Glam Travel: Dior Lipstick


Anyone seen the Dior Addict film short with Kate Moss? It completely made me want to plan a trip to Paris again! The shots, styling and design are beautiful and I must say, the Dior Addict lipsticks are fantastic. (At $30, they should be nothing short of spectacular.) Their destination inspired shade names such as Parisian Chic and Gibraltar having me dreaming up a glam vacation asap.

(You can purchase Dior Addict online at Saks,  Bloomingdale's, or Sephora. Not sure if they all accept returns if you don't like the color, but Sephora definitely does, fyi!)

Design Elements : Portugal


One of the most beautiful things about Portugal are the highly artistic azulejos adorning thousands of indoor and outdoor surfaces throughout the country. Particular to the Spanish and Portuguese (due to their Moorish history), the best place to see these designed tiles is the Museo Nacional do Azulejo in Lisbon.

The ancient convent turned museum holds a collection of fantastic inspiration for designers and enthusiasts of all backgrounds – textiles and fabrics, interior design, history buffs, creative thinkers, and even jewelry designers. If you can't make it there, regardless, it's all around you in Portugal.. all you have to do is keep your eyes open!

Vintage Photos


{ Eiffel Tower, Paris }

As I was going through my computer files a little while ago, I stumbled across these pics I took a while back from my European travels. Though not actually vintage, I edited them to look like historical photos. I think it brings such character to certain images... Don't you just love the look of old shots?.. Happy Weekend :-)

 {Westminster Abbey, London }

 {A cathedral in Belgium through my rainy window seat. }


i LOVE New York


The LOVE pop art piece by Robert Indiana on the corner of Sixth Avenue & 55th Street has been here for years yet I'd never photographed the famous sculpture. So as an addition to The 365 Project I snapped a few shots before continuing downtown for some shopping. Anyone else visit this famous corner in Manhattan or other interesting art space? Share your pics on my FB Wall with a note! 

Happy Valentine's everybody :-)


The Middle East: A Tour Through Wadi Rum, Jordan


Part adventure, part safari, and all sublime, a tour of Wadi Rum is akin to a journey through another time and place and undoubtedly one of the most stunning desert landscapes in the world. Although there are many spectacular 'wadis' (valleys in Arabic) in Jordan, none other can claim the fame of having been stomping grounds for the real Lawrence of Arabia or the Seven Pillars of Wisdom. I hitched a ride to Wadi Rum from the owner of my hotel in Aqaba and easily found a tour guide once there. If you have the choice, stay overnight at Captain's Desert Camp, a truly spectacular place to take in the beauty of the desert, the stars, and the Bedouin culture. The camp off the same comforts of a regular hotel and also makes a great stop for tea and music after watching the sun set behind the dunes.

The Bedouins of Petra


Besides the unbelievable sites and history, what makes Petra so exotic are the Bedouins of the ancient city. I will never forget looking to my left as I approached The Siq and seeing Aladdin ride by on a white horse and look over with electrifying eyes rimmed with liner. I thought, "Goodness who are YOU?!" LoL.. I kept going though and soon met a Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow look-alike, then came to know a few other Bedouins that were born and still live in caves, including a man who claimed to be somewhere around 110 years old. 

I ended the trip to Petra with a cave-cooked dinner after sunset prepared by Ibrahim (smoking cigarette) and Promise (red shirt) which was unexpectedly delicious, and very traditional, no plates or utensils so thank God for Purell. Then off to Wadi Rum in the south of Jordan.. next post!

New Wonder of the World


Petra was named one of the New 7 Wonders of the World in 2007 and hopefully you can get a feel for why through these photos and from my previous post. I'm exhausted so I'll let the pics do the talking... Stay tuned for the last part of the Petra series in a few days! 

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