Visiting Portland…

    

 

Last week I have been in Portland, Oregon to judge a competition. I have never been there so I decided to take an early flight to be able to look around a little bit and get a feeling for the city and what life is like there. The hotel was located downtown so I just took my camera and started to walk – and here is what I came across.

The first thing I noticed was how green it was everywhere – I am in the middle of the city and the streets are really tree lined alleys, it makes the city feel very homey.

I loved the Pioneer Courthouse square, the locals call it their “Living Room”. You can see people strolling, taking a break and just enjoying to sit down on the stairs or grabbing a bite at the Food Trucks located on the top. They actually looked very yummy and good food is definitely a thing in Portland. There are lots of artesian and organic stores and products available and the area is known for their many Micro Breweries and great wines, a must visit for foodies for sure.

Passing the courthouse I noticed those cute bronze animal figures and while taking pictures a lady stopped me and asked if I knew the story about those sculptures… We spent chatting for about 15 minutes and she told me that people love to pet those little cute creatures, children give them a hug and in the wintertime some people even knitted little hats and scarves for them to keep them “warm”. What a lovely place – it speaks a lot for the local people who are very warm and friendly and connected to nature.

I kept walking to the river, Portland has a lot of bridges and green space. You see people walking, biking and jogging along the river and in between wild geese strolling around the grass unbothered by what is going on around them.

I loved my little adventure, it was mostly sunny that day and I took the opportunity to have a nice little coffee break during a short rain shower…. but this is why it is so amazingly green there.

I definitely hope to be back one day.

xo BB

 

 

 

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Looking back at Emerald Ball

The last few weeks were intense and last week was no exception. I am so happy that I love what I do, otherwise everything could easily be too much, it was overwhelming but I also had a fabulous time.

I have been asked to co-host the first Live Ballroom Backstage Red Carpet event at Emerald Ball. I was excited and said yes but little did I know that we were live for a whole 45 min at a time – non stop – no commercial breaks like on regular TV. There was really not any script as well, so we had to deal with whatever happened at the moment. It was quite nerve-wrecking but also a great new experience.

The dresses I am wearing a part of my Babette Brown Couture line. The pink gown is from my Fall Hollywood Collection but the Black one is brand new and especially designed for this event. I have a couple of things in the works right now that I am very excited to reveal shortly.

Thank you so much for stopping by, it really means a lot to me.

xo BB

Thank you to Stephen Marino Photography for the pictures

Florida Trip Roundup

One of my favorite places to travel to is Florida. No wonder – I lived there for a long time so it does have a special place in my heart. This trip was a great one, I packed so many things into it, new flying and travel tips, coaching lessons, me time at the Spa, Health appointments and visits with friends. I had an absolute blast.

I left with the Red Eye flight from LAX last Friday. I did not want to waste a perfectly fine day for flying so I opted for catching some sleep on a plane. Over all those years of traveling for dancing so much I got this down to a science and you can find my “Redeye Flight Survival Tips” in this previous post here.

But this time I had to go directly from the airport to the dance studio, I have been invited to coach and the schedule turned out in a way that I could not stop by to where I was staying to shower and change before heading to teach. I definitely stressed over this for a little bit – showering in the morning is an absolute must be for me and I absolutely cannot go without it.

So here is how I managed. I had a 2 hour layover in Atlanta and flew with Delta. I found out that they have showers  at terminal E and F in the Delta Sky Club lounges. I just got a day pass to get in – they had a spa area for travelers. You can check in, you get everything you need, Towels, hairdryer, toiletries and your own bathroom – absolutely spotless and spacious. I got ready for the day, had breakfast at their buffet with eggs, toast and Starbuck’s coffee and then made my way back to my terminal to fly to Florida and go to the studio. Thank you Delta, you were lifesavers in this crazy travel world.

After my coaching lessons I felt I needed some me time to restore, so I went to one of my favorite places, Eau Spa at the Eau Palm Beach Resort. It was the perfect me time and I enjoyed every minute of calm and beautiful bliss.

The rest of my time was packed with visiting friends, having some business meetings and some health checkups. I had a little scare with a mammogram a while back here in LA and I felt more comfortable to follow up at a fabulous facility in Jupiter, Florida, the Margaret W. Niedland Breast Center. This center has been founded and designed by Suzanne Niedland in memory of her mom, who died of Breast cancer, and is one of the most advanced breast diagnostic facilities in the world. And besides that the people who work there really care and make you feel comfortable, it is a great place for women. And I’m really happy to hear that I am OK and everything is fine with my health.

I had a fantastic time and can’t wait to be back next time,

thank you so much for stopping by

xo BB