Feeling a mild bout of cabin fever yesterday (blame it on endless days spent blogging and editing photos for this dear little blog) - I decided to pull out my explorer hat and went in search of a new coffee spot.
With a nice slick of Mac's "Riveting Rose" - which incidentally, is the lipstick colour I wore on my wedding day ( but that's another story!) - and donning my headwrap - which I finally nailed after countless (disastrous) past attempts that left me looking like a cabbage had landed on my head! - off I went in search of a cute coffee shop!
I have always wanted to try out a particular coffee spot in the Hyde Park area , a leafy neighbourhood known for its pretty shops and Instagram worthy cafés,
and being in the mood for " cute interiors and details " I just had to give this place a try!
Glad to be out of the scorching heat (unlike other parts of the country, it still feels very much like the height of summer here in Tampa!), and pleased to have secured a nice window table at the corner of the café, I settled in and placed my order.
Smaller and, to my surprise, much quieter than I had expected to find it, the brightly lit café overlooked the calm and polished streets of this leafy neighbourhood - and more importantly, it delivered in terms of those charming details I was after, including a pretty tiled floor.
Smiling at the arrival of my frothy cappuccino and chicken pesto sandwich (strangely served with a packet of salted crisps, in all my experiences), I promptly pulled out my camera to snap a few photos of my perfect lunch set-up (yes, I am part of that annoying bunch). Just as I set my camera down and got ready to dive into my meal, I felt a stranger's gaze burn into the corner of my eye.
The lady was sat at a table across from me, with a cup of coffee and a few books in front of her, and thinking that I had annoyed her with my overzealous photo-taking, I proceeded to look straight ahead of me and pretended that I hadn't noticed her strong gaze.
At the sound of her voice saying, " Excuse me " , I put on my best "serious" face - pursed lips and one manicured eyebrow, raised - as I prepared for the stern exchange of words which I was sure would follow. Looking directly at me, she smiled and then gasped " the light is hitting your face perfectly!" and then pointing to my camera, " Can I take a picture!? ".
With that, I beamed a bright smile back at her as I squealed " of course! " and then hesitantly added that I was actually summoning up the courage to ask someone in the café to take a photo of me for my blog! What started out as one photo, turned into a mini shoot as we both gasped with excitement at how well the photo's were turning out!
Coupled with a great and meaningful conversation that followed after the photo's were taken (during which our coffee's got stone cold!), it truly felt like a serendipitous moment had occurred! Once again, thank you Ajla (pronounced " eye-la " ) for taking these amazing photos and for that great conversation! xx
P.S. On my way home, I happened to walk by this wall - and how apt it was! :-)
Have you ever had a chance encounter or a serendipitous moment that you just couldn't believe? Let me know in the comments!