Dear Gentlemen, it’s too bad about this whole feminism thing

I stumbled upon a sad little blog the other day full of angry little trolls huffing and puffing that white men had become the marginalized minority, discriminated against, marginalized, and silenced. Between the venomous lines of hate, I read quite loudly the longing these men shared to return to the “good old days” of masculineContinue reading “Dear Gentlemen, it’s too bad about this whole feminism thing”

Into Everyone’s Life A Little Motivation Will Fall

Six hours I have six hours until I need to be on a flight to the UK, followed by three days “on”, a day to fly home, two days of laundry, groceries, and prep then four days in Chicago, five days in Rome, and one week home. Then it’s on to one week in NewContinue reading “Into Everyone’s Life A Little Motivation Will Fall”

One Day in Rome

The thing which never happens, has happened! On my upcoming trip to Italy I will have 24 full, unscheduled hours – all to myself. No colleagues to entertain No meetings to attend No children to attend to Just me, my map, and an ungodly amount of Frascati I’ve visited Rome before, years ago, and afterContinue reading “One Day in Rome”

One Year in Review

The LaBelleValise blog is now one year old.Β  This blog started as a travel log on all the places work, life, and wanderlust takes me and over the past year the adventure has been better than I hoped. Here are a few of the highlights Istanbul, Turkey Chester, UK Chicago, Illinois New York, New YorkContinue reading “One Year in Review”

Christmas in Berlin

Planes, trains, and automobiles – I am in the midst of a 30 day journey that will take me from the red rock deserts of Southern Utah to the domed spires of the Milan cathedral, from the salty shores of the Adriatic sea to the warm Caribbean waters of Jamaica. I’ll pause and post whenContinue reading “Christmas in Berlin”

Zen and the Art of Sightseeing

I am one of the fortunate souls who doesn’t get jet lagged. Perhaps that’s just my biology, but I think it’s probably my approach to International travel. My Routine for Avoiding Jet Lag: 1. Sleep En Route: While people will encourage you to avoid alcohol when travelling I am a strong advocate for a glassContinue reading “Zen and the Art of Sightseeing”

The Spring Collection

American designers launch their collections twice per year: the Fall collection is introduced at fashion markets in the spring and the spring collection in the fall (a calendar disconnect which makes it nearly impossible for me to speak about a collection without pausing to correct myself first). The spring launch is out of sync withContinue reading “The Spring Collection”

Nationalism with a Slice of Lemon

Here in the UK, sitting at the Pub, having a very proper American tea time. I prefer mine over ice, with a bendy straw, and a slice of lime, but when in Rome … I suppose a lemon will have to do. We’re forecast to have sun today, but I’ll be sporting my red ‘brollyContinue reading “Nationalism with a Slice of Lemon”

My Gear List

Prepping for my next big voyage:Β Toronto, Amsterdam, and London. Is it in bad taste if I thank the tragic Ebola outbreak for saving my Labor Day weekend and cancelling my leg in Pretoria? Figured I’d share my packing lists: After a luggage-check mishap in the UK earlier this year I am now firmly committed toContinue reading “My Gear List”

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