FASHION

The Most Comfy Travel Tees

Hey sweet babes! I hope you’re having a great week. I wanted to share the most COMFY travel tee I’ve found yet! And ya girl travels a lot!

I find it to be unnecessarily cold on planes (like WHY IS AN ANTARCTIC WIND BLOWING ON MY FACE CONSTANTLY) so I love that this tee is long sleeve and a little thicker. It’s inexpensive, keeps me toasty while traveling, and not to mention…it’s adorable!

This Comfy Travel Button Up Tee is just $18.99 on Amazon. Ahh good ol’ Amazon. It comes in a few different colors and fits TTS! I paired it with these adorable jeans from Vici Dolls and some peep toe heels from Francesca’s. You can dress this tee down with a pair of cute joggers and sneaks too!

I hope you found this post to be helpful! If you end up purchasing this tee, let me know how you like it! I’d love to hear your thoughts. Thanks y’all!

*This post contains a link that I make a small commission off of (like $.025-$5.00) and it doesn’t cost anything to you! It just helps me to continue blogging and making my dream of becoming a full time blogger a reality! I so appreciate y’all following along with me on this journey! Please feel free to message me if you have questions!

LIFE

Overview of North Shore Oahu, Hawai’i Trip

If you’ve ever been to the Hawaiian islands, you know how breathtaking the ocean and mountain views are, how AMAZING and fresh the seafood is, and how gorgeous the beaches are! Michael and I recently took a trip to the North Shore of Oahu and had the most incredible time together! I wanted to share the best places to grub, the MUST SEES and MUST DOS while you’re there, what beaches to bum at, and much more! Ready? Let’s go!

 

STAY

We chose to rent an Air bnb in Laie, Oahu and we are so glad we did! The host was wonderful and gave us tips on where to go, what to do, and even offered us a few surf boards to use. (UM YES PLEASE!) Not to mention, right down the street from the house was a private beach that had private access. Michael decided to go snorkeling there the last morning of our trip and said it was the best snorkeling he had seen so far! If you want more information on where we stayed, DM me on Instagram (brea.mcewen) or email me at info@powderandpress.com to get the location!

GRUB

The North Shore, Oahu is definitely where people live the simple life. There’s not 5 start restaurants everywhere you turn nor is there even a WalMart or Target close by. And the locals and myself personally LIKE it that way. So, if you’re not scared to eat from food trucks or holes in the walls, this place is for you sister.

PUPUKEA GRILL

Have you ever had a Poke Bowl? I’m sure. But you’ve never had one from Pūpūkea Grill. And if you don’t know what Poke is, it’s raw tuna fish seasoned all sorts of ways. Literally it’s the most delicious piece of heaven in a bowl I’ve ever tasted. I’m craving one right now and might have to convince my hubby to take me there again in a few months. It’s THAT good. Order this with a Lemon or Mint flavored Yerba Mate for a nice refreshing and refueling meal. Located across the street from Pūpūkea Beach Park and Shark’s Cove, you won’t want to miss this gem!

PAPA OLE’S

Who goes to Hawaii without ordering some Banana Pancakes? Like Jack Johnson says, “there ain’t no need to go outside” when it’s raining and you just need some grub! Head over to Papa Ole’s for a super good and super unhealthy breakfast. Located in the middle of a grocery store parking lot, this little hole in the wall doesn’t look like much, but boy does it hit the spot. Order a 2 Stack Banana Pancake meal and a side of spam for a truly authentic Hawaiian experience. 🤙🏼

SEVEN BROTHERS

Alright I’m pretty sure this is a chain that started in Utah but dude it’s sooo good. It’s kind of hidden behind a shave ice place in the middle of a dirt lot filled with a ton of other food trucks, but I’m so happy we found this place! While you eat, I hope you don’t mind cats or chickens, because these cuties are everywhere! Order the Ahi Steak and the Coconut Shrimp for a filling and mouthwatering dinner for two and enjoy the sunset togedda.

GIOVANNI’S SHRIMP

On our last night in Oahu, we decided to meet up with some family at a well known food truck called Giovanni’s. Nestled near like 20 other food trucks, this one stands out with all of the signatures written on the face of the truck and the bold lettering. They have a simple menu, ITS ALL SHRIMP BRAH. And it’s oh so good. I got the lemon butter shrimp which was magnifico. My hubby got the spicy shrimp and I’m pretty sure he is STILL recovering from it. We love spicy foods but BEWARE this stuff is flaming hot. 🔥

PLAY

First things first, there is SO much to do in Hawaii. Surfing, snorkeling, beach hopping, hiking, eating, just straight up adventuring. And A TON more. I want to share with you guys the best beaches we went to and which beaches honestly to AVOID, the best hiking spots, and more!

BONZAI PIPELINE

A local beach located in the heart of North Shore, you’ll find surfers and plenty of waves here. Known for its massive swells that come through in the winter time, Bonzai is a great place to watch the surfers ride the waves, sun bathe on the soft sand, or take a stroll along the water’s edge. Beware of the 10 foot crashing waves though, they can get up to 20 feet in the summer and swimmers aren’t usually found frolicking here…unless you’re like iron man and can hold your breath for 3 minutes.

WAIMEA BAY

This gorgeous sandy beach is one that both locals and tourists alike enjoy. Here, you’ll find bodysurfers, swimmers, beach bums, rock climbers, and thrill seekers. Located on the edge of the beach lies a large rock that only the bravest of heart dare to climb. Lol no I’m kidding it’s not that crazy but so much fun! Climb to the top of this 25 foot boulder and JUMP! Michael and I did it and had a blast! Just be careful of high tide, large swells, or you know people just chillin at the bottom. 🤙🏼

P.S. SORRY! No pictures on this one, we decided to leave our phones in the car and enjoy this one together.

PILLBOX HIKE

There are countless spots to hike on the beautiful North Shore, Oahu, but Pillbox rounds them out to my top 5. Located across from Lanikai, this hike isn’t for just anyone. It was surprisingly steep and muddy at times, so be careful. Michael and I enjoyed the challenge and when we reached the top, we took in a picture perfect panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean. Try saying that five times fast.

P.S. I wore these adorable leggings on the hike and they were so comfortable and breathable. Also, it has pockets. BONUS!

POLYNESIAN CULTURAL CENTER

Visiting this incredible place was definitely a highlight to this trip. Being that Michael served his mission in Samoa, he was so excited to show me all about the Samoan and Polynesian cultures. We purchased the “Ambassador” package and got to tour the six Polynesian islands throughout the center. It was remarkable to see all of the different traditions and practices each island displayed. New Zealand was my favorite!

Throughout our tour, Michael actually ran into three different people from his mission, over nine years ago. It was such a tender mercy and a beautiful reunion. I highly recommend touring the PCC at least once. The proceeds of your purchases go toward supporting the students of BYU Hawai’i. BONUS!

At the end of the night, we were treated to HA Breath of Life show and a scrumptious crab leg and steak dinner. I think we paid about $300 for all of this for two people and it was worth it! Plus your park admissions last for 3 days! So if you don’t get to see everything in one day, you can come back!

Be mindful that they are closed on Sundays!*

The Island of FIJI! ^^

Loving this time together!

The island of Samoa showing us how to properly climb a coconut tree! SO COOL!

 

There you have it loves! We had a blast touring the North Shore, Oahu and we never wanted to leave! All in all, enjoy your time and have a blast but PLEASE respect the island and the culture, respect the beaches and pick up your trash if you have any, and always try to use reef safe sunscreen !

*This post contains a link that I make a small commission off of (like $.025-$5.00) and it doesn’t cost anything to you! It just helps me to continue blogging and making my dream of becoming a full time blogger a reality! I so appreciate y’all following along with me on this journey! Please feel free to message me if you have questions!

FASHION

Best One-Piece Swimsuits To Wear This Summer (And Where To Find Them!)

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Summer is right around the corner babes.

That means VACATION, BEACH, SUN, and TANS. Yes, please. Frankly, I’ve been ready for summer since November so BRING IT ON DALLAS!

I want to share with y’all my favorite little one-piece suits I have found and give you links on where to purchase these beauties! Let’s get to it.

  1. The Picnic Date One Piece

So this cutie is one of my favorites! It’s bright and the perfect suit to kick of summer. You can get it here for just $10.95! ROMWE is one of my favorite swimwear shops to get all of the trendiest pieces, plus it doesn’t break the bank because HELLO flights to Hawaii are not cheap girlfriend.

2. 4th of July Swimsuit

I might be jumping the gun on this one, but we really need to talk about our plans for the Fourth ladies. It’s the best holiday of the year! Brats, Beach, and Bikini’s! What’s not to love? I personally like to keep things simple and pick one color to rock each holiday, so this year I’m planning to pull out on of my most darling suits from ROMWE. You can get this gem here for only $12.95. YAAAS.

3. Basic B Bikini

Everyone needs a basic black dress, black tee, black jeans, and don’t forget a basic black swimsuit. It’s just classy and makes anyone look like a freakin’ rockstar. Get it here for just $11.99. I love the cut on this one. It’s low in the back but modest in the front. Perfect for a day lounging by the pool or playing a game of beach volleyball…with your toes in the warm sand. Oops, sorry. Just daydreaming here. Can you blame me?!

4. Fun & Flirty Floral Suit

Were you aware that floral ANYTHING is in right now? Oh, well then you’re welcome. It totally is and I’m loving this trend! Pair this adorable off the shoulder suit with a floppy hat, oversized sunnies, jean shorts, and some cute wedges, GIRL. You’re ready for CABO. Can you tell I’m excited for summer!?

There you have it my loves. My favorite one piece styles for summer to make you feel like the gorgeous woman that you are! Remember to always give yourself love. YOU. ARE. INCREDIBLE!

 

FASHION

Valentine’s Day Looks

Alright gorgeous babes, Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and wether you’re going out on the town, taking your boo on a special date, or celebrating Galentine’s, I’ve got the perfect outfits for you (that are actually warm!) A Polar Vortex is apparently a thing so yes, I’d say comfort level is important. Here we go!


Night On The Town:

This gorgeous midi, starry night dress is super comfy, fits like a glove, and is under $50 at Windsor Store. I love the fact that it actually kept me warm in the chapel at church because y’all they aren’t skimping on the A/C that’s for sure. Get a similar style dress here and here. Play it up with a simple nude or red heel and some beautiful rose gold jewelry. I live in Texas y’all, so it doesn’t get THAT cold, but if you’re still needing some coverage add an over the knee black boot and some tights for an extra chic look! Get the OTK boots here for $163. Add a pop of red lip color to finish the look and BAM! You’re ready for a V-Day Outing with your tribe! 💋

Valentine’s Date Night:

For a fun and flirty look, try this gorgeous black jumpsuit for under $60 here. Play it up with a pop of color fur coat, some nude heels, and a matching bag! Or if you want to show off your shoulder/arms, skip the coat and rock the simple look. Add some statement earrings, a watch, and you’re ready to make this V-Day with your boo the best yet!

Galentine’s Brunch Look:

If you’re skipping the dating scene this V-Day and spending it with your tribe of girls, check out this adorable preppy look! Rock this fun and furry pink sweater from Goodnight Macaroon. Pair it with a black and white textured skirt and a skinny Gucci belt! To stay warm(er) slip on some OTK black boots or just add a nude or light pink heel! Put on some statement earrings, a simple gold necklace, and a rose gold watch to finish this gorg look!

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FASHION

My Favorite Simple Jewelry Must Haves

Hey loves! I wanted to give y’all some inside scoops on what my favorite jewelry pieces are! I absolutely love dressing up the most causal outfit with rose gold studs, a blingy watch, and a simple necklace! So here we go!

Earrings: My absolute favorite and “Go To” studs are from Francesca’s. They’re rose gold (the best), they are super simple and only $16! I love wearing my hair up to show these cuties off. Get them here!

Necklace: Okay so I literally don’t leave the house without my favorite necklace. It’s my delicate necklace with the letter “B” on it. This piece of jewelry goes with everything and I can stack all my other necklaces with it! Of course, from Francesca’s and it’s on SALE right now for only $12.98! Y’all they always have great sales on their jewelry! Get it here!

Watch: For my job, a required item is a working wristwatch. I honestly never wore watches before becoming a Flight Attendant but since then I’ve fallen in love with all of the different styles! Watches play up a simple outfit instantly. My favorites are my rose gold watch from Burlington Coat Factory and I got it for just $24! Get it here.

The other watch I absolutely adore is from Target. It’s light pink (of course) and the large face is simple and elegant and pairs well with any outfit! And it’s on SALE right now for just $14.99! Get it here.

So that’s it! My favorite everyday pieces of jewelry to play up any look! Hope y’all enjoyed. Leave a comment or subscribe below!! 💋💋