Travel Diaries: Origami in the Gardens

A few months ago, Kimberly from sensiblestylista.com shared an Origami in the Gardens post that captured my attention. It turns out that the event was a few hours south of me in the Naples Botanical Gardens and I had to go. Origami in the Gardens is a sculpture exhibit held outdoors and is moving around the country. It is by Kevin and Jennifer Box. The next stop is Chicago so anyone in that area between now and October should definitely go see it.

I have always had an interest in the craft of paper folding. It is mind blowing the number of different things that can come from one simple piece of paper, and made only out of valley and mountain folds. I’ve tried to fold origami pieces of my own and I can surely say that I have the utmost respect for people who have the patience, focus, and dedication for this craft that makes exquisite things simply from folding paper.

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Travel Diaries: Japanese Cherry Blossoms in DC

Today, I get to share a trip with you that I’ve been wanting to go on for years. Ever since I learned about the cherry blossom festival in Washington D.C., every spring I have wanted to witness it for myself. A few weeks ago, I went to D.C. for a weekend just to be able to experience this for myself (and to enjoy the famous Georgetown Cupcakes as well).

The bloom schedule is hard to predict as it is heavily reliant on the weather and we all know how difficult it is to time an event on how hot, cold, rainy, or sunny it is. I got there the weekend after peak bloom but it was still so gorgeous. I can’t imagine how breathtaking it would have been on the peak bloom weekend – I probably would have suffered from a visual overload. When the wind blew, the petals would swirl through the air like pink specs of snow. It truly was a magical experience and being able to experience it for myself as opposed to through photos was surreal. Here are a few of my favorite shots from my trip.

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Outfit Post: Denim + White Button Down

I have forever loved a crisp white button down, paired with dark denim. It is such a classic and timeless look. And you probably know, I just love a back detail. So when I came across this shirt I just had to have it!

s Photo Jan 21, 6 20 28 PMI decided to pair this shirt with one of my recent Christmas presents – a statement necklace by Trinidadian brand we dream in colour. The blue hue is a patina so each piece is very unique.

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My coffee table + Maison de Michelle candle Giveaway

A few weeks ago I shared a few coffee tables that I gathered inspiration from for mine. You can see that post here. Today, I am sharing my styled coffee table with you. I am super excited about this post for a few reasons. One, I get to share my own coffee table with you; and two, I’ve collaborated with Maison de Michelle, a brand whose owner is also Guyanese, so that you can win a candle for your own coffee table.

My coffee table is home books on architecture, tropical architecture to be exact. There is also a tray, which makes it easier to move things for game nights. The tray adds a little pizzazz to the space with it’s elegant white and gold. On it you can find, a pink quartz paperweight and purple geode coasters because I am a big fan of pretty rocks; and a marble vase full of whatever flower is in bloom – in this case pretty pink roses. Of course, my Maison de Michelle candle in water lily, a little reminder of home.

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