Weekend Diaries + Weekday Wardrobe

Hello Lovely,

This has been a tough and long week. A little drama at work left me feeling drained but lucky for me, I have great friends who always provide the best support system for me. As always my weekend started on Thursday. I had dinner with a friend. We made a Chicken and Bacon Pasta with Spinach and Tomatoes in Alfredo Sauce. We were supposed to add wine to the sauce but accidentally drank it all. It was still absolutely delicious and I was super grateful to have enough leftover for lunch the next day. If I make it again, I'll definitely take a photo and share the recipe!

On Friday, I decided to go to a wine Tasting at Mahogany House with a co-worker to relax. Unfortunately it wasn't a very relaxing experience. I've never been one to mention race on my blog but I cannot ignore the blatant racism I experienced. The server was a white male, mid-40's, and it took another white male to get his attention for me to get my next glass of wine. I was bothered by how he completely ignored all of the black patrons in favour of explaining the flavours of the wines to the white patrons.

Then, during a conversation with the white gentleman who assisted me, I was appalled as he explained that he didn't think schools should stop teaching classics like Shakespeare, Charles Dickens and Emily Dickinson in favour of modern works such as Maya Angelou. I stood there thinking to myself, "This man does understand that he just said he doesn't think Maya Angelou is a good poet to a black woman with natural hair?" It took a lot for me to remain calm and after educating him on the importance of black children learning about their history and roots from people who actually look like them, I was more than happy to leave with my co-worker.

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We ended up salsa dancing at Harbourside after that. I have missed salsa dancing so much. I did it about four years ago but I totally fell off. Then on Saturday, I went Salsa dancing again at Melia with two of my girlfriends. I'm thinking about going every weekend so that I can get back into it and use it as a workout plan.

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Today after church, I  went to the beach to support one of my closest friends Erin's baptism. It was a great moment and I'm so proud of her! I had a great weekend and I'm looking forward to resting today before going back to work tomorrow.

Before I forget, this week, I challenged myself to wear grey every day at work and I succeeded! The only thing I don't like about the change in season is that because the sun rises later, I can't get decent photos of anything in the morning before I leave home. I think this dissatisfaction is evident on my face. But I think you can still see the outfits pretty clearly. Here are my looks from this week:

Well that's all for me guys. Remember to follow me on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook to stay up to date with everything i'm doing because I don't always remember to mention it here. How are you spending your Sunday?

Weekend Diaries: Hurricane Irma + Family = Cabin Fever

Weekend Diaries: Hurricane Irma + Family = Cabin Fever

Above all things I want to give God thanks that the Hurricane did not hit my country, but I am mortified at the damage it has done to the rest of the Caribbean. I will be taking this week off from the blog to focus on creating new content. At the bottom of this post I have listed 15 relief efforts you can support to help these countries to rebuild.

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Weekend Diaries + Weekday Wardrobe

Hello Lovely,

School reopened this week for us and with it brought on more anxiety than I expected. I've been exhausted all week and a little on edge. Even with sleep, I haven't felt like I got enough sleep. Truthfully, I really haven't gotten enough sleep. I've had a lot of late nights and early mornings, which doesn't gel well with my work schedule. I was looking forward to resting this weekend, but I had family in town and a birthday party. I'm sure I'll get used to it soon.

I also lost my 16GB memory card which had Wednesday's outfit on it. I was so heartbroken and on Thursday and Friday I was rushing out of the house, but here's what I was able to capture.

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Monday

Blouse by JcPenny, skirt from Black Food Shop and Shoes from Shoedazzle

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Tuesday

Blouse from Forever 21, Pants from Primark and Shoes (not visible) from Christian Siriano

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Friday

Dress by Talbots but purchased at a yard sale

My weekend started as always on Thursday when my friend Richard took me to a meeting. At first we thought it was one of those pyramid schemes but it turned out to be something for Dream Nation. It was interesting and I'll look more deeply into it to ensure it's worthwhile before investing.

Saturday morning, my family went to the Hilton for breakfast. The spread was amazing and delicious. I wasn't satisfied with the Maxwell House coffee though so I had to walk out to the Starbucks for a Caffe Latte. 

I wore my green bodycon dress from Primark with my Primark shades and a pair of wedges I've had for quite some time.

My mum even made me take some photos of my brother and his pregnant girlfriend while we waited for the rest of the family to take a group shot.

After breakfast, I went to the African Pop Up Shop and bought a bodycon dress for work. I tried on the beige one which was a size 6 but it was too small so I had to buy the blue one (identical to the one photographed) in a size 8. I also couldn't resist the necklaces and got one for my grandmother!

So that was my weekend. I can't believe how many photos I had to share! I love how the photos turned out. Especially the ones of my brother's girlfriend. I'm really starting to like maternity photography so I'll let you guys know how that goes for me. How was your weekend? Did you do anything exciting?

Weekend Diaries

Hello Lovely,

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This weekend was another jam packed weekend. It started with a wine tasting on Thursday that I went to with a friend. I was disappointed with the last two wine tastings because I didn't enjoy the selections, but this one was much better. It was an Italian White Wine event. I loved the first two wines, but the third was just not my kind of wine and they ran out of the fourth wine.

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On Friday I hung out at Underground Bistro with two friends and drank a few beers while we chatted about music and life. It was relaxing even when the rain came down and left us stranded on a street corner.

I'm trying to create a better hair care regime because I have seriously been neglecting my hair. After finding out through Instagram that my hair stylist moved to Turks & Caicos, I had to find a new hairdresser. Luckily I was able to find one who makes house calls and I am completely satisfied! My hair already feels healthier and it's far from dry. I plan on getting it done with a deep treatment every two weeks.

School starts tomorrow and I can't wait! How was your weekend?

 

Weekend Diaries + Outfit Post

Hello Lovely,

I wish I could say this was an easy week for me. I started the week off with going to the beach on National Lazy Day, but after that things got a little difficult and disappointing. Lately I've been really hard on myself. I'm super critical of all my creative work, totally mad at my hair right now for not being "pretty" like the other natural girls on TV and still struggling to eat without feeling sick (thanks to acid reflux). A few projects I'm working on are proving harder than I thought they'd be and the prognosis isn't looking so good, but I'm determined so I'll keep trying. But hands down my favourite moment of the week was catching with one of my best friends. While we were eating a thunder and lighting storm began, trapping us at the coffeehouse. It might've been a nightmare for some people, but little moments like that make me grateful for great friends and hilarious conversation.

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If you've been a longtime reader, you know I'm heavily involved in my church. I'm the Creative Producer so I'm in charge of making sure the service runs smoothly, looks good and everyone knows what they're supposed to do. It requires a lot of communicating and every time a volunteer is needed, I'm usually one of the mandatory people there. That included being at a book study at 5:30 in the morning and staying until 10 at night the next day to prepare for a yard sale. The yard sale was another early morning (6 am call time) and church this morning. Needless to say I am wiped out!

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I return to work tomorrow (not sure where I'll find the energy from). To prepare I've been planning outfits to make my mornings easier. I decided to try out my new heels from Shoedazzle to see how comfortable they would be before wearing to work. I'm so glad I did. I HATE THESE SHOES! To be honest I'm starting to hate all Shoedazzle and JustFab shoes. The heel is comfortable so standing and walking is no problem but the back of the shoe chafed my heel so badly within the first hour of wearing the shoe that I had cuts and needed band aids just to keep wearing them.

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The jacket is from Primark. I think I spent £8 or £10 on it. I wanted to wear it when I went out for dinner in London but with the outfit I had picked, it ended up looking like a lab coat. I felt like one of the Captains from the anime Bleach. It was not a cute look. So this is the first time I've been able to successfully pair this jacket to pull a look together.

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The skirt came from H&M, which I bought last December while shopping with one of my old girlfriends from college and the blouse is pretty old from a local clothing store called Adam and Eve. And the ring is from a store called Six in Switzerland. I got it on sale for 2.50 CHF (Swiss Francs) 

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Here's to hoping this week gets better. I can't wait to show you my outfits at the end of the week. Have a great week everyone!

Weekend Diaries

Hello Lovely,

This week has been great. I’m still working on my patio furniture but I finished the bar. There are still somethings I want to do with it, but it’s functional now. I got my final grade for grad school and guess what? I aced my final course! I’m still awaiting official word from the university that I have graduated and I can’t wait to get my diploma in the mail. I also had fun with a friend of mine who visited from Toronto. We went salsa dancing and I went to a street party with my best friend Krista.

I was finally able to sleep better this week, but poor eating habits triggered my acid reflux so I’m currently nursing that. I also recently started reading the Qur’an, something I’ve wanted to do for years. So far it’s an interesting read.

Speaking of interesting reads, these are some of my favourite reads from around the internet this week:

·        Make chores fun with this app

·        This is one of my new favourite shows on Netflix.

·        These instagrammers know how to stay fit

·        I love her DIYs

·        I’ve got to have some of these doughnuts

·        These are some great organisation tips

How was your week? Did you do anything exciting on the weekend to celebrate or unwind?

Friday Favourites

Hello Lovely,

Our beautiful Bahamaland was impacted by the monstrous Hurricane Matthew this week.  Amidst the hustle & bustle of restoration for this natural disaster in the aftermath, there were a few bright spots along the way.  Here are my top 5 moments of the week!

1. Taken to Cloud Nine –This for both the chocoholic and non-chocoholic alike, as the smooth milk chocolate wafers are accented with hints of hazelnut flavor.  A colleague had shared how wonderful this product tasted and this week I spotted out the corner of my eye.  Being a fan of nutty products, Hazelnut was the flavor of choice.  At first bite, the multilayered wafers and hazelnut crème was a mix of soft and crispy.  i.e. It was gone in minutes :-D  If you haven’t tried the Cloud 9 chocolate wafer bars, you’ve definitely gotta try this chocolate treat.

2. Yummy Fresh Fruits – This week I enjoyed the rewards of good/meticulous grocery shopping.  Solomon’s had a great special on red Plums, Peaches and Nectarines.  These are 3 fruits that can be firm but juicy, of which you look for no blemishes, marks or rotting.  I scanned feverishly for the perfect pairs and was truly rewarded.  Each one was firm and sweet with the right amount of juice.  It truly was a plus to my day.

3. Seeing ‘Invite Intrigue’ in person – Mac’s lipsticks are top competition and I know many ladies who will stop at nothing to look FAB-BOO-LUS.  A colleague walked in wearing this pink-fuchsia shade.  Can you say WOW?!? I had to know what it was! Invite Intrigue , a part of the Blue Nectar collection which is all about mystery and temptation, is a matte shade that is sure to add pop to your lips. My colleague raved “It glides on smooth and is a perfect colour to rock this fall.”  I concur ladies!

4. Connecting with family – In times of need there’s nothing as binding or as history making as spending time with family (in laws included).  There were old island stories, drinks and jokes shared around the pool as relatives gathered around.  Even the puppy had island roots as he was rescued from Eleuthera (Hi Anejo!).  It was a good reminder that Family is everything.

5. 10 Day aged Pigeon – Wednesday’s episode of Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmerman in Cork, Ireland featured 10 day aged pigeon which was cooked in a specialised millennial butter and smoked by handpicked and dried oak, in a small sealed glass container.  This resulted in a delicate dish both in appearance and from description. I was blown away with the finesse, time and quality ingredients included in this dish. I admire chefs who put passion and intuition into their food and was impressed with the process.  I may not be adventurous enough to taste it but I will admire the view.

What were your favourite moments of the week? We'd love to hear from you in the comment section below!

XoX,

Mechelle

 

Weekend Recap: Self-Care + Fall Bucket List

Hello Lovely,

It’s October! Can you believe we’re already in October? So you know what that means. It’s officially appropriate to start preparing for Christmas! You guys know how much I LOOOOOOOOVE Christmas, and even though it doesn’t snow in The Bahamas, in my mind, I always imagine a white Christmas, with hot chocolate, marshmallows and a fireplace with twinkling lights and a 7 foot Christmas tree wider than Santa Claus himself! But before we get to Christmas, let’s get through Fall.

So far Fall is off to a rough start for me with another late salary payment and travel plans to arrange. My internship has me wanting to just runaway and hide and life in general is just through more challenges than I anticipated at this point in the year. I’m always being told to engage in self-care to avoid burnout so this weekend that is exactly what I did.

It started off with a dinner at my friend’s house. His wife is out of town so he’s a little lonely with just the kids. So a bunch of us got together, cooked and drank about 6 bottles of wine in four hours. (Who says church people can’t drink?) We had so much fun catching up with each other and laughed until we cried. I was especially proud of the turkey meatballs with a lemon garlic yoghurt sauce I made for the evening. Along with my friends’ wings and salsa, we had a nice little menu set up. It was just what I needed to forget about my problems.

On Saturday I woke up excited (and slightly hungover) to go on a Photo Walk. I picked up my friend Rayne who agreed to tag along with me and we headed downtown to the meeting spot. But my excitement did not last long we couldn’t find a parking spot. We circled around and around, parked twice, and were told to move twice before I gave up and left the area completely. I was really upset that we weren’t going to get to do the Photo Walk all because we couldn’t find parking so Rayne suggested that we get something to eat from The Tea Room. She’s been trying to get me to go here with her for months, so I obliged. When we got there I was really blown away by the décor.

It’s a tiny shop but it’s filled with class. There’s three tables you can sit at and shelves from ceiling to floor, filled with various teas. I had been looking for loose teas for months so that I could make my own tea bags (now that I see the price I’m not sure if it’s worth it) but I was still intrigued by the variety of tea and the recipe books.

I had never been to a tea room before so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I’m also not much of a tea drinker, (I think I’ve shared once or twice about my coffee addiction) so the proprietor suggested a black tea for me. We were seated and served our own tea pots and the tea cups came with strainers. It was so adorable I couldn’t help but be impressed.

Rayne ordered the lasagne and I got the turkey and cheese sandwich. It was amazing how something so simple could look and taste so gourmet! I definitely felt inspired to switch up the quality of my ingredients the next time I go grocery shopping. They were super courteous and everything about the experience was just wonderful!

Afterwards, I had a photo shoot that I can’t wait to share with you tomorrow. The lighting was almost perfect and the location was breath-taking, but you’ll have to wait to see who I shot and where.

I ended my weekend by finally washing and deep conditioning my hair. I used my avocado deep conditioning treatment and styled my hair in twists because I just do not have the time to fix my hair every day. I also purchased my tickets to go to the VIVA conference at the end of this month, which means I’ll get to see my boyfriend again! At this point we’ve been seeing each other every 2 months since May and sometimes even that feels too far apart. Things are just different once we’re physically together, there’s so much more we can do and it’s just better when we do new things together. So I’m, looking forward to that.

Here are some other things I’m looking forward to this Fall:

 

I really don’t know how I’m going to get 100 hours by winter break but I’m walking in faith on this one. Just remember, if you need or would like counselling (specifically couples or family counselling, and you don’t have to be married) don’t be afraid to fill out the form below and get in contact with me. It’s completely free and confidential and you would really help me to get one step closer to graduating. So fill it out! Get help with stress, relationships, career issues, self-esteem, and many other life challenges. 

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What are your plans for this Fall? Share with us in the comment section below.

Monthly Roundup: Top 5 Most Popular Blog Posts for June

Hello Lovely,

Today is the last day in June, can you believe it?! June has been a crazy month! There were so many distractions for me, and to be honest, I know I will be struggling with more of the same in July. But it wasn't all bad, and I'm proud of myself for still publishing content that you guys really enjoyed! For the past month, our readers have really enjoyed our discussions on various topics such as healthy lunches, and cool places to hangout on the weekend. As we begin a new month, let's recap our most-read and loved blog posts for the month of June.

Our Top 6 Blog Posts:

1. Brunch and Jazz: Why I'm Super Excited About the Weekend

Brunch is slowly becoming one of my favourite meals, so I couldn't wait to share what and where I ate, and where you could go to hear the best jazz music in The Bahamas.

2. DIY Zipper Ring

When I planned to make this ring months ago, I didn't expect it to take so long to finally make it. But if you've got 10 minutes, trust me you can make this ring too!

3. What I'm Wearing Wednesdays

I was so happy to finally wear my maxi dress that I originally made to wear on my vacation and everyone was wowed by it too!

4. We Made Lunch Exciting with these Chickpea Salad Sandwiches

Say goodbye to boring hummus. These sandwiches make carrying your brown bag lunch cool and in style.

5. WednesDate: Now is Good

It was so cool releasing our newest feature on the blog called WednesDate. Ideally meant for long-distance relationship couples, but still applicable to everyone else, on the last Wednesday of every month, we will feature a unique and romantic experience for all couples. Whether it's a movie, or activity, we'll make falling in love easy!

6. Thirsty Thursdays: Strawberry Lemonade Shandy

Tart, sweet, bubbly, light and refreshing. Strawberry Lemonade shandy just might become your new favourite summer drink.

What were your favourite posts this month? What would you like to see covered on the blog in July? Don't forget we still have an open call for guest contributors on the blog. If you are interested fill out the form below and we'll get back to you for a sample piece!

Friday Favourites

Hello Lovely,

Why hello there, Friday! I hope this week has been a productive one for all of my lovely Lifebyolivia.net readers. After a busy week I’m pretty excited to relax and unwind at a music festival happening tonight. You know where I’ll be this weekend! But before I head off to my weekend plans, here are five things that have been inspiring me this week…

1. Dr. Praeger's Veggie Burgers

I recently discovered a new brand of veggie burgers in the food store and I am in love! I was impressed by the low price and the low sodium! And when I ate it! My goodness! It's a genuine vegetable burger, made of real vegetables! I found it hard to believe that they were ever frozen, because they taste freshly made by a gourmet chef.  Dr. Praeger's tagline is, "Dr. Praeger’s caters to a wide variety of dietary needs with our delicious frozen foods made from recognizable and pronounceable ingredients!" So far, the Kale is my favourite and the Asian patty tastes like Sushi! You've gotta try it!

2. Martha Stewart's Spiced Lemonade

I think I've mentioned before the little competition I have going on in my head with Martha Stewart. She's just so perfect! The woman went to jail and still makes amazing centrepieces and makes cocktail hour look like a night in Dubai! I actually went to her website after joking about her with a co-worker and ended up spending the rest of the day there. I stumbled upon the spiced lemonade recipe and had to give it a go! I swapped out the ground cloves with whole cloves, and I love it!

3. My Arugula and Spinach Muffins

I'm seriously eating two of these right now! I really don't think they'll make it to the weekend!

4. Haeven

Haeven is an alternative band from the Bahamas. Their sound is a diverse mixture of genres from Pop Rock to Hip Hop & R'n'B with a fusion of native sounds. I've been to some of their shows and it's a great experience every time! Whether they're singing covers or originals, I love singing along! (And it's not just because it's my best friend's band, I swear!)

5. #LiveEventSeries 'One Love Culture Fest'

I'm totally excited to be attending this event tonight! It's a family friendly, multi-genre Live Event, the first of it's kind in a series of events. It's going to be held at Potential Church (but it's not entirely a religious event, if that's not your thing). Haeven will be performing, so I'm definitely going to show my support.

What are some of your favourite things this week?

Let me know in the comments!

XoX,