Hawaii Sunrise and a Cute Zip Pouch

denim shorts | white t-shirt | striped cardigan (similar) | basket bag | zip pouch c/o Carrie Dunham | sandals | bow sunhat | large pearl earrings c/o Julie Vos (one of my favorite pairs of earrings)

Happy Monday, friends!  This weekend I went to Bellows to watch the sunrise with my friend Steph, of Steph H. Photography.  It can get really windy on the windward side (who would have thought?! haha), but if you ever have the chance to watch the sunrise in Kailua, Lanikai or Bellows you have got to seize the opportunity.  We live about as far away from there as possible, but the 5AM wake up was absolutely worth it.  The ocean is so beautiful over there, and it’s such a gorgeous spot for photos. 

After sunrise and a fun photoshoot we went to breakfast at Cinnamon’s, and ate way too much and enjoyed a leisurely meal.  It was oddly relaxing eating without the four crazy kiddos we have between the two of us, and we savored every quiet minute of it (and then were excited to get back home to our families).  I had the red velvet pancakes, and they’re as decadent as they sound and so stinking delicious!  

Steph is working on getting her photography business up and running (she is incredibly talented!), and I’m brainstorming how to turn my blog into more of a job than a hobby (blog relaunch is in the works!), so it was nice to be able to bounce ideas off of each other and dream about all the possibilities.  I’m so thankful for a good friend like her in my life!  And if you’re ever in need of family photos here on Oahu, please keep Steph in mind.  She captures the light in such an etherial way, and she is so good at making you feel at ease.  (We shot 3 other looks in addition to these photos here, and I am beyond pleased with how all of the photos turned out!)

A super early morning calls for a laid back outfit, so I threw on my favorite denim shorts, the plain white tee I’ve been wearing on repeat (I like that there is a little variation in the fabric so it’s not just flat white…I sized up to a medium for a more relaxed fit…only $12), and a light striped cardigan for warmth.  Mine is a few years old but this one is almost exactly the same (though a little warmer) and $52.  This sunhat is the best hat I’ve ever owned.  I have it in cream as well, and the bow detail on the back makes it really fun and preppy.  The inside is adjustable so it can fit practically anyone!  I threw everything else I brought with me into my basket bag, but made sure to place all the small things, like my favorite Beautycounter sheer lipstick, in my new Carrie Dunham zip pouchCarrie Dunham is a fantastic source for any hand bag of your needs, especially if you’re looking for a quality lizard, croc or snake leather bag.  

I love that this pouch (currently available in kelly green, gold and mint) is perfect to fit inside a larger bag, but it’s also cute enough to use as a small clutch on its own.  I also really like this Carrie clutch, which allows you to switch out different reversible covers so that you can easily change up your look without buying a whole new bag.  Such a genius idea!

Oh and today’s blog post is part of my Mommy Monday series, so be sure to go check out Instagram for a giveaway later today! 

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Thanks to Carrie Dunham for sending me this pouch!

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Katie Vail
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