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Things That Make Me Smile

Kelly&Frank

It’s here—the first weekend of what I’ve dubbed the Bright, Shiny, New Year—and how fun for me to watch my niece and nephew welcome it with such abandon. My sister and her beautiful family are visiting through next week and it’s just such a treat to share this downtime together. read more

Weekend Wonders

Hi all!  Hope you had a wonderful weekend!  We had a great time celebrating our 7th Anniversary with a weekend getaway in the city.   Got a chance to check out the Roy Lichtenstein Retrospective on Saturday.  The late pop artist’s work is on display at Chicago’s Art Institute, through September 3rd.

Lichtenstein is best known for his comic-strip-style paintings, but his body of work, which spans some 50-years, includes much more—like beautiful Chinese landscapes.

In homage to Mr. Lichtenstein, I decided to take a collection of my weekend photos and share them with you pop-art- style.  Enjoy and as always, thanks for stopping by!

Where Have You Been?!

Allow me to explain…

I know, I know, I have promised for two weeks now to share my travel tales.  Easier said than done, I’m afraid.  Since returning from LA, I’ve discovered one irrefutable truth:  re-entry into day to day life and all its responsibilities is not an easy task after weeks on the road and in the air.  It’s taken awhile but I am slowly regaining my balance and am grateful for your patience.

So, where to begin?  Begin at the beginning, of course.

In late April my husband and I decided to add a little pleasure to a business trip we were taking. “Let’s drive,”  I said.   “I’m in,” he said.   And with that, our plan for a road trip was hatched. We packed up the SUV and headed out onto the open road, ready for an adventure and bound for the south.

First stop:  Nashville, Tennessee.

Nashville— home to the Grand Ole Opry, The Country Music Hall of Fame, and Vanderbilt University— is one of my favorite destinations.  There is a down-home charm and hospitality here that is truly hard to beat.  The people are some of the nicest I have ever come across in my travels—warm, welcoming, and helpful.  There’s a great vibe in this city, like there’s a big party being thrown and everyone’s invited.

We stayed at the Historic Hermitage Hotel, named after Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage, Tennessee, Presidential estate.

This gorgeous five-star jewel, located in the heart of downtown Nashville, first opened its doors in 1910, with room rates, if you can even imagine, starting at just $2.00. It soon became the preferred hotel for the movers and shakers of the day,who just may have been lured through the doors by the hotel’s savvy advertising:  “Rooms are fireproof, noise-proof, and dustproof.”

The hotel underwent a massive $20 million renovation in 2000, and was completed in 2003.  It is the only remaining Nashville hotel done in the Beaux Arts style, and is both a member of the National Register of Historic Places and the Historic Hotels of America.

The hotel’s breathtakingly beautiful grand salon is exquisite, replete with soaring ceilings, ornate moldings, massive fluted columns embellished with marble inlays, marble flooring, stained glass, gold leafing, and hand painted ceilings.

It is truly a wow!

Our room was really lovely and had a spectacular view of the state capital and the expansive concourse that stretches out in front of it, which is the city’s War Memorial Plaza.

Love this place,  so much so that we stayed at the hotel twice during our travels, both at the front end of our trip and the back end.  The only negative?  We couldn’t stay longer :)

Much more from Nashville coming soon.

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I used both my Olympus E-620 and my iPhone 4s to capture the above shots and it’s getting so I can barely distinguish the difference between the two.

Homeward Bound

As I boarded my flight at LAX bound for Chicago, I felt like a giddy child on Christmas morning.  I’ve absolutely loved my travels over these past many weeks, but there’s no place like home and I couldn’t be happier to be back.  As I’ve mentioned before, I look forward to sharing more about my travels in the days ahead.  For now, I thought I’d share a shot I captured from my window seat at the midway point of the trip.  Hope you enjoy!

Fashion Forward

Fashion Knows No Bounds

Robertson Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA

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LEFT:  Hale Bob Tunic Top, J Brand Black Skinny Jeans, Miu Miu Black Flats, Dooney & Bourke Dillen Bag, Tory Burch Sunglasses

Right:  All True Religion: Cameron Boyfriend jeans, Lonestar Cotton Voile Western Shirt