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Creative Challenge Day 4 — Goodwill Upcycle Contest

This is the first of two projects that I created for the Goodwill Upcycle Contest. I love the idea of the French boudoir and hope to one day recreate my entire bedroom in a romantic French style. Until then, this 3-tiered tray is the perfect way to display all my “jewels” and was a project that was just too easy to pass up. Not to mention it was super cheap to boot! Bonus! Materials: 2 ivory colored platters $.1.99 +...

French Scarves. So ooh la la.

It’s April and I wish I were in Paris. But when I have the Paris blues, a cup of espresso at a local cafe and an expertly tied neck scarf make me feel a little, well, French-ie-er. What can I say? Although she’s not French, YouTube beauty maven, Michelle Phan and her stunning model, Chriselle created this video tutorial last winter. And I find it to be one of the best guides to scarf wearing that I have seen. Needless...

5 Vacations that Really 'Work'

This past weekend, I had the pleasure of attending an awesome workshop by JOURNEY TO YOU author Steve Olsher. The focus of the Reinvention Workshop was to help people who want to make a change in their careers figure out the next logical steps to getting where they want to be. I, like most bloggers, would like to transition from part-time poor blogger to full-time paid blogger someday and I found the workshop to be extremely helpful. One of the...

Be a Winner at Love! in France

Valentine’s Day may be over, but all that talk of love brings to mind the world’s most romantic city, Paris, of course. Ah Paris… the sidewalk cafes, the couples canoodling in the park, the Louvre; what’s not to love? The whole of France is brimming with romantic countrysides, whimsical castles and all the passionate art, music and architecture that a French Renaissance could muster. What better way to celebrate the month of love and passion than by taking a chance...

Art for the traveling He(art)

What does your travel-guide/phrase-book look like after a long trip? Are the pages dog-eared with write-ups of local attractions and hotels circled or highlighted with red and yellow pen? Do you have the phone numbers of tour guides, locals in-the-know or taxicab companies scribbled in the margins??? You do, if you are anything like me. And, on top of that, your travel maps are riddled with pin holes and tears from the stress of being folded and refolded every which...

Travel Rights: Places I long to visit

Last week, over three consecutive days, there were three separate instances  of an unrulely passenger causing a disturbance on a domestic US flight. Now as you may know, in America, it is every person’s inalienable right to go nuts and lose his/her mind— even on an airplane.  It is also every person’s right to be kicked in the neck and subdued by fellow passengers before being dragged off to jail (or the loony bin) after going nuts on a plane. Initially,...