• Exploring Paia, Hawaii // Cognac sandals + scalloped skirt

    cute spring summer vacation break outfit petite

    Aloha from Maui! It’s my first time visiting, and I have to say, those on the West coast are lucky to be just a direct flight away from this beautiful island! We’ve researched a lot of the popular tourist activities here, but do let us know if there’s any local favorites or spots off the beaten path that you’d recommend. We’re splitting our stay between an apartment rental and the more typical resorts, in hopes of seeing the island from multiple perspectives. I’ve been snapping daily videos on my Instagram stories (each are viewable for 24 hours), so join me there!

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    Our adorable apartment is about a 10-minute walk from Paia town center, so we’ve enjoyed strolling in and out for eats and to check out the boutiques. The Sole Society Savannah sandals that I’ve mentioned several times finally arrived, in time to come exploring with me on this trip! Like I had hoped, the low and stable block heels were comfortable for walking around, and these did not require breaking-in on me. The cognac is a true medium brown, and the new taupe color just got stocked today (small sizes have been going quickly on this style)! Depending on your skin tone, it might be a more flattering neutral.

    sole society savannah cognac brown sandals

    Size-wise, I’m usually between a 5 and 5.5 and ordered both to try on. I honestly didn’t feel too much of a difference, so kept the 5s and would say these are true to size. The leather straps should stretch a little with wear to your feet width. One thing I noticed about these is they have a tiny bit of a “bumper” in the front where the harder stacked sole exceeds the insoles, which can help protect the leather at the front from scuffing off (I always, always stub my toes and ruin the tips of my shoes!).

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    I’m partnering with Sole Society to also share some new arrival accessories, including this straw hat and tassel clutch which are cute for vacation outfits. This Palisades clutch (comes in 4 colors) is made of a thick, woven material with additional patterned detail made of balled yarn on the front side only. It’s also listed as a case for your tablet or a makeup pouch! Note it’s a soft clutch, so your items inside are what will give it some structure. I decided to really play up the chartreuse color by pairing it with my bright scalloped skirt (waist runs small, FYI!) and lemon print blouse.

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    Thank you to Sole Society for partnering on this post.


    60 thoughts on “Exploring Paia, Hawaii // Cognac sandals + scalloped skirt

    • Laura-Beth Fitzpatrick April 8, 2017 at 2:36 pm

      I love the lemon print blouse…where did it come from?

    • Charmaine Ng | Architecture and Lifestyle Blog April 8, 2017 at 3:18 pm

      I like your top – it's so cute, and yellow makes such a perfect cheery outfit colour for Hawaii!

      Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

    • Ewa Macherowska April 8, 2017 at 3:38 pm
    • Mizeats April 8, 2017 at 3:42 pm

      You picked a great place to vacation! Love love these pics! You look so cute in that outfit, and I love the beautiful location! I love how much slower the pace is in Hawaii – so relaxing! Would love to know more about the rental as I have only visited Oahu and the Big Island. Enjoy the island!!

    • la Piña Rosa April 8, 2017 at 3:45 pm
    • Jessica Lam April 8, 2017 at 4:08 pm

      That skirt is so adorable – I love this entire outfit!!

    • TheVagabondWayfarer April 8, 2017 at 5:23 pm

      Love the yellow skirt. You look great!

    • La Bijoux Bella | by mia April 8, 2017 at 6:18 pm

      Love the look … so very cute for Spring! 🙂

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    • Feyi A April 8, 2017 at 7:28 pm

      Love this!!! x
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    • Sarah Lilly April 8, 2017 at 7:55 pm

      What a beautiful outfit, I love the scalloped edge on that skirt. The surfboard wall is such a cool place for taking photos too! x

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    • wan liong April 8, 2017 at 8:15 pm

      Love your ig posts and stories!

    • Serena April 8, 2017 at 8:19 pm

      Hi Jean, such a cute outfit! I was wondering if you could comment a little bit more about the skirt you're wearing. How would you describe the fabric? Is it wrinkle prone? Is it thick? or do panty lines easily show? I'm considering purchasing it in the mint green. Thank you!

    • Anonymous April 8, 2017 at 9:16 pm

      Is the insole/bottom area touching your foot of the Savannah shoes real leather? Thanks!

    • Anonymous April 8, 2017 at 11:26 pm

      Yellow looks so good on you! You look like you are having an awesome time in Hawaii 🙂


    • Riki April 9, 2017 at 12:43 am

      You have to have guri guri from Tasaka Guri Guri. It's like a strawberry frozen treat and it's so refreshing!

    • linh peters April 9, 2017 at 12:45 am

      We just returned from Maui. You'll want to visit Leoda's Kitchen and Pies and Lahaina Luna Cafe for delicious and homemade food. Also, a helicopter ride on Blue Hawaiian will take your breath away. If you're in Paia – visit Mama's Fish Kitchen. It was on our list but we ran out of time!

    • karen April 9, 2017 at 2:47 am

      going to Maui later this year! can't wait to hear your tips!

    • Michael @ Mile in My Glasses April 9, 2017 at 5:09 am

      Oh wow, absolutely gorgeous pictures! I am absolutely dreaming of making it to Maui one day! It looks like such a gorgeous place! I hope you have a wonderful time there!

      I hope you've had a lovely week,

    • Neeltje | Thoughts in Style April 9, 2017 at 5:54 am

      The skirt is so cute! Love the photos btw.

    • Kim April 9, 2017 at 6:08 am

      What kind of suggestions are you looking for? The last sugar mill was on Maui and just shut down last year but the museum might still be open. So many things to do on Maui….

    • Cristina SF April 9, 2017 at 6:26 am

      You look stunning! I love the print on the shirt and the scalloped skirt. You've combined all my favorite things in one outfit 🙂


    • Aria Di Bari April 9, 2017 at 9:45 am

      This scalloped skirt is so pretty!


    • Maggie Zemanek April 9, 2017 at 1:37 pm

      This outfit is so pretty!! I love how simple it is!


    • Pamela Gonzalez April 9, 2017 at 2:02 pm

      Your outfit is so cute! Love the skirt ♥


    • angela April 9, 2017 at 4:13 pm

      TInroof for lunch, it's Chef Sheldon Simeon from Top Chef's restaurant.
      Tamura's for the best poke! It's a liquor store but they have a poke counter in the back.
      Merriman's in Kapalua is delicious, they have a great HH from 3-6 I believe. Best Mai Tais in town with a great Lilikoi foam on top. It is right next to Cliff House where you can jump into the ocean (about 10 ft cliffs).
      A truly locals spot I found was Fairy Land- it is about a 2 mile hike with a great secluded waterfall!
      Have fun! I love Maui.

    • Hi Tea Style April 9, 2017 at 4:32 pm

      Such a cute look! Love the photos!

    • Mei めい April 9, 2017 at 7:55 pm

      Nice outfit! That clutch is so cute 🙂


    • pork & cookies April 9, 2017 at 8:26 pm

      I love the skirt! Does it come in other colors?

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    • pork & cookies April 9, 2017 at 8:26 pm

      I love the skirt! Does it come in other colors?

      -Kirsten // http://www.porkandcookies.com

    • Anonymous April 9, 2017 at 9:30 pm

      it's an old Maison Jules top – as listed under the first picture. hope this helps!

    • Kimi, Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair April 10, 2017 at 2:33 am

      I love Maui! I saw you did the road to Hana. 🙂 I would also recommend checking out Haleakala (the volcano) and Nakalele blow hole. It's also fun to take surfing or paddle boarding lessons since the water is so warm. We did a snorkel excursion out to Molokini which was fun, too! There's so much to do!

    • Lauren McIntyre April 10, 2017 at 8:06 am

      We drove through Paia town last year and plan to explore it this year,( in 11 days)! Have you tried Mama's? Maui is amazing!
      I'm a size 5 shoe, but my foot is a little wider on top. Are the straps roomy or tight? Thanks!!

    • Lauren McIntyre April 10, 2017 at 8:23 am

      Hi Jean,
      I love the tank and are the straps of the shoes snug? My feet are a bit wider and the straps are always tight.
      Last year we visited Maui and we will be there again in 11 days!! We stayed at Sheraton in kannapali beach ( not to be missed). This year we are staying in wailea at the grand wailea. Definitely try mamas fish house which is close to you in Pa'ia town. Leodas has amazing breakfast, lunch, pie. On way to kannapali. We did road to hana, Haleakala, old Lahaina luau, paddle boarding. We could not fit it all in, so we are coming back to try:) we are also from east coast and will be trekking the 9 hour flight with toddler! Wish us luck! Enjoy!!

    • Kaitlin Schubert April 10, 2017 at 9:34 am

      I'm so incredibly jealous! All the colors are so beautiful – I wish I was there! 🙂

      Katie | Willow and White

    • Sarah Surette April 10, 2017 at 2:42 pm

      Love love love Maui! Cannot wait to go back. Get shave ice at Ululani's, it's amazing!!!

    • Noelle R April 10, 2017 at 3:57 pm

      Oh I love this outfit! Major inspo for my upcoming holiday 🙂

    • mybeautrip April 10, 2017 at 5:36 pm

      Beautiful colors! Love the top and the skirt!


    • Kelsey Quackenbush April 10, 2017 at 8:52 pm

      This outfit is amazing I love it!
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    • Anonymous April 10, 2017 at 10:32 pm

      Love the scallop skirt!


    • Suzie Q April 11, 2017 at 1:35 am

      Maui is my favorite Hawaii island. Can't wait to see more photos from your trip! This is such a cute spring look, I love the yellow scalloped skirt!

      Suzie Q

    • Xtal808 April 11, 2017 at 5:04 pm

      Aloha Jean! Welcome to Maui! I am a Maui girl, born and raised, and enjoy reading your posts for wonderful sizing tips and introductions to different brands. Our shopping options are limited in the islands, so I appreciate brands offering free shipping and returns. I also refer to you for what to wear when traveling to the mainland and abroad (unfortunately, I can’t wear t-shirts and flip flops everywhere).
      Our favorite thing to do when exploring a new place is eating, especially where the locals frequent. Here are a few of our faves: Flatbread Pizza (Paia); Kula Bistro (Kula); La Provence for breakfast (Kula); Tamura’s for poke & liquor (Kahului, Wailuku, Lahaina); Tiffany’s Bar & Grill (Wailuku); Coconuts (Kihei); Koiso Sushi (Kihei – reservations required); Gazebo (Napili); Ululani’s Shave Ice (Kahului, Wailuku, Lahaina). I’d be happy to provide specific menu recommendations or other local knowledge.
      Maybe I’ll bump into you dining out or at the beach. Enjoy your stay! Maui No Ka Oi!

    • Jean April 12, 2017 at 4:42 am

      Aw thank you!! Yes I agree about the slower pace of life…a nice change for us. I took some pictures of the rental and will blog about our thoughts when I get home : )

    • Jean April 12, 2017 at 4:42 am

      Thank you for watching : )

    • Jean April 12, 2017 at 4:44 am

      Hi Serena – hmm. I think the fabric is a poly material typical of ASOS items. It's smooth and isn't a wrinkle magnet, but it does require some ironing and flat packing in the suitcase. Panty lines do not show for me since there's a lining. Hope that helps!

    • Jean April 12, 2017 at 4:45 am

      Hi there – the insoles are faux leather.

    • Jean April 12, 2017 at 4:45 am

      I haven't heard of that! Thanks for the suggestion : )

    • Jean April 12, 2017 at 4:46 am

      Thanks! Had dinner at Mama's and took a helicopter tour as well! Hope to visit Leoda's before we leave : )

    • Jean April 12, 2017 at 4:47 am

      How fun! I can't wait to share…it's been amazing here.

    • Jean April 12, 2017 at 4:47 am

      Hi Kim – nothing in particular, we had a lot planned and were just curious if we were missing any major local recommendations.

    • Jean April 12, 2017 at 4:49 am

      Thanks, Angela! I'm a big Topchef fan so hoping to visit Tinroof tomorrow : ) Had Tamura's and wish we had the time and energy left for Fairy Land!

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