Walking into Beth Hammack’s studio is like stepping into the outdoors. Artistic energy reverberates around this bright room. Her gallery-like space is awash in sunlight that pours in from huge windows and skylights. With books opened to inspiring images, paint brushes spilling out of giant containers and large, half-painted canvases hanging on the wall, I feel like I am in the middle of a brainstorm.Read More
Every now and then serendipity strikes. Earlier this year I was looking for a space to do my creative work. Painting struck my fancy and I felt the need to find a studio in which to hone my skills. I considered purchasing a small space but wasn't sure I could make it work. Then, as if almost by design, I happened upon The Studio Gallery.Read More
Bert Seabourn is a legend. His work revolves around identity and the universality of the human face and story. His greatest achievement is having one of his paintings displayed at the modern wing of the Vatican Museum of Modern Realistic Art. He is a living Oklahoma treasure.Read More
Our world is becoming more and more a visual experience. With social media leading a visual revolution (Instagram, I'm looking at you) it seems that our form of communication is changing. We are developing a global language, not of words, but of images. These images communicate feelings and experiences in a common form cross border and boundaries. In other words, imagery is dissolving the barrier of words thanks to the proliferation of the internet.Read More
Chic Travels is on the road in Guatemala enjoying the colorful, energetic street scenes along the way. Watch carefully and see if you can spot two women making tortillas, a boy carrying a baby, and a man flirting with a woman. It is fun to watch these lives and wonder what their story is!
Before I travel anywhere I enjoy reading about the destination as a way to orient myself. I'll read travel guides, biographies, fiction, style guides, history, cookbooks and even children's books that discuss my desired destination. After reading a selection of works I feel better prepared to really appreciate the location I am visiting.Read More
Drenched with all the requisite colonial era charm, this gorgeous city offers eye candy at every corner. Monasteries, churches, cobblestone pathways, colonnades with lovely arches, and a fountain in the central park earn this destination props for seemingly having it all. Add the fact that the city is populated by roaming locals, craftspeople, artists and visitors from around the world and the recipe for sophisticated bohemian dreams has come true.Read More
If you find yourself planning a trip to Tikal, here are eleven helpful tips to make the visit comfortable:Read More
The big pull of El Remate is Lake Petén Itza that sits like a shining swan in the middle of the rainforest. Its crystalline waters beckon swimmers to dive in without fear of crocodiles or other dangerous animals.Read More
Our time at Tikal was limited. We spent around 6 hours in the park admiring the grand ruins. Had we given more time to our visit I would have spent my extra hours exploring the plants in this dense jungle.Read More
For adventurers and nature-lovers, arriving in El Remate, a town thirty minutes from the virgin rainforests of the Maya Biosphere Reserve, is akin to making a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Here visitors are on the cusp of seeing the world as it has been for a thousand years, covered in the creeping vines of the jungle, shaded by the canopy of the trees and filled with wildlife that cannot be seen anywhere else on the planet.Read More
I felt like a celebrity when we arrived at the Art Deco building with its pink palm trees and privacy ropes. Well-dressed bloggers were clicking their high-heeled feet, flashing their iPhones and smiling their way past the security guards.
As I was about to enter, a woman came to the guard and begged to be let into the building. She wasn’t allowed. She didn’t have a ticket and no begging or big bucks could do the trick. I felt smug as I flashed my ID and lead my family into the gleaming building. I had the tickets.Read More
Batik, a form of block printing using wax resists and dye, is originally an Indonesian-Malay word meaning "to dot". There is much more to making batik prints than just dotting and I learned first hand about the art this weekend at a wonderful place called FabLab.Read More
We went, we saw, we conquered. That is all I can say about our recent visit to the State Fair. Some people love to eat the crazy food (chocolate-covered-fried pickles anyone?), others love the ferris wheel and some adore the animals. Kids seem to enjoy it all. I did not inherit the State Fair gene. I like none of it.Read More
"It was humorous and epic” my 8 year old told me while we were standing and applauding the Broadway-bound musical, Frozen. She was 100% correct. The production was humorous, epic and captivating. The costumes and music were top notch too!Read More
The French word "souvenir" means "to remember". In English we use the word souvenir to describe what a traveler collects on a journey to remember the people and places visited. It is a memento. What types of souvenirs do you acquire on your travels?Read More
What makes a garden so lovely, in my humble opinion, is that it brings a certain rhythm and tradition to the years. The cycle of the seasons and the plants that bloom on cue remind a person that life is a continuous process.Read More
Visiting new places makes me feel alive. Returning home brings me comfort. Upon return there is always a series of things to do. The mail has to be sorted, my dog retrieved from the pet hotel, groceries bought and laundry must be washed. It feels good to plop back into my cozy corner of the world and resume my routines.Read More
If the 30-A lifestyle has inspired you, check out these fantastic reads on the theme of beach living:
Have a wonderful weekend everyone!
Dining options on 30-A range from casual pizzerias and truck stands to swank pool-side and white linen services. It all depends on your mood and budget. Since most of the rental options along 30-A include a kitchen, visitors also have the luxury of a home-cooked meal. Do a bit of pre-planning ...Read More