Join the Journey with IAMSHEGLOBAL

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If you know a bit about me, you’ll know that after finishing interior design school and working various jobs, I found myself working for a tour operator, designing safaris to Africa. I was able to travel abroad quite a bit for the 5 years I worked there but I had this itch, a feeling I couldn’t shake, a knowing, that I was meant to be my own boss and pave my own road.  After much contemplation, almost to the point of being paralyzing, I quit my regular paycheck, my regular schedule and my regular cubicle for a life all my design.

That was seven years ago, this month to be exact, that I made the choice to follow my dreams.  No road map in hand, no instructions to follow, just my drive, my vision, a very supportive husband, trial and errors, lots of workshops, reading, learning, traveling, dreaming big, bumps along the way and a burning desire that kept me motivated all this time.

All of it has brought me to this moment where I combine my 15 years of personal and professional travel experience with my attention to detail, sense of wonder, love of the unique and desire to share the beauty and magic of this amazing world with you.

Today, I am launching my inaugural global, arts and culture based shopping journeys to Thailand, South Africa, Morocco and India. I have spent months designing every detail of the itineraries and I will personal guide the trips to ensure you create the most amazing memories.  I have chosen to keep these groups small, no more than 12 passengers and each journey will focus on the arts and culture of the country we are visiting with direct experiences with local artists, musicians, chefs, craftsmen, wine makers, painters. I believe the art and culture is the soul of a country and I have created these journeys so that we can travel and connect on a more personal level with that soul.

Each itinerary along with the booking details is listed in the links below . Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have and share with anyone you know who may be interested.  We are offering an early booking discount: If you book by May 1st, you’ll receive a $50 spa certificate to be used on your journey and if you’d love to share this experience with someone you know, if you and your travel companion book at the same time, you’ll each receive $100 off your tour price.

Thailand:  http://iamsheglobal.com/2015/04/02/join-the-journey-to-thailand/

South Africa:  http://iamsheglobal.com/2015/04/02/join-the-journey-to-south-africa/

India:  http://iamsheglobal.com/2015/04/01/join-the-journey-to-india/

Morocco: http://iamsheglobal.com/2015/04/01/join-the-journey-to-morocco/

This is the blossoming of my dream and whether you take flight with me to far off lands, gain insight from my blog posts or get inspired by my social media, my only hope is that you “Join the Journey”.

~ Sheena

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Photo credit: April Bellotti Photography

In Honor Of Iris

Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending a screening of “IRIS”, a film documenting the colorful and eccentric life of Iris Apfel.  I’ve always been inspired by Iris’ unapologetic way of being who she is, wearing what she wants and how she beautifully creates works of art, using herself as the canvas.

We have so much in common.  She started in interior design, traveled the world, shopping the local markets and bazaars for one of kind treasures, we’re both bargain hunters who love the haggle, she is deeply in love with her dear husband, she follows no fashion rules, she speaks her mind and she doesn’t judge others’ self expression.

I was so excited to see the documentary and even more so because Iris herself was to attend and do a Q&A. I put together a wild mix of prints, layered on the necklaces, rocked red lips and giant tortoise print glasses in the hopes of catching the eye of my fashion idol.  Unfortunately, Iris couldn’t make it last minute and I can’t deny I wasn’t a little crushed.

Iris is full of great lines and one of my favorites is, “More is more, less is a bore”.  Even though I didn’t get to meet this fabulous bird of fashion she still inspired me to push my limits, be creative and rock what makes me happy.

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{Pants/Love Culture, Shirt/Jones New York, Cover Up/Marshall’s, Shoes/INC International Concepts, Belt/Target, Bracelets/From Mali, Top Necklace/Glasses/Claire’s, Middle Necklace/From Nepal, Black and White Necklace/Handmade by me, Earrings/Macy’s}

No Crowds Here

“A woman who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd.  The woman who walks alone is likely to find herself in places no one has been before.” ~ Albert Einstein

No crowds here. Only uncharted territory ahead. Just the way I like it.

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{Pants/Macy’s, Shirt/Newport News, Poncho/Jones New York, Shoes/Forever 21, Necklace/ Sistas Jewelry, Bracelets / From India & Philippines, Ring/IAMSHEGLOBAL, Hat/Purchased on a cruise and I added a piece of scrap fabric}

Join the Journey to Thailand

Discover grand palaces and ancient temples, bargain from the bow of your boat at the famous floating markets, dine 61 floors above the Bangkok with panoramic views of the city, learn, first hand the art of Thai crafts, practice delicate technique in our Thai cooking class, release your cares in a traditional paper lantern ceremony, discover the night markets of Chiang Mai and the islands around Phuket. Experience all of this and more on our journey to Thailand!

Wat Arun in Bangkok of Thailand

Boat trip at phi phi krabi beach in thailand

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Buddhist is touching hand of big Buddha statue

Female Hand stitching cloth to make ancient Thai pattern fabric

Thai temple

IAMSHEGLOBAL, in partnership with Vacations International, invites you to join world traveler, Sheena Dersidan, as your expert guide on this luxury, small group, arts and culture based shopping journey to Thailand, taking flight June 12-21, 2015!

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Booking Forms: Inclusions & Exclusions / PIF – Release / CC Form

Terms & Conditions: http://vacations-international.com/TermsAndConditions

Explore, Discover, Connect. Join the Journey:http://youtu.be/nWb82MOMt7Q

(Photo Credit: All Photos via Fotolia)

Join the Journey to South Africa

Stroll through one of the world’s most colorful neighborhoods on our way to a traditional Cape Malay meal with a local family in the historic Bo-Kaap.  We’ll spend the afternoon exploring Green Market Square and the Pan African Market, treasure hunting for artisanal creations. We’ll laugh and dance the evening away on a jazz safari through Cape Town’s musicians’ homes.  Bask in the beauty of wildlife in its natural habitat as we go on bush walks and game drives. Feel the spirit of this rainbow nation as we walk the steps of Mandela with a trip to Robben Island. These are just a few of the amazing ways we’ll travel and connect on a more personal level on our journey to South Africa!

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African masks for sell

Vineyard in the hills of South Africa

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Table Mount Cable Car in Cape Town South Africa

Elephants on the beach.

IAMSHEGLOBAL, in partnership with Vacations International, invites you to join world traveler, Sheena Dersidan, as your expert guide on this luxury, small group, arts and culture based shopping journey to South Africa, taking flight September 5-16, 2015!

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Booking Forms: Inclusions & Exclusions / PIF – Release / CC Form

Terms & Conditions: http://vacations-international.com/TermsAndConditions

Explore, Discover, Connect. Join the Journey: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hVskAuT6zPQ

(Photo Credit: All photos via Fotolia)

Join the Journey to India

Do you want to dance under the stars, decorate your arms with Mehendi and bangles, bask in the glow of the majestic Taj Mahal, create a sumptuous meal in a traditional cooking class, stroll the bustling markets, take a jeep safari through desert villages, connect with artists in their workshops, rejuvenate with healing spa treatments?  Join me as we experience a more personal, more connected journey through the magical land of India!

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Camels in desert

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India Man Smoking Pipe Happiness Concept

IAMSHEGLOBAL, in partnership with Vacations International, invites you to join world traveler, Sheena Dersidan, as your expert guide on this luxury, small group, arts and culture based shopping journey to India, taking flight October 4-14, 2015!

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Booking Forms: Inclusions & Exclusions / PIF – Release / CC Form

Terms & Conditions: http://vacations-international.com/TermsAndConditions

Explore, Discover, Connect. Join the Journey: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CcJEGG5KlFY

(Photo Credits: Camel & Man photos via Fotolia, Dancers & Taj Mahal photos are mine)

Join the Journey to Morocco

Camel rides at sunset, drumming with Bedoins in a candlelit camp and waking at dawn to watch the sunrise over the Sahara will be a few of the adventures to be had on our journey to Morocco!

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IAMSHEGLOBAL, in partnership with Vacations International, invites you to join world traveler, Sheena Dersidan, as your expert guide on this luxury, small group, arts and culture based shopping journey to Morocco, taking flight November 10-22, 2015!

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Booking Forms: Inclusions & Exclusions / PIF – Release / CC Form

Terms & Conditions:  http://vacations-international.com/TermsAndConditions

Explore, Discover, Connect. Join the Journey: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVZNW0sbB_o

(Photo Credit: All Photos via Fotolia)

LA Swapaholics

A couple of weeks ago I attended an awesomely fun event, LA Swapaholics Anonymous! Organized by some wonderful plus size beauty bloggers and stylists based in Los Angeles, the event was an opportunity to shop with out spending money and help other women in need.  I brought two bags of clothes and accessories from my closet and received shopping points for their value. With those points I could shop hundreds of pieces that others had donated.

I wasn’t sure what I’d find but I went on a hunt for prints, bohemian, global inspired pieces and I came home with two huge bags full of new items for my wardrobe, without spending a dime! All the items that weren’t swapped were donated to Dress for Success Worldwide – West, assisting women in our community.

This outfit is one of so many that I picked up at the event. I love how it’s romantic and soft but still worldly and bohemian.  It proved I can shop globally, right in my own backyard! Can’t wait to go treasure hunting at the next Swap!

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{ Romper/Blouse/ LASwapaholics, Shoes / AMI Club Wear, Headwrap / Thrifted, Earrings/ Macy’s, Bracelets/ From India }

What I Bought In Ensenada

For many, Ensenada is town to get crazy in, drink a few cervezas (or 12), let your hair down and act a fool. I recently stopped in Ensenada on friend’s birthday cruise and while we were there to party, I am always on the hunt for interesting and unique items.

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The main street of Calle Lopez Mateos is chock full of tiny cafes, street vendors and small shops.  It’s short enough that you can stroll one side, browse the wares and come back to something you fell in love with, without having to go very far.

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These little masks are made from coconut husks, hand painted and decorated.

While some of the street vendors and shops are selling items that are traditionally Mexican,  like hand tooled leather bags, turquoise and silver jewelry and sandals, many are selling tourist junk. Jewelry and handbags from China, sarongs from Indonesia, etc. The more places I travel, I am noticing this is becoming a common trend and it breaks my heart.

As we walked down the street, a colorful window, full of dancing Day of the Dead couples and metallic skull banners caught my eye and I had to stop. Little did I know I had discovered the most amazing, two story shop, selling handmade art and wares from all over Mexico. Jackpot!!

Bazar Casa Ramirez, carries all handmade products crafted from the hands of Mexican artists. Different states and regional influences are found in the art dotting the walls, the dishes on the shelves and the bags hanging on the racks. This store is a feast for the eyes and the soul.

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I was immediately drawn to these hearts, handmade in Michoacan. I loved the color and decorative metal pieces. It was explained to me that all the metal pieces are “Milagros” or miracles, used by the grateful to offer thanks for prayers answered. There are symbols representing fertility, health, happiness, safety, and you can rub the one you are in need of as you say your prayers. Being a person who lives in gratitude this piece really connected with me so I purchased it.

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I also loved these small straw bucket bags, which are made locally in Ensenada. It’s the perfect size to fit your essentials for traveling or a Summer music festival and I love the pop of color. I may change the strap to a longer one so I can wear it cross body.

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I fell in love with the coconut masks we passed on the street and they had a few in this shop as well. I’m a fire sign and a collector of masks so this little “Fire God” caught my attention and held it. He came home with me too!

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The last items I bought were these tin Day of the Dead ornaments, from Oaxaca, to add to my travel inspired Christmas tree next year.

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I bought all of these beautiful handmade items for less than $50 and couldn’t be happier with my treasures!  Bazar Casa Ramirez is located at Calle Lopez Mateos 498-3, Edificio Ramirez, Ensenada, Baja California. They don’t have a website, so you’re just gonna have to get there in person! I promise, it’s worth the trip!