Two-Day Trip to Edinburgh: What To Do and See

Two-Day Trip to Edinburgh: What To Do and See

he thing I will remember most about my trip to Edinburgh is the charm of its people. Starting with our first cab driver who gave us a layout of the city (Old Town v. New Town); the friendly local who recommended the best bus tours for first timers in the city and shared a few jokes with us; and the random stranger who offered to pay for my coffee. The heart of any city is its people and with Edinburgh, I left inspired by the kindness we experienced.

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Recap of my trip to Kingston, Jamaica

Last week I spent a few days on a girls' trip to Kingston, Jamaica for Jamaica Carnival 2016. I haven't visited my island home since 2010 so the trip was long overdue. I was excited to see members of my family who I haven't see in a long time and to visit some of my favorite places in Kingston. Below is a recap of my trip.

Shortly after landing, we headed to the famous Devon House for ice-cream. Devon House is one of Jamaica's Heritage Sites and along with its rich history, it's world famous for its ice-cream (it's on the National Geographic's list of the top 10 places to eat ice-cream). As expected I truly enjoyed my delectable grape nut ice cream cone.

We know we couldn't visit Jamaica without a trip to the beach so the next day we packed our beach bags and drove to Hellshire Beach. Hellshire is approximately a 45 minute drive away from where we stayed in New Kingston. Hellshire is a local favorite, and many Jamaicans frequent Hellshire for relaxing  beach day trips and the tasty fish dishes that you can purchase from local restaurants along the shore. I recommend Bev and Sons. I strongly believe Hellshire offers THE BEST Fried fish on the island, I haven't tasted better yet. Whenever I visit Hellshire I always order fried fish and festival (a Caribbean dumpling). 

Since we came for carnival we spent the rest of our trip reveling in pre-carnival activities. One such event was the Sunrise Breakfast Party, which took place the morning before carnival. This early morning event featured buffet style Caribbean breakfast and unlimited top shelf drinks of your choice. We danced to live performances from a variety of Soca artists and a selection of great Soca and Reggae music spun by popular Caribbean DJs. During the event, I ran into one of my favorite fashion designers, Carly Cushnie, she was really sweet and I told her I absolutely love her designs.  

The next day we joined the Jamaica Carnival 2016 road march to celebrate the rich history of Soca Music in Jamaica and across the Caribbean. See more photos from my trip on my Instagram page. We had a wonderful time!

Food & Fashion: Brunch in Downtown Fort Lauderdale

Food & Fashion: Brunch in Downtown Fort Lauderdale

I spent the Christmas holidays in Florida with my sister, nephew, brother-in-love and extended family. While I was visiting the Sunshine state, I knew I also had to catch up with one of my BFFs, J, who lives in Orlando. After a night of fun and laughter in South Beach, we decided we wanted to have brunch. For us, brunching is an old-time favorite, something we often did when we both lived in NYC. A Google search and raving Yelp reviews, led us to O-B House, a restaurant in Downtown Fort Lauderdale.

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Highlights from my trip to Savannah, GA

Last weekend I went on a short girls' trip to Savannah, GA. My friend has been telling me about the old town charm of Savannah for awhile so the curiosity got the best of me and I finally went. Our first order of business included a visit to the River Walk.

We went to brunch at Collin's Quarter, which was celebrating its one year anniversary. Collin's Quarter is one of the newer establishments in Savannah, offering chic decor, delicious beautifully presented food and an espresso bar.

I truly enjoyed the Old Town Charm of Savannah. I snapped this photo while taking in the beauty of the town on our way to Forsyth Park.

We enjoyed browsing through the Paris Market - a unique eclectic gift shop. My friend especially liked their soaps, lotions and other skin care items. I took this photo at the downstairs level where you can find a number of vintage trinkets.

Homemade Candy, yum! We couldn't go to Savannah without stopping by the Savannah Candy Kitchen for good old-fashioned favorites like taffys, candy apples and pralines. Before then, I'd never had pralines, they did
not disappoint. 

We tried honey tasting for the first time at Savannah Bee Company where we learned that honey gets its flavor from the plant the Bee feeds on, they had a large variety of flavors.

If you enjoy small towns with personality and charm, then Savannah is worth a visit!

Instagrammed: 30th Birthday Weekend

As I noted in my previous post, I spent my 30th birthday in San Francisco's Bay area. My weekend was full and fun and captured on my instagram page. I spent my time dancing (and "DJing") at an African-Caribbean party, wine tasting in Napa Valley, sight seeing on a boat cruise and taking the view of the city at the Top of the Mark hotel.

Staycation: The Getty Villa

One of the beautiful things about having friends in town is that I get to play tourist. After living in L.A. for almost two years now, there are many parts of the city I'm yet to explore, and there's nothing like exploring with folks who also see your city with fresh eyes. This past weekend while my friend E came to visit me, we went to  the Getty Villa in Malibu. I've been to the beautiful Getty Center before and have been meaning to visit the Villa. Featuring ancient art and architecture and lush gardens, the Getty Villa is breathtakingly beautiful. It's definitely a worthwhile day trip to make with friends, family or a significant other. Both my friend and I thought it was a great date spot. 

The Inner Peristyle was my favorite garden and my favorite part of the Villa. 

After exploring and taking in the sights, we both enjoyed a drink at the Villa's Cafe. We both lucked out by wearing flats, the Villa calls for exploration so there's quiet a lot of walking involved.  It's definitely worth a visit the next time you're in L.A.