My Great Gondola Adventure

My Great Gondola Adventure

A Staycation with a taste of Venice is close at hand.

Has this ever happened to you? You see something one day in person or a magazine and you store it in a folder or on Pinterest or put it up on a vision board. Some months, years or even decades later that vision materializes. His has happened to me on several occasions in my life.

In this case I was in Newport Beach California at a wonderful restaurant overlooking the water, it was evening and dusk was upon us. I looked out the window and saw a gondola go by …. “ I want to do that” I say.

Years later, now living in Dallas, I decide it’s time to do something different for an evening. Travel had been out of the question but I soon found out a gondola adventure was well within reach !

Who knew that in Irving Texas you could take a gondola ride down the Mandalay Canal and Lake Carolyn in Las Colinas, have an expert gondolier trained in Italy take you under quaint bridges while you sip wine, eat horsdouvers and listen as a beautiful operatic voice echoes across the water.

That was Greg our gondolier and the owner of Gondola Adventures taking us out on his favorite gondola in the fleet called Rosa. Rosa has quite the history in this fleet of several different beautifully authentic gondola styles. (I will let Greg tell you that story)

It was an unforgettable evening that transported me back to a story book time that still lives in full color in the canals of Venice Italy, but still miraculously available within reach.

Let Gondola adventures help you plan the perfect proposal, anniversary, intimate wedding, evening adventure or “just because” cruise.

With many packages to choose from- casual pizza cruises to elegant dinners or dessert cruises to breakfast cruises or even a gift card you are bound to look love your ride.

Bonus points for manifesting a long forgotten dream.

PS as it turns out this is the same company I saw on the waters off Newport Beach.

Light-Weight Summer Dressing with March11

Light-Weight Summer Dressing with March11

March11 handcrafts clothing with Ukrainian Vyshyvanka in mind, showcasing artisanal fashion in a modern way. From fabric sourcing to hand finishing, there is a lot of love and care that goes into creating every unique piece. A timeless traditional classic has been updated with a modern twist by adding color, tassels, and embroidery, making it a resort-wear piece you will keep forever.

Megan and I got together to showcase these beautifully detailed Ece pieces. We had so much fun highlighting these Indian Paisley inspired print dresses, easily their best sellers. Choose one from their collection or consider a made-to-order piece.

Linen is a traditional choice for Ukranian Vyshyvanka styles, sourced from Belarus. This lightweight linen has a rustic feel to it, but is still light as gossamer. Special attention to detail and hand finishing are what define these styles. 

March11 is proud to revive and keep the traditional needlework and design alive in a modern wearable way.

StyleBeyond Age 

style tip… The Ece dress comes in two lengths, and though I rarely wear a mini dress, I chose this for its versatility. Don’t be afraid to style your clothing differently, in this case, I turned this Ece dress into a topper. 

Sonia’s Monthly Lifestyle Edit: Celebrating the Texas Ballet Theatre hosted by Neiman Marcus

Sonia’s Monthly Lifestyle Edit: Celebrating the Texas Ballet Theatre hosted by Neiman Marcus

I was honored to be invited to a ladies luncheon celebrating the Texas Ballet Theatre hosted by Janet Rice and Capera Ryan. The Texas Ballet’s creative direction has been the source of a nightly inspiration for my wardrobe choices.

Held at Neiman Marcus I had the pleasure to get to know 10 wonderful Dallas women . we enjoyed a fantastic lunch provided by Neiman Marcus, followed by a gorgeous fashion show highlighting spring fashion. From Gucci to Ferragamo Oscar de la Renta and bottega venetta. Some great spring fashion was on display. 

The Texas Ballet is one of the most frequently selected theatrical productions among my [friends and family]. The non-stop dancing and sophisticated stagecraft are exhilarating even for those accustomed to more sedate ballet experiences.

Like most fashionistas I considered what I would wear carefully. I ended up choosing this Carolina Herrera dress Which I had shortened to tea length for the occasion. A vintage Paloma Picasso purse And my fortunate find Veronica Beard shoes that were perfect for this look; not too dressy not too casual. A little bit of perfume by Fredric Malle and your set.

The Texas Ballet Theater Mission

The mission of Texas Ballet Theater is to create, present and tour world-class ballet, from classical to cutting–edge, and promote its appreciation, accessibility, and technical mastery among students, pre-professionals, and audiences of all ages. We are honored to be the only arts organization to serve as resident company for Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth and the Winspear Opera House on the AT&T Performing Arts Center Campus in Dallas. Our internationally recognized company is built on a rich history and boasts a repertoire that is creative, expressive and collaborative.

From programs for preschool and school children to summer classes for children and adults the Texas Ballet Theater School offers dance programs in Dallas and Fort Worth with classes that range from beginner ballet to elite professional training. Their curriculum is designed to nurture aspiring artists by strengthening their technical dancing skills, creating a life-long appreciation for ballet, and helping develop critical life skills like confidence, discipline and creativity, which enrich their lives long after classes have concluded. Read more about them here.

If you’ve ever attended a performance of The Texas Ballet, you know it’s a great way to spend an evening. But do not just take my word for it, go and see for yourself!

Details of Style

I also had the privilege of continuing my conversation with Dr. Max Cyader

Dr. Max Cynader is a renowned researcher at the University of British Columbia’s Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health. He is a a Principal Investigator in Canada’s Network of Excellence in Stroke.

The founder of Synaptitude a proactive coaching system for life long cognitive wellness . There are so many issues that affect our cognitive function from sleep and stress. The Exercise and Nutrition his program will guide you in navigating your cognitive strength. My full interview with Dr. Max us up on my IGTV, where you can click here to watch.