Aloha Friday Favs: Cardigans

It may sound surprising but one of the main staples in my island-based closet is a cozy cardigan. Why, you say, would someone who lives in tropical weather have multiple long sleeved, sweater-like pieces? Simple, my office is an ice-box.

Don’t get me wrong, I am not complaining. I actually love¬†that it is cold in my 9-5 abode because it allows me to almost have a seasonal wardrobe, almost. So regardless of my ensemble for the day, I always coordinate a cute cardigan to pull on once I enter those sliding glass doors. (affiliate links below)


O’Neill Riku Knit Cardigan

Rip Curl Desert Nights Cardigan

My favorite kinds of cardigans are longer, super cozy and can work with jeans and a tee or pencil skirt and wedges. I live in these cardigans and often have one with me even when not working. You never know when it could drop below 75 degrees. ūüėČ

Check out more options below. What do you think?

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Splurge or Save: Fall 2016 Bags

Ever fall in love with a bag only to find out that it will cost you a whole month’s rent to buy it? I am always on the hunt to find a good deal and get super excited when I am able to find comparable designer style at a great price. I mean really, who wouldn’t. As I was poking around, checking out what’s on-trend for bags for Fall 2016, I decided to play a little matchmaker and create a splurge or save post.


Here I am featuring two designer bags and two more budget-friendly options. I think they are pretty comparable as far as style and if you are on a budget (like I am) then you can definitely appreciate the comparison.

On the top left we have a Chlo√© Hudson Crossbody priced at $1,929.00. A cute bag for sure but for almost $2,000.00, it’s a bit steep.¬†Then there’s¬†the option on the top right. This is a comparable crossbody by Lucky Brand for under $90.00. Which do you prefer?

Then we have a Saint Laurent Bucket Bag for $1,990.00. Adorable, but is it that much better then the Gabriella Rocha version on the right? For a fraction of the price.

What do you think? Which are your favorites? Check out some more Fall 2016 favs below. (affiliate links present)

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Aloha Friday Favs: Beauty Basics

I am pretty simple when it comes to my beauty routine. I typically play up a more natural look with a subtle smokey eye and a bit of mascara. I’m a less-is-more kinda gal and try to stick with what I know (which is pretty basic). I thought I would share some of my everyday go-to products. These are items I consistently need to replenish.

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Hello Flawless Powder Foundation
I use this light foundation powder everyday. It does a fantastic job of evening out my skin tone. I don’t use any other foundation product. This is enough.

Boi-ing Concealer
This concealer is perfect for under eye coverage as well as blemishes. Pairs great with Hello Flawless. It goes on really smooth and is lightweight.

Longwear Powder Shadow
This is a great neutral matte shadow. It gives a great base to blend in a kohl eyeliner to create a subtle smokey eye. Lasts all day without creasing.

Mac Kohl Eyeliner
I use this eyeliner daily. Sometimes only on my top lid and then smudge/blend it to create a sort of smokey look. Go as dramatic or subtle as you want.

Smashbox X-Rated Mascara
Fantastic, easy to handle mascara. Go as dramatic as you want, just keep layering. I have really light eyelashes so mascara is a must have for me.

See a few more favs below. What are some of your go-to, everyday beauty products?

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