As 2013 comes to a close, I want to take a moment to express my gratitude for family, friends, and readers of this blog. I have enjoyed getting this blog started and look forward to continuing to share my interests, inspirations, and creations. Enjoy the final hours of the old year before welcoming the new one.
When in Panama, I thought that I should wear a Panama . . . hat, that is. This hat, known worldwide as a Panama hat, isn’t actually from Panama. It was originally from Ecuador but came to be called this because it was shipped to Panama and, from there, shipped all around the world. Whatever its origins, I love it because it provides shade, breathes well in the heat, and is so chic.
I just arrived in Panama City, not the one in Florida, but the one that is home to the famous canal. After exploring the city and visiting the canal, I took a trip down to the old part of town, known as the “Casco Viejo”. This is what really gave me the foreign, touristy vibe. Unlike the newer part of the city, the historic district consisted of smaller colonial structures, some beautifully restored and some still in disrepair. What I found the most interesting were the colorful doorways and walls of the rundown buildings that are shown in the photos above.
I love a professionally-wrapped gift. It makes whatever you are giving or receiving look that much better. I went to the Container Store and chose papers in the blue and silver family. I wasn’t sure how the metallic stripes and snowflakes would look together until the tower was actually assembled. It was easier than I thought. Experiment with your papers and ribbons. You’ll be impressed at how beautiful your gifts look and they’ll cost a fraction of what the department store wrapping desks charge.
Say bye-bye to basic black. This sleek, silver duffle from Lisa Perry is a stylish way to travel. It is the perfect size for a weekend jaunt or an airplane carry-on. There are other fun colors, shapes, and sizes available, too.
A bright green puffer like this is not meant to match everything or, possibly, anything. That is what I love about it. The burst of color is unexpected yet exciting, especially against the brown of the pants and the gray of the sweater.
It was an action-packed Thanksgiving weekend. First, I celebrated the holiday in NYC and then went to Cambridge, MA for a wedding, which was held at the pretty and well-situated Charles Hotel. Of course, I could not pass up the opportunity to do a quick photo shoot in Harvard Square.