I had the privilege of being pampered with my friend Michelle Eastman at the Style Bar Day Spa, which bills itself as a full-service luxury day spa and salon in the heart of Palm Beach (2875 S. Ocean Blvd, Palm Beach, 561-585-9788). Allow me to sing the praises of this little gem… the staff members are super-friendly, and as I saw first-hand– they do quality work!
Month: June 2014
My awesome friend Carli Segelson, who works for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, is my snorkel buddy. We go ALL THE TIME and she’s about as obsessed with snorkeling as I am… so I wasn’t surprised Monday during the work day when she kept texting me that she was definitely going snorkeling after work. It doesn’t take much for me to be tempted to go, so I did– and I’m SO GLAD we went!
It was the first late-day snorkel I’ve ever done, since high tide was around 6:23pm and that’s about the exact time we entered the water on Monday, June 9, 2014. Visibility was great and temperature was fine, although a bit chilly entering. We swam straight out at the Blue Heron Bridge underwater snorkel trail at Phil Foster Park in Riviera Beach. The first thing I saw when I dove down to look at a small fish was an OCTOPUS! It was adorable!
I dedicate this CruzTube video (click HERE TO WATCH) with special thanks to Farrah Reyna, my beautiful mentor who so graciously mailed me a surprise– 12 MAC Cosmetics empties, so that I could get two free lip products through the Back to MAC Program. #EcoFriendlyBeauty #GoGreen #Recycling
I’ve been volunteering doing PR for the Philippine American Society of Palm Beach County, and I was thrilled that the event was so successful yesterday– with more than 1,000 attendees!
Click HERE to watch my CruzTube 1-minute video of the 2014 festival! I’m now officially on the Board of Directors, and so is Nathan as my husband, LOL.
Here’s some of the details from my post-event press info:
“A crowd of more than 1,000 people attended the 15th annual Philippine Summer Festival at the South Florida Fairgrounds on June 7, 2014. The Filipino national anthem, a heritage clothing parade, authentic cuisine and traditional children’s games demonstrated the country’s culture. The festival was dedicated to the Filipinos who were affected by Typhoon Haiyan, and the opening ceremonies included a moment of silence for the 6,200 victims who lost their lives in the devastating storm.
The proceeds from the Philippine Summer Festival gate fee will go to ongoing typhoon relief and financial aid scholarships. Filipinos around the world will celebrate the country’s Independence Day five days after the festival on June 12, 2014. This year’s festival also gave recognition to this important part of the Philippines’ history. To date, PAS has collectively donated more than $25,000 to typhoon victims.”
What a fabulous Florida day I had the privilege of experiencing today! Next week marks TWO YEARS that my husband Nathan and I have lived in the Sunshine State. WE LOVE IT!!!
Today for work, I interviewed the mayor of the Jupiter Inlet Colony, Dr. Dan Comerford, along with his wife, Kathie. The Comerfords are long-standing board members with the zoo I work for, and I’m working on a video where board members discuss the zoo’s history. Ms. Kathie used to go on WPTV with animals back in the day!
Nathan found litter in the water– a La Croix box with those plastic six-pack rings, which can be FATAL to marine life! He took it all out of the water, saying, “I’m doing my part.”
We saw a huge stingray (we always see at least one ray, whether it be common or spotted eagle or round fantail), but it swam away too fast for me to get a photo. However, this stingray here was so calm and let me get up close to her many times to snap photos, and even capture this video. I named her “Tricia” after the stingray we met in April in Turks & Caicos– you can read about that trip in this blog post.
We walked along the waterfront pier after it all, where we ended up chatting and making friends with a family from the Bahamas and a couple from New Zealand. Interesting conversations ensued. Then I snapped this pic to commemorate the West Palm Beach night skyline… a beautiful way to end a fabulous Florida day.
On my lunch break today, I crammed in a quick visit to the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum in Palm Beach, FL. This National Historic Landmark celebrated its “Founder’s Day,” which allows visitors to enter for free, instead of the usual $18 cost.
Straight from the website:
In March 30, 1902, a story in the New York Herald described Whitehall, the Palm Beach home of Henry Flagler as, “More wonderful than any palace in Europe, grander and more magnificent than any other private dwelling in the world…”Flagler built the 75-room, 100,000-square-foot Gilded Age mansion, Whitehall, as a wedding present for his wife, Mary Lily Kenan Flagler. The couple used the home as a winter retreat from 1902 until Flagler’s death in 1913, establishing the Palm Beach season for the wealthy of the Gilded Age.
Henry Flagler, founder of Standard Oil, is a huge figure here in Palm Beach County. From Wikipedia:
He was also a key figure in the development of the Atlantic coast of Florida and founder of what became the Florida East Coast Railway. He is known as the father of Miami, Florida, and founded the city of Palm Beach.
I do think the Flagler Museum is worth a trip, although typically I’m not into museums or history. It was most certainly opulent! The word that came to mind when I walked up to the impressive building was “GRAND.”
Instead of writing a lot about it, I just recommend that you go yourself, even paying the full admission price. I do think it’s a good idea to take a tour, and take your time there, instead of rushing through it in 45 minutes like I did (a challenging thing to do with the large crowds– but I managed!).