LIFE IN THE DMV

Getting it Right

Since the launch of the DIY craze at the beginning of the millennium, many of American’s have launched new design and construction terms into our vocabulary. Perhaps it’s been our obsession over the last twenty years with reality television? There is also a theory...

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Red Pear?

Red Pear? Fashion week, the sartorial check-in that takes over New York twice a year — or four times if you count Resort and Pre-Fall — serves to introduce the reigning trend forecast for the year ahead, from silhouettes to new faces. Though ostensibly about clothing,...

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IKEA X adidas

For many of us, IKEA most likely is the first step into adulthood, offering simplistic home furnishings for an affordable price. But the brand is now deciding to open new doors and join the collaboration “trend”. The announcement came at the Democratic Design Days...

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Paris Fashion Week In Your Home

Did you know that we are now deep into Spring 2019 Fashion Week in Paris? What a weekend it was with many of the newest interpretations of fashion heritage as well as cutting edge new looks. I have already been completely blown away from the likes of Celine, Loewe,...

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Remove Your Slippers

While living in Hawaii, I have observed and absorbed many new cultural rituals into my life. One of the most prevalent customs used in our Hawaiian culture requires one to remove their slippers before entering a home. In many cases this tradition continues with...

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Stoked To Surf Via Art

The sport of surfing continues to be one of the major pat times for most Hawaiians. There are very few given days that you cannot stop at the shore line and catch a few big barrel waves. But did you know that this love affair with the waves has become a worldwide...

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Running Around Kauai

Last week, I shared with you a little history about the sugar industry on my home island of Kauai. We are definitely so fortunate to have this emergence of cultures and we take pride in the amazing food, design and compassion our residents share with each other. What...

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Sugar Brings Cultural Immersion

We shared quite a bit over the last month about the island of Maui however, this week I thought I would bring it home to Kauai. We all like to think that our “home” island is the best in the island chain but I am certain that mine is. Growing up in the Appalachia...

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What Could Have Been HI

We live on the island of Kauai. We live within an island chain. We all support each other. We have flooding and storms frequently. Hurricane Lane has been an entirely different kind of “animal”. We were all warned in advance that Lane was coming to town. This time...

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Are We There Yet?

Just when you thought we had finished exploring I realized that I did not take you on the most iconic Hawaiian excursion ever! The Road to Hana is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the state of Hawaii. Before you go make certain you download an app tour...

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Wrapping “UP” Maui

Over the last couple weeks I have taken you around the south coast of Maui and up to the northwest. Other Hana and the north shore, the only thing left is to go “up”.  When I refer to “up” I am talking about upcountry Maui.  Perhaps you have heard about...

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West Side Story – Maui

If you are looking for true beauty and drama a trip to the West Side of Maui will allow you and your guests to be the “playwrights” of your journey. As your flight soars towards the island of Maui you can’t help but notice the now iconic wind turbines climbing from...

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Who’s That With The Hook? Maui.

Didn’t you watch Moana? So the myth goes like this, Maui (the Demigod) fished out the islands by tricking his brothers into letting him come out to fish with them. The brothers never took him out because whenever they did he would catch a scrawny little fish. but...

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Destination Hawaii

Hopefully after last week’s blog you have decided to come and visit us in Hawaii this year. If you have decided to come, pack your bags and I wish you a big “MAHALO” (thanks). We are looking forward to sharing “ALOHA “with you. Before you come there are a few things...

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Hawaii Is Open 4 Business

Aloha! Should I flip on the neon light that flashes crispy and hot? It is summer time in Hawaii and incase you were wondering – we are OPEN for tourists and guests. If you haven’t been here in the summer get ready for heat/humidity. Crispy is the definition of...

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Dancing In Your Sheets

Over the last few weeks you might have noticed that summer has officially arrived and temperatures are soaring. With or without air conditioning (I live in Hawaii & AC is not the norm) it’s probably time to lighten up your bed sheets. Here is the best tip – you...

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Remodeling Investments

Suppose you suddenly came into a nice sum of no-strings-attached money. Perhaps you received an unanticipated tax refund or a surprisingly generous year-end bonus. Or maybe a relative died, leaving you a lavish bequest. Whatever the source, you probably have no...

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$117,400 is Low Income in San Francisco

In the latest sign of the astronomical cost of living in parts of California, the federal government now classifies a family of four earning up to $117,400 as low-income in three counties around the Bay Area. That threshold, the highest of its kind in the nation,...

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Ivy City Controversey

Luxury units and craft distilleries have marked Ivy City’s resurgence, but the Crummell School site, vacant since the early 1980s, remains a vestige of a forlorn period in the Northeast neighborhood’s history. The District plans to sell the land surrounding the...

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Hanging Into Summer

As home trends evolve, one of the most significant changes over the last 30 years has been in window treatments. Selecting the perfect window covering or accent can make a room feel more open, provide privacy, create height and add personality. Choosing window...

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