postcards from melbourne, florida

postcards from melbourne, florida

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I had the good fortune to spend the first few months of 2015 in Melbourne, Florida. It has been quite different from my normal travel to big cities, but it has been wonderful!  Melbourne is a city full of nature, beaches, and I have definitely gotten my fill of antiquing (highlighted in upcoming posts).

postcards from mt. dora, florida

postcards from mt. dora, florida

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Mount Dora is a cute town not too far outside of Orlando, with great architecture, shopping, restaurants and antiques.  Well worth a visit!

C. MADELEINE’S. miami

C. MADELEINE’S. miami

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C. Madeleines is a luxury vintage consignment shop in North Miami, and is my heaven!  They have all of the tools to let your inner drag queen loose, and boy did I.  I love eccentric clothes and accessories…to me, the bigger, the better!  Needless to say, I tried on feathers and fur galore…I don’t usually post photos of myself on this blog, but these pieces come to life on a body, and I was happy to oblige.  😉

postcards from south beach, miami

postcards from south beach, miami

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A quick overnighter to South Beach, Miami, which reminded me of my time living in Mexico.  I was speaking Spanish on Ocean Drive and loving the “see and be seen” mentality, which of course makes for great people watching!

MODERN TWIST: CONTEMPORARY JAPANESE BAMBOO ART. melbourne, fl

MODERN TWIST: CONTEMPORARY JAPANESE BAMBOO ART. melbourne, fl

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I am an artist by trade & education, and am an avid connoisseur of art and craft, especially weaving and handcrafted works.  When I found the Modern Twist exhibition right down the street from where I am living, it was a no brainer, and did not disappoint.

For more information, click here.

DALI MUSEUM. st. petersburg, fl

DALI MUSEUM. st. petersburg, fl

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Dali’s first selfie! 😉

 

The Dali Museum is a museum dedicated to the works of famous Surrealist artist Salvador Dali.  I had visited this museum once before as a teenager, and still nothing compares to seeing them in person…the scale of some of the paintings is lost when viewing online or in books.

postcards from newburyport, ma

postcards from newburyport, ma

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Newburyport is a seaside town about an hour north of Boston, with beautiful old homes, and a thriving downtown full of independent businesses, and a bustling organic and foodie scene.  If you are in the area, please go to Colby Farm; they have a great farmstand!

FREEDOM TRAIL. boston

FREEDOM TRAIL. boston

Paul Revere’s House, North End

COLOR PALETTE INSPIRATION, MFA. boston

COLOR PALETTE INSPIRATION, MFA. boston

I am already thinking about my next line of shoes, and a museum is a fantastic place to find color inspiration.

I think the last is the winner!  There is a nice balance of neutrals & colors, darks and lights.

postcards from boston

postcards from boston

Being away from Boston made me realize how great a city it is!  It’s a fairly small city which makes it very manageable…I’ve been walking almost everywhere, and there is almost no place within the city that can’t be reached in under one hour’s walk.  After living in southern China, the factory capital of the world, I also appreciate a blue sky more & more.  The first day I was back, I kept exclaiming, “Wow, would you look at the sky today?!?!  It’s like a painting!”   A friend is in town visiting, so i played tour guide today.

ARCHITECTURE. nyc

ARCHITECTURE. nyc

Turtle & Hare Detail, Upper East Side
The Met through Rose Colored Glasses
Met arches
Times Square
My favorite, the Chrysler Building

 

When I lived in NYC, I was so busy running from one thing to the next that I never took the time to really slow down and appreciate all of the great architecture around Manhattan.

I played tourist last week, and gave myself the chance to appreciate my surroundings.