Author Archives: Andi Perullo de Ledesma

About Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

Jewelry Buying Goes High Tech

Before online shopping, you probably gassed up to shop for jewelry. Store hopping is a chore, but you had to hit up a couple locations to find the exact pricing and piece you wanted. Moreover, you may have ended up buying something you were probably not entirely satisfied with, because you were pressured by salespeople working on commission. Luckily, the Internet is the world’s largest shopping mall and it offers an entirely unique jewelry buying experience!

Every Jewelry Store in the World at Your Fingertips

You can purchase jewelry online from a local store or half way across the world. This allows you to be very specific about what you are looking for and how much you are willing to spend. Perhaps the best benefit of all, you are not limited to what a jewelry store has on hand. You can search for and find all sorts of unique pieces. For example, no matter where you are in the world, you can view the beautiful handcrafted jewels offered by California’s premiere engagement ring provider, Tacori (including their iconic rose gold engagement rings).

Better Customer Service Online

Jewelry has sold online since the onset of the Internet, but dial-up was not the best method for searching and finding the best deals, especially because you would have to log off to call customer service and ask questions. The development of broadband technology and fiber optic Internet have made it possible to stay connected around the clock, so you never have to travel to the store or log off to contact customer service.

Making a call is not actually necessary, if you consider that most websites have a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page and online chat support. Online chat support allows you to live chat with customer service, which also includes an emailed transcript of the conversation, so you can access it later if there is information you want to review. Another great feature, is that many jewelry companies now have customer service support available 24 hours a day. You are definitely not going to find many brick-and-motor jewelry stores open at four in the morning!

Mobile Shopping Apps And Online Reviews

There is also social and mobile shopping applications that have made shopping for jewelry a more tech-driven experience. You can download the application to your phone and use it to browse inventory, ask questions, and read reviews from other customers.

Online reviews are one of the most rewarding things about online shopping. In store, you are not going to get a clear picture of what someone else thought about a jewelry piece. However, online you can read about another customer’s shopping experience and what they thought about the product. This is a huge benefit, especially when you are buying something expensive, such as an engagement ring.

The Internet has made it possible to feel comfortable knowing that you have made a good purchase and you are getting exactly what you are looking for in record time. With so many available options, you can be rest assured your purchase is the right fit. Overall, there is no better way to purchase jewelry that fits your budget and style preferences!

Luxury Suitcases — Shop Luggage With Longevity And Good Looks

February can be a great time to pick up bargains and if you are planning a special holiday this year or are a regular traveler, then some high end luggage can be a great addition to think about investing in if you can find a good deal. Luxury branded luggage by a leading brand like Rimowa, Briggs & Riley, or Samsonite can last you a lifetime, as well as helping keep your belongings secure. Of course, it is not all about practicality and by choosing a beautifully designed case or luggage set you can also ensure you look fantastic passing through the airport, no matter how tired and jetlagged you are!

Better Value In The Long Run

Cheap cases from the high street may seem like a good deal, but while they may last you through this year’s trips, you will soon find yourself replacing them. Luxury cases are designed to last a lifetime (or beyond, if you want to pass them down through your family), thus as long as you pick a classic style that will always look good, you will never need to spend money on luggage again if you kit yourself out now. Even though these suitcases can be thought of as a long term buy, it is still best if you can get a good deal on them new, so check out www.charlesfordlondon.com/ who have fantastic prices on all of the biggest names in luggage.

Making Travel Easier

If you travel a lot or it is something you can see yourself doing more and more in the future, then you will quickly see the difference luxury luggage can make. With high end cabin luggage, you can fit more in and make those short weekend trips without having to check luggage or sacrifice on the stuff you can take with you. Many high end cases also have features that make securing your luggage or passing through security checkpoints faster and easier. These cases are carefully designed with the traveler in mind, so you will find the interior spaces well organised and easy to pack. Add to that, the fact that high end suitcases are made from the lightest and most resilient materials and it is clear you will be seeing less damage to your property, while also having to haul less weight around!

Feel Like An A-Lister

Look at any airport paparazzi shot of a celeb and they always have beautiful luggage. Stars of all ages, both male and female, know that looking stylish while traveling makes the whole experience more fun and that classic luxury suitcases and bags help them look great wherever they are going. You may not be off to shoot a new movie or appear on a talk show, but you can look every bit as stylish as a star when you accessorise with high end cases.

If you are looking for great bargains, check out some of the deals on suitcases and level up your travel options with lasting, reliable style.

DIGIORNO® pizza

There Is Nothing Better Than DIGIORNO® Pizza On The Big Game Day

I never thought in a million years that I would be following football, since it is not my favorite sport. However, it is impossible to live in Charlotte, North Carolina and not catch the football bug that is so infectious at the moment, since our home team made it all the way!

Pizza and football go together perfectly and in my house we eat only one brand of pizza: DIGIORNO®. There is nothing better than DIGIORNO® pizza when you are having a get together on the big game day, as the pizza is so quick and easy to prepare. This allows me to spend less time in the kitchen and more time enjoying the game with my friends and family. Not to mention that everyone loves the delicious taste.

DIGIORNO® pizza

With a baby, I am all about finding meals that are simple to cook. DIGIORNO® pizza could not be easier to prepare and I highly encourage you to think about following my advice for the big game day as well! The big game day is filled with moments that matter, not only on the field, but off too, when you are surrounded by your friends and family. Make the most out of these moments and serve up food that enhances the experience to make it all the more memorable –- like a a fresh-baked DIGIORNO® pizza right from your own oven. This year why not start a new tradition and tailgate at home!

DIGIORNO® pizza

There are plenty of wrong calls made during the football season, but there is one thing you can always count on as the right call to make on the big game day: DIGIORNO® pizza. Currently, we are obsessed with their Original Rising Crust® pizza, my favorite is the four cheese and my husband’s is the sausage and pepperoni. We could eat these pizzas every night for dinner, as they taste that good! Like a play that works every time, DIGIORNO® Original Rising Crust® pizza has a fresh-baked taste that can only come from your oven, so when you are hosting your crew on the big game day, you can be confident that you are making the right call by serving DIGIORNO®.

DIGIORNO® pizza

DIGIORNO® pizza bakes up hot and fresh right in your own oven, helping you give your guests a win –- no matter the outcome on the field! With dough that rises to crust perfection, toppings you cannot get enough of, and a mouthwatering aroma you will crave, DIGIORNO® pizza is ready to serve in about twenty minutes.

For more tips on how to #maketherightcall or to view the “Typical Game Day Party Guests” video series, visit the DIGIORNO® on Twitter or on YouTube.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Unbound Blog

Honest Discussion About Discriminatory Words

I came across this post on the blog Unbound. Unbound sponsors people in poverty around the world by sending them to school, financing microloans, and much more. This post resonated with me, thus I wanted to share it with my readers. Please check it out below and click here to learn more about Unbound.

My Beautiful Adventures

Unbound Blog

A woman wears a sign saying, “I am a drunkard,” as part of a mothers group discussion about discrimination and words that hurt.

Fat. Illiterate. Drunk. These are just some of the words a group of mothers in Guatemala called each other during a recent workshop. But there was no malice behind their words. Rather it was an exercise created to open up discussion about how words like these can affect a person.

There are more than 10,500 Unbound mothers groups around the world. When children are sponsored through Unbound, their mothers have the opportunity to join a group of women from their communities. The groups provide a space for mothers to connect with others who face similar challenges and find solutions together.

For one of the mothers groups in Guatemala, discrimination is one of those challenges.

“We get together every month to discuss problems that affect our community,” said Teresa, one of the 16 mothers who participate in the group. “We agreed on discrimination being a problem, and we decided to approach the issue by teaching ourselves about it. We decided that we would act out a play.

“Several mothers volunteered to be targeted with some kind of discrimination. We labeled mothers with signs that said ‘illiterate,’ ‘indigenous,’ ‘fat,’ ‘deaf’ and other discriminating words.”

Other mothers played the roles of “discriminators,” pretending to be mean to the mothers wearing the signs. At the end of the activity, the mothers discussed how it made them feel. According to Teresa, many of the mothers said they felt vulnerable during the exercise.

For many of the mothers that took part in the exercise, this was not the first time they had heard these types of words in relation to themselves or others in their community. And as mothers, they are especially worried about how discriminatory attitudes might affect their children.

“I have seen how little boys are discriminated against because they help their mothers carry baskets of tortilla dough over their shoulders,” said Natividad, whose daughter Angela is sponsored. “Other boys insult them saying, ‘You are not a man,’ making reference to a general feeling that anything related to tortilla making is for girls only. That is not right, and we have to educate our children about this; that is the job that we have as parents.”

Unbound Blog

Teresa, mother of a child sponsored in Guatemala, wears a sign saying, “I am indigenous.”

Some of the discrimination faced by members of the group was over cultural identity. In Guatemala, approximately 40 percent of the population is of Mayan descent. Many Mayan women display their heritage by wearing traditional clothing. As a Mayan woman, Teresa has occasionally overheard comments about her choice of dress.

“I’ve been judged as being ignorant and of less value because I wear low-priced indigenous clothing,” Teresa said. “It is sad because I work hard for my children. … I am a single mother; everything I earn is for my children. I cannot afford expensive clothing.
“… I remember going to my little girls’ school’s year-ending ceremony. I put on a simple outfit and I remember a person saying, ‘Doesn’t she work; can’t she afford a better dress?’”

Though Teresa has experienced discrimination first-hand, she still learned something new by participating in the exercise with the other mothers.

“I have learned there are several ways of discrimination, ways that I didn’t think about,” Teresa said.

In addition to helping the mothers see different types of discrimination and the effects, the workshop also gave them the tools they needed to talk to their children about the issue.

“We can teach people in our community to understand and avoid discriminating [against] others,” Natividad said. “We learned how to talk about this issue and mentor people to avoid it.

“I feel that Unbound is our best example of non-discrimination. There are no specific requirements of color, size, religion or your beliefs for sponsorship. Everyone is welcomed. At Unbound we are equally treated with fraternity and respect, like brothers and sisters.”

Welcome someone into your life through sponsorship.

Healing Hands Acupuncture and Herbal Clinic

Clinic Reveal (Part 2)

If you would like to know about the history of my Chinese Medicine Wellness Center, Healing Hands Acupuncture and Herbal Clinic, then please visit here to read all about it. When I made the decision to redecorate my treatment room, I first decided on the main colors of the space. I chose: white, gold, and rose gold. Then, I looked for the larger items at my favorite budget friendly stores: Homegoods, Ikea, and Target. Finally, I brought in objects and artwork that I had collected from my travels around the world to make the room extra special. What I love about these treasures that I have amassed over the years is that there are amazing stories behind each and every one of them, which I like to share with my patients while I am treating them. If you have any questions about any of the items pictured, feel free to leave a comment about them and I promise to respond!

Healing Hands Acupuncture and Herbal Clinic

Healing Hands Acupuncture and Herbal Clinic

Healing Hands Acupuncture and Herbal Clinic

Healing Hands Acupuncture and Herbal Clinic

Healing Hands Acupuncture and Herbal Clinic

Healing Hands Acupuncture and Herbal Clinic

Healing Hands Acupuncture and Herbal Clinic

Healing Hands Acupuncture and Herbal Clinic

Healing Hands Acupuncture and Herbal Clinic

Healing Hands Acupuncture and Herbal Clinic

Healing Hands Acupuncture and Herbal Clinic

Healing Hands Acupuncture and Herbal Clinic

Healing Hands Acupuncture and Herbal Clinic

Healing Hands Acupuncture and Herbal Clinic

Healing Hands Acupuncture and Herbal Clinic

Healing Hands Acupuncture and Herbal Clinic

Healing Hands Acupuncture and Herbal Clinic

Healing Hands Acupuncture and Herbal Clinic

Healing Hands Acupuncture and Herbal Clinic

Healing Hands Acupuncture and Herbal Clinic

Healing Hands Acupuncture and Herbal Clinic

Healing Hands Acupuncture and Herbal Clinic

If you are curious about Chinese Medicine and/or Healing Hands Acupuncture and Herbal Clinic and would like to learn more, please follow my Wellness Center on Facebook and Twitter for more information!