Kirsten Alana

Kirsten Alana

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NYC-based Photographer • Soon in: Wales, Dublin, Yukon Territory, Burgundy • co-founder: @thefrancophiles #ThoseCubaStreets
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Kirsten Alana

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Spent yesterday in Times Square shooting with beautifuldestinations and it was such a pleasure to finally get to meet tomjauncey! After the event dante.vincent and I just roamed the city and eventually found ourselves at our beloved centralparknyc as Blue Hour descended and the lights of the City's skyscrapers began to sparkle like so many diamonds. It was still warm when I took this photo and afterward we just sat on a bench by the lake, enjoying the view, something we don't do often enough; until the chill finally seeped in and we reluctantly began the walk home. Since the City is my home, it's always different for me, a constant war of love and hate. But in the short time before and after this photo I think I understood how so many visitors come here and fall in love so instantly. How I once did when I was only a visitor. The simplest moments can be pure magic if your heart is open to it. ❤ CentralParkMoments

14 Hours ago
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SWIPE LEFT 👈🏼 I'm using instagram's new multiple photos feature to help you plan for this weekend in New York City. If you're looking for a place to eat, a place to brunch with friends or just a place to get a few drinks during a break from shopping in SoHo: I recommend missparadisnyc! Delectable Rosé cocktails, a menu that only features vegetarian or pescatarian dishes and a funky interior designed by the incredible (my fav!) Philippe Starck combine to make it a place I've returned to multiple times since it first opened this winter. Whatever you do, especially if you have a sweet tooth, make sure you leave room for dessert!! • What do YOU think of this latest update to Instagram? Will you use it, do you want to see me use it more? •

2 Days ago
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Will it ever look like this in the City again this winter? Or are we destined for an early Spring?! I remember a year it looked like this in MAY!! 😂 No matter the weather or the season, centralparknyc is always a favorite. ❄️ centralparkmoments

4 Days ago
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The warm temperatures in NYC this weekend meant dante.vincent & I spent a lot of time outside and while we were in Washington Square Park, this moment reminded me of a quote which is so timely I think: "Along the way, let's never forget that once we were children and that we were all playing together without distinction of skin color, society level, or where people come from. Adults need to remember to play and to be more childlike in our behavior. We've forgotten what that childlike experience was like." - Guy Laliberte ✋🏻✋🏼✋🏽✋🏾✋🏿

6 Days ago
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Back in the big City and celebrating 4 years of dating dante.vincent this weekend. It's been nothing short of adventurous, beginning with a chance meeting amongst friends on Valentine's Day that led to a first date over brunch in a place that has since closed and continued to the MET on President's Day before I left the USA and we had our 4th date in Paris. We celebrated yesterday with brunch at locandaverde, ice cream at morgensternsnyc and a new project making a journal of all our world travels. Wherever we roam, we always come back here. newyorkornowhere

7 Days ago
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I haven't talked about it here but this winter has been a realllllly difficult one for a variety of business and personal reasons. As I sit in my home office continuing to try to put out fires and turn things around, I find myself wishing for the serenity of this moment on O'ahu's North Shore wearing my favorite dress by freetomoveclothing, staring out at the ocean, which always calms me down. Life can't always be as good as it looks like it is on Instagram. And it's a problem in this space that too many people pretend it is. But sometimes, for a few fleeting moments, the ideal exists. Thanks for capturing this one, dante.vincent ❤ TBT

10 Days ago
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I love any time I can spend anywhere near horses and on the day we took a Jeep out from fslanai, we saw horses roaming in a really large open field by a stable which stuck in my head and wouldn't leave. I wanted to be near those horses! So it was with tons of excitement that dante.vincent and I got to visitlanai by horseback with the Stables at Koele on our last day in Hawaii riding the same horses we'd seen roaming in the field a few days before. We'd just watched Shawshank Redemption as we were falling asleep in the evening and when Danté was paired with a horse named Red we both had stars in our eyes. Red lived up to his name and was amazing. I didn't get so lucky, my horse Cash only wanted to eat the whole time and because I love horses so much I couldn't bear trying to tell him not to do something that's in his nature to do. I just wanted to let him eat the whole time and never walk anywhere. But eventually we found a rhythm and saw the most beautiful parts of the island with our guide Joel, who of course wears a Hawaiian shirt with his cowboy hat. 😍 We rode through pine forests where the morning dew clung to the needles and looked like diamonds as the sun hit, we found an overlook with sweeping views all the way to Lāna'i City and we were able to spot both Molokai and Maui because the air was so clear. We also learned about the days when the island was only used to grow pineapples, or to raise cattle and how residents are now trying organic farming. We were both sad when the stable appeared through the trees and we knew it was time to say goodbye. If you find yourself on Lāna'i, give our love to Red! 🐴 LetHawaiiHappen VisitLanai

11 Days ago
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During the week of St. Valentine there are few places more on my mind than Paris since it's one of the most romantic cities in the world for me and the location of my fourth date so many years ago with dante.vincent after we met on Valentine's Day! So I'm thrilled to be taking over the preferredhotels Instagram account today and tomorrow to share more of Paris with you on behalf of myself and my co-founders in the thefrancophiles. On our account we aim to share much more of France than just its most famous city, we're a community sharing a global guide to all things French and all the places you can indulge your love of all things French. But even we cannot deny the draw the City of Light has on all who have visited and have yet to visit. I hope you will follow along mes amis and enjoy what's to come. Merci. 🇫🇷

13 Days ago
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When you visitlanai, whether you're staying at fslanai or elsewhere, do yourself a favor and have lunch at VIEWS which is adjacent to the golf course of Four Seasons. Not only are the drinks refreshing and the food sublime, it's the views of the island that oh-so-appropriately give the restaurant its name that are worth showing up for. You don't need a reservation and there are plenty of tables with the same excellent view so even if it is busy you should have the same wonderful afternoon we did. This particular view shows the resort itself, way down below and on the left. It's next to the beach that both locals and visitors have access to, it's a great spot for sunset since it faces west. However it's that little outcrop of rock almost in the middle of the photo to the right of the palm tree, that is the highlight for most visitors. Known as Pu'u Pehe, or Sweetheart Rock, legend has it that a young warrior named Makakehau fell in love with Pehe to such an extent that when he laid eyes on her his eyes would mist giving him his name; because Maka means eyes and Kehau means mist. He took her to a sea cave at the base of the rock stack and hid her so no other man could lay eyes on her but during a storm when he was away, she tragically drowned. Stricken with grief he managed to climb with her body to the top of the rock where he buried her and laid a memorial to her, then jumped to his death in the crashing surf 80 ft below. Since that's so tragic, I prefer to concentrate on trying to spot the pod of spinner dolphins that like to visit the cove!! 🌴🌊 LetHawaiiHappen gohawaii VisitLanai

14 Days ago
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Ok I thought I was ready to be back in NYC after the serenity and quiet of Hawaii but I think this city girl got TOO used to that quiet because I didn't remember just how noisy the City is!!! That's another reason I'm loving spending tonight at the BoseStore testing out their full range of noise canceling headphones and their awesome home theater products. I've never been one for wearing my bose around the city, saving them instead for all my plane rides, but tonight I demoed a pair that I could totally sport on the subway or while going to and from meetings. They are inconspicuous and have this awesome setting that allows you to dial up or down the noise canceling. They're called Quiet Control 30 and man do I wish they could come home with me even though I just got a set like the ones I'm wearing in this photo 😜 Oh if only birthdays lasted all month.... 🙏🏼 And yes, this is an ad but the words are still mine as always. Thanks for letting me play around with all your products tonight, Bose! 💛

15 Days ago
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I still have latergrams to share from Hawaii! I took this during one of our most fun days on visitlanai when we borrowed a Jeep from fslanai so we could explore the island on our own. It's an option open to all guests and it allowed us to visit Lāna'i City, to see stunning views of Molokai and Maui and to find this stretch of beach which is called Shipwreck. Aptly named, it's due to the powerful currents and numerous reefs in the Kalohi Channel between Molokai and Lāna'i which has seen many a shipwreck occur since the first documented ship to sink here in 1824, the British vessel "Alderman Wood." The hull you see in the distance that is most commonly thought to give this eight mile stretch of beach its name is the decaying remains of the World War II Liberty Ship, made of concrete, and placed there on purpose. Only accessible via 4WD, here the sand is white, the water is crystal clear and we didn't see more than a few other people for hours. There were times, like I referenced in my last photo from Lāna'i, that I felt as if we were on our own private island discovering it for ourselves. Not on one of the eight major islands of the USA's 50th state! The reason I love experiences like this so much is that I think they help jumpstart the passion for travel and exploration that first drove me to do what I do. To try and encourage other people to want to know and understand places that are different from their homes. Even if it's only trying to understand a place you thought you knew, but now aren't sure about, in my opinion traveling will never cease to be important! I'm so grateful I get to share places like the island of Lāna'i with you; small but worth going out of the way for! 🌊 LetHawaiiHappen VisitLanai

15 Days ago
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Arrived home from Hawaii to find my birthday continues with the gift of a new pair of headphones from Bose waiting on my doorstep!! Alas, if only there was someone to unpack for me too 😉😜 I'll be headed to the Store at the Oculus on Feb 11 for a special concert experience and the chance to check out all their new products. Please follow along that day as I live post to my Stories. As always I only endorse brands I already am a customer of and this is awesome timing since I managed to leave my old headphones behind on our second plane ride. I blame it on the jet lag and I'm so grateful for partnerships like this, that come at just the right time. 🙏🏼 ad

16 Days ago
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I was trying to explain to a friend tonight why her family should visitlanai and one of the reasons that didn't occur to me at the time, but that I realized when looking back through my photos, is that my beloved sunsets, which we experienced many times on every Hawaiian island we visited, were different on Lāna'i. I enjoyed being part of a crowd watching the sun set from Waikiki on Oahu and on Maui with a cocktail in hand but only a few other adults at fsmaui's Serenity Pool, it was a different kind of special experience equally as nice. What made Lāna'i so memorable is that we pretty much had this sunset to ourselves. It's a small island without very many residents and with a relatively low visitor number. Once in a while this made us feel like we were explorers finding a new place for the first time. It matters not that we weren't. Since we were there to work and not to vacation, any moments that felt this special made the work seem less like work, and more like a once-in-a-lifetime privilege. Whether you're considering visiting for work or for pleasure, I can't recommend Lāna'i highly enough! 🌅🌴 gohawaii LetHawaiiHappen VisitLanai 📸 I captured this moment with my Sony RX1 RII gifted to me by focuscamera.

17 Days ago
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For our last stop in Hawaii we took a ferry from Maui, out of Lahaina, to the small island of Lanai; and from one fourseasons paradise to another, the minute I walked through the multi-storied lobby of fslanai to see this, I fell in love with the property just like I had at Four Seasons on Maui. The pool area feels like a "garden of eden" with so many flowering plants and trees that I discovered a new one every time I walked through and enough hidden cabanas and hammocks to give you a new one to try on every day of your stay. There are places to relax where all you will see is the pool, or the ocean, or a wall of green and of course there are birds chirping in the swaying palms overhead that combined with the sounds of the nearby ocean are the only backdrop you need for the purest relaxation. We had just three nights to experience the resort and the island but I already knew in this moment that wasn't going to be nearly enough, we'd only be scratching the surface.... 🌺 LetHawaiiHappen gohawaii VisitLanai

17 Days ago
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There were so many wonderful moments at fsmaui like my birthday couples massage dante.vincent & I experienced in the oceanside hale with the sound of the waves in the distance, or the AMAZING steak dinner at DUO and the fun we had catching up with kelleyferro. But none of those moments photographed quite as well as this moment did, at the adults-only serenity pool after we'd finished work for the day. The heat of the setting sun was warming my face and the cool cocktail in my hand was refreshing after the long day of filming, the water was just the right temperature, in the distance was Lanai which we'd be visiting next, birds chirped overhead in the swaying palm trees.... it was all the elements of a perfect tropical vacation, so relaxing, so zen. I always find it hard to sum up wonderful experiences that have a lot of depth to them in just one photo but this image comes close. Thank you for capturing the moment, Danté ❤LetHawaiiHappen VisitMaui

19 Days ago
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From an underwater adventure to one that was both above and below water, this photo is from our excursion with sailtrilogy. We departed from Maalaea Harbor on Maui bound for Molokini with calm water and great visibility so that even though we weren't on a dedicated whale watching tour, we were still able to see more than a dozen instances of whales breaching in the waters between Maui and Lāna'i. We stopped twice to Snorkel or Snuba, first at Molokini and then at what has become known as "Turtle City" just off the coast, not far from Wailea on Maui. It's known as such because of how often turtles are spotted there and because of how many call that water home. My favorite thing that happened that day: dante.vincent was able to get footage of turtles swimming underwater and whales can clearly be heard calling to each other in the background!! It was a great morning and afternoon, such a lovely way to LetHawaiiHappen. 🐠 VisitMaui

20 Days ago
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Honu!! (That's turtle in Hawaiian.) 🐢 Our time at fsmaui has been really special and one of my favorite things we've done was the early morning "Scooter Snorkel" yesterday, right from the beach at the resort. No boat ride needed! They partner with mauiunderseaadventures and you swim out with a dive photographer who also happens to know more about the ocean and its residents than an encyclopedia could hold. Then you spend an hour zipping around the ocean like Bond, in the case of dante.vincent, or a Bond Girl if you're me 😉 Because the "Scooter" has a motor, you can move through the ocean more rapidly than you would moved only by your own energy and fins, so you don't need more than an hour to see basically the whole reef that rings the resort's cove. And you can stop anytime you need to, letting the "Scooter" bob with you in the water since it's as buoyant as we are. Jay was an excellent guide, naming everything we saw and even diving down to borrow things we could hold that wouldn't be harmed by us doing so. Most importantly, he helped us understand how to love the ocean in the right way, without harming it, or anything that lives in it. 🐠 LetHawaiiHappen VisitMaui 🐢 Photo courtesy: Jay Kuhlman of Those Guys Dive Co. for Maui Undersea Adventures

21 Days ago
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On my birthday, dante.vincent & I spent the day filming for gohawaii at oofarm. This completely organic farm, and then some, supplies a restaurant and two coffee shops on Maui from a beautiful area called Kula. Not open to the public for normal business hours like the nearby lavender farm, instead O'o Farm offers tours that allow you to choose and harvest your own salad greens that combined with several other courses, all equally organic, make for a bespoke dining experience that was the perfect birthday lunch for someone like me who would prefer to only eat fresh from farms and gardens if my lifestyle allowed it. I also enjoyed learning about the coffee they grow to roast and sell on island as well as the fruit trees, the chickens and bees. With the stunning views of Maui and the ability to BYOB my current favorite rosé by hoopesvineyard, it was a birthday lunch to remember forever and one I'm sure I won't be able to repeat easily. I highly recommend this tour if you appreciate understanding where your food comes from or if you have an interest in knowing more about the type of food production that is likely to replace the sugar cane industry on the island of Maui. Or...if you just really want an incredible meal. So far I think this was the best dining experience we've had during this trip to Hawaii! 🌱 🍷LetHawaiiHappen VisitMaui

22 Days ago
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On every trip to Hawaii I've ever taken, I've seen this turquoise blue, globe-like bottle with vodka in it being sold everywhere and always wondered what the story was because the bottle was so unusual! So it was fun to visit oceanvodka this week with dante.vincent to finally learn their story. Shay Smith founded the company in Kahalui in 2005 and in 2012 moved to a 100% USDA-certified organic farm with over 80 acres and a stunning view of Maui, which is where we visited for a distillery tour. Shay and his now 30 employees start with deep ocean mineral water that begins 2,000 years ago [give or take] in Greenland before making its way around the world, passing by Hawaii in one of the world's most extensive ocean currents. They combine that water with the pure juice from sugar cane, not molasses, and through distillation they make vodka and now rum as well. Of the 100+ varieties of sugar cane known worldwide, Shay and company grow 25 on the farm. They're doing it in partnership with the University of Hawaii, to preserve a crop that was set to all but disappear from the islands when the last crop was harvested for the process of making sugar on Maui, at the end of 2016. I loved our tour guide Earl, formerly a Craft Cocktail master, who told us his recipe for the perfect daiquiri and the story behind the bottle that first caught my eye years ago. Shay modeled it after the Japanese fishing floats that are found all over Hawaii, simply tilting the glass globe to the exact angle of the rotation of the earth. Next time you see it for sale, know it's not just an unusual bottle. There's a whole lot of heart that goes into it AND it's a simply terrific vodka. 💙 LetHawaiiHappen VisitMaui

23 Days ago
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So happy to be spending my birthday at fsmaui with such an incredible view from our balcony! The first luxury hotel I ever visited was a fourseasons and some of the most enjoyable work I've ever done has been for this brand so it always feels like coming home in a way, to stay at a Four Seasons. I can't think of a better place to be than here, or a better person to be with than my love dante.vincent (who took this photo btw). It's a double win to find out my old friend kelleyferro is also here with her husband. We loved hanging out with them last night after an *awesome* dinner at DUO. Today we plan to visit the spa and also check out a nearby organic farm that lets you pick your own lettuce for a salad. It's been years since I was anywhere this fun on my birthday and I'm grateful for every moment that we LetHawaiiHappen. 🌅 VisitMaui

24 Days ago