Explore: Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club

    October 18, 2017

    Photo Credit: Tara Rock

    Adrienne and I have a much needed Hawaii vacation set for early next year. Not only am I excited to go back to my second home, I’m even more pumped to bring Adrienne since it will be her first time in O’ahu. It’s been a few years since I went back, but I’ve heard that the creative scene is thriving.

    Photo Credit: Tara Rock

    Quick back story: My mother immigrated to the United States back in the early ’70s. Before she settled down and met my dad in California, the first place she called home in the U.S was Hawaii, specifically Kalihi, a suburb of Honolulu. She still has fond memories of Hawaii; the constant beautiful weather, endless rows of pineapple plantations, the smell of plumeria in the air. It’s no wonder that I feel a deep connection to the island.

    Photo Credit: Tara Rock

    After doing my research, I knew my next trip would include a stay at The Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club in Waikiki. Their goal is to create an authentic connection for its guests to Hawaii, its people, and its history. The idea is that by creating this type of experience, travelers would gain a better understanding of the rich culture of the island and (hopefully) work towards appreciating, preserving, and respecting it.

    Photo Credit: Tara Rock

    I’m a big fan of how the Surfjack highlights local designers and makers. From serving Hawaii sourced food at their on-site restaurant, Mahina and Sons, to hosting an outpost of Olive and Oliver, an O’ahu-based boutique, this attention to supporting local is key to what makes the Surfjack extra special to me.

    Photo Credit: Mariko Reed

    The blending of vintage Hawaii and modern details makes for such a well designed hotel without being kitschy. Far too often, I’ve felt hotel design can be stuffy and nauseating. The Surfjack is far from that. I love how the geometric printed walls and tiles brings a sense of whimsy and playfulness to the space. These thoughtful decorative touches always reels me.

    Photo Credit: Mariko Reed

    The Surfjack has a very 1960s Explorer’s Club vibe theme akin to Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom. The interior continues with the keeping it local vibes by filling the space with Hawaii-based artists and designers. It’s no wonder that the Surfjack has been become the hub for an artistic movement.

    Photo Credit: Mariko Reed

    And, of course, we want to spend the afternoon lounging (or yoga-ing) by their famous postcard worthy pool. Don’t you just want to jump in it?

    Photo Credit: Mariko Reed

    Stay tuned as we continue to prep for our very first Style Approximately getaway to Hawaii. We can’t wait to share with all of you the things we are excited to do, explore, shop, and eat!

    Dressed: On the Go

    October 15, 2017

    If you’ve been following our Instagram, you may have noticed that we’ve been taking a lot of weekend trips; Adrienne most recently went to Calistoga while Mary Ann was out in LA. It’s such a nice way to unwind from the work week, and take the opportunity to explore new places without venturing too far from home.

    We wanted to show how we pack for these weekend trips. We like to travel light, but we also don’t want to sacrifice style. Over the years, we’ve learned how to consolidate into the essential pieces we know would work well based on our destination.

    First, it’s important to look at your own closet and find the key items you reach for over and over again. Our wardrobes are filled with neutrals and basics, but we always include pops of color or accessories to keep the outfit interesting. By keeping the clothing in the more neutral territory, the possibilities to mix and match are endless.

    We always make sure to pack a pair of black jeans and a white shirt or two as. We don’t pack a lot of jewelry, but we think it’s nice to have one or two statement pieces like a necklace, earrings, and a watch. While Mary Ann doesn’t wear a lot of jewelry, she always makes sure she has a hat. Adrienne’s go-to accessory is sunglasses. 

    We also want to have clothing that can easily transition from day to night or can be pieced together with different items for a whole new look. The Everlane Slip Dress can be worn over a white t-shirt with boots during the day, and dressed up with a leather jacket and heels for a night out. You can also wear a sweater over the dress and sneakers for a day roaming through the city. 

    What are some of your packing essentials? Let us know in the comments below!

    Dressed: Fall Wishlists

    October 2, 2017

    We’ve been having hints of fall’s arrival with a bit milder temperatures, leaves slowly falling, and chillier mornings. Even with the weather’s slow transition from summer, that still doesn’t stop us from dreaming of the items that we want for the fall.

    Mary Ann’s list focuses on keeping it cozy. She’s been on a Sezane kick lately; the Alicia Coat is her central piece for the Fall. The ocre color is a bold statement among the more neutral tones for the season. Mary Ann is also looking for more oversized shirts to get comfortable in. She’s also a big fan of Girlfriend Collective leggings. If you haven’t heard of Girlfriend Collective, check them out now. Their mission falls directly in line with her beliefs.

    1. Everlane Relaxed Silk Shirt
    2. Madewell Sunday shirt
    3. Catbird cat eye sleep mask
    4. Madewell Bedtime Night Shirt
    5. Cabin Porn
    6. Sézane Alicia Coat
    7. Everlane Modern Loafer Mule
    8. Girlfriend Collective High Rise 3/4 Leggings

    Adrienne’s list is a reinvention of the classic staples with fresh details. She’s looking to update her closet with fewer, but better pieces that are able to easily transition between seasons. Adrienne purchased the ALLsaints Leather Balfern Jacket a few weeks ago, and it is a beautiful soft leather that will last a lifetime.

    1. Mejuri Beaded Hoops in Silver
    2. Mejuri Diamonds Stackable Ring
    3. Everlane Boxcut Tee in White
    4. Everlane Relaxed Silk Shirt in Burgundy/Bone 
    5. Aritizia Quincy Jacket in Mocha
    6. Stuart Weitzman Grandy Bootie in Velvet Gilt Gold
    7. Everlane Square Silk Shirt in Stone
    8. ALLSAINTS Leather Balfern Jacket 
    9. Aritizia Galen Camisole 
    10. Everlane Goweave Classic Blazer in Black 
    11. Allbirds Women’s Wool Runners 

    What’s on your Fall Wishlist? Anything that we should keep an eye out for? Let us know in the comments below!

    Explore: Pacific Heights SF

    September 27, 2017

    Our dearest Adrienne celebrated her birthday a few weeks ago, and she had a few stipulations: 1. She wanted a lady weekend in San Francisco 2. She wanted to explore a neighborhood we typically don’t go to and 3. she wanted to eat and eat well.

    The Pacific Heights (aka Pac Heights) neighborhood provided everything she wanted and more. We rented an Airbnb that was perfect for a small group of women to come together and enjoy the weekend. Best of all, the home had an outdoor dining area (!!!) It was one of the best dinners I’ve had in recent memory. For more info on the Airbnb itself, click here.

    If you’ve never been to San Francisco, this neighborhood is quintessential SF – it’s walkable and lined with old victorian homes that you’ve seen on TV. Fillmore Street is the main drag and is lined up with cafes, wine bars, bakeries, and lots and lots of shopping.

    B. Patisserie was also very close to our home for the weekend. We loved it so much that we had to go twice. The chocolate kouign aman is a must!

    We also took a 10 minute walk over to the Marina for more exploring. After a birthday ride at Soulcycle (along with a stop at Sephora for the Fenty release), we stopped into Anomie. Mary Ann said, “If my brain decided to open up a boutique store, this would be it.” Yes, that is a boob bathmat that you can purchase here.

                     This was also in Anomie. Mary Ann’s humor is shining through.

    Prior to our Saturday dinner festivities, we decided to have dinner at drinks at Liholiho Yacht Club followed by a night of karaoke in Japantown. We recommend getting the spam and rice plate at Lilholiho and, of course, the Baked Hawaiian.

    One of my favorite shots of the birthday girl

    On Saturday, more women arrived to celebrate our Adrienne’s birthday. We made cacio e pepe and Il Buco style kale salad courtesy of Chrissy Teigen’s Cravings cookbook. That woman knows what’s up.

    And of course there was wine. Lots of it.

    What does a lady weekend look like to you? What fun activities have you done or would love to do with your girl squad? Let us know in the comments!