We a wanda-lustin’ mon! And our sights are set on Jamaica: not only for the beautiful scenery and untouched land, but for the food also. Blue waters, lush flora and jerk chicken! Below is the Goldeneye Resort where you have your own beach—and, of course, your own pool, gardens, and staff.
Walk over to GoldenEye for a spa treatment, for sunset cocktails at the Bizot Bar, or for dinner at the Gazebo. Removed from the real world in peace and tranquility - Really, it’s the best of all worlds.
Of course, there’s the history. Fleming, and his character, Bond. James Bond. If these walls could talk they’d tell tales of artists and writers, spies and seducers. The romantic atmosphere is palpable. The vibe, utterly relaxing, though you may feel the inspiration that lives here, still.
GoldenEye History: Ian Fleming
Ian Fleming first came to Jamaica during WWII, sent by Naval Intelligence to investigate U-Boat activities in the Caribbean. It was difficult for him to keep his mind on the war, such was the beauty of the place and its people. It was love at first glance. Paradise on earth. He knew that when the war ended, it was there that he would live out his life, in the sun, by the sea. He had visited a property on the sea in the little village of Oracabessa Bay, which means “golden head.” By chance he had been working on a naval operation called GoldenEye. He bought the property, and when the war ended, built his dream house–a perfect place to heal the psychic wounds of war and escape the civility of civilization. Above all it was a place to dream. And it was at GoldenEye that he dreamed up James Bond, 007, who turned out to be an escape for millions of readers.
Mint, Azul, Ocean, Palm - these are all words that come to mind when thinking of our most recent current crushes. This week has been over the top hectic and calm crystal blue seas and palms waving in the wind have been the perfect mental escape.
With Shay’s birthday the last week and the Coachella crazy, below are a few things that have popped on our radar and made a home in our lives…check it:
*Portions of this post sponsored by KAO Brands
It’s back to the grind for both of us and thoughts of travel and venture are in the forefront of our minds. We keep stumbling across pictures of far off places that make us want to jump into the image and escape to some place magical.
During recent brainstorming and cooking up some inspiration for (spoiler alert!) our new blog design - we have been thinking about everything we love most. One of those being Shay’s love for Italy and the movie, Under the Tuscan Sun.
With my minor detective skills and the world wide web, within minutes we found we could live out our “own Under the Tuscan Sun life” by renting the actual Villa from the movie itself.
Recently restored and ready for occupants, Villa Laura is located in Cortona, Tuscany. See the beautiful pictures below and be carried off into the Tuscan Sun with us:
Are you like me who is a last minute shopper? I am known for giving exceptional gifts - I am just not exceptional at buying them early! Thankfully if you happen to shop in a pinch like myself, OUR Annual Gift Guide has arrived! And this year we made it a bit different :)
The perfect gifts for that special host or hostess on your party circuit:
The perfect gifts for that Martha Stewart in your life:
The perfect gifts for the person who has everything, needs nothing, or will enjoy a gift from your heart while helping the world:
Anyone in your life constantly using trains, planes and automobiles? Here are the gifts for them:
Have a safe and successful last minute shopping trip!