Last month I turned the big 3-0! And of course I needed to celebrate in a pink and sparkly way. The dress code was what else… PINK and SPARKLES! And everyone looked glorious!
Here are a few snapshots of the pinkness and sparklyness!
7 years in the fashion industry in NYC kind of put me off fashion and fashion research for a little while. When it was my job, and that job went bad, it sucked the joy out of it. But the joy is back
Heres just a few things that made my eyes happy while looking at a few blogs. Blog names are at the bottom cause they are the bomb.
Found these lovely pics on SeaOfShoes,TheyAllHateUs, CondeNastTraveler (maybe one or two more that I’ve forgotten…)
Its official. Its been weeks now that I’ve been thinking about this shirt and have decided I must have it in my life Just have to choose a color now!
Howdie boys and girls!
I don’t know about you, but in my opinion this extended absence from ALotmoreStyle was completely, unacceptably long!
So, with this being my first post after the ALotmoreStyle 1st year anniversary, I decided that this should be the one to debut my favorite jumping photos! Jumping photos exemplify my joie de vivre and ALotmoreStyle way of life When I’m in a place I find beautiful and exciting and inspiring, I feel the uncontrollable urge to leap into the air! And of course capture it in a photo
These by no means are all of my jumping photos, but they are my favorites… so far… I’m sure there will be many more to come, and don’t worry, I’ll share my future jumping gems with you too
I just can’t pick my favorite as I can not be unbiased, but I’d love to hear which ones are your favorites so let me know which brought the biggest smile to your face! (Note: its not about the quality of the photo, its about the quality of the JUMP!)
Never resist your urge to JUMP FOR JOY!!! Throw your head back, smile your biggest smile, and catch some air, you won’t regret it! (Note: never turn down a guest jumper, the more jumpers the merrier)
Todays post was a long time coming. But it was worth the wait for me because I LOVE LOVE LOVE the outcome. My beautiful vintage Bahamian art collection started a couple of years ago when my husband, Kyle, bought me one scarf as a gift. I fell in love with them and with the help of Kyle, my collection has grown. It quickly became apparent that something needed to be done to display these beautiful works of art so that not only I was able to enjoy them.
I decided that their destiny was to be framed and hung on the wall going up our staircase for all that enter our house to enjoy. So the task was to figure out how to frame them without breaking the bank on these larger than average pieces. I found out that Frameusa.com makes custom sized frames for a REALLY reasonable price. Each of these 32″ x 32″ barn wood frames cost less than $50 each! A steal of a deal.
Once I received the frames I ironed each scarf and laid them out, making sure they are flat and evenly spaced on the foam core inside the frame then used strong double sided tape to hold the corners. Then simply placed the frame and plexiglass cover over the scarf and sealed it.
I actually really like the fact that some of the edges are a bit rolled and that you can see some of the draping of the scarf. I want people to be able to see that they are in fact gorgeous silk scarves that pay homage to the beautiful country that I have the honor to call home.
They are unique and colorful works of art that are affordable to acquire and make, but priceless to me and one of my favorite pieces in my home.
I hope you love them as much as I do
Today I woke up with the distinct feeling that this day had its sights set on leaning over to the lame side of the scale from 1 to awesome. So I made a decision to counteract todays lameness by adorning myself with some of my Happy Makers.
Step #1 – Decide I shall be wearing my sunshine shoes today and my outfit will have to work around them.
Step # 2 – Select one sparkly animal piece of jewelry. Today my owl earrings jumped out at me.
Step # 3 – Spritz myself with the most delicious smelling, wonderful perfume that ever was spritzed out of a perfectly pink bottle; Creed Spring Flowers.
Step # 4 – Put my hair in a high pony tail which reminds me of my childhood and makes me feel a little bit like an 8 year old
Step # 5 – Slide my favorite pair of sunglasses on to my face. (note: my favorite sunglasses change daily, but today my orange Raybans took top honor)
Step # 6 – Blast some spectacular music in my car on the way to work so loud that I think my speakers may or may not explode. (Todays song of choice was Mumford & Sons version of “The Boxer” (feat. Jerry Douglas and Paul Simon)) Here is a link to a live version of the song The Boxer Live
Oakie doaks. Time to get back to the day and hope that the scales have tipped slightly more toward the awesome side
I can’t believe its taken me this long make a post of my most sparkly, glittery and shiny possessions!
How lucky am I to own this many amazing shiny things? Not only am I lucky to have them but I’m lucky to have the best friends a girl could ask for because most of them were gifts I think I may be the easiest person to buy a present for, because if it contains glitter, sequins, crystals or any other light reflecting item, odds are it’ll bring a smile to my face and a twinkle to my eye.
These things don’t need much of an introduction. So here they are! ENJOY!
As most people who know me know, Bahamian macaroni and cheese is one of my favorite foods. Also known to most, not all macaroni and cheese is created equal. And to me, Bahamian macaroni and cheese is the cream of the crop. For those that have not had the fortune to eat the Bahamian mac and cheese, the main difference between it and its American counterpart is that the Bahamian one is more solid and requires cutting to serve. Where as the American version is creamier and is served with a spoon.
I, being a major food lover, make it my business to be able to create all of my favorite foods so that I’m never at a loss when I have a craving.
It has taken me years of imperfect attempts to get my mac and cheese to a standard of which I deem delicious. This recipe now satisfies my discerning taste buds, thus I now allow myself to serve MY version of Bahamian mac and cheese to guests. (I was embarrassed to serve my previous versions as I determined them to be subpar)
2 boxes elbow or rigatoni noodles
1 tbsp of yellow mustard
1 large onion
1/2 red pepper
1/2 green pepper
1 or 2 cloves of garlic
1 goat or habanero pepper
2 cans of evaporated milk
1 pound of cheddar cheese
Salt and Pepper to taste
9″ x 13″ rectangular glass baking dish
Preheated 325 degree oven
MAKING MAGIC HAPPEN -
Step 1 – Boil noodles (OVER COOK them! This is important! They need to be super soft so that they collapse and don’t stay tubular)
Step 2 – Dice onions, red, green and goat peppers, and garlic. Then saute in butter until soft.
Step 3 – Grate all cheese.
Step 4 – Whisk eggs, evaporated milk and mustard together.
Step 5 – Let noodles and sauteed veggies cool (THIS IS IMPORTANT! If you skip this step then the eggs and milk congeal and get lumpy. And you DO NOT want that)
Step 6 – Set aside 1/4 of the cheese (for sprinkling on the top)
Step 7 – In a very large bowl mix cooled noodles, sauteed veggies, pepper, salt, milk mixture and 3/4 of the cheese by hand.
Step 8 – Butter the baking dish then pour in the mixed ingredients.
Step 9 – Sprinkle the last 1/4 of the cheese on the top.
Step 10 – Place in oven and bake until golden brown (approx 45 minutes depending on your oven)
Step 11- Let it cool then ENJOY!!!!!!!
Ps. Although this recipe now makes my mac and cheese just the way I like it. I happily take advice from other, more experienced, Bahamian macaroni and cheese makers. Because even perfection can be perfected
Hi Boys and Girls!
A couple of months ago a friend brought up the idea of doing a triathlon. I, needless to say, was like “Um, I don’t know about that. I’ve never done one before!” And I’m not one to openly embarrass myself in front of a crowd of people, especially in a competition! Call it what you will, I’ll call it my competitive spirit, but I didn’t want to do it because I didn’t want to risk being bad at it. My pride can’t handle that. haha. Then of course there was the other part of my brain, the part that likes a challenge. That part of by brain said “Hell yes!”. The “HELL YES!” was louder than the “um i don’t know”, so I went with it!
Step 1 – sign up (that way you are locked in so you can’t back out)
Step 2 – tell as many people as you can that you are doing the race. For some reason my logic is that if I tell people I’m doing something then I HAVE to do it I did have a few people say “don’t you mean you are doing PART of a triathlon, not the whole thing by yourself?” And that just added fuel to my fire! I was like “Nope, I’m doing the whole bloody thing and you should come and watch!”
Step 3 – train, train and train some more (a key to this step is having a fab training partner, preferably one who is better than you so they can push you. Mine was extra fab and extra fast so it was a win win for me:))
Step 4 – (this is an important one) find the right outfit! I mean you never want to go anywhere inappropriately dressed… at least I don’t. In this instance it is quite important as you don’t want to waste time in your transition areas fumbling with changing your clothes!
The race we signed up for was the UWC Bahamas Triathlon. It is a great race for beginners and pros and the proceeds go toward a spectacular cause. Please check out their website and sign up for next year! And you can not go wrong with the location, the weather in the Bahamas in late October/early November is glorious.
Being my first triathlon ever, we did the “sprint” distance. (I didn’t exactly “sprint” it but thats besides the point) This distance race is a spectacular one for beginners because each leg is doable for people of varying levels of experience. We swam 750m, biked 20k and ran 5k. Before training, I knew I could do each leg on its own but I quickly found out that all together they are a totally different ball game!
We started training about 2 months before the race. Mostly doing a swim, bike or run after work 3 or 4 times a week. Then a longer work out, maybe a swim and bike or a bike and run, on the weekends. We only did one full run through before the race and man am I glad we did that! Because I foolishly decided to try to keep up Lauren (aka training partner extraordinaire) on the cycle, which I had no business doing as she is a speed demon on the bike, and in turn I had a major struggle on the run. I even ended up walking part of the run, which I consider to be a major fail. But none the less, that is was training is for. Lesson learned! Stay at my own pace:)
After all the training came race day (postponed by 1 week due to a jerk named Hurricane Sandy). The race was spectacularly organized and so official and professional that I was highly intimidated upon arrival to set up my transition area. But I was happy to learn that the triathlon community is very welcoming and friendly to new comers, so I quickly felt at ease and got down to business.
Highlights of the day were;
-my AMAZING supporters/best family and friends a girl could ask for, who woke up far too early on a Sunday morning just to come and cheer me on as I huffed and puffed my way through the race!
-seeing loads of beautiful star fish and sand dollars during the course of the swim (case in point why the Bahamas = best triathlon location ever)
-getting a trophy for first in my age group! (small caveat = I actually came 2nd in my age group to my speedy gonzales training partner. But since she was the first woman over all, I got to win our age group by default. But hey, I’ll take it! A trophy is a trophy! haha. Ps. said trophy is now proudly displayed on my bookshelf)
So, in the end, I now consider myself hooked on triathlons and immediately began planning for the next one! I highly recommend anyone to give it a shot. Whether your goal be just to finish, to beat a personal best, or to win, a sprint, olympic distance or ironman. The key is to enjoy it the whole way! A fellow racer said to me “how come everyone else is grimacing in all the pictures of the race, and you are smiling?” I said “either a) I wasn’t trying hard enough, or more likely b) I was having blast!” A smile is always better than a grimace!
My advice is challenge yourself, do something outside of your comfort zone, and most importantly SMILE while doing it! Oh and have an awesome outfit to do it in, preferably including some version of pink…
tip # 9 – Everyone has a less than stellar week every now and then, even if you are like me see the world through rose colored glasses. Whether it is because of the weather (aka Hurricane Sandy), work, or just having less pep in your step than normal.
To combat this problem I decided that every day this week I would wear one of my favorite pairs of shoes. Coincidentally this week in the Bahamas was “chillier” than normal, so I got to wear my favorite ballerinas
Its perfect because if you aren’t holding your chin as high as usual, you catch a glimpse of your happy shoes as you look down and that should put a smile on your face (even if its a small smile. Any smile is better than a frown:))