GULF GIRL

A Tampa Bay life & style story.

Thursday, June 30

My favorite (secret) beach

The sand is powder white, sea oats everywhere and the water is crystal clear. I've been coming to this spot my whole life. Best of all, it is *always* quiet and deserted. Now if I told you where it was, it may not stay that way. Hint: It's not Dr. Beach's #1 pic.





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Mis En Chic

This beach cottage meets french chateau shelter shop is unassuming from the outside but expertly layered and styled inside. There are treasures around every corner some sourced locally and many shipped straight from Europe. I die. 




















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We've moved!

Please redirect your browsers from "www.gulfgurl.com" to "www.gulfgirl.com" 


It was a tough negotiation but the Persian Gulf escort based in Dubai relinquished her domain name and hopefully her profession?! Thankfully, there will be no more lewd pics when people spell Gulf Girl correctly in their browsers. Phew. We are family friendly here people!


I'll be moving over some back postings but basically starting fresh. 


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Friday, June 24

Treasure Island Vintage Signs

You'd almost expect to see Don Draper coming out of any of these spots. Florida nostalgia is thriving in Treasure Island.















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Sunday, June 19

Cassis, French Riviera Theme

If for whatever reason you can't sneak away to the Cote d'azur for a weekend (excuses!) Cassis has you covered. They brought in thousands of lbs of sand and coated the floors with six inches of it. The result is a beachy meets French theme. The wait staff, drink menu and decor have all been tweaked for this fun event. The food menu, remains exactly the same so all your favorite cravings are intact. I have to be honest, as many times as I've been to Cassis, I only get the same dish: Filet Mignon with grilled endive. Savoureux! This area of downtown St. Pete has been livening up in the last year and become a legitimate after hours spot. The bar at Cassis, French Riviera theme notwithstanding, has the perfect ambiance for meeting up with friends where the emphasis is on the company and not a sports team. 










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Sunday's Best



(Banana Republic top, Salvadore Ferragamo pants, Moyna clutch, vintage belt)


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Friday, June 17

Sarasota Bay- Hyatt Regency







(Theory dress, BCBG jacket, Coach shoes, Kevia necklace, Mulberry wristlet)

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Self made art

Art is expensive. Sheesh. As I was pricing art for our very blank walls I realized a nice largish piece would literally be our entire decorative budget. While I realize it can be worth the financial investment, my 401K isn't even maxed yet, so no dice. A Groupon for Canvas on Demand got me thinking of my own photos and if any were worthy to be enlarged 1000x and be displayed our walls. I saw this living room shot and the painting in it reminded me of a picture I took when we went volcano surfing in Nicaragua. 
Dont know source, or photo credit :(

Though you'd never know by looking at it, this shot is of the natural sulfur formations on the side of the Cerro Negro. I took the picture thinking how gorgeous mother nature's own "art" is. 

In context:




From then on I started taking pictures of instances where nature resembled a painted canvas. On our last trip to Guatemala, I look this picture in Tikal. It's a mold formation on the side of one of the oldest ruins in the world. 




Since this picture perfectly matches our color scheme, I decided to blow 'er up. Less than a week later Canvas on Demand delivered its 40x60ness to our door. I signed it, named it "Tikal" and gave it to my husband as a Valentines Day present. So not only was it less than $200 it didn't count in the decoration budget. Ha, ha. Everyone wins! I love the idea of having "art" in the house that is very, very personal. Also, it's an awesome conversation piece. Without fail, while having people over for dinner, my husband will ask our guests what they think the picture is of. No one EVER guesses mold. No one ever has room for dessert either. Hmm...







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