I had to do a little bit of traveling down to Florida this week, and it just so happened to be 80 degrees and sunny. I know, poor me!
Before I went down, Matt asked me what I was most looking forward to about the trip, and without hesitation I said knitting in the airports and planes! You see, I've been working on the Autumn Leaves Stole, by Jared at Brooklyn Tweed, who recently launched his new line of yarn called Shelter. I didn't actually know what a "stole" was when I first saw the pattern, but I bought it anyway because I was so in love with the leafy detail. Turns out, its just like a big scarf. Anyway, I'm not going to go into too much detail now because I want to leave some information for the final post, but let me just tell you that I can't put this down. My fingers are flying on the needles any chance I get. I'm not sure if its the pattern, or Quince and Company's Lark yarn that I'm using, but it is such a delight to knit.
Sorry for the weird lighting – I'm going to blame it on the windows at the airport in Fort Myers.
I had a bit of free time on Wednesday evening, so of course I went shopping. I wouldn't really consider the "Boone Mall" a mall, so it is such a treat to be able to go shopping off the mountain. I think I spent at least an hour drooling over new kitchen items at Williams Sonoma.
But then I found a store that beckoned my name, even from outside. I had seen the name for the store – Trader Rick's – in the hotel guide (which, being the nerd, I always read!), but I wrote it off as being a knock-off Trader Joe's. Oh boy was I wrong. It was like a mini-anthropologie, personalized and particular. And oh so lovely. I wish I had more pictures to show you. I spent quite a while perusing and stumbled upon this amazing little purse.
I fell in love with it immediately. I wanted to buy it so badly, but I wasn't sure I could justify spending $58 on a new purse. So I picked it up, looked at it, put it down, walked away, and came back about 8 times. I'm sure the shopkeeper thought I as pretty strange.
Then I found this shea butter balm, and I bought it. To make myself feel better about not buying anything else, especially the purse.
Mistrel is made in France, and this particular product is made with 100% pure shea butter. They had several scents available, but my absolute favorite was the vanilla apricot. I have completely fallen in love with this as a lip balm. Every time I put it on, I push my lips out and up to my nose so I can smell it. So delightful! I was reading on their website, "The true test of any personal care product is its power to transform you." Let me tell you, I feel transformed.
So I left Trader Rick's, with shea butter in hand, walked about 50 feet down the mall, and turned right back around to go buy the purse. And oh I am so glad I did.
If you're interested in finding Trader Rick's next time you're in Florida, they are located at the Bell Tower Shops in Fort Myers and Periwinkle Place on Sanibel Island. You'll be so glad you visited!