I recently visited Palm Desert, California. It was a relaxing and enjoyable time with one of my favorite travel companions of all time! The road trip up and around the area was so beautiful that I stopped so often along the road to admire the views and take photos!
STYLE TIP: When exploring desert roads, wear light colors to say cool and keep a scarf handy in case of dust storms.
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Local Luv: National Air & Space Museum (Udvar-Hazy Center )
This week’s Local Luv feature is the remarkable Udvar-Hazy Center also known as the National Air and Space Museum. Located in Chantilly, Virginia, the facade of building is a modern work of art and as a part of the Smithsonian Institute its’ exhibits and shows are of the very best quality. On display are thousands of aviation and space artifacts, including the space shuttle Discovery! Also house in the Center is the Airbus IMAX® Theater and an Observation Tower, with a bird’s-eye view of Washington Dulles International Airport.
I took my nieces there for a day of exploration and learning and we had a blast! My favorite part was getting to watch the planes take off from the cafe while enjoying our lunch. It was a fun visit and next time I’d like to experience the IMAX theater and the Observation tower.
Until then, go visit the museum and do share what you enjoyed most!
INSIDER’S TIP: Do secure your belongings (bags, lunches etc) in the lockers provided on the main floor. It is just 25cents to use (which you get back when you open it) and it will save you the hassle of lugging excess baggage with you all around the museum.
FUN FACT: Through out the year there are fun events and seminars which range from concerts to the history of flight and most of them are complimentary!
Yellow Ankara Dress
It is commonly advised by many to walk the less traveled path. Such advice is very well at times but lately I am beginning to realize how encouraging it is to walk on already paved roads. There is a different kind of learning that is experienced when you listen to and share with someone that has been on the journey you are about to embark on and it can be a privilege to glen wisdom from those ahead of us.
This may come in many forms it could be professionally, relationally, educationally or even spiritually but how wonderful it is to learn and grow at ever season of life.
Now to my Sartorial thoughts: Above is one of my favorite Ankara dresses. My darling aunt got me the fabric from Nigeria as a gift and I designed this dress for myself. I feel very comfortable and feminine in it and enjoy twirling in city and the country with this lovely dress!
STYLE TIP: When wearing a bold print dress opt for a solid coverup like I did with my denim jacket. It creates a less busy look and gives your admirers a place to rest their eyes when checking out your outfit.
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Blue Jeans and a tank
August is such a fun summer month. It is the last month of summer vacation and somehow it reminds me of all the warm day classics I need to wear before the warmth is gone. One of these classic looks is the tank top and jeans look. It is usually worn with a white tank but I thought grey suited me better today. And my all tine favorite thing to do is to dress up my face, not with makeup but with a Nigerian Adire scarf and my fancy specs. It’s as simple as that!
STYLE TIP: Frame your face by tying a scarf or wearing fabulous glasses (prescription, non-prescription or sunglasses work).
Local Luv: Maymont Estate
Today’s Local Feature comes from the remarkable city of Richmond, VA. Within the 100 acres of The Maymont Victorian Estate are breath-taking Italian and Japanese gardens, an Arboretum, a Children’s farm and a Wildlife exhibit which serves as a sanctuary for Injured and orphaned animals.
I spent hours marveling at the century old incredibly curated tree collection, noted as one of the best Arboretums on the East coast! Maymont is a delightful place to visit, it transports you to a different places depending on the garden you are in or landscape you are surrounded by. It is also a FREE park with easy to access paths and a trolley at a small charge.
INSIDER’S TIP: As you more from one garden to the next, be careful to follow the cleared paths set out by the landscape architects. The gardens are laid out so you can only see one at a time, making you fully enjoy each one with out the distraction of what garden is to come. In this particular instance, it is very rewarding to follow the rules.
FUN FACT: There are over 200 species of exotic plants and trees represented at the Maymont Estate. SO COOL for a tree hugger like me! (I’m half kidding about the tree hugging bit)