March 3, 2015

Beginning of 2015.

Well hello there!  I feel the need for a little life update/checkup.

2015 has been pretty jam packed for us so far!  It kicked off with a banquet I plan yearly for work, which was 80's themed and ended up being a total blast and success (phew)!

 

We've had a ton of fun weekends with friends and family, a little home brewing, and a Motion City Soundtrack concert.  Of course plenty of Zora snuggling too.

 
 
 
 

In one of our craziest adventures yet, we took on Mardi Gras in New Orleans.  I think I am still recovering, but it was one of the funnest things I have ever done.  New Orleans itself is seriously giving all my other favorite cities a run for their money.  I can't wait to share more soon!

 
 
 

If you follow me on Instagram you know all of this already, but that has basically been our year so far!  I have a lot more fun Hawaii posts to share, but I plan to sprinkle them with some New Orleans love, and of course more Vegas!  I swear I will get caught up one of these days... hehe.

I can't wait for the rest of the year.  2015 is throwing all kinds of good vibes at me. ;)  Hope you'll stay tuned for the journey!

February 26, 2015

Kauai, Hanalei.



One of my favorite views in Kauai is of the Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge, which is a habitat for endangered plants and animals.  The wetlands are simply beautiful.



The town of Hanalei itself is adorable, and my personal favorite on Kauai!  It is brimming with cute shops and restaurants.  Although small, it is a vibrant town.


 



There were far too many wonderful places to eat, and I couldn't possible try them all, but I did stop for a casual lunch at Chicken in a Barrel.  I actually don't eat chicken (haha!), but I had the fish tacos.  I didn't expect much of them, seeing as they are known for the chicken, but I was wrong!  When you start with fresh local fish, tacos just get sooooo darn amazing.  Not to mention the dressing and classic Hawaiian macaroni salad.


On our last night in Kauai we also tried Kalypso for drinks and dinner. Everything was great, and I was crazy about my fish sandwich.  Hawaii ruins you for fish in most other places.... so tender, fresh, and completely on point.  (Charles had the pork nachos and was in heaven!)  The ambiance was low key with fun music playing and open windows bringing the breeze in.



 
 

Of course on our last day we saw this sign for the Kauai Human Society.  I would have loved to do this.  What a fun and creative idea to get dogs out in the public and let them have a fun day!  Makes me want to cry just thinking about it.


Moral of the story = Hanalei is my jam.  Plus, rumor has it this is the town from 'Puff the Magic Dragon.'  Puff, the magic dragon lived by the sea.... and frolicked in the autumn mist in a land called Hanalei....

February 24, 2015

Kauai, Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas.



We stayed at the Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas while in Kauai.  I'm not sure if I've mentioned it before, but my parents are SPG vacation owners, so we love a good Starwood Resort!

I've gotten in the habit of reviewing and sharing photos of the places we stay so that it might help others.  I think I'll keep with the tradition!  Particularity since this resort was just too pretty not to share.  Located on a bluff in Princeville, you could see straight down the unblemished coastline and out into the ocean's horizon for miles.

We were on the bottom floor near the edge of the resort and walked right out our sliding door to this gorgeous pool...





This was the view from our doorway...



In the opposite direction was an expansive golf course.  I don't golf, but it sure was lovely!  All the sea geese wandered around happily on the greenery.  They walked right up to our doors too!






The main pool at the resort, as well as the lodge with amenities, were also beautiful.  That being said, we definitely stuck to our little corner and pool!






We had a lovely stay.  Thanks for letting me provide ample photographic evidence of that!  The resort felt removed from the world, but also luxurious and well appointed.  The perfect home base and setting for a week in Kauai.