Travel Diaries: Villa Vizcaya, Miami

A few weekends ago, I made the trek down to sunny Miami with the aim of going to Villa Vizcaya. If you don’t know, I’m an architectural and interior designer at a boutique firm that does high end residential so this trip was right up my alley. Miami was hot! Way too hot but Villa Vizcaya was a sight to behold.

Villa Vizcaya was owned by Deering who was an agriculturalist way back in the day. It is built along the shore, is Read More

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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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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