Photo Album: Detroit, Autumn 2013

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Just over a month ago, Mr. TC and I took a trip to Detroit. I hadn’t been there since I was seventeen, when I visited my friend Joe and his family. Joe relocated back to Detroit a few years ago, and he was kind enough to host this visit as well.

This post isn’t intended to be a thorough documentation of the Motor City circa 2013, or even a complete picture of our trip. Detroit is too big and complex and eye-opening and heart-breaking and tragically beautiful to capture in one story, and furthermore, I didn’t want to interrupt our fun with constant picture-taking.

But here are a few snapshots anyway!

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On the Street: Fleur-de-Lys Studio, Providence, Rhode Island

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I was just looking through my photos from our recent trip to Rhode Island, and I came across this quick shot of a building in Providence’s College Hill neighborhood. It’s the historic Fleur-de-Lys Studios at 7 Thomas Street, a Tudor Revival building designed by architects Edmund Willson and Synney Burleigh in 1885. It’s still home to the Providence Art Club, and you can read more about it on the Brown University website.

I liked its relief panels, including this image of a lily, painted in bold red and yellow.

Image: photo by Tinsel Creation.

Covet: Anna Sui for Tumi Luggage

I don’t have any travel plans for this summer, but if I did, I’d love to pack my things into this stylish set of luggage designed by Anna Sui for Tumi.

The line includes a carry-on wheelie suitcase, a tote bag, a laptop case, and shoe bags (not pictured). All of them are decorated with a black-on-purple design that could be a stylized butterfly or a pair of wings worn by an Art Nouveau angel. In keeping with my favorite designer’s characteristic style, the visuals are part 1960s psychedelia, part Aubrey Beardsley, and all Anna Sui. Continue reading

Photo Album: By The Sea, Part 2

During our recent weekend “down the Shore,” my husband and I stayed at a bed-and-breakfast in Ocean Grove, but we also spent time in adjacent Asbury Park. Asbury Park is by far the better known of the two towns, famous for its boardwalk amusements and its longtime association with Bruce Springsteen. Like Ocean Grove, it has also made something of a comeback in the past quarter-century. Continue reading