October 10, 2017

Reading lately

I've been on a reading kick for the past few months, but I'm so bad at logging my reads as I should. My goodreads page is basically a deadzone and in no way reflects my reading status. That said, this particular month I didn't read that much, and honestly, Im not even sure the ones I read are worth sharing, but Ive made the decision to share whatever I read from now on, so share I shall.

As you'll see, a lot of these books were lighter reads. My reading taste absolutely depends on my mood, always has. When I have a rough work month like the past month was for me, I tend to read lighter, happier, not-too-much-thought books since my very job involves lots of reading heavy legal material daily.

Anyway, this is what I read this past month.
October 05, 2017

Coffee Chats ~ Vol. 3 (Christmas in Europe edition)

If we were having coffee, I'd first tell you, I'm sorry that this coffee date, and our chat, will be short, but this week is a hectic one for me. Work and life are both busy and while I'm at my wits end, I'm also very content. Content in the busy-ness and business of life, if that's possible.

October 02, 2017

Weekend Snapshots ~ Vol. 3

Well, just like that, it's October.

This year man, its flying by. As weekends go, this one was pretty low key. I had tons of work to do so the other stuff kinda just filtered in around that. Still, I did take a few pictures for once so I thought I'd share them:
1. Lunching
Technically, this wasn't a weekend thing, unless you count Friday as the weekend. On Friday after a full morning and early afternoon in Court I stole away for a two hour 'lunch' with a co-worker and a former co-worker. We had wine. We ate. It was a good time. Last week was a rough work week, but its amazing how a little wine and a little weekend can make you forget the woes and recharge.

September 29, 2017

5 of the best Beaches in Barbados

I'd say abut ninety-five percent of my birthday trip to Barbados was spent at the beach (with that pink hat on my head). When in Rome. Now this isn't my first Barbados rodeo. I've been to Barbados several times before, and even lived there, for two years, eight to ten years ago. Needless to say, I not only know the ins and outs of the island, but I know which beaches are the best. 

If I'm honest, most of the beaches are gorgeous and should be on this list, but instead of boring you with an exhaustive list, I thought I'd share five of the best beaches in Barbados.
September 27, 2017

Things I Enjoy

I recognize that there are a few new faces around the blog recently and since I haven't done one of these in a while, I thought it might be nice to do a "about me" post and share some things about myself. P.S. kinda sorta borrowed the style of post from Steph (one of my favourite blog reads), in case it looks familiar.
September 25, 2017

An overview of my trip to Barbados

I took the photo above from the back balcony / beach exit of our hotel in Barbados. It pretty much sums up the trip - Serene perfection. I love Barbados and spending my birthday there was pretty sweet. Honestly this may be the best birthday I've had yet.

This trip was a complete contrast to my trip to Guyana a few weeks prior. I enjoyed both of course, but they are very different countries. I thought I'd give an overview of our entire trip today, but expect Barbados overload in the next couple weeks. Hey, I took a lot of photos and they must be shared. As with all my travel posts, this is photo heavy.
September 22, 2017

Storytime Vol 1. ~ He put an egg in the kettle

I swear my Engineer brained fiancé (love that word) is one of the smartest people I know. I mean he left Romania a few years ago not knowing a lick of English and is now fluent - he's not dumb. He is in fact quite intelligent. His mind is but one, in a long list, of the reasons why I love him. But alas no one can be perfect.

He cannot cook.

At all.
September 20, 2017

15 of my favourite cheap date ideas

cheap date ideas

Photo Cred: Lucie Capkova

My weekend was pretty uneventful as weekends go. Apart from a quick Starbucks run Saturday night (where I didn't even drink coffee), it was spent fixing house and chilling with the parents. Normal, fun, heart filling, but nothing to review really. And my week so far? One word - busy, and not in a bad way, just a busy way.

Anyway, I love date night. Danny and I have made it a priority to go on dates as often as possible. Now that the cat's out the bag, I can confirm that we are planning a wedding and I'm quick learning that the rumours are true, those things aren't cheap. That means, date night is not fine dining every weekend anymore (was it ever? I like being cheap thank you). Anyway, basically, we've been dating on a budget and we try to find fun dates to do each week that are well, cheap. Here are some of our favourites:

September 15, 2017

Friday Favourites - Recent Home Buys

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First off, thanks for all the love on my last post. Seriously gave me all the feels. Its a happy time in my life and I'm trying to cherish it all. On to today's post.

That photo up there is not my living room, but I feel like its giving off the same vibe as my apartment. From the moment we found this place, I went shopping, and by shopping I mean, I went on Amazon. I'll admit, it was kind of intimidating going from a one bedroom apartment to a two bedroom with more than twice the square footage, and the consequence was me manically adding all the things to my cart. Some of those paid off big time though. Here are some of the favourite things I bought for the new place. All reasonably priced too because #wedding.
September 13, 2017

First comes love

Then comes a new last name...

September 11, 2017

Moving sucks and other life updates

The last time I checked in, I was on my way to Barbados for an epic birthday weekend. I think we can all agree from the above photo that a weekend in paradise is simply the best kind of weekend. It was an awesome trip and I have so much to tell you about it. Barbados updates coming in force. PS, have I mentioned that I love Barbados. 

I'll be honest, its hard for me to look at that photo without thinking about how quickly paradise can be destroyed. While Barbados, my island and many other more southern Caribbean islands were spared from the wrath of Irma, many of our brothers and sister up the isles have been affected, with very little (international) news coverage of just how bad the destruction really was. It honestly pains me. Caribbean people are resilient though, and we shall rebuild.

August 24, 2017

Off to ...


Saturday is my birthday, and today i'm heading off to spend the entire weekend at one of my favourite places on the entire planet - Barbados. I lived in Barbados for two years in my early twenties and it truly is my second home. I try my very best to visit every year. I am absolutely enamoured with the country, everything about it. Its my dream to own a vacation home there at some point but, for now, yearly visits will do.
August 23, 2017

10 Places to see and visit in Guyana

And we're back to recapping my Guyana trip. In my last Guyana post, I shared my thoughts about the trip in a very general way. This time, I thought I'd show some specific sites that I visited on the trip.

I'll warn you now, this post is incredibly long and photo heavy, but I didn't want to leave anything out and it just didn't feel right to split up the post. The reason? While in Guyana, I googled "things to do in Guyana"and drew several blanks. I relied on Tripadviser for recommendations. No bueno. I decided then and there to post about what I thought a tourist might enjoy seeing in Guyana. So here are ten places to see and visit in Guyana:

General Sites
1. Pandama Retreat and Winery
I raved about this place in my last post and I'm still raving about it today. When I talk about my trip to Guyana with my friends, this is the place that stands out the most and this is where I recommend everyone goes. Don't be fooled, its not your typical winery or retreat though. Its a natural living place where food is served in calabash bowls, the wine is made from Caribbean fruit and the accommodation? Tree houses!! We didn't stay there but the next time I go, I most certainly will. Click the name above to visit their site.

Panama retreat and winery
August 22, 2017

How I maintain my clear skin

tips for skincare

I've said it before and will say it again, I love my skin and take good care of it. I've never had any acne issues and don't particularly have problematic skin, but I do know that some part of that is attributed to my skin care habits, since when they lapse, and I'm human so from time to time they do, my skin shows it. 

Since I crossed the 3-0 mark in age a couple years ago, I've become that much more obsessed with taking care of my skin. I've been blessed with good genes (my parents both have great skin) but I still do what I can to fight off the aging process or at least delay the inevitable. So far so good.

I thought I'd share what I do to maintain my clear skin:

August 15, 2017

My trip to Guyana

Oh Guyana, What an adventure.

As I already said in this post, I was a little skeptical about visiting Guyana. It was never on my list of places to go and having heard some not so pleasant things from people who visited over the years, I just didn't feel it. In fact, had it not been for Danny being there for work, I probably would never have seen it. But I'm so so glad that I went, and would even recommend that people visit, if they have an open mind about the world around them, and know that no two lands are the same.

A little backstory about Guyana. It's the only English speaking country in South America but is also a part of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). So technically its considered to be both in South America and the Caribbean. While its a large country (by Caribbean standards), only a small portion of it is developed and inhabited i.e lots of forestry to go around. Still, its a country rich in resources (gold and oil mainly) even though a large portion of its population live below the poverty line.

August 11, 2017

Coffee Chats ~ Vol. 2

If we were having coffee, I'd probably order a really strong one since its my first day back out to work in two weeks. I'd tell you that those two weeks off from work were glorious, a well needed rest as it was the first real vacation I've taken in two years. Last year, I only took 5 days off work and my brain was just about burnt out. This little break was welcome and enjoyed. Vacations are good for your mental health people. Take them.

I'd tell you that one of my favourite perks of this vacation was having time for people I love. Yesterday I ran errands and had lunch with my mum for the first time in a long time, and its these little things that make my heart smile. I mean, day drinking wine and having dessert with lunch should be mandatory for vacation days no? Just look at this deliciousness:

August 03, 2017

Off to ...


Like I said in this post,  I've never been to Guyana, or South America in fact. I'm excited to be heading there for the next few days even though I have no itinerary and can't seem to find a website that can point me to many things to do...
August 01, 2017

Currently Loving ~ Drugstore Beauty Favourites

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So, in the last year or so my makeup and beauty collection has grown. I jumped on the makeup train later than most so my makeup collection is still not massive by any stretch of the imagination (and likely never will be), but it has grown. I tend to mix up higher end brands with drugstore brands because well, sometimes they do the same job and why pay more when I can get the same thing for less. Anyway, I have quite a few drugstore beauty items that are now staples for me.

In the non-makeup department, I also have a few drugstore items I've been loving lately. Sharing my favourites today (all items shown below):

July 31, 2017

Planning for a trip to a new Country

travel tips

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Today marks the first day of  some much needed time off for me. I actually haven't taken any real time off from work in a year. I need it. Even more exciting, on Thursday I'll be heading to Guyana for a few days to meet up with Danny. 

I've never been to Guyana and had no real plans to ever visit before a few weeks ago. I also don't know anyone (currently) living there. That means that its not just a new country (and continent - South America) for me to visit but I'll have no one acting as tour guide. It's kinda like my trip to India a few years back, where I knew no one and created so many tragically comical (and some great) memories, except, its not nearly as far away (its a one hour and ten minute flight from here) and ill be able to speak the language ha!

July 26, 2017

Recipe ~ Sausage and Spinach Egg Muffins

gluten free breakfast

I swear I'm not becoming a food blogger. I've just been motivated to cook a lot lately (read: my fat butt needs to lose weight and cooking my own food is the only way to prevent me from eating junk).

Anyway, I typically drink a protein shake in the morning for breakfast, but let me tell you, that gets old fast. I made these yummy sausage and spinach egg muffins this weekend so I could have an easy (and healthy) breakfast as an alternative to the drag of daily protein shakes. They turned out so good, I just had to post. The recipe couldn't be easier. Im serious. It takes 30 minutes to prep and cook.
July 25, 2017

Caribbean Life ~ Maracas Beach Day

A couple weekends back I went to the Maracas beach - the nicest beach in my island - and took some photos that I just had to share. It's a beautiful beach surrounded by mountains. The coastline is long and on any given weekend, the entire stretch of the beach is filled with people, energy and ... life.

Living in the Caribbean, you would think I go to the beach often, well, to be honest thats not exactly the case. Or it wasn't the case anyway. First of all, this beach is a forty-five minute drive (give or take) from my home. Secondly, I was just not much of a beach person. And so for many years, months and months would go by before I even saw the beach. 

Recently, I've been going a lot more. Truthfully, we can chalk that up to the fact that my Romanian boyfriend, being not from the Caribbean, is still fascinated by beach life (... and is ridiculously tanned/burnt as a result).

July 21, 2017

How I set up my Kikki K Planner

kikki k planner

It's been a while since I've posted a planner setup on the blog, and I may be seven months late in posting this one, but, here it is. This is the planner that I've been using since the beginning of the year. It's no secret that I love organisation and planning and keeping things together. I also love pretty things and so, even though Im an attorney, I carry a bright pink planner around with me. #noshame

Full disclosure, I took these photos in the last week of December and fully intended to post them in January. Clearly that didn't happen. But since not much has changed in my planner and I use it every single day, I figured I could still post it. 

I've experimented with different planners in the past, like the Erin Condren life planner, but found that I'm way more comfortable (at least right now) with a ring bound planner that I could set up just the way I want - I use every single section that you will see below. Sidenote: The planner that I currently use is the Kikki K medium pink lavender planner. It was bought in December and is no longer available but there are several other options available on their site. I also own a black Kikki K and used that for much of last year. Anyway check out how I set this baby up. Lengthy post ahead....
July 19, 2017

On Finding Motivation

So, Im writing this post at way too late o'clock at night. By that I mean, by the time I hit publish, it will be a new day. But having just completed all the tasks that I had set out for the day - and the week thus far for that matter - I just had to sit and get my thoughts out, because its a good feeling to finally be able get stuff done again.

For the last couple weeks (or months - who's counting), I seemed to have lost my motivation mojo. Literally, the little motivating angel on my shoulder took a plane and went on a dang vacation. I may have bought his ticket too. I'm usually fairly (read: really) organised with my time, and I guess I still was, but I just didn't have the motivation or drive to do the 'extra'. Work was fine, love life - fine, family time - fine, the cat - way more than fine, but things like gym, eating healthy, cooking, meal prepping, keeping up with cleaning, reading, well they kinda just stopped. Guys, when I don't work out and don't have motivation to exercise and eat well, my mood takes a deep sea dive. 
July 17, 2017

Weekend Snapshots ~ Vol 2

I used to be one of those people who sat home and did nothing on the weekend, by choice, and now I find myself having too much to do. Seasons of life I guess. This weekend was busy, but not in a non-relaxing way - none of the things I did took too much energy out of me, it was just a lot of things packed in. As weekends go though, it was a good one. 

Here are some snapshots:

Friday after work Sushi
One of my bffs Nads and I grabbed sushi on Friday at a place we never tried. Guys, it was sooo good. I've always loved sushi but this was ridiculous - the best tasting sushi ever. They tasted as good as they looked. I posted a photo on my Instagram on Friday too. Sidenote - I just started using my blog's Instagram. Would love if you'd follow it :)

the best sushi
July 14, 2017

Friday Favourites

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I actually can't believe its Friday already. This week flew by. It was an up and down week if I'm honest. The bf left on Wednesday for a work trip - he'll be gone for a few weeks and I can't say I'm too happy about it. I was already anticipating him leaving so while sad, I was ok, but then in the first half of this week, my mum's sister from NYC passed away (she'd been ailing for some time). Bummer. My mum left for NYC last night for the funeral and while I truly believe my aunt is in a better place, and not in any more pain - thats still just a lot of 'leavings' for one week. 

In spite of all of that, there was some good, so lets get to it.

July 12, 2017

10 Podcasts I'm Currently Obsessed With

So, I'm currently obsessed with Podcasts, and listen to them all the time. All the time. My commute to work in traffic is 1.5 hours both ways (yes I spend half my life in traffic on a tiny Caribbean island - the irony is not lost on me). I also listen at the gym, when running (even though I haven't run in some time), when cleaning, at the beach and sometimes even in my office with the door closed. Soooo, I thought I'd share some of my favourite podcasts, in all the genres and hopefully you find some good recommendations in here. Let's be honest though, these are by no means all the podcasts I have or currently do listen to - its obsessive over here, but these are some of my faves.
July 10, 2017

Weekend Snapshots ~ Vol 1.

So, I've decided to start to share my weekend mainly in photos - few words. I was never any good at writing weekend posts, but sharing photos? Well, thats easier since I love them and I'm really trying to work on my photography skills, which I only get to do on the weekend (lets just ignore the fact that most of these pics are taken with my iPhone). An uptake of these posts (for me)? Ill actually remember what I did on weekends - seriously ask me what i did last weekend and I couldn't tell you. I'll say this though, since 'writing' this post, I realised that my weekends consist of lots of food - lots.  Heads up - this weekend I did a lot so post is photo heavy (understatement).
Friday night's outdoor wine, Sushi and Teriyaki grill dinner:

July 06, 2017

Coffee Chats ~ Vol 1.

coffee photo

It's no secret that coffee is my love language - ask anyone around me. In my absence, I noticed these posts all over blogland (See: AmberAlyssa and Olya), and I thought I could borrow the idea as an easy way to update on life's happenings. I hope that's ok. Linking up with Kristen and Gretch.

If we were having coffee I'd first tell you well, how I like my coffee. I like it black, one sugar, no milk. When I'm feeling for a coffee treat, I 'll have a Starbucks frappe - whatever kind I feel for on that day. But since I'm not a milk drinker by nature, thats a 3 times a year kinda deal. So today, its black for me. How do you have yours? I don't judge, we'll order whatever you like.

July 03, 2017

Recipe ~ Baked Bacon & Cheese Hot Dogs

Hi guys, my weekend was pretty amazing and wild (see - stayed out till 4 am on Friday night :/), and as such weekends go, I barely took any photos.

Well, except for these hot dogs I made yesterday ... one of the highlights of my weekend.

Lets go back a bit. Last week I made some amazing bacon and cheese 'hot-dogs' and decided to re-create them yesterday, except this time I whipped out the fancy cam and took photos since they were too yummy not to share. In the past when I've posted recipes, I waxed poetic about the fact that I don't always look at recipes of cook books and kinda just wing it. The same rings true to this recipe. It was created out of hunger, but is absolutely delicious. As its the 4th July weekend in the U.S. I thought I'd share it with the blog. Doesn't that look yummy?

hot dog recipe
June 30, 2017

Friday Favourites

Barbados hotels

I'd give anything to be at that pool right now: taken at the Radisson Hotel in Barbados. Soon guys. Soon.

It's Friday! It was a short week here, with last Monday being a public holiday for me. Guess what though, I made the week shorter by taking today off (for good reason and much needed). Y'all, I'm pretty excited for the weekend. For once, I brought no work home and my plans are to clean the apartment, maybe have a drink or two, shop a tiny bit and generally just ... relax. Enough rambling, on to my favourite things for the week...

June 28, 2017

8 things I wish I knew before getting a cat

what you should know about cats

So, like I said in my last post, I got a kitten. That's Chanel up there at about 8 weeks old - isn't she the cutest?

When I got her, she was just 6 weeks old and now, she's just over three months. Anyone who has been around me for more than 5 minutes since I've had her, has heard me obsess about my kitten. Y'all, I went from a self professed "I'm a dog person" to crazy cat lady in 2.5 seconds.

That said, I had absolutely no idea how to raise a cat before I got her. I grew up with dogs - not cats. Call me crazy but I like to be prepared and while I really wanted a cat, I knew I was not prepared to own one, so naturally, I did tons of research before actually picking Chanel up (I literally read 500 articles and watched 2 million YouTube videos - nothing too crazy). Nothing I read or watched could prepare me for the crazy that was and is cat town. It's a good crazy,  but there are just things I wish I knew about life with a cat. 
June 26, 2017

Well hello there ...

Tobago beaches

Your eyes are not deceiving you. Yes, I have posted a blog post. A kinda long one.

They say time flies when you're having fun - and it certainly does. While I've kept up with my blog reading (and with a few sporadic comments here and there), the fact is that I had, for a period, given up on this space on the internet. I blogged 22 times in 2016 and only once for this year...

January 02, 2017

Cheers to a New Year ~ What 2016 taught me!

Anyone there? I won't be surprised if no one is.... it's been a minute (and a half) since I showed up to my little space on the interwebs, and boy has life been a roller coaster (understatement) since then.

For a lot of people 2016 has been a challenging year. I guess every year is challenging, but I'm with those folks who could not wait to see (and kiss) the backside of 2016. Not even kidding.