12:43 pm

maui photo diary

23/01/2013, beach life, hawaii, neverending summer, phillip lim, photo diary

photos by me and Colin

Ok it’s way too easy to take photos in Hawaii, there’s a powder sanded sunsoaked beach or a perfectly rundown ____ or a trippy lava rock formation coming at you every other millimeter. Or so. I packed a mix of Phillip Lim men’s and resort (most notably those leather overalls and the first peplum top I’ve ever been okay with), old standbys that can as easily be slept in as worn in public, a neoprene bikini by Lisa Marie Fernandez, and a leather tshirt by Swedish brand Monki which I’m now re-addicted to. Footwear was the absence thereof, Birkenstock Kairos, Havaianas, or my Isabel Marant Bobbys. I tried wearing heels for 5 minutes and it was just too funny, even for me. And I know Birkenstocks are pretty much a curse word in fashion but I’ve been into their shamelessly ’90s look since succumbing last summer..and they’re probably the best shoe I can think of for spontaneous 5 mile waterfall hikes.

Recommendations….first, expect your hair to grow about three times faster the second you get there. It is amazing and you’ll just have to accept it. The Road to Hana is breathtaking both because it’s crazy beautiful and oh also cause you feel like you’re actually taking your last breath on some of those turns. If you see people selling coconut candy, you should buy it. The Honokalani Black Sand Beach is a necessary stop and the red sand one is too if you have time to find it (we didn’t).  My favorite beach was down a long staircase off the 30 right north of Kapalua, but Big Beach was actually the best too. Stay at a house instead of a hotel if you can and shop at Mana Foods in Paia..Mama’s Fish House is good but the mussels I had at Café Mambo were some of the best I’ve had. The hike to Waimoku Falls is just worth it but you can’t stop to even freaking tie your shoe or the mosquitoes will end you. Wear Birkenstocks and have at least 5 bikinis in your car at all times. Be okay with a backpack cause normal bags seem awkward all of a sudden and there are Kind Bars and DSLRs and Caudalie products to be lugged around. It wouldn’t be crazy to bring a water filter. Things marked as superettes are full of interesting things. Be amazed at the lack of need to steam your clothes cause the humidity does it for you. Don’t stack stones, no matter how tempted you are. Choice Health Bar is the place to go for a super clean lunch. Get as rugged a vehicle as makes sense for your aesthetic cause you’ll be driving on what are more similar to horse trails than roads appropriate for vehicles. Don’t get bored of rainbows. Eat all the ahi poke and apple bananas you can cause they can’t be replicated to that degree of perfection anywhere else. Connect the dots with my Instagram shots and head to my Formspring if I’m missing everything which I probably am cause my brain is shot from trying to put these photos in an order I’m ok with. I hope you enjoyed our diary!

Categories: beach life, hawaii, neverending summer, phillip lim, photo diary
10:48 pm

pale gold

18/01/2013, beach life, hawaii

photos by Colin and me

Just back from Hawaii and starting to accept that I don’t live on a tropical island most of the time. Sifting through eighty thousand takes on lush green landscapes now lies ahead of me, but I figure brandishing a can of coconut water while backlit is a good place to start. Wearing a destroyed to smithereens Wildfox sweatshirt over a bikini (⬅ important to clarify) and sitting near my Theyskens’ Theory backpack at beautiful, crazy huge (two thirds of a mile it stretches) Big Beach on the south side of the island. The first time we pretty much stumbled across it in that way where you see a lot of cars parked in the perceived middle of nowhere and decide with exchanged smug glances and zero words that it’s worth investigating. Super valid way to decide what beach to go to, or cult gatherings. This spot was so ideal with its lava rock to scale and actual forest hemming it in that we decided to go back for one of our last afternoons there. The whole place had almost cleared out by the time the light was fading so we dug the camera out to play around with during those last few minutes. Must keep in mind this is always only five hours away from home.

Categories: beach life, hawaii
11:57 pm


14/01/2013, back to the woods, hawaii, phillip lim

photo by Colin Sokol

(3.1 Phillip Lim Scrapbook Floral dress)

Today on the side of the road in between the beach and the grocery store, it seemed wise to drop everything for a couple minutes and trespass fieldward for this shot. Half because repeated nature items always look good in photos and half because it’s important to pay respect to Phillip Lim’s resort collection, where watery florals and leather overalls exist in the same realm. This dress is plenty pretty but I think it’s also nice to note that it gives the illusion that the wearer was clever enough to tuck a silk tshirt into a fluid printed skirt and fasten it all with a corset cum cummerbund in the same print. I’m not ready to admit that I’m not the illusion person but I am ready to imply it.

Categories: back to the woods, hawaii, phillip lim
11:44 am

island life

14/01/2013, beach life, chloé, hawaii

photos by Colin Sokol

Hello from Maui! Lots more to come, this place is sickeningly photogenic.

Categories: beach life, chloé, hawaii
3:30 pm

hawaii photo diary

16/01/2012, alexander wang, beach life, biker jackets for life, hawaii, photo diary, vintage, white dresses anonymous
Categories: alexander wang, beach life, biker jackets for life, hawaii, photo diary, vintage, white dresses anonymous