Travel: The Need For Water

The past three days in San Francisco have been unusually warm – 70’s in some places, quickly changing the tune of people’s moods. Lunch time at the waterfront, beaches after work, sunbathing in parks – that sort of positive change.

It got me wishing I could take a vacation right about now to somewhere tropical, or simply stream these photos on my computer. Nah, I think I need to plan for a tropical  escape.

I need to find where this perfect sunbathing swimsuit is from
Would love a snorkel with these wonderful creatures
Coastal bar of some sort under a stream of lights – staring at a sunset – which I have done in Mexico
On a yacht somewhere on the French Riviera or Italian – I am not picky
And this is absolutely on my bucket list. 

Fashion: Hints of Spring

Springtime is all about color, pastels more than anything is what I envision and although we are a month and a half short of this wonderful season, I can’t wait to reveal some of my favorites:

Left to right: Polka-dot dress, halter-neck blue dress, Pink of course, lavender my favorite

Travel: Cheapest Travel Destination For Each Month of the Year

If I could drop everything and travel for the rest of my life, I would consider myself the luckiest person on the planet. And this list surely helps. Here’s where I’ll be eight months out of the year, the rest I leave up to impulse :)

Fashion: Valentine’s Day Statement

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I call this the Conservative Valentines – Charsu
The Cold Weather Casual Valentine – Dabuwawa wear
The first date Valentines- Dabuwawa wear
The Fashionista Valentine – Dabuwawa wear
The retro valentine –
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The chic unique and also pink Valentine – Seraco
The work to cocktail (okay, okay, sexy) Valentine – my pick

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Lifestyle: Your Health Matters

Living an organic and healthy life is something I strive for, no matter how challenging it is in the environment will live in.  And if you are anything like me, you’d appreciate the articles below:

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How to decode organic labels for bedding and towels
Detox heavy metals is also important
Understanding How to Eat Organic
Organic cleaning products and more

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Decor: All About Lighting

I don’t know about you, but lighting up a room is probably one of the most important things next to decor theme.  It sets the mood, adds focal point to different parts of the room, and allows us to see.  And I have to admit I have struggled with proper placement of lighting in my lifetime.

So, since I am in the midst of redecorating our studio apartment, I am taking into consideration lighting from here:

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For kitchen lighting try these suggestions:


What mistakes we all make when lighting up a room:


Travel: All About Italy

I have settled on a trip to Italy late September, early October this year, as my annual destination in Europe. And, although I have been to the country every year for the past decade or so, I cannot get enough of it. Alternating cities every year or not, making the trip always memorable.

So here is what I am thinking:  Venice, Verona, Florence, Rome, Sorrento, Positano, Capri with a few Tuscan cities in between.  I haven’t done this combination nor been to the southern Italy for a while, so I am excited.

Of course research is always fun, and I have found some interesting articles to keep the momentum, and set the mood.

One year I am going to make it to the famous Carnival in Venice – until then this article will just have to do
A list of hotels naturally I plan to check out
Ten things You should know about San Pellegrino – the sparkling water I always order when in Italy
Top ten must-do’s and I have in Italy minus climbing Etna
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And last but not least, I suggest you follow this up and coming author, and read Piazza Navona just before your trip to Italy

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Food: A Thing Or Two To Consider

I stumbled upon this article just a day ago, and it got me thinking that this list of 57 Small Things To Do For Yourself is one I pretty much follow with the exception of:

8. Invite a completely new person over for dinner—a new coworker, your neighbor—and share your favorite dish with them

23. Learn to master your favorite cocktail.

27. Get to know the farmers at your farmers market, and let them dictate your menu once in a while.

30. Invite a friend over to teach you how to make their favorite recipe.

47. Make your favorite condiments at home.

49. Turn your favorite ice pop into a cocktail.

So, it’s time to up the challenge, and consider the short list of things I haven’t yet done.

What are some of things from the list you haven’t done? Do Share.

Trend: Why Pink In 2016?

I don’t adapt to what’s trending. I create my own, and what I believe makes me feel alive. This year, it happens to be pink.

Just so you understand, in 2010 I started this game, RED being the color that year, I decided to paint my bathroom walls a deep red, took a photo of myself with a red backdrop, bought tops and lipstick in shades of red, and even utensils and coffee mugs, and my dog’s water bowl, all red.

Then in 2012 I switched to green, juniper, moss, seaweed or sage, incorporating the color into my bookshelf accessories. Wardrobe of course, work coffee mug, adding indoor plants to my living spaces.  Until I fell in love with shades of yellow, daffodils, Tuscan sun, and honey, buying a bouquet of flowers in those colors was all I did with yellows.

Shades of blue for 2014, arctic or sapphire, changing my bedding to the calming colors was the best thing I did that year.

And now, in 2016 pink is in-at least for me. Let’s see where the color will lead me to?

What is your color (really mood) for 2016?

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Travel: In Search of the Northern Lights

I have a bucket list I feel I may not be able to complete by the time I am 75 or 80. Which, in my mind, is the limit to pushing the limits. Unless of course, I create a more ‘mature’ bucket list for 75 and beyond –  first thing to add to that list is dancing on the Seine River Bank from Jun-Aug every year (I laugh picturing myself doing that in my old age).

Until then, one of the items I have on the bucket list is to see the Northern Lights– maybe from a plane, if that is even possible, and hopefully from the ground which is most doable. I just need to hunker down and plan that trip.

Check out this video.

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