2017 was a big year for me. Between the launch of my podcast, “Off the Vine” and starring in my first Broadway Show, “Home for the Holidays”, I can easily say that the past 365 days have felt so surreal.
I wanted to start this new year just taking it all in. Looking back on what I’ve already accomplished and setting my sights on new things. What better place to do that than in Hawaii? I like myself a good deal, which is why I’m obsessed with Hopper. It didn’t take long for the right one to come along, so I brought my team down to Maui and it was exactly what we all needed! There’s nothing like planning the next year, poolside with a few piña colada(s).
We arrived at the Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort and suddenly everything became about leis, mai tais and sunscreen. It was my first time visiting this property and it was absolutely stunning. I’ll for sure be back! Everyone was so welcoming and our room was stocked with red wine (of course), snacks and cookies. Thank you Andaz for making us feel right at home!
We started off the trip poolside with some drinks and went through a very thorough goal setting workbook that made us dig deep. Nothing was off limits and it felt amazing to share my innermost goals and dreams for this year. I have to be honest, this is something that I never used to prioritize, but after what’s felt like a very successful year, I want to keep climbing higher and pushing myself harder.
That evening, we watched the most stunning sunset on the beach while doing a photoshoot with Flytographer. I seriously get so mesmerized by Hawaiian sunsets. There’s nothing like it! Shout out to Bella Bloom Maui for creating the most stunning Haku Lei for me to wear. I didn’t want to take it off.
While in Hawaii, you have to go to a luau…right? How do they move their hips so fast? That Friday, we went down to the Hyatt in Lahaina and caught the Drums of the Pacific Luau. The food was great and the gin and sodas were flowin’. My girls went up on stage and I managed to stay behind…until the very last part of the show where I got called up to swivel and shake in front of the crowd! Ahh, so close!
On Saturday, we woke up early (and I mean early in vacation time) and did a hike. I always try to mix in a bit of exercise on vacation! We strolled through a little town called Paia, where we had a bite to eat, and ended up at Mama’s Fish House, which I highly recommend, for some seriously strong margaritas! Mama’s knows how to pour a stiff one.
At last – Sunday Funday! It was our most relaxing day in Maui. We went on a long beach stroll and had breakfast on the patio. Then, my Booje girls had to pack for their flight home – and I was off on another adventure. Kauai with Shawn!
There’s something special about the islands. Personally, Hawaii helped me take a step back and appreciate all the good things in my life. There’s magic on Maui.
Sending you guys alohas!
P.S. Shop my vacation looks here! For all you who asked about the Burgundy dress in the pictures above, it’s from Park & Fifth.