Mama's Fish House // Ruffle Stripe Maxi Dress + Vintage Bag

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Banana Republic dress xxs petite, vintage Lesco Lona bag
INC sandals sz 5.5 (reviewed here), Talbots sunglasses c/o

Ruffles, stripes, pockets and a waist tie - a combo after my own heart! I saw this dress on BR's "coming soon" page a while back, and was hoping it'd be offered in petite sizes. I can usually rely on their petite maxis to not need any hemming, even with flat or low shoes (which means anyone taller might prefer their maxis in regular sizing). After finally trying this on, my only complaint is the torso is straight-cut and shapeless without the belt tie. When belted (also love this with either my brown leather or bright orange belt), I did like the overall look enough to keep it. I had a hard time getting the stripes to show up in these photos, but they're definitely visible in person!
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Hana, Maui // Becca Siren swimsuit at Black Sand Beach

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ASOS maxi skirt 00P (very similar), old headscarf (lots of cute options here)

This was one of my favorite swimsuits that I packed - no sucking in after eating, no fretting over pokey "headlights," and no fear of a bikini top or bottom getting whisked away by a strong wave. Do check out my previous review with measurements, since the torso of this might be long on some petite ladies (it also comes in a bikini version which might be easier to fit). I loved slipping on a skirt or sarong to create a quick resort-ready outfit. You can easily fake a "dress" look like I did here, by keeping the entire look monochromatic. FYI the slit on this skirt is pretty high, so I usually safety-pin it closed a few inches lower (see more maxi skirt pairing ideas in my vacation packing post)!
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Unfortunately size XS in this swimsuit is hard to find in stock - I did see a few left in floral and white, so wanted to show you guys how the latter color looked on me! The white is a head-turner in my opinion, and I would've kept it over black if I didn't already own another white suit. Which do you like better here?

J.Crew Spring // Dotted Ruffles + Petite Toothpick Jeans

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J.Crew dot top 00 (also comes in petites) c/o, suede pumps 5.5 c/o
J.Crew toothpick jeans in classic rinse sz 24 petite, beltdandelion earrings (5 colors!)

I'm a big fan of classic looks but with small twists or interesting detailing. The dots and ruffles make this one sweet little top from J.Crew, while the open shoulder design gives it some sultriness! I paired this more on-trend piece with simple dark ankle jeans and caramel suede pumps, both of which are wardrobe staples. To play up the dot pattern, I added these round dandelion earrings which I seriously can't stop wearing lately (as you guys can probably tell). They are super lightweight on the ears so you won't even notice they're on!
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I've gotten several questions on J.Crew's toothpick skinny jeans, and ended up picking up a pair last month. This cut from them has rave reviews (especially from petite women), and is a good option for those looking for denim with no distressing or fading.
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Maui photo journal, Part I + Paia apartment rental review

I don't know why it took Nick and I so long to visit Hawaii for the first time, since it's a perfect compromise for adventure vs. relaxation-seekers! It seemed like the area was popular as ever for visitors (Maui was the land of baby bumps), probably thanks to Zika tainting so many other destinations. We split our stay across a variety of lodging - started at a cute apartment rental in Paia, moved on to the Travaasa Hana (a more remote, retreat-style resort), and spent the remainder of our trip at the Four Seasons on Wailea beach. These places definitely cater to different traveler styles and budgets, so I wanted to share some reviews and pictures in case it helps anyone planning a trip!

For this post I'm focusing on what we did/ate around Kahului and Paia, along with our apartment rental there. Paia is a small, laid-back surf town ... it's a short drive from the airport, and is also the starting point of the Road to Hana.
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