Showing posts with label travel. Show all posts
Showing posts with label travel. Show all posts


beautiful kauai

I have been back from Kauai for a few days now and have had a hard time getting into the swing of things.  I think that's a sign of a good vacation. Thanks to dear M who laid out the red carpet for me. She spoiled me rotten. She shuttled me around, fed me and kept me in stitches the whole time. It was so fun seeing what her life is like living on Kauai  vs being a tourist at a resort.

My beautiful hostess

Saying Kauai is beautiful really isn't sufficient. Its beauty is other-worldly and the colors are so vivid that it almost hurts. That top photo taken of the Nepali Coast is a perfect example. I took this with a crap camera and still...look at the colors.

I am now obsessively madly in love with the color pink.  This is the prettiest shade of pink I've ever laid my eyes on. The petals are soft and furry just like lambs ear. Here is its official name...

While hiking through the McBryde Botanical Gardens we stumbled upon these antique tiles that made up a short wall.

Long sleeves and long pants were the recommended garb for the botanical garden because of mosquitoes.

  I didn't want to get out of this gorgeous water.

Ho-hum...more staggering beauty.

I wore this vintage maxi because it would have been wrong not to.

Gorgeous view from our table at the Makana Terrace restaurant at the St. Regis.  

Super comfy striped maxi dress by Michael Kors.  Perfect for travel because it rolled up and didn't wrinkle plus hid all kinds of bodily sins.  I also like it because it is lightweight yet you can't see through it. Slits on the side make it comfortable for summer weather too.  I got mine at Marshalls but Amazon has it in case you are interested.

Spectacular waterfalls.

Waimea Canyon.

Following are a few snaps of M's house and garden.  She has always told me her house in Hawaii is nothing special because there is no shopping on Kauai.  There is a Walmart, Kmart and recently a Costco.  Few companies ship to Kauai either. There are no junk stores to speak of or antique stores either.  So everything she has here has been brought in suitcases and their original container when they moved here over 10 years ago. I fell in love with it all and knowing how hard it is to get things there made it all the more special.

Her garden

I can't imagine being able to go outside and pick a papaya for my morning smoothie.
So that's it.  I am so incredibly grateful to have visited and been so well taken care of.
Thank you M. x


one year

Yesterday while outside puttering around the garden I realized that a year had gone by since my trip of a lifetime. Where on earth did that year go?  I went inside and started looking at photos and getting all teary eyed as one does when reminiscing about something so memorable/amazing/unbelievable.  So a stroll down memory lane seems in order.

My roomate Faux Fuchsia.  She's every ounce as glamorous and funny in real life as she is on her blog.  On one of the days we were headed out to the English countryside she said she was going to pop into the corner store for some provisions for the day. When she returned I asked what she had gotten us. "Chewing gum and Whisky" she replied.

Our pretty hotel room.  They don't make drapes that heavy in California.  I loved opening and closing them each day.  I really did.

We ate our breakfast every morning at that little table while discussing our favorite topic...the fact the we both packed the wrong clothes.

We actioned our hair each day in this small but luxurious bathroom.  Heated floor and towel racks - living like rockstars..

London is just so damn pretty.

The downtown shopping area came alive with floral displays in honor of the Chelsea Flower Show.

Louis Vuitton or Gucci - can't remember.  Anyone?

The stunning cafeteria in the V&A museum.  They don't make cafeterias like that in California either.

High Tea at Blakes

Orchids and champagne (was it 8am girls?) at the Chelsea Flower Show.
Romy and FF, both Australian,  thought I was the one with an accent.
When they imitated me it was hysterical but I guess you just had to be there.

At Designers Guild in London...

...all the way to California and now in my living room.

I'd like to thank Janelle for putting together this amazing trip and including me in such a wonderful adventure.  I made lifetime friends who I know have the same memories of trudging through mud and rain and sometimes glorious sunshine to see some of the most exquisite gardens ever created.  Love all you guys - wherever you are!  xo janet


year end round up of sorts

I wanted to do a little photo roundup of my year.  I found pictures you've never seen and many you have.  It's long so if you need a nap, now may be the time.

I reunited these 2 pieces of luggage.  It really is a love story and one of patience.  And you can read about it here.

In March I decided to veganize my wardrobe.  We know how that worked out now.  All three pairs of these shoes fell apart.  I was especially sad to lose the Burberry Sandals on the right.

In April my son Alex started his own clothing business based on this striped sweater.  He's still going strong.

The rose garden maintained its high achiever status this year.

Producing blooms like this.  This photo makes me happy and sad.  It reminds me of losing my dear friend Miss Doris this year.   That mirror hung in her home and now in mine and is a daily reminder of her endless style and class.

Of course my trip of a lifetime.  These blooms can only be from the 100th anniversary of the Chelsea Flower Show. How on earth I ever got so lucky...I'll never know.  I look through my photos often and think back to all the amazing things I saw and the incredibly wonderful and sweet people I met.  Soooooooososososoooooo lucky.

And then from England over to France.  Paris, Provence and the French Riviera.  Still cannot believe it was me who went for 21 days.

This vegan ceasar salad.  The most popular recipe I've ever put on this blog.

This pretty and affordable Ikea bedding.  Still available here.

This Trina Turk jacket that I got at the Goodwill for $5.99.

Which brings us to today.  Larry bought me this top for my bday and I can't decide if I love it or hate it.  It is silver brocade and has a v back with a bow.  Why I didn't take a pic of the back...I don't know.  Anyway it feels vintagey and at the same time space agey.  This may be its only public outing ever.

Anyway that was a lot of my year.

I want to thank you again for reading along.  This is the luckiest blog on the planet because of its faithful, interesting, loving, kind and smart readers.  I really don't know how we both got so lucky.
I hope the new year brings us all good health, simplicity and a dash of style.


beautiful utah

Last week we made a quick trip up to Utah to visit my father-in-law.  Utah in the fall is so incredibly beautiful.  We missed most of the color show but were still able to catch some of it.

Estate Sale I. Magnin Cardigan $4.

I picked some dried wildflowers while there and mixed them with some greens from my garden.
I'm going to work on some of the things I've learned about selling on eBay.  I haven't sold that much but I have learned a few things I think I can share, so as they this space. :)