Posts in April, 2013

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai

Monday, April 29th, 2013

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I recently returned from the best spring break ever. It seems like half of California heads to Hawaii for
spring break – or at least half of families from my son’s school. I hadn’t been to Hawaii in over 20 years
and this year we finally decided to go. The difficult part was deciding which island to visit and figuring
out where to stay. The more I talked to friends and friend-of-friends and neighbors and parents of
my son’s classmates, the more confused I got. Everyone seems to have their favorite island and their
favorite spot to stay. Unable to make a decision, I finally sent a short text to my very well-traveled friend
Melanie and simply asked – what is the best spot in Hawaii? Her immediate response: Hualalai.

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka‘upulehu is a spectacular resort for an easy, relaxing, active
and utterly perfect family getaway. I am a huge fan of doing close to nothing and this is a fabulous place
to completely unwind and get away from everything. My husband was impressed with the wireless
connection that stretched to every inch of the property while I opted to keep my iPad, laptop and phone
turned off the entire time (ok – I called my parents once and I think I responded to 2 text messages – but
that’s it!).

Let’s start with our spectacular ‘Ohana suite. With almost 1500 square feet of space we had more than
enough room to move in and feel incredibly comfortable. My son loved the outdoor lava rock shower,
the telescope and xbox, and I enjoyed having my very own steam room. And right outside our suite was
an enormous lawn that my son could run around on as well as comfortable outdoor furniture where we
could eat breakfast or just hang out and lounge.

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The resort has a complimentary kids club and my son had a great time at the club for a few hours every
day. One of the highlights was certainly King’s Pond (pictured above), a 1.8 million gallon “aquarium” carved out of the
natural lava rock. It is stocked with over 3000 tropical fish from more than 75 species all swimming
freely about. We could snorkel for hours (which my son did every day) and I never had to worry about
my son’s safety. He even got to feed an eagle ray. And don’t worry about packing snorkel gear – the
resort has equipment for you to use at no charge.

I made a little deal with myself. As long as I woke up and exercised for 1 hour then I could spend the
rest of the day lounging, reading magazines and doing close to nothing. I took wonderful long walks on
the ocean-front path and worked up a sweat at the gym too. The gym is strategically located next to a
fabulous boutique so I could go shopping every day right after jumping off the treadmill. Love that!

So if you are in the midst of making vacation plans for your family, you only need to remember one word: Hualalai.
We’ve only been home 2 weeks and we are already trying to figure out when we are going to go back
next…

Photo credit: www.fourseasons.com (because I haven’t had time to download my own pictures from my camera!)


Calypso St Barth & Dot Complicated

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

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Last week I was thrilled to attend a pre-opening party for the new Calypso St. Barth store at Stanford
Shopping Center in Palo Alto. It was a festive evening of pretty clothes, pink bubbly, delicious cookies
and an entertaining panel conversation featuring media mogul in the making Randi Zuckerberg, pinner
extraordinaire Christine Martinez, and super blogger Erica Chan Coffman of Honestly ….WTF.

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Let’s start with the clothes. The new collection at Calypso St. Barth was absolutely wonderful. Lots
of very wearable clothes perfect for sunny vacations and lazy weekends. There were also a number
of pieces that I thought would be great for going out to dinner with friends. I loved the neutral colors
and attention to detail. The designs are all inspired by travel and the arts so each piece has a unique,
international feel to it. Step foot in the store and you will immediately want to start planning your
summer vacation…

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If you haven’t heard of Randi Zuckerberg yet, I am certain you will very very soon. Randi is a busy working
mom who happens to be bright, enthusiastic and incredibly likable. She and her team have recently
launched a new venture, Dot Complicated. Their weekly newsletters are full of insightful ideas for
managing your wired world. Technology is changing our lives, our families and our relationships in so
many ways and Dot Complicated is here to help us all navigate our way through it all. Sign up for their
newsletter today and keep your eyes open for Randi’s book which is due out later this year.

Power Pinner and Author, Christine Martinez, was a sheer delight. She happens to be one of the most
popular pinners on Pinterest with millions of followers. She is also the author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Pinterest Marketing and writes her trendsetting blog Miles to Styles, named after her pup Miles. Christine was really inspiring because she seemed to be so genuine and true to herself. She has always followed her heart and her passions and has created a successful and fulfilling life for herself along the way.

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Salvatore Ferragamo Shoe Jewelry

Sunday, April 14th, 2013

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How fabulous is this Salvatore Farragamo shoe charm? I must have one. It is from their Miniature Precious Collection and is made of 18k gold and gemstones. Believe it or not, but this iconic rainbow shoe was created way back in 1938 for Judy Garland. I have had a postcard of this famous shoe in my office for years and I just love the idea of being able to wear it around my neck.  There are a number of other great shoes in the jewelry collection including these three below. Perfect gifts for shoe loving girls who have everything…

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Happy Birthday Minted!

Monday, April 1st, 2013

15% off minted.com

Celebrate Minted’s anniversary with 15% off everything. Anyone who has visited Sweet Peas & Stilettos knows how much I LOVE all of the products at Minted. I am so thrilled for their success and I bet the next 5 years will be full of even more creative and colorful treats for all of us. Happy Anniversary Minted! Now we can all celebrate.