TROPICAL HOLIDAYS WITH COASTAL LIVING

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I KNOW! I KNOW! Thanksgiving is officially over. But, I'm clutching onto this Coastal Living issue like a carton of ciggies to a closet smoker! It was my sincerest intention to post this amazing spread BEFORE Thanksgiving. However, a sudden loss beckoned us east to be with our family and tend to our hearts in need of fixing. I'm not sure I'll ever understand the ebb + flow of life. Especially when it comes to final goodbyes. But what I do know is that every moment deserves our attention + appreciation. It goes without saying the world lost a woman who was eternally grounded with gratification.  She would have been SO proud of me, tickled pink actually, had she seen my feature. So, I'm bestowing it NOW and by way of her effervescent spirit laden with joie de vivre!

HOLIDAY HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE FABULOUSLY FESTIVE NIGHT

The high holiday season brings about a spirited disposition - and one that usually has me pondering the introduction of a NEW tradition!! In my case, it's usually the location that stirs up my imagination. Tropical vibes loomed large, so I ran with the concept like a crazed toddler dosed up on overstimulation. The end result, as you can clearly see was a fete fit for pure jubilee! With many of the elements plotted and schemed, I went to work on setting the scene. There'd need to be cocktails that would entice and delight. Born was my Pineapple Rickey, a tropical tipple that's downright dynamite!


THE PINEAPPLE RICKEY

A vision of mini pineapples danced through my head, I'd turn them into the cocktail's CUPS, hollowed out + de-stemmed. Of course to my surprise + amusement, the market had dwarf pineapples that were perfectly suited! I gathered a gaggle of them, for not even a shred was to be wasted. The tops came off and the meaty middles were blended + macerated. Storing the hollow cups in the freezer until showtime, makes for a genius way to keep the boze chilled + sublime! 

Just as the shoes make the dress, the SWZZLE makes the DRINK!! Provided by The ROC Shop

Just as the shoes make the dress, the SWZZLE makes the DRINK!! Provided by The ROC Shop

AND THEN THERE WAS..... THE TABLE LEI!

Floral Design: Open Ended Table Lei, Haku Leis, Ho'okupus by MELEANA

I'm going to cap it off here, because there's just SO much MORE to share! Everything from the FOOD, the FASHION + all the FLARE! So nibble on this + devour every last morsel. The second half of this decadent spread will be filled with MORE juicy details, links, printable recipes... it will be all kinds of resourceful.

Until then....

XXX
MRS

A Heavy Heart....

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Over the weekend our family suffered the loss of a beautiful, loving soul. We are gathering together to grieve, support, and honor her treasured life. Due to the unexpected nature of these circumstances, our family of 5 has left Hawaii for the East Coast.

The promised Coastal Living feature will follow in the coming days.

Thank you for your understanding + Support.

Mrs. Lilien 

Hi-Loha Friends, I'm BACK!!

My sincerest + dearest gratitude goes out to all of you who were relentless with your kindness + selfish with your selflessness. You drenched me with encouragement + radiating positivity which ultimately pushed me through my darkest days + unfathomable negativeness. All of your dear, sweet, dedicated + thoughtful souls will never know the profound impression that you've engraved inside my person. A lifetime isn't enough time to needed to properly thank you, that I know to be certain. I'm a painfully private human. If you've been with me for the last 7+ years this comes as no surprise. If you're just tuning in you can scroll through the tome and recognize. But ultimately we're all here to partake in the magnificence, to indulge, to FANTASIZE.

So I'm bringing back the funhouse built from my MRS LILIEN daydreams. A place where my madcap mind whisks us off to the fantastical, by way of magical moonbeams + kooky extremes. 

I'm decidedly engaged and thoroughly committed to continuing on with my diary of delight. For even in my gloomiest of days, this MRS became my happy place, my escape, my glittering light.

Because of the sappiness and the fact that I have captivated eyes + ears, I'm gonna have a Frank Sinatra moment / à la Jimmy Cliff. I'm gonna light up this b*tch with a personal sunshiny riff.... it's so befitting, it gives me the chills....

Take it away Jimmy.....

"I can see clearly now, the rain is gone / I can see all obstacles in my way. Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind / It's gonna be a bright, bright Sunshiny day. I think I can make it now, the pain is gone / All of the bad feelings have disappeared. Here is the rainbow I've been prayin' for / It's gonna be a bright, bright Sunshiny day."

FINALLY... Without further ado, I proudly present my newly stocked MRS SHOP to you!!!

ALOHA.... again.

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Funny.... I just realized I never officially said "ALOHA! I've landed safely." Not that I expected worry to arise, however it translates to a MRS who's checked out + lazy. Either way, I've / WE'VE (my Lilien unit) made contact + are getting our sea legs back. Transitioning from the other side of the international dateline - somehow utterly discombobulates your inner balance + offsets your baseline. Other than that, so far so good. We've settled in with friends for now as we seek out a new HULA HUT in more of a townie hood. The list of to-do's is so overwhelmingly huge. Especially with 3 little ones to tend to after yet another major uproot. This goes with any move a + it's been a while so I refuse to waste time + complain. After all, we are living in paradise + for that alone we are so fortunate it's insane.

As for me.... I'm keeping attendance. I have days where everything seems manageable, others where I can't put together a proper sentence. As a mother, I know that this will most likely be my circumstance; that is until I get my ducklings settled, secure + back to doing their happy dance. 

In my defense (not that it matters) my GUAM Lilien crew bestowed us all a homecoming gift: a scorching flu virus that spread like wildfire which set us all aimlessly adrift. SOOO.... now that we are back, on the mend, setting up temporary camp + running around like wild banshees - my hope is to TURN THIS MOTHER OUT + find my happy cadence on the intoxicating MRS trampoline!

Thank you all who continue to hang around. Stars in my eyes desperately hoping for a successful rebound. In my quieter moments you can ALWAYS find me in my Pinterest corner wildly hoarding away, and also on Instagram if I'm feeling worthy of public display.  

Hang in there with me, I have my magic right here - I'm ready to bring the goods I'm known for, the heavily scoured, the next-level UNREAL. Phoenix rising, I'm loading my caboose with goods worthy of dropped jaws - the same deliverance dripping with secret MRS sauce.

I thank all from the bottom of my MRS heart for your loyalty during my darkest hour. It's your notes, comments, messages + emails that keep me juiced up and empowered. Your words feed my spirit. And, like the saying goes "it takes a village." 

All of you are in my heart / all of you remain my divine inspiration to rise to my MRS occasion.

EXPENSIVE lipstick MRS kisses....

XXX

MRS

SWAN-ING HOME...

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The time has come for me to head back to my other island. I'm sailing across the pacific, back over the international dateline, and I'm very excited. While this time I've had in the South Pacific will always have a soft spot in my MRS heart, I know quite well there are new adventures calling that I cannot wait to start! To the kindest, most genuine-hearted GUAM FAMILY that we've been cared after, my heart truly aches to say goodbye. BUT, being the MRS that I am, that's not in my vocabulary... so I'll see you all SOON on my Island nearby.

So off to the land of Aloha I will float, wish me safe travels upon my MRS SWAN BOAT!

BIBA GUAM!

XXX

MRS