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.

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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!

Amalfi Coast Style on DailyKaty.com

Shop the Look:

Shirt / Jeans {under $40!} / Sandals {also in black & yellow}

Bag {my go-to for travel – lays flat in your suitcase!}

Amalfi Coast Style on DailyKaty.com

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Travel Guide: Kauai, Hawaii – Princeville

I’ve been wanting to share my trip to Hawaii with you all for so long and am finally getting around to doing it! Back in October, my husband and I celebrated our second anniversary with a trip to Maui and Kauai, Hawaii… and it was amazing. Why can’t Hawaii be closer to New England?! The way of life and people were so happy, the sun was shining and it was pure bliss.

I have lots to share so am breaking up my travel guide into four separate posts, two for Kauai and two for Maui, as we stayed on two different parts of each island to get a full experience. They were all beautiful and perfect in their own way, but all very different! I honestly can’t pick a favorite. But I’ll kick things off with Princeville (aka the north shore) of Kauai.

Travel Guide: Princeville, Kauai, HI

 

Kauai in general is pretty casual, and much quieter and developed than Maui (someone described it to us as Maui 20 years ago). And while it’s beautiful, it does rain pretty frequently, even if just for a few minutes on and off throughout the day. It rained one day while we were there and while I was initially bummed, it made for full, picturesque waterfalls along the Napali coast. I loved every second of our stay on Kauai and can’t wait until the day I can go back! Read on for tips on where to stay, what to do and what to eat.

Where to Stay:

The ultimate hotel experience is the St. Regis Princeville. It came highly recommended from friends who had been there before and it did not disappoint one bit. In fact, I never wanted to leave. I was so happy that we stayed there for three nights instead of two, which we did at the other resorts. We had an ocean view room, which I personally think is worth it because the view is incredible and you’re set down low near the pool and beach. I’ll let the photos speak for themselves, but my days in Princeville were spent in a beach chair with a cocktail and magazine in hand and I’d do anything to go back.

Travel Guide of Princeville, Kauai, Hawaii - Shown here: St. Regis Princeville

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Italy Travel Pinspiration

Around this time each year, the cold weather starts setting in, my husband and I go into winter hibernation and we start planning out vacations for the year. Aside from a few weekend trips here and there, we have our eyes on Italy for spring and Aruba for the fall. And now that we’ve made it that far, it’s time to start mapping out our Italy trip {cue the hours of Google searching, pinning, Tripadvisor-ing, etc.}.

To get things started, we got some tips from colleagues and friends – and then I went right on over to Pinterest to start visualizing potential destinations. Today I’m sharing some of what I found – if only we could do it all in one trip! Use the links below each photo for more info and recommendations on each location (and credits to the pics!). And if you have any suggested Italy itineraries, must-see attractions, restaurants, etc., please let me know in the comments!

1. Tuscany

Tuscany, Italy

“Tuscany, Italy: Siena, Chianti and Pisa” on A Spicy Perspective

2. Florence

Florence, Italy

“The Sights of Florence, Italy… A Photo Diary [Part 1]” on Hand Luggage Only

3. Rome

Rome, Italy

“Rome & Naples, Italy” on A Couple Cooks

4. Naples

Naples, Italy

“Bucket List Luxury Travel Destinations” on Arizona Foothills Magazine

5. Sardinia

Sardinia, Italy

“11 Places to Visit on a Trip to Sardinia (and Italy) and Why!” on Hand Luggage Only

6. Capri

Capri, Amalfi Coast, Italy

“Amalfi Coast: Positano, Capri, & Ravello, Italy” on A Couple Cooks

7. Positano

Positano, Italy

“Best of Positano, Italy – Shhhh, Don’t Tell” on Traveling Chic

8. Venice

Venice, Italy

“Secret Venice” on From My Dining Table

9. Milan

Milan, Italy

“Top 5 Reasons to Visit Milan: Exploring Italy’s Fashion Capital” on Make My Trip

10. Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre, Italy

“The Complete Guide to Visiting Cinque Terre in Italy!” on Hand Luggage Only

Beach Travel Style Essentials

Life was apparently really busy after we got back from our amazing trip to Hawaii (more to come on that in my upcoming travel guides!), and now all of a sudden a month flew by and the holidays and almost winter are here. The temps aren’t too bad yet here in New England, but I’m still dreaming of Hawaii and plotting our next warm-weather getaway.

Whether you have a trip booked or are lucky enough to live where the sun is always shining, today’s post includes some of my beach destination essentials, including cover ups, sunglasses, bikinis and my favorite sunscreen (yes, it’s possible to have a favorite).  Shop the items in the pics using the links below (minus those palm trees – you’ll have to head to Maui for those)!

Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii
Views at the Grand Hyatt Kauai - shop the romper in the post on DailyKaty.com

Taking it all in at the Grand Hyatt Kauai‘s beach in Poipu… Loving that my P.J. Salvage romper is not only perfect for lounging around at home, but also makes a great beach cover up because of its super soft, lightweight material.

P.J. Salvage Wanderlust Challe Romper (c/o)

Enjoying drinks at the Grand Hyatt Kauai - shop the romper in the post on DailyKaty.com

Enjoying a post-beach/pool drink on the deck at sunset. Other than when I was in just a bikini on a beach chair or in the water, I wore this romper from morning to night! The sun sets early at this time of year in Hawaii, we we stayed in our bathing suits for it almost every night.

Bikini Essentials for Beach Travel - Shop them on DailyKaty.com

Just a few of my favorite bikinis I brought along with me (all c/o)… Each one of these is perfect in their own way: the leopard print Malai bikini has literally the best fitting bottoms I’ve ever tried (size up for this one – top and bottom run small). I love the colors and crocheting in the blue WET Swimwear bikini. And Mi-Ola bikinis are perfect if you’re active, whether you’re surfing or jumping off a boat for a swim, because the bottoms have gripper elastic to hold them on.

LeopardMalai Neon Leopard Bandeau Bikini from Cabana Chic Swimwear

Blue: WET Swimwear Faith Top & Bottoms

Pink: Mi-Ola Reversible Wrap Top & Double String Bottoms

Cruising along the Napili Coast in Kauai - shop this romper and sunglasses in today's post on DailyKaty.com

Cruising along the Napili Coast by boat in Kauai… This romper is super lightweight and comfortable over a bikini and now I’m wishing I got it in all of the patterns!

Romper (on sale!) / c/o Woodzee Sunglasses

c/o Mi-Ola Reversible Wrap Top & Double String Bottoms

Waiting for sunset at the St. Regis Princeville in Kauai, Hawaii - shop this romper and sunglasses in today's post on DailyKaty.com

Waiting for sunset and toasting to an amazing trip at the St. Regis Princeville in Kauai! You can see the low back of the romper here, which I love, along with the wrapped back on the Mi-Ola bikini. And this resort is a must for sunsets, views and basically everything else.

Best sunscreen around - learn more at DailyKaty.com

My favorite sunscreens - which I never thought I’d say – but these smell so good and don’t leave your skin all oily and gross! The spray sunscreen is my favorite because it smells like pina colada. And the face sunscreen is lightweight, dries quickly and is refreshing with its cucumber scent.

Coola Sport Continuous Spray SPF 30,

Face Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30,

Mineral Sport Sunscreen SPF 35+ and

Liplux Sport Lip Treatment SPF 30 (all c/o)

Sunset at the Fairmont Kea Lani in Wailea, Hawaii - shop this romper on DailyKaty.com

Another day, another cover up worn for sunset on the beach… This time at the Fairmont Kea Lani in Wailea, Maui. If only I could end every day like this!

Fringe Cover Up (sold out – similar here + here)

 

What are your favorite beach travel style essentials? Let us know in the comments below! And come back over to the blog – and Fit and Fab Living – to read more about my trip to Maui and Kauai, as well as lots more about hotel recommendations, sights to see, etc. Stay tuned!

Friday Faves {October 23, 2015}

Happy Friday! I’m so excited because my husband and I are headed to Hawaii on Tuesday – and I can’t wait to share my experience here and in real-time on Insta. I’ll also be featuring my favorite Hawaiian hotels with fitness and wellness activities over on Fit & Fab Living when I get back. And because all I can think about is this trip, today’s Friday Faves are all related to travel – enjoy and have a great weekend!

xo,

Katy

Friday Faves, Travel Edition on DailyKaty.com

  • Maui & Kauai, Hawaii: Aka where I’m headed next week. I can’t wait. We’re staying and checking out a bunch of different resorts, activities, restaurants and more. Shown here is The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua in Maui – I wouldn’t mind laying by that pool with a good book for a few days! {via ritzcarlton.com}
  • Perfect carry-on bags: The black bag shown here is my absolute go-to for a carry-on bag. It’s simple but has so much room, is high quality and slips right over the handle of my rolling suitcase. If you prefer something that you’ll use daily in your everyday life too, go for this bag. It comes in large and small sizes and lots of colors! I just got the large one in eggplant – can’t wait for it to come.
  • The ultimate carry-on rolling bag: I’m on the hunt for the perfect rolling suitcases and while I haven’t made any purchases yet, this carry-on suitcase definitely looks like a good option. In addition to having innovative wheels and other cool features, the best part is that it has a charging station right in the suitcase. No more searching for outlets and sitting on the floor at the airport! {via brit.co}
  • Insta travel inspiration: If you’re on the hunt for your next travel destination or just love pretty travel photos, this post will give you lots of travel Instagrammers that you should go ahead and follow for inspiration. Each one of them has their own style and vibe. {via flipkey.com; Insta via @lepostcard}

 

Anniversary Weekend in Portland, Maine {Travel}

Today is my second wedding anniversary and we spent the weekend celebrating in Portland, Maine. The weather was beautiful and the food was pretty incredible, so both of those together made for a great weekend getaway. September is the perfect time to visit most New England towns and Portland is no exception. If you’ve been following along on Insta you may have seen some real-time updates from our trip, and you can read on for even more recommendations via pics I took!

Portland, Maine {Travel Recap & Recommendations}

There are lots of great hotel options right in downtown Portland that are conveniently located to the majority of the restaurants and shops. I recommend staying anywhere that’s within walking distance of the waterfront (Commercial Street) and Fore Street. We went for the Holiday Inn Portland By the Bay because it was slightly less expensive than the others, and it was about a 10 minute walk to almost everything we wanted to see or do. If you get a room with a bay view on one of the higher up floors, you’ll get to look out on the view shown above!

Portland, Maine {Travel Recap & Recommendations}

If you love oysters – or really any seafood – having lunch at Eventide Oyster Co. is an absolute must. We got so many recommendations for this place and it was delicious. My husband is into raw oysters and while I’m not, the lobster roll, fried bbq oysters and stuffed mahogany clams were incredible. Note that their menu changes daily but you can get an idea of what they have on their website. We saw them getting a delivery of oysters while we were enjoying lunch so I can vouch for how fresh everything is!

Portland, Maine {Travel Recap & Recommendations}

Head over to the Shipyard Brewery tasting room to try out their most popular and seasonal beers. At this time of year, they had one of my favorites, their Pumpkinhead Ale, and they also had a Smashed Pumpkinhead Ale (loved it!) and Bourbon Barrel Aged Smashed Pumpkin, both of which you can only get at the brewery. They told us they have exclusive summer beers earlier in the year too and I might have to go back and try them! You can also take full brewery tours from June-August on Tuesday and Thursday nights. The best part about the tasting room is it’s free – you can sample up to eight beers.

Portland, Maine {Travel Recap & Recommendations}

Central Provisions came recommended by many friends for a dinner spot, and honestly I wish the lighting was better so I could have taken better food pics to show how good it was! They specialize in small plates, and we went with a selection of three cheeses, benton’s ham, lobster fritters and Korean “bbq” flank steak, all of which were very tasty. They make everything in an open kitchen and we sat right at the bar so we had a front row seat. Even the cheese platters were carefully made-to-order! They don’t take reservations and the restaurant is pretty small, but we put our name in and only had to wait a little over an hour. It wasn’t a big deal at all for us because they texted when our table was ready, so we went and had a drink at a waterfront bar while we waited.

Portland, Maine {Travel Recap & Recommendations}

Speaking of getting a drink while we waited to go to dinner, the Porthole was where we went for pre-dinner drinks both nights. There’s a big patio and live music that made for the perfect place to enjoy a few drinks while the sun set. Other restaurants with outdoor seating can also be found in this area, so there are lots of options to choose from.

Portland, Maine {Travel Recap & Recommendations}

If it’s a beautiful day and/or you need a break from eating and drinking, take a 17 minute ferry from Commercial Street over to Peak’s Island. They leave every hour or so and it drops you off right in a cute little town with shops and a few restaurants. You can rent either bikes or golf carts (we went for bikes) to tour the island, which is about four miles around. If you plan ahead (which we did not), you can bring lunch with you and stop to enjoy it at one of the many ocean lookout spots. We saw a few weddings getting set up along our bike ride and it seems like a great place to get married or rent a house with a group of friends or family.

Portland, Maine {Travel Recap & Recommendations}

I may have found the best fries ever at Duckfat, which was another lunch spot that came recommended by nearly everyone we knew who had been to Portland. Dip them in a variety of sauces (we tried all five) or have them served as poutine, topped with duck gravy and even a sunny side up egg and duck. Their paninis are also amazing and my personal favorite was the simple-yet-delicious B.G.T., aka bacon, goat cheese and fresh tomato. I also love Cuban paninis and one was on special when we were there and that was equally as good. Duckfat also serves lots of great local beers and craft sodas to pair with your lunch.

Portland, Maine {Travel Recap & Recommendations}

{image via Fore Street}

The top recommendation we received was definitely to get dinner at Fore Street – and note that this list of recommendations is in order of what we did, not by preference, because this was the best! This is another restaurant where the menu is always changing, but one thing that’s always available (and you must get) are their Wood Oven Roasted Maine Mussels. Seriously the best. For meals, I got a halibut and my husband went with pork loin, both of which were pretty incredible. And I loved the blueberry vodka drink that was on the menu when we were there. If you’ve heard about Fore Street, then you probably also know that you have to make a reservation waaaay in advance. But they also reserve a portion of the restaurant for walk-ins – just get there right at 5:30 p.m., put your name in, and come back a little before your estimated reservation time. We found that the wait at the bar was a little shorter than the regular dining room (we put our name in at 6:15 and sat at 8:30 p.m.). It’s well worth the wait.

Portland, Maine {Travel Recap & Recommendations}

{image via tripadvisor}

Last but not least, we closed out both nights with Gorgeous Gelato. The Gorgeous flavor was my favorite so it went for it two times in a row. They use all-natural ingredients and no artificial sweeteners or flavors and most importantly, those flavors are unique and delicious (think Bacio-Pistachio-Vanilla, Wild Berries-Mango, Dark Chocolate-Coconut, Tiramisu and Stracciatella).

And just a few other pics for fun…

Portland, Maine {Travel Recap & Recommendations}

Love locks bridge on Commercial Street

Portland, Maine {Travel Recap & Recommendations}

One of the cute houses on Peak’s Island

Portland, Maine {Travel Recap & Recommendations}

Flowers found outside a restaurant on one of the piers

Portland, Maine {Travel Recap & Recommendations}

Boat parked outside of the Porthole deck

Portland, Maine {Travel Recap & Recommendations}

Micucci Grocery = go-to for all things Italian, including this takeout pizza

Portland, Maine {Travel Recap & Recommendations}

Quick breakfast at Local Sprouts Cooperative

 

Have you visited Portland before? If you have other recommendations, let us know in the comments below!

 

 

 

Carry-On Travel Bags

I’ve been taking lots of day trips and long weekend trips this year, both for work and play, and through that I’ve quickly learned the importance of having a good carry-on bag. Today I’m sharing a few of my favorite carry-on travel bags right now, all of which are perfect in their own way. Now I’m on the hunt for new rolling suitcases (both carry-on and larger with spinning wheels), so if you have any suggestions, let me know!

Carry-On Travel Bags on DailyKaty.com

 

1. cinda b Traveling Bowler

This bag (bottom left) quickly became one of my absolute, all-time favorite travel bags as soon as I started using it. I’ve mainly been using it as a carry-on bag when I travel on short trips because it has a zip opening to easily slip over my rolling suitcase handle, so it makes carrying all of my bags much easier. Plus the interior of it is even bigger than it looks and it fits everything I need, from my laptop and magazines to my purse, cosmetics and more, especially since there are lots of pockets. I’ve also used it as an overnight bag – it has an adjustable cross-body strap and also regular handles. And one of the best thing about cinda b bags is the fabric – it’s so durable and comes in tons of fun patterns. I went with Noir (all black) this time, but I love patterns like Neptune (shown on this beach bag). {cindab.com, $129}

2. Hayden-Harnett Ibiza Flight Tote

I discovered Hayden-Harnett last year and now I wish I could have one of everything they make. They have a line of travel bags and accessories that are great for work, weekends and travel. The bag shown in the photos isn’t available anymore, but they have an even better bag, the Ibiza Flight Tote, which comes in black, silvered grey, orchid (pink) and olive. I actually had my eyes on this bag but it wasn’t available when I got my other one! The Ibiza can be worn in up to six different ways thanks to its unique strap/handle and snap system, so you can change it up based on your preferences. {haydenharnett.com, $198}

3. LeSportsac  Voyager Backpack

Backpacks are back in style and I’ll be the first to admit that I love them. In fact, I’ve been using a backpack as my carry-on bag for years and I needed them to come back in style so I could get one that didn’t look like I was back in high school going to class. I love the LeSportsac Voyager Backpack because it’s nice and roomy and easy to get things in and out of. LeSportsac has so many fun prints and patterns that they introduce throughout the year – this one is a floral print called Euphoria. The Voyager has a drawstring closure and lots of of pockets to store your on-the-go essentials. I think this might even make a good beach bag this summer! {lesportsac.com, $118}

4. Baggalini Village Tote

Another great options that slides right over your suitcase handle is the Village Tote from Baggalini, one of their best-selling bags. This bag also has lots of pockets for organization and also has a removable coin purse and a padded front zipper pocket that’s perfect for my Nook or iPad. The Village Tote has a nice shoulder strap so it’s easy to carry and the style is more like a traditional shoulder bag, not quite as big as the cinda b bag above. The fabric is lightweight and water-resistant and while the blue shown here is no longer available, it comes in black, which is perfect for anytime use. {baggalini.com, $94.95}

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Carry-On Travel Bags on DailyKaty.com

Carry-On Travel Bags on DailyKaty.com

 Carry-On Travel Bags on DailyKaty.com

**While I was provided samples for review, all opinions are my own.**

San Francisco Weekend {Travel}

I have the best group of girlfriends from college and we’ve been trying to plan a girls trip with all eight of us for what seems like forever. We don’t all live in the same state, and the older we get, the busier we all seem to get with that whole us being adults thing (ugh). But we finally pulled it together for a trip to Cali – San Francisco, Sausalito, Sonoma and Healdsburg – after one of the girls moved to Sausalito and her husband happened to be out of town for the weekend.

This trip was more about girls time over (many) bottles of vino, but we managed to do a little sight seeing too (mixed with more food and wine). Read on for some highlights from the mini vaca via pics I took along the way.

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Ferry ride between San Fran and Sausalito is quick and only $10 – so worth it!

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How cute is Sausalito?!

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More Sausalito… wouldn’t mind living here…

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… especially with this view of the city out my window.

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Benefit of staying on East Coast time… catching sunrises like this one.

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Lots of cute restaurants right on the water in Sausalito (shown here: Scoma’s).

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Running around town, loving the nice weather (shop this kimono for under $15!).

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Touring wine country – here at Armida Winery in Healdsburg.

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Taking in the views (not pictured: other winery stops at Geyser Peak and Balletto)

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Touring around San Fran – had to drive down Lombard Street

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… and get a sundae at Ghirardelli.

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More food after walking around Fisherman’s Wharf (shown here: Pier Market).

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Catching the seals after lunch at Fisherman’s Wharf before heading to the airport.

Not shown: quality time and lots of laughs with my gfs and plenty more delicious food and drink. Until next time, San Fran!

Friday Faves {March 20, 2015}

3.20.15-Friday Faves

1. Spring shoes. I made the mistake of walking through the shoe section at Nordstrom the other day and wanted to buy everything. Especially these gold shoes, which are a sneaker/boat shoe combo that are perfect for spring work days. Plus they’re on sale right now! {nordstrom.com}

2. Latest vacation spot. I just visited Sausalito, a cute little town right over San Fran’s Golden Gate Bridge. My best friend just lived there and we had the best girls weekend with eight of our friends. The view of the city from this street is amazing.

3. Productivity inspiration. This article, “8 Habits of Highly Productive People,” is a good read. It validates some of my own tips – tackling the hardest task first thing in the morning and taking regular breaks throughout the day – and offers several others as well. {realsimple.com}

4. My soon-to-be new favorite jeans. “Slimmy” jeans are hitting stores soon from brands like J Brand, Topshop and Gap. As a skinny jeans lover who also appreciates a good pair of boyfriend jeans, I’m going to need a pair of these asap. They’re said to be “the perfect hybrid between your cigarette denim and boyfriend jeans… this straight-leg cut is roomy without being the least bit baggy.” {refinery29.com}