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Shelby Dillon Studio Featured on HGTV

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Shelby Dillon Studio is excited to announce that we were recently featured in HGTV as a must have item for this summer's 5 hottest prints!

This Montsera leaf print is available now in 3 sizes or you can buy the entire tropical prints set to decorate a larger wall.

Add some tropical style to your home today and make sure to live life in full color!

 

 

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Shelby Dillon Studio Featured on HGTV

Posted by Joe Dillon on

 

Shelby Dillon Studio is excited to announce that we were recently featured in HGTV as a must have item for this summer's 5 hottest prints!

This Montsera leaf print is available now in 3 sizes or you can buy the entire tropical prints set to decorate a larger wall.

Add some tropical style to your home today and make sure to live life in full color!

 

 

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Top 10 Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Posted by Shelby Dillon on

Rio de Janeiro at Sunset

Jardim de Botanico - Tired of the hustle and bustle and crush of the city? This incredible Botanical Garden in the heart of the city of Rio is a wonderful place to gather your thoughts quietly. The scenery is breathtaking, with views of the Christo between palm trees. It is open during daylight hours and showcases some absolutely gorgeous flowers and plants.                                                

Copacabana Ipanema Beach PalmCopacabana/Ipanema - Hey there beautiful! Take your itty bitty bikini and head on down to the beach to people watch with a caipirhina (the national drink of Brasil!). You’ll be identified as a definite gringo if you bring a towel, so bring a sarong instead or buy towel and chair service down on the beach. Only bring enough money to get what you need and leave any extra or valuable items in your hotel room safe - roving gang of boys are known to sweep the beach and grab everything they can get their hands on.

Ipanema Hippie Market - Looking for the those 3ft tall wooden parrots to put in your tiki bar back home? The Ipanema Hippie Market is the place for you. Located in Gener Osario on Sunday mornings, vendors start setting up around 8 or 9am and the market goes on until midday. If you hit it just right you might catch a cultural show as well. The outer ring has homewares, jewelry and fun knick knacks and the inside of the square is where the artists set up. You can buy any canvas and they’ll take it off the stretchers and roll it so you can take it on the plane better.

Selaron Steps - This colorful "tribute to the people of Brasil" started as a project by Jorge Selaron in 1990 and continued on until his death in 2013. Over 2,000 different tiles contributed from over 60 countries, the 215 steps were continually under renovation as the art project grew and evolved over the years.  

Santa Theresa - It’s a really cool old neighborhood with some great old architecture. The trolley used to run here, until it careened off the tracks, killing several tourists. Be prepared for San Francisco grade hills. One of the best restaurants in the city is Apraizivel, which has a gorgeous view of the city as the sun sets. Your only issue will be trying to find a taxi to get you home, since it is so high up into the neighborhood. Try and get the maitre’d to call you a cab. If not, Uber is fantastic.

Christ the Redeemer Rio de Janeiro Brasil

Christ the Redeemer - This is just a must. It’s on every tourist’s list, so be prepared for busloads and busloads of tourists. It's easiest to take the tram up. If you drive, be prepared for a long walk.

                          

Sugarload Cable Car at Sunset

 

Sugarloaf - One of my personal favorites because it looks from the water onto the city, giving you a sweeping view of how incredibly huge and diverse Rio is. If you go first thing in the day, a cab can drop you right off at the entrance and you can get a ticket there. The ticket allows you to take the cablecar all the way to the top. Are you adventure minded? You can do the climb to the first stop of the cable car to Morro da Urca. Be prepared to actually hike and potentially get muddy. This is a real climb! The trailhead is at Praia Vermelha to the left into the woods. 

Lapa - Let’s go dancing! This section of town lights up as the sun goes down. The botecas (small cafes) and block parties don’t start really hopping until at least 11pm, so be prepared for a late night.

Plataforma - The gringos and tourists spot for a samba show, but if you’re going to miss Carnivale, then this is the best spot in town to see a history of the famous dance.

Gavea Hangliding - Hang on to your hats! Pull up to the roundabout just below the Gavea park and you will be greeted by hang gliding instructors from every walk of life. Find one that you trust and try to maintain your calm as you jump off a perfectly good cliff to hang glide down to the beach. All standard guides worth their salt have a GoPro to record your reaction to the whole event and will give you a helmet and be very in tune with the winds. All flights are tandem (with instructor) and run about USD $100.

Park Lage -

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    Top 10 Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

    Posted by Shelby Dillon on

    Rio de Janeiro at Sunset

    Jardim de Botanico - Tired of the hustle and bustle and crush of the city? This incredible Botanical Garden in the heart of the city of Rio is a wonderful place to gather your thoughts quietly. The scenery is breathtaking, with views of the Christo between palm trees. It is open during daylight hours and showcases some absolutely gorgeous flowers and plants.                                                

    Copacabana Ipanema Beach PalmCopacabana/Ipanema - Hey there beautiful! Take your itty bitty bikini and head on down to the beach to people watch with a caipirhina (the national drink of Brasil!). You’ll be identified as a definite gringo if you bring a towel, so bring a sarong instead or buy towel and chair service down on the beach. Only bring enough money to get what you need and leave any extra or valuable items in your hotel room safe - roving gang of boys are known to sweep the beach and grab everything they can get their hands on.

    Ipanema Hippie Market - Looking for the those 3ft tall wooden parrots to put in your tiki bar back home? The Ipanema Hippie Market is the place for you. Located in Gener Osario on Sunday mornings, vendors start setting up around 8 or 9am and the market goes on until midday. If you hit it just right you might catch a cultural show as well. The outer ring has homewares, jewelry and fun knick knacks and the inside of the square is where the artists set up. You can buy any canvas and they’ll take it off the stretchers and roll it so you can take it on the plane better.

    Selaron Steps - This colorful "tribute to the people of Brasil" started as a project by Jorge Selaron in 1990 and continued on until his death in 2013. Over 2,000 different tiles contributed from over 60 countries, the 215 steps were continually under renovation as the art project grew and evolved over the years.  

    Santa Theresa - It’s a really cool old neighborhood with some great old architecture. The trolley used to run here, until it careened off the tracks, killing several tourists. Be prepared for San Francisco grade hills. One of the best restaurants in the city is Apraizivel, which has a gorgeous view of the city as the sun sets. Your only issue will be trying to find a taxi to get you home, since it is so high up into the neighborhood. Try and get the maitre’d to call you a cab. If not, Uber is fantastic.

    Christ the Redeemer Rio de Janeiro Brasil

    Christ the Redeemer - This is just a must. It’s on every tourist’s list, so be prepared for busloads and busloads of tourists. It's easiest to take the tram up. If you drive, be prepared for a long walk.

                              

    Sugarload Cable Car at Sunset

     

    Sugarloaf - One of my personal favorites because it looks from the water onto the city, giving you a sweeping view of how incredibly huge and diverse Rio is. If you go first thing in the day, a cab can drop you right off at the entrance and you can get a ticket there. The ticket allows you to take the cablecar all the way to the top. Are you adventure minded? You can do the climb to the first stop of the cable car to Morro da Urca. Be prepared to actually hike and potentially get muddy. This is a real climb! The trailhead is at Praia Vermelha to the left into the woods. 

    Lapa - Let’s go dancing! This section of town lights up as the sun goes down. The botecas (small cafes) and block parties don’t start really hopping until at least 11pm, so be prepared for a late night.

    Plataforma - The gringos and tourists spot for a samba show, but if you’re going to miss Carnivale, then this is the best spot in town to see a history of the famous dance.

    Gavea Hangliding - Hang on to your hats! Pull up to the roundabout just below the Gavea park and you will be greeted by hang gliding instructors from every walk of life. Find one that you trust and try to maintain your calm as you jump off a perfectly good cliff to hang glide down to the beach. All standard guides worth their salt have a GoPro to record your reaction to the whole event and will give you a helmet and be very in tune with the winds. All flights are tandem (with instructor) and run about USD $100.

    Park Lage -

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      Surviving Air Travel with a Toddler

      Posted by Shelby Dillon on

      As an expat living abroad, my daughter and I have to travel by plane a lot. My daughter is used to such long travel adventures now, but it has taken much trial and error to get it down. I have often wanted to force the person that said the quote "It's all about the journey" to accompany us on one of these... adventures and see how they feel. If you are flying, especially alone, I’ve found that keeping the carry-on baggage to a minimum will help you keep your sanity. It gets difficult to keep track of all of your things and a child that wants to do sprints up and down the terminal. 

      American airports and even most large international ones have become something closer to a theme park than the old dreaded shell of a building with no amenities. So here is what I pack for my daughter, when the two of us are traveling without her father on long haul trips (think at least 20+ hours with layovers). Remember, at some point you might have to carry all of the baggage and a sleepy child, so try to keep it to a minimum:

      Stroller:

      Good, sturdy stroller that can be folded close to flat. I like the City Select Jogger. It’s not as small as an umbrella stroller, but it has a shade and reclines better for when we have a long layover and she is in need of a nap. When she is running around it serves as a fantastic baggage trolley. I call it my little airport minivan.

       My daughter's bag:

      1. Rolling backpack: so that when she wants to be out and running she can carry her things. The school sized ones are big enough so that we can fit all of her items in there, and she can take some ownership in the process. Plus, flashing wheels
      2. iPad: I’m not a big fan of screen time, but sometimes when you are away from home and life is off schedule it is a life saver.
      3. Headphones: little pink ones by LilGadgets have volume control and keep everyone on the plane from listening to the Frozen on a loop.
      4. Chalkboard: You can get one of these small ones (5x7) from Michaels for like $5. That and one piece of chalk has given her hours of entertainment and creativity.
      5. Go Fish in a box: Djeco makes these really amazing toys in a box. Go fish has been super popular lately for us. We love to use it in airports when we are waiting to board a plane and boredom sets in. It is also a great way for my daughter to make friends. Just sit down next to a family with another restless child and watch them give you a look of gratitude when the kids sit down together to catch some fish
      6. Blanket: Sometimes planes get cold. Something extra soft and fuzzy that they also use at home will make them feel secure
      7. Toothbrush/Toothpaste: Just because we are away from home, doesn’t mean the teeth don’t need it!
      8. Dimetapp/Tylenol: because you just don’t know
      9. Jammies/Undies/Change of clothes: In order to fly home from Brasil (or Singapore) you usually have to take night flights that are 10+ hours. To help set the expectation that it is time to sleep, I have my daughter change into jammies as soon as we board. Then, just after they serve breakfast towards the end of the flight I take her to the bathroom again and change her into fresh clothes and we all feel a little bit less ragged when we land at 4:45am in Houston.
      10. Books: I usually try to pack just 1 or 2 books.
      11. Lovie: You know, their favorite, can’t lose it or the world will end stuffed animal. Make sure to check your seat before leaving the plane (or boarding)!
      12. Snack: I try to only pack one or two snacks and buy them in the airport. This gives us something to do and it is also less to keep track of throughout the day.
      13. Waterbottle/Sippy Cup: Remember to make sure this is empty before going through security!

      Remember, this is all temporary. If you can just acknowledge that the next few hours are going to be long, it helps with your sanity. I find letting go and giving some special airport fun make the experience special rather than dreaded.

      Our next blog post will give you some details on what I pack for myself in order to survive the journey.

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      Surviving Air Travel with a Toddler

      Posted by Shelby Dillon on

      As an expat living abroad, my daughter and I have to travel by plane a lot. My daughter is used to such long travel adventures now, but it has taken much trial and error to get it down. I have often wanted to force the person that said the quote "It's all about the journey" to accompany us on one of these... adventures and see how they feel. If you are flying, especially alone, I’ve found that keeping the carry-on baggage to a minimum will help you keep your sanity. It gets difficult to keep track of all of your things and a child that wants to do sprints up and down the terminal. 

      American airports and even most large international ones have become something closer to a theme park than the old dreaded shell of a building with no amenities. So here is what I pack for my daughter, when the two of us are traveling without her father on long haul trips (think at least 20+ hours with layovers). Remember, at some point you might have to carry all of the baggage and a sleepy child, so try to keep it to a minimum:

      Stroller:

      Good, sturdy stroller that can be folded close to flat. I like the City Select Jogger. It’s not as small as an umbrella stroller, but it has a shade and reclines better for when we have a long layover and she is in need of a nap. When she is running around it serves as a fantastic baggage trolley. I call it my little airport minivan.

       My daughter's bag:

      1. Rolling backpack: so that when she wants to be out and running she can carry her things. The school sized ones are big enough so that we can fit all of her items in there, and she can take some ownership in the process. Plus, flashing wheels
      2. iPad: I’m not a big fan of screen time, but sometimes when you are away from home and life is off schedule it is a life saver.
      3. Headphones: little pink ones by LilGadgets have volume control and keep everyone on the plane from listening to the Frozen on a loop.
      4. Chalkboard: You can get one of these small ones (5x7) from Michaels for like $5. That and one piece of chalk has given her hours of entertainment and creativity.
      5. Go Fish in a box: Djeco makes these really amazing toys in a box. Go fish has been super popular lately for us. We love to use it in airports when we are waiting to board a plane and boredom sets in. It is also a great way for my daughter to make friends. Just sit down next to a family with another restless child and watch them give you a look of gratitude when the kids sit down together to catch some fish
      6. Blanket: Sometimes planes get cold. Something extra soft and fuzzy that they also use at home will make them feel secure
      7. Toothbrush/Toothpaste: Just because we are away from home, doesn’t mean the teeth don’t need it!
      8. Dimetapp/Tylenol: because you just don’t know
      9. Jammies/Undies/Change of clothes: In order to fly home from Brasil (or Singapore) you usually have to take night flights that are 10+ hours. To help set the expectation that it is time to sleep, I have my daughter change into jammies as soon as we board. Then, just after they serve breakfast towards the end of the flight I take her to the bathroom again and change her into fresh clothes and we all feel a little bit less ragged when we land at 4:45am in Houston.
      10. Books: I usually try to pack just 1 or 2 books.
      11. Lovie: You know, their favorite, can’t lose it or the world will end stuffed animal. Make sure to check your seat before leaving the plane (or boarding)!
      12. Snack: I try to only pack one or two snacks and buy them in the airport. This gives us something to do and it is also less to keep track of throughout the day.
      13. Waterbottle/Sippy Cup: Remember to make sure this is empty before going through security!

      Remember, this is all temporary. If you can just acknowledge that the next few hours are going to be long, it helps with your sanity. I find letting go and giving some special airport fun make the experience special rather than dreaded.

      Our next blog post will give you some details on what I pack for myself in order to survive the journey.

      Read more