Aloha!

Nice to meet you! I’ve been shying away from posting my mug on my blog for the longest time, but the moment has arrived to come out of hiding! And what better place to do that while I’m in paradise? Went to Maui for my youngest aunt’s wedding and for some much needed R&R. We spent 9 days at the Aston Maui Lu and I took up the challenge of being able to pack 9 days’ worth of clothing for 2 people in one suitcase which resulted in setting aside one day for laundry (1st pic). I’ve actually been traveling to Hawaii since I was a little girl –family, y’know– but I was seeing the island through different lenses. Everywhere I went, I wished I had packed more so I can use the tropical backdrop for impromptu photo shoots. If you noticed, I used a scarf both as a slouchy, one-shoulder top and as a wrap skirt –fun stuff, riiight? I love the challenge of packing minimally and coming up with creative ways to use them. Then I uploaded the pics and attacked them with online photo editing tools. Can you tell I dig the retro look?

Anyway, hope to do more of these! I’m currently working on my publication and am excited for the photo shoot coming up!! Look for the publication’s website/blog for the behind-the-scenes pics!

1: Guest laundry at the Aston Maui Lu/ 2: The Aston Maui Lu/ 3: At Ono Gelato in Paia/ 4: My beloved bling catching rays in the crook of a tree in Paia Bay/ 5: Playing with my necklace, coral and dried flowers at Baldwin Park/ 6: My R&R tools while reading on the beach at Baldwin Park/ 7: This hula chick I brought home from an ABC Store at Front Street in Lahaina/ 8: Strolling at the Lavendar Farms in Kula/ 9: Bird cage at Lavendar Farms/ 10: Portrait at the Sacred Garden in Makawao

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It’s Nothing An Elephant Couldn’t Cure

I am so confused! I’m at the transition between Summer and Fall. Even though the weather is still warm, a lot of Fall collections are making their appearance, making me actually look forward to cooler weather. I feel as though I have to get all my Summer posts out of my system before Fall completely sets in. Besides, I’m not ready to say good-bye to those warm summer nights.

I first heard of glamping in an issue of H&M that talked about “maximizing your festival pleasure with style”; glamour plus camping. Clever, eh? The idea of living it up outdoors luxury-style is the ultimate summer getaway fantasy. I came across the Four Seasons in Thailand that takes glamping to an international scale, complete with massage treatments overlooking jungle-scapes and trekking through rainforests on elephants.

It would be so amazing to see lush green vegetation everywhere instead of concrete jungles for a change. And I would forgo my car for a couple weeks and gladly ride Dumbo to the supermarket instead.

Hi, Uncle! Hi, Auntie!

While I am proud to say that I’ve ridden and swam with a dolphin before, how many people can say they’ve fed an elephant while sippin’ on some midday tea? Now, that’s going on my bucket list!

This is the spa with a view I was talking about. Talk about utopia. I would never want to leave.

My dream bathtub would be like soaking in bliss like this.

I think Four Seasons wants to play up their elephant attractions…

Burma is so lucky.

This is the tent at the Four Seasons. Yes, I said tent…get ready for the most amazing glamping ever

The bathroom amenities in the tent is better than the bathroom I’ve seen at most hotels. Geez!

This rain shower is probably my most favorite thing in the tent. If I never get to go to Four Seasons in Thailand, I want to install one of these bad boys in my future dream house.

Curiosity got the best of me and I had to check the rates. It ruined the fantasy, but I couldn’t help it. In my little fantasy world, I would spend about 2 weeks riding elephants, getting massages and trekking through rainforests. According to the currency converter, that little fantasy would cost about $1,500 a night. Riiiight. It reminds me of Travis McCoy’s, Billionaire (gawd, I so know what he means!) which is what I wish I was in order to get my jet-set glamping on! *Sigh* Oh, well. I think I’ll just stare at these pictures on this post when I’m most in need of escape and invest in a large fern plan. Or adopt an elephant.

World Market Travels

Haha! My attempts at using Poladroid to record my more recent fashionable pursuits on a romantic jaunt to Santa Cruz.

The first stop was Om Gallery, a new-agey East Asian store that drew me in with their glowing lanterns.

I spent most of my shopping journey at World Market Bazaar, a small store filled with ethnic goods, clothing, jewelry, furniture, you name it. If you ever cruise on by, I recommend a nice, thorough rummage through their overflow of jewelry and accessories where nearly everything is 20-50% off. As always, their clothing made by local brands run a little on the pricey side.

After a few minutes in the store, I could feel the quickening pace of my heart as I became overwhelmed with desire to purchase every piece of jewelry that caught my eye. So a wise word to the shopaholic: proceed with caution!! Let the feast begin…

My husband and I spent Saturday evening at Shadowbrook, a quaint restaurant nestled in a river ravine and boasting a world-class menu. Inspired by my earlier post on Operation Desert Princess, I dressed in a military-nomad-black-tie hybrid ensemble.

It’s kinda hard to tell them apart, but I piled on 4 necklaces because I couldn’t figure out which ones I wanted to wear the most. Starting from the top:

  1. Black cameo necklace with thick chain (Target, $12)
  2. Medallion necklace (Mexican Riveria cruise, necklace and earring set $10)
  3. Da-Nang clothing tag and dreamcatcher gift strung together on leather string
  4. Pearls and clear beads on gold-ish chain tied together lariat-style (gift from husband)

The foundation of the ensemble was this black tube dress from Wal-Mart ($4).You can’t tell in the picture, but I had wound the attached belt multiple times around my waist in an artful manner, reminiscent of a Greek toga. The Hellz Bellz jacket happens to be one of my most favorite purchases because of it’s myriad of details and multiple functions which I will explain in-depth at a later time.

Anyway, am loving World Market Bazaar. I purchased an abalone charm, wooden ring with what looks like horns carved into the top, and two metal ropes that can be made into jewelry, my new favorite toys! Stay tuned for pics!