FS Oahu at Ko Olina

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  Sezane Dress ,  Truss Bag , Oliver Peoples x Byredo Sunglasses,  Janessa Leone Hat

Sezane Dress, Truss Bag, Oliver Peoples x Byredo Sunglasses, Janessa Leone Hat

  Sezane Dress ,  Cuero & Mor Sandals ,  Truss Bag , Oliver Peoples x Byredo Sunglasses,  Janessa Leone Hat

Sezane Dress, Cuero & Mor Sandals, Truss Bag, Oliver Peoples x Byredo Sunglasses, Janessa Leone Hat

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 In our room!

In our room!

 Chocolate and champagne treats for our anniversary

Chocolate and champagne treats for our anniversary

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 ‘Japanese breakfast’ for room service

‘Japanese breakfast’ for room service

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 Italian w/ Japanese influences dinner at  Noe

Italian w/ Japanese influences dinner at Noe

 Amazing cocktail tasting

Amazing cocktail tasting

 Truffle for our pasta

Truffle for our pasta

 Ahi Tuna “Panzanella” to start

Ahi Tuna “Panzanella” to start

 Tagliatelle w/ wild mushrooms and truffle

Tagliatelle w/ wild mushrooms and truffle

 Beef filet w/ radicchio, mushroom, watercress, balsamic

Beef filet w/ radicchio, mushroom, watercress, balsamic

 Dessert flight – thank you for the wishes :)

Dessert flight – thank you for the wishes :)

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 Adult pool

Adult pool

 Set up for a wedding that day

Set up for a wedding that day

 Seaside cabana to relax in for the day

Seaside cabana to relax in for the day

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 Weekend seafood brunch! Freshest buffet I’ve ever seen.

Weekend seafood brunch! Freshest buffet I’ve ever seen.

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Caroline Constas Top, Isabel Marant Skirt, Celine Sunglasses, Seven All Around Sandals, Carolina Santo Domingo Bag, Janessa Leone Hat

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 Drive up to the north shore

Drive up to the north shore

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 Couple’s Massage at FS Oahu’s  Naupaka Spa & Wellness

Couple’s Massage at FS Oahu’s Naupaka Spa & Wellness

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We spent two days at the FS Oahu before heading back home to New York after spending a week at FS Hualalai. It’s always nice getting a little taste of Hawaiian city life, too! We usually stay on the east side of the island either in or near Waikiki, but this time we stayed on the west side as the resort is located in Ko Olina. It was really nice to be so close to the coastline and all its beautiful views. We rented a car one of the days and drove up the north shore as well as to the east side to shop at the Waikele Outlet as well as Luxury Row (need a good balance!). Our 6-year wedding anniversary was also this weekend, so the resort was really accommodating and thoughtful in making our day super special. From the chocolate and champagne treats to the couple’s massage, and amazing dinner experience at Noe, we could not have celebrated in a more memorable way.

In collaboration with Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina; thoughts and opinions are my own.

Photos by Hoon Kim and I

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The Big Island

Mile Marker 91 Roadside Lava Cave

 Lunch break at  Da Poke Shack

Lunch break at Da Poke Shack

a drive up to the north end

Akaka Falls State Park

Helicopter ride over the northern coastline

 Philosophy Di Lorenzo Serafini Dress,  Cuero & Mor Sandals

Philosophy Di Lorenzo Serafini Dress, Cuero & Mor Sandals

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Before Chef Fest at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, we had two days to explore the Big Island. We rented a car and drove up the coastline to the northern end as well as to the east side just short of reaching Hilo. There were extreme differences to the various parts of the island; the west side being made up of volcanic ash and the east being tropical and lush with waterfalls. As we explored, we were truly taken by the landscape—it seemed unreal and like Mars in certain areas! We took a helicopter ride one morning, which also gave us a nice overview of the island. Since it was about a month after the volcanoes last erupted, there was still smoke coming up from the ground and we could see the molten lava flow remains where it impacted nearby towns. It was so crazy to see this IRL, and also sad as people have lost their homes. The ride itself was two hours, closed doors, flying out of Kona Airport that was 15 minutes from our hotel. I almost wished we did the 1.5–2 hour drive over to the east side to take the open-doors ride. We rode experienced this in Kauai a few years ago, and it was seriously life-changing. We also had to get local poke while we still had the car, but since it was Sunday and Monday, most places were closed. One of the few places that was open was Da Poke Shack, which was really, really good! A bit pricey, but super fresh and flavorful. Until we meet again, Hawai’i!

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Chef Fest at FS Hualalai

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Chef Fest at the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai was an unforgettable <culinary> experience. FS Hualalai is one of those resorts truly un-matched in its class. The property works with more than 160 farmers, fishermen, and ranchers on the island, and the culinary team on property are leaders in sustainable dining. All of the Resort’s restaurants highlight local ingredients, 75% of which come from Hawai’i island. From the stunning environments to the level of service provided, Four Seasons Resorts always leave me in awe, and this time was no exception. I am so thankful to the FS team as well as all of the staff for being so kind and making our stay absolutely wonderful.

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 Coffee and Talk Story with the chefs at  Hualalai Trading Company

Coffee and Talk Story with the chefs at Hualalai Trading Company

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 Breakfast at  ‘Ulu Ocean Grill

Breakfast at ‘Ulu Ocean Grill

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Chef Fest Grand Tasting

A tasting of dishes by all the chefs participating in the event at the Hoku Amphitheater

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 Our bedroom in the ocean view suite!

Our bedroom in the ocean view suite!

 First morning breakfast on the terrace – started off with classic dishes

First morning breakfast on the terrace – started off with classic dishes

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Interactive Cooking Class w/ Andy Ricker

Learned to make a Thai shrimp dish at the All-Clad Cooking Academy in the Herb Garden – Andy’s specialty!

 Nili Lotan Top, Isabel Marant Skirt,  Seven All Around Sandals , Fendi Bag,  Eric Javits Hat

Nili Lotan Top, Isabel Marant Skirt, Seven All Around Sandals, Fendi Bag, Eric Javits Hat

 Met the most handsome labs!

Met the most handsome labs!

Cos D’Estournel Bordeux Tasting w/ Etienne de Nantes

A fabulous lesson on wine

‘Ohana Chest Fest Dinner

Family style dinner at Beach Tree featuring Chefs Charles Phan, Michael Cimarusti, Jason McLeod, Thomas Bellec, Craig Dryhurst, Kalani Garcia

 In-room breakfast the next morning of Hawaiian Loco Moco, Pineapple, and Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

In-room breakfast the next morning of Hawaiian Loco Moco, Pineapple, and Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

Interactive Cooking Class w/ Charles Phan

Made ginger beef vermicelli and shrimp & chayote stir-fry, while listening to his life story! So much respect…. can’t wait to visit The Slanted Door again someday.

A Quest For Perfection: Champagne Louis Roederer w/ Gregory Balogh

Cristal tasting… done.

Chef Fest Reception & Beach Cookout

Slipped off our shoes and had dinner on Kumukea Beach! Dishes by Chefs Brooke Williamson, Andy Ricker, Hugh Acheson, Thomas Bellec, Chris Ford, Kalani Garcia

FS Hualalai Spa

Relaxed with a great hot stone massage and really enjoyed the steam room – it was super intense in the best way possible.

Chef Fest Gala Dinner

Final dinner of the week with all the chefs, which was absolutely incredible.

All the award-winning guest chefs this year as part of Chef Fest hosted intimate events, dynamic cooking classes, and world-class culinary experiences throughout the week at multiple locations at the ocean-front Resort. I was so happy to have been in the company of chefs Charles Phan, Andy Ricker, Craig Dryhurst, Thomas Bellec, Michael Cimarusti, Brooke Williamson, Chris Ford, Hugh Acheson, Kalani Garcia, and Jason McLead. Mixologists Tony Abou-Ganim, Julie Reiner, Kyle Reutner, and Chandra Lucariello also featured delicious drinks at the Patron Lounge at Palm Grove Pool daily. We participated in a handful of events that were offered as part of the event program, with plenty of time to spend exploring the Big Island, enjoying the amenities on property, and relaxing on the beach. Another photo diary covering the Big Island is coming soon, but wanted to recap the event here first while it is still fresh in my memory! As always, ‘till we meet again… aloha!

In collaboration with Four Seasons Resort Hualalai; thoughts and opinions are my own.

Photos by Hoon Kim and I

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London, Fall 2018

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 Le Labo Fragrances Toiletries

Le Labo Fragrances Toiletries

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 Calvin Klein 205W39NYC Shirt, Aland Skirt,  Yvonne Kone Bag ,  Stuart Weitzmann Boots , Gentle Monster Sunglasses,  Ruslan Baginskiy Hat

Calvin Klein 205W39NYC Shirt, Aland Skirt, Yvonne Kone Bag, Stuart Weitzmann Boots, Gentle Monster Sunglasses, Ruslan Baginskiy Hat

 Quarter duck and egg fried rice

Quarter duck and egg fried rice

 Lobster on crispy noodles

Lobster on crispy noodles

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 The one and only Paul Smith!

The one and only Paul Smith!

 Tish Murtha: Works 1976-1991

Tish Murtha: Works 1976-1991

 Alex Prager: Silver Lake Drive

Alex Prager: Silver Lake Drive

  FiveSeventyFive Dress ,  adidas Sneakers , Gucci Bag, Celine Sunglasses

FiveSeventyFive Dress, adidas Sneakers, Gucci Bag, Celine Sunglasses

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 Matcha Latte and Hojicha

Matcha Latte and Hojicha

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 Balenciaga Jacket,  FiveSeventyFive Dress ,  Seven All Around Shoes , Eugenia Kim Hat, Gucci Bag, Celine Sunglasses

Balenciaga Jacket, FiveSeventyFive Dress, Seven All Around Shoes, Eugenia Kim Hat, Gucci Bag, Celine Sunglasses

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Our second time in the UK this year! (See here for our February trip.) We stayed a few days after our Jo Malone London trip to enjoy the city. Visiting the Serpentine Galleries in Hyde Park to see Lee Ufan and Christo and Jeanne Claude’s installation were our highlights, along with eating a lot of really, really good food. It was also perfect weather for this time of year! Hope to see you again soon London. 👋🏼

Photos by Hoon Kim and I

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