Style Sunday: Favourite Outfits I Wore In Panama…

Style Sunday: Favourite Outfits I Wore In Panama…

Hey Y’all,

I recently visited Panama, Central America with my “framily” ( Friends+family= framily). Beautiful country! Absolutely gorgeous weather! The perfect combination to help inspire bright and cheerful wardrobe choices. Here are some of my favourite pieces that I wore during my stay:

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Floral Dress: A store in Toronto called “Katie” about 10 years ago. ( not sure if this store still exists)
Flip Flops:  Old Navy dollar sale!

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Two Piece Co-ord: Urban Behaviour
White Tee: Urban Behaviour
Rocawear Gladiator strappy sandals: I purchased somewhere in California ( probably Westfield Culver City) at least 12 years ago
Fanny Pack: My sisters closet (lol)

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Two Piece Skirt and crop top: Boohoo.com
Black strappy sandals: Spring Shoes
Fanny Pack: my lil sisters closet 🙂
This outfit was a big stretch for me! I’m not one to show much midriff unless I’m in a bathing suit. 🙂  But this set I was able to modify so it was modest and a little risky at the same time.:) Two thunbs up for high waisted pencil skirts!

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Yellow Dress: Forever 21
Brown Strappy sandals: Urban Behaviour I believe
Fanny Pack: ( see above)

 

That’s all folks! I’m preparing for another quick trip to somewhere sunny in a few days! Stay tuned to find out where I’m going and what I’ll be wearing 🙂

xoxo
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7 Ways To Avoid Getting Sick On A Plane…

7 Ways To Avoid Getting Sick On A Plane…

Hey y’all,

I’m going to be on a plane numerous times over the next few weeks and If you know me personally, I almost always get sick after plane rides. Why you ask? Well asides from having a poor immune system( insert eye roll here lol) planes are just down right gross!! Here are a few thing a do to help myself stay a healthy as possible during my hours long flight on the cesspool of germs that is an airplane 🙂 ( I know, I know I’m so dramatic. but hear me out ok ? 🙂 )

  1.  Wipe Down any surfaces you may have to touch : I like to travel with a pack of baby wipes or antibacterial wipes to wipe off the arms of my seat and that tray before I settle in. They ” clean” the plane between flights but its not a thorough deep clean between flights. I also have a peanut allergy and I like to be extra cautious because I can never be too certain that there is no nut residue in the area that I am assigned to sit.One Step Hand & Surface Wipes with Aloe
  2. Wash Your Hands and Use hand Sanitizer : I can’t stress this enough! Every opportunity you check, take a moment to cleanse your hands, There are germs everywhere and we as humans are just naturally inclined to touch our face/ mouth area. This surefire the quickest way to ingest germs. Keep those hands as clean as possible.Image result for wash your hands
  3. Drink Water: Easy way to keep your body healthy is to fuel it with water. Water helps to flush your system of any toxins and germs that may be waiting for you during your flightImage result for water bottle
  4. Get Adequate Sleep before you travel : This is probably the hardest thing to do because if you’re anything like me, you are up late the night before you leave. But I’ve learned over time that sleep helps fight any impending illnesses that may come your way. Giving your body adequate rest allows your body to build up the strength to combat any germs that you may pick up in flight.Image result for sleep
  5. If you must use the washroom, flush with your foot and close the toilet seat: I think this one speaks for itself.  The washroom is a small, tight space. When you flush, there is not a lot of space for your flushed germs to go. Do yourself a favour and protect yourself with this tip.Image result for flush airplane toilet with foot
  6. Pop a vitamin C : Vitamin C is a great healing agent that can help prevent you can getting sick. Vitamin C helps boost your immune system.Image result for vitamin c pills
  7. Rub Up with some essential oils: This goes hand in hand with the previous step. I am a true believer in the strong ability of essential oils. As someone who is ALWAYS sick and  since I have been consistently using the “Immune” blend from the Saje company , I can 100 percent attest to the fact that Essential oils work. I have barely been sick in the last 6 months.   I diffuse the blend at night and use the roller ball daily. Its small enough to bring on the plane without TSA flagging you. I  would strongly encourage trying essential oils prior to air travel.  You won’t be disappointed.Image result for saje immune roll on

Those are my tips for safe and healthy flight travel! Happy travelling!

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xoxo
©justlovethemany

Minimal Makeup For A Quick Trip…

Minimal Makeup For A Quick Trip…

Hey guys!

As I write this post, I am procrastinating packing my suitcase for my quick little vacay that I leave for… wait for it… Friday. I haven’t even looked at ( or for) suitcase yet…. sigh I do this every time (lol)

Yikes! I have decided since this is a quick trip, I’m not checking a bag. I’m strictly bringing a carry on! I’m doing my very best to pack lightly, and that includes my beauty/makeup products.

If you’ve ever travelled with me, you know I usually pack my ENTIRE makeup collection because I just don’t know what look I want to go for. Well, this time, I’m putting my foot down on myself (lol) and packing the minimal essentials to get my face together for a simple day brunch or a night on the town.

Here are the tips I have for packing lightly on in the makeup department

  • Pack Palettes if you can: If you have a palette that has a combination of products combined. For example a blush and highlight palette  or an eyeshadow palette instead of a bunch of single shadows.
  • Bring a medium/full coverage foundation that can possibly also double as a concealer.
  • Bring one universal lip liner and limit the number of lip products you bring ( this is visually impossible for me!)  Bring one red/ bold lip colour, a nude lip colour and a sheer gloss.
  • Bring travel sized items like, cleansing balm ( as opposed to liquid makeup remover) setting powder, setting spray etc..
  • Bring multi purpose brushes instead of 25,000 different brushes. Take stock of our actual daily makeup routine and bring the brushes you need.
  • Have an idea of the makeup look you are going for ahead of time so that you don’t over pack items you most definitely won’t use.

This is what I will be bringing with me on my trip: 

For my eyes:  
Tartelette in Bloom Palette
Maybelline Unstoppable Eyeliner in “Onyx”
Better Than Sex Mascara

On my face: 
Clinique 2 in 1 Foundation and Concealer in the shade “Clove”
L.A. Girl Concealer
Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder
Kylie Cosmetics Kylighter in Chocolate Cherry

On my lips: 
Red: Beso by Stila
Bold: Bauhau5 by Kat Von D
Nude/Gloss: Spite by MAC Cosmetics
MAC Chestnut lip liner
Too Faced Lip Insurance Lip Primer

That’s 12 makeup products that I can do countless looks with! 12 may seem like a lot but its really not!

Let’s hope I can actually stick to this! Wish me luck folks! Until next time…

xoxo

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Style Sunday: 6 Travel Fashion Essentials…

Style Sunday: 6 Travel Fashion Essentials…

Hey guys!

As you’re reading this, I am soaking up some much needed sun on the beautiful island of Jamaica! As I was packing last week for my trip, I realized that there are a few things that I pack for every trip I take.  I’ve also realized that my  travel essentials are filled with classic neutral pieces that can be mixed and matched for many different outfit options. I’ll share them with you down below!

1. Blue Jeans: It’s always a good idea to bring a good old fashioned pair of blue jeans with you on vacation! If the temperature dips to the cooler side in the evenings, blue jeans are so good to have around. You can dress them down for running round in the day or even dress the up with heels and a blazer for the evening!

 

2.  Black tights: Now I know that there’s debate that black tights are not pants- granted they’re not …but honestly…who cares!!  Black tights are great to travel in! Who doesn’t love a soft stretchy pant! Black tights are multi-purpose . You can wear them to the gym or even out and about with a cute tunic style top for a trip to the local market or on an excursion.

3. The little black dress: I always love to bring a black dress on vacation for numerous reasons. If you’ve ever been on a cruise, dinner is a dress up affair. A classic little black dress is a perfect dinner option. Black is slimming! So eat to your hearts desire and slip into a little black number with no regrets!  Black pairs with everything. A little black dress will compliment your make up and jewelry choices easily.

4. A jean Jacket or a black blazer:  Great options for the cooler evenings. Good options to also wear on the plane. I came from a snowy Canadian winter to sunny Jamaica and I didn’t want to bring a heavy winter jacket. Jean jacket and a blanket scarf got me to airport warmly. I always love a plain black blazer to throw on over any outfit during a night out!

5. Comfortable shoes : I can’t stress this one enough. I’ve been on many a trip where I didn’t heed my own advice and my back and feet have surely let me know they weren’t happy about it! Bring running shoes if you can. Great support and perfect for excursions or days where you will be doing lots of walking around.

6. Denim and.or black shorts: Great for beach bound trips! Easy to slip on over a bathing suit for a quick run to the dining room for lunch or even pair them with a cute top for a nice daytime outfit. Also, because they’re such basic pieces you can wear them a number of times during the course of your trip and no one would be the wiser 🙂

Have a great week and remember…

slay

XOXO

Year 31…

Year 31…

So it’s been a whole 365 days since I entered my thirties and my what a transition its been! This year has been.. (for lack of a better word) traumatic!  I was in not one, but TWO car accidents! My mom and dad both battled some health issues. I battled ( and am still battling) a little bit of a health issue. I saw some  long friendships disintegrate and had my faith in the goodness of people tested. Needless to say, its been rough.

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But you know what else I discovered this year? Through all the curve balls life threw my way  this,  I’M STILL HERE!  Travis Greene has a song called “Still Here ”  and one of the lyrics in the chorus says, “If the devil could kill me, he would have done it by now”. Well ain’t that the truth! I’m still here and it’s for a reason! After every storm, the sun must shine again 🙂 and with my storms I also had lots of sunny moments!

Last month, I went on a trip to Cuba( again lol)

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Took a trip with some amazing guys and gals… #vivalacuba

I went with the intention to sit on my butt beach side or poolside and do absolutely nothing! But when I got there, we all ( I went with a large group of friends) decided we were going to do some excursions. One of these excursions, included an opportunity to do some snorkeling. Now, if you know me, me and deep water don’t mix at all- its a real fear( I can swim quite fine, just deep water and me don’t really mix ). Now once before when I was in Turks and Caicos, I attempted to go snorkeling…. but I never made it past the shore…. I chickened out! This time in Cuba, I was literally so close to backing out again (like literally telling my girl Naomi “I’m not going out there,I’m going back to shore 😛 ) , when I heard a voice in my head saying, “Just go, just do it!” So… I did and it was the most exhilarating experience of my life! I also did horseback riding, swimming in a dark cave and held an alligator… all on the same day! I think I kicked fears butt that day!! 🙂

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Those experiences taught me a life lesson that I will carry with me into year 31: to live life to its fullest. To not let fear rob you of experiences! To live each moment with the essence of gratefulness and an air of grace.

 

Grace… man grace has been my life’s theme this past year and it certainly seems that it’s going to continue throughout this year. 

This year I’m going love a little harder….
I’m going to chase down more fears and conquer them one at a time…
I’m going to continually walk in grace…

And when all else fails… I’m gonna love them anyway!

So cheers to another year of life! I can’t wait to see what God has in store me!

My favorite scripture is 2 Timothy 1:7 and it reads, For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

Power
Love
Sound mind….

Year 31…

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xoxo

Simple Tips For Vacation Packing…

Hey guys!

So finally the time has come. My long awaited vacation is just around the corner. I’m uber excited buuuuuuttttt….. that means I have to pack :(. Anyone who knows me, knows I ALWAYS leave my packing to the last minute. It’s a habit I’m trying to break as I travel quite a bit and I always stress myself out the night before. Like, who wants to be stressed out the night before you get on a plane to go somewhere? Not me anymore! So here is how I pack quickly and efficiently!

Step One:Inventory: Based on where you are going, take inventory of what you already have. For example, for this trip I will be visiting Mexico. As the fall chill is in full effect where I live, I needed to dig out my spring and summer clothes. Once I did that, I began to go through them . What did I like? What did I need? Try to do this in an open space that won’t be needed right away. You will may need to walk away in frustration or kick a few things across the room… Just kidding but you will need an open space to lay everything out. Take note of anything you might need.

 

Step Two: Make A List! It’s not totally against the norm to make a list when you pack, but the way I do it is pretty extreme! I like to make a day by day plan of what I’m going to where and use each day. This doesn’t necessarily mean I’m going to wear what I planned each day,( or use; i.e: bathing suit, sweater etc…) but this helps me not to over pack! See my chart down below. 🙂  I also like to make a list of the toiletries I bring as well as miscellaneous items like make up, jewellery, electronics etc.. This also helps me when I’m repacking to come home so I don’t unknowingly leave anything behind!

Step Three: Re evaluate what you packed. Did you go a little overboard with the amount of maxi dresses you packed? Did you pack 10 pairs of shoes for a 7 day trip? ( hangs head in shame lol) Well, what I found helpful was to pack  types of shoes that can go with a number of different outfits. I managed to narrow it down to one pair of black heels, one fun pair of denim stilettos and 4 pairs of sandals that can go with 2 or more outfits each. Phew! Pack enough clothes that you have at least 2 outfits for each day. For example denim shorts and bathing suit coverall for the day and something nice for the evening.  When packing your things, roll them instead of laying them flat. It makes more space in the suitcase.

Step Four:  Pack Medication! When you travel abroad your stomach may take a few days to adjust to the water and the different cuisine you may be partaking of. The worst feeling in the world, is being sick while you are away from home.. and then having to spend a billion dollars at the tuck shop of your hotel for things like Pepto Bismol 😦 ( Cuba circa 2009: I paid almost 15 US Dollars for the smallest bottle of Pepto Bismol I have ever seen… It probably would have cost me $4.99 at home.. lesson learned) My friends who travel with me often call me “the pharmacy”. Hey, better safe than sorry.  As a person who has numerous allergies and  poor immune system, I would suggest that you invest in travel insurance just to be on the safe side.

Most importantly, make sure you have all your travel documents in one place! It just saves you time and confusion when you need to use them!

Some other helpful Packing Tips:

  • Pack for the unknown-You never know if the weather will change on you. If you are going somewhere tropical, perhaps pack a sweater or two and some socks and a pair of jeans just in case 🙂
  • Try to get money in the most commonly accepted currency of that country other than the countries own dollar ( which may be difficult to get) I know when I travel to any of the islands, I try to carry US currency.
  • Don’t travel with all the contents of your wallet, just the essentials like your health card, bank card and drivers licence.
  • Bring a carry on bag. Pack one outfit and the essentials like medication, toothbrush, undergarments in the event ( heaven forbid) your luggage doesn’t arrive on time.

 

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I hope these tips help you out! It certainly helped me this go around! So put on some Netflix, grab a cup of hot chocolate and get to work! Happy Travelling!!

xoxo

 

 

Feelin’ Hot, Hot , Hot ( or at least I’d like to be!)m

Feelin’ Hot, Hot , Hot ( or at least I’d like to be!)m

If you live anywhere near where I live in Canada, you know that Mother Nature has not been kind to us during this winter season. Right now she has us sitting at -14 degrees Celsius ( 7 degrees Fahrenheit ) and this is one of our warmer days!! EEEK! ( insert side eye and eye roll here)

Anyone who knows me well, knows I love to travel. Unfortunately, ( or fortunately) there are so many events happening ( weddings, big birthday celebrations etc..) that I have to stay put for most of the year. So with the exception of a quick NYC trip or two, exotic trips are off the grid until much later in the year! ( stay tuned..)

So I decided to do a quick blog of some of the warm places I’ve had an opportunity to visit. So sit back, grab a fruity drink and travel  to some amazing places with me!

Let’s start in a not so exotic place: Florida! I’ve had the opportunity to visit Miami, ( South Beach ) and Orlando! My previous visit to Miami, i stayed with friends but on my most recent trip we stayed in a little “hotel” ( more like a motel) on South Beach. It was clean, walking distance to the beach, food and shopping!) I travelled with 3 girlfriends and it was certainly a trip to remember! When we went in August of 2014, there was a lot of construction happening  on the main road in front of our hotel so it proved to be a bit tricky to get out of in the day but other than that it was the perfect little spot. Close enough to the life of South Beach but far enough away that if you wanted some peace and quiet you could have that! Next, the four of us travelled to Orlando to attend a church conference and we stayed at the BEAUTIFUL Rosen Shingle Creek Resort. This place was perfect Heated pools, hot tubs, on site affordable dining and close to the Premium Outlets and Walmart! ( Yes Walmart) We stayed 5 days and enjoyed every minute of it. 🙂 I would love to return and stay at Rosen Shingle again.

I’ve also had the opportunity to visit California many times from childhood on.Shout outs to my amazing Aunt ( Pastor Hope Harris) and Uncle( Pastor Neville Harris) for giving me a place to stay in beautiful LA! ( and special mention to my beautiful cousin Michelle Harris-Collins and her hubby Restee Collins and family for making each experience so awesome!)

Let’s get the most obvious place for me out-of-the-way: beautiful sunny Jamaica. It’s where most of my family resides, so this was a childhood vacation spot. From the hills of Manchester to the beautiful seaside of Ocho Rios, Jamaica is truly one of the most enchanting places on earth. I’ve also visited Montego Bay ( where i stayed at the RIU with a large group of friends) Negril, St Mary,May Pen, St Elizabeth and so on… 🙂

I’ve had the opportunity to visit Cuba twice. My first trip I stayed at the Sirenis La Salina Resort ( now known as Memories Varadero) and had a wonderful time! They say the food in Cuba is not the greatest and they are right, but at least at Memories I could find something pretty delicious to eat everyday. However on my next trip to Cuba, I stayed at Barcelo Arenas Blancas. STAY FAR AWAY! If this place was my first trip to Cuba,i would have never returned. The food: 😦  I lost weight in the week I was there lol) Pool was under construction. This hotel is a two for one hotel ( stay at one ,play at two) and I asked my travel agent to book us on the quiet side… sigh… she did not….  maybe I’ll blog about that experience in another blog… lol

I Then had the opportunity to go on a couple of carnival cruises. Let me start off by saying that i absolutely love cruises so my opinions may be biased!

On my first cruise, I boarded the Carnival Glory Eastern Caribbean Cruise: The ship set sail from Miami and sailed to the following Islands:

Half Cay-Bahamas: Went horseback riding,met a whole crew of Jamaicans! It was pretty cool

St Thomas: Still probably one of my favorite islands that I’ve ever visited. Magans Bay and Coki Beach, truly takes your breath away. Really good food too!

Puerto Rico: Visited the Bacardi Rum factory and some monumental sites.

Turks and Caicos Islands: Did some beautiful snorkeling here.

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The next Carnival Cruise I took was the Carnival Valour Southern Caribbean cruise which left from Puerto Rico and stopped in:

St. Maarten: I can honestly say I truly saw a piece of Gods handiwork on this island. One of the most beautiful places I have been in my entire life. I visited the dutch side. The beach was literally crystal clear warm water and the whitest sand you have ever seen. I literally left a piece of my heart in St Maarten! Oh and we found a COGOP ( Church of God of Prophecy) on our way back to the ship! so cool!

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St Lucia: Truly a gorgeous Island. Even though it was a gray day, we still managed to enjoy some water sports and great company!

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St Kitts: I had the opportunity to celebrate my birthday on this island. It was not my favorite Island but we met some really nice people here and still had a wonderful day.

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Barbados: I wish I had more time on this island, but we totally got rained out! Thank goodness for the free wi-fi at Cockleshell Beach 🙂

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I also visited beautiful St Thomas again. ( I really do love St Thomas! Second to Jamaica of course! lol )

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Well that’s the end of my island experiences! Next up on the list of islands to visit are Mexico( 2015 🙂 ) Dominican Republic, Haiti, Trinidad and I’d love see Aruba and Dominica 🙂  I feel so blessed to have had the opportunity to travel and I don’t take that privilege for granted! #blessed

Where are you guys travelling in 2015? Let me know!

xoxo