So I found this breezy dress — a little too big, a lot 80s, but a great length and in breathable linen — at Barrio Vintage, along with an ultra-cute, perfectly sized white wicker handbag. I still need to get it tailored, but I loved it so much that I wore it as-is for Mother's Day (a whole year ago, nearly!) in Honolulu.
These were taken at the Surfjack Hotel + Swim Club, a 60s-themed mid-century gem just off the beaten path of Waikiki's hot, sticky, crowded strip, and the in-hotel boutique and cafe Olive & Oliver. I love that the hotel is imbued with local flavor by local artists, designers and photographers; everything is beautiful and tells a unique story, but there's an easy cohesion to it all. (Plus, THAT POOL.)
I've said it before and I'll say it again: I'm a sucker for a boutique hotel. (I love this one and the Lotus at Diamond Head; both are a respite from the craziness.) Service is fabulous, the rooms are gorgeous, AND you get all the Davines bath products your heart desires.
You'll also find Ed Kenney's Mahina & Sun's onsite, which is wonderful, and should definitely be on your radar if you're a fan of well-crafted cocktails (I'd say one can only drink so many Mai Tais, but I'd be lying). Brunches there are basically perfection, and you're still just a half-mile walk away from one of the less-crowded sections of Waikiki Beach, near Fort DeRussy Beach Park (and the catamarans)!
Just talking about it I miss it there so! We have a busy spring coming, though: Take two attempting to get some Best Coast skiing in at Lake Tahoe, a Sea Ranch getaway for my birthday, and Santa Monica in May. Still, with any luck, the kiddo just might need a hand wrangling her dorm move-out before returning to the mainland this summer. I CAN HELP.
Enjoy a closer look at the hotel below, the details are all so delightful and good:
SUPER exciting news to share very soon (though there are spoiler alerts galore on Instagram). More on that shortly!