Surfer Rosa

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  • 24th February
    2012
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  • 29th November
    2011
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Daydream Destinations: Auluani, A Disney Resort


My late-year (and admittedly last-minute) jaunt to Hawaii may not have happened, but I can still dream about the spots that I was aiming to hit on my tour. Disney’s Auluani is a brand-spanking new resort located on a private cove on the capital island of Oahu. The sprawling property is perfect for families looking for a happy holiday away from home. There are loads of accommodation options (personally I’d opt to stay in a sea-view villa), buckets of activities (I swear I never, ever, jamas surf better than I do in Hawaii) and a rad spa. I know, I know, it may be too much of the Mouse, but honesty, after my sailing on the Disney Dream this spring, I was pleasantly surprised (and pampered) by all of the adult offerings.

Of course, my Hawaiian tour was intended for the day job, which means I would have been checking out all of the wedding options. Did you know that in the 20 years that Disney has been hosting the Happily Ever After Weddings, they’ve married more than 40 thousand couples? Packages are offered on the beach avec or sans arguably the most famous long-term couple.

[photos from Disney]

  • 12th November
    2011
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  • 3rd September
    2011
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I may not agree with her decision to wear flats on the Oscars red carpet, but Sofia Coppola is the kind of laid-back cool, smart girl who has more fun that everyone wants to be. Her pretty lavender dress by Alaia for her second wedding, was exactly the right mix of party, pretty and, yes, cool. Congrats to the couple.
[photos from Vogue.com]

I may not agree with her decision to wear flats on the Oscars red carpet, but Sofia Coppola is the kind of laid-back cool, smart girl who has more fun that everyone wants to be. Her pretty lavender dress by Alaia for her second wedding, was exactly the right mix of party, pretty and, yes, cool. Congrats to the couple.

[photos from Vogue.com]

  • 12th August
    2011
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  • 5th July
    2011
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  • 23rd June
    2011
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Garden Party


We’ve already covered the fact that I semi-live for wedding season. Each year I get a new little outfit to spin around the dance floor, sip champs and cheer on the couple. This season’s fetes are laid-back affairs with one taking place in the cozy, beachside backyard of the groom’s parents. And another is set in a flower garden. This kimono style number from my-can’t-stop-shopping-from-go-to ASOS is breezy like the settings. And the lengthen is parent-meeting appropriate. I’ll pair with my sky-high wooden Mui Mui wedges that I scored at some random sale a thousand years ago and are now what the parents call “in”.

[photo from ASOS]

  • 21st June
    2011
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Daydream Destinations: Dunton Springs


Have I mentioned that I’m about as outdoorsy as the Empire State Building? I like the idea of being outside, but at the end of the day, there I stand unlike anything around me, all mod and sparkly. Which is why so many of my Daydream Destination picks are all about being sort of outside but still getting seriously pampered. The fabulous Dunton Springs in Colorado is no exception. The rugged, yet posh hideaway is actually a renovated former ghost town complete with a saloon, spa, 12 personal cottages and a chapel. Hello, adorbs destination wedding spot! Oh and did I mention the private winery? Yep, this place is one that I’d like to set up camp. Maybe I’ll go in the fall and try some kayaking, walking around the in the glorious surrounding natural setting and, you know, rewarding myself afterward with a soak in the “town’s” natural hot springs. Maybe I am a little outdoorsy after all…

[Photos from Dunton Springs]

  • 16th June
    2011
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Best Wishes. Glug, Glug.


It’s wedding season. Weddings are the best. Who doesn’t enjoy watching two people pledge themselves to each other in front of friends, family, state and church? I always tear up. And then I generally drink too much Champagne. Since many of my friends are from New England like the best sports teams in the entire world, I like to give the classic Gurgling Cod  in white as a wedding gift. Available exclusively through one of the country’s oldest retailers, the “glug jug” looks cute in any home—hello, white goes with every decor—and it sings when filled and emptied. I’ve heard of some people filling up their fish with sangria, but I like to keep mine on the counter to remind me of summertime, beaches and the ‘ole Cape Cod.

  • 2nd June
    2011
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