Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Manuel Canovas in St John USVI

Back from a week in St. John USVI and I'm still on island time. We've been going there for 20 years and it's our family's all time favorite place. Here I am stalking a villa set back from the edge of Gibney Beach. Would have loved to have seen the inside of this gorgeous stone home with its arched doors and windows.
But back to this post title - there isn't a huge design scene on the island but I did come across these Manuel Canovas beach dresses. At $310 they were more than I would spend but..if they had been pillows... that would have been a different story!


Another cottage on Gibney Beach. I couldn't get a great photo of this one but did find the cottage's website and the pic below.

Here's the view from where I stayed the first 3 nights before my husband and kids could join me on the trip - a cute little eco-tent cottage in Maho Bay. Usually we rent a house but I didn't want to be completely alone (there's 114 tents at Maho) so this was a great solution.

This year my son and husband wanted to run the 8 Tuff Miles race to celebrate Ryan's 16th birthday. Congratulations to Ryan - he was 1st in his age category with a time of 1:07:10, 32nd male finisher overall and he won an $800 scholarship to the college of his choice! My husband didn't do too bad either - second in the 45 - 49 age category with a 1:13:48.
This race is accurately named - they go up to an elevation of 999 feet.
Missing St John already - but I'll be back to regular blogging tomorrow.

29 comments:

vicki archer said...

Looks totally like heaven....I am glad you had such a fun and relaxing time, xv.

Karena said...

One place I have been wanting to go!! Beautiful Imagery! You can see why so many people love it at St Johns.

Karena
Art by Karena

vignette design said...

This looks like heaven on earth! That shot of the water is so lovely. I can almost smell the ocean breeze....

pve design said...

Looks like a lovely spot and I do hope you got that Canovas dress - you could wear it and then get a few pillows made later. Looks like the perfect summer dress.
pve

The Zhush said...

Have never been but it looks amazing! Congrats to your athletic family!

Helena - A Diary of Lovely said...

it's heaven! Canovas has some amazing prints, I was given one of his toiletries bag some time ago and it's one of my favourites!

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Such lovely photos! I have a good friend who lives on St. John and he's always after us to visit. I now see why!

Susie @ Maddie's Nest said...

I was wondering where you were. What a lovely vacation...and three days to yourself? Must have been divine! Glad you had a great trip and congrats to your son and husband on their race!

Kelly Green said...

look totally divine! KG

Greet said...

Michele,
That place is gorgeous!!! And I love the dresses!
xx
Greet

Leah Moss said...

Michele, welcome home! What a wonderful time of year to disappear to paradise. Just looking at your picstures is theraputic :)

Acanthus and Acorn said...

Michele,

St. John...ahh...we have been to the islands twice...these images were such lovely reminder! The dress was fabulous.

Congrats to your son...we are in the throes of trying to getting our hands on every scholarship possible! Oh and to the hubs...I am so impressed!!!

Welcome back...island time is so hard to leave!

LindsB said...

Looks like you had a great trip. I had to laugh when you said that $310 was too much for a dress, but for pillows its totally ok. I feel the same way!

Pigtown-Design said...

now i am going to be stalking debois for some MC textiles and then making you a pillow. it's my newest addiction!

xo

Carmie - the Single Nester said...

Ahhh. Lovely!

Developing Designs said...

I would think even after visiting for so many years it is still hard to come home. :) It's a beautiful place. The view from your Eco Tent was fabulous! Stalking totally understandable with the adorable stone cottage, I'm sure they are used to it. :) Congrats to the boys, that's awesome! xo

AnneHH said...

So impressed by the athletes in your family, especially on a hilly terrain!! And what a bonus to get the scholarship--wow!
I am dying over the MC dresses. I have such a weakness for toile and those toiles are particularly gorgeous.
Thanks for sharing the beautiful photos.

Emily Heston said...

Beautiful -- I love the water and the charming cottages. Good job on the race as well, I am sure you earned your conch fritter that day!
ebh@splendidmarket.com

Boxwood Terrace said...

Looks like a lovely vacation spot! Would love to visit some day. A friend just returned from St. John and mentioned an extremely steep road/hill that the water trucks have to climb and it's very precarious. I wonder if that's the same spot mentioned in your post? Beautiful dresses too!
Deborah

Sarah said...

Talk about paradise! That water looks amazing and everything's so lush and green. I am insanely jealous :)

Jennifer Sergent said...

I pine for St. John! It's been a couple years since we've been there, and I would happily cut an arm off to go back. I hope jealousy at least comes in a favorable hue of green -- something that would look cute on a throw pillow...

Southern Aspirations said...

ahhh looks like a WONDERFUL trip! What a great trip. We were married in St. Thomas so I am quite partial to the USVI... :-)

Debra Phillips said...

wow.....am entranced michelle! now i want to go

my favorite was the last photo from up high. and the arched door house had the most beautiful urns.

lovely to share your personal haven
debra

*Chic Provence* said...

Love your blog...and love hte campsites at Maho Bay..my husband and I stayed there a few years ago, wonderful experience! I love your island post!

xxx

Kit

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This Photographer's Life said...

Sounds like an excellent trip! Congratulations to your husband and son!

Marnie said...

i have heard about this place - sounds and looks great - maybe one of these years

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