Monday, February 6, 2017

Maui 2017

  This January we visited the island of Maui.  It's such a beautiful place.  Although we are curious about other parts of Hawaii (like the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island) we can't imagine going anywhere else.  I blogged about our first visit here.

  We flew with Hawaiian Airlines. The plane was decorated with a Moana theme and it was really pretty.  The interior of the plane:
  

I didn't take a picture of the outside so here is a promotional shot of how it looks:


Getting ready to land after 6 hours on the plane:


We stayed at the Sheraton in Ka'anapali.  It is right behind the famed snorkeling area of Black Rock so it's a great location.  Our room was on the second floor:



One of my favorite things about this trip was sitting outside on the lanai with my coffee every morning, watching the sun come up and listening to the waves and the birds singing as the resort came to life:


  On our previous trip we stayed at the Grand Wailea, which was also lovely. However they have a waterfall feature at the entrance to their resort which drowns out all the natural sounds of the ocean and the birds in those early morning hours throughout the resort.  

  The pool at the Sheraton features a lazy river that connects two larger pools.  At the smaller of those two pools there is a shallow area carved out of the pool with a low, submerged retaining wall suitable for small kids to splash around in while you can float in the water nearby.  It's really pretty but I didn't get a lot of pictures to do it justice.

  The lazy river:


  At the Sheraton they have a bunch of red floating bean bags that they take in every night and put out every morning for people to use.  I've never seen a hotel offering free floaties, so I thought it was a nice touch.  Many guests- myself included- had a good laugh at themselves and each other trying to climb into the bean bags loose in the pool.  For what it's worth, I think the best way to get into one is to pull it over to the stairs, turn around and sit back into it. 

  We brought our own floaties and snorkeling gear with us from home because we thought it would be cheaper and I am happy with how it turned out.  Rental snorkeling gear costs about $20 per day, per person so we felt it was a big savings right there, by having our own. It wasn't too hard to travel with it, and we just devoted one carry on for those items.  For our 4 year old's pool time we brought an astronaut themed life jacket  , a cool turtle floatie that he would ride on top of while we pushed him (it's big enough for our 10 year old even) and a little ring he could sit in.  Our big kids had these neon colored ring-shaped floaties   The staff at the water gear concession were kind enough to use their equipment to blow them up for the kids.

  A couple more shots of the pool area:



 We ate twice at a place in Lahaina called the Paia Fish Market.  It is on Front Street towards the historic area of Lahaina, just down from the famously massive banyan tree: 


We ate outside on the porch the first night and really enjoyed our dinner. They make a yummy tartar sauce and super tasty skillet cooked potatoes.  Pictured below are the chicken quesadilla, fish and chips and mahi tacos:




  We drove to spend the day at Makena (Big Beach) because it's amazingly beautiful there and the water looks extra blue and inviting, although compared to other beaches we never play in the water beyond our shins here.  This is because the wave break here is very dangerous.  Our rules for safety at the ocean are: 1) Never turn your back on the ocean (literally) and 2) When in doubt, don't go out.

  A great site to keep bookmarked if you go on vacation in Hawaii is HawaiiBeachSafety.com   It will give you current conditions and advisories to know if it's ok to go into the water. 

  You can see the back side of Molokini from Makena:


  Ah, Molokini....Once upon a time we took a snorkeling trip to Molokini.  Half of our family had fun, and the other half discovered that being in the water with the more pronounced motion of the waves in that area made us super sick.  Super sick with 3 hours to go.  It's become funnier as the memories of hanging over the side of the boat being sick have faded.  You know what they say.... "Someday we'll look back on this and laugh!"

  A close up of the sand at Makena. It was almost like powdered sugar!


  Another great, well-known place to go is The Gazebo in Napili.  The views are incredible here and you've never seen waves as mesmerizing as these ones are, erupting as they break along the shoreline. It is a nice place to get pictures:


  The kids really liked looking into the little pools and seeing the sea life such as hermit crabs and sea slugs.  Just be careful how far you go out or the waves might catch you by surprise as they flow in!


The Gazebo is a pretty small establishment, so you have to plan on spending about 30 minutes in line at least...unless you get there early.  They have enormous satisfying omelettes and their white chocolate chip (and macadamia nut if you like) pancakes are legendary: 


  We experienced a pretty big wind storm and a little rain during our visit to Maui. I thought it would be a great day to go to the Maui Ocean Center since we were trying to avoid the weather, and it was a great idea (don't forget to buy your pass online to save money!), but funny thing is, where it is located is known to be the windiest part of Maui.  Here is a picture I took of the palm trees while we were there:


  As we drove along it was cool to see the water looking so different because of the wind:


Double Rainbow on the way back:


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Warmth Beats Style

  All I want is to be warm.  Looking good matters not a bit when you are too cold to enjoy it.

  Anyways, if you are sacrificing warmth for style, most likely people are not looking at you today because you look good. They are probably thinking you must be really cold.

  All I want is fleece, more fleece, quilting, down, thermoball technology, cashmere, merino wool, silk camisoles, waterproof boots, gloves with smart touch, scarves with fringe, and a hot cup of coffee in a to-go cup so I can keep my hands warm and extra fleece.

  How people look when we are dressing for warmth is pretty universal.  The nice thing about this is that since we kind of all dress the same right now we can notice the person instead of what they are wearing, and think about everything else.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

ootd -Eileen Fisher Anorak


Eileen Fisher jacket | J. Crew striped top | Tory Burch flats | J Brand jeans


Back when I saw this jacket at the Rack for an amazing price, I wasn't sure if it was a style I would wear very often, but I felt it was a risk I could take since it was a good deal.  Turns out I have been wearing it quite frequently- I bought it in the Spring and wore it a lot then, and again now that the cool and slightly drizzly Fall weather is upon us. It has a hood that is reassuring when you aren't sure if it is going to rain or not.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Wolford Toeless Sheer Tights (aka Nylons) & Sizing Info


  These toeless tights by Wolford were perfect for me last weekend.  I wore them with some strappy shoes and a mini dress for an evening out last weekend. They are made with two openings at the bottom of each foot- one for your big toe and the other for the rest.  These were perfectly invisible so I could have the coverage for my legs yet still wear strappy heels without my toes covered in nylons and their seams.

   I read a review that someone posted saying that the tights ran the first time they wore them, but I didn't have that experience.  Certainly be careful putting them on because they are delicate.  Mine are ready for another use whenever I want them.  I saved the packaging and have folded them back onto it so I can tell them apart from the regular pantyhose in drawer.

  Here's the sizing info on the back:



Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Fleeps



  It didn't take me long to decide I would like a pair of these sandals by Fleeps after I saw a friend of mine wearing her new bright yellow ones.  The style is pleasantly novel, and they come in so many pretty colors.  

  I already have a few pairs of havaianas in a couple of bright colors so I thought it would be nice to order these in "galaxy blue" because the dark color against my frog's-underbelly-white feet would highlight the Fleep's unusual style:


The way to wear them is to slide the straps until it fits comfortably around your ankle and then tuck the loose end of the strap into itself, like you might do with a long belt.  Fleeps go up to size 11. I found them to be true to size.  They are really lightweight and there is enough cushioning that I didn't feel any little rocks walking through the parking lot while out running errands.


  Another nice feature of Fleeps is the company's pledge of 10% of  the purchase price of each pair goes to funding the Fleeps Foundation, which in turn partners with non-profits to provide educational support for disadvantaged girls around he world.  Click HERE to visit Fleeps official site to read a better breakdown and explanation of the company's philanthropic mission:  "Buy a pair, Change a life."

  They arrived pretty quickly in a sleek little box and inside there was a brand information card as well as a coupon code for 10% off a future purchase,





Saturday, April 23, 2016

ootd- #ArchivebyAlexa Misty Dress


Archive by Alexa "Misty" dress |  Sam Edelman sandals

  i love this dress.  I only planned on getting the frilly white blouse from Alexa Chung's collaboration with Marks & Spencer but this dress really caught my eye as well.  I ended up ordering it twice because the first time the ruching on the bust was crooked.  Also, the construction of the sleeves is a bit off-  they are a little restrictive if you were to try and reach something out of the cupboard above your head, for example.  I am still keeping it though because it is pretty and I like wearing it.  I just won't try to high-five anyone when I'm wearing it.

  It's been very easy to order from Marks & Spencer.  The order came really fast.  I have just sent off my return, so I'm waiting to see how long it takes to process,

  This a UK 12.  I usually wear an 8 or 10 in US brands.