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Splashing in the Altantic

One month ago I was at the beach. So hard to believe. I’m not a sun-lover but I enjoy rays for a few minutes here and there–especially in the middle of a cold, Seattle winter.


Bikini: Newport News
Wrap: Shop on Las Olas Blvd.

On the last day of my Florida trip, I threw on my swimsuit and jumped around in the surf for a few minutes. I wore loads of sunscreen and went in the morning when the rays aren’t too strong. I kept my visit short–besides, I saw jellyfish and got worried that my trip would end on a sour note. I wouldn’t want to get stung!

The day before this beach visit I was shopping in Fort Lauderdale when I found my yellow wrap. It’s a perfect way to cover up after a swim. I can wear it around my waist like a skirt or up higher like a strapless dress. It was $10 well spent.

sun and sand

This is the only picture so far where you can see my bee tattoo. Of course, here it’s just a tiny blob on my thigh. Next up: adding flowers from my waist to the bee. He’s lonely, don’t you think?

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Shadow Shot: Florida Palms

It’s been a while since I took part in a Shadow Shot group post. Maybe because Seattle hasn’t seen sun in so long and without sun, it’s hard to find shadows. Lucky for me, I was recently in Florida: The Sunshine State. Here are a few photos that are distinctly tropical–and shadowy.

For me, anything Thunderbird is such a throwback to the America of yesteryear. I picture a stylish, early 60s-era couple–she’s wearing cat-eye sunglasses, a pretty dress and white gloves; he has on a tailored suit with a narrow tie. They’re rolling into the drive-in in a 1963 Cadillac convertible. It probably never happened, but I like to think it did. This is the back of a drive-in screen in Fort Lauderdale.


These trees were growing outside the entrance to a condo complex in Pompano Beach. To residents, they’re probably nothing special, but they’re so foreign and different to a cold-weather gal like myself. I love how they represent warmth and sunshine to me.

palm trees

The sunsets in Florida were picture-perfect. Every night the sky lit up with gorgeous shades of pink and blue. I love the pastel painted buildings in Florida but they paled in comparison to the sunsets.



Make sure to check out the other shadow shots on The Shadow Shot Sunday blog.


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Flamingo Pink at the Bird Sanctuary

I visited Flamingo Gardens in Davie, Florida during my trip to the sunshine state. It’s a wonderful, not for profit, animal sanctuary that rescues, rehabilitates, and (when possible) releases injured wildlife. Many of the residents I saw were permanent fixtures. They were too injured to ever be wild again. But they have a good, safe environment at Flamingo Gardens and are excellent embassadors for their species, like Pee Wee, the screech owl:

screech owl

I bought this Annie 50 dress three years ago at Radish Underground in Portland, Oregon and I’m ashamed to say I’d never worn it. So when I packed for Florida, this was the first thing to go in my suitcase. It’s got screen printed flamingos on it! Annie 50 is a Montreal company. This dress was made in Quebec, purchased in Oregon, and made its debut in Florida. Quite a trip! Today I wore it as a skirt by throwing on a ruched top over it.

flamingo skirt

Top: H&M
Skirt: Annie 50
Shoes: B2
Sunglasses: Target

I found a few birds that matched my outfit. Here they are.



a brighter spoonbill

I’ll show you other pictures soon too: pelicans, hawks, alligators, bobcats, and a panther! Many of the animals had run-ins with cars or power lines. I guess that’s what happens when we encroach on their habitat. I’m glad Flamingo Gardens exists so animals can get much-needed help. the caregivers I met (especially Critter Kim) were knowledgeable and passionate about animals. If you have the chance, I highly recommend visiting them.


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