A couple of weeks ago I went to Maui for a last minute, long-weekend getaway. We were away for four days, just long enough to slow the pace down and truly relax. When I was growing up, my family, like so many other Seattle families, went to Maui for vacation every year. We stayed in old Maui – Kaanapali or Kapalua usually. The shops and restaurants of Lahaina became so familiar over the years, it seemed nothing ever changed. I loved it all. After I graduated high school and friends were jetting off to Europe, I opted to go to Maui. I left the day after graduation and came back the week before college started. I could write a book on the experience of being seventeen (and on the extreme naive end of the worldliness spectrum) and being completely on my own financially (and otherwise), while on a tropical island in the Pacific. When my plane landed late that night and I was greeted by my Maui friends that I met a few months prior, with whom I would be living for the next three months, I was informed that they had been evicted that morning and we didn’t have a place to live…. And there were no cell phones as it was 1984. Needless to say, I learned a lot about life, survival, being resourceful and what and absolute blast it is to not have a plan.
I had only been to the Wailea part of Maui a couple of times since my summer of ’84. But Wailea didn’t feel like the Maui of my memories, so I guess I lost my desire for Hawai’i over the years. I assumed it all had changed. How wrong I was. Coming back to the places we used to go – six nomads, one car and a lot of surfboards – brought me back to that summer and my love has been reignited. So, I’ve been having Maui dreams and as such, I’ve been fantasizing about what my ideal Polynesian island home would look like…
I’m referring to my current fashion obsession – polka dots. If you, like me, tend to be pattern averse, think of this as a baby step. Kind of like wearing stripes, but dots.
This dress stopped me in my tracks recently with its playful yet chic style. Plus, I could picture Amal Clooney wearing it. It also struck me as insanely versatile, even though it’s a pattern (and polka dots no less!) which seems completely counter intuitive to versatility. Pondering the outfit possibilities as I stood there, I pictured wearing this in the cooler months with knee-high, pointed-toe black suede boots and if I was really going for it, an emerald green handbag and/or leather gloves. In the summertime, with a strappy sandal and presto! it’s daytime appropriate.
Let’s do this together. Baby steps. Before we know it, we’ll be tossing in floral accessories and contrasting colored shoes like nobody’s biznasss. As always some inspo….
If there is a season to try this out, it’s now – spring/summer. Why? Because it’s time to have some fun, it’s been a long AF winter. Here are some of my top picks.
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I started this blog in 2008 as a way to chronicle the remodeling of our nondescript Northern California house into our dream home. While that did happen, so did a lot of other things - life and all the messy, glorious, complicated, wonderful things that go with it. As such, in early 2017 I decided to change the focus from the house itself to the life that happens inside.
My wish is that this blog provides beautiful inspiration, creative ideas, connections to other like-minded folks, as well as stylish products for your home, to wear and to give.