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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

The Seven Year Itch

I’ve heard that divorce is more common around the seven and 20-year marks. Why? I have my theories and I’ve read some other theories. In any case, my husband and I celebrated our seven year anniversary earlier this year. It was a simple yet lovely celebration at the perfect tiny restaurant a mile from our house where we’d actually never before dined. As we sipped our wine, a perfect combination of fruity and nutty deliciousness, ...

Shopping for Sunshine

Is anything scarier than shopping for a new swimsuit? It's a bit like shopping for jeans, only worse. Why do the mirrors always seem to add ten pounds? And why does the fitting room lighting put emphasis on all the wrong places? For most of my life I didn't enjoy the process of buying new bathing suits. I found myself overwhelmed in the big department stores, swimming in a sea of mainstream swimwear targeting the ...