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.

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

Lady Gaga

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

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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!

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5 Days of Global Goodies: In A Cup!

A woman in Nice, France once told me, “everything tastes better in a cup.”  That was her opinion about desserts and cooking/baking.  Since then, my eyes (and mouth) were awakened.  I don’t know the logic but it’s true.  It’s as if the ingredients appreciate their independence more in cup size and decide to wow you a little more.  Pick a dessert, any dessert.  You’ll taste the difference.  Maybe that’s how the inventor of cupcakes felt…

Pistachio Tiramisu

Molten Chocolate Cake

White Chocolate Soufflé

Strawberry Vanilla Panna Cotta

Tres Leches Cake

Smooches 🙂

Fiesta Friday: Venice, Italy Carnival!

Andiamo!  Carnevale di Venezia, the original masquerade ball, is upon us.  While this was once an occasion to indulge in sinister acts anonymously, it has evolved into a notorious celebration aimed more at creative expression and cultural enjoyment.  So, how do Venetians spend their days during the annual fest?  Concerts, burlesque shows, renaissance dance lessons, galas and the like are constant.  However, one doesn’t need any reservations to witness the glamour that is a typical costume and mask.  From the early rise until the shining of the stars, all it takes is a walk to Piazza San Marco (or a general stroll past any canal) to see countless elaborate disguises.  Some of which are priced upwards of €3,000.  Tis the season!  The party will continue until Valentine’s Day.  There’s still time to join the fun.  If not now, plan to arrive next year, two weeks before Ash Wednesday.  Don’t forget your Phantom of the Opera get-up!

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21 – 2 Legends, 1 Day

Obama inauguration

Wooo Hooooo!  What a historical day to celebrate.  Today, January 21st, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, America’s president was sworn into his second term.  No matter how opinions differ, this day will be forever marked in history and these two men will be remembered for what they are: legends.  Congratulations, President Barack Obama.  And thank you Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for being one of many that battled, believed and triumphed.  They have motivated me and countless others in the world.  Take a look…

Obama German Latte

Obama German Latte

Italian Runway

Italian Runway

South African Cheers

South African Cheers

Little Ones in Jakarta

Little Ones in Jakarta

Russian Dolls

Russian Dolls

 

Peruvian Amor

Peruvian Amor

Sand Castle, India

Sand Castle, India

Dr. MLK & Powerful Words

Dr. MLK & Powerful Words

First Couple

First Couple