A few weeks ago Tom and I got all dressed up and went on a fun date in Waikiki. I have so many dresses in my closet that I rarely get to wear, so I almost always reach for one when we have a date night lined up. My dress is 6 years old and from J.Crew Factory (I own it in 3 colors!) and think it’s the perfect little black dress. J.Crew Factory has lots of scalloped styles available right now and I’m hoping they add a dress like this to their spring and summer lines. I seem to inevitably wear a pair of Jack Rogers sandals whenever I dress up, because they’re comfortable but look a lot better than a regular pair of flip-flops. The style is so timeless too, even Jackie Kennedy wore them!
My fun and ultra-lightweight bow earrings are from Dress for Cocktails, a really great source for playful clutches, jewelry, and hats, many with interchangeable bows! These earrings come in lots of different colors, and they’d be perfect for a cocktail party or in the summer paired with a classic Lilly Pulitzer dress. I’ll be doing a Dress for Cocktails bow earrings giveaway with my Mommy Monday girls later tonight, so be sure to check Instagram to enter!
This is how most photos turn out when Caroline is around. She’s a daredevil these days.
So once we got to town we parked at the zoo because parking is the cheapest there ($1 an hour and you can extend by text if you need to…just an FYI to you local folks). We had both heard great things about Orchids at the Halekulani Hotel, so we decided it was time to give that a shot. The service, location and seafood were all really great, but if I had to choose a fancy seafood restaurant to go to in Waikiki I think I’d stick with Azure at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel. That place has never disappointed me, and that’s where I always recommend people go if they’re looking for great local fish. Orchids is famous for their Sunday brunch though, so I’m hoping we can make it to that sometime soon.
The lobster bisque was so delicious! And look at the breadstick!
After dinner we headed to Blue Note, which is an intimate concert venue in the heart of Waikiki. Neither of us had been there before, and we are now OBSESSED! The tickets are affordable, the food is great and it’s so nice to see a performance without tons of people surrounding you. We saw Joshua Radin, a musician we’ve grown to love after we discovered him while listening to Jack Johnson Pandora, and oh my gosh he was so good! I’d definitely recommend seeing him if you ever get the chance! He was all by himself with his acoustic guitar and he performed for a really long time and talked about his inspiration and the meaning behind a lot of the songs. It was such a wonderful night!
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You look beautiful! You guys should try Arancini at the Kahala (the one in Waikiki isn't as good). They have the most delicious homemade pasta + cocktails!