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Alabama

Florence, AL_9350   Florence, AL_9355

Florence-AL_94622

Florence, AL_9426   Florence, AL_9402

Florence, AL_9274   Florence, AL_9260

Florence, AL_9365

Florence, AL_9374   IFlorence, AL_9317

At 2pm on Friday afternoon, I set off for a weekend adventure in Florence, AL for Billy Reid’s Shindig #5. I was able to catch a few of the events happening in conjunction, but ultimately found myself hours deep during the two days I was there navigating this sleepy southern town and its surrounding areas. Florence and Muscle Shoals had been on my radar for quite some time, so I was chomping at the bit to explore what they had to offer.

Billy Reid, Natalie Chanin and John Paul White of the Civil Wars are just a few people who call Florence home. It’s really quite small, but packed with history and stunning architecture (like the Rosenbaum House that was designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright), to kitschy strips with abandoned buildings that lead to historic neighborhoods.

After dining and exploring around Florence, we then made our way to Muscle Shoals. We rolled the dice and swung by FAME Studios, and to our surprise, the door was unlocked. We walked right in and got a personal tour of the famous studio that’s responsible for what’s become known as the “Muscle Shoals sound” and has produced some of the biggest hits from artists such as The Rolling Stones to Etta James and Alicia Keys. A new documentary on the studio just emerged, and you can check out the trailer, here.

From there, dining at random Cajun seafood restaurants, shopping at quirky antique shops, an exploration of The Shoals Theatre, chats with locals (like Crazy Carolyn) and brunch at spots like Sweet Magnolia easily stole the rest of our time and attention. It was truly the perfect weekend getaway.

Until next time, Alabama.

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Louisville

Bardstown Rd. Louisville, KY_2458

Bardstown Rd. Louisville, KY_2318   21c Museum Hotel Louisville, KY_2383

The Leatherhead Louisville, KY_2265

Bardstown Rd. 21c Museum Hotel_2303   Louisville Street Style_2345

21c Museum Hotel Louisville, KY_2391   The LeatherheadLouisville, KY_2285

21c Museum Hotel_2405

Bardstown Louisville, KY_2296   The Leatherhead Louisville, KY_2275

I woke up at precisely 6AM yesterday and instantly knew I wanted to hit the road and occupy my restless mind with a new challenge and place. I did a mental scan of places by Nashville, and decided that Louisville was the city to set sights on for the day.

After a quick shower and coffee, I was out the door and on 65-N for the next three hours until I drove into the Highlands area, which is centered along a three mile stretch of Bardstown Road that’s filled with eclectic shops, restaurants and galleries. Leatherhead was the first place I visited, and boy was it a feast for the eyes with gorgeous hides and leather accessories draped and positioned in clever ways tempting you to drop some major cash. After forcing myself out the door, I wandered into unassuming book stores and record shops tucked away on quiet side streets lined with the most funky houses.

Later on in the afternoon, I sat down for a quick bite to eat at Uptown Cafe and then set off to the 21c Museum Hotel that’s located in downtown Louisville. Immediately upon entering, it was a sensory overload with the sweetest scent of spring and assortment of soft indie rock tunes lulling in the background, which seemed to perfectly match their cool interior and gorgeous artwork speckled all around. You see, this hotel is extra special because it doubles as a contemporary art museum that showcases work from emerging to renowned artists.

After I was done perusing and mulling over all the art, I returned to my car as the meter was clocking down from it’s last minute, and knew it was time to head back home after a very satisfying trip to Louisville.

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New England

Strawbery Banke_1800

Oyster Co. Eventide_1956   LFK Portland_1993

Beacon Hill Boston_2098

Seawall Portland_1908   Seawall Portland_1917

Rye, NH_2053

Portland, ME_2002   Portland, ME_1862

Rye, NH_2035

LFK Portland_1989   LFK Portland_1998

Portland, ME_1875   Portland, ME_1872

Portland, ME_2010

Boston Street Style_2106   Union Chapel Rye, NH_2079

   LFK Portland_1976

LFK Portland_1967   LFK Portland_1960

The Liberty Boston_2151   The Liberty Hotel Boston_2158

Hello dear readers. As promised, here is my New England photo diary. I booked off a bit more time for this trip to New Hampshire (where I’m from) for Easter, so I could document this area that’s close to my heart and bring you all a little taste of what the northeast has to offer through places in New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts.

On Monday, I spent time photographing the historical houses of Strawbery Banke in Portsmouth, NH and driving along the seacoast around the Fuller Gardens area in Rye, looking at all the picturesque oceanfront mansions. This area also intertwines with peaceful side roads that lead to places like Union Chapel, which holds non-denominational Sunday services in the summer.

Portland, ME was full of quaint neighborhoods and artistic undertones flowing throughout the city thanks to hip local clothing lines like Seawall, and independent restaurants such as Eventide Oyster Co. in the Old Port. Bakeries selling fresh baked goods and coffee seemed to be on every corner, along with unique thrift stores and bars like LFK (decked out with old typewriters and books) in Portland’s Arts District where you can grab a craft beer and burger before heading off to class at Maine College of Art down the street.

While in Boston, I first visited the historic Beacon Hill area that’s filled with unique houses and architecture that will simply lace you with intrigue. I then took the Green Line to the Allston-Brighton area, which was a whirlwind of hurried college students dressed in lively colors blended with a hint of hip hop meets punk. I ended my day at The Liberty Hotel (which used to be the Charles Street Jail built in 1851), and sat back in their plush tiered-level seating with a cocktail and dessert as I let my mind wander on a tangent about what all these New England areas have to offer.

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I went to Asheville, NC last weekend to visit my good friend Koko and that little city just charmed the heck out of me. Their local scene (and weather!) were simply divine. I indulged in great food, dancing and lots of wine. Highly suggest booking off a weekend and escaping to these mountains.

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In My Bag

Summer essentials: vintage acid wash backpack, iPad, business cards, bracelets, Moleskine notebook, change holder, belt, film camera (when I don’t have my trusty 7D on me) and a little Victoria’s Secret blush and Sonia Kashuk gloss.

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My World

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