Disregard the current weather on the East coast! Here is something that rain, snow, or sunshine can’t prevent this accessory from being sported! Hats are not just an after thought. They are the final touch of style that you choose carefully. Melin, a company from Southern California is delivering style, function, and cool as hell hats. This find goes to my 10-year-old son who was hunting for a flat bill hat. Melin is innovative and hitting every detail. The Amphibian, the hat that my son decided with conviction was his to own is designed with the same attention to detail as one might compare to a sports car’s interior. It is ready to perform! The materials are a combination of neoprene, perforated tech suede, a moisture wicking lining, and the list goes on. One may say over kill and too pricey for a hat. But you could say the same over a fancy scarf (cough, Burberry). The Amphibian will float and stand up to any elements with no sign of wear and tear. This hat line doesn’t disappoint. isostilo is totally digging Melin and you should check it out.
Found at Blueline Surf & Paddle Co. and modeled by Aleisi, who is rocking The Amphibian 24/7 except to school with the fear of loosing it.
Copenhagen is seriously a cool city! I am envious of those that have it easily accessible. We hit the streets running and I can share with you that design in every sense just lives and breathes in this city!
SKT. PETRI Hotel is centrally located and a five-minute walk from the metro. It has a lovely lobby filled with natural light, green plants, and plenty of large lounge areas to sip a drink. The restaurant looked nice but we didn’t try it due to all the options outside the hotel. Limited time means hit the streets and explore. Walk out the revolving door and the city is awaiting.
Coffee is my thing. You could say an addiction. Democratic Coffee is a lovely spot to pop into anytime of day. It is conveniently located next to SKT. PETRI. Democratic Coffee serves one of the best almond croissants (damn good) in Copenhagen and pours a delicious, smooth roasted coffee. It is located in the newly renovated Hovedbibliotek.
Copenhagen is a playful city that draws you in immediately. It has stunning architecture, cobbled streets, canals, colorful buildings, a royal castle, green space, and museums. Really what else could you ask for?! The city is filled with the Scandinavian aesthetic that I love (and the reason Copenhagen has been on my list). So much to offer with culture, shops, restaurants, and city activities. I did not even scratch the surface!
Paludan Bog & Cafe is a vibrant bookstore/cafe that has set the bar high for delivering a vibrant and cozy eatery serving from morning till late evening. One will be hard press to walk right in and sit down but it is worth the short wait. The restaurant offers tasty food and a lengthy beverage list. The environment is welcoming and the prices are reasonable. It is the perfect marriage of academia and a neighborhood hot spot in the heart of the city.
Drinks and Dinner:
Illum is one of Copenhagen’s best rooftop hot spots offering multiple restaurants, bars, and stunning views of the city. Live music, a bottle of red wine and large basket of fries was how we girls enjoyed it!
A week in Montana just makes you desire more time and more exploring. Winter time is the only time that I have experienced this beautiful state but summer is now on my bucket list while driving an airstream. Big Sky has a blue sky that is indescribable. It has an ever-changing light that draws your attention back to the natural landscape that is truly majestic. Mother Nature has been very kind to Montana. Experiencing the magic from an elevation of 7,500 feet at the base to over 11,000 feet at the top of the mountain you are quickly made aware that one can not tackle this mountain at Big Sky in one week. You feel small in comparison to the grandeur of the mountains and the wildlife that make it their home. We did are best with the spring like temperatures and fresh pow pow that delivered. Here are some highlights from a week of skiing in Big Sky!
Home for a week
Local pour over coffee for your morning pleasure
Coffee morning nook
Morning Mountain Views
End of the day smores
We rented a home for the week through Big Sky Vacation Rentals. A perfect solution for two families. The house was fully equipped with all the amenities including an outdoor fireplace for s’mores, hot tub, and a foosball table for some tournaments. Every morning started with a fresh coffee sipped over the first rays of sunlight awakening Lone Peak.
Coffee break with a hell of a view!
Taking in the Mother Nature
All day long
Madison base to chill and take in the vibe
Time to break for lunch
Interior of Everett’s with killer views!
Lunch at Everett’s 8800
Meet Boomer, He is ready to serve the mountain
Big Sky instructor circle time
Happy and in his element!
A little help from Papa
Heading to higher elevation
Cocoa and a lounger on top of the mountain is pretty amazing
Cheers to a great vacation
Plan your day
Skiing was the goal! 6 days straight of rising and taking hold of the day was achieved. Bluebird days and some fresh powder to keep it fresh. A week filled with fresh air, beautiful landscape, and family fun.
Big Sky has a fun and growing downtown center. Everything one needs is a short drive from the ski area. One can grocery shop at Hungry Moose, sip a coffee at Compass Cafe or Caliber Coffee, pizza at Ousel & Spur Pizza Co. or take in a movie at Lone Peak Cinema. All your skiing requirements including rentals and gear can be taken care of at Grizzly Outfitters. My favorite shop to buy souvenirs and other Montana inspired merchandise can be found at Montana Supply. They have expanded into a new larger space shared with Compass Cafe. What a nice concept (shopping and sipping coffee, perfect!). Montana Supply is offering even more crafted accessories and clothing from local artists. The space is industrial and rugged. It complements the outdoor nature of the store. It is one stop shopping offering stylish garments and accessories for men and woman. The shop is so well curated that you want to make a lifestyle change and move to Montana!
Miss Pro Rodeo Queen
Kayla Seaman, Northwest Montana Miss Pro Rodeo Queen
Taking in the local scene
We had perfect timing to catch the showdown!
Skijoring in Big Sky
One of the most surprising events that was happening in Big Sky’s town center on way out-of-town was the National Skijoring Event. Skijoring is a winter sport that combines skiing and horseback riding. A horse and rider pair up to pull a skier or snowboarder at a fast speed around a track with obstacles and jumps along their path. A team can take home a purse of up to $2,000 and the champion takes home a belt buckle as a trophy. This is a highly respected sport and professional athletes come from all over the country. It is a spectacular event that draws crowds from all over Montana. There was a special guest supporting the event, Miss Kayla Seaman, Northwest Montana Miss Rodeo Queen. While I was snapping pictures of the event, my isostilo partner met Kayla. Kayla is your all American sweetheart with a big smile and proudly wearing her NWMT Miss Rodeo hat. She is equally sweet, smart, engaging and in a brief interaction a young woman who is a role model. You can find Kayla on instagram or Facebook. This event was the icing on the cake.
I can’t end the post without mentioning two other eating establishments to check out. The Horn & Cantle delivers an authentic inspired Montana menu in a beautiful ranch setting. They also offer a saloon with live music and an outdoor wood burning fireplace for the full ranch effect. The other restaurant is the Gallatin River House Grill. It is your down and dirty barbecue filled with large tables, a bar, arcade games, a stage for live music, and incredible view of the mountains. The best in Montana!
A total errand day! Getting ready for a weekend in Vermont along with some Easter bunny duties. The sun was shining and the weather had me in a pickle. I questioned the temperature would reach high 50’s but it is spring and I was optimistic. I went with layers. Super easy to peel off as the day warmed up. I have been committed to breaking out some old goodies from my closet and yesterday was the perfect day to for a spring friendly knit sweater. The sweater was the piece and the rest was easy. Paired with a current denim style that has a fuller leg, a stripe top (stripes always in style), white kicks, and finished off the outfit with an on trend piece, a cloth bag. I went with a denim on denim look but could have easily gone with a trench jacket.
The ANNELORE sweater was from the good old days when Louis Boston was on Newbury Street. I loved this store for their curated selection of merchandise. They were hunters of upcoming brands along with bold designers like Dries Van Noten. Each floor was beautifully arranged. It was a place to explore and a paradise for fashion mavens.
Maybe… I really don’t need one but why not take a peek. Basket bags, net bags, and fancy bags are all catching everyone’s eye. Handbags are a great way to add that one piece to freshen up your style especially with spring on the horizon. You want to feel lighter and carefree. For me, I want to carry my essentials: sunnies, iPhone, wallet, lippie, keys, sunblock, and my small note pad (yes, I know I can take notes on my iPhone). Shedding layers is a gal’s spring goal so why not begin with an accessory that we don’t leave home without. I am a bit of a bag lady and have collected some classic style handbags over the years. But now I am hunting for a minimal, nondescript, and fuss free handle carrying accessory that is not a luxury piece. It needs to fold into my lifestyle without defining my look. A fun bag that has me swinging with a smile on a sunny day. So I hit the shops for some inspiration. Check out these beauties that are currently trending. For now I will be toting around my recycled cotton patterned bags from cool shops that I have visited during my travels. Stayed tuned for what isostilo ends up sporting for spring and summer if at all anything!
I’m a fan of Jupiter. Not just because it is convenient as heck with a three-hour direct flight from Boston to West Palm on Jet Blue. Jupiter is a small beachy town with bike paths, nesting turtles, and lovely beaches. It is active and vibrant with an easy-going mind-set. The vibe is low-key with a slow tempo. This is something I am appreciating more and more these days. My parents are snow birds and have been making the migration to Jupiter for the past seven years or so. My son and I are the fortunate ones to visit a warm sunny place each winter with the absolute gift of grandparent time. Jupiter is becoming more familiar to me with each visit which has me returning to my favorite spots and discovering new ones as well. Life is simple with the motto of taking each day as it comes. Waking up to blue skies and warmer temperatures than what New England tends to deliver this time of year is not a bad way to start your day. It always feels like a Friday!
A cocktail sunset cruise along the Jupiter Inlet is a perfect end to a day. It is like a Sunday drive with no where to be and no schedule. One marvels at the rich and famous homes tucked along the waters edge as you cruise at cocktail speed. At times you just get a sneak peek to the homes through the beautiful banyan trees and colorful tropical landscapes. Each home is different with its own stamp of style. I love the low crawling style homes that blend into the environment but they are far from subtle. The sun setting makes everything glisten and a calmness is present. I enjoy every opportunity to take this cruise! Jupiter offers many options for taking cruises and tours of the Inlet if you do not have access to a boat.
Sailfish Marina, a tropical setting located in Palm Beach Shores is a lovely spot to enjoy waterfront dining. It is a fisherman’s destination but it is also certainly a place for families to enjoy the coastal scenery. Kids can feed the fish off the docks and parents can stroll the eclectic mix of craft tables set up by local artists selling their wares.
The Loggerhead Marinelife Center strictly focuses on ocean and turtle conservation. It is a wonderful place educating, researching, and rehabilitating sea turtles eventually returning them back to their habitat in good health. The center has an annual celebration called the Turtlefest. A festival we don’t miss if our timing is right. It’s a wonderful opportunity for children and adults to learn about marine life, conservation, and everything about turtles. We enjoy at least one if not two trips to the center when we are visiting Jupiter. The center is about to undergo a large renovation. I can’t wait to see the changes!
Fishing is an art. One must know the rules and the subtleties in fishing to play the game. My father is a true salty man of the sea. I have had plenty of childhood memories filled with fishing, scrubbing boats, and wondering when we will head home. We would wake before sunrise and return after sunset. Fishing teaches you patience, appreciation, and respect for the ocean. This week my son fished and had the taste of the chase. He had time learning from one of the best. Life lessons from your grandpa are worth the weight of gold!
Something new and a day to remember. We headed to Jonathon Dickinson State Park for an outdoor activity. Jonathan Dickinson State Park is a 11,000 acre park offering land and water activities. We decided on canoeing by default since the kayaks were all taken by the time we arrived. $26 for a three person canoe for two hours of water exploring seems reasonable. We set off for our adventure but not before noticing the crocodile warning sign. This set a tone of nervousness but we were assured by the trusting staff that the crocodiles were well fed (really?!) and are accustomed to the activity. We canoed for 45 minutes in a small circle just beyond the loading dock. We saw two crocodiles and rowed to safety! We canoed, we conquered and can tell the story. Next time we may opt for a land activity.
I have a list of great places to eat here in Jupiter and I tend to want to return to those favorites. Not this time. Leftovers Cafe is the sister restaurant to the Food Shack (awesome!). They had me at the front door with the sticker covered entry way creating a skate/surf kind of vibe. The interior wall space is wrapped with street art graffiti. The food is fresh, creative, and generously portioned which allows for sharing. I highly recommend the sweet potato encrusted tilefish. I’m on the hunt for the recipe!
Check out the boat show beauties at the Palm Beach International Boat Show happening now through Sunday. Today was a day to explore and where better than a boat show gazing at inflatables, center consoles, fishing boats, to wine and cheese circuit boats and yachts. It is the red carpet of boat shows. The event showcases accessories for your vessel and yourselves. You can walk on board the boats or admire from a short distance. The superyachts require appointments. If you’ve thought of cruising the waters than this is your place to make that dream a reality (bring your wallet). Being from a boating family, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to stroll the huge selection of boats at the show. It was a perfect day with mild temperatures, blue sky, and low crowds. Spend a few hours or a day depending on your mood. There are plenty of places to have a bite or a beverage. There are clinics and educational activities offered as well as live music. It is up to you!
Check out more details online for the Palm Beach International Boat Show. You will want to cruise on the water when your done. Trust me! We headed straight to the boat for a sunset cruise.