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Saturday, November 6, 2010

LIFESTYLES OF....

More from Palm Beach...It's a different world filled with mansions and manicured grounds, valet parking at the Publix, every investment bank imaginable, really upscale designer clothing styles on matrons walking down the street, yachts...and cutoffs with flip-flops! White shoes and pants are worn year-round by both the men and women. Bright colors...coiffed hair...and lots of diamonds and gold bangle bracelets...and yet, I never felt out of place...
The stone on this home was beautiful. Notice the drive...and this was NOT the entrance!

Again...this is a side entrance. 
Many ocean front homes are actually on the street..with private access to the beach.
                                      

Most of these street/beachfront homes have little cabanas on the beachside...some are open-air, some are small houses with air conditioning, bathrooms, patios, etc. Each of these cabanas matched the BIG house's architecture.
This home is actually in Hillsboro...photo taken from the car as we passed. I could not fit the whole house into the frame! And there was a yacht docked in front...to the left.  (then my batteries gave out!)
This is half of the front drive entrance. I wanted a photo of the wall...there are two elephants guarding the entrance.

Some residents live in condos, like these. I loved the railings!
The PB public beach has unique lifeguard towers...
The yachts were beginning to arrive...as the winter residents make their way south.
I loved this row of consignment stores! Not only did I find some spools to add to my collection, I met some very interesting ladies...winter residents who have been coming to homes on PB for 30 plus years.(They want me to come decorate their holiday tables!!!Unfortunately, I cannot fit them in this year, but maybe next year....or for another event...Here's hoping!)
And, yes, Palm Beach has a Goodwill store  Boutique. It's quite small, yet filled to the brim. There are some of the same things we see in most GW stores, but there was some impressive (and very pricey) art and a rack of MINK jackets and coats!!!

It's another world there...yet it's the same. As a very wise woman once told me, "everyone has to put their panties on the same way...one leg at a time".
Jane



9 comments:

Drawn to The Sea said...

Your description of the open-air cabanas brought back memories of the open-air lobbies in the Caribbean hotels, condos, & even luggage go-round at one airport... none of which were so upscale as PB, but all of which made us feel so attuned with the surrounding sea and sand. That luxury is one of the most charming things about a lower latitude :-)

I hope you DO go back to do the tables, how fun to see inside the pretty homes :-))

{ L } said...

I just love your words and descriptions. Very well said. These photos are incredible! It is a fascinating world.

Deanna said...

W O W!!!!!!!

Susan Erickson said...

oh to be rich and famous...or to just visit their thrift stores! Looks like a place you might feel a little like the kid in the candy store.....

Beach House Living said...

Palm Beach is beautiful. Sounds like you enjoyed yourself.

Flotsam Friends said...

Wow, very interesting Jane. Like stepping into a mystery world. Those shops did look interesting and I too hope you do their tables, just for the out of this world experience. Pruxxx

simpledaisy said...

AMAZING!!!
Glad you had a nice time!!!!!

becky at abbeystyle said...

Funny, Jane,...(that last quote about the panties). Enjoyed the passbys of PB. We're heading over to Lake Worth and North Miami today...it's my birthday present...a couple days on the east coast :)

Ms. Bake-it said...

I was once told them same thing (panties quote) and it is so very true! Love your pics of PB! I have not been there since I was a kid and used to visit my grandparents. I am sure it has changed a lot since then.

~ Tracy