Caffè Florian

April 4, 2016 § Leave a comment

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In 1720, Floriano Francesconi opened a caffè in Venice’s Piazza San Marco… And it’s beautiful. Pretty astonishing that nearly three-hundred years later, the caffè still stands and is recognized as one of Venice’s gems.

I knew I’d at least have to sit in one of the oldest cafes in Europe, but I don’t think I quite prepared myself for what I was actually going to drink I ordered just the Bicerin (coffee, chocolate, and cream) and was full when I left. That stuff is thick.

I’m a firm believer in the power of coffee, and where you drink it can be just as important as the caffeine itself. Today I’m not in a seventeenth century landmark. I’m somewhat buried in work, school, and various creative projects. I’m tired. It’s Monday. My apartment is definitely not emblazoned with golden cherubs, but it is perfectly okay. Just photos of this place calms me.

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Where is your favorite place to have coffee? Favorite shop? Let me know.

 

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R E D

June 15, 2015 § 1 Comment

Spent a week out West with Danny to celebrate his birthday (more on that fun later) and fell totally in love. Here’s photos from Red Rock Canyon, just fifteen miles or so outside Vegas. We packed a lunch and took the scenic drive. Not a bad date. Nevada rocks!

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K I A W A H

May 21, 2015 § Leave a comment

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D O W N T O W N Charleston

May 20, 2015 § Leave a comment

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Spring has been good to me. I was fortunate to spend a week in Charleston, SC to celebrate my graduation from The College.  Some vacations don’t feel like vacations. There’s stress. Or arguments. Or failed expectations. And poor weather. This was not the case.  This felt like a vacation in every sense. Sunshine. Lots of hugging. Champagne. More hugging.   All those emotions I’m known for (I get it from my mama, who teared up no less than five separate times). And well, you can’t beat the low country. Truly.

My family stayed in a farmhouse (no chickens or cows, just land) on John’s Island which was the best decision we’ve made maybe ever.  Kiawah Island wasn’t far, Angel Oak was even closer, and downtown Chs. was about half an hour drive. There was space, so much space.  Rocking chairs on the porches. Birds by the water. A dirt road. That.

For those considering visiting this city in the South. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Just. Freaking. DO. IT.

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I have posted a lot of Charleston recommendations throughout my blog’s two years of life, so excuse the repeats… but here are my ultimate Liz Recommends:

Fish and Oysters from Leon’s, juice from The Daily (their green lemonade + jalapeño is my jam), brunch at St. Alban’s, cocktails at The Belmont, beer at Closed for Business.  Sandwiches at Queen Street Grocery. More coffee at Black Tap (which officially roasts their own beans now!). Dinner at Chez Nous or if you are made of more money than I am, The Ordinary. If you’re made of no money, dinner at D’Allz or Santis. Shop at Blue Bicycle and Candlefish. Or get your hair cut and admire my best friend’s paintings at The Beacon on Spring, which just opened and is the coolest.  Walk around. Find gardens. Enjoy it.

Spring Edit.

April 20, 2015 § 2 Comments

Crazy rainy in the Carolina’s lately. The pressure is on, May. Bloom beautifully. Anyway… we’re headed to the beach this week! Here’s some of what I like and love for Spring, Summer, and the ocean.

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1. Zara embroidered topI fell in love with this whimsical beauty the second I saw it. 2. Film. I’m excited to take a break from digital as I recently dug up an old Canon AL-1 and Polaroid 600…Also found these shots of Lauren and I frolicking in Cocoa Beach circa 2008! 3. Beatrice Pink Metallic Sunglasses. These should come with a convertible and a silk scarf. So fun! 4.Yield Design French PressThe ceramic body and copper top of this French press feels bright and clean. 5. Byredo La Tulipe Perfume Tulips remind me of a person who reminds me that life is precious. Byredo for the win with beautiful fragrances. 6. Mango Fringe Linen Poncho. Way, way good for words. 7. Books. Kelly Link’s Get In Trouble and Karen Solie’s The Road In Is Not The Same Road Out are at the top of my list. 8.Black Hole Creations Palmistry Necklace. Etsy is awesome because a girl in France can make this amazing piece and ship it over like its nbd. 9. Zara Two Tone Wide Brimmed HatI know about five people who need this hat. Goes straw hat to chic hat real quick (Drake Voice). 10. Vintage Green Suede Boxy HandbagAnother Etsy find! I was doubting the suede in the summer look this season until this structured little bag won me over. 11. Nars Lip Pencil in Cruella + Rikugien. Birthday gifts are awesome, but early birthday gifts from Sephora are super awesome! Nars is a favorite splurge, so I’m looking forward to these May 1st.

Now…. More book recommendations, please!

Smoke Perfume

March 25, 2015 § Leave a comment

Processed with VSCOcam with a6 presetScent is the tell-all sense- the hostess with the mostess that has nostalgia on speed dial and an uncanny ability to make you an IRL mood ring. I lurv it. My favorite scent in the world is blowing out candles on a birthday cake.  Something about the wax and the wick and the sugar and smoke. ( & obviously, the excitement happening around birthday cakes!) That moment makes my heart go boom.

But since I don’t want to smell like a birthday cake throughout my daily routine (or ever), I tend to alternate between different perfumes for different occasions. I do not wear perfume on a daily basis, but I think about buying a new perfume on a daily basis because I really, really like it. So add that up.

Here’s what I’m saying: scent matters. It affects your mood, the way you walk through the doors, and it is pretty to look at. So when I won an Instagram giveaway for a gift box containing hand-made, artisan perfume from a southern city with a distinct history and heart, I felt crazy excited and grateful.
Smoke Perfume is hand-made in New Orleans. You can read about its start here, and if you are a decent person you’ll appreciate the sentiment of investing so much care into a product that emphasizes place and soul while using natural ingredients to do it. It’s made by people who care for people who care….and I like that a lot.

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My box (complete with a matchbox, candle, perfume, and magic wand- jk a stick of palo santo but basically the same thing) was sent with priority mail and hand-written tag. The scent is earthy but not too heavy (it’s vetiver based with jasmine and citrus) and is quite calming. The candle is actual heaven and I’ll be rationing its burn time…. not to mention ordering another as soon as it becomes less of a candle and more of an empty jar.

Good things come in well-designed packages. I’m a happy girl.

Thank you Kathleen!

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