Aloha Friday

FullSizeRender – Lunching at Bread + Butter in Honolulu…this quinoa, chicken and mango salad was two thumbs up- IMG_6469 -enjoying our weekly Sunday morning beach walk –IMG_6671 – living in these Ix- Style Huarache Sandals…with every purchase they provide clean water to children in Guatemala-IMG_6480– A picture perfect Waikiki day spent wandering through the resorts and along the beach –
IMG_6646– trying out some super cute pieces from Lyon + Post, more info here

Happy three day weekend! I’m looking forward to a fun, festive weekend filled with sunshine, food and friends. Four day weeks always fly by and the week was no different. Last weekend we headed down to Waikiki to stroll through some of the resorts…The Royal Hawaiian was our favorite- the gardens and view are so beautiful and its pink… so naturally I was loving it! On our drive back to the East side of the island (Waikiki is on the south side and Kailua, where I live is on the East) it was raining over the Ko’olau mountain range and there were giant waterfalls flowing from the top of the mountain. It was seriously the most amazing thing I’ve seen in Hawaii so far. Next time I’ll try and snap a pick!
What are your plans for the 4th? I hope you have a fun and safe holiday!!

 

4th of July Recipe Round Up

fourth of julyHappy almost weekend!
For those of you who are starting to plan your 4th of July festivities, I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite Summertime recipes for you. We’ll be hanging out in our garden, BBQing up some deliciousness, eating this amazing Pesto Potato Salad and enjoying the summer sunshine. Do you have any fun, festive plans?

Slow Cooked BBQ Chicken // Pesto Potato Salad //  BBQ Turkey Meatloaf Sliders  // Peach Cherry Crumble // Peaches & Cream Popsicle 

PS- If you don’t know what to wear, check out my 4th of July Outfit Ideas!

4th of July Outfit Ideas

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Vanity Room Dress // Hat // Vintage DVF Scarf

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Sundry Top // J.Crew Shorts // Ix Syle Shoes c/o // Chambray

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see the full look here

The 4th of July is just days away and if you haven’t decided on a red, white and blue ensemble don’t worry, I’ve got ya covered. Whether you’re going to a backyard BBQ, hanging by the pool or spending the day at the beach these outfits are perfectly patriotic! I’ll be spending the day bouncing from the beach to BBQ so a festive bikini and chic cover-up are a must. Here are a few of my favorite red, white & blue pieces…

Ready for Action

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This week Whole Foods Markets across the country are celebrating the start of summer by promoting a healthy, fit lifestyle. Each store will host classes, demonstrations and promotions like this “Ready For Action” bag which is  full of great products, perfect for your summer adventures. Whole Foods was kind enough to send me one of these (very cute) organic jute bags full of goodies that will be perfect for all the exploring I plan on doing this summer.

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goddess garden sunscreen- all natural SPF 30 sunscreen without all the chemicals // Aloe Vera – pure, organic aloe vera that will be perfect to soothe those pesky sunburns // Tom’s Long Lasting Deodorant – aluminum free and will keep me smelling fresh all day // Nuun Active Electrolyte Drink Tabs – natural electrolyte drink tabs that will replenish my body throughout the day

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Amazing Meal Vanilla Chai- raw and plant based, full of greens and superfoods will make for the perfect mid day snack // Perfect Food Super Food Drink – this chocolate cacao flavored super food will taste great blended into a smoothie // Spectrum seed blends – in two different flavors that will be delicious over yogurt or oatmeal and will keep me full and energized throughout my daily adventures

Make sure you head to your local Whole Foods Market to pick up your own “Ready for Action” bag.  I’d love to hear what fun adventures you have planned this summer!

Red|White|Blue

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Long Tall Sally Playsuit c/o // Saint Laurent Handbag // Vintage DVF Scarf (similar) // Zara Shoes

Happy Monday everyone! Today I’m sharing a fun red, white and blue look for the 4th of July from Long Tall Sally.  I’m a huge fan of the brand and love that they cater to all the tall girls out there and if you’ve been reading here awhile then you’ve seen me style a few of their pieces (here & here).  So, when I spotted this playsuit I knew it would be the perfect piece to add to my summer wardrobe and I’m so glad I did! I’ve been drawn to all white outfits lately (warning: you’ll be seeing a lot of white in the upcoming weeks) and the open back and the skort detail are unlike anything that I own. Styling this white playsuit with a red handbag and blue silk scarf make for the perfect red, white & blue outfit for the 4th!

Aloha Friday

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– 4th of July Inspired Tablescape –

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– loving these fab new pieces from The Peach BoxIMG_6424

– We kicked off our weekend with a long stroll on the beach, Penelope’s favorite place-SAMSUNG CSC– Brightening up a picnic shoot with fresh blooms in my beach cruiser basket, see the full post here

Happy Friday!! The start of summer here in Hawaii has been a wet one and while we’ve had lots and lots of rain I’ve been using it as an excuse to hunker down and work around the house and get a jump start on planning out my editorial calendar for the upcoming months. Needless to say its been time well spent but I’m hoping this weekend brings plenty of sunshine for relaxing days at the beach!
A few of this weeks highlights included meeting some friends for dinner  at the Kalapawai Cafe in Kailua for some super delicious fresh and local dishes. I think its safe to say I have a new favorite restaurant!  On Friday we headed to the movies to catch an early showing of Jurassic World, we try and trade off who picks the movies so it was Marc’s turn but I was surprised to find that I throughly enjoyed the movie.  Looks like the next pick is mine and I’m thinking Magic Mike…(jk that would never fly!)
What are you up to this weekend? I’m looking forward to a productive yet relaxing weekend and hoping for plenty of sunshine!

Kettle Brand Chip Pairings + A Summer Picnic

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Nothing says summer quite like a an afternoon picnic and needless to say, I’ve definitely had picnics on my mind. In collaboration with Kettle Brand, I’ve come up with a few sandwich and chip pairings that are sure to make your next picnic extra delicious. Potato chips are the quintessential American snack and Kettle Brand takes things up a notch with their array of flavors and clean ingredients. Yay for non-GMO!   When I received my chip shipment I was intrigued and excited to find flavors like Pepperoncini, Sriracha and Maple Bacon, I immediately knew that I needed to think outside of the box when it came to pairing these fancy flavored chips with an appropriate sandwich.

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The Cuban sandwich; made with ham, pork, swiss cheese and pickles, was the perfect compliment to these Dill Pickle flavored potato chips.

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These Maple Bacon Potato Chips are seriously binge worthy. They have a slight smokey and sweet flavor which paired perfectly with this Chicken and Waffle Sandwich (which was topped with a tangy maple mustard sauce!)

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While sandwiches and chips are a fool proof combo I was excited to get creative and try a variety of Kettle Brand flavors!

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Fish and chips is the first thing that comes to mind when I think of Kettle Brand Sea Salt & Vinegar Chips. Paring my all time favorite chip flavor with a classic Tuna Salad Sandwich was a no brainer!

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Pepperoncini flavored chips called for none other than the Classic Meatball Sub!

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These Sriracha Potato Chips called for a truly special sandwich. Something that could balance without overpowering the spicy Sriracha flavor. This Bahn Mi with Sriracha mayo hit the nail on the head. A grilled Vietnamese five-spice chicken with the classic pickled vegetables made this Bahn Mi truly special and the perfect counterpart to Kettle Brand Sriracha Potato Chips!

Bahn Mi with Sriracha Mayo:
pair with Kettle Brand Sriracha Chips

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Ingredients:
Grilled Vietnamese Five Spice Chicken 
– 3 cloves of garlic, minced
– 1 large shallot, chopped
– 1 tablespoon, peeled and minced fresh ginger
– 2 teaspoons honey
– 1/3 cup soy sauce
– 2 tablespoons fish sauce
– 1 teaspoon five-spice powder
– 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
– 1 1/2 lb chicken thighs
Pickled Diakon, Carrot, Jalapeno
– 2 large carrots, thinly sliced into matchsticks
– 1 daikon, thinly sliced into matchsticks
– jalapeno, thinly sliced and seeds removed
– 1/2 cup white wine vinegar
– 1/2 cup rice vinegar
– 2 teaspoons raw sugar
– warm water if needed
Sriracha Mayo
– 1/3 cup mayo
– 1 teaspoon Sriracha, more or less depending on how spicy you want it.
Other
– 1/2 cucumber, thinly sliced
– cilantro
– French bread baguette cut into thirds

Directions:
Vietnamese Five Spice Chicken
– In a food processor or blender combine garlic, shallot, ginger and honey until well combined. Mix in the soy sauce, fish sauce, five-spice power and black pepper.
– Marinate chicken for 3 hours or up to overnight.
– Grill the chicken on medium heat, 7-10 minutes per side (you will know when its ready to flip, it should come off the grill easily. If it is sticking, its not ready!).
– Let cool for 5 minutes
Pickled Daikon, Carrot Jalapeno
– Add all ingredients into a mason jar or air-tight container. You want the vegetables to be completely covered by the liquid. Add warm water if necessary to cover vegetables.
– Let sit for at least 1 hour. Store in refrigerator for up to 1 week
Sriracha Mayo
– Mix mayo and Sriracha togeter. Add more or less depending on heat preference.
Assemble your Bahn Mi:
– Slice your baguette and spread Sriracha mayo on the inside of the bread.
– Layer the cucumber, chicken and pickled vegetables. Top with fresh cilantro.
Enjoy with a side of Kettle Sriracha Chips!

Chicken & Waffle Sandwich with Maple Mustard Sauce:
pair with Kettle Brand Maple Bacon Chips

Ingredients:
Savory Waffle:
– 1 cup all purpose flour
– 3 tablespoons sugar
– 1/2 tablespoon baking powder
– 1/4 teaspoon salt
– 3/4 cup milk (I used almond milk)
– 1 egg
– 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
– 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
– 1 tablespoon melted coconut oil
– 2 tablespoons scallions, finely chopped
– 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
Maple Mustard Sauce:
– spicy dijon mustard
– yellow mustard
– maple syrup
Other:
– Fried Chicken (I purchased this from my grocery store deli)
– arugula
– avocado
– tomato

Directions:
Savory Waffle:
– In a mixing bowl combine all dry ingredients. Mix well. In a separate bowl combine all wet ingredients. Slowly add all dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Mix until combined.
– Cook waffles according to your waffle maker’s instructions.
Maple Mustard Sauce:
– Combine equal parts of mustards and maple together. Mix well.
Assemble:
– Build your sandwich layering the fried chicken, arugula, tomato and avocado on the waffle. Drizzle the maple mustard sauce over the top and finish by topping with second waffle.
Enjoy with Kettle Brand Maple Bacon Chips!

Classic Turkey Italian Meatball Sub:
pair with Kettle Brand Pepperocini chips

Ingredients:
Turkey Meatballs
– 1 pound ground turkey
– 1/4 cup tomato sauce
– 1 egg
– 2 tablespoons onion, minced
– 2 tablespoons parsley, roughly chopped
– 1 tablespoon basil, roughly chopped
– 1 teaspoon dried oregano
– 1 teaspoon salt
– 1/2 teaspoon pepper
Other:
– 1 cup tomato sauce
– pepperocini peppers
– mozzarella cheese
– 1 french baguette cut into thirds and sliced in half

Directions:
Meatballs:
– Heat oven to 375 degrees. Combine all ingredients and mix well. Form into 1 inch balls and place on a baking sheet. Bake for 20- 25 minutes.
– In a skillet heat up remaining tomato sauce and add meatballs to the sauce. Simmer for 15 minutes.
– Assemble the sandwich- spread tomato sauce on each side of the bread, top with meatballs and mozzarella cheese. Bake for 10 minutes or until cheese is melted.
Enjoy with Kettle Brand Pepperocini Chips

In partnership with Kettle Brand Chips. A brand I support and love. All opinions and photos are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Sequins at Breakfast possible!

 

Hot Pink

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Chicwish Dress c/o // J.Crew Necklace (similar) // Calvin Klein Shoes // Stella McCartney Clutch // Black Panama Hat

Who doesn’t love a hot pink maxi dress for summer?! The pleat details mixed with the fun high/low hemline make this the ideal piece to wear from warm summer days to breezy summer nights. If hot pink isn’t your jam this dress also comes in black and white, both which are adorable, but I’m partial to the color- maybe it’s my tropical surroundings but I can’t resist a splash of color!
I love the contrast of the hot pink with black and think that it makes such a bold statement but I am already planning on wearing this dress again this weekend with layers of turquoise necklaces!