Travel, Horses and Happiness Wishes

Wednesday December 25, 2013 at 6:06 AM | 0 Comments

Sleigh, Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

Happy Holidays to you, wherever you may be. I wish you good health and safe travels! Whether you travel on foot, by bike, boat, bus, car, plane, train or horse – I hope you find yourself on the travel road.

Photo courtesy of Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge in Alberta, Canada

Traveling: What Not to Wear

Friday December 20, 2013 at 7:07 AM | 15 Comments

Style Feen shorts

What not to wear when you travel

It’s easy to spot Americans when we travel. Typically, we wear logo baseball caps, logo t-shirts, jeans or shorts and white tennis shoes. Sometimes in churches, museums or religious ceremonies, Americans are inappropriately dressed; revealing too much skin. This is also the case when traveling in religious countries.

“As someone who has traveled solo, I think dressing provocatively is generally a bad idea,” said Kayt Sukel, frequent traveler and author of This is Your Brain on Sex.   “You’ll get more attention than you want in some places wearing baggy jeans, combat boots and a sweater.”

Your clothing style

Clothing can be used as a fashion statement or to keep your body warm in cold climates and protect your skin from bug bites or the harsh UVA rays of the sun. People can dress to impress, dress for a date, dress for travel, dress for sex or dress for success.

As I am a freelance writer, I often receive shirts, shoes, suitcases and such to review on my travel blog. Imagine my surprise when I received an e-mail pitch asking me to review a women’s clothing line that degrades women. But it gets better, this online clothing store was founded by a woman. Her name is Hortencia Caires Casazola. I hesitate to give her or the company any publicity, but I am outraged enough to shine a spotlight on this woman and the message she is sending to young women…and men.

Style Feen

What not to wear when you travel

Clothing degrading women

I respect that Style Feen is not targeting my demographic; female, college-educated, baby boomers who enjoy travel. What I don’t respect is the message this fashion statement sends to our young women.

Since when did slang, degrading language to women become “edgy clothing pieces?” Is this woman’s top truly a young girls craving to express her individual style? Is this piece of clothing designed to capture the attention and imagination of young men or sexual predators?

“I thought about the use of the word “cxxt” and how it always seemed to me that the most vulnerable/least loved girls wore the raunchiest clothes,” noted Dana Yzurdiaga, California middle school teacher. “Fashion makers are so totally taking advantage of the most vulnerable. Shame on them!”

I guess the bottom line is what do your clothes say about you? Do you give special thought to your clothing style when you travel abroad? Have you ever felt uncomfortable with your clothing choice when traveling in other countries?

Article by Nancy D. Brown. Photos courtesy of Style Feen.

A Christmas Story House, Cleveland–30 years later

Wednesday December 18, 2013 at 10:10 PM | 2 Comments

1940s era nostalgia on a movie set

1940s era nostalgia on a movie set

This is the 30th year anniversary of the movie “A Christmas Story,” the now classic film where Cleveland served as a backdrop during the time when a leg lamp was “a major award,” and a Red Ryder BB gun was a boy’s Christmas wish. In Cleveland, you can step back into 1940s nostalgia and get the feel of the set of “A Christmas Story” at A Christmas Story House Museum.

The actual house used for the outside shots of the Parker family’s home has been restored and appointed with period furniture and details so that the inside of the house is a close match for the sets used for the living room, the bathroom, the boys’ bedroom and the kitchen.

Who wouldn't want a bunny suit?

Who wouldn’t want a bunny suit?

Climbing under the kitchen sink is allowed—and so is dressing up in a bunny suit. There are even different bunny suit sizes so adults can bring out the kid within. There’s bar of Lifebuoy soap in the bathroom, but the most beloved detail is the leg lamp at the living room window.  A mock-up of the crate the dad so eagerly opened to see what he won is also there.

For more “A Christmas Story” details, the museum across the street is a perfect companion to the house. Each room has display cases of movie set props and costumes like: the hats worn by some of the boys, Randy’s snow suit, and the chalkboard in the school classroom scene.  Here’s where you can find out movie trivia details like how Flick’s tongue stuck to the flag pole during the “triple  dog dare.” The flag pole was hollow with a small hole on one side and a vacuum. When Flick put his tongue on the hole, the vacuum was turned on. There you have a boy with his tongue stuck to a flagpole. Movie magic!

Hats used as costumes in the movie A Christmas Story

Hats used as costumes in the movie A Christmas Story

Although December might seem like the perfect time of year to visit the house and museum for that Christmas feel, don’t limit yourself.  A Christmas Story House Museum is open year long. If you go, take time to browse through the gift shop. Of course there are Red Ryder BB guns but there are also Lil’ Orphan decoder pins and all sorts of leg lamp options. Yes, you can buy a bunny suit and a bar of Lifebuoy.

The house is located in Cleveland’s Tremont District at 3159 W 11th St. Cleveland, 216/ 298-4919

Admission Adults: $10.00
Children 7 to 12: $6.00
(Children 6 & under: FREE)
Seniors: $8.00

The admission price includes both the house and museum.  The house and museum are open 7 days a week except for major holidays.

 Post and photos courtesy of Jamie Rhein, member of Midwest Travel Writers Association