North Carolina

Last week, I headed up the Eastern seaboard for an early birthday with Bryan. Bryan works in the summertime as Captain on a beautiful sailboat called the Downeast Rover chartering couples and vacationers from all over.

I got to spend 4 days on the coast of North Carolina and had a difficult time leaving. Ronoake Island, where we were staying lies in the Outer Banks, a thin strip of land off the coast of N. Carolina. 2 hours from any major airport. The drive itself to the coast was beautiful. Vast meadows, spring wildflowers, empty space, blue skies. It was a stark contrast from the busy streets of South Florida ( and San Francisco, too).

Bryan rented us a little bed and breakfast Air BnB for two of the nights.. A shabby chic beach bungalow with seashell macrame, driftwood, potted plants, and beach decor everywhere. It was everything I'd hoped for. We took the two beach cruisers out in the back country, down farm house roads, stopping along the way at ancient cemeteries, small ponds and finally; Kill Devil Grill for Happy Hour cocktails and beer simmered shrimp. It is soft shell crab season right now, so we got to enjoy local, seasonal fare as well. I had mine fried over grits (oy) and Bryan had his in a sandwich. So delicious! We enjoyed other local treats like fresh tuna, and shrimp, all locally caught that morning by local fisherman.

The last night, we stayed in an old farm house with so much heart and soul. Every crevice of the house told a story, and I loved being able to water the garden, walk outside in my bear feet, and sip coffee on the sun porch. 

 

Southern hospitality, it's the real deal. I suppose the mere mentioning of manners is due to the fact that no one seems to have them anymore. To be greeted as Miss and Ma'am was a charm, and I reveled in the old fashioned syntax and formalities. Please and Thank You are accompanied by a smile of genuine nature. Everyone seems to enjoy a life of simplicity and of beachside charms (sans high rise building, flashy cars, and gaudy gems). Walk into a store and everyone knows you name. Is that not the point of community? 

 

North Carolina has left a colorful stain on my heart, like the golden windflowers that were cascading over the meadows. I'm missing it and thinking of it daily and can't wait to return . Stay tuned for the film shots I captured !  

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FILM AINT DEAD

what an amazing time I had out splashing in the waves with my Nikonos underwater camera. Here are some of the success shots that came out of the batch. Still practicing with settings, aperture, shutter speeds and all those groovy details.

 


Behind the Scenes: Goldielockes Summer Lookbook

... And, what happens when a groovy bunch of gals get together; with lacy getups, vintage hats, wood sunglasses, turquoise jewels, salted beach hair and hearts of gold? A grand ole time!

I had the pleasure of working with an array of talented artists last week to make the vision of a bohemian beachy look book come to life. 

Stay tuned, Goldielockes look book will be posted on my website this weekend.

 

 

Amongst the talent, and with tremendous gratitude:

Photographer: Chelsea Erin // http://chelseaerwin.com 

Stylist: Angela Compton // http://www.altarnativedesign.com

Hair/Makeup: Jeni Norris Brown // JenniferBrown.arbonne.com

Models: Rachel Dejohn of Surfy Birdy www.facebook.com/surfybirdy + Rachelle Caldarazzo

Driftwood and the "I"

There is something mysterious about wood, driftwood in particular. The trail of its journey, the turns and twists it takes along the way. The burnished parts of its body, the bleached spots from sun and sand.  We do not know the journey it takes and how long it takes to get to its destination, but it comes to us with a tale told.

For those who know me, one can say I have a slight obsession with wood. Particularly wood that has beat to a pulp. The underdog. Thrashed, worn, used, abused, neglected, tattered and torn. Its journey weighs heavy in it's appearance. I have always been drawn towards the underdog, always rooted for the losing team or the lingering candidate, the "loner" of independent thought, the weird and the bizarre. Perhaps this is my draw towards driftwood; it is the underdog... the piece neglected to rot and wither away under soil and leaves; its journey to be forgotten. Not I.

Each piece renders a different story; from where did it come from, and why? For what purpose? Are we, like these drifters of a similar nature? Are we on a mysterious path of twists and turns, or shall we remain with the roots in which we were birthed?

I, for one recognize with that lone piece of driftwood. On a journey of its own. Following earth's natural rhythms of ebb and flow. Where to next? In going with my natural draw to driftwood, and my love of it's beauty, I have started to make a small collection of wall hangings. 

 

April Happenings

Around Here:

1) The studio is back in action. Making lots of new pieces. I'm so inspired by the blue sea, the leafy palm fronds, and the tropical fruits of South Florida. 

2) Fellow artist and new flatmate SurfyBirdy and I are teaming up and doing a lot of the local art shows in the Fort Lauderdale Arts District area, so stay tuned for local events and be sure to stop by and say hello.

3) The idea of sailing the sea with the new beau has got me feeling oh so inspired.

 

New locales

Goldielockes Designs has ventured down to South Florida. Where air is warm and heavy with moisture. The palms are lush and in abundance, and the styles are beachy, bohemian and easy breezy.

 

Looking forward to the inspiration that is to come from living in a new environment.

Happy Holidays

The past couple of months in Florida have been incredibly inspiring in terms of moving forward with my small business. Almost 5 years ago, my first visions of a jewelry line came to be when I visit the South Coast of Spain with my best friend Amber. There lying on the shores were the most beautiful shells I had ever seen, and I knew that I had to make them into wearable pieces of art. After I got back ( not before enjoying numerous servings of paella and spanish coffee), I enrolled in several jewelry making classes, researched techniques, tried them myself, and thereby began the path and vision of my jewelry line. Five years later, after many cities moved, apartments lived, and relationships tested; my small "baby" is blossoming and is being cultivated into a vision that I've longed for these past few years.

 

AkelaInstillation

Thank You Vania Elise Photography for capturing this image

Goldielockes x Akela Surf

Goldielockes Designs is now proud to collaborate with the talented duo ( Servio and Annie) behind the brand Akela Surf. The brand specializes in chic, ready to wear looks that go from wave to land. Check out more of their goods here 

Goldielockes Lookbook

Had a lovely little time shooting with Amanda today for a mini lookbook. More looks to come




Holiday Orders

I've been a busy bee in the studio making and shipping out holiday orders. Make sure to place your order by December, 15th to assure Christmas arrival