Thursday, August 28, 2014

Sophisticated Picks from the French Connection Sale

Sale shopping is great, but lets face it, sometimes it can be stressful. No sale, I don't want to get in line before 5:00am. No, I don't want to obsessively reload my browser as I furiously try to check out before the stock of what I want runs out. And no, I REALLY don't want to use a "surprise" discount that could be 50%... but also could be %10... and I won't know which until I check out. For these reasons I find the French Connection Labor Day sale to be refreshingly simple.

All their sale dresses are just $69.99 from now until Labor Day.

Given that many of the dresses on offer originally retailed for over $300, that's a serious savings. Check out my favorites below.








As if that's not good enough you can use the code W14SHIP to get free shipping on all orders over $150. Happy shopping!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Coral Frock on the Honolulu Sea Walk

If you ever make it to Honolulu I strongly recommend you take some time to venture past crowded Waikiki beach to Kapiolani Park. Bring a picnic or a big cup of shaved ice, then camp out under one of the gigantic shade trees and watch the (impossibly fit) locals jogging, walking on tight lines, and just hanging out.

Then, for a real treat follow anyone you see with a surf board. At first glace it will appear that beach access in the area is restricted to the owners of the luxury condos that line the street, but the sea walk its self is open to the public. Follow the surfers through one of the many well-hidden passes and you will find yourself right on the water. The sea walk a gorgeous area for a romantic stroll, a peaceful session of quiet reflection, or take in a sunset.






Dress: Banana Republic (past season, similar here and here) Shoes: Prada (past season, similar here and here) Bracelets: Vintage (similar here)

Friday, August 22, 2014

State of the Kangaroo

Hello!

Long time no write, I know. As you can imagine, moving from the continental United States to a tiny island in the middle of the Pacific is hard, but that's not really the reason I've been away. The unvarnished truth is that I had an amazing photographic partner in LA in Vivian Lin and I am having a devil of a time finding someone to fill her big shoes out here. 

I'm not going to insult you all with mediocre content, so there may be some empty space around here for a little while longer, but I promise I'm coming back. Boy have I got some beautiful places and things that I am looking forward to sharing with you....

Until then!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Top Five Rescue Beauty Lounge Polishes to Get Now

If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram you know about my deep, unyielding love of Rescue Beauty Lounge nail polishes. I don't love RBL for their flawless formula, or their great customer service. They absolutely have both of these things, but if I'm completely honest so do a lot of competitors. What makes me so fanatical about my RBL is the line's creator, Ji Baek.

Ji approaches each collection the way an author might write a book. She finds a source of inspiration (past themes have been the six wives of Henry VIII, Georgia O'keeffe, and a Walt Whitman poem), then dreams up gorgeous colors that tell the story she envisions. As if that's not enough to make you go groupie status, Ji lets fans come along with her on the creative journey by sharing images, videos, and writings on social media. Color me obsessed.

And I'm not the only one. All Rescue Beauty collections are single run, so once they're gone, they're gone. Because of this it's not uncommon for popular colors to sell out during pre-sale, never even becoming available to the general public (but don't worry- you can get on the pre-sale list easily on the RBL web site). Ardent fans like me put the dates of collection unveilings on their calendars, and set alarms to make sure they log in to the pre-sale early enough to score their hearts desires. This is exactly what I will be doing for the Italian Summer collection due to be unveiled tomorrow at noon on the Rescue Beauty facebook page.

I can't tell you what you should pick up from it since I don't even know what's in it yet, but I can tell you which currently available polishes from past collections you should pick up with your Italian Summer order. Without further ado, here are my top five favorite still-available RBL colors, in order.

Oh Slap!

Image via Kellie Gonzo
This gorgeous pink jelly polish from the Anatomy of a Korean Drama collection is just a dream to wear. The color is soft and feminine, but still poppy enough to be fun. Plus, the shine on this shade is unstopable. On me it still gleamed after 10 days, two trips in the ocean, and one dresser refinishing. Seriously, what more can I say? If you get one past collection polish get this one.




Small, Dim, Summer Star

Image via Kellie Gonzo
Small, Dim, Summer Star from the A Poem collection is the polish I will personally be picking up with my Italian Summer order. It really does feel like a summer sky full of stars to me, and I can't wait to rock it on balmy Hawaii evenings.




Réveillon

Image via Pointless Cafe
 As if I already haven't given you enough reasons to love Rescue Beauty, from time to time Ji makes fan polish dreams come true by putting together "fan collections." If you doubt the results that would produce let this beautiful polish stand as proof that the fan collections are always lovely. By the way, did someone say Frozen themed nail polish? Because this is totally Frozen polish! I will be picking this up with my Italian Summer order as well.




A Lonely House

Image via Makeup Withdrawal
Like Small, Dim, Summer Star this beauty also come from the A Poem collection. When I look at this shade I see two things that are nothing like each other at once: first, I see (and oddly, smell) saddle leather. Second, milk chocolate. Whichever this polish reminds you of I'm sure you'll agree it's a sophisticated neutral shade that will look beautiful no matter the season.




Lotus Elise

Image via Scrangie
This gorgeous electric red is the result of another fan collection. I love that it's a classic red that's so very.... not. There's something undeniably loud about it, without the brashness of a full on glitter polish. It's got that sexy it factor that reminds me of a Bond villianess!

Have you tried Rescue Beauty polishes? Let me know what your favorites are in the comments!




Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Seaside Herb Gardening

When I found out we were leaving the home my husband and I shared for the past 6 years I had just one request for our new place: space for an herb garden. I cook dinner nightly (and, no, I don't mean nuking TJs frozen food), so the idea of having fresh herbs on hand at a moments notice seemed like a dream... Especially since our old house had terrible lighting, meaning anything I planted withered and died almost instantly.

I got my wish! Our new place in Hawaii has a gorgeous terrace that overlooks the ocean, and it's got tons of amazing light for growing things. I planted basil, oregano, chillies, and many more goodies the first week I arrived and each has nearly doubled in size since then. The only problem? Stopping my curious doggies from digging them up!






Shirt: Express Shorts: Banana Republic (past season, similar here for under $20!) Necklace: c/o Kluster Shoes: Converse Cute Factor: Macaroni and Peter Parker

Monday, July 28, 2014

Fall 2014 Lilly Pulitzer is Here!



Since moving to Hawaii my light and colorful dresses have been getting a serious workout. For the first time in my life I was actually able to put "Buy More Lilly" on my to-do list as a legitimate must-do task. So, you can't even imagine how excited I was when I saw the Fall 2014 Lilly announcement in my in box this morning! The gorgeous greens, yellows and blues in this collection instantly won my heart.

Below I've assembled my favorite must haves. Which pieces will you be picking up? How do you feel about this release compared to past Lilly fall collections? Let me know in the comments. You guys always have great insights, so I love virtually shopping with you all!



Saturday, July 19, 2014

Know Your Classics: The Longchamp Le Pliage Tote

The Lilly Pulitzer shift dress. The Jack Rogers Navajo sandal. The Prada pump. The Burberry trench coat. The DVF wrap dress.There are some items of clothing that have transcended specific style niches to simply become known as "classics." These are the durable, time-tested pieces that I try to build my wardrobe with, but I recently realized the rich heritage of these items is worth a closer look. I'm kicking off a "better know your classics" series that will deconstruct and explore well known staple items. Today we'll begin with an item that's been on my mind lately: The Longchamp Le Pliage tote. 

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Le Pliage bags have been spotted on the arms of everyone from the perpetually-polished Duchess of Cambridge, to trendy Vanessa Hudgeson and down-to-earth Amy Adams. The bag was created by Longchamp, a French luxury brand that grew out of Jean Cassegrain's small 1940s line of luxury leather goods geared toward smokers. Cassegrain chose to call his brand Longchamp, the name of the local racetrack, because another retailer was already marketed with the name Cassegrain. In the 1950s the brand extended beyond smoking accessories into small leather goods, and the Longchamp bag was born.

The now-famous La Pliage tote was introduced by Longchamp in 1993. It was designed by Phillip Cassegrain, Jean's son. The bag's simple design was inspired by the elegance of Japanese origami. The simple, clean shape is perhaps where this inspiration is most noticeable.

One of the most recognizable features of the La Pliage tote is the textured cowhide handle and closure. The flap is stamped with the Longchamp racehorse logo, an homage to the brand's namesake.

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The tote's body is made out of durable polyamide canvas. It can be easily cleaned with a soft cloth and neutral soap and water, making is a great choice for sporty girls who are somewhat rough on their day-to-day bags, or travelers who need something that can withstand being packed to the gills then shoved under an airplane seat regularly. Since it is more water resistant than leather the bag is also great for those who live in rainy climates.

Black and white are two very popular colors. The Duchess of Cambridge carries a black Le Pliage, while her sister Pippa has been spotted with the white version. In addition to classic shades, the bag is also released in a variety of on-trend colors each season.

Do you own a Le Pliage tote? I don't have one yet, but it's at the very top of my shopping list right now. My leather bags feel heavy and stiff in tropical Honolulu, and it rains every day, making protecting them a full time job. Canvas seems like a great alternative and I adore the Le Pliage's heritage, but I can't seem to pick a color to save my life! There are so many great choices.


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Leaving Los Angeles

I had hoped to have this post up some time yesterday, but here's the thing about moving from the continent you've lived on your whole life to an extremely geographically isolated island... It's hard. Like, really hard. Even when your new home is as beautiful as Hawaii.

The last eight days have felt like a marathon of constant activity. There have been some triumphs, like having all our boxes unpacked in 72 hours, and some total fails, like my realization that I sooooo lack the basic DIY skills required to dog-proof a patio.

My favorite times by far have been spent with the water. Shane and I intend to move into a house here within the next year, but since we are not familiar with the neighborhoods yet making long term choices immediately seemed foolish. So, we opted for a vacation rental right on the oceanfront. Laying by the water every day then staring at the ocean each night seemed like the perfect way to make sure we didn't get too home sick for Los Angeles in our first 9 months here.

I don't normally do "insta-lately" style posts, but as I still haven't unpacked enough of my wardrobe to continue with our regularly scheduled program I thought I would share the move with you guys through my cell phone snaps from lat week.

I spent my last weekend in Cali taking in fireworks over Lake Arrowhead.

Don't call the chipped mani police on me, guys. Moving. It's hard.


One of my first stops was Mini of Honolulu, where I picked up our new car. #firstconvertible #MiniForever





This rainbow leads directly to Costco. #SeemsAboutRight


Nothing to say... this speaks for its self.

Fables by the water. #INeverOutgrewComics


Canoes at dusk


I watched 300 on the flight over here and the movie was OK, but Eva Greens eye makeup was Oscar worthy. I had to copy it ASAP.

Smooth waters never made a skilled sailor, but they sure made a happy one.

If you follow my Instagram you already know I practice pedicure democracy, and this.is.why. #PerfectColor



Stay on top of all my Hawaiian adventures by following me on Istagram at AlexAimee.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Summer in the City with Prep on a Budget

Greetings! Are you guys loving these guest posts as much as I am? Today another one of my favorite young bloggers, Hunter from Prep on a Budget, is taking over to share two looks perfect for New York City. Enjoy-- This is the final guest post you will see here for a little while. Next week I'll be taking over again-- from Hawaii!


I am so excited to be able to guest post for Alex this week while she gets to move to Hawaii-- so excited for her and so jealous haha!  Since I, myself, am out of town this week in NYC for the Smart Girls Summit, I thought I would put together two looks for NYC.  It is going to be pretty warm while I am there, so I will be sporting my chino shorts all week and then some casual business wear for the conference.  Here are two outfits for my trip to NYC!
NYC Looks for Cashmere Kangaroo
During the day I will be doing a lot of college visits and enjoying the city, so I plan on wearing some chino shorts, my Joie sandals, and a pair of sunglasses.  For the conference I have to dress business casual; I plan on wearing the outfit above and then a dress for the second day!

Once again, a huge thanks to Alex for asking me to guest post this week!  It was so much fun writing this post and I wish her the best of luck with the move :)

What do you wear when you go to the city?  Are any of you attending the Smart Girls Summit?
   

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

France: Looking Beyond Paris

Greetings, from Hawaii! I'm currently living surrounded by boxes, but if you follow my instagram (here) you have seen my pictures and know I would be crazy to complain about unpacking while moving to such a beautiful place. Today's guest post is from Chloe at Wanderlust In The Midwest, one of my favorite young bloggers. I was very excited when she agreed to post because I love reading about her (real and fictional) exploits around the globe. Enjoy!




Hey everyone! I'm Chloe from Wanderlust in the Midwest.

I'm moving to France in September to teach English for a year, and while I'll actually be in the Loire Valley region, everyone assumes I'll be in Paris. Paris is beautiful, romantic, and cosmopolitan, but France is full of hundreds of other equally charming cities and villages, too. I've narrowed it down to five of my top choices, and I strongly encourage anyone traveling to France to visit these cities!


Aix-en-Provence/Marseille

Image c/o Wanderlust in the Midwest
I know, it's technically two cities, but they're right next to each other and Aix (top photo) is small enough to do in one day. By contrast, Marseille is the second biggest city in France (after Paris), and it won European Capital of Culture in 2013. It's a port city, so make sure to stop by the fresh fish market and enjoy the view at the Vieux Port (bottom photo). Aix-en-Provence is a charming city just 30 minutes away by bus from Marseille, and it's very typical Provence. Full of little boutiques, stunning architecture, lavender sachets, and Cézanne tributes, it's sort of like the Cape Cod of France--Provence is the southern-France getaway destination. Not that the two cities compare, though.







Tours

Image c/o Wanderlust in the Midwest
As I spent last summer interning here, I may be a little biased when I say it's one of my favorite French cities. It's in the heart of the Loire Valley and right along the Loire River, meaning you're smack dab in the middle of wine-and-castle country! What's amazing is that the city is big enough to feel urban, yet there are rural getaways--take a run along the Loire and see for yourself! Plus, Vouvray is just 10 minutes away by bus, and you can enjoy great wine tastings and vineyard tours for just a few euros.







Annecy


I'm not quite sure what to say about Annecy other than that it's breathtaking. It's located at the edge of the French Alps (and is just 20 miles away from Geneva), but it looks like it came right out of a storybook. With wooden bridges helping you cross the canals, a mountainous backdrop, colorful buildings, and small-town charm, it's no wonder that this is such a popular tourist destination.






Caen


Not to be confused with Cannes, Caen is a city in the Lower Normandy region that is home to Calvados. What is Calvados, you may ask? It's an apple brandy that is sweet but even stronger, and it's one of the most "French" drinks out there. Did I mention that Normandy is known for its cheese production? Think Wisconsin, but on a much bigger scale. Besides the distilleries (which, of course, include tastings) and all of the wonderful cheeses, Caen is full of World War II history. The Memorial for Peace serves as a D-Day commemoration, as Caen was freed from German Nazi rule in the Battle of Normandy.

Monday, July 7, 2014

The Queen of Lilly Pulitzer

The time is here... Right now, while you're reading this very post, I am in transit on my way to Honolulu. But don't worry, I haven't forgotten about you guys... Three of my favorite bloggers are taking over this week, starting with the lovely Jessie from Blush and Blonde. In my mind Jessie is the queen of Lilly, because her Lilly Pulitzer stash is amazing. In fact, she recently helped me pick my very first Lilly Pulitzer dress. Enjoy!



Hey Cashmere Kangaroo!!! Jessie here, coming to you from the warm, sunny Florida Keys. I can't believe my favorite blogger battle buddy is in the midst of moving to Hawaii! Lucky duck! With summer in full swing and with both of us adjusting to island life, I thought I'd do a quick little recap of my favorite Lilly looks. Can you tell we both love Lilly?? Some of these are from a previous season but there are still plenty of bright, fabulous looks to be had!

Navy and white is my go-to color combination in the summer... and I can't get enough of Tusk In The Sun!!



2. LBD 

The reason I bought this dress was because it was called the Langley Dress (obviously it was named after me) but it turned out to be so pretty and feminine and such a lovely shade of blue that it didn't take long to become one of my favorites!



I wore this pretty pink shift with a matching hat on the Kentucky Derby!! Even though I couldn't have been further from Churchill Downs, I still wanted the excuse to dress up.



I love the bright green color of this top, but I really love my Georgia print Murfee Scarf!!! It's my favorite accessory that I own! I wear it any chance I get whether I'm in Georgia, California, or down here in Florida.



5. National Wear Your Lilly Day

Of course I have to end with my outfit for my second favorite summer holiday... Wear Your Lilly Day!! This year I wore pink seersucker to welcome the best season, it doesn't get any more summery than that!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Patriotic Purchases for the 4th of July

Celebrate the 4th of July by helping this country in the most fun way possible -- shopping! When you make purchases from small to mid-sized American businesses it actually boosts the economy, according to many economists. It's not shopping-- It's community service.

Lilly Pulitzer






Tarte Cosmetics





Jack Rogers 





 


Wednesday, July 2, 2014

4th of July in Los Angeles

Since this is my last week as a Southern California resident I am really looking forward to celebrating the 4th of July! The patriotism, the fireworks, the delicious summer deserts... It's truly one of my favorite holidays and Los Angeles is a great place to spend it. Plus, it's a lot of fun to dream up perfect 4th of July outfit ideas.

When I think about the things I will miss the most once we are in Hawaii one keeps popping to the top of my mind: Tacos! LA has hands down the best selection of tacos in the US. I've been making sure not to miss a single opportunity to stop by any of my favorite stands. How are you guys celebrating this year? And, more importantly, do you have a great taco recipe to share with me for the future?!






Dress: Past Season/unknown (Similar here) Denim Button Up: Banana Republic Shoes: Converse Bag: J. Crew (past season, great similar style here)
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