Travel

A diary of my travelling experiences as a family

A CELEBRATION

I will forever remember this very day. My friend and I had a full day with the locals at Ala Moana beach park. We did sweet nothing but lay around, listen to some close by tunes and people watch until the evening fireworks bonanza.

Outfit breakdown (All items are old)
Mini dress by Wish | Boots by Spurr | Fedora for the ABC store in Waikiki | Black vest

Involved in the 4 July celebrations. Tick.

Xxx

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LIFES A BEACH

Hello sweets

Thanks for coming by.

These pictures were taken on my recent trip to Waikiki Hawaii. As you can see from these photographs I really made the most the time I had to relax. The water there is so gorgeous and blue so going in for a swim and splash is an absolute must. Beach beds and umbrellas are readily available for hire on the beach so you can sunbathe all day long if thats your thing. The hire rates are extremely reasonable and there are hotties there to set it all up for you. All they ask is that you pick a spot.

The patterned bathing suit in these pictures are quite old and purchased during my pre pregnancy days. I never thought I would be wearing them again since I gained over 20 kilos during my pregnancy.  However here I am embracing my post baby body in paradise.

Outfit breakdown (All items are old)
Bikini by Jets | Denim shorts by Topshop | Dip back top by Asos | Silver sandals

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TEA TIME

Hello lovely

After some early morning sunbathing on Waikiki beach, I got dressed in a relaxed fringed t-shirt dress and headed to the Ala Moana Beach House restaurant for some afternoon high tea, where we were given the best seat in the house. This white Miami t-shirt dress happened to be the fanciest item I had packed for the holidays and worked a treat since the dress code in Waikiki is extremely relaxed. I paired the t-shirt dress with my everyday (literally everyday) boots and an oversized bag. Not to forget my new Balmain sunglasses scored at my recent Waikele Premium outlet venture.

Outfit breakdown (All items are old)
White Miami t-shirt dressBlack slip dress by Calvin Klein| Boots by Spurr| Bag by Coach| Sunglasses by Balmain

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BEGINS IN PARADISE

Hello lovelies

Picture this. My girlfriend and I leave Australia for Hawaii at 1.30pm on Friday and arrive in Honolulu at 8.00 am on Friday.

It was exciting that we had gained a whole day but most of all we were all smiles about the warm weather which was such a contrast from what we left back at home. Besides that, the beach was so close to our hotel we could smell it. All we wanted to do was make the most of it but the exhausting flight got the better of us. So after a fortunate early hotel check in, we grabbed a bite to eat then headed straight back to the hotel for a good snooze.

Several hours later we freshened up and decided to head out and do some exploring down the main strip in Waikiki. I was so glad to be wearing Summer gear again. I wore a slip on colourful mini dress under a grey dip back top for a little modesty. As for my boots, it was one of the two pairs of shoes I had packed for my trip and I practically lived in them.

Waikiki is just beautiful. The beach, plants, weather had made me feel like I was truly in paradise and the insane amount of shopping there is to do there is absolutely no myth either. Aside from all the commercial shops there’s also the International Market Place where you can purchase some local souvenirs and gifts. Then there’s the ABC stores on every corner stocking all kinds of nik naks from food to clothing to cosmetics.

That evening I slipped over my mini  dress a sheer short sleeve shirt and blazer, then we headed to the Beach House Restaurant in Ala Moana Surfrider resort for a pre dinner cocktail before going to the well renowned Roys restaurant for dinner. I had the vegan set menu option and was so full afterwards that you could roll me home. As you can imagine we were absolutely spent by the time the day was over and couldn’t wait to hit the sheets so off we went back to the hotel.

Outfit breakdown (All items are old)
Grey dip back top by Asos | Boots by Spurr | Aviators by Dejcuba | Black vintage bag

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TRAVELLING OVERSEAS WITH YOUR BABY IN TOW?

Hello lovely people

Since having my little girl (now 1 years old), I have done a fair amount of travelling (interstate  & overseas).

When she was 7.5 months old we had a short family getaway to Hong Kong and at the time I had aimed to pack light. However, at that stage, food and formula had been introduced so when you add that to the baggage, packing light was impossible.

From my personal experience, aside from all the essentials, I wanted to share with you my top 4 items to bring when travelling with a baby.

1. Before our HK travels, I purchased an Anywhere Chair which I still use til this day when we eat out. It’s compact, light, adjustable, easy to clean and straps on to most chairs. I LOVE THIS ITEM!

2. At this age, it was really easy to just strap her on to us in an Ergo baby carrier when we were out and about. The carrier is compact and you can easily strap it on to your carry-on luggage.

3. With formula, comes the tin, bottles, steriliser and washing detergent. To make our life easier I just purchased a heap of Nan Ready to Drink packs. Simple pour, drink & dispose the carton! No mixing, no canisters, no fuss. If your baby likes the milk warm just like our girl does, we had no problem getting access to hot water on the plane, in cafes and in the hotel. Yes your luggage was filled with beverages on the way there but it was consumed by the time we come back. You can purchase these Ready to Drink cartons in different brands and for different stages (1,2 &3) from your local Coles and Woolies.

4. This now leads to bottles. I must say, being all for convenience, I contemplated purchasing disposable bottles so that I wouldn’t have to fuss with the washing up and sterilising. I ended up purchasing the Coles brand bottles which are cheaper than disposables, and you can keep them should you wish to after your travels. Also, depending on where you stay, washing detergent, a bucket to place your bottles in and a kettle to boil your water for sterilising was readily available from the Hotel.

So these are it.

Thank you so much for reading and I hope that you found this post most useful.

Xx