Friday, October 24, 2014

Wilde in the World - Maui

Here we are with my summer update number one! All the way back in late May, the boyfriend and I took some time off and headed to Maui. I've always wanted to visit Hawaii. Every time I suggested it as a destination, we always wound up choosing a more unusual vacation (Thailand, Morocco, etc.). Why did I finally get my wish of a trip to Hawaii? We had the time off and only five days to plan the vacation (we were supposed to be going to Australia, but that fell through in the last minute).

I can't say it was a restful vacation. We were constantly hiking, swimming, touring and so on, but it was an amazing trip!  Here are some highlights from our ten days in paradise.

We stayed at the Hyatt Regency in Kaanapali and were greeted with leis upon our arrival. I swiftly annexed the boyfriends shell necklace because it went so well with my floral lei. The hotel was quiet, had a great pool and...

Penguins! The hotel could have been a dump and these adorable penguins could have totally made up for it. Luckily, the hotel was lovely and had penguins.

I tried very very hard to avoid getting a sunburn. Hats are the secret to keeping your skin looking young! That, and lots of SPF. Reapply, reapply!

You can't go to Hawaii and not get some Shave Ice. This was just one of several tubs of ice we got while on Maui. That one there? I think it's pineapple, guava and banana. A chilly, tropical treat.

Most evenings we were too tired to bother with a fancy dinner. We ate at a lot of local greasy spoons and had Korean BBQ. One night though, we decided to put on nice(ish) clothes and go to dinner. Let me tell you this, the noodles at Star Noodle in Lahaina are totally worth the wait.
Nothing says vacation like waking up at 2:00am to drive up a volcano to watch the sunrise....

...then hiking 6 miles into said volcano. We really know how to relax.

We did a lot of hiking. The lure of the secret waterfalls kept us trekking.

I ate some pancakes to make up for all the hiking.

I really wish I was back in this moment...

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Wilde in the City Update

It's been a long summer and I want to finally get back into blogging here at WITC. There are going to be some changes to the content on this site. I'll be moving away from mostly fashion posts, to more of a lifestyle blog format. I want to blog about all things that happen in my life - travel, food, beauty, fitness, home and of course fashion. Recently I've found it increasingly difficult to photograph, edit and post "Outfit of the day" posts because I simply am not home that often.

As an introduction to what I've been up to in the past four months, here are some tidbits...

1. We went to Maui and hiked all over the island...

2. We bought and house and left behind the rental market. And it was a huge mess...

3. We dropped by DC to see the supermoon...

4. I visited my parents and ate some awesome hot dogs...

5. I traveled to Peru...

6.  ...and Spain for conferences...

7. Our new house has started undergoing a transformation...

Now that I look at it, this summer was so so busy! I even left out a few things!

I'll be posting more about all of those things in the coming weeks, just to update everyone on my life for the past few months. I know my mom has been asking for more photos of my new house. Don't worry, the works in progress will be up soon too. Once I'm all up to date, I'll start mixing in a new variety of posts!

If you have requests for topics, please let me know!

Monday, October 13, 2014

The Boyfriend Shopper

Hi everyone! Sorry I've been MIA recently. There have been big things happening around the Wilde house and I haven't had a moment to post!  I'll be catching you guys up on my summer travels, and all the other things that have been happening, this week! Starting off first, with my favorite shopping trick...

You've all heard me sing the praises of Stitch Fix. Personal Stylist, try on the clothes at home, sending me new trends to try out. It's all great. Now it's time to share with you another one of my favorite things - The Boyfriend Shopper!

What is this you ask? Well, it's just like Stitch fix, except my personal stylist is my boyfriend!

Sure, this might not work out for some of you (okay, most of you), especially if your significant other hates shopping. Or isn't comfortable wandering the women's department of Bloomingdale's. I'm a lucky girl and let me tell you the great things about My Boyfriend Shopper. (All of the items in the outfits included in this post were purchased by the boyfriend, without any influence from me!)

1. He has access to all my favorite shops, the best shopping mall in New Jersey and a few of the best outlet malls in the area. His office is right in the middle of all of these amazing stores. It's a good thing that I don't work in that part of the state.

2. The Boyfriend has learned my style over the ten plus years we've been together. He knows I hate surged hems, stretchy tops and anything Missoni. Though he often buys things he thinks will look good on me and I wind up loving them.

3. My guy is incredibly frugal and can sniff out a sale like a deal bloodhound.  On his most recent trip out for me he spent $120. He saved over $700 on labels like Theory, Hugo Boss & Marc Jacobs. Yeah, he's good.

4. I get to try the items on at home and if I don't like them he can just take them back to the store next week. I don't have to lift a finger! No going to the mailbox for me, take that Stitch Fix!

5. He sometimes forgets that I haven't paid him for the cute clothes he bought me.  Mostly I just repay him by making a larger rent payment, thereby lowering his payment. So it's like I'm paying for the roof over our heads, instead of those killer shoes on my feet.

If only I could figure out a business model in which I would monetize his sale finding skills.  Anyone out there need a personal bargain shopper? I charge 10%. Yes, that sounds legit.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

It's all about the shoes

Hey everyone! I have been the worst blogger this summer. I've been busy enjoying the outdoors, having fun with the boyfriend and lounging around in casual wear. Sorry I've been so lax around here lately, but I'm sure you're busy enjoying your summer as well!

Now, onto some fashion! I haven't done a ton of shopping this summer, but one amazing thing that I picked up recently are these shoes! I'm totally in love with them. The bonus? I found them at Saks Off Fifith during one of their big 50% off everything sale. Such a happy girl here.

The shoes are so pretty, that I decided to pair them with a simple black dress. Surprisingly, they are super comfortable. I was so excited to find a link to them online. You can pick up a pair for yourself! Well, if you're a 9, 10 or 11. Sorry ladies with small feet!

I actually started the day with a necklace in addition to these earrings. Once I got to work and looked into the mirror again, I decided that it was too much. I took the necklace off right away. Less is more when it comes to this outfit!

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