Friday, 15 March 2013

Local Finds: D'nexstep

I dub D'nexstep as the next big thing! They are a local company that makes hand crafted leather sandals and they are definitely giving Bridget Sandals a run for their money. Bridget Sandals have cornered the market when it comes to locally produced leather sandals, but don't sleep on the D'nexstep because their craftsmanship coupled with divine customer service I believe will make them a leader in this market.

I recently purchased a sandals from D'nexstep and I completely fell in love! The quality of the sandals is superb and not to mention the craftsmanship! The owner was so warm and welcoming she just makes me want to go back and clear her shelves (haha, I wish!!). She caters to her customers completely and even gives you the opportunity to custom design your sandals. With that, you can make your sandals one of a kind. The price of her sandals are also fairly reasonable and competitive.

This is the sandals I purchased. I paid $7800 for it.

I love the fact that they have a wide variety of colours and styles to choose from. You can check out their Facebook page and website to view the different designs.

Wishing you a beautiful day,

Thursday, 14 March 2013

Wearing The Right Bra Part II

In addition to the right bra there are other bra related fashion items that would be great to add to your wardrobe:

Petals/pasties: when going bra-less it's good to have a couple of these around to cover/conceal your nipples; now unless you want to attract all types of stares and weird glances from creeps at the club, I suggest you use these especially if the fabric you're wearing is a bit thin.

Double sided fashion tape: to keep your clothing where it should be and also to avoid the dreaded 'nip slip' if you are going bra-less, a good double sided fashion tape should be used so you can dance the entire night without worries. I actually have double sided tape and it has come to my rescue several times when I'm having a wardrobe malfunction.

Bra converters: these nifty little things are great for when you either don't have a racer back or halter bra, slip one of these on and it will instantly solve your problem. I have a pack of this and they come in extremely handy.

Chicken cutlets: these silicone or gel based bra inserts help to give a little lift and fullness to the bust area to give you the cleavage you never knew you could have :)

I hope you enjoyed my two part post and if you have any questions be sure to ask.

Sunday, 10 March 2013

Wearing the Right Bra Part I

Tatas, boobs, tig 'ol bitties... whatever you call them we all as women have them whether large or small and trying to find the right bra to go with a particular outfit is very important. Now the topic of discussion today is not about finding your correct bra size but to shed some light on the different types of bras out there that are suited for different types of outfits, so let's get started...

The Strapless Bra: every girl should have at least one of these, they're great for wearing under tube tops, strapless dresses or tops that have very thin straps.

Strapless Bra

The Racer Back & Halter Bra: of course this goes without saying; these types of bras go great with the halter a racer back tops, to give you the support you need while being inconspicuous.

Far Left: Racer back Bra | Middle & Right: Halter Bra

The Seamless Bra: these are great for wearing under tight fitting clothing so that any lumps and bumps from the straps and closure are not visible. I will admit that some seamless bras aren't the prettiest to look at but they get the job done ;)

Seamless Bra

The Convertible Bra: having one bra that can be worn multiple ways is a must! It can eliminate your need for having different types of bras. These are versatile and come with a variety of extra straps that can be adjusted or removed to accommodate different types of clothing. I have one of these and trust me, it is definitely worth purchasing.

Left: Victoria's Secret 100 way Bra

The Plunging Neckline Bra: the name speaks for it self; great for wearing under tops with a deep V neckline or dresses that are low cut.

Plunging Neckline Bra

The Backless Bra: this bra gives you the added support of a standard bra and the versatility of being able to wear it with any backless dress or top.

Backless Bra

The Adhesive Bra: these types of bras are actually reusable silicone breast forms or thin paper like pieces that can definitely come in handy when nothing else seems to work and you don't want to go bra-less.

Types of Adhesive Bras

The 'Fashion Piece' Bra: Many people might say that showing bra straps or your bra is a no no, but there are bras out there that function as part of the outfit rather than actually underwear, case in point bandeau tops and bralettes.

Left: the Brandy Melville Bralette | Right: cute outfit styled with a bandeau top 

Well I hope this shed some light on the topic and look out for part two of this post which delves into bra accessories, so until next time guys...

Monday, 4 March 2013

Hotel Review: Holiday Inn

When my boyfriend and I decided that we would be vacationing at Holiday Inn, I honestly had really low expectations. I knew it would not compare to my experiences at Secrets or Palladium. However, I was still looking forward to it, because Lord knows I needed a vacation after my stressful exams.

The service at Holiday in was surprisingly really good. I read a few bad reviews online before we went, but fortunately we did not experience any of the horrors that some guest complained about. The staff were helpful. From the start of our trip until the end, the staff were delightful. I particularly liked the fact that at check-in were served fruit punch while we waited. This is a step down from the champagne they serve at Secrets, but it was still a lovely gesture. I would have to say that the service was pretty decent for the price.

Another surprise for me was the room. I didn't expect that it would have been so spacious. We booked the deluxe suite with ocean view, and I must say that that was the perfect choice. My only complaint would have to be that the bathroom had no jacuzzi. Yes I know, I could survive without that jacuzzi, but it would have been a nice touch to have it there.

The food was so so, nothing special. They had only a few specialty restaurant and we managed to go to two. The first restaurant we went to was the seafood restaurant. I am not really big on seafood, but the food was actually good. However, I was looking forward to the italian restaurant after reading all the wonderful reviews about it. But, what a disappointment! I guess my expectation was too high.

Both the morning and evening buffet are typical of what you would find at any all inclusive hotel, so nothing too special there. I have to give them props though for making some of the best tasting fried dumplings I ever had in my life...yum yum!

Let me start by saying that I am obsessed with the beach. Maybe I was a mermaid in my past life...haha. With that said, beaches are resorts are very important to me. Thankfully, Holiday Inn did not disappoint because they do have a lovely beach with plenty of space for the guest to spread out. They also had an island (or you might say a patch of sand) by the beach which was actually very lovely. The sand felt good and the water was clear and nice. It was all I could ask for.

Honestly I don't visit hotels in Jamaica for activities. I am more interested in just relaxing and not having to make the bed, haha. Therefore I didn't go running around the hotel trying to find activities to participating. However, my hubby and I did go wind sailing and it was lovely. We also had a round of competitive miniature golf which was pretty fun, especially because I won! In the evenings the hotel would have some pretty good performance. Our favourite performance night was the Michael Jackson night. Jamaica do have some very talented people!

Considering all things relative to the price, I would give this hotel a high rating and would recommend it to anyone. 3.5/5

Check out our other hotel reviews in the mean time:
Tropical Lagoon Heights Resort
Secrets Resort-Wild Orchid

Shannon xoxo

Friday, 1 March 2013

Moisturize Dem Lips !

Soft kissable lips is something that all girls desire so here are a few lip products that are sure to help out when combating dry lips, cold sores, and severely chapped lips.

Fresh Sugar Lip Balm
Korres Lip Butter
Blistex Lip Medex
Evolution of Smooth (EOS) Lip Balm
Aquaphor Healing Ointment
Blistex Moisture Melts
Neosporin Overnight Renewal Therapy
 Neosporin Daily Hydration Therapy w/SPF20
Vaseline Cocoa Butter Lip Therapy
Maybelline Baby Lips
C.O. Bigelow Mentha Lip Shine

What's your favourite lip balm?

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