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Green Luxury Yacht-75′ Mochi Craft

The Mochi Craft 75′ Long Range Cruiser is an intriguing combination of innovative  hybrid technology and cutting- edge technology enhanced with legendary Italian flair.  Resembling Nordic ‘workboats’ with their sea-kindly hulls,  their interiors are pure luxury with natural woods and a delightful, inviting decor.

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The biggest news in this long-range pleasure craft is ZEM: Zero Emission Mode. With this brain-child of Norberto Ferretti, Mochi Craft has been the first and only yacht in the world to receive the RINA certification of “Green Star Clean Energy Clean Propulsion,” in conjunction with research by AYT Advanced Yacht Technology and Studio Zuccon International Project,  and the Ferretti Group Design led by Andrea Frabetti.

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Living on a Yacht: A Mobile Ocean Front Home

In the era of beach houses and multiple homes, a vacation getaway was not only a fun thing to have, but a viable investment.  Now, however, with challenging markets,  many of us multiple residence owners can  feel tied down and stuck at times.  When those  who are inveterate adventurers start  feeling ‘trapped’ what do they want to do?  Escape!  So began our  journey into the world of boating and the realization that there is a new breed of boater out there in the world: one that views a boat or yacht as a home, not just as a recreational activity.
Both John and I had an amazing weekend on a Grand Banks 57 on Santa Cruz island about two and a half years ago; we had won the trip at a Heal the Ocean auction.   Paul and Dawn Noury own Le Grand Bleu  yacht charters, http://www.santabarbarayachtcharters.com/, and we had such an amazing time on their boat, that we started thinking…’Hmmmm, this is not a bad lifestyle, come to think of it, and a mobile oceanfront home is not a bad idea’.
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Super Green Super Yacht – Sustainable Luxury Yachting…Hmmm

This eco-vessel will harness the power of the sun and the wind thanks to a collaboration with the state-of-the-art technology firm, Solar Sailor Ltd. of Australia. Solar Sailor’s proven technology, (which is currently used in commercial vessels) provides this stunning yacht the ability to be emission-free, running up to 8 knots on solar energy alone. This has numerous advantages, not least providing significantly reduced running costs.

Alastair Callender is an award-winning design graduate, who has taken the Superyacht world by storm with his aesthetically beautiful “Super-Green Superyacht” design, called Soliloquy. This man’s passion for yacht design and for a sustainable planet has resulted in a new futuristic and innovative design for a superyacht.
      
Soliloquy’s Designer of the progressive UK firm Callender Designs,  has announced that he has been invited to display his model and designs of Soliloquy, throughout the Abu Dhabi Yacht Show this week.






Venice, Great Style , Great Window Shopping…. and My Ass in a Pucci

After the architecture, art, food and people of  Venice, my favorite distractions there were the the inspired window displays in the high- fashion district near the Piazza San Marco.  Louis Vuitton , Emilio Pucci and Burberry  were my favorites. I cannot get a certain Burberry Trench coat out of my mind!  It made even the headless  mannequin look hot. But what really caught my eye was what the stylists did at the Louis Vuitton window to conjur  images of vintage high-style, super glam 1960’s Italy (Where is Sophia Loren?).  An alluring sunset image, all behind glass reflecting the surrounding architecture was pretty cool…BUT…to use a model of a Vintage 1960’s Italian speedboat like Riva’s Aquarama…  stuffed with accessories, now that’s BRILLIANT.  BTW, check out Riva’s new vintage- styled speed boats if your A.D.D kicks in.

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Photos: MaienzaWilson

One perfect evening, after a great dinner with friends at the famous Harry’s Bar, we strolled  down the street and stopped to ogle the mannequins in the Pucci  window. We went back the very next morning…and I had to score a Pucci swimsuit after being lured in by the summer “saldi” (sale) 40% off.   I knew it would match the Aegean Sea perfectly…Now that’s what I call Mediterranean Blue!

 Click on Harry’s Bar….its a great story. “Cheers to the World” – Giuseppe Cipriani

Here is a Great Link to Riva Scale Models of their Vintage Yachts…

One more thing….I came across this great Blog ….The Purse Blog  when searching for the Venice Louis Vuitton….Check it out!

 

 

 

 

 

Barefoot Luxury in the Maldives

I recently did a post on the top five Summer 2011 travel destinations, as reported by  Yahoo! and their extensive APAC search results.  Great inspiration, but one guest made a comment that we had left the Maldives off the list.  Talk about inspiration…If you love the color turquoise as much as I do, try doing a google images search on the Maldives. Pure Bliss.

Like a string of pearls scattered over the deep blue Indian Ocean,  sunny, unique and unspoiled, the Maldives is an archipelago comprising 1,190 low-lying coral islands scattered across the equator.  There are 2041 coral reefs  spread over an area of 4500 square kilometers which are home to nearly 200 species of coral.

Maldives from a sea plane.

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Because surfing in Maldives is available through the year, I do not think it is going to be hard to convince my husband of our “new home.”   There are two resorts renown for wave surfers, Hudhuranfushi and Dhoneveli Beach Resort.  A few other resorts also provide the options for surfing. There are also widespread range of safari/liveaboard surfing available. This is the option most of the surfers go  for as this allows for multiple surf points and cruising across the Maldives.

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The origins of the Maldivian people are shrouded in mystery. The first settlers are thought to be from Sri Lanka and Southern India.  This image not only shows that the colorful destination looks just as gorgeous in Black and White, but it shows the traditional Maldivian style. Feyli has been a part of Maldivian dress and culture for a long time with records even as far as the 1340s.

Traditional Maldivian Cuisine sounds tantalizing.  Being surrounded by the sea, naturally, fish is a main staple, along with coconut, chilies, and rice.  If you do not have a reservation for the famous underwater restaurant at the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, try making some of your own Baraboa Mashun, it looks simple and delicious.

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Alila Villas Hadahaa is the first property in the Maldives to achieve the prestigious Green Globe “Building, Planning and Design” benchmark and was designed to best adapt to the tropical climate and natural environment of the island. This includes rainwater harvesting, waste treatment, high roofed areas and open ceilings. To confirm their local social responsibility, the resort has just launched a “Gift-to-Share” program.

Maldives, where have you been all my life?  Barefoot Luxury, Warm Turquoise Water, Healthy {& Spicy} cuisine, gorgeous and sustainable architecture… this is where I simply belong.

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Inspiring Home Office Environments

It seems more and more people are working from home these days.  It makes sense if you do most of your work online or on the phone.  Especially  if you live in a big city with long, smog producing commutes to and from work. In order to maintain focus and productivity, an inspiring and well-organized home office is key. One of the many positives in technology is that we don’t need to store the endless file folders many of us are all too familiar with. I found these  clean and chic home offices inspiring.

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Love the Charlotte Perriand chair.  Shows how a great piece of furniture can make the space.
Photo © Manolo Yller via Yazer

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All of the sleek designs above are by  Feldman Architecture in San Francisco.

Or if you do not have the space in your home, The Orb may be the genius option.

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Flooded with natural light, The Orb is an affordable extra room that requires no planning permission to be set up within the boundary of your home.  Developed by a team of UK’s best architects, engineers and interior designers and constructed using boat-building techniques and materials, it’s more durable and long lasting than any other traditionally built structure on the market.  The totality of the body, chassis and legs gives the orb a structural strength more akin to a yacht than a garden office.  Adjustable legs for leveling, energy efficiency, easy maintenance and custom options make this a very inspiring choice.  The Holiday Park Home sleeps 7 and Corporate Orbs are also available; and there is even talk about a houseboat version…

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