Ms. Travel Chic: 2013

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Hit The Slopes! : Winter Soul Fest 2014


So I recently realized that in all of my travels to beaches, historic landmarks, sprawling countrysides and urban cities I still have yet to go skiing! Considering I live next door to Wisconsin which has plenty of ski resorts and the fact that I have friends in the Denver area this is pretty pathetic lol. 

Last year I came close to planning a ski trip with one of my male BFF's but we waited until the last minute and didn't have our stuff together! So when I got the details about the upcoming Winter Soul Fest I got excited all over again!



Tuesday, November 19, 2013

3 Travel Tips for a Chic Spa Getaway




JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort
Last month I headed to Scottsdale, Arizona for a spa getaway weekend with one of my longtime girlfriends. It was my first time in Arizona since I was a kid (road trip from Texas to Vegas included a stop in Flagstaff) and I was looking forward to visiting one Scottsdale’s many world renowned spas. The weekend was full of relaxation, indulgence, good food and great wine!

Here are three tips to help you plan a chic spa getaway:

Make it an all-day affair

We did our spa day at the JW Marriot Camelback Inn Resort, one of the top rated spas in Scottsdale! I had a full body massage and a body scrub; spent some time in the hot tub and sauna. We wanted to have some privacy as well so we rented one of the private cabanas poolside to relax in between treatments. We were served food & drinks and enjoyed the shade of the cabana on what ended up being a steamy Arizona day! We literally stayed until the spa closed at 7:30 p.m. :-) 

You need to put in some major hours at the spa to take full advantage of all the offerings!     

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Chicago Event: Jet Magazine and Fashion Fair Say Yes to Life, Love & Beauty!

Last night on a rainy Chicago evening hundreds of the Windy City's most fashionable women met at The Pump Room to "Say Yes to Beauty" The exclusive "Say Yes" event hosted by the iconic Johnson Publishing Company (JPC) brands, Jet Magazine and Fashion Fair Cosmetics was our introduction into the newly revamped Fashion Fair cosmetic line. Guests enjoyed complimentary "Say Yes" cocktails, appetizers and mini makeovers while DJ Kiss spinned hot R&B and Hip Hop tunes all night long.  


The JPC dream team behind the event JPC Chairman - Linda Johson Rice, JPC CEO - Desiree Rogers and Editor in Chief of Jet Magazine - Mitzi Miller mingled with the crowd and shared with us their excitement about the refreshed cosmetic line.  

Toya Nicole interviewing Editor in Chief of Jet Magazine, Mitzi Miller

The Jet Magazine and Fashion Fair partnership is all about "reintroducing Fashion Fair to a younger generation of women with bright new colors to match everyone's skin tone" shared Miller. The largest black-owned cosmetics company has been around for over 40 years and while some may think they know all about the brand, Miller encouraged women to "take a second look at the totally refreshed line"  In support of the campaign Fashion Fair recently premiered the short film "Say Yes" directed by Ava DuVernay. Starring Lance Gross and Kali Hawk, "Say Yes" (named after the Fashion Fair lip color) "explores the power of the affirmative, and the beauty that blossoms from embracing life."  I am looking forward to trying out the new line and saying YES to - life, love and beauty!

Check out some fabulous photos from the evening


Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Ms. #Travel Chic Travels - San Juan, Puerto Rico

Happy Travel Tuesday!

I was M.I.A. last week on the blog and for good reason..VACATION! I was in Scottsdale, Arizona for a spa weekend and enjoyed all that the beautiful town had to offer: fine dining, warm weather, shopping and of course the SPA! Can't wait to recap the trip with you all next week :-)

Today I am highlighting another one of my favorite destinations PUERTO RICO! 

Hey Papi:-) 

Enjoy!

Subway Restaurant serves alcohol...alrighty then!


The view of San Juan from our hotel


Thursday, October 24, 2013

Guest Post: With the right attitude...the facts don't matter #TEWMovement


I am excited to be partnering with The #TEW Movement a book and  a movement supporting entrepreneurs! Today I bring an article from my own personal coach Donna Smith Bellinger:

Donna Finals-4226D-2Today I have a two part presentation…In part ONE want to tell you three stories from my life. That’s it. No big speech…Just three short stories. In the Second part we will help you uncover what YOUR story will be. The first story is about transition.
I came from what was known in the 60’s as middle class family. Although they liked to say “upper middle class”. My parents were children of the Great Depression: that was cold water flats, meatless meals and hand me down clothes. No labels, no fashion statements…just warm. Luxuries were very few and saving for the future was a far off dream.
Both of my parents attended college, but did not graduate. My father was drafted and served in the military during WWII, then used his GI benefits to purchase a home in a small undeveloped Chicago suburb called Maywood.
The plan was to raise their only daughter there and provide her with all of the benefits they never had.
It was a TV sitcom life. A stay at home mother who baked and attended PTA meetings; A father who was moving up in his blue color field and a daughter that attended every class known to parenting. Ballet, tap, charm school…public elementary school, private high school anything to isolate her from “bad” influences.
Then life happened; the parents divorced, and I was plunged into a blended family, went from private school to public school, part-time employment and eventually, teenage pregnancy. I was literally disowned by my family and at 18yrs old I was on my own with a 1 month old son to support.
Their parting words to me were, you’ll be working the streets in 6 months. In my mind, the fact that I had no money, no place to live, no family to turn to and knew nothing about the real world did not matter. I had a job to do and a responsibility to live up to. I knew nothing about food stamps, and how could I be overdrawn…I still have checks left?


Thursday, October 17, 2013

"I'm in Love with a Church Girl": Adrienne Bailon Interview


Last week during the #Blogalicious5 conference I had the opportunity to attend a press breakfast with Adrienne Bailon. 
Adrienne most known for her role in Cheetah Girls, formerly part of the pop singing group 3LW and current co-host on “The Real” daytime show was there promoting her new film “I’m in Love with a Church Girl” 

“Church Girl” is loosely based on the true story of writer Galley Molina. The faith based film “is a powerful, inspiring story of a love between a man and a woman, a gift of second chances, and a family at home and in church that never stops praying and believing.” (Source

During the press breakfast, Adrienne shared with us her own faith journey, the ups and downs of celebrity and why she is so excited about this film. 





Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Ms. Travel Chic Travels! - Cabo

It's Week 3 of me celebrating my 1yr Blog-anniversary and am featuring photos from my favorite travel destinations! This week is special because I am talking about Cabo San Lucas, Mexico which was also the topic of my first blog post! (Read it here

April 2012 I went to Cabo San Lucas for the first time! It had been one of those vacation spots that a friend and I had talked about going for about two years. After hearing so many wonderful things about the weather, nightlife, beautiful beaches and hospitality I just could not wait! 

Enjoy some of the photos...



On a Sunset Dinner Cruise & Whale Watching

The view from our hotel

Thursday, October 10, 2013

#Blogalicious5 Conference Recap: Lessons on living out your dreams


Over the weekend I attended the 5th Annual “Be Blogalicious conference Oct 3-5 at Hyatt Regency in Downtown Atlanta, GA. Since 2009 the weekend event has brought women on color in the blogging, social media and entrepreneurial field together to “collaborate, connect and uplift one another”..and it did just that! 
As a still fairly new blogger this year I have been all about seeking all the knowledge, resources and connections I can to keep my blog growing.
I was blessed enough to enjoy this experience thanks to an amazing organization I am involved in, Color Comm (Women of Color in Communications). Color Comm raffled off a FREE registration and I WON! So I knew it was meant for me to be there! I booked a Delta flight ASAP, found a roommate share and of course went shopping so I could be chic and fashionable at the conference:)


Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Ms. Travel Chic Travels! - Italy

In Celebration of my 1yr Blog-anniversary I am featuring photos from my favorite travel destinations. Last week I shared details on my Greece trip (check it out here)..and this week we go to ITALIA!

Enjoy...

In Fall of 2012 I spent 8 wonderful days touring Italy with 4 of my closest friends! This was another Gate 1 Travel trip (they are the BEST!) 
We started in Venice (did you know it was an island?) and spent two days shopping, touring museums and off course a gondola ride...


Venice from Rialto Bridge

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Ms. Travel Chic Travels! - Greece


Happy Fall!

So a new follower to my blog last week shared with me some great feedback: "Love your blog but you have to catch us up on all the places you have been!"
My blog officially turned ONE recently (yay!) and I've been so focused on tips, resources and recent trip recaps that I've totally neglected to share photos and all the fun from my travels "pre blog" :-)

So this month I will have weekly features about all the AMAZING destinations I've traveled. 

This week..

GREECE

In September 2011 I traveled with friends on a 5 day trip to GREECE. We booked this trip via one of my go to travel agencies, www.Gate1Travel.com. All ground transportation (including our cruise), several meals, guided tours and accommodations were covered in our package. 
We started in Athens, Greece for 2 days and then departed on a 3 day cruise through the Greek Islands of Mykonos, Crete, Patmos and my favorite Santorini! We also had a stop over in Turkey between our island stops. 

Enjoy the photos :-)

Acropolis, Athens

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Goodbye Summer : Life and Travel Updates

**waves**

I can't believe how fast the summer flew by! This has been a jam packed and exciting past couple months for me and definitely a summer to remember. I haven't given a life & travel update in a month so let's play some catch up..


I just returned from a quick weekend trip to St. Louis, MO for Joyce Meyer Love Life Women's Conference. I had the opportunity to spend time with a dear friend, hear encouraging speakers and worship my God with over 15,000 women!



St Louis is such a "neat" town and only 270 miles from Chicago so it makes for an easy road trip. We also had a chance to check out one of the more popular tourist destinations, Sweetie Pie's Kitchen. Made famous for her reality show on OWN Network this soul food joint was packed and worth the wait. I indulged on some catfish, cornbread and mac n cheese. Ahh southern comfort food!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Traveling Together: Take Date Night to the Next Level!

Happy Thursday!

I'm excited to announce I'm partnering with BestDateNight.com as a contributor providing travel tips and ideas for couples. BestDateNight.com is a new dating site for couples that create awesome date night experiences that make it easier to make "date night" a reality! 

Check out my first article on quick vacation ideas for you and your partner! 


Credit: 2007 Dana Bowden

Traveling together is a great way to relax and re-connect with your partner. Leaving the comforts of your home and the grind of your daily routine for just a few days can be a gamechanger in your relationship. 

Monday, August 19, 2013

Chicago Adventures: Exploring Walgreens Health Care Clinic


This week I'm excited to highlight my recent experience checking out Walgreens Health Care Clinic.




Who likes being sick when traveling?! Exactly. No one :)

About a week before Memorial Day I caught a nasty stomach bug and after 4 days it seemed I still couldn't shake it. Worried I called my doctors office and the earliest appointment they had available was in two weeks! I had a trip to Los Angeles and Las Vegas scheduled in less than 5 days and I had NO TIME to be sick! So I made a trip to a Chicago area urgent care clinic for a quick diagnosis and prescription to get me back towards 100% before my trip. Success!

It's always important to make sure you have options to handle medical emergencies in the event you can't get in to see your doctor, especially while traveling. So when I discovered that select Walgreens have a Health Care Clinic located within their stores I was intrigued to learn more. 



Tuesday, August 13, 2013

"Summer in the City": Street FoodArtistry and Glamorama Recap

Happy Wednesday!!!

Hope you are enjoying my "Summer in the City" series! Tons of fun happening so my posts have been more frequent. Thanks for hanging around for all the fun:)

So here is a recap of this weekends fabulous activities:

Street FoodArtistry Fest (@streetfoodart)

First: The Food
All the food trucks were offering a variety of full and half size selections for $5 or less. Super cheap:) My friends and I kept full on tamales, jerk and curry chicken, popcorn, grilled cheese sandwiches, pancakes and gelato. I enjoyed chatting with the food truck owners and hearing about their passion for their food specialties. Complimentary drinks from Izze, St. Claire Vodka, Dos Equis and Courvoisier kept us refreshed as we walked back and forth between the indie market and VIP lounge. Walgreens UP Market passed around lattes, teas and yummy banana smoothies all day long. This was definitely a festival with a unique variety of food and every bit of it was delicious!

Here were some of my faves: 

@diadelostamales had so many different options. My friend enjoyed Cuban pork and I loved the vegan black bean.


Monday, August 12, 2013

"Summer in the City" Series: Maximizing your weekly shopping with Mariano's



This week I am highlighting one of my favorite one stop shopping destinations in Chicago, Marianos Market! Mariano's Market is one of my favorite stores to get all my grocery shopping done.
Normally grocery shopping ends up low on my list of priorities because it can be so consuming and frankly boring! However discovering #MyMarianos earlier this year changed all of that! Mariano's offers a shopping experience that makes the mundane task of grocery shopping an exciting adventure. The first time I went I spent almost 3hrs in there lol :) Since I am often "on the go" and traveling I like to make the most efficient use of my time when home. 

Here are 3 ways shopping at Mariano's helps me to maximize my weekly shopping trips:

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

"Summer in the City" Series: Chicago's Street FoodArtistry Festival

Hey there and HAPPY SUMMER

August will officially launch my "Chicago: Summer in the City" series for the blog! I often blog about destinations and travel tips but I wanted to dedicate this month to my home base, the world renowned city of Chicago :-) 
Every summer hundreds of thousands of tourists travel to the "Windy City" when it warms up to experience "Summertime Chi". From concerts and movies in the park, festivals, farmers markets, shopping and unique outdoor events Chicago has it all! Look forward to sharing with you all the fun:-) 

This week I am super excited about attending the Third Annual Street FoodArtistry Festival on Sunday August 11th. Street FoodArtisty Chicago. The SFA fest is a celebration of Chicago's hottest street food , culture, art and music. Chicago is home to one of the more developing food truck industries around the globe. StreetFood Artistry will host some of the most trending local trucks featuring fresh and interesting culinary selections. SFA is also a non profit supporting creative enterpreurship. It's a party with a purpose!





Tuesday, July 30, 2013

What's in my Bag? Beauty Travel Essentials

This weeks blog is a guest post from one of my favorite beauty bloggers Beauty School Scarlet (@abeautyscarlet). Enjoy! 

5 Beauty Travel Tips to Keep You TSA Approved

Do you ever have trouble packing the right beauty products for your vacation??? Do you get confused on what to take and what to leave??? Do you have to check your bag EVERY single trip because you just have too many products??? If you answered yes to any of these questions…then you need to continue, read on and join the club…LOL. These are Beauty Blogger problems that I face on constant basis and I am tired of the TSA making me check my bags all the darn time L. I have decided to take matters into my own hands and share my top 5 beauty tips to help us all overcome this problem :) 



Tip #1: This tip is easy but it took me forever to see what was right in front of my face (don’t judge me, I have seen the light and opened my eyes). If you are taking a trip, when you shop for your beauty products, always shop the travel section. Every store has one these days from Target to Sephora and everything in between. The travel section offers sizes that are TSA approved. My go to travel section for skin and hair products is the Beauty To Go area in Sephora. They offer the brands that I love and the products that I use.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Three Common Travel Mistakes



*This post was originally posted on Love, Label and Joneses
It’s summertime so that means one thing for most people, VACATION! You finally get a break from work or school and the first thing you want to do is get out of the comforts (and bores) of home and explore a new destination. Maybe chill on a sunny beach, go for an adventurous hike in the mountains or a spa vacation is on your travel bucket list. Ahh, the excitement! However while you are busy buying a new vacation wardrobe, booking a babysitter or requesting that time off, it’s important not to sidestep some important steps in the planning process.
Here are three common travel mistakes that we often make:

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Featured Interview - Evita Robinson of Nomadness TV





While I was in New York City last month  at the Blogging While Brown Conference I had the pleasure of meeting Evita (Evie) Robinson, founder of Nomadness TV Travel Tribe. Nomadness TV is an urban travel online social community of almost 5,000 members.  They are the new age travel movement!
Nomadness Tribe is 75% female and 89% Black/Latino memebers who currently reside in over 20 countries, with highest concentration in New York, Washington D.C., Houston, Atlanta, and Bahia, Brazil.

I had the chance to catch up with Evita (@EvieRobbie) before she heads off to Spain on her latest adventure. Read on as she shares more on her passion for travel and what inspires her. 

I want to hear more about Nomadness Tribe and how it got started! What inspired you to start “The Tribe”? 
I had just gotten back to New York City after living in Japan and Thailand over the course of a year and a half. I came back with a real case of travel withdrawl that no one in my family or friends could really relate to it. At that point I started looking for online communities and couldn't find any that I felt a tie too. They were boring, lacked diversity and were impersonal. I didn't find it, so I created it in the Tribe. 



Tuesday, July 9, 2013

A Bucket List : Travel Edition

I was browsing around in one of my Travel Facebook groups when I ran across this cool photo. A travel bucket list! I got excited when I realized that I'd visited 9 out of 14 of these locations! **pats self on back**
This got me to thinking about what else was on my personal travel bucket list










Tuesday, July 2, 2013

(Recap) 7 Days, 3 Cities, Lessons Learned



Late Thursday night I returned from an amazing but exhausting week long trip to New York City, Philadelphia and Dallas. (see post here). Everything actually went perfectly! I landed in NYC on the first day of summer and the weather was outstanding! I enjoyed a bike ride through Central Park and long strolls through Harlem and Brooklyn throughout the weekend. 

 The accommodations at the AloftHarlem were sleek and swanky! I love the complimentary water bottles that all Starwood properties provide. Major perk!


Friday, June 21, 2013

7 days, 3 cities, 1 tired Chick: Summer Travels



Happy Friday!

Today begins Day 1 of a 7 day trip that will take me to three great U. S. cities!

First up, New York City! It's the first day of summer and I can't think of a more perfect place to be. I'm here this weekend attending the 6th Annual Blogging While Brown conference in Harlem. This is my first blogging conference and I'm looking forward to connecting with over 200 African American bloggers, media professionals, brands, learning how to make my blog better and of course some parties!

Sunday evening I'm riding the rails over to the 'City of Brotherly Love' -- Philadelphia. Amtrak gets me there in an hour and the ticket was only $30. Much cheaper than renting a car and dealing with gas. I've never been to Philly and since its so close to NYC I wanted to maximize my travel, smart girl right?:-) I will be staying in City Center East area and taking in some historical sites, museums and finding my way to the Liberty bell and the LOVE statue!

Monday, May 13, 2013

Spouse Travel: Honeymoon Edition

Guest Post by Veronica Weatherspoon-


March 23, 2013, I was fortunate to marry the most intriguing man I’ve ever met.  The next morning, we set off for our honeymoon to beautiful Puerto Rico!  The sandy beaches, blue skies and crystal clear water were something to be rivaled, and my husband and I vowed to enjoy every moment!  Remembering a few things helped us and may help you, too:



Tuesday, May 7, 2013

What's in my bag? My Business Travel Essentials

I’m on the road or in the air quite often for business trips. In my 9 to 5 gig as a Midwest territory sales manager, 60% – 70% of my time is spent in rental cars, airports and Hilton brand hotels. I want to share with you five of my business travel essentials that are a “MUST" when packing for a trip on my checklist: 

Tote Bag
I try to have as few items of luggage as possible when traveling for business. Moving quickly in and out of vehicles, planes and offices leaves plenty of opportunities to leave items behind.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

My Top 5 Go To Travel Sites

Courtesy of The Reefs via TravelandLeisure.com

Planning a trip or for some just THINKING about planning a trip can be overwhelming. There is tons of information available via agencies, travel books and of course the Internet.

I try to avoid all the confusion and just keep it simple.   

Here are my top 5 go to sites:

1. Trip Advisor – this one is my favorite!
I first discovered this site when planning my 26th birthday to Miami Beach. At the time they were the only site that allowed travelers to upload personal photos! 

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Guest Post: Too Tight Jeans

This month's guest contributor is Shivawn of "Love, Label and Joneses" Check out her great post!

Have you ever had a pair of jeans that you had to jump into just to put them on? And you knew they were too tight before you put them on but you HAD to wear them? So all throughout the day you had to suffer through being uncomfortable. Uncomfortable when you sat down because they squeezed your legs. Uncomfortable when you ate and had to walk around all day holding your stomach in. But as soon as you got home behind closed doors you immediately struggled to get those jeans off. 


After the struggle you vowed to never wear them again...but you did 3 weeks later!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Vacation Please!

Hi there!

Hope everyone had a Happy Easter!

Today's post is a guest post I wrote for Shivawn of Love + Labels & Joneses. I'm excited to be a monthly contributor to her blog and will be sharing my posts written for LL&J on this blog as well. Enjoy:)

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
~ Mark Twain

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

5 Tips to stick to your diet while traveling





This week I am traveling to my hometown...TEXAS BABY! I have some work training in Dallas/Ft Worth and then heading down to Houston to be a bridesmaid in my college roommates wedding. 

While I'm always excited to visit with friends and family I get anxiety thinking about the food temptation that awaits me. Staying in a hotel for 3+ days and being away from my kitchen, cookbook and fridge full of fruit and veggies presents a major problem. 


Tex Mex, Whataburger, 44 oz. Sonic drinks and sausage cheese rolls from the donut shop are usually my downfall. Everything really is bigger in Texas, food portions included!


Over the past 7 weeks I've worked really hard to transform my health and fitness routine. I've adopted a vegetarian lifestyle, workout 3-5 times/wk and with the help of Weight Watchers I am down 7lbs a few inches and one dress size:)

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Creating travel memories in the most cost effective way

This week's post is a guest post by my friend and client Kine! Enjoy:)

We often think of vacation as an extravagant, luxury trip; maybe something we saw in a movie. Those types of vacations are great but for most people they are a once in a lifetime thing. Keep those kind of vacations in mind when you have saved enough to do it big.
In the meantime, you should small vacation ideas you can take and not really have to break the bank. 

Check out these 3 easy to find great ideas: 

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

The Perfect Girlfriend Getaway

Last weekend I went to Miami Beach to celebrate my good friend and college roommate's bachelorette party! Miami Beach is one of my FAVORITE cities for nightlife, luxury and fun in the sun! 

I celebrated my 26th birthday in South Beach and had the best time:) Are you planning a trip with the girls soon?  

Here are the Top 3 ways to make sure it’s the perfect vacation for you and your girlfriends!



Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Flying Solo

Today's post is a guest post I wrote Jan.31 for Presidential Lifestyle Blog. Check out her blog for wisdom, inspiration and practical tips on how to create your perfect lifestyle! She also recently wrote a book, "The Art of Starting Over: A 30 day guide to creating more Power, Peace and Pleasure in your life". Awesome read! Read her other blogs and find more info about her book at kinecorder.com. Here's the post:


This past October I went on an AMAZING 7 day Italian vacation to Venice, Florence and Rome. I traveled with a group of 4 close friends and once there we met up with our travel group of over 20 people. It was great to sightsee, shop and indulge in food and wine with a group of great people!

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Travel Chic Thursday: Weekly Deals

It's Travel Chic Thursday! Here are this week's best deals! 

Wisconsin

Rates as low as $83/night for a cozy long weekend in Lake Delevan, Wisconsin. Spa, shopping and relaxation awaits. Book this deal here!
 
Ms Travel Chic Tip: Make dinner reservations at the Baker House and enjoy a beautiful view of the lake, outdoor seating and a stylish hat to wear when you walk in this 1920's themed mansion turned restaurant. 

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Verses & Flow Recap and Carl Thomas Interview

This past Thursday (Jan 24th) I attended the swanky Verses & Flow event in Chicago. Verses & Flow are a series of events (sponsored by Lexus) that showcases musical and spoken word talent.  Past performers have included Luke James, Elle Varner and Musiq.



On this night at the modern and spacious Chicago Illuminating Company venue we snacked on heavy appetizers, enjoyed cocktails from an open bar and checked out the new Lexus GS parked inside.  Spoken word artists Sonya Renee and Rudy Francisco entertained the crowd with their moving and soulful poetry. 

Friday, January 25, 2013

57th Presidential Inauguration Recap: Why I love DC!

Official White House Photo. Jan 20, 2013 Swearing In.
This past weekend I was in our nation’s capitol for the 57th Presidential Inauguration of Barack H. Obama.  I attended his first historic inauguration in 2009 and didn’t want to miss his last one! I must say that as an African American I was even more excited and emotional as this particular day had significant meaning.  
Jan 21st marked 1) The 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr’s “I have a Dream Speech” 2) The U.S. holiday and celebration of MLK day . 3) The re-election of the first African American President. (You did it twice America!) I couldn’t help but get emotional that day standing in the midst of history! AMAZING!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Ways to save on food while traveling

When planning a trip it’s very easy to budget for hotel, transportation and tours since you have the figures up front. However it can be a bit more complicated to anticipate what you will end up spending on food once you arrive.


Here are some tips to help you save money when dining out on your travel journey:

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Chic Travel Outfits: Inaugural Edition

Every month I will be featuring a guest blogger! If you are interested in guest blogging, just let me know:)

Today's guest post comes from the stylish Ms. Ebby K from Elevated Inspirations! Connect with Ebby K on Twitter @itsebbyk and Facebook http://www.facebook.com/itsebbyk Fan Page.  
It is time to CELEBRATE!!!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Travel Chic Thursday: Weekly Deals



It's Travel Chic Thursday! Here are this week's best deals!

Orbitz is having their 2013 kick off cruise sale! Book now to take advantage of reduced rates, excursion credits and airfare deals. Lots of savings!


Ms. Travel Chic Tip: Traveling during the off peak season (Aug – Oct) guarantees you the best deal!

Click here to book these deals! 

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

What's in my Bag? My Chic Travel Essentials

I’m on the road or in the air quite often for both work and personal trips. 

Whether it’s a road trip, quick overnight stay or weeklong vacation, I have a few go to travel essentials that are a “MUST PACK” on my checklist




…and of course they are chic and stylish!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Travel Chic Thursday: Weekly Deals

Hello!

Travel Chic Thursday is a new weekly feature! I will compile what I feel are some of the best internet travel deals of the week, along with my tips and recommendations. 

Fabulous vacations can easily be budget friendly!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Perfectly Imperfect



Happy New Year!
Last year when I kicked off 2012 I said I wasn’t going to make New Years Resolutions rather I was going to make a “Commitment List”.


It was very ambitious: Blog weekly, wake up at 6:15am. on Wednesdays, go to boot camp 3 times/week, pray and journal every night, only spend 1hr on Facebook a day and go out to eat ONCE a week.

I kept this up for 3 weeks and after that all bets were off! It was clear I had commitment issues. I initially started to beat myself up about what a failure I was for not being able to discipline myself to stick with "the list".