Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Cinque Terre, Italy

Travel Thursday
& Announcement

Photo by Rand Will on Flickr.

Photo by Teldridge & Keldridge on Flickr.

Photo by Aida S. on Flickr.

I had a such a hard time choosing the Italy getaway for PHOTOgraphy Getaways because there are so many wonderful places to choose from... but I finally decided on the Italian Riveria and the planning is in process. The page has been added to the site, but the itinerary is still being worked out. In the meantime, here is a brief clip from Rick Steves on Cinque Terre, Italy.

I'm so excited for the seaside cliff hike between these breathtaking villages, a leisurely boat ride, not to mention the regional seafood Italian cuisine!

Happy Traveling!!

P.S. I'm currently scouting featured photographers for each 2011 getaway to accompany in a hosting / teaching position. This depends on the number of participants per getaway... but it's something we are really looking forward to, and could be an amazing gig for you. If you are interested in being considered as a featured photographer, check our itinerary and email: 
(Women in photography & blogging... strongly encouraged to apply.)
Know someone who may be perfect for this? Spread the word!

Live from Tropical Storm Nicole

Was completely no big deal. Still had to work, and commute on 1-95, (aka one of the deadliest interstates in America, don't believe me, read HERE) during the peak of the storm. But, there was some really cool evening lighting at sunset. (This is the true lighting... not converted or altered.)

Hope your day was bright and shiny!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Fisherman's Wharf

San Francisco

I will be going home to Northern California in about 10 days,
and I'm so excited I wanted to share some photos from a past trip to San Francisco.
Mom and I went a couple years ago to celebrate her..."um, 29th" birthday. 
As you can tell, we LOVE fresh seafood!

P.S. We are currently under a Tropical Depression here in South Florida. Which would be my first storm since living here 4 years, and if it develops to a Tropical Storm would be named Nicole. Coincidence? If for some reason we lose power, be back with you soon!

Monday, September 27, 2010

The Flickrite

Features Simply Colette
& Photography Getaways

I was over the moon excited today when I saw this on The Flickrite...
my question chosen and featured in photography art form
 by the ever so talented, Nelonie, of Lance Lonie Photography.
For those of you new to her work, please check out her blog. I'm such a fan of her work,
not to mention her daughter is one of the most adorable little girls.

Isn't this the BEST?!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Garden Party

A Little Romance

I've been dying to do a food photo shoot outside, since we usually eat inside and our lighting is so poor indoors, and I'm usually just in a hurry to eat. So today, I decided to hold the shoot with appetizers and a glass of much needed wine with some gorgeous fresh roses. It was so much fun getting the set ready, and not to mention enjoying the pretty mini bites afterward.

Featured: Barefoot Pinot Noir wine. Water crackers, herb goat cheese, prosciutto, and fresh tarragon. Oh yes, and the little sack is Herbs de Provence, from non other than France.

Wish you could have joined us!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Teo Jasmin

Paris Shop

When I'm having the "I want to travel now" blues,
I submerge myself in destination photos...
and better way to surround yourself than
with these gorgeous canvas prints from Paris shop, Teo Jasmin!
I just love this Italian picture. Such a marvelous ambiance it creates,
don't you think?

This New York city skyline really adds some modern class to this bathroom.
Love it!

Or how about your own Pop photo on a canvas for some pizazz artwork?!

I'm also loving their signature Pup decor...
kinda makes my heart melt!

Italy canvas avail here starts at 79e.
New York canvas avail here starts at 75e.
Canvas avail here 89e. Triptyque avail here 79e.
Pillow avail here 67e. Chair avail here 814e.

Check out Teo Jasmine for more great finds!

Happy Friday!!!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Travel Thursday

Morocco Revisted

Earlier this year, I blogged about my desire to go to Morocco and was 'this close' to going in March with my friend, Lynne, whom I met on my Europe trip in spring 2009. I was longing to sip mint tea, marvel at the Sahara desert and walk on the wild side, not to mention reconnect with a great friend. But, I saved those pennies instead... for a business blooming in my head. So, she was kind enough to let me share a few of her photos with you!

Thanks for sharing Lynne!

Previous Morocco post HERE.

P.S. Not sure if I let you in on the latest secret... I'm very excited. The decision for Italy's Photography Getaways has been decided... The Cinque Terre! Gorgeous coastal Italian villages, panaromas, not to mention the Italian food! Our website will be updated soon... stay tuned.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

And so, the seasons change...

Hello autumn!

Images by Nicolette
Top: Sand crab in Pamana City, FL; Sunflower in Dad's garden TN; Rocks in Lake Tahoe
Center: Yellow leaves Oregon, Orange leaves Squaw Valley, Ca.; Twigs above waterfall; University of Oregon administration building (aka, Animal House movie set: scene: horse in President's office. ;)
Bottom: Incline Village, Lake Tahoe (Scraps Dog Bakery) 

Any plans for autumn?

P.S. Thanks to Cathi & Traci for joining the Pay it Forward Party!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The Parisian Life

Oh how France has been on my mind this week!

From planning my Photography Getaway in the chateux region of the Loire Valley...

To the launch of Belle Inspiration online magazine... a truly inspirational magazine featuring many of the women in blogging. (A little secret, I will be contributing to the next issue, so subscribe to read! :)

To sweets chats with Mimi @ Bonjour Romance, who tells such a romantic story of how she met her husband on the streets of Paris, you simply must read her story...

Seeing a glimpse of my friend Cathi's recent vacation to Paris.

The amazing new episodes of Gossip Girl which take place in Paris.

My insatiable craving for a macaron, a luxury I haven't even tasted.

And finally purchasing Julia & Julia. Oh, I can't wait to watch it AGAIN. But now, it's finally mine.

Which brings me to the present, roasting herb chicken as we speak. Mmm, I can smell the Herbs de Provence coming to life in the oven!

Yes, I'm craving the French Life, all the way from the streets of Paris to the countryside.
And now it's time to dig in...

Bon appetit!

P.S. Don't know how I forgot, Teri @ Girl Meets Paris is also returning to Paris!
Enter her giveaway today for a chance to receive a postcard from Paris.

Monday, September 20, 2010


I pledge to repay those who have been thoughtful or kind to me.
I pledge to pay kind acts forward to those who may seem like they need a helping hand.
I pledge to help those who may not need a hand,
but do it just because it may make them smile anyway.

Because I have been bestowed with such acts of kindness
from bloggers and supporters lately, I've decided to host a
"Pay It Forward Party"
through the end of September to pass the good deeds
on and on and on.
(Though I don't think it will really stop then.)

If you want to join the "Pay it Forward Party",
feel free to grab the pic and post it on your blog,
either by post or on your sidebar, link back to this post,
and let's get the good karma spreading.

Leave a comment here by Oct. 1st,
to be entered into our "Pay it Forward" giveaway.
If you blog about "Pay it Forward" or
put the pic on your sidebar, you will receive another entry.
Post on Facebook or Twitter another entry each.
IF you send submissions for a post or story about
your experience with "Paying it Forward",
you will receive 5 entries!
Email: nicoletterenee@hotmail for your submissions.

When you give to the world,
the world gives back to you.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Yin & Yang

Ramblings of Our Little Universe

Photos: Top left, heart-shaped Leaf. Top right, formation on canyon wall, known as the pregnant lady on a swing. Bottom left, romantic window of Vizcaya Mansion, Miami. Bottom right, tulips and hut in Holland. By: Nicolette Fisher

This weekend was a little bittersweet on a small scale. After posting about My Five Favorite Things of the Week, my ego got a little crushed as I had a horrible afternoon at work... truly one of those days. So I decided to switch of my constant 24/7 'work' mind and 'played' on Polyvore creating fashion collages, a form of therapy in the arts. Then I messed around with my HTML code trying to widen my blog, which I spent unmentionable hours on Saturday, wasting my whole day. (If it looks funny on your internet browser please let me know- on large screens it seems to have only 2 columns. It's still a work in progress, and I appreciate any tips!) Alas, the day was not a total loss, Sweetheart and I went had a nice date night, which has been a long time since we've gone out this summer. I had a delicious steak dinner. :)

Now, I'm having a hard time getting this post completed because the cat keeps trying to cuddle in my lap. But it's so nice to feel needed by a ball of fluff.

Which leads to the story of our cats in the bathroom. Every evening we leave the light on in the bathroom for our cats who love to cuddle on the mat and stare at the storm windows we leave slighty open. As a result, we have a little baby lizard who visits on the screen, except on Fridays, we think he goes to the disco. But our bathroom has been the "hangout"' for the past year. Love has blossomed between my girl cat, Sage and my boyfriend's cat, Calvin, a very slow process as he awaits her to mature out of her innocence. Sage, my little obsessive Aquarian befriended a lizard in the bathroom last year. She watched him every night and would await his return. Then one day, he stopped coming. We feared something happened to him during the winter. Yet Sage, still went to the bathroom every night to stare up in hope that he would return. Early this summer, a baby lizard appeared. It was like our own Charlotte's Web. No one was happier, than Sage. I ask her in the evenings if she wants to "Go see the baby lizard?" and she will trot with her little candycane tail meowing all the way to the bathroom. The baby lizard has been very daring the past few weeks as he found an opening in the screen and has come in to feast on little baby moths that come fluttering in towards the light. Calvin, we believe has a death wish for the lizard as he jealously vies for Sage's attention. This first time I discovered he knew how to get in, I almost didn't sleep for fear of natural selection. But he survived, and returned outside, as he arrived on time the following night outside the screen. Now he comes and goes as he pleases, smart little guy. He's only about an inch and a half. This leads to today. We had a birth in the bathroom. It was a moth. There was a little cocoon at the top of the shower, which we agreed to let it be, as we both hate cruelty to any creatures. Between the cats and the lizard, I don't think he stands a chance, but we understand nature must take it's course. It's just been so entertaining to watch the little universe unfold in our tropical bathroom and we are pulling for all the little ones to exist in peace.

I love when I have a weekend, or any day for that matter, makes you stop and think how little we are, and how problems are really not that significant sometimes.

How was your weekend?

Friday, September 17, 2010

Fashion Favorites

Polyvore Play

Creations on Polyvore by SC.

Cheers to the Weekend!

Happy Friday!

Five Great Things about this Week

1. Hitting record high views on my blog!

2. Meeting with the owner of a major travel agency re: Photography Getaways!

3. Wearing new fashions with my new favorite fall color: PLUM

4. A little bit of romance with my Sweetheart.

5. Photography Getaways half page ad in Belle Inspiration.
(new online magazine!)

Have a lovely weekend!!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Modern Day Castle

Castle Guedelon

In the French countryside, 2 hours south of Paris, in an abandoned quarry, archeologist, Michael Guyot has been constructing a modern day medieval castle with techniques which haven't been used in 700 years. He has been working on this life long dream since 1997, and is not expected to be done 2023-2025. With a team of about 50 workers, it has taken him a lot longer than it would have back in those days because of a smaller team and the many tourists who have stopped by to visit. Here are some pics of his progress below:

And lastly, what it is expected to look like upon completion!

To read more about this project READ HERE.

Interested in visiting the French Country
to capture stunning French architecture and villages
in the chateaux region of the Loire Valley?

Happy Traveling!!


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