Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Grand Hyatt Kauai (Kauai)
This hotel is beautiful! The grounds are amazing, so lush. The staff all very sweet.
The Hilton Waikaloa (Hawaii-Big Island)
This place is totally over the top! Take a tram or boat to your room, swim with the dolphins or snorkel without ever having to get in the ocean. These pictures do this resort NO justice!
The Grand Wailea (Maui)
Well, those of you that know me, know that I will be getting married here. When I was probably about 10 years old I made this decision and have not wavered since. Besides being a stunning hotel, they have a beautiful tiny wedding chapel.
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Moana Surfrider (Oahu)
This hotel beckons to a bygone era. It looks like it is from an old movie. This was Waikiki's first hotel and it's still in beautiful shape. It exudes class.
This hotel is right on the "strip" and is close to shopping, restaurants and right on the beach. What more could you ask for?
This are just a few of my favorites. If you stay at any of these hotels you can't go wrong. I hope you will learn to love Hawaii as much as I do!
You all know I will throw gobs of money out for really random stuff. But the prices on this stuff is just insane! On the low end there are things for $100 but on the high end, things like the moccasins above are $1000.
To make matters worse, this stuff can not be returned. Because they are selling it online, you won't be able to try it on either.
Does this make sense to anyone?!!?! I have to say I am very disappointed in Free People. You would think when you pay $400 for a lace vest that you would at least be able to try it on and return it if it didn't fit.
I think I'll take the risk and hit Haight Street an my mom's closet to see if I can find any of this stuff.
Beautiful stuff, but MAJORLY disappointed. Won't be buying this stuff :(
Monday, August 9, 2010
Sunday, August 8, 2010
Saturday, August 7, 2010
Friday, August 6, 2010
Somehow, even though I was surrounded by his designs in Japan I didn't buy anything. But when I came across the first US store. I HAD to. Outside the Ala Moana store, I was ready to purchase some delicious looking macaroons. Once I had entered, I realized I came across something much better. FOOD JEWELRY!
The store was full of Wakamatsu's latest creations: macaroons, dripping honey, caviar, hamburgers, ice cream, teeth, and slices of fruit. My favorites were the hamburgers and ice cream.
After walking around the 3 story mall with these delights on my mind, I knew I had to get something. I went back and tried on both the hamburger necklace, ring and the ice cream necklace. The hamburgers were super cute, but didn't lay well once you got them on. It was a little hard to tell what they were.
Finally, I settled upon the necklace below (worn by yours truly). I love it!!! These creations are not cheap but they will sure set you a part from the crowd. I can't wait to see what more Q-Pot comes up with! I'm getting hungry just thinking about it ;)
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
This extra large towel comes in an array of cute patterns and has a girly satin edge. This towel is 70x40 inches, so all your valuables will stay sand free.
You'll also be easy to spot in the sea of hotel towels. Love it!
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
I got this one above, the Poncho Villa, in lilac. I love it! The bottom half is very sheer and you definitely need to wear a slip at the very least (more likely a pair of short, tube dress and leggings). I really love the color too. This one is definitely my favorite of the two. The cut of this one is much more flattering. Very cute!
This one is the one I loved going in to it. I'm a sucker for off the shoulder styles. I like the bright yellow color, but the cut of this one is not so flattering. This one seems much wider and looks best when belted. The off the should part has thin elastic in it so you could wear it with a higher neckline if you wanted. Again, very sheer and it is necessary to wear something under it unless you're going to the beach/pool.
This cute craft is made by a woman who lives in Albuquerque, NM. She says she has "a ridiculous number of shoes but mostly prefer to be barefoot" (sound like anyone you know?). And also likes to name her houseplants. Hmm, sounds like my kinda girl. Too bad she can't join our craft group.
Sunday, July 25, 2010
This bracelet (above) is made by Ettika and retails for $75. Seems pretty steep, right?
This one, is by M. Cohen and retails for a whopping $225. Yikes! I can't believe that anyone would pay that much for this. Are there diamonds hiding in those skulls!?!?
Well, it's a little hard to see, but after about 3 hrs and $60 I was able to make all of these. The blueish one has sea themed charms on it. The middle one is an exact copy of the M. Cohen one. And the multi colored one is a more Caitlin-y version of the Ettika one. Not too bad, right? These bracelets were really easy to make and there are tons of variations you could do. With a few bucks and a little perseverance, anything is possible.
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Fresh lavender imparts a subtle flavor to the lemonade. If you are using dried culinary lavender, cut the amount in half since its stronger taste can quickly become overpowering. At Sunshine Lavender Farm, Annie Baggett makes lemonade by putting dried lavender in a tea ball and letting it steep in hot water until the desired flavor is reached.
Makes a generous quart
3-1/2 cups water
1 cup sugar
5 fresh lavender flower heads, or 1-1/2 teaspoons dried culinary lavender (see note)
2/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice, strained
4 springs fresh lavender, for garnish
1. Combine 1 cup of water with the sugar in a medium saucepan over a hot flame and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Add the remaining 2-1/2 cups water and the fresh or dried lavender and bring the mixture to a gentle simmer. (If using dried lavender, put it in a tea ball.) Remove from the heat and let the mixture steep for 20 minutes, or until it has a light lavender taste.
2. Strain the mixture into a pitcher or jar, and stir in the lemon juice. Refrigerate until it is cold.
3. To serve, pour the lemonade over a glass of ice and garnish with a sprig of fresh lavender.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
As usual, I insist upon being (semi) unique and sexy.
It should come at no surprise that I don't like Victoria Secret of things of that nature. My favorite brand of lingerie, with out doubt is Agent Provocateur.
This brand is definitely sexy. Something just happens when you slip into it.
If you're in the market for lingere, definitely check out Agent Provocateur.
Monday, July 19, 2010
2 pounds thick cut bacon
2 pounds Italian sausage
1 jar of your favorite barbeque sauce
1 jar of your favorite barbeque rub
1.) You need to create a 5×5 bacon weave. If the strips you’re using aren’t as wide as the ones pictured, then you may need to use a few extra slices to fill out the pattern. Just make sure your bacon weave is tight and that you end up with a nice square shape to work with.
2.) The next step is to add some barbecue seasoning on top of your bacon weave. Seeing as not everyone has the time, or the expertise, to create a tasty rub of their own, you could try Cowtown Sweet Spot for the best combination. Plowboys Yardbird, Bad Byron’s Butt Rub, and Rendezvous Famous Seasoning are also excellent choices.
3.) Take two pounds of Italian sausage and layer it directly on top of your bacon weave. Be sure to press the sausage to the outer edges of the bacon creating a patty that is the same thickness all the way across. Most grocery stores carry loose sausage, so just pick out one you like.
4.) Next up is bacon layer number two. Take the remaining bacon slices and fry them up the same way you would for breakfast. If you like soft bacon, make it soft. If you like crunchy bacon, make it crunchy. These pieces are going to be a major part of the inner flavor of our sausage fatty, so cook them your favorite way. Next, crumble or chop the cooked strips into bite size pieces and place on top of the sausage layer.
6.) Now comes the fun part. Very carefully separate the front edge of the sausage layer from the bacon weave and begin rolling backwards. You want to include all layers EXCEPT the bacon weave in your roll. Try and keep the sausage as tight as possible and be sure to release any air pockets that may have formed. Once the sausage is fully rolled up, pinch together the seams and ends to seal all of the bacon goodness inside.
7.) To complte the constuction process, roll the sausage forward completely wrapping it in the bacon weave. Make sure it sits with the seam facing downward to help keep it all sealed up.
9.) Remember that barbecue sauce we used for inner flavor? We’ll be using that same sauce to glaze the cooked bacon weave. Using a basting brush, coat the entire surface with a thin layer of sauce. Sweet sauces are loaded with sugars, so they’ll give your fatty a nice glossy finish. Spicy and vinegar based sauces don’t contain as much, so they won’t set up as well. If you’re dead set on using those sauces, just cut them with a bit of honey and you’ll get the same effect.
10.) Slice the Bacon Explosion into quarter to half inch rounds to serve.