Arashiyama … an enchanted bamboo forest

If traveling to Kyoto, a stop through Arashiyama is a must! I fell in love with this beautiful bamboo forest. It was like a magical dream amongst a peaceful enchanted forest. Arashiyama is a quick train ride taking you to the outskirts of Kyoto. Getting there early is a must or you will run into tons of tourists. I arrived at 8am and was able to take these wonderful shots with only a few people around. It was totally worth it!

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Outfit details: Gold Top by Anthropologie |  Skirt by Morning Lavender| Jewelry by Jou Jou My Love: stacking gemstone ringsheart ringgemstone studs

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We also stopped by the Iwatayama Monkey Park nearby. The fall foliage was more viewable up high. We came in mid-November but in late November you will see even more  yellow orangey leaves which are so gorgeous. Hiking to the top of the Iwatayama park you will find a nice view and be surrounded by monkeys!

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I can’t wait for my next adventure! Greece and Cuba are next on the radar. Stay tuned!

♥ Jackie

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Love & art in an undiscovered village

I am fascinated by architecture, colors, travel, & photography. I visited the Goat Farm Center in Atlanta and felt as though I was in a different country tucked away in a remote, undiscovered village. It had a very rustic feel with dilapidated buildings and colorful brick walls and barn doors, a home to artists, musicians, and non-profits. I enjoyed taking pictures in this playful red skirt by Anthropologie. The love inspired look on this sweet valentine’s day weekend played well with my classic “love” necklace.

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Puella Black Turtleneck by Anthropologie | HD Pleated Skirt by Anthropologie | Jewelry by Jou Jou My Love: love necklace, stacking gemstone rings, heart ring, gemstone studs | Shoes by Franscescas (similar)

♥ Jackie

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Jou Jou Italy Style

I love traveling. I really enjoy walking around aimlessly, getting lost, and taking lots of photos. I recently had the opportunity to travel to Italy.

Burano, a village within Venice, was my favorite place! It was a cute colorful little town known for lace making.

Every building was brightly painted different colors – it was definitely a photographers dream.

And, Murano was a river boat away from Burano, known for their handmade glassblowing. Most of the shops I passed in Venice were full of handmade Murano glass jewelry. From a jewelry designer’s perspective, it was great to see a whole world of craft and a village dedicated to the art of jewelry making.

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This was my jewelry / fashion style while walking the pretty streets of Italy.

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Venice was beautiful – a maze of cobble stone roads. Every corner had a canal with pretty gondolas. There were no cars – how peaceful.

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I hiked 2 miles at Cinque Terre and this is me overlooking the beautiful view (see below for actual view) wearing my favorite jewelry creations.

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Italy – Jou Jou Style!

♥ Jou Jou My Love Jewelry

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Jewelry in San Fran

I recently got back from a work trip to San Fran where I went early to have time to explore the city. Of course the first thing I stumble upon is a lovely handmade craft show right outside my hotel. It was nice to see other artists in action. San Fran is such a lively, fun city. I had a blast walking around and taking photos. I snapped some of the craft show, city views, and some of me wearing my own creations!

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Farmer’s market with handmade jewelry vendors at the Embarcadero

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The Castro

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Boats at Fisherman’s Wharf Pier 39

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Modeling Jou Jou My Love Jewelry – wearing “Obsessed” earrings and a druzy necklace

♥ Jou Jou My Love Jewelry

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Travels, reflections, sunrises

Sorry it’s been a while since my last post! I have been busy traveling the world as my days working for Delta Air lines has come to an end.

I just arrived from London and Southern France. Nice, France was the most beautiful place I’ve traveled thus far, full of breathtaking views and beautiful sunrises. I traveled solo –  it was an amazing experience and gave me time to reflect on all my past travels and future days to come.

It has been a great 2 years – I have been to 15 different countries in this time and surely will be sad to leave the flight benefits but it’s certaintly not the end to my travels.

It’s the beginning of a new chapter in my life which now involves all things weather. I have accepted a new job at the Weather Channel which has given me the opportunity to take a step up in my career.

Take a look at some of these amazing photos all taken by me.

Nice, France

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The city view of Nice was incredible
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Beautiful sunrise in Nice
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Me overlooking Nice

London, UK

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London Eye and Big Ben
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London Tower
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Me on the streets of London

Atlanta Snow Play Day!

It snowed in Atlanta!! Days like this rarely happen and the whole city went crazy. The city was in gridlock – friends of mine were stuck in traffic for 4.5 hours (thankfully it took me an hour to get home) and I’ve heard stories of people being stuck for 10+ hours. Check out this article for some crazy pictures of the madness that happened in Atlanta.

On a brighter note, being sent home from work called for a play day in the snow for me! Here are some cool pictures I took in Piedmont Park:

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♥ Jou Jou My Love Jewelry

Beach Getaway

Over the weekend I traveled to Dominican Republic – the beach was gorgeous and it was a perfect girls weekend and escape from the cold Atlanta weather.

Here are some shots I took from the trip (not to be mistaken with the shots we drank – too many Kazmakazis – I blame Jen!)

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the girls- me, laura, & jen

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After being in paradise for 4 days, I’m sad to be back to reality!

♥ Jou Jou My Love Jewelry