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Allerton Garden: Stepping Into The Past

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We started the day with checking out Spouting Horn before heading into the Allerton Garden.  It was interesting to learn that the Plantation modified the landscape because of necessity.  The orginal Spouting Horn was destroyed by the plantation because of the ocean spray that it created for the plantation fields.

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We started with the tour bus down to the Allerton Garden. Once a part of Queen Emma’s properties, it was later sold to the Allertons from Chicago. The garden was made for entertaining and to capture the natural landscape. The Allerton’s collected different plants from all over the world. Eventually, they moved into the research and preservation of plants that they found in their travels.  The Gardens is a celebration of art and flora from throughout world. In many ways, it also portrays the architectural genius of the Allertons. Each garden is considered a room. One can only imagine how it was when it was first created. Many of the gardens are preserved in their original state as much as possible.

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I love the organic state of the gardens and the dichotomy of natural and structural creations. The statues collect most and mildew that give them character. The Venus statues from the Chicago gardens looked remarkable. img_4562

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The garden is filled with many different sculptures. Some of them with movement, sound, and rhythm. The one above, plays with water levels and the illusion of movement. The bamboo forest below created a space of relaxation and the sound of the rustling of bamboo made natural melodies with the rustling of the wind.

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This scalloped water fountain plays with movement and rhythm. The scallops of the fountain worked with the movement of the water. The sculptures of mermaids on both ends mimic the look of the palms surrounding the fountain.

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img_4687-1img_4652If these trees look familiar, they were featured in the Jurassic Park movies. There towering branches and their beautiful above ground roots make them larger than life.img_4666I chose to wear a fun denim skirt for this adventure from RocknRemix by Char Glover. I am completely in love with this skirt. It’s perfect to dress down with a tank and sandals and to dress up with a dressy blouse and a nice pair of statement pumps.

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After our tour we headed down to Savage Shrimp to get a taste of the locally grown shrimp. img_4709img_4705

And then we went to Fresh Shave to get a little bit of dessert. We got  pineapple and a pumpkin flavored shaved ice and got a chance to look at some Kauai made items from artisans in a near by showroom.

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In the evening, we got a chance to go to Hamura’s Saimin to tastes one of Kauai’s oldest and most popular saimin shops. I love coming to visit this place whenever we are in town. It has that small town flair and the people are always super friendly.

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Thanks again for reading. I hope you enjoyed these last few posts about our trip to Kauai. Let me know what you think.

XOXO,

Michelle

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Ocean Adventure & the Forbidden Island

Most of my life I’ve seen the cascading mountains and cliffs of the Na Pali Coastline on TV but nothing compares to seeing it’s beauty in person.

We woke up early to get ready for a boat trip to see the coastline and to snorkel off the coast of Niihau, the Forbidden Island. It was two things I had listed on my bucket list.

The views were amazing. We even got a chance to see Dolphins and Whales on the trip out to Niihau.

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It was also my first time snorkeling in deep water. I was thrown by the depth of he ocean. We got a chance to see Niihau up close. Niihau is owned by the Robinson Family and in order to go there, one must be invited. From the boat, the beaches were pristine and beautiful. We got close enough to snorkel the reef and to check out the animal and plant life on the reef and enjoy nature’s beauty.

Thanks again for Reading.

XOXO,

Michelle

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Wanderlust: Cruising Through Central America

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A few weeks ago we got an opportunity to take a break and spend time with family. Our first stop was Florida and a visit to the campus of University of Miami. versailles1

On our first night there, we got a chance to taste the Cuban food from Versaille Restuarant in Miami.

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Our first stop in Central America was Roatan, an island off the coast of Honduras, were we got a chance to swim with dolphins. And a quick stop in Belize where we drifted down Rio Grande. Both places were full of eco-tours.

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We cruised up to Cozumel for some fun in the sun and a cooking class on Mexican food and learned strategies and recipes to bring back home.

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And finished the trip with a visit to the Mayan ruins.

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Hope you enjoyed  these snap shots of the Western Carribbean.

XOXO,

Elle

Wanderlust: Taste of the Garden Isle, Kauai Adventure

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About a month ago, we decided to take a break from Oahu and make our way to Kauai. It was a great weekend to get away and just enjoy life on another island. We got a chance to spend time with family and check out the cool sites to see on Kauai. Here are a few shots on our drive up to the north where we got a chance to visit the wet and drive caves.

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I enjoy the character of each island. Kauai has this air of relaxation wherever you go. I love checking out the beaches there, so serene and peaceful.

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We got a chance to check out the newly renovated Kilauea light house and listen to its significant story.

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We also got a chance to check out one of my favorite local brands of coffee,  Kauai Coffee Company and take a tour of their farm as well as go coffee tasting.

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wpid-20150221_193915.jpgAnd best of all, we got a chance to taste some of the local cuisine at a few popular eateries. Many Kauai restaurants are incorporating locally grown produce in their dishes.
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Hope you enjoy these snap shots of Kauai.

XOXO,

Elle

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SHORTS j crew
SANDALS grey by saks 5th avenue

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