Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Summer Tourist Adventures: Ringling Circus Museum

I've never been to the circus, but going to the Ringling has been on my bucket list for many, many years. I hope you're ready for a series of posts because admission includes a circus museum (with two buildings), art museum, beautiful gardens, and the Ringling's home estate. 
Also, if you're a college student, admission is only $5!

The circus museum actually gave an interesting peak into the glamorous and not so glamorous life of a traveling circus. It was easy to get caught up in the splendor of the costumes and props on display without even seeing them in context; however, the museum's collection of over one million miniatures spanning 450 feet (or 1.5 football fields) gives a true glance of all the work (and cargo of people and luggage) that compromises a traveling circus in its entirety. Depending on your job, the travel could be arduous and tiring- unless you rode in John and Mable Ringling's rather luxurious railroad car, also on display.

Stay tuned for more!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Weekly Links

Photo via my Instagram 

It's been a busy week, but is been a week full of positive things!
Things had been rough for a bit, but things are definitely looking up.
I may have lost my balance a bit, but like the Leaning Tower of Pisa
I'm still going strong.

EVERYONE should go see Begin Again! I'm pretty bias because
I love any and all movies Keira Knightley is in (#anglophile) but this
really was a great film. Lighthearted yet serious and not victim to the 
usual cliques one would expect from a film like this. Also, really want
to see this movie with Keira Knightley too.

I love this ad from Pantone. After watching this I realized how frequently
I add this to my daily conversations- without any reason. I'm not sorry to say
this phrase needs to diminish from my frequent vocabulary. 

The six professional email habits you should need to break.

I don't even have an apartment yet and I'm obsessed with One King's Lane.

Are chefs compromising taste for better artistic aesthetic all because of Instagram?

I love Blake Lively's photos from Vogue, but why aren't more people discussing 

I love words, writing, and the oxford comma, so naturally I loved Weird Al's newest song. ;-)

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Book Review: A Vintage Affair

While browsing the stacks of books at Barnes and Noble the other day, I stopped in my tracks when I passed this book on a shelf. They say you shouldn't judge a book by it's cover, but I admit I have a weakness for books with pretty covers (and when that cover also includes fashion I'm all in!).

I quickly skimmed the back of the book and bought A Vintage Affair on a whim, and I'm glad I did. Is it predictable and a bit on the fluffy side? Absolutely. But, it has more depth to it than your average fictional fashion romance novel. The main character, Phoebe, takes a chance and opens up her own vintage shop after the death of her best friend, the divorce of her parents, and a broken engagement. Phoebe abandons a promotion and steady career at Sotheby's as a vintage fashion auctioneer/aficionado, yet through her Village Vintage shop she starts to put her life back together through several encounters with the people she meets. I was surprised and glad the book didn't focus so heavily on Phoebe's love life, which prevented the book from being so predictable. Instead, author Isabel Wolff puts equal stock into developing friendships, explaining the knowledge involved in selling valuable vintage fashion, and overcoming crippling guilt.

I'm really glad I added this to my summer reading list!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Keds Brave Life Summit

I've incredibly excited to announce today that I will be attending the Brave Life Summit hosted by Keds, Seventeen Magazine, TMI Agency, and the Girls Leadership Institute in NYC next month! I am incredibly honored to have received a grant to attend the summit where I will join other brave girls from across the country to listen to an inspiring group of leading women who are working to change the world. As many of my friends and family can attest, I absolutely love attending conferences  (it's seriously becoming a hobby of mine) and I can't wait to meet other girls from across the country who share this passion of mine.

My bravest moment? 
Last year I decided to pursue college instead of continuing my career as a competitive figure skater. While facing my senior year of high school and a serious knee injury, I realized my dream was to pursue a more "normal life" as a college student. After 13 years of living and breathing skating I was definitely afraid to drastically alter the path I was on, but I have never regretted my decision and still love to get on the ice every now and then!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Sand Dollar Cookies

From all of my beach adventures lately, I feel like quite the beach bum. Even though I've lived
in Florida most of my life, I never really took advantage of the beach in the summer except
for annual vacations to Marco Island with my grandma as a child. Some of my favorite summer memories involve my brother and I skimboarding on the beach (I still have a scar to prove it), floating
in the pool all day, and collection buckets and buckets of shells. It's been almost a decade later, but I've still kept a lot of my "treasures" and whenever I seashells I always think of those fun summer days. 

One year, I was particularly lucky to find some mini sand dollars washed up on the shore and they have been the pride of my treasure collection ever since. When I was baking cookies the other day, I suddenly had the idea to make them into sand dollars. 
One of my better ideas? Absolutely. I should have been making these years ago...

Sand Dollar Sugar Cookies

In stead of the royal icing I made a simple glaze and placed the slivered almonds on top to give them their nautical look. ;)

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Summer Adventures: Ft. Meyer's Beach Part Two

Yesterday, I posted about Ft. Myer's Beach, but the area also has quite the colorful collection of restaurants, B&Bs, and shops full of fun, kitschy beach items. After walking around bit, we decided to grab lunch at Nervous Nellies and had some major lobstah rolls that could quite possibly be the best in the area.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Summer Adventures: Ft. Myer's Beach Part One

We've had a lot of rain and thunderstorms lately in Florida, but last Saturday was the perfect day to get out and and enjoy the sun. My mom and I headed to Ft. Myer's Beach about 45 minutes north of Naples to soak up some sun. It was hot out so I didn't really linger by the water, but it was fun walking around and seeing the colorful umbrellas and tents(!) perched along the shore. There's also a pier for salt water fishing enthusiasts to use, but it also makes the perfect spot for watching people parasail by. 

Stay tuned for part two of my weekend adventure!