Beyond Black & White http://www.beyondblackwhite.com Chronicles, Musings and Debates about Interracial & Intercultural Relationships Thu, 19 Apr 2018 05:08:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 BB&W Retreat…San Diego or Vegas?? http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/bbw-retreat-san-diego-vegas/ http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/bbw-retreat-san-diego-vegas/#comments Wed, 24 Jan 2018 06:42:08 +0000 http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/?p=43804 I have some exciting news! Beyond Black & White and Loving Day Destination Retreats are teaming up to present the FIRST weekend destination retreat for our community! But…we need your help! Which place would you rather party…San Diego or Las Vegas? The perks of San Diego: We have our eyes on Coronado Island, a cute […]

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I have some exciting news! Beyond Black & White and Loving Day Destination Retreats are teaming up to present the FIRST weekend destination retreat for our community! But…we need your help! Which place would you rather party…San Diego or Las Vegas?

The perks of San Diego: We have our eyes on Coronado Island, a cute little enclave right across the bridge from downtown San Diego. Coronado Island is home of the historic Hotel Del Coronado and a lovely beach. We also just across the bridge from the Gaslamp District, full of amazing bars and restaurants.

Aerial view of the Coronado island and in the San Diego Bay in Southern California, United States of America. A view of the Skyline of the city, the pacific ocean and the historic Hotel Del Coronado.

Dawn arrives at Coronado Island revealing the bay, golf course, village and coronado bridge.

 

And Las Vegas…well…it’s Vegas! Gambling, shows, poolside parties, great restaurants, and that big carousel…

Aerial view of Las Vegas strip in Nevada as seen at night USA

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Another Wedding! Loving Day Retreats! http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/another-wedding-loving-day-retreats/ http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/another-wedding-loving-day-retreats/#comments Sat, 09 Dec 2017 04:43:30 +0000 http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/?p=43647 How ADORABLE is this?! It’s a wedding! Loving Day Retreats, a supporter of this blog and organizer for an amazing couple’s retreat to South Africa tied the knot!     Shirley and her new hubby (the masterminds behind LovingDayRetreats) are looking forward to connecting with the BB&W Crew for the upcoming event. Here are the […]

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How ADORABLE is this?!

It’s a wedding! Loving Day Retreats, a supporter of this blog and organizer for an amazing couple’s retreat to South Africa tied the knot!

 

 

Shirley and her new hubby (the masterminds behind LovingDayRetreats) are looking forward to connecting with the BB&W Crew for the upcoming event. Here are the details:

Re-connect with your loved one and join our retreat group as we partake in the rich history and diverse culture of South Africa. Enjoy a breathtaking view of the Cape from the Table Mountain Aerial Cable-way. Tour the enchanting peninsula and take a helicopter ride with the group and view the spectacular aerial views of the outer islands and land terrain. Wine lovers will enjoy partaking in our scheduled group wine tasting event. This tour also includes a two day safari at a popular game reserve where the big 5 (Elephants, Lions, Leopards, Cape Buffalo and Rhinoceros) call home.  This spectacular bucket list destination boasts of rave reviews and unforgettable memories.  Disconnect from your hectic routine, and re-connect with your love on this magical retreat.

Each Day of this spectacular trip will entail a personal activity that you and your love can privately partake in together (see itinerary for details).  Love is the key in our retreats. Designed to bring couples together in effort to focus on each other, encourage each other and enjoy your relaxing down time.  Rekindle your dreams, rekindle your love… Re-connect!

What’s included

All Lodging

All Meals and Drinks*

Winery & Vineyard Tour

Aerial Cable City Tour

Helicopter Tour

Game Safari & Lodge Stay

2 Nights at Safari Lodge

Transportation to Safari
Farewell Dinner
Black & White Dinner Gala, and Prizes
Hop-On Hop-Off Tour Pass
Tour Cape Town’s must see sights at your leisure via the Cape Town Hop-on, Hop-Off Open air bus.
Couples Activities

So what are you waiting for? A $500 deposit holds your spot! Go…go…GO!

For more information about LovingDayRetreats.com, email love@lovingdayretreats.com.

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At Last! A Travel Retreat Just for Interracial Couples!! 😍 http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/last-travel-retreat-just-interracial-couples-%f0%9f%98%8d/ http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/last-travel-retreat-just-interracial-couples-%f0%9f%98%8d/#comments Tue, 03 Oct 2017 18:33:21 +0000 http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/?p=43352 How many years have we talked about, wished, dreamed, and desired a travel event tailored to folks in interracial relationships? I ecstatic to announce that there’s one set for 2018! Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the Cape Town Reconnect Retreat, organized by our new ad partner, LovingDayRetreats.com. Cape Town, South Africa I’m very […]

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How many years have we talked about, wished, dreamed, and desired a travel event tailored to folks in interracial relationships? I ecstatic to announce that there’s one set for 2018! Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the Cape Town Reconnect Retreat, organized by our new ad partner, LovingDayRetreats.com.

Cape Town, South Africa

Aerial shot of Table Mountain

I’m very particular about who is allowed to advertise on this platform. We turned down most people who reach out to us. But LovingDayRetreats.com is run by this gorgeous interracial couple…soon to be married in November!!

Details of the trip:

Re-connect with your loved one and join our retreat group as we partake in the rich history and diverse culture of South Africa. Enjoy a breathtaking view of the Cape from the Table Mountain Aerial Cable-way. Tour the enchanting peninsula and take a helicopter ride with the group and view the spectacular aerial views of the outer islands and land terrain. Wine lovers will enjoy partaking in our scheduled group wine tasting event. This tour also includes a two day safari at a popular game reserve where the big 5 (Elephants, Lions, Leopards, Cape Buffalo and Rhinoceros) call home.  This spectacular bucket list destination boasts of rave reviews and unforgettable memories.  Disconnect from your hectic routine, and re-connect with your love on this magical retreat.

Cape Town port, South Africa. Pleasure boat ready to sail

Each Day of this spectacular trip will entail a personal activity that you and your love can privately partake in together (see itinerary for details).  Love is the key in our retreats. Designed to bring couples together in effort to focus on each other, encourage each other and enjoy your relaxing down time.  Rekindle your dreams, rekindle your love… Re-connect!

What’s included

  • All Lodging
  • All Meals and Drinks*
  • Winery & Vineyard Tour

    Vineyard landscape at sunset with grapes on vine, in Stellenbosch near Cape Town, South Africa.

  • Aerial Cable City Tour
  • Helicopter Tour

    Horizontal photo of a colony of African penguins, known also as jackass penguins or black-footed penguins, resting on the rocks and sand on Boulders beach in Simon’s Town, South Africa, on a sunny February day. Wide angle, blue sky in the background.

  • Game Safari & Lodge Stay
    2 Nights at Safari Lodge

    Signal Hill, Cape Town, South Africa

  • Transportation to Safari
  • Farewell Dinner
    Black & White Dinner Gala, and Prizes
  • Hop-On Hop-Off Tour Pass
    Tour Cape Town’s must see sights at your leisure via the Cape Town Hop-on, Hop-Off Open air bus.
  • Couples Activities

So what are you waiting for? A $500 deposit holds your spot! Go…go…GO!

For more information about LovingDayRetreats.com, email love@lovingdayretreats.com.

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My New Skin Care Discovery Whilst Being Price Gouged at the Spa http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/new-skin-care-discovery-whilst-price-gouged-spa/ Tue, 19 Sep 2017 01:59:36 +0000 http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/?p=43270 A couple weeks ago I visited the spa at Montage, a five-star property in Laguna Hills, California. Sometimes I like to visit the boutique where they sell the products they use in their treatments more  because there’s always something new to obsess about when you’re a natural product junkie like me. I perused the store, […]

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A couple weeks ago I visited the spa at Montage, a five-star property in Laguna Hills, California. Sometimes I like to visit the boutique where they sell the products they use in their treatments more  because there’s always something new to obsess about when you’re a natural product junkie like me.

I perused the store, and it’s what you’d expect–$200 plush robes and fancy skin care products you won’t find at Sephora. I saw my favorite staple, Eminence, an amazing organic skin care line imported from Europe. But a new (for me) brand caught my eye–OSEA, a product line that uses seaweed as an ingredient for many of their formulations. I love that the ingredients are non-toxic, vegan, and non-carcinogenic. As important, they work. While I’m not claiming to have tried all their products, the ones that I have are giving me great results.

The Ocean Cleansing Mud was the first standout. It’s aimed for oily to combination and blemish prone skin, and applying it gives you a tingling, stimulating feel from the tea tree, peppermint and rosemary oils it contains.  I tried a sample and loved it, so I came back to purchase a full bottle. I noted the cost–$55. Steep; yes…but not unheard of.

But as obsessive about research and curious about other products as I am, I decided to visit the company website. I discovered that the real retail cost is $44. That’s about a 20% increase on what already a retail markup!! Traditional retail is about 100% over wholesale, so the spa most likely purchased this product for $22 or even less.

Later on, I looked at other products I’d purchased or looked at there…like a body scrub they were charging for $60 which real retail was $48. The Lip and Eye Serum I picked up for $75? The real price is $60.

Now I know this spa is at a fancy resort full of wealthy people, but most of them didn’t get wealthy by paying more for things than they have to.

I called the spa and asked about the discrepancy and they really expressed little defense of the price gouging, and said they charge a premium because you can test the products before you buy and you can get them right when you want them, as opposed to going on the internet (btw OSEA’s shipping is free with a $75 or more purchase).

Let’s see…charge customers 20% or more above the retail price because they get to tinker in your FREE SAMPLES? Yeah…that makes sense. In an age when you can look up a company from your phone and cross check prices instantaneously, it’s an unbelievably cynical and greedy thing to do, and I hope the folks at OSEA know that their products are being exploited in such a way.

The good news is that I discovered an amazing new product that’s worth the share, and my skin loves them. My advice? Go to Montage for the scenery and the food. Have some mojitos by the pool overlooking the Pacific and skip the spa completely.

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They Will Stop at Nothing to Keep Black Women Hopeless http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/will-stop-nothing-keep-black-women-hopeless/ http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/will-stop-nothing-keep-black-women-hopeless/#comments Sun, 30 Jul 2017 11:04:15 +0000 http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/?p=42983 While there’s still more content to release on my trip to Canada, the first leg of our Swirling Around the World tour, I have posted some tidbits online about my positive experiences that I couldn’t wait to share. Harmless, right? It’s just a series to try to encourage black women to push passed their self-imposed […]

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While there’s still more content to release on my trip to Canada, the first leg of our Swirling Around the World tour, I have posted some tidbits online about my positive experiences that I couldn’t wait to share. Harmless, right? It’s just a series to try to encourage black women to push passed their self-imposed boundaries and explore other ecosystems and expand their experiences. Then I began to see several comments (and even a YouTube video from a popular female race hustler) swooping in to remind black women that no matter where they go, their experiences will be utterly awful. There was an infuriating comment posted under this video…

https://youtu.be/IAiz82zezss

The lengths that the toxic faction of black-victimhood hustlers will go to in order to discourage black women from finding ANY JOY outside of muling and soldiering for the sinking ship continues to shock me. I know–at this point I shouldn’t be shocked, but still…

Here’s my position on the “concerned” black folks that think I’m selling black women a bill of goods. Cover the children’s ears.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7iTxoDkHR3U

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More Interracial Dating in Toronto: Do THIS to Get More Attention http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/interracial-dating-toronto-get-attention/ http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/interracial-dating-toronto-get-attention/#comments Wed, 12 Jul 2017 05:20:39 +0000 http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/?p=42898 As I’m learning more and more about Canada, I learning a few things about the social culture there. While interracial dating in Toronto is so common as to not be noticed, there are a few things to consider when interacting with the natives. Canadian men are reserved. They aren’t going to walk up to you […]

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As I’m learning more and more about Canada, I learning a few things about the social culture there. While interracial dating in Toronto is so common as to not be noticed, there are a few things to consider when interacting with the natives. Canadian men are reserved. They aren’t going to walk up to you and introduce themselves and ask you out to dinner. You’ll have to get your body language game up and maybe learn sign language or something. And don’t think that their reserve is because you’re black. I interviewed several women from Irish to Asian and they all said the same thing. Canadian men generally don’t approach. But trust me you can’t help but stare. There are SO MANY fine men there….OMG…

 

Related video

 

https://youtu.be/IAiz82zezss

Because the men here are so reserved, online dating rules the day when it comes to romance. There, under the protection and buffer of the internet, the men come to life. If you’re looking to travel internationally, Canada is the closest and safest bet. Why not combine the experience with a few dates with men you’ve been chatting with online? And if you’re looking to ditch the U.S., the quickest way to do that is get hitched. Just saying…

Tip: Mention you’re a fan of the Blue Jays and you might get a marriage proposal in 2.3 seconds.

InterracialDatingCentral has and thousands and thousands of men registered in Canada. Why not expand your geographical preferences to meet some Canucks? And while paid sites suggests the men signed are really serious about finding a relationship, try out the free sites too.

https://youtu.be/H-8V9oc4Vo0

Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel to see all the videos related to our first Swirl Around the World tour to Toronto. Be sure to subscribe to our mailing list so you can get your FREE travel guide once it’s produced. We’re currently trying to raise money for our second trip to London, and if you’d like to support this endeavor that allows black women to feel more empowered about traveling and interracial dating abroad, click here.

Follow Christelyn on Instagram and Twitter, and subscribe to our You Tube channel. And if you want to be a little moreabout this online dating thing, InterracialDatingCentral is the official dating site for this blog. 

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