More Life: Travel & Adventure Show 2019

One of my favorite times of the year has passed and that is Travel Show time! yay! Last year I had so much fun and learned a whole lot about  travel plans, destinations and travel tips and this year I learned even more!

I got to meet Angel from Angel’s Travel Lounge    who I talked to about my over packers syndrome here!  There he gave more great tips on packing, travel tech and how to make the most of your trips!

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Learning about the different parts and sights of Africa!

This year a couple places caught my eye! Palm Springs California stood out to me because of the beauty and Arizona also stood out as well!

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Angel and I 

If you’ve never been to to a Travel & Adventure Show please check it out in your city! Here is the schedule for the rest of the year! If you plan on going to the show, let me know!

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Some Amazing Goat cheese and Jam from Arizona!
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My mom asking a few questions to Angel after his seminar!
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Enjoyed learning about Guatemala and the exciting culture!
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Along with the Camel this is my favorite interactive part of the show, A live Scuba tank, where you can learn on the spot! Go Dive!

I’m so excited to budget in my travel this year and looking forward to exploring more travel destination  and going to this show helped me plan it out!

Are you setting aside a budget and time to travel this year? If so where?

XOXO,Arella 

 

Wanderlust:Travel &Adventure Show

The Travel and Adventure show stopped in Chicago on February 10-11!

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The schedule of speakers for the day! I

 I got a chance to check it out and see what new and exciting places I can travel to next!

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It seems I am more prone to the Caribbean islands. (I just want sun and great weather!)

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I have a lot to read about St.Croix before I go!
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I wrote a postcard to the place I would love to go and the company G4 Adventure will pick a winner to win that trip! So cool.
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Spending time with my boy Abe Lincoln who represented the Springfield Tourism,visit Springfield! Fun Fact: I used to love going to the IL state fair as a teen!
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I got a chance to meet Samantha Brown, who spoke on her new show Places to Love that is now on PBS!
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My mom also got a chance to enter to win as well!

Places I learned more about and would like to visit that were present at the Travel Show:

Turks &Cacios

Guatemala

Bali

Exuma

St.Croix

If you are in need of a new place to travel and/or need information on each area you should  FOR SURE visit the Travel and Adventure show when it comes to your city!

 

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Need to Learn how to scuba dive? No problem on-site scuba diving is all you need!

Our show also featured camel rides and scuba diving! (You can see the camels on my IG:@yourfavefashionblogger

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This cool Camper I toured puts all other ways to travel to shame!

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Tell me where you want to go this year?

For all  details: Travel Show

Rest, Recharge

I visited Riveria Maya, Mexico from November 30th-December 4th, and it was amazing!  The service we received from the Resort, Travel agent, Excursion agents were all top notch as well! Completely pleased!

 

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Birthday set-up by Hotel!

 

My friends and I stayed at the Royalton Resort which is an all-inclusive resort which made things so relaxing because you didn’t have to worry about spending any money unless you wanted too. My roommate and I (My cousin Aleshia) had a double bedroom with a full-sized Tub in the room with a double head shower and balcony. The room was beautiful.

What I Wore:

 

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I was so happy how this looked came out! 

 

Dress/Duster: Akira (Sold Out)

Shoes: Old Zara 

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My casual look.

Bodysuit/Swimsuit:AMI

Shorts:Fashion Nova

Slides:Sugar BrandSugar Brand

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Skirt: Asos (Old)

Shoes: Fashion Nova

Top: Discovery Clothing Company (like 5 years old)

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Custom Coverup: Sana Fatema (contact me for orders)

Everything at the Royalton was great, we had a few issues with our room but they handled it very well and ended upgrading my friend’s room to a rooftop room! Which was so beautiful at night! Our travel agent was amazing in all the surprises she pulled out with my cake and the whole restaurant sang Happy Birthday! What a great way to spend my 30th year of life. Thank you to my amazing friends, Mom and Travel agent for making all my dreams a reality!

Resort: Royalton

Travel agent: Jovan BrooksJovan Brooks

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The beautiful view of our hotel pool area.
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Enjoying the Ruins of Riveria, Maya.
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I just want to travel forever.

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Looking through all these pictures makes me want to TRAVEL, like now! What places did you go this year and where are you going next?

XOXO, Arella

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Learn & Grow

One of my goals for myself and Sweetheartswan was to learn more about blogging, business, and branding! So I looked up conferences that were closest to me in Chicago and stumbled upon The Fashion &Beauty Summit by Posh and Popular!

The summit was located in Detroit, MI which as you all know I just visited in April and to my surprise I had fun. So it’s safe to say I was excited to go back and explore a little bit more. I flew into Detroit on Friday, and the summit took place all day Saturday.

Of course, I ate good (Despite being on a diet plan) I still managed to keep up with my exercise routine while away.

I also got to explore the city a lot more than my last trip.  Of course, I headed back to the place I loved dinner at last time, Central Kitchen+Bar. This time I had the Caesar salad with salmon…..AMAZING! Let’s get into this hotel!! I stayed at the  Greektown hotel, and it was such a fantastic stay. I had the fitness room to myself (I mean who really works out on a mini vaca?)  quiet floor and it was steps from dining and nightlife. Not to mention beautiful decor. Highly recommended.

I got a chance to visit the Charles H.Wright Museum and it was everything, you all know I love enriching cultural experiences. I wanted to go to Kuzzo’s for breakfast the last time I visited but wasn’t able too so I was so excited to go and I was not disappointed. (I couldn’t get the red velvet waffles like I wanted but I still enjoyed my meal )thumbnail (2)

The summit was excellent! SO many fashion savvy,business-minded women who either own businesses or want to and I learned SO MUCH.

I heard sessions with Ebony Swank, who talked about using what you have to start your business! Nichole Lynel discussed her rise to fame and success and how it all was taken away because the situation wasn’t right for HER. I also got the chance to meet  Lyndsay Green who literally created her own brand and outlet for the beauty industry around the world through beauty atlasRonne Brown discussed how she turned teen motherhood into a learning and growing experience that fueled her entrepreneur spirit and her millionaire status.

Also, I was also inspired by the creator of this whole event and blog Posh and Popular, Kim Dobine and her story about why she created the posh and popular brand and what she wanted to accomplish with it and how God helped her achieve it!

(Shoutout to God)

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Kim and I!

MAJOR TAKEAWAYS:

Trust your Journey

Listen to God

Take that risk and think smart

Overall great trip but an amazing day of learning, networking, and fashion and I’m blessed I was able to attend and will for sure be using everything I learned to further SweetHeartSwan, the brand.

Fashion Note: the dress I wore to the summit is a dress from Zara (Comfy, Comfy and comes in Black!) and shoes from Zara as well!

Have you been to Detroit? Tell me your fave places?

XOXO, Arella

Reset, Relax

In May, I had the opportunity to travel to Puerto Rico for my best friends 30th Birthday Trip! It was a great trip, and PR has such beautiful scenery food and culture!

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Group Picture! My Bestie is in the middle!

 

The Hotel we stayed at was fantastic. The rooms were clean and modern, and the view was breathtaking, the hotel staff was also so accommodating. (We changed rooms three times until we got a look we liked) Shoutout to the San Juan Marriott for the great stay and amicable staff!

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View from the Hotel!

I’ve decided that   PR was my newest obsession! The spices and flavor of all the food we had were very pleasing to my foodie taste buds.

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Monfongo and Veggies!

We also went to a cafe with a Chicago connection! It was called the Blessed cafe, and the owner’s son used to live in Chicago. His Mom was back in the kitchen cooking up the food. I had a tilapia sandwich which was surprisingly very good!

Overall I would come back to PR, especially since it’s only four hours on the plane! Grateful that I was able to even go on this trip! Such beauty.

Have you been? What are your favorite spots in PR?

 

XOXO, Arella