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Amalfi Adventures: Part 1

Amalfi Adventures: Part 1

Our summer began with a family trip to the southern coast of Italy, a favorite spot of ours for some time now. But a week on a boat as a family was a first this time. Sailing for a week in close quarters with five people had its risks – seasickness, weather issues, simply needing space – but ended up being one of our favorite travel experiences to date. We were in Positano/Capri/Amalfi for a total of two weeks and saw more friends from Austin than one might believe. Wine and pizza and gelato abounded and we played at least a thousand hands of cards. Here a diary in photos is part one of our Amalfi Adventure. ≈≈

I lived in this comfy skirt of ours. Shop it here.
Italian men doing what they do best, talking.

Morning view of thone Positano cityscape
Meeting up with Camille Styles and her lovely husband at Il Riccio in Capri
Needless to say we LOVED the pizza.
Most evenings we had a sunset sail into our city of choice before taking the dingy into dinner
Somehow Italy makes crowds seem chic.
One of a few different lunches at Conca Del Songno

I illustrated this map as a keepsake for our gallery wall at home. You can download it for free below and print for your own space!

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Austin Mural Tour with Carrie Colbert

Austin Mural Tour with Carrie Colbert

There so many things I love about Austin, but one of my favorite things Austin has to offer is the amazing street art. People come from all over to see the creative wall art done by talented local artists. I’ve been wanting to do a mural tour for years now – and when I saw my friend and fellow creative Carrie Colbert’s Austin Mural Tour I was so inspired!

Carrie Colbert of carriecolbert.com is an inspiring women who started the “More Color, Please” movement, a movement focused on adding color back into every aspect of life.

After 17 years working in the energy industry, Carrie left the corporate world behind to embrace her creative side. In addition to being an author, investor in numerous female-founded businesses, and a champion for multiple philanthropic causes, Carrie also is a proud mom to her daughter Elle.

Wall 1: Love is the Question Love in the Answer Mural
Location: 1115 W. Lynn St., Austin, TX 78703

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Wall 2: Colorful Stripes House at 508 Tequila Bar
Location: 508 E. 8th Street, Austin, TX 78701
Carrie’s Note: Colorful stripes and tequila? A winning combination! Stop by this laid back tequila bar for a drink and photos.

Wall 3: Blue and White Diagonal Stripes
Location: 1500  W. North Loop Blvd, Austin, TX 78756
Carries Note: Wall is very tall and design wraps around the building. You’ll find these fun stripes on the north and west sides of the building.

Wall 4: Purple Stripes at Parts & Labour
Location: 1704 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704
Carries Note: Note: Sadly, this business has now been demolished for a new development. Nevertheless, we had to include it, as it was a favorite of ours from the Austin wall scene.

Since its re-development, you will still find amazing wall art in this location. We stopped by to see the new art work that has since be created. The wall has many different sections with different color stories throughout

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Wall 5: Yum, Fresh mural at Steel City Pops
Location: 3001 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78705
Carries Note: Particularly during the hot summer months, you’ll find a snack at Steel City Pops especially refreshing! Wall faces south, so it’s often in sun, but that only enhances the summery feel of the location.

Wall 6: Cornflower blue graphic tile wall at Lick Ice Creams
Location: 6555 Burnet Rd #200, Austin, TX 78757
Carries Note: This wall faces west, so morning light is best.

Wall 7: Heart Wall at Jack and Lola
Location: 503 W. Mary St, Austin, TX 78704
Carries Note: These colorful hearts aren’t a huge wall, but it’s a fun small vignette worth checking out.

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Wall 8: Groovy blues at Uptown Modern
Location: 5111 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78756
Carries Note: We can’t get enough of the 70s vibe of this wall!

For more inspiration from Carrie follow her on Instagram @carriec.

KK Travels: Travel Must-Haves

KK Travels: Travel Must-Haves

As I look back at my past travels to places such as Morocco, Portugal and Paris and prepare for my travels ahead, I wanted to share a few of my very favorite travel must-haves that I never leave home without. I’ve spent a lot of time living out of a suitcase, and these are the pieces I always come back to.

For me, travel is all about comfort with a bit of flair. For the plane, I always pack a cozy cardigan and recently I’ve loved the functional simplicity of our monogrammed oxfords.

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A comfortable (but cute) pair of walking shoes is a must. I’m partial to my classic New Balance 574’s. And to top it off, a statement handbag and my favorite pajamas make me feel at home wherever I am.

I love our Casablanca caftan because it’s so versatile. It can go from beach to bar. So whether you find yourself at the ocean, getting a drink at the resort or pool-side, it’s the perfect summer cover-up.

To dress for the nightlife, it’s all about comfort and color for me. I love comfortable and low maintenance pieces that make a statement.

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For accessories, my travel must-haves always include a few fun earrings, like these coral tiered tassels and hand-dipped horse hair beauties.

And never leave home without a cute makeup bag and your favorite purse. I love Beautycounter makeup, especially their best-selling sheer lipstick and sunscreen.

THE GLORIOUS HYDRANGEAS OF NANTUCKET

THE GLORIOUS HYDRANGEAS OF NANTUCKET

Nantucket is renowned for a variety of aspects, including the best seafood, rolling ocean views, and that quaint feeling. However, few may realize that Nantucket is also famous for its glorious hydrangeas! In fact, the name of these beautiful flowers that are grown in Nantucket are rightfully called “Nantucket Blue”.

The Hydrangea is a genus that is a combination of numerous species and innumerable variations of cultivations. For flower-lovers alike, these vibrant blooms are colored the most beautiful blue and are exclusive to this warm and humid region throughout the year.

What makes these flowers different from other hydrangeas is the incredible notion that they can grow through almost all seasons, all year round! The leathery, green foliage adorns the majority of homes across the entirety of the island and is resistant to color change during the fall seasons. Hydrangeas are repeat-bloomers and require little maintenance, which makes them even more enticing! When the wind blows, you can smell the distinct aroma as it fills your nostrils with its light, floral scent.

These brilliant blooms are most known in this region for their bright blue color. Early hydrangeas take on a blue-violet hue and are equally as beautiful! If you find yourself in the area, be sure to stop by Surfing Hydrangea Nursery, where you will be greeted by the smiling flower experts that will whisk you away into your fragrant, flower paradise!

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Town of Sconset

Town of Sconset

Summer and adventure time is finally here! After arriving in the renowned Nantucket, Massachusetts, our journey was in light of true tourists. We hopped on a rental bike and braved the scenic 7-mile ride to a remote, gorgeous little village called Sconset, or Sciasconsetfor those not lucky enough to be locals. Compromised of not much more than a local post office, endless fishing and the most beautiful, quaint beaches you’ve ever seen, Sconset stole my heart.

This town began in the late 17th century as an old fishing town, known as “Auld Lang Syne”. The iconic whaling history of Sconset was a major influence in the one-of-a-kind, distinctive architecture that you will find here. These adorable cottages were originally used as fishing houses, and then changed into summer homes for tourists to rent! They look like mini candy-land houses with perfect views of the crashing waves ahead.

The smell of the fresh ocean air was enough for us to add this on the bucket-list a second time! Next, we headed into town for lunch and indulged in the most delicious seafood at CRU! Be sure to try the seafood salad sandwich! Nom!

After lunch, we recommend you head over to Bartlett’s Farm for farm-to-table fresh foods and beautiful, wild flowers. The farm is comprised of a fresh market, fields and a gourmet kitchen.

Our next adventure led us to exploring Sconset’s hidden gem, Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge. Nestled amongst the picturesque coastline, the refuge homes every animal from deer to several species of crab.

Jealous of the seals basking in the warm sun, we made our way toward the beach and joined them to catch some rays and experience pure, blissful peace.

There is nothing quite like this little village. We hope to stop back again one day for the screensaver-like views and the wonderful hospitality.

Life is art in Provence, France

Life is art in Provence, France

Life is art in Provence, FranceToday I am day dreaming of Paris. Life is art in Provence, and I couldn’t have been more inspired from my travels there.   My time in Provence, France was an incredible influence. The trip was slow and quiet and beautiful and restorative. It was the pace of Provence…

KATIE KIME TRAVELS | PROVENCE, FRANCE

Katie Kime Travels | Provence, FranceThis summer’s Provence trip was my favorite of the summer. It was slow and quiet and beautiful and restorative.  We stayed at La Bastide de Gordes and began our trip at Saint Remy, also known as Saint Paul Asylum, the psychiatric hospital where Van Gogh painted the majority of his most famous paintings. It is still a functioning psychiatric hospital today treating women only, many who are treated through art therapy. Their paintings are for sale and we bought them for our summer wedding gifts and some for our home. As an art (and Van Gogh) lover it was pretty special experience for me. Wine tasting at Chateau La Nerthe, a day trip to Avignon and perusing L’Isle Sur La Sorgueto the second largest outdoor market in Provence (complete with a Lynn Yeager citing), were among some other highlights. It was the pace of Provence that was most refreshing.  Slow breakfasts with (real) newspapers! Wine at lunch, strolls through lavender fields, seven course dinners that lasted hours and hours.

Katie Kime Travels Provence France

Katie Kime Travels Provence France

Above and below, inside and outside of La Bastide de Gordes

Katie Kime Travels Provence France

Below: St. Remy Psychiatric hospital

Below: Chateau La Nerthe Vineyard

Katie Kime Travels Provence France

Katie Kime Travels Provence France

Below: Handpicking our lunch at L’isle-sur-la-Sorgue Sunday Market 

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Vogue contributor Lynn Yeager

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