Up above the palms, South Beach - Barbados.
Friday, November 28, 2014
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Thanksgiving is fast approaching for my American friends. Thanksgiving is one holiday I wish we celebrated more of in Barbados. While I am no expert on the story of Thanksgiving I do love the idea of making a conscious effort to acknowledge things that we are grateful for or thankful for. I personally try and make note of at least one thing every day which I am thankful for. I also love the thought of Thanksgiving decorating and of course - the food! While I was searching for Thanksgiving Inspiration I came across the most perfect Thanksgiving table top on Griffanie blog. I truly love everything about this tabletop. See the whole tables cape on the Griffanie blog here and see what I am grateful for below!
Monday, November 24, 2014
The latest issue of Living Barbados is out and I'll be honest the first place I usually turn to after the contributors page is the piece I have written. I have been fortunate enough to write for The Living Team a number of times now and it is always a pleasure and honor to work with them! Anyhow, I digress - this time reading the magazine for the first was a little different. As I was turning the pages looking for my article I came across "The Dream" written by Rachel Ramphal. The first photo in the spread is that of the exterior of this contemporary home. Model, Lara Rogers is draped elegantly on a lounger alongside the pool in a shot which in my opinion is cover worthy. The Barbados beachfront property while by no means modest is decorated so that it feels authentic, welcoming and "homey". I personally fell in love with all of the thoughtful accents and the relaxed beach house feel. The outdoor space, pool, view and beach are pretty fantastic also!
See the whole "The Dream" spread in the latest issue of Living Barbados. You can now find them on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram.
Friday, November 21, 2014
I visited The Royal Shop during the week and I was mesmerized by some of their stunning jewelry and classic timepieces. Mrs. Thani was gracious enough to show me around, tell me a little more about their jewelry and let me try on some spectacular pieces. She seemed to save the best for last as she led me to the Chopard case and presented me with a iced out watch which I would have thought would be too much "bling" but was absolute perfection! Being the social media nerd that I am upon returning home I visited the Chopard Facebook page and website - it was there that I discovered Poppy Delevingne's Happy Diamond Campaign. The campaign looked more like a fashion editorial than a jewelry advertisement and I found it to be incredibly refreshing. See some of my favorite shots from the campaign below.
Images - Chopard
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
There are definitely perks when working from home however I find in order for me to stay focused and work efficiently I have to treat it like an ordinary work day in an office somewhere. In saying that I have the flexibility if I need to do laundry I can put it in just before I start work and then take a break an hour later to hang it out. Initially I found it challenging to work from home but I quickly learnt that a routine is key. Below I share with you my tips for having productive work days at home.
Monday, November 17, 2014
This past weekend was a busy one and Monday came far too quickly for my liking. On Saturday I attended the highly anticipated Multi National Fair with my Mum and it did not disappoint. The venue was lovely and everything was well spread out. Upon entering we were greeted by The Slow Foods Barbados tent where my sister was volunteering, to the right there were stalls selling fresh herbs and spices and an area set up for afternoon tea. We bypassed this and I headed straight for the food! Afterwards we went about looking for Platinum Wines, Island Bags and later we indulged in some sweet treats from Mama Mia. While walking around we also stopped in between at stalls which caught our interest and to chat with friends - some who I hadn't seen since secondary school days!
The Multi National Fair. Photo by Dazzle Magazine. See more photos by Dazzle magazine here.
Friday, November 14, 2014
I love food and in the past year I have really started to enjoy the cooking process. I often like to play soothing music and burn candles as I attempt to recreate some of the dishes I find on food blogs. One of the more recent dishes I made was very simple and extremely enjoyable. This was not from a recipe book but based on a traditional Italian dish - Pasta with tomato sauce. I used Pietro Coricelli products for the first time and was super impressed, not to mention very excited for the truffle oil!
My go to tray in my kitchen which sits right next to the oven with my everyday necessities for cooking - pepper, salt, olive oil and fresh herbs.
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Vogue recently left their home of fifteen years: 4 Times Square and re located to One World Trade Centre. I along with many other Vogue fans followed along as Hamish Bowles, Andre Leon Talley and Anna Wintour moved their Hermes orange rent-a-crates downtown. Vogue online recently shared "Heady Bags and the desks they perch on at One World Trade Centre" and I was captivated instantly by the first image which showcases Oscar De La Renta Gold paper weights, a Smythson agenda and Mark Cross leopard print calf hair bag. These specific images showcase a few of my loves all at once : A chic office, desktop accessories and of course handbags! It found it very interesting to see how other people work especially the creative geniuses at Vogue. See the whole story here
The elegant neatnik : Leopard Calfhair
Monday, November 10, 2014
I haven't had my hair cut or coloured in months and am so excited for my hair appointment this week. For the first time in my life I have long hair. In the past I have gone from a short bob to shoulder length only to get bored and try a pixie cut and then have to start all over again. I have also gone from my natural colour (honey brown) to bleach blonde to dark black and back to natural again. In saying all of that I am loving my long hair and hope too much doesn't have to be taken off this time around. In terms of colour I want to go dark - almost black but my hair dresser, Tenika says absolutely not! Below are some haircuts and colours I am loving from Pinterest. Comment below and let me know your thoughts.
If I had my way I would go dark like this. The length is quite similar to what I have now.
Friday, November 7, 2014
Some days blogging comes easier than others, today was one of the more challenging days. I had put on my schedule to post about white and beige fashion and interiors. I spent a long time pinning image after image of the perfect outfit in anticipation of todays post but when I went to put together the post last night and again this morning I wasn't feeling satisfied with it. I decided to scrap it and take some time to "inspiration hunt". It was then that I came across this bedroom on Domaine Home. This space is a combination of all the beautiful outfits and rooms I had been swooning over the past few days bundled into one perfect bedroom.
As I have said many times before on the blog I am a details person, I always notice little things like finishes, fabrics and accents and then see the room as a whole. In this case from the moment I saw the room I fell in love, I then noticed the stunning glass window and doors, one rug layered over the other, chandelier and fabulous bed (just to mention a few of the amazing details!)
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Wednesday, November 5, 2014
I must admit that I was initially attracted to the Movado watches based solely on their aesthetic and ad campaigns. Famous faces such as Lily Collins, Leonardo Di Caprio and most recently Kerry Washington have served as Movado ambassadors thus gracing magazine pages in simple yet stunning and effective campaigns. Upon visiting The Royal Shop on Broadstreet recently I was able to see first hand the beauty and craftsmanship of these classic time pieces. I share below a little more information on Movado and also some of my watch picks for him and her.
Monday, November 3, 2014
The Hermès Avalon blanket has a certain allure to it, similar to that of the iconic Birkin bag. The Hermès Avalon blanket has been referred to as "a coveted fashion-for-the-home status symbol" by Elle Decor. A description I couldn't agree with more. The prominent H on the beautifully made wool throw is the epitome of glamour and comfort and similar to the Birkin is high on my wish list (of totally unnecessary items). While I could not justify paying the hefty price tag for either I would never turn down a gift! Below I share some of my favourite interior spaces donning the Avalon blanket as well as some alternative throw options to add that luxurious element to your space.