Fall on St John

Ahhh, fall. The glorious season when the humidity drops along with the temperatures and those of us with frizzy hair rejoice in the fact that our flatiron is effective once again. Although it's late September and fall is officially underway, I am not sporting silky straight hair or shopping for new boots. I'm actually in a swimsuit on the beach. It's fall on St John. I live in an endless summer of sun and sweat. I love ...

YCCS… Today Was a Good Day

May 30, 2015- arguably the best day of my life. I've been fortunate to have lots of memorable travel experiences. I've been to Italy and to multiple Caribbean destinations, but it wasn't until I rolled up at YCCS that all of my obsessions came to life in one spectacular space. In the words of Ice Cube, "Today was a good day." Let me take a step back. I aspire to be more Euro. More specifically, I ...

Another Island Hobby

I never really got into the selfie craze. I think my arms are too short to take good selfies?! I've also never been great at capturing beautifully candid moments in pictures. Like people laughing as they sip Champagne or friends embracing during emotional moments.... you know those perfectly Instagram-able moments that you can put a nice filter on and people love them? See how silly my selfies look? Before I moved to the island of St ...

Regulating Qi

I never really knew much about Chinese medicine. What I do know is I'm all about prevention and trying my best to stay healthy rather than having to seek medical attention when I get sick. I know proper sleep coupled with proper nutrition and exercise is the formula that typically keeps me feeling my best. One thing that I have had difficulty managing in my life is endometriosis. I won't go into a long drawn out ...

Traveling to St John

I constantly get asked "what do you recommend we do on St. John? I'm coming with my family... we're staying a week... we want to do some fun things that are off the beaten path... we want to see beautiful beaches... we've never been and we have no idea what activities to plan." I usually answer by providing names of my top five or so beaches, my top three favorite hikes, and names of a few ...

Suit Up

Spring has sprung! Time for warmer weather and trips to the beach! Spring break, anyone? For those of us who live on an island, it's summer year-round. And you know what is terrifying about that? Every single day is fair game when it comes to having to suit up. At a moment's notice, you may have to pull out your favorite, or better yet, your most forgiving swimsuit, and bare your beach bod, ready or ...

Trade winds and Trade-offs

Be honest. The thought of just packing up and moving to an island sounds pretty amazing. Work can be a drag. It gets cold, even in the South, during the winter months. Sometimes the grind of real life can be too much to bear. Day in and day out, it’s a constant pressure to keep up with the Joneses, to get that next promotion, to make more money, to save more money, to buy a ...

Island Hair

For thirty-five years I pretended my hair was straight. I tried every different product to fight against what nature gave me. Anti-frizz serums, straightening lotions, humidity resistance sprays... you name it. If it claimed to create fake straight, I bought it. I also had to have a professional hair dryer (don't get me started about the day the fuse blew in my Super Solano), the perfect flat iron, and even multiple curling irons in tow ...

Packing Inspiration

There's nothing quite like the perfect quote when you really need it. At least that's what I believe. As someone who loves to talk and write, I really admire people who can sum it all up in a few succinct words. I started my love affair with quotes early on, never ashamed to be the youngest person browsing the Self Help section at a bookstore. A small part of my quote collection. I've never ...

When Pigs Fly

You know how when you see a picture of the Colosseum, you automatically think Rome? And when you see the Eiffel Tower, you are mentally transported to Paris? Well, for many of us, seeing Ziggy's posts everyday makes us feel like we are in a tropical paradise where it's sunny and perfect and everything is as it should be in the world. For Ziggy's friends and loyal followers, it has become part of our morning ...