Red Carpet Review – 2016 Oscar Awards

The 2016 Oscar Awards, as a television event, underwhelmed. Between the uncomfortable tension of the (legitimate) question of racial disparity and the clumsiness of an overworked production (unnecessary props and nauseating camera pans), the three hours (and counting) would likely have been better spent in some other way. As usual, I'll take the red carpet arrivals over the ...

Bachelor Ben H: Episode 8 Recap

Episode 8 opens in Orange County for the first hometown visit. Ben thinks it's going to be awesome. He meets Amanda (who is wearing a LOT of makeup) at Laguna Beach. They talk about her daughters who are then dropped off at the beach. The little ones are NOT excited about the cameras and become shy. Ben tries to shake their ...

Key West – Butterfly & Nature Conservatory

On the second full day in Key West, Florida, we visited the Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory. Located directly on the main drag (Duval Street), the facade of the Conservatory is deceptive. Appearing like many of the historic homes on the island, the front of the building features two story columns and a second-story porch. ...

Travel and wardrobe projects – Five Friday Favorites

Winding down for the weekend and checking in with my favorite Friday link-ups - Oh, Hey Friday, High Five for Friday, and Friday Favorites (add'l links below).   Favorite Quote Between posting photos from the Keys, booking a trip to Mexico this week and planning a summer trip to France, travel is on the brain in a major way. This quote accurately sums up what ...

Key West – Hemingway in Heaven

Our first day trip into Key West began with an obligatory visit to the Southernmost Point of the United States. The giant "buoy" is concrete and anchored into the ground at the corners of South and Whitehead Streets. In an often overlooked technicality, there are a couple geographical spots further south than the iconic buoy, but they are ...

Florida Keys – Photo Preview

Allow me to whet your appetite for future Key posts with these teaser pictures. Welcome to the Florida Keys! From fantastical fountains on private estates... ...to unlimited public seas for swimming, snorkeling, cruising and kayaking. The Keys are full of historic architecture, nautical novelties and nature side by side in harmony... ...and unique displays of art everywhere you turn. When you're traveling a string ...

Bachelor Ben H: Episode 6 Recap

Following last week's cliff-hanger, episode 6 jumps in right where we left off. Directly before Rose Ceremony #5, Ben pulls Olivia aside to find out why everyone else is throwing shade. As the other women speculate whether or not Ben will take back Olivia's rose, Ben asks Olivia what she thinks about everyone hating on her. ...

The patience to find a planner, and pie – Five Friday Favorites

While I enjoyed my recent vacation, part of me was chomping at the bit to dive back into this blog. I have plans for sprucing up the place, there are name change considerations, and I'm anxious to get a media kit started. Naturally, life and my body had other plans. Paying bills on Wednesday morning led ...

Bachelor Ben H: Episode 5 Recap

Although it shouldn't cause an adverse reaction on the recap, I feel it's important to note that my Bachelor viewing and recapping conditions this week have been significantly altered. For one thing, I watched alone. My usual crew attempted to keep up the witty banter on Twitter. While it was live, it wasn't as live ...