Travel Style: Maxi Dresses

Posted by on Apr 21, 2014 in Style

Travel Style: Maxi Dresses

Now that the weather is warming up for most of us in the U.S., it is time to re-visit our travel style. Gone are the days of jeans, tights, and blazers. Now we can usher in some items that are lighter and perfect for the Spring and Summer climates. One of my favorite go-to clothing options for travel are maxi dresses. Maxi dresses are super comfy, affordable, and look fabulous on almost any size or shape. They can also be dressed up or down, so if you have to go straight from a flight to an event, you can do so with a maxi dress. Change the shoes, add accessories, and viola, you are ready. Here are a few maxi dress looks that are great for travel:   This black maxi dress from H&M can be worn dressed up or down and is perfect for travel. Add a sweater or jean jacket for the plane, which tends to be a little cold, and you are ready to go. $20, H&M. I love this colorblocked maxi dress from Vicky Tiel that can be found at Kohl’s. It’s fab, stylish, and is travel ready. $60, Kohl’s. I personally own this Chevron Maxi Dress and I love it. It is so comfy and looks cute on too. I added a jean jacket to it since it was a little chilly in Los Angeles. $22.80, Forever 21. This Jersey Tank Maxi Dress from Felicity & Coco is too cute. Pair it with flats, heels, or wedges, and then you are on your way! $78.00, Nordstrom This Jet Set Maxi Dress was made for travel. The high slit allows you to walk through the airport without “tripping” on the dress, and it’s got a compass on it to “guide” you. At $118, it’s indeed a splurge, but for the fab girl on the go, you deserve it! Nordstom.com. With so many maxi dress style options, you are sure to find one that fits your personality. Happy...

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Hanging Out with the Amigas at #sOCialTasty

Posted by on Apr 15, 2014 in Travel

Hanging Out with the Amigas at #sOCialTasty

Blogging is such a unique “job” that I find that we like to mix and mingle within the space, because it is easy to find others to relate to. I’ve made many friendships and special relationships with fellow bloggers, whom I respect and adore. Two of those such ladies are Xenia (Raised By Culture) and Ruby (Growing Up Blaxican), rocking bloggers who are amazing at what they do and who also collaborate and work as a team to produce events, local conferences, and other soirees. I consider them pretty much like myself and Raijean–two bloggers who work together to empire build. This was such the occasion last weekend when Xenia invited me to their sOCial Tasty event in the OC at The Makery. The event was to celebrate Ruby’s visit to the area since she was attending the Disney Social Media Moms conference at nearby Disneyland. Being as how I was in Los Angeles for the weekend, it was a great way to mix and mingle with my bloggy friends, plus meet new ones. I loved the event location, The Makery. It is a little slice of heaven that offers DIY classes, crafting and creative workshops, and other services for the uniquely inclined. And with creative and handcrafted and handmade items being the rage these days, it is an awesome place to come and get inspiration. #sOCialTasty was an event to “Celebrate Friendship + Amigas Over Tasty Delights”, and we did so with the help of a “sweet spread” of ice cream, mimosas, cake, and fixings. It was great seeing my Chicas again. We talk all the time online via social media, but it always better to have facetime with your friends. Seeing them made our bond even stronger, and I am honored to be able to call these ladies my friends. Traveling is fun, but being able to connect with those in your circle whom you love and respect makes it all the better. When trekking off to new places, I feel it is important to create memories that will last a lifetime. And I feel that I truly did that while in the OC. Thanks,...

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What is Travel Insurance? How to Tell if You Need It…

Posted by on Apr 15, 2014 in Travel

What is Travel Insurance? How to Tell if You Need It…

If you travel frequently, by now I’m sure you have heard about travel insurance. Whether you book directly or through a travel agent, you have probably been asked if you would like to purchase travel insurance.  Now, I’m the kind of girl who has insurance on everything and I do mean everything, just because you never know. For me, I don’t like to waste money by any means so I decided to do some research on what exactly travel insurance was and how do I know when I need it. Travel insurance is insurance that is intended to cover medical expenses, financial default of travel suppliers, and other losses incurred while traveling, either within one’s own country, or internationally. This is an insurance that is usually paid for at the time of booking and will cover you for the duration of  your trip. Since most airlines, cruises and hotels don’t like to issue refunds or charge hefty penalties  you could really find  yourself in a bind. So after doing some research here is what I found that can be included/excluded from travel insurance coverage via Wikipedia. Coverage types The most common risks that are covered by travel insurance plans are: Medical emergency (accident or sickness) Emergency evacuation Repatriation of remains Return of a minor Trip cancellation Trip interruption Visitor health insurance Accidental death, injury or disablement benefit Overseas funeral expenses Lost, stolen or damaged baggage, personal effects or travel documents Delayed baggage (and emergency replacement of essential items) Flight connection was missed due to airline schedule Travel delays due to weather Hi-Jacking Medical Expenses coverage can be Per Occurrence or Maximum Limit. Optional coverage Some travel policies will also provide cover for additional costs, although these vary widely between providers. In addition, often separate insurance can be purchased for specific costs such as: Pre-existing conditions (e.g. asthma, diabetes) Sports with an element of risk (e.g. skiing, scuba diving) Travel to high risk countries (e.g. due to war, natural disasters or acts of terrorism) Additional AD&D coverage 3rd party supplier insolvency (e.g. the hotel or airline to which you made non-refundable pre-payments has gone into administration) Acute on-set of pre-existing conditions – This term is very different from Pre-existing conditions. It means a sudden and unexpected occurrence of pre-existing medical conditions without any prior warning from a medical professional. Travel insurance companies, especially in USA, do not offer coverage for pre-existing coverage but they do offer coverage for acute on-set of pre-existing conditions. If you have pre-existing conditions, make sure to get this coverage to protect yourself against any emergency situation that arises due to pre-existing conditions in spite of taking care. Common exclusions Pre-existing medical conditions but a lot of companies now cover for “acute on-set of pre-existing conditions” War or terrorism – but some plans may cover this risk, and some do cover for acts of terrorism Injury or illness caused by alcohol or drug use Usually, the insurers cover pregnancy related expenses, if the travel occurs within the first trimester. After that, insurance coverage...

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Hollywood Scene: Must-Visit Places That You Know But Still Love

Posted by on Apr 14, 2014 in Travel

Hollywood Scene: Must-Visit Places That You Know But Still Love

Since my son moved to Los Angeles over a year and a half ago, I’ve become quite the frequent visitor of the Southern California area. He lives right smack dab in the heart of Hollywood off of Sunset, so we spend quite a bit of time in that area, as I do my tourist routine bit. Hollywood is a fun and amazingly epic part of the city to visit, and there is always something going on. I love to walk Hollywood and Sunset Blvds to take in the sites and sounds, but I also like to walk through Vine and Highland. There is so much history in these places that I can’t help but be in awe every single time I set foot on the pavement. Recently, I took in a trip to Los Angeles and my son once again allowed me to play the out-of-town visitor and we visited many places and sites. Here are photos from our recent excursion of must-visit places that you know but still love. The Hollywood Sign The Hollywood sign brings me joy every time I see it. It’s the same rush I feel when I step on Broadway in Times Square. It’s a rush of excitement of knowing all of the history that comes along with it. In 2011, me and a group of friends trekked all the way up to the Hollywood sign (well, as close as we could get in our rental car at the time). This visit, I was able to get a shot with the Hollywood sign in the far distance right by my son’s house. It’s one of those things that you just have to do when you visit the City of Angels. El Capitan The prestigious El Capitan Theater has a rich history. It is the sight of many special screenings and red carpet premiere events. It’s awesome to take in from across Hollywood Blvd, as you can get a full view of the theater. It is located next to the Disney Store and the world-famous Gheridelli Soda Fountain, which are two other places that should be on your list when you are in the area. Amoeba Music No one really listens to records anymore, but that doesn’t stop thousands from visiting Amoeba Music Store on Sunset each day. It has everything from the oldies to today’s music, some of which is still being pressed on vinyl. They also sell tapes and CDs and other memorabilia that make the historian in me drool. Mel’s Drive In Seen in the epic hit American Graffiti, Mel’s Drive In is a must-experience (actually, it was the San Fran location seen in the film but you get the point). I eat there almost every time I’m in the area and the food is awesome. It’s that old school diner feel complete with photos of stars who’ve eaten there over the...

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