Thursday, March 29, 2012

VIRGIN LIPS...HAVE YOU HEARD?!?!?!

I'm never even slightly tempted to purchase the duty free items in flight and I damn sure don't even peruse the SkyMall magazine because GOD knows I don't need ceramic yard toads or a snow cone machine. Yet, I am verrrryyyy intrigued by Virgin Atlantic's new sales pitch- red lipstick ya'll!!!! Virgin has partnered with BareMinerals to create the perfect red hue, appropriately named "Upper Class Red". Being a girl that just stepped into the world of red labios (don't you judge me), I'm very excited about donning the same color as the famed posh stewardesses! Read more here:


Source: http://travelchatter.dailymail.co.uk/

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Tales from TheGlamtrak: Cis Ramseur, Mardi Gras

My girl Cis has finally recovered enough to give us the PG13 summary of her trip to Mardi Gras...I was lucky enough to see the full album and let me just say I can not let another Mardi Gras pass me! 



Purpose of  visit? Wellll...My family is from Louisiana and I felt shameful that I had never experienced Mardi Gras. And also, I've been trying to knock things off of my bucket list this year...So it was either Mardi Gras or learn French fluently. I chose to party!!!

What was the exchange rate...were things expensive? The French Quarter is like your usual tourist trap wherever you go. You'll pay $13 for a hamburger and $12 for a drink that has very little alcohol ;-(

Favorite local hangout? Honestly, Bourbon Street is the place to be during Mardi Gras. Everyone is hanging over the balconies yelling things and throwing beads. The people watching is SPECTACULAR. All the bars and restaurants are on Bourbon Street or an adjacent one...and you're always a couple of steps away from a parade!


 

What one item are you so glad you packed? Flats! I had all these cute outfits packed with cute heels to match...yeah...No. Parking is a nightmare because all the streets are blocked off for the parades, and when you do find a spot, its $20-30 to park. So you must walk everywhere to get where you're going. All of those "cute" outfits with heels turned into "I'm gonna wear these same ole' boots with this outfit and no one will care cause they're drunk anyway!"

Favorite eats/drinks? Everything! Things you must try while in New Orleans: Cajun Gumbo, Creole Gumbo (there is a difference), Shrimp and Grits, Po Boy, a Seafood Boil, Muffaletta, Beignets, HandGrenades, Etouffee and REAL Pralines! Unfortunately, Crawfish are not in season during Mardi Gras, BUTTTT if you happen to make it to New Orleans during the season, order a pound or two...




What should you stay the HELL away from when visiting New Orleans? Dark Alleys

What were the highlights of your trip? Will Ferrell throwing beads off a balcony. I would like seriously
marry this man and have his sweet baby Jesuses.

Are you ready to quit your job, pack two bags and move to New Orleans? Uh, no. New Orleans is nice to visit, but unless I had a pied-a-terre in the French Quarter with sound proof walls and a high metabolism...couldn't do it.


Any advice to people interested in going to Mardi Gras? Try to get your hotel as early as possible. I made the mistake of purchasing my room two weeks before ;-( The price I paid for waiting til the last minute for a 3 star hotel, I could have stayed at the St. Regis in Atlanta witttthhhhh a spa package.

How were the locals? The locals are extremely nice...everyone speaks and is genuinely friendly.


Special Jaunts: Cafe DuMonde, The French Market, Mother's, any Zydeco Bar, Cigar Bar

What was the wildest thing you did that you would NEVER do at home? o_O no comment

Was there any eye candy? With my beer goggles...YES!

Name 5 "before I die" places you want to travel to:
1. Marseille
2. Vancouver (dont't ask)
3. Phuket
4. Rio
5. Portofino

What's the next trip? Mexico! If I die as a result of the drug cartel, I'll be glad I chose Mardi Gras over learning French!


- Ciscely










Friday, March 9, 2012

NATIONAL PASSPORT DAY, MARCH 10th

If you've been dragging your feet about getting or renewing your passport, wait no more- NATIONAL PASSPORT DAY IS TOMORROW!!!!!! Click here for more deets on what this means for you...for a price menu see below (and yes the prices have gone up tremendously and yessss they are now charging for extra passport pages....sigh):

Passport- $135, inclusive of $25 admin fee
Passport for kids under 16- $105, inclusive of $25 admin fee
Passport renewal -$110
Passport cards - $55
Passport cards for kids under 16- $40
Extra passport pages -$82

Happy Friday!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

THANKS!!!!!!!!

We hit 10,000 +  page views…wooohoooo!!!! Thanks sooo much for all your support….in the words of Sally Field “You like me… right now you really like me” *swoon*



Stay tuned for more crazy stories from ThegGlamtrak….



Monday, March 5, 2012

I BROKE UP WITH DELTA THIS WEEKEND...

Excuse me while I hop on theglamtrak soapbox for two seconds. I’m pissed at Delta Airlines…like so pissed I dropped an FBomb on a customer service rep this weekend (I quickly caught myself from really going innnnn as I didn’t want to end up on a NO FLY list).  So here’s the story, my flight to San Juan next week lands at 10p… I would like to get on an earlier flight that gets in around 630p (same time as some of the other girls). I call Delta last week (mind you I call the Skymiles number since I’m a PROUD member) and say “hey I would like to get on an earlier flight to San Juan…what are my options”. The rep says “hmmm to avoid paying a change flight fee, the easiest thing would be for you to head to the airport for the desired flight and when you get there you just have to pay $50 to go standby on the earlier flight” Ummmm what?!?! Clearly that was not the desired answer. I mean if the damn flight is open, why should I have to PAY to get on it…I mean the flight was going to have empty seats anyway, right!? Well I decide to give it a few days and call back because you know how these things work- you can get 10 different answers from 10 different reps.

I call back yesterday and explain the situation…mind you I’ve done my homework and all the flights are now $60 cheaper than what I paid soooo I’m thinking they’ll definitely work with me…yea right. Not only did this chick tell me they would not move me to the earlier flight as a courtesy for being a LOYAL SKYMILES MEMBER, she told me that I would have to pay the $150 change fee and they would be NICE enough to credit the difference of $60 leaving me with a balance of $90.  At this point I’m sooo annoyed I ask to speak to the supervisor…why would I do that!?!?!? The supervisor is not feeling me or my grievances and proceeds to tell me the same dumb shit about $90 or $50 standby day of…and that’s when I lost my shit. I told her that I’m a f*%king Skymiles member and that I fly Delta allllll the time and guys I think I even stooped so low to say I’m a “travel journalist” blah blah. All I heard was “Ma’am you need to calm down” and that’s when I realized she could flag me as a psycho… so I just exited stage left with a quick “moving forward I’ll be taking my business elsewhere…goodbye”.

Can I just tell you that I’m soooooooo embarrassed :

#1- F*%king Skymiles member: I don’t have any kind of high ranking medallion status…my Skymiles probably can barely buy a ticket to LA and this is with me having a Skymiles debit card and even get miles when I pay my gas bill…*shame*
#2- Travel Journalist: Oy vey Kay, really!?!?! I doubt that my blog that many of YOU have yet to sign up as a follower (that’s another issue lol) substantiates my “travel journalist” claim
#3- Take my business elsewhere: Ummmm, where were my friends to remind me that I cannot single handedly bankrupt Delta by “taking my business elsewhere”…besides I LOVE Delta most of the time!

I’m sure I was the laughing stock of the hour…because at the end of the day I’m still going to find my ass on those buttery leather Delta seats and if I want to land in San Juan at 630p…I’ll be forking over $50….sigh

Moral of the story: fly AirTran and Southwest Airlines when you can…they don’t charge their customers for changing flights hmph

 
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