bimini…

I recently had the privilege of running over to Bimini in the Bahamas with my uncle, aunt and cousins aboard their boat. It’s about a 2 1/2 hour trip from Ft. Lauderdale over, so not bad at all! We even dropped in some lines and caught six mahi (two got away) within about 20 minutes! Seriously good fishing out there for anyone who loves deep sea.

Unfortunately the weather kicked up a bit and we had to return to Florida after only one night, so I didn’t see much of the island, but what I did see definitely makes me want to return sometime!

Here are a few pictures, enjoy!


once upon a rainy thursday…

We’ve been having such gorgeous weather (“hot,” according to my husband, but I LOVE it!) that I almost don’t mind the rain today. Plus, on the bright side, it’s washing away the yellow film of pollen that has absolutely covered EVERYTHING outdoors.

So, browsing the web it is!

Here are some of the things I can’t get enough of:

{From top to bottom, left to right, images found: Eden Roc (I just LOVE the lobby, it’s such a beautiful mix of vintage and contemporary); J. Crew ; Harbor Beach Resort (I’m going to be here in a week!); Peter Som (Spring-Summer ’09 Collection); BBB Craft Sisters (crafty blogging site)}

“series of doors”

I haven’t posted much about our trip to Italy yet and it’s coming, I promise. However, instead of posting some huge blog about anything and everything we experienced (a giant task for me and probably quite boring to you), I’ve decided to post little bits here and there. Hopefully, it might be a little more interesting that way, all around.

To begin, is a “series of doors” that Michael shot.

Our first day in Rome found us wandering through the most historic parts of the city.

Anyone watching the two of us would have found me looking down – into a book. I was continually reading about every little rock and post we passed (sometimes out loud to Michael, whether he was interested or not). I was trying not to miss anything I might have when I first visited during 2004. However, they would have seen Michael – looking up. He was drinking it all in…and he was holding the camera.

When I finally did tear my eyes away from the book-to-the-rock-to-the-post-and-back-to-the-book sequence I had down, I noticed Michael staring at doors. He told me that his sister-in-law, Stephanie, used to have pictures of doors in her apartment. He liked the idea that doors had the ability to sum up an entire view, an entire feeling, an entire structure. And if you’ve been to Rome, you know…they have doors. So, using our little point-and-shoot he tried to capture what we were experiencing. I only wish we had a better camera so the quality was greater.

These are for you Stephanie πŸ™‚

an entrance into what was the former Vatican at San Giovanni

an alley near the Colosseo

a gated entrance into Palatine Hill

an ancient door in the Roman Forum

near the Roman Forum

the famous bronze doors from Constantine's day in the portico at St. Peter's Basilica

a door found in the wall along the ancient Appian Way into Rome

home improvement…

Some of you know that my brother and his family moved in with us last year. We had the extra space for them, we just needed to do a little bit of renovation for us.

Somehow, I don’t think that need for renovation will ever end… πŸ˜‰

To accomodate them, we gave them the two bedrooms and Jack/Jill bathrooms upstairs, as well as the finished basement space. But that meant Michael (and his dad and brothers) had to get to work on our own master bedroom/bathroom, which we had been using as storage space previously.

The master in this house was hardly “master.” It consisted of a strange hallway space that could be closed off, a small bedroom and a weirdly shaped, very dark, bathroom that is hard to explain unless you saw it. Additionally, there was no half-bath/”powder room” anywhere in the house.

We’re still not completely done…we need a few little touch ups here and there (ie. doorknobs, switch plates, drawer pull, ect.) But it’s light years away from where we started….see for yourself…

Oh, and stupidly I didn’t take pictures before the work started…I remembered to take pictures only once the entire space had been gutted. Here they are:

was the toilet and stall shower room...soon to become the half-bath

the "almost" finished product...we still need to touch up the ceiling and add crown molding

facing the bathroom then

facing the bathroom now

what will be my vanity and the toilet room...

my vanity now

the toilet room now

Michael hard at work building our new bathroom...he and his dad did everything from plumbing to electrical and tile...amazing!

the gorgeous shower (this is where Michael was standing in the previous picture)

from the bathroom looking out to where the bedroom will be

and now...

then...

and now...

we've improvised using cool old leather chairs as side tables until we get a new bedroom set one of these days...

the subfloor....

and finally the new tile...Michael's pride and glory...

fashion in miniature…

I know this is unprecedented, but I am uploading a second post today! I can just imagine the thrill you three readers must be feeling right now…lol!

Anyway, I’ve been meaning to post a picture to facebook, but I haven’t gotten around to it. And really, why waste an FB post, when I can go a little more in depth on here? πŸ™‚

Anyway, I really love fashion…not necessarily right-off-the-runway fashion, but the type of fashion when people have taken bits of styles they love and pair it all together.

Patterns with patterns, bold colors with bold colors, masculine with feminine-it all can go together! For instance, who would have thought that stripes and flowers would work, but that’s what we’re seeing right now and I love it! It’s unexpected and its creative!

Right now, I’m really into skirts with pockets…particularly mini-skirts with pockets. Holly, who had no idea of my love for this look, saw a skirt in Australia that she thought was me and brought it home…I absolutely died and went to heaven!

Here is a pic of the trend, which I found after I wore it out (notice the girl on the far left)…

…and here is my version (we cut off my no-make up/morning-head face and i’m wearing patent black flats with it)….

thanks holls!!

Christy Parry is amazing!

Hello to everyone out in blog land…even though my consistent readership marks only about three πŸ˜‰

After watching “Julie & Julia” the other night, I was inspired to dive into this blog with new abandon…however, I don’t have any seemingly original thoughts with which to jazz up the page right now. But, you’ll be the first to know if/when inspiration strikes!

For now, I realized that I hadn’t put any photos up from our Christy Parry photoshoot in December…She really is so talented and I love how we get awesome pictures when all we’re really doing is walking around and hanging out with each other. I have some up on facebook already, but here are a few that I haven’t published thus far….

looking forward toward adventure…

Well, hello! It’s been a while…

Since I’ve written last, we’ve seen another Christmas Eve, Christmas day, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day and the media blitz of “Winter Storm 2010” (pronounced “twenty-ten”) come and gone. And that’s not to mention all the little mundane things that truly make up the days of our lives…like overcoming a sickness or installing a toilet or mopping the floors. Because when we get right down to it…that’s what we’ve been doing in this house lately!

Anyway, we leave for Rome in exactly one month from today so I’m brushing up on my Italian travel knowledge and learning some bad words (thank you Chris Foster) that I’m sure won’t come in handy. My sister-in-law gave me a bunch of books and maps and a journal for Christmas so I’m already jotting down some must-sees and getting really excited! The last time I was in Rome was five years ago and it was only for a few days during a whirlwind tour of Europe. This time we’ll be there for nine whole days and I want to make the most of it!

Of course we’re going to hit the major sights like: Vatican City, the Spanish Steps, the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, the Coliseum, the Roman Forums and the Imperial Forums. But I also want to make a point to see lesser known spots like: Catacombe di San Sabastiano, the Keats-Shelley House, Pincio Hill, Terme di Caracalla, Trastevere, Piazza Navona, and Villa Borghese. And if possible, I would love to take a day trip up to Florence (a favorite city of mine) and perhaps a day trip out to the coast (since I’ve never been), but we’ll see.

I’ve also thought it might be fun to rent a Vespa…calling to life all those “Roman Holiday” fantasies, and what girl doesn’t have them?…but then again, I’ve heard it’s like taking your life in your own hands. So I’m guessing that will also be a wait-and-see activity as well.

For now, I’m studying weather patterns, reading up on Italian history and gazing wistfully at pictures…soon, very soon…

the Spanish Steps

view of St. Peter's

Trevi Fountain at night

a typical street cafe

how lovely are your branches…

So, I’ve promised a few out-of-towners that I would post Christmas decoration pics. I’m not entirely done, but it’s getting there…here’s what I have so far. πŸ™‚

You can click on the pictures to make them larger.

The decor next to the door is not finished, I’m going to add a few more stumps, fir tree trimmings and lanterns.

We love our tree, but it’s still not as nice as the first one we picked out…had to choose a new one once we realized our first pick was split all the way up the base. 😦

This post is for you Katie! So you can “picture it”…. πŸ™‚

Love my Potterybarn pillows…

This picture isn’t the best because the lighting made it difficult…

It’s still Christmas in the kitchen!

back to real life…

We drove the 9/10 hours back to Georgia yesterday. Let me tell you, skipping the after-Thanksgiving Sunday rush home was the best idea Michael ever had! No traffic…until 400…go figure πŸ™‚

Anyway, we had a great time…as always. I was born for warm weather and water, which makes South Florida a perfect retreat for me. I miss it already. I can’t wait to go back, but until then, I’ll have to live off the pictures. Here are a few….I’ll post more along with the stories attached soon! πŸ™‚

lifestyle of the rich and famous…

The Eden Roc was alive with the sparkle of camera flashbulbs last night.

The Rally for Kids with Cancer brought out stars like Eva Longoria (Desperate Housewives), John Sally (b-ball player), Bai Ling (don’t really know what she’s famous for, she got stuck standing behind me at one point so that should tell you something…), Eva La Rue (CSI:Miami), Gilles Marini (Dancing with the Stars), Adam Gregory (90210), Jason Kennedy (E! News) and more.Β 

 

Gilles Marini

 

Eva Longoria

Eva La Rue

 

 

 

The hotel was amazing! If you’ve never been to the Eden Roc it’s worth the trip!

In case you don’t know the story, the Eden Roc and Fontainebleu are historically linked as two of Miami’s most luxurious see-and-be-seen places. But they are also known for one of the hospitality industries most heated rivalries throughout the years.

as close as a property line...the eden roc balcony in the foreground and the fontainebleu just beyond...

Designed by the same architect, Morris Lapidus, the hotels were in competition from the very start. They both attracted Hollywood’s brightest stars of the day for their graceful architecture and enviable addresses…not to mention the sun drenched ocean views. Then the Fontainbleu famously erected a “spite” wall between the two uber close buildings on Miami Beach. The wall evidently served its purposed and blocked out the sun on the Eden Roc side. Needless to say, it was ugly.

a rendering of some of the Eden Roc's mainstays back in the day...

Since then the Eden Roc has undergone extensive renovations and is just as gorgeous as it was back in the day…but with a more modern edge.

The atmosphere is expectedly Miami Beach chic. Modern art, sleek lines, exotic flower arrangements and lots of white pull you into the clean serenity of a shrine to the good life.

a peek into the bedroom from the shower and jet-bath room...

But regardless of all the updates, the Eden Roc has somehow still managed to hold onto itsΒ old-school glamour, recalling the days when women in one-piece swimsuits lounged by the pools and were considered sexy.

a larger than life mural adds atmosphere to the lobby bar area...

Here, vintage and contemporary have blended seamlessly, intertwining old and new, modern and antique. And, in my opinion, the Eden Roc is better for it.

the Eden Roc lobby is an experience in and of itself...