On Maui: Sophie Grace Maui

15 Apr

It was rainy the day we were in Paia so instead of a beach day, we were very productive shopping around town. I’ve followed Sophie Grace Maui’s instagram for over a year now and couldn’t wait to pop in when I was finally in town. Jamie, the owner, is also a “sister,” we both were members of the sorority Alpha Gamma Delta in college. Different schools, but it was such a fun connection we made online. Her photos on instagram are absolutely gorgeous and I was excited to see the store in person!


Epitomized in her hours sign, this is a true beachy brand, 10 am-ish to 6-ish. Luckily we caught them during their open hours and were able to marvel at all the color, druzy, sparkles, and the DIY bars. I love making my own jewelry and I wish I had more time to take part in her Bangle Bar. Most of the pieces are elevated chic with a laid back twist. Druzy shells with beaded chains, gold cowrie with colorful rope, and lots of shark tooth and shell pieces. I would absolutely wear those cowrie bracelets 24/7, and for the rest of the jewelry, layer over a swimsuit during the day, and pair with a kimono and heels at night, the perfect transitional piece.

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If you’re in Paia, or in Wailea make sure you stop in and check out all their handmade pieces. If you are eager to shop, check out her website SophieGraceMaui.com or Instagram @SophieGraceMaui. I’m obsessed with the white and gold druzy pieces that she most recently posted online. I can’t wait to return and snag some of her gorgeous jewelry!

On Maui: Paia Pearl

13 Apr

When we were in Maui in March, my mom and I fell in love with the town of Paia. It reminded me a lot of a town called Bolinas, up in Northern California where I grew up. Very relaxed, colorful, with a little bit of a boho vibe. People were so friendly and gave us amazing recommendations for shopping, eating, and the cutest backyard coffee shop.


The first store we popped into was Pearl. A local version of an Anthropologie store. The buyers had great range, and the merchandising was on point for an eclectic but organized shopping experience. From tie-dye pom pom rompers, to home decor pillows, and comforters, to newly added baby designs, it had all you would need to revamp your home, wardrobe, and family. They carry many local lines, as well as brands from all around the world.


I walked out with only a turkish towel, but I still have my eyes on those two bags, especially the eye clutch. I could’ve spent hours in there, and truthfully we did spend over an hour just talking with the lovely staff. If you’re on Maui, I highly recommend popping in and shopping till you drop too. If you love the photos, but don’t have a trip to Maui planned, they have items online, or you can call into the shop. Their instagram @PaiaPearl is a great look into the store!

Positive Vibes Only

10 Apr

So if you follow me on instagram, twitter,  or on snapchat (username: LaurenABrenner) you’ll know I had surgery this week. A year ago I found out I had inner ear fluid leaking out of ear, causing a “dropping” or falling sensation consistently each day. I would trip out of no where and it could get so bad where I couldn’t even drive. I felt a bit better a few months last year, but this year it came back again in full force. So, we went in for round two last Wednesday.


Last year I went in scared, with no positive thinking, no preparation and as could be expected, I came out feeling awful, bedridden, unable to eat for days. I decided to never let this happen again. Yes, of course there are risks and I was a bit scared, but I’ve learned an important message: you manifest your life. If you only think negative, negativity will surround you. On the other hand, if you approach life and situations with a positive mind, you may still hit some bumps, but you at least have a positive outlook when dealing with them.


I still fully believe in Western Medicine, but I’m also exploring other avenues: meditation, reiki, continuing healthy eating, hypnotists, and believing in something greater than I am. I cannot tell you how much the simple concept of positive thinking has changed my health. I wanted to share some tips that I’ve learned. Regardless if you’re battling an illness or ailment, this is great advice for anyone:

1. Acknowledge the issue at hand. “Yes, I don’t feel well right now, but let’s see what else I can do.” Don’t push issues away, see them, acknowledge them, and then set them free. 

2. Just like with stormy weather, grey clouds are only temporary. No matter where you are in the world, the blue skies will come out again. Don’t focus on the grey, look forward to the blue. 

3. Take care of yourself. Eat well. Sleep. Take a nap. Don’t overcommit yourself. Drink tea. Stay hydrated. Read a book. Find a hobby. Find any pleasure that is away from technology. 

4. Thank yourself each day. Find one good thing you did for yourself, a loved one, or a stranger. When you’re having a bad day, read over this list and find inspiration to be better, to do better. 

5. Don’t be all-consuming. I like to focus on the macro, but my boyfriend is much more of a landscape person. When I can hyper focus, he brings me out of it. Find a support system to help stay positive, but never forget, you’re the only person that can take care of you. Be able to support yourself physically and emotionally. 

I have a few more reiki sessions left with my coach and I hope to share more in the next few weeks. But remember to stay positive, don’t let negative people or thoughts cloud those blue skies in your head.

On Oahu: Canyon Beachwear Waikiki

6 Apr


When you live on an island, you can never have enough bikinis. Even if you’re not in a climate that’s warm year round, but you’re a serial weekend beach goer during those precious East Coast summer months, it’s important to have more than one bikini. But despite going through the process more often than I’d like to admit, it’s still not easy to shop for swimsuits. Bikinis are like jeans, the fit is totally dependent on the brand. Some brands run big, some run small, some are cut wayyy too cheeky for this semi-conservative girl, it pays to shop with people who know their stuff. Enter: Canyon Beachwear.


I visited their store on Waikiki Beachwalk, and loved the range of products they have. From classic solid colors, polka dots, to high fashion mesh, cut-outs, crochet. Bikinis, one pieces, cup sizes AA-F! The staff however, made the biggest difference in setting apart this shopping experience. They knew how each brand fit, to size up or down, which prevented those awkward fitting rooms encounters where you can’t even put the top on, or tie the bottoms tight enough to stay on! It felt like shopping with friends, very, very knowledgeable friends. I was so excited to finally try on a few picks and even happier when all but one fit! I shared my standard sizes, and was given a crazy range of sizes depending on the brand. For example, B Swim runs cheeky, so I was told to size up in those bottoms, where as Seafolly is in Australian sizes so she helped find me my equivalent match, and then Helen Jon runs big, so size down. Overall, the entire experience was so calm and easy because I was helped to pick out XS/S in one brand, and M/L in another, rather than just guessing with my standard sizes. It’s a rare experience to not only find a suit I love, but actually, many suits, and with no fitting room drama, and I walked out feeling confident in my choice and excited to wear my new bikini.

I chose a Helen Jon suit, a brand made in the USA, that instantly felt bright, comfortable, and secure. When I’ve diving into the waves, the last thing I want is to worry about my bottoms staying on tight. The top is also criss-cross which avoids that inevitable neck pain after wearing your kini for a full day. Plus, the Tulum Aqua print is pretty dang fun! The top is available online here, and bottoms here.

For those of you getting ready for beach season, Canyon Beachwear has locations all over the United States, and online! If available I highly suggest popping in and talking to their knowledgeable and sweet staff, especially the Waikiki ladies.DSC_0489 DSC_0498 DSC_0501 DSC_0509 DSC_0517

Bikini ℅ Canyon Beachwear. 

A Glitter Guide to Oahu

24 Mar

A few months ago, some of the lovely ladies of Glitter Guide popped over to Oahu on their trip through the Pacific. We met up at one of my favorite new gems in Kaka’ako: Paiko botanical boutique and Brue Bar. I mean, a gorgeous floral shop, DIY stop, and delicious coffee all in the most chic white space. Basically it’s my dream decor and I was so excited to share with my new friends from the East Coast, and of course, the Glitter Guide readers…

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Paiko carries the most gorgeous local flowers, like proteas, in case you’re a grab and go type of person. But the most fun aspect in my eyes, is the DIY succulent bar. Choose your base: from terrariums to a hanging glass planter, to wooden boxes, crates, a pot, the works. Then fill with mulch and dirt, pick your plant or plants, and then add some flair. Anything from colorful sand, figurines, rocks, bright blue, green, pink, basically anything you can dream, they have.

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After we made our succulent pot, we went to the other side of the store for Brue Bar. The second location for Brue, and just as delicious as the original. Their homemade chai latte, cappuccino, and cold brew coffee are absolutely worth a try.

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One of my favorite parts about the neighborhood, and as I’ve previously posted, is the graffiti art and murals from Pow Wow Hawaii. We walked around a bit to see the last of the 2014 art before it was redone this year. This wall below is now a completely different, and gorgeous neon piece seen in this post.

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If you need a post-caffeine food fix, Cocina next door to Paiko is your gourmet mexican stop. Patas Bravas, pineapple chicken green chile tacos, amazing street corn, it’s all so, so good.

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Read more about my favorite Oahu spots over on Glitter Guide here and let me know if you have any favorites I forgot to share!