Kickin’ it in the Keys

I’m way behind on sharing these images from our travels to the Keys in February but there are still some fun patterns and trends I want to show. First, are the kitties. If you’ve been to Key West you know the story behind the cats. And if you’ve been to Hemingway’s House you’ve gotten a big dose. I’m not a cat person but even I was intrigued by the six-toed cats and the tours of the house are definitely worth your while!

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The tiles at Hemingway’s house were really cool. My favorite are the deco fish in black and mustard. Hemingway had several wives so I’m not sure who is responsible for all of the decor and I don’t want to give too much of the tour away (because it’s worth seeing in person!) but the multi colored tile borders a urinal that a scorned wife tried to conceal in the yard!

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Another fantastic tour was the trip to the Dry Tortugas. Totally worth the boat trip over where you can explore the fort, spot sleepy alligators, unintentionally snorkel with barracudas (shortest snorkeling experience ever!) and witness some truly beautiful landscape. It was a little overcast on our day but it was still an awesome experience.

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Finally, to wrap up some favorite sites and design styles on my trip to the Keys, I have my favorite mailboxes in Little Torch Key:

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Green Beauty Packaging for St. Patrick

It’s St. Patrick’s Day so I have to share some green design to go with the lovely spring weather we are having here in Florida. The Dream Screen packaging is some much needed sunscreen from Benefit Cosmetics. I love the wooden textures paired with green for a crisp and clean look. I’m also a sucker for mint green.

“You can’t feel it, you can’t see it…but it’s got you totally covered.  Dream Screen broad spectrum SPF 45 silky-matte sunscreen is ultra lightweight and truly invisible on skin. It absorbs instantly to help prevent skin from aging by protecting against sun damage…and leaves skin feeling moisturized.  Dream Screen puts all other sunscreens in the shade! Oil-free. Fragrance free.”

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While we are on the subject of Green and Spring —> one of may favorite firms Pearlfisher created beautiful designs inspired by the British countryside. This design comes at a perfect time because several of my buds are traveling to the British countryside soon so I’ll be living vicariously through their photos.

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Beach Lovin’

It’s been a busy week, not to mention freezing cold- even in Florida! On top of it all I caught a cold so my posting has been quite delayed. Still, I wanted to share some sunny photos from St. Augustine over last weekend on Valentine’s Day with my Valentines. Can’t wait to compare beach sunsets as we head to Key West next week for our anniversary! More beach lovin’ to come soon!

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Snail Mail Boxes

I was just recently talking to a friend about BirchBox and BarkBox and the other potential goodies people can receive through subscription boxes when I saw today on 100 Layer Cake’s blog the new StudioWed Box. There are always new exciting things popping up for people planning their weddings making me, as well as others who are now married, envious. StudioWed Box looks like it could be the treat every planner needs. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the planning process, but it can definitely start to feel like a second job. The thought of having a box of goodies to help right when things get stressful could help keep your sanity! Samples and feedback along the way might just be worth the splurge-or it could make a great engagement gift. Check them out!

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Gasparilla Success

Great birthday weekend in Tampa shared with Gasparilla!

Gasparilla was so fun and Tampa really gets into the spirit. I’ve never seen so many pirate flags and stripes. Aside from my snapshots of the parade they threw me on my birthday, 😉 I thought a few skulls would be in theme to highlight. I especially love the silk screen patch of “give me coffee or give me death” – definitely the mentality of Tampa the day after Gasparilla!

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