Friday, November 15, 2013

Linden Avenue - My first eBook



It's been quite some time since I've posted on Her Perfect Black Dress. Over the summer, I created a new site that I felt would better represent my agenda; PoisedinPrint.com.

In the midst of all of the transition, I've penned my first eBook. It's set to come out on Black Friday via Amazon.

Since Google Reader is operation, I'd love for you guys to stay up to date with me via PoisedinPrint.com via Google Reader, Google +, FB, and Twitter.

Thanks for all of your support.



Tags: "blogs" "blogger" "writer" "eBooks" "Linden Avenue"

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Saying Good-Bye



Dear friends,

Her Perfect Black Dress is closing its doors. Since 2011, we've had a good run, met great people, and attended outstanding events. We've outgrown our britches within this arena and we're spreading our wings in other parts of the World Wide Web.

Starting July 29, 2013, the site should redirect to www.poisedinprint.com. If it does not, please click the link to explore the rebranded version of me; news, current events, travel, food, and editorials with a blurb of fashion here or there.

Upcoming stories on Poised in Print; More of Meatless Mondays, travel to Toronto, Canada and Niagara Falls, Back to School, and Arabian Tacos.



See you on the other side beginning July 29, 2013.


Friday, July 19, 2013

Wheels Up; Vacation Time

It seems like June and July have gone on forever. Between winding town the slowest close of the year that I've ever experienced, moving to a new apartment, leaving the island, and experiencing extreme temperatures, I'm overdue for a vacation. My July's vacation will be more of a weekend getaway.

I'm a bit too pooped to frolic properly through the South of France so a North American stop it is. It's a place that I've never been, so it will count towards my Twelve Countries in 12 Months Project. Thereafter, I'm going to spend a bit of time with my sister in DC. I can't wait to go to my favorite Ethiopian Restaurant on U Street and walk around National Mall for morning rejuvenation.

Before I leave Abu Dhabi, I need to pick up a few souvenirs for my family. I will probably stop by a few of the small souqs to get things unique to the UAE.

I'm looking forward to grilled dinners with my family. My step-dad thinks he's the grill master and I gracefully oblige. He's quite the cook and I'm ready to taste flavors from home.

Most importantly, I am going to get some much needed rest. World news has been heavy, local news unfair, my national news disappointing so it is time to take a media break.

In the meantime, the blog is getting its annual redesign, the professional site is underway, I've pitched a few mainstream publications and after break, I will be renewed.

Starting Monday July 29, Her Perfect Black Dress will be Poised in Print. The site should redirect but if does not, please visit www.poisedinprint.com. Changes will occur on FB, Twitter, LinkedIn, and everywhere we're connect.



Tags: "vacation" "mental break" "blog break" "travel" "PoisedinPrint" "media" "news"

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Wordless Wednesday; a Place Called Home


Housing


Downtown Delma



Video of Delma Island

Etisalat Community

Standard housing for Arab Families on Delma Island

"The Mall" includes a restaurant (the only one on the island), grocery store, government municipalities, trinket store, perfume shop, mobile shop, nacho/corn stand, photo developing, ATM, and typing center. There's an ice cream and stationary shop on the exterior with a laundry and mail boxes in the back.


So long Delma Island



Tags: "Delma Island" "Delma" "Dalma" "UAE" "teaching in the UAE" "teaching in Abu Dhabi"

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Travel Tuesday: iTravel - Solo

The cat is out of the bag and it is absolutely no secret that I am enjoying my time on this side of the world. Everything is closer, which gives me an opportunity to visit more places with minimal costs. With this in mind, many ask, "Do you travel alone because we don't see others in your pictures?" Yes I travel alone for the most part but I have companions sometimes; I prefer traveling alone.

Here's why:

Timing

Working in education and particularly education here, I know my days off in advance and can schedule trips around these times. Those who work in the private sector may not have times that align with mine. Therefore, if I align with their time off, it's most likely mid-year and taking time off during those times is frowned upon (it happens though).

Finances

I am no multi-millionaire but I'm not struggling either. During travels, I want to have comfortable lodging with stellar amenities. Many travel bloggers opt for hostels or economical hotels, this is something I just can't do. The thought of staying in a hostel doesn't excite me by any means and I've tried lower star hotels and was left disappointed.





Excursions

I'm still a bit of a brat and I want to do what I want to do. If I want a day of leisure versus pounding the pavement, that's what's going to happen. Newer travelers like to take in ALL that the city has to offer and I just don't have to do that. If I hit a few key spots, I'm OK.





The Solo Traveler

Traveling alone is a wonderful and enjoyable experience. It offers freedom, relaxation, and one-to-one time with the destination. Take care when traveling alone by:





  1. Giving detailed information to your loved ones at home. Keep in contact so they don't worry.
  2. DO NOT announce that you're traveling alone on social media or at your destination.
  3. Keep your personal items (ie passport, money, room key) on your person in a snug bag that's ALWAYS in front of you.
  4. Minimize time out at night or inviting "new friends" to your room.
  5. Meet "new friends" in public places and avoid getting intoxicated.

Plan ahead and enjoy your next trip solo.









Tags: "travel" "traveling alone" "women who travel alone" "travel tips" "teacher in Abu Dhabi" "working for ADEC"

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