Let’s Chat, Shall We? – Christmas Edition

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So as I am starting to write this piece at 6pm on a Sunday evening, I’m drinking a cup of coffee as I didn’t get to nap today. My bestie who now lives in New York came back home for a visit just yesterday and we spent a few hours hanging out and chatting and eating like gals do when they haven’t seen each other in ages. Otherwise, There’s so much to catch up on, I hardly even know where to start to be honest.

So my last post was my random sporadic post on the introduction of the fall season and some thoughts that were on my mind. Alot has happened since then. And I mean alot. From my personal life to my professional life to the changes I need to make for the upcoming year that is 2019. I’m hoping I can write most of this before 90 day Fiance starts in an hour or so. Yes, you read that right. Don’t judge me.

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So I decided to leave my old job and I now work in the financial industry yet again. I honestly thought going back wouldn’t be challenging for me at all as I managed to survive seven whole years in it and when I actually put the work in, I can do it effortlessly. About three days into my training, that old feeling started creeping in again and it really didn’t make me feel good at all. I manage to complete the training but there’s still this lingering feeling of dissatisfaction on my end. Don’t get me wrong, the people I’ve met thus far at this new job have been really personable, accommodating and sweet if I can even say that. It’s just the field I’ve come to despise and I know this now.

Coming to this realization, I know I need to make some changes AGAIN and I really have no regrets doing so. I always remember reading an article that stated that the place you work and the actual work you do shouldn’t be an emotional burden to you because you are at your place of employment for the majority of your days and that is super important. I’m on a mission to find my best job fit and no matter how long it takes I will get there. I know I will.

When to comes to matters of the heart, I don’t really say much here but what I can say is that this year I found myself in an emotional tailspin relationship-wise. I ended a relationship earlier this year with someone I’ve known for quite some time and I’ve managed to meet someone that captures my heart in a way I never knew was possible. What’s weird is that if you had asked me at the beginning of the year if I saw my year end looking like this, I would have probably would have laughed at you so frigging hard. It all came out of left field but I’m embracing every second of it. I don’t know where my new person and I will end up but I do know I’ve taken a slower approach this time around and I am not making myself oblivious to certain red flags as I have in the past. It feels good all around so far so let’s see what happens.

With the new year right around the bend, I’ve decided not to make any resolutions. Every year I make one or two and I never fulfil them entirely. So with that said, I’m just gonna go with the flow and live life as it comes. I hope everyone manages to have a decent Christmas with their loved ones and a happy, blessed and productive 2019.

Until next time. Xoxo.

 

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Hidden Treasure

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Happy Monday loves! It’s a rainy long weekend and I’m reporting live from the place that I rest my head at night i.e my bed, and I must say I am fully rested. I’ve had a relaxing and exciting weekend and needlesstosay, I have little to complain about. It’s currently a long weekend here in Jamaica as we are celebrating the independence of our country. Initially I didn’t have much of a plan to make any kind of trip anywhere, but at the last minute, I managed to venture West of the island to the parish of St. Elizabeth. This parish, which is becoming one of my favorites, is a place I’ve visited maybe three times in my lifetime.

A few months back, somehow I ended up on the AirBnB website looking at places I could stay in New York when my original place of stay fell through (still a work in progress). I decided curiously to put “Jamaica” in the search bar and noticed while browsing that there were alot of people here in my own country who had been utilizing this avenue as a means of income and a way of tourism. I scanned all fourteen parishes and St. Elizabeth actually stood out to me the most. At the time, I was trying to plan a weekend stay and that too was proving to be rather difficult due to timing and funding. That research never left my mind and best believe it was on my “to-go” list. A weekend would have been heavenly, but a one day trip did suffice.

It was all I remembered and then some. As we drove from the main road that took us to the capital of St. E, I noticed how much more developed and populated it had become compared to the eight years prior when I visited. We made a quick bathroom and snack stop in the town and then continued on our journey to our destination. I was able to win over a nice older gentleman as he was picking mangoes on our journey and he gave me one of the biggest juiciest mangoes I’d seen in a long time ( that will be my dinner later today).

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After hours of driving, three to be exact, we finally got to the popular  six mile long Treasure Beach. Being a public holiday, there were quite a few people there as well from locals to foreigners alike and people of all ages. The weather was a bit overcast but honestly I didn’t mind because I didn’t want to any harsh tan lines on me would last for months. As I snuggled my toes in the black sand, I felt like I’d never leave. It was perfect weather and the water was nice and warm. After an hour of swimming, we grabbed a bite to eat at Frenchman’s Reef Restaurant and watched the sunset on a relaxing Sunday evening.

 

I’m already researching and planning my next mini vacay so stay subscribed to me so you don’t miss out. Below I’ve added some pictures for your viewing pleasure. Until next time. Xoxo.

 

 

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Outfit Deets

Swimsuit: Ebay

Watch: Michael Kors

Sandals: Sak Sandals

Hair: Mega

 

My First Massage

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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

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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….

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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.