Exploring Paia, Hawaii // Cognac sandals + scalloped skirt

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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.

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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.

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  1. Jean wrote:

    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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  2. Jean wrote:

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

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  3. Jean wrote:

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

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  4. Jean wrote:

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

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  5. Jean wrote:

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

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  6. Jean wrote:

    Hi there – the insoles are faux leather.

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  7. Jean wrote:

    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!

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  8. Jean wrote:

    Thank you for watching : )

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  9. Jean wrote:

    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 : )

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  10. Xtal808 wrote:

    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!

    Posted 4.11.17 Reply
  11. Suzie Q wrote:

    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

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  12. Anonymous wrote:

    Love the scallop skirt!


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  13. This outfit is amazing I love it!
    Xo, Kelsey | http://www.petiteinherpearls.com

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  14. mybeautrip wrote:

    Beautiful colors! Love the top and the skirt!


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  15. Noelle R wrote:

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

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

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

    Katie | Willow and White

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  18. 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!!

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  19. 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!!

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  20. 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!

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  21. Anonymous wrote:

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

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

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

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

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

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  24. Mei めい wrote:

    Nice outfit! That clutch is so cute 🙂


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  25. Such a cute look! Love the photos!

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  26. angela wrote:

    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.

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  27. Your outfit is so cute! Love the skirt ♥


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


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  29. This scalloped skirt is so pretty!


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


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  31. Kim wrote:

    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….

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  32. The skirt is so cute! Love the photos btw.

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  33. 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,

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  34. karen wrote:

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

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  35. 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!

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  36. Riki wrote:

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

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  37. Anonymous wrote:

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


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  38. Anonymous wrote:

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

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  39. Serena wrote:

    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!

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  40. wan liong wrote:

    Love your ig posts and stories!

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  41. 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

    The Lilly Mint Blog

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  42. Feyi A wrote:

    Love this!!! x
    Marveling-Mind☀ | Instagram | Bloglovin’

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  43. La Bijoux Bella | by mia wrote:

    Love the look … so very cute for Spring! 🙂

    ��LA BIJOUX BELLA�� | BY MIA | A Creative Lifestyle Blog

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  44. Love the yellow skirt. You look great!

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

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  47. Mizeats wrote:

    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!!

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

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

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

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