Lupita Nyong’o for Rhapsody Magazine

Publication:United Airline’s Rhapsody Magazine December 2015
Model: Lupita Nyong’o
Photography: Yu Tsai
Styling: Micaela Erlanger
Hair: Larry Sims
Beauty: Nick Barose


After passing this 2-3 times while running errands around my job, I finally ventured over to Sugar for happy hour last week! This little gem, filled with white chairs, wood accents, swings and karaoke, opened in November 2015. The staff and bartenders are extremely friendly, jovial, and attentive. I made a whole crew of new friends in short period of time! The menu is pretty light - just salads, sandwiches, and deserts. I had the bresaola sandwich and the cheesecake and, while the cheesecake wasn't anything to write home about, the sandwich was divine! But, this was also my first time having bresaola so I may have a slight bias.

I Think I Might Love ColourPop...

How lovely is it to see lip color swatches on varying skin tones in order to help you see if the color will work for your complexion?! I appreciate their efforts in transparency and informed decision making.

5 Things I Learned On My First Cruise

The Norwegian Cruise Line Getaway docked in Cozumel

I spend 6 days floating and porting through the western Caribbean on this lovely ship, called the Getaway. Now, I will admit, while I was enthused for this first trip out of the country I was extremely leery of the idea of living at sea for such a long period of time. Will I get seasick? Would I get bored? What if my roommate and I have a disagreement? Will the food be good? Will everything have pork or shellfish in it? Will my allergies be going crazy? Will there be a lot of loud children? Do I have enough books to keep me occupied? Will they play trap music? Will there be cute men on board? Will this be the beginning of a whimsical fairy tale romance?

To answer all my our questions: No. No. No. YES. No. No. YES. I barely read any of the three I brought on. No (but I heard Meek Mill was heard streaming from a club one night). No. and .. *sobs in Jane Austen novel* ...No.

I ended up really enjoying the trip and officially down to attend any and every cruise (invite me places! i'm a great & stress-free travel companion!). I quickly learned that cruising is a lifestyle and picked up some life-saving tips as soon as I landed at the port. Some of these things where ideas that never crossed my mind before boarding or questions I asked but couldn't really find answers for when I searched the interwebs before my trip. I think they'd be really useful to everyone so check out this quick list. If you have any other suggestions, leave them in the comments box!

I've always about how mountainous Haiti is but never thought that the same could be found on other Caribbean countries. For some reason I assumed they were all flat. Hence why the lush, alpine coastline of Ocho Rios took my breath away.

1. Negotiate everything. Before booking your ticket, regardless if you book directly from the cruise line website or through a travel agent, try to negotiate free add-ons such as wifi, drinks, or on-board credit. For example, Norwegian Cruise Line currently has a promotion for four free offers when booking a trip, something that travel agents aren't providing. If booking through agents, know they will get their commission for booking your trip so make them prove to you why you should book through them as opposed to directly from the cruise line. If you notice any deals within 1-2 weeks of booking, you can probably call your travel agent or the cruise line to negotiate that special onto your vacation package. Make sure you know what fees are associated with cancellation or changing reservations in order to better leverage your power. Pro Tip: while the 'free wifi' deal sounds tempting, being disconnected really allows you to live in the moment and enjoy the trip that much more. You can always find free wifi at the ports if you really need to check-in.