Wednesday, July 29, 2015

3 Homecoming Dresses Trends from CocoMelody.com



The tradition of homecoming is popular among many colleges, universities and high schools across the United States. It generally celebrates welcoming back the alumni of a school. It is a nice occasion to celebrate and get together with old friends, and one cannot help but question the choice of outfit in such events. It is a time of the year where you reunite with people you probably haven’t seen in a while, so it is important to make a sound choice of outfit, as it leaves a great impression.


I am aware than most of my readers seek affordable cheap homecoming dresses under 100, which is what I have brought for you today. I summed up a few dresses from Cocomelody that I personally find fashion forward and suitable for homecoming.


Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Rest in Peace Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

Dr. Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen "A. P. J." Abdul Kalam is the former president of India (from 2002 to 2007). On the 27th of July, 2015 he sadly passed away. His loss, was not only a great loss to India ... but a great loss to the entire world.

India's ex-president Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam - Image source: http://cloudimages.youthconnect.in/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/00-FB-Share-Pic5.jpg 
I came across Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam when he visited my high school approximately four years ago; sadly, I did not get to attend the lecture he gave out to the senior students, however I managed to get a glance of him and obtain a signed copy of his autobiography 'Wings of Fire'. I gladly took the time to read his autobiography two years later, and was astonished - in a good way - by his journey to success and to the point where he received the presidency title. As a tribute, AlBalsamLife.com would like to honor this inspiring man's life by sharing his most memorable quotes, especially the ones that have inspired me as a young woman.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

How to Pull Off a Vintage Dress for Homecoming

Thinking of wearing a vintage dress for prom? Go for it. Here are 10 tips to help you pull off this super funky look.

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Looking to stand out at the prom? A vintage dress can be just as trendy as any en vogue number and pretty much guarantees that nobody else will be wearing the same thing.

Having said that, shopping for vintage dresses can be daunting. Take a look at these great tips on how to seek out the ideal one-of-a-kind dress for your special event.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Balsam's Take on Europe: 6 of my Favorite things in Bordeaux, France

Bordeaux, France
I have always been in love with France ever since I was a little girl; when I visited Bordeaux last year (2014) in October, I fell in love with it even more. Bordeaux is a city in southwestern France and is famous because it is located on a famous wine-growing region. It is popular for its beautiful country side and amazingly artistic views. 

I have previously shared some photographs from my first trip to Bordeaux - which you can find here - but this time I would like to write a little bit more on the experience, and the things that I have personally enjoyed tremendously during my trip to this stunning city.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

How to Get the Most out of Your China Tour Guide

A China tour guide will be able to help you make the most out of your visit to Asia, but only if you really know how to leverage them. Here are a few tips on getting the most out of your China tour guide!
Header Image by Darryl Wilkins via Flickr
China is a fascinating, culturally diverse place and it can be a little overwhelming the first time around. This is why so many tourists rely on a China tour guide to make sure their experience is the best that it can be. Following the tips that your guide will give you will show you China in the best light. Remember, they are on your side. A reputable tour guide will never lead you astray, and you need not second guess them.
A good tour guide got into the business because it is a rewarding experience for them too, and they enjoy meeting foreigners and showing them around their country. They have pride about their geography and the rich history that comes with it, and they thirst for new experiences just as much as you do! 
Most people will have a ball with their tour guide in China. Here are a few tips to make the most of your China tour guide and have a trip that will leave you breathless.

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