Friday, August 29, 2014

Adventure: Charting the Course

I love planning things, parties, home decor, my life, other people's lives. If it involves a list, spreadsheet and a calendar, I'm in. So of course I love planning trips as well. I always start with a country, city or in this case a continent. Iggy Azalea's been all over the radio, and she has an interesting back story (she worked and saved her money to come to the US at age 16 to be a rapper), and I like her music, so Australia was the first destination.

I prefer cities to the country or outback in this case, and it never hurts to visit a major city with a US Embassy as a solo traveler, so Sydney and Melbourne were added to the list. I watched Looney Tunes almost every day after school at 4pm, so Tasmania was a mandatory stop, so I could see the Tasmanian devils (although the cartoon character is much cuter, and I'm not so into wild animals...).

Then I figured I might as well just go to New Zealand as well since I'm in the area, and my sister said "Why aren't you going to Fiji?", so I added Fiji.

Then I fiddled around with multi-city and one way flights on Orbitz and  various airline websites, and then like magic an itinerary was formed! Now all that's left to do is to find a few hotels, plan daily activities, choose restaurants and packing, which certainly involves more lists! Woohoo!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Life. Unplugged or Plugged in?

Dear Readers,

I've been on this terribly long hiatus, and I'm beginning to think that the magic is fading for me. I think like many people of my generation, more and more I'm feeling the urge to disconnect from social media, and just enjoy the experience of living. Don't get me wrong, I definitely still enjoy the benefits of social media, but every so often it gets overwhelming. I recently finished "The Circle" by Dave Egger, that explores what might happen next, and how social media could morph into something else that takes over life. It was an interesting exploration, and since I was reading it on the plane to Chicago, I decided to really experience being back in Chicago. It also helps that the people that I was hanging out with often disconnect from social media. I did post a few pics on Instagram, but mostly I stayed off-line.

I did have a few conversations about social media and celebrities, mostly how many celebrities approach Instagram like they do a photo shoot with deliberate outfits, perfect makeup or "faux natural face", backgrounds, lighting and of course the assistant is holding the phone/tablet in order to get the best angles. And it seems that many people don't seem to realize that images are manufactured and manipulated in order to protect the brand or the image, and while I understand that notion, it scares me that not everyone understands, and believes that what they see is reality.

The other day, a young woman, who really wasn't interested in getting to know me, asked me for my Instagram info, and when I told her I didn't have one, she made a face like I was a leper of society. Obviously if you're on my blog, you can see that I do have an account, however it seemed so invasive. She barely knew my name, and wanted access to my photos that document my life and while I do not a private account, it just felt like I was just a number to her, another potential follower, someone to increase her likes and comments. Sometimes I do use social media as a networking tool for people I meet in real life, but only after I have a conversation, and we have shared interest in the other's work and passions, so the connections seem a bit more genuine.

I guess I just said all that to say, what is this world coming to? I'm beginning to think that I'm not the only one wondering this, Chinet recently came out with a new commercial that really resonated with me.

What do you think? How do you balance real life with your on-line life?

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Weekly Round Up

White Zucchini Cake...who knew you could sneak veggies into dessert?!

i am baker

I'm anxious to try these out grown up fake tattoos...maybe on my next trip?

Flash tattoos

After seeing this gear in action on instagram, I had to check out the collection. What a bold colorful way to work out!

kdeer haute yoga wear
I'm jumping on the cropped top bandwagon..let's see how this looks in real life.

Ginger Fizz
Both Nars and MAC have new reds that I've just gotta try.

Relentlessly Red
Dragon Girl