A Little Bit of Vietnam

I was at a little bookstore up in San Francisco recently called BookShop West Portal, and this book caught my eye.

After browsing the jacket cover, I decided I would like to read this book, but I was also really attracted to the cover art itself. Then I was browsing my “to-read” list over on Goodreads recently and this cover really stood out from the crowd. I realized that it has a very similar style to artwork that I saw when I was in Vietnam.

This is the reproduction propaganda poster on rice paper that we bought in Hoi An on the last trip. We have this hanging in the living room. It says “Water is silver. Rice is gold.” I love the bold and basic color palette and the big blocks of color. Very similar to the book cover above, though the book cover’s color palette is a little less primary.

And these are photographs of a bunch of propaganda posters that I saw on the streets of Vietnam (many in Hanoi, which this book is apparently about).

I love that this book cover is so true to the style of popular art that you actually see in the place where the book is set. And, incidentally, wouldn’t this be a great color palette for a quilt??

(Incidentally, this cover art was designed by Terri Nimmo, who is a book designer for Random House.)

Kauai Scenery

I hope you aren’t tired of hearing about our trip to Kauai yet! This is the last post on the topic, I promise. I just thought you might like to see a little scenery, as well as my favorite self-portrait of my sweetie and me from the trip, celebrating 15 years of marriage.

Opaeka’a Falls – we drove by these to get to and from our B&B every day.
Opaeka'a Falls, Wailua, Kauai

Wailua River Valley – this is the only navigable river in Hawaii!
Wailua River Valley, Kauai

Kilauea Lighthouse
Kilauea Lighthouse

Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge by the lighthouse. Saw a beached endangered Hawaiian monk seal (we were 10 feet from one on Po’ipu Beach one day, but I didn’t have my camera with me).
Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge

Looking back at the mountains from Hanalei Beach.
Hanalei Bay

Hanalei Beach. Awesome clouds.
Hanalei Bay

My sweetie found me a seashell for an anniversary gift. I promise that I only brought this one home.
Thomas finds me a shell at Hanalei Bay

Hanalei Lookout. Most of the taro in Hawai’i is grown in this valley.
Hanalei Lookout, home of taro

Lizards everywhere! (Especially on the lanai at our B&B).
Lizard at Inn Paradise.

And this tiny one in our kitchen!
Tiny lizard in our kitchen!

Waimea Canyon. The mini Grand Canyon.
Waimea Canyon

Waimea Canyon
Waimea Canyon showing where the hike we went on took us

We hiked to the top of Waipo’o Falls in Waimea Canyon. This is the view from the top of the falls. See next photo for a view of the falls from the Canyon lookout.
Waimea Canyon from the top of Waipo'o Falls

Waimea Canyon, with arrows showing where we hiked. The arrow on the right points to the top of Waipo’o Falls.
Waimea Canyon showing where the hike we went on took us

At the top of Waimea Canyon. Mount Wai’ale’ale is to the east of here, but not actually visible this day for obvious reasons.
Pu'u o Kila Lookout in Waimea Canyon

Kalalau Valley, part of the Na Pali Coast.
Kalalau Valley, Na Pali Coast

Kauai is practically infested with wild chickens. They are literally everywhere.
Kauai Chicken

Mahi mahi fish tacos!! Delicious!
Mahi mahi fish tacos @ Monico's Taqueria, Kauai

Hiking the lithified sea cliffs of Makewehi on the south shore. Loads of tide pools here!
Makewehi Lithified Cliffs on the south shore

Hiking the lithified sea cliffs of Makewehi on the south shore. The Poi’pu Bay Resort has a golf course just to the left in the photo.
Makewehi Lithified Cliffs on the south shore

Me and Thomas at the top of Waipo’o Falls in Waimea Canyon. I love how happy and relaxed we look in this photo! Happy Anniversary, sweetie!
Me and Thomas at the top of Waipo'o Falls.

Scenes from Small Town Coffee

If we lived in Kapa’a, Small Town Coffee would totally be our coffee shop.

Still Life, Small Town Coffee, Kapa'a, Kauai

Awesome light #1, Small Town Coffee, Kapa'a, Kauai

Awesome light #2 & fun collection, Small Town Coffee, Kapa'a, Kauai

Awesome light #3, Small Town Coffee, Kapa'a, Kauai

Awesome light #4, Small Town Coffee, Kapa'a, Kauai

Thomas at Small Town Coffee, Kapa'a, Kauai

Me & vintage kitchen chair, Small Town Coffee, Kapa'a, Kauai

Kauai Nature Color Palettes

A few color pallettes from the gorgeous plants behind the B&B where we stayed on Kauai. I really like the one with the purples!

At Inn Paradise

At Inn Paradise

At Inn Paradise

All in the Details in Old Town Koloa

Barber chair details.

Barber chair detail at Koloa History Center

Barber chair detail at Koloa History Center

Coat rack details with pineapples.

Coat Rack detail at Kola History Center

Coat Rack detail at Kola History Center

Old trunk details.

Old Trunk, Koloa History Center

Vintage treadle Singer details.

Vintage Singer at Koloa History Center

Have a fabulous weekend everyone!!!

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