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Dressing Downton™ Exhibition is Open for it’s Last Stop!


The opening reception at The Lightner Museum for the Dressing Downton™ Exhibition set the tone for the exhibit. St. Augustine is the last stop for this amazing collection of clothing for the popular show, Downton Abbey®. With the Ice Plant distillery handing out samples of the drink of the night upon entering, champagne flowing and everyone dressed in 1920’s outfits, it was a great event!  A New York-based band, conducted by Michael Arenella played the music of the era and completed the feeling of the early 1920’s. The museum went all out, staging the clothing with the appropriate props to set the stage. The clothes are exquisite and many people will actually remember seeing the clothing because it is so beautiful!

The Lightner Museum will play host to an exquisite collection of 36 original costume pieces on the award-winning television series. The exhibit is open now through January 7, 2018, so if you are close to St. Augustine, you don’t want to miss this exquisite collection from the show. This exhibit will show through the popular nights of lights in St. Augustine.

Dressing Downton™   has been a highly successful traveling exhibition that began at the Biltmore Estate in February of 2015 and will culminate here in St. Augustine, Florida at the Lightner Museum. The show has received 59 Emmy® nominations, more than any other non-US show in Emmy® history and is one of the most honored series on television.

There will be themed events throughout the city including afternoon teas and more.

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Here’s a peek at what you’ll see from the Exhibit.


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It’s hard to believe that St. Augustine  FL, the oldest city in the nation, was hit hard by two large hurricanes within a year. I’ve never seen everyone floods and when most were just about coming back from Matthew, Irma hit and they flooded again.

St Augustine Florida Hit Hard by Hurricane Irma same year it's hit with Hurricane Matthew

St Augustine Florida Hit Hard by Hurricane Irma same year it’s hit with Hurricane Matthew




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50 Facts You Need To Know About The Eclipse

I thought this was a great list of facts to know about the Solar Eclipse happening Monday, August 21st. It was compiled by Emma Loewe . It’s full of great tips and links for more info. Read the full article below:


Photo: @ssucsy

Monday’s eclipse has everyone talking. It’s an exciting event in astronomy and astrology, science and spirituality, and everything in between. Whether you’re the one leading those conversations or blindly nodding your way through them, we’ve uncovered some celestial facts for you. Here’s everything—and we really mean everything—you need to know:

  1. A “solar eclipse” is what happens when the moon passes between the sun and the earth, blocking part (or all) of the sun for a period.
  2. On Monday, August 21, a total eclipse will be visible across the United States. The last time we could see one from the States (excluding Alaska and Hawaii) was February 26, 1979.
  3. And it’s been even longer since the eclipse was visible from coast to coast: June 8, 1918.
  4. This year, the “totality” of the eclipse (meaning, where the moon blocks the entire sun, leaving only a ring of light behind) will be visible in parts of 14 states. (Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina, in case you were wondering.)
  5. That’s why Monday’s event has taken on the nickname of “The Great American Eclipse.” People will be able to see a partial solar eclipse in the rest of the contiguous United States too, as well as parts of Africa, South America, and Europe.
  6. The eclipse will cross through the United States over the course of an hour and a half, encasing the aforementioned 14 states in darkness for approximately two minutes each.
  7. The eclipse will enter the United States at 10:15 a.m. PDT off the coast of Oregon and leave at approximately 2:50 p.m. EDT in South Carolina.
  8. These 10 American cities are close to the path of totality, so they’ll have some great views during the following times: Madras, Oregon (10:19 a.m.–10:21 a.m.); Idaho Falls, Idaho (11:33 a.m.–11:34 a.m.); Casper, Wyoming (11:42 a.m.–11:45 a.m.); Lincoln, Nebraska (1:02 p.m.–1:04 p.m.); Jefferson City, Missouri (1:13 p.m.–1:15 p.m.); Carbondale, Illinois (1:20 p.m.–1:22 p.m.); Paducah, Kentucky (1:22 p.m.–1:24 p.m.); Nashville, Tennessee (1:27 p.m.–1:29 p.m.); Clayton, Georgia (2:35 p.m.–2:38 p.m.); and Columbia, South Carolina (2:41 p.m.–2:44 p.m.).
  9. You can see just how much of the eclipse will pass through your ZIP code with this nifty calculator. It will also tell you how far you’ll need to travel to see a total eclipse.
  10. Love a good craft project? Make your own pinhole projector. It’s an easy, fun way to make sure your viewing experience doesn’t damage your eyes. For a basic version, you just need two pieces of paper and a needle. It shouldn’t take more than a couple of minutes. If you have a bit more time, you can make your own box projector. Find directions for both here.
  11. If you aren’t the crafting type and maybe you could use some new shades anyway, grab a pair of “eclipse glasses” to block out the sun’s UV rays. More effective than your typical sunglasses, paper frames approved by the American Astronomical Society let no more than 0.00032 percent of the sun’s light into the eyes.
  12. To find some sunnies, try your local library, or check out NASA’s distribution points around the country.
  13. Be careful when picking your pair, though, as some glasses on the market aren’t strong enough to fully protect the eyes. Rainbow Symphony, American Paper Optics, Thousand Oaks Optical, TSE 17, and Baader Planetarium are all brands that pass a stringent safety test.
  14. A major force of astrological power, the eclipse will have a nuanced effect on each zodiac sign. Read up on what it has in store for yours here.
  15. Since the eclipse falls during a Leo time, it’s thought to carry with it an energy of confidence, leadership, and play. It will trine Uranus (meaning it will sit 120 degrees apart from the sign on the zodiac chart), the planet of change and excitement. All of this is to say that, astrologically speaking, now is a perfect time to step confidently into the next phase of your life.
  16. NASA hopes to eventually map out the entire eclipse, and it’s calling on everyday citizens for some help. By downloading their GLOBE Observer app, you can get involved by recording data about the eclipse from your perspective, no matter where you’re watching from.
  17. NASA scientists will also be tracking the celestial event from the sky. They’ll set out to “chase” the eclipse in jets equipped with stabilizing telescopes in the hopes of tracking it in totality for up to seven minutes.
  18. “Total Eclipse” recounts writer Annie Dillard’s experience viewing the 1979 eclipse in Washington state. The essay has gone down as a masterpiece of literary nonfiction and a must-read for the eclipse-curious among us.
  19. In ancient times, celestial events like eclipses were interpreted as divine signs. In China, solar eclipses were associated with the health and fortune of the emperor, and according to legend, failing to predict a solar eclipse would put the emperor in danger. It is believed that two astrologers were executed for failing to predict an eclipse on October 22, 2134 BCE. (If true, that would make it the first solar eclipse in recorded history.)
  20. The Chinese word for solar eclipse is actually shih, which translates to “to eat.” In Ancient China, people would make loud noises by banging pots and pans and drums during a solar eclipse in an effort to frighten the dog they believed was devouring the sun.
  21. Another infamous eclipse took place the day of the decisive battle of The Wars of the Roses (the war that established the Tudor dynasty). The Battle of Bosworth happened on August 22, 1485—the day of a lunar eclipse. Richard’s wife had died on the day of a solar eclipse, so he thought the eclipse was a bad omen. The battle ended when Richard was killed, and his crown was placed on Henry’s head. Perhaps he was right to fear eclipses?
  22. As a matter of fact, many cultures still consider solar eclipses harbingers of doom. In India, people fast during eclipses because they believe any food preparedduring this time will be poisonous.
  23. A tribe indigenous to the northwestern United States, the Pomo have fascinating folklore about the origin of eclipses. In their story, the sun and a bear run into each other as the bear is going for a stroll along the Milky Way. The two get into a fight about who will move out of the other’s way, and the bear takes a bite out of the sun. The Pomo name for a solar eclipse literally translates to “sun got bit by a bear.
  24. Another common superstition is that eclipses are harmful to pregnant women. But modern medicine makes it clear that this is 100 percent myth, zero percent fact. The only potential physical harm that can come from the eclipse is to the eyes if exposed directly.
  25. On the other end of the spectrum, according to Greek historian Herodotus, a solar eclipse in 585 BCE brought about peace between the Lydians and Medes. They interpreted the astrological event as a sign from the gods that they should cease fighting.
  26. Though many historians, astrologers, and astronomers had observed and recorded eclipses, it wasn’t until 1605 that a scientific explanation of a total solar eclipse was written down by astronomer Johannes Kepler.
  27. A century later, Edmund Halley (yes, like the comet) predicted the timing and path of a solar eclipse on May 3, 1715, to within 18 miles and four minutes—startlingly accurate when you consider that it happened over 200 years ago.
  28. A Canadian astronomer from the University of Alberta, J.W. Campbell, was a world-famous “eclipse chaser” in the first half of the 20th century. He traveled the world and chased 12 different eclipses, but poor weather and visibility got in his way every time. Thank goodness for
  29. An especially spectacular feature unique to the total solar eclipse is the “diamond ring effect.” This is caused by a phenomenon known as Baily’s Beads, named after Francis Baily, who provided a scientific explanation for it in 1836. Because of the peaks and valleys of lunar topography, points of sunlight can shine through in some places. Those points of light shine through to create the ring. The “diamond ring effect,” in which the light appears to form a diamond surrounded by a golden ring, appears when only one bead is left.
  30. Many people still place a great deal of significance on eclipses, but in the Western world, it tends to be of a more romantic sort. Marriage proposals and weddingsare often planned to coincide with these once-in-a-lifetime events, to make them even more unforgettable.
  31. For a total solar eclipse to occur, the moon must be directly between the sun and the earth. That can only happen during one lunar phase: the new moon.
  32. Total solar eclipses are made possible by a miraculous symmetry that most people don’t know about. The sun is exactly 400 times larger than the moon, and 400 times farther from the earth. That’s why these two celestial bodies appear exactly the same size.
  33. And, yes, as you may have inferred from the previous fact, that means that the only place a total solar eclipse can occur in our solar system is on our beautiful, great, green Earth.
  34. Speaking of which, the United States is the only place on Earth that’ll see a total solar eclipse twice within a decade—August 21, 2017, and again on April 8, 2024.
  35. Wondering how many people are actually going to catch a glimpse of the eclipse? Well, a lucky 12.25 million people live within the path of totality. And an estimated 1.85 to 7.4 million more will travel somewhere within that path on the big day. Talk about traffic jams.
  36. Nashville, Tennessee, is the largest U.S. city in the path of the total eclipse.
  37. Many smaller towns in its path are expecting the biggest spike in tourism they’ve seen maybe ever. They’re treating it like an emergency situation, down to planning for potential port-a-potty shortages. Somebody’s got to think of these things, after all.
  38. Certain schools are even pushing back their first day of classes to ensure they don’t fall on Monday. They’re driven by concern that children will be too tempted to stare into the sun.
  39. The first people in the world to see the eclipse will be on the waterfront at Government Point, Oregon, at 10:15:56.5 a.m. PDT.
  40. The longest amount of time anyone will see the totality of the eclipse is 2 minutes and 40.2 seconds.
  41. You won’t need a telescope to get a great view of this event, but if you want to get a closer-up glimpse, consider grabbing a pair of binoculars.
  42. If you’re a parent, the eclipse can be a wonderful opportunity to teach your kids about nature’s grandeur. Read how one mama is talking to her children about the event here.
  43. Horticulturists guess that the chilly, dark eclipse conditions will throw plants, insects, and birds into a bit of a tailspin. During the hours surrounding the eclipse, songbirds could stop singing, crickets could stop chirping, and bats might set out for nighttime flight a little early. No need to worry about your houseplants, though. The eclipse isn’t long enough to do any major damage to their growth.
  44. One thing we should actually be concerned about is the eclipse’s influence on our power stores. States that rely heavily on solar power, like California, are in for a major drop in supply.
  45. If you’ll be driving on Monday afternoon, prepare to turn your headlights on. Also, listen to AAA’s advice and don’t attempt to watch or photograph the event from the road.
  46. There are plenty of spiritual rituals that can help get you in the right mental space to take in the spectacle. Check them out here.
  47. The term “solar eclipse” has gained some serious Google traction in recent days, and curiously, Mozambique seems to be the region that’s most actively searching for information on it online.
  48. If it’s rainy or cloudy in your area, you sadly will not be able to see the eclipse.
  49. According to astronomers, looking through the eyepiece of a camera can be dangerous during the full eclipse, so be careful and keep your glasses on if you’re trying to immortalize the moment.
  50. By most accounts, this is the most highly anticipated eclipse in human history, so get ready for an exciting start to the week!




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KLM Airlines Uses Social Media in the Best Way

From customer service to connecting you with other passengers, KLM has harnessed the power of social media.


” KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is going to where the customers already are: social media.” This is a great story about how a company in an industry filled with stress for it’s customers is keeping up with technology and giving value-added customer service.   They are accessible to their customers and their customer service staff is trained to take care of customers. They are on several social media platforms from Facebook and Twitter to WeChat and more.  Like several airlines, they respond to customers on social media but get this, they have an estimated 100,000 social interactions a week!  The article is inspiring for travelers. Read the full article here.

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My Savannah

Follow four local Savannahians as they take you on a tour of their city through music, architecture, running and paddleboarding. Be inspired to plan your own visit and discover what “My Savannah” means to you. Video from #MySavannah.

Savannah is a beautiful and quaint town with so much history. It’s a great place to relax, take in the southern hospitality and learn the history of the incredible town.



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Personal Space: a Trend at Las Vegas

FIRST LOOK showcases a range of categories in PERSONAL SPACE, a bathroom vignette that features top colors in cabinetry: white, off-whites and blue-cast grays. What to submit: bathroom vanities, mirrors, wall decor, sconces, personal care products, candles, textiles and trinket dishes, to name just a new.

One Womans Travels Las Vegas Winter 2017 Market Trends

Top colors in cabinetry remain white, off-whites, and blue-cast grays. Gray and off-white are still the neutrals of choice and they abound at Las Vegas market! Whether in the kitchen or the bath, find them in cabinets, vanities, mirrors, wall decor, sconces and more. These colors are calming and peaceful and serve as a wonderful palette for adding splashes of color to your home decor.

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Vegas Market Trend: Artist’s Hand

The artist’s stamp, whether by way of signature or slight imperfection, is evident in ARTIST’S HAND, a theme that focuses on all gift and home product categories, especially textiles, accessories, jewelry and furniture. Look for nuance—and perhaps clever and quirky inscriptions—that connect owner and maker.


A theme that is focused on gift and home products, especially textiles, accessories, jewelry and even furniture. It is the Artist’s Hand-they leave their stamp whether it’s their signature or a natural slight imperfection, with clever and even quirky inscriptions.

One Womans Travels Las Vegas Winter 2017 Market Trends

I saw this trending at Highpoint and loved what I saw at #DesignLegacy, a wholesale to the trade company with amazingly unique designs! These items will be great finds to put your own signature on the design in your home.


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2017 Trends: Midnight Garden-Las Vegas Market!

Midnight Garden is a 2017 trend coming out of the 2017 Winter Las Vegas Market. Inspired by nature, yet sultry because of the photorealism, digital effects and the play with dark and light. It has romance and scorched and charred textures luring you to “surrender to the beauty of the night.”

One Womans Travels Las Vegas Winter 2017 Market Trends


We can see Benjamin Moore’s color of the for 2017 Shadow in this trend. Shadow can make a room feel warm and cozy. As an accent wall, rug, throw pillows or accessories, this is a beautiful color in a great hue. You’ll see this in the stores.

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Design Trend for 2017: Nourishment-See it at Las Vegas Market!

This year we will see jewel tones, stunning greens, and deep purples. Add those to matte metals and stone embellishments and you get what Las Vegas Market is calling a “Nourishment” theme. Sophisticated and luxurious, rejuvenating the mind and the body. Beautiful!

One Womans Travels Las Vegas Winter 2017 Market Trends

Pantone raised eyebrows with their bold call of the 2017 color of the year: Greenery Pantone 15-0343 but the design industry seems to be willing to incorporate it and who can deny green? Travels Pantone color-of-the-year-2017

If you are concerned about going with jewel tones, try using them as accents in accessories, throw pillows, even an accent wall. Jewel toned accents against neutrals will pop! Feel the nourishing energy from these beautiful colors.



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