my loves! I’m back!!!!! Did you miss me? Yes, I absolutely did miss all of you
and we have so much to catch up on. Of course I’ve been taking care of business
during our hiatus, building my brand, working with the kids (You know Marlo
loves the kids!), traveling and of course keeping up with what’s going on in
the life of my first love, FASHION of course. (Who did you think I was
have so much to share, so let me start with my first trip to Hawaii. OMG, when
I first arrived I was awestruck by the natural beauty of the island and the
people, although for a minute I thought I had mistakenly landed in China! Why?
Because the people I met and saw seemed to be from Shanghai instead of
Polynesia, but I digress…
I had the opportunity to visit some amazing places like the birth home of our
beloved President Barack Obama. He grew up in a charming old duplex surrounded
by the beautiful flora and bougainvillea native to the island. It was truly
amazing to see that great history was made from such humble beginnings. It must
have been sweet to grow up in Hawaii… No wonder he’s so laid back.
of course I had to also visit some of his favorite eateries. If you get a
chance to go, you have to dine at Alan Wong’s restaurant. The short ribs of
beef are to die for! I mean it, they were so tender, juicy and succulent I can
still taste and smell them right now. They are a must try, believe me!
I did go to a local luau, and yes it was a tourist trap! Plus the food wasn’t
anything to write home about. (Actually it was just shy of nasty, but that’s
not nice is it?)… The pig that was roasted on an open pit was too salty and the
noodles drowned in mayo was downright disgusting! There’s no other way to
describe it. However, the entertainment was amazing, so I guess it was worth
the experience even if the food left a lot to be desired.
can you believe it; I went Parasailing at 1000 feet all by myself!!!!! I kept
screaming for someone to get me down, all while talking to the Lord until I
realized that no one could hear me, (except the Lord of course). After a while
I realized that I was flying or getting as close to it as possible and serenity
fell over me that I cannot explain. Looking down at the beautiful aqua blue and
turquoise water and stunning white and pink sand beaches just put into
perspective that this was an experience I should relish not fear. Once I
decided to just “go with it,” there was no place else I would rather be in that
moment. With the warm sun on my face and the cool trade winds blowing through
my hair, it was a time like no other. I recommend it for everyone. Just try it
– at least once. It’s worth being a line item on your bucket list. Actually,
put it on the list a couple times, so you can take a few trips. That’s just how
much there is to see and do like a trip to the Spitting Cave, and Turtle Bay
Resort or Laniakea Beach where you can romp with the sea turtles. Oh and I
can’t forget to mention Makapu’u Lookout.
you’re looking for a great place to chill for cocktails and hors d'oeuvres while drinking in the gorgeous Hawaiian sunset, you have to
go to the Halakalani Resort. It was absolutely breathtaking and a must see even
if you don’t stay there.
if you’re one of those folks who need something familiar to have a good time,
then you can’t go wrong with dinner at Nobu. Who doesn’t like Nobu?
know you are just dying for me to tell you about the shopping, but it wasn’t
over the top for me, and you all know I’m a shopping connoisseur. “It was nice.” They had all my favorite
designers, but it definitely wasn’t as exciting as a trip to Fifth Ave in New
York or a stroll down the boulevard in Milan. Souvenirs are the way to go here,
if you absolutely must buy something. You can definitely find some unique local
accessories that will really compliment your summer style – you might even get
lucky with a one-of-a-kind find, and that alone makes the trip worth it – at
least it will for my true fashionistas.
don’t let me forget to mention my tour guide, Will, who was a real doll! He
made sure I saw and experienced the best Hawaii had to offer. He was pretty
popular with his infectious smile and warm personality, so if you go looking
for a tour guide (and there are many!) ask for Will, maybe, just maybe you’ll
get the right one and tell him Marlo sent you!