The second biggest expense when traveling is the hotel. After you book the flight, pick up the rental car, you’re more than ready to relax. The problem is whether to stay at a hotel or hostel. I’m going to give you a quick comparison that will help you in your decision.

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As a young girl one of my favorite books to read was Eloise at the Plaza. The story is of a young girl that lives in a hotel. A hotel is glamorous. Expensive fixtures, artwork and furniture decorate the hotel. Important meetings and people pass through hotels every month. It is what makes a hotel such a great choice.

 

Pros

Beautiful decor, artwork, chandeliers etc..

Private Room and Bath (in most cases)

Convenient Location (if not knowledgeable staff)

Breakfast Included (in most cases)

Cons

Expensive

Isolated from the locals

Breakfast not always included

B Historic Hotel

Hostel

Hostels or Airbnb are a second great option. Hostels often have multiple beds in a room or even bunk beds. This helps bring down the cost per night. Many Airbnb, bed and breakfast, hostels, pods are popping up for the budget traveler. This is putting pressure on many hotels to become more accommodating.

Pros

Budget-Friendly

App Savvy

Novel Experience

Interaction with Locals

Cons

Somewhat Risky

Requires a lot of Independence

Wild Card

There are pros and cons with both options, it is ultimately up to you.

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Push Outside of Your Comfort Zone

The problem we often face in life is we get stuck. We get stuck in our comfort zones and forget to live life. Too often I see people blankly stare at their computer screens or walk mindlessly through a grocery store. If you’re reading this you’re probably like me. You’re different.

Over the next couple of weeks, I will list the steps I am taking to push past my comfort zone. The first step is to:


Create a Major Goal 

A major goal can be to complete a marathon, travel to foreign country, or act in a play. The goal must resonate with you. The influence of others will not help you complete your goal. It must be your own goal. Let’s breakdown the goal into Specific, Measurable, Action-Orientated, Rewarding and Trackable.  I will use my own goal as an example.

 I want to display 10 pieces in an art gallery.

Specific: 10 acrylic paintings displayed in an art gallery.


Measurable:It takes me two weeks to finish one painting.

I have two paintings so far.  I can complete my goal by August.


Action-Orientated: I would needs to discipline myself to paint everyday until August.


Rewarding: In the book 7 Habits of Highly Effective People they say to visualize the end goal.

To me imagining people gathering around my work makes it rewarding.


Trackable: Every two weeks I’ll have one work completed. By August all 10 pieces will be done.

When you set a goal make it S.M.A.R.T.  Leave a comment below and tell me what you hope to accomplish in the next 7 months!bulletin-board-3127287_960_720

Response: What It Means To Be A Black Female Introvert

I recently read an article by Valarie Stephens, self-proclaimed introvert. In her article, she described herself as an introvert that happened to be black, and that is how I would describe myself. I am an introvert that is black. Often times I feel like being a black female overshadows my actual personality. It’s shallow that people cannot look past my skin, and get to know ME.

Black women have the worst stereotypes out of any race. We are over-sexualized in music videos or dismissed as loud mouth baby mama. There is no in between. It saddens me that people find me strange or unique for acting the way I do. I know for a fact there are many black and minority women out there like me. We like coffee, Kawaii things, pop music and being alone.

I hope this doesn’t get dusted under the rug. If it does I want to say, I here weird and never going to change.

The Hunger Games Guide to the Eclipse

Today a few lucky cities will witness the Eclipse. Redmond, Knoxville, and Charleston.

I have composed a Hunger Games guide to surviving the Eclipse.

 

 

 

 

Tip #1

Limit Driving and Commuting During the Eclipse


With visitors coming from all over to witness the

eclipse driving and normal everyday activities will

be difficult. Visibility will be somewhat limited,imagine

a cloudy day when it’s overcast.

Everyone should be cautious of the sudden change and

hold off on any activities until it is clear

 

Tip #2

No Selfies Please

The great Neil deGrasse has said

“Don’t film the Eclipse, experience it.”

It has been verified by NASA that using

your camera or phone may damage the lens

unless you have a UV protectant to cover it.

Nor can you view the eclipse through your

phone.

 

Tip #3

Protect Your Eyes

The most important organ by far.  If you

decide to view the event make sure you

protect and cover your eyes. The solar

glasses are probably sold out everywhere,

but if you can snag a pair from a friend or

go to a viewing party that provides

them you’ll be covered.

How will you view the Eclipse. Comment down below.

5 BS Facts About Shoes Everyone Thinks is True

1. Shoe’s Have To Be Painful To Be Sexy

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If shoes are painful for you to wear either you’re wearing them wrong or have the wrong size.

 

Many Shoe Gurus have mastered the art of walking in heels. Shoe Gurus can make high heels like your walking on air.

13 Tips That Will Help Take The Pain Out of Wearing High Heels

18 Hacks, tips, and Tricks, To Make High Heels More Comfortable

2. Wear Shoes That Attract The Attention of Men

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We all have different motivations for selecting the clothes and shoes we wear. We select clothes and shoes to express our unique identity. While men tend to

be attracted to long

 

legs, that usually is not the intention of buying heels. When you wear a pair of heels you feel above it all, like you’re a goddess or queen.

What Are The Benefits of High Heel Shoes

One Crazy Advantage of  Wearing High Heels

3. Flat Shoes Are For Quitters

While binge watching a 30 Rock, I remember the episode when Jack found out Avery was pregnant with his baby. Avery, like Jack, is a go-getter. Anything less than perfection isn’t good enough for her and that’s why Jack fell in love with her. During her pregnancy Jack said “And she always wears high heels, because, according to her,flats are for quitters.” pexels-photo-239323

I’m not recommending that you wear during your pregnancy. Flats are a great option. Many flats come in a great pattern while being stylish. I personally prefer flats over heels. Flats and sneakers are for those busy days when you need to get stuff DONE.

4. Comfort and Style are Mutually Exclusive

This is a major myth. Like Myth number #1 shoes can be comfortable and fun. Just like anything you purchase, you examine and try it out. I love buying shoes online but make sure that the website has a flexible return policy.

Zappos Return Policy

Nordstrom Return Policy

5. All Shoes Are The Same

It is easy to believe that all online shoes are the same. If your new to online shopping it’s easy to believe but if you’re a pro like me find unique shoes is a breeze. I can confidently say you can find any shoe, from any brand, from any time period, online. it just takes a little research.

 

What do you guys think? Leave a comment below

Lately On Instagram ( I’m on Instagram)

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I posted a picture today of this adorable artist

Grace Vanderwaal. Grace Vanderwaal

was on America’s Got Talent when she revealed to the world her majestic voice.  After America’s Got Talent, Grace has sold out nearly every show.

Grace  has the voice of an old Blues singer. She is only 13 and still has a lot of maturing to do as an artist. She possesses the talent needed to make her a Billboard Top Artist but often with fame at a young age, addiction becomes a problem. I hope this doesn’t happen to her.

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Grace a talented young girl from Kansas thrown into the limelight by a talent show. That would be a movie I’d watch!

My second most recent post was about my 

FAVORITE pair of sunglasses. I got these sunglasses from LOFT not too long ago. There like a rose-mirrored tint. I was going to the grocery store for sweet potatoes and wanted to take a selfie. They just scream fabulous every time I put them on.

I love Instagram because you can say a million thing with a picture. My account is

fairly new and goes along with my blog and personal life.

Don’t forget to follow me  crissy.b723

Hey. How are you?

Hey. How are you?

I hope all is well.Today’s post is just going to be super casual. As

casual as I can be at least. Are you guys watching GOT?

Game of Thrones is back on so all is well in the world.

I don’t know why I like that show so

much. Oh no I remember, freakin’ Jon Snow! That smexy

man. I haven’t caught up so it’s on my list of final to-dos

before the summer ends.

 

What are you guys listening to right now?

I’m listening to Halsey, Banks, and Ruth B. I

love soulful female artists.

They just transport you to the deepest part of

your emotions.

That’s just music in general.

 

What trends are you guys wearing? I am wearing

cropped legging and a t-shirt. It has been unbearably hot

here. I really want to buy a pair of culottes but I’m this weird

height between short and average. It’s like a hit or miss with

pants. So I always need to try them on. The culottes I tried

were like ankle length and that’s not how they’re supposed to

be worn. 😦 I think I’m going to have to make my own.

Have you guys tried anything new? Have you tried grocery

delivery? I don’t try new things unless I get a positive testimonial

from my friends or family.

I’m looking into Thrive, let me know if you’ve tried it. I would

love to hear about it.

Rihanna’s Comeback

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I am a huge fan of Rihanna, for many reasons. I feel like Rihanna has the best celebrity come back IN THE HISTORY of celebrity comebacks. I’m not talking about popularity. I mean comeback from the tragic incident between her and her ex Chris Brown.
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I’m not a huge celebrity gossip fan or interested in gossip in general but Rihanna I adore.

 

When I heard she was in a violent relationship with Chris Brown it saddened me. She’s so beautiful and talented, how could that happen to her? How could that happen to anyone. Domestic violence is a real issue, many women don’t walk away from. It’s tragic to say that Rihanna was lucky to walk away with just bruises. No one deserves that ever!

 

Rihanna went dark for a couple of years with Good Girl Gone Bad and Rated R. 

She needed to break down to repair herself. Who are you after something like that? Going dark was her way of coping. It took a couple a years for her to find herself again. She was no longer the

sexy island girl but a unstoppable pop icon that doesn’t give a f**k.

I admire her for that. You can follow her on Instagram and see her as an loving aunt to a fashion icon. I love how she can go from a punk-rocker with green hair to a pink princess on the red carpet. I admire her for her strength in her sexuality. Her ability to love again and her overall love for her fans.

Two-Year Anniversary Of thebarefootqueen

Two years ago this month I was inspired to start this blog. While it has a long way to go, I’m happy to say I’m very proud of it. This month Google renewed my blog name thebarefootqueen.com.

I don’t know what it is about sentimental moments but I don’t realize how how magical they were until it’s over.  Let me start from the beginning…

Why thebarefootqueen Name?

I image thebarefootqueen as a loving, free spirited leader. She has a bohemian style and

flowers in her hair. She sleeps by the sun and lives by the moon. She fearless yet vulnerable, because vulnerability is strength. She is the embodiment of  who I want to be.

What Will Happen Over the Next  Two Years?

The next two years you guys are going to see a lot more of me. I plan on starting a YouTube channel and doing vlog, GRWM, OOTD, travel videos are much more. I find myself happiest when I am creating. I remember taking a drawing 101 class in college and everyday I was excited to go. I feel the same way when posting.

Where Do We Fit In?

You guys are important to me. While we are a small  group, we are a strong group. I can truly say I’ve gotten nothing but positivity and inspiration from you guys. I hope to grow our group and get a conversation going. I enjoy hearing feedback, comments, praise, so lets start chatting!