Thursday, January 15, 2015

The Adventures of the Traveling Vintage Dress

Aloha Poodles!

When Joanna of Dividing Vintage Moments, wrote a post asking if anyone would like to participate in a Sisterhood of the Traveling Dress, I responded with an enthusiastic yes, please!

And by enthusiastic I mean that I jumped up and down, waved my arms, and said "Me, Me, pick MEEEEE!!!"

Of course Joanna couldn't see that, which is probably for the best. Who wants to send their treasured vintage possessions off to a crazy person?!

So the Sisterhood of the Traveling Vintage Dress began, and I couldn't wait for my turn!

Fortuitously, the dress arrived the day before I left for Hawaii. Yay!!! And I brought her along for some adventures.  (Yes, her.)

Isn't this print pretty?? It reminds me of little shells.
I was excited to accessorize the dress with my personal style!
This vintage banana pin and earrings set originated in Hawaii.
Their first owner was given them by her husband on their honeymoon.
I had to bring them with me!
Our first stop of the day was the Iolani Palace. The palace interior has been fully restored, and is magnificent. I enjoyed the tour immensely.

We had to stop by this famous statue of King Kamehameha!
If only for my sister to say, "Book 'em Danno!" Haha!
Next we were off to visit the Byodo-In Temple. Built in 1968 to commemorate the first Japanese immigrants to Hawaii, the site is a smaller scale replica of the 950 year old Byodo-In Temple located in Uji, Japan.

Stunning scenery!
There were two beautiful black swans on the property!
I have never seen so many koi in one place, at one time!

Glorious hibiscus!

On our drive back to Honolulu, we stopped at breathtaking Lanikai Beach.

Lanikai is consistently rated as one of the top 10 beaches in the world!
The white sand is like baby powder.
Sooo soft!!!
One more selfie before we go! ;)
The dress is now off, bound for more adventures! I am so grateful to have been a part of this fabulous experience. 

Thursday, January 8, 2015


Aloha Poodles!!

It's a new year! Which means it's time I finally blogged something right?!

(Excuse me while I pause in realization that I haven't blogged since September. EEK!)


In December I went on a family holiday to beautiful Hawaii!

Our balcony on Waikiki Beach!
This was my fourth time visiting the island of Oahu, and it was just as lovely as I remembered. Husband and I got married there almost 8 years ago, and we haven't been back since; so it was an anniversary of sorts for us as well.

What better thing could there be, than to be enjoying the tropical sunshine, while it was flooding back home?? Ahhhh... winter vacation.

I wish this was my view everyday!
For the most part I simply lay on the soft sand, slipping into the cool waves when the heat of the sun got too intense.

Every visit to Hawaii should start with a Mai Tai at the Moana!
I did, however, manage to drag myself away from the beach to visit a few other delightful locations.

I'll never get over the sensation of being downtown
in a bustling city, palms towering next to high-rises,
and hibiscus merrily blooming on the street corner.
Husband treated me to some vintage shopping, and I found a couple of new treasures (there may have been bakelite involved). And as a reward for our shopping exertion, haha, we ended the day with cocktails at the amazing La Mariana Sailing Club.

Spectacular harbor views!
A true, original tiki bar, founded in 1957,
La Mariana is a must visit for any tikiphile!
Yep, that's a waterfall grotto!
Oh-so-yummy cocktails may give you the giggles!
Our hotel (Outrigger Waikiki) was sandwiched between the two oldest hotels on Waikiki Beach; the Royal Hawaiian, a luscious pink palace, and the queenly Moana Surfrider. My mom, sister, and I had afternoon tea on the veranda at the Moana, and it was such a treat!

I am in love with the Moana Surfrider's plantation style building,
and central courtyard surrounding a 118 year old majestic banyan tree!
It was wonderful to meet up with our dear friend Debbie.
She lives on Oahu now, so we rarely get to see her.
Debbie brought us each a beautiful lei, in honor of our visit.
Champagne and tea?? Why not?!
Everything was irresistibly delicious!
No trip to Oahu would be complete without a visit to Duke's! Named for the famous Olympic gold-medalist, Duke Kahanamoku, Duke's is located right on the shores of Waikiki. Day or night, this iconic restaurant is packed full of people; many of them stopping in for tropical cocktails and a slice of Hula Pie.

Duke Kahanamoku
Ready to dig in!
Scratch that Tropical Itch!
All too soon, our vacation in paradise was at an end.

"Just a few more waves? Please mom??"
One last sunset...
...and one last look.
I did have a day full of fabulous adventure, involving a certain traveling dress, but that's a story for another time.

Aloha Oahu!
Till then...

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Downward Dancing Dog

I hate working out.

Let me say that again.


You know that whole "endorphins make you happy" thing?


I have never experienced these so-called "endorphins", and they certainly aren't making me happy.

I have, on the other hand, felt like barfing after a work out. Or napping. Or barfing then napping.

You get the picture.

Unfortunately exercise is a major component in Parky's therapy. Booooo!!

Not that I'd ever let Parkinson's dictate my lifestyle choices. I only let vintage do that. Haha!

As in, "I will fit into that 28" novelty skirt, or so help me!!"

But since it is a recommended therapy, and being that I CANNOT live without vintage,  I suppose I must exercise.


Not just any exercise though; Parky's requires exercise that helps with coordination and balance. Dance, boxing, and bicycling rate high on the best types of exercise for people with Parkinson's, as do Pilates and Yoga.

So I set out to research some of the finest workouts the internet and cable can provide. AKA I procrastinated.

Did I NOT mention I hate working out??

I do love to dance though. Dance plus working out equals A Cardio Party!!

Or at least that's what Hulu calls it. Today I danced along to Rhythmica: Dance Cardio Party, and giggled the whole time. (Oh the scripting!) I also got my heart pumping, and my whole body engaged.

Afterwards I was flushed and sweaty, and definitely did not look like a gorgeous Gil Elvgren pin-up. But I also didn't throw-up.

Progress Poodles! Progress!!

Please appreciate the irony of my t-shirt. ;)
Apparently my Parky's brain really does like exercise. Or rather, it likes to exer-dance in the un-judging, un-humiliating comfort of my living room.

Hmmm... maybe Husband will try swing dancing with me...