Soccer + Travel


Chasing the game…around the world.

I recently watched this documentary about two former college soccer players who took off on an around the world journey to experience the game across twenty-five countries.  Regardless of the language and surroundings, the game remains the same…a further reminder that we are all more alike than different.

April Beauty Buys

April Beauty Buys

I’ve been sitting on a Sephora gift card I received from a friend for awhile now.  And this Friday, I finally decided to put it to good use.  I usually don’t go into Sephora without a specific mission, because just like Whole Foods and Target, you will walk out spending way more than you planned.

Illamasqua.  Fell in love with this speckled nail polish as soon as I saw it.  I normally wouldn’t buy a $16 nail polish, but I like to treat myself to something new when using a gift card.  I tried on the tan, pink, and lilac.  The tan and pink didn’t really pop against my skin tone, but the lilac was perfect.  Just two coats and you’re good to go.

Dior.  Diorshow is my absolute favorite “luxury” mascara.  This trip I decided to finally make the plunge and try out some blue mascara.  Ideally, I was searching for navy blue, but soon realized that navy wouldn’t add the punch of color that I was looking for.  I also tried the Sephora and Make Up Forever brands, but I really couldn’t tell a difference on my dark lashes.  The Diorshow in royal blue was exactly what I was looking for.

Lancome.  As mentioned, I often walk out with things I didn’t intend to buy…and this was no exception.  The sales associate that was helping me was wearing the most beautiful shade of bright/purple lipstick, and while she couldn’t remember which brand it was, she did direct me to Lancome.  *cue bright lights and sparkles*  Introducing Violette Coquette.  First, the name?!  LOVE.  And it delivers.  I’m going to Puerto Rico this month and really wanted a rich bright color for the trip (and spring/summer, if it ever arrives).  The color itself is very rich, light, and feels moisturizing; but I always recommend using a lip moisturizer before any lipstick application regardless.

Sephora.  My go-to daily liner is jet black and liquid.  I have tried quite a few, but I always come back to Sephora.  For $12, I find that I get the most bang for my buck with this one.  And absolutely no smudging.  Love it.

5 Places I’ve Never Been (And Why I Want To Go)

So excited to be participating in the last round of the Traveling Brown Girls Blog Carnival! This month’s topic is hosted by the lovelladies of Brown Girls Fly.


Colombia.  It all started when I went to Panama a few years ago, for an intense language immersion class for a couple of months.  I had never really thought of Colombia as a travel destination, but after researching Spanish classes and the best places to learn, I kept hearing more and more about Colombia.  I found that many people were claiming that Colombians spoke some of the clearest and easiest to understand Spanish around.  Through blogs and travel websites I learned more about the country and consistently bloggers spoke about the kindness of Colombians.  From the beach town of Cartagena to the eternal spring of Medellin to the salsa capital Cali to the vast city of Bogotá to the tall palms of Salento, I was hooked.

Tanzania.  I have yet to make it to the beautiful continent of Africa, but when I do, Tanzania is at the top of my list.  With its rich cultural landscape, Tanzania has over 100 ethnic groups.  I want to explore the Serengeti, see the beautiful Masai tribe, and  see the snow-capped peak of Mount Kilimanjaro with my own eyes.    And if that isn’t enough, I have one more word for you…Zanzibar.  I dream of taking a walk on the white sand beaches of this beautiful island and smell the cinnamon and cloves of the spice farms.


Japan.  Located just about as far from my current location as possible, traveling to Japan and experiencing another culture, seemingly so different from own, would be amazing.  The bustling city streets of Tokyo and historic Kyoto are on my must-see list.  I’d love to ride the bullet train and hop off along the way to take in the countryside scenery.  A coworker of mine recently got back from a visit and could not speak highly enough of her time there.  Confirming my sentiment, she shared that the culture is so different from ours here in the U.S.  She spoke of the extreme politeness of the Japanese, the jam-packed train stations, and the abundance of vending machines selling…well, everything.  Which, speaking of vending machines, how can we forget about the FOOD?!  If you feel like drooling, check out the video below from The Perennial Plate.  Bento box for one please!

Senegal.  My grandfather traveled to Senegal when I was a child and I still remember the stories he told on his return.  His excitement was infectious.  I have wanted to go ever since.  I want to feel what he felt and experience what he experienced.  As an art enthusiast, a stop at the Village des Arts on the way from the airport, would be mandatory.  An initiative of the country’s Ministry of Culture, it seeks to promote, encourage, and develop local artists.  All disciplines are represented within their 52 workshops and it would be a joy to view the work of and chat with the artists.  Once arriving in Dakar, I would shop the markets and visit the beaches during the day and dance the night away in the nightclubs.


Unlike Tanzania, Senegal is located on the west coast of Africa.  And I could not visit without having a stop at Goree Island.  Emotional as it may be, having never stepped foot on the continent before, I feel it necessary to visit and experience the place where my ancestors were sold into the slave trade.  Despite the controversy on the magnitude of Goree Island’s role in the slave trade, I want to face the Door of No Return and reflect on the lives of those that crossed through its doorway.  Mauritius Island_Destinations Abroad

Mauritius.  What started out as a casual mention from a friend, soon became my obsession.  Located off the southeast coast of Africa, Mauritius is a blend of African, Chinese, Indian, and French cultures.  I get dizzy just thinking about dipping my toes in the clear turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean.  What else can I say?  It truly is the epitome of paradise.