St. Augustine, Revisited

While editing my Upper Michigan photos, I came across dozens of photographs I took in St. Augustine a few months back. I have no idea why I never posted them! Sometimes I think I post things that I actually only thought about posting but never really did. Sometimes I have brainfarts. So here are a few of my favs...

And in case you missed it, you can check out my post about yummy eateries in St. Augustine here.

Delta, CO

The city of Delta, CO sits at the base of Grand Mesa, one of the largest flat top mountains in the world. For both pricing and weather reasons, Matt and I chose to fly into Grand Junction, a two-and-a-half hour drive from Telluride, and we happened to stumble upon this gem of town on our drive there. Seven buildings in downtown Delta act as canvasses for local artists - the murals depict local history, culture, nature and wildlife. Seeing such vibrant large-scale works in a tiny "don't blink, you'll miss it" town was a great introduction to this beautiful state!

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Next up, we arrive in Telluride...

Rollins College

Founded in 1885, Rollins College is the oldest recognized college in Florida. It's a liberal arts college with a rich history and scenic campus - and it just happens to be two blocks from our home. Matt and I walk through campus often, but only just recently discovered this magical corridor!

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Shirt: thrifted, Civvies - Savannah, GA Belt: Bosworth & Son General Merchandise, Geyserville, CA Skirt: thrifted, Goodwill - Napa, CA Shoes: Clarks Locket: From a tiny nameless boutique in Montreal

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Bermuda: St. George's

Being in Bermuda in the off-season was interesting for a couple of reasons. First of all, though still very beautiful, it's not warm and sunny - high '50s and '60s mostly, and very windy (while we were there anyhow). Secondly, the 20 square miles that make up the country are literally void of tourists. I saw this as an amazing perk because taxis were readily available and everywhere we went it was basically just locals, so we were able to get a genuine idea of what Bermuda is actually like AND snap some quality photos. Even the most "touristy" cities like the historically-rich town of St. George's - once a thriving port where many cruise ships docked - was verging on ghost town status. One of the most beloved landmarks there, The Unfinished Church, is a Gothic architectural gem that was constructed in the 1870's but never completed due to a mixture of financial and political turmoil. Even though it was grey day, the structure was absolutely gorgeous.

Some photographs from around the city...

(Tiny sidewalks make me sad!)

As you can see, we pretty much had the place to ourselves. Pretty sweet!

Our Home: After

This post is only oh....about five months late! But there's a good reason for that: we had A LOT of work to do. It's funny because looking back at my first-ever post (about fixing up my last apartment), I said that the loft's redesign was "my best art project yet." Well folks, that just got one-upped and then some! I chose not to share the "before" photos of our new place in this post simply because it would have been a waste of space. When we moved in, it was kind of a wreck to be honest...filthy floors (Matt spent about 10 hours hand-scrubbing layers of dirt up off the tile. And just so you know I'm not exaggerating here, I'll include one photo of a spot he cleaned surrounded by what it looked like before we moved in), peeling ceiling paint, broken windows, past termite damage that had never been fixed (some literally hollow wall panels)...the list goes on and on. My dad, a retired building inspector, actually had to fly to FL to throw down some serious sass on our landlord and help us repair some of the more complicated structural issues. That being said, I am now absolutely smitten with our new home, and have come to terms with its sometimes endearing/sometimes annoying flaws (the house was originally built as the ground-floor garage to the upstairs apartment in 1938 and was not converted into an apartment until the early '50s). For example, there's a very nice man who lives above us, and unfortunately, due to the way the house was built, we can hear him open a cupboard, when his cat meows, when he sings, and every footstep he takes. Makes for an awesome 8 a.m. wake-up call on the weekends! But like I said, I've come to terms :). And all the aforementioned cosmetic issues? You'd never know they exist, looking at how we've fancied up the place! Matt has become a true handyman in the process...it's kind of cute seeing him with a tube of caulk in hand or wood-filing down an uneven door.

The only thing I truly miss from my old loft is the hardwood floors. However, the tiles in our new place stay perfectly cool in the hot-ass Florida summers so that numbs the pain a little. Also, I finally have a backyard - something I've been missing since moving to Florida in 2006. We have a garden, a compost area, a porch, and an orange tree...not to mention neighboring grapefruit, meyer lemon, and lime trees!

So, without further ado, let me take you on a little tour. There are still some more home-improvement projects in the works, but I'm so happy with all of the hundreds of changes we've conquered thus far!

Living/Dining Room:

Study/Home Office:

Kitchen:

Bathroom:

Bedroom:

Backyard:

I hope you enjoyed the tour of our little home! More posts to come of subsequent improvements that are now in the works.