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New Music Review: Klassik, Spring

If you’re new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for visiting! Admittedly, I don’t often listen to rap or hip-hop on repeat, unless I’m rallying for a girls’ night out in Los Angeles or watching my favorite episodes of Empire. My personal tastes, of late, have leaned more toward a […]

Cabot Links, Inverness, Nova Scotia via TravelPulse

Visit the World’s Most Spectacular Golf Courses | TravelPulse

One of the greatest moments on a golf course—aside from a hole-in-one, albatross, eagle or birdie—can happen as soon as you step up to the first tee and take in the spectacular view of ocean, countryside or distant snow-topped mountains. It’s mesmerizing, really. Course designers go to many lengths to make sure every golfer’s experience […]

View of the Eiffel Tower from an apartment window (Photo via Dwell.com)

To Paris with Love: Modern Homes in the City of Light | Dwell

There’s no denying that Paris is one of my favorite cities in the world! I’ve not only visited multiple times, and written on it often, but I dream of owning a small flat in the city some day, for my bi-monthly visits — as I say, it’s a dream. With that said, in honor of […]

Paper-Covered Votives - Dwell.com

7 Budget-Friendly DIY Gifts for Mother’s Day | Dwell

These simple, inexpensive DIY projects will make perfect, last-minute gifts for Mom.   To create paper-covered votives, such as these vintage style candleholders by Norwegian Cathrineholm, start with either frosted glass votives or use a frosted glass spray on the outside of inexpensive clear votives. To create the paper cutouts, kids can use a decorative […]

Monique and Moqui on a Boat (photo by Mark Sacro)

The Search to #FindMoqui Continues in Long Beach

Just one week ago, on Monday, February 23, I saw a post on my sister’s Facebook page with a flyer of a missing dog. A dog I happen to know. The sweetest, gentlest Pit Bull I’ve ever known. Her name is Moqui (pronounced: Moh-kee). The Pit Bull, that is, not my sister. The sad truth […]

Line Hotel Exterior Section (Photo Credit: Adrian Gaut)

LA’s Diverse Culture Intersects at the Line Hotel in Koreatown

If you’ve ever read the About aBroad page on this site, you’d know I am a big proponent of all things travel. Long story, short: experiencing different cultures and seeing historical, architectural structures first hand, while traveling and living across the globe, has taught me so much about myself and life. With that said, I […]

"Distant Friendship" by Racquel Mishel Photography

When it Comes to Relationships, Kindness is Key

As a petite woman, I’ve often been on the receiving end of statements such as “You’re sooo short” and “I didn’t realize how short you were until just now” or “I can’t believe how much taller I am than you!” The oddest thing is that I’ve heard these statements from women whom I’ve considered to […]

Brandi Andres in Nice, France, 2007 (Photo by Racquel Mishel)

The Re-awakening of Self-Love

It’s true, even I look at old photos and wonder where the time went? Where’d that body go? Why am I not on a beach right now in the South of France? I’m currently reading the book “The Motivation Manifestation,” by Brendon Burchard, on the recommendation of one of my favorite authors, Paulo Coelho. In […]

Back to the 80s (photo by Graffiti Life via Flickr)

Everything Was Better in the 80s (Except Maybe the Hair)

Just saw this video on Facebook via Better in the 80s and I had to share. It starts out by saying, “I can’t believe we made it.” Haha. So sarcastically true! Here are a few lines I especially enjoy: “We drank water from a garden hose and not from a bottle.” “We were rarely overweight because we […]

The Lounge & Bar at The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong

Jimmy Choo & The Ritz-Carlton: A Tasty Pair

“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” Attributed to Chinese philosopher Confucius, this interpretation of a transcribed portion of The Analects reflects the philosophy that a job will never feel like work if you do it for the right reasons. I absolutely believe in this […]