Good things come to those who stick out the rain storm (Baldwin Beach, Paia, Maui)
On Christmas Eve I asked my uncle — who has lived on Maui for most of his life — a burning question: “Living on Maui, do you get bored of rainbows?” I’d already convinced myself what his response would be — “Yes, of course, I see ten everyday and by now I hardly notice them at all” — so I was caught off guard when he gave a different response: “Never. Rainbows are like sunsets, each one is unique, each one is beautiful.”
Maui is one of a tiny group of islands located smack in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Accordingly, the weather there is completely coconuts — sun one minute, pounding rain and gail force winds the next. But along with these wonderful, wild storms comes the beautiful calm after the storm. More often than not, you’ll get a rainbow too. Seriously, the Hawaiian islands are not associated with rainbows for no reason — these suckers are everywhere! Regardless, I’m completely enchanted by each one and I was delighted to hear that my jaded, Hawaiian uncle has rainbow fever too.
Double(!) rainbow on the road home from Hana
Connemara National Park
When I was living in Paris I noticed that over Thanksgiving weekend the city was especially packed with American tourists. It makes sense — traveling in the US over Thanksgiving is pretty much guaranteed to be a nightmare and Thanksgiving isn’t a holiday outside of the US so air fares aren’t hiked. That year, I would’ve loved nothing more than to be back in the states eating turkey and stuffing with family.** However, since moving back to New York City in 2010, I’ve always wanted to travel to Europe over the long weekend.
This year, after stumbling upon cheap flights, my boyfriend and I decided to travel to Galway, Ireland. He is familiar with the West Coast of Ireland after having
studied spent a semester abroad in Galway in 2007, but for me it was the first time. It was a quick, whirlwind trip, but we had a blast. Read More
+ Excited for the ten finalists selected this week for the Wearables for Good Challenge. Working with UNICEF to develop the challenge platform over the last five months has been an exciting challenge in itself and it’s amazing to now see the talented teams and innovative ideas that have come out of it.
+ Preparing to tidy (again). Fall is (almost) here and it’s time for my semi-annual apartment purge. If you’re unacquainted with the Japanese wunderkind/tidy queen, Marie Kondo, it’s time to get familiar. I first tried her method this winter after reading her book and it has TRULY enhanced my living space and life.
+ Daydreaming about Song of the Sea since watching it on a plane (finally) last month. Whimsical animation, beautiful music, and a touching story.
+ LOL-ing at Instagram Rules — it’s funny because it’s true. All of it. Speaking of funny Instagram accounts, Hipster Barbie is also worth a look.
+ Following the Seahawks/NFL games even more obsessively on Twitter this year because embedded videos make football season even more fun. #technology
+ Reading this New York Magazine interview with my director fave Nancy Meyers — the mastermind behind Father of the Bride, Parent Trap, It’s Complicated and pretty much every other movie set in the most perfect houses/settings.
Image: Song of the Sea
Wedding Site, Megacholori, Santorini
In early August, I visited the Greek islands for a friend’s wedding. The wedding itself was on Santorini and after four nights there we spent three nights on the island of Paros. The trip was magical, there is truly nowhere else like the Greek islands. Here’s a short list of tips and notes from an unforgettable getaway:
+ Eat local // There’s no need to give list of where to eat because every local taverna is fantastic. In town: ask your hotel/host for recommendations or look for places crowded with Greeks (not tourists). At the beach: see that lone taverna across the street? Go there, you won’t be disappointed.
+ Stray from the beaten path // Yes, Santorini and Mykonos are wonderful, but so are pretty much all the other islands. Added bonus: less crowds means it’s easier to get around and everything is cheaper. While on Paros, we’d jump in the car and drive — with no particular destination in mind — stopping in at beaches, towns, and tavernas as we passed.
+ Stay in an Airbnb // We had five-star hospitality from our Airbnb hosts. Our Paros host (outside Naousa) gave us a welcome basket with homemade items from her garden: olive oil, olive oil soap, fresh grapes and figs, orange preserve, and sour cherry liquor. Our Santorini host (in Oia) made us fresh breakfast each morning, suggested & arranged our dinner reservations every night, and had a rental car dropped off for us. Read More
Because it’s impossible to work the last week of August anyway…
+ Criss-crossing Manhattan in search of Greek white wines since returning from the Greek Islands earlier this month feeling refreshed, happy and 100% hangover/headache free. Apparently I’m not the only one stateside who’s paying attention. Try these recommendations from the The New York Times and Food & Wine.
+ This is officially the Summer of the Bralette: “And bras without underwire are INCREDIBLE!!! Why didn’t anyone tell me?!” — Garance Doré. My pick: this comfy, miraculous and **cheap** Boho Bralette.
+ Feeling lucky that I just barely missed the full-blown age of Tinder. If you haven’t already read the Vanity Fair article, it’s “educational” to say the least. ew, just ew.
+ Current Mood: major wanderlust. Hopper helps makes my impulse flight purchases feel just a bit more justified.
+ An interesting look at cultural changes over the past century by way of evolving magazine cover designs.
Cocktails at Secreto Lounge
Corn Necklaces at Taos Pueblo
Memorial Day weekend marked my first trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico. An artist’s paradise, scenic Santa Fe is nestled in the mountains of Northern New Mexico. The Spanish-influenced architecture and European vibe remind me of one of my favorite places: New Orleans. It’s kinda like New Orleans’ Mexican, desert little sister.
Driving from Albuquerque to Santa Fe feels like traveling through Super Mario World; blue skies are dotted with fluffy, pom-pom-like clouds and round green trees are scattered throughout the small hills. To my delight, Santa Fe was much greener than I anticipated and the adobe buildings with blue doors and window frames are endlessly charming.** The locals wax poetic about their home gushing about the architecture “it’s like living in a museum,” the people “the conversations here are wonderful,” and the climate “300 days of sunshine, bested only by San Diego and Honolulu.” I don’t think a single person we met actually grew up in Santa Fe, it’s a town full of transplants from far and wide.
Taos, a mountain town reached via a scenic 90 minute drive is a small western town also known for galleries and locally-made goods. We drove up there for one day to explore the town and sights in the surrounding area. Well, we drove up there because my boyfriend loves to fly fish. While he passed the morning wetting his line, I got dropped off for a massage (woe is me), and then we spent the afternoon exploring the town and sights in the surrounding area.
You can easily pass three days in Santa Fe simply wandering the streets and taking in all the town has to offer. Poke into shops, galleries, and museums while stopping occasionally to sip on margaritas and load your belly full of delicious New Mexican fare. If you want a little more guidance, here are some tried and true spots from my trip. Read More