It's okay if there's nothing, lol... feel free just to rant
Gonna back Lucrecia up by saying the shopping's not too bad. I've been lucky enough to go to Oahu (the main island of Hawaii) 3 times now, so I've got some experience. ;o)
There's definitely more to Waikiki shopping wise than just the main boulevard (although that is fun to stroll down & check out places like a decent Sephora & a bunch of designer stores). The Ala Moana Center is outside of the main drag but definitely well worth a visit, although I'd set aside at least 2 full days because the place is massive and it's widely set out. It also can be a bit of a maze to navigate too. If you've ever been to Pacific Fair on the Gold Coast, then that's what Ala Moana is like. I stayed close to Ala Moana last time I was there, so it was about a 10 minute walk if I wanted to do that.
I also got out of Waikiki & went shopping elsewhere on the island last time, but didn't buy anything from memory as nothing tickled my fancy.
This blog post from Styling You has some good tips, some of which I followed last time I was there:
(FYI: At my last visit, I stayed at the hotel she mentions in the section about going to a day spa - I wouldn't recommend staying there as it was pricey AF & the bedding was the worst I've ever slept on. I felt like I was sleeping on a concrete slab! I'm really fed up with so-called 4 & 5 star hotels blowing all their money on extras but forgetting that at the end of the day, all people want is a nice comfortable bed & pillows to sleep on.)
Seashells, have you had the pleasure of dining at the Neiman Marcus restaurant? If not, next time you visit Oahu you must! It was one of my favourite places to eat in Hawaii. Or any major US city. Their quality is consistent wherever you go. The one in San Francisco was also wonderful.
Hot tip about visiting any major city in the US. Look for a Neiman Marcus and you can be sure you’ll get great shopping and a great meal all in the one place.
Now I am sitting here reading about Hawaii. I would go back there in a flash. If I had won lotto last night, it would have been 1st stop for us. We were there 2016 and 2017. 2016 we had a week in Maui (golf first) then Oahu. 2017 we had 2 weeks in Oahu. Really loved it and got to explore more of the island too.
I haven't Lucrecia, but I'm about to go back to the US in November/December, so I'll keep that tip in mind!
OMG...hubby relates to me this morning that he had to get up at 2am as his nose was blocked so he said he got the vicks in the bowl and did the steam trick. I assumed that he got the bowl I keep in the laundry for that task. Nope, he gets out a good old stainless steel bowl. It now smells of vicks.
He keeps saying that the smell will go but it is still lingering. Might have to go in the dishwasher.
Why can't a man be more like a woman :-P
I know exactly what you're talking about with the Vicks in the stainless steel bowl! I found out myself the hard way that it is not easy to clean! I had to use boiling water, dishwashing liquid and paper towels to get the residue out, then more hot water from the kettle to rinse a few times. Baking soda and/or vinegar is a good odour neutraliser so maybe that would help?
Hubby said look I washed it with some dishwashing liquid and you could still smell the Vicks. I've just done the baking soda and vinegar and it is much better but it is going to go in the dishwasher also when we fire that up.
I showed him again where the real bowl is to use when you want to steam Vicks!!.
Happy to say Lucrecia the s.s. bowl is now smelling a whole lot better now. The Vicks smell has gone. After doing the vinegar, baking soda and in the dishwasher, it is sparkling.
I have shown hubby again where the VICKS BOWL IS for the 20th time now.
jatz, that’s good news! Vinegar and baking soda save a lot of things around my house.
How good are you to have a dedicated Vicks bowl! Woo woo! Fancy! ;)
Robin Williams on golf.... really funny but be warned there is lots of swearing.
yes....it is funny. Hubby has seen that before.
Modern home design and the idea that the kitchen should be the center of the home is absolutely destroying my mental health.
I used to enjoy cooking, but now I find it thoroughly stressful. The amount of traffic in and around the kitchen that is impossible to tune out with my 5 kids and hubby, phone calls, door knocking, and everything else under the sun has me absolutely dreading meal prep. Absolutely ZERO joy in it at all anymore when I used to find it thoroughly enjoyable.
Even if I’m not cooking, I’m still having to chase people out of the kitchen because they want to lean on the bench to watch tv or talk and the little ones just do laps around it. I just HATE it! My sacred space has been completely devalued.
Not to mention it’s very little wonder why people are so overweight these days. With this design (which is EVERYWHERE), there is just too much easy access to the kitchen. And often the kitchen overlooks the living space so you can grab those quick snacks to eat while watching TV. And I totally understand why anyone would rather order in than suffer through the stress of cooking with their families’ constant distractions.
The kitchen at the center of the home is all wrong. I don’t daydream of tropical islands with warm sandy beaches and fruity cocktails. As lame as it sounds, I dream of a kitchen at the rear of the house, through a small hallway with a door that shuts (and locks!) that has beautiful big French doors out the back that open out onto a lush garden full of herbs and a veggie patch and NO ONE running in and out to pester me while I’m cooking.
Lucrecia I totally understand where you care coming from. Modern kitchen design makes it hard to block off the area to little kids or even pets. I’m trying to teach my puppy to stay out of the kitchen. She’s learning what OUT means but it’s not easy. Does my head in.
As for cooking......I hate it. It’s beyond me how anyone can enjoy cooking and call it a hobby. Cooking totally stresses me out.
Rose, absolutely! There really is no way to keep anyone out. I have to cook with my toddler pulling everything out of drawers and cupboards and tossing stuff all over the floor. Not to mention she is often a trip hazard. One day I WILL hurt her or myself. I do my best to be careful, but that's why they're called accidents.
I really used to find cooking a great way to calm my mind. It's a process driven task with a start and a finish. I found it gave me a sense of completion and pride in achievement in what is otherwise a very busy, hectic life full of never endings tasks. It was the one thing in my life that gave me an outlet and instant gratification. I really need something like that in life to feel like it isn't all just work, work, work and accomplish nothing. But now that's been taken away from me and my stress.
It's really no wonder we live in a time where our attitudes toward food aren't great.
Oh Lucrecia, this post makes me sad! I really enjoy cooking, but I can understand how stressful it is for some. I'm lucky that my house was built back in the 70's, so my kitchen isn't open plan like most modern homes are. You have to walk out of it to have a conversation with someone.
I don't really get the fuss about open plan living as I like my kitchen/dining/living spaces to be separate from one another, but it increasingly feels like space is becoming a premium commodity in this modern world.
I watch lots of home renovation shows on TV. In almost every renovation, the designer or renovator takes out a wall in the kitchen to open up the space to turn it into an open plan design.
One advantage of having a closed off kitchen is that if visitors turn up without prior warning, they're less likely to see the mess of unwashed dishes etc.
What is annoying me......Chemist Warehouse......I absolutely hate this place! I went there yesterday looking for a couple of things I needed. Most of their stores are cramped and untidy. You can never find staff to assist. One of the items I need was behind the pharmacy counter, but there was no one there to help. I waited but no one came. I also wanted a tube of handcream, but wasn’t sure what I wanted. The store was too crowded to browse. It was almost impossible for two people to pass each other in the aisle. In the end I gave up and left. It was just all too hard. I’ll go elsewhere. If it means I have to pay an extra couple $$$ I really don’t care.
That’s my rant of the day.
They are always chaos at the one I go to, and their isn't much parking. My hubby won't buy manuka honey anywhere else so we go their regularly and I just put up with it. I would hate to work there!
I find all the shelf tags everywhere just too much. It's an assault to my senses shopping in CW.
I walk through the door and suddenly feel my anxiety levels rising, and I think OMGGGGG HEEEEEEELP EEEEKKKKKK. I only ever go there if I’m looking for something in particular. It’s usually something I’ve found online. I go in, get it and get out. It’s certainly not a good shop for browsing, which is a shame because they probably have some good stuff at great prices.
I agree which is why I order from them online, have noticed now they offer a click and collect service as well which is handy.
I'm ok with the shelf tags, but I'm not ok with their ads being on a constant loop in the store, some of them overlapping one another. It's little wonder the staff doesn't go crazy with that going on!
Thank goodness my local CW is generally pretty quiet when I go there, which isn't that often. Many times I have just ordered online because I couldn't be bothered driving the 15 minutes just to visit that one store, lol
What’s the online customer service like Indie? I’ve never ordered online from CW before.
I often order from CW, their service is pretty good, I find sometimes they have to get stock from a separate warehouse so you may end up with more than one parcel in the mail but you're not charged for extra delivery. I just placed an order on the weekend and received an email saying this, at least I know my order will be coming in separate parcels.
I don't live close to a CW and if I do manage to go there it's always packed and I can never find what I'm looking for, find it much easier to order from them online, I often buy things from there when they are half price. They have dropped their shipping charges now to free shipping if you spend over $50 but sometimes you get get a promo code for free shipping or they have offers if you buy a certain product that shipping is free.
I've used this product a lot, it goes on very easily, is a good moisturiser as well as a tanning product, the smell is ok, it is easy to get out of the container.
I bought this from Chemist Warehouse for $20 after my Clarisonic stopped charging. I’m delighted with this new Olay Regenerist brush.
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