Happy Monday! For me, it’s the start of a new work week. I rarely travel for work but this week my assignment is to head to Las Vegas to attend the world’s largest real estate and shopping center convention in the world. It’s sponsored by the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and it’s expected to bring in approximately 37,000 attendees. The convention covers 853,000 square feet with a total of 1,200 booths set up on the convention floor. It’s the place where people like power brokers, retailers, developers, commercial property owners, and government officials converge in hopes of forging new deals. I have a full calendar of meetings lined up so I plan to have very busy days. It’s not my first rodeo so I’ve learned to substitute the chic heels for an attractive pair of flats; something stylish that will keep me on my feet comfortably throughout the entire day.Admittedly, I’m not really a Vegas kind of person. It’s been about 4 years since my last visit; my last trip to this particular convention. And when I was researching all the new things Vegas has to offer, I came across a picture that recalled the early days of Vegas. It’s a far cry from what it currently looks like so I thought I’d take a moment to share a bit of vintage Vegas with you today.
I know several people that have vacationed in Costa Rica just to take advantage of the great surf. A couple I know even spent their honeymoon there for the sole purpose of riding the waves. But not everyone in California loves to surf, including me. You won’t get me in the water although I absolutely love being near it or on it. It’s my happy place. While Costa Rica hasn’t particularly been high on my list of places to visit, it did pique my interest after reading the current issue of Atlanta Homes and Lifestyle Magazine. It features a new beachside community known as Las Catalinas located on the Guanacaste Coast of Costa Rica. I will admit that the gorgeous pictures are what initially caught my eye. But given that I have a background in urban planning with studies and a strong interest in architecture and design, the article was particularly intriguing. It even led me down a rabbit hole to find out more about this new community and check out the official website for Las Catalinas, which is chock full of information.
The history of Las Catalinas stems back to 2006 when the property was originally purchased. It’s taken over ten years to create this master planned community that is every bit as lush and stylish as one would expect in a vacation destination. However, the community isn’t solely seeking tourists and they continue to solicit for a full-time population. Interested?
Atlanta-based interior designer Beth Webb is intimately familiar with Las Catalinas after designing several homes in the community, including the one highlighted today. Her gorgeous blue and white interiors coupled with the beautiful blue waters make we want to dive into each and every picture. And when my friends head back to Costa Rica for the surf I might have to take them up on their offer to let me tag along. However, I’ll trade a surfboard for a seaside rental in Las Catalinas any day!
If you follow me on Instagram then you were the first to know that Mr. B and I have been vacationing in San Francisco for the last few days. While I’m away from my computer, enjoy a view of one of the most famous bridges in the world. The iconic Golden Gate Bridge first opened in May 1937 and will turn 80 this year. I only hope I can look as fabulous when I turn 80!
The Golden Gate Bridge’s daily strip tease from enveloping stoles of mist to full frontal glory is still the most provocative show in town. –Mary Moore Mason, Editor of British magazine Essentially America