Happy Monday friends!  As I mentioned recently, I’m alllll about comfort right now.  Life can be hard, and when it is you need clothes that make it easier, right?  I’ve been relying heavily on blouses and skinny jeans for that.  I’m always a huge fan of white jeans and love what Gap has done with these – the blue patches add the perfect bit of something special.  And these Rachel Zoe sneakers- I can’t tell you how much I love them.  Three cheers to feeling cute and comfortable all at once!  xx- Sarah  {more after the jump}

SHOP THIS OUTFIT:  jeans: Gap, blouse: Equipment, jacket: BB Dakota, sneakers: Rachel Zoe, bracelets: Miansai, watch: Marc Jacobs, sunglasses: Karen Walker, Lips: Nars “Heat Wave”

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When I made my first trip to the Hawaiian islands I realized I’d spent a good chunk of my life TOTALLY MISSING OUT!  I very quickly worked to make that right, thoroughly exploring every island, many of them multiple times. It fast became my go-to when I need to check out, relax, and get some quality vacation time in.  I love the islands for their warm turquoise waters, the lush tropics, and the variation of experiences available. There is truly something for everyone!  Today I’m busting out some of our old vacation snaps, many of them taken long before this site was even a twinkle in my eye.  I’ll be waxing on about a few of my favorite things to do on the islands, and hopefully inspiring your next vacation!  xx- Sarah  Brought to you by The Hawaiian Islands 

The first days of any of my visits to Hawaii are dedicated to planting my feet in the sand, reading a book, soaking up the sunshine and keeping cool with lots of ocean swimming!  I can practically smell the air and feel the sand between my toes just thinking about it.  The Hawaiian islands have some of my favorite beaches, some with more adventurous swimming (which for me means waves!), and some that are a little more protected and calm. I don’t discriminate though, I love them all equally.  And of course, snorkeling is always involved.  Nothing quite like seeing the fishies you’re swimming around with!  {so much more after the jump!}

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I always try to resist, but my holiday shopping tends to escalate into a “One for you, One for me” situation quicker than I can say SANTA!  So when Levi’s asked me to share some of my holiday picks, well, I ended up with a couple for myself.   In the spirit of this “One for you, One for me” holiday shopping technique, I’ve rounded up some things I think would be great as gifts- for you, for me, for everyone in between!  Click through on the image to shop any of the items above, and click through to see how I styled the jeans and blouse after the jump. Happy holiday shopping!  xx- Sarah  ** This post was brought to you by Levi’s and as always, I’m grateful for your support of the sponsors that help keep A House in the Hills going!

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as i mentioned before, we’re at a bit of a standstill with the decorating around here but it doesn’t stop me from thinking about it 24/7.  so when fab asked me to share my favorites from their modern marketplace i jumped at the chance to spend some time fantasy shopping!  i’m obsessed with all of these goodies, would snap them up in a heartbeat for our living room!  sign up for fab’s email list to be the first to know about their newest finds and hurry on over to do your own shopping because these items are only available for a limited time!  xx- sarah

SHOP THESE ITEMS:  1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 // 7 // 8 

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