Category Archives: Travel

Miss Bliss’ Top Tips for a Delightful Trip

Summer is just around the corner, which means that many of us are gearing up for well-deserved vacations and getaways. Whether you are planning a quick weekend getaway or a two-week sojourn to South Africa, preparedness is key to a successful trip. Here are a few of my tips for purely blissful, stress-free travel. Do your research: Maybe you need help deciding where to go. Or you want to learn more about your locale of choice. National Geographic Traveler and … READ MORE

Salt of the Earth

I’ve had salt on my mind ever since my Mediterranean tour in September. When I was in Kos, Greece, I couldn’t believe all of the different types of salts for sale at the markets. Of course, Grecian women have known the healing secrets of sea salt for centuries and have used this mineral in their beauty regimens—as a natural exfoliant and moisturizing facial peel (when mixed with olive oil)—for just as long. Salt is more than an ingredient for a … READ MORE

Miss Bliss’ Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience at the Hürem Sultan Hamami in Turkey

I just got back from my whirlwind tour of the Mediterranean.  What an unbelievable trip (some of my photos are live on Facebook)!  I am still reeling from my visit to the Hürem Sultan Hamami in Istanbul, Turkey.  Boy, was it an experience that I (and my sister-in-law) will never forget. After a 15-hour trip to Istanbul from the states, my husband, his sister and her husband checked into our hotel and began right away to explore the city.  I … READ MORE

Seeking Inspiration In Turkey’s Ancient Baths

In about one week, I will leave for a three-week part-business, part-pleasure tour of the Mediterranean that starts in Turkey, includes island-hopping in Greece and ends with a trip up the Adriatic to Croatia. It will undoubtedly be an inspiring and beautiful vacation, with visits to ancient monuments in Greece, plenty of strong coffee and meandering in Istanbul and hours of resting under the late-summer sun on Croatia’s famously pristine beaches. What I am most looking forward to is my visit to the Çemberlitas … READ MORE

Miss Bliss’ 4 Tips for Summer Pampering on the Road

I love exploring Europe’s most fashionable destinations this time of year.  Take a few of my favorite hot spots—Geneva, Switzerland, Nice, France, the Amalfi Coast in Italy—which emerge from winter’s slumber with new life as the temperature rises and all activity moves outdoors. The street markets awaken with the buzz of vendors and shoppers; children play, their voices rising above the din of traffic, and sidewalk cafes and bistros teem with locals and visitors.  There is exciting street music, blooming … READ MORE

Miss Bliss’ Trade Show Survival Guide:8 Tips for Getting through a Trade Show with Grace

The words “trade show” can elicit cries of joy or grumbles of dread.  I am in the joy camp, and, in the four years since starting Pura Botanica, have learned to embrace the educational and networking opportunities that each trade show presents. That said, they can definitely tire a person out.   I participate in about four shows per year, including the Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market, where I will set up shop this July 13th through 17th at … READ MORE