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waterfalldetailmeilifernsfammeili2africantulipThis is my last set of photos from our trip to Maui in January (see parts 1 + 2). Perhaps one of the most vexing things about Hawaii is the grand scale of the world. I’m used to being in Brooklyn, looking out my small rectangular living room windows onto a brick building across the street. From my roof I can see the sky, yes, but between buildings and clothing lines and fire escapes.

The lady in the photos is my best gal friend MeiLi. She’s as adventurous as they come and together we explored hidden waterfalls, dark caves, and secret beaches.

1234567One of the best parts of being on vacation was being able to spend so much time with my son. At nine months, he’s so fun! He doesn’t talk yet, but is totally interactive. To be able to see the wonder on his face when we were hiking through a bamboo forest, or the delight he had playing in the sand, was so restorative for my own soul. I was able to experience those things with the freshness he has. There is so much fresh produce in Hawaii, and I loved having him try papaya, passion fruit, mountain-grown strawberries, and even seaweed.

It’s funny to me that where you live geographically can impact your life so much. New York is such a driven city. It’s hectic and fast-paced and brusque. It’s home, but I can’t deny that I wondered what it would be like to move to paradise.

bamboofeetbamboo2jumpkulashellsalohadogandsurfThis week I’ll be sharing photos from our trip to Hawaii. In January, my little family (that is, my husband, 9 month old son, and I) decided we’d try this big experiment. I own my own business and my husband is a Community Organizer at an art museum so our schedules can be pretty hectic – working at night, working on the weekends, etc. I never did get a real maternity leave, though I can’t complain as I have the freedom to create my own schedule. Anyway, if there’s one time during the year when things slow down juuust a little, it’s January. And with the record snows this year, we made the leap and decided to leave for a whole month. My beautiful friend MeiLi has a daughter just a few weeks older than our son, and we had the amazing luck of staying with her in Kula, on the slopes of the volcano Haleakala. The sweeping views down to the ocean every morning still haunt me. 

LeahDSC_0301maui1Cavesmaui3redrocksIs it Spring yet?

We’re longing to switch to lighter fragrances, easy breezy. If you’re looking for a beachy, laid-back floral and musk scent, try MAUI. Available as a 40ml eau de parfum and a 9ml perfume oil roll-on.

Photos above by Anne. All shot in Maui, Hawaii.

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Susannah came by my studio last year wearing an awesome large brimmed hat and told me about Freda, the new shop she opened in Marfa, TX. I’ve always wanted to visit Marfa and then she told me about all of the hot springs in the region – sold! A special piece of trivia: there is only one perfume brand sold in all of Marfa, and it’s MCMC at Freda. 

Name: Susannah Lipsey

Occupation: Shop Owner, Freda

Hometown: Bryan, TX

Where do you currently reside?: Marfa, TX

Favorite MCMC fragrance: I can’t choose just one! Dude No. 1, HUNTER, and NOBLE.

When did you first start wearing perfume? What fragrance was it?: I started wearing perfume when I was in Junior High. I think it was Happy by Clinique and then Calvin Klein’s CK1. Mall purchases – yikes!

If you were a plant, what would you be?: These days, probably a yucca.

What’s in your refrigerator right now?: Marfa Maid goat cheese, avocados, eggs, and Oregon Chai latte

Three words that describe you: Honest, expressive, perceptive

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