Trip Tip #1: Pack your Pareo

We're Kauai-bound, so it's time to put away the mittens and boots in favor of sandals and sarongs. In fact, sarongs, or pareos, are the subject of today's post. What is the difference between the two? According to Shaka Time Hawaii:

Pareo-a MUST

A sarong is a piece of fabric usually between 4-5 foot in length that is worn as a loose fitting skirt or dress. The name sarong comes from the Malay word “sarung” meaning sheath or covering. These fabrics are often dyed in rich colors and were traditionally made with batik fabric.

The Pareo on the other hand was developed in Tahiti and adapted to Western fabric when it was introduced by European explorers in the 1700. In Hawaii, the names are often interchangeable. The modern day fabrics are often colorful vibrant and detailed with floral or some other type of tropical print representing the island lifestyle. Fabrics can be sheer or heavier depending on style.

Any 4 or 5-yard swath of such fabric is indispensable, no matter the season. A pareo fits the MmPorium number one rule of travel wear, that of versatility. My pareo will undoubtedly be called to serve at minimum quadruple duty: skirt, dress, shawl and beach cover-up. I have been known to employ them alternatively as picnic blankets and turbans. For the fastidious among you, I suggest packing two. They are light-weight and cheerful, washable and wonderful. 

When venturing out, remember. Pack a pareo - your picnic mates will be glad you did.

Check out "Four Chic Ways to Tie a Sarong" from Harper's Bazaar, or put in some time on Pinterest or YouTube for another dozen or so alternatives. 

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Moving on Monday

I mentioned this before - we're getting very close to publication date. In fact, my partner in crime is sitting across from the table from me as I write, securing our first Copyright. She's madly checking items off her project management list. Can you see her?! Yay! Cheers! Huzzah!

As Buckled Down is heading out for launch, however, her younger sib Button Up will begin the rounds of editorial review by this weekend. 

You will see a number of the core characters as you've met in Buckled...the book group (with a couple old members moving on to new pursuits and a couple of new members stepping into different roles), Mata of course, and Eliot, the youngest of the Remarkables. 

Button Up includes explorations from Portland's neighborhoods through Oregon Wine Country and along the winding roadways of one of Oregon's signature annual bike rides, the Pioneer Century. How do we feel about progress on all the #LulaFlann works, ongoing and upcoming?

Dahlia Farm, near the Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway

Yup. Pretty #groovy.