Monthly Archives: February 2011

Friday Escape: Ravello, Italy

Hello Friends! Happy Friday! Sorry for the late post, internet troubles this morning. ugh.

Okay, are you ready for your escape?

Look, I know we have already been to Italy on one of our Vicarious Vacations…but who can get enough of Italy? I mean, really. I know I can’t, especially since I’ve never actually been there.

Sad.

So, yeah you bet I’m going to go there vicariously as much as I can! Besides, this place is a completely different feel to our last trip. I think you will love it!

Enough chit chat. Today, we are going to Ravello, Italy, along the Amalfi Coast. Map here.

Breathtaking isn’t it?

I’ve got us booked into the Hotel Palazzo Sasso.  It was ranked #8 in the World’s Best Hotels for 2010 by Travel + Leisure…so I think it will fit our extremely high standards! Let’s go check it out.

The Hotel, which is actually a 12th century villa, is perched 1000 ft above the glimmering Mediterranean sea. Drop dead gorgeous views are a given!

Let’s go see our suite! When you travel vicariously, you should always stay in the most extravagant room, don’t you think?

Please, go out onto our private terrace…the view is simply superb…

I know…amazing. I have a feeling we will back here later with a glass of something fabulous to watch the sunset!

So, since we got here so early, let’s have breakfast out on the main dining terrace.

Shouldn’t everyday start like this?

After we enjoy our lovely breakfast I thought we’d go on a bit of a boat ride. Gotta get some one on one time with the Amalfi coastline…

Come with me down to the lower terrace…my gorgeous friend Marco is picking us up. (Yes, Marco is imaginary…but just go with me on this one…)

Here he is now…perfect timing…meet imaginary Marco…( cue – giggle and toss hair)

Ciao!

Off we go!

Ooh…look it’s the beautiful city of Positano up ahead!

So pretty! We may have to come back here sometime.

Well, I’m starving and although, Marco provides eye candy, he doesn’t do much for my rumbling tummy so let’s head back, eat a huge lunch and go into a food coma next to the pool. Plan?

Sit back, enjoy the Mediterranean sun and relax. I told Marco to go whip up some cocktails for us…he should be serving them any minute! ;)

I hope you enjoyed our little getaway! Thanks for coming along!

Have a wonderful weekend!

xo,

Images via HotelPalazzoSasso

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Looking out

I am in a strange mood today. I’m sure it has something to do with the fact that I am extremely sleep deprived. Yeah. That’s probably it.

You know when you just are kinda spaced out…can’t quite connect with your day and you get easily distracted. I went from the couch to my bedroom (with the intention of making the beds) and ended up becoming completely engrossed with taking pictures in front of the window in my bathroom. Weird, I know…but I liked the light streaming in…

It was fun experimenting with my camera – adjusting shutter speed and aperture. I took dozens of awful shots…only to get a few decent ones. But, I’m learning so it’s all good, right?

Honestly, I always feel so strange posting pictures of myself…but I don’t have anyone else to photograph. I guess it’s good practice.

Okay…back to the laundry…ho hum.

Tomorrow will be our Friday escape so don’t miss it!

xo,

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Etsy Love: Whimsy Whimsical

Sometimes you just need something sweet. A chocolate, a little cupcake or maybe a darling note card. Yes, these handmade cards are seriously sweet, like make you cheeks-tingle-sweet. I love them!

Malaysian Artist, Yee Von creates these precious illustrations using pen and ink and then digitally colors them. She has this shop on Etsy but also features her lovely figurative work at this shop. Make sure you stop by both, they are a real treat! Her blog is also very beautiful!

Happy Wednesday!

xo,

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Hints of Spring by Suzanne Kasler

After living in Portland for eight years, you come to realize that, at times, January and February flirt with Spring like conditions…but, like always, the rain has resumed. As the gray closes in, I found myself drawn to the lovely interiors created by Suzanne Kasler.

I really love the soft, pastel hues in these rooms…reminding me of the first blooms of Spring…

So soothing to the eye…I could look at her rooms all day – imagine living in one! I wish!

To view her amazing portfolio of work check out her site.

Hope you are seeing signs of Spring where you are!

xo,

All images via suzannekasler.com

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Happy Valentines Day

Hello friends! Happy Valentines Day!

As promised, Grace and I made Valentines this weekend and it was a great success. Although, Grace’s attention span wavered after the 3rd one, (we made 21) she really enjoyed working together and designing the cards.

I had racked my brain for days on what exactly we would do. As usual, I was scared of choosing a direction so I was waffling between several concepts. Finally, I forced myself to sit down and figure something out. I already had brown card stock and pink heart cut outs so once we had decided to use the die-cut shapes it came together quickly. Grace was so cute selecting each item and pairing it with other shapes. We moved the shapes around on the card until we liked the looks of it and got down to gluing. Here are the results…

Grace insisted that we paint our nails red so we have matching manicures. I love her cute little fingernails. Precious.

These vintage themed die cuts by K & Company are the best! So cute and fun to play with.  They kinda saved me.

Grace, of course, loved the ones with pink the best.

I am especially fond of these little pups.

We created a message for the back and taped on a piece of chocolate. Perfect. Now Grace has a sweet little set of Valentines that she is proud to hand out to her friends. It was well worth the extra effort to make these and I definitely want to do it again next year!

So what are you up to today? Don’t wait for someone to buy you flowers…I just went out and got myself a big bunch!

I hope you feel loved today.

xo,

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Friday Escape: The Most Romantic Hotel in the World

My first thought of where we should go today was Paris. With Valentine’s day upon us, I figured it would be a suitable destination…but…I found myself hesitating. Too obvious. So, I did a little digging and decided to take us somewhere a little bit unexpected – India!

Currently ranked as the most romantic hotel in the world is the breathtaking Taj Lake Palace in Udaipur. Incredibly beautiful and dreamlike, this white marble palace seems to float on Lake Pichola waters, like a precious ivory flower. This architectural masterpiece was built by Maharana Jagat Singh in 1743. Royalty used it as a summer get away to escape the intense heat. Not too shabby for a summer home right? Let’s go!

Obviously we’ve got to hop on a boat to get to the palace so…all aboard!

Almost there…

Welcome to the Palace. Ready to be treated like Royalty? Yes please.

I can’t wait to see what the rooms are like! Let’s have a peek into several of the suites…

Gorgeous right? Tough choice! But I think we deserve the Presidential Suite…don’t you? Go big or go home.

Check out the view from our private terrace! This place is beyond magical.

I’m dying to explore the pool and gardens…come on…

I’m getting the feeling that romance was actually born here. Aren’t the grounds stunning?

Okay, so I have a real treat for you. We usually hit a spa of some sort on our escapes but today…we are actually going on a SPA BOAT! Yup. Why not sail on the gentle waters of the lake while we slowly slip into a state of bliss…here it comes…

This spa boat idea is pure brilliance!

As the sun sets, let’s go enjoy some dinner…

Don’t want to join us? Would you rather have a private dinner out in the middle of the lake with your love? Go for it. It can be arranged. How’s that for romantic?

As for the rest of us…let’s enjoy a cocktail in the lounge while our table is being prepared…

I think we should dine in the gardens…don’t you?

I leave you here to enjoy your meal and watch as the Palace is veiled in darkness. Experience the twinkling lights of a thousand candles, the fragrance of exotic blooms and hopefully a romantic night you’ll never forget!

Thanks for coming with me on this Friday escape.

Happy Valentine’s Day Weekend! Spend it with those you love.

xo,

p.s. Not quite ready to leave the Palace…watch the video tour here.

Images via here, here and here.

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