Category: lifestyle

Those Winter Days

It pains me to bid farewell to winter. I already live in a warm country and believe me, it is for this exact reason that I cherish the cooler days that come in abundance at this time of year. Typically, I only get to enjoy my sweaters, jumpers, jackets and boots between the months of November and February. This year we were blessed to see the season linger a bit longer as if it were as sad as I was to see it go. In reality, those pieces I own are parked to the back of my closet once I’m in my home country of Jamaica, unless I make a trip to cold New York City, where I’m forced to dig them up so I don’t freeze to death.

Call me crazy, but I love winter. There’s something about warm baths and showers, cool breeze, the occasional downpour of rain, hot cocoa and Netflix while under the covers that always puts me in a good mood. I find that I achieve better sleeping patterns and more sleep overall as well. Winter wear also has a level of snuggly sophistication that I absolutely love. I am able to dress them up or down. I’m more a comfy casual kind of gal. I decided for one last time before I have to bit adieu to my cozy pieces, I wanted to share my favorite pieces I wore more times than I can count on one hand. Comment below your favorites and if you have pieces that are similiar my style! Until next time.

 

Xoxo.

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SHOP MY STYLE

Sweater Top : Boohoo

Jeans: Fashion Nova

Crossbody Bag : Steve Madden

Boots : Lane Bryant

Japanese Eats At Sora

Hey loves! I’ve been under the weather these last few days, but I couldn’t have the week end without putting out some well needed content. I had the pleasure of feasting with friends to indulge in one of my favorite foods: Sushi! The rooftop location was very private ( just the way I like it) and had an awesome view of the hills and surrounding city buildings. If you aren’t an outdoor kinda person, they also have the option of indoor dining. I can honestly say I’ve been a fan of sushi since trying it a few years ago. The food at this restaurant was divine. I know alot of people aren’t fans of the raw foods movement but that why I say it’s always a good idea to try it before you knock it and always educate yourself on things. You just never know. Knowledge is power. Sushi is primarily lots of raw options but there’s also delicious cooked options too. I’ve included some highlights from my night below and you can share your favorites in the comments below. You can also click the following link to see the different types of sushi options there are out there if you are considering visiting your local spot: https://delishably.com/meat-dishes/The-Different-Kinds-of-Sushi

Until next time.

Xoxo.

 

Highlights 

Japanese Sky Cuisine – Sora

 

 

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Indoor dining at the restaurant

 

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View of the restaurant’s bar

 

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Sunset view

 

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Terrace dining

 

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Beef Shigureni Roll & Tempura Philly Roll

 

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White Moscato to compliment the meal

 

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Table view

 

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Rum cake

 

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Bathroom decor

 

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More bathroom decor

 

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Name of restaurant and contact information

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My First Massage

 

Hello loves! So I decided that I wanted this year to be one of many firsts, and that includes wellness and health. My sister gifted me a full body massage as a Christmas present last December and I finally decided to make use of it (I think she remembered me saying I’d never gotten one and would love to experience it.) Cassandra’s Day Spa was where I was pampered and needlesstosay, it was awesome. Super relaxing and tranquil. My massage therapist, Maureen, did a fantastic job amidst the fact that I was indeed ticklish to certain parts of my body (I made it through like a champ), and the flowing conversation we had during the session definitely help to calm my nerves. I left way less achy than when I got there and even took a short nap when it was all over.

The location was relatively easy to find, situated in a quiet area away from the hustle and bustle and was located approximately 20-25 minutes from where I call home. The actual building was really cute and modernly decorated and had a contemporary interior design. All the pictures can be viewed below. The overall customer service was excellent and I can say I will definitely be booking another session soon. Let me know about your spa experiences by commenting below! Until next time.

xoxo.

 

 

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First pic as I entered and waited on my session
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The Massage Room
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Pretty Lamp Area and Mirror
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Created quite the ambience
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Painting inside Massage Room
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Pretty decoratives
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Me mid-session and not giving a damn that my hair was all messed up because I was in massage heaven
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The massage oil she used on me
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Flowery Hallway
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Hallway highlights
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Facial & Waxing Room
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One of many parisian pieces

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Comfy sitting area
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Close up of the entrance to the spa
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Wider shot of the cozy outside
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Name of the spa, services and contact numbers

 

On my Grown Woman Ish Vol. 2 : Favorite Scents

Hello loves! So as apart of my series, this is an essential element to any woman who needs to  complete her daily routine, and that is her SCENT. This goes hand in hand with appearance. Sight + smell = perfect combination. Now I’m highlighting my favorite scents at the moment, that I find myself throwing on more often than others. You may or may not like my favs and that’s OK. Everyone has different perfumes that they gravitate more towards than others. I’ve chosen two scents for daytime and casual outings and two for nighttime appeal, dressier more formal occasions. All the perfumes discussed I’ve bought in the 3.4oz or 100ml size because I think it’s the perfect size. Not too small to get lost or too big to haul around in my handbag if necessary. They are all affordable and can be found in almost any retail store and online.

 

Daytime Scents

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FANCY BY JESSICA SIMPSON 

So how I found this scent was by sheer accident. I literally was in Sawgrass Mall in Florida on a trip and while in Burlington Coat Factory, I was browsing scents near the checkout line ( they do this so you can buy even more as you are about to leave.) I picked it up and sprayed it a bit amd being a lover of sweet scents, I decided to grab it. It retails for about US $25 – $40 depending on where  it’s purchased. It’s fresh and also sweet and not too overpowering.

 

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PINK SUGAR BY AQUOLINA

 

This one was an online purchase for me.  The “sugar” in the title gives it away easily that it is indeed a very sweet and fruity scent, but I love it. If you are on a budget and cannot afford the likes of Prada’s “Candy”, this is almost an identical substitute. What urged me to buy it was based on the reviews I had read online before buying. I liked what I read and proceeded to checkout and I haven’t been disappointed. The scent retails betwen US $15- $20.

 

Nighttime Scents

 

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REB’L FLEUR BY RIHANNA

 

This perfume I bought locally. Being a Rihanna fan, I couldn’t help myself. This was RiRi’s first scent she released seven years ago, and honestly the best one in my opinion. The perfume is the epitome of a nighttime scent and has the staying power to last throughout the night into the morning light. If you even apply enough of it, it will be all over clothes and other belongings. The strength of Eau de Parfum. I bought my first one four years ago and I’m currently on a second bottle. It retails between US $20 – $30.

 

 

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BLACK ORCHID BY TOM FORD

 

This is a classical dark fragrance. Unlike Reb’l Fleur, this scent can appeal to both men and women in my opinion. This was my most recent purchase. I’ve worn it twice and I’ve been asked both times out (by both sexes) what perfume I was wearing because they liked it. This one I also bought online (a risk taker, I know). The reviews there were mixed but I decided based on the description that it was right up my alley. Truth be told, it took a while for the scent to grow on me but now it’s definitely a go-to when I’m hitting the road with my girls for a nightout. It retails in the US $100 price range, but you can get it cheaper if you invest in a smaller size.

 

I hope you liked my scents as much as I do and please share what are your favorites that I can also try. Until next time. Xoxo.

 

From Turn Up to Low Key Nights….

 

So two nights ago, a friend of mine invited me out for a light dinner and drinks at a local, fairly popular spot here in Kingston. He picked me up around 10 ish. When we got there to my surprise, it wasn’t what I was expecting. It was actually quiet and had a great ambience. I liked it. Note to self, weekday outings are heavenly.

 

So while munching and drinking away, the conversation steered into my younger years. Us both actually because we do everything together. The last two years have changed me a whole damn lot. I’m now in my early thirties ( no children nor am I married), and needless to say, my priorities and the way I think has changed alot.

 

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In my twenties, I could take on the world I had a full-on stressful corporate job ( that felt like a 12 hour shift everyday instead of the standard 9-5), and I still managed to socialize and turn up couple nights out of any week. Looking back now, I’m still at a lost of words. I don’t know how the hell I did all that. If I even remotely try and pull that ish off now, I’d definitely be achy and under the weather the next day. Staying up past a certain time these days are the real struggle. I know I’m not alone. Can I get a hallelujah?

 

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Now, I’ve been so comfortable with my own company. I’m content with the occasional dinner out with close friends or even binge watching one of the many shows I’m completely in love with ( we can discuss this in another post) . I say this to say, I’m handing over the never home, everyone knows your name, party girl torch to the younger girls of this generation. Let me know if you can relate to this post and comment below. Until next time.

 

xoxo.

On My Grown Woman Ish : Vol.1: Gel Manicured Nails

 

In corporate and regular life, appearance matters. Alot. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. What we wear and how we carry ourselves are key component for how we are perceived in the outside world. My focus for this post is Gel Manicured Nails.

Our nails compliment our overall look and our outfits. Alot of people think, “it’s just nails” but it matters. I’ve been guilty of not rocking perfectly done nails. I’d been a nail biter as long as I can remember but of late I’ve slowly broken the habit.

When I started working after university, I realized how awful my nails were. I didn’t want to give a bad impression to anyone either because I had to interact with alot of clients. It was then I decide to get my nails done for that professional look. I got acrylic nails. Acrylics became my best friend and I had them on constantly. I felt naked without them and that became my thing. As good as they looked however, whenever I decided to take them off or when I was gonna have a new complete set with my nail girl done, they were less than attractive. They were ill-shaped, soft and uneven. As a fashion and beauty lover, I’m always on blogs and Pinterest. I found a chic alternative in gel nails. I got my first gel manicure last October and I’ve been in love ever since.

The application is about forty-five minutes to an hour long and they dry instantly. I don’t have to worry about them breaking and the overall maintenance is low. Plus they don’t generally get chipped like when I used to do a at home polish session. The gel prevents that. These are some inspo pictures I found on Pinterest before I ever did my first gel manicure set :-

 

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These are pictures of my nails currently :-

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I got a white polish because I think lighter tones look better on my skin tone and makes it pop a bit more. Plus I love neutral tones. Stay tuned for more grown women need to know tips and recommendations.

Until next time.

 

xoxo.

Goodbye My Lover…For Now

 

 

Okay, okay. So for the last five or six years, I’ve been a die hard coffee lover. I remember this all starting when I was in my corporate job. Getting up at the crack of dawn everyday was a struggle. Real struggle. And that’s where my love of coffee began.

Every morning when I had my mini breakfast (cheesy omelette with a slice of toast) before rushing off to work, a cup of Joe was its complimentary sidekick. After consuming that cup, I had the energy I needed to take on the day. As time progressed, I found myself craving a bit more. There was a min-mart at  gas station where I worked near to and after leaving work for the day, I’d stop in and get a cup to go. I. WAS. WIRED. That phase of multiple fixes didn’t last, however, but I still had my morning cup to get going.

 

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I’ve been in a process of dietary change for the last few months and as the year has just begun, I wanted to commit to it wholeheartedly. I’m not here to bash coffee drinking in any way. The smell of it alone gives me an euphoric feeling and it does have its benefits.

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This is my second attempt of giving up the cup of morning Joe. This first time I tried I was left with the worse headaches I ever had and after two days, I threw in the towel. I haven’t had a cup in almost two weeks and it has been quite the experience. I have had a lot of fatigue during the course of the day  and getting out of bed to start my day has been a challenge. Unlike the headaches I had before, in my first week, I felt back leg pains (I’m assuming because I no longer had caffeine my veins and it was so used to.)

I’ve managed to find decent replacements in that of a variety of teas and they have been working for me. I have been alternating between black tea, chocolate tea (hot chocolate) and ginger tea which can be found in most if not all markets. I sweeten my tea with a bit of cane sugar and milk if needed and then I’m good to go.

I say this to say, it doesn’t mean I’ll give up coffee FOREVER. My goal is to break the dependency I’ve created in consuming it everyday for years. Wish me luck going forward loves. Until next time.

 

xoxo.