As many of you may know one of my many interests is travel and event planning. It’s why I own my own agency White Orchid Travel & Events, LLC. It is one of the many ways I’m able to use my creativity to express myself and I love it. I can only give my honest opinion which you may or not agree with. As a woman of color, I know that things can be different for me than my white counterparts. So I am aware of this and although I don’t go around expecting to be treated differently, I am keenly aware it could happen.
I do not recommend Airbnb for the above reason mentioned. It seems that people of color, especially, black women are treated far more harshly and physically if something goes wrong or the host is unhappy about something. I have seen the videos of women being manhandled, thrown down a flight of stairs, escorted by the police, etc. I don’t go away and spend my money to be treated like that. You cannot regulate people’s prejudices and stupidity. You can only try to put yourself in as safe a situation as you possible can. I know many women of color who have stated that they have had really good experiences using Airbnb and I’m happy that they have, but until all are treated well, it’s a concern.
The reasons I prefer a hotel over Airbnb anytime are simple. A hotel wants your repeat business and referrals. They count on them. They will work with you and are much more open and flexible when it comes to checking out, extending your stay, meeting your needs, changing your reservation, etc. In other words they will go out of their way to make it work if possible. Worst case scenario and things can’t be worked out, they do not grab you, shove you, push you down stairs, throw your stuff out in the street, etc. They call the police if necessary and ask them to escort you out. Most people know when the police show up, its time to go. However unpleasant, it’s usually an encounter that doesn’t end with physical removal. Keep this in mind the next time you have to decide between the two. I say do whatever works for you, but as for me, I will continue to use hotels over Airbnb every time.
ORS Olive Oil recently hosted a natural hair day event in New York City and it was glorious!!! The event was hosted by several moderators including the wonderful Bethann Hardison one of the first black models to become sought after. She is probably better known these days as a talent manager. One of her most famous clients is the model Tyson Beckford. The event featured hair styling, makeup tutorials, cocktails and of course food. At the end of the event we were all given a gift bag full of Olive Oil products. The Coconut Mousse, Avocado Shampoo, Orange Essence Hair Conditioner, Edge Control, Hair Milk, Curly Pudding and Sheen Spray. I’m loving the Hair Milk for styling and night maintenance. I used the shampoo and conditioner to wash my hair and it smelled so good!!! I definitely plan to continue to use these product and recommend that you give them a try. The tees shirt was a nice touch!!
These are also two of my favorites. I suffer from dry skin so I’m always looking for something to keep my skin moisturized and conditioned. It seems I have to repeatedly apply product to stay moisturized. One of the downfalls of aging I’m sure. These two products do a pretty good job of helping me on my never ending quest for soft skin. The Body Milk by Etro is just delightful without being too light or too heavy. I also enjoy the TSI Blossom by Native Naturals as well. It’s nourishing like it says without being too heavy. Either of these should get you through the day.
Winter is here. I know I know, we would all rather be on some tropical island laying on a beach with a Pina Coloda in hand. Alas for those of us who live with seasons, we are in the midst of winter, so may I suggest my version of hot chocolate to help you on those cold winter nights. This is not for the kiddies!!!
You can make whatever flavor that floats your boat. I prefer coconut. Your have as many choices as there are chocolate candies out there. I use 2-3 Lindt Coconut balls, mixed with a dash of vanilla I bought when I was in Mexico and a splash of Patron Cafe Tequila and hot milk. Heat milk, add chocolate balls, vanilla and stir until smooth, then add splash of Patron Cafe Tequila and enjoy!!!
Why is it when I go shopping for sunglasses, I never see any like this. Dolce & Gabbana have some of the most gorgeous, unusual sunglasses out there. Funky, eclectic and so stylish and chic!!!
I know it doesn’t seem like it, but summer is coming again!!! Get your eye wear game on ladies!