in love with the Los Angeles area as well. This trip started out in San Clemente where I had a couple of meetings to attend for work. This beach town is full of adorable shops and restaurants, plus beautiful beachfront. Ellie’s Table 120 Avenida Pico I highly recommend Ellie’s Table for breakfast. This fabulous cafe is located right next to an event space called the Casino where we had our meetings, so I went two mornings in a row for their heavenly Honey Vanilla Latte. The most difficult thing about your time spent at Ellie’s Table will be choosing from the never ending pastry selection. They have everything from scones and cookies to croissants and macarons – and they all look so good! South of Nick’s 110 N El Camino Real Another great spot I tried was South of Nick’s. This Mexican restaurant not only has an extensive […]

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