Monday, July 28, 2014

Photo Share: A Favorite Place You’ve Traveled

A Japanese gardener

Traveling. I love it.

I think it’s one of the most educational and eye-opening experiences that one can have. And it’s an experience unlike spending money on something such as a home, a car, clothing, or an expensive piece of jewelry, because when you invest in traveling the experience stays with you forever.

Traveling is such a rich life-experience because you get to see how other people live and open yourself to experience different cultures and customs. And I’m one of those travelers who likes to immerse myself within the places I visit by doing things the way a native would do them, not a tourist. I want to experience a new place wholeheartedly by feeling and tasting it 100%.

I don’t travel as much as I would like to and have only been to maybe a dozen places here in the States, a few countries in Europe, and Japan.

However, I know that many of you have traveled extensively and I really enjoy when you share posts about your travels because it feels as though I’ve traveled with you.

For me, the most favorite place I have ever traveled to was Japan. I was primarily in Kobe (for business), but also had the opportunity to take a day trip to Kyoto. In fact, I wrote a post back in 2008, about an experience I had while in Kyoto that was quite an "awakening."

If any of you ever get the opportunity to visit Japan, please do. Yes, it is a VERY long trip, but so worth it. It’s an amazing country with some of the most polite, kind and gentle people I have ever met. I love the energy in Japan because it's so progressive, yet at the same time humble, basic and simple in many ways. And the manner in which they take care of and respect their elderly citizens is truly inspiring.

Anyhoo, today I thought it would be fun to open the floor to another photo share so that you can share a favorite place you have traveled to. And it can be a place outside your country or state, or even a place within your country and state. It doesn’t have to be some faraway place, just a favorite.

Okay, here are the guidelines (please read carefully):

-Photo shares are open to anyone who reads my blog.
-Submit only one photo.
-If you would like to share more than one photo, please feel free to create a single photo collage like this one:
*I created this over at PicMonkey.  It’s a free and user-friendly online photo editing website.

-Your photo or collage should be no wider than 600px (please resize before sending). You can also resize any photo at PicMonkey.
-Include your name (real name or blogging name) and your blog title and URL, so that I can credit your photo and link it back to you.
-You are more than welcome to share a photo with your watermark on it.
-Also, let me know where the photo is from and a few lines about why it’s a favorite place.
-Deadline for submission is Friday (August 1st) by midnight.

I will post ALL photos and in the order they are received.

You will find my email address on the Contact page below my header.

Feel free to ask any questions in your comments.

I can't wait to see what you send in!

Have a maaaaahvelous Monday, y'all!

Friday, July 25, 2014

A Post About Gift Cards And Being A Faux Supermodel

I don't know about you, but I ADORE getting gift cards! Many people feel as though they can be kind of cold and unthoughtful, however, I would much rather receive gift cards as gifts because then I can purchase whatever I want. To me, they are the ideal practical gift.


Two months ago, one of the companies I work for gave their employees reward points for achieving their goals. And I honestly didn't realize how many points I had accumulated over the past few years, which totaled $250.00. They sent us a list of various gift cards so that we could use the points as money to purchase them. I chose two $50.00 gift cards from Barnes & Noble, two $50.00 gift cards from Best Buy, and one $50.00 gift card from Options Card, which you see in the photograph above.

I already used one of the Barnes and Noble gift cards and am waiting to use the two from Best Buy until I really need something electronic. And the one from Options Card, I just recently used to purchase some black dress shirts for work. I went online and searched each stores' website to see if they had what I was looking for. Eventually, I found an AMAZING sale at Old Navy on black dress shirts for only $12.99 each!

Yet, I was apprehensive about purchasing clothes online without trying them on because of my slight build and having to buy a lot of my clothes in the young men's department because I'm too small for most adult men's clothing. But then I thought, "What the hell, for only $12.99 and not actually having to fork out the money from my own pocket, why not?" So, do you know what I did? I bought THREE of the same shirt in size small.

And about six days ago, they arrived....

Believe it or not I kept forgetting that I had it, so I didn't open the package until DAYS later. But when I finally opened it and saw what the shirt looked like, I was extremely happy that I had made the purchase. Not only did I immediately love the soft cotton material, but it fit perfectly!

And what I especially like about this shirt is that it can be worn dressy or casual.

Here, take a look...

Since I sometimes wear a tie at work, I wanted to show you what the shirt looks like with some of my ties...

Here is the shirt with an open collar under a black sport coat and also with a black turtleneck...

I decided to have a little fun with these next few photographs by creating faux magazine prints, almost like an ad for Old Navy. I played around with some photo editing software to create more of a 'magazine' look. And these modeling poses are what you typically see in many men's fashion magazines.

So, here I am striking a few poses.

Ronaldo....a faux supermodel for Old Navy.

*Note: If anyone is looking for a 58-year old, 5'7" munchkin-size runway or print model, please contact me. I'll pay you $100.00 an hour to hire me.

Have a SUPERmodel weekend everyone!