Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

SNOW DAY IN NYC

We were *lucky* enough (lucky in my humble opinion) to get a snow day while we were in New York for the show last month. Being that we don’t have a winter here in Florida, Hunter and I were super excited to wake up to this beautiful winter wonderland! We’ve been staying at the Hudson Hotel which is a short few blocks through Columbus Circle to get to Central Park.  We wandered for hours this day taking a million photos! Among other highlights of the trip, we saw cirque du sole’s Paramour on Broadway and it was amazing! We took the Staten Island ferry to visit friends who made us dinner one night.  We went to Shake Shack of course because it’s irresistible and that portobello veggie burger is too good.  We always eat dinner at Rosa Mexicano too, another favorite. The trade shows are really long days so I’m pretty proud of us for getting out and doing something every night, we always make a point to try something fun and different or do one touristy thing while were there.  I’m already looking forward to our trip for NSS in May! 

XO

Tuesday, December 27th, 2016

A WEEKEND IN WASHINGTON DC

Earlier this month Cami and I went to DC for two pop-up shops for her line, one at Tuckernuck and the other 116 King in Alexandria. We had so much fun exploring! It was my first time in the area.  Old Town Alexandria was the absolute cutest! 

XO

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

ARIZONA PART THREE // ANTELOPE CANYON & HORSE SHOE BEND

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The last leg of our Arizona trip was in Page, Arizona visiting Antelope Canyon.  This place is magical and I’m so happy we made time to see it.  We realized once we arrived that horse shoe bend was only about 10 minutes away.  We drove there after our canyon tour. It’s a short one mile hike to the lookout and it was gorgeous. 

This trip was short but amazing and we can’t wait to be able to go back and explore more in the future. 

XO

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Friday, November 11th, 2016

ARIZONA PART TWO // GRAND CANYON

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Happy Friday!

Back with some more photos from our trip to Arizona!  After our two night stay in Phoenix for my friends wedding, we took off early Saturday morning and drove to the Grand Canyon. It was about a 3.5 hour trip.  We had previously decided on hiking the South Kaibab Trail and since we got there so early we went straight into the park to begin our hike.  These first few photos are some scenes from the trail…

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The weather was really nice this day, not too hot or too cold.  About half way through the wind picked up and it started raining for a short period of time. The stormy weather created quite a beautiful scene as you can see below.  The sun was poking through, highlighting this point and a rainbow began to appear…

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After hiking we quickly researched some look out points to watch the sunset. It was still an hour from setting at this point but it was so peaceful to sit on the rocks and take in the beautiful sights. Photos could never do this place justice.  As the sun got lower we could see the rain in the distance…

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We spent that night at the Grand Hotel just a few minutes outside of the park. We got up super, super early to stake out a perfect spot to watch the sunrise.  The colors were insane, it was such a gorgeous thing to see. I loved looking through my photos and seeing how different the colors were at each phase…

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This Florida gal (and guy) were pleased with 50 degrees that morning 🙂

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I had been dying to see some ‘wildlife’ (as I always am, give me all the animals please)…on our way our of the park that day there were about 20-30 elk on the side of the road!

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We just had time for one night in the Grand Canyon, we left after the sunrise and breakfast to head to Page, stopping at one last lookout to see the river…

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 Hope you all have a lovely weekend!

XO

Sunday, November 6th, 2016

ARIZONA PART ONE // PHOENIX

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We had an amazing trip to Arizona last weekend!

I thought I would share my photos by location since I took way too many and have a hard time choosing favorites 🙂

We started our trip with two nights in Phoenix for my friends wedding.  During our free day in Phoenix we visited the Desert Botanical Gardens after a delicious brunch at Matt’s Big Breakfast. I love all of these cactus shots and can’t wait to use them as ‘paintspiration’.  Such unique textures and pretty colors.

Enjoy and stay tuned for more AZ photos soon!

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        Wedding at the Royal Palm Hotel (my dress is For Love and Lemons, my favorite!) 

and a few iPhone snaps 🙂

XOXO

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Thursday, January 14th, 2016

FALL IN NEW YORK

A beautiful trip to New York during the fall, I know it’s been a couple months but I still wanted to share these pretty pictures.  I was there for an engagement shoot which I am sharing on my photography blog today.  It fell on the weekend before Hunter and I’s anniversary so he decided to join and we made a long, fun weekend out of it.  The weather was beautiful and I loved the area we stayed in near Wall Street.
See more photos after the jump… 
XO

Monday, December 14th, 2015

SOUTH CAROLINA IN PHOTOS

Some photos from a quick Thanksgiving trip to my grandparents. I love visiting their tiny town. Slow southern living at its finest.  The weather was absolutely perfect at a crisp 28 degrees in the morning, I love it cold! Winter sunsets, pretty ponies, and fluffy cotton fields… perfection.
XO

Monday, October 19th, 2015

ICELAND PT. 10 // BLUE LAGOON

Our very last full day in Iceland! We chose to spend the morning at the Blue Lagoon, I’m so glad we planned it this way.  After all the driving and walking it was so relaxing to soak in the hot springs before heading back home.  We had lunch at the Blue Lagoon, which was delicious.  The night before we stayed at Northern Lights Inn which was recommended by Blue Lagoon since the hotel there was already booked.  If you want to spend the night, you definitely need to plan ahead.  Also, booking the first slot in the morning seemed much less crowded.  We spend our final evening wandering / shopping around Reykjavik again and flew home early the next morning.  
I can’t believe I finally made it through all of these photos. There are so, so, so many. I am going to do a complete itinerary / favorites round up soon so stayed tuned for that. Thanks for following along as I share some of my personal adventures along with illustration ones! 
Happy Monday! 
XO

Friday, October 16th, 2015

ICELAND PT. 9 // THE GOLDEN CIRCLE

Finally rounding up the last bit of my Iceland photos! It’s proven quite a task to keep up after traveling yet again this past weekend (hence the silence here this week). 
These photos were from our second to last day in Iceland.  We drove back from northern Iceland (about 5 hours) and stayed in Reykjavik for our last two nights. One thing we wished we would have known is how close these sites were to Rey.  We moved several times to different hotels and we could have just booked one for several of the things we wanted to do (more to come on this in my itinerary roundup!).  Although it was fun to check out different hotels and apartments (aside from carrying our 50 pound suitcases up and down stairs, haha).  
Gullfoss waterfall and geyser were amazing.  The highlight for me though, was snorkeling at Silfra in Phingvellir National Park.  The clarity of the water was incredible. You can’t tell how deep it was from the photos but you can see how crazy clear (I used my go pro for this). The visibility is about 100 meters and the water is so pristine you can drink it. Yes, it was freezing cold water. We wore a dry suit which was not fun to get on but I really couldn’t believe how warm I stayed in that water.  This is definitely something to check out if you have time.  We booked the tour through sulfur.is.  Silfra is a crack in the North American and Eurasian continents, the only place in the world you can dive directly in the crack between the plates. SO AMAZING. 

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

ICELAND PT. 8 // AKUREYRI, NORTH ICELAND

 

Akureyri was the cutest little town.  I hadn’t heard much about it when we first started planning our trip but my sister knew of it and thought it would be worth checking out.  All of northern Iceland and the west fjords are supposed to be incredible.  I wish we would have planned more time up there.  
Akureyri is the second largest city in Iceland, it’s a port and quaint fishing town.  Most of the amazing whale watching excursions leave from here or Husevik which is fairly close.  We stayed at Apotek Guesthouse which was cozy and central, right on the main street surrounded by restaurants and cute shops.  The highlight of Akureyri surely was the horse back riding.  Icelandic horses are their own special little breed, they are so sweet and it was fun to learn more about them from the girls at the farm.  The ride took us along fjords and into vast green valleys.  The views were amazing and we were so lucky to have good weather.  We played with the farm animals upon our return while being served hot chocolate and icelandic pastries.  The other part of our time here we wandered the stores and ate some good food.  We went to Akureyri Backpackers a couple times, it was great food and an interesting atmosphere as it was also a hostel.  The restaurant is the black and white photo above with old plan seats as chairs! If you’re staying for over a week and have the time to go up to the north, this is definitely worth a night a two! 
XO

Thursday, September 17th, 2015

ICELAND PT. 8 // ON THE ROAD : MYVATN & GODAFOSS

Myvatn & Godafoss were two great stops right off the ring road on our way to Akureyi.  We stayed about 30-40 minutes at each stop just to take photos and wander around a bit.  Apparently in Myvatn, there are some hot springs you can swim in with very little people around (as compared to Blue Lagoon which is super touristy).  We should have checked them out but we had a about a 6 hour drive this day so we declined.  Spending time at Godafoss (or waterfall of the gods) was amazing.  You really can’t see the depth and power of the waterfalls in these photos but it was really something else. So insanely gorgeous! As I drag my feet to finish posting photos from this trip I am already wishing I was planning another! 

Monday, September 14th, 2015

ICELAND PT. 7 | JOKULSARLON GLACIAL LAGOON

A quick stop off at Jokulsarlon before we stayed in Hofn for a night.  This is literally right off the Ring Road (which we knew before hand but couldn’t believe you can actually see some of it while driving past). There are several look out points to walk around at take photos.  The main area is more crowded but it provides such a good view and you can walk across the street to this beautiful black powdery beach where a few icebergs escape too.  Breathtaking! Some of this beach photos will be finding a place on our gallery wall very soon. 
Happy Monday! 
XO

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

ICELAND PT. 6 // GLACIER HIKE AT SKAFTAFELL

I wasn’t sure what we would be in for when we signed up for a “glacier hike” at Europe’s largest glacial mass.  It proved to be not so strenuous and provided an incredible view of the glacier (as you are literally walking across it with crampons and ice axes, yep).  This was unlike any glacier I’ve ever seen. The black color on the ice is volcanic ash… the contrast in these colors, the jagged mounds of ice, and deep crevices make this scene feel completely otherworldly.  If you ever saw interstellar, the second planet they visit in the movie when the ship blows up…yeah, that was all filmed here (makes sense, right?).  We opted for a two hours hike with a guide, there were only about 7 people in the group which was nice.  We could have totally done the 4 hour which takes you further into the glacier, but we just didn’t know what to expect when we signed up.  In the winter you can also tour ice caves here which would have been amazing!  If you have a couple hours it is surely worth fitting in.  We did this after visiting Vik, it was only about an hour or so drive from the beach.  We found an adorable guesthouse to stay in this night in Hofn, about another hour from the glacier.
More on Iceland soon. XO 

Monday, August 31st, 2015

ICELAND PT. 5 // SCENES FROM THE ROAD

As you can see from the angle of some of these, I literally took them out of the window of the car while my sister was driving.  Mind blowing scenery everywhere. The lonely stretches of road were so gorgeous, so majestic, and so diverse. These were taken gradually from leaving Selfoss to nearing the north towards Husavik (these were from a couple days but all in all a stretch of about 6 or 7 hours).  I had so many from the car window I thought they deserved their own little post.  I also wanted to prove that although the ring road may seem like a lot of driving if you are fitting into a week or so, but clearly so worth it.  Everything was absolutely photo worthy along the way. 
XO 

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

ICELAND PT. 4 // VESTMANNAEYJAR ISLANDS

A funny story about this leg of our trip… When booking a hotel to stay near Vik on our third night we looked on booking.com for places that were in or on the way there. We  were planning to spend some time at the beaches and had a glacier hike the next day.  As we neared Vik and decided to call our hotel to make sure we were on track and ok to check in late (all the hotels and guesthouses we stayed at happily accommodated our late arrivals every night).  Long story short, the hotel owner told us that in fact Vestmannaeyjar was an island and we would need to take a 45 minute ferry ride to get there.  The ferry dock? Oh, we had passed that about an hour ago and the last ferry was leaving at 10pm.  It was 8:30pm, no big deal. lol.  We scurried back and made on time, thankfully.  Honestly, I was not all that pleased that we hadn’t taken the time to look into this further (it was my fault).  We were a little disappointed that getting back to land the next day would cut into our time at the beach. Wrong… 
As we approached the string of small islands around 11pm (still light out of course) we were so pleasantly surprised by rock formation, beautiful scenery, tons of puffins, and the cutest little fishing town (Iceland does not disappoint you guys, not in any way).  Our kind hotel owner picked us up totally unexpectedly.  He must have felt bad that we were clueless about the location and since we arrived so late it didn’t leave us much time to explore so he personally drove us around the perimeter of the island.  He took us to some beautiful spots and with so much pride, explained the history of his little island to us.  There are only about 4,000 people who live on the largest island.  The others are uninhabited but some have small hunting cabins (like our guides family had… as in one family owned cabin per island, ha). Vestmannaeyjar has many active volcanoes above and below sea level, when a huge eruption occurred in the 70’s much of the island was damaged and people were evacuated.  It was crazy to see the lava, the “new” part of the island, solely built up from this eruption (as were all of the smaller islands from various volcanic eruptions).  Also, these photos were taken from about 11pm-12:30am.  Craziness.  After trying to find us food, then carrying our giant suitcases up four flights of stairs, our guide excused himself for bed and was back up at 6am making a delicious breakfast.  What began as frustration and nervousness ended up being a completely amazing experience.  We were so thankful for his kindness and willingness to accommodate us. We boarded the ferry in the morning only to wish we had more time there!
I have a few more posts on Iceland to share then I plan to do a complete itinerary roundup. Hope you all are enjoying the photos. They are taking me back and making me so happy to sort through. 
XO 

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

ICELAND PT. 3 | VIK BLACK SAND BEACH


On our third day we took a stop at the well known black sand beaches near Vik.  The beach was incredibly beautiful from the darkest sand, crashing waves, mountains jutting out of the water, and interesting salt and rock formations. It was breezy and cool this day as we walked along the beach just taking it all in (and obviously snapping tons of photos).  The shape of the rocks and colors of the landscape in general were just beyond.  Iceland is truly otherworldly…
more pics on my photography blog 
XO

Monday, August 10th, 2015

ICELAND PT. 2 / ON THE ROAD : SKOGAFOSS

After our first night in Reykjavik we set out to drive the ring road.  We went counterclockwise (mainly due to some of the tours we wanted to do only being available on certain days since we planned last minute).  Not too long into our drive we found Skogafoss, literally right off the ring road.  What a beautiful stop off this was.  People had set up tents to camp beneath the majestic falls, stairs straight up a hill make for quite a hike to view the waterfall from the top, the lush green hills made for the most gorgeous scenes.  Skogafoss is located on the Skoga River in the south of Iceland.  It is one of the country’s largest waterfalls ranging about 25 meters / 82 feet wide with a 60 meter / 200 foot drop.  This is a definite stop if you are making your way around the ring road.  This was my favorite waterfall we visited, just so beautiful. 
More on Iceland soon. XO

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

ICELAND PART 1 : EXPLORING REYKJAVIK

I really had to work up to these Iceland posts, there is just so much amazingness, so many photos, so many things to say about this amazing country.  After spending the weekend in New York we had a late (10:30pm) flight to Keflavik (the airport is about 40 minutes from central Reykjavik).  It was a short and relaxing 5 hour flight (New York was nice to break up the trip for my sister who was coming from San Francisco).  We arrived at 8:00am (4 hour time difference from the East Coast) and checked into Rey Apartments (photo above).  It was just the cutest little apartment and walking distance from the main road in Reykjavik.  Plus surrounded by several coffee shops and other restaurants.  We left our days in Reykjavik open and didn’t plan any sightseeing or tours. We used our time there to stroll around, go shopping, and of course try some of the amazing coffee that was recommended to us.  These are mostly photos from wandering around the first day.  We also spent our last day here which we again just shopped around and ate good food… 
More after the jump!
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We discovered this cemetery across town so we stopped by here on our way out of Reykjavik on the second day.  It was beautiful and the area surrounding seemed very residential.  The most adorable houses ever. 
Below are some of my iPhone snaps…

(above) We had an amazing breakfast at Tiu dropar.  Everything was so fresh and homemade.  I had a bagel that came with homemade raspberry jam and brie cheese. Seriously delicious.  Most of the bread at restaurants seemed freshly baked.  The plain old regular coffee was amazing everywhere as well. 
(above) Cute streets and back alleys with happy colors everywhere while shopping.
(above) More fun buildings and paintings // Reykjavik Cathedral (you can climb to the top for excellent views and photos of the city)
(above) First two photos from Taco Barrin, delicious fish tacos and homemade salsa with baked chips // Sushi Samba our first night in Reykjavik // Gelato from Eldor (I think it was called) they also had crepes and several gluten free dessert options
Not pictured that we also enjoyed for coffee was C is for Cookie and Reykjavik Roasters, both were highly recommended and in our Fodors book 🙂

(above) Scenes from a few of the adorable stores.  I seriously want to buy everything in every single store.  Concept Store was among my favorite (the top photos).  The vibe and decor was moody and beautiful.  So many amazing treats! 
A few more photos from walking around the city.  I love that “cats of Reykjavik” is a thing, they were literally everywhere and so friendly just like the humans. haha. 
Reykjavik was surprisingly sunny and warm our second day there.  I guess we got lucky.  We were down to just a long sleeve and jeans as we wondered around in the afternoon.  It doesn’t seem like there are a ton of those “must see” touristy things in Reykjavik so we were totally happy with no plans and more time to just shop, eat, and hang out. I’m convinced there is no bad coffee whatever so ever there.  I seriously loooooved Reykjavik.  I can’t wait to go back, I actually didn’t want to leave at all! 
I am excited to continue sharing more of our trip.  I plan to do a complete round up at the end with more logistics and our itinerary day by day for anyone interested.  Thanks for adventuring with me today.   XO 

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

SNAPSHOTS FROM NEW YORK

Some snapshots from running around New York over 4th of July weekend (we left from here to go to Iceland).  It was a nice stop off to spend a few days in the city, relaxing and catching up with some of my favorite people.  My friends brought me to some new fabulous lunch and dinner spots and we also did the ferry to Liberty Island for the first time.  I’ve had friends in NY since I starting going so I usually skip anything too touristy.  This was neat to see, especially with giant pretzels in hand on the 4th of July (so American of us!).  
Hop over to my photography blog if you would like to see the full shoot I did with Ashten on her rooftop and around Brooklyn.  New York I love you! 
XO 
(ps. my next NYC travel date is the weekend of October 9th if anyone would like to book me)

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

WEEKEND NOTES : SNAPSHOTS FROM ORLANDO

A few snaps from this past weekend in Orlando.  We managed to fit a lot of things in and had so much fun exploring.  
Friday we arrived and checked into our place, we ended up exchanging our time share which was super comfortable and quiet.  We were a little south, closer to Disney, so most of the things we did required a bit of drive time.  Although Orlando seems really spread out anyways!  We played tourist and walked around Downtown Disney our first night, dining at a lively cuban cafe for dinner.  Then we went to House of Blues where a Guns N’ Roses tribute band was performing, it was definitely entertaining! Saturday was more a work day for me with the pop up shop at West Elm (photos to come).  After the event I had an evening engagement shoot at Kraft Azalea Park.  The park was beautiful, filled with huge Oak tress and hanging moss.  I was pleasantly surprised at the location, it was on a lake and the surrounding neighborhood had some serious houses.  We enjoyed driving through and looking at them.  That night we met my friend for dinner at Cask and Larder.  It seems to be a locals favorite.  The menu was super interesting with great cocktails.  I had an earl grey, sage vodka, and lemonade concoction, amazing!  Sunday was our free day so we got up early and head to Winter Park.  I’ve stayed on Park Ave before for work so I knew we would find a good brunch spot and other fun things to do.  After that, at the advice of my friend, we went to the East End Market which was awesome.  Lots of local makers and food in an indoor market, just super fun to see a community like that.  I of course couldn’t resist going to the mall at mellenia since it’s my favorite.  In exchange for Hunter shopping with me we went to Medieval Times that night.  I assumed it would be on the cheesier side but it was surprisingly really fun and the food was pretty good (they had a vegetarian option!).  All in all a great little weekend getaway! 
XO

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

WEEKEND SCENES : SOUTH CAROLINA IN PICTURES

We spent Memorial Day weekend (and some) at my grandparents house.  They live in a tiny town in South Carolina where my grandmother grew up.  I love visiting, as it’s always relaxing, slow, and quiet there.  No wifi, barely any phone service, the woods, and farm animals. love.  Greenville, South Carolina is only about an hour away, we usually will spend a day there when we go.  Main Street in Greenville is filled with fun little shops and restaurants that we always love visiting.  Although, we seem to return to Tupelo Honey to dine each time because it’s just so darn good there.

I take similar photos each time we visit, although depending on the season they always feel different. New plants and flowers in bloom, new baby animals born, a new area in the woods to explore…

I’m having a bit of a hard time jumping back into the week after a long weekend! Although  I’ve wrapped up a few huge projects this week and last, now I am looking forward to another weekend away in Orlando.  West Elm is hosting me and some other makers at their store on Conroy Road! If you are in the Orlando area please stop by and say hello.  The event is Saturday May 30th from 12pm-4pm.

XO

Monday, April 6th, 2015

ARGENTINA pt. 4 // LA BOCA + SAN TELMO

Click “read more” below to see the full post of photos from La Boca & San Telmo…

below a few random instagrams: 
the apartment we rented / a delicious lunch with frozen tea and fresh fruit drinks / a flower shop with an underground bar / Frida portrait in the modern art museum
The last leg of our wonderful trip was spent stopping by the La Boca neighborhood and then spending most of the day walking around the San Telmo area.  It was a Friday the first time we went to San Telmo and there were several street vendors set up around the plaza.  We also ended up going to the modern art museum this day, an original Frida hangs there along with many other interesting art and sculptures. Saturday was our last day there, we had a late flight out that night so we went back to the market in the morning as we heard it was much larger.  It literally stretched for miles and in addition to handmade goods had many antique dealers.  So many unique things it had me wishing I saved more room in my suitcase!  The photos I searched of La Boca online looked so pretty, I was drawn to the colorful buildings.  It was super touristy and crowded so we didn’t end up staying too long but I’m glad we saw it and snapped some colorful photos.  The open air tango was fun to watch as well (and free, unlike the normal tango shows).  In san Telmo we came across the first Starbucks the entire trip, we weren’t actively seeking this as the coffee shops we tried were all so delicious, but no iced coffee drinks and we were sort of dying.  After walking for hours in sweaty 90 degree weather, finding a starbucks was a real treat. ha.  There were also tons of fun, quirky boutiques in San Telmo that we loved.
Exploring Buenos Aires was so much fun.  We really packed a lot in to our short time there and I’m so glad we did!
XO

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

ARGENTINA pt. 3 // RECOLETA CEMETARY & GRAFFITIMUNDO ART TOUR

Click below for the full post and to read more about this day in Buenos Aires!

What an incredible day exploring Buenos Aires.  Since we were only there for several days we really tried to pack a lot of sites into our schedule.  This time, we stayed in the Recoleta at an amazing apartment called the Poetry House.  It was adorable and so comfortable after having traveled for weeks. The employees were accommodating and gave us lots of suggestions of things to do.  There were several great restaurants on the same street and we were able to walk to the Recoleta Cemetery.  Not to mention a delicious gelato counter.  I would highly recommend this neighborhood and the Poetry house.
The Recoleta Cemetery was amazing to see.  We wondered the blocks in awe of the huge mausoleums, finally crossing the path of Eva Peron’s grave.   Some of them you could look inside and see secret stair wells and doors.  So erie and intriguing.  Later that day we signed up for the Graffitimundo street art tour, also amazing.  I really enjoyed listening to our guide talk about the history, politics, and financial state and how it all ties in with the street art in Buenos Aires.  The tour was a few hours and ended at the Graffitimundo gallery attached to a cool little bar.  After walking in the sun most of the day, ice cold beers were the ticket.

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

ARGENTINA pt. 2 | USHUAIA – THE SOUTHERNMOST CITY



We only had about a total 24 hours to explore Ushuaia.  I loved the dreary, small town vibe of this seaside spot.  Ushuaia is the southern most city in the world, it’s claim to fave I suppose.  A quick four hour plane ride from Buenos Aires, it was drastically different weather wise.  Rained the whole time and was in the 40’s.  It is summer there, so things were very quiet.  From what we heard, it is quite a great ski destination in the winter.  Ushuaia is the city where most cruises to Antarctica leave from, so that’s why this was one of our stops and why we were only here for one night.  There are several fun things to do for just one day here; several little museums with history of the town, horseback riding in the mountains, and helicopter rides.  We found several cute cafes (with questionable internet but great coffee!) and enjoyed a couple local brews during our time there.  I was pleasantly surprised by the lupine, poppies, and orchards that grew wild there.  Plus all the fun, brightly colored buildings that grazed the bottom of a beautiful mountain scape.
XO

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

ARGENTINA pt. 1 // PALERMO SOHO – BUENOS AIRES

 (the pretty street our hotel was on)

(expressos on the cute patio at our hotel)

(the rooftop of our hotel)

 (fun street art everywhere!)

Our first day / night in Argentina was mostly spent in Palermo soho.  After an overnight flight from Miami, we were quite exhausted upon arrival at 8am.  However, once we settled in to our hotel, we set back out to explore since we just had one night in this area.  We were close to cute shopping, really good restaurants, and a small open air market.  It was scorching hot and we were in much need of gelato by the end of the day (we got addicted during our stay).   At night we ate dinner at a jazz club and watched a great band perform.  Maybe one of my favorite meals; a roasted veggie, eggplant, and goat cheese flat bread.  Amazing.  We turned in early to hop on our next flight early in the morning.  We really liked this cute area and ended up returning to the market to buy some gifts when we got back to Buenos Aires! (after Antarctica)
More on Argentina soon!
XO

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

ANTARCTICA pt. 7 // DANCO ISLAND

Today I am wrapping up my photo journal from Antarctica with this last set of pictures from Danco Island.  Thanks for following along as I relieved these beautiful days here on my blog.  I’ve said this already, but words and pictures simply cannot describe the true beauty of this magical place.  I’m so grateful for this trip and for my sister who encouraged it.  I am so thankful my sister possesses the same spirit of adventure and that we can do things like this together.  It was literally the best trip ever.
All the quotes and sayings about traveling are so true…I especially love the words of Anthony Bourdain, “Travel isn’t always pretty.  It isn’t always comfortable.  Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart.  But that’s okay.  The journey changes you – it should change you.  It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body.  You take something with you…Hopefully, you leave something good behind.”
Once you get a taste of the wonders this world holds, it becomes so hard to not explore (and when you’re not exploring, it’s hard to turn off the daydreams about future destinations).  When life presents the opportunity to adventure… just go.  Go see what the world has to offer.  Go see how other people live. Go do things that scare you…
“I am not the same having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world…”
XO

*more photos on my photography blog, here*

Saturday, February 28th, 2015

ANTARCTICA pt. 6 : PLENEAU ISLAND

 

After going through all of my photos from Antarctica, I have to say I think this was my favorite area.  The ice formations, icebergs, and mountains were totally insane. The grey skies made for a lack of horizon when you gazed out across the water, really making it feel like we had reached the end of the world.  I’ll never be able to describe it and these pictures will never do this place justice.  Since I simply couldn’t pick favorites, I posted a million more on my photography.  Hop over to see the full post from this day : here
During our cruise around Pleneau Island, we were pleasantly surprised to find a playful leopard seal.  He considered the idea of coming into the water from his iceberg napping spot for several minutes.  We watched in awe as he stared back at us, poked his head under the water, and stared at us some more.  After several minutes he slithered in the water and began canoodling with our little boat; swimming under it and around, back down, popping his head up right next to someone…  The water was crystal clear and we could watch his every move.  The animals of the Antarctic and truly amazing creatures.  To see animals in their own, pristine environment is an honor.  There sadly are not many places like this left.
“Otherworldly” is best word I can find to sum up this continent, it really is it’s own special little planet.
xx

Saturday, February 21st, 2015

ANTARCTICA pt. 5 | PETERMANN ISLAND

As usual, click below to “read more” and/or see the full set of photos on my photography blog
If you like fuzzy baby penguins, you may not want to skip this one! 
xo

 Petermann Island made for a really wonderful morning in Antarctica.  Maybe my favorite of all the penguin sightings.  The babies were out and about unlike the smaller babies the previous day who were still hiding underneath their mothers.  Plus these guys were bigger and fluffier, which was impossibly cute.  You can see some of the gang kayaking in a couple photos.  We mostly just meandered in the snow, watching the penguins and hiking up to gaze at this beautiful view.  

Petermann Island is home to the southernmost gentoo penguin colony.  This island was discovered by a German whaling and sealing expedition.  It is one of the southerly stops the cruises make.  The island was named after a German geographer, August Petermann.  In addition to the gentoos, adelies and blue-eyed shags also nest here and snow algae grows abundantly. 

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

ANTARCTICA pt. 4 | THE LEMAIRE CHANNEL

Another beautiful view from my trip to Antarctica.  This wasn’t an actual stop but a breathtaking scene from the deck of our ship early one morning.  
Click ” read more” below to read on about this area. Again, there are way more photos on my photography blog for those who are interested! xx 

So the Lemaire Channel wasn’t an actual stop on our trip but I felt is was worthy of it’s own post because of the pure beauty and grandeur of the mountain scape.  We were woken up by an early morning wake up call for those who wanted to be on the deck while we passed through the channel.  Most everyone wore their pajamas and parkas and we were greeted with hot chocolate.  Since it was early and I don’t remember all the stats about this area so I’m going to paraphrase my book 🙂
The Lemaire is a channel so photogenic that its nickname is the “kodak gap”.  It is a STEEP sided channel that runs 11 km between the mountains of Booth Island and the peninsula. The passageway is fairly deep at more than 140 m for most of its length.  It is only 1600 m wide and only visible once you are almost inside!
“The channel was discovered by a German expedition in 1873-74, but wasn’t navigated until December 1898, when de Garlache’s Belgic sailed through. In a decidedly odd choice, de Garlache named it for Belgian adventurer Charles Lemaire, who explored the Congo.  Ice sometimes blocks the way, so ships may be forced to retreat and sail around Booth Island.  At the Lemaire’s northern end are two tall, rounded peaks at False Cape Renard. The taller of the pair, at 747m, was summited by a German team in 1999.” – via Lonely Planet, Alexis Averbuck

We were told there has been times expeditions weren’t able to make it through here because of weather conditions.  I’m so thankful we were able to see this beautiful sight!

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

ANTARCTICA pt. 3 : NEKO HARBOR & PORT LOCKROY

 Click “read more” below to view this whole post 
Hop over to my photography site for even more photos from this day xx

Finally back with another leg of our Antarctic journey.  The beginning of this post (all the icy water photos) are of Neko Harbor.  This is considered a “continent landing” located deep in Andvord Bay.  Neko Harbor takes it’s name from a Norwegian whaling ship which operated in the area between 1911 and 1924.  Neko harbor was filled with plenty of icebergs.  The water was so calm making for beautiful mountain reflections.  Nearby glaciers often calve in the distance making for wild thunder-like sounds.  Again, there was no shortage of penguins and we spotted some wendell and leopard seals sleeping on icebergs.
Visiting the base at Pork Lockroy made this stop a little different from the others.  Port Lockroy was discovered by a Belgian explorer in 1899 but not named until 1904. It was a former British base turned museum and now a popular tourist stop on Antarctic voyages.  Until about 1931 it was a major harbor for whalers.  Today, four people live and man the station during season (about four months).  They have preserved the tiny rooms, run a gift shop, and “officially” stamp your passport there. Crazy awesome.

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

ANTARCTICA pt. 2 | WILHELMINA BAY

Happy Monday friends. I’m excited to share another little piece of my Antarctica adventure today.  If you would like to see more photos and read about this day of our trip. Click “read more” below for the full post! 

The second stop on our Antarctic voyage was Wilhelmina Bay.  To explain the experience of the expeditions a bit; what we liked about this part was their organization in our expeditions… since there is no place to dock and get off on your own, the small zodiacs (small rubber boats in some of the photos) were the only transportation to land from where the ship was anchored.  Half of the group would spend time just cruising around in those and seeing the other side of the islands that we couldn’t walk around on.  Then half way through our outing we would switch, the zodiacs would drop passengers off at the landing site and those who had been walking / hiking would get on the zodiacs to jet around the bay.  The zodiacs were only about 8-10 passenger boats so this was a nice way to see everything and get lots of photos.  You’ll see the difference in my pictures, that sometimes we were out on the water and other were taken from the shore or top of the mountain!  This day when we were cruising, we had our first whale sighting.  The tail in my pictures is a humpback whale.  Crazy and beautiful to be so close.  Apparently Wilhelmina Bay is known for a large population of humpbacks. When we got on land (last of the photos) there was an option to hike and that little building was an Argentine base.  
There are a few sunny photos from this stop but mostly fades to grey.  The highlight was definitely the whales this day.  We watched them dive from that tiny boat, really seeing only a sliver of what magnitude was underneath.  Amazing creatures in the Antarctic I tell ya. 
Again, I shared a few more photos on my photography blog, it’s a little quicker and easier to add a lot over there.  So hop on over if you want to see more, here

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

ANTARCTICA pt. 1 : AITCHO ISLAND / SOUTH SHETLAND ISLANDS

I am so excited to begin sharing some photos from my travels this past month.  I hope you don’t mind that some icy landscapes pop up here and there in the next couple weeks between illustration projects.  For any who wondered why my shop was closed for so long or why you received away messages as I seemed to have disappear, well this is why… 
Click “read more” below for more insight on our trip and more photos! 

I’m really at a loss for words when beginning to explain this trip, what we saw, and how much it meant to be to experience this with my sister.  A necessary voyage in every sense of the word.  Something my sister and I have longed for and decided to just go for it.  All seven continents are on our bucket list (we just have two left now!).  A lot of people asked us why Antarctica… um why not? We both have an extreme yearning and need to experience the world, that is my best answer.
Antarctica truly felt like another planet.  You will see this even better in the following days of photos.  As we went further south on our journey the scenery got more icy, more blue, bigger mountains, bigger icebergs, more otherworldly… 
Our journey began in Miami, we flew directly to Buenos Aires from there.  We stayed for a night at the recommendation of our cruise line since the port city we would leave from is extremely small and flights can sometimes be majorly delayed.  It was a nice bonus to have a full day in Buenos Aires.  We left very early the next morning for Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world!  We spent the night in Ushuaia to board our vessel the following day (photos of Argentina to come). The journey to Antarctica takes you across the dreaded Drake’s Passage, the roughest ocean in the world! It is where the current of three seas meet causing angry waves and storms.  The crew said we we’re relatively lucky to have nice weather (although I can’t say I felt well during the almost two days across. barf.) 
The first stop shown above was Aitcho Island in the South Shetland Islands.  I was initially surprised to see so much rock here, then again it is summer for them right now, ha.  If you’re curious to know, summer equals about 15 degrees and colder as we went further.  We surely were bundled up from head to toe the entire time.  Stepping onto land for the first time, greeted by thousands of gentoo penguins, chinstrap penguins, and moulting elephant seals was ridiculously exciting.  I was relieved to be on land after that long journey.  The crew stated once again, we were lucky to have a sunny day, hard to come by in Antarctica and definitely didn’t last the whole time.  After this day, we boarded our ship and once again cruised overnight to the next destination.  Stay tuned! 
I’m trying to keep these posts a reasonable length. I posted a bit more (and the images are a little larger) on my photography blog, right here.  Also feel free to ask any questions in the comment section if you’re interested in our journey.  I will include more info in the coming posts as well.  Hope you enjoyed reminiscing with me today.  xox  

Saturday, December 27th, 2014

ANTARCTICA OR BUST

This is the day! My sister and I leave for our epic Antarctica adventure this afternoon.  I’m beside myself.  I really can’t believe this is happening! I’ve been dreaming in shades of icy blue for weeks and can’t wait to share photos when we return.  We fly to Buenos Aires tonight, stay there on Sunday night.  Then we head way down south to Ushuaia where we board the ship.  We cruise the Antarctica Peninsula and beyond for ten days.  When we return we have three nights to play in Buenos Aires before we head back home (any recommendations for Buenos Aires are welcome!).  I’m already looking forward to 2015 and diving into work.  The new year is going to bring great things (there are already a few in the works) and I’m just so excited.  You can follow our adventures over the next couple weeks on instagram @shannonkirsten 
I have an away message up on my Esty shop for the time away.  If you’re interested in inquiring about a custom project feel free to e-mail or etsy message me with details.  I will be looking forward to responding and starting some new work once I return home mid January! 

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

SNAPSHOTS FROM NEW YORK

A few photos from my AMAZING trip to NYC last month.  It’s always a great feeling to be in the city.  I had so much fun catching up with friends, shopping, eating, and exploring a bit on my own.  
I posted even more on my photography blog
xox

Friday, June 27th, 2014

FROM THE SEA TO THE CITY

Just a few snapshots from recent beach shoots over the past couple weeks.  It’s been HOT lately, but at least our little island provides the most beautiful scenery to make a day outside worth it.  I’m leaving mermaid life behind this week and heading to NYC! It’s been way too long since I’ve visited the city and I’m dying with excitement.  New York is so inspiring and some of my favorite people live there.  I can’t wait to come back with a ton of photos and fresh ideas.  I’m kicking off the weekend with my mom’s birthday today, Hunter’s sisters wedding tomorrow, then I leave bright and early Sunday morning and it will be non stop through next week.  Also gearing up for some fun projects and shoots in July that I can’t wait to share.  
Have an amazing weekend! Be back next week. xx 

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

HAPPY HALLOWEEN

all photos by me, see more here
A little round of up of Halloween-ified photos from past shoots and travels.  
It’s so much fun to dress up, although the older I get I look forward to seeing the little ones in my life in their costumes and to go trick or treating with them.  We are having our “adult” Halloween party tomorrow.  Hope everyone enjoys a spooky, fun weekend!  

Friday, October 4th, 2013

NEW ORLEANS Pt. I /// CITY MUSINGS

Part one of our trip to New Orleans for fashion week.  I am so in love with this city and all of it’s charm.  I mean, the buildings alone!  It is always so fun to explore and find new hidden treasures around nola.  More from this trip to come. 
Happy Friday! 
xox

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

INSTAGRAMS & IPHONE SNAPS FROM NEW ORLEANS

 brunch at our hotel (Hotel Modern) was so delish, we ate there a couple of times 
Misc snaps from exploring the city.  We of course went to sucre for macarons, Cafe Du Monde for beignets, shopped Magazine Street, and wondered aimlessly in the French Quarter. It was perfection. 

 My favorites! After Camilyn Beth’s Runway show
 The first row of pics above is from CB’s fitting the day before the show.  The second is more wondering and brunching.  The last row of photos is from the “Shop your City” day.  We hung out at Hattie Sparks (where my illustrations and Cami’s dresses are sold) with Amy of Dallas Wardrobe and Juley of Upperlyne as they hosted a Camilyn Beth trunk show.  It was so good to see everyone and catch up! 
And the finale! Cami’s show was an absolute success and an amazing experience to be a part of.  So proud!  I have many more “real” photos to edit from the weekend so stay tuned! 
xo 

Friday, September 27th, 2013

AND WE’RE OFF

Heading to New Orleans Fashion Week today for the weekend.  I’m so excited to spend time with some fabulous, creative ladies!  Tomorrow is a shop your city day and we will be at Hattie Sparks on Adams Street for a Camilyn Beth trunk show.  Sunday night Camilyn Beth will be showing her spring ’14 collection in her very first runway show.  I’m so proud of CB and excited to be a part of the excitement!  See you on Tuesday! 
xoxo