Chic and unpretentiously elegant, The Hotel Modern Honolulu was the perfect place to stay. The rooms feel fresh, clean, and comfortable. The staff is outstanding- so nice and accommodating. There are two pools, a wading pool on the top floor and a swimming pool below- both bar accessible for those of you craving that mid day coconut mojito. The beach and boardwalk is only steps away. The Modern is strategically located. Its far enough away from the hubbub of Honolulu/Waikiki that one can relax and feel that zen hawaiian vibe, but if you crave a local restaurant or shopping, its all within walking distance. There is a seemingly never crowded exercise room for those that would like to use it- with TVs, working equipment, and weights. The hotel hosts The Library, a lounge bar with live music. Also a rooftop bar voted the best in Honolulu exists above.
**Tip– the rooftop bar is small and hot. The decor is artistically enticing but honestly with its loud contemporary music and the fill of practically naked clad 21 year old “women”, this dance club feels less sophisticated and is more appropriate for those under 30. I felt very old in there.
This past weekend MSM surprised me with a spontaneous staycation in Orange County! He only gave me a few moments to pack and told me to not over think it 🙂 He knows me well.
What to wear:
I was excited to take my beautiful new Fendi Crocodile sandals for a test run before wearing them in Hawaii. Good thing I did, too, because by hour four my feet were bleeding (ah the price we pay to stay in style). Once the bandaids were in place, things were fine. They are actually very comfortable. Since I wore them all weekend, the leather softened so next wear will be great. Lesson learned- break in sandals only a few hours at a time.
For all you beach goers, I have found (via Danielle) the most AMAZING tote. It fits everything, does not get too heavy even when packed to the rim, is comfortable to carry and is GORGEOUS! The leather is coated so it will last for many years too. Its well worth the price. I love it for the beach and will use it as a carry on when traveling.
This was my first time wearing a sun hat (this one is spf 50). I felt so lady like.
Despite the hat, don’t forget your sunscreen!
We had a fabulous lunch at this quaint little restaurant called Anastasia’s. When I first saw it I thought “the eyebrow bar has a cafe now?” But they are not related. If your are ever in Laguna I highly suggest this place. The owner- I assume named Anastasia- walks around and talks/jokes with the customers. She’s lovely and has a great sense of humor. She is also very familiar with the area and can suggest other options regarding restaurants as well as where the night life is lively. They specialize in sandwiches, salads, and breakfast foods. Everything was fresh and I assume organic. They even custom make juices with fun names which unfortunately I didn’t write down, so I don’t remember (other than The Vampire, which I ordered). The line to the counter was long but the food was well worth the wait. Delicious!
Laguna Night Life
Despite living in OC for so long, I had never attended the local Sawdust Festival. Its an arts and crafts fair that I had heard about for years and always wanted to see. Ends up its really fun! We enjoyed wine and quesadilla while listening to live music and then walked around to see the art booths. One crafts woman created comfortable earrings for people with ears that aren’t pierced. I have to say – this is no easy task. This artist also has a sense of humor; she named her company Hooker Earrings.
We ended our night with the Electric Light Parade at Disneyland! So much fun!!!