April 21, 2015

Hotel Renew: Waikiki Beach Boutique Hotel

Hotel Renew is a modern beachside boutique hotel located in Waikiki and just steps away from Waikiki beach, and the many shops and restaurants.  There is a $25 boutique fee that includes many privileges such as a daily continental breakfast and happy hour at Lounge Renew, WiFi access, DVD rental, beach gear rental, and more.  
The hotel has valet parking only.  We were a little confused by the sign we saw as we approached the hotel, so we actually drove up a ramp to find that it was not the valet area.  The hotel sits on a corner so all you need to do is stop in front of the hotel and the valet person will be there to help you.

Once we entered the hotel, it was a whole different experience.  We were pleasantly welcomed by the person at the front desk and given cold, fresh scented towels and orange/pineapple juice to enjoy.  I can’t explain how refreshing that cold towel was!

The rooms have a clean, contemporary, modern look.  There was a nice sitting area at the entrance of the room and an umbrella to use during our stay, and available for purchase.

We stayed in the Premier Ocean View King room, which had a window that looked right out to the ocean.  We checked in a little late so we were able to enjoy the beautiful sunset from our room. 

They also have an aroma concierge that allows you to customize the scent of your room.  Shortly after we reached our room, someone came by to drop off the scented diffuser sticks.  We chose the Isola scent, which consisted of lovely floral scents.  The scent was light, just enough to give our room that sweet floral smell. 

It was so nice to wake up to the beautiful ocean view.  They also have a radio that plays soothing ocean sounds, which made it even more relaxing.  It was hard to get out of bed but we couldn’t miss the continental breakfast at Lounge Renew.

After breakfast we walked to Waikiki Beach and spent the morning there.  We had a wonderful time.  I would definitely recommend Hotel Renew if you plan to visit Oahu or live here and plan to have a staycation.

Dress: c/o Patty's Closet | Shoes: Sam Edelman (Nordstrom)

For more information on Hotel Renew, visit here! 

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Hotel Renew
129 Paoakalani Avenue
Hononlulu HI 96815
Reservations: 1-844-HTL-RNEW (1-844-485-7639)
Hotel Direct: 1-808-687-7700

Thank you to Hotel Renew for our complimentary stay.

April 17, 2015

Rocksbox Silver Jewelry

Disclosure: The jewelry pieces below were received for review purposes only.

We received another set of Rocksbox that included the lovely silver pieces shown below.  
I love the versatility of the Kendra Scott necklace.  I ended up keeping that and the 
Wanderlust + Co ring.

 Top: Gap | Jeans: 7 For All Mankind | Sandals: Steve Madden (Piperlime)

Dress: Eden In Love | Sandals: Steve Madden (Piperlime)

Kendra Scott Rayne Necklace in Silver Slate Cat's Eye

Wanderlust + Co Box-PavĂ© Silver Cuff & Orbit Silver Ring

Rocksbox is a membership-based jewelry service that allows you to borrow jewelry before you buy them.  For only $19/month, members receive a box of three designer jewelry pieces based on their style profile.  You can keep your box of jewelry and wear them for as long as you like.  When you are ready to return them, a new set of three will be sent to you.  You pay the same membership fee regardless of how often you exchange your box.  If you love a piece and want to purchase it, keep it when you return your box and you will be billed at the member’s price shown on your packaging list.
We're always excited to see what will be in our next Rocksbox!  You'll love it!

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April 15, 2015

Mastey Hair Care

Disclosure:  The products below were received free of charge for review purposes. 

Mastey hair products are eco-friendly and made from natural ingredients and plant-based moisturizers, leaving your hair feeling very soft and silky.  Because of my hair type, I am very particular about the shampoos and conditioners I use.  It’s hard for me to find products that actually leave my hair feeling soft, without tangles.  I was very impressed with Mastey.  I could already tell when I started to use it that I would love it.  I also love the leave-in conditioner.  It didn’t feel sticky, like other leave-in conditioners do.  My hair is straight, but sometimes I like the look of soft curls.  The volumizing foam is perfect for that.  It adds volume and includes argan oil and olive oil so it protects your hair from thermal damage.
Mastey products provide the following:
100%  Vegan:  Made with absolutely no animal based products!
No PPD: Less irritation or allergic reactions.
No Ammonia:  Ammonia can damage hair. 
Rich in Antioxidants:  Includes grape seed extract to our line of hair color and products, which means longer lasting color.
For more information visit http://www.mastey.com/.

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April 13, 2015

The Equus Hotel

This past weekend, we had a relaxing staycation at the Equus Hotel.  Equus Hotel is a family owned boutique hotel located on the outskirts of Waikiki.  The great thing about it is that they are in walking distance of Ala Moana Beach Park and Ala Moana Shopping Center, Oahu's largest shopping mall.  We walked to the mall, did some shopping, had dinner, then walked back.  It was nice to be able to walk back and relax in the comfortable beds in our 'City View Double' room.  All of their guestrooms include complimentary WI-FI, a refrigerator, safe, coffee, and more.  They also have a pool and patio area to relax at.

 Dress: c/o Patty's Closet | Sandals: Piperlime (Steve Madden)

 Dress: c/o Patty's Closet | Sandals: Macy's

The Equus Hotel also offers their guests complimentary Polo tickets and transportation every Sunday during the season, which is from April through September.  The polo matches are held at the Hawaii Polo Club on Oahu’s beautiful North Shore.  Unfortunately, we had a prior engagement and were unable to attend.

For more information on The Equus Hotel, visit here
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The Equus Hotel
1696 AlaMoana Blvd
Honolulu, HI 96815

Thank you to The Equus Hotel for our complimentary stay.

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April 11, 2015

Just Live Leggings

Disclosure: The leggings below were received free of charge for review purposes.

I just started doing Yoga again so these leggings couldn’t come at a better time.  I also enjoy hiking and received them just in time for my recent Lanikai Pillbox hike.  

Ink Swirl print

Just Live leggings come in a variety of styles and colors and are quality made and reasonably priced.  They are so soft and comfortable and made of their own proprietary fabric blend YOLON, named after the “You Only Live Once” philosophy, and provide the following:
  • Breathable
  • 4-Ways Stretchable
  • Stain Resistant
  • UPF Protected (So, your yoga pants are not see through)
  • Fast-Drying
  • Antimicrobial
  • Waterproof
  • Virtually Odor Proof

JustLive is currently involved in Kickstarter.  Kickstarter helps people bring their creative projects to life.  Project creators set a funding goal and deadline and those who like the idea and want to support the project can pledge money to make it happen.  Receiving the funding from Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing deal.  Projects must meet their funding goals to receive any money.

When Just Live meets their goal, they will use the money to furthering their R&D to develop even better leggings.  They will also use the money to bring Just Live clothing to a national market.  They currently have a loyal following of customers in the Miami and South Florida market. 

For more information, visit Just Live and Kickstarter.

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April 9, 2015

FORWARD Publication by Ward Village

A New Quarterly Lifestyle Publication by Ward Village
Last night, my friend, blogger of Hawaii Mom Blog, and I attended Ward Village’s Forward Journal Launch Party.  We had a wonderful time with great company and good food, not to mention the amazing view. 
Ward Village, located across of Ala Moana Beach Park, is Honolulu’s newest contemporary village and a community in itself.  They have many specialty shops, restaurants, and even residences.  If you live in Hawaii, or visit Hawaii, be sure you visit Ward Village and pick up your copy of FORWARD!

Top & Sandals: Zara | Boyfriend Jeans: 7 For All Mankind | Sunglasses: Marc by Marc Jacobs

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April 7, 2015

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is such a beautiful and fun place.  I love the beach and I love amusement parks so it couldn’t be more perfect.  My kids were also excited to be there and had a lot of fun playing games, miniature golf, and laser tag.  They also enjoyed the rides, and so did I.  We spent the day there and didn’t have time to do everything we wanted to but we had so much fun! 

 Romper: Old Navy | Sandals: Free People | Bag: Kate Spade

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