Adventure

Moving to Paradise Made Me Feel Like a 1950s Housewife

Moving to Paradise Made Me Feel Like a 1950s Housewife

We arrived in Sámara, Costa Rica from Brooklyn, New York after traveling seven hours (five flying and two driving) yet it felt like went about 7 decades back in time. Thanks to my sunset and beach bonfire Instagrams my friends are all convinced I’m having the time of my life. Yet nothing is simple in our new simplified life. I can’t even begin to capture in photo the absurdities I’ve encountered. The following musings begins to sum up some of the frustrating, strange, and funny experiences I’ve had in small town Costa Rica.

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HOW TO HAVE THAT JENEE SAIS QUOI - EPISODE 4

Do Your HoneyMoon Right - Romance, Relaxation & Adventure
SERIES | HOW TO HAVE THAT JENEE SAIS QUOI

On our two year anniversary I am doing what I did last year and probably every year to come: reliving the wonderful memories which were our wedding weekend and honeymoon. 

Ari and I bonded over our sense of adventure. Thus, our honeymoon certainly had to include aspects of adventure that would provide the kinds of thrills we are accustomed too. Yet, a honeymoon should still be a honeymoon. 

As a world traveler and veteran bride, here are some tips that I feel very strongly about when it comes to planning your honeymoon:

1) Take it right after the wedding. If your schedule permits, this is the ideal time for basking in your wedding glory. Wedding planning is hectic and the wedding is absolutely exhausting. In fact, you and your husband may have been so busy entertaining guests, it's time to be alone and reflect on your life together.

2) While you may feel it's the time to go over the top and plan for a far away exotic location, a place closer to your time zone is a better option. You will be so exhausted from the wedding, an international flight just seems like torture, not to mention getting used to a completely new timezone. If you have a month off for you honeymoon then this does not apply to you. 

3) If adventure is your thing then definitely plan for it. But, IT'S YOUR HONEYMOON! Leave plenty of time for Romance. Splurge on a deluxe hotel room with beach views / hot tubs / butler service - whatever!

4) In order to make the most of your romantic suite, don't forget sunblock if you are on a sunny trip. Nothing like not being able to touch each other due to a sunburn :)

5) Make sure your husband takes lots of hot bathing suit pictures of you. It might be the best shape you'll ever be in post wedding diet and work out regime!

6) When your girlfriends offer to throw you a lingerie shower - take them up on it! or just combine it with your bachelorette party. If you are like most modern couples, you probably already live together... I strongly recommend bringing all never been seen before, hot panties, nighties, see thru robes etc. As the days near to your wedding the last thing you have time for is lingerie shopping, which is why it's great when you already have your stash from your lingerie party.

7) Planning the honeymoon is a great job for the groom. Brides, you have enough to do planning the wedding. Let your husband-to-be show you how romantic he can be. You can just give him these few guidelines and let him woo you.

Our Honeymoon to Costa Rica was a perfect mixture of Romance, Relaxation and Adventure. From America, Costa Rica is just close enough to not spend too much time in transit yet a world away in it's tropical climate. We started our adventure at the base of a volcano in a resort tucked into the landscape. After a day of lounging pool side and eating tons of fresh fruit we embarked on our first adventure: a hike up to a former volcano crater now filled with water. This intense hike ended with a mystic swim. 

Then we got into our Toyota Rav4 and drove into the Rain Forest where we encountered Sloths and hanging bridges. Here we tried zip lining for the first time (though I rode tandem with the guide as I was to nervous to fly over the cloud forest on my own). Ari understood.

Lastly, we drove to the seaside where our room was situated over looking the Pacific Ocean. Ari learned to surf, I lounged on the beach, We saw a Toucan and Baby hummingbirds!!! and monkeys and iguanas and...Ari got a sunburn... :) We even met up with other honeymooners and went on our first married double date for an afternoon sail into sunset. 

HERE'S TO LOVE AND THE LOVE OF ADVENTURE

The pictures really say it all:



BABY HUMMINGBIRDS


LAGOON SWIM IN THE MIST


MR. FITNESS


VOLCANO HIKE

THIS RESORT HAD A BUNNY!



NECESSARY SWIM UP BAR 

HEADING TO THE LUSH CLOUD FOREST 




HANGING BRIDGES




KISSING IN THE CLOUD FOREST

ZIP LINING UPSIDE DOWN


ROOM WITH A VIEW


ALL MEALS ARE OUTSIDE 



TROPICAL FRUIT IS BEST IN THE TROPICS



TRY OFTEN TO LOOK SEXY FOR YOUR HUSBAND

AND HE MIGHT RETURN THE FAVOR (UH OH: SUNBURN)

DOUBLE DATE 
SURFING LESSONS



BUY LOCAL
REMEMBER, MORE BATHING SUIT SHOTS 
ALWAYS LOOK LIKE YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING


WILD ANIMALS

TOUCAN




SEND POSTCARDS TO YOUR PARENTS 
COSTA RICAN BREAKFAST




KISS OFTEN

Girl Adventure


As the month of Adventure winds down and we anticipate this long holiday weekend, I wanted to share a fun weekend spent not to far from home (The Hamptons). This most eastern tip of Long Island is such a distinct world of New Yorkers relaxing. Everyone is in flip flips and decidedly laid back, yet with all the modern conveniences NYers cant live without.

This weekend trip was dedicated to girl time (sorry, no C'est Fou). Part of it was spent celebrating a friends upcoming marriage and the rest was spent discovering art with my curating partner from 2NonBlondes.

The Hamptons, Montauk and Shelter Island are a 3 hour drive from the city but take your mind much farther.


Drinking local - totally in


Two friend who no longer live in the same city


One of life's greatest pleasures:
BONFIRE ON THE BEACH WITH FRIENDS
(or a Lover ;)


Not Your Mom's Macramé - Very cool hanging baskets at 


Repurposed Surf Board - Now it's a chair - At Neoteric Gallery


This is the ceiling of our Princess Cottage on Shelter Island. 
Designed my architect William Pedersen.
The skylight is even better at night when the stars are out.


This is the look: Minimal Jewelry, White, Tank Top & a Tan

My Favorite Piece from the Boltax Gallery on Shelter Island.
"With my Coffee Table" by Pasha Radetzki




Art by Print maker Kia Pedersen. Tar on Metal


Artist Kia Pedersen
2Non Blondes have a requisite LOBSTER ROLL at super hip Solé East 


How to Have an Adventure in Thailand


This past year Ari and I embarked on one of our biggest adventures yet: Thailand. We stayed for three weeks while Ari studied Thai Massage the International Training Massage School, and I made art and soaked up the culture. Using Trip Advisor, Lonely Planet, and friend's advice, we mapped out our trip. Skype was a great tool to have to make calls to hotels for reservations. Some hotels in Thailand do not have email!

While we were waiting at the JFK airport for our trip to being, the airline called us over the intercom. This made us very nervous as embarking on such a big trip would, hoping that we had everything is place. Their concern was to make sure we had return tickets. Of course, we did and I thought, "why wouldn't we?" About a week later as I fell into the deepest state of utter relaxation on a beach in Ko Chang, I understood why some people may never want to leave Thailand - the whole airline ordeal made complete sense.

Thailand coconut tree
THIS WAS ONE OF OUR BIGGEST DANGERS ON THE TRIP

Hammock Lounging in Thailand
LOUNGING IN A HAMMOCK AT A SECRET HIDE-A-WAY SPOT

Thailand temple
VILLAGE TEMPLE

tight rope
HIKE TO WATERFALL WITH THE HELP OF TIGHT ROPE

Beach Swing in Thailand
SWINGING ON THE MOST RELAXING BEACH OF KO CHANG, THAILAND

Rainy night in Chiang Mai
RAINY NIGHT IN CHIANG MAI - STUCK AT RESTAURANT WITH NO POWER

ORCHID MARKET IN THAILAND
FLOWER MARKET IN CHIANG MAI WHERE ORCHIDS ARE PLENTY

NIGHT FOOD VENDORS IN THAILAND
NIGHT FOOD VENDORS SELL THE TASTIEST SNACKS

BIKE RIDING IN THAILAND
BIKE RIDING IN CHIANG MAI, THAILAND

FLOWER OFFERINGS AT THAI TEMPLE ENTRANCE
FLOWER OFFERINGS AT TEMPLE ENTRANCE

Thai coffee village
PICNIC HOUSE ( I SUPPOSE) IN COFFEE VILLAGE IN THE MOUNTAINS

Thai doggy fashion
THAI DOGGY FASHION

BUDDHIST MONK WALKING IN CHIANG MAI
BUDDHIST MONK TAKES THE SAME MORING ROUTE AS US

THAI SNACKS AT MARKET
SNACKS AT THE OPEN AIR MARKET 

MAKING FOOD AT PUN PUN FARM

OUTDOOR LIBRARY IN THAILAND
THE LIBRARY AT PUN PUN FARM

BATHING OUTSIDE IN THAILAND
TAKING A BATH

MANNEQUIN READING THAILAND VOGUE
OF COURSE, I HAD TO VISIT A DESIGNER MALL


The trip was started on the island of Koh Chang. It's one of the closest islands to Bangkok which is where we flew in. Wanting to not waste time traveling just to get to a beach, this is a great choice. I hear the other islands like Ko Phi Phi and Ko Tao are amazing, but they are quite a hike to get to. The beach was a great place to start the trip as jet lag is still an issue. We would wake up around 5, throw on bathing suits, and run down to the beach to watch the sun rise as we floated in the Gulf of Thailand. These moments are some of my favorite moments in all of life! Ko Chang has several beaches to choose from all with distinct personalities. Some are family oriented and others are very remote feeling with a more hippie vibe. Touring the island on motor bike is very entertaining and there are pockets of surprises like waterfalls and hidden cafes in mangrove forests.

If you are used to American prices, Thailand will make you feel very rich. For me this is an essential part to a great relaxing vacation - one where you do not have to be so worried about money. A plate of Pad Thai was $1 and our bungalow on the beach cost $40 a night.

Thailand is called "The Land of Smiles" and it could not be a more appropriate name. The people of Thailand have the most beautiful and inviting smiles. This disarming smile made us feel so warm. I wanted to hug everyone !!!!!!

FOR MORE PICTURES AND STORIES CLICK THE READ MORE LINK BELOW



The food is so tasty and I could eat thai food everyday with out getting tired of it. I took a cooking class one day which I documented here. 

After the beach portion of our trip we made our way up to the foothills of the Himalayas where the relaxed city of Chiang Mai is situated. Here Ari earned his certificate in Thai massage and I learned about Buddhist temples, improved my yoga practice and painted stylish Thai women.

We ended the trip just north of here not far from Myanmar on Pun Pun farm. We slept in an adobe house and took baths in the local reservoir. Ari learned to make self sustaining homes from Adobe and I  helped in cocktail projects like making Roselle Wine.

Our last day was a whirlwind tour of Bangkok. As New Yorkers we choose usually to not vacation in other big cities partly because we already think New York is the best big city. Though, the more significant reason is that slowing down is a big reason to leave our lives here.

Are you wondering where to take your Honeymoon? I suggest Thailand. Do you want to travel to an exotic place where you can feel safe? I suggest Thailand.  Leave me a comment if you need any more info on what to do and where to stay.

thailand flag
THE GULF OF THAILAND

TAKING THE FERRY TO KO CHANG

RIDING IN THE BACK OF A PICK UP TRUCK - THIS IS A THAI TAXI

BEACH BUNGALOW ON THE ISLAND OF KO CHANG

coconut
WE ATE SO MUCH COCONUT

PETROL IN LIQUOR BOTTLES

GETTING AROUND BY SCOOTER

A SECRET HIDE-A-WAY WITH AN INN KEEPER THAT COOKS UP LUNCH

MAP OF KO CHANG AND A BEER



THIS IS THE WAY TO A BEAUTIFUL WATERFALL

THIS IS HOW TO USE IT

ARI PERCHED ON THE POOL OF A WATERFALL

LATE NIGHT CAFE

COCONUT SNACK STALL

BUDDHA VIEW RESTAURANT WITH CUT OUTS FOR DANGLING FEET

THIS ENTIRE FISHING VILLAGE IS BUILT OVER THE WATER

TECHNICOLOR LOBSTER

ELEPHANT TOPIARY AT THE AIRPORT

EVEN DUNKIN DONUTS IS HERE BUT STILL HAS A THAI TOUCH

BASKET OF THAI NATURAL MEDICINE FOR TRAVELERS SICKNESS 


TEMPLE IN CHIANG MAI

NIGHT MARKET FOOD STALL

ARI SICK IN CHIANG MAI

OUR FAVORITE SPOT FOR BREAKFAST - TUTKA'S CAFE

POST MASSAGE SNACK AT SPA MATRA IN CHIANG MAI

POSING WITH THE OWNER OF SPA MATRA - ONE OF THE MOST STYLISH LADIES OF CHIANG MAI

THE TASTE OF THAILAND: SWEET, SOUR, SALTY AND SPICY

BEAUTIFUL STREET SIGNS IN CHIANG MAI

I DON'T KNOW WHAT IM GETTING BUT IT TURNED OUT TO BE EXCELLENT

REALLY COOL THAI TEENAGERS - SO STYLISH

MY DESK IN CHIANG MAI

NIGHT LIFE WITH NEW FRIENDS - POOL JUST LIKE IN THE USA


FLOWER FESTIVAL OF CHIANG MAI

MONKS WATCHING THE PARADE

FOOD TRUCK AT A FESTIVAL. DESSERTS HERE ARE VERY UNIQUE

FASHIONABLE LAMP STORE






THIS IS HOW WE GOT OUT OF TOWN- MOTOR BIKES

MORE COOL THAI TEENAGERS

FUNNY BUDDHA BABIES AT THE DOI SUTHEP TEMPLE

DOI SUTHEP TEMPLE

GOLD STATUES AT DOI SUTHEP

A COFFEE VILLAGE AND FARM OUTSIDE OF CHIANG MAI




RIDING BEING MY BUDDY (THAT'S ARI:)


HAVING LUNCH IN THE MAE SA VALLEY 


STRAWBERRY FARM IN THE MAE SA VALLEY

KITTIES AT THE BANILAH HOUSE IN CHIANG MAI

BIKING ON THE SMALL SOI (STREETS) OF CHIANG MAI

OUR FAVORITE YOGA STUDIO

ARI GETTING A NEW SUIT CUSTOM MADE

SO MANY STUFFED ANIMALS

NIGHT MARKET SNACKS ARE SO COLORFUL AND SPICY

ARI GRADUATES FROM THAI MASSAGE SCHOOL

MY NEW SHOES

MUY THAI BOXING MATCH

PARTYING AT A REGGAE BAR




BABY ELEPHANT

HELPING OUT AT THE PUN PUN FARM

THE BEGINNING OF TAMARIND WINE. A MESSY PROCESS

ONE OF MY FAVORITE SMILES OF THAILAND


MAKING ROSELLE WINE


THIS IS HOW ADOBE HOMES ARE MADE

ARI PLACING ADOBE BRICKS ON THE NEWEST STRUCTURE AT PUN PUN


VIEW FROM THE PUN PUN CAFE


ROAD TO THE RESERVOIR

POST BATH AT THE RESERVOIR

AT PUN PUN CAFE HAVING THAI TEA (THE ORANGE ONE)


SEED PROJECT AT PUN PUN


OUR FRIEND YAO, THE OWNER OF BIRD'S NEST CAFE IN CHIANG MAI


BANGKOK AMULET MARKET

BANGKOK

ONE OF THE BEST DESIGNS FOR A BATHROOM SIGN

Valextra's Secret

TODAY'S HANDBAG FEATUREValextra Travel Bags : Discretion, Elegance & Clean

COSTA SUITCASE SET

For me, Valextra is the ultimate in designer sophistication when it comes to travel bags. True luxury is discreet. It's what separates those in the know. A well trained eye does not need a screaming logo to tell them where it comes from. The fine leather and sleek shape say it all. This discretion is one of Valextra's hallmarks. Aside from the tasteful design these products are artisanal in every aspect from the tanning of the leather to the finish on the metal hardware. It's beyond fad.

Study up and be "in-the-know".  For purchases of this Italian brand in the US, go to Barneys. 

'S' SERIES LARGE TRAVEL SACK

'MY LOGO' GARMENT BAG
Historically, Valextra has already been recognized for it's prestigious designs in travel. Too bad JSQ is not the first to notice. It was awarded the Compasso d'Oro Prize for it's "24 Hour Bag", also known as "24h". Due to this success in the travel arena it followed it up ten years later with the "Avietta 48h Case". Now isn't this a sleek way of saying a "Weekender"?!
THE 24 HOUR BAG
DETAILS OF THE 24 HOUR BAG
AVIETTA 48H CASE

This is part of Jenée Sais Quoi's Month of Adventure - from booking the flight to showing up in style and personalizing your drink order even if you fly economy.  Happy Trails to You. 

Travel Planning Tips

The first time I heard the B-52 song "Roam" on a TV commercial for student travel I was hooked, on travel that is. Being hooked on the B-52's came a little later. Since that day, I've travelled "around the world"and have learned how to best plan and prepare for these trips through some advice and a bit of trial and error. Following are some of my best recommendations for planning and booking your trip.

For your listening pleasure while you read this post.... Turn it up or put your headphones on.

BOOKING FLIGHTS and FINDING THE BEST PRICE






Kayak.com is my most trusted site for finding flights. When you find the flight that best suits you it takes you to the airlines website where you can purchase it directly. I prefer not to buy tickets on 3rd party sights which tend to have too much fine print. **Note that you have 24 hours to cancel/ change a flight if you made a mistake**

RESEARCHING & PLANNING YOUR TRIP DETAILS






Trip Advisor is one of the largest online communities for travel. If you travel a ton, you can set up a profile, join forums and plan your dream get-a-ways. It's great for researching hotels before booking and general destinations in the area. It's like Yelp for travel basically. It has ratings for everything right down to the seats on airlines.  One of my favorite uses on this site is Air Watch. I can set it to watch air fares to my favorite destinations. When the price dips to my specified range I get an email alert.

FINDING THE ROAD LESS TRAVELLED 










Lonely Planet is my go to travel book. I never go to a foreign country with out one. All guide books are not created equal and Lonely Planet is for the more adventurous traveller. It does it's best to steer you clear of tourist traps and find places that only locals dare to go. Sometimes it takes knowing how to read between the lines, but Lonely Planet has never lead me wrong. Note that Lonely Planet offers some great trip planning ideas depending on your length of stay in a certain place. These can usually be found in the very beginning of the book. They also have a website for more updated info and interaction.

I use a combo of Trip Advisor and Lonely Planet to do my research for trip planning. Then I go with my finely tuned travel instincts to make a final decision.  If you need to make long distance calls ahead of time to hotels use an internet service like Skype. It's only pennies a minute.

Let me know if you have any questions and ROAM IF YOU WANT TO !!!!!

This is part of Jenée Sais Quoi's Month of Adventure - from booking the flight to showing up in style and personalizing your drink order even if you fly economy.  Happy Trails to You. 



** regarding flight cancel/ change - I am not certain this applies to every single airline in the world but it does apply to most airlines**

They Call it "Glamping"

For more on this NY Times article link here


After returning from a trip to Colorado where we took full advantage of the outdoors and Rocky Mountains, I read about these tents in The New York Times which make camping, Glamping. If only I had known sooner about these off-the-ground tents, no one would have had a rock in their back all night.

Really I am a Troop Beverly Hills Girl at heart, but since marrying a "mountain man" I've learned a new appreciation for the outdoors. Growing up in Louisiana in the summer it is way too hot, with way too many mosquitos for outdoor activities.

If I could do our camping trip all over again, it would be exactly the same except I would get tent #9 from Kamp-Rite.

Hike into the woods with good company. Use team work to cross streams with only a tree trunk beneath you. 
Wear really bright clothing so that no one looses you. (too bad you can't see the knee socks - they are actually functional in keeping away scratches from thorny plants)
More Camping Style Tips:

  • Braids are a great idea for long hair because you don't have to brush your hair (or a braided bun).
  • Pack light clothes bc you will carry them on your back, but make sure some are warm like fleece and under armour bc the mountains get cold at night. Remember Layers.
  • Pack Only comfortable clothes that are washable
  • Bring pre moistened face towellets for night time clean up
  • Don't forget sunscreen and mosquito repellant
  • Empty ziplock backs can hold small trash items to throw away later***
  • Bathing suit optional


Learn to Fish. I wish I had a video of Ari's first cast. It was straight out of a slap stick movie. It whipped all the way around and attached to a tree on his left. Eventually we got the hang of it.
The water is really clear in Colorado (another reason being outdoors in Louisiana is not as appetizing - Though muddy water sorta reminds me of Gumbo which is really appetizing !!!! )


This picture perfectly capture the wild weather of Colorado. At one moment you are hot and the other moment, freezing. 
My Turn.
Set up Camp. 
Make a Fire = Caveman TV

Cook dinner - Trout caught from the Lake



This is part of Jenée Sais Quoi's Month of Adventure - from booking the flight to showing up in style and personalizing your drink order even if you fly economy.  Happy Trails to You. 


How to Cook Thai Food


August is for Adventure so today I share a cooking lesson I took while visiting Thailand this past winter. The beach is a great escape during warm August and an even better escape during a freezing cold North East Winter.  One of the best parts of Thailand is Thai food and the tourist industry knows it. There is no shortage of Thai cooking classes, but I like to think I found one of the best at Thai Farm Cooking School in Chiang Mai.

The course starts with a trip to the outdoor market to get fresh pressed coconut milk and become familiarized with thai spices, rice and curries. After that we are driven to the organic farm where we pick the herbs we will need for our dishes and begin cooking in an open air kitchen. We eat what we cook and take home the rest. It's a great social and learning experience. If you plan on going to Thailand, it should be at the top of your must-do list.

FIRST: A TRIP TO THE MARKET
Freshly Made Curry: Green, Red & Yellow

Marinated Vegetables with plastic fan overhead to keep flies away

Fish Paste - Found in many Thai dishes

Rice is an essential part of the meal and there are many to choose from

Pink eggs - Recipe here. I gravitate to anything pink...


Thai dishes are often very spicy. Even if you think you like spicy, Thai food is a whole other Ball game. I learned in this class that I like "American Spicy", NOT  Thai Spicy. So beware when ordering spicy food in Thailand.

Fresh Coconut ready to be pressed into Fresh Coconut Milk

SECOND: PICK FRESH HERBS ON THE FARM
They said the hat was for sun protection but I think it was just to keep us in our place ;)

THIRD: MAKE THAI FOOD
The key to the taste of Thai is to incorporate all spectrums of taste: Sour, Sweet, Salty and Spicy
Curry is made with a Mortar & Pestle - It is much more difficult than I ever imagined 


First Course - Tom Yam Soup with Shrimp

The Ingredients
Recipe from Thai Farm Cooking School

Second Course - Yellow Curry Sauce with Chicken  over Rice
The Ingredients
Recipe from Thai Farm Cooking School

Third Course - Pad Thai with Vegetables (this one I made To-Go)
The Ingredients

Fast Food in Thailand means cooking it quickly in a Wok
Recipe from Thai Farm Cooking School

FOURTH: EAT WITH NEW FRIENDS

August is for Adventure


Photo taken on the island of Koh Chang in Thailand
Since becoming a New Yorker, I've learned August is vacation month. It's also time for vacation in European countries like France and Italy. (keep this in mind if you plan to vacay to Paris or Rome during this time) In the month of August, if you are one of the poor souls in New York who has to go to work instead of to a summer vacation home, your prize is a seat on the subway during your commute to mid-town.

With this in mind, the month of August will be dedicated to Adventure. Jenée Sais Quoi is about personal style told by a New Yorker with Southern Charm. One who lives a stylish life must have a sense of adventure. Sometimes adventure involves racking up your sky miles and other times it involves taking a chance on a new hair cut.

Now in Louisiana, where I am from, August was about going back to school. So for those no longer in vacation mode, take this month's posts as inspiration to plan your next expedition. I know I always have to have another trip planned as soon as one ends.

Check in often this month for more adventure ideas and stories.

Mixer: Morning Airline Spritzer

Today's mixer is a bit different from the usual mixer. In fact there was going to be no mixer at all since we are traveling and there was no time to tempt my readers with a new beverage idea.

Yet a new drink was invented on the United Airline flight to Denver. The flight attendant obliged my special request for an Apple Juice with Seltzer Mixer. He thought it was a great combination , named it after me, and offered it by name to other passengers. Everyone on my row had one and thought it was delightful.

Try it on your next morning flight for something more exciting than than water an not as sugary as plain juice. Ask for "THE JENÉE"

Thanks United Airline flight attendants for being so fun.






Summer Lovin - What to Love

The end of this week will be the Summer Solstice.  It does sorta make me want to worship the sun at this time of year (ok not in super hot Louisiana), but here in the North East, summer is divine. A new season brings new stylish trends and new hair up-dos, but it also brings new adventures. Though, the extra long days are reason enough to celebrate because it allows more time for all things to love about summer.... like.....

LONG BIKE RIDES
biking, queens, graffiti
Urban bike rides with friends in the city is one of the best summer activities. It's social, it's healthy and if you like biking, it's fun. In the city, it's quite an adventure. I love finally getting to bike with out bundling up in cold weather gear. (bike outfit ideas here)  This summer New Yorkers have a bike share program - it's one of the best ideas I've come across. It's also in London and Washington DC
It's also possible to find yourself biking next to Bill Cunningham

FIGS & OTHER FRESH THINGS

Picking fruit from trees and vines in summer time is a clear memory. Eating freshly picked fruit or making pies from fresh berries are part of life's most wonderful simple pleasures. Eat more fresh fruit! and be inspired


GUYS IN CUT OFFS
At this time of year, even the guys show more skin... The change of season brings out new styles and ideas even vogue could not predict.


BEACH ATTIRE
glamour sunglasses, vintage bathing suit, head scarf
Beach days  - need i say more?!?!
OK, fine: Coconut cocktails, trashy books, Vintage bathing suits, Jumping in waves, Watermelon... Sun Tan!!!!

REGGAE 
If there is a sound of summer, it's reggae. Break out your Bob Marley and chill out. 
These guys were rockin at the Jimmy Cliff, Celebrate Brooklyn Concert last summer.
Currently, this song makes us dance all over the house


SAIL YOUR BOAT
Sailing Style
The beach is getting pretty close to one of natures most powerful forces - but steering a vessel in it puts life into perspective! Sailing is also another great excuse to play dress up. Wondering what to wear on a sailing excursion this summer? Ideas that are practical for the sport but SO STYLISH. Here and Here and Here

VACATION
Train Trip, Summer Vacation
Getting there is half the fun, right? Well, I suppose it depends. But leaving New York via Grand Central Station is very exciting. The station is beautiful, everyone is excitedly rushing off to somewhere, and it's really sweet to meet you love at the clock in the center as you embark on another adventure. Here I was going for a hippie look as we headed up to Woodstock. 

What do you love most about summer???

Fashion Note : Sarong FASHION SHOW

On this trip I introduced Ari to the beauty of
the SARONG - Exotic, Multi-Functional, and Packable

Hailing from island life, the Sarong is naturally Exotic as it is part of traditional dress of exotic peoples.

In the states most guys would never be caught wearing a sarong, but in Thailand and other south eastern Asian countries, it's quite common. Thus, I was able to convince Ari to borrow one of my less girly looking ones. After this trip, he may be sold on what a perfect piece of beach attire it is.

I may have coerced him into a Sarong Fashion show......


THE DUDE LONG SARONG WRAP
to achieve this look: wrap sarong around waist like a bath towel and fold top over 2x's
Sarong FASHION SHOW
Ari loving the long dude sarong in front of our Bungalow


THE LONG SEXY SARONG WRAP
to achieve this look: tie sarong at side of waist or hip to let leg peek through
Sarong bikini




THE CAPE SARONG (for the Goth Beach Goer)
to achieve this look: tie long end at nape of neck and let if fly!
Sarong cape


THE ONE SHOULDER DRESS SARONG
for when your luggage is lost and you need a dress
to achieve this look: wrap and tie corners above shoulder
sarong dress


THE SNOTTY DIRECTOR'S SCARF
to achieve this look: wrap sarong around neck and fling over one side, lift chin and look down your nose at everyone
sarong scarf


THE MINI GO-GO SARONG WRAP
to achieve this look: fold sarong in half, wrap sarong around hips and tie at waist on side or in front
sarong skirt


THE HEAD SARONG WRAP
to achieve this look: wrap sarong around head starting at the forehead, cross in back, tie in front and tuck tails.
sarong head wrap
This technique is really great when you forget your hat on a kayaking trip, like Ari did. Just at the moment he started to become seasick (which was horribly funny - you had to be there, otherwise I just sound mean laughing at this) the heat was really getting to him. So I instructed him from the front to tie this around his head. Once again, he was loving his man sarong.




THE YOGA MATT SARONG
to achieve this look: spread sarong on sand and assume asana
sarong yoga mat
These images just show a sampling of the MANY FUNCTIONS of the sarong. Coupled with how light they are and small they fold up, they are the perfect staple for a beach trip. When PACKING light, the sarong leaves more room for your ukelele.  Aside from the perfecto sarong, foreign trips always include a Lonely Planet Book. 
thialand lonely planet


Travel: Sickness. Sometimes, it does happen

Basket full of Homeopathic Remedies to cure my stomach bug. 
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The basket contained:
  • Green Chlorophyll for Cooling the Fever
  • Fresh Coconut for hydrating
  • Homemade Kampuchea for good probiotics
  • Ginger to soothe stomach





In the evening we were going back to our room and the inn keeper realized we were not going to eat dinner. She insisted on buying us a rice soup that Thai people eat when they are sick. When she brought it to our room, I couldn't believe it - IT WAS CHICKEN SOUP (Thai Grandma Style Chicken Soup). Is it possible that every culture uses Chicken Soup as a feel good remedy?!

Travel: Last Day on Koh Chang, Thailand

Last day of blonde hair trying to dread
Last day to be ware of falling coconuts from above
Last day of Part I of our Thailand adventure

Our top recommendations for Koh Chang Island:

Accommodations : K.B. Resort on Kai Bae Beach. http://www.kbresort.com/EN/index.html
It's ideal if a relaxing vacation is what you are after with a beautiful
atmosphere

Restaurants: Porn's Bunglaow http://www.pornsbungalows-kohchang.com/pornsbungalows_e.htm
FYI, Porn is a common Thai nickname
The restaurant is on the beach with cushions to lie down on while u sip a drink of
wait for your food. There is even a tree house to sit in for dinner. My fav!

Magic Garden http://www.magicgardenresort.com/
The food is fantastic and the music is so cool. Our server had the coolest hair too
sorry no picture! They have accommodations too on a party beach if that is the
purpose of your trip

Transport on Island: Mr.Moon Motor bikes
It's across from KB resort. MrMoon is a super cool guy. For less than $10 a day one can rent a motor bike which is the best and most entertaining way to get around the island. The road is full of steep hills and twists and turns. It's definitely an adventure in itself.



Travel: Thailand- Where the Wild Things Are

WILD, NATURE, RAW

This morning, thanks to jet lag, Ari and I were the first on the beach for a sunrise swim. Diving into the ocean to start the day is a dream I have often. The only thing that would have been better is doing it in the Buff! Perhaps tomorrow

While wading in the water, we were looking forward to coffee. Then I started to think how close we are to Sumatra and thinking about this part of the world's history. While this place is civilized, it's not what we Westerners have come to know as civilization. Certainly this rawness is the magnetism ( and sometimes repulsion) for western people.

Here it is WILD. It retains a closeness to Nature and embraces Rawness

Or as Ari told me, " A rabbi once said: we are here to spiritualize the material and materialize the spiritual. "

In addition, the nature makes the Wild and the Wild makes the nature. By Ari



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girl with banana




girl bite banana

Adventure: Where the Cool People Are - Fort Tilden

LABOR DAY WEEKEND - HOW TO SPEND IT IN NEW YORK?

Beach Bum, Bicycle Paradise

BIKE, BEACH, and with the ONE YOU LOVE

The summer of the recession in 2009 brought a new word to every one's vocabulary: STAY CATION
With unemployment at an all time high, taking a family vacation was not in the budget for most. Thus, the Stay Cation was born. People still need time away from work and a change of routine. But the expense of leaving town is not always necessary to achieve this mental break from the ordinary.

Labor Day Weekend was upon us and we had yet to make plans with such busy work schedules. . I mean really, we live in New York where everyone wants to Vacation anyway. Surly we could find something new and fun to entertain us.

So we opted for a "Stay Cation"

BEACH: Few think of Beaches when they think of New York City even tho Coney Island is famous. We kept hearing about how great Fort Tilden is so we set our sights on this unexplored beach 14 miles by bike from our house.




And the Day Starts here:
Ari is still in bed and greeted with a pot of Green Tea by his butler (that's me) in his suite at the Hotel Abooboo  (if you are unfamiliar with Hotel Abooboo see this post)

Note: The handmade, jade & orange pot holder is a wedding present from our friend "Pan Am' aka Emily Foelske
The zipper on my bathing suit did not want to stay up.... Nothing a FUN safety pin could not fix

There are great bike paths the entire way to Fort Tilden. Biking there is part of the adventure so Put Some Air is Those Tires


Still have not mastered the NO HANDS thing

Ari can perform almost any trick on his bike - NO HANDS, No Problem



 We felt like we were going to some Secret Spot. There was not a clear sign as to how to get to this part of the beach. While turned around trying to figure out how to get there, we spotted a biker going down this unmarked path... we followed him. In a few minutes we were in  
BEACH BUM, BICYCLE PARADISE

There were loads of bikes parked along the entrance, more bikes parked on the beach and only good looking, young, hip people.  Eek! I was not sure if we were cool enough !!!! But I did have on my monokini and Ari has a single speed bike soooooooo I think we were cool enough for this crowd.


Jenee: Hayden Harnett Monokini/ Ari: Uniqlo Tank ;)

LOVE THE ONE YOU'RE WITH

Ari loves playing at the beach. He is the only person I know (over 10 years old) that does not enjoy sitting, sleeping, or reading on the beach. So he found all of these shells for me. They were like Russian Doll Shells.

Then he did his Signature Move: Bow Pose

This shell came with a hole perfect for turning it into some Beach Jewelry !!!!!!!!!
 Staycation...Successful !

Fashion Note: Sailing Style, Part II

Sailing Style: SCARVES, SPERRYS & SUN SCREEN

One weekend this summer, in my quest to master sailing, 
I took to the high seas of Westport, Connecticut.  
(ha- no high seas - the wind that day was about 6 knots)

The boat was small and the sea was calm - I was The Skipper.

This is the day I became... Lady J





The scarf, even tho it looks fabulous actually serves a very important purpose. It keeps stray hairs from flapping around in your face. Imagine riding in a convertible car. Hair in the face is not fun and quite annoying after some time. When you are in charge of steering the boat, hair in your face is not a good look.
 A white bikini under a loose cotton white shirt is not a bad idea either. Sometimes it may compel your crew to give you a bit of sugar.

Fashion Note: Italy - Sexy, Tailored, & Proud

To Rome With Love (and back)

This summer New York is abundant with Italian culture. Well, New York is always teeming with Italian culture with Little Italy and all. Though, currently, the art houses bring a new awareness to one of the worlds favorite countries for food, fashion and vacations.



                                                        Trailer "To Rome with Love"

In the same week I indulged in the new summer Woody Allan movie, "To Rome with Love" and the Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibition "Impossible Conversations". Both draw much inspiration from Italy and it's characters.


                                            Exhibition at the MET through Aug. 19, 2012


Italy has always been a country I felt very comfortable in, even more than France; my mother country (well my great great great.... grandparent's mother country). Perhaps it is all the "comfort" food, but even before I knew I liked "fashion" I loved shopping in Italy.

It is historically known for it's fashion and vanity. The dress code is always sexy even with out trying.
When visiting this past spring I saw a middle aged woman wearing heels, fishnet stockings, and a mini skirt on her way to work, during the day. Even though it is a very Catholic culture (note the Dolce & Gabbana current adds) which comes with many reservations, being sexy 24 hours a day is not one.

For men, the classic look is one that is tailored. Suits always fit the body and the same goes for jeans. They were doing the skinny jean way before Williamsburg.  Amazingly they all keep trim physiques which is the only way to pull off this look. (America cannot embrace this look until we figure out the obesity epidemic)

Aside from clothing, everything is done with style and taste: decor, coffee, and bar food. See images below for proof!

Italian fashion and culture.... always inspiring

Italian woman on her lunch break, i guess.

Sleekly dressed men on their lunch breaks





Window Shot of Roberto Cavalli Boutique - Baroque printed pant and Gilded Leather bag

At the top of the Spanish Steps, in Rome. The colors alone are inspiring.

Furla Shop window. Spring 2012 trend: Rubber bags!!!

Restaurant Floor in Rome - No detail goes unnoticed here.

Hanging out in the park - with a better camera this could be a Dolce & Gabbana add.

Aperitivo - One of the best inventions in Italy: practically free food with a glass of wine in the early evening

Coffee really is better in Italy

Even the manner of drinking coffee is done with style

The lobby of our hotel - over the top with mixes of patterns, yet still tasteful
Spring 2012 Dolce & Gabbana add. Photos by Mariano Vivanco