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During our mini Floridian road trip, our first stop was Sanibel Island, Florida. We were largely there to spend time in the J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, but as soon as we turned onto Periwinkle Drive (the main thoroughfare of Sanibel), I wanted to stop everywhere! We traveled to Sanibel many times when I was younger, and I would love nothing more than to make another trip there soon.

I pulled into the parking lot when we approached She Sells Sea Shells, a Sanibel Island mainstay.

She Sells Sea Shells has been in business since 1976!

Featured on the sign is a Junonia shell, a holy grail for shellers.

So. Many. Products! You can see more Junonia shells, real ones, in the display case on the left.

There seems to be endless shell art – the creativity is impressive.

Christmas tree ornaments of all shapes and sizes are available.

These are flowers made from shells!

I picked up one of these and was completely surprised at how robust and solid it felt! (Related – I purchased a beautiful Christmas tree ornament that was a mermaid made of shells, and she made it all the way home, in my suitcase, intact!)

Of course, there is a huge section of open stock shells in the store.

So many options!

I went shelling a bit on a Sanibel beach later that day, and I didn’t find anything that looked like this, so I can see why people might want to buy them.

Do you need decor for your beach house or shore house? Look no further!

There were mobiles all of the store. I don’t know how you get one of those home with you, but I find them incredibly charming.

One more wider shot of the store. If you ever find yourself on Sanibel, you MUST stop at She Sells Sea Shells.

Happy trails!

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Sephora VIB Sale Picks and Wishlist | Spring 2017

by Jamie Sanford on April 18, 2017

The Sephora VIB sale event is back!

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April 18-24: VIB Rouge Members receive 15% off on all purchases, in store and online.

April 19-24: VIB members receive 15% off on all purchases, in store and online.

April 20-24: Beauty Insiders receive 15% off on all purchases, in store and online.

To become a VIB member, you have to spend $350 at Sephora in the span of a year. I’ve managed this the last few years by purchasing skincare from Sephora instead of with the individual brands. To become a VIB Rouge member, you have to spend $1000 at Sephora in the span of a year, which doesn’t feel like reality. I’m guessing it is mostly beauty professionals in this category.

So let’s get into it! The list below combines my wishlist or items I would like to pick up, as well as favorites that I might have to stock up on while they are being discounted. I will definitely also be picking up skin care items from Murad and Origins.

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Vegas New Orleans | In My Travels

by Jamie Sanford on February 20, 2017

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We traveled to New Orleans in December, and one of my only required stops was to go to Magazine Street and do some shopping. We ended up shopping for Will in a store called Vegas – funny enough since we were only a few weeks out from our Las Vegas vow renewal.

We not only had great success, but I was super charmed by the aesthetic of the store itself.

It was another grey day in New Orleans, but that’s the perfect time for shopping.

Lovely natural light from these huge windows.

While I was busy enjoying the interior and display designs, Will was shopping and finding great items. The selection in the store was a mix of classic items with those that were a bit more quirky, and brands I had never seen or heard of before. Will ended up buying 2 shirts that are new favorites.

I could not sell Will on the gold jacket.

These hats were perfectly tongue-in-cheek.

The commitment is real when even the business cards are this good.

The happy customer. If you’re in the market for men’s clothing in New Orleans, definitely go and check out Vegas on Magazine Street.

Happy trails!

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Hershey’s Chocolate World | In My Travels

by Jamie Sanford on October 31, 2016

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I will stop at Hershey’s Chocolate World if I am ANYWHERE in the vicinity of Hershey, Pennsylvania. This also means that William has visited a BUNCH of times as well – I have made him ride the chocolate tour ride every time. I am a complete sucker for that experience, anything where I’m sitting in a moving car, waiting to see what will be next, when the car will turn and move, I absolutely love it. It totally turns me into a kid again.

It smells like chocolate. Outdoors.

Photo ops everywhere.

They do not miss an opportunity to make things shaped like Hershey’s kisses.

YAAASSS!

Hershey has a rich history.

During the chocolate tour ride, you get to go through the entire chocolate making process, with the addition of singing cows!

Then you get to the most amazing chocolate shopping.

This store is ENORMOUS.

There are areas of the store devoted to all of the iconic Hershey products. Apparel, housewares, and of course, tons of chocolate and candy.

Do you need the world’s largest anything? You’re all set.

I don’t know where I would have put one of these, but they are charming.

Reese’s products are a weakness. I think I have an actual physical response to this orange color.

So much peanut buttery goodness.

One of the most interesting things in the Hershey’s Chocolate World store is that it turns out that Hershey manufactures SO MANY brands, including many I haven’t heard of, like Scharffen Berger.

I’d be interested to know how long it took Hershey to start selling branded components of products, like Mounds coconut shreds.

7 pounds of chocolate syrup! This has to only be for industrial purchasing, right? Also, it is NOT $9.95, this item is placed in the wrong spot.

They also had a number of new products in the store.

There’s a giant bar of gravity-fed individually sized candies, so you can make a mix and match bag of your favorites. It is very large and very beautiful.

It was a sweet day indeed.

If you are anywhere near the Hershey area, I recommend a stop at Hershey’s Chocolate World. The visit is free, as is the chocolate tour – but I can make no assumptions that you would be able to escape without buying chocolate and/or candy on the way out. If nothing else, you can stop in the mini food court to get a milkshake!

Happy trails!

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True shopping isn’t something I really do anymore. We are so spoiled by shopping online, and it’s easier to order away and let everything come to you. However, when I am in a place where there are unique shops to step into, I cannot resist. On our last night in Maine, we walked around Boothbay Harbor a bit, and when I saw the word “silversmith,” I knew we were going in. It turns out that it was Tigger Leather & Silversmith, a two-in-one!

The wall of belts was confusing until we realized that when you buy a belt, it is customized to your size! Will got a great black belt, and the length was cut and holes added to be the perfect size for him.

The leather scent was overwhelming but wonderful. You can see some of the variety of items available here.

I was in love with the decor, which I had ample time to explore while Will had his belt sorted out.

Note the lobster in the center of the bottom shelf.

Another unique experience from Maine. A reminder that I need to find more local businesses in my own area and patronize them. Check out Tigger Leather & Silversmith online here.

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