11 Must-Do International Festivals in September

Summer may be coming to a close but the festivals are ongoing – here, there and everywhere.  Find one of these culture bombs happening around the world during September.

1. Mariachi Festival, Guadalajara, México – August 28-September 8, the event that encapsulates the heart of Mexican culture fills the streets with folkloric music, dancing and costume. Learn more at http://www.mariachi-jalisco.com.mx.

2. Hawai’i Food and Wine Festival, Maui and Oahu, Hawaii – September 1-9, the “premier epicurean event in the Pacific” takes place on one of the world’s most treasured islands. Visit http://hawaiifoodandwinefestival.com for more info.

Hawai'i Food & Wine

3. Dublin Fashion Festival, Dublin, Ireland – September 5-8, fashionistas shop from over 250 retailers while enjoying elements of fun and theatre in their shopping experiences.  Visit http://dff.ie.

4. Toronto International Film Festival, Canada -September 5-15 over 300 films from more than 60 countries will be screened at tiff., dubbed as the most important film fest after Cannes.  See more at www.tiff.net.

5. FringeArts Festival, Philadelphia, PA – September 5-22, the City of Brotherly Love awakens with provocative contemporary art, both visual and performance.  For more info, visit http://www.fringearts.com.


Photo by Heiko Kalmbach

6. Budapest International Wine Fest, Budapest, Hungary – September 11-15 Wine University, wine tasting, a harvest parade, etc.  All that plus traditional Hungarian food and culture at their annual festival.  Info at http://www.aborfesztival.hu.

7. Koktebel Jazz Festival, Koktebel, Ukraine – September 12-15 the airwaves of this Ukrainian resort town are jammed with jazz notes and over 30,000 music lovers.  Over 300 musicians from 15 countries perform.  Visit http://www.jazz.koktebel.info/en/.

8. Floriade Flower Festival, Canberra, Australia – September 14-October 13, the finest of Australian horticulture unviels. More info at http://www.floriadeaustralia.com/program/

9. London Design Festival, London, UK – September 14-22 product launches, international exhibitions, seminars, trade events and more all happen at what’s considered one of the most important annual design events.  A mix of commercial and culture for, there’s something from professionals and passersby.  Learn more at http://www.londondesignfestival.com/.

Picture by Cityscope

10. Bangkok’s International Festival of Dance & Music, Bangkok, Thailand – September 15-October 14.  Opera, ballet, music and dance unite for the largest performing arts festival in Thailand.   http://www.bangkokfestivals.com/home/

11. Oktober Fest, Munich, Germany – September 21-October 6.  One word: beer.  http://www.oktoberfest.de/en/

AP Photo/Matthias Schrader

AP Photo/Matthias Schrader

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TBT: One of Global Lipstick’s First Posts

Quite fitting for a week of beauty!!

A little collection of things that make ya go “ooooow” that just happen to be accentuated with lipstick.

3 Blind Hues
3 Blind Hues
Beauty Portrait
Golden & Rouge
This Little Piggy Went Posh
Wall of Prague
Prague’s Best Work
Scottish Vocal Genie, Emeli Sandé

Emilie Gomis Ballin'

Olympian Slash French Goddess, Emelie Gomis
Thai Equestrians
Swiss Dolls
Swiss Dolls
Croatian Artistry
London Fog
Shine in the London Rain
King B
And what?
Heavy Metal!
Draped in Regality

 I do not own the rights to any images…except the Prague pic 😉

Tasty Tuesday: Globe Cake!

So long, Ms. Stabinski (my former Earth Science teacher)!  The cake genius behind www.cakecrumbs.me created a new and highly effective tutorial of the Earth’s layers.  The crust, mantle and core have never been so sweet.  A little blue and green marshmallow fondant here, a little orange and lemon Madeira sponge cake there and voilà!  It was much more intricate than those two steps but oversimplifying the process gives us intermediate-level bakers hope for a similar outcome ;-).  She did the globe justice and gave the students a taste of the world all in one.  A+!!

Find the full set of instructions here.

Domingo Diversión: Festival de Arte

Siempre hay diversión cerca, en cualquier parte del mundo.  Durante el fin de semana, el barrio Manayunk de Filadelfia dio la bienvenida a cientos de artistas y sus creaciones.  Filas de casetas, mentes creativas y caras amables juntaron en una calle.  Da un paseo…

Calle Maravillosa Artística


Arte de Amante de Mascotas


Artesanía de Fruta

Fruit Art

Arte de Cupcakes

 Cupcake Face

Arte para la pared.ChalkingInspiración en todos lados!

Sunday Funday: Art Festival

There is always local fun to find no matter your location.  This weekend, the Manayunk neighborhood of Philadelphia hosted hundreds of artists and their creations.  Rows of tents, creative minds and friendly faces gathered on one street.  Take a walk…

Artistic Wonderland


Animal-Lover’s Art


Handcrafted Fruit Art

Fruit ArtCupcake Art  Cupcake FaceWall Art ChalkingInspiration all around!

Snapshot Stories: Models In Slovakia

      We at Global Lipstick have always been avid picture-takers.  So much that when we were youngsters, our friends consistently delegated photography tasks to us.  The habit has only increased with age.  It’s with us always and intensifies during our travels.  This week, we’ll share some of our favorites photog moments and their anecdotes.  Though each is worth a thousand words, we’ll try to a write a fraction of that!  They all have their own stories to tell – some a reflection of us, others a reflection of the cities we’ve come to know.

     The first picture is a literal interpretation of our photographic theme.  It was taken on an April day in Bratislava, Slovakia.  This is a city that is overshadowed by the capital of its neighboring country, Prague, Czech Republic.  The quaint town is underrated but whoever staged this photo shoot was fully aware of the beauty it houses.  While roaming, we noticed this fashion shoot in progress.  I have no idea what publication or company this was for but I do know that the models’ lipstick choice was poppin’!  That mixed with their haute equestrian-like attire created a scene made for Vogue.  Their head-to-toe looks were just fabulous.  If our picture is any indicator, I know the final product was beautiful.  This represents one of those cool happenstances that we all love.

Bratis Shoot

And it looks like they’re smizing 😉

Cherry Blossom Week: Sakura Sunday


       Today was Philadelphia’s big day for the Cherry Blossom Festival.  Sakura Sunday, the cultural peak of the week, finally arrived and brought a few surprises.  As I mentioned in earlier posts of the fest, I anticipated a day of flower-gawking, punctuated with small activities (I so was ready for some origami and calligraphy).  Well, somewhere along the road I missed the memo that the anime industry has a HUGE following here and events like these virtually serve as mini conventions for all its enthusiasts.  So, the day turned out to be a character-chasing extravaganza.  Here are just a few.

These nice ladies below were the first we noticed in costume.  They said the reason for their attire was “just something to do”.  Ok…DSCN9615

Sailor Mars.  She was costume number two spotted.  Still hadn’t clicked yet.


These were made from scratch.  By this point, it was clear.DSCN9621

More variety…

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Inspired by “My Little Pony”.


And of course, a little vending.

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We did finally get some flower qt.

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Fun times.  The end 🙂

Cherry Blossom Week: Ikebana Origami


Origami is the Japanese art of folding.  Ikebana is a Japanese art of flower arranging that focuses greatly on the stem and leaves of a plant.  Some styles are based on the scalene triangle, representing heaven, earth and man.  Individually, both forms of art are eye-pleasing and crafted with perfection.  When the two are merged, they make much more than the origami paper planes we all used to create in 5th grade.  See below.

Ikebana Arrangements:


Not quite Ikebana but it’s a killer shot.

Ikebana Origami Babies

Pinned Image

Love ’em 🙂

Art Week: Perseverance and Passion

Black History Month has just ended but it’s never too late to celebrate!  Accomplishments of the world deserve recognition anytime.  These artists and their art display perseverance and passion.

El Mes de la Historia Africanoamricana ha terminado pero todavía se puede celebrar.  Los éxitos del mundo merecen reconocimiento en cualquier momento.  Estas artistas y su arte demuestran perseverancia y pasión.

Me, myself and Eyes by Anthony Armstrong
Me, Myself and Eye
Bluez Man II by Cbabi Bayoc
Bubbles by Kenneth Gatewood
Sugar Shack by Ernie Barnes
Roots by Bryan Collier
Behind Every Great Man by WAK (Kevin A. Williams in reverse), one of the most decorated artists.
We salute you world artist. Keep doing what you do….MUAH!