Luxurious Paradise : Cotton Tree Grand Cayman #cayman #cottontree #paradise #luxury #thegoodlife #admasm

Tranquil, Luxurious, Caribbean Chic................

Last night I had the pleasure of exploring a hidden gem here in Cayman called Cotton Tree. I had no idea what I was in store for.....not only did I leave there feeling relaxed and grateful, I came to appreciate the vision and entrepreneurship of the owner, Heather Lockington.  The lovely host gave us a tour of the amazing property which has four luxury private villas (though Heather prefers to call them cottages I am going to stick with villas lol).  Each villa has a different view and their own unique private paradise of a yard.  

We had our own two bedroom villa for the evening, Sea Grape, where no small detail was overlooked.  The furnishings, Caribbean Chic, were exquisite and featured local artists such as Al Ebanks and John Broad.

The Sea Grape also had it's own sea view and private gazebo, where we enjoyed a delicious 4-course meal a la Chef Jason as we shared some laughs over the soothing sounds of the Caribbean Sea.

What I loved most about the experience was the tranquility, I felt as if we were on our own private island.  I cannot wait to go back to stay for a few nights!   Thank you Heather for being such a gracious host and introducing me to a new side of Cayman, off the beaten path :) 

Checkout some amazing photos below, a few of which I took last night.

Bonus: Yesterday was the 24th anniversary of my family moving to Canada from Kenya so I was especially grateful.  I would have never had the opportunity to live in Cayman had that not happened!

Tales of a Skincare Junkie: Weekly Mini Facials at Home #mariobadescu #admasm #korres #skincare

Once every week I do a mini facial of sorts that really helps boost my skin.  Again, I have combination skin, so keep that in mind if you choose to try out these products.  If ever you get a chance, I definitely recommend a facial at Mario Badescu Spa in New York City.  I went this summer and loved my facial!  The Facialist recommended a different regime for me than the one below but I find that this has worked for years so I'm going to stick to it at least until I run out before I give her recommendations a try.

1) Wash your face with your regular face wash.  (See my previous blog post: Face Wash Pick)

2) Dry your face and put on the Mario Badescu Drying Mask, wash off after 10-15 minutes. This product helps reduce excessive oil and dries all types of pimples with non-irritating sulfur and calamine formula. 

3) Wash off the drying mask and wash your face.

4) While your face is wet, apply Korres Pomegranate Deep Cleansing Scrub and gently scrub your face in circular motions.  This product helps exfoliate and tone the skin.

5) Wash off scrub and dry your face.

6) Apply the Mario Badescu Enzyme Revitalizing Mask, wash off after 15-20minutes.  You can leave it on for longer if you wish.  This mask is a creamy combination of papaya extract and vitamin E oil that restores needed moisture and promotes exfoliation for a nourishing treatment for your skin.

7) As I usually do my mini facial in the evening, after I wash off the revitalizing mask.  I put on my night cream. (See my previous blog post: RoC Deep Wrinkle Night Cream)

Been around the world and i i i......Favorite Fashion Finds #admasm #thailand #hongkong #cambodia #china

It's been forever since I last blogged, so much has happened!  For starters, I went on an amazing one month travel journey......Atlanta, LA, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Koh Samui, Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Abu Dhabi, Toronto, Atlanta.....then back to Cayman.  As you can guess, one of my favorite pass times was shopping in the local markets and street vendors.  So much to share, let's start with my favorite fashion finds.  

FAVE FASHION FINDS

Maxi Dress - Thailand

 Na Muang Waterfall - Koh Samui, Thailand

Na Muang Waterfall - Koh Samui, Thailand

'Don't Quit Your Daydream' Tshirt - Thailand

 Bike trail - Angkor 

Bike trail - Angkor 

Leather Fringe Bag - Handmade in Thailand

 Terminal 21 - Bangkok

Terminal 21 - Bangkok

Palazzo pants - Thailand

  Floating Village - Siem Reap

Floating Village - Siem Reap

Pearl earrings- Handmade in Thailand

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Floppy Hat - Topshop (Hong Kong)

 The Peak - Hong Kong

The Peak - Hong Kong

'Yoko" sunglasses - Hong Kong

 Stanley - Hong Kong 

Stanley - Hong Kong 

'Paris' Print Blouse - Thailand

 Airport arrival - Siem Reap

Airport arrival - Siem Reap

Cement 'Elephant' Clutch - Cambodia

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How to Rock: Orange is the New Black #admasm #fashion #trends #sophiehulme #butterLONDON #hermes

Though I haven't started watching the tv show just yet, I am in love with all things orange at the moment.  Whether it's a dress or handbag, it really makes you pop and I guarantee you will receive tons of compliments.

A few of my favorites: 

Sophie Hulme handbag - I've been coveting this handbag in orange for awhile now, I may have to buy myself an early xmas gift :)  

Grace: A Memoir - If you're not sure who Grace Coddington is, she's the Creative Director of American Vogue.

Butter London - Silly Billy - Known for their amazing array of colors, this polish is a nice way to add a little spice to your look.

Hermes Clic H Bracelet - Probably the most wanted orange in fashion! 

Click on the images for item details and link

 

How to get the look: NYFW Street Style #nyfw #streetstyle #admasm

If you couldn't go to New York Fashion Week who says you can't bring it to you!   With live streaming of fashion shows and up to the minute updates on Instagram and Twitter, we can all share in the excitement.  Why not take it one step further and get your street style on!

Here are some of my favorite looks and similar pieces for a fraction of the cost.

THE BLAZER 

 EDGY-CHIC

CLASSIC WHITE-TEE

NEUTRALS 

 THE PENCIL SKIRT

ALL FLORAL EVERYTHING

  THE SHIRT DRESS

IT'S SPRING! DRESSES

Tales of a Skincare Junkie: RoC Deep Wrinkle Night Cream #admasm #skincare #ulta_beauty

I originally bought this night cream for my mom to try a few years ago but when she said she got a mild reaction to it, I decided to try it myself.....don't ask why but super happy I did!  RoC Deep Wrinkle Night Cream  is a retinol based product. Retinol is a derivative of Vitamin A, it works to unclog pores, boost collagen to reduce fine lines, and speed cell turnover to even out discolorations and smooth the skin.  

RoC contains a mild dosage of retinol at 0.1%.  While there are more potent products out there that contain retinoid, they do require a prescription.  This one does the trick for me now but who knows over time I may want to boost to a higher strength.

Read more about Retinoids on Oprah.com

 

RoC Deep Wrinkle Night Cream

MTV Video Music Awards Red Carpet Roundup #vma #admasm

Feathers, rhinestones, studs....Embellishments seem to be the major trend on the red carpet!  I have to say although most of the ladies looked gorgeous, I felt as though everyone was a bit over dressed.  Usually the VMAs are a night to trade in the gowns for more edgy skirts, tops, and cocktail dresses.
 

Ciara, in Givenchy Couture, looked stunning!  Her dress was reminiscent of Beyonce at the Met Gala two years ago.  Joan Smalls nailed it!  Now that's my idea of a VMA outfit.

Tales of a Skincare Junkie: NIA 24 Facial Sunscreen #nia24 #skin #admasm #sunscreen

J'adore NIA24  Sun Damage Prevention Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30!  I have been using it for 4 years now. When I first moved to Cayman I was using another light moisturizer with SPF15 sunscreen but I found that I needed to move up to a higher SPF.

The key ingredient in NIA24 products is Nicotinic acid (Pro-Niacin) which stimulates the release of a hormone leptin, a natural repair hormone, that aids healing with the skin cells and aids in the reduction of hyper pigmentation.  

 NIA24 is carried online at Dermstore, Skinstore, and in-store at SPACE.NK.apothecary  and select Dermatologist offices.  

I usually order it online but there is currently a back log of some sort : ( I scoured the streets of NYC desperately looking for it everywhere.  Finally, one dermatologist told me that the company itself had the back log and not specifically any retailer.  Anyway, looking forward to it coming back soon!

A Big Thank You to Our Shoe Sponsor Gwyneth Shoes #gwynethshoes

I want to send a big thank you to my shoe sponsor Gwyneth Shoes for supporting us at African Fashion Week!   We love your stylish and super super comfortable shoes!  The models commented at how comfortable the shoes were to walk in.