I am extremely lucky because Jimmy likes to cook, and I am finally give him the credit he deserves. Jimmy's favorite meal consists of sweet corn, ribs, and pork tenderloin. The sweet corn comes from my family's farm, and it is his favorite. He also loves meat. Dinner isn't complete without two types of meat, right?! Thanks to my Auntie for helping Jimmy perfect his rib recipe! I am told that the secret is to bake the ribs for four hours on a low so the meat falls off the bone. Overall, this is a great meal, especially because I have no part in preparing it.
---------------------------------------------- I am so happy that Krystal from Village enjoyed making last week's post :)
Move over TOMS, Sanuk's are in town. I recently invested in this pair of Sidewalk Surfers, and I love them. Originally made out of inner tube and carpet, these shoes are revolutionizing casual footware. I love that they are the ultra comfortable, are washing machine friendly, and go with any weekend outfit. I wear them with everything from skirts to jeans. These shoes just make me happy, and that is fitting since their slogan is "Smile, Pass it on."
How adorable are these three ladies? They are the founders of Lollipop event & designs, an event planning boutique based in San Diego, California. They take any party and turn it into a truly whimsical and magical event. They are very creative and have a diverse eye for fashion and beauty which they incorporate into all their designs. Check out the Ilovelolliblog for more fanciful designs and DIY tips! You can even shop their amazing designs on Etsy.
The beauty of art is in the eye of the beholder, and for me, I love abstracts. I am drawn to various colors and textures rather than capturing a particular image. While in Kauai, I was thrilled when I met Julie Berg, owner of, and one artist featured at, the Art House. She recently opened this bright and airy island studio that features her work, as well as other artists and sculptors from the island.
I was lucky enough to chat with Julie about the opening of the studio and where she finds her personal inspiration. Julie worked for an artist for years and recently became an artist herself. Originally, her paintings were inspired by the vivid colors and textures she saw scuba diving, but lately she has focused on painting more abstracts with may different pallets and textures. For example, a recent piece (see last photo below) includes everything from acrylic to spray paint, all on one canvas! Even more beautiful than her art is Julie's sweet personality. She is very easygoing and speaks with ease about her studio and art. I can tell she is passionate about her life, and this comes out in her intricate and fascinating paintings. Currently, I am working on a color scheme to submit to Julie for a custom painting. I will be sure to share the end result!
Beautiful outdoor space
One of Julie's pieces currently in progress.
This little bird's song makes the studio so cheerful and fun.
Tricycle tires were used to creating sliding art boards.
Artist and studio owner, Julie Berg in front of a recent painting.
There are no edges to a sphere; therefore, the earth has no true end. If it did, however, this is what I imagine it would look like. Standing on this cliff and peering down at the rugged and lush valley below was a remarkable experience. I was above the clouds admiring the vivid colors of turquoise, red and emerald. For some reason this scenery reminded me of a magical and whimsical place where dogs fly, time never ends, (see, The Neverending Story) and witches rule the world (see, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe). Isn't the imagination a wonderful thing?!
The cliff dropped straight down over this sand ledge.
Above the clouds.
The earth was bright red in certain places . . .
and green in others.
Damp fog rolled in and out all morning, creating a peaceful scene.
I am not a big breakfast eater, but I love it for dinner and these banana and blueberry pancakes hit the spot! They are very sweet and healthy, unlike other fruit pancakes that cake on whipped cream and sugary fruit (yes, I am talking to you IHOP). These pancakes are insanely easy to make and are delicious. The trick is to cook one side of the pancake, then add fruit before flipping. Try them and you will be forever hooked.
Rarely do I walk into a shop and feel truly floored by all the beauty, especially in a home decor boutique. This was not the case at Bungalow 9. I found myself loving everything in the store. After drooling over the rustic yet modern pieces, I was thrilled to find out that Lisa, the store owner, was working. We had a great chat about the boutique and her decor inspirations. I instantly trusted her opinion, and can't wait to ship one of her beautiful pieces to my home.
Lisa has successfully taken island living and modernized it in Bungalow 9. Since I have returned home, I have enjoyed reading her blog to find out more about the inspirations behind her style. One cool fact is that the name Bungalow 9 comes from her parents who moved to Kauai and bought a bungalow. Shortly thereafter, nine of her family members moved to the island. Together that makes Bungalow 9!
Thanks for sharing your passion and being so kind, Lisa!