Travel Guide: Kauai, Hawaii – Poipu

It’s finally time for part two of my Hawaii travel guide. In case you missed it, the first post covered where to stay, along with what to see, eat and do on the North shore of Kauai, in Princeville. The entire island of Kauai is the perfect place to get away and relax with beautiful scenery all around. Today I’m taking you to the South shore of the island, to the town of Poipu.

Travel Guide: Poipu, Kauai, Hawaii

Where to Stay:

We loved the Grand Hyatt Kauai, which is located right in Poipu on the water. The property is basically right on Shipwreck Beach, but since the surf was so strong, we found ourselves posted up by one of the many pools. My favorite was the salt water lagoon that overlooked the ocean, and there are also freshwater “river pools,” complete with a 150+ foot waterslide that I may have gone on about 100 times. The scenery on the Grand Hyatt property is beautiful and you truly feel like you’re in a Hawaiian paradise.

Travel Guide: Kauai, Hawaii – Poipu

This hotel is huge, and there are lots of different room options with varying views of the property. We stayed in a Standard Room on the first floor that walked right out to one of the pools, which was nice and convenient. If you open up a Chase Hyatt credit card, you’ll get two free nights at any Hyatt property worldwide if you spend $2,000 on it within the first three months, and then you get one free night a year after that. Because of this, we stayed at the Grand Hyatt for free!

Travel Guide: Kauai, Hawaii – Poipu

Travel Guide: Kauai, Hawaii – Poipu

Travel Guide: Kauai, Hawaii – Poipu

What to Do & See:

We were only in Poipu for two days, two nights, and because there was lots to do and see right at the Grand Hyatt, we spent the majority of our time there. If we had more time, I would have loved to actually take advantage of even more of what the hotel had to offer, such as yoga and fitness classes that are complimentary to guests with a 25-minute spa treatment. There’s also the Grand Hyatt Kauai Luau Show on Sunday and Thursday nights, which we unfortunately weren’t around to see.

Travel Guide: Kauai, Hawaii – Poipu

Travel Guide: Kauai, Hawaii – Poipu

Around the resort, Shipwreck Beach is a great spot for surfing (if you consider yourself advanced – red flags were up the whole time we were there), and it’s also where the Maha’ulepu Heritage Trail starts. It’s a pretty easy hike along the coastline with beautiful views, 2 miles each way. We went early one morning and packed a few snacks and lots of water then went straight to the pool afterwards because it was hot. It’s a nice way to get some exercise while taking in the scenery.

Travel Guide: Kauai, Hawaii – Poipu

Travel Guide: Kauai, Hawaii – Poipu

Travel Guide: Kauai, Hawaii – Poipu

Aside from that, there’s the Allerton Garden, where you can take sunset tours of the tropical botanical garden. We didn’t check it out ourselves, but I’m sure there are some nice photo opps – part of Jurassic Park was filmed there. And there are plenty of boat and helicopter tours that go to the Napali Coast (more on that in my Princeville post) from various locations around the island.

Where to Eat:

We found a great place to grab a quick bite to eat or fresh produce and other groceries, the Living Foods Market, which we went to daily for breakfast. We stuck with bagels and fruit, but they have a full menu of breakfast sandwiches, crepes and more – plus there’s a juice bar with lots of different blends. Near that, there’s also the Cortado Coffee Bar and the Kukui’ula Village Shopping Center with lots of other restaurants and stores.

Travel Guide: Kauai, Hawaii – Poipu

In that plaza, we loved dinner at Merriman’s Fish House, where the Macadamia Nut Crusted Mahi Mahi is a must-have. You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu, and if you aren’t able to stop in while visiting Kauai, there are other Merriman’s locations on Maui and the Big Island. We also stopped at Tortilla Republic for some delicious fish tacos, street corn and “hydration margaritas” on Taco Tuesday for lunch one day. And if you want to take a break from seafood or want a nice, low-key meal, try Pizzetta, which is a mom-and-pop Italian restaurant we found with great reviews on Yelp.

Travel Guide: Kauai, Hawaii – Poipu

That sums up our visit on the South Shore of Kauai – more pics below! Next up: Maui travel guides for both Kapalua and Wailea, then onto Italy. What are your favorite vacation spots? Let us know in the comments!

Travel Guide: Kauai, Hawaii – Poipu

Travel Guide: Kauai, Hawaii – Poipu

Travel Guide: Kauai, Hawaii – Poipu

Travel Guide: Kauai, Hawaii – Poipu

Travel Guide: Kauai, Hawaii – Poipu

Travel Guide: Kauai, Hawaii – Poipu

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Fall Sunflowers

Fall is in full force here in New England, and I’ve been trying to get outside and enjoy it while it lasts, especially on the weekends. I love this time of year, but it goes by way too fast! In September last year, I kept seeing a beautiful sunflower field pop up on my Instagram, so this year I decided to check it out and also pick up some fresh produce for the week at the farm it’s part of. It was worth the hour-long drive – although I will admit that while the pics are pretty, IRL it was basically a giant sunflower field with people taking selfies everywhere! Definitely a great spot for a photo opp and a taste of fall.

I love floral patterns with jewel tones in them for fall, and I found exactly that in this dress. Long sleeved dresses are great transitional pieces because you can swap out your footwear from sandals to flats, then onto booties and tall boots as the temps drop. I’m very picky when it comes to flats, and the ones I’m wearing here have been my go-to since I got them last year (they’re still available and on sale here!).

I’m heading out to San Francisco tomorrow to visit a friend and am looking forward to relaxing and enjoying weather in the high 60s for a long weekend. Colder weather is going to be here before we know it! For more fall looks and my travels, follow along on Instagram (@dailykatyblog), and let us know what your favorite transitional fall staples are in the comments below.

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Friday Faves: The Best Lip Products

Happy Friday! It’s been a crazy few weeks and I’m long overdue for a beauty post. A few months ago, it was National Lipstick Day (did you know that was an actual thing?!), and it made me want to put together a post on the latest lip products. But then I decided to head straight to all of the bags I use on a regular basis and pull out the lip products I’m using – and loving – right now. Thanks to this blog and Sephora being across the street from my office, I’ve tried out lots of lipsticks, glosses, stains, balms, you name it, over the last few years.

It wasn’t until my wedding three years ago that lip color became one of the two beauty products that make me feel most put together (mascara is also must for me!). I went to Sephora in search of a natural-looking lipstick that would actually stay on for our big day because I knew I was going to forget to reapply, and that’s when I discovered my go-to YSL lip stain (more on that below). Since then, I try to have some sort of lip color on, especially if I’m out at night.

Read on for my current faves and exactly what it is I love about each, along with my go-to lip treatment that I use daily. Let us know what your recommendations are in the comments below!

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Lip Tints & Balms:

  • FRESH Sugar in Rose: I scored this in a Sephora VIB birthday freebie a few years back and loved it so much that I immediately bought two more in the same color so I always had one on me. I also love the regular version without color.
  • bareMinerals Pop of Passion in Candy Pop: These launched last year and give me just the right amount of hydration and color. It’s actually a lip oil-balm, and because of that formula, the color is stronger and last longer than most lip tints and balms I’ve used in the past.
  • AVON True Color Lip Balm in Coral Crush: This lip balm is new – I just tried it out for the first time today and so far, it’s great. For some reason I’m a little skeptical about lip “balms” because many leave a gross taste, but that’s not the case here. I love a good coral and this shade gives you just the right amount of coral tint.

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Lip Glosses:

  • bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie in Dare Devil: This is a sheer lip gloss that still gives you lots of shine and color. I love how the formula allows it to stay put while also keeping my lips moisturized. This color is my favorite for fall right now – it’s a blackberry-ish shade, but since it’s sheer, it’s not dramatic.
  • Buxom Full-On Lip Polish in Isabella: I always stock up on these during the holiday season because Sephora sells gift sets with lots of great colors – and last year I also got my sister-in-law hooked. On its own, this sheer lip polish gives your lips a nice red tint, but I also like to wear it over red/maroon-y colored lipsticks for some added shine. You can feel it plumping your lips with the tingle it gives after it’s applied.
  • Buxom Full-On Lip Cream in Mai Tai: Another fun color, which is more of a light coral. The difference between this and the lip polish is that this on is a no-shimmer lip gloss – but it’s still plumping, creamy and makes your lips shine and tingle.

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Lip Stains:

  • Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain in 204 Onde Rose and 7 Corail Aquatique: If I had to pick my absolute favorite lip product ever, it would be this. You’ll find it in every single one of my bags, and my love affair with it started on my wedding day. This stuff actually stays put all day long. And with any of the colors, you can layer on as little or as much as you want to give it a different effect. I never cared much about having color on my lips before I discovered this lip stain, and now it’s my day and night go-to.
  • Too Faced Melted in Velvet: For the longest time, I never thought I’d wear a red lipstick. This was the first one I loved, and I think a lot of what got me was that it not only looked great, but it stayed put. And while the applicator is very different from the YSL stain, they are both super easy to apply without going outside your lip line or using liner. I also have it in Fuschia, which I also love for a brighter bold lip.

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Lipsticks:

  • Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Lip Color in 09 Rose Stiletto: After falling in love with YSL’s lip stain, I had to try out their lipstick, which I inevitably love too. This color is great for everyday wear, as it’s more of a mauve shade. I also wear #19, Fuschia Pink, for a night out.
  • bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie in Live Large: If you can’t tell yet, I’m a big bareMinerals fan, and that includes these lipsticks. They give just the right amount of color and do a good job of staying put. I’ve used this color forever, but there are lots of others to choose from.
  • AVON Perfectly Matte Lipstick in Electric Pink: I’d be lying if I said I don’t still have the urge to put a gloss over any matte lipstick, but I’m getting used to it! You just need to find the right one that doesn’t dry out your lips (and a good exfoliator and lip treatment beforehand). This one has a smooth, velvety feel.

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Lip Treatment:

  • Rodan + Fields REDEFINE Lip Treatment: This stuff is quite possibly my fav lip product ever. I swear I had chronic chapped lips until I started using it back in January. It’s a serum complete with peptides and antioxidants, and I use a little every night before I go to bed and it does the trick. Once or twice a week, I’ll exfoliate my lips first with either R+F’s Micro-Dermabrasion Paste (amazing on your face too!) or FRESH’s Sugar Lip Polish. For more on R+F, head over to this post – and comment on this post or send me an email (katy at dailykaty dot com) to save 10% off and get free shipping on any order. They also just launched Lash Boost, an amazing serum that gives you longer-, fuller- and darker-looking lashes in just a few weeks.

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*While samples were provided over the past few years for all of above other than the Rodan + Fields lip treatment, these are truly the products I use on a regular basis out of all of the lip products I’ve tried out! I am a Rodan + Fields consultant, so I do make a profit off of any purchase, and the other links throughout the post are affiliate links.*

Yellow Florals

Wedding is season is in full swing right now for me – and by that I mean this weekend will be the fourth I’m going to in six weekends! While that’s left us with little free time on the weekends, I love any excuse to get dressed up and celebrate with friends and family. Usually, I either use Rent the Runway or buy dresses for specific events, but this year I bought a few different dresses at the beginning of the season that I knew I’d wear more than once and dressed them up for weddings.

I went with this yellow floral dress for a Labor Day Weekend wedding at a barn near the ocean for my husband’s cousin’s wedding. When I first spotted this dress online, I knew I had to have it. I typically gravitate toward a-line dresses that are tight at the waist but then go out from there to give room to breathe (and eat!), but for some reason this one was an exception because even though it was flowy, it still had enough shape to it. Plus it was fun to dance around in!

Since I wore this dress for a wedding, I dressed it up with cognac suede lace up block heels (similar here) and a nude bag. More recently, I put a jean jacket on top of it and went with flats. And if you love the yellow floral print but not this particular dress, you’re in luck, because it also comes in a few different styles (scroll down to shop those – they’re all on sale!).

I know fall is technically here, but we’re just starting to feel it, so I know many of you are still enjoying the summer heat! Shop this look using the links below, whether you have weddings coming up, are heading on vacation or want to save it for next spring or summer.

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Beachside in New Hampshire

I grew up on the Seacoast of New Hampshire and love getting back up there, especially when it involves visiting family or friends. My mom is in the process of moving into her new house that’s just a street over from the beach and a few weeks ago we spent the day walking around and exploring the town. I’m pretty jealous she gets to take in this view daily! It was the perfect scene for taking some pics along the way, as we both love a good opportunity to play around with our cameras.

I scored this dress during the Nordstrom #Nsale and while it sold out quickly, it was finally restocked and is still under $50! I sized up because the material doesn’t have much stretch and the dress can be adjusted with the tie straps. It’s super versatile – I’ve worn it out to dinner {shown below}, to work and to a bridal shower, swapping out shoes and accessories to dress it up or down. Just throw a jean jacket, chambray shirt or sweater over it, add some booties and it’ll transition right into fall.

If you’ve been following along on Insta {@dailykatyblog} this summer, then you know these lace-up sandals have been my go-to. I got them way back in April and they’re still available and under $100. They come in dark saddle, black and yellow, and while I had a hard time deciding between the two neutral shades, I’m happy I went with dark saddle {shown below} because they really go with everything.

I know the weather is cooling down, but hope everyone gets outside during the long weekend and gets to enjoy quality time with family and friends. And if that hurricane rains on the weekend, catch up on some Netflix or shop the summer sales and new fall items. As much as I love summer, I’m getting excited for booties, jeans and flannel weather!

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Gingham for July 4th

My littlest brother graduated from high school last weekend and because it was super hot out I was on the hunt for a light, flowy dress for the occasion. I found exactly what I was looking for and it was on sale for 50% off – and it’s still on sale now with code JULY4TH! Speaking of July 4, it’s perfect for the holiday weekend not only because of the weather, but because it’s easy to incorporate into a red, white and blue color scheme thanks to the navy and white gingham print.

Aside from being lightweight and perfect for summer, what I love about this dress is that I can wear it to both work with some casual sandals (these have been a go-to for years) or to something like a summer BBQ at the beach with a bathing suit underneath and flip flops. I’ll definitely be getting lots of use out of it, including a July 4 weekend party this weekend! Shop the look using the links below.

And in case you haven’t seen, there’s a new way you can shop my Instagram looks via my “Shop My Instagram” page. To get there, just go to “Shop” and then “Instgram.” I’ll also be linking to it in my Instagram profile (@dailykatyblog) so if you see something you like, it’s super easy to shop without having to clutter your inbox with emails.

Happy long weekend! xo

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Splurge vs. Save – Chloe & Self Portrait

I love a good deal, especially when I can find one that looks just like the high-end designer version of whatever it is I’m shopping. I recently came across the perfect knock off of the popular Self Portrait lace midi dress so I had to share it, along with a few other knock offs of these Chloe wedges and bag. While I’d love to have the real version of all of below, I’m totally fine with the less expensive options shown on the right below – you can barely tell the difference! Shop both the designer picks and their dupes using the links, and let us know in the comments if you’ve come across other good finds!

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Casual Chambray Dress

It dawned on me the other day that I’ve been buying a ton of chambray lately… button up shirts, dresses, tanks, you name it. I love that it’s appropriate for my day job but is still casual and comfortable, and you can easily dress it up with nicer pants or a shirt and jewelry. Today I’m sharing a super soft chambray dress that I paired with tan lace up sandals and a simple crossbody bag. My only complaint about this outfit is that there isn’t a huge window of time here in New England for outfits like this, but this week it was perfect! Shop the look using the links below.

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Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast Casserole

I love breakfast. And I also love any reason to get together with friends, especially when it gives me a reason to either try out a new recipe or share one of my go-to’s with everyone. Recently a few of my out-of-town girlfriends were visiting and we decided to do a potluck brunch at my house instead of going out. I made a delicious french toast casserole recipe inspired by the one my mother-in-law makes, which has always been a favorite of anyone who tries it.

For this recipe, you’ll want to make it the night before so the bread can soak in all of the flavors. The recipe is for a 9×12 inch dish, but if you are bringing it to a tailgate or big event, you can grab a bigger aluminum tray, increase each ingredient by 1/2 and do three layers of bread instead of two. Read on and save/pin this for your next brunch event! Just add champagne…

Cream Cheese French Toast Casserole Recipe

Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast Casserole

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 sticks butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 cups dark brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 loaf (1 pound) white bread
  • 8 oz light cream cheese, softened
  • 2 Tablespoons confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6 large eggs
  • 2 cups milk
  • Maple syrup
  • Cinnamon sugar
  • Strawberries

Instructions

  1. Combine melted butter with brown sugar and spread across the bottom of the baking dish.
  2. Remove crusts from bread slices. Layer bread across bottom of the baking dish, slicing pieces of bread to fit the entire bottom of the dish.
  3. Whisk the cream cheese, confectioners' sugar and vanilla extract together until smooth. Place dollops of the mixture on the layer of bread.
  4. Add a second layer of bread on top of the cream cheese mixture.
  5. Pour eggs and milk into a medium bowl; whisk together and pour over the bread layers.
  6. Cover the baking dish and refrigerate overnight.
  7. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees; bake for 25-30 minutes.
  8. Remove dish from oven and set oven on broil. Cover with maple syrup and cinnamon sugar and put in oven to broil until it is bubbling and a brown color.
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Cream Cheese French Toast Casserole Recipe

Amalfi Coast Style

Next up on my Italy posts is a round-up of a few looks you may have seen sneak peeks of on my Instagram while I was traveling. I wore the three outfits below during my stay in Positano and Capri on the Amalfi Coast. The weather wasn’t as warm as I was hoping, but on the last day we finally got some signs of summer (and had to buy bathing suits from a local shop because we didn’t even bring them after seeing the forecast!).

Whether you’re abroad or here in New England, I love this time of year because you can really take advantage of layering looks to take you from day to night. Shop these three looks using the links below or on Insta (@dailykatyblog) with ShopStyle!

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