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Mai Tais & High Heels

Packing for a vacation is hard. It just is! As a woman, you never quite know what you're going to feel like wearing once you get to your destination, what the weather will really be like, what sort of fancy-pants dinners you'll be heading out on--or if you're just going to spend the entire week on the sand living in your bathing suit. Welllll, all of this to say that I'm off to Maui this week for the wedding of one of my best friends, and the shoe-packing has been quite a challenge! That's right, my hub & I have turned this Hawaiian event into our big summer vacation and will be trading in our week of work & daily grind for a few mai tais and a nice tan. I had to share with you the 4 pairs of shoes (gasp!) that I plan on packin' away with me--it's super casual-land in Maui, so I tried to keep that in mind. Whatcha think?!

I dig with a passion my Reef 'Ugandal' sandals--great t-strap and tan leather that makes my legs look simply sun-kissed (hence they're purrrfect Hawaii beach shoes!). The colorful papery beads on these cuties are made by women in Uganda, who are trained jewelry designers, and are encouraged to make a better life for their families by providing a market for their jewelry--part of a project started by 31 Bits. 31 Bits carries tons of cute necklaces and bracelets too (many of which I own and love!).
Also in the sandalia category, I'm definitely packin' away with me my white & gold-studded Cynthia Vincent sandals from Target. Such. A. Deal. You might remember my Cynthia Vincent for Target purchase back in April (I still feel my heart jump up and down every time I think about scorin' these amazing wedges)! I think the gold embellishment on these puppies just adds that extra day-to-night look for flat sandals.

I just can't leave on a vacation without red shoes. It's like an unsaid rule in my shoe-lover brainy brain. So I'm also taking wedges similar to these (below) that I found on a killer sale a few summers ago at a little shop in my central CA hometown. They're just enough color to spice up an outfit--even with my new army green short-shorts!

Finally, these BP. Platinum 'Empire' sandals are my fabulous bridesmaid shoes (which make a great double as my out-to-a-nice-dinner shoes, I must say!). I will admit to you that I picked these out for all of us b-maids (who else would you expect to do it, right?!), and they're quite a hit. Comfy beyond belief and just the right height--and a lovely shade of not-too-shimmery gold.

As far as keepin' the sun outta my eyes, I made this fedora purchase at Target yesterday--which I know I won't regret. Super cute to roll out of bed, throw on my head, and head down to the beach!

Well, that's that, I'm off to Aloha-land. Awww, don't have my high heel giveaway to keep you busy. Enter, enter, enter. Mahalo!

holly in heels


  1. I love the Ugandal sandals! I have a necklace made out of Ugandan recycled paper, like those sandals have, that I got from (shopSUUBI). While I do love them, I wish you would have mentioned the war in Uganda. Yes, the women are trained to create jewelry, but that is mainly because they needed to, to provide for their families. Many of the women lost their husbands to either AIDS or the war. They need an income to put their kids in school so that they can become future leaders and create a country of peace and love, not one of war, like it's been since Kony began his child-soldier army 25 years ago.
    Not to rant, or get crazy, but ending the war is something I'm super involved in with Invisible Children, and I just think we need to take every opportunity we can get to educate people on the war because it is almost never publicized and almost no one knows about. Using the sandal to briefly mention the war and the millions still suffering from it could do a lot of good, because you have a lot of followers, and maybe some of them would become involved to end it.
    Sorry if that sounds rude. It's just I've become super involved and want to try to get the word out about is as much as possible.
    I do love the Fedora too! =]


  2. The CV for Target collection was so amazing!

  3. I love the red wedges and I must go to Target and find that fedora! So chic!

  4. My heart still aches that I couldn't find a pair of the CV for target wedges in my size! I still troll around ebay for them. I know exactly what you mean about packing, and I hope you have a fabulous time in Hawaii!!

    xoxo, Ashley

  5. I am so impressed you're only taking 4 pairs of shoes! I went to the Caribbean two weeks ago and took 7 pairs I think. Have a wonderful time!

  6. I'm a terrible overpacker but flat sandals are an absolute must for me!
    xo Josie

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  8. And here I was thinking...ONLY 4 pairs?!!? But I think you'll make it with these picks :)

  9. The CV white & gold sandals are adorable. Who would have thought such a cute pair at Target! Live and learn. Hope you have a great time and maybe a second honeymoon!!

  10. I LOVE those white CVs too! I wear mine all the time!

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