My Picks: H&M Labor day deals starting at $4.95

H&M is having a labor day sale with items starting at $4.95.   The selection is not huge but I was still able to find some really cute  Fall weekend pieces and under garments.   My 6 pieces came to a total of $87.65 including tax and shipping.    That’s about $13.60  per item (including a biker jacket) + tax and shipping… a total steal!

H&M Labor Day Sale 2014 - Sales Starting at $4.95Here are my picks with description:

#1 – H&M Gray fine-knit sweater with heart patterns Sale $9.95
Relaxed fit sweater with a wide neckline.  100% cotton.  Machine wash warm. Article No. 48-6048

H&M Gray Fine-knit Sweater with hearts - Article No. 48-6048

#2 – H&M Black Biker Jacket Sale $39.95
Biker jacket in imitation leather with quilted details. Concealed zip and snap fasteners at front, side pockets with zip, and zip at cuffs. Lined. 100% polyester. Machine wash cold. Art.No. 48-7062.

H&M Biker Imitation Leather Jacket - Black - Art.No. 48-7062

#3 – H&M Light Blue Skinny Low Ankle Jeans Sale $12.95
&DENIM. 5-pocket, low-rise jeans in stretch denim. Ultra-slim, ankle-length legs. 2% spandex, 35% cotton, 35% lyocell, 28% polyester. Machine wash cold. Art. No. 48-5913

HM Light Demin Blue Skinny Low Ankle Jeans- Art. No. 48-5913

#4 –Dark BlueTube Scarf w/ Flower Print Sale$4.95
Tube scarf in a soft woven fabric with a printed pattern. 100% polyester. Machine wash cold. Art.No. 48-8137

HM black Tube Scarf in Woven Fabric

#5 and #6  –Super Push-up Bra in Black and Leopard Print Sale $4.95
Super push-up bra in microfiber and lace. Thickly padded underwire cups to maximize bust and cleavage. 20% spandex, 80% polyester. Hand wash cold. Art.No. 48-6171

HM Black Super Push-Up BraHM Leopard Print Super Push-Up Bra


Where you able to catch this sale? I’d love to see what you bought.  Leave a link to your blog or items below.





Royal Caribbean Majesty of the Seas Cruise Review This was our first cruise and it will definitely not be the last... we are hooked!  

We went on the Majesty of the Seas 4-night Bahama cruise from Miami with 2 stops in the Bahamas (Nassau and CocoCay) and 1 stop in Key West.  This ship was not the biggest, baddest or newest but it was a lot of fun and we loved it.  And did I mention we got engaged!!!  (video)

Everything was so organized and smooth sailing.  Every morning they would deliver the daily compass with itinerary information, activities and port information.  There was no waiting in lines, the staff was attentive  and overall an enjoyable experience.   So here is the breakdown of the trip:

The decor was not impressive and a bit outdated but overall very clean, well-kept and somewhat elegant in an old-school kind of way.  It provided plenty of elevated viewing areas for sunrises, sunsets and sail-away city views. It had two large salt-water swimming pools (one was 10 ft the other 2 ft), hot tubs, bars and DJ/music. I don’t know how to swim so I wish the height was a bit more scaled for pools however I still enjoyed being in the water. The ship had plenty of elevators, stairs and multiple lobbies per floor which made it easy to navigate and was free of crowded spaces. Tip: take glass elevators leading to the shopping area for a nice view of the interior.

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Photo Credit: AM Photo
We had a Superior Oceanview Suite and it was very comfortable. The room had a small closet and plenty of drawers. It also had a safe box, mini bar and cable TV.

The complimentary restaurants for breakfast, lunch and dinner were a self-serve buffet style for casual dining at Windjammer Café and a multi-course menu with waiter service at the two Main Dinning Rooms (each serving different menu options).  There was also a Deli (not sure about the hours), Sorrento’s Pizza available 24 hours and free room service before midnight.  For an extra fee you can get Johnny Rockets burgers (the guys put on a nice dance show!), gourmet coffee and gelato.

The food was neither excellent nor bad, I would say we were satisfied. The self-serve buffet was very efficient and convenient and so was the 24 hour pizza.  Fruits and vegetables were plentiful.  If you are a steak or seafood fan, the Main Dining Room always had steak and seafood options.  There was a formal night at the Main Dining Room for which you are expected to dress-up an although no enforced, most woman wore cocktail/evening dresses and man wore suits/business casual.  All dining rooms had water views which was nice add-on.

There were plenty of bars all around.  Some bartenders were very slow and looked tired and sometimes we were better off finding the cocktail server and going on about our business until they came back with our drinks.  We found that tipping the cocktail servers cash, as with any other establishment, kept the drinks coming.

There were many types of entertainment going around at every time. There was Karaoke every night, pool parties, very funny comedy shows and a special night for couples (that was a lot of fun!).  The rock climbing under the stars on the highest part of the ship was really nice (tons of little kids but go for it anyway).

Royal Caribbean - Majesty of the seas - Activities - Things to do

The liquor package is worth it if you are a heavy drinker. We bought the package and found ourselves drinking just to make it worth our spend.  I think next time we’ll put that money towards something more useful.  We only bought one package and shared it (meaning Antonio got me drinks on his card) and even between the two of us there were days we barely had anything to drink because we were off the boat.

The photo package seemed pricey considering we spent $250 on alcohol but  the pictures were good quality.  

Bring spending money! They had used Rolex watches for sale, jewelry, sunglasses, perfumes and ran deals/special discounts for each department on different days.  Purchases were tax-free and many stores automatically  added us to a raffle with each purchase.  I bought super cute bracelets and babe bought Michael Kors sunglasses.

Customer service was impressive… excellent all around.  The room attendant was very attentive and kept our room nice and tidy.

Below is a summary of the things we did on each stop.  I am the type to research and have a list of things to do prior to a trip but I didn’t do that this time.  And although there were things I wish I had done I found that going with the flow was freeing and refreshing.

Nassau (8 am – Midnight) 
The currency is at par with the dollar (1 Bahamian dollar = 1 American dollar) so you’re not getting any deal here.  The island was very safe and it seems that you can wander around without fear.  They warned us not to rent scooters since Bahamians drive on the left side so we took a taxi to cable beach at $5/pp.  Later on we realized that we can take a jitney bus for $1.25/pp so we did that on the way back to the ship (bus #10 will take you from the port to cabbage beach or cable beach).
  • Cable beach it is by far a better option than cabbage beach.  It was clean, beautiful and somewhat deserted which was great.  You can however still find vendors for para-sailing or jet ski.  We rented a jet-ski for 30 minutes for $60.  The only downside of this beach was not having many food options right on the beach.  According to our friend’s research Cabbage Beach is not as pleasant and is very crowded, but the upside is that it is closer to the port and you can easily find food vendors.
  • Atlantis is very close to this island (you can actually see it from the ship) but we chose not to go.
  • Places I would visit next time: Sandy Toes beach

cable beach - Nassau - Bahamas - Royal Caribbean - Majesty of the Seas


CocoCay (8 am – 5 pm)
This is a tiny private island owned by Royal Caribbean and here they organized a really nice BBQ for us at the beach. The beach was beautiful and clean. There were souvenir shops, a water park and other water activities going on.
CocoCay - Nassau - Bahamas - Royal Caribbean - Majesty of the Seas
Key West (10 am – 6 pm)
At key west we rented a scooter and that was A LOT of fun, I highly recommend doing this instead of the tour bus.  It’s a fairly small island and you can get around in just a few hours.
  • Sights to visit: 0 Mile, Southernmost Point in the US, Hemingway’s house and light house (all within walking distance of each other).
  • Beaches:  I highly recommend going to Salute! restaurant on the beach – this was located in the nicer part of the beach – great for pictures!  Too bad we couldn’t stay for sunset.
  • Next trip: Hunted House Tour (which we didn’t do).    
    Royal caribbean - Majesty of the seas- Key West Things to Do
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Hello World!

“No one can tell your story so tell it yourself.  No one can write your story so write it yourself.”


I came across this meme about writing and I think it’s the perfect introduction to this blog.  We all have a story to tell and experiences to share and what better way to do that than by keeping a journal.  Some journals are meant to be reserved for family and kept private but some are meant to be shared with the world for everyone to use.

This blog is my public journal and it was born out of desire to put my thoughts on paper, be useful and help others by sharing my experiences (you can read more about me here).

I will be blogging about:

  • Natural (mostly natural) beauty products reviews –This will include makeup, skin care, hair, perfumes, etc.  For the past 2 years I’ve switch to natural and organic products where ever possible but occasionally use products that deliver performance regardless of ingredients.
  • Food recipes, food products and restaurant reviews and food events –The recipes will mostly be curated from the internet with a few of my own, focused on easy to make, healthy/somewhat healthy and flavorful meals.  I will post restaurant reviews and invitations to local food events in NYC.
  • Travel/Vacations – I love to travel and hope to do a lot of that in the next couple of years.  I will be posting curated lists of things to do as well as providing personal reviews.
  • Local/NYC – Activities, restaurants and everyday interesting things related to NYC.
  • My wedding planning – I’m engaged!!! the love of my life proposed exactly a week ago on a cruise so I will definitely post interesting wedding related findings.
  • Deals, Promotions & Events – I will post these occasionally.
Im engaged!
I sent this picture to my closest friends to let them know I’m engaged.

This blog is a work in progress so the titles and topics may change over time, please be patient and feel free to email me at anytime.

Thanks for sticking around! :)


Lucky Les