Sewcialize, the highs and the lows

When I initially started this hobby, I had big grand dreams and within a month I felt like the money I’d spent on fabric, supplies, and a sewing machine were all a waste. Just to get a simple shift dress done took me in excess of 7 days of sewing, ripping, and fitting. And darts, how exactly do I sew these to fit my flat chest?Garment construction, despite wearing lots (and I mean lots) of clothes was completely lost on me. What the heck is facing?

Then I got the hang of a shift dress. I made a miniskirt and I felt like I had the hang of sewing down because it was a breeze. So I made the jump to a pair of shorts and for the life of me, no matter what I did, it just wasn’t right. Now, being in Florida and so far away from my mom (who has sewing experience) trying to get her to explain what it was I should be doing via Facetime was no easy task. I even took off the shorts I was wearing and examined them trying to figure out how exactly the crotch went together. I promised her that I had brains and the degree she paid for was legit but I just couldn’t get the hang of these shorts. Again, why did I waste all of this money?  Read More

Caribbean Made Christmas Presents

In trying to keep it local (aka regional – buying from the Caribbean), here are a few Caribbean brands that you can support this holiday season. Of course, these are brands that I approve of and would definitely want for myself.

  1. Immortelle Beauty – do I need to say more? I’ve written about this skincare brand multiple times (here and here) and of course I will recommend it time and time again.
  2. Lotus Box Tattoo – from the time I discovered Ami Aqui I have wanted her to ink me. I am especially taken by her watercolor work and she shared some gift certificates on IG so this would definitely be a good idea for a Christmas present.

     

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  3. ShopShari always blows my mind with her use of bright colors and prints. In her addition to her apparel she has also created a merchandise line and I am particularly fond of these bottles. They are the perfect gift, especially if your new years resolution is to hit the gym or be more active.
  4. The Verdigris and Botanical collections from We Dream in Colour are my favorite from the brand. However, the brand carries a wide variety and there is a lot for you to choose from.
  5. By ASD offers both illustrated coffee cups and custom fashion illustrations which I would have a hard time choosing from for myself.

Currently Coveting: Tropical Birds Edition

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I can’t take all of the credit for this edition of currently coveting because fellow Guyanese blogger Krystle DeSantos from krystledesantos.com boosted my love for tropically inspired garments and accessories. If you like any of these pieces, you should definitely take a look at her blog for more pieces.

Feature Interview: Chantal Juman of the Babe Cave (Trinidad)

In today’s feature interview, we are chatting with Chantal Juman, a boss babe from Trinidad who is behind the Babe Cave.

How was the Babe Cave born?
Babe Cave was created after I moved back to Trinidad and Tobago to live in 2014. I realized quickly that the industry for Eyelash Extensions in T&T was extremely poor, and a little too personal for my liking. Coming from Canada, where you can find a luxurious place to have your lashes done at almost any corner, it was such a culture shock. What bothered me the most was being new in the country I didn’t know all that many Read More

Book Review: When Life Gives you Lemons by Lauren Weisberger


from ellecanada.com

Have you watched The Devil Wears Prada? Just in case you didn’t know, it started as a book which was then turned into a movie. Lauren Weisberger is the author of many great chick lit books that I have thoroughly enjoyed.

When Life Gives you Lululemons did not disappoint. It was a quick and easy read which made it perfect for the beach. It follows 3 women who knew each other from their teenage years or earlier on in their lives. One was the senior assistant from Miranda Priestly – the devil herself, the other was a famous model who met Miranda’s assistant when she worked at Runway, and the third was a friend from camp.

We follow one woman through a high profile divorce from a man who intended to run for office and set her up terribly. The other woman quit her job to move to the ‘burbs to raise her three kids, and of course thought that her husband was cheating on her. The third’s career was heading from the dump and was hell bent on never having kids and lo and behold she winds up pregnant – which I could figure out before she did.

As usual, all is well that ends well. A chick lit book would not be chick lit if it ended on an unhappy note. I won’t go into details and spoil it for you but it was definitely worth the read.

If you read it, let me know what you think!