Friday, 22 August 2014

Maui

After Kauai, we travelled to Maui (another one of the Hawaiian islands). Maui is actually the second largest after Big Island. Again, we spent our first day and a half in the hotel (+ we did a bit of snorkelling). Our second day was a very long day since we drove along the Hana Highway which was a 2 hour drive on the coast of Maui and along the edge of the rainforest. Our destination was the Pipiwai Trail which took you past several pools and through a bamboo forest to the Waimoku Falls. On the way back we also stopped off at the Waianapanapa black sand beach. 

This is quite a long post since I managed to take photos for both the day and night. The first outfit is a pretty typical beachy outfit. I found this top in the charity shop (originally from Topshop) and thought it would be great for days lying by the pool and to just throw on. My shorts are really old and diy'd. I'd really love a classic pair of high waisted denim shorts rather than these horrible ones but I just can't justify spending the money on something I'll only wear a few weeks a year!
My evening outfit features a dress that I made last month. The top section is made of a mesh material and I just pleated the blue fabric so that it hangs in quite a unique way. 
Day






Evening






The Hana Highway
Banyan Tree
 Black Sand Beach

 Pipiwai Trail

1st outfit - top - Topshop via charity shop, shorts - old/diy
2nd outfit - dress - homemade, sandals, - primark

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Kauai

After Oahu, we flew to Kauai (which was probably my favourite of the three islands). We spent the first day in the hotel and on the second we drove to the Waimea Canyon. I'd never been to/seen a canyon before so I was really quite impressed, especially since it's the 'Grand Canyon of the Pacific'. We'd planned to visit the Na Pali Coast but due to some technical sat nav issues we had to turn back but found a really nice snorkelling beach instead. 
My dress was a charity shop find. It's not something I would wear normally at home but it was perfect for the beach/evenings/plane journeys plus it was very easy to just throw on. It was quite windy by the sea here which is why I'm looking very windswept in these photos!







Waimea Canyon
Poipu Beach

dress - Max C London via charity shop
shoes - Office

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Oahu

 I hope results day wasn't too bad for everyone! I'm fairly pleased with mine but there's not so much pressure to get the right grades since I've already got my place at UCA. Two of my friends managed to get into Cambridge and I can't imagine the stress they must have had during exam time!
Anyway, onto part 2, and our next stop was the island of Oahu in Hawaii. Oahu is the third biggest island and is the location of the capital city, Honolulu. Our hotel was slightly east of this, next to Waikiki Beach which is where we spent our first day relaxing (and attempting to bodysurf...). On the second day, we drove out to the Koko Head trail (shown in the photos below) which was an incredibly tough hike up a disused railway track and then drove around the coast where we found a really nice surfing beach. 
As for the outfit, this dress is something that I made just before I left for holiday. It's possibly my favourite thing I've ever made as the fabric is just perfect and I'm really pleased with how well it fits/the quality of sewing. Let me know what you think...!






Driving around the coast
The view from the Koko Head Trail


Koko Head Trail, Waikiki city, Waikiki Beach

dress - homemade
sandals - Topshop

Saturday, 9 August 2014

New York

If anyone's noticed my brief absence from blogging, the reason is that I've been away on holiday in America. It was my Mum's 50th birthday this year and one of her favourite places to go was Hawaii (which she visited 25 years ago (+ the Hawaii 50 reference)) so she decided it would be the perfect holiday location for her 50th year . We were lucky enough to actually go to five different locations throughout the two and a half weeks, starting off in New York. I took some outfit photos in each place and here is the first...
These two outfits are very Primark-heavy, perhaps because Primark is so good for casual/simple items. This bag is probably one of my best buys from there (I think it was £15ish) and I found this t-shirt for only £3. My checkered shirt again was very cheap since I bought it second hand from ebay rather than new in the shops...









1st outfit - top - primark, shorts - old/diy, shoes - Office, bag - Primark
2nd outfit - primark via ebay, shoes - ebay

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Fishnet Crop Top

I'm off on holiday this Thursday so I won't be posting for a few weeks but I'm really excited to show you some of the things that I've made when I come back. In the meantime, I wanted to show you this fishnet crop top which I adjusted from a long sleeved one I had previously (very simply by cutting off the sleeves and cropping it). In an ideal situation I wouldn't have paired it with this skirt but unfortunately I have a lack of summer skirts at the moment and it was the best I could find! If you've been following my blog for a while, you may recognise it from a post last summer. I hope you are all having a good summer, and see you in 3 weeks!











 top - old/diy
skirt - ebay
shoes - Office