How You Can Help The Bahamas After Hurricane Dorian

Hello Lovely,

On Sunday we began to feel the effects of Category 5 Hurricane Dorian. I had friends in America reaching out to me to check on and I had to tell them that the hurricane was impacting The Abaco Islands and Grand Bahama not New Providence. While we experienced a lot of rain and flooding, the devastation was felt far beyond that. On Monday I woke up to someone stealing the entire front end of my car. Even my brand new battery was stolen. My brother scared the person before he could take anything else and at least he left behind my bumper. I was angry, I was sad, but I was mostly numb. I was even more angry to see people telling Nassuvians to stop flooding the timelines with their problems when so many people on the islands had it worst. It angered me because no one has a right to tell anyone their pain is insignificant; everyone’s pain is relevant to their own struggles. I had friends who hadn’t heard from their parents in hours and had no idea where other family members were. Some friends home flooded, and some people were still expected to return to work despite everything going on. At this point, I am still waiting to hear when I am expected to return to work. But I know once I do, my entire Guidance department is going to hit the ground running in relief efforts.

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While some people have already offered assistance like the U.S. Coast Guard and Dominica offering $100,000, there are still many way you can assist. For those who are home, please make productive use of this 'down time' to prepare care boxes and bags from our own possessions. We need to go through our wardrobes and sort clothing. Label them according to size and gender as you pack them, for ease of distribution. Put together a few bars of soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, ladies' sanitary items etc. (many of us shop in bulk and have more than we need). Share a few face cloths and towels, a sheet or two. You may even have an air mattress that you can give! Give tins of tuna, sardines, corned beef, Vienna sausages, crackers, cookies, snacks, water and any non perishable items that require minimal/no preparation. Remember those items you stocked up on in preparation for the storm? They are needed!
Water, disposable items such as plates and napkins as well as hand sanitizer are useful. In fact, anything that you use or want, can be helpful. While this list is not exhaustive, it's simply suggestions for response in this crisis. And we cannot forget how important sanitary pads for women are as well as any pain medication, baby food, diapers, toilet paper, bed sheets - all of the things people often overlook when donating. Think about it, these people are rebuilding - they’re going to need more than just food items.

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If you are in Florida this is how you can help:

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Why give?

Because we already have 5 confirmed dead in Abaco and the death toll is expected to rise. Because people have lost EVERYTHING. Because this is a major financial setback for many people. Because the PTSD is real with these people. There are people who had to hide in their ceiling while they awaited rescue because of the flooding, some waited on the roof, some in their car. We are grateful for all of the help we’ve already received but there is so much more to be done. So please do what you can. Every donation helps.

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Calling All Golfers!

Hello lovely

Are you a golf fan? Maybe you only play for fun, or maybe you've never played at all. Well then, listen up! Coming up next week Friday is the first ever BPGT (Bahamas Professional Golf Tour) at the Royal Blue Golf Course at Baha Mar. One of the goals of the BPGT is to create a competitive environment for local pros and amateurs to compete, while bridging the gap for junior golfers to transition to amateur and college golf. How are they planning on doing this?

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The tour plans on handing out scholarships every year. Ricardo Davis Jr. believes that a lot of kids stop playing golf because they lack the support they need to get to the next level. Every month there will be a golf event with the scholarship awarded annually. There are already 40 participants competing for the grand prize so if golf is your thing, you need to sign up now!

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For more information about how you can get involved by either competing, attending or sponsoring, check out the video and flyer below.

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See you at the Royal Blue Golf Club on May 25 at Baha Mar!

Weekend Diaries: Bahamas Carnival 2018

Hello Lovely,

This weekend was a much needed fun break. Everything around me had become so negative I really needed a night out with the girls enjoying my favourite soca artists. I started the weekend by finally watching Avengers: Infinity War with my dad. We always watch Marvel and Star Wars movies together and it's usually opening day but lately our schedules haven't quite lined up for us to be able to do that. I loved the movie but don't worry, you won't find any spoilers from me. I hate spoilers.

Saturday wasn't off to a good start for me. Even though I got to take my niece out,  my mum and I got a late start on the errands we needed to run, and while out, my pants randomly ripped straight down the middle. At first I was really annoyed and embarrassed but then I decided I am too old to let this be a problem and I reframed it as my butt is getting so big it ripped the pants.😜 I was on a rampage to get something to eat but you know how it is when you're hungry but you don't know what you want to eat? And then everywhere we went was closed. I finally settled on Solomon's Fresh Market but was annoyed to pay $9 for two pieces of macaroni and some carrots and cauliflower. We still didn't get to finish all of our errands we set out to do, but at least the day was beginning to look better.

 

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I got dressed and headed over to Krista so that we could carpool for Carnival. I was really excited to see Machel again (I call him my Trini baby daddy 😍), as well as the plethora of performers that night. I didn't do the Road March even though I really wanted to because I just can't spend over $200 on a costume I can only wear once. But hopefully next year, something will work out.

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We upgraded our tickets to VIP to be closer to the stage. I missed Rik Carey but we were just in time for Dyson Knight and Wendi. To me, they are just the most adorable power couple. Their love and support for one another is super cute and they're both very talented and experienced artists. Along with other artists, I think they play a role in making Bahamian music fun again for young people. There were also performances from Ricardo Dru, Shurwayne Winchester, Mr. Vegas, Dj Khaled, Movado and Machel Montano with special guest appearances from Patrick Anthony - The Hype Man, International Stephen, DJ Overdose, and The Wassi One.

The performances were too amazing to ever forget! At times, with being so close to the stage ,my left eardrum felt like it was going to explode; but even my injured knee was not going to stop me from jumping and whining. Here are just a few highlights from the night's festivities.

I really enjoyed the Carnival Experience. It's sad that there are still so many people against such a fun experience just because it's not our culture. We can't want to be considered West Indian/Caribbean but reject aspects of the culture.

In addition to the concert, I finally took some time out to treat a few skin imperfections starting with teabags under the eyes to treat darkness and under eye puffiness. Now if only I can maintain healthy self-care while trying to be productive and seeking to create a social life 😂. How was your weekend? Did you attend any of the Carnival events?

XoX,

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5 Boutiques You Must Visit For the Perfect Gifts

Hello Lovely,

Mother's Day is approaching VERY quickly! And now that we're all adults, it's time to get a GOOD gift! No more macaroni art, bring in actual jewellery bought in a store. But not just any store. You want something unique, yet cost effective. Sometimes it can be hard to find the perfect gift for the perfect price. So today I'm sharing for all of my local readers and anyone planning on vacationing here soon, the 5 best boutiques that I visiting when searching for the perfect gift.

The Billie Shop

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The Billie Shop is not where you go for a basic gift. This boutique is located in Old Fort Bay Clubhouse just before you get to their little beach. It's in a tiny hut that has the best island life feeling. The items are not original Bahamian pieces, but they're very nice; the kind of things you would find on Instagram. I instantly fell in love with all of the colours. The bright clothing and Beachwood furniture really draw you in It's mostly swimwear, cover-ups, floaties and candles but I did manage to find some alcohol infused candy as the perfect gift for my bestie Krista.

Bottom Line: Don't go to this store unless you're willing to spend at least $100. The candy was $31 for three 2 oz. boxes of candy ($11 each: literally the cheapest thing in the store). The gift box was lovely, so I think most of the cost went into packaging.

Bahama Hand Prints

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I love the idea of Bahama Hand Prints! I say the idea because while everything is absolutely gorgeous the price tag is rather high. I haven't reached the point in my life where I feel like I can spend over $200 on a sundress but there's a reason they're so costly. Bahama Hand Prints makes their own fabric on site! That's right, there's a backroom off from the fabric room (yes you can by the fabrics and make your own dress or whatever you fancy) where they make the fabric. Some would argue it should be cheaper if they're cutting out the middle man and producing their own fabric but that can be a rather costly task.

Bottom Line: This store is perfect for gifts for the fashionista or home maker in your life. There's wonderful napkins and other linens, handbags, napkin rings and more. The best part, it's 100% Bahamian.

The Craft Cottage

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Another 100% Bahamian craft store perfect for gifts is The Craft Cottage. I LOVE the Craft Cottage. It's an eclectic mix of items made by Bahamians. I once bought a conch shell bowl with a spoon for only $25. I have yet to use mine but I hope the person I gave it to really enjoyed it. I also absolutely love my pink Army Men earrings I got for only $6. That was years ago so you're not going to find that any more. That's what I love about this store, everything is essentially one of a kind and once it's gone, that's it! There's a constant flow of new items to choose from so it never gets dull.

Bottom Line: When you want an authentic Bahamian souvenir that does more than just sit on a fridge, this is the place to go! The owners are SUPER SWEET making this the BEST shopping experience on this list. If they don't have something you want they'll call around and find a store that does have it.

Dake's Shoppe

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Dake’s Shoppe opened in November of 2015 on Harbour Island, Eleuthera, The Bahamas. Dake’s Shoppe is a very personally-curated department store operating in a restored historic home on Crowne Street in the heart of Dunmore Town. They are located between Piggly Wiggly and Arthur's Bakery in a white building with red trim. I've never personally been there, but they have been recommended. 

Bottom Line: This is a high end store. The kind that sells camisoles for $66. If this is your style, this is the store for you.

Shop It Sparkles

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I recently discovered Shop It Sparkles from my friend Nikki Jae when she was looking to buy the hat in the bottom right photo. I'm really impressed with their options and they're prices are great! This is where you go if you're looking for a gift for the trendy person in your life. Fashion, mugs, water bottles, these are the things you will find at Shop It Sparkles.

Bottom Line: I can't wait to buy that mug to replace my travel mug that broke. And I've got my eye on a few other things as well. I'll keep you guys updated through my Instagram on how that goes.

HOLD UP! DON'T GO YET!

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While you're shopping don't forget to check out this new online store I just discovered called Old English. They have really cool enamel pins and a competition going on right now for you win some! I can't wait to share my favourite picks from this website with you guys!