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Fall is here…..Life Update….Random Thoughts

Hello my faithful readers and newbies as well! With the change in season, I’ve had a few changes myself.

I would have had a post up long ago but I decided against posting a piece I wrote in a moment when my thoughts were truly scattered. After a re-read a few days later, I knew it wasn’t post-worthy.

Apart from that hiccup, I’ve been in good spirits ( for the most part).

The darker, warmer months always make me feel more cozy and secure.

I’m celebrating my 30+ tax birthday in a week and I’m usually pretty down but I’m actually looking forward to it. #scorpioseason

I will be going on a mini vacay and I will be taking you all with me 🙂

I made banana pancakes this morning and I’m pretty proud of myself #icantcookatall

Everytime I’m about to give up on the human race, I meet a decent human being.

I’ve been thinking about Europe and traveling alot lately.

Brown liquor is my drink of choice in most social settings.

Always remember…..

Fake it ’til you make it.

Not everyone is going to like you and that’s OKAY.

Do at least one great, memorable thing every year of your life.

Never do anything you don’t love for very long. You will start feeling like a prisoner. Physically and mentally.

Remember the Three P’s : Prayer, Patience & Positivity.

Until next time. Xoxo.

 

 

 

The Infamous White Button Down

Hey loves! Fall is approaching and believe me when I say I’m welcoming it with open arms. I’ve been super busy these days, hence the lack of activity here on the blog, but it was partly due to life obligations i.e work ( I’m hoping one day blogging can fully pay my bills and cover my expenses), and also a lack of motivation. I’ve actually read a few blogs in the last few weeks where bloggers have been stating that in recent times they have not been motivated to write and /or create content and even some Youtube influencers as well. Most of what I post here comes from things I can really relate to and can really feel good about. So for me, it’s not about what’s popular or trending, it’s about what I like.

Living in the Caribbean can be a bit tricky when it comes to seasons and styling. Where as in other regions by the end of summer, a person would be able to fully line up their fall wardrobe and be ready to embrace the cooler weather, here we may experience cooler nights but the days are usually still hot as hell until around end of year. This particular shoot day was both sunny and breezy.

That being said, I did a little prep myself with items I already own and a piece that I received through a collaboration. I partnered with Oh Desire to feature one of its item on the blog. I went through all their pieces and eventually stumble upon this white button down shirt dress with puffy sleeves. I found it in the dress section but being as tall as I am, I styled it as a shirt instead. I paired it with simple Old Navy Jeans and a pair of boots I found on Ebay some months back. I quite liked the crisp lines of the shirt dress and found that my jeans gave it a more edgy look. Not to mention my love for neutrals.

I already have my next blog post lined up, outfit and all, and I do hope I’ll get to shoot some pictures for it as I continue my fall fashion lineup. Comment below your favorite fall finds and outfits. Until next time. Xoxo.

 

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Outfit Deets: Shirt Dress – Oh Desire // Jeans – Old Navy (Old) // Boots – 14th & Union // Bag – Dash Clothing (Sold Out)

 

 

 

The Two Piece Set – Summer Style Takeover

Holy heatwave! Summer is in full effect and I don’t know about you but it is hot as hell here in Jamaica. When I step outside my car, office or out of my humble abode, I start sweating like a hooker in church. Yes, it’s that serious. As a result, I’ve been wearing alot less clothing than norm these days.

I’ve always been a fan of the infamous two piece set trend. It’s a easy and fast look that not only leaves you looking and seeming stylish (even if you don’t consider yourself a fashionista), you will look put together and feel great rocking your outfit. The set that I wore,I bought about three months ago. I was contacted by The Helpful Vegan boutique on Instagram about doing a collaboration with them and I accepted. I ended up choosing the Coastal Set as I thought the style was super cute. The material has a blue vertical stripe print, is really lightweight and extremely comfortable. I’m pretty tall ( 6’1″ to be exact) and the shorts were high waisted and gave me enough booty coverage as well. It was perfect for the Sunday sightseeing I went on, in addition to taking pictures for this post. Comment below what your favorite summer style has been. Until next time. Xoxo.

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Outfit Deets: Two Piece Set: The Helpful Vegan // Sandals :Shemz Footwear ( made in Jamaica) // Watch: Michael Kors  // Handbag : Ebay

 

Hidden Treasure

 

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

 

Fun in the Sun

So about a week ago, it dawned on me that we were three plus months into the new year. If you ask anyone close to me, I’m always talking about how the time is flying by and all that jazz. Based on my realization, I decided that enough was enough and that  I wanted to make an impromptu trip to the North Coast of my island home. And I did. I relished in my getaway like you would never believe.  My trip however, was just what I needed and I had a wonderful time. What can really beat much needed change of scenery and rest and relaxation? Below I’ve added my pictures from my trip and also outfit information where I shopped my pieces. Until next time.

Xoxo.

 

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What I’m wearing:

Sunnies: Sunglass Spot (Out of stock)

Swimsuit: Amiclubwear

Shorts: Vibrant Miu

Sandals: Payless

Dress: Dress Head

Bralette: Forever 21

Earrings: Unbranded (Old)

Handbag: Gucci

 

 

Hairy Situation

 

Hey loves! So it’s been a minute but I wanted to share a bit about my hair chronicles because it’s been on my mind for quite sometime.  Regardless of the color, length and even the style of woman’s hair, the one thing we can probably agree on is it’s importance. It’s that thing that occupies the top of your head, that frames your face and basically the first thing most people notice when they see you (unless you have some other stricking feature/s).

For me, I’ve had my hair long and short, and I was able to rock them both ways. Let’s rewind to a couple years ago. I used to wear long tresses, whether mine or the extra extra I bought at the store for a sew-in, and that was my thing. I had my hair relaxed to straighten my hair from the tender age of 7. I wore my hair that way through high school, college and even my first and second corporate jobs cause I was comfortable with it that way and it was the easiest thing for me.

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Four years ago however, something inside me decided that I needed a change. It’s said that when a woman does something drastic to her hair like cut it all off or color it fire hydrant red or even both at the same time, it’s usually because she going through some life altering situation like a break-up, divorce or even moving cross country to a place where noone knows her and this is her  opportunity to start a “new life”. For me, it was just a gal tired of the same ol’, same ol’. It was a welcomed change and there was something oddly satisying about rocking that shorter cut.

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Anyways, fast forward to the present day, and guess what? I still have a shorter hairdo. This was mostly by choice as I even got experimental with my hair all together and did a low, nearly down to the scalp bald cut. N.B: I believe every woman in her life should do this at least one. (Inserts India Arie’s – I am not my Hair  song lyrics here.) Believe me, it’s empowering. That being said though, I am at the point where that sneaky little guy Boredom and his cousin Monotony are creeping in and saying, “it’s time to switch things up again, Terri!”

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I’ve been contemplating for some time to grow my hair back to even shoulder length. During my #cutlife days, I manage to braid and do sew-ins on my shorter hair a handful of times. For me, it just never looked right or I felt it was done correctly unless I really I had a decent amount of hair on my head to supplement the style I was going for. The downsides to this too was that with braiding application, I’d find that on the shorter hairs I had, there was no commitment to the braid and my actual hair and some of them would actually just slide off. With sew-ins, I’d find that I would have to resort to full head sew-ins (which I hate as much as I do wigs), because my actual hair would be too short to have any kind or leave out or parting space for it to look natural.  Hashtag: Hairstyle Disasters: Short Hair Edition.

I know the process of regrowing my hair can take up to a year and then some, but I am willing to because I’m over this short hair for right now. What I will be looking forward to is rocking longer hairstyles as I’d definitely have more options and I can finally stop tweeting how much I miss having longer hair!

If you are thinking about cutting your hair, here are a few things to keep in mind before you do:

  1. You can’t put your hair up or in a bun if you are having a bad hair day.
  2. You’ll be limited to only short hairstyles.
  3. You’ll basically be married to your hairstylist to keep your hair trimmed and styled so you look polished all the time.
  4. If you do decide to grow it back, it won’t happen overnight.
  5. If you are someone who gets bored easily, it may not be for you.

 

When it’s all said and done, hairstyle changes are apart of every person’s life. Right now, I’m craving some longer hair to keep me company. Who knows what I’ll be rocking in another few months? Comment below if you can relate to this post or share it with a friend who is a chameleon like myself. Until next time.

 

Xoxo.

 

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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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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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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Wider shot of the cozy outside
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