Gratitude Affirmation…

I am grateful for life
And all
that I love
I am grateful for the Earth
And the Sun up above
I am grateful for my spirit
And my inner being
For the One that I express

And the joy of this feeling

( Waikiki 2010 )

When you awaken each day, even before you
get out of bed, think of ten things for which you are grateful. Finish your
reflections with the Gratitude Affirmation and, each day, you’ll feel inspired
to have the best day ever !

(  Affirmation from Owen Waters’ )

    Have a simply wonderful weekend and thanks  abeachcottage !

The North shore


 I wake to the  sound of waves crushing upon the white sandy beach, as I look out from my balcony I remember…. ahhh I’m still here in the Islands. The restless sea calls to me….come swim and dive deep into my  beautiful teal waters. How can I resist ?  Day three and another simply beautiful morning in Hawaii.




Today was the day we were to drive to the north shores. A drive I heard was breath-taking. 





We stopped at this little quaint place on  the side of the road ,North Shores surf shop. And we rented some snorkel equipment. 




 ahhhh the north shores…..yes it was breath-taking….

My anticipation of these beautiful waters got the best of me, I couldn’t wait any longer, I ran to the beach and dived in not realizing the rocks were sharp as knives. She’s beautiful and dangerous , ofcourse it’s  the North shore seas…. where the waves come crashing down upon the rocks of  sharks cove.























Hope everyone has a ravenous week ! 

Simply beautiful…

Simply beautiful the view from  my balcony this morning at about 8 am. It’s dark still, but’s it going to be a glorious dawn, I’m here in Hawaii ! The receding night sky surrenders to a glow coming from the east. It is the netherworld between night and day, the stars still clinging to their light.

The sky slowly comes alive. It a  is warm blue color with a hint of purple, and there are tall green palm trees everywhere. The locals here are very friendly, and yes they have that layed back attitude I find so appealing.

The ocean now reveals itself to the light, the black lines of waves now catching a lavender refelection of the sky above , and the white sands of the beach come to show their treasures…. beautiful exotic shells. The wanderlust of travel, the excitement of adventure once again in the palm of my hands, to be remembered forever in a photograph and  a simply beautiful shell.  

as Lois stated ….The sea and life it envelops is so strong and powerful and the human race seems to take soooo much for granted, not knowing the awesome world that lives under those deep turquoise waves. So powerful yet so calming and relaxing.


Simply beautiful….. once again another truly amazing sunset…, can I stay here forever ?

And congrats to Lois ,the  winner of  collection of shells from California, and a hand caved shell from Hawaii and a journal from The Bountiful so she can write about all  her  adventures !!! Please send me your address , and thank you !!

Welcome to paradise


Well we’re here in paradise and all I can say is wow. The flight was magical as the plane engines stopped for just a moment as we soared into Honolulu. The days here are hot and sunny with a wonderful cool breeze.   The sunsets here are truly amazing .





We are at the Hilton in the  Rainbow Towers on the 21st floor,  and our balcony looks over the Pacific ocean, what a view !




This is where I will be spending my mornings and evenings just simply relaxing.




We spent the day at the lagoon. I had a wonderful time relaxing, while  Darrill and Leo explored the beach.





I shot these photos  last night as we walked the beach , it was about 8pm. There was a wedding going on , and beautiful  Hawaiian music playing in the background. The  tiki torches were  lit on the beach …  




and the sunsets were magical…. 









Well it’s 745 am here  and were off  to breakfast here at the Hilton,  then to a road trip  to do some sight-seeing of the Island.

See you tomorrow here in paradise…   

Vintage classic style

When ever I take a plane trip I love to pick up a  Vogue magazine. Why ? Because I love to look at all the beautiful pictures, and well my alter self loves Vintage classic style, and no-one does it better than Vogue. I remember when I was young my mother always had a Vogue magazine lying around, and I would look at the pictures thinking when I grow up I will travel and look like a Vogue cover model. Well I traveled , but I never could get that classic style just right. Okay , I never ever got close.

(1951 vogue)

You  know that perfect Vogue look, classic but understated. Those perfect colored  red lips. This photo was from 1951 and I think today this look would still look great. I love this yellow and black striped scarf.  Timeless, ageless and so chic. I think I will pack blacks , reds and yellows, and my big straw hat (ofcouse) and some little black kitten heel sandals.

(my picture from the Islands)

(This is Kim’s Vogue Cover)

I love all the vintage Vogue covers, this cover is from 1932. I would like to do a vintage classic photo shoot and turn one of the pictures into a Vogue cover. So if any of you classic beauty’s wants to do this kind of photo shoot contact me . Well am off to Honolulu , I thought I would post my daily photos of this Island , hope you will  join me.


This is the last week of the give-away, so leave your comments, I will add something from the Islands !


Romantic Balboa Island

What I loved most about my week at the  beach was getting on my Schwinn bike,  and taking a  ride on the ferry to cross over to  Balboa Island still the city of Newport Beach  . Balboa Island is a quaint little town with beautiful shops and quaint little cottage homes , a lot of them have  little white picket fences and lots of lush flowers and greenery.





As I was riding  to the Island I saw this really cute old man walking, so I stopped to take his picture.



He was very nice and he stopped to talk about how long he lived here on the Island which by the way was 60 years, what a great life don’t you think, I felt guilty being  envious of this nice old man.    



As I continued on my journey I saw this beautiful sailboat ,  I stopped to ponder the idea of learning to sail . The wind blew the  sailboat  down the sea gracefully riding the perfect rhythm of the waves. A sacred earth, a sacred sea.  It was breath-taking.



Next stop, Romantic Balboa Island, this place is so enchanting, all the wonderful homes and  charming  shops , not to mention great places to dine.    




This Island is tiny, but so cute the homes here are gorgeous.



Some of my favorite shops on the Island are ,   Art for the Soul, a gallery of unique gifts. 



 Fresh Produce , a  colorful clothing shop.




and  a candle shop where they make their candles right there at the shop, I had to buy some aloe scented  ones.



What I noticed was teal,  bright green and white was the color of a lot of these clothes, decor and shops. I love these colors they make me feel very earthy , feminine and   happy.




On the way back I saw this group of girls all dressed up like princesses, they were adorable. 



 Balboa pier, a popular destination for families and children.



Of course I had to bring  Leo back to ride the ferris wheel, he rode it three times.



A magical place and I had a wonderful time. Hope you are enjoying your summer, next I will post my recipe for my Shrimp Boil ,  a must have when you’re at the beach !  Have a great week !