Hope you enjoy the final installment of my Series through St. Augustine! It has meant the world to me, so thank you for allowing me to share this magical hidden gem. This area has made such an impact on my life, is full of memories from visiting as a child & tugs at my heart. Where do your special memories lie?
St. Augustine is the home of the most “firsts”. With many of the structures more than 200 years old, you will find the oldest masonry fort, oldest public park, oldest house, oldest wooden school house, the “Fountain of Youth”, first settlement for free blacks & the oldest Christian community in the continental U.S. There isn’t a tourist that visits who wouldn’t be overwhelmed with the amount sites to see & things to do.
Behind these walls was the historical significant footprint of the most rare conglomerate of old houses (Dow Museum of Historical Homes), “nine to be exact” & the oldest was from 1790. The history of these homes is enchanting knowing one of the houses (the pink Thomas Canova House; photos below) is the Prince Murat House, the nephew of Napoleon Bonaparte. The quirkiest of the homes was the red carpenter’s home. It was so wonky & tipsy, due to the foundation’s deterioration. But, the MOST profound aspect to this historic landmark is the Emancipation Proclamation was read, freeing slaves in Florida. The entire property was educational entertainment. Moving forward, it is devastating no one will ever understand the importance of having the opportunity to experience such a incredible attraction based on Florida’s history, as it is now under new ownership & soon to be a Bed-n-Breakfast.
The Llambias House Garden also known as the “secret garden” is attached to the Fernández-Llambias House. It is a part of St. Augustine’s historic distinctive Minorcan community that dates back when the Spanish first settled in 1565-1763. Massive oaks & cedars, romantic flowery arbor & large well made of coquina shells make up this beautiful greenery.
Knock, Knock!!! Let me in, Let me in!
That’s a wrap, walking off into the sunset!
Simplicity is key for me with a tiny bit of tomboy & edginess thrown in when it comes to my everyday styling. I’ve always been drawn to the juxtaposition of marrying 2 fashion aesthetics which gives any outfit a major lift & is so unexpected. I started with distressed, frayed, rip denim paired with a crisp, preppy top & menswear-inspired loafers, by adding a tuxedo jacket & sleek streamline satchel would elevate the look. Think all-white sneakers with a slip dress & cozy shapeless cardigan, structured blazer with a flirty floral dress, menswear trousers with a feminine blouse even leather & lace are all a fresh mix. Opposites attract, how you would pair the unexpected? Have fun & think outside the box!!!