Meet the Maker behind Lou Jewels

Meet the Maker behind Lou Jewels

“Once I've got a concept I like, I sit down at my bench to create it, all the while staying open to other ideas. I will play around with materials. Sometimes things turn out exactly how I imagined them, and sometimes what I end up with is far from where I started, but I love it even more.”

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Falling for Vintage Fall Fashion

Falling for Vintage Fall Fashion

Each season there are a number of trends that you will begin seeing in every store, some you’ll love and some you’ll loathe. The great thing about fashion trends is that you can choose which to partake in and to what extent you make it your own.

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Turquoise Everything at Orlando Vintage

Turquoise Everything at Orlando Vintage

They are such beautiful stones.  The Zuni, Navajo, and native peoples who created works of art in Sleeping Beauty blue or Dry Creek green are some of my favorite things to collect.  After going to the Orlando Museum of Art's Seminole Indian culture exhibit I had to pull out all my turquoise to welcome spring and summer. 

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Selby Gardens in Sarasota, Florida

Selby Gardens in Sarasota, Florida

I used to live in Sarasota and Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is one of my favorite places to wander.  Named for Marie Selby who lived on the property with her husband, William, for over 50 years.  She loved nature and when she passed in 1971, she left her home and gardens to the community "for the enjoyment of the general public." 

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Daytona Beach Turkey Rod Run: Daytona Beach, Florida

Daytona Beach Turkey Rod Run: Daytona Beach, Florida

I learned how to drive in a Model A Ford.  Back in 1986, my dad was slowly restoring a Model A and it was a just a chassis and engine.  I sat on a couple of tires to work the clutch and steer. Across the street from my childhood home at 117 Hattaway Drive, was an unused golf-course and orange groves that stretched all the way down to Lake Orienta. 

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Habitat Galleries in West Palm Beach

Habitat Galleries in West Palm Beach

From quirky multimedia works to elaborate sculptures, this place has some really amazing stuff in a huge variety. The place has been open since 1982 and is super photo-friendly, so feel free to stop in and grab some shots if you're in the area. 

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Audubon Park with DJ Nigel

Audubon Park with DJ Nigel

We're starting a throwback series to the tours we took last year. One of my faves was this one from Audubon Park. Nothing like a warm winter day in Orlando and this Townie Tour really was unique. We started at Stardust Coffee with Brendan and Jessica Frick then headed over to East End Market and hit up Park Avenue CDs and Bluebird Bake Shop with DJ Nigel John.

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