Produce Junkie

Whenever I go on vacation I hit up the produce section of a nearby grocery store… where I buy way too much produce because it is cheap & super fresh. Or even better I get lucky & find a farmer’s stall.
Some of my platters from this week:

image

image

image

image

image

image

Even enjoyed some dishes that I can see inspiring my future plates.

image

Like this mushroom toast with arugula, parmesan, sautéed mushrooms & pesto smear.

image

Or this fabulous cheese plate with jam,  fresh fruits, nuts & various crackers.

image

This was a cooked beet salad with goat cheese,  micro greens & edible flowers that I had at a friend’s wedding.

Confessions of a traveling curly girl

So traveling can be a challenge for a curly girl. Wondering what the weather will do to your hair? Is it humid or dry? Will your hair frizz? Will it be to limp? I’ve come up with a few tricks to ensure that my curl looks good wherever I go.

1. This might be obvious but I bring my tried & true products with me. These are usually products I’ve bought & used in a drier climate but that also work well in the high humidity of my island home. If the products work in 2 extremes of dry & moist then they will work in most moderate climates too.
2. Layer layer layer – I layer from thinnest to thickest product allowing me to stop when I feel like my hair has been saturated enough. I like to start with a leave in conditioner,  then use a curl lotion, then finish with a curl cream. This helps to seal in the curl shape no matter the climate.
3. Speaking of conditioner – if I’m in somewhere that causes my skin to feel super tight (such as Canada, Vegas or winter anywhere other than Bermuda) then I know that my hair will be dry too. I then use the conditioner from the shower as the bottom layer of my styling. Sometimes a regular conditioner,  sometimes a deep conditioner.
4. Shower time – means no shampooing,  unless my hair gets really dirty or I try a new product & don’t like the feel of it in my hair, instead I use conditioner to finger comb my hair out then rinse. I like to style my hair in the shower with the conditioner in so that I don’t have to touch the curl when I get out of the shower other than squeezing out excess water & putting in product.

image

My current travel line up.

5. I always travel with a curl/conditioning spray to re-wet sections of my curls that have died too fast & have started to frizz (the one pictured above, far left is a mixture of several different conditioning sprays).
6. When in doubt, use natural products. I’ve brought my deep conditioning hair oil that I make from all organic natural oils which I’ll use to pull back my hair into a ponytail. I’ve also brought a bottle of coconut oil which can be used when the curl is dry to break up each curl for some volume without creating frizz. I also use it as a makeup remover, face & body moisturizer.

Dam good NYE

Had a lovely time in Amsterdam, in spite of there being tons of people
I took lots of baths & ate tons of yummy food.
image
image
image
image
image

Loved people watching. When I could find a warm comfortable spot to watch from.
image

Dam square was full!
image

Even the street outside our hotel was crazy on NYE.
image

Will be posting NYE shots & video soon.

It’s been forever!

It’s been forever & a day since my last post. I have been so busy with teaching & juicing & pilates that I haven’t had a moment to write. Teaching is such a challenging job but also so rewarding! I loved my substitute teaching placement & hope to work there again soon. Such a great team to work with!! The teachers & the students made me feel so loved!

20140711-233359.jpgAlthough I was done teaching I was still busy as I had a ton of juicing, good thing I had a student helper!

20140711-234349.jpgAfter my substitute teaching contract was up, I decided that I needed some workshops to spice up my instructing for Pilates. I decided that ZEN•GA was going to be perfect because of its focus on fascia stimulation & mindful movement. I had an absolutely fantastic week in Toronto training with Pj O’Clair herself!

20140715-090120.jpg (here she is explaining the movement of the diaphragms with the breath).
I also got to spend time with one of my besties Darrell. We spent the time that I wasn’t in training; drinking tea, eating good food, shopping (a lot!!) & doing my hair. It was a great recharge week & helped me get into my summer vibe.
Some Toronto pics:

20140715-090516.jpg

20140715-090631.jpg

20140715-090609.jpg (those are tempura fried apples! With chicken & bacon! I asked them to add goat cheese & voila! Deliciousness!!)

20140715-090735.jpg (World Pride was starting the day I left so the streets were decked out in rainbows!)

20140715-090941.jpg (yummy cocktails! Tried the Burnt Honey & the Blackberry)

20140715-090959.jpg Tried some exotic meat that we purchased at the St. Lawrence Market (which was awesome & I bought some yummy condiments… not the only place where I bought food, went a bit crazy on this trip as you will see in next pic.)

20140715-093906.jpg
Spent a couple nights with my family in Arnprior (a town outside of Ottawa). It was great. Had a quiet morning to myself (only person up before me was my uncle who went out to play golf)… so I hung out with this guy

20140715-091318.jpg and once my aunt was up & ready… this happened

20140715-091725.jpg
We took a drive thru the country side, had some DQ, saw a calf just after being birthed, went to the family storage unit, and hung out with my grandma.

20140715-092053.jpg

20140715-092110.jpg

20140715-092135.jpg

20140715-092240.jpg Eating berries on my grandma’s couch, hanging with my grandma & 2 cats, while looking at memories.

20140715-092509.jpg

20140715-092532.jpg

20140715-092602.jpg

20140715-092624.jpg
Next post… my next vacation & the week home between… ahh love summer!!

#stoneboyseries #stoneboytravels #amsterdam #nyc – a photo diary pt. 2

Our Daily Bread… A very thought provoking exhibit at the Rijks Museum:

20131217-181108.jpg
Checking out all the absinthe choices:

20131217-181329.jpg
But don’t worry, we only drank normal stuff…

20131217-181759.jpg

20131217-181807.jpg

20131217-181814.jpg
& ate yummy steak at our favourite restaurant

20131217-182137.jpg while enjoying the view!

20131217-184436.jpg
Mini photo shoot in Grey Area:

20131217-184724.jpg

20131217-184734.jpg

20131217-184741.jpg
We loved the scooters!

20131217-184921.jpg

20131217-184937.jpg

20131217-185009.jpg

20131217-185035.jpg

20131217-185059.jpg
Didn’t take too much with us (more room for shopping) so did a load before we left for NYC

20131217-185216.jpg
& we are off!

20131217-185256.jpg
NYC baby!

20131217-185406.jpg
Cocktails in Brooklyn

20131217-185455.jpg

20131217-185517.jpg
Shopping in Macy’s, enjoying the old wooden escalator

20131217-185622.jpg

20131217-185628.jpg
Pedicab to cocktails with my acegirl Crystal

20131217-185752.jpg

20131217-185759.jpg
Feeling under the weather

20131217-185912.jpg
Last taste of NYC

20131217-185953.jpg
Back home in the sunshine!

20131217-190033.jpg

#stoneboyseries #stoneboytravels #amsterdam – a photo diary pt. 1

Stoneboy double checking that we had our passports:

20131216-181129.jpg
It was a beautiful day the day we left:

20131216-181219.jpg
Safety first! Reading the safety manual:

20131216-181310.jpg
Catching some zzzzs:

20131216-181354.jpg
JFK:

20131216-181509.jpg
Private car to Newark because the taxi line was insane!

20131216-181713.jpg
Taking the train from Schiphol to Amsterdam Central is cheaper (4€ pp) & faster (17 mins):

20131216-181900.jpg
Beating jetlag means getting right on to Amsterdam time so some fresh orange juice for breakfast:

20131216-182246.jpg
You can have a burger for breakfast if you stick an egg on it 😉

20131216-182358.jpg
At Burger Bar they like it wet & clean… Cheeky monkeys aren’t they lol?

20131216-182526.jpg
Found cheap clementines & enjoying the view from the room:

20131216-182646.jpg
Hanging with my girl Caty… Being jealous that she lives there!!

20131216-182807.jpg
Love love love the bath tub…

20131216-182946.jpg
A visit to Anne Frankhuis:

20131216-183041.jpg
Shelly Winter’s Oscar has nothing on Stoneboy:

20131216-183311.jpg
If it ain’t broke then don’t fix it! Sticking to the same morning routine:

20131216-183455.jpg
A trip to the Heineken Factory:

20131216-183648.jpg

20131216-183714.jpg

20131216-183737.jpg

20131216-183747.jpg

20131216-183804.jpg

20131216-183813.jpg 2 beers included with the tour – Stoneboy got tipsy lol
Went to the Rijks Museum:

20131217-001506.jpg
Some of my favourite pieces of art:

20131217-001653.jpg

20131217-001817.jpg

20131217-002430.jpg

20131217-180552.jpg

20131217-180616.jpg

20131217-180637.jpg
Even the building is beautiful!

20131217-002138.jpg

20131217-002259.jpg

20131217-002317.jpg

20131217-002526.jpg
(The building is so big there is a bike path thru it!!)

20131217-002700.jpg