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Found Objects: Street Art in Montréal

January 30, 2018

You may recall seeing my previous Travel Log for Montréal, Canada, and how I fell in love with the city. Well, this street art is a big part of why it stole my heart. I wish I had more time to explore more of these gems, but I’m glad that I happened upon so many beautiful pieces while walking through the neighborhood on our last full day in Montréal. I was particularly impressed by the “Love” piece, which was in a doorway on the backside of some building. To me, it speaks of the way love comes in all shapes, sizes and colors. Love is strong. Love is also subtle. Above all, love is everywhere you look. The piece metaphorically shows all of the aforementioned. Click through the slide show to see some of the street art I discovered.

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Wednesday Word

February 22, 2017

This Wednesday Word No. 89, courtesy of Redbubble, is where my head is after this past three-day weekend. I’m fresh off my first cruise — we went to the Bahamas — and all I can say is I need more travel in my life. The anticipation, the expectation of a new adventure in a new part of the world is exhilarating. Thursday night, I boarded a red eye for Orlando, Florida, and Friday afternoon set sail on a cruise to Nassau and CocoCay with my pal, Zita. I’d been on many boat rides, but this was different. The crazy part about it was we were literally out in the middle of nowhere. This huge, blue, choppy expanse that could chew you up and spit you out — also known as the Atlantic Ocean. To feel so small in this ginormous ocean was humbling. We really did disappear those four days and three nights. And it was quite magical. The goal of the vacation was to relax, soak up the sun and just escape from the day to day (or in Zita’s case, the snowy weather in Boston) — and we did all of the above. As the quote says, “You don’t need magic to disappear. All you need is a destination.” Stay tuned for my Travel Log about my journey!

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Wednesday Word

September 28, 2016

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Man, I could really use a vacation. That’s what’s at the heart of this Wednesday Word. With all the chaos going on, I need to get out of Dodge, like yesterday. You know, slow down, relax, clear my mind, experience a change of pace and scenery, appreciate all the things that really matter. Thankfully, I’m heading to Europe (Munich and London, to be exact) for a week real soon. So when I stumbled upon this quote by Ella Maillart, a French-speaking Swiss adventurer, travel writer and photographer, I naturally got all giddy. This Wednesday Word No. 85, found via Brainy Quote, is as good an excuse as any to break away from the routine, as Maillart said, “that dreadful routine that kills all imagination and all our capacity for enthusiasm.” There’s something about visiting a new place that excites and reinvigorates a person. I’m so looking forward to exploring Europe with new lenses, and seeing what my creativity and imagination conjures up. It’s great timing, too, as I’ll be starting a new job shortly after I return from my vacation. You know I’m gonna have to report back via one of my Travel Logs here! Auf wiedersehen, y’all!

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Outfit of the Day and Night Done Right, Thanks to Tobi 

May 2, 2016

My Hawaii vacation was pretty amazing (check back tomorrow for the full Travel Log), and it was only enhanced by exploring the island’s best attractions and venues while wearing some fabulous outfits. In this dual Outfit of the Day and Night, I step out in style with two lovely pieces, courtesy of Tobi, the online retailer that has THE most darling women’s apparel and has been featured in many a Fancy Things Friday.

See more of this daytime ensemble and discover what I cooked up for the nighttime after the jump!

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Outfit of the Day: A Knitted Christmas

January 8, 2014

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“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.” James 1:17

A little late, but I wore this preppy, ultra-comfy get-up on Christmas Day. I love the cable-knit dress and the layered flannel shirt combo. The dress definitely allowed my belly to expand as I ate at four homes while making the rounds with loved ones. This amazingly long and cozy scarf was a find from a thrift shop in Portugal a few days prior (My Travel Log post will be coming soon). As for the footwear, I kept it casual but in line with the preppy style.

Flannel: Forever 21
Knit Dress: Forever 21
Scarf: Thrifted
Shoes: H&M
Earrings: Walmart

Fancy Things Friday

August 9, 2013

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1. This Acrylic Pearl Clutch from Ashlyn`d may be a little eccentric, but I must say it looks stunning on. I recently saw it featured on Who What Wear, and it just popped in the hand of the model who was wearing a red shade of nail polish. (beckleyboutique.com)

2. You’ll be surprised at how affordable something this magnificent is when you check the price tag on this amazing Crystal Flower Necklace from Zara. Go ahead and look. P.S. Thanks to Versicolor Closet for introducing me to 10 lovely statement necklaces that cost less than $50. (zara.com)

3. I love discovering new works of art, and the vast majority of them just happen to be on the wonderful online marketplace known as Etsy. Check out this gem of an original illustration titled Ahoy, which is part of the Adrift Series, in the Pangaweka shop. (etsy.com)

4. “Aruba, Jamaica, ooooh I wanna take you to Bermuda, Bahama come on pretty mama …” Haha. I will be taking my first international trip to the island of Aruba with some good friends, and I can hardly contain myself! Stay tuned for an extensive travel log upon my return next week. In the meantime, take a look at some of the sights of this beautiful Caribbean destination by clicking the “Take 2 Minutes in Aruba” button. Fun times are in store! (aruba.com)

5. Speaking of fun in the sun, I wish I had found this darling little Nautical Bandeau Bikini and ordered it in time for me to sport it in Aruba. (humblechic.com)

DIY Time: 2018 Desk Calendar

January 16, 2018

Am I the only one who gets jazzed about a crisp new calendar at the start of a new year? Well, I squealed with delight when I saw that my job was hosting a craft night where we’d be making our very own 2018 desk calendars, with help from the kind folks over at Paper Source. Stamps, quotes, embossing, washi tape in all its varied patterns, colors and textures — the world was my oyster while putting together my mini 12-month calendar. I got my entire life, to say the least. I tried to stick with a theme, but somewhere along the way I said, “Bump it.” Click through the slideshow to see my calendar, a month at a glance.

I figured I’d start January with a bright and hopeful tone, hence the “Dream Big” embossing and matching gold chevron-patterned washi tape. Hearts, of course, are the focus of February. March is springy, so I chose two varieties of flowers and accented the month with a sparkly silver triangle of washi tape. April is when Record Store Day, a tradition for me and my guy, happens. I decorated that month with an off-centered vinyl record and a quote about adventure, which is always what follows on that special day. May pays homage to the month when Dash and I met in 2013. Our first date soon followed at CicLAvia in Downtown LA, where we rode bikes and spent the day learning about each other, and laughing lots along the way. Halfway through the year, I thought I might be in need of some inspiration, so I went with a quote from C.S. Lewis about dreaming for June. If you remember, January starts with a little bit of gold and an encouraging word, so I thought it would be a good call-back for June. July — which is by far my favorite month of the year, thanks to my and many loved ones’ (my anchors) birthdays happening then and being smack dab in the middle of my favorite season (summer!) — is sailing smoothly with a gold and blue embossed sea moment. August is when I hope to do some traveling abroad with my bestie Yvette, so the international city-themed washi tape carries the messaging there. September is just a reminder of how awesome I am, and I’ll need a reason to smile now that summer will have officially ended. By October, I totes phoned it in. LOL. It’s a little disheveled, but the gargantuan orange pumpkin is endearing — some might even say cute. But I pick things up in November with a dual-layered washi tape accent and uplifting quote, and finish strong with a silver-lined snowflake fantasy for December.

And there you have it! Twelve months of fun and whimsy to get me through 2018.

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Outfit of the Day: On the Good Ship, Lollipop

March 14, 2017

This Outfit of the Day is a bit of a flashback to last month when I went on my first cruise to the Bahamas. What a treat that vacation was. See this nautical look in full after the jump!

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Out and About: Art From Tate Britain

November 1, 2016

Remember when I was Out and About in London last month? Well, this post is a continuation of that romp, detailing my visit to the Tate Britain. It is a lovely museum with tons of classical works — a must-see if you’re ever in Londontown, and not to be confused with the Tate Modern. Many of the popular pieces, which range from the 1500s to present day, inside looked familiar, although I had to dig through the interwebs to remember the paintings’ names and their artists. Click through the slideshow to see some of my favorite works on display. There was the one with the stately peacock (“A Peacock and Other Birds in a Landscape,” 1700), the one with the gruesome British battle scene (“The Death of Major Peirson,” 1781) and the one with the iconic pug and his human (“The Painter and His Pug,” 1745). Skewing toward the contemporary side, a piece that I saw toward the end of my visit was the wordscape by British artist Fiona Banner. “Break Point,” created circa 1998, merely describes a car chase scene from the Keanu Reeves blockbuster “Point Break” with red text of various sizes to the point where some of the words are illegible. All in all, it was a fantastic cultural experience!

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Wednesday Word

September 7, 2016

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“Parlez-vous français?” I don’t, but I figured I’d switch it up for this Wednesday Word. Initially, it was the bold, swift hand-lettering that lured me in, but it was the sentiment behind these words that made me want to camp out and unpack the meaning. This Wednesday Word No. 82, found all over Pinterest, has a decidedly whimsical message. “Savoir où l’on va et adorer s’y perdre” (roughly) translates to “know where you are going and love to get lost.” Enchanting, right?! I can’t help but think of my upcoming trip to Munich, Germany, and London, England — two vibrant international cities I’ve long yearned to visit. This quote, in my opinion, is the right attitude to have while traveling. My traveling philosophy (“travelosophy,” if you will) is to have a game plan, but don’t be so rigid to where every day is planned down to the minute. Leave a little leeway for some happy accidents and discoveries. I mean, the plan is to go to Oktoberfest, but who knows what can happen on the way there or afterward? Maybe we’ll wind up in some remote village and find a mythical fountain of youth. Maybe we’ll meet some cool Germans who become lifelong pals. Maybe we’ll buy some lederhosen and make a fashion statement for the rest of our stay in Deutschland. I’m eager to embrace it (whatever “it” may be).

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