weekend wardrobe


foggydress_hiking While a lot of my friends across the country are enduring below freezing temperatures, I am soaking in the heat & sun of a California winter. 
foggydress_hikingfoggydress_hiking^^ We found this awesome, old, broken down car. I wonder how old it is.

foggydress_hiking I lived in my hiking clothes this weekend, as we walked all over the hills of Diamond Bar. I wore pants but almost wished I didn’t because of the heat. My hiking boots are my best friends, guys. If you haven’t purchased a good pair (they’re pricey, but I got mine on sale) then you should ask Santa for some. I have these, but would really love these for cold weather hikes.

foggydress_hikingSo many soft, rolling hills! You could see LA in the distance (not in the picture above, that’s facing the other direction), it was that clear and that beautiful.foggydress_hikingfoggydress_hikingfoggydress_hiking^^ I can never get him to look at the camera… foggydress_hikingfoggydress_hikingfoggydress_hikinghugs, hanalei

Hello Weekend! + how to survive without the internet for one week

When the internet goes out in your home and for some reason the internet company doesn’t get around to actually fixing the problem for a whole week,  don’t start pulling your hair out. Don’t send out a bunch of of hate-tweets because you will probably regret it later (ok I only sent one tweet of anger–it was well deserved). Don’t keep opening your computer every 5 minutes to check & see if it has magically started working again, because it hasn’t and it won’t.

Here are a few ways to survive when you are abruptly cut off from the internet world:
foggydress_tulips1. Take lots of pictures of flowers with your fancy DSLR

foggydress2. Go hiking with your friends ^^

foggydress_hobag3. Make a HoBag

Instead of complaining about how horrible internet companies can be sometimes, I’ll just focus how much I was able to get done without it. Mostly, I am excited about almost finishing up this ^ HoBag. I have a few more seams to sew before she’s finished. Pictures will be up soon!

Have a great weekend, and hopefully you have Labor day off! Let’s not talk about how summer is pretty much over. Actually, what am I saying? Southern California only has two types of weather: hot summer and cold summer. Phew…I am too used to trying to mentally prepare myself for terribly cold winters in San Fran & Utah (ok SF isn’t quite as cold as Utah, but it sure is chilly all year round). You are all welcome to come visit, if you don’t already live here. Summer will be waiting for you.

hugs, hanalei.

exploring part II: into the caves

foggydress_caves1foggydress_caves5Caves are cool (pun intended) getaways to hot, dry dessert days. The first cave we explored was an ice cave…I guess this used to be the perfect place for travelers and pioneers to store their food, since the ice never fully melted.

foggydress_caves The rock inside this cave was absolutely gorgeous!foggydress_caves4foggydress_caves6foggydress_caves2We dived into several caves…don’t forget your flashlight!foggydress_caves8
foggydress_caves7 This last cave we explored was damp and dark. What happened was, long ago hot lava used to run through tubes of an ancient volcano. What’s been left behind are these dark, endless caves formed in volcanic rock. IMG_1663foggydress_caves9Even with a flashlight, you couldn’t see much! My little nieces and nephews were beside themselves with excitement…not even as scared as I was…foggydress_caves11foggydress_caves12foggydress_caves13 Hope you’re having lots of explorations wherever you are!   ~hugs, hanalei

exploring: the wild west

foggydress_ww We’ve been on the road for the past few days, and now we’re staying at my husband’s family’s cabin in Utah, aka the wild wild west.
foggydress_ww8foggydress_ww2foggydress_ww7This ^^ was my babe’s #OOTD. He is so cute when he gets into his wilderness gear!foggydress_ww9foggydress_ww23foggydress_ww4foggydress_ww5foggydress_ww6We are hiking, sliding, and sweating our way to the 4th of July. My sister in-law & family are staying at the cabin too. She is adventurous and smart and has adorable 1/4 Asian kiddos. I love them.

Independence Day is one of my favorite American holidays. No matter where in the world I am on that day, I recognize the freedoms my country (no matter how imperfect) affords me. I can’t wait for the fireworks!