Wednesday Wish: Budapest, Hungary

We’ve shared some happening festivals that take place around the world this month.  Our “Wednesday Wish” is to be whisked away to Budapest to partake in the 22nd Budapest International Wine Festival, which commences today.  From humble beginnings to the most prestigious wine festival in all of Hungary, this attraction is much more than fermented grapes.  It fuses Hungarian traditions with modern entertainment, tastes of European foods – there’s a special competition dedicated to cheese – and a Wine University that imparts wisdom to those thirsty for perfecting their wine experiences .  Last year, over tens of thousands of sommeliers attended.  This year, even more will gather at the Buda Castle and sip in the streets (including us ;-)).  Great day to be in Eastern Europe.

Buda Castle

Photo from Four Seasons Magazine

Sommeliers

Photo from visitbudapest.travel

Corks, corks, and more corks!

Photo from welovebudapest.com

Tokaji, Hungarian Wine

Photo from geomerid.com

Live Jazz

Photo from aborfesztival.hu

Hungarian Folklore DancingPhoto from aborfesztival.hu

6 Women That Work Hard and Vacation Hard

Hard working women make the world go ’round.  And they all deserve a break.  Here are six women (in no particular order) that know the value of R & R amidst manning their empires.

1.Serena Williams earlier this year in Miami, celebrating her victory at the French Open.

2. Beyoncé breaking from her Mrs. Carter World Tour and celebrating her 32nd birthday in Italy.

Photo credit: AKM GSI

3. Lady Gaga in Mexico, post her hip surgery recovery.

Lady Gaga

Photo credit: Clasos.com/Splash News

4. Ellen DeGeneres spread her comedic cheer this past Christmas in St. Bart’s.

Photo Credit: Ellen.WarnerBros.com

5. Sofia Vergara spending time during her “Modern Family” off-season in Mykonos, Greece.

6. Oprah Winfrey gives the Serengeti Safari (Tanzania, Africa) two thumbs up!Screen shot 2013-07-28 at 9.46.09 PM

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Cheers to a well-balanced life!

Wednesday Wish: Antalya, Turkey

We all tend to think that the best vacationing takes place between June and August.  But September is primetime to visit a cluster of destinations around the world.  Anywhere in Turkey would be a home run; the weather is just right and the overflow of tourists depletes.  The Turkish Riviera is steadily on the rise.  Its coastal city of Antalya is one that will soon be one of the most sought after in the Mediterranean.  Full of rare foods, vibrant scenery, blue-green beaches and impeccable hotels.  Start planning your trip 😉

The Mardan Palace

Courtesy of the Mardan Hotel

Topkapi Palace

Antalya’s Specialty: Burnt Ice Cream

Photo courtesy of Antalya City Blog

A place also known for its jams.

Photo from goturkey.com

Aerial View

Ancient Lycian Rock Tomb

See you there!

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.

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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

Thanks for reading 🙂

Leggo My Eggo!

It’s another foodie holiday!  National Waffle Day is today.  Once upon a time, I would battle anyone for an Eggo waffle.  But today, I indulged with a modern twist – a waffle bowl filled with ice cream from one of the bestest creameries in the country.  Cold Stone.  The “Founders Favorite” with vanilla ice cream, brownies, pecans, caramel and chocolate drizzle makes me smile every time :-).  How did you celebrate?

Cold Stone Waffle Bowl

Oh, and we can’t neglect our love of the original gaufres, straight outta Belgium.

GaufresInBelgium

Gastronomic globalization all around us!

Throwback Thursday: Dîner en Blanc’s

François Pasquier had no idea that back in ’88 his Dîner en Blanc (Dinner in White) would become an international summertime phenomenon.  25 years ago François wanted to reunite with some of his amis (friends) with a picnic in Paris and requested that they all dress in white to easily identify one another.  Here we are in 2013 and the reunions of amis in white have expanded to Singapore, Mexico City, Montréal, Haiti, New York, Brisbane, Barcelona, Kigali…yea, all over.  And tonight, for the second year, Philly is joining the fun.  The plan for guests is byob (b for baguettes), byowine, byocheese, byotables, byochairs and wait for instructions to the secret location.  Where will it be?  I haven’t the faintest!  But I will gladly report back tomorrow with full details.  In the meantime, watch the video below to see le Dîner en Blanc in its earlier days and how much it’s grown to date!

Another Beauty Moment: Fab Philly Salon

Technically our “Beauty Week” is over but we couldn’t let it go without mentioning one of our new favorite beauty parlors, Headhouse Salon.  It’s a hip, loft-style spot tucked away in the South Philly neighborhood; a true hidden gem.  Onyx went in to test their hair/makeup skills and left glammed out.  Both services were perfecto!  And the experience itself was top-notch from start to finish.  They spoiled us with cake truffles, (special) lemonade, a swag bag and a fun staff that we’d visit again just for the laughs.  If you’re ever in the Philadelphia area and in need of a beauty touch-up, Headhouse would be a wise choice ;-).  You’ll feel like you’re in a modern-day episode of “Cheers”.

Sweet Treats
Truffles & Lemonade

Blogger, Jessie Holeva, arranging the gifts.
Goodie BagMAC or Dior Lips?
ShadesThe staff.
Party @ Headhouse

Banter & Blow Drying
Chris WashingBOOM.
Onyx After

Visist http://www.headhousesalonphilly.com for more info!

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
piggy.jpg
This Little Piggy Went Posh
Wall of Prague
Prague’s Best Work
emeli-sande
Scottish Vocal Genie, Emeli Sandé

Emilie Gomis Ballin'

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

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

Beauty Week: Passport to Beauty

Beauty is one of those words that is truly universal.  No matter the translation or interpretation, it’s understood and appreciated.  Author and beauty expert, Shalini Vhadera wrote the book, Passport to Beauty, for us all to release our inner “Global Goddess”.  In it, she reveals beauty secrets of women around the world.  Conveniently, they can all be done in your own kitchen.

  1. In Greece, women (aka original goddesses) grind the pits of their famous olives, add them to olive oil and use the mix as a full body scrub to cleanse and remove dead skin.
  2. Japanese use sake (when they’re not throwing it back ;-)) to exfoliate and to fade dark spots.  They also take the line “drink your bathwater” to another level, adding it to their tub time as a way to detox the body.
  3. Here in the US, Georgia peaches rub their state fruit (high in vitamin C) on their faces to give their skin a youthful glow.  So that’s Nene’s secret….?
  4. The chicas in Chile rejuvenate with a grape and flour mask on their face and/or body.
  5. Indian spices go a long way.  One of their secrets is a mix tamarack and yogurt to prevent stretch marks.  Perfect for all the mamas-to-be.
  6. The mujeres in Mexico keep their hands intact by mixing lemon juice with sugar and scrubbing away.  I guess an alternative would be dabbing a little lemonade in any problem areas hehe.

Effective, quick and simple secrets.  All sound like winners to me.  For more, start trekking around the globe to search and discover….or just get your copy of Passport to Beauty

Carnaval de Barbados – El Día Kadooment

El Festival Crop Over de Barbados se ha acabado :-(.  Pero terminó con mucha diversión.  Eso es el concepto del Día Gran Kadooment!  Es su gran final, que tiene lugar anualmente el primer lunes de Agosto.  Bad Gal RiRi (Rihanna) asistió y festejó como una nativa verdadera de Barbados.  Los isleños lo hacen mejor!  Mira.

Foto: Curtis Means/ACE

Rihanna

Foto: Nation News

Foto: BajanTube

No más fiesta 😦