If you know me at all, you knew I LOVE to shop small!! So I am loving this opportunity to share my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE small shops with all of you!!! I hope you find some amazing things for yourself & maybe a few gift ideas!! (Full disclosure-I am not affiliated with nor do I have a direct connection with any of the shops listed here. They are simply some of my favorite places to spend money!)
This is one of my favorite shops when we travel to Hawaii! As you can see, we have quite a selection of t-shirts, sweatshirts & tank tops from over the last few years! I you need a gift for a guy, this is your place! The quality that they use with their shirts is phenomenal & they last forever! Plus, you get the awesome graphics to show off-like my absolute favorite plumeria T-shirt in the center of the above photo!! I love my tanks & sweatshirt as well! Love rocking this brand!! Shop HERE
Ahoy Surf is another super cute boutique near me! This is my goto shop for swimwear and I LOVE shopping here for the best clothing finds from brands like:
Need to get a girlfriend something for the holidays? Check out their accessories page for the most stylish hats, bags & sandals! Or get her one of their beach towels!! Everyone will love this gift!! Check it out HERE
Need I say more...? Look at all of the fun things we've gotten for Ashlyn over the years! We've gotten baby shower gifts (gorgeous baby bath towels & bamboo muslin blankets), toys/dolls/tshirt gifts for some of Ashlyn's friends as well! But we've mostly gotten Ashlyn these 2 pretty dresses (both handmade/handpainted on the islands), adorable bikinis & these dolls! We absolutely love stopping in whenever we are visiting the island! Shop online as well to give an unexpectedly unique gift for a little keiki (kid) in your life! SHOP HERE
Lil Blu Coconut-Oxnard, CA
Y'all, this is a brand new boutique (they used to be/continue to be a traveling boutique as well) in the shopping center near me! Absolutely love their style & plan on doing a good majority of my female family & friend holiday shopping here!! Check out some fun finds via their instagram @lilblucoconut!
This was the first boutique to FINALLY open in the shopping center near me. I was so excited & they have not disappointed!! The prices & quality of the items I've purchased there have been fantastic!! Check them out on instagram @barefoorboutique or their website HERE
I love visiting this shop in San Luis Obispo for all the fun accessories! hats, shoes, purses, jewelry, you name it!! And they also have an awesome collection of clothing to match ;) (see what I did there! lol) Check em out HERE
I hope you found some fun new shops & items to put under your tree this year!!
And THANK YOU FOR SHOPPING SMALL!!!!
I have been shopping on Jane.com for years now!! I love the unique options for clothing, gifts & home decor!! And I have always had a good experience shopping with the different vendors! Check out the post below for details about my experience shopping on the site & I've featured some of the products I've purchased! All just in time for holiday shopping! ;) Check out TODAYS PICKS some featured items from jane.com today-CLICK HERE!!! Also, click each image for similar current deals!!
This post contains affiliate links. That means if you click on my link and buy something, I will earn a small commission from the advertiser at no additional cost to you-BUT, I do choose the products I post here based on my experience with quality & experience!
So...If you aren't aware of what jane.com is you NEED TO KNOW ABOUT IT!!! It's really fantastic! They run new "deals" each day that then run for the following 3 days. The deals are offered from various vendors and they mark down products for a short period of time-and you get an incredible deal!! Items ship directly from the vendor and usually arrive within a week (but sometimes up to 2 weeks depending on if its handmade or customized). I LOVE getting my daily email with the new deals for that day! And, as you'll see here, I've purchased a few things...! lol
I had to include some of the items I bought when Ashlyn was just a baby & the ones I got for a friend of mines baby. The pants & infinity bib are all ORGANIC & purchased from a small etsy shop!! I loved that I could give my friend something so unique & support a small business at the same time (each deal has a link to the vendor so you can learn more about them & their history on jane.com)! And look what fun holiday pictures we took in them last year (OMG Ashlyn was so little)!!!
I also bought a 100% organic nursing cover that I could wear as a scarf. I got so many compliments because it was so unique!! Since then I have tried many tank tops-a few styles I have in multiple colors, t-shirts, lounge pants, cardigans (oh so many cardigans!!), shoes (these pink ones with the prettiest detail on the back), boots, even my current makeup bag...the list goes on and on. (CLICK IMAGES TO SEE MORE LIKE THIS)
But the best part is that Jane.com has been so easy to work with! The descriptions provided & size charts are spot on & super helpful! Only once did I have an issue (they sent me the wrong color) and it was resolved SO QUICKLY & directly with the vendor!! I was so impressed with this experience it made me even more happy to support Jane.com and the vendors that participate!!
So...check out the link below to see for yourself, or check out TODAYS PICKS for some incredible holiday deals launched today!!! And, if you have any questions about shopping with Jane.com please send me a message or comment below & I'll be happy to answer them!!
Today I am going to focus on our trip to Maui! Amazing Restaurants, hotels, beaches, everything!! (Side note, I used to live on Maui when I was in my 20's. Comment or message me with any questions about the island & I will do my best to get you great information from people that are still there!!!)
The Waldorf Astoria Grand Wailea
Everything about our stay at The Waldorf Astoria Grand Wailea was fantastic! Our room was incredibly comfortable & had plenty of space for a toddler to entertain herself! Speaking of toddler-everytime we walked into our room she would say "Its nice in here!" It was so cute!!! I think she was a HUGE fan of the entire experience & looks forward to visiting again!!
We did the breakfast buffet every morning. This was a fantastic way to start our day! Fresh papaya, omelette bar, bread pudding, fried rice!! They put on a nice spread! Everything was fresh & warm and gave us a great start to each fun filled day! Let me tell you ,there is nothing like starting the day with a fresh glass of Guava juice! No joke! We did make one mistake in this department though. But it was totally our fault. When we checked in we were told that we could get a To-Go breakfast in lieu of the buffet in case we were going on an excursion. We decided to take a day off from the buffet to go straight to the beach with our breakfast in a bag. And it was great! A huge amount of food came in each one! Fantastic!! Came in a reusable insulated bag! WOoHOo!! Until I had to walk back to the room to get something and saw what was happening in the buffet restaurant. Beautiful live music, hula dancer, roast pork and carving station. Then it occurred to me that it was Sunday. Sunday Brunch. HUGE FOREHEAD SLAP!!! SO, by all means, I recommend the togo bags. M-Sat. Not on Sunday. Definitely not on Sunday! lol
We ate at all of the restaurants on the property, other than room service. Our favorite (but it also makes the top of the list of favorite all time restaurants!!) was HUMUHUMU! I don't think you can beat the ambiance here-from the open air to the gorgeous wood & location floating on a pond!!!! Then you add that the food was fantastic from seafood to steaks & shrimp. To top it off, the live music was always so beautiful & the service was top notch! We ended up eating in the bar all but one time because we didn't make a reservation so-make a reservation, but if you don't, the bar is a fantastic place to be as well! Dress code is a little nicer than casual but its always so nice to put on a pretty dress after a day in the sun!! Then, on the one night we did make a reservation, it was our last night on the island, and we got upgraded to the famous Table 70!!!!! Whaaaaattttt???!!!! You guys, it was amazing!! The view-FANTASTIC. The privacy-WOW!! We felt like we were "floating out on the lagoon" just like they describe! We were so surprised and realize how lucky we were to get it!! Thank you again Waldorf Astoria Grand Wailea!!! (check out the photo on the right to see what I mean)
"Float above the lagoon for sunset views, and seasonal Polynesian and Hawaiian cuisine from award winning chef, Mike Lofaro" Check it out HERE
Oh, and they give the kids a little stuffed animal! Ashlyn got a Humuhumunukunukuapua'a fish (aka trigger fish)! Then she got a whale & a honu (turtle) from the other 2 restaurants on the property! This really topped of our overall experience! She loves having them now and says "Hawaii" when she plays with them!
The other 2 restaurants are more casual. Bistro Molokini & The Volcano Bar & Grill. We had a late dinner at Bistro Molokini and it was perfect after a long day in the sun. Casual, relaxed atmosphere! I literally went with wet hair after my shower! lol!
The Volcano Bar & Grill was really great! It is located poolside & offers table seating or lounger service by the pool! I love this! We loved (well, the kids REALLY LOVED) that we didn't have to get cleaned up from the pool to have lunch. We could enjoy it right there in our suits and get right back to swimming! And the food was impressive! Really nice!
Now lets talk activities! The pool was so much fun! We went with our good friends & their 2 kids as well. So we had 4 adults, 1-7 year old, 1-5 year old & 1-2 year old and we all had a BLAST!!!! Nothing was too "grown up" for the kids (except the swim up bar-that one was for us grown ups!!) or too boring for the adults. We all loved going down the slides (there was one exception here-2 of the slides have a height requirement that none of the kids fit, but there were so many other slides, the kids didn't even notice!). The winding river was so relaxing and Ashlyn thought it was so awesome!! Oh yeah, the rope swing. Have I mentioned the rope swing? Im not sure who enjoyed that more, the 7year old, 5 year old or 2-35 year old dads!! hahaha! And we got some fantastic pictures from this little area! hahaha
I am going to go ahead and HIGHLY recommend you consider The Grand Wailea if you are heading to Hawaii-kids or not! Fantastic place!!
Restaurants On Maui
We actually ate most of our meals at the hotel on this trip but we did venture out a few times to grab a bite. Here are our favorite places in no particular order :)
"Island style food made with Aloha"
Yes it is! We look forward to stopping at this place as soon as we get to Maui! The food is so good!!!! Every time! There are 2 locations, 1 is very close to the airport in Kahului and is a sit down casual place. The other is in Kihei and is a very casual (order at the counter) place. We like both locations! We usually can't wait until we get to Kihei so we stop at the Kahului location after we land. Then. at some point during the vacation we run and grab take out and bring it back to the hotel to enjoy!!
I have never eaten lunch or dinner here but I do stop and grab a pie when we drive over to Lahaina side. Because, OMG THE PIES!!!!!! So I can only assume that the food here is also awesome!!!
The Mill House-Maui Tropical Plantation
On elf our favorite restaurants on the planet!!! The grounds are absolutely gorgeous, complete with ponds that are home to fish & ducks, gift shop, coffee shop & zip line options!! We spent a good amount of time, both before lunch & after, feeding the ducks & exploring the grounds (mostly goofing off but also exploring! lol).
INNOVATIVE FARM-DRIVEN DININGUsing only the highest quality ingredients, carefully selected within our plantation's grounds, and in close collaboration with select farmers and providers. Prepared with integrity, expertise and fearless creativity. Click to go check out more on the website
We have eaten here several times now. It has become a must visit when we are on the island! Even spent our 10 year wedding anniversary here!! The food is THAT GOOD!!! Absolutely incredible!! New menu every day & fresh ingredients from the on-site garden are included in most dishes!!
I you eat at one restaurant during your visit, make it this one!!! Seriously!!!
Monkey Pod Kitchen
You guys, this place is so fun!! Super casual atmosphere with table service that has always been fantastic!! We visited the Wailea location this time but have also been to the Ko Olina location on Oahu. Both were awesome!
And if you take a look at that photo above you will see yellow foamy deliciousness on top of that Mai Tai!!! That, my friends, is honey lilikoi foam. And it is GOOD. REAL GOOD!!
The food here is also very yummy! And lots of local options-like the burger from Maui Cattle Company. You know I'm a sucker for local food!!!
I could seriously go on and on about so many more wonderful restaurants, hotels, beaches etc... But this post is Sooooooooooo long already. So please comment or message me if you have any upcoming trips and need some advice! Id love to help! :)
Aloha & A Hui Ho!