I am super excited for the Multi National Fair and even more so that they are GOING GREEN. I have extremely fond memories of attending the fair as a child when it was at Government house. After a hiatus of a couple years the fair is back and at a new location - Four Square Rum Distillery & Park. The event promises food, fun & entertainment - for charity! Platinum Wines will be in attendance doing an exciting wine "flight". They will be tasting wines from all over the world including organic wines and customers will be provided with a passport which will be stamped at each station. I love the idea and cannot wait to take part.
Friday, October 31, 2014
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Monday, October 27, 2014
There is nothing I love better than a rainy day inside. All week long I had been planning for a sunny beach day on Sunday but I was thrilled when I woke up at 5 AM yesterday to hear the rain pouring off my roof. I wasted no time in cuddling up under my sheets and going back to sleep for a couple more hours. The rain continued through the day and while I didn't get to be as lazy as planned I loved the darkness of the house, burning my Voluspa candles, playing Norah Jones and listening the sound of the rain while I worked. See below some of my favorite rainy/lazy day activities!
Breakfast in Bed!
Friday, October 24, 2014
I love fashion and it is the details which often pull a look together. Shoes, handbags, sunglasses and jewellery can often be the pieces that elevate a look. The Royal Shop has been teaching me a thing or two about jewellery in the past weeks and I was excited to learn about one of their newest lines - Bellarri. Founder and designer; Bellarri Adleman was originally a model and drawing on her knowledge in the field she started Bellarri over 30 years ago. The company originally sold loose stones and gradually evolved to finished pieces. Bellarri Adleman now works with her husband and two children. Together they have grown Bellarri into an international jewellery brand winning numerous awards and becoming a celebrity favourite. While I am partial to simplicity when it comes to jewellery it is hard to deny the beauty and intricacy in the pieces. The Royal Shop carries The Mademoiselle de Paris collection which comprises of stunning "floral" pieces in 18k gold, rhodolite, gemstones, and diamonds.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
OSCAR DE LA RENTA was one of the fashion industries most loved, celebrated and well respected designers - remaining a presence in the industry until his passing just days ago. I can remember watching his Spring/Summer 2015 show in awe as models made their way down the runway in stunning pastel creations with appearances of classic black and white ensembles. Oscar's elegant and feminine designs gained him a loyal fan base including Jackie Kennedy, Audrey Hepburn and more recently Nicole Kidman and Sarah Jessica Parker. See below some of my favorite Oscar de la Renta moments via Vogue UK and see the whole story here.
Oscar de la Renta taking his bow at his final catwalk show - the spring/summer 2015 Oscar de la Renta collection - with models Karlie Kloss and Daria Strokous.
Monday, October 20, 2014
I love a good bar cart and was so excited when I saw Pop Sugar Home share their tips on How to create a stylish coffee & tea station. I had a lovely antique mahogany bar cart at my last home which I turned into a coffee/ tea cart because it served my needs better. Since then I have seen more "coffee carts" popping up on Pinterest and I'm loving the inspiration. I make tea at least twice a day at home so have created a little tea nook in the corner of my kitchen. I also love cappuccinos and have been dreaming of adding a espresso/cappuccino maker for some time now. See my coffee cart inspiration below and shop my Coffee/ Tea Station must haves via Shop Style.
Shop my coffee cart must haves below
Friday, October 17, 2014
October is breast cancer awareness month and today LDB is going PINK with two Rosés from Platinum Wines. While I am no authority on wine there are a few things I have learnt thanks to The Wine Spectator and Food & Wine. I must admit some of the terms were a bit over my head to begin with but with a little research I think I've gotten the hang of it! The definition of Rosé is as follows: A light pink wine made from purple grapes, with the skins being removed from the juice during fermentation as soon as the desired color has been attained.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
I think one thing high on all women's wish list is a stunning walk in closet. While I spend time swooning over hugely unrealistic closets such as Carrie's from SATC I was attracted to this closet for the complete opposite reason - the simplicity. This small room turned walk in closet is minimal, bright and functional. The styling, clothes and accessories are pretty chic also! This closet appeals to me mostly because it is attainable, any one of us with a second bedroom or small nook can recreate this. See the whole post here
Shop the look
Monday, October 13, 2014
I am very excited to finally be back in the iPhone world and while most of you have been upgrading to the iPhone 6 I'm happily behind time and have gotten the 5. Since getting the phone on Friday I have been downloading apps like crazy. One of my favorite photo editing apps thus far is VSCO Cam which was one of Vanity Fair's top 5 apps to "Instagram like a fashion editor". Another is Square FX which has already come in handy. Today I am off to Digicel Barbados to have them set up one of their new data plans so I can Instagram and Facebook to my hearts content. Another part of the new phone excitement is choosing a phone case. Below are my top 5 picks from Etsy. Comment below and let me know your favorites!
Wood Print iPhone case from Hello Nutcase.
Friday, October 10, 2014
The Royal Shop is one of the oldest family owned luxury retailers in Barbados. As one of the island's leading watch and jewellery stores, you will find some of the world's top watch brands like Raymond Weil, Rado, Chopard, Maurice Lacroix, Longines and Movado and fun fashionable watches by Guess, Tissot, Swiss Army, Esquire, Ice, Swatch, Seiko, Casio and Citizen. The Royal Shop carries an impressive range of fine jewellery from elite brands like Chopard, Marco Bicego, Rebecca, Belle étiole and Io si.
The Royal Shop Broad Street Location.
I had the pleasure of meeting with Mr. Thani of The Royal Shop last week to talk about his family, his success and his business. I was taken on a journey of hard work, determination and later success that originated in 1976 when The Royal Shop was first opened in Barbados. The Royal Shop’s first location was Nicholas House in Bridgetown where Thani and family sold china, crystal, souvenirs and jewelry. From early on relationships were very important to Mr. Thani and he traveled the Caribbean and even to New York to meet with friends and family in search of brands to carry. After years of experimenting and trials Mr. Thani finally decided on carrying jewelry only in The Royal Shop.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
I have been sick the past week so haven't been well enough to spend time on the blog but I came across this room on Archers Hall Facebook page and was super inspired and wanted to share. I love navy blue and white to begin with but this space is extra special with the chinoiserie detais, Mary Mcdonald lamps,natural foliage, plants and flowers. Shop my navy blue and white chinoiserie picks below such as ginger jars, lamps and even Ralph Lauren plates.
Monday, October 6, 2014
Friday, October 3, 2014
One of the best parts of being a blogger are the opportunities and people you get to meet and in this case a delicious meal at a chic restaurant with the ocean as a backdrop. Two weeks ago I was invited to visit the new Pure Ocean Restaurant in St. Lawrence Gap and as a lover of food I gladly accepted! Pure Ocean is part of the Divi Resorts brand and while it serves as one of the resorts restaurants it is also open to the general public. I sat down with General Manager of the hotel; Alvin Jemmot and Wanda Maynard from marketing and over lunch I learnt a bit more about the Divi brand as well as the new restaurant. Divi is definitely a family resort with activities and amenities such as mini golf, tennis, four swimming pools and a play park. The all suite hotel offers local rates ideal for a "staycations".
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
I love M∙A∙C makeup and get excited every time new collection is announced and even more so when I get a Fed Ex package in the mail or when I visit M∙A∙C at Cave Shepherd and Limegrove in Barbados. The latest collection that I am crushing over is their collaboration with Brooke Shields. M∙A∙C partnered with Brooke Shields to create a limited-edition colour collection of shades and finishes chosen by Brooke herself, inspired by her own favourite looks for day and night – easy, modern and beautiful. This limited-edition Beauty Icon collection is made all the more special with Brooke’s signature embossed on light grey packaging with brilliant orange accents. I cannot wait to try some of the new products such as the Excite lipstick which is a bright orange red and the entire Gravita's eye shadow collection which is one of my favourite pieces from this collaboration.