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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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: 5 DIYs to Try This Easter Weekend

Hello Lovely

If you’re still on the hunt for the best Easter gifts, we’ve found a lineup of spring-themed DIYs that will make your closest peeps totally hoppy. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing activity you can do while watching your fave show (think: pom-poms), or you’re just trying to do some last minute prep for those Easter baskets, this weekend is the perfect chance to get crafty. So put some spring in your loved ones’ step by fillin’ those baskets with bright, cheery colors courtesy of these gems!

 

1. How gorgeous is this? Learn how to make your own floral lace bunny ears for Easter! These would also make the perfect accessory for your flowers girls or bridesmaids for a spring wedding! | BESPOKE BRIDE

1. How gorgeous is this? Learn how to make your own floral lace bunny ears for Easter! These would also make the perfect accessory for your flowers girls or bridesmaids for a spring wedding! | BESPOKE BRIDE

2. This Easter Carrot Sugar Scrub is easy to make and perfect to add to an Easter basket or to hand out to guest at your Easter celebration |  OHMY-CREATIVE.COM

2. This Easter Carrot Sugar Scrub is easy to make and perfect to add to an Easter basket or to hand out to guest at your Easter celebration | OHMY-CREATIVE.COM

3. Turn the flower power to the max with this DIY: Flower Chandelier, perfect for party decor or above the dinner table for a special get together! |  PROJECT WEDDING

3. Turn the flower power to the max with this DIY: Flower Chandelier, perfect for party decor or above the dinner table for a special get together! | PROJECT WEDDING

4. Don't send out your Easter cards on boring store-bought stationary! This DIY art project idea is really easy, so much fun, and makes beautifully colored notecards. You just need a few simple supplies you may already have! |  PERSIALOU

4. Don't send out your Easter cards on boring store-bought stationary! This DIY art project idea is really easy, so much fun, and makes beautifully colored notecards. You just need a few simple supplies you may already have! | PERSIALOU

5. A twig frame is a beautiful, rustic way to showcase your most favorite photos. For some extra authenticity, choose twigs from your own backyard or neighborhood. It works well as a group activity and can also be made kid-friendly. |  EHOW

5. A twig frame is a beautiful, rustic way to showcase your most favorite photos. For some extra authenticity, choose twigs from your own backyard or neighborhood. It works well as a group activity and can also be made kid-friendly. | EHOW

From Mechelle and I at Life By Olivia, we want to wish you and your family a Happy Easter! May you always remember the reason for the season, stay safe throughout your travels and make time for loved ones and family. Monday is a religious holiday for us, but we've still got a sweet recipe lined up for you so we'll see you again on Monday! Have a great weekend!

Friday Favourites: What to Make This Weekend Valentine’s Day Edition

Hello Lovely,

Can you believe that January is almost over? It seems like only yesterday we were making New Year’s Resolutions and workout plans. Now it’s time to spoil ourselves and our loved ones again because Valentine’s Day is less than a month away! That means you’ve got to figure out what kind of gift you want to give your partner, where to find out and how much to save for it. Or maybe you’re flying solo this Valentine’s Day. You could still use this as an opportunity to get something for yourself of that best friend that’s always there for you. If you need a few good DIY gift ideas that won’t break the bank, we’ve got 5 just for you!

1.      Peppermint Bath Salts are a great way to unwind after a long day. Even though Peppermint is usually associated with Christmas, the red and white colours are still perfect for Valentine’s Day as well. Plus, peppermint is a stimulating scent and is known to help reduce headaches, and would be a great natural help for cold and flu symptoms also. Make several batches and use them for your loved one, or even as teacher gifts. Be a little selfish and make one for yourself too while you’re at it.

2.      Can’t afford a bottle of your beau’s favourite scent this holiday season? Give them a new favourite scent when you make your own! No one knows your partner better than you, so who better to combine their favourite scents into one perfect perfume or cologne for them? It really is very easy actually to make your own perfume and doesn’t take a long time. It takes 3-4 base ingredients which really is up to you. You can make scents that help you to relax, help to de-stress you, or help to change your mood. Get the tutorial here and drive your partner’s senses wild this Valentine’s Day!

3.      If you’ve never heard of Blurb, it’s a great website that allows you make your own photo books! But why stop there? Why not make a family yearbook? If you’re married with kids, this would be a perfect way to include the whole family on Valentine’s Day! They are a wee-bit time consuming, but once you have a hardbound copy of all of the year’s memories with your significant other and kin, you’ll have fun reliving those moments over and over again!

4.      Want to go the inexpensive route but still want your gift to be heartfelt? Decorate a small glass jar with ribbons, felt hearts, and other decorative items. This unique gift can be added to a shelf as a decorative piece, and can be customized with a personal message from you.

5.      Got a tough one on your hands that’s not interested in all of the fussy stuff, but you still want to make them feel loved? Try this next idea! Add a special touch to your partner’s favorite drinks with custom labels that can be attached to ale and cider bottles. Think of unique quotes or a special message for each bottle, and then place them in the fridge.

Which idea is your favourite? Maybe you have some ideas you want to share with us? Share what you plan on gifting this Valentine’s Day in the comment section below. You just may inspire someone else!

Friday Favourites: 5 Workouts to Try this Weekend

Hello Lovely,

I have officially finished the first 5 days of my 21 Day Simply Fit Challenge and I feel great! I may get sleepy, but I wouldn't say that I've felt tired since I started working out (not counting the level of tired I feel during the workout). If you've started your own workout challenge this month, it may be easy to use the weekend as cheat days. Sure you need rest days but if you use the weekend as your rest days, it's harder to get back into the swing of things on Monday. 

If cardio is your thing, you'll definitely want to Crush Calories With This Epic 45-Minute, Cardio-Boxing Workout. It's a great way to stay in shape and get you motivated to tackle all of your weekend errands.

Okay we get it, after an entire work week, you feel sluggish and the last thing you want to do is bounce around for an hour. Low impact workouts are just as effective. If you've got resistance bands, pull them out and use them to make your workout more intense. If you don't have any bands, don't worry, you'll still get a great workout without them!

Get the workout here: Torch Calories With This Low-Impact High-Intensity Workout

Or maybe you're the kind of girl that prefers to dance off the calories. We've got the perfect pre-club workout for you! In this 25 minute dance workout, you'll learn some great moves that you can totally steal for when you go to the club later on with your friends.

Find the workout here: The Cardio Dance Workout Celebs Love

Just in case, cardio really is your thing and you don't want to repeat the same workout, this 30 minute workout will help you to burn major calories at home and feeling ready to tackle the work week!

Get the workout here: At-Home 30-Minute Cardio Workout to Burn Major Calories

Find the workout here: The Cardio Dance Workout Celebs Love

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Lastly, keep it simple with our  No-Squats Butt Lifting Workout. After all, 2017 is going to be the year of the flat belly and big booty

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What is your favourite way to stay in shape on the weekends? Share your favourite weekend workout plans with us in the comment section below!