There is no place like Hawaii (and a maxi/mini dress tutorial)

Aloha.

When I close my eyes and think about Hawaii, I feel a distinct warmth come over me.  I imagine the blue water, endless beaches, amazing, colorful sunsets, palm  trees swaying in the warm breeze, the smell of sunscreen.  I picture the diverse landscape, each Island offering their own unique scenery.  I imagine incredible miles and miles of volcanic rock, sandy, shimmering beaches, quaint towns, unique gift shops, Luau’s with tiki torches, island music, fire dancers, beautiful hula girls wearing lei’s, flowers in their long, dark hair and colorful, traditional costumes.  I envision the plush, tropical rainforests, majestic waterfalls spanning hundreds of feet, surf, legendary waves and amazing marine life you won’t see anywhere else but Hawaii.  I think about the Hawaiian culture and unique stories which have been passed down for centuries from generation to generation.  I visualize pure, extraordinary beauty and a place I just adore.

A place I feel blessed to have visited 3 times.

2008 was the first time I excitedly traveled to Hawaii.   My husband Michael had a work conference and invited me to come along.  We spent an amazing 10 days on the Big Island.  Michael had been to Hawaii years before, attending his brothers wedding, so he knew what to expect.  I really didn’t, and I was awestruck at the beauty of the Island. Stunning scenery surrounding every part of me.  Everywhere I looked resembled a picture, perfect postcard.  It truly felt like heaven on earth.

In 2009 we returned to Hawaii, this time staying on the Island of Maui.  Maui certainly didn’t disappoint and Michael and I spent most of our vacation enjoying fish tacos, shave ice and long lazy days on the warm, sandy beaches.

This past January, my husband and our 2 daughters, ages 11 and 12 traveled to the Big Island.  Our son, 19  stayed at home.  He stepped up and became head of the house, taking care of everything, including all of our animals while we were gone.  He had just returned from a vacation with friends in Myrtle Beach so he was okay with staying back in Massachusetts.  Our girls were beyond excited and appreciative that we invited them to join us this time.  They were so excited in fact, that for weeks before we were to leave, they each had a bag packed and ready to go.

Speaking of packing, we all (“we all” as in my husband) decided we should only take what we could carry-on, so light clothing, flowy sundresses, swim suits, flip flops, cover ups, etc.

A carry-on for 10 days is challenging but I managed, albeit without even an inch of extra space to spare.

Finding summery clothing in New England in January isn’t an easy task, so I decided to make a few things.  I found this Boho Maxi Dress tutorial.  The directions were very easy to follow and in a couple of hours I had a cute, comfy dress.  My version started as a maxi-dress, which turned into a mini-dress.  I just thought it worked better for me.

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Here is my before. I totally fell in love with this color and fabric…

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And finished….

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I seriously wished I had made a few more of these and would have spent the entire trip wearing them. The material was so light and didn’t wrinkle, making it so easy to just grab and go.

I also made this red cover up for one of my friends birthday, not for our trip.  This sweet, kind friend of mine had graciously lent me a few outfits to take to Hawaii which was so nice.  I wanted to make her something special she could wear during her vacation in Chile.  This cover up  is very simple to make, and you can find all sorts of tutorials via Pinterest. You only need 1 yard of jersey fabric and there are sew and no-sew versions.  I did change this one a bit, adding the strap on the back to make it look more fitted.  I have to say, this little number is pretty sexy and could be worn as a dress as well.  Vavavoom !!  

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Here are some pictures from our trip to the Big Island of Hawaii 2016.  We all had a wonderful vacation and loved all of the adventures and quality time we got to spend together.   I’m certain each one of us will cherish the memories we hold from this experience and a piece of Hawaii with always remain within us.

Like they say, when you visit Hawaii, you take a bit of it home with you.

I wholeheartedly agree.

Mahalo Hawaii.

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