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I can’t seem to figure out why I love pairing jeans with a t-shirt, but it’s a love of mine I can’t seem to overcome.  The great thing about wearing jeans (in any wash, really) is that you can dress it up or down.  Jeans pants are seriously that one staple item in the closet that goes with just about anything.  I’m all about that casual flair and vibe this outfit gives off and while it may not be other’s cup of tea, I’ll rock it.  

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As a busy mom, I am usually rocking out a messy bun (we call it a tita bun here in Hawaii), shorts and a t-shirt on a daily basis, but I like to take my casualness and turn it up, if even only a notch. lol

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Potter what?

As many of you know, I’m a total Potter Head.  No, I’m not talking about the green stuff, I mean Harry Potter, silly… lol.  This tee from the Harry Potter Collection was found at Walmart and was less than $10, so it was not only a bargain, but I fell in love with it.  And, did I mention that it is a 2XL?  It’s nice and slouchy on me (which I enjoy) and it fits, woohoo!  When I wear any of my Harry Potter tees, I’m not sure why but I tend to pair my outfits with my Alex and Ani bracelets.  I think they go well together and just offer great vibes all around. 

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The Outfit Details

Besides my Harry Potter Hogwarts Alumni Tee, I’m also using Refuge Skinny Jeans from Charlotte Russe in a size 16.  These jeans are super comfy and I love the dark wash of the denim.  They are also high-waisted which is perfect for my tummy area.  To bump up this casual outfit a little more to something dressier and sexier, I added a pair of Hide and Peep Heels in Black from a local store here in Hawaii called Jeans Warehouse. My accessories are quite simplistic (as they usually are) so as I mentioned above I am using my Alex and Ani Bracelets with this outfit.  For my watch, I’m using one of my Invicta Angel’s with a Black Silicone band and to carry all my mommy gear and essentials, I have been using my Coach Backpack.  For sunglasses, I’m using a pretty affordable pair from Zoo York shades.  

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My Makeup

My makeup was quite simplistic as it usually is.  I’ve been loving a fresh look with just mascara and a lippy lately.  I’ve been also loving the Essence Cosmetics Water Kiss Glossy Lip Colors.  I’m using a blend of Aquatic Chic and Mermaid Diary on my lips.  Of course, for mascara my go-to’s are the L’Oreal Voluminous Base topped with the Essence Cosmetics The False Lash Mascara, Lash Princess and Volume Stylist.  Can you see a trend here?  I really am a HUGE fan of Essence and I’m so glad that we have an Ulta here now so I can actually buy their products on island.  For my brows, I’m using the Beauty Junkees Tinted Brow Gel (another go-to).

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Be sure to check out the video on YouTube (embedded below) for what I wore the week I used this outfit.  I’ll be posting more of these in the future. 


Disclaimer:  All products featured in this post were purchased with my own money.  All and any opinions discussed are my own, 100% honest & unbiased.  Affiliate links are used throughout this post.  You, as a customer do not pay more, but a small percentage of the sale goes to the person who influenced your purchase.  This is NOT a sponsored post.

It’s been about a year since I last posted an outfit here on Honey Girl’s World.  It honestly seems like a lifetime.  I’ve been working incredibly hard on my physical, mental and emotional self over the last year and I’m finally comfortable posting outfits again.  Don’t get it twisted, I am in no way a fashion blogger, but I love sharing my casual style with all of you.  My goal is to get back to sharing affordable or budget-friendly outfits that I love and I hope you love them too.

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I posted the above photo to my Instagram last week (when I actually wore this outfit) and everyone seemed to like it.  It’s simple, but still offers a great style.  I love that I can use this to a casual or dressy affair.

Can you wear Rompers in Fall?

Honestly, if you’re in Hawaii, you could probably get away with a romper for most of the year.  But I live on a mountain.  Our mornings are chilly and our late afternoons and evenings have crisp, cool air, so I love a sweater and some leggings.  But, that’s why I love this romper from Xhilaration so much.  It’s not only flowy and comfortable, but it can be worn off the shoulder if you’d like.  It has gorgeous lace detailing on the shoulders and arms and covers up the shoulder with just a bit of peek-a-boo for that feminine appeal.

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The Outfit Details

I wanted something that would still be a little warmer for Fall in Hawaii, while still allowing me to be cool.  I mean, let’s be real for a second here… it’s still Hawaii and it’s still HOT! lol  This gorgeous floral romper I am using is from Xhilaration which I purchased at Target.  My Hide and Peep Heels in Black are from Jeans Warehouse (a local store here in Hawaii).  My sunglasses are a pair that I’ve had for a few years from Quay Australia (unfortunately they are no longer available).  For accessories, well, I kept it quite minimal and am using just a few Hawaiian Heirloom bangles for a little jingle and gold.  My earrings are made of gorgeous Koa and Shell from a local Artisan named Kalai La’au (Infinitely Kerrie).  I don’t change out my purses or handbags as often as I’d like, so you will probably see my Coach Backpack around for the next few weeks.

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My Makeup

I went with natural look for my makeup on this day.  My brows were filled in with the L’Oreal Brow Stylist Definer (Brunette). They were set in place with the Pixi Beauty Clear Brow Gel.  I’m using a few coats of one of my favorite mascaras, Essence Cosmetics Volume Stylist 18h Lash Extension Mascara.  For my lips, I am using the IT Cosmetics Vitality Lip Flush Stain topped with Essence Cosmetics Water Kiss Glossy Lip Color in Aquatic Chic.  

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Be sure to check out the video on YouTube (embedded below) for what I wore the week I used this outfit.  My goal is to post more of these in the future, so I hope you enjoy them. 

I also wanted to take the time to thank all of you that have really stuck by me the last year as I got my head on right.  After my Daddy passed away in June 2017, I’ve struggled to be in the right mind space and it was a challenge to write anything on the blog.  I appreciate all of you and thank you for sticking around. xo


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I am totally looking forward to the summer months here on Maui.  Summer months here mean spending most of my days lounging on the sand and enjoying the beautiful beaches that Maui has to offer.  It also means that the sun is up longer during the day and that leaves more time for walks and working out later in the afternoon.  But, due to a condition I’ve been dealing with lately – I’ve gained some weight and I have been covering up my body a little more than usual.  Working out or hitting the beach for a plus sized gal can definitely be a challenge when you need to find clothes that fit.  And, many women are too modest to wear a tankini or show too much skin.  That’s where HydroChic comes in.  This awesome company offers versatility in their active wear while giving you the option of covering up a little or just being comfortable.  Being plus sized can be a challenge to find swim and active wear that fits and still looks good so today, I’m going to share this awesome brand with you to get you “Summer Ready”.

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HydroChic is an athleisure wear line that is versatile and comfortable while offering gorgeous prints and colors for any style preference.  HydroChic offers Mix-and-Match Swim and Active Wear that provides the wearer comfortable coverage with less skin, lots more style and UV Protection.  For someone like me who lives in the sun most days (especially in the summer) whether it is for play or exercise, this line is absolutely perfect.

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There are more than 100 slimming mix-n-match separates to choose from, regardless of your size – girls, missy, plus sized, you name – they have it.  And, if you’re like me and want a little more coverage, they got your “covered” literally.  HydroChic offers lightweight, chlorine-resistant and chlorine-proof stretch fabric that dries really quickly and provides you with UPF 50+ sun protection.  It’s durable, yet super flexible and allows you to use it at the beach or pool or to the gym, yoga or whatever your heart desires.  It’s designed so that it doesn’t constrict movement and is sporty and figure flattering.  With a variety of shorts, pants, leggings, long, short and sleeveless tops (with several bra options) and versatile swim dress, skirts and skorts – you are completely covered.

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I am using the Black Tribal Sleeveless Swim n’ Gym Top (retail $72.00) that came with a Swim/Sports BRA with cups which make it easy for me to use with a little bit of push-up.

Details of the Tidal Tank Sporty Sleeveless Swim n’ Gym Top: Back zippered pocket is perfect to securely stash keys, ID, money  Chlorine resistant Fabric XTRA LIFE LYCRA®/ Nylon Comes with a complimentary swim/sports bra Available in Missy XS-XL and Plus Full Cut 0X-3X Quick drying UPF 50+ sun protection.

I am also using the Diving Diva Black Swim and Bike Shorts (retail $58.00, not chlorine proof) which is available in sizes XS-XL in Missy and 0X-4x in Plus.

Details of the Diving Diva Black Swim and Bike Shorts.  Mix and match them with any of our fitness tops.  Covered elastic waistband, Plus Size has wider supportive waistband.  Chlorine resistant.  Fabric: XTRA LIFE LYCRA®/ Nylon.  Available in Missy XS-XL and Plus Full Cut 0X-4X.  Quick drying.  UPF 50+ sun protection.  Shorts are 19” long in a size Medium, inseam is 9”.  The bottoms are designed to sit at the natural waist line.

Now, I’ve had my HydroChic set for just under a year and it’s been washed and worn many many times.  I throw mine in the dryer on the low setting to dry – though I definitely suggest line drying to help keep your HydroChic wear in optimal condition.  Even after almost a year – each piece looks brand new so I know it’s made with quality materials and craftsmanship.

I absolutely love how comfortable these all fit on my body, no weird bunching and funky cuts that make sitting or standing odd.  The top is perfect for me when running, walking or working out because it helps to keep me cool and it’s not overly form fitting so it is easy for me to move in – whether swimming, jogging or any type of sports, it’s just easy to use.

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HydroChic is available at select stores throughout the US, Canada, Australia, South Africa and Israel, and online at www.hydrochic.com.  Available in sizes Missy and Plus–4X. Prices range from $29.50 to $95.00.

About HydroChic – HydroChic, LLC. was co-founded by Daniella Teutsch and Sara Wolf, and launched in May, 2008. The idea came to them one day at the Jersey Shore as they watched women of all ages slather themselves with sunscreen and pull sloppy men’s t-shirts over their traditional bathing suits to protect their skin from sun damage. They knew that more fashionable coverage options were missing in the swimwear market. Only then did they realize how many other women were searching for the very same swimwear solutions. HydroChic is based in New Rochelle, NY.

With summer right around the bend, now is the perfect time to choose out a summer hit and I know HydroChic will be one you’ll enjoy.  Back in my surfing days – I would have loved something like this because it would help to keep my “girls” in place without they bouncing around for everyone to see and I wouldn’t have to worry about my top or bottoms flying off after being tumbled in a wave.  Any woman or girl who surfs, knows this dilemma and HydroChic would have made a great addition to my swim and surf wear back in the day.  I’m glad I can utilize it now.  The outfit is perfect for days when I take my sons to the beach or pool – because I don’t have to worry about one of them tugging on my top and it falling off revealing the girls… ya know?

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HydroChic offers so many styles to choose from that I’m sure you’ll find something you enjoy.  Shipping is very quick and I enjoyed it so much I purchased several for my  sisters since they like to be a little more covered up when hitting the sand too. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll still rock a bikini or tankini but I love that I have an option if I’m just not feeling up to revealing some skin.

Check out all of their designs and full line of products available at: http://hydrochic.com/

So, are you a little more conservative when you hit the beach, pool or workout?  If so, do you think that HydroChic would work for your style and comfort?  Let me know in the comments below if you think they could be your next summer hit.

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Fall is my favorite time of year.  Cooler weather means that we can dress warmer here in Hawaii and embrace the colder months.  The thing about Hawaii  though is that while it cools down, it can still be warm and humid.  I wanted to provide you with a kind of universal Fall lookbook and style diary that offered you some warm weather cozy while still having something for a hot Hawaii day.   Today I’m doing this post and video in collaboration with a fellow beauty and lifestyle blogger from Hawaii – Kathryn (Kath) from The Fabzilla.  Make sure you head on over and show this gorgeous beauty some mad love too.

*click here to watch directly on YouTube.

Look 1 –

  • Black Convertible Top – Target
  • Jeans – YMI Plus Size WannaBettaButt Jegging
  • Handbag – Coach
  • Footwear – Flip Flops (I’ll be rocking this pretty often – I banged up my ankle quite a bit a few days ago.)
  • Minimal makeup – mascara and brows with lip balm
  • Sunglasses – Ray Ban Aviator Classic Gold

Look 2 – 

  • Duster Sweater – Target
  • Black Jeggings – Forever 21 Plus
  • Black Camisole – Walmart
  • Calf High Boots with Buckle – Justfab.com
  • Minimal makeup – mascara and brows with ColourPop Konichiwa lippy stix
  • Sunglasses – Ray Ban Aviator Classic Gold

Look 3 – 

I hope you enjoyed this little style diary.  Remember – as I always say, style really is personal preference.  For me, I love to be comfortable and if the season allows – I love cozy.  You can catch me in flip flops most time of the year unless it’s cold and then a pair of boots will always suffice.  Since I injured my ankle badly – I’m unable to use a lot of my traditional footwear that I would pair with my outfits like flats or ballet slippers because my ankle is swollen and they won’t fit over my brace.  But, nonetheless, I dress in what makes me comfortable.  To me, just like makeup – style is a form of self expression.

I hope you are all enjoying your cooler weather.  Don’t forget to head on over to check out Kath’s sweet looks – you’ll love her, classy style and a beauty.

Kath’s Blog:  http://www.thefabzilla.com/2016/11/style-and-makeup-diary-hawaii-fall_12.html

Kath’s YouTube:  https://youtu.be/51BcTtRBwmY

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When it comes to jewelry, I’m pretty picky.  I’ve discussed this time and time again and have mentioned it before, but because I have sensitive skin – finding the perfect jewelry piece can be a challenge.  I am also someone that tends to gravitate towards dainty pieces that offer a statement without looking gaudy or too overdone.  Let’s face it, we all know that I’m a casual girl and prefer a pair of jeans and boots to slacks and heels.  But, that’s what makes our world so unique and fun… it’s that we all have our own individual style and flare.  For me, I love something that is personal, offers a special touch and if it’s gold… hey, we got a winner.  Today I’m going to introduce you to gorgeous personalized jewelry from Six Sisters Beadworks.  I love a sweet piece of jewelry and this one, well it absolutely screams Honey… literally. lol

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Six Sisters Beadworks is the business owned by Michelle who launched her jewelry business with the goal of introducing to others a gorgeous line of timeless keepsake gifts that are meant to be cherished for a lifetime.  Michelle was inspired by her six small daughters to pursue a professional jewelry design business in an effort to create meaningful pieces that are artfully fashioned to feel and look both unique and spectacular.  With classic heirloom pieces that are personalized with names, initials, dates and birthstones – they are crafted from the finest materials of .925 Sterling Silver, 14K gold filled, genuine Swarovski Crystals, freshwater pearls and natural gemstones.  Michelle Bisesto’s jewelry designs are beautiful and what I love about them the most, is that they are timeless.

Each of the pieces that are offered at Six Sisters Beadworks are created and handmade with great attention to detail and a serious interest in fine craftsmanship.  The designs are innovative and exciting offering pieces for babies, little girls, teens and women and they make beautiful custom made gifts.  Recently Michelle has added custom pieces for boys and men as well for a classic and modern style.

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I received the Hand Stamped Gold Cuff Bracelet – $102.00.  When it comes to jewelry I look for attention to detail and I’m absolutely in love with this bracelet.  It is a smooth 14K Gold Filled cuff that is hand formed and personalized.  This piece is simplistic, but classy and can be worn anytime with anything.  I am plus sized and found that this cuff fit perfectly and I was able to bend it open to place it onto my wrist with ease.  You can personalize your cuff with special names, initials, date or phrase and I chose to go simple with just my name – HONEY.

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This cuff bracelet can be worn on its own or as part of your arm candy with other bracelets.  I love how easy it is to use and pair with your favorite styles and fashions.  It’s well made and has stood up to my daily use without any tarnishing or discoloration.

Jewelry Care for any pieces ordered from Six Sisters Beadworks includes:
-Keep jewelry dry.

-Remove before sleeping.
-Remove before changing clothes.
-Please do NOT use silver polish on alphabet beads.
-Sterling Silver does tarnish slowly over time due to exposure to air. Simply wipe with a polishing cloth to restore its original shine.
-Store your Sterling Silver jewelry in its original gift box or inside an airtight plastic bag to slow the tarnishing process. 
-Please click HERE to purchase our Sterling Silver Polishing Cloth.
-Storing your jewelry in an airtight box or bag will delay the tarnishing process. 

With the holidays quickly approaching, I wanted to be sure to share this bracelet and company with all of you.  I’m an online shopper and absolutely LOVE purchasing gifts for loved ones that add a little personal touch to their lives.  This bracelet as well as the others offered at Six Sisters Beadworks are unique, beautiful and would make a great gift.  I wouldn’t be surprised if you seen this in an upcoming gift guide because I do love it that much.

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I love a business that offers quality and detail in each of their products and you will surely find something you love or a gift for someone you love at Six Sisters Beadworks.

Have you heard of Six Sisters Beadworks before?  If so, have you purchased anything from them?  If not, is there anything you have your sights on?

You can check out what Six Sisters Beadworks offers and their collection for sale here:  http://sixsistersbeadworks.com/

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You know, I’ve said this time and time again… but who I am today and what I have become was in part molded for me by those before me.  My parents, my grandparents, family and friends who have inspired who I am as a person today.  I recently was introduced to a beautiful Angel Locket by Yourself Expression and I wanted to share with you this beautiful piece that has completely won over my heart.

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These beautiful Angel Lockets are the perfect way to express love or remembrance (or both).  These lockets are unlike the traditional lockets you are accustomed to.  They are bold, but dainty and offer gorgeous geometric shapes to compliment who you are as a person or your personal style.  Each locket features filigree-like detailing and crystal accents.  What makes these lockets different than your traditional ones is that instead of holding a picture inside of your loved one, each locket houses a sphere with a chime inside.  Each necklace can be personalized to fit your taste by choosing the color of the sphere, making your choice something that is symbolic to you or simply your favorite shade or hue.

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The chime inside is subtle, light and not distracting at all.  It serves as a reminder that someone you love is thinking of you and always with you in spirit.  Each locket is meant to keep love and protection around you or the person you gift it to.

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Teen Entrepreneur Shelby Golguski and her brother Gordon created Yourself Expression to share things they love with others – young and old.  Their Angel Lockets merge customized accessories and an on-trend look perfectly.  There are various different lockets in different shapes, designs and finishes that make these so pretty and unique to your personal style.

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I have the Yourself Expression Spiral Design Angel Locket in Gold with a Silver Chimer.  My chain is made of stainless steel and my locket is silver plated with a copper base.  My chimer is a clay-painted ball that makes a soft chime when you move.  Each Angel Locket can be easily cleaned and wiped dry and you should take care in not wetting it or wearing in water.  The chain is 32″ and the locket 1″ in size.

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I have had this locket now for about a month and have absolutely fell in love.  It reminds me of my childhood and if you know anything about me, you know that each jewelry piece I use consistently has some type of significant meaning to me.  The piece is lightweight and I absolutely love the soft chime I hear when the necklace moves about it.  After using this consistently over the last month, I also love the fact that it hasn’t tarnished on me or turned my skin green as well.  Most jewelry pieces will do that to me after the first use if they are not real.  It’s sturdy and really well made.  Each locket is $20 and I look forward to picking up one or two more to add to my collection because I am absolutely in love with my locket.

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They say that when a loved one passes, you will carry a piece of them in your heart always.  What makes this locket so wonderful is that the little chimes that come from it are little reminders that I’m never alone.  As a lover of mythical creatures like fairies and unicorns, I am reminded that there is always a little bit of pixie dust somewhere to help brighten my day and that I always have angels over my shoulder.

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I think this will be a timeless piece for years to come and a great gift for yourself or a loved one.  Angel Lockets are a unique gift and the perfect little treasure for anyone to have.  It’s affordable, well-made and stylish.  I love the concept and enjoy the product and I’m proud to share it with all you today.

What about you, do you think Angel Lockets is something that you would enjoy or a loved one would like as a gift?  Have you heard or seen anything like this before?

You can check out all the designs available for the Angel Locket and purchase your own at: https://www.thegrommet.com/yourself-expression

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The boys and I have been enjoying our summer months together since my husband is usually working on the weekdays.  Come on now, we live on Maui, which has been rated the number 1 Vacation Destination by Conde Nast many years in a row, so we do have a plethora of sites to see and lots of fun to be had.  While we live on the mountain, we experience really hot days so I decided to pack the boys up into the car and take a drive up to Kula to cool down – since the air is much cooler there.  Our journey led us to the Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm, a place we have visited many times before – but it’s been years since I bought the twins here, so I decided it would be a perfect place to venture.

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The Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm is located on the slopes of Haleakala and overlooks some of the most beautiful views on the South side of the island.  It is a 25-30 minute drive away from the Kahului Airport (the main airport into Maui) and a popular spot for visitors to stop at and have lunch after watching the sunrise at Haleakala or hiking the crater.  At one time, it used to be free to enter the Lavender farm, so I was surprised to see a guard house at the entry (it was not there my last visit a few years ago) and entry for adults is $2.00.  It’s well worth the cost however.  You can bring your own lunch and have a picnic or hike the grounds for a great adventure.  The air is so cool up there, it was a perfect place for the boys and I to getaway to beat the heat.

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There is a little shop that sells tasty delectables featuring the fresh picked lavender, but the boys and I decided that we would just take in the sites and cool down and head home to eat lunch instead.  We walked around the gardens and admired the fragrant lavender as we took in the sites.

It was a short little adventure, but a beautiful day out so I took this opportunity to take some shots of the boys and my eldest son Kevin helped take a few photos of my casual outfit I wore.

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The best part about our little drive and excursion today was that I was able to spend it with the boys.  They go back to school in about 2 1/2 weeks and this summer break flew by too quickly.  The twins are off to 1st Grade and Kevin is off to 7th Grade.  With Football season starting for all three boys August 1st – I know that times like these will be few in between, so I’m glad we made great use out of our Summer break.

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Kimono Cover up – Forever 21 Plus

Ribbed Tank – Old Navy

Linen Shorts with pockets in black – Torrid.com

Flip flops – Guess Jeweled Slip ons

Watch – Invicta Angel

Sunglasses – Maui Jim Maui (style no longer available)

Nail Polish – Sinful Colors Kylie Jenner Trend Matters Collection in Kozy

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My embedded video above also showcases our dinner for that evening… I made my homemade poor man’s rissotto (recipe coming soon) and we watched a beautiful sunset from our porch to end a wonderful day.  If you’re not following me on Snapchat – my code is in my side bar, come and follow me on my daily journey.  What about you, are you enjoying the summer months?  I’m thankful to live in Hawaii and blessed to have a lifestyle where every day is an adventure and a vacation.

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Since my DSLR hasn’t been working, it’s been really nice to find reasons to take my phone out to practice shooting with it… all the images that you see in this post were taken with my Samsung Note 4.

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I can’t count how many times I have been told that Plus sized gals don’t belong in shorts.  It’s the summer ya’all… and it’s way too hot so I’ll wear it if I have it.  The fact is, I live in shorts if I can find a pair that suits the rest of my outfit and as many know who follow this blog – I’m a casual and laid back soul who loves to dress according to what makes me feel comfortable, not what others think I should wear.  Before I became “plus sized” I actually wore a lot of shorts or lived most of my teenage life in a bikini, because I like to be cool and this is Hawaii, where most people are lightly clothed, lol.  So, while my thighs are thick, I like them to be free and cool, so summer means either shorts or dresses.  Today, I remind you all that plus size girls can wear shorts too… with a quick summer plus size casual outfit.

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Earlier in the month I got a really cute ribbon crusher hat in white from Scala Pronto and thought that my casual, but functional look for the day would be the perfect marriage.  Since the boys and I were out and about playing tourist on our island, I thought – why not strut my stuff in a fun hat with a comfy outfit to pair with it.

The #LC511 Hat is a wide brim hat that is lightweight.  It includes a sewn-ribbon design and also provides SPF 50 protection which makes it perfect to pair with your summer outfits or year round.  It has a pretty tie at the back with an interior swear band for all-day comfort while wearing and includes colors in white, black, turquoise, poppy and fuchsia.  This is the ideal accessory for the pool and beach as well as a casual (like I’m wearing) or dress up style.  

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Tank:  Carpe Diem Danskin Now Actives

Shorts:  Torrid Denim

Hat:  Scala Pronto available at Zappos

Flip Flops:  Lisa Frank from Shoeminded.com

Watch:  Invicta Angel

Sunglasses:  Maui Jim Atoll

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Now, I know what you’re thinking… “But, Honey – isn’t that a workout or active wear shirt?”  Well, Yes and that is the whole reason I wore it today, hence the word “active wear”.  Don’t you know that running after three kids is major cardio?  Hahaha!  I needed something I could move in because keeping up with the boys while they are on Summer break means I have to be ready in an instant and constantly on my toes… but, don’t worry about me, I digress!  It’s cool and comfy but loose enough to allow me to really be active and have some fun with my littles.  And, I happen to like the saying on it, who doesn’t like a cute graphic tank anyway?

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Growing up in Hawaii, being a surfer girl and tomboy for most of my life has really allowed me to embrace the casual island living.  I’m not gonna lie, you will catch me in a tank and shorts or a dress most of the year if I’m not rocking out a pair of jeans.  I love it and I love that I can be comfortable and get down and dirty with my sons if the time calls for me to do so.  While I’m not a size 7 like I used to be, I still use shorts and I think plus size gals like myself shouldn’t be ashamed to use shorts too.  It’s comfortable and don’t we deserve to be comfy, especially during the summer?

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So what about you?  Do you find yourself rocking out a pair of shorts, graphic tank, flip flops and a cute hat this summer?  Comment below and let me know what you’re wearing while out and about and playing tourist this summer?

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If you’ve been on my blog for a while, then it’s pretty obvious that you have read or seen that I have a love for shoes and handbags… actually, it could most be categorized as an addition – ssshhh… don’t tell the husband (lol – he already knows).  As much as I love product to keep me in touch with fashion, I’m also a mom who’s realistic and knows that having a lot of shoes takes up much needed space.  Last year I introduced you to ALTERRE 21-in-1 Shoes, a brand that literally takes a bunch of shoes and wraps them into one pair to keep on you.  If you’re one of those ladies that need comfy footwear that is versatile, then these are for you.  Today, I want to share with you a few details of ALTERRE and their Kickstarter campaign.  Starting May 16th and running thrugh June 15th, ALTERRE is running on Kickstarter to help raise $15,000 or more to help fund new styles for next season.  As someone who absolutely loves their footwear – I have a pair of my own, I just had to share.

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ALTERRE shoes are designed in New York City but produced with fair labor in Brazil.  In collaboration with shoe experts with more than 30 years experience both here in the US and there in Brazil, ALTERRE brings to you a shoe that is expertly crafted and made beautifully.  ALTERRE also believes in producing shoes with fair labor so they visit the factory themselves to ensure that everyone there was happy and healthy while working.

ALTERRE is inspired by women and each shoe is named after women that the founders and designers admire.  With the $15,000 or more that ALTERRE hopes to raise, they want to use this money to create two brand new looks and a high platform heel for next season.  They plan to include sparkly sequined and metallic options as well – for those divas that are ready to shine.  They have prototypes underway and I am excited to see some of the sneak peak photos they have coming soon.

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Like I mentioned previously, I have my own pair of ALTERRE shoes that I absolutely love.  I literally take my one pair and completely change it up so I can go from a day to evenly look in a matter of seconds.  It’s convenient and expertly crafted footwear to provide comfort and quality.  I can’t wait to pick up my next pair and I’m looking forward to checking out their new styles once they are released.

Head on over to Alterre Shoes Kickstarter Campaign and check out what they have going for them, the information behind the brand and designers and how you can  help them make their goal.  If you’re a woman that loves shoes as much as I do – I think you’ll be fascinated to see how much this company has grown in the little time since they have been open – but also, how great of a product they have to offer.

You can check out their Kickstarter Campaign at this link: http://kck.st/1VYuBwI

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I love getting flowers for Anniversaries, Birthdays, Mother’s Day or “Just Because”, but I’m always open to fun ideas and little things that make these occasions fun, exciting and sentimental.  While flowers are nice, I love finding products that are practical and will have a purpose.  This year, I wanted to share a few items that I have been loving lately that would make GREAT Mother’s Day gifts.  Whether you are buying this as a treat for yourself or making the day of that special mommy in your life, these gifts are definitely some that will make any woman happy.  Read on if you want to check out this round up of Mother’s Day Gift Ideas.

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I have had my fair share of great Mother’s Day gifts.  My husband and I are so in-tune with one another that we usually know exactly the gift we want to get for one another or something that is practical and we’ll get a lot of use out of.  My goal for this list is to offer a variety of goodies for any woman, whether the stay-at-home or work-from-home mom, busy business woman or the granny with style, these gifts will surely please.

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Let’s start with a little makeup – shall we?  I recently was introduced to Youngblood Cosmetics, a beautiful line of mineral cosmetics created by Pauline Youngblood.  From Foundation to lipstick and everything in between, Youngblood Cosmetics offers a wide range of color cosmetics that is made with quality ingredients and great black and chic packaging.  I have been using a few of the products from the line and look forward to trying more.  Anything from Youngblood is gorgeous, but two of my favorites is the Pressed Mineral Eye Shadow Quad in Shanghai Nights ($43 USD) and Mineral Radiance Compact (pictured) in Splendor ($43 USD).  Each or any of the products are perfect for the sophisticated woman that is looking to add a little color to their life or the makeup and beauty loving mom that wants to try something new.

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A great cleansing oil and a fantastic mud mask is perfect for that mother in your life.  One of my favorite gifts to give to my favorite gals is the Borghese Fango Active Mud Mask for Face and Body so I just had to include the Fango Active Duo Set as a gift option.  This two piece set retails for $60 USD but the Fango Active Radiance Facial Oil retails for $60 on it’s own, so it’s like you get a free product or gift with purchase.  This set is gorgeous and I love how Borghese products display on the vanity.  The Radiance Facial Oil has a blend of botanical oils that help to transform the skin’s texture, soothe dull and dry skin and nourish and restore lipid loss due to aging and environmental damage.  The Fango Active Mud for Face and Body is one of my holy grail masks, offering a detoxifying mineral-rich mask that hydrates and firms the skin while reducing fine lines and providing you with smooth and toned skin.  Paired together, this not only makes a wonderful gift – but a great treat for anyone.

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Can we just talk about the design of this unit for a second?  My gosh, it’s so pretty and girly and would make the most wonderful Mother’s Day gift for any mom.  The Michael Todd Soniclear Petite is one of my favorite skin cleansing tools.  I have raved about it time and time again here on my site and would recommend ANY of these units for a gift.   This cleansing tool is the petite version, smaller than the original and the elite but perfect for travel and comes with a universal USB enabled charger which makes this great for those on the go.  It’s a waterproof unit with 3 speeds to help tailor to your cleansing needs and is antimicrobial.  What makes it so great is not only the design (and the pattern) but that this product is reasonably priced at just $109.00.  I seriously wouldn’t mind unwrapping one of these as a gift and I know it would make a fabulous present for anyone.

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I wrote about these two products from LATHER on my blog a few weeks back and they continue to be favorites of mine so I know they would make any mom or mom to be happy.  The LATHER coconut creme body whip ($22 USD) is one of my favorite body butter / lotions to date.  I have used MANY, trust me, and I find that it not only smells yummy – it moisturizes my skin wonderfully and leaves a light fragrance that is so delish.  This body creme is silky and whipped to perfection and my skin is left soft and hydrated for hours.  This is the perfect creme for any mom or mom to be.  I highly suggest this as a gift to that “mom to be” because this would make a great body creme to lather on the body while pregnant too.  The Vanilla & Argan Lip Scrub ($10 USD) is a must have for anyone.  It is moisturizing and tastes delicious and sloths away any dry skin on your lips leaving them plump and soft for your favorite lip product or for kiss… teehee.  What’s great about these products is that they come from a great brand and are made with quality products.

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With the summer months just around the bend, nothing says beachy and ready for some sun like a great tote.  This gorgeous striped Sportswear Tote by Helly Hansen ($50 USD) is lightweight and the perfect bag to store your everyday essentials for all your summer fun activities.  It’s available in three different colors:  Navy, Aquamarine and Sorbet and has a shoulder strap and carry handles.  Marine stripe fabric and detailing give this tote the perfect look for sporting and toting around this summer.  As a handbag lover, I know that I would love to get this quality made bag as a gift this Mother’s Day.

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The next gift is one of my favorites… for moms like me who like to take their hair ties and rubber bands and turn them into an unsightly fashion statement as we wear them on our wrists.  The Bittersweet Hair Tie Bracelet ($45 USD) was created by Maria Shireen – a functional fashion accessories company.  It was a gift from her husband as he had it designed and created so that she could  eliminate the pressure on her wrist from the elastic bands but also make her hair tie look like a stylish bracelet, by creating a channel that holds the hair tie in place.  Hello – total genius, simple, unique but functional.  This bracelet has literally changed my fashion game up hugely.  If you have seen any of my outfit posts here on the blog – then you know that I have turned my many hair ties into the ugliest thing to grace my wrist, but I NEED them at a moments notice so I keep them handy that way.  Now with the Bittersweet bangle I can literally look fashion forward without being a fashion faux pas.  This literally makes a great gift for any mom and I know they will make use of this bangle as much as I do.  I love it so much – I have my eyes on the gold and rose gold too.

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You can’t go wrong with buying your favorite mom a perfume for Mother’s Day and Pacifica Beauty offers a set of three for just $19 USD.  The Daydreamer Roll-On Trio offers three delectable scents that would make any mother happy.  Tuscan Blood Orange, Tahitian Gardenia and Indian Coconut Nectar (one of my favorites) this set offers a roll-on perfume for everyone.  Pick up the whole set and gift it together or break up the set and make three mother’s happy this Mother’s Day.  Pacifica offers cruelty free products and are available on their website: Pacificabeauty.com, Target and Ulta stores.

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Now, of course – I know there are moms out there that may be stationery, planner, pen or paper addicts… like me.  So, I wanted to make sure that I included something that would satisfy those moms too.  I LOVE pens and some of my favorites come from PenGems and from their signature collection.  I probably have 8 or 10 of them and I love them not only because of the way they write, but because they are beautiful, stylish and just a great statement to any planner, purse or notebook.  Pens, pencils and notebooks can be great gifts for mom from children or grandchildren.  I love searching through Target’s One Spot Dollar Spot section for cute notebooks, pens and pencils as well to give as gifts.  You can get a great selection for about $1 to $3 and you’re bound to find something you will enjoy as well as the favorite mother(s) in your life.  These kinds of gifts are easy to personalize and make great little presents to open.

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Of course, we can’t leave out the techie gadgets and nothing says awesome like the gift of a camera.  The Sony RX100 iv ($950.00) is the perfect gift to give that will help that special mom capture every moment that her family has.  It’s compact and powerful.  With the ability to capture images in 21MP at up to 16 frames per second and record videos in 4K or HD – this is the perfect camera for a beginner or camera enthusiast, offering an impressive compact camera for every day use or for special occasions.

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Whatever gift you decide to get that mom or moms in your life, I’m sure it will be wonderful.  These are just a little suggestions of products and goodies I’ve been loving lately.  Of course, as I mentioned previously – I love flowers and welcome them with open arms (especially my favorites) but when you want to think a little outside of the box, some of these presents would be perfect gifts for your loved one.  I look forward to Mother’s Day each year because it reminds me that being a Mommy is so much more than presents – it’s love and happiness year round.  I look forward to my sons making me beautiful handmade cards that take them hours to complete and while Mother’s Day is everyday in my house, I think it’s a day worth celebrating.  Besides, I wouldn’t be a mother myself without the help from my mom and those that have come before me… right?

xo

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I am all about having a great pair of footwear for working out and today I wanted to share with all of you this pair of comfortable shoes that I’ve been loving lately.  Let me introduce you to FITKICKS, an active lifestyle footwear that is lightweight and versatile for anyone on the go or looking for something to be comfortable with.  They are the “Anywhere” shoe!

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Let me start by saying that these are not traditional “workout” or “anywhere” type of shoes and when I first seen them I was both intrigued but also wondered how well they work.  Since I have issues with my ankles, I’m always looking for something lightweight that I can use on the elliptical when working out or something at the gym that will not add any extra bulk or weight to my feet.  At first glance, they remind me of reef shoes, which is something you see a lot here in Hawaii.  But, once I got the pair in my hands and tried them on – I was instantly appeased and excited to give them a go.

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The Fitkicks range in cost from about $19.99 – $24.00 and come in a variety of different colors and designs.  I received the light grey with lavender trim which suits me since you know I love my purples.  The pair I have retails for $19.99 and comes in four colors in this specific design.  You can find them in a range of sizes from Small – Extra Large, I have the Large and normally use a size 8 1/2 shoe.  They fit comfortably and easily slip on without any problems.

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Fitkicks claim is that you can slip into these comfort kicks and use them for a variety of things… traveling, yoga, cruising, exercise, walking, at the beach, dancing, as high heel relief, running every day errands, water sports and just overall hanging out.  These awesome little shoes take up very little room and are easy to fold and take with you – making them ideal for keeping in a gym bag, traveling with or in my case, keeping in my bag in the car for those days I want to go for a walk or run.  They are made of durable flex form soles and are extra breathable which make them comfortable on hot days – I didn’t get sweaty at all, even after a long workout.  They have great ergonomic comfort and are so easy to slip on and off.

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Since FITKICKS offers such a unique design and ergonomic fit, you get full movement potential with your shoes.  The Durable FlexForm sole naturally contours your feet for free range of motion making it the perfect active wear shoe.  Since our lives keep us on the go I love that these make it so convenient to keep your “workout gear” with you – no bulky shoes to lug around.  They are the perfect fold-and-go portable shoe.  And, with technology that is specifically engineered to provide a natural contour, the FITKICKS are comfortable.

The FITKICKS also has a protective toe guard that prevents dragging and excessive wear points which make it perfect for anyone to use.  And, these awesome things are washable and dry-able, hello genius!

Women Shoe Size:  Small (5 – 6 1/2), Medium (7-8), Large (8 1/2 – 9 1/2), X Large (10-11)

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After having these for a few weeks, I’m absolutely loving them.  As I mentioned before, they are very comfortable and lightweight which makes it ideal for me when working out and are my go-to shoes for when I am on the elliptical.  FITKICKS offers so many other designs and footwear that I have a list of a few that my eyes are set on like the Energy Sidekicks Foldable Flats, FITKICKS in Black/Grey, and a pair for each of my sons (since they have FITKICKS Kids and a pair for my husband (yay for Men’s sizes too).  I’m not only impressed with how well these fit, how comfy they are, but also the fact that they are reasonably priced and offer you so much versatility for use.  As a mother of three very active boys, these shoes allow me to keep on my toes while chasing after them and I can use them at a variety of locations.  I love that they offer light support and are really cool.

If you are someone who works out and is looking for some new footwear, I highly suggest checking these babies out.  You can find them at: http://www.fitkicks.us/.  Check them out and see if you can find a pair (or two) for you or someone you love.  I have my eyes on a few more and one specifically to wear around the house, so I’ll be heading over to the site soon too.

Have you tried anything like this before or have you heard of FITKICKS?  If so – what are your thoughts?  If not, comment below and tell me, would you rock them out?

Signature Honey

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Are you still on the hunt for that special Gal-entine’s Day gift or special surprise for your loved one this Valentine’s Day?  There are so many options available when shopping, but why not make a statement with what you choose to gift this year or anytime?  Today I wanted to share with you a gorgeous piece from CAROLEE – just in time for Valentine’s Day or a special gift of “just because”.  If you are anything like my husband and I, celebrating love is a daily occasion and doesn’t need a special holiday so you can elect to get some from CAROLEE anytime of the year.

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While all the pieces CAROLEE offers are stunning and gorgeous, I decided on the Candy Colors Dramatic Necklace ($130.00) that comes ready for gifting in a gorgeous gift box.  This beautiful statement piece is the perfect gift for anyone who loves color and jewels.  It comes with multi-color acrylic stone in a gold-tone setting and has a lobster claw closure.  It has an 18-20 inch adjustable chain and great weight to it offering a chic and sophisticated look.

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This classic design is one that will go with just about anything.  Use this necklace with a pair of jeans and a cute top or dress it up for a night on the town.  I love that it is filled with gorgeous colors that will be perfect for any occasion and you can use this as your statement piece to your entire outfit.  Since the necklace features several different colors it would be a great Spring or Summer necklace (not just for Valentine’s Day).

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If you have your eyes set on this necklace, like with any other jewelry make sure to wipe the necklace down prior to storage and if at all possible store in an air tight bag to keep the dust away.  This will help to prolong your necklace so you can get lots of use out of it.  This gorgeous piece makes such a great gift for someone you love or a nice piece to add to your own collection.  I’m not only impressed with the quality of the craftsmanship but also with the overall appearance and look.  It’s beautiful and would make a fantastic gift.

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CAROLEE offers a variety of jewelry pieces to choose from, made from the finest materials that meet the highest standards in workmanship.  They ship worldwide and offer a worldwide lifetime guarantee which is spectacular.  While I don’t live in the Continental U.S., I’m happy to say that CAROLEE offers free Standard Shipping on any purchase within the Continental U.S. (awesome) and the products available are drool worthy.  Take your time to go through the site and see what else they have to offer.  There are a few pieces I have my sights set on and a plethora of gorgeous jewels in their Sale section to choose from as well.

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Be sure to stop by the site and see what CAROLEE has to offer.  You can shop the online store here: https://www.carolee.com/.

Have you heard of CAROLEE before?  Are you a fan of getting jewelry as a gift for Valentine’s Day or anytime of the year?  Comment below and let me know.

 

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