Daily Style: Katie Diamond Esme Ring



Sometimes a simple accessory is all I need to feel special, even if I’m having a bad hair day or still wearing workout clothes 3 hours after my workout.

These 14 karat gold gemstone Esme rings by Katie Diamond Jewelry are gorgeous and edgy with just enough flash to get me through a “bleh” kind of day.

Katie Diamond Jewelry Esme Rings are available online at KatieDiamondJewelry.com.

Cobalt Obsession: Pour la Victoire Adelle Hobo

Cobalt Blue Hobo Bag

When you’re not quite ready to let go of lazy summer afternoons at the pool or grilled zucchini on the barbecue, this slouchy Pour la Victoire Adelle Hobo in bright cobalt blue just might keep your spirits in summer mode well through the fall season.

The buttery soft leather bag has a top zip closure with a convenient front flap pocket for quick access to keys or headphones. The roomy interior has a cell phone pocket and wall zip to keep your belongings organized.

Paired with my favorite Essie polish in Too Too Hot, I feel like I’m a dead ringer for a recent Kauai sunrise I witnessed from my bedroom window.

Kauai Sunrise

I mean, if a girl can’t strive to emulate an amazing hawaiian sunrise I just don’t even know what to say.

Pour la Victoire Adelle Hobo is available online at Nordstrom for $465.oo.


Race Review: Carlsbad Half Marathon 2013


This week I completed my very first half marathon in Carlsbad at the 2013 Tri-City Medical Carlsbad Marathon and Half Marathon.

I met up with my BBBFF (beauty blogging BFF) Julia where we stayed at the Hilton Carlsbad Oceanfront Resort & Hotel.  I loved this sitting area in the lobby, with a wall of twinkle lights behind the couch. Super cute.


The race expo was at the mall, where the starting line also was. We hung out there for a bit but we felt cramped under the expo tents and needed some fresh air. Coming from Hawaii, it was nice and cold for me. Coming from DC, it was nice and warm for Julia.

We ate dinner at Vigilucci’s Cucina Italiana on State Street where we had pasta (me) and wine (Julia).


I ended up wearing my long sleeve race shirt to run in because I wasn’t prepared for 53 degree weather. Turns out, it was perfect racing weather.

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The course ran along the ocean for the first 6.5 miles and then we turned around and came back. It was pretty flat for the most part with a small incline right before the turnaround.


I finished the race in 2:19:03, but had a negative split so I was happy about that. The final mile back to the mall was brutal. I knew the finish was near as I could hear the crown but I couldn’t see it and it seemed to be just out of reach FOREVS.

Thankfully it finally ended and I met up with this pretty girl at the finish.



We’ve already booked our trip for next year. Can’t wait to see you again, Carlsbad.


Wanderlust: Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea


To celebrate my birthday this week, we hopped over to Wailea, Maui for a stay at the beautiful Four Seasons Resort.


The grounds at this hotel are absolutely impeccable.


As in true Four Seasons fashion, they don’t miss a thing. Including my birthday. This treat was waiting in our room when we arrived.



I still think the Four Seasons Hualalai in Kona is my favorite Four Seasons Resort, but I’m certainly not complaining. The Four Seasons Maui has spacious rooms with giant bathrooms, the service is phenomenal and Maui is a great place to take a vacation.



Here’s a few pictures from my birthday weekend:

Daily Beauty: Goody Double Wear Elastics


I am so in love with the new Goody Double Wear Elastics: a hair tie that disguises itself as a bracelet. I have them in both gold and silver and pile them up on my wrist for a cool accessory while never having to worry about being without a hair tie again.

Goody Double Wear Elastics are available in the beauty aisle of your favorite drugstore.