Photo Diary: Sunset Beach

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I haven’t been able to blog as much as I might’ve liked in the past week or so because I’ve been pretty busy with work and preparing for our first Hawaii guests! Christian’s family will be visiting us this week, and we really want to make sure we have everything we need to make their stay comfortable and fun. Christian was also going through Air Assault school, so he left at crazy hours of the night/morning and got home late, and there have been a lot of things I’ve needed to do while he was gone. I’m going to be sharing some pictures of our house soon, though, now that it’s (mostly!) decorated and we’re officially very settled in. So stay tuned for a blog about that and lots more to come, even though I’ve been slow about it this week.

The majority of these photos were taken at Sunset Beach on the North Shore of Oahu, with the exception of the last two, which were taken during the most beautiful molten gold sunset out at Pua’ena Point beach, which is near where we live. If you look close at the little specs in the sunset shot, those are surfers making the most of the magic that is Hawaii’s golden hour. Right before the sun dips below the horizon, everything gets all glowy, and the water becomes this gorgeous, iridescent blue. I am constantly saying that it would be a sincere falsehood to call the ocean simply “blue,” as it’s so many different shades of blue, green, pink, purple, and it even throws off beams of gold when the sun hits it right. To call it merely blue would be sort of like calling a Van Gogh painting “pretty.”

Also featured prominently in the photos are our Papaya Bowls from Sunrise Shack – they are so good, and it’s the cutest stop along the North Shore ever.

One thing I’ve started to love is that I feel so normal and confident without wearing any makeup whatsoever in Hawaii. Especially when I’m at the beach, like in all the photos above, I don’t always like to wear any makeup because I don’t want anything to hold me back from jumping in the water if I feel like it. I definitely do enjoy wearing makeup and getting dressed up (probably more than the average person), but there’s this whole other part of me that truly enjoys being bare-faced with messy hair and extremely carefree, able to touch my face or rub my eyes or just not be dainty with myself, if that makes sense. And for as much as I love being put together and how that makes me feel, sometimes I get intense joy from looking really, really ridiculous. I’m not sure if you know what I mean, but I’m talking about those days when you’re wearing the laziest and/or craziest attire and your hair looks way beyond windblown (much worse and less purposeful than Serena van der Woodsen’s in Gossip Girl), and it is just somehow kind of freeing and fun. The saying goes that there’s a time and a place for everything, and that’s for sure true. I also think there’s a feeling and an internal awareness for everything: Do what feels right to you for your own sense of empowerment.

On that same confidence/natural beauty note: that canvas bag in the last photo has a redheaded mermaid on it, which is why I bought it. šŸ™‚ I’ve recently found some cool Instagram pages and etc. for redheads, and for some reason I’m so excited about it. I feel like in the past I’ve always really looked up to actresses/models/etc. who didn’t look anything like me (not that there’s anything wrong with that! I still do look up to so many of them) or who had red hair – except for Julia Roberts, who my mom has always loved. So it’s kind of fun, as someone who didn’t always love the uniqueness of her red hair, to really embrace it now – whether that’s through mermaid paraphernalia or Instagram accounts or however. One of my goals in blogging and writing in general is to get to a point where I can make people (especially girls) realize sooner than I did how powerful and beautiful they are, just as they are.

In other news, in one of the photos above you can see Christian watching the surfers out at Sunset Beach, where the waves were seriously enormous. He finally bought his first surf board (I say finally because he’s been looking literally since we got on the island) and constantly looks forward to practicing. It’s funny, because he’s so sporty and good at things like that, and I’m well…. not. We’re opposites in a lot of ways, but so unbelievably similar in others.Ā  I kind of wish a camera crew followed us around everywhere because there are some really funny moments/things that get said (I occasionally record these on my Twitter), and I think our relationship dynamic is hilarious. A note to everyone: If you marry your best friend, or get to a place of best friendship with your S.O., it feels like actual magic. I’m talking Hogwarts-type stuff.

I acknowledge that we’re still newlyweds, but David Beckham even says his marriage is successful because Victoria is his best friend. Yes, I’m making myself Posh Spice in this scenario, and yes, that thought is beyond thrilling.

*If any of you have any positive guest experiences to share or tips on things you’ve done while hosting guests/loved about being a guest in someone’s home, let me know!!!!


  1. A great start to my morning—I love reading your posts and viewing your photos. You are truly beautiful inside and out.


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