So this is my last full week in Connecticut. I'm elated to be moving to Florida, but also a little apprehensive about the move and starting a new job. I think that's normal. It's how I felt when I moved up here in March 2008. Going back to FL will be easier. I know the area, have family there, and will quickly acclimate again. Can't wait to see old friends and make new ones.
We have some great friends who have come through for us on a couple of temporary housing options while we have our CT house on the market. And my dear sister and brother-in-law are letting me (and the puppy) stay at their house until the hubby comes down with all our things in mid-Sept.
I'm also looking forward to new settings for my daily photo shoots, dressing for a different climate, having enough outdoor light to work with all year round, and maybe taking the blog to another level by incorporating more of my daily life (sort of like Emily from Cupcakes and Cashmere). My sister and mom are the go-go-go types. I relaxed a little bit from that pace when I moved up north, but I'm sure there will be restaurants, staycations, family outings, etc. that I'll want to show you. I can't wait to visit some of my favorite eatieries, an Italian market in St. Pete, outdoor shopping, beaches, etc., and to show you new tropical backgrounds in my pictures.
The heart of Tampa has two awesome malls (International Plaza and Westshore Plaza) with Saks in one and Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, and Lord & Taylor in the other. I haven't been inside a Saks or Neimans since leaving home. The upper level of International Plaza has plenty of bars and restaurants.
We also have some great festivals throughout the year (Ribfest, Mainsail Art Festival, Gasparilla Pirate Festival), and concerts that you can actually get tickets for. We had a terrible time getting tickets for big shows up here. Most sold out in minutes (e.g., Radiohead).
I'm also looking forward to being able to buy wine in grocery stores again - even past 9pm! Although I will miss Wegman's, I'm coming home to Publix. It will be nice not to have to go to Stop & Shop for some items and ShopRite for the others, and then make a trip to a package store for wine. And a bonus is that Trader Joe's has finally opened a couple of stores in Florida. The nearest is about an hour away but I've driven much further up here for things (Total Wine and Bonefish Grill in New Jersey, Wegman's near Boston). The nearest Trader Joe's is in Sarasota. But I don't mind because I have a favorite Mexican restaurant in the area. It will make for a nice Saturday trip. And I'm sure a Trader Joe's in Tampa is just a matter of time.
So on to the outfit. Please excuse the hair. It's been so overcast and humid here lately. That's why you've been seeing my hair pulled back a lot more. I'm sure it will be that way in FL as well.
I normally pair anything orange with a gold necklace. I wanted something a little different today so I went with my Trina Turk green necklace. And you've seen my yellow and green versions of this Zara top. This one was on sale at the Tampa store on my last visit. It was the first time I've been in the Tampa Zara. It was about the size of the one in Stamford, CT. It didn't, however, have that glitzy feel that the NYC stores have. Oh, well. I'll just have to make a visit once or twice/year to NYC to get my fix of NYC shopping.