Stuff I never buy... but did.

#1: I bit the bullet and PAYED to have my hair trimmed and colored. I do this umm... maybe once every two years!? I decided to go ombre. Like it? {And yes, I know I'm one million years behind on this trend, but I don't care.}

#2: DO YOU SEE THAT PERFUME? This is the perfume that I used to wear in high school. Yes, I typed that right. I have decided at the age of {almost} 25 to go back to my high school days. Hey, it's what I was wearing when the hubs and I fell in loooove and it's already brought back some good memories. Crazy how a smell can do that to ya. <3

#3: So, this might not be a big deal for most people, but I've always felt funny wearing lipstick. I do, however, want to start adding more color to this face of mine, and let's be honest, I'm waaaaay too lazy to put on eye shadow everyday. I mean, who has time for that? So, lips it is! Hopefully I can manage to smudge some of this stuff on in the mornings.

And there you have it! Stuff that I never usually buy, but did.

What are some unusual {for you} things that ended up in your shopping bag this week? 


North Shore.

Oh, how I needed this day. Sunday morning Josh and I jumped in the car and headed up to North Shore for some much needed r&r. It felt sooo good to just get away from it all and enjoy the quiet stillness up there. The first stop was, of course, to get some darn-good food. Shrimp for him and short ribs for me! After our bellies were full, we drove on a little further to our favorite beach that falls within a quiet residential area. We love this beach because most of the time we end up having it almost to ourselves. The water is so warm, sooo crystal clear, and oh... Jack Johnson might just happen to sail right on by with his gorgeous family and park the boat right behind you every once in a while. No big deal. 


Yes, Jack Johnson and his family live on this beach. We were basically in their backyard (or front yard?).  Oops? He couldn't have been any nicer. We chatted with him for a minute, took some pictures, and then got to watch him take his little boy out into the water to teach him how to surf. The.Cutest.Thing.Ever. 

There was something so inspirational about just watching him live his life. I couldn't help but sit there and think "This is what I want. A simple life on the beach with our kids. Time to just be together." It helped to remind me of WHY we moved here AND that we aren't done reaching our goals. Somehow we will find a way to make it there. It might take a little while, and a lot of hard work, but hey, we've made it this far. 

The drive home was full of talks about the future. We might not know exactly what it is going to look like, but we do know one thing - it's going to be good - and that's enough for now. 



Happy weekend to you! Josh and I are actually spending one TOGETHER, for the first time in a while, which is really nice. We had grand plans to head up to North Shore today, but it ended up not working out. I had an eye exam this morning {yay! for glasses} that ran a little longer than expected, then we grabbed lunch, ran a couple errands, and before we knew it, the day was half-way gone. Oh well. North Shore, we'll see you soon, I promise. 

Since we ended up spending the later half of the afternoon at home, I decided to pull out my paints and give these boring planters a much needed change. I really like how they turned out; simple and abstract. 

Well, I think a little afternoon nap might be in the plans, and then maybe we'll get fancy and actually.cook.dinner.for.once. We've been slacking in that area lately, don't judge. 

What are you doing this weekend? Any fun plans? 



Here & Now.


Things have been awfully quiet here on the blog, haven't they? Sorry about that. The past month or so has been busy and kind of stressful, to be honest. I'm not sure exactly what caused it, but the past month I have just been feeling uninspired and discontent with things. I think I did the wrong thing and kept dwelling on the things I can't change, instead of nipping those thoughts in the butt, so it kind of got the best of me. BUT after many long talks with my wise husband, he has set me straight! He always helps me to focus on the GOOD and not the bad. This is an example of my thought process lately:

I'm SO tired of living in Waikiki. I'm tired of living in this tiny studio that has a new problem every other week. I want a house, with a yard, with a garden. I'm tired of working 40 hours a week and my husband and I rarely having the same days off...


I'm so thankful to be living in HAWAII. I need to remember that we are still in the very first stages of building our life here. We will not be in Waikiki forever. We will be moving out of this studio in 4 months. I am so grateful that my husband and I were able to find full time, well paying jobs, after moving over here. 

Really, life is good. I just got sidetracked a little bit. 

The other night, my husband said to me "We need to get out and take a walk around Waikiki. Lets enjoy and remember the good things about it!" So we did. And it was fun! Although it might not be my favorite part of this Island, it is where we are right now, and I am really going to start focusing on the "here and now" parts of life, because really, that's all we've got!

What do you do to make sure you enjoy the "here and now" parts of life? I'd love some advice! =)