Aloha ‘Oe

May 9, 2012
Aloha lovelies! So I’m finally back in Vancouver and am in the middle of the most hectic day: marathon packing for Toronto (I’m leaving at 4 a.m. tomorrow!), spending as much time with my family and puppy as possible and squeezing in a run through the forested trails that I love so much. Sad to be leaving and ever so slightly stressed by how little time I’ve had to get everything in order before hopping on a plane again, but above all I’m just really, really, really excited.
I thought about splitting up the recap post from my incredible vacay in Maui but I feel like once I’m in Toronto, I’ll be more eager to share my new East Coast surroundings with you. So sorry in advance for the photo-heavy post – it was so, so beautiful there and I somehow ended up coming home with 1400 pictures! If you follow me on Instagram (@tovogueorbust) you probably already know how snap-happy I’ve been about the trip, but what can I say…I don’t believe you can ever have too much of a good thing.

1. Every single night we had a sunset like this.
2. One of our first days in Maalaea and I’m obviously deliriously/terrifyingly happy.
3. Scallops at the Five Palms – needless to say, seafood in Maui is incredible.
4. This is what happens when you’re the youngest and the only boy.
5. Little sister and I joy leaping.
6. Mango mojito. 
7. Fauna at the Iao Valley Needle.
8. The black sand beach in Hana – so beautiful, but we only lasted 
about five minutes in the water! The waves were insane.
9. A few hours before we flew home. I’m smiling through the tears
…just smiling through the tears.
10. Shave ice. Like every day.
11. Of course…shopping. Lahaina has some of the most amazing shops.
12. At Maluaka Beach (my favourite beach…we beeline there everytime 
we’re in Maui) in Makena.
13. Another amazing sign in Maui…there was also “Warning: Falling Sheep.” …I dunno.
14. The black sand beach was made from a flash overflow of lava 
that shattered once it hit the water – you’re not supposed to take 
any of it since one day, it will slowly be swept away by the ocean.
15. Beautiful hibiscus flower!
16. Kona Coffee Mudpie…this was taken about two seconds after the plate had been set down.
Just wanted to say both a quick thank you to all the lovely ladies who did guest posts while I was gone on vacay, and in the same breath, a quick sorry for having been a bit MIA to all of you blog pallys! I always like to make a point of heading onto everyone’s blogs regularly but I’m having a bit of a whirlwind week or two (…or three) and haven’t had a chance yet to catch up on all the latest posts. I promise to be much better once I’ve settled in Toronto!
Hope you all have an amazing week!

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  • Reply Bonnie May 9, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    It looks like you had a wonderful time! I'm so happy to see pictures. That way, I can live vicariously through you. 🙂 Welcome back!
    Twitter: @GlamKitten88

  • Reply sweet harvest moon May 9, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    Oh my, looks like an amazing trip!

  • Reply Z May 9, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    Gorgeous photos – the colours are absolutely amazing!!


  • Reply Noressa Henness May 9, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    You look indeed very happy.
    But those pictures are so beautiful and the place where you are is amazing.

  • Reply Gabriele May 9, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    wow, such nice look so happy, i want to go on vacation so bad now!:)


  • Reply cakesandshakes May 9, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    Just gorgeous shots, I am so envious and in need of a getaway right now 🙂 Can't wait to see what lies ahead, good luck with the move and safe trip!

  • Reply Faith May 9, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    such gorgeous pictures! i was drooling over your pictures on Instagram!

  • Reply two birds May 9, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    welcome back! we missed you. gorgeous pictures…they are like postcards, they are so pretty!

  • Reply Katie- Hems for Her May 9, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    Beautiful pictures! You clearly had a wonderful trip!

    And now I can't wait for your next adventure 🙂

  • Reply Mallory May 9, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    Welcome back! It looks like you had an amazing vacation. I'm so jealous of all that sunshine.

  • Reply Leila May 9, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    WOW! What beautiful pictures! You definitely deserved this trip, lovely lady! 🙂 I have never been to Hawaii, but your gorgeous pictures have made a solid case for me to start looking into a trip there!

  • Reply Marisa May 9, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    Welcome back sweetheart! Best of luck with your move to TO tomorrow. It'll be such an exciting change for you, I wish you a smooth transition!


  • Reply Cee May 9, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    Welcome – sort of – back, pally! Your guest posters were all fabulous, but I've definitely missed your updates over the past two weeks. Thank God for Instagram so I was able to live viacriously through your sunny adventures, withouy actually having to be in the sand myself 🙂 [Have I ever told you I hate sand? I think that's probably a story for another time.] Hope everything goes brilliantly with your move to Toronto, and I can't wait to hear all about it. Miss you already 🙂

  • Reply Richelle May 9, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    Your pictures are amazing! What camera do you use?


  • Reply JennaStevie May 9, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    These pictures are so amazing, welcome back and good luck packing for Toronto!! I think that picture of the cocunut falling sign is hilarious and your family is so adorable. Your instagram photos have been making me SO jealous

  • Reply jules May 9, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    welcome back! (i know it's brief!)

    looks like you had an amazing time … that last photo is to die for!

    have an awesome time in toronto,


  • Reply Well... May 10, 2012 at 1:31 am

    Oh my word girl, this trip is AMAZING!
    Haha, the sign warning of falling coconuts made me laugh. I want to go there so bad. It looks like one dream vacation! So lucky 🙂
    And you're jetting off once again. You traveler you!
    Haha, can't wait to see more photos. Thanks for sharing these.

    Trendy Teal

  • Reply Hattitude May 10, 2012 at 2:25 am

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    alex welcome home! i wanted to go to hawaii so badly while we were living on the west coast! so lucky you got to do that! did you go with your family?
    welcome to toronto! It's awesome in the summer….although you will probably miss the wondrous hiking trails. vancouver was out of this world for that reason.
    maybe see you in toronto once you're settled!

    talk soon wild child
    Hattitude Style Blog

  • Reply pinkandplum May 10, 2012 at 4:12 am

    SO SO beautiful! Loved seeing all your instagrams- family vacations are the best 🙂

  • Reply cryskay May 10, 2012 at 4:33 am

    you captured maui beautifully! good luck on your move to toronto!!! xx

  • Reply Leonie May 10, 2012 at 5:51 am

    I already saw all the fantastic pictures on Instagram and with these additionals shots I know one thing for sure: I NEED TO GO TO MAUI! Oh my, it looks like you had the most amazing time over there. No wonder, it looks breathtakingly beautiful.

    And I am so so excited to see pictures/read stories about your arrival in Toronto and your first few days there. I am sure you will have a fantastic time!

    xo Leonie

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  • Reply Suzi Maynard May 10, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    Welcome back! Missed you. You're looking so relaxed & fabulous.
    Suzi x
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  • Reply Annie May 10, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    Maui looks absolutely ahhh mazing – such gorgeous photos!

    The Other Side of Gray

  • Reply Mrs C ♥ May 10, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    These are beautiful!! I looooove your toes in the sand pic! I need to go there NOW!

  • Reply Alison May 10, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    Such amazing photos! I would kill to got here right now.
    I hope you have a good flight to Toronto!

  • Reply becks May 10, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    beautiful pictures! everything is breaktaking.

  • Reply MEANDLEX May 10, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    You photos are gorgeous!! I want to be there!! it feels like its never going to be summer with the crazy east coast weather!! xx

  • Reply JuneAbroad May 10, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    That's awesome! I live in Toronto too! Hope to bump into you sometime 🙂

  • Reply gillybeancandyjar May 11, 2012 at 1:17 am

    if anything, not enough pictures of Hawaii!! It's like paradise isn't it? Beautiful pictures. I love the stunning colours of the shaved ice. good luck in Ontario!!

  • Reply monica May 11, 2012 at 7:53 am

    hawaii looks absolutely stunning!

    vancouver is such a beautiful city that im always impressed by the people who are brave enough to leave it for somewhere else! good luck with your move to toronto

  • Reply Leah May 11, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    I know what you mean about being caught up in a whirlwind and not having time to blog! Looks like a great trip. The photos are beautiful and so are you!

  • Reply Petite Adventures May 12, 2012 at 11:55 am

    These photos are amazing – looks like you had a fantastic trip! Good luck with the move, I'm sure you're going to more than love everything that Toronto has to offer!

  • Reply Lynn {hearted girl} May 12, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    oh Alex, thanks goodness for the snap happiness of it all. these images are out of this world!!! you are stunning, as always and look especially aglow in every shot. love the sandy toes one a lot, it's such a cool perspective. plus you in that bikini, WOW! grand days abound lades, so thrilled you got in this vacay before the BIG move too. cheers! xo ♥

  • Reply Sarah May 12, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    These are gorgeous! Looks like you had an amazing time in Maui. The pictures are making me excited for my trip =)

  • Reply Mona ♥ La Vie est Belle May 14, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    Oh your trip looks fantastic! I've always dreamt about going to Hawaii. 🙂

  • Reply Liv May 16, 2012 at 12:50 am

    Those are stunning pictures – so glad you had a wonderful time. I just got back too but haven't sorted out any pictures yet. My fave pic is the one of the sandy toes.

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