Rarely do I travel without my kids anymore. And when I do, even when it’s work related, I find myself consumed with mom guilt. Mom guilt. Honestly, I can write a book about it by now. But as Quincy and Coco are getting older, I’m starting to feel more comfortable leaving them at home with my husband, or their grandparents, for the occasional overnight jaunt. Recently, after a week long bout of rain, Orissa suggested that we head up to Tahoe to take advantage of the first legitimate ski day of the season! While the rest of the country has been riddled with frigid temps, Northern California has been desperate for snow this winter. Going up to the mountains for just a night seemed overly ambitious, especially when we were determined to squeeze in as much skiing as possible. But committed to be efficient with our time, thanks to UberSki and our very detailed schedule (created by two Type A personalities), it was a very productive 36 hours indeed.
I’m continuously on the hunt for gold jewelry, particularly simple, yet unique, pieces that layer well. The only thing I regret from my most recent piercing was not adding just a few more holes in my ears. Thankfully, one of my favorite pieces, from newly discovered fine jewelry label Bruce, is an ear cuff that doesn’t require a piercing. And it’s not your average ear cuff. The double orbit-like rings sit snuggly in any ear nook, giving a trompe l’oeil effect that will make anyone do a double take. I also love designer Laura Powers’s collection of thick gold bands inspired by timeworn jewelry – perfect for stacking!
Effortless. Timeless. Ageless. Cool AF. Jill Wegner, founder and former CEO of cult luxury boutique Totokaelo, has applied her same passion of craftsmanship and smart dressing to her new passion project: Roucha. Designed with a strong and intelligent female in mind, each piece is sized on a height-weight chart to fit women of all heights and sizes. I love the ease of wear and the simplicity of color. In a world of overhyped trends and wasteful fashion, this is a refreshingly amazing concept.
2018, we’ve got lots of planning to do. We’re destined to explore some fascinating corners of the world, some close to home, some far flung this year. What are some places your itching to cross off your travel bucket list? I’d love to know! Also, if you’re looking for a bit more thrill, head over to HonestlyFIT for Orissa’s awesome adventure travel bucket list.
Kyoto, Japan: My parents just returned from Kyoto and said the most wonderful things about this historically and culturally significant city. Despite how beautiful it is covered in snow, I’d love to visit during the Spring, where the cherry blossoms are in full bloom.
Mérida, Mexico: There’s been a lot of buzz surrounding Mérida, Yucatán’s capital and best kept secret. In addition to a plethora of Mayan archaeological sites, Mérida is luring travelers for their incredible cuisine, local markets and well appointed boutique hotels and rental homes.
I must admit, my new year didn’t start off with a bang. Coming off a high from the holidays drained me – all I wanted to do was sleep in for just a few hours longer each morning and extend my welcomed detachment from social media for just a few days longer. I actually wish I had a luxurious set of Asceno silk pajamas (red striped, to be exact) to help me ring in my 2018 resolution to take things a little slower and quite literally, get more sleep. It’s never too late . . .