It’s Official: Swimsuit Season is here!

Now that we have officially entered the summer months, many of us will be heading to the pool or beach to escape the heat and relax by the water. This also means that swimsuit season is here, and even though that means less clothing, it is not an excuse to forego fashion. Why not switch things up this summer and go with an old fashioned suit inspired by the 1920s or a totally groovy look inspired by the 1960s? Men’s fashion can be just as fun and diverse as women’s fashion. Just take a look at the 1920s inspired look from Emporio Armani’s Spring 2011 collection – now that’s what I want  my boyfriend to be wearing while we lounge amongst fabulous people.

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Emporio Armani Spring 2011

Or if you would rather channel your inner Frankie Avalon instead of your inner Lady Gaga, catch a wave in some neat-o short shorts!  Get your groove on with these tunes to really set the stage.

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Be fashionable and green by buying a vintage swimsuit off eBay or your local vintage shop!

Ladies, find your inner beach bombshell this summer and channel the sexiest beach bunny of them all, Brigitte Bardot.  Whatever your style may be,  get the sexy beach hair and read up on the latest Bathing News.

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Grab a pair of some Ray Ban Wayfarers and put on a bikini with a funky print, finish the look with sexy beach hair.

No matter what you choose to wear this summer, always make sure to own your look and strike your fiercest pose!

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John & Gregg Making Tyra Banks proud by the Neptune pool at Hearst Castle!

“Getting Over” the Rockies: Flying High in Our Bonanza

Flying Bonanza N3239W over the Rockies Front Range

Over Memorial Day Weekend Gregg and I decided to fly our Beech Bonanza turbo normalized A-36 to Boulder Colorado to be with family and friends and run in the Bolder Boulder, the largest 10K race in country. It was a great weekend but required a lot of preflight planning on our part due to weather and the fact that it would be the first time we flew together directly over the Rocky Mountains. So, in a sense, we had to “get over” our anxiety about this rugged terrain and the flight conditions that come with it. Just before we left,  a Brian Williams NBC news report on the Today Show was on the tube about a couple who flew their similar plane over the Rockies and got into trouble! Check it out here. The report definitely added to our pre flight “buzz”.

N3239W Flying the Rockies John Maienza and Gregg Wilson

Above (left) , me at age 6, giving flowers to my Uncle Chuck just before my first flight in his Piper Super Cub, 1965, with my brother Mike. Chuck is pictured standing on the wing of our plane N3239W in Boulder, Co., Memorial Day weekend 2011. Uncle Chuck also ran in the Bolder Boulder last weekend and finished 15 minutes faster than I did!  What’s wrong with that picture. I guess he’s always been an inspiration in more ways than one. By the way, Chuck Grow does flight instruction for mountain flying out of Boulder.

Gregg (left) and me (right)  pictured above with our BE 36 / G Bonanza N3239W …We have been flying for over 11 years. With us is Michael Fountaine, a long time friend and my instrument flying instructor,  pictured with us in Long Beach Ca.  Celeste Dudderar, my cousin (Uncle Chuck’s daughter) and mother of our godson Cole, took this great candid shot.

Gregg, below, with our first flight instructor Andrea Read owner of Spitfire Aviation in Santa Barbara. This photo was taken just after Gregg’s first solo. Gregg is a great co-pilot and basically learned to fly to be an informed  spouse co-pilot. Always a great idea in case of emergencies…like in the Today Show story above. I’m sure Gregg will get his license soon.

Gregg Wilson Flying Solo with Instructor Andrea Read

We asked Andrea to come along with us on the trip out. It’s ideal to have an instructor on board as a safety pilot when learning to do something new or unfamiliar in an aircraft, especially if there could be extreme conditions, like in the Rockies. It was great having her along to catch up on all the airport gossip at SBA. We had a huge 50K tail wind and made the trip in 3 hours 40 mins.  Did not stop to refuel. Also, we knew we would be on oxygen above 10,500 feet so we have an onboard O2 canister big enough for 4 personal cannulas rated up to 18,000 ft.

I’ve thought about putting built- in oxygen ports in our plane but after seeing the NBC story on the Cirrus, no way.  We will be fine with our tank and cannulas from now on. Less to go wrong.

I planned the Low Airway route using the Flight Planner on the AOPA website. Also, for flight planning I use a website called Weathermeister.com .

Flying the Rockies Route

If you look closely at the maps above you can see that the route I chose took us over the Rockies beginning at Grand Junction, Co. and basically follows rivers and valleys all the way across until the highest part at the front range, just before Denver and Boulder. Just above is a profile or a cross section of the trip showing distance and terrain elevation along the route from Grand Junction to Boulder, Rocky Moutain Metropolitan Airport, KBJC. We flew 15, 500 ft on the way over and 16,500 and 14, 500 westbound on the return.  The only turbulence or severe up or downdrafts we encountered was a downdraft on the return just on the eastern side of the front range. It definitely got our attention but dissipated just as soon as we crossed over the front range. I had to disengage the autopilot in order to maintain a desirable airspeed as the auto pilot was “fighting” the downdraft and nosing up to maintain altitude.

Lake Powell, Page, Arizona,

On the way home Gregg and I had remarkably good weather although we still had that screaming tail wind except that it was on our nose this time and that meant we would stop for fuel. A friend recommended a stop in Page AZ. on Lake  Powell. It’s places like this that make flying the most fun of all…beautiful and remote places. The airport is KPGA.

Flight from Boulder Co. to Page Az

Ipad and Foreflight app

In addition to navagational  avionics installed in the aircraft we used Foreflight a fantastic app for pilots,  and my iPad to help with our flight planning and tracking our flight and weather on board the aircraft. This redundant tool is especially good for passengers for tracking  location along the route during flight. The iPad uses its gps function with the Foreflight chart and mapping application.

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Departing Page Az. The beginning of the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.

Flight from Page Az. to Santa Barbara CA

Hoover Dam, Nevada

Gregg took this awesome picture of Hoover Dam,  near Las Vegas.

All in all this was a memorable memorable Memorial day weekend. Gregg and I both added to our combined aviation experience and proficiency.   Fly safe.

To V or not to V?

Gregg made me give all my designer (Dolce Gabbana, John Varvatos, etc. ) low-V-neck T’s away recently. He said that they were “not a good fashion choice” for me.  So I did a little research on what the perfect V neck Tee would be for me. I’m a beefy guy with a round face and am also bald… Here’s what I came up with.

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The only problem now is that word on the street is that V’s are out and Crews are in. Do you know anything about this? Is it V’s all together or just these deep V’s…BTW I found a happy medium in the Lacoste V.

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Check out the article that accompanies this image at  The Daily-er Nebraskan.

Summer: Most Desirable Destinations

Whether you like to mix and mingle with the crowds or escape into serenity, you may want to know the top five summer travel destinations. Yahoo!, the premier digital media company, has meticulously

aggregated searches from all over APAC and the results are: Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Japan.

Your Singapore is a beautiful site that will help you with your travel to, as well as around, Singapore– including the Asian Fashion Exchange, Jewelry, River, and Sun Festivals.

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In Hong Kong, there is a great 7 night trip to see the Giant Buddha / Po Lin Monastery / The Wisdom Path. For options, Discover Hong Kong, is a great site with information on what to do and see, whether your focus is Architecture, Shopping, Disneyland or the Great Outdoors.

From floating markets to Ko-Samui… Travel in Thailand is the site for everything.

Maybe the Kintai Bridge in Japan is your dream…

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or visit a Green Tree Farm in Taiwan…

See here for more information about what types of travel and accommodations are the most popular for each destination.

There are many helpful apps, and these are a few of my favorites:

1. Postman 2. FlightTrack – Live Flight Status Tracker 3. TripIt -Travel Organizer 4. Currency 5. Lonley Planet Spanish Phrasebook 6. Zagat

Modern & Sustainable: Furniture & Accessories

We are continually on the hunt for new resources to decorate the sustainable home we have been working on because we are now in the completion phase!  We wanted to share with you  these chic and sustainable furnishings and accessories.

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Clockwise: 1.Eggshell Inlay Bamboo Ceiling Light Fixture Clayton Oxford.   2.  Coconut Shell Floor Vase at Clayton Oxford 3. Ali Sandifer Studio via Chic Tip 4. Pant Rocker and Ottoman via Shiner International 5. Polished Tin Root Ball via Chic Tip 6. Monkey pod twist stool at Clayton Oxford

Traveling Distraction: Immersive Cocoon

While researching my post on  inspiring home office designs, I discovered a site called Yatzer. I found that it covers many similar topics that we enjoy: architecture, design, fashion, travel, etc..  I revisited it today to have a look around and was impressed by a post on this Immersive Cocoon. I laughed because it reminded me of the “immersive cocoon” Gregg and I put our fussy godson in at the beach the other day….two beach towels thrown over a bench with an ipad and movie!

Because I spend a good amount of  time in airports flying back and forth from Hawaii to Santa Barbara, Scottsdale and Nantucket managing all the projects we have developed and overseeing them between leases, this concept really impressed me.

Instead of tapping your toes or hiding behind your newspaper,  escape into a spherical orb to experience a sweeping new reality.  You can visit a temple in Tibet or take out some aggression sword-fighting with ninjas… or take on something more practical like yoga,  or even getting business done via teleconference.

Equipped with the sophisticated motion sensor technology that inspired  the technology depicted in ‘Minority Report‘,  your body becomes the interface as you are enveloped,  and your body movement becomes part of this digital environment.

From leisure to education, the  possibilities are endless.  See Yatzer and the official site for videos and more information about the developer.

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