SANTORINI STUD

posted by Elshane on Aug 17 2015, under Fashion

No better time to glam up your swimwear than when traveling to an exotic island, like here in Santorini, Greece. Swimwear is a funny category-- sort of like makeup, where there's a time and a place to glam up, or tone down. Don't be caught missing the mark in either case-- nothing worse than an overachieving suit in a underachieving vibe. And visa versa!

But here, in fabulous island world, glam up is always a do. The gold jewelry, the bold lip, the designer suit that probably.shouldn't.get.wet. 

Then there's the "no shirt, no shoes, no problem" beach vibe, which would completely shun a look like this. I'd save the sporty triangle bikinis for those rare days. ;)

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A MYKONOS ADVENTURE

posted by Elshane on Aug 12 2015, under Fashion

Riddle me this... What's white and Tiffany blue and chic all over?

Mykonos town brings it home with charming cobblestone streets that rival the it-life maze of Italy's Capri town. Only difference is Capri is stacked with couture, and Mykonos with local shops and mixed designer boutiques (très chic)!

Although nothing beats spending an afternoon at one of Mykonos' daytime party beach clubs (did someone say Nammos?), the "walk, shop, and eat around town" vibe comes in a close second.

I mean, these streets speak for themselves! Come get lost with me as I weave around, picking up local trinkets along the way... ;)

 

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MYKONOS SWING

posted by Elshane on Aug 5 2015, under Fashion

File under: best beach throw-on of the summer. A jumpsuit that both shows and hides in all of the right places, and goes where the wind leads? Don't mind if I wear this more than once...

These shots were taken on our private villa balcony at our hotel in Mykonos, called the Cavo Tagoo. They were kind enough to give us... the absolute best room in the 80-room hotel. They hooked a sister up!

Our infinity pool overlooking the Aegean Sea nightly sunsets was a plus. As was the mega hot tub in the center of our room, next to our bed. And then there was the shower built into a rock-cave formation. I hope you catched my live snapchatting of the room-- it was some do-not-miss footage. If you missed it, just remember that I'm always posting interesting footage on my snapchat so be sure to follow along daily @ElshanesWorld!

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BLACK SAND STAR

posted by Elshane on Aug 3 2015, under Fashion

We rode our ATVs to the tip of the island of Santorini where a long stretch of black sand beaches occupy the coast. Due to the fact that Santorini is a volcanic island, it's no wonder that many of their beaches are made of black lava "sand". 

And walking on black lava "sand" barefoot? Well, I don't recommend it! I felt like I was on an as-seen-on-TV yoga retreat where you have to walk across a line of hot coals to complete your spiritual journey. Worth it for some photographs?

Anything for a great shot... ;)

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SANTORINI BREEZE

posted by Elshane on Jul 29 2015, under Fashion

My most famous, and consistently repeated words? "I am not a thrill seeker!" These are my 'get out of jail free' words for all types of adventures that people attempt to pressure me into... from level 1-- going to the beach without a spare change of clothes, to level 10-- not jumping out of an airplane, ever

So you could imagine my response when my husband tried to get me to rent an ATV today in Santorini to explore the island. 

I am not a thrill seeker!

Well... maybe now I am. It was the best day...e-v-e-r! Come take a tour of the island of Santorini with me...

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SANTORINI SWING AT HOTEL KATIKIES

posted by Elshane on Jul 10 2015, under Home Decor/Entertaining

This is NOT a drill! This is real life. Well, real life for those visiting the Hotel Katikies in Santorini, Greece, that is.

I've seen photos of Santorini, but nothing compares to actually driving up the steep, windy mountain of Oia, Santorini, and arriving at the top of this like-snow dusted tropical escape to the splendor of this hotel. With only 30+ bungalow in the entire hotel, each room is hidden up, around, on top of and below its own set of winding white stairs tucked into a ocean-view cliff high above the Aegean Sea. 

While heading to your room, you may pass one of the three infinity pools that are perched into the cliff, or one of the multiple restaurants that offer some of the best Greek staples that I've ever had. {Feta cheese and cherry tomatoes have never (and I mean never, ever, ever) tasted so sweet.}

Since there are so few rooms, the service is impeccable and you find yourself befriending the other hotel guests at every turn. With some pools only offering as little as 4 seats, it's the most private public experience you can imagine. And you know each of these guests must be pretty cool... because if they chose this hotel, they must be doing something right!

Come along on with me as I spin you around a tour of my new favorite hotel in the world. My dress couldn't agree more...

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