OPI nails it once again! This time, with its Hawaii Collection for Spring 2015.

It's no surprise that these lovely little islands are a source of major inspiration for creative types—designers, photographers and adventure-seekers to name a just few—considering the amazing and diverse landscapes each has to offer. So it was only a matter of time until one of the top nail care brands took advantage of the colorful backdrop of Hawaii. 

The collection covers a range of colors from peach and pinks to mermaid-esque blue and green with a hint of shimmer. The most unique shade is perhaps the Pineapples Have Peelings Too!, a yellow-gold shimmer with colorful sparkles. And in true OPI fashion, the names of these polishes are just as fun as the hues (see below). 

You better believe I immediately raced to my local nail salon and was delighted to find they had the collection available. For my toes, I went with Aloha From Hawaii, a bright and cheery coral.

I'd love to use these colors and experiment with some nail art and one of my favorite bloggers, Rebekah Steen of Goldfish Kiss, just posted a great DIY for tropical toes, here.

Now go get your paint on!


Images via OPI



To me, sometimes simple is simply the best. Maui-based Shaka Street Soap Works has this theory in mind when making their handcrafted cold-pressed soaps. Of course, the islands are also a huge source of inspiration, as seen in their signature scents such as Lilikoi, Melia (plumeria) and Poni'ala (lavender).

The 8-9oz. bars are made in small batches, in a careful and meticulous process that takes about a month from start to finish, using all-natural coconut, olive and grapeseed oils, along with cocoa butter and other natural botanicals. The brand also prides themselves on its eco-friendly production and packaging (could those wax palm trees be any cuter though?).

A sucker for anything with tropical prints, I was immediately drawn to these soaps at Owens & Co., but was delighted to find that the company has an online store, and soaps can also be purchased at select Anthropologie stores throughout the U.S., and a handful of stores across the islands. For a complete list, click here

These babies will definitely be making my holiday shopping a whole lot easier.




A natural luxury bath and body line made in Hawaii, named one of the Top 100 U.S. Salons 2014 by ELLE magazine and featured on The Zoe Report's must-have winter beauty picks? I had to know what all the fuss was about. Here's the deal...

Hawaii-based stylist Jason Harsin, owner of Hearts & Stars Salon & Day Spa in Waikaloa Village on the Big Island, was having trouble finding shampoo and conditioner that worked on different hair types, so in true entrepreneurial fashion, he created his own. 

Keeping us mermaids and mermen in mind, Harsin created products that would deliver serious amounts of protein to our hair since it gets stripped in the sun, sand and surf. He then added eucalyptus and sage to leave locks feeling so fresh and so clean, and tea tree oil, for a tingling effect on the scalp. For us frizzy-haired gals (hey friends!), he delivers an anti-humidity hairspray and a smooth and shine serum.

One whiff of the lilikoi items and you're reminded that we sure do live in paradise (and if you're not lucky enough to call Hawaii home, you can at least be transported there for a brief moment).

Below, what you can expect to find in these natural products. What you won't find is paraben wax and sulfates, found in many commercial products, which cause build-up and are linked to cancer. No thanks.

  • Hemp, sunflower and avocado oils add nutrients and repair damaged hair.
  • Grape seed extract, rosemary, sage, grapefruit and biotin promote hair growth.
  • Geranium, lime, burdock and mint improve scalp circulation and health (and potentially help with dandruff!).
  • Comfrey, chamomile and Vitamin B5 makes hair thicker and shinier.
  • Aloe vera moisturizes dry, flaky skin.
  • Grapeseed extract events out skin tone and fights wrinkles with antioxidants.
  • Lemongrass calms and revitalizes skin, while cleansing oily skin.
  • Witch Hazel evens skin tone and promotes healing.

And in the spirit of aloha, a portion of the proceeds for every bottle sold Hearts & Stars goes to a local Big Island food bank, The Food Basket

So I definitely suggest booking your appointment at the salon or getting your hands on these prettifying products. They're available online, at select salons, on Oahu at Red Pineapple in Ward Center and on Molokai at the Hotel Molokai's Local Store

Hearts & Stars Salon & Day Spa

Queens' Marketplace

69-201 Waikoloa Beach Drive

Waikoloa, HI 96738