Friday, December 31, 2010

Travel Essentials

All Jet-Setters know the importance of knowing how to pack and not over-packing. When getting ready for a fab trip with the girls where we know there will be lots of going out and looking good, you have to bring the right essentials without bringing the entire bathroom sink. One of the essentials that the Jet-Setters bring on just about every action packed trip is the Coastal Scents 88 Color Eyeshadow Palette.

If you change your mind as quick as I do, this eyeshadow palette comes with just about every color imaginable and will have any Diva prepared for whatever event the night brings. Whether you decide to go with a classic neutral eye of try something more glam for the night, this palette will have you covered. Another great thing about this palette is that is small and thin enough to not take up too much room in your suitcase. And the greatest thing about this palette is that it's just $20 bucks!

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Have any of you Jet-Setters tried this palette or have any travel essentials that you would like to share with others? We'd love to hear from you!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Dear Santa

Well it's that time of year again--Christmas! Have you been naughty or nice? Do you deserve a lump of coal or a chunk of gold? If you could put ONE PLACE on your Christmas Wishlist to travel to where would it be? We know where Santa would vacation to....

The Beach!

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Thursday, December 2, 2010

ATL Shawty!

Every October the divas and I head to the wonderful city of Atlanta, Georgia for the Bank of America Atlanta Football Classic. While we're not cheering on the FAMU Rattlers, we check out all that ATL has to offer.

Where to Stay
The last time we went we stayed at the InterContinental in Buckhead. Nice hotel that is downtown and within easy access to many of Atlanta's hotspots. Any hotel within the Buckhead area is a great idea for your stay in Atlanta.

(The view from our room)

Where to Go
Our first place always on our list is Gladys Knight's Chicken and Waffles located in downtown Atlanta. The Divas and I look forward to our favorite meal, which is also the restaurants signature dish, the Midnight Train, (chicken and waffles) along with an Uptown (Sweet tea and Lemonade).

(Midnight Train)

When coming to Atlanta, you have to check out the shopping. There is an abundance of malls, outlets and neighborhoods to stop in to. Our favorite is Lenox Square Mall.

What to See
For those looking to experience a little bit of Atlanta's history, stroll over to the house of Martin Luther King, Jr. You can experience the birth place of one of our nation's most influential leaders.

Check out Underground Atlanta to snatch up great deals on souvenirs.
DO Check out:
1.The Coca-Cola Factory
2.The Georgia Aquarium
3. Centinnial Park
4. Six Flags over Georgia
Have any of you Jet-Setters been to Atlanta, share with us some of your favorite ATL hotspots and what you think about the city!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Jet-Setter Highlights: Flip Burger

We'll be starting up a new segment where we highlight special places we've been.

I was recently in Birmingham, Alabama and had the chance to experience a great restaurant called Flip Burger Boutique. They have gourmet burgers, if you're tired of the same ol' same ol' from the fast food joints, try out this place that puts a twist on your ordinary burger.

The decor was very unique too, which really gave the place and upscale atmosphere and let you know that you weren't eating at your local burger diner- perfect for a date or the beginning of a Girls Night Out.

However, since it was such a nice day we chose to sit outside where we had a beautiful view.

They have all kinds of gourmet burgers including shrimp, thai, and veggie, but I played it safe, with a beef hamburger. I also had the Nutella and Burnt Marshmallow Milkshake, which was delicious.

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***Please feel free to submit and share about any special places to have stopped in recently that other travelers may like to experience as well! It can be from your hometown or from a recent vacay, whether it be a restaurant, boutique, specific location, or event that you'd like to highlight.

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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Flight Carriers

With all the talk about airport security and the new rules that TSA employees must implement (sorry if you don't want naked photos of yourself floating around or don't want to be felt up before you get dinner & a movie) let's talk about flight carries. Who do you prefer to fly with? Which airlines offer the best rates?

When booking a flight, do you stay with one carrier to rack up the miles to get free trips and hotel stays? Or do you go on and just compare prices and choose the lower?

JSD Tips for comparing flights:
♥ DO use a website like or if you're just looking for the cheapest deal
♥ DO sign up with a specific airline frequent flyer program if you find yourself traveling with them quite often. You can use the miles you traveled to earn free flights, hotel stays, magazines etc.
♥DON'T wait until the last minute to book a flight! You'll be paying way more than you want to. Know you want to travel during the New Year's holiday? If you haven't booked now, depending on where you're going--it's going to be one expensive flight!
♥ DON'T overlook the EXTRA fees flight carriers charge! Baggage fees are the new thing---Southwest has bags fly free! If not, you have to pay for your bags to fly-both ways.
♥ DO make sure you want to travel the dates you choose when booking. Carriers charge extra fees to make any changes to your itinerary.

So what your tips when booking flights? We'd love to hear from you!
Happy Travels!

Friday, November 26, 2010

SECURITY! Security Hassels and how to deal

♥ With holiday travels already being a headache, now we have to worry about the extra headache of full body scanners vs pat downs. If stuffing everything into one suitcase isn't enough right? Guess having you partially undress wasn't enough either? Well, no matter how much you DON'T like the new guidelines all travelers must go through the Airport Security.
Flying for the first time? Or has it been a while since you've flown? Read some of our quick tips to help make your holidays travels less of a hassel! ♥

JSD Quick Tips:
♥ Have your boarding pass and I.D. READY! This is the first checkpoint with security, and you don't want to hold up the line searching for these documents.
♥ Try to wear less to the airport! Sounds funny huh? Well believe it or not, this will save you time when you begin to put on your striptease for the TSA workers! If it's cold, try to wear ONE jacket. You will have to take off your outerwear, shoes, and belts (any accessories that will make the metal detector go off)
DON'T carry any liquids in your carry-on or purse, briefcase, etc. The TSA has special guidelines for liquids, but just in case if you have any doubts about what is acceptable
don't bring it!
ARRIVE EARLY! Lines during the holidays + the new security guidelines can really cause holdups. You don't want to miss your flight because you couldn't find your fav scarf or lost your Ipod!
DO online check-in (including bag check) to save time to stand in line for security.
♥ If you are bringing gifts along with you-do not wrap them! They may ask you to unwrap it if they feel they need to inspect it!

Now the big thing- full body scanner or pat down?? Well the full body scanner sounds quick and harmless. Pat down--is a little bit more personal, and who wants to get that personal with TSA--you don't even know their name and they're moving in to second base!
Have any questions? Check the websites of the carriers who are servicing your flights for more info!
♥Happy Holidays!♥

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Pick City of the Month: Dallas

Divas! We are back! We've been on hiatus but we're back with more traveling tips, pics, and much more! We at JetSettingDivas realize that there are a lot..A LOT..of cool places and cities to visit and we intend to shed the spotlight on as many as we can. This month, the pick city of the month is Dallas, TX.

Dallas, TX has much more to offer than just,"America's Favorite Team",the Cowboys-read on to see all that Dallas has to offer. Maybe you can make it your next trip!

♥Q. What makes Dallas sooo special?
♥ A. Everything! Don't believe us? National Geographic listed it on its Ultimate City Guide and the #1 city people travel to in Texas---NOW do we have your attention?!

♥ Q. Sooo get to the good stuff---what is there to do in Dallas?
♥ A. Glad you asked! Here are the Top 5 things you must do in Dallas:

1. Tour the Dallas Cowboy Stadium! No Cowboy fans here, but hey it is one hell of a stadium...they spent over 3 billion just on lights!

2. Try Texas BBQ! Everywhere claims to be the king of BBQ, but BBQ is BIGGER AND BETTER in Dallas!! Off the Bone Grill has ribs that will just fall right into your mouth!

3. Shop at Galleria Dallas. If you love to shop---you'll definitely get lost in the 100's of stores to go in. Some of the stores include--- Nordstrom, Zara, Juicy Couture, Macy's, Tiffany & name a few.

4. Visit Six Flags over Texas. Feeling a little adventurous or like a big kid? Have kids you want to entertain? Take them to Six Flags!

5. Visit the Dallas Arts District. Every now and then you have to get in touch with your artistic side...why not do in Dallas Arts District! It's almost 20 blocks of non-stop art.

♥ Q. Where should we stay?
♥ A. The Uptown area is a must if you're looking for the young, hip, sophisticated crowd. Lots of nice bars & restaurants-the nightlife in this area won't be an upset. Try staying at The W or Hyatt Summerfield Suites.

♥Other Must-See Spots

-Ripley's Believe it or Not (972) 263-2391. Located in Grand Prairie, TX-about a 15 min drive.

-Jake's Hamburgers--inexpensive and voted #1 burger in the DFW area numerous times! Located in Uptown Dallas.

With hot weather during the summer months and real cold winter months, Dallas has plenty to offer a diverse crowd!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Travel Tips: Traveling on a Budget

Hi JetSetters! I hope everyone had a great Labor Day weekend!

Although we love traveling and having a great time while doing so, we are always mindful of our expenses. In order to truly have a great trip, you have to be mindful of your budget, so that once the trip is over, you're not in debt!

Travel with a Group
There are alot of great ways to get group discounts when traveling with a large group. In addition, costs can be decreased when you are splitting a hotel room, car rental, or a tour.

Book Early...or Late
There are always perks to booking your flight or crusie in advance. The prices for a trip can dramatically increase as the travel time nears. To be on the safe side I always book no later than 21 days out from my trip. On the flipside, booking late can always have its advantages as well. On many travel websites, you will see sections for "Last Minute Flights" and you can score some great deals. This is because the airlines are trying to sell more of their seats, sot they reduce the prices.

Use your discounts
Whether you work in Corporate America, are an educator or have a AAA card, you can usually find some type of discount to use in your booking plans. Whenever booking anything for a trip, I always ask if there is a discount that I can use from my job or an organization that I'm affiliated with. Hey, it never hurts to ask! I also made sure to sign up for the Frequent Flyer programs on the airlines that I use most often. This way I can earn points towards a free flight and when you travel as much as we do, it definitely comes in handy!

So, Divas these are the rules I live by when trying to get the best deals for my trips, but I know that there are others who have some great tips as well. Feel free to share the rules you live by when trying to save and still have a fabulous trip!

Friday, August 20, 2010

-With Labor Day Weekend coming up, a lot of travelers will be heading out to the beach. Want to know what our picks are for great beaches? Read on our Diva Beach Guide for some great ideas!

1. South Beach, Fl
Located in Miami Beach Fl, it is no surprise that millions of people flock here any chance they get! There is a lot to do in South Beach--try any watersport to stay cool and grab some cool garments from local boutiques.

2. Pensacola Beach, Fl
Located in North Fl along the Gulf Coast, Pensacola Beach is ideal if you are looking for white pristine sand, summer concerts, and great food!

3. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Located along the Atlantic Coast in South Carolina, Myrtle Beach is becoming a top destinations for a lot of beach goers. Want to see other sites in Mytrle Beach? Try their amusement and water parks, or go shopping at Broadway on the Beach!

4. Galveston, TX
Located in the southern tip of Texas along the Gulf Coast, Galveston just may be Texas' best kept secret! With over 30 miles of beach to enjoy, head down to Texas to see it in a way you've never seen before!

5. New Smyrna Beach, FL
Located right outside of Daytona Beach Fl, New Smyrna Beach is definitely one of Florida's best kept secrets! Its a great location if you don't want all the hustle and bustle of busy Daytona Beach--you'll be able to catch some waves! After you're done with the waves, catch a bite to eat at Chase's on the Beach.

6. Virginia Beach, VA
Located along the Atlantic Coast, Virginia Beach has been a top destination among many beach goers for years. Why? There are miles of beaches which include the Chesapeake Bay Area, Resort Beaches, and Sandbridge. So if you are looking for a mini getaway have your way in VA!

7. Key West, Fl
Located at the southern most tip of Florida (past South Beach), Key West is great if you want to get away from the crowded beaches of South Florida, and just enjoy the picturesque views of beaches in Key West!

So now that you have our DIVA BEACH GUIDE, which one would you visit? While this list doesn't include beaches from places like Hawaii or the Hamptons, these are still some great beaches. We wanted to list beaches that are close to home. None of the above are in your vicinity? Tell us about some beaches in your area!

♥Happy Traveling! ♥

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Our Travels

♥ We love sharing our photos and travel stories with our readers! Here is a collage of some photos from past travels. We'd love to get photos from you to start a collage of Reader Travels! ♥

Happy Travels!

The JetBlue fiasco with flight attendant Steven Slater has been getting a lot of publicity. For those who don't know what's going on with Steven Slater, in short-he was a flight attendant who lost his cool on a flight. He was being rude to passengers before and during the flight-and then took 2 beers and the emergency slide exit once his performance was over. What an ending?!While we will never know exactly what happened, it's important to remember that both the flight attendants and passengers HAVE to respect each other--even if it's been a long layover, flight or what have you. This fiasco is the reason why we're doing a post on Flight Etiquette.

So whether you are an experienced traveler or a beginner, here are a few things to keep in mind to make the flight go smoothly-for you and your flight attendants!

Tip 1- Pay attention to the flight attendants!
-So what you've flown 15 times and know how to buckle your seatbelt, where the nearest exits are in case of an emergency etc. It's rude to talk over people while they're talking and plus there may be some passengers who don't know this information! Let them talk. Besides, I'm sure they're tired of repeating the same lines every few hours!

Tip 2- Keep the noise down
- It's always good to have an Ipod or mp3 player to listen to your music to get through the flight, but don't have it sooo loud to where it may disturb the person sitting next to you. You have headphones for a reason!

Tip 3- Control your children
- There is nothing more aggravating then trying to sleep or relax during a flight and someones toddler is hitting your headrest or kicking the back of your seat. Try to keep an eye on your little one.

Tip 4-Be polite
- Sure long flights and layovers will wear you out; but how do you think flight attendants feel? Try to be mindful of this and manage to be polite. It doesn't hurt to smile, say thanks, or no thank you.

Tip 5- Help other passengers
- Putting your carryons in the overhead storage can sometimes be a hassle-especially for women and the elderly. This can cause a back up of boarding passengers. If you can, help the next person and boarding will go by faster.

Tip 6- Don't Litter
-The worst thing to do is to leave trash behind! Don't leave behind your Subway sandwich wrapping or potato chip bag. When the flight attendants come around to ask if you have trash--just give it to them! If you miss the trash go round, bring your trash and empty it in the nearest trash can! No one wants to come behind you and use your seat pocket, only to find you left junk behind!

Well these are the tips we fly by! What else should travelers remember when traveling? We'd love to hear your ideas!

Happy Traveling!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010


Once a month we spotlight the JetSetter of the month. This month, Lynn is our spotlight JetSetter. Check out what Lynn had to say about her trip to Italy. Maybe next month the spotlight will be on YOU!

JSD: Tell us about how you ended up in Italy and how long you've been there.
LYNN: I went to Italy last October when the tourist crowds were smaller and the weather was magnificent. Before I went, I studied the Rick Steve’s Guidebook to make sure that I would know about the cultural and entertainment highlights of the three cities I wanted to visit(Venice , Florence , and Rome ), the best hotel buys, the best food in my price range, and the top problems to avoid.

JSD:What are your favorite Italian hotspots?
-Restaurants: La Spada restaurant (The restaurant offers all kinds of roasted meats and good pastas. You can get a plate with three different kinds of pasta or the fantasy menu with all kinds of meat and 3 kinds of bruschetta + dessert (25 euros) The bruschetta with fresh tomatoes is to die for because the tomatoes are 100 times more flavorful than any you will find in the USA.)
-Salons/Spas: I didn’t go to any spas because I got all my exercise by walking.
-Nightlife/Bars: Piazza San Marco- I paid around $15 to drink Sgroppino (champagne, vodka & lemon sorbet )
-Culture/Museums: Baptistry, the Duomo, the Museo dell Opera del Duomo (the cathedral museum), the Bargello, and Santa Maria Novello. If you want to see the statue of David, you need to go to the Academia Museum .
-Other: General recommendations: eat all the gelato & sorbetto you can, try to find free concerts in the churches.

JSD:What areas or neighborhoods are best for first time travelers?
LYNN: *In Rome , I rented an apartment in the Trastevere section, which is like the French Quarter—very colorful and old and like a village. There were lots of students staying in this neighborhood and lots of good, inexpensive restaurants. Since I had my own kitchen, I could make salads or order “to go” items from delicatessens. The apartment was actually cheaper than any hotel and had a living room with flat screen TV (no English programs)

*In Florence , I stayed at a very cheap hotel that overlooked the Duomo (cathedral). Location, location, location.

*In Venice, I stayed at the Casa Favaretto. It is on the water with a beautiful view of the lagoon and San Grigorio Church. It was spotless, well-priced (about 100 euros- $140- with continental breakfast)

JSD: What makes Italy different from any other place?
LYNN:All of Florence is like a museum—it is fairly compact and every street is full of interesting things; the streets and canals are so charming

JSD:Tell us about the fashion and current trends in Italy.
LYNN:The thing to buy in Florence is leather- purses, belts, shoes, briefcases. As in Venice , I saw lots of high fashion clothes in the shop windows. I took photos, but I didn’t buy any.

JSD: What are some of your travel must-haves?
LYNN: My must-haves for travel to Italy :
(1) a converter to convert 220 Volt Italian electricity to 110 volt used by my cell phone & camera battery charger
(2) adapters that would fit into the round Italian wall sockets.
(3) A secret wallet that I could wear under my blouse to thwart pickpockets—a very big problem in Italy .
(4) An easy Italian language kit—2 CDs and a booklet to cover basic phrases like “On which track is the train to Florence ?” “Where is the toilet?” Most people speak some English, but not everyone.
(5) I, Mona Lisa- a very enjoyable novel about a girl living in Florence during the time of Leonardo da Vinci, the Medicis and Savonarola . Lots of violence and sex and a painless way to learn some Renaissance history.
(6) A wardrobe consisting of all navy blue so that my jackets, blouses, slacks, socks, and scarves all matched. (Blouses are striped, checked, patterned to add variety but still blue) I travel as light as possible because there is often no porter to lift suitcases onto luggage racks in trains and no bellhop to carry suitcases to rooms.
(7) LL Bean travel purse. I use the small size to go about town. I can keep my city map in the outside pocket, my water bottle in the mesh pocket, my handi-wipes, pocket Kleenex, guidebook, and mini-umbrella inside. Money and credit cards are in my secret purse.
(8) Good walking shoes

JSD: What advice do you have for the rest of us Jet Setting Divas looking to travel to Italy in the future?
LYNN:Don't wear shorts or sleeveless blouses to St. Peter’s Basilica because you will not be admitted. I looked at the Eyewitness Travel Guides for the color pictures and maps. Go to Tourist Information in each city to find out what current events are happening- concerts, special exhibitions, parades, etc. Most Venetian hotels are MUCH MORE expensive. Agency for my apartment in Rome :

“I think any diva would have a wonderful time in these cities although her interests might be a little different than mine”- Lynn

Buon viaggio!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

The Windy City: CHICAGO!

Unknown to many-Chicago aka The Windy City has a lot to offer to vacationers! With its huge skyscrapers, great shopping and DEEP DISH pizza, Chicago has won the hearts of many tourist both young and old. Don't think Chicago has what it takes to be a hot vacation destination? Read on....

What to Do:
-Definitely take in all the sites! If you're from a relatively small city take a deep breath---and enjoy the scenery!

- If you're into museums, aquariums or things of that nature- you can definitely check out The Shedd Aquarium, The Field Museum, or The Sears tower. HOWEVER, prices are not cheap! For adults you'll pay about $28 dollars per person.

-Visit the Navy Pier if you want to have fun along Lake Michigan. With plenty of rides, restaurants and entertainment to last all day, Navy Pier would be a great day or night activity.

-Shop! Most of the great shopping is located on North Michigan Ave aka " The Magnificent Mile" which
includes a stretch of stores and restaurants to Ralph Lauren, Filene's Basement, H&M, and 3 main shopping centers: The 900 Shops, The Shops at North Bridge, and Water Tower Place.

-Love Chocolate? Visit the Hershey Co. Store on North Michigan Avenue to satisfy that craving. Get souvenirs personalized, get sweet treats and enjoy the scenery of North Michigan Ave.

Where to Eat:
- Giordano's- Chicago is known for its deep dish pizza, and Giordano's is THE place to go. Depending on how many toppings you get, the pizza can be pricy (I only eat pepperoni so mine was relatively cheap!) There are many locations around the city, so choose one close to your hotel!

-UNO's-Another famous deep dish pizza spot you can't go wrong with! For a small pizza (about 8 small square slices) you might pay about 10 dollars. Not Bad!

-ESPN Zone- Not unique to Chicago, but if you want to eat and then have fun definitely check it out.

Where to Stay:
- Staying close to North Michigan Ave would be the ideal location-you can walk to a majority of the locations. We Stayed at the Omni Hotel located off of North Michigan Ave, which was perfect.

DO's and DON'Ts:
DO: Catch a CAB! Chicago is TOO big for you to try and get around by driving. Catch a cab and make your vacation go by smoother!
DO: Bring a jacket! We went in mid-July and although it was summer time, it was STILL WINDY lol. So keep a light sweater handy.
DON'T: Leave without trying their pizza! You'll be sorry you did.
DO: Try a Chicago Style Dog. Chicago is also known for its Hot Dogs dressed with crazy toppings. So stop a stand and grab a chicago style dog to go!

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Travel Like A Diva: Airplane Must-haves

All Jet Setting Divas, know that it's not just about being fabulous at the destination, but you have to travel in style as well. No matter if it's a 30 minute plane ride or a 10 hour journey, a Jet Setting Diva has got to be prepared for the ride.I'll be listing my Top 5 Airplane essentials.

I love having my iPhone with me on the plane because it's really an all in one for me. I can listen to music, watch movies, and relax to an audiobook. It keeps me entertained for hours of fun on the plane ride.

Good Book
I also like to use long plane rides as a way to catch up on some reading. I like to bring along my fave book and get lost in the story.

Comfy Sweater

If you're always cold like me, don't forget to being a sweater. I hate freezing through an entire flight, so I make sure to bring my favorite comfy sweater to help me get comfortable.


For those early morning flights, where you need to catch up on your zzz's, make sure you pack a pillow. I'm a fan of those neck pillows because their small and easy to stuff in a carry on and can still help me to relax for the ride.

Face Refresher Spray

Something about a plane ride always seems to dry out my skin. In order to look revived and fresh upon landing I like to pack something that can give my skin that quick pick me up. I like the Evian mineral spray because it's full of minerals that revives the skin and sets my makeup.

Cute Tote Bag

I like to keep a cute tote to carry all of my travel essentials. Finding something that's stylish yet functional is the key.

Yummy Snacks
I get hungry easily and with the ridiculous prices airports and airplanes charge for a snack, it's best just to pack your own!

So, Jet Setters, now that I've told you the essentials that I need for the plane, what are some of yours?