I’m Amy Perrault Arciere, president of Naples Bay Blinds & Shutters, LLC. I’m obsessed with all things visual — from graphic to interior design, kitsch to couture, skylines to palm trees — and everything in between.
Growing up, I had the best of both worlds with a mother an artist and father in finance. From an early age, I was exposed to all mediums of art and color theory, as well as work ethic and business ingenuity.
I first started this blog in 2009 under the pseudonym of my great-grandmother, Josie Minkel, named No, You Can’t Buy Me a Drink: Life of Josie M. as a graduate school project which earned the Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation Entrepreneurial Spirit Award for its’ business model and entrepreneurial spirit.
Since then, my place for women to share stories of the trials and tribulations of single life in a coupled world – from boyfriends with more skincare products than you have shoes to overbearing relatives bemoaning about their irritable bowel syndrome – has evolved into lifestyle design first as GULF SHORE BOULEVARD and then as OCEAN + PEARL. On thing that has always remained the same, is the nexus point at the heart of where my personal and professional passions lie – helping women create opportunities to improve their lives through style, education and self-empowerment.
Here at DREAMPORT | Design. Style. Imagination., I provide insights into the latest design and lifestyle trends for coastal living offering fresh and original ideas as well as time-tested strategies for visual arts for the home, designer fashion, small business and entrepreneurism, education, Southwest Florida living, travel and yes, more dating tales from No, You Can’t Buy Me a Drink.
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