Christmas may be around the corner, but some of us are still enjoying Fall and fall colors, while it lasts…:-)
If you’re looking for a quick and easy Fall tablescape idea to elevate your dining experience at home, look no further; this simple yet elegant Fall table setting will help you create a nice and affordable table décor for you, and your guests especially if you are hosting a thanksgiving dinner this year.
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I’ve heard a few states in the Midwest got their first flurries… some, like my lovely Minnne-snow-ta, got quite a bit more than just flurries! As we speak, most roofs all look the same 😊 matching the crisp white color that covers what used to be, just a couple days ago, green grass sprinkled with yellow and light brown leaves! Yeah, it’s safe to say Fall is in full effect!
Now that I’ve got over the shock of seeing snow plowers all over the city, trying to get to areas where cars are devilishly spinning their tires in the hope of getting unstuck from this thick white snow, I would like to share a great experience I had over my birthday weekend. – Yes it’s still my birthday day month, and I get to talk about it one more time. 🙂
A couple weekends ago, I got the opportunity to partner up with Intercontinental Hotel – Airport, here in the Twin Cities. This partnership couldn’t have come at a more perfect time! Covid, putting a screeching halt to any plans of “big” birthday party, got us leaning toward going on a birthday trip with the family instead. About a week prior to our trip, the destination city recorded some spikes in their Covid cases, which forced us, for the sake of safety, to cancel our trip… No worries, it’s not all bad.
My wonderful hubby, in complicity with his partners in crime, A.K.A. my daughters decided to take things into their own hands and give me the best bday staycation weekend I’ve ever had! The partnership with Intercontinental Hotel – Minneapolis Airport allowed me the weekend stay Friday to Sunday accommodating us with a executive suite for hubs and I with an adjoining junior suite for the girls… Yeah, the bday weekend was looking better already! 😉
With still some collaboration work to be turned in and hubby also needing to get some work done before the d-day, we both got to experience the new WFH: Working From Hotel! The girls, in their own room, with allocated room service, a big screen TV with hundreds of channels… and, most importantly, their phones and iPads, were busy enough right next door to allow us to get some work done!
With a spacious desk at which hubby was quick to set up shop (shotgun style 😂) and a huge sectional sofa where I was more than happy to relax and plug away at my work, the accommodation was more than perfect for Work From Hotel!
That part of the weekend concluded early in the evening and we got to join the girls to take in the spectacular view right from our suite. We also enjoyed planes taking off and landing for – I would say – about an hour or so. Believe it or not, it was quite fascinating to see hundreds of planes taking off and landing in an almost robotic fashion. Of course, we were quick to turn the whole thing into a game as we tried to guess how many people were aboard, where they were going and/or coming from… 😂Yeah, that’s my family!
😅Some in-room massage was ordered in for yours truly – compliments of hubby – followed by room service dinner.
I would like to mention here that Intercontinental Hotel has 3 awesome locations here in the Twin Cities. One of my reasons for partnering up with them is the tremendous role they play in raising awareness for breast cancer. And we all know – especially you, ladies – that we cannot close the month of October without focusing one more time on this serious affliction that lures over us all! – Yeah, this is a subject that, as a woman, particularly hits close to the heart… ok, let’s go back to the bday weekend. –
Then comes Saturday, my birthday. Hubby and the girls woke up super early, and very quietly, lightly decorated our suite and arranged the many gifts and balloons they got for me, and waited for me to wake up.
I will spare you the details of how eventful my special day was, as this post is to emphasis on my stay at the Intercontinental Hotel – Airport. For my birthday dinner we got to experience the French-inspired cuisine of the hotel restaurant… drumroll… La Voya!
The ambiance of the place was very relaxing and quite inviting. Their staff, very welcoming and pleasant… yes, we could see those smiles through their face covering! They were quick and very helpful in recommending beverages for us the adults and meals for the girls. Dinner was to die for and their tiramisu, OMG!
The Hotel is definitely on our repeat list for staycations or friends and family coming in town. I love the fact that they put in place many precautionary measures for Covid-19. It was a safe stay and an awesome experience altogether, but don’t take my word for it. Why don’t you come find out for yourself?
My Minneapolis friends, want to get away without going away? Out of towners, want the only thing separating your Hotel from the airport to be a skyway? There you have it: Intercontinental Hotel Minneapolis – Airport! 😉
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I hope you’re having an amazing day. It’s really starting to feel like autumn in my corner of the hood, so don’t get it twisted. Lol. I’m not out here showing my back and leaving my arms out on those Minnesota Streets. So, if you see me sharing outfits like this one, know that they had been shot before fall has come into full effect. Just about last week, the weather has been fairly nice, and we couldn’t complain, for some of us love fall and all the great things that come with it.
This beautiful electric blue sexy back was part of my birthday outfits shoot. I wanted a beautiful dress that was elegant yet sexy and not overpowering; and this definitely fits the description… at least in my book.
Blue is one of my favorite colors; and this electric blue against the premium hand-beaded beads and Swarovski details is so divine! And the cape? Gorgeous! Truth be told, I wasn’t going to wear this dress for my shoot. I have gained a few pounds and I thought the dress could fit better, but you know what, I went for it anyways. Sometimes, I have to remember to stop being my worst critic and let that to the world. I wish I had more and better shots, but I’m in love with the dress and also with the few shots that have turned good.
The behind the scenes wasn’t so glamorous, to say the least (but isn’t it usually the case?). I had two huge numeric balloons in my hands, fighting against the wind and the rain among other things, trying to make every pose looks perfect; but clearly perfection is overrated, isn’t it?!
what do you think of this look! Share your thoughts with me.
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As promised, I’m back on the blog this week to share one of the outfits I wore during my recent trip to Las Vegas with you guys. If you haven’t seen the recap about the trip (and a little insight about our wedding anniversary), you can check out the post HERE.
Before I get into the outfit of the day, allow me to share these words with you today:
“Do whatever makes you happy because the days aren’t coming back.”
A lot of folks are so focused on what people are saying that they miss out on things that could make them happy. If you are one of those people, I’m encouraging you today to live your life unapologetically, and to do what makes you happy. We are not getting any younger and, as cliche as this may sound, life is short, so do you and be you, friend!
This red and white checkered dress has gotten me a lot of attention and compliments, when I wore it around the Wynn and Encore resort for a little shopping at the Wynn Plaza Shops. The dress is very bright, stylish yet comfortable; plus it has pockets. Who doesn’t love that!? 🙂
I kept my accessories to a minimum, as I feel like this roomy and comfortable dress needed to be in competition on its own. However I have to say that these bold and cute Zara earrings are a close second. I couldn’t have passed them out when I saw them on the Zara site a couple of months ago. I mean, you probably know by now that I adore unique statement pieces, and this outfit is a whole mood in my book. Would you wear it?
Shop my look below.
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As always, thank you for stopping by, and have a great start to the new week.
If you are a regular on my blog, it’s no secret to you now that hubby and I have celebrated our wedding anniversary about a couple of weeks ago. It was August 6th precisely, and to inquiring minds, this year make our 9 years anniversary in the holy matrimony and 19 years as a married couple in the supreme court. Yeah, I know it sounds too complicated for some of you all, but where I am from, it’s pretty common to be legally married a few months or years before tying the knot in church before God and men. I will spare you the details here. 🙂
Anyways, back to the main purpose of this post, which is sharing a little bit of our wedding anniversary escape with you lovelies. We’ve planned about a year ago to travel to Mexico for our anniversary; and then life happened and Covid-19 became a thing. A serious one! So a few months into the pandemic, we’ve decided to cancel our trip due to the obvious safety reasons. I’m sure a lot of you have or are experiencing this. However with things getting somehow better, we put our traveling plan back on the table, only this time, we decided to make it closer to home, and a family trip. Hence, Las Vegas!
Hubby and I have been to Vegas a couple of times in our college years (wink wink) but we thought it would be a good idea to make it a family trip, so the girls can also discover the so-talked-about city of Vegas. We’ve Stayed at the Wynn Hotel and we couldn’t have made a better choice for this trip. The Wynn and Encore resort is a beautiful place which pretty much kept us busy during our stay.
From the amazing restaurants to the designers stores, the seven bars and lounges, to the three shopping esplanades, five pools, two salons, two spas, the golf course… Even though a few entertaining places are currently closed because of the pandemic, we still had a lot of fun touring and enjoying the resort, spending much needed relaxing time at the spa and in the pool, visiting some of the stores, and just enjoying the beautiful scenery and the food.
Some of the restaurants we ate at were Tableau at the Wynn, Allegro (an Italian restaurant), Buffet at the Wynn… The food everywhere was delicious specifically themed; and the atmosphere was just gorgeous and pleasant.
However, I have to say the Costa Di Mare, where we had our wedding anniversary dinner, was the best of all! Renowned for its seafood flown in daily from coasts of Italy and the European’s waters, the 5-star restaurant serves regional specialties overlooking its romantic lagoon. Ah-mazing! It was a great fine dining experience with scrumptious meals and amazing views. I will definitely eat there again!
We also get to tour the strip with the girls (Hello hot weather!!!) and one of their favorite places to have been was the Mme Tussauds Museum! If you are not familiar with this museum, it’s a major tourist attraction displaying the waxworks of famous and historical figures, as well as popular film and television characters and famous actors. There are a few of the Mme Tussauds museums around the states and the world.
They also had a great time experiencing indoor skydiving for the first time, visiting the venetian resort. The one thing that was very important to us when deciding to take this trip is the safety and prevention measures about Covid-19. I’m pleased to share that our experience from the airport/flights to the hotel we stayed at and the places we visited were all into consideration and well-being of the people. The Wynn and Encore resort had a mandatory face mask policy during our stay, and it was very well supervised to enforce this rule! We could barely take off our masks for pictures purposes, and you know, for me, it was quite a bit of a struggle, but again it’s for the best of us all and I couldn’t complain. I did manage to take a few pictures to the best of my abilities, and protection of myself and others, so stay tuned as I will be sharing all these #ootd with you guys in upcoming posts.
Our tower suite was equipped with sanitary essentials in case you needed them, and in every corner of the resort, sanitizer stations were displayed for all guests and employees’ needs. We have been impressed by the precautionary measures, to say the least, but again we live in an uncertain and trying period and I invite everyone to make any trip’s decision at their own risk and consideration.
In conclusion, Vegas was fun, and we had a great time celebrating our anniversary away from our busyness. Coming back home was dreading, especially for the kids, but hey, there’s a reason why it’s called a “vacation” isn’t it?! So here’s my little recap and I hope it was worth your time and I hope you enjoy the pictures. Please leave your thoughts and comments for me below. 🙂