Monday, September 28, 2015

Wedding Guest: Pink lace & Taffeta

It was a summer of weddings, and it was an all pink affair at the last summer wedding I attended. Pics below. Have a fab week guys.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Travel Therapy: Amsterdam + how to travel the world on a small budget

In 2013 I made a vow to be more adventurous and travel as much as I could. As we all know, travelling is very expensive, and the fact that I hadn’t yet won the lottery or met a rich Arabian prince meant I had to be very creative with my budget. Despite financial limitations, I was able to visit 14 new cities in 2014 alone (7 countries). Read on if you’d like to learn tips and tricks to help you fly on a small budget.(Tips are under the first few pictures)

I hope you guys find these tips helpful. Below are pictures from my short stay in Amsterdam--enjoy!


 I amsterdam sign at  Museumplein area


Tip 1- Pay for a plane ticket to one city and take the train/bus to nearby cities: Last spring, I spent some time in Europe and visited multiples cities. Before I bought a plane ticket from the US to Europe, I had done a research on the proximity of certain European countries from each other. I flew into Geneva from the US and spent 3-4 days exploring Switzerland. Paris which was one of my must-go destinations was only an hour flight from Geneva, so I flew to Paris and spent two nights there, (ticket was about $60). Brussels was only an hour and a half away by train from Paris, so I took a train to Brussels and spent a full day there. Italy rated high on my to-go list, so I flew in to Rome from Paris and spent 3 days exploring the ancient city. I also made sure to visit Florence which was only an hour away via train from Rome.


Peace from Vondelpark

Tip 2-Stick to one hotel & flight booking website: I use hotel.com for all my hotel bookings, and because of this, I am able to accumulate points and get free hotel nights.

I woke up early to catch the sunrise at Vondelpark

Tip 3-Stalk travel site & sign up for notifications: I have never purchased a ticket during a fare glitch, but I have heard of people who stalk airline sites and are able to take advantage of airlines erroneously publishing shockingly low fares. Sign up for email alerts on sites like http://www.airfarewatchdog.com/ and be sure to follow travel sites on social media. Someday, I too shall benefit from these screw ups. *knock on wood*.

Taking in the view


Tip 4-Buy your ticket way ahead of time: Rarely are plane fares reduced,so make up your mind about where you want to go and buy your ticket ASAP.

Amsterdam is the most bicycle-friendly capital city in the world-Wikipedia


Tip 5- Be flexible with travel dates: In the past I'd get notifications for extremely cheap flight/hotel fares and if I hadn’t planned a trip around that time, I would ignore the notification and then later feel like I'd lost out on a good deal. Well, now if I find an unbelievably cheap deal, I go far and beyond to make the time work for me. Last November, I visited Montreal, Quebec because I got a notification for a $40 per night hotel. I did a quick research and saw that the hotel typically cost $150. Montreal is is a few hours away from me, so I jumped on the offer and went off to explore the lovely city.

Amsterdam is the first home of the world famous beer, Heineken

Tip 6- Multi Stops: Unless you are pressed for time, NEVER buy an international ticket directly to your destination city. Last December, I visited Dubai and made sure I bought a ticket that had multiple stops. For my departure trip, I chose a ticket that would stop for more than 24 hours in Amsterdam. I had the choice of Moscow or Amsterdam, but I chose Amsterdam because the main tourist sights are in a central location. The trick however, is to make sure that the stop over is in the morning or early afternoon. Night stop overs are a waste of time as most places of interest are closed. For my Amsterdam trip, I arrived at Schipol Airport at 3:00pm in the afternoon and left at 2:30pm the next day. Being there during the day afforded me the opportunity to visit the tourist sights and experience the night life as well. 

I Amsterdam sign at Schipol Airport

A cute Dutch street
The dome of the Royal Palace of Amsterdam
Exterior of Rijks Museum


Amsterdam
Dam Square

At Dam Square
Had to make a stop at the world famous Bull Dog Cafe



Made it to the Anne Frank House. Her story is intriguing yet sad
 

Leidseplein Square is the party district of Amsterdam 


View from the morning canal boat cruise I took


A ride through the canals

And of course I had to make it down to the Red Light Distict. Ahem--lips sealed


That's all folks enjoy the rest of the week.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Pink Overdose

Summer is over, and because I did not get a chance to wear my pink flower crown, I decided to do a photoshoot with my gorgeus headband. By "photoshoot", I mean setting my camera on a tripod and shooting away in the comfort of my bedroom--lol. 

Since the headbad was pink, I opted for a spring make up look and chose to wear soft pink eyeshadow, pink lipstick, and even a pink top. Pictures are below, and products used to achieve this look are listed as well. 

Happy Thursday!
Face- FOundation:BMPro Oil free Foundation in Dark Coffee | Powder: MAC  Mineralized skin finsh in Deep Dark | Blush: MAC in Ambering rose | Highlight: LA Girl concealer in Warm Honey & Ben Nye Banana Powder

Eyes- Eyeshadow: Forever 21  baked eyeshadow|Mascara: e.l.f. Lengthening & Defining Mascara | Eyeliner: e.l.f. Black Waterproof Eyeliner 

Lips; LA Girl Matte Lipstick in Timeless & Colour Pop Ultra Matte Liquidlipstick in Trap| Lip Liner: NYC brown pencil in #922


That's all folks! Enjoy the rest of the week.


Wednesday, September 09, 2015

The tale of the JCrew Shorts

I was window shopping a few months when I came across this pair of jacquard print short at Jcrew. I immediately fell in love with the color --Neon Persimmon, the big pockets, and the structured silhouette. I instinctively grabbed a size 10 and went home with my new find.

As much as I love clothes, I am very frugal, and spending almost $70 on a pair of shorts does not in anyway fit into my budget. So I convinced myself that the I did not need the shorts and I took it back for a refund. 

A few weeks later, I went to my pharmacy which happened to be in a mall, and I decided to stop at JCrew to just "browse" (yeah, like that ever works). Lo and behold, the shorts were on sale for $20! At the register, there was a further discount and I paid a total of $12.49!! At that point, I knew the fashion gods were smiling down at me and wanted me to have the shorts. 

 Below is how I rocked it to a cook out the very next day.


I have no idea what I was doing here
It also comes in a faux wrap skirt style.
Happy humpday chicas!

Thursday, September 03, 2015

Greacian goddess, Martin Luther King Jnr Historical Site, Atlanta et al


I attended a wedding in Atlanta this past weekend. Since I had never been to the Peach State I set aside some time to sight see. Martin Luther King Historical site was a must -do on my list, and the morning before the wedding, I visited the district.

It was indeed surreal visiting Ebenezer Baptist Church, the place where MLK grew up and gave many speeches. As luck would have it, I caught a live reenactment of one of his speeches at the church. I also checked out the freedom hall which houses many of MLKs memorabilia, and I got goose bumps by just looking at the actual clothing this iconic freedom fighter wore!

I wish I had more time to spend in the MLK Jnr. Historical Site, but I had to  rush off to take the preparatory pictures of the bride (hopefully she'll let me share them on the blog ).

Below are the pictures I took. Enjoy...





Have a fabulous day chicas!