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Mary Ann

    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: 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!

    Dressed: Rodebjer Spring 2018

    September 18, 2017

    I’ve been a big fan of Rodebjer since seeing their clothing over at Lexington Standard in San Francisco. Rodebjer is inspired by the people who do what they want; feminism, human rights, passionate people are a few choice words that can best describe their style. The Spring 2018 show during Stockholm fashion week is nothing short of their ideals. It was beautiful, uplifting, and wildly feminist.

    Their focus was to develop a collection to appeal to a diverse group of people; models were of various ages and backgrounds. Carin Rodebjer explained, “(I) wanted a collection to travel in age somehow…“so it began with youth and energy and drive, and then it went into something more sophisticated, mature, earthy at the end, with those fluid shapes and tonal looks.”

    I think I’m somewhere between youthful energy and earth tonal adult. I think I always will be.

    All images from: Vogue