Exploding Like Spiders Across the Stars

At Christmas-time I can never get enough colorful lights filling up the long, dark nights. Honolulu is absolutely magical in December with all the bulbs strung up on palm trees, along balconies, and in store windows. Just like snow, a few strings of holiday lights turn the mundane magical. The banyan trees with their long, aerial roots mixed with streams of festive lights are particularly captivating.

A visit downtown for dinner gave me an excuse to wear my newest Modcloth dress. Sandra of Niotillfem looked too adorable in hers for me to resist snapping it up. The black band under the bust is actually elastic, so it makes for a really nice fit. I'm really not fond of the color pink, but the colors of this dress reminded me of a dish Neapolitan ice cream. Which does mean I feel more like a pastry than a person while wearing it...
And just like that--a flash in the dark--I'm back in Washington State. My time in Hawaii is at an end. When I was younger I thought I would never, ever be able to visit Hawaii; then we moved there. Now, I've been allowed the opportunity to go back (however briefly) and it was bliss. I miss it already, but I feel the chance to return will come again one day.
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Outfit details: dress- Modcloth, shoes- Bona Drag, ring- Stadium Swapmeet, necklace- Anirtak

CONVERSATION

82 comments:

  1. It looks amazing there and that dress reminds me of the stripey ice cream aswell :)

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  2. ahhh! i love your dress. and your posts have made me sooo excited to visit hawaii next year. i hope you have a safe trip home!

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  3. your dress is so beautiful. hawaii looks amazing this time of year, wish I was there!

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  4. Such a nice dress, I love the shape!

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  5. Great dress!! *3*
    It's sad that it's a little blured, the colors looks so beautiful... I would like to see more!! ^^
    Kisses from Paris!
    Pandore

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  6. ah the lights! how exquisite.

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  7. hawaii is gorgeous during the holiday season! :) and you look absolutely adorable in that dress. it does remind me of ice cream as well haha

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  8. it looks like the water is on fire in the last pic!

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  9. wow hawaii is more beautiful than san francisco during christmas - you can never have too many fairy lights!

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  10. Oh my, this is my very, very favorite dress of yours! You look like a very very lovely cupcake (I've always thought pastries looked pretty?) I don't love Christmas lights but you make them look so pretty and mysterious.

    love, Jenny

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  11. You look very cute in that dress and Hawaii does look lovely with all the lights in the trees.

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  12. This is so beautiful. I love the red tree...it looks ablaze in technicolor warmth! Your dress is so perfect. Now I must go to Hawaii.

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  13. Those pictures are so lovely and sparkly, and that Kerouac quotation is a great way to describe them! You look lovely in your "ice cream" dress :) There was a pair of Miu Mius a few years ago I used to call the "ice cream pumps" and I adored them -- somehow pink and white colorblocks are so appealing!

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  14. beautiful pictures...i can't get enough of people from all over the world posting about all the xmas lights and decorations where they live

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  15. that is such a cute dress on you! I love it.

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  16. love the dress! lovely colors!

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  17. Wow Hawaii looks magical at Christmas! I really love your dress too, so lovely :)

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  18. That last picture is breathtaking...it's so magical!

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  19. i just love the look of christmas lights on things that we don't associte with christmas(i.e.. palm trees, cacti,..)
    that dress looks great on you!

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  20. that tree is incredible! it looks like a fairytale.

    PS: I've been eying that modcloth dress! It looks oh so lovely on you.

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  21. Absolutely beautiful photos! Travel is so wonderful.

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  22. I love your dress ! You look great !
    Talia

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  23. it really does look magical! and that dress looks lovely on you! i hope you enjoy the rest of your time in hawaii!

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  24. I love that dress! :) I was going to order it for Christmas, but I'm pretty sure it's sold out. :/ Oh well.

    Christmas lights are the best, aren't they? On Christmas Eve my sister and I like to go driving to look at all the decorated houses. :)

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  25. wow so im assuming that youre staying there for x mas? hahaha thats so awesome!

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  26. I agree! The light are my fav part this time of year!

    sweet sweet!

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  27. Oh, that dress is so beautiful! I get what you mean about feeling like Neapolitan ice cream! And the last photograph is magical.

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  28. you have the most amazing dress collection of anyone ive ever seen, this one is my favourite so far!! :)
    love the shoe post below!!
    Merry Christmas my dear!

    magpie-girl.blogspot.com xx

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  29. we had similar windows in charleston at LV. i love the last picture - im sure you will return again soon :)

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  30. This is incredible! Everything (including you) looks amazing!

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  31. Would you believe that we have the same Louis Vuitton shopfront display all the way over in Brisbane, Australia! It's certainly very bright and pretty.

    Your dress is so lovely, a perfect fit for sure!

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  32. Gorgeous photos. i like your outfit...

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  33. oh Christmas decors...


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  34. that dress looks adorable on you!

    lovelove,
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  35. oh wow, these photos are truely beautiful. I love the plain white lights, there just so beautiful by themself

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  36. cool photography..
    what type of camera do u use?
    :)
    you're so beautiful :D

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  37. OMG - you were at the Hale Koa! I was under that same tree just two months ago. I hope you enjoyed your stay.
    Welcome back to WA :-)
    C
    Lakewood, WA

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  38. that is such a pretty dress, rebecca. your pretty attire inspired me to look at every dress at modcloth. i even added a couple of their dresses to my shopping cart and literally had closed the browser i was using to keep myself from buying them.

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  39. gorgeous! i have christmas lights (permanently) snaking along my wall in my room...

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  40. i love the lights ( so does my sister)
    the dress look AWESOME ON YOU!

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  41. Beyoooootiful dress! Love your blog.

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  42. So beautiful! And that dress is quite pastry like. I do hope you'll be able to return to Hawaii one day! Especially around Christmas when the lights look this gorgeous

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  43. wow! i love the christmas lights! your outfit is just darling!

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  44. That dress is so cute! I like the ghostly shoe picture, as well. I definitely wouldn't mind a chance to visit Hawaii, although I suspect it would be wasted on me, since I'm not much of a beach person.

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  45. sigh i love chrissy lights - gorgeous dress :)

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  46. Hawaii seems magical and especially during the holidays with all the lights and warm weather during winter. :D

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  47. wow those pictures are magical! especially that last one with the reflection (: you are looking lovely as always!

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  48. Absolutely adorable dress! And such lovely pictures too. I love all the lights and golden tones.

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  49. your dress is so cute.. love the pics you take in hawaii! =)

    xoxo cla

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  50. both sandra and you make the dress so incredibly dream, the way its background its set up perfectly, i really need to visit countries that celebreates christmas heavily, and experience all of the blinging lights!

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  51. Oh wow, the lights are so incredibly beautiful!

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  52. Oh what lovely photos! So atmospheric.

    I do like that dress. It's gorgeous. Jen is right, it reminds me of ice cream too.

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  53. So beautiful, you are lucky to see Christmas like this :) The dress is cute too.

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  54. I'm not very fond of the color pink either, but the dress is adorable and I love the second last picture, looks magic!
    x

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  55. Such pretty photographs. Love the dress.

    Carmen.xx.

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  56. Pretty lights, pretty dress, pretty photos!

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  57. Those ligts are beautiful. I've never seen a tree lit up to every branch like that. I guess they're just lazy around here.
    Beautiful dress too!

    Stolen Stiletto

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  58. the dress is so wonderful! you look awesome under all those fantastic lights! i'm glad you had a great time in hawaii :D

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  59. oooh its so beautiful with all the lights!!!
    Merry Christmas!

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  60. The dress is adorable... and I'm still craving for those shoes.

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  61. waw ur so adorable :D

    xoxo
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  62. I loooove Christmas lights! That modcloth dress is wonderful. One day, I will have to order something there. r

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  63. You are a perfect pea in this dress! It suits you perfectttt ;]

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  64. Wow, that last picture is divine! Great colors! That dress of yours will haunt my dreams tonight, I just fell in love with it <3

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  65. Those banyan trees are incredible. They do look very magical. And they really know how to wrap their trees in lights over there!

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  66. Such gorgeous Christmas lights !! I love all the colors and the tree filled with all those lights,I love it all.

    Ohhhh,I sure know this dress from Sandra! Both yourself and her wears it perfectly. Perfect with those studded flats too<3

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  67. I love your pictures!
    I find Lv very annoying but I really like this year's window displays!

    xx

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  68. I love Honolulu during the holidays. Glad to be home, Seattle was cooooooold! Too bad I didn't have the chance to run into you.

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  69. what a lovely location to take some pics.

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  70. Love your outfit, and that last picture is just magical.

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  71. That dress seems perfect for Hawaii. I hope I get a chance to visit there someday... it looks so enchanted, especially this time of year. Love all your colorful photos! My eyes are thirsty for color in this New England white out we're having. o_O Have a safe and happy Christmas back home!

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  72. Those lights are so beautiful!The dress is too :)

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  73. gorgeous dress and pictures of the lights! wish i was there to see them in person!



    Fancy Pants

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  74. These pictures are great! I especially like the last one, where the tree's reflection almost looks like flames. Cute Neapolitan dress. :)

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  75. You're right about those banyan trees looking magical. It's like someone turned a willow into an entwife readying herself for marriage, stringing herself with crystals and stars.

    Thank you for these shots.

    Nate and I would love to move to Hawaii in a few years, and this only gives me more motivation to go. I'm glad you were able to visit. It must be terrible having to miss such a place.

    And yet wonderful, because you have such rich memories of living there.

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  76. Christmas in Hawaii is definitely an experience. Always fun to see lights draped around a palm tree! And I think it's lovely to think that it's all just an "opening act" for New Year's, which people tend to celebrate more. But I do love the traditional Christmas feel of holidays in the Northwest, with all the trees and frosty chill.

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  77. gorgeous dress! i love those trees encrusted with lights. they're so beautiful.

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