My Trip To Chennai, India (Part 1)

India luggage

This post is a long time coming.  My trip to India was actually back in July/August 2016 but due to many different circumstances, I am only just now getting around to writing about it.

This trip was planned one month in advance unlike my trip to Dubai that was planned within 24 hours—so I’m getting better at giving myself more time to travel these days.  But, who am I kidding?  It wouldn’t be me if I didn’t live life so spontaneously.

I traveled alone again.  It took me about 32 hours to get to Chennai, India with three different planes and the super long layovers (5 hours, 9 hours, 3 hours)—but I stayed in India almost three weeks.  And with those kinds of layovers, I had to keep myself entertained somehow—and usually it was with food.  No surprise there!

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Moving My Blog & Why I’ve Been MIA

Me in an airport

Hi, everybodyyyyy!  I hope each and every one of you are doing fabulous as always.  You all still look beautiful from what I’ve seen!

Anyway, I decided to self-host my blog a while back—and if all goes well, all of you who have subscribed to follow me via the WordPress reader should move over seamlessly.  (I’m keeping my fingers crossed anyway.)  Any of you who have subscribed to this blog via email should not be affected whatsoever (let’s hope).

The entire process of converting over has been a little technical and time-consuming for me to say the least (hence, a big part of the reason for my absence).  But all the hard work I put into it was totally worth it.  I’m still trying to make this blog look the way I want it to in the easiest way possible on my own without any hired help.  (Always try the least expensive way first, I always say.)  But that involves a lot of researching, reading books, and Googling on my own during what little free time I can find.  This will be a constant work in progress as I’m always finding new ways to tweak it.

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Snapchatting Life Away

Snapchat

Are there any other bloggers out there who Snapchat besides myself?  I mean, I would really like to find more snappers out there—particularly females who appreciate the ‘girly things’ in life.

But I’d also like to find both male and female bloggers that snap their food, fashion, life, and/or beauty products every now and again in real-time.

Although I can barely find time anymore for my blog and other social media accounts, I do manage to Snapchat quite a bit.  For me, it’s easier and quicker to do throughout the day.

I never thought I’d join the Snap world or become a Snapchatter because I avoided it like the plague for so long—but, after much prodding from someone, I finally downloaded the app to my phone and I became pretty addicted to it.  Who knew?

But either Snapchat isn’t very popular with a lot of people or I’m just having a hard time finding anyone’s Snap usernames to follow.  (Not everyone puts their snap names on their profiles.)  So if you have a snap name that I can follow, send me an email with your username or leave it in the comments below.

For those who don’t know much about Snapchat:

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Yeah, “Curved” Brush Mascara—Right

Mascara

The two mascaras in the photo are supposed to have different brushes—just in case you’re wondering what this is all about.

The mascara on the bottom is a straight-brush mascara I’ve been using the last several weeks.  The mascara on top is a mascara I bought because the package said it was a “curved” brush.

I’ve used curved brushes in the past so I’m an expert in what a curved brush should look like.  It’s shaped similar to a “U”, to an umbrella, to a rainbow—anything along those lines.

But I fail to see the “curved” brush here!  And let’s keep in mind, I’ve twirled the top mascara 360 degrees in rotation several times over because I was SO desperate to see the curve anywhere in the brush—ANYWHERE!  I even studied it carefully under a microscope!

Why do they think this is a “curve?”  What does “curve” even mean nowadays?

So, if you have nothing else to do today, please tell me if my eyes are, in fact, deceiving me and if there actually is a curve built into the brush somewhere.

Take-Away Life Lesson:  If I were a man, my blood pressure wouldn’t be boiling now over such a thing.

The White Dress & The Tornado

Me

Dress—Maurice’s

I just love when I can take myself shopping at the mall.  It had been a while since I’d been mall shopping so I made an entire day of it.  Not only did I need new clothes in general—but I wanted to find things to wear on my next trip overseas.

Yep, I was at the mall from mall opening until mall closing—10am-9pm (probably a man’s nightmare).  But I mean—there are so many stores there to venture inside of that it didn’t surprise me I was there that long.

One store I ventured inside of was Maurice’s where I found this cute little white dress.  I thought it was simply adorable.  It’s perfect whether I go to India for my next trip or whether I go back to the United Arab Emirates.

Mall tornado shelter

But the real fun came when there was a sudden torrential rainstorm going on outside and everyone in the mall was ushered from the stores into a tunnel-type hallway because tornado sirens were going off in the surrounding area.

No one could get a signal on their cell phones inside this narrow passageway either which was irritating.  So there was just a lot of standing around and waiting for the tornado warning to pass—while hoping an actual tornado would not hit us directly.

And although a couple of small twisters did touch down in surrounding areas, fortunately, one did not touch down directly where I was—thank goodness—or I’m sure my car would have been in the next state over when I left the mall to go home.

And since it was raining so hard when I was ready to go home, I had to wait it out so I could actually SEE to drive home because you literally could not see more than a couple of feet in front of you.  There was just no telling when the rain would die down either.

Well—more shopping for me then!

So, if you have nothing else to do today, spend an entire day from morning until evening buying yourself nice things if for no other reason than you deserve it.

Take-Away Life Lesson:  Always look at the positive side when you get stuck inside a mall because of bad weather—a little more unexpected eating and shopping never hurt anybody.

 

A Lazy Days Good-For-Nothin’

Pajamas

Oh, my goodness.  This is just one of my favorite things to do ever—lounge around at home in my pj’s and do absolutely nothing.

Don’t you just love days like this?  Sometimes I’ll even make a whole weekend of it.  Why not?  Who’s to say I can’t?

Sometimes I’ll just lay in the bed at the opposite end with my head on a pillow and prop my feet up on the headboard and do some thinking.  Other times, I’ll chat away on the phone to a friend, read a book or a magazine, take a little nap, watch TV, or snack away on food.

The key to getting this comfort situation down properly is in the lounge-wear.  You can’t just do this particular move with jeans and sports shoes on—and, God forbid, a bra.  No, sirree.  It just won’t have the same effect.

Next, you need a large plush area in which to sit/lay.  The bigger the area, the better.  The more pillows, the better.  A queen- or king-sized bed or even a big comfy couch will do.

Last, but not least, the more food you surround yourself with—the better.  But, oh my, to do nothing all day long but ‘whatever’now that’s living the dream!

So, if you have nothing else to do today, just be a lazy good-for-nothing all day long.  It’s one of life’s greatest pleasures.

Take-Away Life Lesson:  One thing I might point out:  If you’re staring up at the ceiling while relaxing, daydreaming, chatting on the phone, or whatever you may be doing during your downtime and you happen to see what appears to be a dark “mark” up there that is definitely not the same color as your ceiling—I’d say hightail it out of bed immediately and investigate that it is, in fact, a black “mark” rather than just staring at it longingly and/or laughing with your mouth wide open and discovering that it’s a beastly bug or spider of some sort that will come hurtling down on you at any given moment.  I’m just sayin’.

A Beautiful Creation

Flowers

A sight for sore eyes.  Is this not the most gorgeous thing ever?!  If only I could, I’d send each and every one of you a massive beautiful floral arrangement to make your days as shiny and wonderous as possible.  Have a beautiful weekend everyone!

So, if you have nothing else to do today, find yourself a heapful of nature’s lovelies and admire them in all their beauty.

Take-Away Life Lesson:  Sometimes it’s nice to receive and send an arrangement of flowers—or even just get yourself a single ginormous sunflower at your local farmers’ market for 50 cents, put it in a vase at home, and have a glorious day.

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