Wednesday, December 24, 2014

ABOUT A WEEK AGO...


Ok really it’s more like three months ago, but who’s counting, right? OH EM GEEEZZEE where did 2014 go?  Soooo, I kicked fall in the face by extending my summer with a few HOT jaunts…first up Jamaica!

I don’t like surprises, but secretly I do… as long as you make sure my face is beat for the Gawds, I have on a bra and decent clothing. If all things align…surprise the hell out of me!!
The real fun is in surprising people, which is really hard for me because I’m usually busting from the seams to share...eek! Well, let me just say I pulled off the coup of a lifetime...bit dramatic, yes! In conjunction with my cousin Samantha, I flew into Jamaica (under a mask of secrecy) and surprised her sister, Neisha, to celebrate her birthday! Nope, it wasn't a milestone birthday, but when you have a cousin like Neisha…you’ll cross oceans to ring in her new year! Thanks to Delta’s wifi…I maintained conversation with her consistently so she had nooooo clue I was en route (a perk of Delta, you may wanna rethink who you fly with now!)Once in Jamaica, I used my quick change artist skills to get ready for the surprise….



The big reveal was followed by a weekend of drinks, yachting, partying, food and fun times with some of my favorite people!









Fast forward two weeks later…I crossed a  major region off my bucket list…I went to DUBAI!! Not only did I go, I went BIG - first class on EMIRATES AIRLINES!! Now let me say, I've flown first class many times , butttt if you’re familiar with Emirates Airlines, you know that the service is fit for royalty and I sure did don my invisible crown as I soaked up the luxury.The innovations are immeasurable. The A380, is a double decker jet suited with showers and a full on lounge/bar...hello Dom and Veuve! Oh and there was WIFI alllll the way to Dubai!! I mean no break in service, I literally sent a message like “hey girl, I’m crossing Russia”! I pretty much spent the 16 hours in a cycle of eat, champs, sleep, rinse, repeat! The trip was brief and intense...a short 48 hours! However, thanks to my friends living in Dubai, I was able to knock out all the “must-see” spots! Here's what I quickly learned about Dubai:

-Dubai is hot, but in a dry heat kinda way…my hair thanks you, Dubai!
-The men are FINEEEEEEEEEE…like sooo fine you’re hard pressed to find an ugly man in Dubai
-Emiratis are the minority…Dubai’s residency is about 85% EXPAT…so unfortunately these fine men are not a dime a dozen
-Luxury takes on a new meaning in the UAE…Dubai Mall will make you feel poor…brace yourself
- Food is amazing!!!!

Things you should know when traveling to Dubai...

- Dubai is not a country, please do not reference it as such…you will look dumb…eek! Dubai is 1 of  7 emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates…likely you’re familiar with the capital, Abu  Dhabi
-UAE is a Muslim country, Sharia law is upheld, as guests of UAE be respectful – no booty shorts  when visiting a mosque…I shouldn't have to tell you that, but hey… * looks at Rhi Rhi*
- Yes, it’s a Muslim country, but each emirate is different…Dubai is the most relaxed in their laws.     You will find women dressed very western and alcohol is sold in restaurants…this is why Dubai is dubbed the Sin City of the middle east

Short of the 16-17 hour plane ride, I loveeeeee Dubai and definitely look forward to going back and living the luxe lifestyle…if even for a few days!












New York, New York

No year is complete without at least one trip to New York…

The hustle and bustle of trying to see friends and family takes intense planning and a few Xanax. I legit schedule people on the hour and confirm these bookings via Google calendar! With firmly planted roots in NY, the purpose of travel was to celebrate my little cousin’s 1st birthday, but I'm notorious for maximizing my time and miles so of course I brunched, lunched, partied, ate a bagel, devoured some pizza, took 3 train rides and crossed 2 bridges…fun was had!






2014 was filled with great travel!! I kicked my year off in Trinidad for Carnival and I'll be ending it in the Caribbean with family! I look forward to sharing my 2015 jaunts (regularly )...I'm planning to skip over to SouthEast Asia and a few other places I've been itching to add to my passport! 

If you're not doing so already, please follow me on IG @theglamtrak and keep up with Kay (see how I did that..hehehe)...

Tanti Baci! 

Saturday, September 13, 2014

SUMMER 2014 RECAP

I feel robbed. Like the feeling you get when you open a bag of chips and realize you paid for less than half a bag of chips and only all but 4 are crumbled. Dear Summer, why did you come and go so fast? I swear I was just swimsuit shopping and anticipating those sweet sun kisses. Thanks to Atlanta's bipolar weather, I’ve barely maintained my tan and I’m currently wearing a scarf? DaFuq? Labor Day weekend was bitter sweet. Hooray for the day off from work, but booooo for the drop in temperature. If you haven’t realized by now, Summer is my SEASON!!!  I have been known to suffer from SAD (seasonal affective disorder)…I literally create a strategy and have a pep talk with myself on how I’m going to survive winter. This usually includes a few beach trips…just to remind me that warmer temps really do exist and to work on my vitamin D deficiency…no pun, you filthy people.

With that said, am I really doing a Summer wrap up post? I would have loved to post in the moment, but when you only have 100 days of summer (or less)…it’s hard to pin yourself down long enough to write interesting content…I was too busy living!

Memorial Day Weekend

I just loveeeeeeeeee having house guests…especially when they’re the members of your beloved whatsapp chat group “Life Unscripted”.  I welcomed some of my FAVORITE gal pals and cousins to help me kick off my favorite season over the Atlanta Carnival weekend. Talk about fun times, lots of chatting, eating, bonding, meltdowns (I’m famous for them now) and memories that will last a life time. These girls coupled with my foundation ATL friends really set the tone for summer....one life, live it!









Brasil

I literally feel like I left my heart in Rio! I absolutely ADORE the people and the culture!!  The spirit of the Carioca is unmatched and I’m grateful for all the new friendships I made (sober and tipsy). Don’t get me wrong, I EXPECTED to fall in love…sun, futbol and beautiful people…who wouldn’t enjoy a week in paradise?! However, I didn’t expect to be whimpering and fighting back tears when it was time to go! I’ll let the pictures do the talking, but here’s my VERY high level “Good, Bad, Ugly”

Good- Friendly locals, the ASSES!!!!!, Caipirinhas, #SaltLife, new friends
Bad- why is Pork in most dishes??!?!?!
Ugly- Leaving Rio…seriously thinking I owe myself a year of living in Rio, teaching English and working on my Portuguese
















Nassau

Just a quick weekend getaway…you know when you need a vacation for your vacation? Inserts Nassau…90 minute flight and BOOM, beautiful water, good friends and my Grammy!!



Now that summer is unofficially over, I need to pencil in a beach getaway for the sake of tan maintenance, decide where I’m going to ring in the New Year and get started on the 2015 trip planning!

Summer Honorable Mentions:






Monday, June 23, 2014

Fantasy FĂștbol!

I'm pretty sure God spent a little extra time in Brasil...have you seen the gaaawwwwjjuuusss people!??!?! However, the real stars this summer are the footballers. I don't care if you had no idea that South Korea had a football team or if you're emotionally hungover from that US/Portugal game last night....you must admit, football has the FINEST players! I've curated a little cheat sheet - my top picks for HOTTEST players in the 2014 World Cup! Thank me later, Coach Kay ;-)

                                                                MY STARTING 11:

                                                            KARIM BENZEMA
REAL MADRID; FRANCE NATIONAL TEAM
                                                                       GLEN JOHNSON
LIVERPOOL; ENGLAND NATIONAL TEAM
                                                                  JOHN BROOKS
HERTHA BSC, U.S NATIONAL TEAM

TIM HOWARD
EVERTON; U.S NATIONAL TEAM

ADAM KWARASEY
STROMGODSET; GHANA NATIONAL TEAM

JERMAINE JONES
BESIKTAS; U.S NATIONAL TEAM 
                                                                   
                                                                          GERARD PIQUE
FC BARCELONA; SPAIN NATIONAL TEAM
                                                       
                                                                 KEVIN PRINCE BOATENG
FC SCHALKE 04; GHANA NATIONAL TEAM
                                                              NACER CHADLI
TOTTENHAM HOTSPURS; BELGIUM NATIONAL TEAM
ROBIN VAN PERSIE
MANCHESTER UNITED; NETHERLANDS NATIONAL TEAM

ALEKSANDR KERZHAKOV
ZENIT ST.PETERSBURG; RUSSIA NATIONAL TEAM






THE BENCH: HONORABLE MENTIONS
                                                         CHRISTIANO RONALDO
REAL MADRID; PORTUGAL NATIONAL TEAM
                                                                               
                                                                            NIGEL DE JONG
A.C MILAN; NETHERLANDS NATIONAL TEAM
                                                                      LUIS SUAREZ
LIVERPOOL, URUGUAY NATIONAL TEAM
JEROME BOATENG
BAYERN MUNICH; GERMANY NATIONAL TEAM
                                                                     
                                                  HULK (GIVANILDO VIEIRA DE SOUZA)
ZENIT ST. PETERSBURG; BRAZIL NATIONAL TEAM



 
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