Four Days in Fiji

By Kate Riley December 17, 2015

In the blog and magazine world, December is filled with pictures of homes decorated for the holidays, gift ideas, snowy destinations, and sweet treats to bake. How about something different today, say a look at a place sunny and tropical?

I was lucky to visit Fiji with my family last month, the world famous island destination, and a place I’ve always wanted to visit. It was our first stop on a three country tour we took back in November. I spent four days in Fiji before we journeyed to New Zealand and Australia, I’ll share pictures from those countries another time.

We flew Fiji Airlines overnight from LAX and arrived at 6 in the morning, most flights from America arrive that early. Our accommodations were the Wyndham Resort in Denarau Island, 20 minutes from the Nadi airport. We stayed in a 2 bedroom unit with a kitchen which was great because we cooked our own breakfasts in our room each day. The staff welcomes you with the island greeting “Bula!” and we couldn’t wait to get our suits on and hop into the pool.

Fiji is everything you’ve imagined, white sand beaches, palm trees, blue waters, thatched roofs, tropical drinks, fresh seafood, and a chill island vibe.

fiji worldmark

fiji pool bar

Our days were split equally between adventure and relaxation. Our first day we spent breakfast by the shore then visited a local village and we were given a tour by one of the local Fijian residents. Their homes are modest with open windows and doors, their hearts are big, and their children so sweet. We loved spending time with the local people, it was a Sunday morning and the village’s Methodist church choir was singing a cappella, so lovely.

fiji home fijian kids

 fiji methodist chuch

Fiji is made up of over 300 islands, one day we took a boat trip to Beachcomber Island, a destination resort with beautiful blue waters to snorkel in. You can walk around the island in 20 minutes, on it is a small resort with a bar with sand on the floor, like something you’d see in the movies.

 beachcomber island

 beachcomber drinks

 beachcomber bean bags

 boy in tree


 beachcomber sand

 fam swim

Where we were was very family friendly and there is no shortage of things to do – waterparks, jet skiing, zip lining, boating, snorkeling, parasailing, the list is endless. Yep that’s me zip lining across the rainforest, so fun!

Trending: Buffalo Check

By Kate Riley December 15, 2015

Plaid is still big in design but buffalo check having a moment right now, have you noticed? My favorite button down shirt in college was buffalo check and I hadn’t worn the print for years but then I spied a cute shirt online a few months ago, ordered it, and now it’s a favorite that I constantly wear.

Buffalo check is a pattern made up of large scale equal sized horizontal squares, it can be single or multiple color, typically black or white or both appear as a square. In small scale, the print is often referred to as gingham. Buffalo check is a larger scale version of gingham and it dates back to the 1800s, originating in outdoor menswear. Classic versions of the pattern have crisp angular lines but in the newer editions, the lines are blurred and imperfect.

buffalo check pillow hi sugarplum

hi sugarplum

 buffalo check runner

country living

 buffalo check blanket

my domaine

 black buffalo check curtains

kimberley schlegel whitman

  buffalo check curtains holly mathis

holly mathis interiors

 buffalo check table runner


caitlin wilson buffalo check

caitlin wilson

The pattern is especially festive this time of year, the classic print lends a cozy feel in all its forms: linens for everyday decor or holiday trimmings.

 buffalo check curtains

talk of the house

buffalo styling co check runner

white buffalo styling co

 buffalo check ribbon

by stephanie lynn

 black white buffalo check curtains

atlanta homes mag

 buffalo check wreath

design dining and diapers

 buffalo check chairs

how to decorate

If you want to add a buffalo check wall to your home try Kristy’s DIY project, you’ll never believe how easy it is!

 buffalo check wall diy


This removable buffalo check/gingham wallpaper is available at Livettes on Etsy.

buffalo check wallpaper

Or make your own DIY watercolor buffalo check pillow covers with a tutorial at Style Me Pretty.

 watercolor buffalo check pillows

It’s funny to think of an iconic pattern like buffalo check as “trendy” especially to those who’ve been decorating with or wearing it for years. This traditional print has been around for centuries but is popping up just about everywhere in fashion and décor which means yes, it’s trending. Are you a fan of this classic pattern? ..