Leave Your Baggage at Home
In This Issue
Upcoming Events
GGG Myspace & Blog
Purchase the Books
Breast Cancer Awareness Month - One Woman's Story
Leave Your Baggage at Home Girls Getaway to Orlando
Fashion Week Tampa Bay
Confused About Baggage Fees?
Win $6,500 in Fabulous Girls Getaway Prizes
Girls Getaway to NYC

Upcoming Events
 
October 9
Book Signing Urban Think! Bookstore, Orlando
Join Casey Wohl, The Getaway Girl™, at Urban Think! Bookstore in Downtown Orlando from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. as she launches her second book, the Girls Getaway Guide to Key West: Leave Your Baggage at Home.  Buy a book and be entered to win a Girls Getaway Vacation Package to Key West, including two nights accommodations at the Crowne Plaza Key West - La Concha, breakfast for two, Wind and Wine cruise for two and complimentary drink tickets for two (a $795 value).  For more details, visit www.UrbanThinkOrlando.com.
 
October 20-23
Girls Getaway to Key West - Fantasy Fest
Key West's Fantasy Fest is one of the island's biggest parties of the year. Halloween is turned into a Mardi Gras-style parade complete with sexy costumes, body paint and bizarre floats. Adult costumes, body painting, & Key West Fantasy Fest costuming, is on wide display as many roam the crowds in titillating costumes. Throughout Fantasy Fest week, there are a wide variety of activities, including Danceapalooza, Celebrity Look-A-Like Contest, Sloppy Joe's Toga Party, the Headdress Ball, Pet Masquerade, Hogs Breath Saloon's Homemade Bikini Contest, and the Captain Morgan Fantasy Fest Parade.  The Getaway Girl™ will be there to launch her new book, so come join us.  For more information, visit www.FantasyFest.net.
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October 21
1st Annual Booty Party, Key West

Join The Getaway Girl™/author Casey Wohl at the official release of her latest book, Girls Getaway Guide to Key West, as she and the Key West Art Bar (corner of Margaret & Caroline in Flagler Station Building ) co-host a fundraiser for Womankind. Join us for drinks and "booty" with a benefit bachelor auction. 5-8 pm; (305) 296- 0424; $10 donation. Buy a book and be entered to win a Girls Getaway to Key West, valued at $795.  For more information, visit www.KeyWestArtBar.com.
 
October 22
Get Hot with The Getaway Girl™
Join author Casey Wohl at Key West's "hottest" spot for a book signing party and hot sauce tasting as she launches her new book, Girls Getaway Guide to Key West: Leave Your Baggage at Home.  Buy a book and "get sauced" with us at 602 Greene St. from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.  Buy a book and be entered to win a Girls Getaway to Key West, valued at $795.  For more details, call (305) 295-9333 or visit www.PeppersofKeyWest.com.
 
October 26
"Think Pink" Ladies' Day Out - Breast Cancer Research Benefit, Tampa/Temple Terrace
Please join us for a ladies' day out to take time to "Think Pink!" This afternoon escape will include a wine tasting, gourmet bake sale, book signing by Casey Wohl - The Getaway Girl™ (buy a book and get entered to win a Girls Getaway to Key West valued at $795), and high-quality, unique merchandise from two local artisans - gift items by Bevilled Edge Photography and hand-crafted jewelry by Linda Kingery, as well as services and gift items from Serenbe Day Spa. Five dollars at the door will be exchanged for 5 raffle tickets and your chance to win Bucs tickets, spa treatments, artwork, gift items, and jewelry. All proceeds from the event itself will benefit Moffitt Cancer Center's breast cancer division. Vendors will also be donating a percentage of sales that day. So grab some girlfriends and come wine, dine and shop "in the pink" from noon - 6:00 p.m. at the Serenbe Day Spa, 11103 N. 56th St., Temple Terrace.
 
November 5-6
Girls Getaway to LA/Beverly Hills
It's never a bad time in the City of Angels and Beverly Hill's Rodeo Drive, so we planned some extra girl time around Mark Victor Hansen's MEGA conference.  I cannot wait to enjoy a terrific girls' getaway in this fantastic and exciting city.  More details to come.
 
November 7-9
MEGA Speaking Empire, LA
Chicken Soup for the Soul co-creator Mark Victor Hansen hosts another wonderful event in Los Angeles.  These events sell out fast, so register today at http://mvhansen.infusionsoft.com/go/MSpeak/a746
 
November 20
Little Black Dress Party, Tampa
Save the date now!  This event will be held at The Kennedy in South Tampa (2408 W. Kennedy Blvd; 813-259-9669), from 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.  Guests are invited to indulge in spa and salon treatments, makeovers, complimentary champagne and a dessert bar.  Buy a Girls Getaway Guide and be entered to win a Girls Getaway Vacation Package to Key West, including two nights accommodations at the Crowne Plaza Key West - La Concha, breakfast for two, Wind and Wine cruise for two and complimentary drink tickets for two (a $795 value).  For more details, visit www.TheKennedySoho.com.
 
November 21-22
Junior League Merry Market, Winter Haven
This upscale shopping experience includes all the right elements to put you in the holiday spirit! Friday night will kick off the event with a fabulous "Martinis and Manicures" preview event followed by family-friendly shopping bazaar complete with Santa and his workshop, a special book signing with The Getaway Girl™, and merchandise from boutiques and vendors across central Florida, including a myriad of pre-decorated holiday trees for purchase. Buy a Girls Getaway Guide and be entered to win a Girls Getaway Vacation Package to Key West, including two nights accommodations at the Crowne Plaza Key West - La Concha, breakfast for two, Wind and Wine cruise for two and complimentary drink tickets for two (a $795 value).
For more information, contact Angela Moore at angmoore@deloitte.com.
 
December 5-7
Leave Your Baggage at Home™ Girls Getaway, Orlando

Join us at the fabulous Gaylord Palms Resort in Orlando as we enjoy some quality girl time together and conquer our holiday shopping.  This wonderful weekend experience includes VIP shopping experience at Intermix, a special Girls Getaway room rate, shopping perks and savings, tickets to see the unique frozen holiday event - ICE!, a special baking experience with a Gaylord pastry chef, discounts on spa services from the Canyon Ranch SpaClub and a special VIP cooking and dining experience at Emeril's Tchoup Chop.  For more details and to register, click on the image below. 

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Where Can You Purchase the Books?
To purchase the Girls Getaway Guide, please visit:

www.GirlsGetawayGuide.net
www.Amazon.com
Barnes & Noble (select stores)

Gift Basket Boutique, Lakeland
Highlands Art League, Sebring
Redhead Lounge Boutique, Orlando
Shou'Ture, Winter Park
Urban Think! Bookstore, Orlando

 

Breast Cancer Awareness Month 

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and a time for us to promote breast cancer awareness, share information and help all women have access to screening services.  Recently, I was surprised to find out that someone I have known for quite a while had breast cancer.  Although I had not seen Diana Albritton in years, I was amazed to hear her story and how she won the battle against breast cancer. 

Today, Diana is thriving and going above and beyond to make sure women in a somewhat isolated area in Central Florida expand and strengthen their bonds of sisterhood for both personal and professional growth.  Through Lunch Club Wednesday, which Diana formed in 2006, she helps more than 300 women network with each other and connect spiritually and socially.  In honor of this special month, I'd like to share the story of one very special lady.

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Q: Describe your first experience with cancer and your diagnosis.
I was attending a week long business meeting in Las Vegas when I complimented another woman on her beaded key chain.  She said the beads were the smallest size of a breast cancer lump.  When I returned home, I thought about that key chain that left a visual in mind and did a self exam.  That's when I discovered my lump.  When I went to see my doctor for a mammogram, the doctor recommended I have a biopsy that day because the lump looked suspicious.  That began my experience with breast cancer that involved six surgeries, a round of chemotherapy, lymphodemia diagnosis and eventually a full mastectomy, which left me on disability for two years.  That woman with the beaded key chain is my lifesaver.
 
Q: How did you feel and what were your thoughts during your treatments?
My life had been perfect and then it suddenly changed.  Besides the pain I had to deal with, my arm gave me a sense of balance and I had to re-train myself to walk due to the pain.  Before, I had always loved to exercise and be very active; then I couldn't even write Christmas letters.  The best defense is knowledge, and I pulled so much information from the Internet.  Attitude is 100 percent of how you beat cancer. I saved every card received.  They were my reminder that I couldn't let my support system down.  I was 40 years old and never afraid of cancer or dying.  Lots of good things occurred during that time.
 
Q:  How do you feel today?
Now, I am living the second half of my life, and I know it's important to have positive people around me.  That's why I like the Lunch Club Wednesday women.
 
Q: How has your experience with breast cancer helped other women?
I hope it has raised the awareness of breast cancer and encouraged other women who are diagnosed and must overcome this disease.  If I can do it, anyone can.
 
Q:  What was your goal when you first organized Lunch Club Wednesday (LCW)?
The first group met in January 2006 with 20 women.  Ninety percent of the women who attend LCW are active career women, while 10 percent are retired and volunteer with non-profit organizations.  LCW is not only a motivational group, but a method of networking spiritually and socially.
 
Q:  How does LCW help women expand their horizons?
The meetings are filled with positive energy and information.  Everyone feels the driving energy behind the success of the club is that women share ideas and encourage others in their endeavors, which gives all women a sense of power and purpose.  A speaker generally provides an informative topic matter for the ladies to learn about.  In addition, one member is awarded the CeCe Courage Award (named after Carolyn "CeCe" Crane who inspires with her courage by attending the meetings despite her disability), which recognizes a woman who displays a tremendous amount of courage for that month.  For more details, visit
www.LunchClubWednesday.org.
 
Q:  What's next for Diana Albritton?

I want to continue to promote Lunch Club Wednesday and help women network and expand their horizons.  I want to be known as a lifesaver, educator and cheerleader for as many women as I can.  I want to continue to share my story about how the woman with the key chain was my lifesaver and how my negative experience has allowed me the ability to leave corporate America.
Now I own my own insurance agency and because of my experience I can help clients with solutions that others might not be able to address.   Again, because of the disability it forced me to change my direction.  Not only am I a business professional, but now I'm able to balance & budget time on others and help them find their purpose.
I'm currently not disabled with pain, but I hurt in my arm everyday which is a wonderful reminder of the past.  I hope others will read my story and never give up as God has a wonderful journey and purpose for each of us.  When the negative comes my way, I just say, "buckle-up as the best is yet to come." 
 
~Casey Wohl 

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News From The Getaway Girl™
Greetings!
 
The holiday season is quickly approaching and the Girls Getaway Guide is gearing up!  We have a fabulous "Leave Your Baggage at Home" girls getaway planned to help you relax while getting your holiday shopping done. 
We also have a spectacular "12 Days 'til Christmas" holiday promotion where you can win more than $6,500 in getaway prizes.  Be sure to read below for more information. 
As always, if you have ideas, questions or suggestions, email them to info@GirlsGetawayGuide.net.  
Leave Your Baggage at Home™ December Girls Getaway
 
Due to the overwhelming success of the Girls Getaway to Orlando to celebrate National Friendship Day (see photo below in Emeril's kitchen), Casey Wohl is hosting another fabulous getaway Dec. 5-7.  For anyone who agonizes over their holiday shopping and needs to de-stress, this getaway is for you. 
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Join us at the fabulous Gaylord Palms Resort in Orlando as we spend some quality girl time together and conquer your holiday shopping. 
 
This wonderful weekend experience includes:
 
*A special Girls Getaway Guide room rate starting at $199/night for two people, which includes self-parking and resort fee.
*Exclusive personal shopping experience at Intermix, Orlando's newest trend-setting boutique.  Get great gift ideas and preview the top trends of the season VIP style while sipping mimosas!
*Shopping perks and savings at the Mall at Millenia and Orlando Premium Outlets
*Tickets to see the Gaylord's unique frozen holiday event - ICE!, with VIP pass.
*Special baking experience with a Gaylord pastry chef - learn how the pros do it.
*Discounts on spa services from the Canyon Ranch SpaClub
*VIP cooking and dining experience at Emeril's Tchoup Chop complete with limo transportation.
*Retail discount card for the shops at the Gaylord Palms Resort
*Complimentary drink ticket at the Gaylord Palms Resort 
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Registration is $259/person; hotel rooms must be booked by registrants.  Space is limited, so reserve your spot today.  For more details and to register for the weekend and your room, visit
www.GirlsGetawayGuide.net.
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Fashion Week Tampa Bay

Fashion Week Tampa Bay was an awesome event that epitomized the fashion scene in the Bay area and celebrated the style that's uniquely Tampa Bay. The area's most talented fashion and accessories designers came together to showcase their amazing work. 
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(Casey Wohl, Designer Bebe Z. & Cathy Hayes) 
 
The event kicked off on Sept. 24 with a VIP Cocktail Reception at the Tampa Artist Emporium in Hyde Park (www.TampaArtistEmporium.com).  It was so nice to meet many of the designers, artists and celebrities who were there, as well as view the wonderful artwork on display. 
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(NFL Super Bowl Champ Seth Joyner & Casey Wohl)
 
Thursday evening was the first runway show at The Ritz Ybor.  Highlights included JCagua Swimwear by Trineice Cagua, Ice It by Bebe Z. by Bebe Ziegler and Fashions by Azucar. 
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Friday featured another runway show at The Coliseum that we, unfortunately, could not attend.  The show opened with our new friend House of Ska by Ivanka Ska. 
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(Casey Wohl, Cathy Hayes & Designer Ivanka Ska)
 
The event concluded on Saturday with a brunch and silent auction at Pacific Wave Restaurant (www.PacificWaveRestaurant.com) to benefit Best Buddies.  The Girls Getaway Guide was thrilled to partner with Saddlebrook Resort (www.Saddlebrook.com) to donate a Girls Getaway Vacation Package, which was the highest selling item of the day. 
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(Sarah Coombs - Best Buddies, Nancy Vaughn - Fashion Week Tampa Bay, Casey Wohl - Girls Getaway Guide)
 
Many thanks to Nancy Vaughn and her staff, as well as Sarah Coombs of Best Buddies, for putting together such a wonderful, inaugural event.  Be sure to put this on your calendar for next year and visit www.FashionWeekTampaBay.com.

Inconsistent Baggage Fees Confuse Travelers & Increase Overall Airfare

 
With people starting to book their holiday travel and airlines continuing to increase their fares due to gas prices, it is more important than ever for travelers to pay close attention to the airlines' various baggage fees and limits. 
 
Research shows that more and more airlines have instituted fees for the quantity and weight of passenger luggage. 
 
However, not all airlines fees are consistent, which makes booking your flight and calculating your total air fare (ticket and baggage fees) difficult. 
 
Passengers must not just pay close attention to airline fees but also how they pack for their travels.  In some cases, it may be best to pay a little more for a ticket and travel on an airline that doesn't have strict baggage fees.
 
For a detailed comparison chart of the top airlines' luggage fees and tips on how to pack light, visit the Tip Section at
www.GirlsGetawayGuide.net.

Win Fabulous Getaway Prizes!
 
The Girls Getaway Guide is pleased to announce The Getaway Girl's™ second annual "12 Days 'til Christmas" holiday promotion.  In an effort to help all girls beat the holiday madness and Leave Your Baggage at Home™, the Girls Getaway Guide will host a countdown to the big day.  Women everywhere can visit the Girls Getaway Guide online at www.GirlsGetawayGuide.net to sign up for more than $6,500 in fabulous giveaways, which are sure to provide welcome holiday cheer during this stressful time of year. 
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The winners will be selected on each of the 12 business days starting Dec. 8 through Dec. 23, with the Grand Prize selected on Dec. 24.  Each day leading up to Christmas, a terrific Girls Getaway Guide prize will be given away to a randomly-selected entrant.
Partnering businesses that have donated prizes include: Baccarat/Lalique at Prime Outlets International Orlando, Blue Tree Resort, Crowne Plaza Key West - La Concha, Emeril's Tchoup Chop, Gaylord Palms Resort, Hampton Inn & Suites South Lake Buena Vista, Ocean Key Resort & Spa, Omni Orlando Resort at Championsgate, Orlando Premium Outlets & Marriott Village, Regal Sun Resort, The Ritz Carlton Grande Lakes, Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort and Zou Zou Boutique.

To see the full list of prizes and to register, visit www.GirlsGetawayGuide.net.

Girls Getaway to NYC

 
I had a fantastic trip to New York City last month!  The shopping, the sights and the food were all absolutely terrific.  Since I was staying in Soho, I focused most of my shopping in this area.  Strolling along streets such as Thompson, Prince, Spring and Houston all feature amazing shops, stores and boutiques that are hard to resist, even if you just planned to window shop.  Some of my favorites during my trip were Big Drop, Purdy Girl, Les Petits Chapelais, Resurrection and Nikki Laura.  Many thanks to the helpful staff at Big Drop and Purdy Girl!
As with every trip to NYC, the food is wonderful.  We ate at The Cub Room, Habana Café , Zoe Restaurant, Le Bilboquet, Babbo, Chinatown Brasserie, just to name a few. 
Lunch at Le Bilboquet (located on 63rd between Park and Madison) was a must do. The place is super small so you may have to wait, but it is well worth it. With both indoor and outdoor seating, lunch and dinner here will not disappoint. Nikki highly recommended the Poulet Cajun (Cajun Chicken). It was fantastic! The staff is very European and the atmosphere is lively with fun music.

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Lauren's said I had to try her favorite snack in Soho - corn!  Lauren had been talking for hours about the corn on the cob at Habana Cafe (located on Prince Street). After much hype, I had to try some for myself. The corn is grilled and rolled in queso cheese and chili powder. It was amazing! Not only does this place serve delicious food, but it is an eco-eatery as well. If you are in the area, be sure to visit.

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Since I happened to be in town during Fashion Week, we went to Tavern on the Green for an exclusive fashion show, and I met friends at The Bryant Park Hotel for drinks.

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After-dinner activities also included a night at Piano's (Ludlow Street), where we watched live music in the showroom and an evening at Art Bar.  After my non-stop visit to NYC, I was ready to come home.  But I cannot wait to go back and explore all the wonderful and exciting things this city has to offer.
Thanks for reading. I hope to see you soon!
 
Sincerely,

Acorn

Casey Wohl, Author/The Getaway Girl
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