I’ve been in Tulsa Oklahoma for the week; I figured Las Vegas in July wasn’t hot enough, I should come to Oklahoma, lol.
Just kidding, I am here for work; when you travel for work a lot, it’s easy to get get a bit jaded. I really try to take advantage of the opportunities given to me and I try to find something fun to do or see in each city I get to visit.
One of my coworkers mentioned that Tulsa was the center of the universe!! So how could I come to Tulsa and not make the effort to find the center of the universe landmark?? Seriously, it would be pretty dumb not to, right? BTW, I was with a few locals today and none of them had been, are they being dumb?? Frankly, yes, lol.
Now before I get comments about how the universe is infinite and how do they know that Tulsa is the center of it? Shhh!! Let’s just have a bit of fun and check it out.
It was a little hard to find; I would have thought that the center of the universe would merit some signage or a plaque? But there was nothing, just a brick circle in between West Archer St and North Boston Ave.
When we found it, we briefly thought we had been had; was this it?!
The location was a bit anticlimactic; but the freaky thing is not what it looks like, but what happens when you are there.
This spot is the site of an acoustic anomaly; what does that mean? It means that if you stand in the middle your voice sounds amplified to you, but muted to those standing outside the circle. And I swear to god, it true, it worked!! We took turns in the center and it was pretty freaky.
This odd sound abnormally has been studied with no clear consensus of what or how it works.
We stood in the middle and took videos to see if we could capture this freaky effect; above is my friend trying it out. In my video below, my voice does sound amplified.
Ok maybe you had to be there?? But it was freaky; we had a few laughs trying to figure out what the trick was, but we weren’t able to solve the mystery. And I am glad we didn’t, half the fun not knowing what the secret is?
Right beside this freak of nature is another Tulsa landmark, the Artificial Cloud, so look up.
Ok, I may have been a little too excited by this excursion? But man, we were inside all day and will be for the next few days; it was great to get some fresh air…ok it was more hot and humid than fresh! 😎
If anyone has anything else that we should see while here, please let me know. I am hoping to find some more free time to roam!
Here are a few of my favorite things that I am digging this summer; yes, I said digging, it’s cool again right?…no?? Please note, I am not getting paid by these companies, I bought these with my own hard earned money. But if anyone wants to give me free stuff, I am open to that!! Lol
1. TKEES flip flops
Living in the desert, I live in flip flops. I found these online and thought they were pretty. They come in a multitude of nude shades, which I love; I didn’t get a nude pair though, nope, I stuck with black, because that’s how I roll. But I did get a nude pair for my friend Staci for her birthday and I may get a second pair in nude for myself, because hers are so cute.
What makes these different is that you can get your initials printed on them. They print on one of the straps; it’s small, subtle, but super cute!
My mother and my grandmother collected crystal glasses and I have to admit, that I considered crystal to be old fashion. But then I went to a dinner party and my hostess had the nicest, none granny, crystal stemware. I went on a quest to find a modern, yet classic, crystal pattern that I would have forever.
Ok, the rest of the story is that she got hers when she got married and a lot of the ladies were like, oh I got some when I got married too, but never use mine; I need to take it out, bla, bla, bla. The voice inside my head while all this was going on was like; I don’t need to get married to have crystal, I can buy my own damn crystal!!! Something like that. Lol
I was referred to Nova Scotia Crystal, their crystal is hand blown and are works of art, and the fact they are a Maritime company is a bonus! For my American friends Canada has 3 provinces known as The Maritimes: New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.
I fell in love with their Luna pattern, because I love polka dots!
Since they are pricy, I have been getting two at a time every few months. I now have 6 of the Double Barrel Tumbler and they are soooo pretty. They are super heavy and even though they are hand blown crystal, they are not fragile, so I won’t be afraid to use them.
Pick your fav pattern and add them to your Christmas list and ask Santa to buy you a few! Next on my list will be 6 of these old school martini glasses.
I am not a huge self help book person. I actually bought this book for a friend, but started reading it and I am now keeping it. I may let her read it when I am done?…maybe? Lol.
The title caught my eye, but once I started reading, I really bought into his theory that we all have the power to change or make our lives different, we hold the power. And that the messages we tell ourselves daily help to create our reality.
I am almost done and I am really digging it! 😬. It’s an easy ready, bring it to the beach or to the lake.
4. Anything cacti!
These plates and paper straws from Target make me want to throw a BBQ. Anything cactus themed is all the rage this summer. And these were super inexpensive!
True story, I bought a cactus water color in Moncton, NB, Canada; got it framed, in Moncton, and lugged it cross continent to the desert in Las Vegas. I felt like they needed to be in the desert, lol. But I didn’t think it through completely, it would have been much easier had I brought the print with me and gotten it framed in Vegas. Oh well, live and learn! Check out the artist on insta: birch.house.lettering, she is super talented. Oh and it’s always cool to support local artists!
My cacti are similar to these, but way bigger!
5. Summer Robe
So this is what I do when I can’t sleep late at night? I shop for odd things. One night I convinced myself that I needed a fancy Asian vibe robe; I was actually looking at Asian silk pajamas, but settled on this. My white fluffy robe is just way to hot for the summer.
It’s really pretty and will last for a long time so it’s an investment…right?? Lol, actually it wasn’t that expensive. Google it on Amazon if interested.
My weekend plans are to slip into my new robe, read my book, while sipping lemonade through my paper cactus straw from my Luna pattern crystal glass that I paid for with my own damn money, because I am worth it!!!
What will you he doing? Whatever it is, have a fabulous time!!! I hope you enjoyed my fav things of the summer! Be sure to sign up so you don’t miss a post, because that would suck!
I have probably slept in more hotel rooms in the past 6 months than the average person will stay in the next 6 years, ouff it’s been a lot! I am writing this post from one now; fun fact, I can’t wait to be back in my own bed in Vegas!
I am lucky that I get to stay in nice hotels in “safe” areas. But I do watch a lot of Dateline so I am naturally always on high alert when on the road, especially when I am traveling solo. My main goal in life is to not end up on an episode of Dateline; I am weird, I am aware.
On this trip I was shocked when I was told that the hotel I am currently in, which is a really nice hotel, had a horrible incident a few weeks ago. The hotel is attached to a mall and a pharmacy. Long story short, a woman was robbed and beaten to a pulp in the elevator leading to the pharmacy!! I have used that elevator on previous trips! It really isn’t a shady area. I guess it serves as a reminder that shady people can be in none shady areas.
Here are my personal safety tips that I am more than happy to share with you!!
Hotel door check
Where you aware that people walk the halls in hotels checking doors to see if they can find one that isn’t complete shut? This has been a huge issue recently in Las Vegas.
Have you been in a newer hotel and noticed that the doors slam shut by themselves? If your door isn’t completely shut it will open if someone simply pushes on it. Some older hotels may not have this feature?
When leaving or entering my hotel room, I close the door shut myself and then pull on the handle to make sure it’s shut. Your door needs to click so it can’t be pushed open.
Not to freak you out, but this is a thing. People have been robbed while in their rooms; while they slept! Being in your room is apparently not a deterrent, that was the shocking part to me; and in one instance, here in Vegas, a couple was robbed then killed. If it’s happened here, it can happen anywhere!
If you see someone who seems to be loitering in the halls, call the front desk!!
Ok, this one may boarder on paranoia? But I am standing by it!!
I am fully aware that peep holes theoretically help keep you safe, because they let you see who is at the door without opening it. But I have always been a bit weary of them. I’ve always wondered if people would be able to peep in? Then I heard the story of a woman sports caster who was filmed while she was in her hotel room, minding her own damn business! Her peep hole was tampered with.
Now will your peep hole be tampered with? Probably not, but do I feel safer with a post it note over mine? Hell yes!
I travel with a few office supplies in my laptop case; one day I put a post it note over my peep hole and it stuck….get it? Lol, so now that’s what I do, it makes me feel better; so crazy or not, I do it.
This picture below is my worst nightmare, hence my post it notes obsession.
This is my new fav safety feature. Have you ever checked into your room and notice that you’re in an adjoining room? It’s super creepy and it makes me feel unsafe that the only thing between me and a potential psycho killer is one door lock; they don’t even come with a door chain.
I have always thought that the chain and metal thingy on the inside of your hotel door would keep the bad guys out. But after doing a bit of research I have discovered that if someone really wants to get in, it’s not that difficult; these won’t keep them out.
But there is something that will help reinforce your door, all your doors, not just hotel doors. What is this magical high tech safety tool? It’s a cheap rubber door stop!! I just bought four for $9. I am adding 2 to my suitcase for when I travel and spoiler alert, I will be giving these to all my travel friends this Christmas as stocking stuffers.
Is this overkill for US and Canadian travel? Maybe, but remember, better paranoid than dead!
Valuables in your room
The previous three tips were to keep people out of your hotel room, but what about the people who are able to get in your room?
In all of my travels, I have only had one incident where something was “removed” from my room by the hotel staff. I accidentally left lose cash in my jeans pocket and just like that, pouff, $80 was gone.
We know not to leave money or jewelry laying around, but you may be leaving something more valuable in your room unattended? What’s more valuable or just as valuable as cash? Your medication!
One of my friends recently shared that she ran out of her medication way before the end of the month. She suspects that the cleaning staff may have taken some of her medication while she was traveling? If you think about it, it’s super easy to do; who among us keeps a daily count of the number of pills left in their bottle? It would be so easy to take some, but not all, without being missed right away.
Do not disturb
I am not very worried about hotel staff being in my room, I like having my bed made for me! I do make sure anything valuable is in my purse and not left in my room.
But I do have coworkers that I travel with who, once checked in, put the do not disturb sign on their door knob and turn on the TV when they leave their rooms. Some will keep the do not disturb sign out for their entire stay. They just don’t want strangers in their room alone with their belongings and that is a perfectly valid feeling; so remember that is an option for you on your next hotel stay.
You can even call housekeeping and let them know that you won’t require your room cleaned during your stay. If you run out of clean towels, they can deliver to your room while you are there; please tip if you ask anyone to bring anything to your room, it’s only fair.
I am a big valet park fan, is it because I am a bit of a diva? Partly, but the main reason is that I refuse to park and walk alone in a parking lot or garage in a strange city.
And if a hotel doesn’t have valet park, don’t be shy to ask hotel security to walk you to and from your car. This winter I was in Moncton, at downtown hotel, that didn’t have valet parking. Their main lot is well lit and close to the main hotel door, but their overflow parking is a building away; it was dark and shady. I actually drove back to the front desk, from the overflow lot, and asked if someone could walk out to meet me; they were more than happy to oblige. Please know that this is an option, hotels want you to have a great experience on their property, they will assist if asked.
When I was younger and a bit more timid, I would put myself in situations that didn’t always feel safe, but with age comes a “fuck that shit” attitude!! If it feels iffy, don’t do it!
My final hint is to befriend the hotel staff. I make friends with the concierge, in addition to getting great recommendations on where to eat and where to go, they can also keep tabs on you. They are usually stationed by the front entrance of the hotel, say hi to them as you come and go and remember their name.
On my last trip to New Orleans we made friends with our concierge, every evening he knew where we were planning on going.
I also always ask the front desk staff if it’s safe to walk around the hotel at night? A few times, they have flat out told me that it wasn’t safe. I once asked for directions to an outlet mall via the train; the front desk staff told me in no uncertain terms, that I was not to take the train alone! If someone tells you that, listen, they know their city better than you do.
If you are afraid or nervous about anything, talk to the front desk staff; learn their names, tell them, hey I am alone, can you have someone walk me to my car? Tell them where you are going and when you expect to be back. A side effect of being friendly is they will remember you on your next visit and may even upgrade you! Friendliness is always in fashion. If finally again, you see something that makes you feel uneasy, tell someone, because it’s better to be paranoid than dead!
Those are my safety tips, do you have any to share that I haven’t listed?
For this post I am taking it all off and going nude! Yup! You heard me, I am going to try a nude lip for a week! Oh and I have a special challenge at the end of this post, so keep reading.
I love this nude look on others, but I’ve been hesitant to try it, because bright lips are sort of my thing; and to be honest I didn’t think I could pull off a nude lip? Then I thought, man I bet this is how some of my friends feel when I try to get them to try a red lip? So I am going to be brave and try it for a week.
I went to M.A.C. in the Providence Mall for my lip make under. I got a satin lipstick called Faux, number 808 and a lipglass called Candy Box, number 330. I love M.A.C.’s lipglass, but it’s the first time I get one that isn’t tinted red or hot pink. Who knew they made clear version??
I am not going to lie, this is out of my comfort zone, it makes me feel naked, but I guess that’s the point.
The bottom right lip is natural, bottom left is with the lipstick and the top is with the lipstick and lipglass.
My first thought was why bother wearing lipstick if you can’t see it?? But in the spirit of trying new things, I applied it and off I went.
I will say that I don’t love the color of the lipstick without the lipglass. And wonder why I need to buy a nude lipstick and gloss, why not just wear the gloss?? I may need to adjust my attitude and embrace this challenge…blah!
So here I am ready to start my day. I must say that a brighter lip does make me feel more powerful. I don’t hate this look for day, but I am feeling very vanilla.
So after day three, I think I am getting used to it? One good thing is that when it wears off you don’t get that dried up look, it maybe growing on me?…maybe??
Soooo the picture above is day 4; in order to compensate for the natural lip, I may have amped up my blush and eyeliner a bit…oh and my brows too, lol.
So in order to go nude I am actually wearing more makeup than I normally wear; who knew that looking natural would be more work?
Final verdict, I did get used to it, so I will keep wearing it…for daytime. I have been working out of our Rhode Island office this week with people I don’t really know. I will take my lip make under back to Vegas and see what my peeps think.
I do feel it’s a more modern look and I think I rocked it? Lol. It’s good to have options. Which do you prefer? Nude or bold??
In the spirit of new things, I am going to do something else that I have never done before. I am going to challenge three of my friends to try something new. Kelley M and Staci B, I am challenging you to wear a red lip for 3 days! And if you do, I will make a donation to a woman’s shelter on your behalf!!
I am also challenging my bff back in Canada, Guylaine, to go nude. She’s my lipstick twin, we have similar coloring so we wear the same shades. She’s a fan of a red lip, so challenging her to tone it down for 3 days and to report back.
I suspect that Kelley and Staci will have a harder time adjusting than Guylaine? But let’s see how they make out!!!
One of my passions is decorating; if I wasn’t an events planner, I would definitely be an interior decorator!
A few years ago I redecorated my dad’s TV room. I found an old dresser and painted it for his paperwork and stuff. I re-arranged the pictures my mom had in this room and even though it wasn’t completely my style, it was a nice room; apparently when you decorate other peoples rooms, it’s not all about you?? For instance, if it was my room, I wouldn’t have hung a large black and white picture of my brother and I circa 1987, lol.
When I moved away, my parents bought me a single bed for when I visited; so this room became a TV room/guest bedroom. That black and white picture of my bro and I hung over my single bed; I am not going to lie, it was a bit unsettling waking up to that every day.
Then my dad got sick and as his illness progressed, we added more and more medical stuff to this room. Soooo…this is getting a bit dark, but please stay with me; let’s just say that by the time he passed this room didn’t feel warm and inviting.
I decided that I needed a project and staying busy and doing something that I loved would be a great distraction. I was going to convert this room into a bedroom that felt like a posh hotel room for when I visited. And if there’s something that I know a lot about, it’s the inside of hotel rooms.
Ok so these before pictures are bad. It looks like a tornado blew through it and to be honest that’s exactly what happened by the time everything was said and done.
The first thing I did was to move the single bed, it was in the corner next to my dad’s chair, and I had my brother mount the TV on the wall. As you can see by the mess, it was less than functional. There was no room for me to unpack when I was in town, so I lived out of my suitcase, which, when open, took up half the room. The renovated room will have room for all my stuff!!
I needed inspiration and I found it! This is the vibe I am hoping to channel. I bet you are shocked, by this PINK headboard?? Lol, fun fact, my place in Vegas really doesn’t have any pink…well maybe a pillow or two? So this is a great place to pink it up!!
I love this color pallet and I think that although the key focal point is a deep pink, it’s still feels very sophisticated..right?
Now let’s be mindful that I don’t live here and that this makeover was done on a budget.
To get started I went to the local Moncton fabric store and omg!! I found the absolute perfect hot pink fabric! I hired my brother and sister in law to make the headboard. As I left town, I told them to please have it done by the time I rolled back into town; yup, I am a bit bossy, it’s part of my charm.
In Vegas, I bought a white duvet cover and gray curtains and lugged them cross continent on my next trip back.
My next find was awesome! I decided that I needed a big picture, like, big, big! I have about 6’ between the dresser, mounted TV and the closet. I wanted something oversized for that spot. I thought it would take me forever to find it, but my very next trip to Homesense I found it. I instantly knew this was it!!!
It has some pink, yellow, red, orange and green. I loovvvve it! You can’t appreciate this size in this pic, you will further down.
My view on finding art for your space is that it takes time, travel and patience; what I mean is that you can’t go to a store and buy art for all your walls in one shot. You have to find things that speak to you. I got lucky with this piece, but I will have a few blank spots in my room until I find the right pieces for the rest of the room.
My next cool find was a light fixture, it looks like a birds nest, which is fitting since my parents live on the third floor and have a view of the tree filled courtyard. It kinda feels like they live in a three house lol.
This was a steal of a deal at $49!! It looks even prettier at night when lit. Sometimes you need to give weird looking things a chance, lol. I am sure that some saw this in the store and though…nah! But, I knew that it would be pretty.
I bought a few small baskets and accessories, everything else was here already.
So it will be a bit of a work in progress, which is fine; again take your time to find pieces you love, don’t just rush and get stuff to fill spaces, love them! Oh and everything doesn’t need to be brand new. My dresser and side table were second hand finds.
So here is what I have so far!
This was the back of the door, which was wastes space. My mom had her TV trays tucked behind the door; yes she still uses TV trays! Lol, she also had a folding chair and I had some of my crap.
I decided to make this area into a makeup/hair area. My mom had the mirror in another room, I moved it; she thought I was nuts when I hung it behind the door, lol. I found a glass top console that fit perfectly and baskets for my makeup and stuff. It’s also a great place to line up my shoes. This small nook originally had no purpose, now it does.
My dad had the TV on a stand on another little desk, I got rid of that and moved the dresser, it was originally on the opposite wall.
We tidied up the TV cables…ok, by we, I mean, not me, lol, but I did add a few cute accessories. I love the gray basket with the white pompons, I got two at HomeSense.
So here is my headboard; I took these pictures at night, my brother and I hung it the night before I had to leave town, so it was a bit of a rush. The color is a pinkish cranberry, I know cranberries are red, but imagine them pink and that’s the color in the natural light.
Ok, I am adding the picture below because it shows it’s pinkishness in all its glory!!
I had bought huge white Euro Shams for the bed, but once I got them in the room, they didn’t work, so they went back. I will shop some sales back in Vegas for the perfect shams and accent pillows; I would love to find something in a darker gray linen.
The pictures below show the size of my colorful flower picture, it’s huge! Now is the scale too big for the room? Some would say yes, but I would say, no!
It makes me happy and it’s my room…so there; rules are made to be broken or bent just a little. If you like something and it makes you happy, that’s all that matters.
I need to find something for the space to the right of dresser and TV. I did see a beautiful lamp, but I hesitated and it was gone by the time I decided that it would be perfect. But I will find something fabulous, it may just take a bit of time.
I also need a bright pillow for my chair, again that will come.
Sooooo I got to sleep in my finished Moncton bedroom for exactly one night before I had to fly out again. But I’ll be back!
So what do you think? What’s your favorite new thing??
Thanks for reading! I know my blog topics are all over the map.
I am so excited that I get to spend Canada Day in Canada this July 1st!!
Living in the US for the past three years, I have noticed a few things that make Canadians…well Canadian, eh! Here are my top 20 Canadian things that make us awesome!!
You know you’re Canadian when…
Sorry, but we do say sorry a lot…actually, not sorry…sorry! Lol
A tuque is way, way cooler than a beanie!! Sorry.
We know what a chesterfield is…look it up.
We know what a keener is.
We can say Regina without giggling
We don’t get why Newfoundland is so hard for Americans to pronounce properly?
We drank Homo milk from a bag when we were kids. Did your grandmothers rinse and use them as sandwich bags too?…anyone??
Anytime anyone says New Orleans, we automatically sing in our heads: is sinking man and I Don’t Wanna Swim…Swim!! Ok, I sing it out loud and when I do my American friends wonder what the hell is wrong with me. Especially when I yell out the last …Swim!!
When we get our drivers license our dads teach us how to use booster cables and every Canadian dad has a set in his trunk, don’t believe me? Go check!
When your buddy says he is going to pick up a two – four, you know exactly what that is.
The May two – four weekend is a big deal! It may actually be the most Canadian weekend of the year?
Car!! Every Canadian reading this has just had a flashback to their childhood, no need to explain what it means. Lol
No one in Canada says ice hockey or ice skating, the ice part is a given!!
We all know that the scariest creatures in the wild are, Canadian Geese, those mother’s are assholes!
It’s hard to buy into Drake’s hood image because we grew up watching him on Degrassi High.
Every Halloween you fought with your mom because she wanted you to wear your skidoo suit over your costume…she always won.
We know what a skidoo suit is.
We think Mr Dress Up was way cooler than Mr Rogers! And a giant who hung out with a chicken and giraffe seemed perfectly plausible. Look up…waayyy up.
The I Am Canadian commercial gave you chills the first time you saw it…ok it still does.
In the US, everyone has someone in their family who “served” their country. In Canada everyone has a Mountie in their family. It’s usually a cousin; I’ve had three!!
Did I miss anything on my list? Can you relate to all of these?
I hope you have an awesome long weekend!! And happy July 4th to our neighbors to the south.
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Welcome to my very first fashion post! I am by no means a super fashionista, but I am an excellent observer. One of the trends that I’ve been noticing lately is the return of neon.
I am old enough to remember when neon first hit the streets and oh how I wish I had photos of my awesome 80’s neon outfits and accessories!!!
I was at a Jennifer Lopez concert Saturday night and one of her many costume changes was a neon bodysuit and I loved it! Obviously, I am no JLo and couldn’t pull off a neon green bodysuit, but it got me thinking that maybe I should embrace this trend…again?
Ok let’s be real, not only can I not pull off the neon bodysuit, I couldn’t pull off this head to toe neon yellow suit either!! And no offense, but I don’t think many of you could either, lol, sorry. But I think the point is to show us an over the top trend and then we can figure out how to wear it in real life.
I could pull off a bright shoe, like the one below, and you can too!! Here are a few options if you want to jump on the neon bandwagon with me.
I love these shoes, I am on the hunt for a similar pair. I think a lot of people may be a bit scared of this color? You may be thinking, what the hell could you pair them with? You can actually pair them with lots! I would dare to say that they would go with almost everything. Think about it; navy, yes, gray, yes, black, yup, white, yes, jeans…YAS!
I follow Kelly Henderson’s blog, Velvets Edge, these shoes were part of her fav things of the week a few weeks ago (www.velvetsedge.com). Doesn’t this color look super chic and fresh?
After my night with JLo, I re-examined my closet to see if I was already following this trend without know it; and turns out I was!
I found this pair of Stella and Dot earrings that I have had for years and still wear.
Sooo my closet isn’t exactly colorful; it’s packed full of black and gray, I throw these earrings on to add a bit of color to my OOTD; which is outfit of the day, apparently that’s a big thing on social media, in case you didn’t know? Honestly, I had to google it the first time I saw it, lol.
I also just bought this bathing suit and it is perfectly on trend, yay me! Fun fact, I can look at a bathing suit and know if it is going to be flattering without trying it on. I do it all the time, mmm…maybe I should do a bathing suit post?? Sorry, I am getting off topic. Would you have thought that neon yellow and army/khaki green would go together? Neither did I, but they do!
Here’s a great way to wear this trend in real life. I snapped this pic in the Las Vegas airport; this stylish lady was on my flight to Edmonton. She was rocking her acid yellow jeans! Her shoes were super cute too. I snapped her pic on the down low, so I am hiding her face.
Well I almost made it all the way to the end without posting anything pink! I bet you were worried?? Fear not! A bright pink hoop or lip is an inexpensive and easy way to brighten things up.
I also love this neon green eye on Kylie Jenner, I am going to give it a try this weekend. I will let you know if it looked cool or ridiculous, it will be one or the other lol. I will post pics on my Instagram if you want to see: oui-liette
Thank you so much for reading my first Fashion Friday. Let me know what you think? If you are into it I will do more.
And finally is this a trend that you can see yourself trying?? Yes, no…maybe??