PC : Shelly Photography
Last week, I was invited for an influencer brand trip to Hawaii with Solkissed, Nkd Skn and Girlfriend Box. It was such a fun filled week with lots of photoshoots, adventures, and other shenanigans. I got to meet and mingle with a whole bunch of boss babes and creatives without whom this #nkdandsolkissedinhawaii trip wouldn’t be possible.
We stayed in this incredible airbnb in the Polihale area with views to die for! We could see Koko head, Diamond head and the ocean right from the balcony of our super sweet pad. I have been to Oahu several times but this was my first time to this area. It is so conveniently located right between Waikiki and the North Shore.
The minute we landed in Honolulu, we went on a food tour with local food expert Lanai! We got to have some delicious Hawaiian specialities including poke (the best I have ever had!), traditional Hawaiian food like Poi, shave ice and the yummiest Malasadas from Leonard’s bakery. And if this were not enough we ended with a fantastic meal at Mailes Thai, which I highly recommend if you are ever in the Honolulu area!
PC : Shelly Photography
The next day was the photoshoot for the 2019 Solkissed collection. We shot the collection on Lanikai Beach (one of my absolute fave beaches on Oahu!). The whole shoot was beyond spectacular and I cant wait to share more from it. The finishing island touch to all our mermaid inspired looks were these swoonworthy floral crowns and leis from Ocean Dreamerr. If you visit Oahu for a special occasion (or if you simply want to feel like an island queen!) definitely check out Ocean Dreamerr’s beautiful work. I have been following her on Insta for the longest time and I am so glad we got to work with her this time around.
PC : Ocean Dreamerr
A little back story behind Solkissed to start off with. I got to meet and hang out with Alejandra Boggiano, the designer of Solkissed last year at Miami Swim Week. Her and I instantly connected and that was the start of our friendship. My friend Ale is a super talented swimwear designer originally from Peru. Solkissed has the perfect mix of Latin American and Cool Californian vibes in its trendy and flirty bikinis that are all hand-made in Peru! The beautiful array of colors and styles allow fashion and function to float from the beach to sunset cocktails and everywhere in between. The best part about this brand is that they are committed to working with women micro-entrepreneurs who sew from their homes while being able to take care of their families and receiving fair-trade pay for their work.
We got a peek into the full 2019 collection while shooting for their lookbook in Hawaii and let me tell you one word to describe how I feel about it – OBSESSED! In this collection you will see tons of trendy fun prints (gingham, florals and more), bold colors , romantic lace bikinis, classy one pieces and suits with gorgeous Peruvian motifs. I won’t reveal too much, but I can’t wait for you to check out the full collection once its out. The full collection will be launching at Miami Swim week this July, I can hardly wait! Every piece is so so cute and perfect to wear for summer or on a vacay. One thing I love about most of these pieces is their versatility ; they are so chic to style from beach to bar. The suits look just as cute sandy on the beach as they look when paired in an outfit (with denim shorts and a kimono). Check out the previous 2018 collections of Solkissed here and you can use code SHOPJYO for a 15% discount on anything online at Solkissed.com!!
Right before we went to Hawaii we all got a spray tan with Nkd Skn. I have used this at home sunless tanning brand for a few years now and they are so so amazing! They have the best organic sunless at home tan products that are made with the most natural and nourishing ingredients. While we were in Hawaii it was so gloomy and overcast the entire time, we literally had no sun! But thanks to Nkd Skn, we all looked like tropical sunkissed island girls! I absolutely love their Gradual Glow daily tan moisturizer. This product not only helps in maintaining a spray tan if you get one but also gives stunning, soft and glowy skin. It has no nasty tan smell, zero transfer and organic extracts that hydrate skin for the ultimate natural glow. I use this everyday so that my skin stays moisturized and sunkissed all summer long. I have also tried their Pre-shower gradual tan which is the perfect solution for a quick and easy way to tan – just apply to skin, wash the palms of your hands and shower off after 10 minutes! If you prefer a post shower tan, check out their tinted mousse tan, which will leave you with super soft, naturally glowing skin with a medium to dark tan. Check out all my fave products from Nkd Skn in the carousel below, all available at Ulta and Amazon :
On the third day , we had a relaxed and chill day at Rum Fire Waikiki at Sheraton Waikiki. Pina Coladas, fish tacos, great company and stunning views of Waikiki – it was seriously such a chill memorable afternoon. All the girls were dressed in Solkissed swimmies from the May “Girlfriend Box”.
Ale and her bff Arianny Celeste started their very own subscription box called the Girlfriend Box which is a gift box that you can send someone special (girlfriend, wife or bff) or gift to yourself every month. Every month has a different theme and the box has goodies over $250 in value all for just $69/month. The May box has a ton of cute summer essentials including a Solkissed kini’, Nkd Skn essentials, Diff eyewear sunnies and lots more. Such a fun way to treat yourself or someone special every month right?!
That evening the whole group went out to Sky Waikiki to celebrate a fun and successful campaign for the brands! The food was lip smacking (definitely try the garlic chicken sliders, spicy tuna sashimi pizza and the butter fish lettuce cups – omg they were all finger lickin’ good!) and the views of downtown nighlit Waikiki were so beyond beautiful. It was the perfect end to our amazing week in paradise!
Don’t forget you can get 15% OFF using code SHOPJYO on anything online at Solkissed.com! You can use it everytime you shop online and there is no expiry!! Thanks for stopping by! xoxo
This post is sponsored by Solkissed, Nkd Skn and Girlfriend box, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.