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June 9, 2017

SPAIN TRIP | ONE

I survived my first trip overseas with my in-laws! I kid, they are a breeze to hang around.  Dustin, his parents, youngest sister and I had a fantastic trip exploring Madrid and Barcelona for six days!  Since Rebecca Joy’s Spring Break fell a little earlier than we could make it out there, they went ahead to explore Seville for a few days then met us in Madrid late Monday night.  We landed around 9:00am and went straight for the hotel, which wasn’t ready yet but we dropped off our luggage and sleepily walked what felt like 399 miles all over Madrid until we were let in to sleep a few hours and get cleaned up. That night we joined up with the rest of the gang and went to a really nice dinner near our hotel.

The following morning we had tickets to tour the Royal Palace of Madrid and then a private tour of the Prado Museum. I would recommend the palace tour (I mean it’s a palace, can’t go wrong with looking at past royalty’s belongings) but the museum I could have done without.  I feel a little bad about saying that especially since it’s been said to be the best single collection of Spanish art but the European 12th century – early 20th century art just isn’t my jam.  One thing that did stand out that I enjoyed was The Garden of Earthly Delights because not only is it risque but our tour guide spent about 30 min (or more, no joke) just covering this one painting and the result was pretty hilarious though one or more of the Winchesters felt pretty uncomfortable..I think if I only went in there and saw all of Hieronymus Bosch‘s art I would have been just fine. However, Dustin and I have a friend who’s an art history buff and loves the place so do some research and see if it’s up your alley.

After a full day and one night in Madrid we hopped on a high speed train to Barcelona.  We bought some wine to bring with, sipped on that and checked out the sights till we all fell asleep. Then we were in Barcelona!

Spent that evening getting our bearings on our neighborhood which was just North of the Gothic Quarter and then walked down to explore that area and get dinner. The next day was all about Gaudi!

First stop was Park Guell.  When we arrived it was raining so we bought some cheesy tourist umbrellas, cause ya know, we’re prepared like that and set out to learn all about Gaudi and Eusebi Güell‘s attempt at a gated community turned municipal garden. You didn’t know it was originally supposed to be a high-end neighborhood either? Yea, that was news to me too! Apparently they couldn’t get investors and the construction just sorta stopped after only two houses were built. neither of which were designed by Gaudi but he did end up buying one.

Front entrance of the park was this adorable pavilion

Gaudí’s work was influenced by his passions in life: architecture, nature, and religion.  He considered every detail of his creations and integrated into his architecture such crafts as ceramics, stained glass, wrought ironwork forging and carpentry. -Wikipedia

Oh hey, you’re famous!

Tiles along the front entrance’s elaborate staircase

Above in the background is the terrace.  It’s open social area is surrounded by built-in benches in the form of a sea serpent. Underneath the terrace is a space that was once used for open air markets.

On the ceilings of the bottom area were compass-like mosaics that represented each season.  Again seeing more of nature’s influence on Gaudi’s work.

Dustin’s youngest sister, RJ, recently got a Canon Rebel.  During the trip I was teaching her the basics of using the manual setting. I’m not a super pro or anythign but I felt like the big lady on campus teaching a youngster about photography-loved it!

Having a copper-smith father, Gaudi took interest in the art early on in his life and then before going off to school he worked in his family’s workshop as well. Made sense after learning how he never drew his plans but rather made 3-dimensional scale models and getting into the details later as  he created the project.   We were able to see examples of these models at Casa Mila. Which is not pictured here but worth seeing! We did the night time light show, again raining but still really pretty.

Just when we left the park it was clearing up and ended up being a really pretty day for our next stop, Casa Batllo.

For this tour we did their audio guided option which was pretty neat! You were each given a cell phone like device with headphones and went to each stop and listened to recordings about the house. The furniture and accessories had been moved out but if you held up the device it would show you how it looked back in the day.  Gaudi’s always adding nature elements into his designs but this specifically was a lot of under water influences, felt like we were walking through a mermaids house!

A shroom shaped fire place area for a date and the date monitor to hang out by. Yes, date monitor! eek.

In 1904 Josep Batlló hired Gaudí to design his home; at first his plans were to tear down the building and construct a completely new house. Gaudí convinced Josep that a renovation was sufficient and was also able to submit the planning application the same year. The building was completed and refurbished in 1906. He completely changed the main apartment which became the residence for the Batlló family. He expanded the central well in order to supply light to the whole building and also added new floors. -Wikipedia

The central well as mentioned above

One of the main rooms that faced the street

The top of the below photo that I couldn’t capture because of all the-unaware of personal space and hey look there’s other people taking photos too-tourists around…I wasn’t annoyed at all :P

A cutie and some chimneys

One of my favorite areas in the apartment was a staircase which led up to the rooftop, reminded me of Santorini

Just chilling on the roof terrace with my cool and not dorky at all audio guide equipment :P

After all the Gaudi we were starving so we set out for food. Of course Dustin and I were all about a taco spot we found so we hit up there for some margs and food and enjoyed resting our feet.

Spicy + sweet, the way we like’em!

This night was the light show I mentioned and we ended the day with all the tapas. Phewwww, just writing this out makes me realize how much we packed into every day! So glad to finally be sharing. I know I’ve left some stuff out, probably rushed this a bit but I’ve got to get going on the recap or I’ll never do it.

Next up; more Barcelona!

April 1, 2016

WEST ELM | SHOP LOCAL

When West Elm asked if I wanted to curate a local pop up at the Atlantic Station location I lit up! After all, it is West Elm we’re talking about here and they are my favorite home decor brand but also because I personally know lots of awesome local artists and makers I immediately thought of to include.  Hard to pick favorites, but these six are up there on the list!

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Neva Opet

Rachel and I met at a pop up shop a few years ago and hit it off immediately-actually went out for drinks that very night! She’s a self taught designer and leather worker who makes some seriously rad bags and accessories. I bought a fun limited edition necklace from her recently but after browsing her site, MUST OWN THIS BACKPACK!

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Charlotte Smith Studios

Just take a second to look at those minimal beauties….ya. She really nails ceramic chic-which I may or may not have just made up.  She mostly makes cups but every time I’ve visited her booth at Root City Market she’s explaining that they can double even triple in use: cup/bowl/catch-all/planter!

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Cameoko

Is a resin jewelry line featuring materials like gold flake and gemstones to create one-of-a-kind pieces that are unlike the average resin jewelry you’ve seen. Camille’s pieces have a vintage vibe but with modern boho designs. I’m most fond of the crescent moons and triangles.

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A Sensible Habit

Is the brain child of Brandy, who’s got her hands in lots of various medias from ceramics, textiles, paint and probably something new tomorrow! When I met her in real life (first was through IG) I snagged the littlest, most adorable plate, just look!

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KMM & CO

Had to throw a guy in the mix!  Kyle is another very talented leather maker. His styles offer both feminine and masculine touches. I have the above bag and matching wallet. They are sure to last a very very long time with how durable the leather is and how they’ve gotten even better with age!

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Melting Sun Apparel

Lauren, another gal that does it all, has been creating everything from jewelry, tapestries, to recently branching out to clothes and believe it or not TATTOOS! She does the stick and poke method and I can personally tell ya, they’re good ;)

Hope you all can swing by tomorrow from 1-6!

Additional deets:

Free event
Free 2 hour parking
Free Locally made WHOOPIE PIES!

Kindly RSVP here https://westelmlocalatlanta.splashthat.com/

July 21, 2015

MUSEUM DATE NIGHT

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A couple of months back Dustin and I bought a membership to the High Museum because we wanted to get in the habit of doing more diverse outings around town. You know, instead of just hitting up parties and dinners, but real talk…who doesn’t love those!?

On Friday we didn’t have plans and thought it was the perfect time to finally use our membership and hit up our friends-Cristi and Derek-way last minute and they were also into going.  We love us some double dates!

Originally we wanted to see several of the exhibits inside but after arriving we quickly got distracted by the performance happening around the Sifly Piassa (ps it’s free and open the public so you could make a night of just hanging around there)

The distraction was the vibrant Los Trompos exhibit by contemporary Mexican designers Héctor Esrawe and Ignacio Cadena.  It’s the High’s second large-scale interactive outdoor exhibit and definitely my favorite!  The colorfully woven hut-like creations were so fun and everyone from small children to sweet older couples were enjoying them, including us! Dustin spun me around a few times as I held on to the exterior for dear life (seriously, my guy is strong!)

We happened to go on a night when local sound and composer artist, Ben Coleman, was performing his reaction to the exhibit called “Zoetrope.”  It created a “playground for happy eyes and ears”  (via High.org) and made us feel like well-dressed kids playing in public! Pictured here are the “tame moments” haha, hope you like Dustin’s creative vision of tonights outfit post!

Side note: this Billabong coverup is one of my favorite pieces in my closet! And just between us, it was way to hot to wear it, sorta dying here!

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My outfit includes a Billabong kimono, Free People tank, TOMS sunglasses, Mother denim jeans, Madewell necklace and Naya sandles.

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We really did have a blast. There was another area inside with live music, multiple areas you could purchase drinks (though you couldn’t bring into exhibits so that kinda sucked) and overall a really rad date night out. We concluded with hangs at The Lawrence and deviled eggs. A Friday well spent in the A-T-L for sure!

And lastly, I’ll leave you with a gif of Dustin having fun spinning with his cocktail by the talented Sarah “Slaw” Lawrence!

 

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