On this post- helping Maui, the original supermodels back in September Vogue, a cute long shirtdress, a book to check out, and my secret food market in Aptos that has great housewares too.
How’s your week been? We’ve had some lovely weather, and got to the beach one day.. One of my kids – Griffin went on three day backpack trip in the Sawtooth Wilderness in idaho. My other Jackson was on a long road trip to Arizona to take his girlfriend back to med school. I was worried a bit this week, but everyone made it back okay.
I am just shocked and saddened for the people of Maui. I was watching the news and it’s unbelievable how the historic downtown of Lahaina and the neighborhoods were just gone so fast. It was heartbreaking and at the end of this post, I’ll share some different ways we can give a little and help out.
Table Throws and Foggy Beach Walks..
To escape the heat Max and I did a day trip to our favorite beach called Sumner, in Aptos. It was a foggy morning, but it burned off by noon…I love the hike on the trail up to Seascape from the beach. It feels like a small workout, but not too much.. and then I can get a sandwich at my favorite Seascape Foods at the Shops.
The shop is a little gem with has the best things like these hanging planters, pretty baskets, and I always find beautiful throws and other charming housewares. The food selections are excellent and they have a bakery and a deli. A great place to get food for a beach day.
I went home with a lovely blue and creme throw.. and also got my brie and apple sandwich for a beach picnic!
I am using it on the dining table with a big basket filled air plants and a driftwood stick.. Trying for a sort of summer vignette, I added one of my seashells.. I need to attempt ironing it again. I’ll probably use this on the arm of the couch or folded over the chair for some color.. It could also be a cute on a small round table. Do you do this with textiles and throws? I am always on the hunt for cool ones.
Looking for place to grab a coffee on the way back we found this excellent spot called Loft Coffee. It’s near Cabrillo College and they an airy lofted building and lots of outdoor spots. I had their Fog drink which was Earl Grey latte made with macadamia milk- so good. The people working there are also wonderful. Check it out if you are by the beach.
On My Radar…
I’ve been enjoying reading Ready For Absolutely Nothing by original What Not To Wear’s Susannah Constantine. It’s about her posh upbringing among royals that was dysfunctional yet wild with totally absent parents. There is some on her parent’s personal struggles and also some naughty parts, but some of it is laugh out loud funny and a good escape right now. I always loved her and Trinny’s What Not to Wear and miss it.
This blue stripe shirt dress is a classic and I love the stripe. We can wear it now and in fall.. Can I vent a little? I hate the way Anthro styles things. This could be so cute with chic flats or loafers or sneakers. They try and make things look edgy, but the problem is you can’t really see the item well- or how to really wear…definitely not with rubber boots! Another option is like a duster jacket over leggings and a tank.
I have a class reunion coming up in a few weeks and started thinking what would be comfy and not too fancy for a sort of casual evening gathering. I love this sundress, and the black eyelet material is lovely. With a cute pair of black sandals it might be just the thing.
I have had my eye on this Wave Duvet Cover for a while and it’s on markdown on Serena & Lily’s Warehouse Sale and I and thinking of getting it before it’s gone.. The shams are also darling and would be cute with any bedding!
September Vogue & Return of the Supers
I let my subscription to American Vogue lapse a while ago. It just wasn’t inspiring me to be honest. I am excited to see the OG models- Christy, Naomi, Linda, and Cindy are back recreating a cover by Peter Lindbergh they did in 1990. Sadly Tatiana Patitz who was at top in the original, passed away in January. I adore these girls as they are all my age or near it and I loved the Vogue of the 80’s and 90’s.
I will actually buy this September issue and see if it excites me…There is also an Apple TV special about the models coming out in September.. Vogue released this cute clip of them interviewing each other.
Linda was always my favorite. I think they worked a lot harder than models do now, but they were also more recognizable. Things have changed in some ways for the better. Naomi said the biggest change is now things are more inclusive and we see models of all ethnicities, shapes, and ages, which was really missing back then. Now I probably could not tell you the name of any top model.
It’s fun to hear about how they worked..
Home of the Week
Carmel real estate is always a treasure trove and this week I had to share three that are so good..
This Carmel cottage is just a few blocks off the downtown and though only 600 square feet, they did an impressive job using the space and making it feel larger than it is, and oh so charming.. though it is over a million dollars. I’m crazy about the kitchen.
If you’ve got 14 million to kick around this place has the best view in Carmel on the beach..
Lastly, this old school charmer that is right near Clint Eastwood’s Mission Ranch Inn and looks a lot like it.
Maui holds a special place in the heart of my family and many in the West Coast who go there often for holiday. If you can help there are a lot of good people on the ground who can use your donation, even if it’s small.. World Central Kitchen is feeding people meals already and you can donate here to help them.
There are also other organizations like Hawaii Wildfire Relief Fund part of Global Giving, which has a 4 star Charity Navigator rating and says, ‘All donations to this fund will support wildfire relief and recovery efforts in Hawaii. Initially, the fund helps first responders meet survivors’ immediate needs and then will support longer-term recovery efforts run by local, vetted organizations in impacted areas, particularly those working with low-income, historically underserved communities.’
There is also a page to take you to Maui Mutual Aid which helps the disabled and disadvantaged, and also gives to the Maui United Way, and Maui Strong Fund.. all helping and you can specify which area you want your donation to go.
This page on KITV Hawaii may have the most comprehensive list of places to give to and how you can donate your Hawaiian Air miles to people stranded that live there, how to help college kids and much more.
UPDATE: I am adding the Maui Food Bank here, as this is apparently a big need and many people are not only homeless, but without the jobs they held in Lahaina. You can give any amount here.
Last week’s post was on rompers and easy summer looks, how to live a Blue Zone lifestyle, and starting a reset before fall.
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