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Kauai (My favorite FREE things to Do)

26 Mar

Let me just start by saying Kauai is the BEST island if you want “post card” Hawaii. No freeways, no skyscrapers on the beach. Just lush green everywhere you look, laid back vibes, beautiful beaches and waterfalls.

It hasn’t even been 2 weeks since my wife and I have been back from Kauai and we miss it so much already. This trip was our 5th to the beautiful garden island, so I feel like it’s the appropriate time to share my budget friendly ‘Must Do’ list with the world. Below I will list- in no particular order my absolute favorite Must Dos when you’re visiting Kauai. And by budget friendly, I mean FREE!!!k3

Ke’e Beach– (North shore)Literally the last stop at the end of the road. Full of chickens, this beach is lagoon like and is enclosed with a beautiful reef that keeps the water very calm (perfect for snorkeling). I like to bring snacks and water and chill at this beach for hours!

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KalaLau Trail– (North Shore) This 11 mile (each way) trail along the Na Pali coast is one of the most breathtaking and dangerous hikes in the world. It takes expert hikers an entire day to complete but most people usually hike it in 2 days and camp overnight to rest. Even if you aren’t an avid hiker, you can still safely hike up about a mile or two and see some of the most amazing views for FREE!  To hike and camp the full 22 mile round trip, a permit is required. *pictured below is the view from KalaLau Trail looking down on Ke’e beach.img_3106

Queen’s Bath– Princeville (North Shore) Queen’s bath is pretty much a natural swimming pool enclosed by rocks-inside of the ocean. It is a must see and a must swim spot(when the tide is CALM) People literally die here because they underestimate the power of the ocean. If you use common sense, you’ll be fine. If the ocean looks rough, just observe this beauty from afar.

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Hanalei– (North shore)this super cute Hawaiian town is my favorite in all of kauai. It’s laid back with plenty of shops and restaurants. The beaches are gorgeous and the view looking out from Hanalei Pier is worth writing home about. Do not skip this town, or their adorable fruitstand!

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Kapaa– (East Shore)This town is located more centrally on the island and has great beaches, a long bike path along the coast, and endless restaurants and shops including bike and snorkel rentals.  Our favorite mexican restaurant Verde’ is located in Kapaa. One of my favorite hikes ( Ho’Opi Falls) is here as well. The hike follows along a gorgeous river that leads to multiple waterfalls, and there is also a fun rope swing too! *kids can definitely do this hike.  ho'opi

Kapaa is where I suggest you stay for your first Kauai trip because it is so centrally located that you can see all of the island if you plan it out right. My advice is to schedule your activities according to location so you save precious time driving. You can hit up the entire north shore in a day (or more if you want some relaxing beach time) The same goes for the East and South shores.  For example: The same day that you hike Ho’opi Falls in the morning is the same day you should do lunch and shopping in Kapaa.

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Poipu/Old Koloa town- (South Shore) These are two seperate towns that are about 7 minutes apart. If you visit one, you should visit the other. Poipu is the biggest “touristy” area on the island. Lots of restaurants and shops. Koloa town is an adorable tiny town with cute shops, restaurants and food trucks. We had some of the best pizza of our lives there (twice)!! Their pizza by the slice is no joke! Something not to miss in the koloa area is Spouting Horn park! When you’re at spouting Horn park, be sure to shop for small trinkets from the vendors here, they have the BEST PRICES on the island!

Makauwahi Cave-(South Shore)This super cool cave is at the end of a short hike and you enter by crawling through a small entry hole. The Cave is the largest limestone cave in Hawaii! There is a tortoise sanctuary about 3 minutes from the entrance of the cave, which is amazing! The cave and the tortoise sanctuary are both FREE but a donation is suggested. ($5 is good) See directions to the cave HERE and be warned that the dirt road there is VERY BUMPY. We had a 4×4 and still parked the car just below the nearby horse stables and walked to the cave. This excursion was so great because it started with petting horses, then a nice hike along the coast, followed by a really cool cave, and then tortoises! I highly recommend this adventure! Also the cave is  located near all the shops and restaurants in the Poipu/Koloa area so you can visit those areas too! All in the same day!

Sleeping Giant hike- (East Shore)This hike was about 3 hours round trip. We hiked all the way up to sleeping giant’s head. There were a couple of steep parts, but we made it, and the view of Kauai from the top was amazing!

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Wailua Falls-(East shore) This is a must see and you don’t even have to hike to it(unless you want to illegally climb over a fence, ignore the signs, and hike down a STEEP cliff hoping that you reach the bottom without dying or getting arrested)! You can just park and walk 20 feet to see the famous twin falls. They are massive and beautiful! There are much longer trails leading down that are guided and will lead to the base of the falls and are much safer than the WILD WAY DOWN!

DAREDEVILS…. keep reading.  For those of you interested in hiking down the fast way, it is doable in sneakers and if you are an experienced hiker. If you aren’t sure footed, do not try hiking down. It’s a short (20 min) but very steep hike. There are some points where you are hanging onto a rope installed by locals to scale down the cliff. I would never suggest hiking it on a rainy day. With that being said, once you get down, it is so worth it!!!

My wife Pictured below. We hiked down in 2016. We did NOT hike down on our most recent trip because it was raining.

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Hopefully my list helped you if you’re looking to vacation in Kauai:) Comment below if you have any questions.

Also-There are tons of great things to do in Kauai that do cost money like helicopter rides along the Na Pali coast, dinner on a sailboat, zip lines, kayaking, ATV rides, and Luaus (Smith’s luau is my favorite). Enjoy planning your trip!

Thanks for reading,

Journey

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Look for Less: Valentino Rockstud Sandals.

18 May

I am pleased to announce that Target has the Betseyville studded sandals back in stock!! They are the best Rockstud lookalikes I’ve ever seen. If you follow my Instagram, you already know I own rock studs and rock stud lookalikes and am obsessed with them all equally. If you can afford the splurge valentino version, great. If not, the budget friendly Betseyville version is the shoe for you. I’ve had the black ones for a while and love them and just ordered the tan online. Can’t wait to rock them all Summer long.

Valentino Rockstud Sandals $975 available at Saks Fifth Avenue,

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Betseyville Studded Gladiator Sandals $33 available at Target.

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Gallery Wall Success!

24 Aug

Gallery walls are having a major moment right now. Gallery walls are basically an arranged artistic display of things that matter to you most including mirrors, pictures, arts & crafts, frames, Initials etc. There are really no rules when it comes to a well hung gallery wall, it’s really all about what you think works for your space.   I recently finished my gallery wall and have some tips that I want to share with you that made it easier for me.

Gallery walls are a process (mine took 6 weeks to complete) but don’t fret, YOU GOT THIS! One picture at a time.

Supplies & Art:

Hammer & nails, tacky glue, mounting putty (behind the frames that wouldn’t stay put), gold paint, sandpaper (to distress some of the frames)

*Mirror, clock, and framed elephant art available at Target.

*Twine wrapped Letter ‘F’, gold paint, decorative keys, tweed heart, and oval wood piece with keyhole ceramic piece all available at Michaels.

*Weathered brown frame (upper right) available at West Elm.

*All other frames available at Home Goods.


Gallery Wall Tips:

* Check Pinterest and Instagram Check these sites for gallery walls to see what styles, colors and arrangements you like.

*Everyone Can afford a gallery wall: My gallery wall pictured above includes only 2 pricey pieces, the rest are super affordable pieces (hello $25 mirror) mixed with DIY stuff.  Don’t let your budget stop you! Also, Don’t limit yourself to only store-bought items. If you love a particular frame in your home, you can paint it to match your theme. There are youtube tutorials for EVERYTHING and you can watch step by step videos on sanding, staining and painting frames.

*Make it your own: pick a color palette. I chose ivory, black & gold. All of your art doesn’t need to match, but having 2-3 primary colors makes it more cohesive when completed. I also went with only black & white prints and photos to keep things uniform.

*Don’t be afraid to use different frames: Different sizes, shapes & colors only add to the greatness of your gallery wall.

*Lay it out:  I cannot stress enough to lay out your gallery wall arrangement BEFORE putting anything on the wall. I layed mine out on the floor, changed it around a few times, took pictures and compared the pictures until I was happy with the arrangement.

*All in the family: Tie your gallery wall colors in with your surrounding couch, blankets, coffee table, and throw pillows. This keeps everything cohesive within the space.

*Hang time: Hang your artistic representation any way you want. I keep reading all sorts of rules about arranging your gallery wall, but just remember- it is YOUR gallery wall so hang it how you want. As long as it’s balanced with shapes & spacing, your gallery wall will be just fine. Speaking of spacing: The wall is your friend- the space between your art is just as important as the art itself. I started with putting my largest piece up and went from there. I chose to not put the largest piece dead center. I feel like that would be expected and it can cause your eye to be drawn toward that piece and not all of the fun stuff around it.

Breathe: You can do it!

Cute Sweater Alert!

28 Jan

Every wardrobe needs at least one mustard item, whether it be a sweater, dress, bag or a heel. Mustard is wearable year round and is complimentary to many colors. Check out this oversized cable knit sweater in the golden shade at a perfect price! I can already picture wearing this sweater with leggings, skinny jeans or a body con skirt. How will you wear it?

Mustard Sweater $32.95 Let me add that the sweater is a “one size fits most” so if you wear a small, it will fit very loose. If you wear a large, it will fit smaller. If you wear a medium you should be golden!!!!!

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Fabulous Friday Finds! (nothing over $20)

13 Dec

Happy Friday fashionistas!!!! I hope you all enjoying your week thus far. Here are some great finds for you to shop and nothing is over $20 as usual!

I found this super cute watch at Nordstrom about a year ago- I featured it on this blog and it quickly sold out. The great news is… it’s BACK IN STOCK now. Two Faced Watch $20.

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I am a huge fan of wrap watches and this one is perfectly priced for all to enjoy! Wrap Watch $20.

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This clasp bangle is so cute and has a delicate, yet industrial feel to it. I love the tiny rhinestone on the clasp as well the fact that it looks like I spent much more than $10 on it! Looks great alone or stacked! I wore mine alone today! Clasp Bangle $10 Available in gold tone or silver tone.

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Look For Less! Loeffler Randall Rider Bag!

19 Aug

Loeffler Randall makes beautiful bags!  Their Rider bag ( a bag that has straps on its backside to hook onto a bicycle) is coveted by bloggers and bag lovers around the world.  I featured the floral Rider bag on my Instagram last week and got so many questions regarding it, leading me to this post today.   The rider bag  retails for $495 and up, which leaves out a lot of fashionable ladies who can’t squeeze it into their budgets.  Buuuuuuuuut-Have no fear, if you’re a fashionista on a budget, you can have a very similarly stylish bag for only $27.80!!!!!

Loeffler Randall Rider Bag available at Zappos Couture.

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Top handle bag available at Forever 21.

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Burgundy on a Budget!

24 Sep

Burgundy..oxblood..maroon..deep red..bordeaux..berry..wine…….. This Fall these rich reds are HUGE!  These colors look great on many skin tones and are wearable well into Winter. Here are plenty of affordable choices, including plus sizes.

Complimentary colors: Burgundy looks great with black, green, blue and grey.

1. Button up embroidered top($24.80) 2. Faux ostrich satchel($32.80) 3.Plus size single button jacket($29.80) 4.Faux croc wallet($9.50) 5. Lace dress($24.80) all available at Forever21.

6.Belt($5.80) 7. Zippered cross body bag($24.80) 8. Lace up wedge bootie($32.80) all available at Forever21.

9.Layered dress($24.80) 10. Plus size jeans($24.80) 11. Necklace($8.80) 12. Button back tank dress($17.80) all available at Forever21.

13.Peplum dress with belt($22.80) 14. Top($17.80) 15. Polish in wine ($2.80) 16. Plus size top with strap detail($24.80) 17. Faux suede peep toe heel ($26.80) all available at Forever21.

18. Faux leather jacket($49) 19. Fur trim jacket($69.95) 20. Long sleeve top($12.95) all available at H&M stores.