Cost – Not all islands are super expensive. You too can have a Maldivian holiday without breaking the bank. For example Gangehi Island and Resort is such place; it is decently priced under $200 – $300 and still beautiful and comfortable. We steered clear of cheaper locations because at some point you do get what you pay for. Make no mistake, this is not a cheap vacation no matter which way you do it, but you have options of paying $5000 per night vs $300 per night.
Male – not an exciting destination. Unless you care to see the local culture up close, you can skip it and head directly to your island.
Transportation between islands – none will tell you the truth about this one. Basically all resorts claim to pick you up from Male and drop you back off. So like us, if you plan to travel to multiple islands they won’t offer a solution to take you from one to the other. Makes sense for the at nearly $500 per person per flight – they know how to make money! What might help is to stay at island that are very close and you can proactively ask before booking if there is a speed boat option. This is what we did for the other two islands – they are close to each other 25 min by speed boat at $75 per person.
Prices – when you are at Male best to use Rufiyah. But at the islands you can use dollars, euros, or credit cards. But beware some islands like Gangehi will charge you in euros, you have no other choice, plus 10% service charge and 8% government tax.
Maldivian food – don’t expect to see it except in a street dive at Male. Resorts serve international fare. Anyhow there is not such a thing as original Maldivian food – it is a fusion of Indian, Sri Lankan, Arab types of foods. This is day 3 – so if we do encounter something different we will certainly tell you and show pictures.
This is dedicated to our reader, Uzoma, who read our recently published piece ‘Early Spring Shoe Edit’ and asked us how about Men.
So here it is our edit for Men’s shoes, hope it inspires your feet. Please note our edit is not for the faint hearted.
This lovely blue that pops is by Adidas by Tom Dixon is the perfect weekend shoe.
Alexander McQueen, gives men an elegant option to weather the cooler spring days – perfect for workwear or a pair of jeans.
We are obsessed with these sneakers from Lanvin! what man does not need an updated sneaker in 2014??? really.
If you are the guy who likes classic with surprising details – this Raf Simons shoe is made for you.
Diemme makes fun yet very wearable shoes with touches that will make your friends envy and ask you where you got your shoes.
Guys you know Louboutin doesn’t just make shoes for women – yes you may also own a piece of fashion history – never say never, you will surprise yourself. Remember we did say this is not for the faint hearted – if you are too afraid to step out of your shell, stop and think: life is too short to be wearing the boring shoes – go for it!
Spring is little ways away buttt… bit of fashion helps the wait and makes us look forward to it.
Here are some shoes we are looking forward to wear when the warmer weather hits: A nice Tory Burch wedge is comfy and stylish under any jean or dress. Wild tribal pair of flat sandal. We are in love with this pair from Sol Sana. Looking at them is an instant shot of sunshine and smiles. These comfy casual sandals from Ishvara hail from Spain. The cool design and the color combo makes them perfect for weekend runabouts.
I found myself packing again this weekend. Traveling frequently enough teaches you new things. One of the most difficult types of packing is packing for business trips.
Here is what I have learned, besides my obsession with rolling everything (see previous post)… take a picture of your well put together outfits. Say you rocked it today and really like the outfit you wore – snap a picture so you have a virtual reminder. I often look at my pictures to recall what I wore and how I wore it. This makes packing really easy – you have a gallery of complete outfits you know will work All you have to do is roll them into your suitcase.
No matter what type of work you do… power suits to business casual to edgy fashion….applying this technique works and helps you pack less. When you are unsure and packing individual pieces you are bound to take more stuff with you.
So for my 3 day creative business trip to NY I am packing 4 outfits, 1 pair of boots, 1 handbag, 1 laptop, small cosmetic pouch, toothbrush, vitamins. What I am NOT packing; hair products or tools, multiple shoes, individual clothing items that are not part of an outfit, accessories for each outfit, food or snacks, etc. Less is more!
Here are a few of my favorite looks that inspire me:
So what does a shoe lover do when it snows like crazy??
She conquers it!
Outside we have deep snow, ice, and more snow. Exhibit A:
But we love fashion and our cute shoes – so we are still rocking them. Wearing warm boots like ugg or sorel on our way to work and errands… And we let loose indoors. Exhibit B:
Just because its cold outside does not mean you can’t wear your cute shoes. So what are you rocking on your feet today?
G’s Spring13 Jewelry line is here!
She has been working on these pieces a short while but the collection turned out great.
Her fashion sense, our travel adventures, and her passion for re-cycling and re-imagining jewelry shapes her approach to designing. Each piece is handmade by G, and one of a kind. Here are a few pieces from this Spring13 collection:
Jade.d Heart – jade pendant, black beads. Simple yet elegant piece. Sultana – purple stone beads, black beads, and gold plated centerpiece. A statement piece period. Sorry, this piece is already sold out.
White Cream – white beads, gold beads, gold plated centerpiece, black beads. Unusual and unique, this is a beautiful long necklace. The Webster – black beads, gold plated pieces. Webbed structure spotted with the eye catching gold pieces. Short and rests on the chest beautifully.
Hope you like the collection or at least are inspired by these delicate beauties. We are proud to share them with you.
For prices and purchase information, please contact us.
We are super excited about our trip. Packing and planning is mixed in with our expectations about all the amazing seafood we want to eat, visiting temples, and snorkeling we might do. None of us speak the language where we are going – so exciting. Can you guess our destination yet??
Travel packing is an art; we have travelled a lot and still trying to get it right. So here is our breakdown and tips:
B @USA: limiting shoes to 3 is my personal goal. Sticking to it!! taking 2 small suitcases (one is a cabin size). My packing obsession is ‘rolling’ – yes I roll everything, it has transformed how I pack. Less wrinkles and makes better use of space. Still trying to decide: 1 or 2 bikinis??
Y @SWEDEN: Every where is white in snow and no sun. We have just few days left to our trip to the sun. This is a “must have” when you live in such a climate. Just now excited, nervous, and very busy with my studies. Can’t wait to de-stress with my sisters on the beach.
Girls, to tell the truth I haven´t started packing yet but in a little side of my mind I´ve packed everything. I love your packing style “rolling” its just perfect… and definitely two bikinis.
Excited about what we might find at our destination; organic lotions, hand crafted fabrics, who knows what else. Last requests please! I can bring some snow if you didn´t get any this winter.
G @TURKEY: I try to be very minimalist when it comes to pack for beach vacation; for this beach and relaxation vacation my goal is traveling with cabin size suitcase and big handbag only. I just bring my fancy Tory Burch flip flops, my bikini and 3 casual dresses 1 cover up for beach,1 t-shirt and short, my sunglasses <– this is very important!
For the long flights, I will wear my Keen sandals and leggings t-shirt and cardigan and 1 shawl which I can re-use when we visit the temples. I only need a big handbag to put all of these clothes in and few gifts for my sisters in my cabin size lagguage. Since I learned from my sister to roll the clothes I can’t stop, it’s very useful – I swear by it.
We are super excited and packing for our surprise vacation destination. Countdown started today!
We love traveling, adventure and making memories together. So we picked a country none of us had been to before. This is a lovely destination; we can’t wait to explore it and share it with you. Here are a few clues…
colorful easy to wear jewelry,
shoes – our travel rule is no more than 2 pairs (and a pair of Keens for hikes),
… and a few beach necessities. Flights will be long but all will be well worth it. Started researching and making a list of things we want to see, places to explore, and street vendors to eat at…
Any guesses about where we are going? Don’t fret.. more clues are on the way.
Sunglasses – Athropologie
Shoes – Loefler Randall wedge, Avec Moderation flats
Jewelry – Kenneth Lane necklace