“The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams.” -Oprah Winfrey

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Now Reading: The Anthropology of Turquoise

The Anthropology of Turquoise

“In this invigorating mix of natural history and adventure, artist-naturalist Ellen Meloy uses turquoise—the color and the gem—to probe deeper into our profound human attachment to landscape. From the Sierra Nevada, the Mojave Desert, the Yucatan Peninsula, and the Bahamas to her home ground on the high plateaus and deep canyons of the Southwest, we journey with Meloy through vistas of both great beauty and great desecration. Her keen vision makes us look anew at ancestral mountains, turquoise seas, and even motel swimming pools. She introduces us to Navajo “velvet grandmothers” whose attire and aesthetics absorb the vivid palette of their homeland, as well as to Persians who consider turquoise the life-saving equivalent of a bullet-proof vest. Throughout, Meloy invites us to appreciate along with her the endless surprises in all of life and celebrates the seduction to be found in our visual surroundings.”

Have any of you fellow bloggers read this already? What are your thoughts? This will be my first read of the summer and I’m very much looking forward to it!

OOTD: A Hippy in D.C.

A Hippy in D.C.

OOTD Details: 

Hat: Kendall & Kylie Collection, PacSun

Sunnies: Clubmasters, Ray Ban

Top: Madison & Berkeley Crop Top, Nordstrom

On Bottom: Black Bell Bottoms, Forever 21

A Weekend in Detroit

As a Metro Detroit native, it’s really a shame that I don’t get down to Detroit more often. Every time that I do visit, however, I’m reminded of just how powerful the city is. Although there is a lot of work that still needs to be done, the city is booming and the people are proud. What I like most about Downtown is that it has a character all its own. There isn’t a city like Detroit out there and our spirit emanates from every corner. My cousins and I had quite the weekend in the city:

  • Driving around Downtown: Side streets, The Riverfront, Heidelberg project, etc.
  • Breaking into Abandoned Buildings: Detroit has over 78,000 of them and as long as they are not schools or buildings that are being restored it is OK to trespass. We ventured inside of a church and a 15-story apartment building.
  • Visiting The Henry Ford Museum: This museum is like stepping inside of a time machine! It’s super interactive which makes it impossible to not have a good time. There are all sorts of relics that showcase just how innovative the American people are.
  • Attending a Tigers Baseball Game at Comerica Park: Great food, great beer, great company. The atmosphere inside of the stadium is amazing.

Gypset Travel

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“Gypset [is used] to describe a new lifestyle that fuses the carefree ethos of a gypsy nomad with the sophistication of the jet set. Gypsy + Jet Set= Gypset.”

Just got my hands on the most amazing book! Gypset Travel (a follow-up to Julia Chaplin‘s fabulous first book, Gypset Style) explores the lesser-known enclaves for gypsies around the world. Featuring places like Deia, Spain to Montauk, USA, the pages are filled with amazing photography and first-person stories about the new bohemian world of artists, designers, and bon vivants. This was definitely a great purchase and a perfect new addition to my coffee table collection!

OOTD

OOTD

Today’s outfit of the day from head to toe: Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Texturizing Spray: I have naturally curly hair, but this is a great little touch up for a very reasonable price! You can find this spray at … Continue reading

In Widgets We Trust.

Happy Monday people of the blogosphere! 

Yesterday I made a few little changes to my blog and I’m loving all the feedback I’ve been getting so I wanted to say thank you for your kind words!

Some tiny changes I’ve made- There is now more material on my sidebar! I decided to enable a few more widgets through WordPress. I’ve added my Twitter and Instagram feed, recent posts I’ve liked, my follower count, and a follow button! I also decided to switch up the look of my ‘archive’ and ‘categories’ sections. Instead of appearing as a list they are now in the form of a drop-down menu. I decided to do this because I’ve been blogging for over a year now and the list was just starting to get overwhelming. In a drop-down, all the content is much more organized and easy to find.

Finally, I wanted to share my e-mail with you all! ..And I’m so happy I did! I’ve already gotten a couple really great messages from some of my followers and am looking forward to receiving more! Don’t be shy! 

There is one thing I am still looking to change though- Does anyone know how to make the sidebar scroll with the page? That way as the reader continues to explore my blog, the sidebar and all the content will follow? If you have any suggestions or hacks help a sista out!!