Tuesday, September 14, 2021

We are in the ninth month of the year and my #WashingMachine saga continues. First @BestBuy now @AJMadison - HUGE Disappointment!

In my 12 years of blogging this is the second time I have used my platform to vent about poor service. 

After the fire I wrote about in my Apartment Complex, it has taken ages to bit by bit replace a lifetime worth of stuff. I'll be at that for awhile longer I suspect, being single in a costly city like New York isn't easy.

This June after I had my surgery I decided to sacrifice and buy a washing machine, I found a great sale at BestBuy and proceeded to order it online - it was all smooth sailing until the day of the delivery. On the day of delivery the delivery person didn't speak English. I need to preface this by saying I was born and raised here, my mother was born and raised here and so was my grandmother. I understand and read Spanish quite well, but am not as Fluent in my conversational Spanish due mainly to lack of practice. In my best Spanish I suggested they come up first check the plumbing scenario and do the haul away first, as there wasn't much space to work with in my kithchen where the machine was going, and that seemed like the logical way to proceed. I got berated for being a 'gringa' (a not so nice term used mostly in reference to caucasian people) and for according to him, speaking lousy Spanish. AND they left with my Machine and refused to deliver it.

They told Best Buy that I refused the delivery and that it was a four man job not a two man job anyways. My understanding of deliveries are that anything over 300 pounds for a walk up would require three men. I was purchasing only a washer not a dryer and the job was clearly under 200 pounds.

I was livid at being chastised for preferring to speak English. I gave BestBuy a very professional piece of my mind as a former blogger brand ambassador.

After a re-schedule the same charming delivery person takes my advice comes up and says he doesn't like the plumbing and refuses to install it.

Of course that began a huge ordeal in trying to get my money back. Like I needed that stress while recuperating from surgery. They actually had the balls on the phone to tell me to get my plumbing fixed quickly and they would 'hold it for me' - by the way I paid in the original order for a full installation and their protection plan. I said "no thank you I prefer a refund" instead of 'stick it up your @ss' so I was quite proud of myself. The price I paid included installation, so if I have to pay a plumber and then another installation fee on top of that why bother? The machine I have and the one before that was installed by Sears with no problems at all.

Again, I live in a walk up building with no laundry room and am recuperating from surgery. I need a machine.

Two weeks after the entire ordeal I get a coupon from BestBuy for $5 f*cking dollars in the mail. They shouldn't have sent anything, that was literally a double insult.

So while perusing Labor Day Sales I find a different machine at AJ Madison on sale. I purchase it, immediately the amount was on hold. After it being on hold for three days with not one call regarding delivery/installation, I called them, was told the finance department had already left for the day (it was only three pm when I got through by the way). I was told that the Finance Department sent me an email, to answer it and it would get addressed on Monday and I would have my Washing Machine by 09/14 - just two days shy of TEN days after ordering it. According to the Finance Department the address I put in the order does not match my bank. I paid using the paypal credit card I have had since they launched paypal in 1998. My BestBuy order in June when through, I ordered double the amount in Amazon and that went through. And I just used my card again on Monday all with no problems, so that shoots down that response.

I personally call bullshit. I believe that AJ Madison does not have the machine in stock and are stalling for time.

I have never in my life had this much trouble ordering an appliance. I have been purchasing appliances now for over 3 decades literally without a hitch. In fact my first two washing machines both lasting almost ten years a piece were delivered to this walk up apartment by ONE man with a dolly! Same with refrigerators and TV's etc. You mean to tell me that both BestBuy and AJ Madison are not capable of handling a walk up delivery?

I had another procedure less than two weeks ago and am slated for another one at the end of the month. I literally don't need this stress.

If you have read this far, thank you for being a true butterfly friend and letting me vent. If I didn't let this out, it would have driven me nuts. It's 5:43 in the morning and I haven't been able to sleep. I have been tossing and turning all night long! I can't remember the last time I was filled with this much anger. So today I will not be getting the new machine I so desperately need yet again. I am literally at my wits end.

There are very few appliance dealers left, maybe if I am lucky a Washing Machine manufacturer will read this and take pity on me!

Other than that, no hot girl summer here and for the first time in my twelve years of blogging - no fashion week for me either, I just didn't feel up to it, too much pain.

Hope your summer has been going better than mine! ਉl̈́ਉ

Thursday, July 29, 2021

It's Certificate City up in here! Check out my shiny new Certificate of Completion from @FacebookElevate #NotSponsored

I am following my Certificate in Women's Entrepreneurship from Cornell University with a study program in Digital Marketing from Facebook Elevate! They are currently offering scholarships for their Digital Marketing Certificate for students of color who identify as Black or LatinX, I applied and got accepted.

I just finished one of the modules today and got a Certificate of Completion: "Get Started With Marketing on Facebook"



While I am not new to Facebook or using Facebook for Business, I am aware that in the Digital Marketing Space things change rather quickly and I decided keeping up with my studies is the best way to stay on course. Not to mention all these certifications are going to be wonderful for my LinkedIn profile as well.

I am also trying to keep my study chops sharp while awaiting a decision on an MBA program I applied to.

This year I decided if I couldn't go out I was still going to find ways to stretch and grow and take big leaps of faith.

I have put off my MBA for far too long. It feels like it's time. So please send some good vibes my way!

Readers Sound Off: What big project are you working on this year? No project too big or too small, from home renovations to learning a new language.

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FTC Disclosure: This is NOT a compensated post, all opinions are 100% my own! . I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 16 CFR, Part 255 - Guides Concerning the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising, you may check our Giveaway & Disclosure Page for additional information regarding Ascending Butterfly Disclosure. Things that lure this butterfly out of her cocoon: Technology, Travel, Fashion, Beauty, Spirits (Sparkling, Champagne, Prosecco, Sake, Bourbon, Craft Brews), Foodie Fun - really I'm such a *simple girl*.

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Back with another (Not So) #WordlessWednesday What I told myself I'd master this summer, and what I actually did instead!

Despite being home recovering from surgery this summer feels like it has literally flown by! 

This year I signed up for a Certificate Program in Women's Entrepreneurship from Cornell University. I finished six months ahead of schedule, I was supposed to complete the program by January 2022. But since I was stuck at home anyway I applied myself and finished ahead of schedule. 

NOT SPONSORED: If you'd like to learn more about the program and get info on how to apply, you can visit: Bank of America Institute for Women's Entrepreneurship at Cornell

The program was fun and challenging and has given me the impetus to want to continue and yesterday I had an interview with an Admissions Recruiter for an MBA program! 

I also applied for an Elevate Scholarship to study Digital Marketing Skills and was accepted! This year is going to be filled with learning and academic achievement! 

I thought this week for my (Not So) Wordless Wednesday I would share my Certificate of Completion!



















What have you been up to this summer? 

Feel free to share in a comment here, or tag us on our social channels: 


I had vowed I would spend this summer trying to spend some time on both Clubhouse and TikTok to figure them both out and perhaps start posting content this summer, but so far I'm still lurking! If you are on either channel and have tips/advice I would greatly appreciate it, so please do share!

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FTC Disclosure: This is NOT a compensated post, all opinions are 100% my own! . I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 16 CFR, Part 255 - Guides Concerning the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising, you may check our Giveaway & Disclosure Page for additional information regarding Ascending Butterfly Disclosure. Things that lure this butterfly out of her cocoon: Technology, Travel, Fashion, Beauty, Spirits (Sparkling, Champagne, Prosecco, Sake, Bourbon, Craft Brews), Foodie Fun - really I'm such a *simple girl*.

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Happy Women's History Month and a Deal at #Amazon you should not miss!

Happy Women's History Month Butterflies!


Some fun ways to honor the women in your life:

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Video Interview - Write a series of questions and video your mother, grandmother, aunts, cousins, sisters giving you their answers. It's a fun way to get to know them better and an amazing memory of them to have and pass down.

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Spa night at home - have a spa night at home - manis, pedis, face masks, and a nice glass of wine of course!

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Call - Last suggestion ties in with the 'steal' I teased about in the subject of this post. If this Global Pandemic has taught us anything, it's taught us that what matters most is the health and wellbeing of those we love. If you want a fun way to keep everyone connected invest in a Amazon Echo Show Device - it's one of the easiest ways to make a video call with friends and family - and the Alexa your trusty personal assistant can do a whole bunch of fun stuff including games making a virtual game night with family and friends that much more fun.

Amazon is currently knocking off $100 if you buy two Echo Show 10 (3rd Generation) Devices! (These are also perfect to nab now if you need gifts for the major gifting opportunities around the corner: Mother's Day in May, Father's Day in June, or for a June Grad - they may be about to spread their wings, but this gift will let them stay connected to the ones they love.)

Use the code: SHOW102PACK when you buy 2 Amazon Echo Show devices and you will get $100 off!

I ordered the Amazon Echo Show 5 in early February, it actually took awhile to arrive, so I just started playing with mine. Had I known the bigger one was going on sale so soon I would have waited and nabbed this deal instead! Did you know you could push pictures and music to someone's show? I just found this out and I am totally obsessed! Is there a song that reminds of you someone, send that song to their show device, did you scan an old photo of you and your friends and family? Send a copy right to their Echo Show so they can share in the nostalgia too! Don't you just love that as a gift idea, it literally fits anyone in your life perfectly?

Remember most deals are a limited time only, so grab this one while it's HOT:

Readers: What Woman Do You Admire Most and How Do You Plan to Honor Her During Women's History Month?


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FTC Disclosure: This is NOT a compensated post, all opinions are 100% my own! I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 16 CFR, Part 255 - Guides Concerning the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising, you may check our Giveaway & Disclosure Page for additional information regarding Ascending Butterfly Disclosure. Things that lure this butterfly out of her cocoon: Technology, Travel, Fashion, Beauty, Spirits (Sparkling, Champagne, Prosecco, Sake, Bourbon, Craft Brews), Foodie Fun - really I'm such a *simple girl*.

Friday, December 4, 2020

{Digital Conference Alert} I am attending #SmashboxJefaCon THIS Saturday - find out how you can too! Tag a fellow #Beauty #Boss #Babe and #BFF

 

Smashbox, Smashbox Cosmetics, Jefacon, Digital Conference, Conference, Conferences, Latina, Latina Entrepreneurs, Boss Lady, Jefa Mindset, Empowerment








There are three conferences annually that I have always made it a point to attend, one happened well before Covid so it wasn't affected (waiting to find out what will happen for 2021) the other was cancelled and the third happened digitally, which was PhotoPlus Expo (I am still catching up on sessions so I will recap it once I'm caught up - and can figure out a way to take that massive amount of info and make it concise).

I am attending a Digital Conference this Saturday that I felt it very important to put on your radar! (And HURRY because General Admission is only $25!)

BACKGROUND ON SMASHBOX JEFACON:

The Latinx community, fueled by an inherent entrepreneurial spirit, have been leading the charge in new business development. Hispanic-owned businesses rose at a 40% growth rate from 2012 – 2018 (more than 2x the national average), despite the fact that the Latinx community has faced a funding ceiling that hinders entrepreneurship in the U.S.

It was this spirit that inspired the Smashbox North America team, led by Kimberly Villatoro, Vice President, North America Marketing at Smashbox Cosmetics to leverage their resources to create change. Personally and professionally, Villatoro felt moved to gather resources and create a game-changing program.

Jefacon, a multifaceted collaboration platform that empowers women to recognize their inner boss. Inspired by “jefa”, the Spanish word for “boss,” Smashbox Jefacon celebrates the immense power of all women and honors the numerous interpretations of the jefa mindset.

“Smashbox embodies the hustle. As one of Los Angeles’ original indie beauty brands, we know what it takes to build something from nothing. So do our two incredible collaborators, Beauty industry moguls Julissa Prado, CEO and Founder of Rizos Curls, and Patty Delgado, Founder and designer of Hija de tu Madre, have partnered with Smashbox in a double on-and-off-line initiative to help other Latinas connect with their inner jefas and inspire them to act on their goals, dreams and business ideas.” says Villatoro. “Together we will use our voice and amplification power to inspire and empower the women who define history, beauty and evolution.”

With a clear vision, the Smashbox team set out to find partners who embody the hustle. Villatoro and fellow Latina powerhouse colleague Courtney Childress (Smashbox Executive Director, Global Product Marketing) zoned in on Delgado and Prado after discovering they had both been following their entrepreneurial journeys.

OTHER SPEAKERS INCLUDE:

  • Karla Martinez de Salas, Vogue Mexico Editor in Chief will discuss "how to find your most empowering and personal style"

Ana Flores, We All Grow, Latina Leaders, Smashbox Jefacon Speaker

  • Ana Flores, We All Grow Latina Founder will discuss "sharing ways of decoding and manifesting your vision" (Ana and We All Grow Latina have been featured on our pages before, she is incredibly inspiring! 
  • If you are a We All Grow Member, (if you are not you can join for free) - check out this Instagram post to find out how members can access this conference free of charge here!) You should also check out her Hear Us, See Us Panel sponsored by Comcast, it's on YouTube (FREE!) here: Hear Us, See Us - YouTube)
Alexandra Garcia, Google, Program Manager, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

  • Alexandra Garcia, Google, Program Manager, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion will discuss "how to find your "jefa" story" (a workshop focused on storytelling skills).
  • Lilliana Vazquez, Carmen Rita Wong, Janet Jones Veloso, Dulce Candy and many more from the global community of Jefas!

ANOTHER COOL WAY TO GET YOUR VIRTUAL TICKET:














SMASHBOX X HIJA DE TU MADRE BEAUTY BOX

Inspired by Patty’s jefa mood: Muy Bossy. Exclusively available at HijaDeTuMadre.com and Smashbox.com, the kit will include Patty’s favorite Smashbox items to create her versatile bossy bold look.

Smashbox x Hija de tu Madre Kit, Cosmetics, Makeup


Smashbox x Hija de tu Madre Makeup Kit will include: ($98 retail, $190+ value)

  • Always On Liquid Lipstick in Bang Bang
  • LA Lights Blendable Lip & Cheek Color in the shade Silverlake Sunset
  • Full Exposure Mascara
  • The Original Photo Finish Smooth & Blur Primer (Travel Size)
  • “Hello, My Name is La Jefa” Tote Bag
  • Limited Edition Hija de tu Madre Sticker Sheet & Jefa Mirror Decals
  • Virtual ticket to Smashbox Jefacon on 12/5

SMASHBOX X RIZOS CURLS BEAUTY BOX

Inspired by Julissa’s ultimate jefa mood: Glow Getter. Available at RizosCurls.com and Smashbox.com, the kit will include Julissa’s favorite Smashbox items to create her signature bronze, dewy, glow-getter look.

SMASHBOX x RIZOS CURLS KIT


Smashbox x Rizos Curls Makeup Kit will include: ($98 retail, $200 value)

  • Photo Finish Vitamin Glow Primer
  • Halo Glow Highlighter Duo in Golden Bronze
  • Cali Contour Palette in Light/Medium
  • Gloss Angeles Lip Gloss in Michelada
  • “Hello, My Name is La Jefa” Tote Bag
  • Limited Edition Jefa Inspiration Guide
  • $10 Rizos Curls Gift Card
  • Virtual Ticket to Smashbox Jefacon on 12/5

MY TAKE:

I know so many people are feeling 'boxed in' with so much being closed off to us this year, but please don't overlook Digital Conferences. Digital Conferences keep you connected not just to your current industry, but to your passions too.

Expand your horizons, your passion projects, your dreams, the smart way - don't attempt to re-invent the wheel - it's been done. But you can listen to podcasts, watch as many digital conferences as you can and listen to speakers who are generously sharing their journey with you. Their mistakes don't have to be yours and their triumphs shared can be your inspiration.

If you are attending the conference & decide to share power quotes that resonate with you, don't forget to use the conference hashtag: #SmashboxJefaCon

READERS SOUND OFF: Do you want to be your own boss? Do you have a Jefa/boss mindset? What was your favorite Digital Conference this year? Which ones do you want to attend next year?

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FTC Disclosure: I will be covering this conference as Digital Press. This is NOT a compensated post, all opinions are 100% my own! I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 16 CFR, Part 255 - Guides Concerning the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising, you may check our Giveaway & Disclosure Page for additional information regarding Ascending Butterfly Disclosure. Things that lure this butterfly out of her cocoon: Technology, Travel, Fashion, Beauty, Spirits (Sparkling, Champagne, Prosecco, Sake, Bourbon, Craft Brews), Foodie Fun - really I'm such a *simple girl*.

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

11:11 Are you Paying Attention to the Guidance From The Universe?

Today is November 11th!

There is so much lore surrounding 11:11 It is said that if you look at a clock at exactly 11:11 and have not checked the time before 11:00, then you can make a wish (am or pm). Once you make your wish, you are supposed to look away from the clock immediately, because your wish will not come true if you see the time change to 11:12. (Who knew wishes were so complex?)

It is also said that seeing this number is a sign that you are in the flow and things are aligning for you perfectly. 

Others believe 11:11 is a bit of a portal day where the alignment between our realm and the next align. Many believe if you pay attention that you will receive signs from those you love who has passed on to let you know they are watching and are with you. Anything from seeing a penny on the ground, spotting a butterfly, hearing a song that reminds of you that person etc.

I for one see a different number all the time: 222 - I see it night and day on the clock, sometimes it is the number of a bus or a train car,  I even see it as the number of comments on a social media post. It has a different meaning, which I have already discussed.

But in general repeating numbers are often seen as messages: whether you feel they are from the Universe, or your angels that is totally up to you.

Making a wish today certainly would be a great way to speak your desires and wants into existence. A great first step into making them come true.

Today is also Veteran's Day, be sure to thank our Military Members (both active and retired for their service today!)

Readers Sound Off: Do you see recurring numbers?

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FTC Disclosure: This is NOT a compensated post, all opinions are 100% my own! I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 16 CFR, Part 255 - Guides Concerning the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising, you may check our Giveaway & Disclosure Page for additional information regarding Ascending Butterfly Disclosure. Things that lure this butterfly out of her cocoon: Technology, Travel, Fashion, Beauty, Spirits (Sparkling, Champagne, Prosecco, Sake, Bourbon, Craft Brews), Foodie Fun - really I'm such a *simple girl*.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

{JUNE 23} New York state primary elections are TODAY! Please don't forget to ROCK THE VOTE!


This is just a reminder for my fellow New York City/State Butterflies, that today, Tuesday, June 23, 2020 is our primary elections.

If you haven't already placed your votes by absentee ballot, then be sure to hit the polls today and cast your vote!

For all those who are Tik Tok inclined, the only challenges I want to see today are the Rock the Vote challenges, make up a 'going to the polls dance', put on your mask and gloves and get out there!

If you could endanger your lives and everyone else's to hit the beach or eat at a restaurant, then you can do it to vote today!

REMEMBER:



**This is NOT a Sponsored Post**

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

(Not So) #Wordless Wednesday: YOU are cordially invited to a super lit Virtual "Happy Hour" hosted by @NYBG #OrchidNYBG #Photo and #Video

NOT SPONSORED!


Orchid Show Jeff Leatham Kaleidoscope New York Botanical Garden Orchid Show 2020, Flowers, Orchids
Faceted Mirrored Vanda Flower Fountain - New York Botanical Garden Orchid Show 2020


Are you feeling a bit stir crazy?

Would an in-depth guided virtual tour of The Orchid Show: Jeff Leatham's Kaleidoscope put a little 'spring' in your spring?

I got the chance to attend the Media Preview Day of New York Botanical Gardens 2020 Orchid Show: Jeff Leatham's Kaleidoscope. I normally host a giveaway for our readers to have a chance to experience the exhibit via Orchid Evenings. But with the self quarantine and social distancing that is being enforced right now sadly NYBG is temporarily closed, but they are hosting an amazing virtual Happy Hour which I very much plan to attend and hope you can too!

Experience this year's exhibition without leaving home, RSVP for Orchid Evenings Highlights: Happy Hour at Home here: https://www.facebook.com/events/147013020084720/

It will be held on Thursday, April 9th between 5PM -6PM RSVP RIGHT NOW!!!

Pour your own cocktail and get ready to not only enjoy Orchids, but to get off your couch and turn your favorite room in your house into a dance floor. Dancer/Choreographer Princess Lockerooo, accessorize with simple DIY floral decorations and Bronx Night Market will share Happy Hour Recipes and Marc Hachadourian, NYBG's Senior Curator of Orchids will share about the mysterious night lives of many orchid species.

Even though I had the chance to attend the Media Preview Day, I will also attend the virtual happy hour tomorrow and I hope my butterflies will too.

Here is a quick sneak peek (Photos and Videos):

Orchid Show Jeff Leatham Kaleidoscope New York Botanical Garden Orchid Show 2020, Flowers, Orchids
Above: Jeff Leatham, Floral Designer, has worked with celebrities such as Oprah, Cher, and the Kardashians. His work is currently featured in the New York Botanical Garden's "The Orchid Show: Jeff Leatham's Kaleidoscope. Welcome Remarks from Jeff during the Media Preview Day.

I nabbed video of his closing remarks:



Above: So much love, work and man hours goes into The Orchid Show at New York Botanical Garden each year, Jeff hit the nail on the head when he said how truly amazing it is that this space is so utterly transformed from year to year into something new and entirely unforgettable. I am lucky enough to live near The New York Botanical Garden and have been visiting since I was a child. The creativity of the team and the visiting artists always amazes and inspires me.

Orchid Show Jeff Leatham Kaleidoscope New York Botanical Garden Orchid Show 2020, Flowers, Orchids
Above: Jeff was posing for a different Photographer in this shot. You guys know how much I love nabbing shots that are not what I feel 'totally posed and perfect', I try to capture a moment a feeling, and I also love that it looks like the Orchids are pointing straight to his heart as he put so much love into this exhibit!

Orchid Show Jeff Leatham Kaleidoscope New York Botanical Garden Orchid Show 2020, Flowers, Orchids, Rare Vanda Orchid
Above: This Vanda Orchid is super rare! You can press on this or any photo to see it in full size, sometimes my blog template tends to compress certain photos.

Orchid Show Jeff Leatham Kaleidoscope New York Botanical Garden Orchid Show 2020, Flowers, Orchids
Above: This Moth Orchid Photo was actually taken at a totally different angle. I took some time to play with this one in Corel Paintshop Pro X9 as I loved the light and airy springtime color combo! (Currently shooting with Nikon!)

Orchid Show Jeff Leatham Kaleidoscope New York Botanical Garden Orchid Show 2020, Flowers, Orchids
Above: Remember the Video I posted of The Three Graces Fountain inside The Enid A Haupt Conservatory at New York Botanical Garden on Instagram? (Refresh your memory: https://www.instagram.com/p/BuJumgmA8sK/) THIS is that same area made over for the new exhibit! Press this one to make it bigger! (and if you are not already, please follow Ascending Butterfly via Instagram, our handle is @Ascending1)

Orchid Show Jeff Leatham Kaleidoscope New York Botanical Garden Orchid Show 2020, Flowers, Orchids
Above: You may remember a similar photo to this one (and the one above) contained in a brief video I posted on Instagram shortly after the media preview day here: https://www.instagram.com/p/B8gWH0nAQrs/

Isn't this passageway between exhibits awesome? It is an entire mood with its modern industrial vibe! 

I made a brief walking through the Kaleidoscopic Tunnel of Lights video below (pardon the ambient noise of people talking, I couldn't edit it out, so I sped it up a bit and added some background music):


Above: LED Lights transform this tunnel into a moving immersive experience!

MY TAKE:

As usual I took WAY more pictures than I could ever have time to Edit. I will definitely feature more soon.

I am saddened by the enforced quarantine keeping everyone from being able to immerse themselves in this amazing exhibit and experience Jeff Leatham's vision and creativity, but very happy about the Virtual Happy Hour!

I am hoping this Virtual Happy Hour will bring so many orchid and nature lovers together at the same time to celebrate the gifts that mother nature shares with us!

I love that NYBG is bringing the Orchid Evening Experience to everyone.

So this year I won't be able to host my annual giveaway of passes to the show, but now more readers who live in other states can get a chance to experience this for themselves.

Readers: If you are planning to RSVP please remember to use the link above to the RSVP Page, but I would love it if you took a moment to post here that you are attending!

Remember Butterflies: Please stay safe and stay home! 


And a special Thank You to all frontline, healthcare, law enforcement, firemen, truckers, delivery men and women who are essential personnel and are out there on the frontline every day!

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FTC Disclosure: This is NOT a compensated post, all opinions are 100% my own! I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 16 CFR, Part 255 - Guides Concerning the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising, you may check our Giveaway / Disclosure Page for additional information regarding Ascending Butterfly Disclosure. Things that lure this butterfly out of her cocoon: Technology, Travel, Fashion, Beauty, Spirits (Sparkling, Champagne, Prosecco, Sake, Bourbon, Craft Brews), Foodie Fare - really I'm such a *simple girl*.

Monday, March 9, 2020

An equal world is an enabled world #IWD2020 #EachforEqual #MotivationMonday #everydayIWD

NOT SPONSORED: I love sharing motivational finds!

International Women's Day 2020
IMAGE: Libbi Reed


I hope International Women's Day 2020 didn't pass you by this year.

It is never too late to celebrate the women in your life:

Your Mother
Your Daughter
Your Aunt
Your Grandmother
Your Wife
Your Niece

I link you to International Women's Day website above, but I couldn't help but borrow this amazing quote from their website:

"An equal world is an enabled world. How will you help forge a gender equal world? Celebrate women's achievement. Raise awareness against bias. Take action for equality."

They have a page devoted to increasing the visibility of women creatives and to promote their work for commercial projects in a number of fields and industries. You can find it here: https://www.internationalwomensday.com/Mission/Creative

And the page celebrating street artists worldwide is also a great read, I would love to see more women street artists earn a good commercial living from their passion!

I am a writer and photographer, and it is a struggle to make a living doing what I love, any chance I get to support female led companies/brands is important to me.

The 2020 Presidential Race saw the most female candidates in history, it literally breaks my heart that there are none left in the race.

Just like we are getting better at encouraging our girls to enter tech and sciences, I hope we begin to make strides in encouraging young women to enter politics. I hope female politicians put strong internship programs in place to allow those women who strive toward a career in politics to have a training ground.

I found out quite randomly via twitter that clothing company M.M.LaFleur (Twitter: @mmlafleur) will actually loan clothes to women seeking to run for political office! Now that my butterflies is putting your money where your mouth is about supporting women. I haven't researched this particular topic extensively but hope to learn of other brands following suit. (No pun intended!) Fellow NYC peeps should RSVP for their Complimentary In-Person Styling at their event on 03/11 to celebrate International Women's Day - your hour long appointment comes with complimentary hemline alterations in stores only and a prosecco to toast your wardrobe refresh!

Another Twitter account to put on your radar if The Oval Office is in your future is @CAWP_RU - Center for American Women and Politics.

I love all the hashtags but my favorite has to be #everydayIWD and I plan to follow it more closely to stay inspired, motivated and empowered.

And while I normally steer clear of politics on these pages, I do want to strongly encourage you all to use the power of your vote, it is more important than ever that each and every single voter makes it to the polls.

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FTC Disclosure: This is NOT a compensated post, all opinions are 100% my own! I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 16 CFR, Part 255 - Guides Concerning the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising, you may check our Giveaway / Disclosure Page for additional information regarding Ascending Butterfly Disclosure. Things that lure this butterfly out of her cocoon: Technology, Travel, Fashion, Beauty, Spirits (Sparkling, Champagne, Prosecco, Sake, Bourbon, Craft Brews), Foodie Fare - really I'm such a *simple girl*.

Friday, January 24, 2020

{#FillInTheBlankFriday} This weekend I plan to: _____ Attend the @NYTTravelShow ‏#NYTTravelShow #TravelBlogger #LifestyleBlogger

THIS IS NOT COMPENSATED!

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This Weekend I Plan To: Attend The New York Times Travel Show in New York City!

This weekend your favorite Ascending Butterfly is covering The New York Times Travel Show at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City!

Travel tends to combine ALL my loves: Music (during my journey), Photography (have DSLR will travel) and Foodie Adventures.

I love checking out The New York Times Travel Show and finding out about new trends and exploring fun destinations all under one roof!

Dubai will be one of the main sponsors of this years show, and they are definitely on my bucket list. I will be spending most of my day in the media panels and seminars on Friday and can't wait to explore the exhibitor floor when it opens. Dubai is on my travel bucket list and I can't wait to learn about this destination.

I also look forward to seeing the folks behind Puerto Rico Tourism to get a better sense on how the Island is doing after suffering such massive earthquakes!

Please keep both Australia and Puerto Rico in your prayers my butterflies, both are suffering from such devastating natural disaster!

If you haven't already done so, get your tickets today!

Are you attending The New York Times Travel Show this year? If so, hit me up on twitter at @Tracy_Iglesias or @Ascending1 so we can meet up! What is the top destination on your travel wish list this year?


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FTC Disclosure: This is NOT a compensated post, all opinions are 100% my own! I will be attending the show as Media/Press. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 16 CFR, Part 255 - Guides Concerning the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising, you may check our Giveaway & Disclosure Page for additional information regarding Ascending Butterfly Disclosure. Things that lure this butterfly out of her cocoon: Technology, Travel, Fashion, Beauty, Spirits (Sparkling, Champagne, Prosecco, Sake, Bourbon, Craft Brews), Foodie Fun - really I'm such a *simple girl*.

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

{#WordlessWednesday} Holiday Lights at the @BronxZoo are a must see this Christmas season #holidaylights #bronxzoo #MerryChristmas

Merry Christmas Everyone!

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I bring you a Special Christmas Edition  #WordlessWednesday

After a 12 year hiatus, Holiday Lights returns to Bronx Zoo in New York City! Running from November 29 - December 31st as well as January 3-5 (they are not open today though! But you should head over there tomorrow if you haven't seen it already!) I can't even describe how happy I am that the Holiday of Lights is back, I have visited the Festival every year since it's inception and was so sad when it went away in 2007. I would visit every year with my mom. Our tradition is back, I hope these photos put the "Ho, Ho, Ho!" in your holidays and the holly in your jolly!

Stay tuned for a special video at the end!

Ice Carver at Bronx Zoo Holiday of Lights 2019
Above: One of my favorite stops is the Ice Carving Station. It always amazes me how much painstaking detail goes into making these unique ice sculptures.

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Above: I enjoy watching ice carvers, they take this huge block of ice and turn it into something beautiful knowing full well it won't last long. I have always wanted to try my hand at it. I would probably carve wine glasses and grapes! And of course, BUTTERFLIES

Christmas Carolers Bronx Zoo Holiday of Lights 2019, Carolers, Caroling
Above: Nothing gets you in the holiday spirits more than Christmas Carols - thankfully the Zoo thought of EVERYTHING!

Underwater Fantasy Illuminated Sea Creatures Christmas Carolers Bronx Zoo Holiday of Lights 2019
Above: This underwater fantasy was one of my favorite displays. Long time readers know I live for being at the Beach/Ocean. It's where I feel the most peace. And getting a chance to interact with dolphins is one of my favorite things to do when I travel, second only to horseback riding. Press this one to make it bigger, it's worth it. The RAW file to this is my current screen saver!

Illuminated Dolphin Bronx Zoo Holiday of Lights 2019
Above: I had to get a better angle for the Dolphin. I wanted the coral so I got a bit of the rope divider in the shot. I wish people could be cool so the dividers weren't necessary, this would have looked so much more real without the ropes.

Illuminated Giraffes Bronx Zoo Holiday of Lights 2019
Above: Little known fact about me, I LOVE all things Giraffe. I have always been fascinated by them. The real Giraffes at the Zoo are always one of my must see stops!

Illuminated Antelope Bronx Zoo Holiday of Lights 2019
Above: Don't forget you press the photos to make them larger. I took the shot of a group of these, but for some reason I opted to post the solo Antelope. There was just something more expressive about this photo to me.

Illuminated Crocodile Alligator Bronx Zoo Holiday of Lights 2019
Above: I hope he isn't planning to eat those Parrots as a late night snack! LOL

Illuminated Gorillas Bronx Zoo Holiday of Lights 2019
Above: It was so much fun seeing how all the kids faces lit up at each display, aren't these Gorillas cool?

Illuminated Herd of Elephants Bronx Zoo Holiday of Lights 2019
Above: Herd of Elephants! See the cute baby in the center?

Illuminated Pride of Lions Bronx Zoo Holiday of Lights 2019 NEW
Above: Pride of Lions (I call this 'new school' holiday of lights Lions, look at the photo below to see why)

Illuminated Pride of Lions Bronx Zoo Holiday of Lights 2019 OLD
Above: This is the 'Old School' pride of 'light lions' - these are the ones I remember when I used to go before, I had fun finding some of my old favorites still on display!

Illuminated Lemurs Bronx Zoo Holiday of Lights 2019
Above: Are those Lemurs I spot in the Bamboo?

Illuminated Parrots Bronx Zoo Holiday of Lights 2019
Above: These Parrots are trying to get away from that Tiger on the lower left!

Illuminated Penguins Bronx Zoo Holiday of Lights 2019
Above: These penguins are ready for the festivities!

Illuminated Rhinocerus Bronx Zoo Holiday of Lights 2019
Above: I spot Rhinocerus!

Illuminated Tiger and Rhino Bronx Zoo Holiday of Lights 2019, Tiger, Rhinocerus
Above: Hey Rhinos! You might want to run in the opposite direction of this hungry looking Tiger!

Illuminated Reindeer Bronx Zoo Holiday of Lights 2019, Reeinders
Above: These make me want to start singing Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer!

Illuminated Horse Bronx Zoo Holiday of Lights 2019, Horse, Horses
Above: This horse makes me super happy!

Illuminated Butterflies Bronx Zoo Holiday of Lights 2019
Above: And of course I had to end the photos with the illuminated Butterflies. (These were there when I used to visit in the past and I was so happy to see they kept them) I mean my blog is called Ascending Butterfly, there was no way I would have missed this shot.

Below: Press Play (you might want to watch "Full Screen" for maximum effect and enjoy the Christmas Tree Light Show with a nice mug of hot chocolate or coffee. Volume on, the light show syncs up to holiday music, ENJOY!




MY TAKE:

I couldn't quite edit out all the exuberant children around me, but I think hearing real families taking it in is part of the charm. (Note: None of the kids you hear are mine. I do not. Repeat. I do not have children). I am just a big kid at heart, I still love going to the Zoo.

I couldn't be happier to have one of my favorite holiday traditions return to The Bronx Zoo. The holiday lights will fill your heart with cheer and joy and you should definitely make it a point to see it.

I also normally attend the Train Show at New York Botanical Garden (The Bronx Zoo and New York Botanical Garden are very close by, but in my opinion I would do two separate days to make a day of each one and be sure you don't miss anything.) Since I wasn't able to attend this year's show, I will link you to coverage of a previous Train Show.

The New York Botanical Garden Train Show: https://www.ascendingbutterfly.com/2016/01/last-chance-for-nybg-holiday-train-show.html (this is 2015's Train Show as it has the most pictures and my most recent coverage included a giveaway which is of course closed, I figured using an older one that did not have a giveaway attached would cause the least confusion.)

Readers: Do you take in a Light Show during the Holidays? It doesn't always have to be a special trip, even a walk around the neighborhood to see the Christmas lights count! Did Santa treat you nice today?

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FTC Disclosure:  This is NOT a compensated Post, tickets to the show were provided to Ascending Butterfly's Editorial Team for Editorial Consideration. ALL opinions are 100% my own! I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 16 CFR, Part 255 - Guides Concerning the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising, you may check our Giveaway and Disclosure Page for additional information regarding Ascending Butterfly Disclosure. My love for my favorite Bronx Based NYC landmarks is true and strong and genuine! #ProudBronxite