Travel Diaries: The Jungle Queen

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A few weekends ago, just as the weather turned for the Fall season, I hopped on board a boat called the Jungle Queen and cruised the “Venice of America.” The cruise ran along Fort Lauderdale’s New River and an area called Millionaire’s Row. I’ve known about this 90 minute cruise for years and wanted to take it but for whatever reason it just never happened. I have a degree in architecture and I have always dreamed of designing high end, custom, residential homes. This cruise was solely for the purpose of feeding that dream.

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Travel Diaries: Weekend in San Diego

It’s been a while and for that I must apologize. Occasionally, on a writing platform life’s hectic day to day schedule or writer’s block gets to you. And both of those were my situation recently.

A few weekends ago I hopped on to a transcontinental flight. I was supposed to get off in San Diego, but things took a turn and my weekend started a little bumpy with me deplaning in Los Angeles thanks to bad weather.

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I love a city with urban murals and La Jolla beach didn’t disappoint. Aside from that small hiccup with getting there, the weekend was splendid. I cannot put into words how great the weather was. I ended up hiking Cowles mountain on about two hours of sleep but it worth it because I got to enjoy a panoramic view of the city itself.

img_0018I also paid a visit to the world famous San Diego Zoo where I got close and personal with a hummingbird. They are such enchanting little creatures.

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Artist Spotlight: Lindsay Sherbondy

I’ve been on the look out for abstract art pieces that I like and would be a good fit for my apartment. There were a few paintings that popped up on my Pinterest and time and time again they were all by the same artist. Of course, I had to share! The artist is Lindsay Sherbondy from lindsayletters.com. She is a calligraphy artist and has a line of gifts and other stationary related items in addition to these abstract canvases I am fawning all over.

 

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Outfit Inspiration: Date Night Options

Fall is definitely my favorite season. The relief from summer’s ever present heat and humidity makes me so happy to be outdoors. This also translates to dates outdoors. I just snagged myself my first ever denim jacket and of course I am now on the market for cute floral summer dresses to pair with it. Here are a few of my favorites I’ve come across. Although, I’ll admit that some of these options may be a little too dressed up for a denim jacket.

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Floral Open Back Skater Dress

San Souci Floral Skater Dress

Floral Cami Mini Dress

Floral Print A-Line Dress

Outfit Post: Black Dress + Sequin Sneakers

I have been wanting the KEDS for Kate Spade New York glitter sneakers since last year. If you don’t know as yet, I like shiny, sparkly things – glitter or sequin covered it is probably going to catch my eye.

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They were the perfect sneaker to pair with girly outfits that let you be edgy and comfortable. I, of course, planned a barrage of outfits around them and this was one of my favorites. I liked the flirty length of the dress and the frill down the front.

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Book Review: First Comes Love by Emily Giffin

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I first read an Emily Giffin novel about five years ago. Her pastel colored novels were on the shelf of every Barnes and Noble I went into and they kept catching my eye. I have long been a lover of chic lit and the reviews all seemed good.

I truly enjoyed them up until the second to last. That one was a little too much for me. So, I was skeptical about this one, but she didn’t disappoint.

Giffin does such a great job at making her readers relate to her characters with her words and that’s why I enjoy her. There is always emotional strife that keeps you reading because you want to know exactly how it will go and you feel for the characters in every single chapter.

This one certainly lives up to that. There is a death in the family that they just don’t recover from, fall apart because of, and it ends up affecting many decisions years later. The novel examines how many things happened as a result of the death and have the characters question how different life would be had it not happened. Without spoiling the plot line, we get to make connections and see what led up to the accident causing the death. In the end, all is well that ends well.

Interior Inspiration: Moroccan Arches

Lately, I have been fawning all over Moroccan arches. I like the angles, curves, points, and intricacies they add to what can otherwise be a simple space. However, I’ve found them often paired with other Moroccan design elements like ornate patterns, which I am also a fan of. Here are a few of my favorites.

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