Mornings Away: V E N I C E, Italy

December 6, 2016 § Leave a comment

Processed with VSCOcam with a6 presetVenice has an astonishing palette: pastels mixed with blues mixed with grays. I visited in the cold spring, and I’m now turning to those colors to get me through the cold winter (it is coming, I can feel it).

Looking back, I realize that I only posted photos from Murano & Burano, and Caffè Florian. I left out Venice’s best part: the water. The sinking buildings. The bright, bright blue.

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Mornings Out: Biltmore Gardens. Asheville, NC.

July 29, 2016 § Leave a comment

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Cocoa Beach in J U L Y

July 4, 2016 § Leave a comment

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Happy birthday, America! We (my grandmother and I!) spent our holiday weekend watching orange-pink sunsets & bursts of fireworks along the beach, playing dominoes until bed time, and chatting over coffee in the morning.

Today, we’re people watching & on the lookout for more fireworks. Holy hibiscus, Ccocoa Beach is beautiful in summer!

Hope you have a Happy 4th!

(Want More Cocoa? See past visits here, here, and here.)

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.

 

Cocoa Beach Part II

February 1, 2016 § 1 Comment

Sometimes on a Monday morning during Winter, it helps to think about the beach.  I already posted some ocean photos of my time visiting my Grandmother in Cocoa Beach in January, but here are even more tropical photos. I’ll let them do the talking. Have a great week, everyone!

^^^ Best for last! Love you, Nana! ^^^

P.S. You know what else is tropical? The One Morning Limited Edition Tea & Citrus candle. Now available in the shop. You’re welcome!

Cocoa Beach

January 12, 2016 § 2 Comments

How calming is the ocean? These photos from a hazy sunset last week fill me with such peace.  One resolution in 2016 is to pay more attention to my senses. Reading A Natural History of the Senses by Diane Ackerman has everything to do with this!!! And finally accepting that I’m addicted to my phone, which is pointless.

I just spent a week in Cocoa Beach, FL visiting my grandmother. It rained all but two days, so I didn’t get as many freckles as I usually do when hitting the beach and pool. We played hours of dominoes and card games each night, and a week away with someone I love so much made the whole world disappear. No better way to start a new year.

Hopefully this year will be full of paying more attention to my surroundings. Feeling the ocean, hearing the birds, hugging my grandmother, tasting coconut macroons, smelling the coffee. It helps if this coffee is on a balcony overlooking tropical plants and the shore. Just taking it all in.

 

F A B U L O U S

June 17, 2015 § Leave a comment

I had sworn of Las Vegas.  Going with Danny was a testament to how much a person changes you and what you do for them. JK. It was a vacation, and I would go with him to a dumpster if it meant we got to hangout for a week straight. (Long-distance can be a struggle.) Anyway, I resisted his Vegas suggestions.”Pick literally anywhere else,” is how that went.

What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas…or it shows up on blogs. In our case, I turned into freak who was obsessed with all things Fabulous L.V. I loved it. That bizarre land in the middle of the desert….How wrong I had been! We hiked Mount Charleston, drove through red rock, found a chocolate factory/cactus garden, and stayed too long on Freemont Street, and spent time with some of his relatives. We also did the usual Vegas things, like wandered the Strip* and lounged with mojitos & magazines poolside. We didn’t get married, but we did play Katy Perry’s “Waking Up In Vegas” each morning in our hotel room. Vacation done right with my dearest one. You can’t ask for more than that.

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