May 29, 2012

Shoe Crush.







Don't get me started on shoes. But I am so crushing on these Zara heels. I first saw the Blue/Aqua pair on a DJ friend of mine this weekend and I was over the moon. 


Checkout  some of my fave fashion bloggers rocking these heels here, here and here. What do you think????
xx








  

May 25, 2012

Table on the Beach and a Happy Weekend.


The Hubs and I celebrated our 15th wedding Anniversary yesterday with dinner at the Mullins Beach Bar last night and it was awesome. The staff were totally accommodating and pleasant and the food was excellent.....not complicated, just very tasty from lovely salads and fresh fish to steaks and pastasI think we will be back soon to try more of their sumptuous fare. 


Also this weekend we are also taking off to one of our fave spots on the island: Discovery Bay Resort to have some alone time, to talk, cuddle and reconnect with each other. Check out some of the gorgeous images of the resorts' property below. I am going to enjoy my weekend I hope you do as well whatever you do.





Cheers my Lovelies.


xx













May 21, 2012

Dreams of a Bed.

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With the weekend behind me, I now feel the need of a few days of rest for my weary body, as I took part in my first ever fitness competition yesterday afternoon by the beach. It was a non-stop hour and a half of pure Cardio with weights. Now I have to admit, I hurt in places I didn't know an actual muscle existed and I couldn't even find a comfortable position to sleep last night, I just hurt all over. 


 Anyway my inspiration today has to be these gorgeous beds. I'm so dreaming of falling into any of these beds, while I go through my busy day.


Cheers to a lovely day everyone. 


xx  

May 18, 2012

Weekend Reading.


The weekend is upon us and I'm looking forward to curling up with a good book. I have been very fortunate to find some great books this year, that I wish to share with you today. Be sure to check them out.

Being a woman of lists myself, Ann started this wonderful journey of writing down gifts, not to buy, not for someone else, but the gifts of God, a love list of sorts. She begins this list, of gifts, of one thousand of them, and realizes that she is changing. That she starts to see things differently.

The book, One Thousand Gifts, has captured my thoughts and heart in every way. It was exactly what I needed to read on being grateful to the fullest and being happy right where I stood. As someone who is negative by nature and a grumbler, it was time for a heart change. Isn’t it funny that the One who knows us so intimately, who created our every fiber, who knew us before we were created, knows and cares what I need to read. He directs me to what will shape my mind morning, noon and night.

Ann is poetic and real as dirt about her life and what it has been like to lose her sister to a horrific accident and overcoming.
It is also my challenge, to list 1000 things over the course of this year all that I am thankful for. I believe that it will be a stretching experience, a lesson on gratitude, that I intend to fully embrace. I am up to thirty-four gifts in my journal currently. It is an exercise in gratitude and my mind is changing. Everyday holds the promise of something new I have never fully been grateful for.

I am only on chapter 3, of 1000 gifts and already feel my heart expanding. I am so Grate-full!


One day with sometime on my hands, I wandered into one of my favorite second bookstores where I could easily lose myself for a few minutes. I stumbled upon this wonderful book based on the 25yr marriage of Philip and Holly Wagner, Pastors of the Oasis Church in LA. the book starts with this sentence...


" It is not your husband's job to give you a life. It is not his job to make you feel good about yourself."


Let's say after that opening I couldn't put it back on the shelf. Talk about getting my attention right when I least expected it.


This book show how you can create an extraordinary, fulfilling relationship . . . not the imaginary stuff of fairy tales, but a real and remarkable everyday love that will stand the test of time. Each chapter wraps up with a short "Just for the Men" section that briefly summarizes what your guy needs to know about loving you well. Needless to say i have already started sharing it with my Hubs. WINK!




I recently ordered this book and I'm still reading as we speak.

At 32, Louise is mousy, overweight, depressed, routinely ignored by her husband and stuck in a dead-end job. Her wardrobe is as drab as the rest of her life and her one female friend, if you can call her that is selfish, envious and just toxic to be around. Admit it, we all have/had friends like that; I recently got rid of mine.
This book will resonate with any woman who’s ever felt like her life has gone off-track.

Louise’s wake-up call comes by way of an old book she found in a second-hand bookstore. (Sounds familiar doesn't it. This confirms my reason to trawl bargain-books bins, you never know what treasures you will find!) A Guide to Elegance by Genevieve Antoine Dariaux, a French style expert, is a real book and Dariaux is a real person. This-book-within-a-book bit was really interesting, especially since Tessaro had lots of excerpts from Dariaux’ Elegance.

I won't give any further spoilers. So take care and have a great weekend my Lovelies.

xx







May 16, 2012

Happiness in marriage is...





"Happiness in marriage is not something that just happens. A good marriage must be created. In the Art of Marriage, the little things are the big things. It is never being too old to hold hands. It is remembering to say ‘I love you’ at least once a day. It is never going to sleep angry. It is at no time taking the other for granted; the courtship should not end with the honeymoon; it should continue through all the years. It is having a mutual sense of values and common objectives. It is standing together facing the world. It is forming a circle of love that gathers in the whole family. It is doing things for each other, not in the attitude of duty or sacrifice, but in the spirit of joy. It is speaking words of appreciation and demonstrating gratitude in thoughtful ways. It is not expecting the husband to wear a halo or the wife to have the wings of an angel. It is not looking for perfection in each other. It is cultivating flexibility, patience, understanding and a sense of humor. It is having the capacity to forgive and forget. It is giving each other an atmosphere in which each can grow. It is finding rooms for things of the spirit. It is a common search for the good and the beautiful. It is establishing a relationship in which the independence is equal, dependence is mutual and obligation is reciprocal. It is not only marrying the right partner, it is being the right partner."


— Paul Newman’s letter to his wife on their wedding day.



I read this today and it made me emotional as I'm fighting to keep my marriage and myself from falling apart. Today I didn't feel like I wanted to be strong and in control of my emotions, so I had a major cry-fest, not in the office of course. 

It is having the capacity to forgive and forget. This part of the quote does give me pause...as it's much easier said than done, though not impossible.

The photo above also reminds me of how effortless it was to love and express love to my husband 15 yrs ago and I wish I had that now. But love doesn't come as easily after disappoint and hurt.

Why didn't someone tell me that a time would come when your marriage would seem like work.

I guess when you take your vows and you say " for better or worse" you commit yourself to fighting through the hard times of insecurity and hurt. I'm grateful that we're still communicating and trying to work things through, this is truly a blessing and I appreciate his efforts. But I'm still afraid of what the future may hold...hopefully we'll be better not bitter at the end of it all... victorious and an inspiration to other couples.

xx

May 14, 2012

Summer Styling.

MISSONI Mint And Chocolate JumpsuitMichael Kors Santorini raffia tote,

Happy Monday to all, and yes my Mother's Day was totally awesome, with a beach picnic and lots of delicious food and wine. A big thank you and kisses to all the Hubbies who made it special for all. Now we the wives are planning a beach Barbeque for Father's day and we plan to do all the grilling... so stay tuned for that.

I am also loving the look of this little outfit (above) for summer and the many family gatherings, backyard parties and beach limes that will be be sure to be taking place. I think jumpsuits are super kind to any body shape and come in a variety of prints and colors. Find the one to flatter your silhouette and get ready to play with your styling. Check below for more ideas you can try this up and coming summer whether elegant or casual. 



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May 11, 2012

Happy Weekend and Mother's Day To Everyone.



With Mother's Day around the corner, I've also been reflecting on my son and daughter and my love for them. That's Layla with the fairy wings and she is a real Diva if I ever saw one. Here's a little about each of them.


 LAYLA

Fave Foods: Cheese, Tomatoes, Ice-Cream, Pizza and Pasta.
Fave Toys: All her Barbies and a pink Teddy called Polka Dot.
Not a morning person at all.
Fave Movie: The Princess and the Frog and Tinker Bell: The Great Fairy Rescue.
Hates to have a bath and hates to get out of a bath.
Gives the best hugs ad kisses.
Loves to Pray.
Loves to wear anything with sequins. 
Hates to be pushed around by other kids.
Loves to run around barefoot in the grass.
Loves to eat cookie and cake batter.
Worships her Dad.
Loves the beach, but only goes in the water with Daddy.
Loves to creep into her parents bed wee hours of the morning.
Fave Color: Yellow


This is Liam my little gentleman and protector.

LIAM

Fave Foods: Fried Chicken, Pizza, Ice cream and Spaghetti and Meatballs.
Fave Toys: Buzz Light Year and his football
Loves to stay up late on Friday nights.
Loves Cartoons.
Is very concerned about people when they're sick or hurt.
Fave Movie: Anything with a super hero in it.
Hates to clean his room. 
Gives the best hugs and kisses.
Cares about his friends.
Loves going to the beach.
Wants to be a Space Garbage Collector when he grows up. 
Loves to go to church.
Loves to watch Food Network.
Worships his Mum.
Makes a great macaroni and cheese pie.
Loves porridge only from his Granny.
Loves to ask the meaning of words.




Wishing all a very Happy Mother's Day.

xx


May 03, 2012

Giveaway: A Trip to Barbados for Two.





How about hopping aboard a plane and heading to Barbados right about now.  Fortunately, Loop Barbados is a new and up-and-coming travel company that was recently launched.
 
They are giving one winner and a guest the chance to win a trip to the magical and spectacular island of Barbados. The trip for two includes flight, accommodation at Apartment #1 Fresh Water Bay, two dining experiences (dinner at Sitar Indian Restaurant and lunch at Fisherpond Great House), and an exciting excursion.

How do you win this dream vaca? Here’s the deal. If Loop Barbados receives 10,000 members within 8 weeks from the launch date of the website, you’ll get a chance to win a free trip to Barbados!

Isn't this just awesome, so head over to their site for a chance to win my Lovelies.

xx




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