August 28, 2015

30 for 30

Thanks guys for your awesome birthday wishes. I'll respond to comments soon. I have been swamped this week and if this post wasn't semi drafted before this week, I'm fairly certain I wouldn't even have a post up today. Work is cray.

Anyway, the big DIRTY number (that I haven't really said  out loud since I turned it) has finally arrived and I thought I'd share 30 things about me with you to commemorate the occasion (also because there are some new faces around these parts). Eventually I'll post pics from the actual birthday but today I'd rather bombard you with random facts about me that you probably dont care about. 

thirtieth birthday

August 26, 2015

Best Day of the YEAR!

Its Wednesday, the middle of the week!!! You wanna know what else it is? It's the 26th of August, which could only mean one thing for this newly minted DIRTY year old:

August 24, 2015

How I use my 2015/2016 Horizontal Erin Condren Life Planner

Whelp its Monday guys, but this week it doesn't matter because every day is the weekend for me this week since its my BIRTHDAY week!!! Wednesday is the big day and I'm finally excited about it.

Anyhoo, Birthday aside, I'm way too excited about this post because #plannerobsessed. If you don't like planner posts, don't want to read about my Erin Condren Life Planner or simply don't want to get sucked into the planner vortex (and I totally understand if you don't), back slowly away because there's about to be an explosion of planner-ness happening in 3... 2... 1....

Erin Condren Horizontal Life Planner

August 21, 2015

Giveaway ~ $175 to Starbucks!

Two posts in one day! That may be a record. I don't think it's any secret among my family, coworkers, IRL friends or on this blog that I am a highly functioning caffeine addict. In other words:

So I'm pretty excited to team up with Helene and some other lovely ladies to giveaway $175 to Starbucks! You know the deal - You wanna win, then just enter in the Rafflecopter below. Spank me later :D


Literary Ladies Check In ~ Numero Dos!

Whoop Whoop!! It's Friday and another weekend is here. This has been a crazy busy week for me work wise and the blog took a back seat even with so many posts half drafted. I just couldnt get it together to take photos and edit them, but next week I should be back on my game - Also, next week is my birthday week!!

Anyway today is literary ladies check in for the Summer reading challenge ...

On the last check in date I had one book still to read and I was planning to swap out the "YA" that I did read. Unfortunately, while I have been reading, I didn't read those two books yet. Soooo yeah we're still in the same position. Let's take a look.

What I've Read:
* A YA book (mandatory!) ~ Nineten Minutes by Jodi Picoult (swapping this out for a real YA - Eleanor and Park)
* Non US Author  (mandatory!) ~ What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty 
A book that has been on your TBR list for a year or more ~ 12 Years a slave by Solomon Northup
A book with a kickass female character ~ Rage against the Dying by Becky Masterman
* A book that is or will be a movie (or TV show) ~ A long way down by Nick Hornby 
* A book written by a comedian or celebrity ~ Bedwetter: Stories of courage, redemption and pee by Sarah Silverman
A book with a one word title ~ You by Caroline Kepnes 
* A suspenseful book – a mystery, a thriller, a book about revenge ~ The Martian by Andy Weir 
* A book about Summer, with Summer in the title ~ Last Summer by Rebecca Rogers

August 17, 2015

Another wedding weekend!

It must be this time of life, because I swear I've documented a bajillion weddings on the blog in the last year. And here we are with yet another one. On Saturday, one of my really good friends from high school and college got married. It was a beautiful wedding and I'm still recovering from the effects of the fabulousness.

Of course being the best blogger on the planet (#not), I forgot my fancy camera. iPhone 6 to the rescue - aka excuse the quality of the photos.

The bride looked gorgeous for the ceremony and the reception was equally gorgeous. The reception was held at the St. Andrews golf course club house in Moka - a really scenic venue with fabulous mountain views.

August 14, 2015

The Cruel Summer Tag!

Happy Friday guys! We made it to the weekend - well once we get through today. Today I'm switching things up a bit and doing a tag. My friend - the lovely Kari, tagged me in the Cruel Summer tag. Now, lemme be honest with you guys, it was hilarious answering these questions. Hi-lar-ious. Because I live in the land of perpetual summer. Still, I answered them.

I do not apologize for the crazy answers. 

August 13, 2015

10 tips for enjoying a Caribbean vacation

So it's been a busy week and I just haven't been able to get a post up since my pre-written Monday's post. Here I am though ... here I am. With some Caribbean goodness.

I'm from the Caribbean and I love Caribbean vacations. I promised to give some Caribbean vacation tips a while back and I thought, not only should I make it a one time thing but I should write more about the Caribbean in general - not too much but ever so often. Its a beautiful place to live and be. One of the beautiful things about living in the Caribbean is the fact that every island feels and looks different so you can truly hop from one to another and think that you've entered an entirely different part of the world.

Being honest, my island isn't a typical "vacation" island. Its an oil producing country so the waters aren't blue and clear - like at all. Also, because of the oil and all of the local and foreign oil and gas companies and the investors that grace our shores, we have a lot of business, busy-ness and bustle here, so it feels very hectic - not at all as relaxed - as other islands. So when I want a vacation, like you, I need to hop over to another island. I've been to Grenada, Barbados, St Lucia, Tobago, and Jamaica. I've learned a thing or two about taking a Caribbean vacation so I thought I'd share.

How to enjoy a Caribbean vacation

August 10, 2015

All about that Face - Daily Facial cleansing routine

Happy Monday guys. My weekend was good - I went for an after work drink on Friday and spent the weekend with my parents. My mum left for NYC, BOS and VA this morning for two weeks - a trip I was supposed to go on, so its kinda bummy, but I sure do hope she has a fantastic time. Love my mama!

I feel like I don't talk about beauty stuff as much as I like, because lets face it - I aint no pro. I do love beauty stuff though. In my late teens and early 20's, I wasn't much into makeup and taking care of my skin. I never suffered with acne and had clear skin so I just never got into skin care. In my Mid 20's though, I started to get minor breakouts here and there. Minor ... but enough to get me off my big bum and take care of my skin. It's been quite a few years now that I started being strict or at least better - because I do slip - with skin care. 

I thought I'd share my current morning and night cleansing routine. My routine changes regularly but this is my current routine:
facial cleansing routine

August 05, 2015

7 Things I splurge on!

I know I always sound like a broken record when I say this, but really ... how the heck is it already Wednesday. Seriously, I was just doing some major grumbling that it was Monday.

I was chillaxing with a neighbour of mine over the weekend and he told me I'm spoilt. Don't worry I didn't knock him out - he is a good friend of mine so I allowed him to live to tell that tale. To make a long story very short, he said that because in a conversation about my day, I mentioned to him I bought two shoes earlier in the day and the price of said shoes (he asked the price, I didn't offer the info). My response? No I'm actually quite cheap but there are some things you should not skimp on.

And a post was born.

As they say in my country "Cheap thing not good and good thing not cheap". And that is true for some things. While I might be cheap in most some aspects of life, and LOVE a good deal, I do think certain things demand (to me) a splurge in order to just be comfortable. I make zero apologies for splurging on the items below.

August 04, 2015

Literary Ladies Book Review - Saint Anything!

Hi guys!!! It's been a while since we've reviewed anything for book club! We took a month off to launch Literary Ladies and the Summer reading challenge. But we're back.

Literary Ladies

Speaking of summer reading challenges.... three lucky ladies completed the challenge and won the first 3 prizes. So congrats to Olya, Steph and Amy for participating and winning. To the rest of you, dont give up yet, there's still the wild card prize to one of the persons who finish by the end of the challenge on September 21st! So on that date, just link up and you will automatically be entered for a fantabuloustic prize!! 

Ok... on to the review: