My Favorite Things – Walking Home Through Central Park On a Warm Fall Day

After my rehearsal finished today, I decided to walk home through Central Park.

The sky was spectacularly clear…

NY City castles in the sky

church on Central Park West

And the air was soft and warm.

pea pod tree

As I walked through the park, my eye was drawn to the rich colors…

dark blue berries in the fall

red, yellow and green in the fall

And the cheery yellow daisies.

yellow daisy

At the lagoon, I stopped to take in the view of Central Park South…

Central Park South in the fallAnd was drawn to the vibrant reds…

red berries in the fall

And greens of the berries in the surrounding trees and bushes.

green fall berries

The Beresford looked like a castle in the air…

The Beresford on a clear October day

And I felt a little like an enchanted princess!

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Limited Time Offer: Free Worldwide Shipping at Joana Miranda Studio at Society6!


Over the moon cropped for blog

Yes, that’s right.  Now through October 12th at midnight (PDT)  you can take advantage of free worldwide shipping on the items in my shop at Society6.  To go to my shop and receive the promotion, please click here.

Happy shopping!

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A Sneak Preview of the Joana Miranda Studio 2015 Calendar (Continued)

It’s a wrap on another month’s illustration for the soon-to-debut Joana Miranda 2015 Calendar.  And here’s a little “taste…”

Thanksgiving Pie Girl final teaser


Like what you see but don’t want to wait until this calendar goes on sale?  My illustrations are also available on greeting cards, cellphones, prints, tees, mugs and more!

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Friday’s Thought – The Armor We Wear

Fashion door

“Fashion is the armor to survive the reality of everyday life.”

(Bill Cunningham)

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My Favorite Things – Morning, Noon and Night in New York City

 Yup, whether it be morning…

New World Trade Center in the fog



(Ok, this is actually a photo taken at dusk…)

Globe at Trump tower durinng sunset

Or, night…

silhouettes in front of a screen

There’s always something interesting to see in this city!

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Jo’s Journey (A Somewhat Irreverent Guide to Doing Anything Better): Savvy Traveling

On our recent trip to Europe, I was almost robbed.

the pickpocket for blog

But, no, I wasn’t gabbing on my cell phone – I was lugging my suitcase up the metro steps.  Fortunately, I felt and heard something; and, when I turned to look, saw two men behind me and realized that they had already partially unzipped the outside pocket of my carry-on bag.  Being a 100 lb “heavyweight,” I of course felt no fear (amazing what adrenaline does); instead I looked at the men and let out a loud “HEY!!!”  This of course filled my would-be-pickpocketers with immense fear – or something like that  – and they walked away nonchalantly.  I was furious, and a few minutes later…

shaking with fright.

Although I didn’t lose anything in the pick-pocket attempt (there was nothing of value in that outside pocket), things could have been a lot worse. Stashed in a money belt under my clothes were my passport, credit cards, dollars, and Euros!  I’d never worn a money belt before, but decided to use one on this trip.  If you’re looking for a slim profile, yet strong money belt, I highly recommend this one from Eagle Creek. (Here I am earlier on the day of the attempted robbery.  As you can see, the money belt is virtually undetectable.)

Joana at the Torre de Belem

In addition to wearing my money belt when we were travelling (yes, I even wore it on the overseas plane rides!), I took some additional precautions on this trip.  Here’s my…


  • Learn from the pros…check out travel tips from seasoned travelers like Rick Steves
  • Take only the essential credit cards you’ll need on your trip.
  • Alert your credit card companies regarding your travel dates/destinations
  • Make a color scan copy of your passport and give a copy to a trusted friend/relative at home.  Email a scan of the passport to yourself so that you can access it easily if your passport gets stolen
  • Email yourself the Collect Call to USA numbers for the credit cards you’ll be carrying so that you can act quickly in the event that the cards are stolen
  • Redact all identifying information on the paper travel documents you carry (i.e. if you are travelling with printouts of your hotel accommodations, black out your credit card and address information)
  • Carry your cash, credit cards and passport in a money belt
  • Leave your valuable jewelry at home
  • Cover the keypad when you are withdrawing money from ATMs
  • Have a friend keep on “look out” when you withdraw money
  • Make as few ATM withdrawals as possible, but try to make most of your purchases in cash
  • Be wary of being approached by strangers – especially pairs of people
  • Be alert and vigilant in crowed trams, buses, trains, and subways
  • Take a cab or an airport shuttle if you are travelling with your luggage.  Be vigilant if you choose to travel with your luggage on public transportation.
  • For Women: Take a purse with a strap long enough to be carried cross-body in front (interior zippered compartments are essential!)
  • For Men: Carry your wallet in a front pocket, or use a money belt or hidden money wallet
  • Take twisties (or even small locks) to “lock” zipper tabs together
  • Read up-to-date guide books on your destination for safety tips
  • Once at your destination keep your passport and credit cards locked up in the hotel safe. (Take out only the amount of cash/credit you’ll need for that day)
  • When you need to make a phone call/check GPS, stand with your back against a wall and be aware of your surroundings (have a friend keep watch)

Be aware, be smart and be safe!


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A Sneak Preview of the Joana Miranda Studio 2015 Calendar (Continued)

I’ve been working on illustrations for the Joana Miranda Studio 2015 Calendar and have just put the finishing touches on other month.  Here’s a sneak peak…

April Calendar teaser final

Can’t wait for this calendar to go live?  Then check out my currently available illustrations here!


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