Travel Tuesday: International gold charm collection

New Iceland gold braclet charm
I love collecting gold, international bracelet charms!

Collecting gold bracelet charms as travel mementos is a passion of mine! I’ve learned to research, find and contact jewelry stores before I even leave my house.
I’m ecstatic to have added my new Reykjavik, Iceland to my almost completely full bracelet. I was hoping it would have Iceland written on it however I believe Iceland is island in Icelandic.

Travel Tuesday: Laie, Hawaii Beach

My recent January birthday visit from Boston to Reykjavík, Iceland was fantastically different from my usual tropic locales. The stunning landscapes of snow and ice also brought back memories of an equally superb but sunny trip to the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii in 2009. My cousin was getting married at Turtle Bay resort and I managed to find a decent place to stay down the road as Turtle Bay prices were a bit much lol. The hotel was torn down a few years ago. I liked that it was right next door to MacDonald’s, the hotel had free Wi-Fi in the lobby, they served a continental breakfast, the city bus stop was right in front with a private path to the beach. Perfect in every way.

I actually had booked a return to Oahu birthday vacation package in 2015, however my Dad wasn’t doing well and I ended up cancelling and celebrating last year’s birthday in Maryland with my Dad, aunts, cousins and my oldest daughter.

I’m already saving and looking forward to my 2020, 65th birthday spending seven glorious days on a Hawaiian cruise with a layover in California to visit one of my brothers. In the meantime, I’ll enjoy watching Hawaii Five-0 and reviewing my 2009 photos. 🙂

Laie Beach in Hawaii
Laie Beach in Hawaii

Fashion Friday: Shades of Gray Splatter

I see art everywhere and photographing it usually brings weird ‘what on earth is she taking a picture of’ looks from strangers and some family members.  🙂

Like when I took a snapshot of this pile of gray rocks that caught my eye and my brain said “these stones will make a great photo-graphic design on something fun”.

Friday evenings is usually when the graphic bug bites and in this instance, I wanted to create something unisex for couples for beach vacations. Shades of gray paint splatter fashion designs for him and her will appeal to couples who prefer fun graphics on the darker end of color choices. Let me know how I did!!!

Pile of Gray rocks
Pile of Gray rocks
His and Her Fashion Friday swim outfits
His and Her Fashion Friday swim outfits

Travel Tuesday: Winter landscape, Suðurland, Iceland

Celebrating my 61st, birthday in Iceland was puzzling to most of my Boston friends. They figured anyone living in New England would head to a tropical climate. This year I amazed myself by stepping outside my predicable Capricorn comfort zone by adapting a little bit of my wild and adventurous Aquarius side.

I’ve had the hardest time describing Iceland’s constantly changing winter weather which is why I love photography. However, I really need to wrap my brain around the appropriate words so folks can Google and find my work like this stunning sun peeking through winter clouds Icelandic greeting card. lol.

I added an interesting bit of an abstract overlay to spice it up just a tad.

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Stylishly fun toss pillows
Stylishly fun toss pillows

Tuesday Travel: Gullfoss Waterfalls, Iceland

Celebrating a winter birthday in New England is often with a prayer and good traveler’s insurance. Boston managed to miss the recent blizzard experienced in New York and Maryland so my brother and I, both celebrating birthdays in January, were able to fly off to, yes, Reykjavík, Iceland. Always on the alert for trip deals, TravelZoo’s package deal was very appealing especially as both of us expressed interest in visiting and crossing it off our destination “bucket lists”.

I always try to sign up for at least one all day city tour wherever I visit. The hotel concierge desk person recommended we reserve the eight hour Golden City Tour and Green Energy. Pictured here is me, in front of the absolutely stunning waterfall. Peeking through the snow squall was a beautiful tint of aqua blue water. I imagine it is a magnificent sight in the summer, however, it was still quite mesmerizing on a cold January morning. 🙂

January birthday trip
Winter travel from Boston to Iceland