Whit Picks: Hawaiian Vacation Recap


Happy Summer! Sorry for the delay, but we've been busy enjoying the summer months. I've been traveling a lot in the past months, and to kick off the summer, last month I spent a week in The Big Island, Hawaii. This was my 6th visit to Hawaii and 2nd time on that particular island. Hawaii is a truly beautiful place to visit! This trip was all about relaxation, sightseeing and eating good food! Here's a little recap of some of my experiences and reviews on the food and resort on The Big Island.

We arrived in Kona the first day and made our way to grab breakfast before heading to our resort. We ate at local favorite, Splashers, and I chose to get some authentic Kona coffee and go the healthy route with 2 scrambled eggs, bacon, a biscuit and bowl of fruit. (FYI I ate a ton of fruit that week - the pineapple in Hawaii is the best!)

As we made our way to our resort, Hilton Waikoloa Village, we passed some beautiful scenery and got to see old lava tubes on the way.

All-White Looks for Memorial Day


Memorial Day is this weekend and I am excited for the extended weekend and also taking a week off for vacation! A common party theme for the holiday is all-white parties, so I thought this would be a great time to put together some looks, inspired by celebs, to help you get your Memorial Day looks together. With some help from Adrian, we found looks for men and women. Let's start with the ladies:

Pants and Crop Top


This first look is simple but cute and sophisticated. If you think you can pull off the gaucho pant look, try them with a cropped white long sleeve tee and strappy sandals like Rihanna:




Plunge Neck Blazers


For Rihanna's plunge white blazer look, that can be more on the daring side depending on how low you go and what undergarments you wear, try these items:




Thigh High Slits


Thigh high slits are still a hot trend and recently Kylie Jenner wore a leg-baring all white dress. Get similar styles to show off some leg below:




White Bodycon Dresses


You could also go with a classic white body con dress like Ashley Graham, Karrueche and Justine Skye:



And now for the guys…

White with Color Accents


Rick Ross put on a performance at Club Gotha in Cannes, France during the annual Cannes Film Festival and went with a "geechi" all white ensemble with red accents. The banded collar look is very simple, clean, and on trend especially when worn with a necklace. The antique inspired aesthetic of ruby and gold has been revamped for the modern man and adds a classic appeal to his outfit. He finished the look with signature aviator shades and an all red pair of designer sneakers.


A big part of Rick's look was the accessories. Get some similar items from one of our favorites, The Gold Gods:

Ruby Pendant Necklace - $119
The Vigilate Watch Gold Band - $199
Gold Watch Link Bracelet - $79

Get Rick's look below:




Casual White Look


Dressing up not your thing? Keep it casual and comfortable like Drake aka 'The King of Cozy'. A lightweight long sleeve t-shirt paired with cotton sweat shorts will create an effortlessly chill outfit perfect for the weekend kickback. Keep it crispy with a fresh pair of air max 95's and a simple gold necklace.




Classic All-White


Future rocked a traditional all white look that features both trendy and classic pieces throughout. Military inspired bombers have been a huge trend in menswear as well as a nice fitted jean to complete the tailored silhouette that reigns supreme in men's fashion. Classic all white sneakers and a plain white t-shirt are staples that every man should have and can be found at all price points. Future is known for having a strong arsenal of masculine, yet fashionable accessories including rings, watches, necklaces, sunglasses, scarves, and his signature wide brim hats. In this look he kept things more toned down and let the all white do the talking with a splash of color on his scarf tied around his belt loop. Get the items:



Dapper Suit & Tie


Zac stopped by The Late Night Show with Seth Meyers to promote Neighbors 2 in an dapper suit and tie look. Zac broke up the monotony of all white with a black tie and classic black oxfords. His suit and shirt are well tailored and complement his youthful energy and athletic physique. Despite beards being a huge turn on for a lot of women, Zac opted for a clean shaven face and a conservatively sharp hair cut. Get inspired with items below:



We hope you are loving these all-white looks!

Beach Vacation Rental Picks


If you love traveling as much as I do, then you know that one of the main things to determine where you go or how much you will enjoy the overall experience is the accommodations. Growing up, I mainly stayed in hotels and resorts while traveling with my family. My favorite hotel brand is Hilton - they have amazing locations all over the world and their service is top notch. Some of my favorites have been the Ho'olei in Maui, Hilton Los Cabos, Hilton Barbados Resort and Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort and Spa in Tahiti.

Swim Picks 2016

Still working on those summer beach bodies? I know I am (and making some progress so far). I have an upcoming trip to Hawaii this month, so I have been thinking about new swimwear that I need. I have a few old favorites I will be taking with me, but I've had my eye on some new pieces as well. Whether it's a one piece or two piece, here are some of my favorites right now:

One pieces


Always classic and great if you are still in the process of working on those abs. Even if you do have a flat stomach, one piece swimsuits are still sexy. You can go for extra coverage or show a little more with cutouts and extra straps. A trend right now is the return of the throwback Baywatch-style one pieces that are super high cut. Below are my favorites:

Fashion Feature: Jewelry by Michelle Marocco


I would like our readers to get more familiar with artist and jewelry designer Michelle Marocco, a designer living here in Indiana (Carmel) who has a creative vision that expands way beyond her beautiful handmade jewelry and artwork. At my job (as a Senior Graphic Designer at local company Fat Atom), I got the opportunity to work with her for her new site design. I also got the chance to visit her home and see her showroom and art firsthand, which is awe-inspiring. With the recent relaunch of her redesigned website, Michelle Marocco is making big moves with her brand.

She is no newcomer to the game, and has a clientele list that includes the likes of celebrities Nicole Scherzinger, Russel Brand and Steven Tyler. From beaded bracelets and cuffs to diamond and leather necklaces, Marocco has something for everyone.


She gave me a few items to wear: the Karma Seed bracelets as well as a Niyama headband. I love them both and shared a few of my bracelets with my boyfriend, which is encouraged to spread good energy.


Here are a few more items from the Marocco site that I am loving:


I'm loving all the items from her BusyGirl™ Collection. This Diamond infinity symbol BusyGirl™ bracelet is unique.


The Most wanted diamond tile necklace is beautiful. The diamonds... need I say more?


The Stingray and diamond lattice cuff is another standout.


I love simple yet unique rings, and I am loving this Criss-cross pave diamond ring by Marocco.


Lastly these Perfect diamond teardrop earrings are very classy.

Visit michellemarocco.com for more of her jewelry or if you are ever in Carmel, Indiana give her showroom a visit! 

Ivy Park: Get Active with Beyonce's New Clothing Line


I guess it's time to get flawless in the gym! There's a lot of news with Beyonce as of late... from the release of her new album (reportedly coming out on April Fools Day) to her new tour starting soon, her fans should be struggling to contain themselves with all the good news. On top of all of that, today Beyonce announced a brand new clothing line called Ivy Park, an activewear and athleisure brand co-founded by Beyonce, with her fierceness all over it. Here are the first few promo photos from the site:

Festival Style 2016


As the weather breaks, it's time to start thinking about festival style, especially with Coachella being around the corner. Whether it's a spring or summer festival you have been planning to attend, boho chic and tribal inspired styles are always popular. Some of the more well known festivals like Coachella (April), Lollapalooza (July), Bonnarroo (August), Afropunk (June & August), and Burning Man (August) will bring out tons of fashionable people, so start thinking about the items you may need.

Fringe, rompers, cutoff shorts, floral print, tunics, lace dresses, vests and kimonos will be your go-tos!

Rhymes & Fresh: Clothing Lines Owned by Hip Hop Artists


Fashion has always been a crucial part in hip hop culture whether it be from shouting out a brand in a song, rocking a branded item in their videos, or even as far as owning a fashion house of their own. Artists such as Jay-Z, 50 Cent, and Diddy have had some of the most successful lines by rappers to date! I wanted to shed light on artists who you may not have known had lines or are lesser known than their mainstream counterparts as well as a few brands that are owned by some of the biggest artists of today!

Food Picks: Nada Restaurant


I got the chance to try out a new restaurant in Indianapolis called Nada, themed as modern Mexican food with electric design. They have 2 other locations in Columbus and Cincinnati, Ohio, but this is their first Indiana location. I heard a few good reviews from friends, so I thought it would be a great idea to try the place. Also I had been on the hunt for a new favorite Mexican restaurant.


Upon walking in, I noticed they stick to the electric theme design with a colorful yet modern interior design, which is refreshing to see in a Mexican restaurant. The seating, drapes, lighting and layout were all beautifully designed, right down to the table setting.


One look at the menu and I knew I was in for a treat with items like Queso Gringo, an assortment of tacos (with amazing ingredients like battered hake, salmon, short rib, pork belly and more), farro & sweet potatoes and churros on the menu.

We started with drinks, opting for sangria and their Nada lemonade (spiked with Avion tequila). Both were delicious!


For an appetizer, we started light with chips and salsa. They have a trio of salsas available for only $5, but I went with just the jalepeno salsa verde sauce this time, which was very good with the fresh cooked chips.

Baja Fish Tacos

Tinga Quesadilla

They encourage food sharing, so to mix it up we tried both the "Baja" fish tacos and Tinga Quesadilla - and fell in love with both. The freshness of the battered hake fish with the guacamole, lime cabbage and pico de gallo was amazingly delicious. The Tinga Quesadilla had just the right combination of meats, cheese and spice (chicken, chorizo, ancho chile, pico de gallo, chihuahua cheese and crema drizzled on top). I could have eaten another one!

Churros

To finish it off we tried the Churros for dessert, and they didn't last long on the plate!

Overall I LOVED this place and can't wait to come back and try more items on the menu, including their brunch. This is definitely a new favorite! They put a twist on Mexican cuisine and incorporate an inviting visual space. Hopefully they expand and get more locations all over the country. If you are ever in Indy, Columbus or Cincinnati, try Nada!

All photos taken by me except for title images from Nada's website.