Luxury On A Budget


Finding a good deal to enjoy an exciting weekend break or extended holiday takes time and patience, but the rewards definitely make it worthwhile. Everyone loves to boast to friends and family about an action-packed weekend or an amazing trip they’ve experienced.

Whether it’s a city break just a train’s ride away, a luxurious retreat, a family day out to entertain the kids or a new find just around the corner, we all want to learn new ways to see and do lovely things without breaking the bank.


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Luxury Fashion Finds

Shopping for luxury fashion can be very expensive, but if done strategically you can save thousands of dollars.  Off season shopping often yields deep discounts. Take for instance these top designer finds at Nordstrom Rack, Clear the Rack sale. $2400 of winter fashion finds for $275, that’s 11% of the cost! So while Spring is here and the temperatures are rising, we all know that Winter is sure to return. The sale is going on now!

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Breakfast Should Be Pretty Too.

From Our Playlist: Marcus Miller featuring Corrine Bailey Rae

There’s some great music coming out of Leeds, UK. Bassist Marcus Miller featuring Corrine Bailey Rae is a favorite. Check it out.

Absolutely Fabulous, London

On our recent trip to London we visited the top tourist attractions, stayed at the fabulous 45 Park Lane and dined at Wolfgang Puck’s only restaurant outside of the US, CUT. The Dorchester Collection’s 45 Park Lane did not disappoint. Located within walking distance to the top London sites and across from Hyde Park, we enjoyed leisurely strolls through many of London’s beautiful gardens.

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Dreams and Magic

Disneyland Paris is a luxury for the entire family.  It’s large and expansive on 85 acres; with a great variety of rides.  It has pretty plantings; and it’s only 40 minutes by train from Paris – so there’s always the possibility of a double-destination holiday.  So gather the family and head to Disneyland Paris for a few days of fun!


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Consider this.  Watching the sunrise each day is a real luxury.  Every day that we can open our eyes is a gift.


Washington, DC

It was a lovely day to be a tourist in Washington, DC.  The sun was shining brightly with a comfortable 68 degrees. The weather was perfect for a lunchtime walk around the National Mall, museums and monuments. The Cherry Blossom trees are nearing the end of their bloom, but they were still very pretty. The first stop was the National Museum of African American History and Culture.  Then on to the Washington Monument, the National Mall and Constitution Gardens to view the Cherry Blossoms

The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. It was established by Act of Congress in 2003, following decades of efforts to promote and highlight the contributions of African Americans. To date, the Museum has collected more than 36,000 artifacts and nearly 100,000 individuals have become charter members. The Museum opened to the public on September 24, 2016, as the 19th and newest museum of the Smithsonian Institution.

There are four pillars upon which the NMAAHC stands:

  1. It provides an opportunity for those who are interested in African American culture to explore and revel in this history through interactive exhibitions
  2. It helps all Americans see how their stories, their histories, and their cultures are shaped and informed by global influences
  3. It explores what it means to be an American and share how American values like resiliency, optimism, and spirituality are reflected in African American history and culture
  4. It serves as a place of collaboration that reaches beyond Washington, D.C. to engage new audiences and to work with the myriad of museums and educational institutions that have explored and preserved this important history well before this museum was created.

Source:  Smithsonian National Museum of African American History

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Ready for Spring

We’re loving the Springtime look posted by W Magazine. Impeccable style!

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