What to Pack – Hawaii Edition featuring Ashley from Her Sparkle

Fashion blogger, Ashley Fehr Hajjar, shares her wisdom on what to pack on your Hawaiian honeymoon 

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We absolutely love finding fellow jetsetters with similar interests as us. Ashley, from Her Sparkle, a blog focusing primarily on the stylish bride, is a global jetsetter who loves fashion, jewelry and blogging. Ashley is here to share her two cents about what to pack on your honeymoon to Hawaii. Enjoy and be sure to take notes.

Hi everyone! I’m Ashley from Sparkle Sense and Her Sparkle (set to launch in the next couple months!). I’m so excited to be starting this series with Wanderable on what to pack for your upcoming Honeymoon. The first edition is what to pack for Hawaii! Links to all items highlighted below. Happy Honeymooning!

 

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1: Shoshanna Fringe Coverup // 2: Clover Canyon Romper // 3: Mara Hoffman Cut Out Maxi Dress // 4: Tory Burch Espadrille Sandals // 5: Wildfox Pineapple T-shirt Coverup {sweatshirt here} // 6: Zinke Striped One Piece // 7: Stuart Weitzman Wedges //

We could not love this more! We hope you enjoyed these amazing packing tips as much as we did. We definitely have some shopping to do before our next trip to Hawaii! Thanks Ashley!

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#WanderingEyes: Kelsea Holder

Wedding photographer, Kelsea Holder, captures ethereal, sultry beauty in anything and everything

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We hope you wanderers have been enjoying our series #WanderableGypset, in which we glean highlights from the lives of some of our favorite professional haute-bohemian travelers. In this new series, #WanderingEyes, we will shine a light on artists who travel the world documenting its beauty, and our second feature is the brilliant wedding photographer, Kelsea Holder, whose kind demeanor and exacting eye have taken her to delicious heights.

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Who is this Kelsea Holder, you ask?

She is a wedding photographer of the most insanely talented variety. She calls the Central Coast home but finds herself jetsetting across the globe on many adventures yearly to lend her eye to young couples’ unions and capture their magic. The way she captures the chic subtlety of her subjects, it’s no mystery her eyes have led her to wander from Iceland to France to California and everywhere in between. We are obsessed with her homegrown, youthful aesthetic, as she seems to capture not only young couples’ gorgeousness, but their giddiness as well.

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Here are some of our absolute favorite snaps and an exclusive one-on-one with the wunderkind herself.

Wanderable: What inspired you to become a wedding photographer? Was it something you always dreamed of, or something you just fell into?

Kelsey: It’s cheesy to say but I’ve been tinkering with cameras from a young age.  Not only photography struck me…so did painting, drawing, and sculpture. In college. Once I began taking photography seriously, my life changed. I had finally embraced what I wanted deeply in my heart to be doing, and I haven’t looked back.

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W: What is your favorite part of photographing weddings? What is the biggest challenge?

K: I love the amazing people I get to meet through wedding photography. My couples have always been so adventurous, kind, interesting, and in love! And usually their friends, family, and guests that I get to meet, are brilliant as well. The biggest challenge is finding time for myself because I get so wrapped up with what I do. But taking moments to relax and recharge my creativity is also important, so I have to remind myself to take a breather!

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W: What is the coolest place you have ever traveled?

K: Actually, Iceland. Generally I love bustling cities with swarms of people and the amazing history and culture they bring, but I like wandering off-the-beaten-path every once in a while. The population of sheep outnumbers humans in Iceland, so it seemed to be the perfect getaway from craziness and stress! My boyfriend and I rented a campervan and we spent almost two weeks trekking around exploring Iceland’s awe-inspiring nature. It was unforgettable.

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W: Where’s on your bucket list?

K: I didn’t think I could have any more destinations on my bucket list…until I peeked onto Wanderable!! If I had to narrow it down, I’d say I’m really interested to experience Southeast Asia now, as well as New Zealand.

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W: What are you feeling/loving/reading/capturing right now?

K: I’m leaving for a month-long trip to Europe in April. So as of now, I’m reading travel blogs and looking at way too many photos of castles and French food, and starting to get excited for the aesthetic inspiration this trip will bring.

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W: If you could choose one of our Wanderable Experiences,which one would it be and why?

K: Don’t make me choose!! I think this Winter weather has me googley-eyed over the Phuket Island tour. It would be incredible to experience such a starkly different culture and be able to witness such a calm, breathtaking place. Give me some sunshine, Thai food, and toes in that blue water, and I’ll be more than alright.

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We can’t thank Kelsey enough for spending an afternoon with us.

Now off to Europe you go, mademoiselle!

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Say “I do” with Aideux

Ditch the trad and go for the rad: Introducing a new bridal line, Aideux

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We are always on the lookout for new friends in the wedding world. One of our personal favorite (and brand new, we might add) bridal lines is the utterly chic Aideux (pronounced “I do”). This is no ordinary bridal line. The talented designers, Lucy and Aileen have created incredibly unique wedding dresses, sold as separates, to ensure that you are getting exactly what you want for the most important dress you’ll ever wear. With Aideux, you get to pick and choose your faves so your dress suits you, not the other way around. Also, the best part is, unlike other bridal lines, Aideux prides themselves on being able to wear your dress again and again after your special day! We were lucky enough to get the chance to interview Lucy and Aileen in the midst of all the craziness that is fashion week.

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What inspired you to become involved in this industry? Was it something you always dreamed of or something you just fell into?

Lucy: I’ve always loved making and designing clothes, and as a true romantic, designed my first wedding dress for a friend right after graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design. I then landed my dream job as part of the Ralph Lauren Collection design team in New York.

Aileen: Personally, I have always been drawn to the behind the scenes, business aspect of fashion. As someone who aspired to be an artist as a child, I have an appreciation for craftsmanship and technique. I studied at NYU, followed by a short stint in finance, before finding my groove in fashion at marc jacobs, in retail strategy and financial planning. Bridalwear is really the pinnacle of all that – a blend of romance rooted in reality, craftsmanship and quality at its finest.

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How did the concept of Aideux come to be?

While living here, we had so many friends falling in love and wanting to get married. When it came time to find their dress for the special day, they had such a hard time finding one that they felt reflected them – for all that they were. Here we’re smart, strong, successful women who were ambitious, eager to change the world and make it a better place. Sadly, the dresses they found seemed to be too one-dimensional, frilly, princessy. The dresses were disconnected from women’s lives. They did not reflect and could not adapt to the multi-dimensional, empowered woman.

What should have been a joyful, personal opportunity to find a dress that fit them perfectly and reflected them authentically, became a stressful, discouraging experience for friends. Why couldn’t they find a dress that reflected the person their friends, family, and fiancé knew and loved? We knew that we wanted to create something different to meet their need.

When Lucy and I met, we immediately recognized our complementary skills and experiences. Through our friendship and different personalities, we saw an opportunity to create a new kind of wedding apparel, one that would resonate with real, modern women. With that, Aideux was born.

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What is the philosophy behind Aideux and how does it differ from a traditional wedding dress designer?

Our philosophy is to create wedding wear that empowers the woman to choose their vision. We want our pieces to inspire unique style choices. How amazing was Olivia Palermo with her sweater and tulle skirt on her wedding day, a look that perfectly showcased her personality?

We create dresses that can be fully customizable, offering brides the chance to tailor their look to perfectly represent who they are, beyond accessories.We know that every single bride is multi-faceted and unique. So, we are the first bridal line to offer only separates, allowing each bride to choose creatively how to pair the top and the bottom with our pieces or even their own, to seamlessly fit her vision, her taste, her body, and most importantly, her story.

The garments are constructed from the finest hand-selected silks, and made locally in New York. We personally oversee and attend to every detail in the process from start to completion. Each dress feels luxurious, chic and elegant for the bride’s wedding, but can be transformed into a reception piece, is also available for mixing and matching to a black tie event, or night out on the town after the wedding toasts have ended. As we like to say, we are for your special day, and all the days after!

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What do you love most about being a wedding dress designer? What challenges do you tend to face?

Lucy: My concept for creating this collection sparked me to think outside of the box. I wanted to have all pieces match each other and it like was a puzzle to solve. Influences from my travels played a big part in designing them, and I love to challenge myself by incorporating the emotions I felt during those experiences into my designs.

Aileen: The world is changing and it is exciting to be a part of it. New attitudes about women – in the workplace, family, and world – offer us an opportunity to innovate in the wedding industry. Women have more opportunities than ever before; because of that, so many women no longer feel that the typical, “princess storyline” resonates with their goals and dreams when there are multitudes of storylines that she could write for herself. Aideux meets these changes by offering wedding apparel that allows each bride to customize a look that reflects her authentic, empowered self, exactly as she is.

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Switching gears, what is your favorite place you have ever traveled?

Aileen: Iceland blew me away! The ever-changing landscapes, the freedom and isolation, the adorable sheep everywhere. Normally I have a hard time camping (and this is so cheesy), but being outdoors under the stars surrounded by such exotic landscape, I felt like I was a part of something grander and more beautiful.

Lucy: Hands down to Iceland. Everything that Aileen says about Iceland is true. It is such an inspirational place. As a designer, I have always been inspired by the designs that nature creates and they were everywhere to be found. Also, even though I’ve been living in the city for quite some time now, I have always been a nature girl over a city girl. Last year I had the privilege to travel to Iceland with my two roommates (one being Aileen) and it was life-changing.

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What’s next on your bucket list?

Aileen: I would like to explore more of home sweet home so I’m heading to Portland, Oregon next!

Lucy: There are so many places I would love to see… If I have to choose, I would hope New Zealand is next for me.

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What are you feeling/loving right now?

Aileen: Feeling excited about the launch of our brand new website! After working for so many months, we cannot wait to show our new collection to the world.

Lucy: Loving the positive vibes we’ve been receiving from other wedding industry startups! It’s encouraging to see how others are also innovating in this space.

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If you could choose one of our Wanderable experiences (we have over 2,500!) which one would it be and why?

Wanderable is such an amazing concept. I think spending time together is the best gift you can give to someone, and Wanderable takes that ability to a whole new level. If we could choose, we would go on the Ireland experience because of its hauntingly beautiful landscapes, cliffs, and, of course, the whiskey.

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It’s pretty easy to see why we are so in love with this timeless bridal attire. It is the perfect solution for every bride who wants a dress to perfectly suit her style. Make sure to take a peek at the other incredible options that Aileen and Lucy have designed and say “I do” with Aideux. We know we will.

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#WanderingEyes featuring Andy Card

#WanderingEyes…An Artful New Series from Wanderable

We hope you wanderers have been enjoying our series #WanderableGypset, in which we glean highlights from the lives of some of our favorite professional haute-bohemian travelers. In this new series, we will shine a light on artists who travel the world documenting its beauty, and our first feature is the incomparable food & travel photographer Andy Card.

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Who is this Andy Card, you ask?

He is a well-respected food photographer turned travel blogger & photographer extraordinaire. We are obsessed with his sunny, minimalist aesthetic. He and his gorgeous girlfriend trot the globe hand in hand to exotic locales like Amalfi, Croatia, Serbia, and Paris…and Andy captures their brightest moments with rare precision. His photos imbue the world with a surreal, otherworldly dreaminess.

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Here are some of our absolute favorite snaps…and a quick exclusive one-on-one with the wunderkind himself.

Q: Why food?

A: Food is multi-faceted: It’s political, life-giving, and complex. It brings people together. It’s art. I appreciate Rembrandt, Picasso, or Monet, but I’d rather spend my time participating in works of art from gastronomic geniuses such as Adría, Achatz, or Redzepi. Besides, who doesn’t love food?

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Q: What is the best part about traveling with your GF?

A: The short answer is…everything. We like to skip the tourist attractions and find out where the best food markets are and explore, talk with the local food and wine producers in the region. She is high-energy like me, so we typically see a lot of what each city has to offer. The best part is being able to look back on all the places we have traveled and start sentences like: “Remember that sunset in Maui?” or “Remember that dinner in Florence?” I feel so lucky to share those moments with someone I treasure.

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Q: Most magical place you’ve ever been (and why)?

A: Hmm…this is a difficult question. I’ve been to a lot of magical places that are steeped in history, but if I have to choose, I would say India. I just went for my first time during Christmas, and it’s a complete culture shock. The colors and smells are plentiful. India is exotic. But what makes India so magical is the people. They are very caring and resourceful. They never stop feeding you! Oh, and don’t get me started on the food. The food there is beyond amazing.

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Q: Most delicious meal you’ve ever eaten (or the prettiest)?

A: Another difficult question, but I would say my dinner at Vendome in Germany. At the time, Vendome was ranked 10th best in the world and with three Michelin stars to its name, I knew it was going to be good. And it was better than what I expected. In total, the meal came out to around 20 courses. Everything you could imagine. The desserts were by far the prettiest I’ve seen, too. The best part always comes at the end of the dinner. Once you’ve pushed passed your limits, the waiter always comes by with something extra and you can’t turn it down. In this case, I was presented with a tray full of chocolate truffles. All different flavors and I could choose however many I desired. It was like a dream.

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Q: What do you hate about taking photos?

A: There are days when the conditions are not what you hoped for, your gear is not cooperating, or you’re just void of creativity for a particular shot. It’s not all fun. In fact, a lot of work is involved if you want a great shot, let alone a series of great shots. Food photography is especially fickle at times.

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Q: Why do you do it anyway?

A: It always comes back to that one shot that turned out surprisingly magnificent or that one compliment from someone whom you admire. That’s all it takes. The affirmation reminds me that all the hours spent preparing, photographing, and then post processing are worth it. Also, we all need to express ourselves. Photography gives me purpose when I travel, and it has fostered in me an encouragement & bravery to explore places I might not have otherwise ventured.

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Now you can see why we are so obsessed with Andy Card and his ah-mazing photography. He makes us want to wander the world and stop at every single restaurant along the way. Be sure to check out the rest of his incredible photography!

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Navigate New Zealand with Time 2 Go!

Wanderable has teamed up with uber-cool tour guide, Time 2 Go, to bring you curated New Zealand itineraries for your honeymoon. It’s time to navigate New Zealand!

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We’re writing today to illuminate you on one of our (new) absolute favorite places ever. New Zealand can be something of an enigma to Americans– even to us.  We mostly knew of it through its unbelievably prolific music scene – evidenced by our recent travel playlist – and our affliction for the Lord of the Rings & The Hobbit films.

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Full disclosure: before we met the Time 2 Go team, we basically only thought of Gandolf when we thought of New Zealand.  But there is SO MUCH more to this place than just Middle Earth. (Don’t believe us? Check out this BuzzFeed post) We’ve worked with this incredible travel specialists to create three customized itineraries for our Wanderable couples that totally capture the heart and soul of New Zealand.  To get you just as excited as we are, there is even a special giveaway for the first couple that starts their NZ registry! So, read on, Wanderers… #itsTime2Go!

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The first NZ itinerary stops in some of New Zealand’s most lively cities and beautiful towns. In In Queenstown (otherwise known as heaven on earth), you’ll wake up and tour the lakes and mountains in the sun, get photos with your loved one that look like they’re photoshopped, and then cool down just in time for the sunset, where you can soak in the famous Onsen Hot Pools and let your muscles melt!

For the first Wanderable couple that books with Time 2 Go, a dip into these magical hot pools is free! New Zealanders are generous folks.

But whether you crave the adrenaline from the world’s highest cliff jump, the magic of touching an ancient glacier in Glacier Country, or simply the relaxing travel through Marlborough on a coastal pacific train, you will find this itinerary bursting with unforgettable activities throughout New Zealand.

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The next itinerary by Time 2 Go features a roster of cities from Waikato to Wellington City to the Bay of Plenty and everywhere in between. What you’ll find at each stop is varied (like the level of cuteness of the Hobbits) with activities ranging from a peaceful tour through ethereal and world-famous glowworm caves to a wine and food tour fit for foodies.

On our third itineraryyou’ll find relaxing thermal pools in Hanmer Springs, cage diving with great white sharks off of Stewart Island, or touching thousand-year-old glaciers in South Canterbury. I mean, seriously– there is something for everyone. Feel free to mix and match; the world, well at least New Zealand, is your oyster!

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Allow us to conclude our brief gushing with some other lesser-known facts about our new favorite place. The longest place name in the world is Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu, a hill in Hawkes Bay. Pretty cool, right?

So bring it on, winter months. We’ll just be over here, day dreaming about New Zealand, where it’s summertime. Guys…#ItsTime2Go.

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