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Postcards from Lanai

Suboo bikini, One Teaspoon shorts, Illesteva sunglasses, Lack of Color hat, SWF dress, Lioness Romper

I just arrived home from Lanai, the most picturesque oasis away from some of Hawaii’s more touristy islands.

I had the opportunity to stay at the Four Seasons in Lanai with Foray Collective and The Venue Report, which is a great tool to find curated guides to hotels and activities around the world. We spent a relaxing four days poolside, eating at the hotel’s multiple restaurants, horseback riding, boating and shooting some gorgeous resort wear. DREAM.  The Four Seasons property is covered in greenery and florals, and I felt like I was in the middle of a jungle. It made the hotel feel half-full and very private and secluded. I was surprised to learn that it was at 70% occupancy – my guess was 40%! The trees and little pathways create the illusion that you’re in your own private bungalow everywhere you go. Highly recommend!

I’ve recently become really into one-piece swim suits, especially to mix it up for vacations. They’re just so comfortable, you don’t have to worry about them staying in place, and you can eat and drink whatever you want by the pool thinking twice about the after-affects (a big plus when the Four Seasons poolside menu had grilled chocolate cake) . This monokini might not be the most ideal for laying out, but if you’re like me and burn terribly just go the spray tan route and wear cutouts at the beach! I love the rich burgundy shade for fall. I also found this burgundy lace-up monokini that I LOVE, as well as this cherry red lace-up style.

On Friday morning, we went riding early at the stables at Koele. How beautiful are these horses? The trail ride took us through some mountains overlooking the ocean and into a dense forest area. It was surprisingly a full 15 degrees cooler (and very windy) than back at the resort and none of us had packed jackets, so we borrowed fleece hoodies from the stable and suited up. The stables had an adorable terrier that welcomed us as we rode back through the gates and the staff was lovely. It definitely didn’t feel like part of Hawaii.

I loved boating with Jenny from Margo & Me (and her Amalfi-inspired dress). She is hilarious and I love her style. The boat took us off the island and around some huge rock formations, the perfect place to snorkel. I wore faded cutoff shorts all afternoon.

Disco on the beach, anyone?

I wore this SWF off the shoulder dress to dinner at Nobu (yes, the same Nobu as in Los Angeles ironically was also at the Four Seasons in Lanai). I also love this printed maxi dress for vacation dinners and this gorgeous mustard dress. Mustard is definitely my new color (as seen in the romper above).

I recently discovered “Body Blur” by Vita Liberata and used it religiously on this trip on my legs and shoulders before stepping out in dresses. It’s not a self tanner but rather just enhances your tan with a bronze shimmer, adding a little color and glow. The best part is that it hides any imperfections – this is definitely a product I didn’t know I needed until I tried it. Apparently I’m clumsier than I realize because I noticed any little bruises or razor knicks disappeared and my legs looked totally airbrushed in photos. It’s not something I’d use every day, but definitely for nights out, events or on vacation. (This is not sponsored, I’m just obsessed).

The view of the pool area at the hotel. You walk through all those densely packed trees and florals everywhere you go – one area has a bird cage with parrots that say “aloha! hello! hello!” to passerbys. I never got used to that… so strange to hear a voice coming out of the darkness at night!

The Four Seasons’ mirrored walls lining the lobby made for some fun night shots before dinner. I loved getting a little more dressed up after laying out in a swimsuit all day. Below find more vacation-ready maxi dresses, monokinis and accessories. And if anyone happens to be visiting Lanai, feel free to email me for more recommendations!

Suboo bikini, One Teaspoon shorts, Illesteva sunglasses, Lack of Color hat, SWF dress, Lioness Romper
Photography by Derren Versoza

 

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