One of the things I look forward to in the summer is visiting family who live on the Jersey Shore. Every year as I pack I imagine my family walking down the boardwalks, eating saltwater taffy, me wearing a cute sundress that flows with the ocean breeze. I pack my blow-dryer, straightening iron, makeup…And every year they just sit in my suitcase! Because this is a trip that is down-right anti-high maintenance! We spend our days swimming, grilling, taking walks in the woods. My unruly curly hair just gets put in a ponytail (which is just as well because the humidity from the ocean would make straightening it stupid). The most I do is wash the saltwater, sand and chlorine off me. And mascara? Forgetaboutit!
One thing I LOVE to do is go to the Antique District in Downtown Red Bank which has about 10 antique shops, big and small, and meander about. I do this by MYSELF. Ahhhhhhh! I have a ritual…I stop at a place called the Java Stop which is a cute, little coffee shop and always order an Iced Caffe Borgia. It’s the most wonderful blend of coffee, chocolate and orange. The barista even puts shredded orange peel in there to enhance the flavor. In a word-DELICIOUS!After the coffee pit-stop I head to my favorite shop! I have been making this one shop the first on my list for seven years! It’s great-full of old doors and shutters, reclaimed barn wood, vintage aprons and linens for a reasonable cost. You might have seen my prior post…I got my fireplace mantel there.
What the heck? More condos? I must say here that changes like this upset me…where’s the musty, hot antique shop that smelled like my grandma’s basement? I felt like an old friend moved away…
“The only real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes”-Marcel Proust