Wishing you Health, Prosperity and Love this Holiday Season!

“This is my wish for you: peace of mind, prosperity through the year, happiness that multiplies, health for you and yours, fun around every corner, energy to chase your dreams, joy to fill your holidays!”     – D.M. Dellinger

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Hello TTC readers! First I want to thank you for your continued support, and I want to wish you salud, dinero y amor. This is a spanish saying which means health, prosperity and love.  I also want to thank Luba and Adrian Chafloque for going out of their way for this post, which literately means 120 miles away to Longwood Gardens.

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Longwood Gardens was founded by Pierre S. du Pont an industrialist, who purchased the property to save the arboretum from being sold for lumber. Mr. Du Pont added extensively to the property including an enormous conservatory, which is where all of our pictures were taken. In addition to the this conservatory, there are gardens that surround the entire property. Mr. Du Pont also added an extensive system of fountains and a massive pipe organ to the property.

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Mr. Du Pont made Longwood Gardens his private estate from 1906 to around the 1930s. During his occupancy he opened his property to the public and at sometimes would anonymously give personal tours of the the gardens.

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Today Longwood Gardens is a 1,077-plus acre property and consists of 20 outdoor gardens and 20 indoor gardens within 4.5 acres (18,200 m2) of heated greenhouses. The heated greenhouses were phenomenal! As you step from one room to the next you feel like you’ve been transported from the cold winter of Pennsylvania to a tropical rainforest in Madagascar.

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Longwood Gardens hosts 800 horticultural and performing arts events each year, from flower shows, gardening demonstrations, courses, and children’s programs to concerts, organ and carillon recitals, musical theatre, foundation shows and firework displays. They also host an extensive Christmas light display during the holidays.

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The picture above was my favorite display! Red Rome and green Granny Smith apples float in four inches of water to create a colorful tapestry, which reminds me of Alice in Wonderland.

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The decorations were so detailed and beautiful that when Adrian took pictures of them up close they looked like postcards!

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Another one of my favorite pieces is this gorgeous flower chandelier above us. Unfortunately, I’m not sure what kind of plant it is but it had beautiful white flowers and interwoven throughout the plant there were lights and small crystal balls swinging from one vine to the next.

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Many of the trees, like the one above were also decorated with colorful pears and other fruits. My family and I have never decorated our tree with fruits but this will be a great idea for next Christmas.

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The picture above is of the music room which was elegantly decorated for tea!

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The fruit reef above is just one of at least 50 reefs at Longwood Gardens made from a variety of plants. Another reef I remember was made out of a variety of cactus plants!

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The conservatory was so enormous we took a moment to look at the map and Adrian caught the moment without us knowing haha.

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The tree above was Luba’s favorite Christmas tree! It’s gorgeous because the blue lights and decorations make it seem like it’s frozen. ACH_1422 ACH_1426 ACH_1431ACH_1438 ACH_1439 ACH_1441 ACH_1443 ACH_1449 ACH_1458 ACH_1459ACH_1434

I hope you enjoyed our tour of the gardens and our outfit ideas for the holidays!

–Cindy, Luba and Adrian

Get the Look

Cindy

Coat: Sweater:Dress: Carter New Years Ball Drop Mini IITights:Socks:Shoes:Nine West Sybryl Suede Peep-toe Booties - Size 9

Luba

Coat: Sweater:Top:Pants:James Jeans High Class Skinny JeansShoes:Steven Wrenn Pumps

Times Scare!

In honor of one of my favorite holidays of the year I thought it would be fun to begin celebrating Halloween by making a stop at Times Scare near Times Square in New York City.

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This is an awesome venue, whether you’re into haunted houses or if you’re just looking for a scary place to have a drink. Times Scare is also the only year-round haunted house in Times Square and the building where it all takes place used to be a crematorium in the 1920’s.

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I’m not sure about you, but I watch reality ghost shows from time to time and if you’re into that sort of thing, you might believe that the small circle on the picture above is an orb of a spirit that lingers in this building. If you don’t believe in that sort of thing then you might think this is just a dust particle, either way this circle only showed up in one of our photos and it was not man made.

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I’m not too fond of haunted houses but I did love the decorations in this bar and the occasional visits from the actors who were in full costume during their breaks and would stop by the bar. If you’re in New York be sure to look them up!

Enjoy and have a great day!

–Cindy

The Unisphere

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Happy Friday TTC Readers :)!

First I’d like to thank all of you who showed support for the blog by liking my post on Monogram, TTC is now number one on the list :D!! If you haven’t already liked my post on Monogram and added a comment please do so today. Each like and comment will give separate points towards winning. To like a comment just click on the heart located on the right side of the Monogram post. The contest ends on September 2nd, we still have a week to go and a lot can happen in a week. Thanks so much for all your awesome comments and support!

For my spanish speaking readers, les quiero agradecer a todos leyentes por sus comentarios en Monogram, gracias a ustedes hoy TTC llego en primer lugar :D!! Por favor si todavía no se han registrado en Monogram por favor inscríbanse hoy. Escriban un comentario en mi post y hagan click en el corazon, ya que cada comentario y corazón que ustedes me regalen cuenta como un punto separado. El concurso termina en el 2 de Septiembre y todavía queda una semana para que cambien los resultados. Les agradezco a todos muchísimo por sus comentarios tan bonitos y su apoyo!

Yesterday was a beautiful day in NYC and so we decided to do a shoot at Flushing Meadows Corona Park. We were fortunate enough to find that the fountain surrounding the beautiful Unisphere was turned on and made for some very nice pics :). For more fun facts about the Unisphere be sure to click here.

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Get the Look

Top: Anne Klein Women’s Leopard Print Top

Skirt:(Similar) BGSD Women’s Classic Lambskin Leather Skirt – Black S

Shoes: Zara Fabric Wedge Shoe

Shades: (Similar) Dior MB5 Black Phant Sauvage 2 Cats Eyes Sunglasses

Enjoy and have a wonderful day! XO, Cindy

New York’s Other Chinatown

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Flushing is a neighborhood in Queens NYC that very few people know about. Most people happen to stumble into Flushing either to visit someone who lives here, to enjoy some of the delicious food or simply because they fell asleep on the 7 train and ended up on the last stop. Flushing is not only populated by Chinese families but also Korean and the latest addition to this melting pot are Hispanics. There happens to be a Starbucks in Flushing that sells many different tea flavors, which you would never see in an average Starbucks.

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More recently, a new breed of tea stores has popped up, they are the bubble tea cafes. For those of you who don’t know, bubble teas come in multiple flavors including strawberry, green apple, passion fruit, mango, lemon, watermelon, grape, lychee, peach, pineapple, cantaloupe, honeydew, banana, avocado, coconut, kiwi, and jackfruit. Other popular non-fruit flavors include taro, green tea, pudding, chocolate, coffee, mocha, barley, sesame, almond, ginger, lavender, rose, caramel and violet. Not only can you choose any of these flavors but you can also decide whether you would like to add tapioca bubbles or jelly cubes. They come in large plastic containers, much like a frozen latte, but what makes them unique is the oversized thickness of the straw. The straws are designed to allow the tapioca or jelly cubes to pass through the straw and into your mouth. Yum!


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If one day you find yourself on the last stop of the seven train in NYC don’t be afraid to leave the station and enjoy one of these delicious teas :).

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Get the Look

Top: (Similar) American Apparel

Skirt: (Similar) Stripe Midi Skirt

Shoes: (Similar) Nine West Women’s Breezin Sandal

Handbag: (Same) Michael Kors Fulton Quilted Large Satchel in Red

Enjoy and have a wonderful day!

–Cindy

Girl’s Getaway: Miami!

HI Everyone,

I took a few days off to really make the most out of my trip to Miami and it really was so much fun! We arrived to Miami on Thursday night and met up with my friend Carolina, who Jennifer and I met during our study abroad program in Paris. We’ve kept in touch for the past three years and it’s great to meet up with her and feel like we’re still in our Paris dorm talking to her as if no time has passed. We had dinner at Coconut Grove with Carolina and her fiancé Pedro, who she met during her second trip to France. Pedro moved to Miami not too long after Carolina left Paris and they’ve been together even since. Thursday night was mostly about catching up and relaxing after our drive from Orlando.

On Friday morning, I woke up early and took a drive around the neighborhood I found this nice little French bakery called Chocolate Fashion. They had the most delicious chocolate croissant I’ve had since France. It was fresh and not flaky and not too big. One of the waiters even spoke French which is hard to come by in New York. My waiter was from South America I believe he was Venezuelan he was nice enough to add more quarters to my meter every 12 minutes when they would run out. People really are much nicer outside New York!

I came back to Carolina’s house to pick Jennifer up, she normally sleeps a lot more than I do :). We got our things together and headed to South Beach! We went to a place called Paparazzi on Ocean Drive. It was a bit pricy and you really have to be careful because they promise to give you a second drink on the house, however they don’t warn you that if you don’t order it before 5pm you won’t get the second drink for free. Also if you order the giant daiquiri it’s $35 and chances are you won’t check the time after you’ve finished this drink because it’s HUGE and will then miss your free drink. I on the other hand just ordered a glass of white zinfandel and got the second one on the house. All the restaurants/bars on Ocean drive are facing the beach, it’s a great place to people watch. It’s also a great place to hear all about the clubs in Miami. There are so many promoters on Ocean drive advertising their events that Jennifer and I made a giant pile of all the different fliers. Jennifer and I then headed out to the beach where we went for a swim and made some friends. It was a lot of fun and also very relaxing.

Here are some pictures! Enjoy and have a wonderful day!

–Cindy

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Road Trip to a Farm!

Hi Everyone,

I hope you’re having a wonderful week. As you’ve probably noticed this week I am focusing on my trip through Florida. Not to worry, I will get back to talking about my outfits whenever possible :). I am traveling through Florida with my best friend Jennifer who lives in New York but who has a lot of family here in Florida. Jennifer’s younger brother Michael is a great kid. He’s reminded me about doing things that adults no longer think about, he was responsible for encouraging me to do a cannon ball into the pool and to make an attempt at diving into the pool yesterday :). More recently as we were waiting for our Dominos pizza in the parking lot, he suddenly climbed to the roof of our little rental car in two swift steps! It didn’t take long before Jennifer and I climbed up the car to join him :).

Getting to know Michael has been a pleasure because being the youngest child in my family I am completely out of touch with the New York high school scene. It’s been fun and interesting seeing Michael’s point of view on different topics some of which I was not exposed to when I was his age. One topic which I knew about when I was growing up was that in New York City you have to be very careful about the colors you choose to wear in certain neighborhoods. For example, you shouldn’t wear red and black or yellow and black because these colors are associated with certain gangs. Unfortunately, one day Michael chose to wear red sneakers to school and to a park nearby. He and his friends were approached by a group of kids from one of these streets gangs at which point they denied any association to this gang. They were able to get away easily but Michael was witness to another boy being threatened by knife point. Michael was able to get away and find refuge at a friend’s house nearby and he was able to make it home safely the following morning.  It’s a shame that high school kids are put through these kinds of tests but I’m glad Michael was able to get out of that situation safely.

Earlier this week we were all invited to visit uncle Mousie and his wife Donna. I was told that their home is like a small farm! We said goodbye to the beautiful downtown skyline and made our way to some very secluded roads. Their home was about an hour away from Orlando and I panicked a little when I realized that my phone had lost service. As we drove further and further out into the woods we came across a few interesting signs, some of which included bear warnings and a sign of a man on horseback. Soon we arrived and were welcomed by her family. They took us around their property and showed us their beautiful little horses. They also own about ten birds, five chickens, two rabbits, five dogs and are occasionally visited by a large turtle and some bears. Fortunately, the entire property is gated by an electric wire just incase the bears are attempted to walk into the property.

Jennifer’s dad, Victor, manned the grill and cooked us a great barbecue. We talked about life in this part of Florida, which involves always being prepared. Since stores are so far away, Mousie’s family has to stack-up on groceries and other necessities because if they suddenly run out of milk the nearest store is at least thirty minutes away.  Another downside to having your own miniature Noah’s arch is that no one will deliver food to you and I don’t blame them. If I were a delivery person I would not be happy driving 30-45 minutes for a $2 tip. However, Mousie and Donna love their home very much and have no intentions on moving.

After dinner Mousie made a fire for me so I could introduce them to my favorite camping dessert, S’mores :D! Since it was a full house, which included Jennifer’s dad, Victor, his wife, his daughter, Michael, Mousie, Donna, Mousie’s three kids and Michael’s cousin Sebastian, Jennifer and I , I had my hands full. I must have made at least 30-40  S’mores :).  Not a single S’more was leftover! It was a lot of fun and I’m very grateful for their hospitality.  I added a few picture from the trip below.

Enjoy and have wonderful day!

–Cindy


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Orlando Pool Time Fun!

Hi Everyone,

I spent a lot of time yesterday and today with Jennifer’s family and that includes her brother Michael who is seventeen. He reminded me what it’s like to be a teenager, to be extremely active and use a pool for more than just having fruity drinks and slowly moving about. We made some huge splashes in the pool and I made a sad tempt to dive into the pool, at which point my ribs were slapped by the water right before I submerged. Regardless it was too much fun so I kept trying :). We raced to see who could get to the other end of the pool first and Michael beat us every time :p. I encourage you to get in touch with that teenager in you and do some fun crazy things, it turns out that as adults we might be missing out :).

Enjoy!

–Cindy

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