hawaii part 1

Thursday, July 19

I'm not even sure where to start! The week we were there completely blends together now and there's so many things that we loved. We stayed on Oahu and decided to split our time between Waikiki and the North Shore so that we could experience both the atmosphere of the city and the relaxed vibe of the slower paced beaches {where the roosters and peacocks roamed freely and occasionally had territorial staring contests}. During our stay we hiked up to Makapu'u Point and swam on the most beautiful beaches around the island, but our absolute favorite had to be Lanikai beach. I'm pretty sure that's the place where everybody goes to get that cliche tropical screensaver photo. You know, the one that makes your room feel like a dark hole because that stupid palm tree is giving you the side eye from your computer screen? Well the place actually exists.
We also went paddle boarding off of Waikiki beach and discovered that doing it on your own, as opposed to tandem boarding, typically results in much fewer coral injuries after the waves decide to have their way with you. So now we know for the next time we're paddle boarding together on a tropical island. HA.

It was so strange and sometimes achingly horrible to be without Everett when we were there, but to spend time with my husband {and such good friends} and reconnect without the distractions of work and baby and the stresses of everyday life was AH-MAZING.

---- P.S. My suit is from Seventh Wonderland and my hat is from J.Crew

104 comments:

The Bookness said...

So beautiful Syd.

The Bookness said...

A place I wish to be someday.

Ash said...

stunning- hawaii just does something to you, ya know?! and i LOVE paddleboarding! but i could never imagine going tandem... i feel like i would smack my hubby in the face with that paddle!

and yoga utilizing a banyan tree?! now why didn't i think of that?!

Carrie said...

Looks like sooo much fun! I can't wait to go to MAUI next month! Bring on more photos lady!!
Style in the City

eliza jane said...

your trip looks amaze! i am jelly! hopefully me and my studly hubby can get out there asap! i need some shirtless time with him... (shirtless on his end of course ;) i hope you had so much fun!

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Tania said...

So beautiful, I'm so jealous!! My room is a dark hole right now!

eliza jane said...

and your blondie friend looks like uma thurman!!!

Jessica Who? said...

i live in waikiki :) looks like you had a blast!

xx
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Alyssa said...

Looks like so much fun! There is nothing better then the beach!!

Miss Emily K. said...

SO beautiful!!!! Looks like you had so much fun :)

And I love you're bathing suit!

J+H @ Beyond The Stoop said...

SO jealous!! i'm in desperate need of a BEACH vacation... and by beach vacation i don't mean "down the shore" in new jersey. i'm so sick of new jersey beaches! overcrowded and not tropical. i need to see palm trees and be in a place where everyone is happy because they are in PARADISE!!

ahhh... you've got "the life" :D

the lovebirds said...

Looks like complete bliss! Take me to paradise!! Xo

Alex Halladay said...

Wait, didn't you just have a baby? How in the world does your bod look so good!? Lovely pictures. :)

Erica said...

You freakin earned that sweet vacay mama!!! And that one piece is KILLER amazing!

Erica

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iordanovs said...

It looks amazing! I love the rooster following the peacock, I bet he has major feather envy.

Lindsay said...

These are just gorgeous! Looks like you had an amazing time! And how cute is your travel style?!...love it!

I'm Sydney. said...

What beautiful pictures! And that suit is very cute!
So glad you had a good time! Hawaii is quite a magical place...

BRIGHTLIGHTS said...

Gorgeous photos!

Kelsey Nicole said...

These pictures are beyond breathtaking! Looks like you had an amazing time!

BronsonBloopers said...

Looks so dreamy!

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Cynthia B. said...

love these photos, makes me want to go back to Hawaii!

Marsa said...

Oahu is my home! Looking at your pictures made me miss it even more. I'm glad you tried an acai bowl. Aren't they the best? I used to work at a little cafe and had to make them too.
Glad you had a good time :)

holtkamp said...

so amazing! glad you guys got to go!

Alyssa Fraser said...

that white bathing suit is perfection. Too bad I live on Prince Edward Island, the land of red mud.

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Jessica, or Jet, Whatever You Prefer said...

Awesome photos! Annnd you look gorg in your swimsuit. Love it!

LANEA said...

I love your blog and I was born and raised here out in Hawaii :) I live in La'ie, and I must say looking through your pictures makes me want to go to Waikiki and get some good 'ol coldstone ice cream from the strip.

Maria Camila said...

Omg ABSOLUTLY AMAZING, seems like such a wonderful time so jealous :)

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Michelle said...

This looks like so much fun! We just got back from a week by the ocean too and you're making me miss it even more!

Jennifer said...

ALOHA! So glad that you had a great time and the weather here has been exceptionally wonderful this summer!

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Bree Holloway said...

Gahhh, Iwanttogotohawaiinow. <3
And your suit is adorable. And i can't believe you saw a peacock. !! :)

Jessica Broyles said...

Oh my gosh, the pictures are just amazing!! You look so great and tan, and I'm jealous of your awesome swimsuit!! I can tell you guys had a really wonderful time!

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Kelly said...

Fantastic pictures. The north shore is something else! I can't wait to get back there myself!

Lindsay [Elle Elizabeth] said...

Your photos make me ache for Hawaii! I loved every minute while I was there on my honeymoon :)

brittany said...

lovely!! you look amazing in that swimsuit. absolutely amazing.

brittany said...

lovely!! you look amazing in that swimsuit. absolutely amazing.

Tiffany said...

Incredibly beautiful. The best kind of vacation to be sure... the one(s) you love, great location, sunshine, and water!

Jaimie said...

That suit is so great! Can't wait to get to Hawaii someday.. Thanks for the vacation beauty for now!!

pretty little things said...

these photos are amazing -- and I love that bathing suit! xo

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Magdalena said...

I can't believe you'd a baby not so long ago, you look great!

Perpetuity said...

Omg you look fabulous in that suit! Tempting me to brake out of my bikini and give the one piece a shot!

Andrea Johnson said...

Lovin the bathing suit! Where can I get myself one of those??

Andrea

The Slice said...

Wow that bathing suit is going to sell out in an hour because of you!

Jess said...

Geez lady, I can only hope to look that good in a bikini after a baby one day! Ha! Beautiful pictures!

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Jamie Lynn said...

Looks like an amazing vacation :) By the way... oh my goodness gracious I am in loveee with your suit!

Ashlee said...

These photos are wonderful! You've managed to capture all of the little things that make a vacation special and memorable! I'm also in love with your swimsuit! Looking forward to part 2! <3

Zuley Blue said...

That suit is very nice. And it looks like you experienced alot!

Alison said...

It does look like a paradise. I can't believe I've never been.

JCHokie said...

Love your pictures, they're gorgeous. We're getting married in Maui in September and absolutely cannot wait!

yellowpinkies.com said...

Lovely pictures! It makes me want to go back to Hawaii!

Francis said...

Looks so relaxing. I can't wait to go to Hawaii one day soon. You are so much braver than me. My second is already 14 months and I have yet to let her spend the night somewhere else, other than with me.

The Pantry Drawer said...

i've never liked a 1-piece so much! very cute! and these pictures are amazing! so jealous

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Anne said...

Beautiful photos for us all to take a little mental vacation to hawaii with :) you white suit is so cute too!

MissPiggy said...

We had our honeymoon in Hawaii (doesn't everybody) and we LOVED it. I love that we can get to America...but it's only 10 hours away (unlike the 24 hours to NYC)!

Grace said...

BEYOND jealous of your photos. You captured the best moments :)

Grace
http://gracep-photos.blogspot.com

Adventures in Dressmaking said...

Beauitful stuff! We went to Oahu for our honeymoon last year and you captured it well. It's definitely a unique place!

jae said...

stunning pictures.

monkeyshines ♥ said...

beautiful captures!

Bises,
monkeyshines
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MyLyn said...

looks beautiful! p.s. seriously, HOW do you have such a hot bod after having a baby? i would LOVE for you to do a post about food, exercise and whatever else you do to look so good post baby!

laura said...

Hey! I think I know your friend! Lauren, right? I did photos for her and her family two years ago? I can't remember. It's been a while. They're a cute family! Your trip looks amazing!

Priya said...

Thanks for sharing these gorgeous pictures Sydney!! I haven't made it to Hawaii yet (not like I needed any more convincing) but it looks like an amaaazing time! Those purple clouds! That water! Those peacocks! Looks like a great trip!

Oh, and you're an absolute goddess in a white suit!

perfectly priya

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Luna said...

Hey Sydney!

Love, love these photos! You look gorgeous in that shot of you in the water. I just might have to get that swimsuit. And, that hat. Just kidding.

I also wanted to let you know I'm hosting my first giveaway for a white gold three feather peacock necklace and would like to invite you to enter (okay, I know you get a lot of free shit - haha). I love your site and it'd be such an honor!

http://www.theredtrousers.com/2012/07/prints-genies-gladiators-and-giveaway.html

xo,
Luna
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Kristina said...

Someone told me today that they were on their way to Hawaii for vacation, and I just blurted out, "Oh, I know someone who was just there. It looks so pretty." This was me speaking as if you were my best friend, haha! But anyways, I just wanted to let you know how much you truly inspire me, from your style, to your photography, to your amazing skill of being a wonderful wife and mother to the cutest baby ever. I just recently started a blog of my own. It doesn't have any "outfit posts" yet, I still need to figure that part out... but hopefully I can someday be as awesome as you are at it. :)

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Azrakun said...

total dream!

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Mint Gal said...

Lovely photos! I love Hawaii :)

-Carmen
Check out my blog at http://wearmint.blogspot.com/

Britney said...

Such an awesome trip! It's been kind of fun to see how close you and Lauren are and all the memories you're making together!
And holy. mother. of. all. THAT white one-piece is sooooooo sexy. I need that.

Risse said...

Suck beautiful photos! And that swimming suit is just beyond gorgeous!

The photos bring back so many memories from a few years back when I used to live on Oahu. Probably the greatest experience up to date for me.

Can't wait for the part 2!

Love,

R

Andrea said...

Oh my, this looks like absolute paradise!!!
xo Andrea
Wonderful and Marvelous

Johanna said...

ARGGGGGGGG we were totally there at the same time and I would have LOVED to have met you. Me all the way from lil ol New Zealand too. What are the odds. GRRR. Glad you had a fansastic time. You look super cute in your swimmers xx

marcella said...

amazing pics
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Jenn @ PSP said...

So incredibly gorgeous! Happy for you, that you got to get away, even though it was from your little one - I'm sure you kissed and hugged him enough to make up for lost time when you saw him : )

The Coattail Effect said...

looks like you guys had the time of your lives! love the pics with you and your hubby...so cute ^^

xx,
thecoattaileffect.blogspot.com

ZADIN said...

I'm glad to see you had so much fun.

Your swimsuit is gorgeous and flatters your figure.

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Anna D Kart said...

Glad you had a great!

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thankfifi said...

I was all set to leave a comment about Hawaii and wanting to visit, blah blah and THEEEN there was that photo of you in your suit...
You look so incredible! You look in such amazing shape and the suit is beautiful - I want it so bad now!


♥ ThankFifi

Kristen Marie said...

How did this trip come about? Hope you share the details:)

Anyafrommars said...

Wanna visit Hawaii! awesome

Vasilieva said...

every single shot is just gorgeous

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x

Jenny said...

If this isn't an advertisement to visit Hawaii then I don't know what is... you look stunning, Hawaii is stunning, just wow. xx

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Heidi said...

Looks like an amazing trip! Love your suit. -Heidi
http://fabricandfrosting.blogspot.no/

Anya Volkov said...

I am in LOVE with your one piece! You look amazing in it x

kelly summers said...

ugggggh i usually try to keep jealous at bay but i just can't!! i love hawaii so much. must go back sooon! haha thanks for sharing all your beautiful photos :)

Shannon Saunders said...

Wow!! Amazing photos...& thanks for the P.S...it's like you read my mind b/c once I saw that photo of that suit I had to know where it was from!! Now I want to go to Hawaii :)

Rachel Larson said...

Where did you get that white racer back tank and denim shorts!? I am looking for the perfect set everywhere!!!

Caroline♥ said...

I love your swimsuit Sydney! :)

Anna said...

gorgeous photos!! SO glad you had a blast. Now i'm aching to go to Hawaii...

Chelsea Alise said...

So glad you had fun! My hubs was stationed out in Pearl Harbor before we were married. I went out once and it's SO freaking gorgeous!

Rosie said...

Wow the picture of the big tree is just beyond amazing!!! You look so happy in those pictures!! =D

xoRosie
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Damaris Chamorro said...

Great pictures!

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jacobithegreat said...

Lovely. I was recently there and was quite amazed at the random chicken-ness.

Alison said...

Hey, that's Joe B! He's from my home ward, and he's currently my sister's sister-in-law's home teacher! That means you and I are *practically* real-life friends! Hahaha :D Score!

Aya said...

You.in.that.white.suit. GORGEOUS.

Joyce Kim said...

You are one smoking momma! I hope I look like that after my baby!

Tara Bishop said...

Where did you get that fabulous bathing suit? I've been searching for a one-piece that doesn't look too frumpy. And that one DEFINITELY qualifies. :) Looks like you had a blast and glad to have you back.

Marty and Julia said...

oh Sydney! It looks like you had such a lovely time. I cannot wait to go back to Hawaii!

Arine said...

Amazing Photos!

his little lady said...

oh gosh, this whole trip sounds like a dream. already missing hawaii. need to get myself back to the island ASAP! and yes, your swimsuit is way too perfect for words. i must know, how hard is paddle boarding!?!
i've always wanted to go!
xo TJ

Anna Louise said...

Hi! Might I ask where did you stay up on North Shore?? My bf and I are headed there next month and looking for the best town/beaches! Your photos are gorgeous!!

Tessa Shoemaker said...

I love the photos! Never been to Hawaii but my cravings to go have certainly increased!!

Maki | Moon River Travels said...

What an amazing holiday!! Looks beautiful out there, hope to get the chance to visit one day!

Jenny said...

You look absolutely AMAZING in that swimsuit! Please share your fitness tips :)
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Natasha said...

I have total hat envy!

I'm heading to Hawaii July next year. Your photos just proved I made the perfect destination choice!

Adding a whole heap of things to the to do in Hawaii list now, so thanks for the tips :)

Do you have any rec's for accommodation?

Tiera Kawaiola said...

POG, the best juice ever! And that pink building? I used to walk past it everyday when I worked in Waikiki :)

Victoria said...

I have major swimsuit envy! You look stunning and your photos from your trip are great. x

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