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On New Year’s Eve, I had this great idea to buy Chinese wishing lanterns and release them on the beach in a peaceful, beautiful ceremony to ring in 2016. It turned out to be (thanks to a very windy evening) a chaotic, unsuccessful attempt at serenity that left my brother with a few less eyebrow hairs and nearly set the northern half of Miami Beach on fire. We walked back to our house physically defeated, my children screaming “are we going to be sent to jail?!” and with a pack of unused lanterns in tow.

Which is exactly why, when I saw that there was a Lantern Fest coming to St. Louis, I knew I had to check it out. I envision it being like our New Years eve jaunt, but only successful and stress free because someone else is doing the dirty work (i.e. ensuring the surroundings are safe for flaming, flying objects…)

The festival is Nov. 5th in Eureka. Come and enjoy food, live music, a stage show, familiar princesses, face painters, s’mores, balloon artists and more. Then, at dusk, every adult sets off a lantern and boundless photo opps and ooo-ahh moments begin (as is evidence from these photos from Lantern Fest events around the country). Buy your tickets HERE and use code CARADISEFOUND at checkout to recieve 20% off your purchase. See you there!

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My kind of bar

Last week I went to the Kendra Scott store opening in Plaza Frontenac. I’d never been to one of her stores — only seen her things advertised in magazines. And to be honest, I didn’t think the jewelry was my style, so never bothered to look further. However, after visiting the store, I was pleasantly surprised. It’s not a jewelry brand where I’m dying to buy one of everything (ala Jennifer Meyer), but it did have a few pieces that I really liked (see my favorites below). The coolest part about the whole store was the Color Bar. It’s basically a giant touch screen that lets you customize jewelry – kind of like a Chipotle for gems. You choose your silhouette (necklace, earring, etc.), metal and stone color. Then, voila: a worker custom makes your jewelry right then and there. Not every piece you see in the store is customize-able via the Color Bar, but many are. It’s pretty cool. And the brand has a philanthropic bent to it- they donate portion of proceeds to charity and will also host your organization in a “shop for a cause” type fundraiser – so you bring the people, they make the party, and a portion of sales during the fete go to your charity of choice. Added bonus, sign up for their insider list and get 50% off a piece of jewelry during your birthday month… so basically, I’ll be back in March.

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My favorites:

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Bracelet // Earring // Necklace // Ring

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A Studio Tour

I was wandering through Lafayette Square recently, when I stumbled upon the unexpected. Blocks from the Square, there is an ivy covered pergola that leads to the studio and gallery of artist Daven Anderson. Originally from Chicago, Daven and his wife have lived in St. Louis for almost 10 years. Now retired, he focuses on his art full time. He describes his work as “urban realism” — painting scenes from city streets and urban environments. He’s done commissioned pieces for the US Coast Guard, The Sheldon Concert Hall and the Missouri Athletic Club, to name a few.  The gallery is a little more Miss Havisham than Gagosian, but I’m not complaining. My personal favorite is a work he painted of City Garden at night. And, if you aren’t in the market for a piece of art, but still want to experience the studio, Daven offers day and evening watercolor classes. Below are some pictures from my visit, but check out his website for more info and better photos of his work.

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