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honky tonkin'

i've heard so many amazing things about nashville and it's forever been on my list. til then i'll live vicariously through katie!


i feel wholly unqualified to write a post about the many things to do, see, and eat in nashville, tennessee after spending just one long weekend there, but it doesn't take much longer than a few days to fall in love with the many charming corners of the music city. with a booming restaurant scene, wonderful boutiques, and a nightlife that lives up to it's reputation as "the birthplace of country music", i already can't wait to go back. read on for some of my favorite spots i found while visiting!
what to do:
listen to some live music! the grand ole opry, the ryman, and the bluebird cafe are storied venues that require tickets, but chances are you may happen upon a free music festival or concert while in nashville. of course, live country music can be heard in nearly every honky-tonk on lower broadway downtown.

where to eat:
start the day with a well-made cup of coffee or espresso from crema (their almond-coconut milk is delicious!) or barista parlor before standing in line at the pancake pantry for sweet potato pancakes that are well worth the wait. just outside of nashville is the loveless cafe, famous for their fluffy biscuits and southern hospitality.
a meal at husk is a must, where award-winning chef sean brock focuses on heirloom ingredients to create upscale comfort food. for lighter fare with plenty of healthy options, try epice or little octopus. on my list for next time: 5th and taylor and geist.
nashville is famous for it's bar scene, and the patterson house (a speakeasy!) did not disappoint with it's extensive menu, intriguing cocktails, and knowledgeable staff.

where to shop:
amazing vintage stores and curated boutiques abound in nashville. standouts include white's mercantile, posh, stacey rhodes boutique, twoson, judith bright, and imogene + willie. nashville is also home to some great leather and denim designers like ceri hoover, able, and nisolo. psst... you can find kai in nashville at woo skincare, the cosmetic market, and sculpthouse boutique!
where to stay:
staying at sweeney cottage was the absolute highlight of the trip. one of three properties renovated and rented out by holly williams of white's room and board, our cottage was located in leiper's fork, an adorably quaint small town about 30 minutes outside of nashville. filled with beautiful antiques alongside modern touches, the cottage was impeccable and sitting on the porch swing watching fireflies felt like we were living in a country song.


ciao, au revoir, hasta luego, til next year

it’s been a long hot summer here on the left coast and though it’s been fun, and way too fast, with the beach as lovely as i’ve ever seen it i’m craving some sweater weather!

from italy, puerto vallarta, san francisco and tulum to a bike trek through the hills of burgundy, with a broken toe…tyler is nothing if not determined, my team and i have been busy! throw in a bit of malibu stay-cationing and you’ll get a glimpse of what we’ve been up to this summer, including my summer listening playlist that i’ve had on repeat!



kai conversations... with naomi newirth of acacia swimwear

when acacia swimwear reached out to us about partnering up for miami swim week this year, we were thrilled to be the exclusive beauty brand included in their runway show’s vip gift bag, and even more thrilled when we found out acacia’s founder, owner and lead designer, the lovely naomi newirth, was a personal fan of kai. after connecting with her, i learned naomi’s path to creating acacia was quite similar to mine in creating kai; while growing up on maui, naomi found it very difficult to find that perfect bikini and so began sewing her own swimsuits at a young age. her early twenties brought naomi to bali where she was introduced to a world of design opportunities and in 2008, she graduated with a fashion degree in merchandise marketing. of course, we are both also inspired by the beauty of the tropics and the hawaiian islands. since the brand’s conception, naomi has stayed true to her vision and her passion, taking swimwear to a new level, and we are so glad to have her as this month’s kai conversation.


p.s. together with our friends at acacia swimwear and olympia activewear, we have designed a luxury giveaway package featuring prizes from all three brands. enter here. good luck!
how do you embody kai's "breath * life * flow" lifestyle?
living in hawaii is an easier lifestyle in some ways - obviously the weather and living more outdoors - but there is a slower pace, too - on an island sometimes you just have to go with the flow which is good and on a professional level can be tricky at times but there is also a lot of health conscious practitioners - yoga, alternative medicines, etc...

what's the best advice you've ever received?
do what you love because you will be spending most of your days doing it.

what's your beauty secret? or must-have beauty product?
my facialist has recently got me onto yakana facial products that i have really been loving.

go-to lipstick color?
what color nail polish are you wearing right now?
i mostly don't wear nail polish on fingers as i use my hands so much but i do get pedis and my go-to color is a taupe - pale grayish nude.

kai obsession?
i love your body butter and deodorant.

how would you describe your personal style?
relaxed jeans, cut offs, and a tee or button-downs are my uniform.

what do you love most about where you live? any secret spots you love to go to?
a rustic house in the town of hana on maui. it's the perfect way to decompress and relax from the every day stresses of life, adulting, motherhood, and owning a business.
describe your perfect day.
fresh juice, make breakfast for my baby boy, go to office, then to gym, end of day take hunter to beach - go for a swim, and have a healthy dinner prepared for me waiting at home.
ultimate getaway?
i would love to take my family on an african safari.

favorite food?
hard to nail down a favorite. just depends on my mood. i love food. i love healthy food but also love a good pasta or mexican meal.

guilty pleasure?
 i have a sweet tooth.

morning person or night owl?
i turned into a night owl now that i am a mother, i can get more work down after hunter goes to sleep.

ideal way to relax or unwind?
beach, surf, swim, yoga.
thank you, naomi! xo.