Monthly Archives: April 2011

Underwater Suite

Ithaa, the world’s first all-glass undersea restaurant at the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, is celebrating its fifth anniversary by turning its underwater restaurant into a suite built for two. This may be a stressful night for some people, but others  will marvel in the beauty of living like Ariel for a night!

The Maldives resort is offering guests the chance to spend the night under-water by turning the restaurant into an exclusive suite for two, complete with a private champagne dinner and breakfast in bed.  Resting five meters below the Indian Ocean, the restaurant-turned-romance room is surrounded by a vibrant coral reef and encased in clear glass. Using aquarium technology, the suite was built to allow guests to enjoy the color, clarity and beauty of the Indian Ocean without getting their feet wet.   What an amazing night~

The cost of this little luxury? $320 per person for dinner. Want to spend the night? The price is available upon request, depending on your dates of travel.  A little too rich for my blood unfortunately, but a girl can dream right?

World’s Coolest Backyard Play Scape!

Recently I visited an amazing house that had an even more amazing play scape in the backyard.  I was told while on the visit that this particular play set was built by a world renown play scape architect…I didn’t even know such a thing existed!!  Anyways, I later found out that this play scape was built by Barbara Butler, and was actually the last play scape that she built on-site.  While she still constructs play scape creations, she now does so through her South San Fransisco Shop and ships them to their destination.  Now, with her team of “play professionals” she creates pre-designed and custom made play houses for lucky kids all over the world.  Sheesh…the only playhouse I ever had was made out of plastic and got blown away by helicopter, but that’s another story.

Tough terrains, challenging spaces, and unusal requests are her specialty, and as you can see from my pictures below, she is great at her job!  This play scape was built to resemble the real house on the propery and includes a jail, 14 foot wavy slide, rock climbing wall, climbing web, fire pole, “turbo slide”, earthquake spring platform, bridges and ramps, and of course swings.  Unfortunately when I was locked in the jail, I did not know there was a secret escape…

Happy Birthday Baby!

Of course the graphic designers can come up with the best cards...

Male Figure Skater Comes Out:

Johnny Weir is an American figure skater. He is a three-time U.S. National Champion (2004–2006), the 2008 World bronze medalist, a two-time Grand Prix Final bronze medalist, and the 2001 World Junior Champion. As of April 2010, Weir was ranked 12th in the world by the International Skating Union.  Last year, he was chosen to compete in the 2010 Winter Olympics, where he did worse than expected:  a disappointing 6th place overall.  Although this sounds amazing to average skating like myself, to Johnny boy and his coaches this was crushing.

After the conclusion of the Olympics, news starts breaking through magazines and gossip websites that “Johnny Weir is gay”.  Wow, a male figure skater who over the last 7 years has won medals internationally is gay?  I don’t believe it?!  Honestly, I mean that confession was about as shocking as when Adam Lambert came out!

What is the moral of this story?  As a celebrity of any kind, take something from your personal life and deny it for years, then if you fail at what you are supposed to be good at, “come out” with whatever it is that you have been hiding and you will again see your face in the news.  Well played Johnny…well played.

Things that are never ok.

I’ll make this short and sweet.  Last weekend I was at a bar watching one of my dear friend’s bands perform (they were awesome), and there was a woman sitting at the bar, that’s right AT the bar, knitting.  Now call me judgmental, but a bar is the last place a pair of knitting needles should ever go.   Maybe, just maybe, if she was sitting at a table or in a corner somewhere, this would be ok, but noooooooooo, this lady is sitting AT the bar, where people are going to get their drinks.  Say what you want, but in my book she was pretty much asking to get made fun of.

Happy Easter!


Happy Easter Everyone!  I saw the movie Hop last night, and it was adorable!  In short it was Charlie and the Chocolate Factory meets Alvin and the Chipmunks meets Tim Allen’s The Santa Claus.  Cute Paas (just like the egg die) is next in line to be the next Easter Bunny, the only thing standing in the way of his destiny is his life long dream of becoming a rock star.  To escape his graduation from bunny to Easter Bunny he runs away to Hollywood (where dreams come true), where he meets Fred O’Hare (real-life hottie James Marsden)…this is where the shenanigans really start.  The movie of course, is entertaining, and many of the Easter Bunny references, such as Paas calling himself E.B. once he gets to LA, or the megaphone being called the “eggaphone”, really tie in the theme.  Additionally, I was surprised to see stars Chelsey Handler and “the Hoff” in the movie, as well as the voice of Hugh Hefner when E.B. tries to bunk up with all the other bunnies in Hollywood.  Highly recommended if you like funny animated/animal movies…can’t wait to catch Rio!

Check out the trailer here:

Charming Charlie

One of my best friends recommended that I go to Charming Charlie to look for accessories.  In fact, she always has cute Jewelry & Shoes and more times than not, when I ask where it’s from, its from Charming Charlie.  I’ve been trying to “slim down” my pile of unnecessary crap, but with summer around the corner, of course even I, a self-proclaimed non-shopper, have caught spring fever and have been itching to update my wardrobe.  I finally made it to C.C. this morning, and what my friend DIDN’T tell me is that this store is one of the most overwhelming locations on the planet!  I was expecting an updated version of Claire’s….NOPE!  This store has tables, and walls, and display cases, and hangers OVERFLOWING with earrings, bracelets, watches, necklaces, purses, wallets, glasses, sunglasses, shoes, scarves etc etc etc.  I looked around in shock and awe as I walked through the golden door.  The entire store is segmented by color, which typically I find really annoying, but here it works.  To be honest, I went to the store for a watch, and the moment I walked through the door I realized that I needed to find a watch and hightail my way out of C.C. before I wasted the rest of my day there (trust me, it would be extremely easy to spend 3 or 4 hours there!).  I definitely do plan on going back, but I’ll have to dedicate at least a few hours to it and bring my shopping buddy to let me know which of the items I’m holding that I “can’t live without” I actually can!

Sleepy Puppy…

Awww sleepy puppy ready for a nap in his jammies!!

Toms Shoes….really??

My job requires me to look at hundreds of websites a day, and one ad that has been popping up all over the place is “Make Your Wedding a Toms Wedding”.  I’ve know the general concept of Toms Shoes for some time now…you buy a pair for yourself, and Tommy Boy will donate a pair to a child in need.  At first glance, I think this is a kind hearted guy that is really giving back…never really looked too much into to, but was never really against it.  Then, once I started seeing these “Toms Wedding” ads, I was absolutely shocked to how hideous these “wedding shoes” –if you want to call them that- were!  These shoes are not only inappropriate for a wedding, but I’d like to see the bride that lets her bridal part wear these!  Even for a casual wedding, these slip-ons are completely unacceptable!  Maybe, just maybe, in the right setting the guys could get away with wearing some at a beach wedding or something similarly casual, but bridesmaids…most likely not!  Adding glitter or satin to “botas” does not make them wedding-day attire in my book.  Call me uptight, but on the most special day of my life, you will not find me slapping these puppies on my feet!

Wedding shoes?? I think not!

I started looking further into his product, which only added insult to injury.  It’s not just the way the shoes look, it’s the whole concept…these shoes range anywhere from $35 – $100+!!  People purchasing these shoes who are bragging (even if only in their own heads) about “giving back”, but I don’t really understand it.  They are buying expensive shoes that make them look like a poor person, just so a real poor person can also have a pair of shoes.  Here’s an idea…how about if you want to give back, actually do that!

These shoes look like they were made from a potato sack...definitly worth $54...

$48 that you will never see again for a pair of shoes that look like they have sat in the Sahara Desert Sun for 3 years before you even purchased them. FAIL

Don’t get me wrong, as I scrolled through his website, I did find some pairs that I liked.  Some of the prints were cute (i love the elephants-see below) and the wedges were cute, but for the most part, no thanks.

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