There are some perks to not being able to sleep sometimes. I was up at 2:30 am and happened to catch The Chanel Fall Ready to Wear Fashion Show for the 2021/2022 season. Here are some of the top looks of the season! I love the theme of the show from the Paris streets to behind the scenes, the dressing room, to the runway, back on the cobble stone streets again! I only wish that they put me in the show so I show them some thickness & curves. Curve models In high fashion shows need to be normalized. I digress. The real talk is real. So, what look do you like the best?
I stayed at Mint Hotel for a staycation in Denver. This hotel was unique because it was actually also a luxury downtown Denver apartment building . Mint Hotel used beautifully furnished apartments as hotel rooms. Apartments were available to rent on the other side of the building as hotel rooms. Apartments were available to rent on the other side of the building
I had the pleasure of staying in a two bedroom hotel suite. I loved how spacious the suite was and how it had all the modern conveniences of a home including a full kitchen, dishes pots pans, wash and dryer machine in unit. The close proximity to Denver restaurants and local grocery stores were a nice bonus. The view overlooking Denver was phenomenal. I liked that the hotel is dog friendly as well!
Video tour here: Brought some spice to The Mint! Take a look!
￼Don’t you just love when you have a cute shopping day? Well, when I planned to move to France I knew that it was going to be difficult finding plus size clothes! My cute successful shopping days were numbered in France. In preparation I brought everything with me that I could possibly carry. I went to Nordstrom before leaving the United States and bought all my staple pieces including coats for winter, sweaters, jeans, shirts, skirts and shoes. Unfortunately carrying all my clothes with me to France was not easy. Not only was it not easy to carry physically, but with a dog, three huge suitcases and carry-on(s), it was very expensive. I had to negotiate the price of carrying my luggage to France with all my clothes but I knew if I didn’t bring all the basic then I wasn’t going to be able to travel like I wanted to and be comfortable however it was a catch 22 because I wasn’t able to travel like I wanted to as easily because it was hard to carry all of my suitcases with me￼￼￼￼!
At times I was sad that I couldn’t wear the looks I wanted to and take fancy pictures of my traveling in France because my clothes were really basic. I love basic clean classic styles but sometimes a girl just wants to have fun and “luxuriate”
I am sharing my experiences hoping that brands in Europe will expand their sizes as the sizes of women have changed. Plus size women deserve to look fashionable and feel comfortable in their current size. There is so much money that curvy girls like myself want to spend on France and all of Europe. It’s time for a change. Don’t get me started on the bra sizes in France!! I leave that for another day.
Here are some pictures I took shopping in Zara in Annecy, France below. To my disappointment nothing was remotely the correct size for me. It definitely made me feel excluded. No woman should feel that way.
Below I’ve included a video on tips shopping for plus size clothes in France.
Check out my video about shopping for plus size clothes in France and how difficult it was! https://youtu.be/rPdWJVGugkA
click picture to purchase before these cyber deals are gone!
When you just purchase a home, it is a great idea to clear the energy that the house may hold. Old energy may still be present even long after the house has been sold. Clearing a home’s old energy from previous owners can be good if there was a divorce that happened while a couple lived in the home, or a person living in the home had health issues, financial or emotional distress. In general, it is always a helpful option to cleanse the energy in a home.
The benefits of cleansing a home’s energy and blessing the home are to bring in new blessings, protection, and good energy to the home and all who live there. Blessing the home can help a homeowner and family to feel more relaxed, creative, and happy inside their new home. Blessing the home can bring in new financial opportunities and allow whoever enters the home to feel uplifted, safe, and the houseguests to be in better spirits than they had when they arrived. Praying over a home can also block the wrong people from entering. Take the following steps to cleanse and bless your new home:
- Send Gratitude to the previous owners of the house thank the previous owners of your home for taking care of the house and also allowing you to live in the home peacefully. Metaphorically speaking you can send gratitude to the previous owners. Have gratitude for being able to live in a home that you choose.
- State New Intentions for your new home and seal it with a prayer State all the intentions you have for your new house. Intentions can be to raise a happy family, create a business, create new memories, have joyful gatherings with friends and family, and feel protection. Your intention for your home can be as creative, simple, or as deep as you would like them to be. You can write your intentions down or say them out loud. If you do pray you can say: thank you for providing this house for me and my family I thank you that this home brings us the following intentions and read through your list!
- Bring in Fresh air and Sage To Sage your new home correctly you want to start by opening at least one window in each room for an hour before you start the sage cleanse. Light a white candle to help bring in good energy and place it in any room if you have more than one candle to put in multiple rooms that’s even better . The best place to start the sage cleanse is at front door. Light the Sage. It’s best if you have a sage smudge stick. You want to go clockwise from the front door into every room. while you are entering the front door you can start repeating your intentions/prayer that you created for your home as you walk from room to room clockwise from the front door. Make sure you sage the closets, bathrooms, and the corners of each room as well. Keep repeating your prayers as you go. Once you have covered your entire house exit your house and walk around the perimeter of your home, clockwise, and smudge the outside of your house with the burning sage. Again state your prayers and intention for your home and ask for protection and that no one with ill intentions shall enter the home. Once you finish give gratitude for the cleansing and protection of your home and enjoy the immediate and long-lasting refreshing energy that you feel. You can use sage to cleanse your home periodically to cleanse the energy in your home. If you have a stressful discussion you can cleanse and sage the room where the discussion happened. However, once your home is blessed, it’s always blessed!
My 2 week stay at the Moxy hotel was overall lovely.❤
Centrally located hotel in the 11arr.
Chic hotel stylish and clean
Friendly and helpful accommodating staff!
New technology big screen TV USB outlets by bed and TV to charge phone
Nice fun events for guest from mixology classes to running events for active guest!
Spacious room options and unique storage options for baggage
Beautiful balcony in rooms and open terrace on top floor
Great lounge/ working space area for guest, I met some Amazing people in the resturant area. Great spot for solo/business travellers to be social.
Dog friendly (*but for a unfriendly price)
Without sounding like a full lush the drink selection and bartenders were the best!!
Wish there was more diversity in their advertising and partnerships
Bed was hard on the back but to be fair not many hotels in Europe have good beds. It was at least a Real bed. I’ve stayed in a lot this was among the better of the hard beds. Do yoga
Limited menu but everything I tried was good
Despite the bed I wanted to stay longer 2 weeks was not enough!
The underlying 2021 theme of this seller’s market is that buyer demand continues to stay hot, even as many buyers continue to be iced out in this fast-paced market.March 2, 2021
In February, the Greater Denver Metro housing market proved that the underlying theme of this market is speed: speed at which buyers are purchasing relative to the number of sellers listing, and the speed at which active properties are going under contract while prices are accelerating.
While many metrics still show detached properties are in higher demand than attached, that gap decreased in February. There were 3,641 closed properties, up 3.70 percent from last year at this time, and in part because attached properties were on the rise. Attached properties saw a 16.29 percent increase in closings relative to last year at this time. The increased demand for attached properties propelled the market to an average close price of $401,552. This is the first time the attached market has had an average price above $400,000. Meanwhile, detached properties saw a 1.80 percent decrease in closed properties relative to last year.
The report additionally confirms that with median days in the MLS at five, close-price-to-
list-price ratio 101.90 percent, and months of inventory at 0.55, competition remains incredibly high. With properties frequently going over asking price, full appraisal gap waiver appreciation continues to rise. Savviness, creativity, knowledge and guts are all components that will help buyers move towards a path of homeownership in this market.
“The question currently is what will it take to get to a more normalized market?” said Andrew Abrams, Chair of the DMAR Market Trends Committee and Metro Denver REALTOR®. “Seasonality, vaccines and interest rates will be a few of the best indicators. As more of the population gets vaccinated, we may see increased listings throughout the summertime. Most importantly, if interest rates start to increase, that may decrease buyer demand changing the quantity of multi-offer situations. While no one has a crystal ball, using market indicators, creativity and perseverance will help buyers succeed in this hot market.”
Our monthly report also includes statistics and analyses in its supplemental “Luxury Market Report” (properties sold for $1 million or greater), “Signature Market Report” (properties sold between $750,000 and $999,999), “Premier Market Report” (properties sold between $500,000 and $749,999), and “Classic Market” (properties sold between $300,000 and $499,999).
February showed no signs of slowing down in the Luxury Market with some interesting trends at hand. Overall, numbers show an excellent month for luxury real estate in Denver with an incredible 446 sold homes year-to-date. That represents a 62.77 percent increase in sales overall from February 2020.
Last month, the luxury detached market alone closed on 206 homes, a 10.75 percent increase in this category from last month and a 46.10 percent improvement from last year. More buyers are ready to purchase property over $1 million than the market saw in 2020 and single-family home sellers are enjoying a more crowded and hotter marketplace. While less competitive than other market segments, it is still fierce with February’s close-price-to-list-price ratio at 97.63 percent.
Conversely, an interesting trend appears in the attached market with the number of closed residences down from 29 sales in January to 25 in February. This was still more sales than in 2020, which was only 15 total for February. However, the attached market was also experiencing a much longer time on the market; it is up 337.50 percent from the previous month. In January, there was a median of eight days in the MLS, and in February, it jumped to 35 days.
“Attached market homes that are “picture perfect” and marketed properly are selling quickly and for a higher price,” said Jenny Usaj, DMAR Market Trends Committee member and Metro Denver REALTOR®. “What we’re noticing is that if the residence requires work, it sits longer on the market than we have seen in the past.”
The good news for luxury attached homebuyers is that you have options. Sellers should take their time to prepare the residence, and REALTORS® need to market appropriately rather than rushing to get the property on the market. It is essential to set the timeline of expectations for the sellers and establish a showing schedule that will work with their lifestyle.