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Septembers to Remember!

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Hello Fellow Travel Enthusiasts! We meet again. My sincere apologies to all of you for my absence!! The months of July and August were both quite busy, so I did not get the opportunity to share any new content. However, I am back in action and ready to share lots of nuggets of travel gold with each and everyone of you. So here goes!

Starting out, I would like to share some past experiences, that can help make your next celebration a special one! September just so happens to be my birthday month, so I am doing a bit of a flashback, to share some of my most memorable (birth month) moments from September’s past. I am a huge fan of birthdays, primarily because I realize that another year of life is an incredible gift… and secondary, because I love an opportunity to celebrate!! Can you blame me? Who doesn’t love a grand affair, dinner at a swanky social club, or dancing under the Eiffel Tower? Count me in anytime for all of the above. I am here for all of it and I relish the moments that I get to spend with family and friends.

Some of my favorite memories include one of the best birthday presents EVER…and that was getting my first article published in September of 2013! Can you say, “excited.” That would have been an understatement to describe how I felt that year. Yes, my piece on the beautiful island of Curacao, was published in Global Living Magazine’s September/October edition! I wrote all about this spectacular Caribbean gem and about many of the fantastic places on the island. From the Queen Emma bridge, to Kura Hulanda Museum. Check it out! Then there was that one year (2012) I had a rooftop party in Atlanta (at Rooftop 866,) called the “Sapphire Affair,” where all my guests were charged with the task of arriving in various hues of amazing blues, to accompany the theme of the posh affair. It was fabulous, I even had custom M&Ms with my face on them!! Also, I cannot forget my time in Panama City, where I noshed out on all types of deliciousness and basked upon the ocean for 3 days witnessing creation at its finest….By the way, Captain Andy even let me get behind the wheel, on one of our day trips out. It was the best! I most definitely cannot exclude last year, 2016, from the list, considering I danced beneath the Eiffel Tower, dined throughout the city of Paris and combed the streets in search of great finds (when I wasn’t working that is,) just a couple weeks after my actual birthday with friends. It is going to be difficult to top 2016! However, there was that one birthday I spent in Vegas taking goofy photos with the Blue Man Group in 2009 and another where I spent the entire month celebrating in Tampa, St. Pete, Clearwater and Orlando, in 2011. Oh…and what about 2013, when I had a party at Pier W off the Lake (Erie) in my hometown of Cleveland??…I most definitely cannot leave that year off the list. There have been so many wonderful Septembers to Remember that I am just grateful for them all and always looking forward to the next! I hope you enjoyed this stroll down memory lane and that you got some fun ideas for your next born day celebration. Side note- I had to stop here, or we would have gone on for days, looking back over all of my birthday celebrations! There have been many many more, but if I go on, I will end up having to tell my age 🙂

Follow me on Instagram at Candacetravels, for more September Birthday flashback photos!!  Until next time, happy and safe travels to you all!

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5 Ways to Make Memorable Experiences Abroad: Summer Edition

Greetings, fellow travelers!!! It’s been some time since we last connected, but I am excited to share a previously written piece, posted on Black Enterprise, on the best ways to,” Make Memorable Experiences Abroad.” It’s summer here in the US, and many are looking for new and exciting places to visit and want some creative ideas on how best to enjoy them. Please click here to learn more about how you can enhance your next overseas journey and create lasting memories. Happy travels and hope to see you in an airport soon!!!

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Candacetravels’ 2016 Year In Review

“When asked if my cup is half full or half empty, my only response is that I am thankful I have a cup.”

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Babe’s Cafe – Brecksville, Ohio

What a year! 2016 doesn’t owe me a thing. Of course it wasn’t perfect, but it was certainly eventful. I gazed across the city of Dallas, TX from 470 ft up in the air, as well as dined on-the-go, spent Valentine’s Day strolling through South Beach in Miami, chased butterflies in Aruba, snorkeled and sampled cactus liqueur in Bonaire, lived like a local in St. Maarten while staying at Alegria, smashed dinner at my favorite spot on the French side, Cynthia’s, in St. Martin, changed planes a few times in Curaçao (visited there a few years ago,) stood in a ridiculously long security line in Newark, skipped along the cherry blossom filled Tidal Basin in Washington D.C., relaxed like a queen at The Ritz Carlton in Arlington, ate at a cute lil cafe in Eufaula w/my sis, let the ocean breeze blow over me in Panama City, where I saw the most beautiful sunset, chowed down on some delicious food in Atlanta w/a friend, while in between cities, attended the CAVS championship parade in Cleveland, among various other activities, made some new connects in Orlando, caught like a million flights back and forth between FL and OH alllll year long, learned about horticulture in Clermont during my down time, kicked back in Tampa and Clearwater when I wasn’t working, ate the best pumpkin risotto and mushroom sliders in Oslo, where I would happily spend my summers, staying at Scandic Vulkan, danced at the base of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, where I celebrated my B-day with friends, prayed inside the gorgeous 100+ year old Sagrada Familia basilica in Barcelona, after eating some yummy paella, spent a few hrs in beautiful Lisbon (which wasn’t long enough,) chilled out in the hot tub in Boston after my flight back to the US, and slept like a baby in Detroit! In the process, I smiled alot, caught a ton of flights ✈️(approximately 30,) rode on quite a few trains 🚉 (too many to remember) and in quite a few cars 🚘, (definitely lost count) as well as hit the water on a handful of boats 🛥 (that sounds about right) this past year too -and thanked God all the way thru! 🙏🏾In the midst of all of this, I met great people, sometimes traveled alone, while at times with others, and always with my favorite items – and wrote about many of my 2016 adventures on/in Candacetravels.com, in Upscale Living Magazine, on A Luxury Travel Blog, in Global Living Magazine and on Black Enterprise.com – I’ve included several links above for you!! Just click to read the full articles or posts. A HUGE THANKS goes out to all of you for your support, and a big thank you to 2016 for a superb Global Expedition that included 7 countries (well technically 8 because St. Maarten and St. Martin are considered two separate countries,) and a host of cities. But… now it’s time to make room for 2017!🏾 Let’s prepare to create some new epic adventures together. Happy New Year everyone!!

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This post includes both sponsored, as well as non-sponsored material. However, the events noted above do recount my actual experiences regardless of post. My goal is to provide you with useful information to make your travel experience as rich as possible.

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I’m fresh off a European run that included time in Oslo, Paris, Barcelona and a brief pit stop in Lisbon too. I don’t have to tell you how much fun I had…but of course I will anyway!!! After a 9 hr flight from Miami, FL to Oslo, Norway, I was ready to experience the land of the Vikings- but not without a short nap first, of course. I didn’t sleep much on the flight over, so I had to rest up to get ready to explore. Once I awoke, it was time to smile and go. Thanks to my Smile Brilliant teeth whitening trays, I didn’t have to worry about my pearly whites on photo! Buckle up and enjoy the ride, as we trek across the globe. Cheese!


First Stop

During my visit to Oslo, Norway, I canvased the area by foot, bus, tram and train. From beholding the majesty of the Nobel Peace Center, to the beauty of Aker Brygge harbour and fjord, there was much to see and do. I gazed at the magnificence of the Royal Palace and was moved by the exquisite beauty of the Parliament. It was awesome! I smiled a lot and met the friendliest residents ever along the way.


Second Stop

Next up, was home to none other than the Eiffel Tower. Paris, France was full of energy, action and nonstop movement. It’s a melting pot of ethnicities and the city never sleeps. I spent time feasting, exploring and laughing all over town. What a joy! Paris is one of those places that you have to visit at least once in a lifetime, and if you love rich history, tons of people and nonstop action; then this is most definitely a place that you will love. Lots of smiles and giggles happened over countless bon jours.


Third Stop

The third leg of the journey was Barcelona, Spain. Although it rained, it was still an adventure packed few days. From the vegetable paella to the famous Familia Sagrada Church, I smiled and oohed and ahhhed a lot. I pounded the pavement of the famous, Las Ramblas Street -where all the action happens and strolled through the hallways of the area wax museum. The architecture was quite a sight, and the views from my hotel were incredible. I certainly relished in the moments, grinning from ear to ear.

Although I didn’t get much time in Lisbon, I still managed to do a good bit of smiling and even some light (souvenir) shopping while on the run.

So, this is how I travel, smile and go! It’s important that I keep my smile bright, as an avid tea drinker. As noted above, I confidently did so in Europe, because I used my Smile Brilliant Teeth Whitening trays before I left the US. They kept my smile white, bright and…and in perfect sight… for the best photos EVER! Haha! I’m kicking off a contest today, so check out the dets below. Win your very own Smile Brilliant Teeth Whitening trays- a $139.95value.

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Party In Paris: 5 Things to Do To Celebrate

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Office of Tourism, Paris, France

Hey hey ladies and gents! Good day to each and every one of you. I hope this post finds you well. I recently spent some time in Paris, France and wanted to share my experience with you. Though I was there working on a project, I still managed to find some time to celebrate a bit. I’d just welcomed another birthday thankfully, so when a few friends said they wanted to help me start this new season off right, I jumped at the chance. A little late birthday jollification is always in order…and when it can be done in style, well certainly why not then?!? Also, for the record, this post will not include any drunken wild nights, with individuals passed out in the back of UBER cars or anything. We had some good ole fashion fun, hanging around town in Paris! Although, there was that one UBER driver, who drove us back to the hotel on two wheels, while blasting music with every expletive in the book, but otherwise, it was rated PG 13. We took in Paris in style! So, here goes. Here are 5 things to do, when you want to Party (celebrate) in Paris.

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Eiffel Tower, Paris France

Visit the Eiffel Tower

This was my first time seeing the Eiffel Tower in person. During my brief pit stop in the area last year, I didn’t get the opportunity to see it. However this time, I made it a priority. When I reached the vicinity of the grand edifice, I was filled with jubilee. Upon finally witnessing it in person, I was mesmerized and in awe by its strength and beauty. It was a strong tower indeed. After eating just across the way, my friends and I headed over to take some pictures. We captured shots from just about every angle imaginable, and I even got the chance to dance beneath the massive structure. It was truly a dream come true. What a special day!

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Candacetravels and Friends- Eiffel Tower

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Candacetravels Dancing – Eiffel Tower

Bon Appetit

One of the best ways to celebrate is by toasting and noshing out on some palatable eats. Paris is a foodie’s dream and dentist’s worst nightmare all in one, simply because of all its fabulous food and sweets. Known for its rich and tantalizing cuisine, the city provides a smorgasbord of options to all who come hungry. While there, I was fortunate enough to dine at some incredible places. Yes, I veered away from my primarily plant-based diet, as I am known to do on the road at times, and indulged in a few succulent, le poisson (fish) entrees and delectable, vegetable dishes. I also splurged and ate a little BREAD, too. I know I shouldn’t have, but I did. It was tough considering the French eat bread with everything. They kept shoving baskets of it on the table everywhere I went. It was awful on my system, but oh so yummy to my tummy…well at least at the time, but not so much thereafter, lol. I paid for it later. In any case, my Parisian food affair commenced at Le Bistro Parisien, which sits just along the Siene River (across from the Eiffel Tower,) with a perfectly prepared piece of salmon over a bed of vegetables. It was followed up by a delightful mousse. Can you say fantastic!! And the gastronomical jocularity didn’t stop there. We celebrated that evening at Le Passage over wine and other comestibles; fish, salad, lamb for the carnivores at the table, and a combination of chocolate inspired desserts. In the following days, I feasted on fish and chips at Leon’s, savored the best vegetable soup ever at Le Bouquet, wolfed down a mouthwatering quinoa based veggie burger at Mamie’s and reveled over a delicious vegetable, Thai dish at Bistrot Pyramide. My advice- prepare your palate for the party of a lifetime!!

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Celebration at Le Passage

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Dinner at Le Passage

Other Landmarks

There is so much to see and do in Paris- from taking in the beautiful Arc de Triomphe up close and personal, to roaming the grounds of the acclaimed Louvre Museum. Then there is the spectacular Palais Garnier, Opera House that is fit for a queen. The city is a historical gem at every turn. Day or night, it’s a party in the streets, what seems like all the time. Paris is New York City on steroids. There are people everywhere, and constant energy in the air. It is crazy! There are actually too many people for me. I like a more toned down vibe at this point in life. However, beholding the gorgeous landmarks in person is well worth the visit. If you want other ideas on things to do, stop by the Paris Tourism Board for some assistance. Be sure to get all your selfie sticks ready- for shots of yourself in front of all the famous landmarks for your visual gallery, too. Say cheese!

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Musee’ du Louvre 

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Academie Nationale de Musique

Shopping

I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that Paris is a shopper’s paradise. Whether you live the fabulous life or are simply more of  a souvenir shopper, this locale has something for you. Paris, France has it all. From $2,000 (euro) Chanel bags, to $5 (euro) tee-shirts on the street, you can get something that suites your flavor. There are several areas spread throughout the city to help you spend a little or a lot. It’s the best!! Lovely handbags, scarves, shoes and hats grace the shops on every street, in every direction. While there, I also spent some time at BAUDE fashion house, and was completely smitten with the entire line. You can also skip over to Tiffany’s or Hermes for a new edition to your exclusive collection, or venture off to a less notable boutique -for a rare find. Treat yourself!…And don’t forget to pick up some Paris goodies for friends back home, or forget to enjoy shopping til you drop.

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BAUDE Purse

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BAUDE Fashion House

Mellow Sounds

One Saturday night, my friends and I spent the evening at the magnificent Duc des Lombards, Club de Jazz. The band was AWESOME. The vibe was relaxed and easy, and we tapped our feet and nodded our heads to the melodic tunes of the smooth harmony. It was a very chill evening, complete with a full house of spectators onsite to witness the greatness of this crew. After a long day of sightseeing, laughing and roaming the streets with cameras in tow, it was the perfect way to unwind. If you are in the mood for something a little more soothing, you’ve found it. Kick back and take in the show solo or with a group.

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Band Performing at Duc des Lombards

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Candacetravels Outside of Duc des Lombards

My time in Paris, France was a blast. It was definitely a great way to ring in a new birthday year! So much fun!! Until next time, safe and happy travels my friends!

 

 

 

 

5 Ways to Give Back While Traveling: Airport Edition

Greetings fellow travelers! I  hope this post finds you well. Today I want to discuss the topic of traveling with the goal of being a blessing to someone else in mind. We all love and appreciate the epic moments we experience while on the go, but how often are we thinking of doing something nice for others?  My question to you today is, do you travel with the goal of putting a smile on someone else’s face, or are you only thinking about your upcoming adventure? After reading this post, perhaps you will give it further consideration. I’m all for a great time! Lord knows I am, but it is important to me, to make a positive impact wherever I can. So, here are 5 easy ways to extend a blessing to others- during your domestic and international travels.

Buy a Little or Latte

We all know how long those Starbucks lines are in the airport. How about striking up a conversation with the person in back of you next time, and finding out what they plan to order. Engage in random, “How’s the weather where you’re headed” type of questions first, then work your way up to what they typically order. When the moment arrives, and you actually reach the counter 30 mins later, pay it forward! It’s not only a nice surprise for the person after you, but it also gives you and warm and fuzzy feeling inside, too. You just may make a new friend for life, and even if you don’t, at least you did something to put a smile on someone else’s face. Cheers to iced chai latte (tea) with coconut milk…in case you are ever standing in the line in front of me! Haha..but seriously! LOL.

Fork Over Your Window Seat

If you happen to find yourself on a row with the kindest person ever and their little anxious toddler, who is so excited to fly for the first time, consider doing the ultimate! Let them get the sweet taste of the window seat. Chances are you’ve flown a million times by now, and even if you haven’t it’s still just nice to do. Help make the kid’s first flight an epic ride that he or she will never forget. Your incredible act of kindness will last a lifetime, or at least for the duration of the flight, and when they grow up, hopefully, they’ll consider doing the same for the little travelers who come behind. In addition, you’ll be taking some added stress off of the parent, too. The views outside will keep their little one so occupied, that it’ll make for a smooth flight for everyone…including you! This will lesson the amount of “Are we there yets?,” because they’ll be too busy counting the clouds. Look at you!

Invite a Stranger to Lounge

I was just in this position last year. I was the stranger, who got an invite to the lounge. I wasn’t able to make a Barcelona flight out of JFK one day, and the nicest guy, who just so happened to work for Delta, didn’t make the flight either. He noticed my distress and invited me up to the Delta lounge. He totally saved the day. I was beat and had been in the airport all day. Before you freak out, I felt totally safe. If you’ve ever been in one of the airline lounges, then you know, they are packed with people, well lit and have staff available onsite. There is food, TVs, places to lounge and even access to showers. They are fantastic! If you have a pass and strike up a great conversation with a random stranger, who is on your super delayed or canceled flight, be a superhero and help them out. They will be oh so grateful! As a matter of fact, I’m friends with my Delta angel to this day.

A Not So Blind Lunch Date

I’m sure by now you can tell I spend a ton of time in the airport! With a ton of flying comes delays, cancellations and even reroutes. With that being said, the airport is a great place to meet some really awesome people. I find myself talking to people at the gate or in stores all the time. How about a not so blind lunch date? Not a date, date, unless you just so happen to make a connection with a really amazing guy or gal, but otherwise, I mean a “one good human being doing a good deed to another” type of date. You can learn a lot about life and people over a meal. And if you just so happen to find a match and meet the love of your life after reading this post- because you decided to buy someone lunch, you can thank me later! I accept payments in the form of airline miles, tickets and hotels. LOL. Just kidding….uhm…unless you really just feel led to bless me of course. But seriously, there’s no better way to make a person’s day than by buying them a hot or cold meal. Bon appetit!

Share the Plunder

There have been a few times in my life where people have complemented certain items of mine, and I felt led to give it to them. Just recently, on a reroute to Detroit from Boston, I met the nicest lady and her daughter. She’d just turned 21 (the daughter,) and really liked my jean tote bag. I was so exhausted that night, considering we’d just endured the day from well… it certainly was not Heaven let’s just say, and it was roughly 12:30 am by the time the airline got us all situated with a hotel. I wanted to just give her my bag then, but didn’t have the energy before we parted, to dump the contents and pass it on. Fortunately, we’d exchanged names, etc. and they reached out to me of FB, to offer me a ride the next day to Cleveland. We had all been on a cancelled flight, and Detroit was the closest place that 5 of us decided to head to. We all figured it would be pretty easy to get to OH from there, and after being stuck in Boston for 13 and a half hours, I was ready to get to just about anywhere else, that wasn’t there. In any case, I didn’t get to take them up on their offer for a ride, because I’d already made arrangements earlier that next morning to get to Cleveland. I was trying to get to my aunt’s memorial service, so it was imperative that I make it to my home state in time. In any case, I was so thrilled to hear from them and upon getting to Ohio, I got the address to send that young lady my tote bag. I have a million of them, so why not bless her with one. No biggie!! Happy to share the spoil and hope she had a super 21st birthday.

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Jean Tote with Contents Prior to Passing It On

Thanks for reading, dear friends! Here’s to happy, safe and “paying it forward” travels to you. Have a great November and remember to be thankful for all that’s been given to you.

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3 Tips for Spontaneous Travel…

 

How long has it been since your last, spur of the moment getaway? If you took longer than 30 secs to answer, then boy are you overdue for a trip! Not sure when you will find the time to steal away? Well, here are 3 quick tips to help get you out of the office-and on the road, or in the air today.

  1. Pack a Bag

Whether you choose a weekender or duffle bag, just grab something- and fill it up! Yes, pack it and leave it out in eye view. Place it outside of your closet, or somewhere near your bed..so that perhaps, you can trip over it, lol. Let it serve as a constant reminder to you that some time away- is needed soon. Also, don’t forget to toss in your favorite travel  and lifestyle magazines, books and any favorite, non-perishable snacks that you’d most enjoy.

     2. Prepare Cameras & Other Devices

Pull that camera from atop the shelf in your closet and charge up that battery -NOW! Gather your flashes, hoods, lenses, SIM cards, as well as any portable chargers, adapters or other must-haves, for the road. Once you’ve collected all the items, toss them in the bag that you packed, and again, remember to set it outside of your bedroom closet. Yes, that weekender that you’re going to keep bumping into- unless you get serious about getting away!

      3. Create a Checklist

The major benefit of having a check-list readily available, is that you’ve already taken all the guess work out. Remember, spontaneous trips are…well… spontaneous! We’re cheating a little by preparing in advance, but it’ll be oh so worth it. Make a list of necessary contact numbers and must-do’s before leaving the premises today. This will ensure that you’re not disregarding any previously confirmed engagements, nor sacrificing any necessities in the last minute process. Have a person or kennel on hand that would agree to keep your pet or mini-you (like an overnight daycare,or trusted granny, who never turns down time with your favorite little persons,) for a day or two, on short notice. Let these individuals know ahead of time that one day in the very near future, you will be calling them for help! It may surprise you to see just how much they’ll encourage you to do it, too. Also, remember to make arrangements now (by putting them on notice that a spontaneous getaway is in the making) for taking out the trash or picking up the mail.

Sooo, now that you’re ready- you are going to ditch work one Friday, (only if you have vacation time to use…and even if you don’t,) and catch a flight or hop in the car for the spur-of-the-moment time of your life!

Now that you are all set- get ready for some spontaneous travel fun! Share your stories with the Candacetravel team when you return, as well as of any adventures from your last spur-of-the-moment trips. We’d love to hear from you!! Safe travels!

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Charles de Gaulle Airport- Paris, France

 

 

 

The Perfect Stowaway

Looking for the perfect “stowaway” for your summer 2016, travel schedule? If so, then do I have a great suggestion for you. It’s a traveler’s favorite- the fantastic line of Stowaway Cosmetics. I’ve trekked across the country with these goodies for the last 3 months, and it’s been quite the pleasure having them in tow. Since I now refuse to leave home without them, you can bank on spotting me with one or more of the beauty products on. From the smooth and silky lipstick, to the gorgeous, natural shades of the eye shadow palette, these beauty enhancers are a must-have for your upcoming adventures. Below are my top 3 reasons why you should add Stowaway Cosmetics to your packing list- today.

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  1. Size

Stowaway Cosmetics are compact and portable. They are the ideal size for weekend getaways or even extended business or leisure trips. The primary benefit to having smaller sized cosmetics, is that they take up much less space. As a result, they leave room in your make-up bag for other essential travel items; like nail files, facial cleansers and mini perfume bottles. The lipstick tube is about the length of a pinky finger and the eyeliner is about the size of a ring finger, whereas the cheek and lip rouge is just a tad larger than a silver US dollar. The eye shadow palette is the size of a hotel room key (or credit card,) and the mascara stick, complexion balm (foundation) and tiny concealer are about 2/3rds the size of traditional ones. Since I’ve become a minimalist over the last couple of years, these items work well with my current lifestyle. I’m certain that just about every road warrior and person on-the-go, would appreciate this line. Aside from being an absolute home-run for travelers, Stowaway is also fantastic for nights out on the town. They fit perfectly into just about any clutch, wristlet or small purse.

Where has Stowaway Cosmetics been all of my life???

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Stowaway Cosmetics- Taken at The Ritz Carlton- Pentagon City, Arlington, VA

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Lipstick tube in comparison to a standard M.A.C. tube

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Essential Eye Palette – The size of my (The) Ritz Carlton hotel room key

  1. Customization of Products & Packaging

It’s easy to customize a kit online, as well as to select individual items. The online store is user friendly and provides information about each beauty product. The available colors are listed under each item, along with the price. The Stowaway Cosmetics line (lipsticks, rouges and lip glosses) primarily features colors within the pink and mauve family. There is also a beautiful red, creme lipstick to choose from and a range of moisturizing tints. The Essential Eye (Shadow) Palette is comprised of beautiful matte and shimmer earth tones that can also be used for brows, as well as for a liner. The gorgeous Cheek and Lip Rouge complements the lipstick and lip gloss line impeccably, and the Effortless Eyeliner and Extreme Lash Mascaras both come in black, and the eyeliner is offered in brown as well.  Most of the products come in a cute matte, gray encasement with the word “Stowaway” in white – on the outside of them, and the Radiant Complexion Beauty Balm cream moisturizer and Creaseless Concealer come in white tubing with gray lettering. The packaging is adorable!

When my kit arrived, it was in the most charming little white box with all of my goodies packed away inside!

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Stowaway Cosmetics upon arrival- in individual boxes

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Stowaway Cosmetics upon arrival- enclosed in tissue paper and label

  1. Use

Product Review

I have used all of my Stowaway products for the last few months, and have really enjoyed them. They have traveled with me from airport to airport and from hotel to home and all points in between. They’ve held up well under fierce travel conditions and have proved to be durable despite being small.

Use- I really like the feel and the creaminess of the raspberry lipstick. It’s brighter than what I normally wear, but I wanted to step out-the-box with this one a bit. It feels great on my lips and complements my rich brown tones. The mascara is also pretty great and goes on easily. I like the thickness of the product, for the perfect lash. The eyeliner is soft and silky, but actually takes a few applications before showing up for me. The cheek and lip rouge is a real winner. I appreciate that it’s a two-in-one, allowing for maximum use. I can wear it on my lips and cheeks, which cuts out the need for a separate lipstick tube some days. It’s cremey and applies rather effortlessly for a little pop of color. The eye palette is probably my most favorite of the bunch, because of the beautiful earth tone shades. I typically aim for a more natural look, so the long lasting colors worked well for me. The complexion balm wasn’t exactly a match for my skin tone, especially since I’m summer sun-kissed, so I passed it on to my niece. I’m a deep caramel and rich brown, so the darkest shade available, “tan,” wasn’t quite deep enough for me. However, I did like the texture of it when I tried. Even though it is a tad darker than what my niece normally wears, she loved it! The concealer was equally as smooth, but was also a shade or two lighter than my normal tint. This too, was passed onto my niece, and she absolutely adored it. She said that it was one of the best concealers that she’s ever used- and that’s a real complement coming from her. She is a makeup connoisseur. She models, dances and acts, so she takes her beauty items very seriously. I look forward to seeing the addition of some new tints and lipstick/gloss colors in the future, but all and all, my overall experience with Stowaway Cosmetics has been an extremely positive one!

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Raspberry Lipstick and Peony Cheek and Lip Rouge 

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Radiant Complexion Beauty Balm and Creaseless Concealer -both in “Tan”

Stowaway products are cruelty, paraben and phthalate -free, and are appropriately priced. From $8 for tinted lip glosses, to $22 for beauty balms, these items are a treat.

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Stowaway Cosmetics Packed inside my Tumi bag with room to spare

*I reviewed these sponsored products for Stowaway Cosmetics. This has in no way altered my opinion of them, and I have provided readers insight, as well as my true experience with the beauty items. 

 

 

 

Packing Tips: How To Pack The Right Way

How difficult is it to pack some trips? If you’re anything like me, then you may have to decide between travel companions. When an assignment comes in, I have the daunting task of selecting who will accompany me. No, I’m not talking about a person, but instead am referring to which of my lovely travel bags will have the pleasure. If it’s a short trip, then possibly my Vera Bradley backpack will do. However, if I have need additional items, then it may require my faithful (of over 20 yrs,) Ralph Lauren tote bag and small roller bag. Then there’s my trusty Genius Pack Entrepreneur laptop bag, my large roller bag…my denim duffle, and of course my many weekenders to choose from. Regardless of who makes the cut, it’s super important that I have room for all the essentials- for my journey. For packing tips, click here to review a great little visual guide to help you prepare, before your next trip. Happy packing and safe travels!!!

IMG_4971Short trip- leaving out of MCO Airport – Vera Bradley Backpack Weekend

Candacetravels’ Year In Review…

This is a republish from a December 2015 post! Remember to stay tuned for more epic adventures to come!!! The first destination for 2016 will roll out later this week.

Greetings fellow travelers and friends. As this year comes to a close, I am reminded of what a spectacular travel year it’s been! Together we reviewed some amazing (travel) products, as well as visited some of the most beautiful destinations around the globe (to learn more see the links below and this past year’s previous posts.) We looked at everything from best Lenovo laptops to take, for business and leisure travelers, to some of the tastiest gluten-free snacks to pack in our tote bags. It’s been one incredible journey and I’m so grateful to have taken it with all of you!

Now that our suitcases are all packed and ready to go (again,) thanks to our “Best Items to Pack: 2015 Suitcase Series,” it’s now time to review some new and exciting places to go. Stay tuned for Candacetravels’ epic, “2016 Global Travel Diary- Expedition.” Together we will uncover some  “must see” places around the world! You didn’t think we were just going to review all of those incredible products for our suitcases for nothing did you? Of course not! We’re rounding them all up again and preparing for our upcoming destinations. So…get ready… because we are about to embark upon the adventure of a lifetime!!! Our first stop in January will include a southwestern, USA favorite. No, I’m not giving it away today, so you’ll just have to come back to find out more next month! 🙂

A HUGE thank you goes out to all of you for your support this year. It’s been my honor to serve as your travel guide and leisure expert. Let’s make 2016 a year to remember!!! Happy New Year and Happy Travels!!!

Review some of our favorite products and destinations for 2015 below!

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Sint Maarten

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Cannes, France

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Rome, Italy

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Pisa, Italy

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Florence, Italy

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Palma de Mallorca, Spain

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Isle of Capri, Italy

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Norwegian EPIC

For more info on some of these destinations, you can read about my experience at the links below:

Basking in the Grandeur of the French Riviera

Solace by Sea on the Isle of Capri, Italy

The Majestic Splendor of St. Maarten

A Traveler’s Favorite Tech Companion: Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro, 2-in-1

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