Kirsten Alana

Kirsten Alana

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Pro Photographer • Avid traveler who loves design, food & fashion + created #ThoseCubaStreets w/ @dante.vincent

Kirsten Alana

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Fairmont took me on a special tour of the expanded @sfmoma that reopened in May 2016 yesterday during which we visited the Matisse/Diebenkorn & Diane Arbus exhibits. I couldn't have come up with a better way to spend a rainy day in San Francisco if I'd tried, my inspiration seemed to quadruple with every new floor we visited! Especially after I found out that SFMOMA was one of the first museums to recognize photography as a fine art! I felt compelled by all I saw, to try to create my own "art" and this video was born out of that compulsion. It depicts the soaring central entrance way you find when you come from Third Street with the 'Untitled' piece created by Alexander Calder in 1963 that slowly moves beneath the oculus under a pedestrian bridge. As wonderfully thrilling as the exhibits were for someone like me for whom art has been a lifelong interest -- especially the Matisse/Diebenkorn rooms & the Cloud Cities room by @studiotomassaraceno -- it was the architecture of the building itself that left the most lasting impression, making me want to return. Closed for three years to expand the original Maria Botta-designed building with renowned architecture firm @snohetta, upon reopening SFMOMA became one of the largest museums in the USA and one of the largest in the world for modern & contemporary art. It's also now on track for LEED Gold Certification and features the largest application of composites technology to architecture in the USA. There's a connection to @fairmontsanfrancisco too. During the 1940's meetings that led to the signing of the United Nations Charter, SFMOMA was forced to temporarily move from its original Van Ness location to make way for the UN Conference on International Organization but many of the closed door meetings took place back at the Fairmont where b&w photos of those meetings now line the halls! ⚪️🔲⚫️ FairmontMoments with @travelmindset sponsored

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Woke up in San Francisco where I'm seeking out FairmontMoments for a project with @travelmindset. I could hardly believe it yesterday, when @fairmontsanfrancisco showed me to my "room" which happens to be THE Tony Bennett Suite. It features original paintings he has done of some of the views out the suite's windows which defy words they're so good on a clear day like it was when I checked in. I can see an almost 360 degree view of the Bay Area but since it's raining today, frankly I wouldn't mind having all my moments right by the window! Then again, there's so much to see! So after I finish breakfast, I'll be heading to SFMOMA for a special visit. Watch it all unfold in my Stories... 🌉 sponsored

1 Days ago
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The first day of Spring occurred after I left Dublin but it felt as if it had started early when I walked into this space with @dublinmydarling on a day warm enough that I'd been able to shed my coat and walk around in short sleeves. It brought to mind a few lines of a poem I'd read the night before, in a book of verses all written following the Easter Rising of 1916: "Go winter now unto your abode, Your time is done, and Spring is conqueror! Lift up with all your gear and take your road! For she is here, and brings the sun with her! Now we are born again, and now are we, -- Wintered so long beneath an icy hand! -- New-risen into life and liberty, Because the Spring is come into our land!" excerpt 'Spring - 1916' by James Stephens

3 Days ago

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While in Dublin, I found time to tour the city with the team behind one of my favorite @instagram accounts: Ramona & David of @dublinmydarling. Before meeting David, Ramona showed me the interior of this shopping centre near Stephen's Green which was built on the site of The Dandelion Market, once famous for the concerts from such bands as U2. Then we went to a spot in the centre with a wonderful view of the city of Dublin. I'd never have found either spot on my own because I generally avoid all malls if I can help it and seeing the city from above wasn't a huge priority of mine. Until we were there and I realized how much I would have missed! I'm an advocate for meeting locals, getting to know the people who live where you travel and generally digging in as deep as time allows whenever and wherever one travels. As you know I LOVED the Guinness Storehouse but my short time with @beluck.ie & @david.maguire as well as the interactions with other locals that I had while in Ireland -- these are the memories I will cherish most and to be honest, they are why I want to return and explore more of Ireland one day. People, make the place. And Ireland's people are particularly wonderful. 💚

4 Days ago

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Step inside the @homeofguinness with me, where I spent two days during my trip to Dublin. It wasn't nearly enough! The Storehouse is a historically-protected building dating back to the early 1900's and the details related to its age were so fascinating to discover from the beautifully tiled walls to the picture windows looking out over Dublin. I loved the private tasting we did in the Connoisseurs Bar, that any guest can add on to their tour (you just have to search the website to find out more), and every meal we had at 1837 Bar & Brasserie was better than the last. I was so pleasantly surprised to find food worthy of the loftiest awards inside what is essentially a tourist attraction. But that's what makes the @guinness Storehouse so different, it is an attraction for tourists but it's also so much more than that. During @stpatricksfestival that included live music on every floor and my favorite was the set by @thelunaboys which took place in Arthur's Bar, aptly named for the founder himself who I think would be blown away by what his brewery has become today! ☘️🍴🍺🇮🇪 StorehouseStory ThisIsIrishFood sp

5 Days ago

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I arrived in Dublin with few expectations and only two items on my absolute must do list in addition to enjoying St. Patrick's Day: visiting the @homeofguinness, and this space. It is Trinity College Library's Long Room. Because I'm a bibliophile who loves architecture, the Long Room has called me like a beacon since I first saw a photo of it as a teenager. It is significant to @guinness because in addition to holding books, the room also protects the oldest surviving Irish Harp known as the Brian Boru, upon which the original Guinness logo is based as well as the insignia of Ireland. Guinness wisely trademarked the symbol in 1876 so when the Irish Free State wanted to use it in 1922, they had to use a mirror version facing in the opposite direction. The harp is a stunner with intricate carving and a glow to its well-worn wood that seems to magnify the light already present in this vast space. As for the room itself, built between 1712 and 1732, it is 65 metres in length and filled with 200,000 books. Originally it had a flat plaster ceiling and a lower level only. After an 1801 ruling, the library began to receive a free copy of every book published in Britain and Ireland though and so in 1860 the roof was raised and the present barrel-vaulted ceiling and upper gallery were added giving it the impressive stature that helps it live up to hype for today's visitors which included me this week. It brought me as close as possible to the phrase, "takes my breath away." StorehouseStory sp

6 Days ago

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I'm not usually one for anything that draws big crowds & I don't usually love huge tourist attractions but similar to the way I somehow still love attending Hogmanay in Scotland, I LOVED experiencing StPatricksDay in the middle of Dublin, the @homeofguinness yesterday. I've no Irish blood that I know of but it just didn't matter since as the locals I hung out with love to say, "on March 17 everyone's Irish." That's just how it felt! It felt like the streets were one big family reunion. So we stood and we danced and we smiled and we laughed - in the shadow of a monument to Charles Parnell, so influential in the Home Rule movement for Ireland - and for a moment, life was an absolutely beautiful thing. No cares and no worries, just a complete sense of celebration. ☘️

7 Days ago

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One of my biggest travel dreams is finally coming true this week since I am spending St. Patrick's Day in the @homeofguinness: Dublin, Ireland, WITH @guinness, learning their StorehouseStory. Everything I've learned so far just reinforces why they have been my favorite beer for as long as I've been able to drink! From the philosophy of Arthur Guinness himself to the philanthropy his descendants still carry on today to how much every Guinness employee loves their job... As per usual I'm documenting it all in Stories and even though this trip is sponsored, all the opinions and the gushing about the beer or the company itself -- that's entirely me and my really nerdy self. sp 💚🇮🇪☘️

9 Days ago

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I told you I would share the story of the Welsh flag and when I saw this street in Cardiff lined with the flag on both sides and leading to the Castle, I knew this was the way to accompany the tale. According to legend (and borrowed from a page on the @visitsnowdonia site), it was at Dinas Emrys that the symbol of the red dragon first emerged. In the 5th century, the ruler Vortigern was making a stand against Anglo-Saxon invaders and he sought to build a stronghold on a very strategic hill. He set his builders to work but each morning they woke to find piles of rubble lying where the newly built walls had stood the day before. His advisors suggested sacrificing "a fatherless boy" and sprinkling his blood on the site. But the appropriate boy who was found, convinced Vortigern that his problems lay underground where there was a lake with two dragons – one red, one white. When found, they fought each other and the red dragon was victorious while the white dragon fled never to be seen again! Vortigern named the castle that he finally built Dinas Emrys - after the boy who had advised him: Myrddin Emrys, or Merlin. The very same magician who we would eventually connect to the story of King Arthur! It might all sound too fantastical to be real but in 1945 the site was excavated by archaeologists who discovered a lake and the ruins of a fortress dating to Vortigern’s time. The walls all showed signs of having been rebuilt several times… 🏰❤️ @visitwales FindYourEpic YearOfLegends

11 Days ago

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If there's only one place we went in @visitwales that simply can't be summed up in merely one photo it is: @portmeirionvillage. Setting for the 1960's TV show "The Prisoner", part fantasy village, part time capsule and the work of eccentric self-taught architect Sir Clough Williams-Ellis, it is impossible to encompass entirely in the span of one Instagram caption. Italianate in design and entirely whimsical in detail it defies explanation but you can try to understand it when you stay here, either in the hotel or in the self catering cottages. You'll be welcomed by their own homemade port and staff members full of intriguing stories about past guests such as Frank Lloyd Wright, George Harrison and the Beatles manager, Brian Epstein. The food is as exceptional as the setting and the legendary entertainment is soon to include The Flaming Lips, one of my favorite bands. Perhaps the craziest story of Portmeirion is about Sir Clough himself: whose ashes were shot up in a rocket over the village during a NYE fireworks show after he died in 1978! 💥 FindYourEpic

11 Days ago

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Speaking of places to stay, I was most impressed during this trip with @palehallhotel. A new member of @smallluxuryhotels, it was a 19th century Jacobian-style mansion built in 1871 by railway magnate Henry Robertson. Complete with the type of board which was used to call the servants that you've seen in shows like Downton Abbey, it is in every way a step back in time yet it lacks none of the modern creature comforts you want when you stay at a luxury property even, and of special importance to me, soaking tubs like this one which made me exclaim out loud when I walked into the room! Just the thing to sort you out after a long day of walking in the countryside or exploring small towns. As a manor home it hosted Queen Victoria and Winston Churchill, this week it hosted comedian Chelsea Handler! The food is worth a visit on its own since Palé Hall has as its F&B consultant none other than the @macaines and head chef is the talented @garethstevenson88. We enjoyed a spectacular meal in what was the manor home's kitchen yet still features a stove that made all my Downton Abbey dreams feel like they were coming true. If only! 🏰 FindYourEpic

12 Days ago

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This is my favorite image of a town that I took during this trip to Wales because I feel it really shows the charm that can be found here and also because it features a red Defender which happens to be one of my dream vehicles!! I have this vision of one day when I'm old having a little cottage in the countryside, a closet full of wellies that I'd wear with flowered skirts and wool sweaters or tweed blazers, a dog and a Defender to drive myself around if I'm not walking or riding a bike. It just so happens that this dream could probably come to fruition in rural France, Scotland or Wales but it's in the latter that I've seen no less than several dozen of these vehicles driving around or parked next to cottages that would do just fine please and thank you 🙏🏼 Seems like some kind of sign from the universe but who knows 😜 I took this in Crickhowell where, when you visit, you should not miss @bookishcrickhowell plus the cozy Dragon Inn or Bear Inn. Both have the character, fun locals and cozy corners that make for a great overnight in towns such as this. Though since I always keep it real you should know the pillows weren't exactly comfy so if you have trouble sleeping, as I do, you might want to bring your own 😉 FindYourEpic

13 Days ago

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Fitting for a place that overall is so cloaked with myths and legends, the peak of Snowdon usually lies hidden in clouds, mist or fog and locals rarely get a clear view of it! Yet, we did! We had incredible weather while driving through Snowdonia National Park and so we stopped at this spot where you can see the peak directly ahead and just to the left of @lesleyannemurphy's head, dusted with snow. High up there somewhere are the lakes that legend tells are the final resting place of Excalibur, the sword of King Arthur. It is either Llyn Llydaw, Dinas or Ogwen. Laying in wait for Arthur to return, the sword is guarded by the Lady of the Lake. A bit to the left and down below from where Lesley is standing, is a lake that myth says is where the battle of the two dragons happened which led to the red dragon being on the Welsh flag. That story I'll tell with another photo! 🏔 FindYourEpic @visitwales

14 Days ago

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If you @visitwales you'll see very quickly there are a lot of castles to explore. It feels akin to being on the set of Game of Thrones which has been thrilling me to no end!! But so far, this is my favorite we've visited because it wasn't built by an English king, instead it is Welsh and dates to the 1100's. You can approach it two ways: by crossing a river that takes you through a forest filled with almost more moss than trees, or by going through a more open wooded area with trees that twist as if possessed. Either way you climb steadily till you're on a hill and see this before you with Lake Dolbadarn at your back and Mt. Snowdon in the background. The name Dolbadarn means "meadow of Padarn", so meadow of the Saint, because there was indeed a Saint Padarn. A Welsh ruler once imprisoned his brother in this tower so as it is with many Legends and Myths there is both beauty and pain associated with a place that's almost painfully beautiful when the sun shines, illuminating the stones that punctuate the green grass. I missed the chance to take a photo in the moment that actually happened, because I was simply watching, transfixed. Stunned. 🏰 FindYourEpic YearOfLegends

15 Days ago

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Savoring my last few days at home in NYC with @dante.vincent before I start a whirlwind three months of work travel that will take me to almost a dozen new countries I've never been to and a few destinations that will be new to me in countries I have already visited. I start in Wales and Ireland next week and end in Jordan in May. Speaking of Danté, will you do me a huge favor and go check out his account 👉🏼 @dante.vincent 👈🏼 It is getting so close to 10K and I really want to get him over that finish line in 2017. He's so talented!! ❤️

20 Days ago

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Here's another photo to entice you to come to India with me this October. See the linkinprofile for all the details!! I took this during my last trip and while I can't 💯 promise you light like this where we'll be going, I can promise you that India will get under your skin and inspire your spirit in a way few other places can...

21 Days ago

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Flashback to a morning @thequeenskickshaw with @leaveurmarkindia & @theworldwanderer that changed my life. We'd been in India together a few months before this moment and while driving through Goa, had come up with an idea together that began with the desire to help change the situations of women in India for the better through service & support. To see it happen, intense work was needed on this day to plot and plan but the time flew by as we sipped matcha lattes & noshed on the best grilled cheese sandwiches in Astoria. And when I walked out, I couldn't wait to tell everyone our idea but I had to keep it to myself just a little bit longer. NOW the secret is out and I can finally tell you that WE'RE GOING BACK TO INDIA AND TAKING YOU WITH US!!! All the details are at the linkinprofile. If you identify as a woman, you already have the first requirement in the bag in order to join us & all who are interested will need to apply. Women2Women

22 Days ago

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Do you prefer Mountains or Valleys? In New York City we've got both. And a jungle 😝 They're just all man-made 😜 newyorkornowhere

24 Days ago

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I know I know it's Monday and we don't need distractions cause we're busy slaying the day..... but just in case you want a mental break, I invite you to visit the linkinprofile and come away with me to @fslanai so we can @visitlanai 🌴 I promise you a paradise that's far enough from home to feel like another world, but close enough that all it takes to get there is a plane and a short ride on a ferry. From the boat you'll see whales, perhaps dolphins. On the island you'll ride horses and off-road in a @jeep. You'll have the most healthy-yet-delicious food and you'll likely make a few new feathered friends! 🌺 It's all possible when you LetHawaiiHappen ☀️

26 Days ago

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Spent yesterday in Times Square shooting with @beautifuldestinations and it was such a pleasure to finally get to meet @tomjauncey! After the event @dante.vincent and I just roamed the city and eventually found ourselves at our beloved @centralparknyc as Blue Hour descended and the lights of the City's skyscrapers began to sparkle like so many diamonds. It was still warm when I took this photo and afterward we just sat on a bench by the lake, enjoying the view, something we don't do often enough; until the chill finally seeped in and we reluctantly began the walk home. Since the City is my home, it's always different for me, a constant war of love and hate. But in the short time before and after this photo I think I understood how so many visitors come here and fall in love so instantly. How I once did when I was only a visitor. The simplest moments can be pure magic if your heart is open to it. ❤ CentralParkMoments

27 Days ago

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SWIPE LEFT 👈🏼 I'm using @instagram's new multiple photos feature to help you plan for this weekend in New York City. If you're looking for a place to eat, a place to brunch with friends or just a place to get a few drinks during a break from shopping in SoHo: I recommend @missparadisnyc! Delectable Rosé cocktails, a menu that only features vegetarian or pescatarian dishes and a funky interior designed by the incredible (my fav!) Philippe Starck combine to make it a place I've returned to multiple times since it first opened this winter. Whatever you do, especially if you have a sweet tooth, make sure you leave room for dessert!! • What do YOU think of this latest update to Instagram? Will you use it, do you want to see me use it more? •

29 Days ago

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Will it ever look like this in the City again this winter? Or are we destined for an early Spring?! I remember a year it looked like this in MAY!! 😂 No matter the weather or the season, @centralparknyc is always a favorite. ❄️ centralparkmoments

31 Days ago

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The warm temperatures in NYC this weekend meant @dante.vincent & I spent a lot of time outside and while we were in Washington Square Park, this moment reminded me of a quote which is so timely I think: "Along the way, let's never forget that once we were children and that we were all playing together without distinction of skin color, society level, or where people come from. Adults need to remember to play and to be more childlike in our behavior. We've forgotten what that childlike experience was like." - Guy Laliberte ✋🏻✋🏼✋🏽✋🏾✋🏿

33 Days ago

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Back in the big City and celebrating 4 years of dating @dante.vincent this weekend. It's been nothing short of adventurous, beginning with a chance meeting amongst friends on Valentine's Day that led to a first date over brunch in a place that has since closed and continued to the MET on President's Day before I left the USA and we had our 4th date in Paris. We celebrated yesterday with brunch at @locandaverde, ice cream at @morgensternsnyc and a new project making a journal of all our world travels. Wherever we roam, we always come back here. newyorkornowhere

34 Days ago

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I haven't talked about it here but this winter has been a realllllly difficult one for a variety of business and personal reasons. As I sit in my home office continuing to try to put out fires and turn things around, I find myself wishing for the serenity of this moment on O'ahu's North Shore wearing my favorite dress by @freetomoveclothing, staring out at the ocean, which always calms me down. Life can't always be as good as it looks like it is on Instagram. And it's a problem in this space that too many people pretend it is. But sometimes, for a few fleeting moments, the ideal exists. Thanks for capturing this one, @dante.vincent ❤ TBT

37 Days ago

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I love any time I can spend anywhere near horses and on the day we took a Jeep out from @fslanai, we saw horses roaming in a really large open field by a stable which stuck in my head and wouldn't leave. I wanted to be near those horses! So it was with tons of excitement that @dante.vincent and I got to @visitlanai by horseback with the Stables at Koele on our last day in Hawaii riding the same horses we'd seen roaming in the field a few days before. We'd just watched Shawshank Redemption as we were falling asleep in the evening and when Danté was paired with a horse named Red we both had stars in our eyes. Red lived up to his name and was amazing. I didn't get so lucky, my horse Cash only wanted to eat the whole time and because I love horses so much I couldn't bear trying to tell him not to do something that's in his nature to do. I just wanted to let him eat the whole time and never walk anywhere. But eventually we found a rhythm and saw the most beautiful parts of the island with our guide Joel, who of course wears a Hawaiian shirt with his cowboy hat. 😍 We rode through pine forests where the morning dew clung to the needles and looked like diamonds as the sun hit, we found an overlook with sweeping views all the way to Lāna'i City and we were able to spot both Molokai and Maui because the air was so clear. We also learned about the days when the island was only used to grow pineapples, or to raise cattle and how residents are now trying organic farming. We were both sad when the stable appeared through the trees and we knew it was time to say goodbye. If you find yourself on Lāna'i, give our love to Red! 🐴 LetHawaiiHappen VisitLanai

38 Days ago

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During the week of St. Valentine there are few places more on my mind than Paris since it's one of the most romantic cities in the world for me and the location of my fourth date so many years ago with @dante.vincent after we met on Valentine's Day! So I'm thrilled to be taking over the @preferredhotels Instagram account today and tomorrow to share more of Paris with you on behalf of myself and my co-founders in the @thefrancophiles. On our account we aim to share much more of France than just its most famous city, we're a community sharing a global guide to all things French and all the places you can indulge your love of all things French. But even we cannot deny the draw the City of Light has on all who have visited and have yet to visit. I hope you will follow along mes amis and enjoy what's to come. Merci. 🇫🇷

40 Days ago

Kirsten Alana

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When you @visitlanai, whether you're staying at @fslanai or elsewhere, do yourself a favor and have lunch at VIEWS which is adjacent to the golf course of Four Seasons. Not only are the drinks refreshing and the food sublime, it's the views of the island that oh-so-appropriately give the restaurant its name that are worth showing up for. You don't need a reservation and there are plenty of tables with the same excellent view so even if it is busy you should have the same wonderful afternoon we did. This particular view shows the resort itself, way down below and on the left. It's next to the beach that both locals and visitors have access to, it's a great spot for sunset since it faces west. However it's that little outcrop of rock almost in the middle of the photo to the right of the palm tree, that is the highlight for most visitors. Known as Pu'u Pehe, or Sweetheart Rock, legend has it that a young warrior named Makakehau fell in love with Pehe to such an extent that when he laid eyes on her his eyes would mist giving him his name; because Maka means eyes and Kehau means mist. He took her to a sea cave at the base of the rock stack and hid her so no other man could lay eyes on her but during a storm when he was away, she tragically drowned. Stricken with grief he managed to climb with her body to the top of the rock where he buried her and laid a memorial to her, then jumped to his death in the crashing surf 80 ft below. Since that's so tragic, I prefer to concentrate on trying to spot the pod of spinner dolphins that like to visit the cove!! 🌴🌊 LetHawaiiHappen @gohawaii VisitLanai

41 Days ago

Kirsten Alana

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Ok I thought I was ready to be back in NYC after the serenity and quiet of Hawaii but I think this city girl got TOO used to that quiet because I didn't remember just how noisy the City is!!! That's another reason I'm loving spending tonight at the BoseStore testing out their full range of noise canceling headphones and their awesome home theater products. I've never been one for wearing my @bose around the city, saving them instead for all my plane rides, but tonight I demoed a pair that I could totally sport on the subway or while going to and from meetings. They are inconspicuous and have this awesome setting that allows you to dial up or down the noise canceling. They're called Quiet Control 30 and man do I wish they could come home with me even though I just got a set like the ones I'm wearing in this photo 😜 Oh if only birthdays lasted all month.... 🙏🏼 And yes, this is an ad but the words are still mine as always. Thanks for letting me play around with all your products tonight, Bose! 💛

42 Days ago

Kirsten Alana

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I still have latergrams to share from Hawaii! I took this during one of our most fun days on @visitlanai when we borrowed a Jeep from @fslanai so we could explore the island on our own. It's an option open to all guests and it allowed us to visit Lāna'i City, to see stunning views of Molokai and Maui and to find this stretch of beach which is called Shipwreck. Aptly named, it's due to the powerful currents and numerous reefs in the Kalohi Channel between Molokai and Lāna'i which has seen many a shipwreck occur since the first documented ship to sink here in 1824, the British vessel "Alderman Wood." The hull you see in the distance that is most commonly thought to give this eight mile stretch of beach its name is the decaying remains of the World War II Liberty Ship, made of concrete, and placed there on purpose. Only accessible via 4WD, here the sand is white, the water is crystal clear and we didn't see more than a few other people for hours. There were times, like I referenced in my last photo from Lāna'i, that I felt as if we were on our own private island discovering it for ourselves. Not on one of the eight major islands of the USA's 50th state! The reason I love experiences like this so much is that I think they help jumpstart the passion for travel and exploration that first drove me to do what I do. To try and encourage other people to want to know and understand places that are different from their homes. Even if it's only trying to understand a place you thought you knew, but now aren't sure about, in my opinion traveling will never cease to be important! I'm so grateful I get to share places like the island of Lāna'i with you; small but worth going out of the way for! 🌊 LetHawaiiHappen VisitLanai

42 Days ago

Kirsten Alana

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Arrived home from Hawaii to find my birthday continues with the gift of a new pair of headphones from @Bose waiting on my doorstep!! Alas, if only there was someone to unpack for me too 😉😜 I'll be headed to the Store at the Oculus on Feb 11 for a special concert experience and the chance to check out all their new products. Please follow along that day as I live post to my Stories. As always I only endorse brands I already am a customer of and this is awesome timing since I managed to leave my old headphones behind on our second plane ride. I blame it on the jet lag and I'm so grateful for partnerships like this, that come at just the right time. 🙏🏼 ad

43 Days ago

Kirsten Alana

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I was trying to explain to a friend tonight why her family should @visitlanai and one of the reasons that didn't occur to me at the time, but that I realized when looking back through my photos, is that my beloved sunsets, which we experienced many times on every Hawaiian island we visited, were different on Lāna'i. I enjoyed being part of a crowd watching the sun set from Waikiki on Oahu and on Maui with a cocktail in hand but only a few other adults at @fsmaui's Serenity Pool, it was a different kind of special experience equally as nice. What made Lāna'i so memorable is that we pretty much had this sunset to ourselves. It's a small island without very many residents and with a relatively low visitor number. Once in a while this made us feel like we were explorers finding a new place for the first time. It matters not that we weren't. Since we were there to work and not to vacation, any moments that felt this special made the work seem less like work, and more like a once-in-a-lifetime privilege. Whether you're considering visiting for work or for pleasure, I can't recommend Lāna'i highly enough! 🌅🌴 @gohawaii LetHawaiiHappen VisitLanai 📸 I captured this moment with my Sony RX1 RII gifted to me by @focuscamera.

44 Days ago

Kirsten Alana

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For our last stop in Hawaii we took a ferry from Maui, out of Lahaina, to the small island of Lanai; and from one @fourseasons paradise to another, the minute I walked through the multi-storied lobby of @fslanai to see this, I fell in love with the property just like I had at Four Seasons on Maui. The pool area feels like a "garden of eden" with so many flowering plants and trees that I discovered a new one every time I walked through and enough hidden cabanas and hammocks to give you a new one to try on every day of your stay. There are places to relax where all you will see is the pool, or the ocean, or a wall of green and of course there are birds chirping in the swaying palms overhead that combined with the sounds of the nearby ocean are the only backdrop you need for the purest relaxation. We had just three nights to experience the resort and the island but I already knew in this moment that wasn't going to be nearly enough, we'd only be scratching the surface.... 🌺 LetHawaiiHappen @gohawaii VisitLanai

44 Days ago