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Sisters Cindy & Amara And The Vivacious Island of Cuba

I first met Cindy and Amara when I was invited to a Sunday brunch in Washington, DC.

It was an encounter I would not soon forget. I was particularly intrigued by these sisters because they are both stunningly gorgeous, and they possessed a unique sense of style. They were different yet the also possessed similar qualities – they were both extremely sweet and social. We engaged in conversation on a wide variety of topics, most centering around culture. Admittedly, I received quite the education that day on topics of Africa and current events. While I pride myself on surrounding myself with educated and progressive thinkers, clearly I need to have brunch with this entire squad frequently.

Cindy and Amara, both in their 30’s, traveled to Cuba during the “wet” season. They specifically visited two magnificent cities – Havana and Varadero. I feel that we have all heard of Havana, Cuba, but Varadero -not so much. Even though it was supposed to be the wet season, it never rained at all. In fact, it was quite hot and the rain would have been a welcomed relief!

These sisters travel at least once per year, schedule permitting. And this becomes really tricky as they love to travel together but synchronizing their schedules is challenging.

When traveling to Cuba, Cindy shared that they preferred to dress like the natives, and I must say that after looking at their glorious pictures, they did an amazing job. The colors, the ruffles, the skirts, the head coverings…I felt all of it! Cindy also had this to say about their travel style:

“When we were younger, our family would travel twice a year to beautiful 5-star resorts all around the Caribbean, South America, and occasionally Europe.

However, after visiting two 5-star resorts a year for seven years, they became less interesting and honestly, they all started to look the same. We eventually became bored of just laying out in the sun with the occasional water sports thrown in. We realized a long time ago that we were missing a vital point of traveling which includes discovering a country, its culture, and its people. Exploring new cultures and trying new authentic foods is our motivation today. Don’t get me wrong, resorts are a great; especially for the untraveled. But if you’re young and full of energy, I would recommend staying with the locals, partying with the locals, and eating where the locals eat! “

Cindy this is great advice, pending the safety and security of such ambitious adventures. Travelers should be willing to explore and also take the time necessary to be educated about the territory which they plan to explore.

I asked Cindy what made them choose Cuba as their travel destination, and this is what she said: ” With the Cuban thaw in full force, we wanted to visit Cuba before it lost its authenticity; before it became too “touristy.” Cuba has virtually remained untouched for over fifty years so it theoretically allows travelers to travel back in time and experience living history!”

 

I must say that this reasoning totally resonated with me, as I too would love to travel to Cuba in the near future. How about you?

While there are too many things to list that were worthy of falling in love within Cuba, it was hard for these sisters to make a selection, but when pressed to narrow it down, this is what they had to say:

“There was so much to fall in love with in Cuba! If I had to choose it would be the music. Cuba is like living in a real-life musical. You wake up serenaded by the sounds of a Spanish guitar and hummingbirds outside your window. Every restaurant had a live band. Teens would meet up to rumba dance in the streets at night. Elderly couples would breakout in salsa dance mid-day in a cafe. It was truly amazing to experience a developed country that has not been transfixed by technology. Instead of technology, music was their hypnosis and everyone seemed to bond by virtue of it.”

I love this because imagine just for one entire day enjoying distraction-fee and technology-free peaceful moments. Ahhhhh, I can see it now…

Cindy shared that she enjoyed her breakfast on the balcony, which was rather traditional – boiled eggs, fruit, and coffee. She explained that there was too much to do, food was the last thing on their minds. I’m such a foodie, I was waiting to salivate at the thought of an amazing meal. LOL

Last, Cindy and Amara shared that Havana is beautiful but the true hidden gem in Cuba is Varadero. They’d recommend that travelers visit Varadero while in Cuba. The white-sand beach is shallow enough to swim a mile in and still be only knee deep. Further, they stated that the nightlife in Varadero was amazing. Everyone was dancing; not one person against the wall. Their outdoor clubs are free entry but you pay for drinks. Their indoor clubs had a door price but drinks were unlimited.

I completely look forward to experiencing what Cindy and Amara experienced on this beautiful island.

Until next time Cuba…

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FlightsInStilettos Is Open For Business!

It all started after I completed a DreamTrip with my friend Donna and her husband Paul. I loved the experience so much that I joined the travel club. During the registration process, I had to select a name for my personal travel site, and I immediately came up with “FlightsInStilettos.” Mainly because:
1) I choose to only wear stilettos to the airport,
2) For a 4-day trip, I packed an entire suitcase full of only stilettos. (And as you probably know, the suitcase with the shoes was more important to me than the one with the clothes) so that’s the bag that I selected as my “carry-on” plus, I needed at least two stiletto options per outfit, and
3) Everyone knows I have an obsession with stilettos. You can ask my family members, I will wear stilettos to cookouts, dog-walking, grocery shopping and even to the mailbox.
So for all of these reasons, FlightsInStilettos just made sense! LOL
Donna, (for some reason) was curious about what I named my personal travel site, and I told her FlightsInStilettos! And she LOVED it! And then I LOVED it. And the more I said it, the more it had a “ring”  to it and the rest is history! I am not a designer, I’m just a natural-born glamour girl who loves all things, pink, blingy, luxurious and of course fancy designer stilettos! This site and these novelty items are an extension of my personality! I love every single one of the FIS items! I hope that you will too!  Special thanks to Koress Tapscott for designing my FIS “original” logo and my new FIS “love” logo which represents pride and diversity! And to my darling Julie for believing in me.   Don’t forget to click on the “SHOP” page!

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Andrea Started Her 30s in Jamaica and Loved It!

I have always wanted to visit Jamaica, especially with my friends for the proverbial “girls trip”.  So, I was intrigued when I learned about Andrea (in her early 30s) had opted to take a solo trip to a not so far destination on my bucket list.

She made all of the necessary plans to travel to Montego Bay, Jamaica at the end of January.  How fabulous is that – traveling to a tropical island in the middle of the winter?

Andrea is very in tune with the fact that everyone needs to recharge and refresh and therefore she commits to traveling and least once per year.

Her travel style varies. She enjoys looking “fly” but cute and comfortable — usually bringing at least two dressy outfits for those special occasions.

Andrea is a huge fan of interacting with the locals while traveling and she finds that in doing so she received a complete education about the history of the travel destination.

I asked Andrea why she selected Jamaica and this is what she said: “I have never visited Jamaica but always wanted to. I grew up listening to Bob Marley and I was always curious about the Rastas. I love the culture and the food. It’s never below 70 degrees in Jamaica. The beaches are beautiful. I thought this trip would be the perfect 30th birthday present to myself.”

She fell in love with many things about Jamaica, especially the beach and the mountains. Her time spent on the beach reading and soaking up the sun was a relaxing experience.

One of my personal favorite things about traveling somewhere new is experiencing the local cuisine. On Andrea’s trip, she enjoyed the Ackee and saltfish with a kale salad. Doesn’t that sound delicious?

If Andrea’s experience is making you think of considering Jamaica for your next trip, she recommends that you travel to historical sites.  At the top of this list is the Rose Hall Great House (a 200-year-old mansion that is believed to be haunted by the lady of the house who killed off each of her husbands and slave lovers).  Okay, I’m  seriously visiting this tourist  attraction!

Andrea’s solo journey marked a milestone occasion in her life, and she celebrated in a way that she felt would allow her to transition to this next phase of her life with a peace of mind, in thoughtful reflection while making ambitious plans for her future. Until next time Jamaica…

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“Bonus” Bestie, Diamond and I Take On Downtown Silver Spring in FlightsInStilettos!

Diamond (my daughter) and I had blast in downtown Silver Spring, MD. I couldn’t be more thrilled with her love and support of FlightsInStilettos! We seized the moment and great weather to take a few pictures in the new FlightsInStilettos fitted T-shirts that will be available for purchase.

I thought that it would be super authentic to go out on this beautiful day, rocking my own gear and take realistic pictures to share with friends and family who may be interested in purchasing soon. Also featured in these pictures are my super hot and ultra-feminine FIS “I Bring The Sunshine” Umbrellas (clear) and Diamond is also modeling our FIS “Queen” tote (black & white) also which we will also be selling soon.

In case you’re wondering, my biggest fan of all, Julie, graciously and patiently took our pictures.

We had such a great afternoon, ending it with a great lunch and cocktails. The best part of the day was the quality time shared by all. Best 2 -hours of my weekend!

If you don’t already follow my blog, click the little “follow” button so that you’re the first to know about my new posts! I will be posting some fantastic glam travel stories this week from some amazing women who have traveled to Spain, Cuba, and Jamaica! Delicious & Glamorous!!

Shoes: Jessica Simpson and Sophia Webster

Handbag: Pink Vintage Chanel Tote

Tote: FIS “Queen” Tote

Photo Credit: Julie M.

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We’re wearing the FIS fitted T-shirts and the FIS “I Bring The Sunshine” Umbrellas (clear) and Dime is rocking the FIS “Queen” tote (black & white)
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Welcome To My Blog: FlightsInStilettos™!

 

I used to be disinterested in traveling simply because I had a fear of flying. A few laughs, great experiences and fun trips – later,  I have since changed my way of thinking and feeling and I now look forward to a few trips annually.

I consider myself an occasional traveler opposed to an avid traveler (someone that travels at least 5 times or more a year).

I was introduced to a travel club called DreamTrips by my best friend and my mindset was changed regarding the affordability and access to travel.  I actually became a member of DreamTrips.

At the same time I joined DreamTrips, my blog FlightsInStilettos was also born in a effort to share my fantastic travel experiences (with my beloved spouse Julie and family)  and travel experiences of others which often times include may include elements of glamour, stilettos, a bit of history and traveler recommendations.


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Travel should be  relaxing, fun, fulfilling, full of adventure and glamorous!

Everyone has their own unique personal travel style – mine just happens to include stilettos and lots of sparkly things! LOL

I also choose to take Flights In Stilettos!

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