Orange & Turquoise

Oh how I love summer!  I get to slip on some daisy dukes, flip flops, a cute blouse and wear my hair curly!

Summer is a time where we all relax, take a deep breath and enjoy the summer sun.  Summer brings so many good memories with it too.  To me Summer = vacations, daisy dukes, swim suits, tanning, curly hair, drinks at sunset,  traveling, beach days, bike rides, camp fires and lake days.

What does summer mean to you?

XO,

Rachel Ashley

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Silly moments….my hubby loves to catch on camera!

 

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Shirt: Ralph Lauren/ Shorts: Billabong/ Flip Flops: Payless/ Anklets: Similar Here


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Travel Guide: Maui, HI

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Its been a month and I already miss Maui!   Fashionably Living includes traveling in fashion too…so I am here to help.  Hawaii was so beautiful and so fun!  We were able to do a lot and we found lots of amazing places to go to, so I thought I would share some Maui traveling tips!  Sometimes its hard to plan activities for a vacation when you have never been there.  We had several friends and family members that had been there, so we had lots of helpful tips, but we also discovered some great places a long the way too.  I hope you enjoy this travel post and I hope you find it helpful!

Pictures at Napili Bay

Take pictures at Sunset at Napili Bay!  The setting is gorgeous and the bay water is a beautiful crystal blue!  Napili Bay is also a great place for snorkeling, so definitely take a couple trips here!

Surf Lessons at Maui Wave Riders ask for  JB

My best friend and I took the surfing lessons with JB…not only was he nice and totally awesome, he was also very reassuring and a great teacher! Both of us had never surfed before and we both rode several waves. Everyone on staff was so friendly and the photographer Andre takes great photos, totally worth the purchase! I would suggest doing one of the two morning classes though, we did the 1pm class…it was great, but all the surfers said the morning classes were better. Also, you get an awesome trucker hat….which of course I loved!

Banyan Tree Park

Get your camera out and have fun trying to figure out the original base of the tree.  It is seriously one of the coolest trees you will ever see!   The tree has really grown in 140 years!   It is a cool spot to sit and watch people, to eat your ice cream, or just walk around to take photos.  A lot of homeless hang out in the tree park and sleep on the benches, but there are a lot of tourist too!

Waterfalls on the Road to Hana

 If you want to go to a waterfall that isn’t busy and most likely you will have all to yourself…stop at mile marker 9.3 on Road to Hana!  We did and it was beautiful!  We packed a lunch and spent a couple hours here eating, taking pictures and swimming!  There are lots of waterfalls to stop at on the Road to Hana, but if you enjoy exploring off the beaten path check this place out!

Gazebo Restaurant  a Napili Shores

Make sure to stop by Gazebo in Lahaina – 5315 Lower Honoapiilani Rd Lahaina, HI 

Go tot the Beach!

There are a lot of great beaches!  You can see baby sharks, fish, sea turtles and so much more!    Rent some snorkel gear and head to one of these beaches: Kapalua Bay, Black Rock Beach at the Sheraton or Napili Bay!

Experience a Lu’au

Luau (in Hawaiian, lu’au) is the Hawaiian word for a feast, and Maui has some of the best luaus anywhere in Hawaii!  Choose your Maui luau and get ready for an evening of great food, your favorite tropical drinks and entertainment that will blow you away!  There’s something for everyone!  Located beach side on Maui’s famous Kaanapali Beach, the Royal Lahaina Luau offers an exciting and renown production that will take you through the culture and dances of Hawaii, Tahiti, New Zealand, Samoa and more!  Includes a traditional luau buffet feast and open bar!  We chose this Lu’au because some aren’t beach side and this one is!  Ask you hotel to help you get tickets, the hotels usually can score you a discount!  

Helicopter Ride

A helicopter ride was a must on my to do list in Hawaii!  Some of the views you will see, you would never see unless your were in the air!  It is crazy to see how quickly the landscape can change…when you traveling overhead sugar cane fields and then in the rain forest!  It was definitely worth the moeny!  We purchased the DVD and although the views were cool, the DVD quality wasn’t in HD, so it wasn’t as good as I would have hoped!  Our GO PRO would have done better job!  All the helicopter rides take off from the same place, its near the airport and there are lots of companies to choose from.

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 There are lots of great Restaurants that you have to eat at while in Maui!  Here are a few to include:

Our first stop was The Maui Fish Market is super yummy food!  All fresh fish!  I had the Mahi Mahi with fresh mango chutney and my hubby had the coconut shrimp!

Our first dinner in Maui  was at Mala!   I had an amazing HUGE salad, My BIG FAT GREEK SALAD!   The owner is Chef Mark Ellman and he is the owner of Hono too, which is right next door!

Sea Horse – Drive to Napili Kai Beach resort and eat at Sea Horse (best happy hour food and drinks…starts 2pm) and you can snorkel at the bay right by the restaurant…the water is crystal blue.

Cheeseburger in Paradise is super fun place to eat and they have live music (a little ways down from Cheeseburger in Paradise is a Ono Gelato Shop…so yummy).

If you love Thai Food like we do…you have to go to Star Noodle…the best Thai Food ever!!!!  Probably the best meal I had in Maui!
Lahaina Grill is a great place and so is Lei Lanis – Enjoy happy hour from  3- 5pm in the Beachside Grill!

Also the supermarkets a great too…go pick up some fresh fish and vegetables and grill on the beach!  We did one night and it was so much fun!

Enjoy you travels!

XO,

Rachel Ashley

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How Do You Workout?

 

I am on vacation, but I don’t want to miss out on one of my favorite weekly posts, Workout Wednesday!  Regular fitness activity is definitely a life style.  Dedicating yourself to go to the gym daily, or to pop in a workout DVD or even go for a run is hard work, but what you get in return is totally worth the time and dedication.  To be a good at anything you have to invest yourself in it, right?!?  Working out isn’t just about having a nice body, although that’s a plus, it is more about what it does for your mental and physical health.  Our bodies were made to move.  Its incredible just how amazing our bodies are and how intricately God put us together.

The fact that moving daily for 30 minutes helps your brain and memory, lifting in the gym builds muscles to strengthen your body, so its less likely to be easily injured and literally the list can go on and on with all the benefits!  I know some people have physical limitations to the type or types of exercises they can do, but its so important to do something active daily!  Which brings me to my question…. “How do you workout?”  Do you hit the gym 5 to 6 days a week and lift and do cardio, like I do, do you workout in the comfort of your own home with a fitness DVD, do you attend a fitness class, do you run, etc?  I challenge you this week to get moving at least three times a week!  Anyone I help coach on nutrition or fitness, I always encourage them to be active for 30 minutes at least three times a week!  That is a great starting point, then from there you can have someone create a more detailed plan for your workout regime.   Get moving your body and mind will thank you!

XO,

Rachel Ashley

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Happy Monday Lovelies!  Did you all have a wonderful 4th of July weekend?  Holiday weekends always go by so fast, its hard to get started when Monday morning rolls around.   Our 4th of July was simple, we hung out with friends and family and ate a lot of good food!  Saturday we celebrated one of my nieces birthdays and my hubby and I went on a movie date to see “Think Like a Man Too”!  Loved it as much as the first one!  Super funny and it kept me smiling the entire time.  Did you see any good movies this past weekend? Do share!

Keeping with a nautical theme…you know how much I  love Navy and White!  I love this skirt I scored last summer from the J. Crew Outlet, mixed with this adorable blouse I picked up at Marshalls before my Hawaii vacation. Of course, I had to pair it with my fave summer bag, the Michael Kors jet set travel tote.

XO,

Rachel Ashley

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Blouse: ADiva from MarshallsSkirt: J. Crew/ Shoes: Report/ Purse: Michael Kors/

Scraf: Hand made by my mom/ Necklace and Earrings: Rue 21

 


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Red, White & Blue

Happy 4th of July!  I can’t believe we are already half way through 2014!  This fun year has flown by!  Do you have any cool plans for the 4th?  We are hanging out with friends and family and watching fireworks!

Anyways, did you see my new glasses?  Super cute right?!?  I partnered up with Firmoo for this post and I am very pleased I did!  I was impressed with the quality and the durability of the glasses and they even came with a cute case and a cleaning cloth.  The tortoise eyebrow frame makes the glasses professional but playful with an instant fashionable appeal.   I just love these glasses, they look sophisticated and cute at the same time!

On to the outfit!  Isn’t it just the cutest?!?  My mom is the best shopper!  The other night, my mom came home with this adorable white blouse and these cute navy shorts!  My mom (& myself included) can’t seem to leave Marshalls without something.  She is the sweetest to get me this adorable 4th of July outfit!  She even went out later and picked up a red tank for me, because I didn’t have one.  Mom’s are seriously the best!

HAPPY 4th OF JULY!!!  I hope you all have a blessed and patriotic 4th!

Also, I want to make sure that we say “THANK YOU” to all the men, women and veterans who have sacrificed to keep us free!

XO,

Rachel Ashley

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Blouse: Paper Crane/ Tank: Old Navy/ Shorts: between me & you/ Shoes: Charming Charlie/ Glasses: Firmoo


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Want a Brazilian Butt?

It was a sad day yesterday, when the USA Men’s Soccer team was eliminated from the World Cup!  But I must say I am very proud of them and how far they went; considering everyone was super skeptical of the US and how far they would get.  Anyways, with all the soccer talk and the beautiful location of the World Cup, I thought it would be fitting for today’s Workout Wednesday to correlate with the beautiful country of Brazil.  Fashionably Living brings you a Brazilian butt workout to lift and tone your back side!  This workout can be done at home, in the gym or on vacation.  No equipment is necessary, which makes it versatile and you have NO EXCUSES!

Brazilian Butt Workout:

25 Squats,  25 Pile Squats,  25 Donkey Kicks (L), 25 Donkey Kicks (R),  50 Split Jumps, 25 Lunges (L), 25 Lunges (R), 45 second wall sit! – Repeat 2 to 4 times!!!

XO,

Rachel Ashley

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Starfish

Happy Monday!  I am so excited to have my bestie on Fashionably Living today!  Some of you may remember Ashley from her debut post, you will be seeing a lot more of her on Fashionably Living, stay tuned for details!

Isn’t she beautiful?!?   I loved her adorable purple tube maxi paired with the beautiful Starfish jewelry she purchased at a local shop in Maui.

 Xo,

Rachel & Ashley

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Dress: Forever 21/ Jewelry: purchased at a local shop in Hawaii (similar here)


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