Happy Hump Day Lovelies,
The next three weeks, I am going to share part of our Hawaii trip as well as this and that. I will consolidate Hawaii into one page on the blog, but figure I will spoon it out rather than doing a data dump 🙂
GUTS & GOODNESS
So, I said that Hawaii is not my favorite – place of truth. I also said, I hope gracefully, that I believe in liking what you like. Not liking what you don’t. Just be kind doing it.
So, it wasn’t my favorite; that doesn’t mean we didn’t have a lovely time. And, that it isn’t an amazing place that I can totally understand as a place of dreams. It is gorgeous and we were lucky to stay at two fabulous resorts.
If you are looking for luxury and lounging, then the Four Seasons Maui is your place. It is absolutely gorgeous, top notch service, beautiful pools and full staffed beach services (complimentary loungers, umbrellas, sunscreen, water, etc.). They also offered free cultural activities which we took full advantage of – palm frond weaving and lei making. You can see Eva’s lei to the left. Every restaurant was amazing and the accommodations – top notch. I have not stayed anywhere else in Wailea, but I can highly recommend the Four Seasons with no issue. Only thing I did notice was it mostly catered to couples or families with smaller kiddos. Not too many teens were around.
We moved to Kaanapali after four nights and moved into the new Hokupaa tower of the Westin. We have never been there before but our friends said that the it was a huge improvement over the older towers. In addition, you receive access to the Lanai which is a fun, trendy sundeck and restaurant/lounge open exclusively to Tower Members. The photo of us at the top of this post was taken from the Lanai. They served a small breakfast as well as a cultural dish tasting at lunch and dinner.
There were games to play and the view were endless. Aside from the Tower, the resort was very nice and consistent with other Westin properties. Kaanapali has a lot more action than Wailea and there were a lot of teens and families at the many resort hotels along the beach. Whaler’s Village next door had very cute shops and restaurants. Unlike the Four Seasons, there were charges for beach chairs and umbrellas as well as pool cabanas and some chair areas.
The one downside to both resorts was that you had to get up really early to get a pool lounger. I was up by 5 a.m. to get a spot at the Four Seasons. The last day, I got the only oceanview pool cabana left out of probably 30 spots. Same at the Westin.
GLAMOUR & GRACE- READ THIS CAREFULLY
I was going to post another item but then got inspired by the reaction from the girls at my orthodontist office about my sneakers. Here’s the deal – I love the Golden Gooses and P448s. However, a) I am very hesitant to pay $500 for a pair of sneakers (GG) and b) I am a half size with fairly narrow feet so GG and P448s do not fit. Now, here is touch of grace thrown in to this post. I strive for open and honest and I hope I have done that gracefully below 🙂
I love Dolce Vita Zina sneakers. They are $125 and under and come in lots of different styles right now. With that said, a flaw has been reported in several reviews and I experienced it. Where the shoe bends, right before my toes, the sole is separating a little bit on one side of both pairs of shoes!!! I am going to get some Shoe Goo to fix. I love them even with the separation. However, I can only recommend purchasing from Nordstrom (not the other stores linked below – I only did that to show different styles) as you can return them with no questions asked if you experience the problem. It honestly will not deter me from buying them as it doesn’t bother me much. I will report back on the Shoe Goo but my guess is many of you will pass as who wants to pay $100 if a shoe is going to separate? I hope by they figure it out!