Explore: NSU Art Museum, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

NSU Art Museum – 1 E Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

      I’m a museum lover through-and-through; I can spend hours on end in a museum, and I’d rather seek out good food and museums/grand houses than do anything else on a trip. The NSU Art Museum is a little modern art gem in the heart of downtown Ft. Lauderdale, although it’s a relatively small museum, they do their exhibits well – and the building itself is artwork. While I was in Ft. Lauderdale, NSU had two exhibits that I really wanted to see: The Photography of Chuck Close (I’ve mentioned him here before) and the Bellissima: Italy and High Fashion Exhibit.



Fashion exhibits from Italy and Paris are my favorites, and although this exhibit is only open for a few more weeks, if you do nothing else with this post, at least open the Bellissima exhibit photo gallery here, and gawk at the beautiful Italian clothes from fashion’s golden age. The garments are gorgeously crafted, and the fashion photography by Pasquale de Antonis, Federico Gerallo, & Ugo Mulas are captivating.

It’s so fun to go through and pick out your favorites – I was drawn to Mila Schön’s garments. My favorite being this blush coat from S/S 1969 with the open dart in the back (seen on the back left) – I could see Kate Middleton wearing that today. Also, this photograph by Pasquale de Antonis is just gorgeous.

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Read: The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry


“And when you see those good things–and I promise you, there are so many good things–they’re going to be so much brighter for you than they are for other people, just like the abyss always seems deeper and bigger when you stare at it. If you stick it out, it’s all going to feel worth it in the end. Every moment you live, every darkness you face, they’ll all feel worth it when you’re staring light in the face.”

– Emily Henry, The Love That Split the World



Natalie Cleary must risk her future and leap blindly into a vast unknown for the chance to build a new world with the boy she loves.

Natalie’s last summer in her small Kentucky hometown is off to a magical start… until she starts seeing the “wrong things.” They’re just momentary glimpses at first—her front door is red instead of its usual green, there’s a pre-school where the garden store should be. But then her whole town disappears for hours, fading away into rolling hills and grazing buffalo, and Nat knows something isn’t right.

That’s when she gets a visit from the kind but mysterious apparition she calls “Grandmother,” who tells her: “You have three months to save him.” The next night, under the stadium lights of the high school football field, she meets a beautiful boy named Beau, and it’s as if time just stops and nothing exists. Nothing, except Natalie and Beau.

Emily Henry’s stunning debut novel is Friday Night Lights meets The Time Traveler’s Wife, and perfectly captures those bittersweet months after high school, when we dream not only of the future, but of all the roads and paths we’ve left untaken. – Goodreads

My Thoughts:

I received this book in my Owl Crate book box a few months ago, and have been waiting for the time to read it. This book as part fantasy, part supernatural, part romance, doesn’t fit neatly into one category of book, and the overarching themes of love and sacrifice (without being too sad) give this book a little more depth than your usual YA read.

I liked Natalie because she’s a protagonist who struggles with who she is and her place in the world, not just as a teenage girl, but as a Native American and an adopted child trying to find her place within her family, and her small town. All of the stories from the First Nations told by Grandmother play into Natalie’s past and her future. You start to dissect the details of those tales to figure out how they apply to the story. There are enough twists and turns to keep it interesting and Emily Henry gives you that nudge that you sometimes need to realize it’s okay to change your dreams.

This is a book that I definitely recommend reading.

Have you read The Love That Split the World? What were your thoughts?


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Beach Essentials

DSC_0088I’m basically the resident bag lady at the beach – the one with the big bag filled with everyone’s stuff. So I thought I’d share my beach essentials from my recent trip to Ft. Lauderdale.

  1. Turkish Bath Towel & Blanket – I’m a huge lover of Turkish Bath Towels. I begged for the light blue one from Etsy at Christmas a few years ago, and I have used it almost exclusively ever since. The dark blue throw is Nate Berkus for Target (also a few years ago) and has the same light, durable weave. I’d never considered taking them to the beach with me, but I am so glad I did and am now a convert. They are light, super absorbant & quick drying, easy to pack because they roll up or fold small, and (most importantly) so easy to get sand off.
  2. Hat & Sunnies- Sunglasses are a must. If you are prone to losing sunnies, then buy a cheap pair to wear out on the beach. Then if they get lost in the water or whatnot, you aren’t attached or too sad to see them go. A wide brimmed floppy straw hat is the traditional beach fare, but what you don’t think about with those is the wind factor. If you want to shade your face, and you can keep it on your head then go for it! My personal hat of choice is the above straw trilby (by Scala Collezione – also a few years old)- it’s my favorite, and usually my go to whenever I want to wear a hat.
  3. Entertainment (Music & Book) – I posted about my Beach Vibes playlist yesterday, and it was definitely playing whenever I was out on the beach last week. No better afternoon that with the sun, water, and good tunes. I usually always bring a book with me as well because I tend to get bored just laying out.
  4. Camera – I took my Instax Mini 8 out one day for some fun snaps around the beach. These little polaroids make for such happy memories. I also used my phone a lot – I really like the VSCO camera app for phone photos.
  5. Sunscreen, Chapstick, & Water – Although not pictured, these are the most important of all outdoor essentials. I was fooled by the lack of heat and the great water temperature and didn’t reapply enough sunscreen throughout the day and turned into a crispy little french fry (still peeling – so gross). Another essential is Chapstick, preferably with SPF to keep your lips hydrated and sunburn-free. Water is right up there with sunscreen. It’s so easy to become dehydrated with the sun beating down on you, and you will definitely be needing something if you take in a mouthful of salt water from a rogue wave. 😉

What else do you consider an essential for a day out on the water?