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“Where fashion and music meet on the runway…”

I had the opportunity to attend BIMHAUS (pronounced Bim House) on May 6th, 2017 and to share the event and experience with my lovely readers! The venue was the beautiful Port St. Charles Yacht Club, facing the white sandy beaches of the north-west coast of Barbados.

The venue’s ambiance was undeniable and there was enough time before the start of the show for drinks, shopping around the adorable displays and mingling. It was so refreshing to be around so many creative minds and welcoming faces. Cocktails were served upon entrance but I opted for a small glass of Prosecco, which definitely amped up the vibe emanating from music by DJ D. Luxe (founder and curator of the event).

Seafrina
Island Bags
Something Samarah
Something Samarah

The host gently commanded the attention of the crowd and everyone took their seats or found a perfect vantage point to watch and snap photos as the beautiful models of every shade graced the “runway” in the golden evening sunlight.

Photo by @shalainajoy
Photo by @shalainajoy
Photo by @shalainajoy
Photo by @shalainajoy
Photo by @shalainajoy
Photo by @shalainajoy

I absolutely love these two-toned sunglasses from luxury eyewear brand Peoples from Barbados, designed in France – trés chic! I must also note that not even a single one of the designers or boutiques were a disappointment and the styling was perfectly suited to each model! In a short intermission, patrons had the chance to strut their stuff to the crowd’s praise. My friends encouraged me to get up there myself but shyness got the best of me and I was having enough fun cheering on the likes of Reco Moore, my rootsy print twin for the evening!

Photo by @shalainajoy
Photo by @shalainajoy
Photo by @shalainajoy

The models effortlessly displayed the pieces and the combined mix of music and design was captivating, I could not help but dance along to all of my favourite songs and hear and share comments about the exhibit. Performances by Mahalia and Teff continued to keep the runway lively and bring bright smiles to attendees, accompanying the  “wows” from the crowd.

Photo by @shalainajoy
Photo by @shalainajoy

Of course I had to step into the spotlight for a few minutes! I wore a design by Kesia Estwick in this amazing African/Rastafari print and a DIY handmade seed bead wire necklace in similar colours.

I’d like to express my gratitude to the founder of the event for extending an invitation and to Shalaina Joy (who can be contacted at shalainajoy@gmail.com) for assisting me in capturing the essence of the evening! Thank you for reading and feel free to leave a comment or contact me at thdrhinds@gmail.com for enquiries!

Have you ever noticed how easy it is to collect clutter? I’m the kind of person who really hates to litter because I know how precious our environment is not only to human survival but generally. I consciously collect the day’s bottles, candy wrappers, receipts and other odds and ends in my handbag so by the end of the day, I always have a lot to offload. It feels like a similar thing is happening in my mind sometimes. A mass of thoughts, often negative, being held onto that I do not need. My favourite place to “offload” is the beach. Going to the beach used to be ritualistic for myself and my family, we went every day before my brothers and I started school and then once that got in the way we went every Sunday without fail. It’s always been an escape to me.
I’ve recently accepted my battle with anxiety and panic disorder (something I hope to share more on once I win it) and a relaxation technique that I’m always advised to try is visualization. I’m sure it’s something you have all heard before (even if referenced in a movie):

“Imagine yourself on a nice relaxing beach… “

Here in the Caribbean, we are blessed enough to not have to imagine. In Barbados, a public beach is almost never further than 30 minutes away by bus. We neglect the most natural relaxation technique. I’d like to share  a few relaxing things to do at the beach, that you could do alone or with a friend:

Swim – I mean, obviously. It’s great exercise and extremely refreshing on a hot day. You should never go swimming at the sea alone, because even the best of swimmers can never predict the volatility of the ocean. Even if you’re not a strong swimmer, just dipping your legs in the water can be extremely relaxing.

Observe – Do you remember what it was like as a child? When the crash of waves were scary, finding blue pieces of glass along the shoreline was the most exciting thing and you could run for hours chasing the edge of the water. Growing up somehow makes you lose that bright-eyed wonder (and all that energy). This is why at the beach I prefer to occasionally just sit and watch the beauty unfold before me. 

Beauty Treatments – Nope, you did not read that wrong. I love to use the soft west coast sand to exfoliate my legs and feet. Simply rub it all over and massage gently, I’m usually wearing coconut oil (natural SPF 4-5) which allows the sand to stick more effectively and give a good scrub. I also like to walk with a leaf of aloe vera to the beach and I use it in my hair as a shampoo/conditioner. This is also the method my father and brothers use to cleanse their dreadlocks. Just make sure you rinse your hair with fresh water after returning home.

Read – This is something I myself need to work on. Reading opens the mind, and is accompanied perfectly by gentle crashing waves and the sound of birds and children’s faint laughter. If you like to read, and have never done it at the beach…. what are you waiting for!? Just remember to bring water and a snack, a nice comfy beach towel/chair and find somewhere shaded!

Soak Up Some Sun – I love my skin when it has that extra radiance of a tan, it makes my feel more confident and look extra defined in photos! I also find it very therapeutic. It’s important to minimize damage to your skin while tanning so make sure to apply SPF 30+ sunscreen or tanning oil, stay hydrated and avoid the most intense sun between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM.

Dig A Hole – Yeah, I know it sounds silly but you would be surprised how relaxing this or building a sand castle can be! It’s something my brothers and I did a lot as children with the goal of digging the hole deep enough to reach water. It’s actually also an amazing upper body workout!

Thank you so much for reading and I really hope that everyone takes a step back from “life” and uses some of these if not other techniques to relax. You deserve it!

These photos are un-retouched and were taken at Gibbs Beach, Barbados by an old friend Kashif who is based in MD, Unites States. The products I used to achieve this makeup look can be discovered here! 

 

 

I was blessed with the opportunity to share my jewelry designs with the lovely ladies who attended the Girls Night Out Barbados Mix & Mingle on Saturday, Feb 18th 2017. I bet you’re wondering “What is Girls Night Out Bds?” Essentially it’s a female empowerment movement that addresses emotional issues/scars in women and” connects them to their purpose.” The event was a lovely experience where amazing women shared their short stories, empowerment and creations in a safe environment. All ages, all shades and all hair textures with one commonality – being a queen.

 

My first experience with GNOBDS was when empowerment advocate, Jalisia, approached me about sharing something personal I’ve struggled with on their snapchat. I chose to keep things light, addressing the difficulty of being in a long distance relationship and answering any questions the followers had about the topic or anything else.

I met the most amazing women, shared hugs and advice and enjoyed some cupcakes during the “mingle” intermission.

Myself and the darling Chloe  of Naomi ‘N Doll, who took some of the photos I used in this blog post. Thank you so much, dear! Please go show her blog some love.

I prefer to keep the content of the Mix & Mingle private, as the women who shared their stories deserve mutual respect. However, I look forward so much to the next event and I invite all of my readers to follow the @girlsnightoutbds Instagram page for more information on the next date. Thank you so much for reading, islandmysters!

Photos by A.B.I Productions and Chloe of Naomi ‘N Doll.

Have you ever heard “it takes a village”? That doesn’t only apply to raising a child. Caribbean culture is very focused on togetherness, and there’s nothing we love more than our bellies! Today I wanted to share with you the lovely meal I shared yesterday with my brothers, a few friends and some of the young men in my home village.

This post is less for the food and more “for the culture.” According to Urban Dictionary, “doing it for the culture” refers to when a person or a group of people do something that they usually wouldn’t do just because the thing they’re doing is hyped. Which, essentially is what’s happening in these photos. Hyped up as a group, the young men decided to start making hearty meals to share among themselves and subsequently that hype led to my participation and this post.

Honestly, by “participation” I mean I sat around and absorbed the atmosphere while capturing photos. Bajans love to lime, and this was no exception as anyone not helping with the meal still hung around, waiting for it to cook and “gaffing” or making jokes.

“THEA!”, my brother and his friends shouted for me and my friend  who were exhausted of “liming” and went inside to watch American Dad on Netflix. However, we rushed outside at the call with bowls, spoons and two tall glasses filled with ice and mauby to enjoy the entirely vegetarian meal.

Curry, rice, a whole pot full of ground provisions, banana and dumplings. This would definitely qualify as a MEAL, both me and my friend found it difficult to finish our bowls which surprised us both since we both enjoy food so much. It was another “vibe” as we laughed at people going back for seconds, made bets on who would and teased anyone who showed sign of “nigoritus” (sleepiness after eating).

There is a common misconception of people who spend their days “liming” and it means a lot to me that I can share one of the many wholesome activities I’ve seen these young men get up to. Thanks so much for reading!

 

 

Have you ever had something you really wanted to express but tattooing it to your forehead seemed a bit irrational? Well Button Babe Bim has fun and quirky buttons which can do just that! It’s a great way to promote your views, express your beliefs or proclaim your fandoms!
My custom-ordered “Island MYST” button alongside a Barbados flag button pinned to my Le Pliage Hobo bag.

Cassie at Button Babe Bim was awesome enough to choose me to help promote her buttons, which meant I got to select two for myself! I e-mailed her and placed an order for custom-made “Island MYST” and “SuperWhoLock” buttons because those are two things I feel very strongly toward.

My other buttons.

I bought three other buttons, featuring Peter Capaldi of Doctor Who, the phrase “Feminism is for Everyone”, a Barbados flag! She even threw in a “Button Babe Bim” pin! I urge you to check them out on Facebook. The buttons are also extremely affordable – BBD$3.50 for one and BBD$10 for three!

 

I’m wearing NYX’s Soft Matte Lip Cream in “Copenhagen” brushed on very lightly so the colour isn’t too harsh. This has easily become one of my favourite lip colours.

Also, you might notice that my ears are now stretched to a 6g. I went to Terry at WSalons at The Bridge Street Mall – definitely the place to go for body modification in Barbados. They’re very professional and friendly. It was moderately painful because they had to be stretched to a 4g to fit the flared ends of the jewelry I’m wearing but nothing too unbearable.

Thank you for reading and if you have any questions about Button Babe Bim (or anything actually) feel free to send me a Facebook message or DM me on Twitter!

Today I ventured to the beautiful city of Denver with my godmother and her two sons. It was my first time in Denver and we visited the Chihuly exhibition at the Denver Botanic Gardens (Open until November 30th, 2014). The sculptures, ranging in size and shape are made of glass and added bold colours to the garden’s beauty. Unfortunately, I forgot my camera so the photos of the exhibition you’re seeing were taken by my awesome godmother, Becci!

 

 

 

 

 

 

The artwork was really amazing and each piece inspired more awe than the one before it. At the Botanic Gardens there was this Tropical plant collection that we walked through and it was so hilarious to see people interested in and taking photos of plants I literally have in my backyard. I assume that’s the way people reacted to my amazement at an apple tree.

 

My outfit today was really casual; a dark grey heathered tank top, boyfriend jeans, embellished snakeskin sandals and a snakeskin belt. I also wore a white cardigan because I’m still adjusting to the temperature in Colorado (even though I’ve been here a whole week now!) We got caught in the rain and had to get these gorgeous Chihuly-branded umbrellas. I love how colourful they are on the underside!

Myself and my two troublesome godbrothers

Afterwards, we went to Next Door Union Station for lunch. The atmosphere was amazing and the decor featured a revived sign from a 1950’s Union Station restaurant that I thought amped up the vibe.

These Kale Chips were awesome!
I like Hummus, who knew? Also, this flatbread is to die for.
Thank’s so much for reading my “Thea’s Adventures” post. I’m really enjoying sharing my trip with my readers and I hope you guys aren’t getting too annoyed with my lack of OOTD and Reviews (Let’s count this post as a mini-OOTD ’cause I showed you what I wore). Please feel free to leave a comment, I’ll reply to you as soon as possible!

I’m writing this in my room at Devil’s Thumb Ranch because I can’t sleep and my creativity peaks at unfair hours. Speaking of peaks, this is my first mountain vacation and the first time I’ve ever experienced anything like this. Coming from a tropical island, any temperature below 26 °C is freezing to me and even though it’s Summer, the temperatures at night in Colorado (especially in the mountains) are colder than I’ve ever experienced.

 

Aren’t those photos beautiful? This place is gorgeous and I’m so grateful to have experienced it. My godmother also gifted me a MacBook Air which does have a part to play in the quality of the photos now that I have new editing software. Therefore, my readers can now expect better quality and more recent posts!

 

 

Luckily the weather was on our side and I went zip lining for the first time through a trail in the mountains. It was honestly so exhilarating jumping off a platform without knowing what would happen next (I channelled my inner Dauntless – yes, I’m a Divergent fan). I went for a beautiful walk after breakfast, got my first professional massage and roasted communal marshmallows on a fire in the freezing cold.

 

I fell in love with this place from the moment I saw it. It reminded me of Sims 2 Bon Voyage when I would send my sims on mountain vacations to Three Lakes. I even decided that I want to have a mountain honeymoon. The activities up here are ideal for families and the peaceful hum of the mountains misting at 6 AM is a memory I’ll never be able to erase.

 

 

 

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I’ve recently hopped on board a new project headed by Georgina Callender of D.L. Smith Productions. With the intention of educating the Barbadian population as well as visiting tourists about our heritage and rich history, we set off for the island’s capital of Bridgetown to put on a show. Calista dressed as Lady Gilbert-Carter, myself as Miss Caroline Lee and our stroller, Zanika, as Miss Rachel Pringle headed to town with our team (Georgina Callender, Karlos Yearwood and photographer, Michael Trotman) to peak the interest of passers-by.

 

Calista as Lady Gilbert-Carter (Photo by Michael Trotman)

 
Lady Gilbert-Carter was the American wife of Sir Gilbert-Carer, a former Governor of Barbados. He had served as Governor of Ilaro in Nigeria prior to his arrival. She had great interest in the Arts and Architecture and with this she designed Ilaro Court, a building that would eventually become home to the island’s Prime Minister while in office. She also designed the Empire theatre, undertook the layout of the grounds of Queen’s Park and designed smaller projects such as the birdbath on the Esplanade.

Myself as Caroline Lee (Photo by Michael Trotman)

Caroline Lee was a diminutive beauty of mixed race and olive skin whose name was given to the yellow sweet potato, the Caroline Lee potato. The site of her hotel is now known as Number 1, Broad Street and is home to Harrisons. She was known for her beauty and sweet disposition, said to be one of the most beautiful mulatto women of the time; which earned her the name “Venus of the Antilles.”

(Photo by Michael Trotman)

 

(Photo by Michael Trotman)

 

(Photo by Michael Trotman)

My job was to basically become a living statue, a piece of living history, adorned in an interpretation of 1800’s attire. This was no easy job! Imagine two layers of clothing in the tropical heat and trying to keep a straight face as a “parrowman” dances and makes silly faces at you! Luckily, I managed to pull it off and the experience was amazing! The responses received left a great feeling of pride inside of myself. “Interesting!” “I’ve never seen this in Barbados” “I thought she was a mannequin!” “Mummy, she real?” Entertaining the public while having educated the public is something I’m proud to have been a part of.

(Photo by Michael Trotman)

I urge you to take part in the activity. The living mannequins will be in Bridgetown on Wednesdays and Thursdays (from around 10 A.M. and 1:00 P.M.) and with hopefully increasing popularity, we can make this a standard thing to see in the capitol.

Barbados’ most celebrated festival is “Crop Over,” a huge celebration that can be traced back to when the island was the world’s largest producer of sugar to mark the end of a successful sugar cane harvest. The festival includes a number of events and activities including Speightstown Market. Speightstown is one of the island’s four major towns and is treasured for its antiquated charm and strong history.

 

A “tuk band”, an entertaining Barbadian musical ensemble that plays rukatuk music.

This town means a lot to me personally, it’s a place I spent a great deal of my childhood visiting because it was close to home. It’s where I went grocery shopping on Saturdays with my mother, where I got my first job as a waitress at Island Plates and it’s where I spent evenings on the jetty fishing with my little brothers and playing with stray cats. To see so much festivity in a town that is usually forgotten because of it’s antiquity and location brought warmth to my heart.

Ayeisha Headley and Jerome Codrington of “Flour Petals”

On my adventure in Speightstown I ran into some familiar faces, specifically that of Ayeisha Headley and her partner. Ayeisha owns an order-based home business called “Flour Petals” specializing in anything “cakey”.  When asked about the festivities Ayeisha said that it was “great and brought much attention back to Speightstown.” When asked why she chose to be a vendor at Speightstown Market, Ayeisha stated that it was a good idea for exposure.

Vanilla Cupcakes

 

My complimentary Cookies and Cream Cupcake, delicious!

Another vendor that I had the pleasure of talking to was “Natty”, as he is commonly referred to, of Natty Ted Plants. This well-known eccentric man is known for his lively spirit, colourful hand-painted attire and love of nature. With a vast knowledge of cultivation and landscaping, Natty’s home-grown plants are some of the most beautiful on the island. He is located in Rock Dundo, St. James and can be contacted at +1-246-419-0639 for inquiries.

Natty Ted wearing his hand-painted “One Love” T-shirt

 

 

Natty making sure his plants are happy.
“Birdman”

John “Birdman” Gibbons is a craftsman who designs and makes drums from local materials and is known island-wide for his unique vocal repertoire of birdcalls, sound effects, wind instruments and nature sounds. He teaches Caribbean drumming and folklore and retails in the well-known St. Lawrence Gap, Christ Church. He caught my eye walking down the street with a rooster by his side, which he occasionally put on his head or carried in his arms.

 

Overall, the event had a great turn out and everybody seemed to be enjoying the food, rum and music. The atmosphere was filled with positive vibes and I’m pleased to have been there to witness it.

This concludes my inaugural “Island CULT” feature of my blog where I share my experiences with Barbadian culture and history. I cover expressive art forms, fashion, festivals, expos or anything that catches my eye! Look out for more and feel free to leave a comment giving your opinion or any suggestions you may have!