MEET AMERICA: FLORIDA

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Here in Massachusetts, it’s only during our harsh winters that we get a little jealous of Florida.  But it’s summer, baby!  My New England body temp would melt in the Sunshine State.   It takes a warm spirit to be a Floridian; like Jennifer!  Jennifer owns a gorgeous boutique in Tampa, FL where she resides.  She has mastered living an eco-friendly life and can help you master it, too, by reading her blog!  Let’s get the low-down from my fellow east-coaster.
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A:  Jennifer, tell us how living in Florida is different from other states.
 

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J:  Florida is definitely different from any other state as our “winters” are gorgeous and we never have to shovel snow.  Can you go to the beach on Christmas Day anywhere else?  [It] may not be everyone’s idea of Christmas, but I love it!  Florida can also be a very transient state, which definitely attracts the crazy.  You might notice us in the news a lot for ridiculous stories, but what can you do, there is crazy everywhere!
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A:  Oh, I know.  Up here in Mass we have plenty of it!  In your eyes, describe a perfect Florida day.
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217024_593793337306054_857625355_n J:  I love Tampa.  It’s such a sweet little gem!  I live right near Bayshore, which is about a 5 mile walk along the bay where you will always find many people running, riding bikes, walking their pup (you can always catch my pup Tika and I out there) and just enjoying the outdoors.  If you live in Florida, chances are you enjoy the beach.  To be able to head over to St. Pete or Clearwater in 20 minutes and spend my weekend where people from all over the world come to vacation, see our gorgeous beaches and enjoy the Gulf of Mexico, is pretty sweet!  It’s a great
vibe here.  I love my city and I love my state. 🙂
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A:  Jennifer, you are such a busy-bee who has a lot going on!  But before we get to that, I’d love to hear about your blog and green outlook on life.
970964_596808917004496_1241705294_nJ:  My blog, Arjuna Boutique, is where I like to share any helpful product and skin care information for my clients and readers.  I am actually hoping to expand [it] to more of a lifestyle blog so I can include skincare tips as well as green lifestyle tips, style tips, etc.  Some people consider my lifestyle “extremely green”, but it is such a part of who I am and so normal for me, that I couldn’t imagine living any other way.  Living a greener and more sustainable lifestyle… gives you time to focus more on what matters in life.  I never get sick, I’m always full of energy and I know that by being conscious of what I consume and how I live will leave a smaller carbon footprint than most.  Some people like to taunt me with the whole “well, the world is going to shit” theory, but what can I say, I’m an optimist.  I live the lifestyle because it makes me feel good internally and externally, not because of what is trendy or hot at the moment. 
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A:  There are more optimists than you think!  We should stick together.  So, I 
have fallen in love with every item in your boutique, tell us how it got started.

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J:  My boutique, 
Arjuna Living, was started when I relocated here to Tampa.  I always knew I would have my own business someday, as I come from a father with an insane work ethic.  [He] is the most successful, self-made man I know.  I’m a busy body [who] actually enjoys working and can’t stand to be bored.  I decide what to bring in [to the boutique] by the style here in Tampa, which is very pretty, flowy, relaxed and beachy.  All the skin care, perfumes, make-up, etc, are always tested by me first and then decided on according to the ingredients, ethics, image and overall philosophy of the company.  My biggest philosophy here is shopping with purpose.  Pretty, meaningful and unique finds for you and your loved ones!
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A:  For curvy ladies, like myself, is Arjuna Boutique thinking of carrying plus sizes?
 
J:  Certainly! Plus sizes are definitely something I have actually started looking into, so stay tuned!
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A:  It’s that time: the most important question in the world.  What’s your favorite movie?
 
J:  My favorite movie is Boondock Saints.  Not only do I love the plot, but you certainly can’t beat the eye candy.  I love bad boys.
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A:  Boondock Saints is also one of my favorites!  (Rocco in particular). Haha!  Jennifer, it’s been a blast.  I wish you the best of luck with your business.
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Don’t forget to check out Arjuna Living and like it on Facebook!
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GEORGIA is right around the corner!
In case you missed them…

MEET AMERICA: DELAWARE

If you are half the obsessive Wayne’s World guru that I am, you’ll understand why I’m so excited about the Delaware segment.  If not: click here and be educated in 90s hilarity.

Michael is from New Castle, DE and he is a riot.  He’s young, he’s attractive, ambitious, creative, and, ladies, he likes PS I Love You!  Who new Delaware bread these types!?  Michael is working hard to change the ‘boring’ stereotype that is Delaware.  Let’s find out how…

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A:  Michael, you grew up in Delaware, how do you think it was different from the other states?
M:  I’ve grown up in Dela-Where my entire life and we are absolutely different from any other state.  First off, WE ARE NUMERO UNO! Lol, but honestly, we’re truly different because in Delaware there isn’t a damn thing to do!  (Except the beach, which is over an hour and a half away).  [There’s] no places for kids [or] teens to hang out and keep us out of trouble, so we make our own fun.  That usually includes partying (which gets old after a while) or you can put your time into something you’re passionate about.

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A:  What is your favorite thing about Delaware?
M:  My favorite thing about DE is probably our location.  We are close enough that we can go to NY, PA, MD, NJ or the beaches within a little amount of time… At least there are things to do there! 
A:  Most people view DE as a pretty ‘blah’ place to be.  What can you say to squash the stereotype?
M:  The stereotype of Delaware is rather blah, but in reality it’s a state where if you don’t have a creative and vivid imagination, you will go crazy.  That’s why I started spending more of my time drawing [and] designing.
A:  Awesome!  Tell us about your business and how it got started.

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M:  My company name is Dela-Where?.  It’s a clothing company that started one day just [by] drawing up some ideas.  [Everything] I was drawing revolved around Delaware, which had me thinking; there really isn’t anything that has put Delaware on the map for being Delaware.  I had gone to school for web design, but seeing my work on a computer screen got old, so I started printing them on t-shirts.  After my first shirt was made I fell in love with the craft.  Since then I have continued designing and met some interesting people who have helped me improve myself and product along the way.  I started to learn how to silk screen to give that professional look instead of photo transfer print out.  Then I picked up on how to sew; making pocket tees, custom snap-back brims and more.  I recently met my partner whom I have opened a store with called, The Delaware T-shirt Factory, where we sell all types of commercial and custom printing; from shirts, business cards, websites etc.  I really love what I do and I’m continuing to push Dela-Where? until I can’t push it anymore!
A:  It sounds like you have the right attitude to be successful!  Everyone can check out Dela-Where? products HERE.  So, Michael, describe a perfect day in Delaware.
M:  A perfect day in DE would have to be going into the lab and printing up a hot design, setting up shop and selling it until it’s off the shelves!
A:  Lastly, the question I ask everyone (drum roll)…  What’s your favorite movie?
 M:  My favorite movie.  Well, that’s hard because I love my kids’ movies like Finding Nemo.  I love my lovey movies like The Notebook and PS I Love You, and I love my adult movies like Scarface, The Hangover, etc. No true favorite, though! lol.
Did anyone else get nervous when he wrote “adult movies”?  Nevertheless, all the ones listed are great!  I want to thank Michael and Dela-Where? for the giving us the skinny on the big DE.  Find him on Instagram: delawhere302
I love the style he’s creating… check these out:
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