Spring Break 2019 Recap

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Guys! I’m back!! I took an unintentional like, month long break. But this post will be all about my spring break trip to Oahu, Hawaii!!

This was my second visit to the island of Oahu & I am just as in love with it as the first time! My brother is super lucky & actually lives there, so I am excited for lots of future visits, but also wanting to explore other islands! 

I went with my roommate & her friend this time around & we got to see some things that I missed last time I went which was nice. We stayed downtown Waikiki, which I highly recommend doing because you’re literally so close to everything. We stayed at Ohana Waikiki East & the Hilton & both were within walking distance to Waikiki beach & all the tourist shops, places to eat & the mall(s). 

Our first night there we were tired from a long day of travel & had to watch the Bachelor finale! (This season omg). But when we landed we went to the Ala Moana Center for some food. It’s a huge mall in the middle of the city, so I’d suggest making your way there at some point. They sometimes have shows going on, like last time I saw a hula dance! If nothing else, there is an international food court with lots of yummy options. 

One thing on my must-do list was a waterfall hike. A popular hike is the Monoa Falls Trail. The waterfall itself is honestly not as impressive as I thought it would be, but it’s still a beautiful, somewhat easy hike. There is also a fence surrounding the actual falls, so to get the best pics & stuff you gotta break the rules. 😉 Diamond Head is another hike that we did. It’s super famous & has amazing views of the city & ocean!

We had lots of good eats on this trip too, which made my inner foodie soo happy. Every morning we tried out a new coffee shop, & some of my favs were Island Vintage Coffee & Kai Coffee. Island Vintage also looked like it had amazing, colorful food, plus super cute mugs. If you’re anything like me, you’ll wanna stop there for a souvenir mug (or two). For places to eat, we tried the famous UDON Ramen that is only in Waikiki & Japan!! It was sooo good. If you’re a ramen lover, 10/10 recommend. But it’s usually super crowded, so I would suggest going in the middle of the afternoon like we did to avoid a long line! We also tried Maui Brewing Company, Buhio Waikiki, Mahaloha Burger, & Cheeseburger in Paradise.

This time around I made it to North Shore! I HIGHLY recommend finding a way up there because the drive itself is so pretty. We stopped in Haleiwa, a small town on the North Shore to look around in the shops. We also made it to the Sunrise Shack, which is the cutest little smoothie/acai stand on the side of the road. 

STORYTIME: So the Sunrise Shack was the one thing I realllyyy wanted to visit because I wanted a cute picture & an acai bowl. By the time we got there I was so hungry, so I ordered a large acai bowl. Jay Alvarez, the Instagram famous photographer was there in front of us in line! He was with his girlfriend(?). Anyway, I was waiting around for my acai bowl for about half an hour & finally I went & asked them about it & they scrambled to make it, BUT I think that Jay Alvarez’s girlfriend TOOK my acai bowl. She has since taken a photo with it & posted it on Instagram & it’s gotten 50,000 plus likes, so at least I can say my acai bowl is famous. In the moment I was hangry, but it’s a pretty funny story to tell!!

On our North Shore day we also stopped by the Dole Plantation to get some dole whip & Green World Coffee Farm. If you’re a coffee lover, make sure to stop there & get free samples & smell alll the yummy bean juice. 🙂 We also spent time on the beach in North Shore & it was way less crowded than Waikiki beach.

It was another amazing trip & I’m seriously already trying to figure out when I can go back!! It is such a gorgeous place to visit & relax. 

Hawaii Recap

Hi guys!

I’m finally back!! Sorry I’ve been MIA for so long, but I had finals & then a super fun trip to Hawaii so I just decided to take a break from posts for a couple of weeks to get re-inspired & focus on other things. 

This post is going to be allll about my trip to Oahu, Hawaii! It was honestly such a dream & I would go back in a heartbeat. I was only there for one week, but I feel like I need a solid month to be able to see everything that there is to see.

We stayed downtown Waikiki, which is on the island of Oahu, close to Honolulu. Although I live in a city now, this city was nothing like Phoenix. For starters, we had a BEACH VIEW. It was so nice & I felt so close to everything.

As soon as I found out I was going to Hawaii, I got on Pinterest (typical) & looked up all the cool places to visit. We only had a rental car for one day, so unfortunately, we didn’t make it to North Shore or some of the other little towns nearby. If you ever go, try to get a car for a couple of days because there is so much to see outside of the city!! 

We took our rental car to Makapu’u Beach Park, which wasn’t too far from the city. You can bus there if you need to. (TheBus is how most people get around, but I would avoid it unless you HAVE to.) It was a small beach with lots of rocks & a view of a lighthouse. I felt like I was on the west coast with the rocky beach! It was so beautiful & the water was just so BLUE. I took all the other beach pics at another beach called Cromwell’s or Ka’alawai. I was really, really horrible at pronouncing all of the Hawaiian names lol.  

Another thing that we didn’t get to do, but would require a car ride, is the Sunrise Shack fruit stand, near North Shore. It looks so Instagrammable! 

One of the best things I think we did was hike Diamond Head. It’s a really famous hike that overlooks the entire city & the coast! It was so pretty, but very crowded. I took the jumping picture at the top of Diamond Head & may or may not have passed a No Trespassing sign to get it. Anything for the ‘gram amiright? 

There is a lot to do downtown Waikiki, so don’t worry if you don’t have access to a car! I still didn’t do everything there is to do. The Moana Surfrider beach side bar is the cutest place & has so many yummy drinks. (Especially if you’re over 21, which I am not.) :/ It feels like you’re in the south because the hotel style is like that of a southern mansion. There is a long porch with rocking chairs over-looking the ocean! Also, so much shopping!! The malls are open-air & unlike anything you’ve ever seen, I promise. The Ala Moana Center is huge & offers all the shopping you could ever want, plus we saw a hula show there! It has the coolest Japanese food court too with sooo much ramen!! The International Market is also a shopping center in the heart of Waikiki where I got shaved ice! The best shaved ice place is Island Vintage Shave Ice. I guess shave ice is a big deal in Hawaii so of course I had to try it & I was expecting it to taste like a snoh cone, but it was so much better! It almost had a sorbet texture & it was topped with fresh fruit. It would be super yummy on a hot day! (Also, P.S. it’s very humid in Hawaii.) 

Outside of the mall area, you can find Kona Coffee. There are several locations I think, but I went to the one at the Moana Surfrider hotel. I had to try it because I would definitely call myself a coffee lover. Kona is not the most Instagrammable place, but if you love coffee, I would try it. The best place for an Instagram & a drink is Olive & Oliver at the Surfjack hotel in Waikiki! It’s a boutique & coffee shop in one. The clothing is cute, & so are the lattes! Also, you need to try Banan! It’s a healthy ice cream place that makes ice cream out of bananas. It was really good, but normal ice cream is still better I think.

Last, but not least, my brother & I walked around Kings Village in downtown Waikiki. It is a small, European style village with tourist shops & Asian pop up shops. There are lots of good picture opportunities there. Also, Asian markets are a huge thing there & they are so intimidating! You have to bargain for everything because nothing has a price & it really scares me lol. But you can get stuff for cheap if you’re good at making deals!

I think that’s everything!! I’m also making a travel diary of my trip, so make sure to look out for that 😉 I hope you enjoyed this post & all of the pictures! It was by far one of my favorite trips ever & I loved telling you guys all about it! 

Have you ever been to Hawaii?? Let me know in the comments or DM me on social. 🙂

with love,

jazz

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Spring Break Packing List

Spring break is almost here! And if you’re anything like me, you’ve been waiting for it since school started haha. I’ve made a brief packing list of things I bring for a beach vacation because I’ll be spending my break in California!

  • beach hat
  • ball cap
  • cover-up for swimsuit
  • sandals
  • flip flops
  • tennis shoes
  • beach bag
  • sunscreen
  • tanning oil
  • towel *It might be easier to just borrow a towel at the hotel or wherever you’re staying, but if you have enough room to pack one why not!
  • sunglasses
  • snacks
  • magazine/book
  • headphones

I hope this helps you guys figure out what to bring! What is your favorite way to spend time on the beach? Let me know in the comments!

with love,

jazz

Fall Break Recap

Fall Break was soooo good! It was honestly just what I needed. I went up north to visit Jacob &  actually have some cool weather. I mentioned it in my Chic of the Week last week, & I said that if I did enough cool stuff I would do a Fall Break recap on here so I made it a priority to do stuff! Not that I didn’t do a lot of laying around & watching The Office. (That show never gets old…) I also ate my body weight in candy corn, but hey, it’s October so I think there are no excuses…

On Saturday, Jacob & I went to the Grand Canyon. It’s only a few hours from where he lives so it was the perfect little road trip. He had never seen it before & you can’t live in Arizona & not see it! He thought the “big hole in the ground” was pretty neat. We found the perfect spot to take some pics that wasn’t overly crowded with tourists. Although Jake gave me a heart attack climbing the rocks! I would consider myself adventurous, but after hanging out with him, I think I take that back… Anyway, a super nice tourist took the pic of us overlooking the canyon together & it’s about to become my new favorite picture of us 🙂 After exploring the edge of the cliff (somewhat unwillingly on my part) we walked around for a bit & then headed out. For dinner that night, we went to a super cute 50’s-inspired diner. Made me want to go back in time… the food was super good, but the atmosphere was even better!

On Sunday, I hung out with my best friend from high school! Our friendship is a whole blog post in itself. But we always do the most extra stuff together! She’s always down to adventure & try new things & I love it. She took me to the local’s favorite coffee shop & then we went to the farmer’s market & walked around town. There were so many cute boutiques, I could’ve gone broke. I did buy one thing… I’ll do a Chic of the Week to show you guys! We also found a little pumpkin patch & took some pics & even bought little pumpkins to decorate! (Expect an easy, DIY fall idea on the blog soon!) Super successful Sunday 🙂

Jacob had class on Monday so I just hung out & blogged! It was a super chill break, but it was spent with people I love & I think that’s the best way to spend time. I didn’t want to leave, but unfortunately, I had school the rest of the week! But I get to see them both soon for Halloween. And eat more candy corn…

Hope you guys enjoyed this post! I love talking about my trips & giving you guys a look inside what I like to do for fun. 

xo,

jazz

Chicago Recap

Hello all!

I’ve been crazy busy lately trying to get everything ready for school, plus packing up my stuff to move. I’m excited for another semester, but let’s be honest, summer went way too quick. I was gone for two weeks visiting family & exploring some new places, but now I’m back to adulting & I just want to escape again!

Chicago was our first stop & I fell in love, despite how stressful it was. I wish I could say I saw everything I wanted & got to explore every inch of the city with time to spare, but I would be lying. We only had a few hours to spend downtown. Parking alone took us an hour because the traffic is so bad. On the plus side, I did get to see some things as we were driving the streets in search of a place to park. Pro tip: Get a hotel downtown & either walk or Uber to your destination. That’s what we did the first time I visited & it worked a lot better & saved us time.

River Walk

The only thing I really had to see was the Wrigley Building clock. At the time, I didn’t even know what it was called, I just knew I had to get a picture of it because I saw a picture on Pinterest that was so cool I needed my own version. (Ya know how I roll…)

I also wanted a selfie at the famous reflecting bean statue so we walked there, but it was super hot, humid & crowded. Not my idea of the perfect Insta shot, but I got a few good pics & an excuse to go back!

Just me & my mum being typical Windy City tourists…

 

Cloud Gate sculpture, better known as the Reflective Bean in Millennium Park.

Although I didn’t get to see everything I wanted, I got to spend time in a new place & create new memories ( not all good… ). I did get some good pictures & lots of reasons to go back & visit. I even kinda want to move there now. But I say that about almost every place I visit…

This is the signature pose that I do in front of anything with significance. 

What are your favorite places to visit in Chicago? Let me know in the comments or on social media because I definitely plan on going back someday soon… 

P.S. Also. Guys. Have you tried true Chicago deep dish pizza? If you haven’t, you need to. This was my first experience & it was sooo good. There were layers upon layers of cheesy goodness.

xo,

jazz

Staycation Recap

Today is the Monday-est Monday ever, if that’s even a thing! I’m still in vacation mode. But speaking of vacation, below are some pictures from my stay at Scottsdale Camelback Resort this weekend. I planned on taking the time to shoot more, but I honestly got so caught up in actually being present, that I forgot all about it. I think it’s important to take time to relax & not focus on work, & vacation is the perfect time to do that.

Possibly the best part of the whole weekend… the Cupcake ATM! I got a carrot cake cupcake & wow, devine. 10/10 would recommend making a stop if you’re ever in Scottsdale!
I got to catch up with a college friend! Long distance friendships are hard. 
I spent most of my time lying poolside trying not to burn! And also catching up on Vogue.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I wish I had more to share, but honestly it felt good to not be so focused on finding the next ‘grammable thing & just be able to relax. Keep an eye out for more pics of my whereabouts…

xo,

jazz