the view from here     treasures     loving     musings     beauty     craving     spotlight     kai conversations                         


be my guest

having a little beach cottage across the street from la playa means lots of company. this takes a little planning though, as i always want my guests to be comfy and cozy. 
time to break out the beach chairs, umbrellas, fluffy towels and sunscreen -- make that lots of sunscreen. organization is key so that your guests have most everything close at hand. 
here's a few of my hosting essentials that will guarantee your guests a resort-quality stay. 

1. lots of bath towels, i roll mine and put them in a basket. 

2. a fridge stocked with essentials for quick snacks. 

3. extra toothbrushes/toothpaste for the guest that decides they would rather sleep over. 

4. i love to keep a waterproof clutch with me filled with everything any of us may need while we're at the beach. 

5. lastly, a small picnic basket, the water famishes just about everyone i know. a few grapes, sandwiches and chips is pretty much all you need and drinks. 
so clean up that barbecue! at my home it's barbecue just about every night and eating al fresco is our favorite. 

don't forget your beach games and enjoy! if you happen to get tar on your feet, hands down the quickest and easiest way to get it off is with a cotton ball and a bit of baby oil.


a rose is a rose unless it's kai*rose

if you've not heard, kai has expanded its range with our long awaited second scent, kai*rose perfume oil! the launch went live may 1st after a month long exclusive at barneys new york. thankfully, our new baby has received rave reviews with allure and elle giving editorial in their may/june issues respectively. people magazine followed closely behind with a beautiful piece in their online edition. so now what? the fun part...adding to the perfume oil we are now launching kai*rose body wash and lotion. with the same great ingredients found in kai, our kai*rose body lotion and wash are meant to be worn together with kai and kai*rose perfume oil, giving you products that complement each other as opposed to competing against the other. on its own or mixed together depending on your mood, layering is key to the entire kai/kai*rose range, which will take you from your morning shower to your evening candlelit bath.
it's been a long journey mostly because i'm a teensy bit of a control freak, but with the patience of my team and my chemist, kai*rose lotion and wash have come to fruition and are hitting stores and our website as well. i'm really proud of these as the scent and feel stays true to its kai roots. taking a bit from its sibling, kai*rose gives a nod to the green crispness of kai by adding rose absolute to get the best of both worlds. using the finest ingredients, kai*rose lotion and wash are infused with vitamins, extracts, and beneficial antioxidants making for a perfect union with the scent.
f.y.i., this is not your grandma's rose. we tipped that squarely on its head by staying away from the "dusty and powdery" rose scents we are all used to and i personally stay away from. kai*rose is a fresh take on rose, youthful while being sophisticated. so if you're looking to switch it up, give it a shot.


look for more to come from our kai*rose line. with our skylight candle, eau de parfum and glow in the works, the expansion continues, so makes sure to look for updates.


upcycling kai candles

let me preface this with the fact that the entire team here at kai strives to live by reduce, reuse, recycle. and i believe we do pretty well, but i know there's always room to grow.
that being said, here's another way to live by the "3 r's." a couple of weeks ago katie told us she upcycles her kai candles. once the conversation started we came up with all kinds of fun ways to use the empty candle vessels and do good for mama earth at the same time. one thing led to another and here we are with some functional and beautiful ways to reuse your kai candles.
by the way, i'm absolutely in love with this italian glass - it's sturdy while being sharp and stylish. hope you have as much fun with this as we did!

tell us how you live by the "3 r's" in the comments!