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Relaxation at Westin Nanea

July 7, 2017

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ASOS crochet dress
Kenneth Cole sunglasses
L*Space bikini
Argento Vivo earrings
Cult Gaia purse
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Maui still on the mind!! How can it not be? This post is dedicated to our delightful stay with our parents at the brand new Westin Nanea Ocean Front Villas, who hosted us for our last four nights. Our large, two-bedroom villa was cozy and so perfect for the four of us. An outdoor balcony that allowed for us to enjoy some champagne on before dinner. I found myself on that balcony a lot first thing in the morning. Hawaii does that to you. You want to be outfit as often as possible. In the least amount of clothes as possible. hehe. The kitchen was gigantic, which we loved since we did do a little cooking. It’s fully equipped. I’m usually not the biggest fan of all inclusive resorts, but this one was so chill. It felt more like a home for a week than a resort. The beach just a short walk from the hotel, able to be viewed from our room. The boardwalk takes you to beautiful beaches in either direction. All of them local. My absolutely favorite evening was our last night in town, I went for a swim in the ocean during sunset and it was simply magical. I needed nothing else during those moments.

We ended our nights with a delicious dinner at the main restaurant. A roundtable of appetizers kick started our evenings. Every bite delicious and savory. They do such an amazing poke here in Hawaii. I mean this is where it started. For the mains, my parents loves the steaks, and I went for the fish. A dip in the hot tub each night was a ritual, right after dinner and right before showering and going to sleep early (around 10:30pm). We spoke to a lot of other resort guests, which was great fun. But then the heat would make us a sleepy in just the right way, telling our bodies it’s time for a break. We were up at around 6:30am everyday. It felt meditative for my body to adjust to this island time. Recovery time. Nanea . . . relaxation.

Speaking of recovering time, next door at the sister hotel, the Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas, resides the amazing Spa Helani. Natalie and I were treated to the 80 minute Nanea Ritual massage, dedicated to total head-to-toe relaxation for the next door Nanea guests . . . us! Nanea does mean relaxation in Hawaiin, FYI. It started with a ti leaf to cleanse the space and rid of negative energies. An aromatherapy blend of oils is massaged into the body with strong yet gently hands, and the use of warm lava stones applies pressure exactly where you need it. My body was slowly moved to a state of rejuvenation and calm. It also gave my body a great stretch, which after the long flight from NYC, was very much needed. The lounge/relaxation area of Spa Helani was such a dream to lay down in, even take a quick nap. Have a tea and read a book. Surrounded by green and the sound of hotel guests far in the distance. I could have stayed there forever. hehe.

Thank you Westin Nanea for having us on the west side of Maui. Next on the list is coming back to Maui and doing the Road to Hana that we’ve been hearing so much about. But don’t worry, I still have a lot to show you from our adventures on the west side of Maui 🙂 

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Monochrome in Secret Places

July 5, 2017

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Donni Charm wrap top
Ulla Johnson pants (used to be a jumpsuit)
Sezane sandals
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Back from one of the longest Fourth of July weekends that I have ever experienced. That’s a good thing, because in this city weekends usually go by at fire speed. It was an extension of my Hawaii trip, and very much needed because time away from the computer is always a good thing. What did I do this past weekend? I went to Smorgasburg, met with friends at the beer garden, watched Beguiled, had vegan Matcha ice cream at Van Leeuwen, jammed, had brunch at a favorite French spot, did a cover to Britney’s Toxic with friends, explored Brooklyn Heights, had a picnic in the park in Dumbo, watched the most epic sunset and a fireworks show from the Williamsburg waterfront, and last but not least created a new obsession with spinning the fidget spinner on my nose and everyone else’s nose. haha. Oh, and most importantly, I watched the entire first season of The Handmaiden’s Tale in three days. One of my biggest newfound addictions ever. High recommended.

Now it’s back to work. No more up too late watching shows, and more up early writing and editing blog posts. I am back in that focused mode. Luckily, for me, work is therapeutic. It is a daily nostalgic excursion back in time, to days of good outfits, exciting explorations by foot and stumbles upon aesthetically inclined views. I always hope to show you guys places off the beaten path as much as I can, because those are the places I most often want to go. Like this hidden path that curved outside and around the edges of our resort, to a local cliff jumping spot into one of the most beautiful spots of ocean I have ever laid eyes in. A body of water fluxing in blue and green and even gold during sunset. Oh wow it is such a delight just thinking back on it. We found these high layers of grass on our walk that were homes to nesting birds, so we were very careful about where we stepped. Our walk was slow and calm. The sun was still high, so we were in no rush at all. It felt different, being in Hawaii and seeing this large area of what seemed like countryside land, but surrounded by ocean. Less palm trees that I expected right here, but dreamy, to say the least. Windy and serene. It was like walking on untouched land. We were going to stop for a little longer to sip our  Veuve Clicquot rose, but we were already late for a group meeting, so we brought it back to enjoy at our room while we got ready. At least we had some time in a place that made us feel like we were the first discoverers. What a refreshing feeling coming from a place where sparse street corners are hard to come by. That’s what Hawaii is for. 

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Veuve Clicquot during Sunset

July 3, 2017

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Rebecca Taylor dress
& Other Stories shoes
Argento Vivo earrings
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What a wonderful time for champagne. We’re in the midst of a Fourth of July weekend, my fifth Fourth of July in NYC. It feels deep into summer already, with my sunburnt shoulders, heavy tan lines on my feet and the air con blasting every moment it can in my apartment. Really, it was just two weekends ago that I was in Maui celebrating the launch of Champagne Hale at the Montage Kapalya Bay with Veuve Clicquot and other really awesome people. The sunsets on the west side of Maui are probably some of the most dramatic and long lasting that I have ever been lucky enough witness. And they were appreciated even more thanks to a little evening champagne buzz. It was like floating on a tropical cloud 9. Time slows, and the glow effect spreads so that nothing else matters but that moment of watercolor canvas on the sky. By coincidence, I wore this metallic dotted dress, which only maximized the effect of what I saw before my eyes. I made plans to go to the tip of the rocks, as close to that sunset as I could, but in my sandals it would be near impossible. I will save that for another trip, but this little edge overlooking the bay will do for now. Maui is magic in its simplicity, openness and blue, blue sea, a reminder of life beyond where only our feet can take us. Thanks Veuve Clicquot for kickstarting my week in Hawaii. It was pretty unforgettable. A celebration of summer and nature and relaxation. I little champagne always adds that extra something special. 

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