Kim Kardashian’s Backless Sweater

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Kim Kardashian-West is definitely winning in this assemble.   This is the type of attire I want to see her in, the fashion icon that turns heads and inspires women and fashionistas alike.   Too often we see her in a midi-skirt and blazer on her way to nowhere important.  Not that there is anything wrong with the extra sexy business woman look, but I often doubt that she is actually going to a business meeting or somewhere that would demand that type of attire.

But this look right here! HUN-NEY!  If I had that body, I’d wear it in every color! This is a fun daytime look but could easily be worn in the evening with dark wash skinny jeans and nude heels.

We can’t see the top of the back in this photo but I imagine she’s wearing a bra that crosses high in the back.  I’m always curious about her undergarments though. She’s blessed to have “balanced” curves. Meaning she’s got back and boobies, but we rarely see her bra-lines or the top of her Spanx.

Now photographers have captured her oops moments in the past where we’ve gotten a glimpse of her Spanx on a windy day. And in this photo, snapped a Teyana Taylor’s album listening party, if you look closely you can see the outline of her bra, but only faintly.

I can’t recall seeing nipples through her clothes. Maybe it’s just me who is actually curious about these things, but whatever secrets she has for camouflaging her underwear in all of her clothes, she needs to sell that.  No woman wants to have her lumps and bumps showing or evidence of undergarments that help us get that “snatched” look, so Kim, help us all out and share your secrets girl.  She certainly has enough money to get her clothes altered to add “built-ins”.  But for us “reg-u-lah” folks, I’m sure she has alternatives that she uses in a time crunch.

Kimmy Kakes is definitely a style-icon but I just love this outfit.  She has the perfect figure to make this look amazing.  I don’t think there is anyone else that could wear this and have the same impact.

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Must Dine at Marmalade!

After doing research for my Puerto Rico trip, I had already decided that I needed to eat at Marmalade Restaurant & Wine Bar. I had the concierge make 6:30 PM reservations for me on Saturday. When I arrived, I was promptly seated and was amazed at the decor that looked nothing like I imagined based on the restaurant’s outside entrance.  The ambiance and decor was beautiful  I would definitely recommend this place for a romantic date night, but there were groups and other singletons dining or waiting for their party at the bar.

My waitress, Rachel, or Ray for short as she prided, was very fast talking, but attentive all night. She knew the menu well and was patient with me as I decided between doing the 4 or 5 course tasting options, and my individual menu options. She was awesome!

Ultimately I decided on the 5 course option, with the paired wine.

Lucky for me, the options I chose were paired with white wine, except for my main dish.  I’m normally not that indecisive with food, since I know what I like, but because I had read several reviews it made it a bit more difficult to decide.  All of the reviews raved about the white bean soup. But since I loathe beans (any kind) I was rather reluctant to choose that as one of my courses. But Ray was so awesome that she brought me a shot-size serving of the soup, which was good.   Just not what I had expected given the many rave reviews I read online. She also served me the wine it was paired with. WINNING!

Here is what I ordered:

“Popcorn Shrimp”
cilantro & garlic grilled shrimp lacquered with anejo tequila
rest atop pablano guacamole and ancho-chili spiced popcorn 
 
Paella
“sushi esque” bite size pieces of crispy andalusian style paella
filled with smoked chicken, peas & peppers flavored
with a saffron- garlic espuma & a chorizo-tomato sauce
 
Spaghetti Squash
poached in coconut water scented with ginger, orange peel and cilantro
alongside spiced cashews resting beneath an espuma of yellow curry
 
Queen Red Snapper
poached in a Thai style curry & coconut broth
served over a bed of jasmine rice & finished
with a spiced steamed shrimp sesame dumpling
 
Warm Banana & Butterscotch Bread Pudding
brazilian nut & aged rum ice cream
 
My favorite course was the Popcorn Shrimp, anything that has cilantro on it, is a winner for me. I love that stuff!  The Paella came in second and the Spaghetti Squash, last.  I cooked spaghetti squash a few weeks prior and was looking for additional recipes. But this missed the bus and was only slightly enjoyable because of the cashews. 
 
I enjoyed the Bread Pudding but opted for regular vanilla ice cream instead of the rum ice cream.
 
I have photos of the wines that were paired but after a few glasses, I can’t quite remember which wine was paired with which dish. What I do know is that my favorite wine of the night was the Chateau Montfort Vouvray. I wonder if I can find it my local wine store.
 
Although I had only 5 courses, I had almost 7 glasses (half glasses) of wine. I was full and in a “great place” by the time I left Marmalade.  I will definitely be back on my next trip to Puerto Rico.  
 
Marmalade was a great experience, but it was not cheap.  My bill was over $100 bucks and with 20% tip the total was $150. But because I did my research beforehand I budgeted accordingly.
 
 
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How I Traveled to Puerto Rico without Spending a Dime

Don’t we all need a little blue water getaway every once in a while? I know I did. But I didn’t have much money for a trip and I didn’t want to go too far from home and take a lot of time off from work. After a suggestion from my co-worker, I immediately decided on Puerto Rico.

• it’s still in the U.S.;
• it’s in the same time zone; and
• it’s a quick flight (if you get it direct).

And what is even better is that once I decided on the location, I also decided that I wasn’t going to shell out ANY money and would only use 1 vacation day and travel over the Columbus Day holiday.

So how does one manage traveling to the Caribbean and staying in a decent hotel without spending any money? Using “rewards points and miles”, that is how!

Before I go too far into detail, let me just say that by “free trip”, in this case, I’m referring to the airfare and hotel portion of the travel.

I had over 100,000 Ultimate Rewards Points on my Chase Preferred account. So I used 61,542 reward points for my flight. Although there were cheaper flight option available, the flight I chose on JetBlue was a direct flight that left early in the morning, and gave me essentially the whole day in Puerto Rico.

I decided to take off from work on the Friday before Columbus Day (Monday). So because I got an early flight I would arrive in San Juan about noon on Friday and return on a later Monday evening.

For 5366 Chase Ultimate Rewards points, I also secured roundtrip ground transportation to my hotel. I did some social research and decided on La Concha Hotel & Casino for my lodging, which happened to be a Renaissance property aka Marriott property. Lucky for me I had enough Marriott Rewards points to secure three of my four days. For the fourth day I had to transfer points from my United Mileage Plus to my Marriott Rewards Account. With my hotel and flight costs covered with various reward points programs, I only needed to worry about food and drinks during my stay.

Stay tuned for my Puerto Rico Vacation Recap and Reviews

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Weight a Minute: Travel Nightmare in Lusaka Airport

After returning from Zambia I received an email from a friend who I met in Zambia. She and her travel companion apparently had quite a few issues trying to depart Lusaka airport.

Upon arriving at the airport counter that was obviously run by locals they were informed of several weird rules that they seemed to keep making up about what constituted a carry-on bag.

Not the actual luggage in a question.

According to the folks at the counter, my friends needed to have physical laptops in their possession IF they wanted their backpacks to count as carry-ons. Which is an absurd rule. But they were able to convince them that iPads should be counted as computers.

They were then told that their carry-on luggage was CLEARLY too large to be a carry-on, as carry-ons could only be 7kg. Her carry-on weighed 10kg and his was 9. To counter this rule, she ended up putting on several articles of clothing from her bag until the weight complied with the rules.

She said she looked like a crazy homeless person with jeans on underneath a dress, with a sweater, cardigan and blazer followed by a scarf and trench coat!!!! Her travel companion had to carry several pairs of shoes in his hands.

To make matters worse the lady from the counter followed them thru the airport to ensure that they didn’t put the articles of clothing back in to their carry-on bags. I could not believe the level of harassment they endured at the airport. I mean honestly was it really that big a deal, that they made them do all of that to comply with “these rules” of weight requirements, if the same weight was still getting on the plane.

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