GretchCannon: 2017


September Empties

Hey everyone - I miss you so much! 

I hope everyone had a good Christmas. My autoimmune disease is still flared up since August, and I have not been able to function very much. I started writing this on Christmas night 3 months later, hoping that more relief is around the corner. It has been a horrible journey and I thought that if I could do something that I used to do, it might make me feel a little more hopeful and a little better. 

Hashimotos Encephalitis affects my brain function and at different parts of the day. It was 10pm when I started it, but in the mornings I am foggy and nervous and confused getting dressed and getting ready. I was not sure if I would come back another day and finish this, but I thought it would feel good to start it since I have had a really emotional holiday. It is New Year's Eve now 4pm and I am finishing it. So that is something to be proud of. I hope more are to come. 

I feel so hopeless sometimes, but I will not give up. I am blessed to have the most wonderful and loving parents and family and friends in the world, so I am thankful for that, or I would be in such worse shape. Here goes nothing. If it doesn't make sense, bear with me, I am trying really hard. I love you guys. I hope in a couple months we can look back on this post and see how far I have come. That would be such an amazing feeling. 

I am putting it into the universe now. I will be better next year and look back on this and see how far I have come. 

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Beautiful New Necklace

Hi, I hope everyone is having a good Saturday. I am taking life and my health hour by hour right now and my Mom and I went to Julian, CA today for some distraction, which was nice. I am not always positive and smiling, but I am trying to be hopeful and appreciate the good as much as I can.

I got this beautiful new necklace that I wore today and I wanted to share it with you in case you want to shop it! You can also shop some of my skinny bracelets at my friend's store here!

SHOP HERE or click the links or photo above!

What did you do this weekend? 
Also, do you have any positive mantras to share for when you are going through a hard time?



She is (trying to be) Mighty

Hi friends. I hope you are well. I have missed you here.

I have been fighting my Autoimmune Encephalitis HARD lately. I had 3 mega steroid IVs at the hospital 3 days in a row, a pretty high dose of oral steroids, other immunosuppressing drugs, and now my IVIG weekly for 12 weeks, then every other week for 12 weeks, then back to monthly. I lost my mind again, I have been on my knees begging God not to let me live this nightmare over yet again. But, here I am. It has been 3 weeks since the hospital. I see small improvements. I know I do. I struggle minute to minute every day to think, and I feel anxious and foggy and like I am having seizures over and over in my head all day, but the nights are a little clearer. So, I wanted to do something I love and have not been able to do - just a frivolous, fun blog about fashion. I am sure my mom was even shocked when I asked her to take my picture today. She has been taking good care of me and loving me through the hard moments and hard days. Today I saw some friends for lunch, I took medicine to keep me calm, I fought the hard times, and here we are - I am getting through 1 more day. I hope tomorrow is better and the weeks keep looking up. I have to hold hope for that so I won't give up. If you are going through anything hard, just know we can do it together.

I hope you enjoyed this blog post. I hope I can do more soon. 
I miss you all and I miss living live happy and healthy the most. 
Thank you for everyone who checks on me and prays for me. 
I couldn't fight this without every single one of you, every day. 



August Empties

It is August! My health is not great right now, my Autoimmune Encephalopathy is flaring pretty bad. It is hard for me to focus on things, but I am trying so hard to keep busy and distracted. So, I had my box of empties in my bathroom and I wanted to post some things I used up in the last month! 

What did you use up last month? And what would you repurchase?



Video - Easy 5 Minute Makeup with Maskcara Beauty

I am still obsessing over this Maskcara Beauty makeup you guys! It is so fast and easy. I made a quick video this morning to show you that you only need 3 products, 4 steps and 5 minutes to get a beautiful candlelit glow and your face made up for the day! This is perfect for tired or busy women from all walks of life! Check out the video at this link and below!

Here is my before and after photo. I only did my eye makeup and brows before using my Maskcara Beauty products. Colors I used: Amber, Indigo, Pink Grapefruit, Pearl

  • Lots more info can be found here on my previous blog post!

Let me know if you have any questions or if you want to get color matched for free, and I can recommend some starter products for you. This makeup is so different and genius, I know you will love it! Anyone can do it!! 

Thanks for watching and have a fab weekend.
Love you all!



July Empties

I hope everyone had a great 4th of July! I have over 10 empties already since my last post for June - so I wanted to get my July Empties post for you guys today. Also, so I can take out the trash / recycling bin! haha.. I tried to link everything from Amazon if possible, because Prime Day is tomorrow and maybe some things will be on sale. You never know!

  1. Revlon 30 Second Eye Makeup Remover - Similar 
  2. Estee Lauder Advanced Time Zone Night
  3. Softsoap Fresh & Glow Shower Cream
  4. Gold Canyon Heritage Candle - Small Pomegranate - Smells SO good! 
  5. Loreal EverCreme Sulfate-Free Conditioner
  6. Black Opium Floral Shock Perfume Sample - I included this because I ended buying the full product and I am OBSESSED with this scent!
  7. Schwarzkopf Color Freeze Conditioner - also sulfate free. 
  8. Gold Canyon Heritage Candle - Large White Citrus - this is one of my FAV Gold Canyon scents. It is almost like a less strong version of that Volcano candle everyone loves at Anthro! 
  9. Rare Essence Meditation Travel Candle - My sister-in-law got me this for Christmas and I loved burning this when I meditated or took a bath. 
  10. Velvet Sugar Body Lotion from Bath & Body Works - I loved this travel size and then bought the full size for my bathroom. 
  11. Amika Touchable Hairspray - loved this sample and purchased the full size as well. 
  12. Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisture with sunscreen - my Dermatologist recommends this as a lightweight daily moisturizer and I have loved it for a long time. You can also get a travel size in a tube.
What did you empty out in the last month? I notice I post my Estee Lauder creams and my Candles the most often! Till next time!.. 



Maskcara Beauty Info

Easy 5 Minute Maskcara Beauty Video (added on 7/14/17):

I am so excited to be a Maskcara Artist! This blog post should cover all the basics if you have any questions and I will add to it every time I have new information or photos for you guys! I was skeptical about this product after seeing people using it online. But, the 1st time someone put it on me, and the 1st time I applied it myself - I was HOOKED. It is THAT amazing, it is SO easy and so beautiful. I want to be able to put on a nice face of makeup in 5 minutes every morning and help other women do the same!

To look around my website and place an order, click here:

Shop around yourself, message me if you want me to color match you online or in person, and you can also join my team if you want your own kit and to sell it yourself! 
  • Basics: 
You can create a fresh, beautiful face of makeup with 4 colors on 1 layer, vs. layering 1 layer on top of each other and having a face caked full of makeup! You know how you usually put foundation on, then your face is flat and you have to keep layering to get your face back? The concept of Maskcara is to highlight the things you love about your face, and minimize the things you don't! Sephora, Urban Outfitters and Free People all wanted to sell Maskcara in their stores - but the founder Cara wanted her product to have a more personal feel vs. going the retail route.

The ingredients are cruelty, gluten, paraben, oil, and mineral free, non toxic, non comedogenic, and hypoallergenic. If you are not 100% satisfied for any reason, you can return/exchange for a full refund.
  • Recommended Starter Products:
    • Custom Palette:
      • With Highlight, Contour, Blush/Lip, and Illuminator, and
      • You get a free marble or sea glass compact with every 4 individual tins! 
    • 30 second 2-sided HAC Brush 
    • 3D Perfector Sponge 

  • 3D Foundation Info

  • How To Apply Maskcara
  •  Before & After Photos:
    • Cara, the founder: 
    • Me - the 1st time it was applied on me: 

I fell in love because, as you can see, I can look made up, but not have to spend an hour doing my makeup putting layer over layer on my face!! I will explain which products are on my face below! 
  • Products on me:
Highlight: Sunlit 
Contour: Olive
Blush & Lips: Baby Watermelon
Illuminator: Pearl 
Tools: 30 Second HAC Brush & Perfector

Let me know if you have any questions! I cannot wait to share more information and makeovers with you. This is all about helping women feel their best, an easy, simple application that makes them look natural and gorgeous! 


Instagram: @gretchcannon


June Empties

I have some June empties to share with you! Yep, it's that time again! I probably started these in May, but I keep them under my vanity in a box until I have enough to blog about for you guys! I love using up products and getting my money's worth! Everything is in the photo and linked below! Let me know if you have any questions.

  1. Makeup Towelettes - love these from CVS. 
  2. Shaving Cream - great scent and only $3!
  3. Eye Drops - the best relief for dry eyes. 
  4. Chapstick - I love the pomegranate the best. 
  5. Dry Shampoo - I would definitely purchase the full size of this. 
  6. Night Serum - I love getting this in my Estee' Lauder gifts with purchase!
  7. Self Tanner - I like mixing this with my foundation.
  8. Clarisonic Brush Head - love this sensitive brush head for cleaning my face 1x a week.
  9. Setting Spray - this is my FAV setting spray and it is only $8!  
  10. Essential Oil - this Signature Zen blend is awesome to help you relax. 
  11. Leave-In Spray - this is my longtime favorite hair detangle spray. 
  12. Perfume - smells SO amazing, and they offer a free gift right now!
  13. Eye Cream - thick and creamy, I also love getting this with gifts with purchase. 
  14. Dry Shampoo - love this whole Amika line of hair products. 
  15. Chapstick - another good Burt's Bees flavor!
  16. Body Wash Oil - so moisturizing for the shower, and great deal on Amazon for a 3-pack. 
What did you use up this month? 



Summer Faves

Happy freaking Summer guys! June is my favorite month, and I wanted to put together a list of my summer favorites for you. It ranges from food to decor, to beauty and fashion and music. I hope you love it!  Some links are in the widget, and every item is listed below from 1-20! ENJOY! and have a safe and happy summer!

1 - Perfume - Sun Di Gioia Giorgio Armani
  • $50 from Sephora or Ulta for 1oz. 
  • Salty, freesia, vanilla scent 
2 - Tanner - Jergens Natural Glow Instant Sun Mousse
  • $12.99 from Ulta, Target, Drugstore 
  • Doesn't streak, dries quick 
3 - Makeup - Benefit Cosmetics Cheek Parade
  • Less than $60 and values $145 
  • 5 bronzers and blushes mixed
4 - Deodorant - Tarte Clean Queen Vegan Deodorant
  • $14 from Sephora 
  • Smells fresh, lightweight 
5 - Hair - Oribe Beach Wave and Shine Spray
  • $42 or $22 for smaller - at Nordstrom 
  • I got mine on Poshmark for $29 
6 - Sandals - Old Navy Gold Flip Flops
  • Lightweight, gold metallic, lots of colors 
  • $5-15 depending on sale 
7 - Pajama Pants - Soma Crop Ombre
  • $39, soft breathable fabric 
  • Comes in pants, crops, & shorts 
8 - Bright Lipgloss - NYX Butter Gloss in Peaches & Cream and Apple Strudel 
  • Lightweight, $5 each 
  • Buy from drugstore, Target, Ulta 
9 - Bright Nail Polish - Essie Orangey Pink 
  • About $10, mine is Camera, new color this season is called Sunshine State of Mind 
10 - Earrings - Sugarfix by Bauble Bar for Target 
  • $12.99 for lots of different colors, some on clearance for half off 
  • Tassels, trends on the cheap 
11 - Soap - Bath & Body Works Ocean Citrus Foaming 
  • $6.50, sometimes on sale for $3 each
  • Smells so fresh, salty and citrusy 
12 - Drink - La Croix Sparkling Water 
  • Skinny Cans - Target - I love Pineapple Strawberry and cherry lime, I've heard coconut is good 
  • No calories, no artificial sweeteners, sodium free
13 - Alcoholic Drink - Froze  
  • Refreshing drink
  • Made with Rose', Frozen Strawberries, Vodka, Sugar, and Grenadine 
14 - Snack - Tone it Up Bar
  • Buy at Target 4 in a box for $6.99 
  • Peanut Butter Chocolate, 160 cals, 10g protein 
15 - Book / Journal - Style Your Mind 
  • $18 on Amazon
  • by Cara Alwill the author of Girl Code 
16 - Music - 2017 Playlist 
  • On iTunes and Spotify
  • Lots of upbeat summer tunes, country, electronica, alternative, dancing 
17 - Throw Pillow - Outdoor from Target 
  • $10-15 each for every season  
  • Fun colors, can put them outside or inside to freshen up decor 
18- Candle - Gold Canyon Fresh Orange 
  • Medium size $19 
  • Also love Watermelon and Sea Salt Blueberry for summer 
19 - Caftan/ Ruana - Open shirt or coverup with tassels 
  • Nordstrom around $35, got mine at Rack or TJMaxx for about $20 
  • Cute with shorts or jeans and a tank or as a swim coverup 
20 - Swimsuit - 1 piece with fun sayings 
  • Mine was $10 on Poshmark, similar new ones at Nordstrom or Buckle for around $50-60 
  • Fit well, fun for parties 
Please post YOUR favorites for summer in the comments! 



Distressed Bleached T-Shirt DIY Project

I wanted to share with you guys a fun and easy Distressed Bleached T-Shirt DIY Project that I did last week! It was quick and fun, and I cannot wait to do it again. I will now forever be on the hunt for the perfect old black shirts to annihilate! See my YouTube video at the end and easy steps below with photos!

  • T-SHIRT: Get a black t-shirt that you want to distress. I prefer a large men's t-shirt that is a little more stiff - not the soft ones that are more in style these days. You can get a cool shirt from the men's section at Target, or cruise your local thrift store. OR, in my case, go through your man's donation pile and look for something free and interesting! 

  • CUT: Cut holes all over the arms, all over the collar, through the mid part of the shirt, rip up the sleeves, cut slashes in the back if you want, scrape your scissors along the shirt. Make sure you do this over an area you don't want to scratch, like an old carpet or the grass outside. Use sharp scissors, fabric shears work best. Stretch the holes where you want your cut to look a little less messy.

  • BLEACH: Fill up a spray bottle with 1/10 of bleach, and the rest water. Lay your shirt outside in an area that you can get messy. Spray all over the shirt where you want the black to look bleached out. Less bleach sitting for a lesser amount of time will be an orange look and more bleach and more time soaking will look more yellow like mine. You can also fill a dropper with bleach to make the bigger splats all over, which I also did. Let dry in the air or sun for 15 min or more, depending on the color you are looking for. 

  • RINSE & DRY: Rinse the shirt in warm water until the water runs clear, wring the shirt out, throw it in the dryer for about 10 minutes, making sure it doesn't drip on any of your other clothes, then hang overnight to dry. 
  • ROCK IT: Rock your DIY shirt that nobody else in the world has! 

Here is the YouTube video, if you would rather listen!!! 

Let me know if you have any questions! There are tons of YouTube videos that explain the steps in better visual detail if you want more instruction! If you make one, tag me so I can see it! 



Weekly Skincare Routine

Every Saturday or Sunday when I am relaxing I love to do my skincare ritual to get ready for the week ahead. Sometimes it is during the day, sometimes before bed. Here are some of my favorite tools. I posted this on Instagram a few weeks ago and I will finally go through my routine for you guys below!

My weekly skincare routine:
  1. I wash my face with my current favorite cleanser and my Clarisonic Cleansing System. 
  2. Then, I (carefully) shave my face with a Tinkle Razor and Marula Beauty Oil
  3. I then use my Tria Age-Defying Eye Wrinkle Correcting Laser, which is amazing! 
  4. I roll my face after that with my Ora Microneedle Age Roller System, which provides SO many benefits.
  5. Then, I PMD my face all over (this is my favorite part), with this personal microderm kit. I use the sensitive discs.  
  6. I relax with some oxygen eye masks, then..
  7. I end it all by slathering my face with my favorite night time face cream

Let me know if you have any questions about details!
I would love to know what your weekly routine is! 



April Beauty Empties

Living Proof Flex Shaping Hairspray - This stuff is amazing! I love the 3oz size because it it cheaper and perfect for travel. I like the smell of it - reminds me of art class as a child for some reason. No sulfates, which is good for my tape in hair extensions, and a light hold that I feel doesn't build up.  

Zim's Max Crack Creme - I love this for night time on my feet!! It was created by a pharmacist, so this stuff is legit! I recommend it for anyone with dry, cracked heels. 

Pink Sugar Perfume - I love this perfume, not only because it smells like cotton candy and super sexy, but it is the only thing I can wear around my Mom that doesn't bother her allergies! It is such a playful, but romantic scent and I always get compliments on it whenever I wear it anywhere! 

Josie Maran Pure Argan Milk - This stuff is SO good!! The smaller size is cheaper if you want to try it, but I think you all will love this. It is a hydrating treatment serum that you use on your face under your regular moisturizer or night cream. It is light feeling and fresh. It absorbs really easily too.  

ABH Brow Wiz Dark Brown - Cult fav of course, I love my ABH brow products. I actually like this thinner pencil better than the thicker one. It creates hair like strokes better than the thicker one I feel like.  

Up & Up Makeup Removing Cleansing Towelettes Evening Calm - For less than $4 at Target, these are my favorite night time makeup remover wipes. They make me feel fresh, I never break out, and I only need to use 1 to remove all of my makeup. This is a purchase I will always repeat! 

Bath & Body Works Aromatherapy Sleep Lavender Chamomile Pillow Mist - I am such a light sleeper, and I have a whole routine I do before bed to try to get relaxed. This is something I use every night to relax me and I love it! 

Vaseline Spray Moisturizer Aloe Soothe - LOVE this stuff! Good for after sun lotioning, but mostly I love it because I can be lazy when it comes to lotion after I shower or bathe. So, instead of having to rub a thick cream all over yourself, you just mist yourself all over! It can be cold sometimes, but it is just so easy, smells so fresh, and I love it.  

Enjoy Hydrating Conditioner - Perfect conditioner for tape in hair extensions, because there are no sulfates in it, which can be bad for the tape. The packaging has changed as you can tell from the link. I am going to actually repurchase this right now!!!  

Estée Lauder Advanced Time Zone SPF 15 - If you have followed me for some time now, you know I love these skin creams for day and night. They can be expensive, but I like to look for deals that include free gifts with purchase. They have never broken me out, and I think they really help my skin stay youthful looking.  

L'Oréal Visible Lift Foundation 149 Buff Beige - This is one of my favorite drugstore foundations. The color is perfect on me, and it includes retinol, vitamin C and SPF in it for your skincare needs.

What did you use up this month at your house? 
Share with me! 

Hope you enjoyed this post! 



My Spring Beauty Favorites

You guys!!! I love Spring, and all of the bright colors, light fragrances, and pretty things. I pulled a few faves to share with you guys!!

Click below to shop these items online! If you cannot see them on your mobile device, open in a browser here.

Leopard Clutch: Perfect for all of your makeup, to carry for a night on the town as a clutch, or to use in your purse! This is an awesome price, too. You will probably be seeing this one a lot on the blog.

Shape Tape: Have you heard of this cult favorite concealer yet? It has super great coverage for anyone who has a lot of discoloration or under eye bags! I use the color Light and Sephora does not carry this item!

Blush Brush: This is hands down the most beautiful makeup brush I own. The brush itself has hints of pink, is super soft, and the handle is a beautiful pointed rose gold. I have had it for a while, but I have been reaching for it a lot lately!

Perfume: This is going to be my SUMMER SCENT guys. I love love love this. I actually got a sample of it in an online order and I had to have it. It smells like the beach mixed with vanilla and it is just sexy and flirty and fun! You have got to try this for yourself.

Blush: Bobbi Brown created a hit with this blush. I love it for all seasons, but especially for spring and summer to add more color to my face. And this is a great size.

Mascara: I have always heard good things about this mascara, so I am so happy I finally got to try it for myself! It is the perfect amount of pigment and curl and length for your lashes. I love it!

Pink Lipstick: You have to get a good pink lipstick for spring! I love this Tory Burch lipstick that I purchased at a Nordstrom Rack a couple of months ago, but I don't think she makes makeup anymore!! I am so sorry! Check out this lipstick that is on my Sephora wishlist instead. #57 is beautiful and is what Reese Witherspoon wore in the show Big Little Lies!

Also, I found the exact Gold Tray online, but I can't find any in stock!
Click here if you want to keep your eye on this one!

I hope you like this post, let me know what your recent faves are!


PS.. if you didn't see yesterday, check out my big news post!


Big News!

I have some fun, big news to share with my readers! I am now a Gold Canyon Consultant! This company has the BEST high quality candles out there, they seriously smell so AMAZING, they have wickless products, cleaning products, beautiful home decor, and trendy and classic jewelry pieces! 

I love everything we carry and I think you will too! I won't blog about this much, but I just wanted to announce it here on the blog once to get the word out! You can message or text me to place an order for you, or you can order directly from my website linked below! 

Shop Here:

Facebook Page (join to see monthly specials!)

There is an awesome special going on till the end of April if you want to do some Mother's Day shopping! Check it out below:

Let me know if you have any questions!



Instagram Lately

Happy Monday! I hope you all have a great week. I wanted to round up some Instagram looks I have posted lately for you guys!

San Clemente Outlets Look: This backpack by Henri Bendel is so adorable! Shop the look below! Don't forget to use the right arrow and OPEN up the blog in your browser if you don't see the images below in your email program. Necklace is same brand, but not exact. Want to know a secret? The photo was taken outside the restroom!! They have the PRETTIEST bathrooms at these outlets! I had so much fun shopping with my Mom last week. AND we got over 10K steps in that day!

Flight Day look! James and I went flying to Chino (Flo's Cafe) for breakfast, and it was a beautiful and fun day! Get the look below! Top is exact! Sandals are old BCBG, but I posted some similar ones that would create the look.

Flight to Utah to see friends! Ok, so maybe wearing these booties wasn't that smart because I had to take them off in the TSA line even though I have PreCheck! But it was a pretty comfy flight outfit for a short flight to Utah a couple of weeks ago! 

Northern California Snow! James and I attended a family wedding up north last weekend, and got to drive up and see some gorgeous snow and scenery before the ceremony. All items below are similar! So fun to wear a big wool hat!

I hope you enjoyed this round up post!
Do you have any fun plans this week?



Wedding Guest Attire

I had the pleasure of returning to my home state of Georgia a couple of weekends ago to attend James's cousin Margaret's wedding in Atlanta! I had not attended a wedding since 2013, before I got sick! So, we were both excited to get dressed up and have a nice night together with his family. 

We went shopping separately, but we found what I thought were outfits that coordinated really nicely together. We have both have had a hard really few years together with my struggle, so it was really nice to feel confident and dress up as each other's dates. We were proud of ourselves and so happy to be able to celebrate with his family. 

Scroll through to see the photos and shop the looks at the end! And CONGRATULATIONS MAGGIE AND ALEX! 

My Outfit:
The 1st dress below is the exact one I wore, but mine was the navy. I included some other similar options for you guys, too! I would actually really love to own the white color too, if I had somewhere to wear it! The necklace I linked is exact, and I loved how it complimented everything! The dress was comfortable, flattering for my body shape, and perfect for weather that was a little on the cool side. This is my 1st purchase from this dress brand, and I was impressed! I would definitely purchase from them again. 

My Makeup:
It was my 1st time trying these Faux Mink lashes, and I think they really completed the look. They were super lightweight. I also really recommend this foundation for legit long lasting wear for any event. I know you can't see it, but I had to include my scent of the night, too! :)

James's Look:
James's blog debut - exciting, right? His wool Sport Coat is exact, the rest are all similar. He looked so handsome! I love that he opted for the pocket square in lieu of a tie!

We have another wedding to go to next weekend! 
What are you wearing this wedding season?



Comfy Shoes. Holey Sweatshirt.

Happy Friday! I have been OBSESSED with this sweatshirt and these shoes lately!

I wore this outfit for a day out with my Mom a week or so ago, and I was just so comfy - but still felt like I was sporting some trends. Everything is linked below. The shoes, sweatshirt, jeans, and purse are exact. Jewelry is similar. Shout out to my sweet girlfriend Adi - who sent me the sweatshirt and convinced me that I should wear a medium. :) Now we are also convinced we need this cold shoulder sweatshirt from VS that our friend Megan just got. Thoughts?

I am ready for some SPRING CLEANING!
What are your plans this weekend?

I plan to post some things on Poshmark!



Big Island Fashion

ALOHA! My trip to the Big Island in Hawaii at the beginning of this month was amazing! 

I had so much fun putting together some fun resort/ island looks for my trip and wanted to share them all here in one post for you. They are posted on my Instagram feed as the last few things I published, and as promised, links to items are below in the little thumbnails below each photo! 

Make sure to click the right arrow after each 3 items to view more. If you are reading this in your email and cannot see the shopping galleries I created, please open up the blog in a browser like Chrome or Safari here, and the photos and shopping links should be easier to see.

Day 1:

I wore this fun off the shoulder shirt with a pop of color on the tassels for our 1st night in Hawaii on the Big Island. We stayed at the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel, and had a lovely sunset happy hour/ dinner at the pool bar at sunset. Shop this look my scrolling and clicking the photos you see above! Tops & jewelry are similar, shorts and clutch are exact! 

Day 2:

We had the pleasure of enjoying the hotel Breakfast Buffet our 2nd morning on the Big Island, and I wore this comfy outfit for a walk along the beach. Tank & shorts are exact! I love the quote on it, "Wherever you are, be all there" I love how the ocean makes me feel - the sounds, the smell, the colors. It is so healing and I tried to be so present and soak up every last second of it. 

Day 3:

We got to go to a fun Welcome Dinner and Party at our hotel our 2nd night of our trip. It was fun to get a little more dressed up for one night, since island life can be super casual! The earrings are almost exact, I got these exact ones in a turquoise color. I couldn't find the exact dress I am wearing, because I bought mine at a little boutique several years ago. I was really very excited to finally wear it though! I linked several similar dresses that would give you the same look, as well as some very similar, affordable sandals!

Day 4:

I wore this simple surfer girl look to tour the island with my best friend and my boyfriend! We saw some really beautiful waterfalls, some volcanic rock, and even drove through a hail storm before getting back to our hotel area. I got the tank I am wearing at Target a few years ago, so I linked some similar tanks that would give you the same look. They always have cute new ones every year, and the ones I linked above are also SO cute and fun. Shorts are exact, and the black sandals are exact, but mine are in their tan color. I also own and love the thinner strap tan ones that I linked.

Day 5:

For my last day in paradise, with a little bit of color on my skin and and my heart and love tank full of paradise, I went with these easy, breezy tropical outfit that I loved. Shorts & tank linked below are exact, the rest are similar items that would help you create the same look. I called this my coral necklace look.

That is it! I didn't take any photos in my swimwear, but please check out this post from when I did my swimsuit shopping! I mostly wore the purple one piece on the right and the black tankini on the right. I also got the BEST black sarong to go with those. It was super soft and lightweight and goes with everything.

I hope you enjoyed this Island wear post. I cannot wait to return to the Big Island again. I feel like I needed one more day to relax on the beach or at the pool or go on a tour. There is never enough time though, right!?

Would you like me to do a packing tips post in the future?
I could also do a post about Hawaii or Maui and places to eat and shop at!?



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