Where in the world has Kristiana been? The last couple weeks have been a whirlwind of overtime, business trips, and a nasty cold, which resulted in me being a little MIA around these parts.
I was having a wonderful business trip in Boston (where I was eating my weight in seafood), until I woke up the next morning stuffy, cold, and knowing I was running a fever. I managed to make it through the day with the help of my good friend DayQuil and a hot bath, but still wasn't feeling so hot by the time we flew home. Leaving the next day for a business trip to Ottawa did not help either.
Fast forward to mid-week this week, and I was finally feeling better. Longest. Cold. Ever. Needless to say that September came and went in a blink of an eye, and we're now chugging ahead into October. While I enjoy my travel, I'm kind of glad to not have any business trips planned for October as it will give me some time to recoup, renew my passport, and enjoy our fall weather.
So I've been taking it easy this weekend with copious amounts of hot tea. In case you're staying in as well, here are some fun links to check out:
I travel alone and lot for work, and R29 has some great tips for traveling solo.
A makeup artists tips for looking amazing in under 10 minutes. I need this.
Anyone else excited to check out H&M's beauty line? Here is a first look that has me wanting to try out the lipsticks!
I'm a sucker for those "100 years of __" videos, and here is one on wedding dresses.
This gal has limited styling options with her shorter hair, but in case you've got longer locks, check out a round up of all of Joelle's awesome hair tutorials!
It seems like fall is the season to experiment with capsule wardrobes, and Anna from Vivianna Does Makeup is giving a capsule wardrobe a go. Can't wait to follow her progress!
What have you been up to lately? Any fun plans this weekend?
While I mentioned in my Fall Mood Board post that the ombre lip is a trend I'm keen on trying this fall, I think I'm even more excited about the revival of the moody 90s lip. Deep berries and grungy neutrals are back in style and here are my top 5 picks for this season!
|From L to R: Bite Beauty Lip Lab creation (similar to Nars Vera), Rimmel Lasting Finish in 107, MAC in Capricious, Nars Audacious Lipstick in Audrey, Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Double Dare|
What are your go-to shades this season? Any great new discoveries? Are you on board the 90s lip trend? Join in in the comments below!
Fall. My favourite season. Cool mornings, warm days, layers, pumpkin everything, fallen leaves, blanket scarves, September Issues, Fashion Week and Fall fashion! The little mood board I put together this season highlights some of my favourite trends for both fashion and beauty.
Dusty pink: one of my fave finds from my travels so far was this leather jacket I picked up for a steal at the Gap while in SF (my 1st leather jacket!). Loving this colour as a great transitional colour for getting into cooler weather.
Maroon: I've always been a big fan of maroon, but never really owned much until a couple of weeks ago. It's like a neutral...but a colour...but a neutral. Hey, makes sense in my head!
70s plaid: I'm having a really hard time getting on board with the 70s trend. 70s plaid? Now that I can on board with.
Structured bag: Mini bags were the it bag for the last couple of seasons, but larger, structured bags are back in style!
Multi-strap Mary Janes: Saw these heels and immediately had to have them! Fancy, multi-strapped Mary Janes, both heeled and flat, are totally in.
Mod: While the 70s are currently really hot, mod is still going strong. As a short gal, I love being able to pull off the high neckline-short hemline looks.
Braids: My hair is currently in a long lob state, and I'm going to try to maintain it at this length because braided hairstyles are something I've missed so much!
Ombre lip: We saw a glimpse of this trend start during the summer, and it's going into fall with a slightly darker tone to it.
Bold brows: I've been on a real minimal brow look lately, but looking forward to getting my bold brow game back on.
Copper and maroon nails: definitely the 2 hottest nail trends of the season.
What trends are you most excited for? I'd love to hear! Let me know in the comments below.
It may have taken me a while, but I've finally finished going through and editing the hundreds of photos I took during my vacation to Oahu. This is my 2nd time on the beautiful island of Oahu in the last 12 months, so instead of my typical photo diary, I thought I'd put together my top 10 for this destination. Keep reading to see my top 10 must-do's on Oahu, as well as some general tips on vacationing in Hawaii at the end.
1. Drive around the island
Oahu is definitely a destination you want to get a rental car at. Just get in, drive, and explore! The island in itself is beautiful, and the juxtaposition of mountain-meets-beach-meets-ocean as you drive along is amazing. You definitely don't want to be tied down to one location.
The waters around Hawaii are crazy clear, and the snorkelling there is better than the Caribbean! Although you can quite literally go snorkelling anywhere where the water is calm (perfect example of this is Milos Cove near our resort in Ko Olina, which was literally just 20 feet of "beach" and the most amazing snorkelling the entire trip), my recommendation would be to head to Hanauma Bay. The bay is a caved in crater that is just full of coral and fish. Check out this photo of a colourful Parrot Fish from my last trip! Hanauma Bay is protected, so you have to watch an educational video before entering, but it's well worth it.
I've never been to Shark's Cove, but we drove by it and it was packed with people pointing and gesturing, so I'm guessing it's a good spot as well.
*Note: snorkelling is NOT going to be good after a storm, or during big swells. Hurricane Hilda was off the coast of Hawaii while we were there this time, and because of Hanauma Bay's location, the wave action made for poor visibility. So keep your location + surf swell directions in mind!
3. Giovanni's Shrimp Truck
Giovanni's is world famous for a reason. A very delicious reason. Despite smelling like garlic for a good 48 hours after my lunch, the garlic shrimp plate was well worth it!. Don't be alarmed by the long line, as it moves really quickly (unless you go for the lemon-butter shrimp, as those take longer because they have to be steamed). It's so popular that they have 2 locations, both along the Kamehameha Highway: Right before Turtle Bay travelling west along the north shore, or in historic Haleiwa. You can smell it a mile away, so it's hard to miss!
4. Climb Koko Crater
I don't entirely feel right recommending this, because I don't think I'd ever do it again...but you just have to do it! Koko Crater had a military bunker at its peak during WWII. It is now abandoned, but the railroad tracks that were used to haul ammunition up there are still in place, and every day hundreds of people, locals and tourists alike, start climbing. Locals use it as a workout, and as I was coming down there was this one guy on his SECOND trip to the top (I'm pretty sure he was cray cray). I felt like I had a minor heart attack, but the view at the top was worth it. Hey, if this out of shape gal can do it, you can! Just make sure to bring LOTS of water, a snack, and go first thing in the morning before it gets too hot.
5. Yokohama Beach
Yokohama Beach is probably my favourite spot on this entire island! It's on the southwestern-most tip of the island. Basically, just drive west from Honolulu as far as the road will go. When the road ends, you're there! There can be some pretty crazy surf action at Yokohama, but not so much that it's unsafe to go swimming. The breaks are more intense in one area (which attracts local surfers), and a little less intense just right of the lifeguard tower. It's also calm enough to go snorkelling all the way to the left of the lifeguard tower. Pack a lunch and spend the day getting tossed around by waves (see, doesn't this look fun?!?). There are also showers and washrooms, so you don't have to spend the drive home salty and sticky.
6. Grab a surfboard at Waikiki
I took a surfing lesson during my last trip to Oahu, but didn't plan to take another this time. We stopped at Waikiki one day and found out its only $15 for an hour! It's a fantastic steal, as you'll probably be exhausted after an hour anyways. Or spend $20 for 2 hours and split the time with whoever you're with. Just be careful as you'll probably have to dodge tourists who aren't paying attention once you do catch a wave.
*Note: I don't recommend taking lessons at Waikiki because of how crowded it is. We used Kai Sallas Surf School for our lessons last year. They take you to Eisenhower Beach which is kinda sketchy, but the ocean is totally empty and there are perfect waves for learning.
7. China Walls
This was one of my recommendations to check out this trip, and while my folks were apprehensive at first (and we got a little lost), it was definitely a highlight! The surf actually runs perpendicular to the cliff's face, which makes to safe for jumping into the ocean! It may seems a little scary, but was really fun (as evidenced by this photo). Surfers ride the waves right along the cliffs and when the surf hits rocks that jut out, the spray makes for some gorgeous photos! Special thanks to the nice local who showed us the best place to jump in, and also the best place to climb out :)
8. Eat Acai Bowls
I definitely got hooked on acai bowls while in Hawaii. They're available at most health food restaurants (as well as Island Vintage Coffee), but the best was hands down Haleiwa Bowls on the North Shore. Everything was so fresh and delicious! The fruit is all local, and the little hut on the side of the road (right across the street from Matsumoto Shave Ice) is quaint and has a great vibe.
9. Watch the Honu
Up until this trip, I'd only caught a glimpse of a Hawaiian Sea Turtle swimming far out in a wave. All that changed when I asked a lifeguard in Kailua where the best place was to see Honu (Hawaiian for sea turtle). Laniakea Beach was magical! The Honu come right up with the surf to eat the sea grass that grows on the rocky bottom. We also walked down a bit further where you could safely enter the water and swam with them! They don't even care that people are in the water and just float around, grazing on rocks on the bottom. It was really nice to see volunteers on the beach reminding people that the Honu are protected and that it is illegal to touch or feed them. Touching them can have harmful effects on their natural flora that keeps their shells free of algae that can kill them. So if you see a Honu, admire their beauty but remember to be respectful.
10. Watch a sunset
Sunsets in Hawaii are amazing, and we looked forward to watching the sun set every night. Always have your camera because the colours are slightly different every night. Bonus points for taking a pre-requisite photo of the sunset with palm trees in the foreground ;)
Now my top 3 tips for vacationing in Oahu:
1. Don't stay at Waikiki. While being downtown can be convenient, it's crazy busy and all the good stuff is outside of Honolulu. We stay at Disney's Aulani Resort with our timeshare, which is in Ko Olina. I'd definitely recommend Ko Olina as it's quiet, has great beaches, and has some nice restaurants and shops nearby. I'd also definitely recommend stay somewhere with a kitchen. This way you can stock the fridge and pack a lunch for your day of exploring!
2. Head to WalMart and buy some cheap beach equipment. We actually brought one big suitcase that just had 3 sets of snorkel gear, 2 beach chairs, an umbrella, a beach mat, and a beach tent. WORTH IT! But if you don't want to bring your own stuff, find the nearest WalMart or Target and pick up some cheap beach chairs, umbrella and beach mat that will last you juuuuust long enough to get you through your last day (...maybe).
3. Explore! I already recommended getting a rental car, and I'll do it again because it's a must. Oahu is full of places to explore and you should take full advantage of that. All beaches in Hawaii are public, so if you see a cute little strip of sand along your drive, make it yours for the day! Adventure is out there!
Anyone headed to Oahu any time soon? I'll probably be back in Fall 2016! :)
Where has the time gone?!? We're already in September!! The last two weeks have been somewhat of a whirlwind, complete with moments of stress, success, late nights at the office, a busy social life (went to the launch of a great new burger place in the hood), a 24 hour business trip to Calgary, an accomplishment on an international level, and a mini mental breakdown in my boss' office over my workload. Phew. It's done, moving forward.
It feels like summer is coming to end with this final long weekend. Thankfully we have fantastic weather for it here in Montreal...although I wouldn't even think of spending it in Montreal so I'm out at the cottage until I absolutely have to leave. Labour Day weekend always feels like the final days of summer, even though the official beginning of Fall is still a couple weeks away. So I hope everyone is enjoying their long weekend! And in case you want something to wind down with after a long day in the sun (in addition to your glass of wine), check out these links I've rounded up:
Karlie Kloss is seriously one of my heroes...but when I heard she was launching her own YouTube channel I was somewhat skeptical. I was worried that it would be too professionally edited. Instead, it lets her personality shine, and we get some awesome behind the scenes looks at her life. This video she did giving two young girls their chance to be Angels was just the cherry on top.
I'm very unsure as to what I want to do with my hair at the moment. It's currently in a lob-like stage, but I don't know if I should cut or let it grow. Loving the lived in look of these styles, but still can't make up my mind. Suggestions?
Finally!! The girls over at A Beautiful Mess are writing a cookbook! So excited!
Loving these tips for hosting brunch on a budget, featuring my two favourite Vancouver bloggers! Mimosa bar? Yes please!
These Instagram rules are hilarious...and also slightly true. Whoops!
And in case you missed anything over on Love. Loft. Life. this week, I feature what will probably be my final summer #ootds
What are you up to this weekend?