The Traveling Petunia: Little Passports

Today I am proud to blog about one of my new favorite companies, Little Passports. It has always been my fervent hope that children, especially here in the United States, find a sense of pride in learning about the world around them. There is nothing more rewarding, in my opinion, than seeing someone from a young age develop into a passionate global citizen.

Little Passports is an ideal way to instill a love of culture into the hearts and minds of all--a son, daughter, niece, nephew, student, friend. The best part is that Little Passports' primary products are subscriptions--the gift that keeps on giving. Each month, your little one can eagerly anticipate a special box in the mail--a treasure trove of fun. Early Explorers ages 3-6 can examine a new world theme like animals or music. The World Edition for ages 6-10 brings a new country to your doorstep on a monthly basis, and the USA Edition for ages 7-12 will help your eager learner become patriotic with activity-packed journals on all fifty states!

Their amazing products have been praised by the likes of People Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Parents and Disney Family Fun. But the most important feedback has come from the children who adore Little Passports.

Personally, as someone who has grown up with the unique opportunity to travel the world, I cannot begin to tell you how important learning about our beautiful planet is. Speaking a new language, tasting a new cuisine, dressing in a national costume, petting an exotic animal or trying a new dance--all of these experiences woven together create for such a well-rounded education. Let Little Passports be your foundation to a lifelong love of appreciating our global family. For in learning about the world, we not only can understand and respect our differences, but most importantly, we delight in and celebrate our similarities.


Petunia Picks: The Opal Edit

Celebrating all that is beautiful about October's birthstone--the opal represents hope, innocence and purity. It also has strong connotations of happiness, faithfulness, loyalty and confidence. I love the design and color reflected in each of these unique pieces.


Sunday Blessings

True Beauty: The Warby Parker Thea Collection

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The ancient Greeks believed that true beauty lies in proportion and balance. Warby Parker's new limited-edition sunglasses reflect that ethos. Created and named in honor of the Titan goddess of sight who gave gold and other metals and gems their luster, the Thea collection includes three impressive frames: The Lovett, Grace and Penrose. Each are hand-wrapped in a continuous line of stainless steel and triple-coated in 24-karat gold. These three timeless frames are available in Jet Black and Red Canyon.

The Grace frame is a modified cat-eye shape with a winged cutaway detail at the temple creating a sinuous silhouette. 


The Penrose's oversized, squared-off frame is effortlessly polished and refined.


Lovett is a square silhouette with an angled brow that creates a timeless appeal.

 Each frame from Warby Parker's Thea Collection arrives in a classy, black leather case.

Which of these beauties is your favorite?


The Joyful Petunia: Year One

How time flies! One year ago today, I officially launched my little blog in hopes of inspiring readers and friends around the world with my passion for style, travel and philanthropy. This continues to be an amazing experience and I look forward to many, many more years of creativity...and milestones to share...with all of you! 

In the words of Snow White, always remember that "you are the one who can fill this world with sunshine."

(...and in honor of this first anniversary, meet Petunia...my lucky charm since 2008!)



African Florals

 dress: Duro Olowu || clutch: Tory Burch (similar) || sandals: Tory Burch || sunglasses: Ray-Ban
bracelets: Alex + Ani

 Here's a glimpse of the outfit I wore on my 30th birthday. I have been saving this dress for quite some time--in hopes of wearing it for a special occasion. The designer is Duro Olowu. Based in London, Duro Olowu combines the rich history of Africa into his unique patterns. Bright. Geometric. Floral. Feminine. An amazing designer (he's even styled First Lady Michelle Obama!)

Happy Weekend from The Sunshine State!


Petunia Picks: Caftan Chic

Issa || Diane Von Furstenburg || Talitha
MinkPink || Calypso St. Barth || Tory Burch
Badgley Mischka || Giambattista Valli || Oscar de la Renta

There is nothing more beautiful, in my opinion, than the elegant lines and feminine styles of a caftan. Each of these unique designs exudes a touch of class. Whether you're at an exotic party on a rooftop in the Middle East, or enjoying a perfect October evening in Palm Beach--the art of the caftan will always be timeless.