Happy Tuesday all!

After I returned home from my cruise in 2015, I promised if went back to Bermuda I was going to visit Tobacco Bay.  Two years later I kept that promise to myself.  Tobacco Bay  is located in St Georges parish a 40 minute ferry ride from the Royal Dockyard where our ship (Anthem of the Seas) was docked.  The ferry ride was $5 each way.  Once you get to St. Georges, you have the option to either walk to Tobacco Bay (20 mins) or catch a taxi for $3 one way (my BFF wasn’t about the walking life that day, so we took a taxi).  The ride was maybe 10 minutes from the ferry dock to the beach.  For me,  Tobacco Bay lived up to it’s reputation of having tranquil, clear waters.  It’s a small, intimate beach that wasn’t overrun by tourists (such as ourselves!).  At the beach there was a restaurant on site that served food and drinks (my BFF loved her Rum Swizzle, the national drink of Bermuda).   You can rent  beach chairs with with or without canopies ($20), snorkel equipment and beach floaters.   The beach also has free wifi for those who are attached to their phones! (LOL)  The coast line was very rocky but once you get past it, the sand becomes soft and rock free beneath your feet.  The best thing about Tobacco Bay is the shallow, calm water.   I went way out and the water never went above my waist (I’m 5’7).  I spent most of my time at Tobacco Bay floating in the blue serene waters and getting my tan on.  Because the beach is surrounded by volcanic rock, there are many shallow pools of water around to explore.  Just bring good water shoes because the rocks under the water looked pretty intimidating.  Unfortunately for me, I left my water shoes home so I couldn’t explore like I wanted to. Trust me on my next visit to Bermuda, I will make sure I have them for my return trip to Tobacco Bay!

Have a wonderful day!

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Swim top: Old Navy Plus (here)
Swim bottom: Swimsuits For All (no longer available, similar here)

TGIF all!

It took me years to finally feel comfortable enough to go sleeveless during the Summer.  During those years I would beat myself up for not being  super confident or bad ass enough to just do it. What I really should’ve focused on during that time was being comfortable in my decision not to go sleeveless.  Being self conscious or not liking how your arms look doesn’t mean you “hate” yourself.  It just means you prefer to keep them covered which is fine.   There are a variety of reasons  that women prefer to keep their arms covered.  I’m a firm believer that women should define what body acceptance /love means for themselves.  My body acceptance isn’t going to look like yours and that is completely fine. The “right” answer is the one you believe in that makes you feel comfortable about body. At the end of the day, that is all that really matters.

So if you prefer not to go sleeveless, I’ve included some super stylish tops that will  look fantastic on you this Summer!

Have a wonderful weekend!


From left to right: Eloquii/Forever 21/Charlotte Russe/Lane Bryant

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Blouse: Who What Wear x Target (here)
Skirt: Lane Bryant (old, similar here)
Sandals: Target (here)
Purse: Etsy (here)

Happy Monday all!

Growing up others made me acutely aware of my dark skin. If I had a dime for each time I was told I was “pretty for a dark skin girl” I would be richer than Warren Buffet.  Unfortunately colorism in the black community is one of the lingering effects of centuries of enslavement.  While others saw my skin as some kind deterrent, I never grew up feeling that way.  Being black was hard enough so worrying about how light or dark I was  the least of my concerns. As I got older I relished being in my dark skin. People would sometimes stare agape when I wouldn’t hide from the sun. I’d laugh when people would ask me if I was afraid of getting “too dark” during the Summer.  Years ago when I returned to work  from vacationing in Mexico,  my co-worker  said “Damn Georgette,  you got dark!” and I responded “I know right! I love it!” After I said that she gave me this weird look  like  I should be ashamed of my sun kissed skin. I guess this shocked her because unfortunately our society has deemed dark skin as ugly and not “classically beautiful”. Luckily for me my parents wouldn’t allow that kind of self hate.  My mom would constantly remind me that being dark skinned was a good thing and that I shouldn’t allow anyone to tell me different.  Because of their insistence, I didn’t grow up having issues with my blackness.  I love being black.  I marvel how rich my skin looks when it’s darkened by the sun.  I love wearing colors that compliment and enhance my skin tone.  While I still struggle with accepting my fat body, being a black woman is something I will never be ashamed of.

Have a wonderful day!

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Sandals: J Crew (old, similar here)
Purse: Etsy (here)

 

TGIF all!

I can’t believe Memorial Day weekend (aka the unofficial start to Summer) is here! It seems just yesterday I was groaning about Winter!  The holiday weekend can be  so packed with things to do, it can become overwhelming. So to help you out, I’m highlighting some of the best Memorial Day weekend events in a city near you (I hope!).

  1. Washington DC: National Memorial Day Parade & free concert at the Capital. The concert is hosted by Joe Mantegna and Lawrence Fishburne.
  2. Philadelphia: Spend the day at the first annual Penns Landing Waterfront Day! Bring the family and stay later for the US Air Force Band Full Spectrum and amazing fireworks show on the Delaware River (I highly recommend this!)
  3. Atlanta: Experience rich Asian culture and history at the Asian Summer Festival .
  4. Chicago: Head over to the Greek and Mediterranean Wine Festival to indulge in tasty wine and Greek food!
  5. Los Angeles: Bring in Summer at Fiesta Hermosa at beautiful Downtown Hermosa Beach.
  6. Denver: Get your artistic juices flowing at the Denver Arts Festival this holiday weekend.
  7. Houston: Love crawfish? Then the South Houston Crawfish Festival is for you!
  8. New Orleans: Immerse yourself in New Orleans culture at the Treme 7th Ward Arts & Culture Festival this weekend.
  9. Las Vegas: You can dance to you drop at multiple Las Vegas Memorial Day Weekend EDM events this weekend in Sin City.
  10. Seattle: You or someone you know a film buff? Then take part of  The Seattle International Film Festival to satisfy your love of film this holiday weekend!

Have a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend!

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Jacket: Old Navy (similar here)
Top: Old Navy (similar here)
Pants: Eloquii (here & on sale!)
Shoes: Betsey Johnson (here)
Bag: Kate Spade (old, similar here)

Happy Monday all!

Sorry for not posting last week. I had a lot of stuff going on and I fell behind. I promise to be more consistent to minimize any gaps in posting.

My trip to Havana was so amazing I keep wishing I could go back! I had such a fantastic time with my travel divas Ivory from Ivory Jinelle and Dionna from Made Me Pretty.   Before we headed to Havana, we did  A LOT of research about to expect in Cuba.  One of the of the tips we came across was not to check a bag.  From what we read there was a possibility we could wait 2-4 hours to get our checked luggage.  Not wanting to risk it, we all decided to be Team Carry On for this trip.  Being Team Carry On forced me to only take what I needed which honestly was enough for this trip.  I never felt like I didn’t have anything to wear and was able to make multiple outfit changes.  Also if felt good to just walk off the plane and leave without waiting around for a checked bag.  While I’m not fully  on Team Carry On,  I’m slowly coming around to being a full time member!

Have a great day!

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Jumpsuit: Old Navy (wearing an XXL, here)
Sandals: ASOS (sold out, similar here)
Bag: Esty (here)
Earrings: BaubleBar (here)

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Top: Old Navy (similar here)
Skirt: Melissa McCarthy (here)
Sandals: Old Navy (here)
Bag: Esty

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Dress: c/o Eloquii (here)
Earrings: Esty (here)

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Dress: eShakti (here)

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Top: Old Navy (here)
Bottom: Torrid (here)