I landed late Saturday night from a six day work trip spent in Philadelphia and Boston. I’m always struck by the stark contrast in scenery between Florida and my native Pennsylvania when I get a few days to spend time up there. I grew up in a suburb about 4o minutes west of Philly, surrounded by wide expanses of greenery; tall, ancient trees; and gentle hills. Within walking distance from my parents’ home were sheep farms and equestrian stables. For a portion of my youth, we drove past an alpaca farm every morning on the way to school. But I’ve come to find that Florida is beautiful in its own, very different way. I think of the Northeast as being greener, quieter, more subdued. Florida is brighter – the sun shines more strongly, the flowers grow in more intense hues. The area that I live in is louder and more densely populated than the small town outside of Philadelphia that I called home just two years ago. I’ve learned to maybe not love, but to at least appreciate the landscape of South Florida. For this post, Francesca (of Coco Prop Shop) brought me to the tropical oasis of Johnny Mangos, a garden center located in Delray Beach. Johnny Mangos embodies all that is beautiful about Southern Florida – it’s bursting with colorful orchids and leafy greenery. I could get lost among its lush aisles for hours. The time I spent there reminded me that difficult roads (like the one that led me to living in Florida) often lead to beautiful destinations. There is beauty everywhere, if you’re open to seeing it. And despite feeling uprooted from my former life in the Northeast, little by little, I am learning to bloom where I was re-planted.
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Pants: Free People (c/o) // Top: Topshop (old, similar here) // Panama Hat: similar here // Shoes: Ivanka Trump (old, similar here) // Earrings: SUGARFIX by Bauble Bar // Clutch: similar here // Sunnies: Karen Walker