Fall Faves

September 25, 2016

Living in Hawaii means summer all year round aka it is forever hot here >insert kim k crying face<  So when we finally reach September, I get pretty excited to wear colors that I associate with fall and more importantly, that my favorite drink of the season is back on menu.  The one and only PSL or pumpkin spice latte for you non-starbucks drinkers 😛  I literally have at least one a week!  I also have this crazy obsession with all things pumpkin scented but we can talk about that another day.

Recently I’ve been obsessing over anything blush and mauve/plum, and found a perfect bag in this combo from the Kate Spade outlet.  Below I did a flatlay of my bag found here (I think the color I have is only available at the outlet) + my current favorite top found here + my absolute favorite nude matte lip found here + nail polish by O.P.I. in the shade Do you take lei away? + favorite rings I wear daily from a boutique located in Hawaii.

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Blush Pink + Mauve/Plum Palette

And here’s a few of my favorite fall pieces from Rylie’s closet:

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Everything pictured (except for the moccasins) is from Old Navy and can be found on their website.  Moccs are by Minnetonka sold at Nordstrom.

Speaking of Rylie, poor baby caught roseola last weekend after our play date at the mall.  I could totally kick myself for not being my usual crazy germaphobe self that day.  Sigh.  It started off with Rylie having a fever of 102 degrees.  She had this fever on and off for 4 days and it would range from 100 degrees to as high as 103.  We took her to her doctor and was instructed to give her baby tylenol and lukewarm baths to help keep her fever from spiking very high.  Throughout the day and during the night, we kept Rylie in a thin cotton shirt and just her diaper.  She also had a big loss of appetite and was extra extra fussy and clingy.  After the 4th day, her fever immediately disappeared and I started to notice tiny red dots on her back.  After doing my own research and confirming with her doctor, I already knew she had what is called roseola.  Her face, tummy, and back are now covered in this red rash, which thankfully is not itchy because it sure does look it 😦 Her appetite has returned but she’s still a little fussy and clingy calling for tons of mama snuggles this weekend.

Here’s a picture before the rash spread to her face, of her face-timing with grandma.

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Polka-dot head wrap by @wildsunshine.threads off IG, pup pj’s from Carters

Thanks for stopping by, and hope everyone is enjoying their Sunday 🙂




Sunday Funday

September 18, 2016

Has it already been a week since I was sitting on my bed with my laptop in front of me, trying to find the words to express my feelings on returning to work?  If you haven’t seen my instagram post a few days ago, I survived my first week back and Rylie handled it like a champ 🙂  I have to add this again because I really mean it when I say I APPRECIATE each and every person who reached out to me with advice and encouragement during that transition.  It is amazing to know how much mothers will come together no matter what it is.  I’m so happy to have some “mommy friends” through social media since not many of my friends have babies or the ones that do have, live in a different state.  Mothers UNITE! ❤

Speaking of mamas in different states…one of my closest friends, Kelsie, and her adorable baby girl, Khloe, booked a quick trip to Hawaii this weekend!  We were so fortunate to have been able to spend the day with them and finally have our babies meet.  Kelsie and I have been friends for 10 years now, and we have literally been through everything together.  From that awkward, trying-to-find-ourselves point in life, to going through pregnancy, and now entering motherhood together, we have definitely come a long way.  We always jokingly talked about having babies at the same time or at least close in age and I can’t believe that it actually happened.  Although we now live in different states, we are determined to make sure that our girls will grow up knowing each other (and go on lots of Disneyland trips together) 🙂

Here’s some pictures from today:

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Of course we started with the most refreshing treat, Pressed Juicery Freeze
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“Let me fix your hair”
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“Let me fix your head band” Lol!
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Kelsie having Beyonce hair
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Telling secrets
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Dance time!

Hope everyone had an amazing weekend!



Udon know ’til you try.

September 2, 2016

I should take that advice myself!  If you know me, you know that I’m not very adventurous with trying different foods and I’ll take dessert over steak and lobster, any day 😉  But I like to consider myself an amateur foodie since I do love eating even if it’s the same dish over and over (yes boring, I know) and I WILL TAKE PICTURES 😀

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Zaru Udon w/shrimp, fish cake, squid, and eggplant tempura and 2 salmon musubi’s

I am a huge fan of udon, as it is such a simple yet yummy dish.  The noodles are thick and somewhat chewy- or that is how I prefer it.  It can be served in a hot broth or served cold with a dipping sauce, and may come with toppings such as scallions and tempura flakes.  There will usually be different types of tempura options and musubi’s (rice balls) served a la carte to go with it.  I like my udon both hot and cold, but with Hawaii’s humid weather it’s been so refreshing to eat it cold.  There are 2 restaurants on Oahu that I favor which are Marukame Udon, located in Waikiki, and Iyo Udon, located in Ala Moana Shopping Center.  Both are very good, however, Iyo Udon is a much more convenient location for me.  The portion sizes are very generous and you can’t go wrong with their prices!  If you’re ever at the mall and need to get your udon fix, check them out 🙂

Xo, Mari

Saturday, 8/27/16

August 28, 2016

Here’s a little recap of our Saturday:

We finally found some time to meet up with one of my besties, Sherilyn, and decided to check out a new juice bar called Juicd Life.  It is located on the second floor of the Salt at Kakaako complex in Honolulu.  We saw on yelp that they served acai out of a real coconut bowl and wanted to try it (not gonna lie, we mainly wanted a cute picture lol).  But unfortunately, they weren’t doing coconut bowls this day so we left to get one of my most favorite sweet treats ever, a Pressed Juicery freeze!  Guys, if you haven’t tried this yet you need to get there asap.  Pressed Juicery is another juice bar that serves juices, cleanses, shots, and the crazy good freeze.  I absolutely love chocolate so I’ve only been getting the chocolate freeze, but hear the other flavors are just as good.  The freeze is a soft-serve that is completely 100% healthy and doesn’t taste it at all.  You are able to get any or all toppings they have.  My go-to’s are the almond butter, cacao drizzle, fruits, chia seeds, granola, and coconut shavings.  The small size is pretty small so I would suggest getting the larger size because trust me, once you finish your freeze you’re going to be wanting more 😉

Here’s a picture of our chocolate freeze, and a snoozing, squishy face Rylie ❤

After Pressed Juicery, we hung out and did some cardio (shopping) at the mall, took a bunch of “wall” pics, and ran into my parents and sister.  It was so nice to get out of the house and spend some quality girl time.  When you’re a mama, I think its really important to allow yourself this because we mama’s work so hard raising our littles 🙂

Can we just talk about Rylie’s face/pose in each of these pics.  Haha they show her silly personality precisely.

Hope everyone had a great weekend and is enjoying their Sunday!

xo, Mari