MAY 2021 – AUSTIN, TEXAS
MAY 2021 – AUSTIN, TEXAS
We’ve been on the road again. This time for a quick trip to Austin, Texas! This fabulous city checks all of the boxes. Why have we not been here before??? The overall vibe is authentically cool. Texan hospitality in spades, and Austin style, in particular, is that effortless vogue with no pretentiousness. The restaurants are absolutely delectable and diverse in ethnicity. The hotels are chic and hip. There is no shortage of shopping. As a matter of fact, our favorite store, By George, has 2 locations in the city. The running trails are endless, and the beautiful lakes and rivers are easily accessible for kayaking and paddle boarding. Not to mention the music scene, which we didn’t even have a chance to experience. What more could you ask for?
Here are a few of our favorite spots (unfortunately, we didn’t even scratch the surface)
Hotel San Jose– a minimalist boutique hotel in the middle of groovy South Congress. This hotel is nothing fancy but is the definition of hip hotel. Make sure to order one of the hotel’s famous froses poolside, and enjoy live music on the weekends. www.sanjosehotel.com
Jo’s Coffee– right next door to Hotel San Jose. We walked over in our PJ’s every morning for the best coffee ever. Nobody looked twice, so that’s an added bonus!
Elizabeth Street Cafe– probably safe to say one of our favorite restaurants in Austin and anywhere. A delicious neighborhood Vietnamese cafe and French bakery walking distance from South Congress. Make sure to order the steamed rice rolls. www.elizabethstreetcafe.com
Aba– a new addition to Austin that has taken off in popularity. Reservations are hard to come by, and you will know why when you dine at this Mediterranean gem. www.abarestaurants.com
Vamonos Texmex– what a find off the beaten track! This restaurant was stumbled upon by accident but will be at the top of our list next time we visit Austin. We had no idea how important TexMex and queso dip was to our lives! www.vamonostexmex.com
Swedish Hill Bakery- Where do we start? How about the Nutella-filled eclairs? 1120 West Sixth Street www.swedishhillaustin.com
No girls’ trip is complete without an impromptu ear piercing after one too many froses, right? Visit the South Congress location of www.studs.com where stylists make recommendations based on your taste and ear anatomy!
By George– Our advice is to save up in advance for an undisciplined shopping spree at this incredible store. We discovered super cool new designers and were tempted by better known favorites. The store is gorgeous and the sales team is awesome! Oh, and make sure to check out Capricho’s bags while you are there! www.bygeorgeaustin.com
Austin- we will be back! xx Laura and Nicole
February 2021 – Costa Rica
FEBRUARY 2021 – NOSARA, COSTA RICA
Harmony is one of our favorite words. Not only the definition, “the pleasant sound of different notes of music played at the same time,” but something about the way the word rolls off the tongue just makes us happy. It’s not surprising that one of our favorite places in the world is the Harmony Hotel in Nosara, Costa Rica. www.harmonynosara.com
A few of our favorite things to do while in Nosara:
- Sunrise and sunset surf with Tanallo, Pincho, and Jose @chorotegassurf.
- Post surf breakfast @harmonyhotel. Try the passionfruit french toast or breakfast burrito and fruit plate!
- Lunch or chill at the Harmony Juice Bar. Everything on the menu is amazing, and it’s the ideal place to do work or just relax with friends.
- Book a massage with Dania or Betsa @harmonyhotelhealingcentre
- Walk to La Luna for dinner @lalunanosara. Go at sunset.
- Dinner at Coyol is a special treat and definitely worth the 20 minute ride upcountry. @coyolnosara
- We highly recommend the Caribbean ceviche with plantains and a cold beer or margarita at Pacifico
- Check out Al Chile at Sunset Shack. @sunsetshackhotel @alchilenosara. Order fish tacos, yucca fries and churros!!
Costa Rica is filled with a magical aura. For the past several years a stay at The Harmony is where we go to nourish ourselves and reconnect with our soul. The food, the people and the lifestyle are energizing yet calming, and we leave here having rediscovered balance and our own sense of harmony.
For many of us 2020 has been a year of transitioning and acceptance of a new way of life. If travel played an integral part in our lives prior to this year, the limitations we now face can be frustrating but not futile. Although, we look forward to returning to favorite vacation spots, we realize we have much to discover near home.
We have a chance to reimagine our ideal family vacation, a girls trip, boys trip, or getaway with our partner. We find ourselves researching camper rentals and road trips in America instead of faraway overseas destinations.
We have mountains, lakes, rivers, oceans, deserts, world-class food, rich history, and more, all waiting for us right here. This is our chance to explore places we have never been.
As countries slowly open their borders we will be there. Nicole and I are both taking surf trips to Mexico this fall. We cannot wait to surf our favorite secret surf breaks on the East Cape, as well as, Old Man’s at the Cabo Surf Hotel, go to Flora Farms for fried chicken night and visit the beautiful Four Seasons Costa Palmas.
However, before we wax our surfboards we plan to pack our Clarita duffels and take a road trip to the funky town of Taos, New Mexico. We plan to horseback ride, visit galleries, dine at Lambert’s (one of our favorite restaurants anywhere!) and take in the incomparable sunsets. New Mexico is not called the Land of Enchantment for nothing!
So this fall, here is to travel. To returning to the familiar and to discovering the new, whether it be a new place or just a new way of seeing things.
DuJour Summer 2020
So excited to be included in Dujour magazine’s 2020 summer issue! We hope you have been enjoying your summer, maybe doing new things in addition to your favorite summer pastimes.
xx Laura and Nicole
By Kim Peiffer / View Original Article
Aspen locals, close friends and avid travelers Laura Kaplan and Nicole Tarumianz came up with the idea for Capricho during a family surfing trip. “While talking between waves, Laura and I discovered a shared quest for the ultimate travel companion: a bag that embraces quiet luxury and enduring elegance,” says Tarumianz. “In all our years of searching, we’ve never found the perfect travel bag.” So they set out to create a line of supple, buttery totes and duffles (made of Colombian leather) without any ostentatious logos that would be able to withstand serious travel. The Marcella tote ($1,295) and Clarita weekender zippered duffel ($1,595) come in black, loden green, cocoa, navy, sky and clay. “[They’re] handcrafted leather bags made for a lifetime of journeys and adventures,” explains Kaplan. We spoke with the co-founders to learn about their unique approach to luxury. caprichobags.com
What makes Capricho bags unique?
Simplicity and Colombian craftsmanship define the beauty of a Capricho bag. A Capricho isn’t structured. Instead, the totes and duffels are soft yet durable. However, even when they are filled to capacity, they easily squish under an airplane seat or in a crowded overhead space. A simple yet thoughtfully sized interior zipper pocket holds your airline tickets, passport and phone, and there’s a strap to easily secure your bag on the top of your suitcase.
Where are they produced in Colombia?
Capricho’s boutique workshop in Bogota handcrafts exclusive Alma leather, produced solely for Capricho bags. Alma perfectly matures with age and is deceptively light. The Bogota workshop is anchored in family heritage and has been producing leather for nearly 20 years.
Your brand is about “intuitive luxury.” What does that mean to you?
Every day, we make decisions that reflect our personal view of travel and a life well lived. How does a specific place, person or product make you feel? We may be in the business of making bags, but our vision is to enhance our collective nature to live authentically. With every design decision, we strive to transform personal experiences via intuitive luxury—to create a conduit that broadens perspectives, deepens relationships and helps celebrate each individual’s unique global perspective.
Aspen & Beyond
Whatever you can do,
or dream you can,
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.
How do you write your first blog post for your new travel bag company in the midst of a 100-year pandemic and the largest civil rights protests since the 1960’s?
We are two friends who had a vision, a passion for travel, and a desire to create something timeless, functional, and beautiful. We decided to go for it…and then the world stopped.
There are many intelligent, articulate people raising our collective awareness of systemic racism, inequality and the health of our planet and the human race. Talking about dreams of travel and having the perfect bag as a companion seems empty. Yet, when the time is right, we will talk about our experiences and how travel and exposure to other cultures has helped us recognize some of our own biases and opened our minds to our shared humanity.
But that time is not now. Instead, we are inspired by Trevor Noah’s video about the dominos of racial injustice. We are hopeful when we listen to Bill Gates’ Ted Talk on how to plan for and mitigate the impacts of future pandemics. And we are optimistic that we will learn from our mistakes and emerge from these times even stronger, imagining a future where we are globally connected once again.
We look forward to growing our business as a company committed to change, equality and inclusion…and to doing our part to make this planet a better, more sustainable place to live.
Welcome to Capricho.
Laura and Nicole