#RudeGyalSwag: Island Hippie

I began the year celebrating with family in Portland.

Portland is one of my favourite parishes because of its natural beauty, elegant but laid back vibe.

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OOTD: My Parisian Dream (Throwback Outfit)

 

Awhile back some friends and I went to the beautiful Hope Gardens to shoot a video. I was so inspired by the beauty of the gardens that I decided to have a little mini shoot of my own.

My outfit was inspired by an Eiffel tower charm from a necklace my Mom gave me. The focus of the outfit was a black and white stripped graphic t-shirt with a key hole cutout in the back.  I paired the top with a straight black skirt with thigh high splits on each side. I wore sandals instead of flats (my Caribbean flavour) & finished the look with bright red lips & the necklace that inspired the entire look & voila!

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#DryLandTouristChronicles: Living IRIE

When you live on an island Summer never really ends….the days just get shorter….

At the end of August, I went on an excursion with my Rotaract Club to Irie River in St. Ann. I was super excited for the trip & I was not disappointed a bit.

A little about the Irie River….

Irie River, formerly known as Irie Beach, is a true Jamaican Paradise and is widely known as one of our best kept secrets. It is located on a scenic section of the White River, in Ocho Rios, just 15 minutes upstream from the ocean. People come from all around the world to swim in our cool, clear waters and to relax and be amazed by our enchanted gardens.

Irie River has the atmosphere of a plantation-era bathing hole, Caribbean style. The sandy bottomed river flows gently through the park, allowing for safe swimming and visitors can bask in the sun on the grassy banks or relax in the shade provided by the lush tropical rainforest overhead.”

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#DryLandTouristChronicles: Appleton Rum Tour

 

It has been awhile since I have made any treks across my beautiful island. Of course, the Dry Land Tourist was eager to add another chapter to the travel chronicles and luckily for me, I was able to visit an oldie but good.

On Saturday, May 17, 2014, myself and members of my Rotaract Club loaded up four vehicles and headed to the beautiful parish of St. Elizabeth for the Appleton Rum Tour. It was my second time on the tour and I felt like a Rum Tour virgin. I was in awe of the beauty of the Appleton Valley just like I was three years ago when I first visited with my Rotaract Club.

I tried vlogging the experience, however, Nix (my camera) decided to be a diva so that was a no go. We traveled via Highway 2000, which got us to Clarendon in literally no time. We made a pit stop at Juici Beef, Clarendon Park for bathroom breaks and food runs. We were thoroughly entertained by the vendors who saw it fit to complement us on the most random things…it was actually rather refreshing. The hustle and bustle of City life sometimes makes one forget the warmth of the Jamaican people. This encounter was a good reminder.

It took us approximately 3 1/2 hours to get to Appleton Estate.

The entrance to the Rum Tour

When we got to the Estate, the tour naturally began in the bar with complementary Rum Punch. After one cup, I decided that I did not need any more liquor until after the tour. You see…drinking sabbaticals are not so good before a rum tour. We were then invited to watch a video outlining the operations and processes of Appleton Estate as well as a little guide to rum tasting. Continue reading “#DryLandTouristChronicles: Appleton Rum Tour”

OOTD: Family Funday

My outfit for the Rotary Club of St. Andrew North’s Family Funday was simple & I think elegant. I paired an oversize shirt with a comfortable pair of shorts with my most trusted D’NexStep Sling Baby and a cute shoulder bag I got as a birthday gift from a friend.
Top: Maxie’s Department Store, Portmore | Shorts: Bought from a family friend | Sandals: D’NexStep | Bag: Gift

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A Monochrome State Of Mind

I have always been a fan of the Monochromatic trend so I was super excited when it became fashion’s latest obsession. I had found these capris earlier last month in a pile of clothes I forgot I owned and decided to rock it while running some errands the other day.

So here’s my take on this Monochrome trend:

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OOTD: Frenchbook

Easter time is party season in Jamaica. Usually I stay home but this year I decided to check out one party (only because Sizzla was performing)….Frenchbook! I opted for a very casual look because I thought it was more ‘live music appropriate” & it was also a beach party, so my look fit that  too.

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#DryLandTouristChronicles: Mobay Take Duece

 

Hello World!

I am a proud Jamaican! I love being an islander and I love that my island is such a big melting pot rich in culture. This love of country has been the boost I needed to get to know it even better. Like any good relationship…you can never know too much about your partner (hahahahaha).

So last weekend I found myself in the Western End of my fair isle. I drove clear across Jamaica to simply spend time with my friend & fellow blogger Shani (sunipink.wordpress.com) & support the Rotaract Club of Hanover’s Uniform Party in Lucea, Hanover! This was my first time in Lucea! *happy dance*

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