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“There is always something left to love”

April 17, 2014


I have just learned that one of my favorite authors has passed away.
Gabriel Garcia Margquez made my heart soar while reading One Hundred Years of Solitude. I remember I could barely contain myself when I reached the end of the book. It was as if the world as I knew it was over and I gained a new perspective on how life is truly amazing, mysterious. His writing changed how I looked at myself and the world around me. It made me cherish my family more than I ever thought I could. I looked at them all differently after that book and realized that we’re all here to fulfill our roles in a greater story, the Greatest Story.

Thank you for your brilliance Mr. Marquez. You will be greatly missed and I thank God that I can visit you again and again through the great works you created as well as the life you painted.

Thank you also for the quote above. No matter what, there is always something left to love and to me that is what life is all about, Love.

Photo via Huffington Post.

Georgia On My Mind

April 16, 2014


I love Georgia.

Life Right Now

April 14, 2014



My day, week and life looks like this. Simply beautiful.

Spring Break! Holiday!

April 11, 2014




Spring Break has begun and I intend to do a lot of walking and photographing my surroundings. A week all to myself! Yes! A day trip to NYC is in order, perhaps? On verra!
Everything is in bloom right now and I couldn’t be happier. It’s absolutely stunning in Richmond right now and I’m going to enjoy every single minute of it. Time to break out the whites, the chinos, the sandals and a great blazer. Ready for anything.

Bon Weekend!

Photos via here.

Face Time

April 10, 2014

aesop-skin-care-skincare-lotion-body-balm-cream-tangerine-rind-pink-grapefruit-moisturize-australia-photo-shershegoes(pp_w808_h1077)Hello All!

Lately people have been curious as to what my skincare regimen is. They’ve said that my skin is glowing and that Virginia really agrees with me. Thanks! I am usually a happy person (this helps a great deal)but I have a confession to make. I’ve discovered an amazing at home retexturizing peel: Avon’s Anew Clinical Retexturizing Peel!. I’ve tried it for a week now and my skin is officially ready for the summer. Pores are clean and tiny, skin is brighter and smoother. I LOVE THIS PRODUCT! It’s easy to use and very affordable.

I also use Aesop’s Fabulous Facial Oil. from time to time. This winter was very harsh and this kept me from looking like I had the Mojave Desert on my face. Mornings after I apply this oil, I just splash with water, pat dry and  apply a moisturizer from Mario Bedescu and I’m ready for the world. Bedescu’s products are simple, good for my skin and are easy to travel with. What’s better than that?

What’s your skincare regimen?

The gorgeous photo you see above comes from the very talented photographer, Sher. She has a beautiful blog and the lady loves to travel. Merci, Sher!


Sweden Since 1995

April 8, 2014


Photos by Diego Fria

Photos by Diego Fria

As I mentioned before I’m planning on visiting Sweden this summer. I lived there almost five years and have not returned since 1995. That’s a long time, people, too long. One thing that I will do everyday that I’m there is find cool cafés.

Sweden is café heaven! My passion for cafés really started when I moved to Sweden, particularly in Gothenburg. My native Virginia, U.S.A. never served little cinnamon buns so heavenly and never had I seen people just order a slice of quiche and coffee and call it lunch. At that time, as an immigrant in strange and exciting Sweden, cafés quickly became my refuge from the bitter cold and where I felt more of a connection to the people around me.
To fika or not to fika? That’s never a question. You always fika in Sweden, it’s a part of being Swedish and it’s just what you do, like breathing. You can fika any and everywhere but to me, I choose to fika at home or at a beautiful café. Pascal is definitely on my list to visit when I travel to Sweden this summer. Diego Fria says that they make the perfect cappuccino and Diego knows his coffee, trust me. I can hardly wait to visit with him in Stockholm and have him show me around his hood’ and his favorite cafés. He’s like me, you can’t just have one. Why limit yourself?

Thank you, Diego for letting me post your photos for this story. Puss och kram!

“Is it Friday Yet?”

April 7, 2014

Hello All!




I arrived at work and the first question that was presented to me was this: “Is it Friday Yet?” I let out a hearty guffaw and nodded my head in agreement, smiling from ear to ear.  This was not a student.  I understood her plight as I shook my soaked umbrella and tried to protect myself from the chill seeping into the office.

A student made my day by saying Friday was our last day. “Last day for what?”, I asked. Next week is Spring Break! It completely slipped my mind. I’m going to do nothing but walk around with my camera and shoot, be the artist I am everyday and plan for my trip to Sweden!


When I start relating to people who can’t wait until Friday comes I have focus on what I want and this song has me a great deal.  It’s not about a Friday, it’s about doing what you truly love doing.
Joe Jackson, I love you.


Photo credit via here.


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