January 26, 2014

Hola Again Salyuita Mexico

Exactly 6 years ago this week, I visited Salyulita, Mexico located just north of Puerto Vallarta.  It was a quaint, little, hippy surfing town. It was made appealing to me via editorial images I had send by Anne Menke.  Times change, places evolve and I suppose I have to get used to it as it comes with age.

I am currently experiencing my second visit. I am in shock as to how much the town has gentrified. When first arriving in the town, I was confused by paved streets that were once dirt road. There are many, many more tourists, hence solicitors on the beach trying to sell you anything from patisseries "with wings" to 4 month old blue nose chihuahuas. And of course trinkets including but not limited to… clothing, jewelry, blankets, baskets, bags, toys, massages and tours. Personally, I love when shopping comes to me, but over saturated pandering is annoying and not relaxing at all especially when on the beach.

As I am sure I have stated on this blog, "a picture is worth a thousand words"... so here are some shots of Salyulita from 2008 and now 2014:






Dec 2013, shot by  Expert Vagabond.
I tried my best to photograph of one of these kids selling bracelets and stuffed animals on our last day.  But of course as life would have it, we saw them non-stop all week but couldn't find one to photograph when I wanted.


March 17, 2013

From Maui with Aloha (aka love)

After 2 stop overs and 3 flights from JFK to SFO to LAX to OGG, Herb and I arrived in Maui on Saturday night exhausted. This was Herbs second trip to Hawaii, but first time on Maui and I believe it was my 7th time there. I wanted Herb to have the benefit of seeing how much this island had to offer so we moved around the island staying in 3 different areas. 

The first 2 nights, we were in a condo in Wailea on the South/East Side of the island. Where I have previously stayed a few times. I always found it to be conveniently located, clean and not expensive. Really when I am on vacation, not much of my time is spent in the hotel... especially when there is so much to do.

When we awoke on Sunday morning, the first thing we needed was BREAKFAST (of course). One on my fave breakfast spots is Kihei Caffe where they serve the tummy bomb, Loco Moco which  consists of white rice, topped with a hamburger patty, a fried egg, and brown gravy. Being the food pusher that I am, I convinced Herb he had to try it and I opted for egg whites, portuguese sausage and rice, which is also a hawaiian breakfast staple.

We spent time at Big Beach located in Makena State Park and Ulua Beach Snorkling.
This was on Sunday, our first day in the sun. Can't you tell?

Wailea is also home to one of the Four Seasons. I highly suggest having a spa treatment and lunch there if ever in the area. It is one of my favorite things to do.
My yummy salad with lobster, crab and shrimp.
Herb + Magarita = Happy
I was very relaxed after my Thai Massage at the Spa and Mango Margarita at the bar.

Next we were off to the North/West side of the Island to Lahaina Town for 4 nights. We happen to be traveling during Mercury Retrograde. I think this may be the first time that this astrological cycle may have worked somewhat in my favor. We were booked to stay at the Outrigger Aina Nalu located in Lahaina, but they overbooked. So, they offered us an "upgrade" to the Outrigger Kapalua Villas located about 15 minutes north. Even thought I would have like to stay in Lahaina where many restaurants and shops were walking distance from our hotel, I figured it would be a good opportunity to check out another area. The Villas were spacious, but decor was a bit dated and looked like it would be the perfect villa rental for "Herb and Naomi from Boca Raton". 
Regardless, the view from our Lanai was gorgeous and had a great view of the sunset overlooking the golf course.
While on this side of the island, I planned to surf. I organized for Maui Surf Clinics to take me out in the water for the 5 days we were there. Again, this I had previously taken classes with them in April 2006, pretty much when I started surfing. (I can't believe it's been that long and I still find myself to be a beginner/intermediate surfer. So, not an easy sport.) The waves at the Lahaina Breakwall were pretty small, which actually I didn't mind since I was not in good paddling shape having not surfed since October. I surfed everyday for 2-3 hours. The 3 first days were with Billy, who taught me in 2006 and has since given lessons to my friend Michelle. He gave me some great advice about some bad habits I have learned and I am really excited to surf more now this year. FYI: I heard that the waves are much better and there are more spots in the area to surf in the summer.

I had a Reality Celebrity Sighting while at Star Noodle, where one of my favorite "cheftestants" (as they have branded them on Bravo) from Top Chef Seattle, Sheldon is head chef. At 6pm on a Wednesday there was a 45 minute wait... it was totally worth it. YUM.

After surfing on Saturday morning, we stopped to pick up our camping rental gear in Kahului, which is located near the airport.

The headquarters for CampMaui.net was located in the Whole Foods Parking lot. 
The drive to the North/East part of the Island, Hana takes about 3 hours on lots of windy crazy roads. We wanted to make it to the camp grounds before dark, not only to avoid the drive at night, but also so we could see as we were setting up camp. 

2 nights were spent camping in Wainapanapa State Park. Shockingly, I actually didn't mind it as there were actual bathrooms very near by and we were close to the ocean.

We stocked up on goodies at Whole Foods before driving out to Hana and grilled a few times.

The park is located on a black sand beach and we took a hike over the lava rocks along the ocean.

The last two nights of our stay were spent in the town of Hana at the Hana Kai Maui. My friend Adrian recommended it and I would definitely stay there again in condo called the "Keanini". Hana is a sleepy, small town with plenty of hippies and burnouts but also beaches with sand ranging from black, to red to just brown and silky. I had never stayed in Hana longer than just a day trip and I am glad that I decided to stay.
The view from our Lanai at the Hana Kai.
While in Hana, you must visit the Haleakala National Park, Kipahulu District. This is where the Seven Sacred Pools are located. We started low near the ocean and then hiked up 2 miles to a huge beautiful waterfall. I had been here previous years and don't recall ever doing the long hike up, but I have to admit that for a non-hiker it was worth the trek.

Aloha and Mahalo Maui! 

January 17, 2013

The "I want" Girl

Yes, this is what my beloved mother used to call me as a child. And yes, it still holds true. Just call me the "I want" woman. For example, I do not need a new pair of headphones but after seeing these by Frends, I am obsessed! The hard decision I would have to make is...do "I want" gold or rose gold?

January 6, 2013

Pasta Addict

I can totally relate to this addiction. 
I often feel like with with Pasta and Bread but also Dairy 
(since I have been diagnosed with being allergic).

November 30, 2012

Gifts with LOVE

As mentioned in earlier posts, I spent a lot of time this summer researching unique gifts. I wrote about inexpensive art and "Of The Month" gift ideas. Unfortunately, my research went unused by it's commissioner (at least for this year) and I didn't want all of my hard work to go to waste. So, in the spirit of the holidays I am sharing some of the gift finds I discovered. They may be out of your price range, but they ARE pretty to look at.

Gifts of Form and Function

These beautiful tins by Kaikado can be used for tea or other dry goods.
The history behind them makes them even more interesting.
And the age beautifully.
These pieces of reclaimed pine can double as a side table and stool.

These handmade boxes for small keepsakes caught
my eye with their poppy color and graphic look.
They are sold by Leif and I must admit that all of the
items on their site make me weak in the wallet.

Collaborative Gifts

I love me some old school lace up Vans and these
Kenzo for Vans at Opening Ceremony are amazing!

A successful melange of Military and Japanese Fabrics by Heather Heron

Humorous Gifts

So silly... but LOVE these Mustache Mugs

Want! But, think this doormat may make my neighbors a bit uneasy. 

Self Affirming Gifts

My new obsession lately may be Patches and Badges.
I think this one would make a nice daily reminder to oneself.

Gifts that Give Back

A couple of Christmases ago I received a beautiful bag handmade by women from a third world country who were using their artisan skills to support them and their families. This inspired my search for gifts that would not only bring a smile to the recipient but you as well knowing that you helped out a woman in need by its purchase.
Check out this Basket of Love from Darfur.

Crafty Gifts

(...and a little self-promotion)
This weekend shop the Bust Magazine Craftacular and
visit me at The Knot House at Table 126!

If you are interested in ordering a dog collar, 
please measure your gift recipient's neck with a tape measure. 
For those of you out East during the holiday season, stop by
The Montauk  "Handmade for the Hoildays" Fair every weekend until
Christmas.  Featuring some amazing local artists, makers and artisans...
Including The Knot House

Happy Holidays to All! 

November 15, 2012

Coordinate LOVE

Today, I am shooting menswear, specifically dress shirts by a brand that should remain anonymous. Picture a euro trash / jersey shore / meat packing douche at a club and he is probably their customer.
Anyway, the shirts reminded me of one of my favorite movies, Boomerang, starring Eddie Murphy and Halley Berry. There is also amazing appearances by Grace Jones who plays Strangé (fyi: this is where I get that saying).

Sorry got side tracked by the thought of the fabulous Ms. Jones... Back to the shirts. They reminded me of this hilarious part of the movie and I thought I would share.

November 8, 2012

Thursday LOVE

I want one! But, take a look at the price sheet. Wha wha...

November 7, 2012

Show Rockaway Some LOVE

I saw this video and it brought tears to my eyes and a reality check to my brain. 

Check out this post for a great article and info on how to volunteer.
I plan to volunteer next week, so let me know if you are interested in joining me!

October 24, 2012

I was in The Knot House

Illustration by Alice Tait

I have been slacking on loveloveloves due to the fact that most of my online computer energy has been put towards updating The Knot House on Etsy AND creating website (all on my very own, so be nice.)
You will also find a blog on the website entitled, Knotty Thoughts. Please check it out and follow it!