Exploring deCordova

A lovely afternoon spent wandering around the grounds of the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum.  Just a short drive from Boston to the woodsy town of Lincoln, Massachusetts.  The deCordova was established in 1950 and is set on 30 acres of rolling hills.  At any given time there about 60 works of art on display.  You can meander about at your own pace.  Such a treat to have this museum in my backyard.  A nice reminder to explore what is around you.

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Fletcher Benton, Donut with 3 Balls
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Letha Wilson, PLATFORM 19
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Noémie Goudal, PLATFORM 20
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Joseph Wheelwright, Listening Stone 1985.  A special sculpture by Mr. Wheelwright who is the late husband of my son’s third grade teacher.  His extraordinary talent is left for all of us to admire.

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An amazing new exhibition by Ian McMahon.  Tether is a sculpture created with air and plaster. It looks like giant pillows but it is far from that and extremely fragile.
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To be honest my 11-year-old was not thrilled for this outing.  After five minutes on the open field his curiosity kicked in!
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Yayoi Kusama, Where the Lights in My Heart is a spectacular outdoor exhibit where you walk inside a mirror polished stainless steel chamber with glass mirrors.  You get to experience a never-ending universe.

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Rolling hills and structures that grace the property
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Nari Ward, Shoe tips with libation, G.O.A.T.  The sneakers are a mystery.
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I love this working honeybee hive sculpture that is buzzing with activity.  Created by Jarret Mellenbrunch, Haven 2014
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A new installation by Nancy Winship Milliken, Pasture Song. The combination of reclaimed cello bow strings, horsehairs, and little help of some wind, all together create soft music.  Amazing!
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Jim Dine, Two Big Black Hearts

Be sure to check out the website for updates on new installations and fun activities.  The park is open everyday from 10-5.  There is cafe to grab a light bite and a well curated gift shop to find a souvenir.  deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum is certainly a highlight of this area but there are also other lovely historical towns and places to explore within a short drive of the park.  Walden Pond certainly comes to mind.

Summer Feet With Soludos

Be it poolside, beach strolls, or city walks, you can find your summer stride with Soludos.  Loving their refreshing spin on the classic espadrille.  Summer footwear that you can slide into and wear with anything.  Making it effortless as you walk out the door.  Soludos is based in Soho, New York with travel as their inspiration to creating shoes and accessories for your everyday life adventures.  They are thoughtfully designed with comfort, price, quality, and personality.  Soludos have taken something basic and raised their game with a playful twist.  I have the black slides and love them.  They are just easy and neutral.

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Ocean Strong With Porter

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Porter x Parley + contributing editor Anja Rubik  + photographer Mario Sorrenti = one hell of an issue.  Anja aka an eco-warrior is absolutely stunning in Porter’s new Summer Escape Issue.  She is a well known fashion model but Anja has a strong voice in bringing awareness to saving the ocean.  She is an active participant and a spokesperson for the environmental organization, Parley for Oceans.  Parley for Oceans focuses on plastic pollution but more importantly they offer a platform for creative thinkers and leaders to collaborate their efforts to save our oceans.  Wait till you see the fashion, the art, the beauty, and the highlighted players that are rallying behind the deep blue ocean.

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Irresistible With Every Bite For A Sweet Weekend

A hot summer day doesn’t really have you wanting to turn on your oven.  But these yummy chocolate chip cookies from Smitten Kitchen will have you running to the grocery store for the chocolate chips and turning on the oven.  Perfect when you need a little something sweet to accompany that cold glass of lemonade.  Here is a recipe to keep in your back pocket for those days when your sweet tooth kicks in.  Of course everyone has the basic Toll House recipe but this SK recipe really seems to take them up a notch.  My 11-year-old who was looking for an activity had fun making them and is a huge fan.  What more can you ask for?!  Happy baking!  Happy Weekend!

Personally I would add a little less chocolate chips (we used Ghirardelli semi-sweet) to the recipe otherwise perfection! image and recipe from  Smitten Kitchen

Getting On Board With UPF 50+

You don’t need to be surfing the waves to be sporting the surfer girl look.  I am a huge fan of the beach and all the activities that one can enjoy on the sandy shore but I am becoming less tolerant of the rays beating down on my skin.  Here are four pieces armed with UPF 50+ from Carve Designs that may do the trick.  Summer is short on the East Coast so having fun and sporty swimwear that has you covered from sunrise to sunset is key!!

Top pic is the Madeline One Piece followed by the Salters Tight, the Sanitas Reversible Top, and the Mustique Reversible Bottom.  All images from Carve Design

Get Floating With Missoni

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Get ready to float away this summer with the Missoni x FUNBOY collaboration.  When a city girl (without a pool) is dreaming of ways to stay cool and with time to flip through some online fashion sights then fun things are found.  Check out Missoni’s take on FUNBOY’s original butterfly wing pool float.  Keeping true to Missoni’s bold usage of color and pattern, the float is fabulous, fun, and Missoni all the way.  Don’t wait too long or the next drop will also sell out.  FUNBOY has the market cornered with the coolest and chicest pool accessories.

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24 Hours in Bozeman, MT

Anytime of the year is a perfect time to visit Bozeman, MT.  A one hour drive from Big Sky and just a short distance from the airport.  A pretty perfect scenario.  Bozeman is a college town located in a valley surrounded by mountains.  No matter where you stand in this city you will have stunning views of the mountains.   Main St. is lined with old Art Deco buildings and neon lights that transform this city at night to hip and happening.  Enjoy strolling Main Street while taking breaks for a bite to eat, a drink, and to explore boutiques.  The vibe is nothing short of cool with an old western charm.  You immediately know that 24 hours will not be enough!

Stay:

The Lark, formerly a run down Old Imperial Inn from the 60’s has been transformed into a modern hip motel with attention to design, efficiency, and style.  The Lark collaborated with local artists for wall installations that tell the story of the area.  The rooms are charming, cozy, and equipped with all your needs to recharge yourself and your tech gadgets.  Each room has built-in wall units made of steel and wood perfect to tuck your gear away.  There are two common areas that are extensions to the rooms.  Enjoy the spacious outdoor patio with bright orange Eames chairs, wooden benches, and an outdoor fireplace.  Relax on the large leather sectional with your feet up or take a seat at the communal wooden table.  Sip some local coffee from the beverage cart.  It is a hip hotel/motel and you want to hang out longer than you should but there is too much to explore. At the end of your day, you will be happy to return to your base camp to sit by the outdoor wood burning fire with a cocktail in hand.

A Few Stand Outs:

Bozeman downtown offers an eclectic mix of shops to explore.  Standouts are Cactus, a funky record shop with the low down on the music scene, Hey Day, a lifestyle boutique that is big and airy, and dawn Josephine collective, a beautifully curated shop with local artists being represented.

A stand out is the Montana Honey Bee Co.  This shop is half artisanal honey and the other half showcasing all your needs to become a bee keeper.  You are educated about bees while sampling the wide varieties of honey.  It is a wonderful store bringing your awareness back to nature.  You will walk away contemplating the idea of designing your own bee farm at home.  It is so sweet! (no pun intended)

Places to Eat:

Bozeman does not lack character.  It is a place that gives you an idea of how life has been.  The city has done a beautiful job combining the old charm through restoration, preservation, and combining their history with modern updates.  Restaurants, bars, cafes, and coffees shops are lively, youthful, and inviting. Sure winners are:  Wild Joe’s coffee spot,  Jam for an over the top breakfast, Copper for a cocktail, and Montana Ale Works for dinner.

If you are thinking about Bozeman for this summer or any other time of year then check out this Bozeman blog.  Great resource!