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Plan Your Trip To Miami Now!


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Taken at The Ritz South Beach

Greetings! I was browsing some of my photos and I came across these delicious little moments from a trip to Miami! I felt inspired to write about my recommendations, especially seeing as it’s officially Summer here in North America. (more…)

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Ski Lifts + Sunshine in the Rockies!


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The road to Aspen (beautiful Evergreens all around me)
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On top of Aspen Ski Mountain – using Depth Effect on iPhone 7 Plus

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I did a trip to Colorado recently – I hung out a bit in Aspen (if you’re interested in Colorado at all, check out these posts I did when I went in the Fall: Psychics and Silver in Colorado, Mussels in the mountains, Charcuterie and Artisan Cheeseboard, Spring Water at 8,000ft, Fall Colors of Colorado, Steampunk bar in Aspen). The thrill for me is really in getting there – I had a stunning road trip through the rockies. The Evergreens were as gorgeous as ever – my quest was to showcase this breathtaking place to my brother who was visiting from South Africa. For the Skybok video you’re about to see (it’s only 1 minute), I used my iPhone 7 Plus on a DJI – Osmo Mobile Gimbal Stabilizer, which you can get at Best Buy! I HIGHLY recommend it!! On the website, search  “DJI – Osmo Mobile Gimbal Stabilizer”. They also have awesome drones which I was tempted to get for this because I was in the ski lift at one point with gorgeous views of the town 😉

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Hotel Jerome in Aspen was rated by Conde Nast as one of the Gold List “Favorite Hotels of the World”
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The bar area inside the hotel
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Opposite view
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Room in Hotel Jerome
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Hotel Jerome was ranked in the Reader’s Choice Awards as one of the Top 10 Hotels on the American West
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Bathroom, double vanity
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Luxury Suite
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Luxury Suite
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View from the window in the Fall
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Fall in Colorado
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Prospect Bar + Restaurant in Hotel Jerome
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Scene on a street corner in Aspen
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Ski Lift in Aspen
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Entrance to the Ski Lift – ticket prices, visit www.aspensnowmass.com
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On the streets
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Osmo Stabilizer on the right
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The iconic “Independence Pass” sign as you travel through the Continental Divide
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Pan seared Tuna salad at “J Bar” (Hotel Jerome)
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Going up the Aspen Mountain Ski Lift (not for the faint hearted!)
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Saw this sign – we don’t have bears in South Africa
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Interior scene of “J-Bar” – this is part of the Hotel Jerome: a very old, historic hotel
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Entrance to “Justice Snow’s” – a very iconic bar attached to the Wheeler Opera House
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Walking down an Aspen street in early morning
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Beauty tips


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Tamika Doubell

I must admit, I’m a fan of Estee Lauder. I use their products for everything. Everyone may use different products, but there are certain tips that are the same for every girl when applying make-up. Here are the things every girl should know when glamming up:

  • Always wash your face and hands before you apply make-up. If you have oily or sensitive skin, do not exfoliate else you will spread bacteria around your face. Apply toner and a light moisturizer afterwards, avoiding the eye area
  • Always use a new towel when drying your face.
  • If your moisturizer has SPF in it, be aware this is not good for flash photography. If going to an evening event, rather not use a foundation with SPF in.
  • Apply concealer to the spots on your face that are redder than others – corners of your eyes, around the nose, under your eyes.
  • Apply powder all over the face using a nice powder brush. Dust it off with a paper towel afterwards to get rid of the excess powder and lightly brush across the whole face again. Use a bronzer on your forehead, cheeks and chin for the sun-kissed look.
  • Highlight your brow bone (just below the brow) and to the highest part of your cheek with a light powder or eye shadow.
  • Apply blush to the apples of your cheeks.

  • Line the eyes with black eyeliner. I always apply liner on my upper lids. 
  • When it comes to eye shadows, remember that the light colours are for the lids and the dark colours are for the crease on the lid. The lightest colour on your palette is for just under the brow bone. Use the larger eyeshadow brush to blend all the colours.
  • When applying mascara, I always make the mistake of pumping the brush in and out of the mascara. Apparently this is terrible to do as it causes air pockets. Rather dip the brush lightly once and remember to wipe off the excess on a tissue when you done. Do two coats, starting from the inner part and working your way out.

  • When applying your lipstick, always start by applying a lip balm, primer or sealer. This will help your lipstick last longer. 
  • Make sure that your lips do not look chapped or cracked before you put on lipstick. If your lips are chapped, lightly brush off the dead skin cells with a toothbrush or towel.
  • I don’t use lip liner, but if you do be sure to choose a colour that matches your lipstick.
  • Try apply your lipstick with a brush so it can spread evenly. Blot your lips with tissue to make the lipstick last longer. Use gloss for a shiny or glittery look.
  • If applying both lip color and eye makeup, emphasize one, or the other, never both.

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  • Make sure you use makeup and mascara remover before going to sleep. It’s very bad for your skin to sleep with it on. I’m terrible at doing this, but I’m trying to be better at taking make-up off before bed! Be sure to wash your face after, apparently that gets off all the rest of the foundation and powder. I actually always just use Johnson’s face wipes – works perfectly for me.
  • Avoid applying make-up too often , it will block your pores causing blemishes and pimples.
  • Clean your makeup brushes at least once a month with a makeup brush cleaner. Also, try not to share brushes.

Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Meet Simone. She is a very creative writer and lives in my hometown, Port Elizabeth. 

Valentines Day

Hi guys! I’m Simone. I graduated with my Bachelor’s degree in Law and Economics in 2012 and spent the remainder of the year gaining some invaluable international experience in London. I returned to South Africa this year to start my accounting degree and accounting articles. I love sport and music – I play squash and I love the piano. When I have free time, you’ll find me laughing with my friends or curled up with a good book!
Valentines Day

Oh yes boys and girls, it’s that time of the year again… when shopping centres are bedecked in pink and red……..when florists and Hallmark make millions……. and when public displays of affection on Facebook reach a nauseating peak. For those of you who don’t know, Saint Valentine was the swag little dude who risked his life to secretly marry couples in love at a time when marriage had been outlawed. Over the years, this has morphed the 14th February into the day that is loved and feared by many. Valentine’s Day! Before I go any further, I’m going to tell you a little secret: I’m a hopeless romantic. But here’s the next secret: so is everyone else. It’s not human to dislike a little attention, so are you ready for my conclusion? Everyone loves Valentine’s Day. Oh, I’ve heard the cynics too, moaning about how miserable they are to be single on the 14th, or how commercial it is – but just watch them blush and smile when they receive an anonymous ‘please be my Valentine’. And that’s kind of what I want to encourage you all to do this year. Send a Valentine’s Day card to someone you like. And I know that there’s someone you like – there always is. A hand written card. Preferably anonymous. What’s the point, you’re wondering? There is only one. To make them feel special. To make their week. One small act, which will have ripple effects for that person. So you’re not really sending a card – you’re sending confidence, excitement, happiness, thrilling hours of guessing and blushing and giggling. And that’s a gift worth giving. May you all be someone’s Valentine, and have a happy Valentine’s Day!