Archive for the ‘Design’ Category
An important etho at Ka’ana is to be eco-conscious. This, of course, finds it’s way into our design aesthetic. Typically, we like to recycle objects in new ways and use the what we have on the grounds as much as possible (Have you seen our Organic Garden?) We are big on details; they make all the difference, right? See more below or read more about our Accommodations.
1. Fresh flowers in every room picked from the grounds.
2. Palmetto sticks are used throughout the resort, providing great texture and color.
3. Antique explorer objects: compasses, telescopes (Some found nearby!) and others from our owners’ collection to evoke a sense of adventures past.
4. Bamboo, cut and joined together, used for headboards and lamp fixtures.
5. Refurbished wood frames of villa door.
6. Antiqued custom-made metal doors for our Private Villas.
8. Antique Spanish books.
9. Ikat – Typical Central American patterned Fabrics.
10. Outdoor Showers!
This backpack has a secret hammock stashed inside! Imagine…you + hammock here: Big Rock Falls, Belize.October 10th, 2012
Imagine you’re hiking back from a waterfall. You swam a little, and now need a disco nap… Luckily your backpack comes with a secret compartment and a hammock in it. Crisis averted!
Get your VSTR Nomadic Pack By Partners & Spade here.
Location: Big Rock Falls is 45minutes away from Ka’ana, see where else you can hike here.
Belize City was established by English settlers in the seventeenth century, mainly due to the extraction of mahogany and chicle. Houses were mainly built of wood with a lower story of brick; polished mahogany was used profusely for the doors and paneling, and often included “gingerbread” details. Some of the public buildings were built of bricks, which came as balusters in cargo ships or were directly imported for that purpose. A clear example is St. John’s Cathedral, which was the first church built in the colony of British Honduras. It was constructed in 1812, although it has undergone numerous alterations over the years. The exterior of the church is of brick; the interior is fitted out mahogany and sapodilla. It is a historical landmark of Belize from the colonial influence of the country’s past.
An event that defined the architecture and development in Belize City was Hurricane Hattie in October 31 1961. After this hurricane entire families packed whatever was left of their possessions and left the country for the USA and other places. Those who stayed had no choice but to move inland and the development of new areas of the city began. The city continues to expand very slowly.
Since the 1980s we have seen less use of wood as the main material in the construction of residences in Belize. Reinforced concrete is now the preferred construction material whilst wood is mainly used for finishing. Many older structures are at risk of disappearance due to the lack of maintenance, no interest from the government or institutions to preserve them, as well as fire, hurricanes, and termites. These colonial structures are ever-decreasing in number and need to be, if not preserved, at least documented to preserve their historic importance. Most of these buildings can be found in the downtown area and some on the south side of the city, Southern Foreshore, Regent Street, Albert Street, and in the Fort George areas of the City.
Personally, I would like to define the colonial architecture of the city as “Belizean Victorian Architecture.” It was mostly influenced by the Caribbean architecture of the region. A great example of the Victorian colonial architecture of Belize is Government House, now the Belize House of Culture. The house dates back to 1815, and since it was built it has survived two major hurricanes, one in 1931 and Hattie in 1961. It has had periodic renovations, the most recent of which was 2003. Another good example is the former colonial secretary building next to Government House, which was completely renovated and restored in 2003.
Belizean Victorian Architecture was recently included in the 2012 World Monument Watch and this is a big step in the right direction to preserve these magnificent structures
New York designer, Cara Araneta, created new uniforms for the staff at Ka’ana. Check out her mood board and learn about the inspiration behind the uniforms!
“I wanted to create a uniform that did not look like a uniform. The concept was to pay tribute to Belize’s cultural heritage and Ka’ana’s explorer lifestyle.
I was inspired by ka’ana and its beautiful surroundings, vintage red cross uniforms, the masculinity of traditional uniforms and YSL’s ’67 safari collection.
I wanted to mix traditional workwear fabrics with more refined. And redefine vintage styling in a modern way. Just like Ka’ana.”
We’re inspired by this New York Times Article!
Best Shoes for Travel? Ask a Flight Attendant
UNCOMFORTABLE shoes can not only ruin your feet, they can ruin your vacation. Try walking around Versailles with a blister on your heel, or climbing the Spanish Steps with a sandal strap slicing into your pinkie toe.
Cinderella aside, there is no perfect shoe. But if anyone knows which shoes will treat your feet right yet also look sharp enough for a night on the town, it’s a flight attendant.
“We’re on our feet 13 hours a day, sometimes six days a week,” said Grace A. Brown, a North Carolina-based flight attendant who has worked for a regional carrier for more than four years. (Like other flight attendants, Ms. Brown requested that the name of her employer not be mentioned because she was speaking for herself, not the airline.)
Who better to, er, pump for shoe advice? Flight attendants choose their shoes based on a number of factors, including their individual budgets, foot problems and the rules of their airline. For instance, Virgin Atlantic flight attendants are issued liquid-red heels (aptly named Dorothy; a lower heeled version is Dotty). But most flight attendants in the United States are allowed to buy what they like as long as they stay within certain guidelines.
Typically, that results in crew members rotating between two sets of shoes: a snappy-looking pair to wear in the terminal, where appearing polished is a job requirement, and a more sensible, affordable pair that they change into for the service portion of a flight.
After all, as several flight attendant bloggers underscored, high heels and turbulence are not a winning combination. And regularly hitting the brakes on a drink cart can scuff, even rip, the tops of their shoes.
What follows are some of their favorite shoes and brands, ideas you can steal for your own weary soles.
“You’re looking for something that’s comfortable inside but at the same time doesn’t look too casual on the outside, which is pretty difficult,” said Bobby Laurie, a Los Angeles-based flight attendant for almost seven years who writes about life in the sky on his blog, “Up, Up and a Gay” and on the Web site Savvy Stews.
His picks? A leather loafer by Skechers called Men’s Work: Exalt – Closer ($65), which has a soft fabric lining, a removable cushioned insole and a shock-absorbing midsole, and Timberland’s Pro Five Star Ashford Lace-Up leather shoe ($110), which the company’s Web site notes was designed for restaurant and hospitality industry professionals and has “anti-fatigue technology” meant to support and cushion feet.
In addition to liking the sturdy construction of these shoes, Mr. Laurie said he was delighted that they do not set off metal detectors (he said his Skechers even say so on the box). Being a flight attendant means that he does not have to remove his shoes when he goes through security, he said, as long as they don’t “beep.”
This is handy, and not only for flight attendants. It’s useful for fliers enrolled in the T.S.A. PreCheck program, which can enable frequent travelers who have been prescreened to pass through security without removing their shoes as long as they do not trigger the detectors.
Should a pair of shoes pinch or rub him the wrong way, Mr. Laurie has a novel way to mitigate the pain, even at 36,000 feet: he sticks maxi pads in his loafers.
“Every airplane’s got them,” he said. “It adds extra cushioning while breaking them in.”
One shoe brand popular among flight attendants is the go-to choice of many chefs and doctors, who are also on their feet for many hours: Dansko, known for its chunky clogs (about $80 to $150). To some flight attendants, these clogs (which they said many airlines consider too casual to be worn in the terminal) are heaven during a flight, enabling them to sidestep not only foot pain, but back aches, too.
“They’re so comfortable,” said Sara Keagle, who has been a flight attendant for 20 years and lives in Houston, where she writes a blog, “The Flying Pinto.” She said she also likes Sam & Libbyballet flats, which she has worn during flights.
Some flight attendants, however, say Dansko clogs lack style.
“I just can’t bring myself to wear them,” said Ms. Brown, who tweets as @GracingTheSkies. “It took me two years to find the perfect shoes.”
Her choice? The Nurture brand (about $30 to $90, available at Dillard’s) because she thinks the shoes are both fashionable and comfortable.
“The salesperson was actually a flight attendant and she was like, ‘You’re going to want to wear these,’ ” Ms. Brown said.
The saleswoman also recommended Aerosoles and Naturalizer brands, Ms. Brown said, although she prefers shoes by Rockport (dress shoes from about $100 to $150) and Clarks (dress shoes from about $85 to $140).
She always carries a pair of flats and advises passengers to do the same. (For those who want to travel with the bare minimum, she suggests Dr. Scholl’s “fast flats,” which can be rolled up and stashed in a handbag.)
Avoid peep toes, she warned (they might pinch or squeeze), and when flying, don’t wear sandals.
“You have no idea how many people are like, ‘I’m freezing cold,’ ” she said.
Heather Poole, who lives in Los Angeles and has been a flight attendant for more than 15 years, acknowledged that many female flight attendants put Dansko clogs on in the plane but described the shoes as “hideous.” Her favorite in-flight pair? Kelly & Katie flats with a cushioned insole ($29.95) from Design Shoe Warehouse. In the terminal she wears shoes by Aerosoles.
“I actually get lots of compliments on those,” she said in an e-mail while her flight from New York to San Diego was delayed.
Like her colleagues, Ms. Poole, who blogs about her life at hpoole.wordpress.com, advises passengers to wear comfortable shoes because you never know when you will have to run for a plane in an airport, or get off a plane should there be an emergency. (This is also why she advises against wearing flip-flops.)
Her solution for tired feet? Upon arriving home after a long trip she uses a heated foot massager by HoMedics.
Patti Broughton, who lives in Los Angeles and has been a flight attendant for almost 13 years, opts for heels by Franco Sarto, like the Cicero round-toe pump ($89 at Macys.com) and Tanya Shooties with a stacked heel ($79 at Macys.com), both of which she wears in the terminal.
“They’re real stylish but they’re still comfortable,” said Ms. Broughton, who said she usually wears a heel of at least three inches. “The girls at work ask me a lot about it,” she said of the never-ending search for flight-worthy shoes, “and I steer them right to that brand. I know girls that have literally gone out and got the exact same shoes.”
When Ms. Broughton, who in her spare time works on the travel Web site and online series “Savvy Stews,” is not amid the clouds, she takes care of her feet by exercising them and switching up her shoes. Rolling a tennis ball under her arches can feel great too, she said. And like Ms. Poole, she recommended foot massages.
“I do have a masseuse,” she said. “And he lives with me.”