Hi, Karen from HonestlyYUM here! Today, I’m sharing my experience at the incredible Soneva resorts in the Maldives, where I spent my honeymoon. When it came time to pick a honeymoon destination, my husband and I knew we wanted to indulge in some far-flung paradise. For us, the Maldives were the answer. After a 20-hour journey (and a couple weeks in nearby Sri Lanka), we arrived in what we could only describe as a dream– shades of blue, aquamarine, turquoise and every shade in between. Powder white sand beaches that stretch for what seem like forever. Truly surreal. We chose to stay at the Soneva resorts, first at Soneva Fushi, the original deserted island hideaway in the Maldives, and Soneva Jani, one of the newest hotels in the Maldives with luxurious overwater bungalows located in its own 6.5 km private lagoon.
Is it too early to start creating my holiday wish list? Because right now, all I want for Christmas is a gold thread ear pin from jewelry designer Kat Kim. Holy smokes. I’m obsessed with the unique design of this earring, which hooks over the top of the ear and pierces through a piercing on the lobe. On second thought, I’ll take the one with tiny, sparkling pavé diamonds. I’ll be good the rest of the year. Promise.
If you’ve ever wondered how to incorporate a multitude of vintage and ethnic textiles into your home without looking like a bohemian hoarder (not that that’s a bad thing!), turn to Carlay Page‘s North Carolina pad for inspiration. The photographer and interior stylist has previously contributed her mad skills to some of our favorite textile vendors, like Canary Lane and Semikah Textiles. I love how Carlay layers textiles with the right amount of restraint so that each room still has space to breathe. The addition of plants, cacti and found objects round out that perfect, eclectic feel that we all aim to achieve. So excuse me while I’m off to search for a metal canopy bed frame . . . need!
Horror Vacui, the namesake of Anna Heinrichs’ label, is the Latin derived term for “fear of emptiness.” The old design theory essentially explains the urge to fill any empty space with all kinds of details. I can relate. And so does Anna. Inspired by the opulent details and voluminous silhouettes of 15th and 16th century nightgowns, the German designer has been designing sleeping gowns, dresses and blouses in vibrant patterned silks and crisp Egyptian cottons. Not only are her pieces wonderfully over the top, the details are insanely stunning and include scalloped edges, hand smocked panels and precise piping. Clearly, I need to step up my night to day wear.
It may come as no surprise to you that if I could add tassels and pom poms to everything in sight, I would. Wouldn’t they make life that much happier and more colorful? Sadly, even I know that too much can be . . . just too much. However, when I discover the most perfect pair of espadrille sneakers, the urge to adorn them with color and fringe is straight up irresistible. Forgive me, for I have tasseled. Yet again. The inspiration behind these tasseled espadrille sneakers was Ulla Johnson’s boho tassel heels and the most enjoyable part was playing around with some of my favorite color palettes. This is such an easy and fun way to add the right amount of flair to your summer kicks!