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Happy New Year from Koh Samui!

Wishing you wide open horizons in 2013!! See you in the New Year. xxx

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Madeline birthday party.

My friend Tarlan threw the most ridiculous Madeline-themed eighth birthday for her daughter Zahra. Isn’t that one of the best book series of all time?

The capes and hats were to die for! (Sidenote: How perfect are the colors with my HKH logo!)

It was fun to hear about all the preparations and the pictures are just too cute.

Tarlan’s mother was in town and she sewed all the capes and hot-glued all the ribbons onto the hats.

Every girl got her own suitcase to decorate.

And their own easel to paint on!

Oh and there was even a nun to keep the girls in two straight lines and lead them through their exercises.
A cute fondant cake topper… don’t you think that’s the way to do it? Tasty buttercream frosting and then a fondant topper for decoration.
Here Zahra is making a wish!
Tarlan canvassed the internet and every dollar store in Hong Kong for all the perfect Madeline details.
Clearly, a lot of hard work and thought went into the day, but I don’t think it could have been more perfect!
Oh and of course I have to show you the invites… ready to be handed out. Love the idea of having your daughter write all the names in.
That’s one lucky girl!
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Girls weekend: Thailand shower.

We did a little shower for Monique while in Thailand.

It was the traditional, hang up all the lingerie and make the bride guess who gave what.

But the exotic locale made it a little more fun!

I love how lush and green it is there… but you do have to accept that it also rains daily to make that possible.

It’s good to make sure at least one gal gives a white ensemble for this game…

Can you tell the bride-to-be’s favorite color is purple?

Here’s her special chair: the headband was actually a gift from my girls on my bachelorette, but I thought this was the perfect occasion to break it out again.

We didn’t get around to playing until it was dark, so Lauren is nicely highlighting each outfit with her phone!

And Mo is making her guesses with her flashlight! 

I think her trousseau is in good shape for the honeymoon… I hope she plays the paper bag game where she makes her new husband pick out a new outfit for each night…

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Girls weekend: Yao Noi Thailand.

A few weeks back, six of us girls hopped on a quick, 3 hour flight to Thailand to celebrate our friend Mo’s upcoming nuptials.

We were so lucky to get to hang out in such a beautiful place!

I just couldn’t get enough of the limestone pebble islands. It really was a lot like Halong Bay, only in Thailand.

All we really did the whole weekend was gab away and look at the changing vista.

The weekend was a little bit of a send-off, reunion as well as one of our dear friends who had moved back to the States was in town from North Carolina and three of the gals are moving back to the US in the next few months… so it was especially nice to have this time together.

One big, last hurrah! And lots of marriage advice for Miss Monique as well.

The resort we stayed at was affiliated with the floating cinema I wrote about a little while back and they had a cool, outdoor theatre set-up year round.

To get to the resort, you have to take a 30-min car ride from the airport to a marina and then a 45-min boat ride, but the boat trip is definitely one of the highlights of the trip.

We caught the start of rainy season so we got some crazy thunderstorms… but the weather changes so quickly so we also got a few really nice sunny hours. To avoid the rain, we traveled around the rainforest in golfcarts. All the little villas were spaced apart so we kind of felt like we had the resort to ourselves.

Above, a view back on the resort from the boat.

The wildlife around us was crazy.

We had our own little lilly pond, complete with croaking frogs.

Pretty flowers!

And these crazy trees laden with heavy berry bunches… I’ve done a lot of googling and can’t figure out what they’re called, but they very pretty and very exotic.

There were lots of nice areas to hang out… and chat, chat, chat.

A lot of food we ate was grown on the premises and they even made their own rubber… pretty cool.

Oh and there is *free* gelato 24/7. Every resort in the world should have this! What is a vacation without free ice cream?

All the ice cream was made on site, but it was the passionfruit (from trees on the resort) that really stole my heart. Best sweet/tart combination ever. Ever!

There was a pretty beach that we never made it to… sticking instead to the rain-proof pool area, which also had a water slide!

Our friend Lindsey took advantage of it!

And here we are in our matching Old Navy pareos… the little favor gift for the weekend.

Next up: some pics of the actual wedding shower part of the weekend!


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Beautiful people.

Seen on Full House.

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