A Happy Place


linen romper: victoria’s secret {old; similar style} | tee: jcrew | sandals: steve madden {old: similar style} | hat: jcrew {similar} | sunglasses: tory burch | bracelets: happy wrist by itchelita c/o, jcrew {similar} | earrings: uo | lips: viva glam nicki by mac

Vacations are the absolute best. I spent this past week in Kauai with my mom and sister and came back feeling so refreshed and grateful for the opportunity to make such fun memories (sunburns and all). I love them.

In 2007 I was blessed to live in beautiful Maui. The experience changed my life. The Hawaiian Islands always remind me how easy it is to live simply and be happy. Give me a tasty mango and a warm, ocean sunset and I’m good. People always say vacation mode is not real life, but I courageously disagree. Whatever you get from your vacation (or staycation) this year, whether its perspective, motivation, confidence or just time to think about what really makes you happy, hold onto that feeling and bring it back with you. Let it make you a better person.

I’ll save you the sappy journal entry on my deep love for Maui, but I will say this:
Wherever your happy place is, visit it often. Even in your mind it can have a powerful influence on your mood, on the way you see yourself, on where you see your life going.

Here’s to a great Monday!



  1. Kerri says:

    Lovely!! BTW, today I am wearing the chevron rings from Mindy Mae's Market that I won on your blog, and I love them 🙂 Have a lovely day!

    Posted April 15, 2013 | Reply
  2. Love your blog!
    Abby and Alannah

    Posted April 15, 2013 | Reply
  3. My husband is in Maui right now. I was supposed to go with him but he's only there for a day! Crazy. I told him to take lots of pics though. It is really gorgeous and unlike anything I've ever seen before. We went for our honeymoon and I'm wanting to go back soon.


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  5. Emily says:

    I have never been to Maui and this post makes me seriously want to go! Cute look.


    Posted April 15, 2013 | Reply
  6. cute little romper!

    xo Andrea

    Posted April 15, 2013 | Reply
  7. Chelsea says:

    Lucky girl! I would love the fab opportunity to live in Hawaii, it always looks so simple and relaxing. You look great and I hope you're having a blast on vacation!

    Chelsea & The City

    Posted April 15, 2013 | Reply
  8. Grace says:

    I saw your photos on Instagram! Looks like you're having a blast. LOVE this little get-up!


    Posted April 15, 2013 | Reply
  9. Meghan says:

    I wholeheartedly agree with you! Thank you for the reminder!

    xoxo Meghan

    Posted April 15, 2013 | Reply
  10. Meredith says:

    I love this post. You are so right! I went to Oahu for my honeymoon, and I felt so at peace. It's such a simple and beautiful life. I try to remember that even now that I'm back home.

    Posted April 15, 2013 | Reply
  11. Thank you for your words, all true, great reminder. That means, I must visit one of my happy places soon, Cuba perhaps…

    Posted April 16, 2013 | Reply
  12. Love the outfit. So casual and cute!!

    Posted April 16, 2013 | Reply
  13. Lexi says:

    I definitely need to get to my happy place more often! Love the inspiration and your adorable romper!
    xx Lexi, Glitter, Inc.

    Posted April 16, 2013 | Reply
  14. What a great message! And your photos are beautiful! Sorry your vacation is over but hopefully your return will be a good one!

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    Posted April 16, 2013 | Reply
  15. you rock a romper soo well!!!

    Sandy a la Mode

    Posted April 17, 2013 | Reply
  16. I so wish I was there right now.. It looks beautiful!
    And so do you! I love this look!


    Posted April 17, 2013 | Reply
  17. Kauai is my Happy Place!! My first trip there was almost 10 years ago and my latest adventure there was 3.5 years ago for the most amazing day of my life….my wedding day!! Great post!!! Thank you for sharing!!

    Posted July 29, 2013 | Reply