I hope your 4th of July was filled with backyard BBQs and an inappropriate amount of hot dogs! In the spirit of America’s birthday this week, I thought I’d post some photos from my family’s trip to Iowa last year. Because what is more all-American than Iowa in the summer? Cheers to all that red, white, and blue in America’s heartland.
I love the sense of depth and ethereal colors captured by photographer Charles Emerson, for whom mountains have always held mythical power and mystery. He’s managed to showcase their beauty using a combination of film and digital captures, multiple exposures, and light leaks in locations as far flung as Scotland, Romania, and Jordan.
As 2015 was NOT a year full of blogging (apologies! excuses! regrets!), you may be wondering what exactly I’ve been up to. From fun fashion test shoots to editorial and advertising clients, it was a busy year. I did more travel writing than ever before, with stories about Hawaii such as the new-found popularity of taro and the best food trucks on the North Shore, and got out and about to Miami, Iowa, Kauai, New York City, and Uruguay. Those photos will just have to be shown in the nuevo año!
So here’s to a rollercoaster year of professional ups and personal downs – a year I must say will be difficult to leave behind. Though all one can do is move forward, sometimes all I want is to rewind. Looking uncertainly at the horizon of 2016 ahead, the only thing I can be sure of – and excited for – is it will be full of TRAVEL. Pack your bags!
I’m hoping my spring and summer will be full of this beautiful desert light and breezy whites. I have no idea if these were actually taken at Joshua Tree, but this is awfully similar to the California park 3 hours outside of Los Angeles. I’ve been. It’s amazing. You must go.
As I mentioned in my last instagram roundup, a found a gem during my last trip to Miami – a city I don’t have a great relationship with. A weekend in South Beach? Sure, it’s nice if you’ve never been anywhere remotely tropical, but the rest of the city is nothing to write home about. Readers of Jungle Fever know my beef with the city, but this time I have – surprise! – something good to share.
The next time you visit Miami, you must go to Vizcaya. Think Downtown Abbey relocated to the jungle, with a touch of The Shining. I found my dream house in this villa-turned-museum set on acres of lush foliage and manicured gardens. Construction finished in 1922, but owner James Deering brought antiquities from all over Europe to give this estate a much older, collected-over-time feel. You can tour the elaborately decorated rooms of the house, but no photos were allowed so these were shot on the grounds instead with my mama as the model.
3251 South Miami Avenue. Adults $18. Closed on Tuesdays.
Find yourself in South Florida? Check out these previous posts: Greetings From the Only City Where Rollerblading Is Still Cool, Adios Miami: Exploring the Everglades
It’s that time of year again, when the fashion world descends on New York, London, Milan, and Paris. With the final shows wrapping up in the City of Lights, I bring you some of my faves from the Fall 2015 collections and all the faraway places they had me dreaming about: