man shops globe

Nothing gets my heart racing more than traveling and shopping — and this show features both. I love it, it’s my new obsession. I’ve recorded every show that’s aired and have been savoring them like fine wine — okay — more like fine chocolate.

Below is a link to one of my favorite clips (it will take you away from this site so don’t forget to come back). Keith Johnson travels to the hillside in France to visit an amazing artist Aurélie Alvarez. She takes him through her studio in what looks like an old mansion that has no electricity. It reminds me of the time I was on the Greek  island of Santorini and walking through a little town called Oia (pronounced “eeya”). The power went out and all of the homes and stores down this narrow winding road were lit by candlelight. It was one of the most magical nights of my life. Just looking over the cliff to the mediterranean as the candles on the balconies below twinkled away.

This link will take you away from Beautiful Symmetry.

I’m so excited by this show and out of curiosity googled it. To my surprise there were many critical reviews — including The New York Times and The Washington Post — both basically calling it “shopping for overpriced tchotchkes.” And while I admit Anthropologie is pricey, it is one of my favorite stores. To the point where I don’t want to leave once I walk in, I want to live there. I actually took a part time job there a few years ago and would probably still be working there if it weren’t for the fact that my feet were killing me at the end of the day.

I’m so impressed with Keith’s passion and artistic eye. This show completely confirmed why I shop there in the first place. They have one of a kind items that sing to my soul. And now, I love seeing him travel around finding unique artists from all around the globe.

I even entered the sweepstakes to win a trip to France. On the entry form it asked “what is your most treasured ‘found objects’ from your travels?” I have a few, but my favorite is this sweet papier-måché hand mirror I found in a little shop in Rome. I loved this man’s work, so much that I also purchased a kaleidoscope too (my second favorite find). It was a charming little shop and for the life of me I don’t remember the artists name which makes me sad.

So, I’ve realized my life’s dream is to travel the world and shop. Where do I send my resume?


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