FORUM SHOPS IN LAS VEGAS
Somehow casually walking around, without a shopping agenda, and looking at the creative displays of clothing, accessories, and home decor lead to my inspiration. I don't exactly remember a specific display, but surely the vintage flair of the shop had something to do with it.
Each one of the over 180 Anthropologie stores worldwide is designed individually with wood-planked floors and vaulted ceilings. I guess that's why the stores are intriguing. Each one is different. Their buyers travel the world in search of unusual decorative objects, furniture and textiles. They visit flea markets in Paris, remote villages in India, and obscure art studios in Turkey.
Since discovering them in 2010, I rarely pass one of the stores without walking through to enjoy the latest artistic displays and styles. It's kind of like looking at Pinterest. I rarely purchase anything, but it sure is fun to look.
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Now that I had the name for my blog—I needed to start the writing. The inspiration for this came from the Jet Blue “All-You-Can-Jet” pass that we had just purchased on a whim. The pass allowed unlimited travel on Jet Blue for one month, beginning in early September of that year. My first post, “Travel Challenge #1,” basically covered the test of putting it all together. As I recall, with all of the connections and 57 cities to choose from, it was far from easy.
In looking back I managed to post on each of the places we flew to: New York; Bermuda; Fort Meyer, FL; Boston; Burlington, VT; Raleigh, NC; and Chicago, where the trip started and ended. We were living in Minneapolis at the time so Chicago was the closest city that Jet Blue flew to.
Although hectic, we enjoyed the trip and would have signed up again the next year if it were offered, but it was not. Like so many things in life, there may never be a second chance. My father use to say, “Do it while you can.” I think he was right.
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