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Hawaii

Morgan Quinn

This year I was lucky enough to FINALLY (I say finally because everyone I know has been there) visit Hawaii! All my friends would tell me it's life changing and I thought to myself "yeah, so is a bag of Hot Cheetos" but MAN they weren't lying. As soon as I stepped foot on the tiny, green saturated island of Kauai I knew it was going to be tough to get on my returning flight home. Now, the morning at LAX airport wasn't as glamorous as Hawaii. It started with me leaving my purse in a stall in the bathroom and running through the airport like a maniac trying to find it. The airport gods were on my side, I found it, and off we went!  

| Kalalu Trail |

It was only me and my boyfriend Sam on the trip so deciding on activities and places to eat was pretty easy. We booked a lot of the activities in advance since Hawaii is popular for vacationing. We made the bold decision to knock out all of our activities in the first 3 of 6 days of our stay. I say bold because it was exhausting. Fun but EXHAUSTING. We hiked, zip-lined, snorkeled, kayaked and more in the first three days. So by day four we had sunburns and blisters and cuts galore. All we wanted to do was soak in the jacuzzi like an 80 year old couple. 

My favorite thing we did on our trip was zip-line. I didn't know what to expect and that feeling of just jumping off and flying above the most gorgeous green trees was incredible and I recommend it to anyone and everyone. Other than zip-lining, the food in Hawaii is super healthy and simple.They have foods that aren't so common in LA like a lot of different types of fish, papaya, lychee, coconut and more. My LEAST favorite was losing my luggage back in LA. Not to worry! It was found 24 hours later after some tears and fear of losing my favorite yoga pants.

Here are some photos of my time in Hawaii and I hope you ALL make it there once or again and again.

Wedding style

Nicole Voris

Oliver and I recently attended the wedding of two of our friends from our San Francisco Ballet School Days.  We have known them both apart and together.  It has been great to see their relationship grow and to be present at their special day!!  Congratulations Jordan Hammond and Ray Tilton!!

Because I love getting dressed up, one of my favorite parts of preparing for a wedding is deciding what to wear.   I of course try to fit into the couple's requested dress code as well as what I perceive their theme/venue to be.

I knew that Jordan and Ray's ceremony and reception would be all indoors.  I gathered from their invitations and the venues that they had chosen very classic and elegant style for their big day.  I ended up being spot on.  Here's a picture of the reception when we walked in.  The bar to the left is all white marble!  A shared love of both Jordan and I!


Because I always feel the need to be a little bit different, I decided that I would do my own take on the little black dress by wearing my little black jumpsuit.  In the excitement of the day I forgot to take full length photo of myself, but here is a picture of me in the jumpsuit. 

 

I wore plain diamond stud earring and black pumps.  I also had a black blazer because even in the summer San Francisco can be cold!! 

Oliver and I had such a great time catching up with old friends from our school days and seeing our dear friends get married.  Here we are proving that our wedding selfie game is strong.

Congratulations Ray and Jordan! We wish you a wonderful marriage!

Photo by Josh Gruetzmacher

Photo by Josh Gruetzmacher