Travel ~ 37. Blissful Bermuda

This past weekend, Jet Blue flew me to paradise.

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The British overseas territory named Bermuda became home for a few days. Divided into nine parishes, I couldn’t wait to explore.

My best friend, Lauren and I arrived at L.F. Wade International Airport to celebrate her birthday. Our friendly taxi driver welcomed us to the island. Driving along the narrow winding roads, the subtropical climate and vibrant houses were gorgeous. The crystal clear blue water, fruit trees and numerous yachts added to the scenic view. I can still feel the sunshine and warm air on my arm from that day or perhaps it’s the tan.

We stayed at the Fairmont Southampton, a lovely luxury resort in Warwick Camp. Our room, the Signature Suite was heavenly. The hotel staff expressed warm hospitality during every interaction. The hotel provided 9 restaurants, taxis on call, a wide range of activities such as water sports, horseback riding, fishing, diving, cycling, 6 tennis courts, an 18 hole golf course, 12 treatment rooms, a sauna, pool lounge areas and excursions for Gibbs Hill Lighthouse, Bermuda Forts, the Bermuda Aquarium, Royal Navy Dockyard and Crystal and Fantasy Caves all for additional charges. They are all well fun!

Soon enough, it was time for lunch. Taking a taxi, we headed to Mickey’s Beach Bistro. Upon arrival, we were greeted by the most the amazing man on the island and in my opinion he is the culture Ambassador for Bermuda, Cole Simmons. Also, he’s one of my best friends. Then we all enjoyed the colourful cocktails, savoury seafood and fun conversation with the servers including Gianni, Steven and Samy. Following that, it was inevitable to not walk along Elbow Beach. Let’s just say, the water was calling.

Then the heat and humidity must have taken a toll because we decided to rest for a while. A few hours later, Cole, Lauren and I made our way to Front Street to see what Hamilton had to offer. We saw loads of shops, stores, restaurants, bars and pubs as well as a water promenade. Eventually, it was time for drinks and dinner. Harry’s Restaurant & Bar was the answer for a taste of Bermuda. The marvelous manager, Manny made our dining experience a pleasure. The restaurant decor was beautiful too. First, I tried the fish chowder. Second, the mussels were yummy with a glass of Sancerre. Then our waitress surprised us with a treat. I recommend Harry’s as the dining destination in Bermuda.

After that, Cole, Lauren and I visited the Hamilton Princess Hotel to view the art on display. For evening entertainment, we drank at Hog Penny Pub and then we danced to Caribbean tunes at a Bajan bar called Spring Garden to end our Bermudian night.

The next morning, Lauren and I chilled by the pool while drinking rum swizzles. Surrounded by coconut palm trees, it was just what the doctor ordered for a holiday. In good time, we spent the afternoon at Horseshoe Bay Beach.

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Later for dinner, we checked out the Jasmine Lounge where a live band played local music. Our entrées were very delicious.

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The atmosphere was lively. Guests were jovial. Our waiter, Jaswyn was great. It was the perfect way to end our Bermuda adventure. I highly recommend to visit Bermuda to experience an #ahhbermuda moment 🙂

All photos taken by Niya Sinckler, Lauren Slinger and Cole Simmons.

Fashion ~ London Calling!

London Fashion Week kicked off yesterday with Vivenne Westwood‘s Anglomania. There are many more shows to watch, names to know and venues to visit.

Over 5,000 global fashion professionals are expected to view about 83 designers shows for their spring/summer 2017 collections. Most shows are invitation only, however the event is being live-streamed for those who are digitally savvy and can’t make it.

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Here’s my suggested schedule of what to watch for the week:

Saturday 17 September

10:45-11:00 – Fashion East‘s Mimi Wade presentation at Topshop Show Space, Old Spitafields Market.

13:30-15:30 – Markus Lupfer, a true role model who graduated from University of Westminster (the uni where I completed my MA!) will rock the runway with sleek silhouettes and iconic embellished jumpers. Specifics provided on invitation.

16:00 – J.W. Anderson, the Northern Irish designer is head of this internationally renowned brand with exclusive style set to show somewhere special in West London.

18:00 – Simone Rocha, the Dublin born designer has gained a reputable status at prestigious stockists in the major fashion cities. Always has a beautiful show, details on invitation.

19:00 – Molly Goddard, an emerging designer who features fantasy filled fashion will show at the Topshop Show Space, Old Spitafields Market.

20:00 – Gareth Pugh who always delivers a provoking show will be situated at the BFC Show Space, Soho’s Brewer St Carpark.

Sunday 18 September

11:00 – Preen by Thornton Bregazzi, a fashion duo punk-inspired with cool creations.

12:00 – Mary Katrantzou, the Greek-born London based designer who happens to be one of my favourites. Expect a digital print party at her show by the BFC Show Space, Soho’s Brewer St Carpark.

13:00 – Topshop Unique, very excited for this one! What will Kate Phelan show us at the Topshop Show Space, Old Spitafields Market.

14:45 –Peter Pilotto often embraces elegance and structural shapes for his show. See invitation.

17:30-19:30 – Belstaff headed by Chief Creative Director, Martin Cooper will deliver a menswear and womenswear presentation. See invitation.

19:00 – Paul Smith‘s bright British fashion is sure to impress from the impeccable tailoring at his show. See invitation.

Monday 19 September

12:30-14:30 – Sophia Webster, get ready for a presentation centered around butterflies.

15:00 – Christopher Kane, one of the best success’s from Scotland with his inclusive direction to appeal to consumers is bound to be amazing. Invite only.

19:30 – Burberry, the iconic luxury British brand will have a menswear and womenswear show. Wish I wish going to this!

Tuesday 20 September

10:00-17:00 – NEWGEN ‘Pop-Up’ Showroom for Molly Goddard at the Designer Showrooms.

Two names to know as marvelous models rise up are Alanna Arrington at Next Model Management and Londone Myers at Premiere Model Management. They have been seen on multiple runways this year wearing various looks. As we move into the see now, buy now mode. Consumers are on looking where to go. Head to the brand boutique shops as more designers release pieces early to loyal customers and high-profile clients.

Anyone can get involved. Follow exciting trends on the British Fashion Council or on Instagram via @LondonFashionWeek.Strut your style and go to fashion workshops on Carnaby St. Customize your denim at Topshop’s Oxford Circus location. Attend a series of talks on Regent Street by fashion creatives hosted by Hotel Café Royal. Check out Burberry’s Makers House where industry talks, craftsmanship displays and music performances will be held. Curious to see collections? Explore #LFW!

Fashion ~ Outfit of the Day

This is how I feel about the weekend, amazing!

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Being silly in Goodge Street tube station, London. Photo: James Andrews.

It’s all about brightening up by mixing luxury and contemporary brands as we go into spring. Today’s outfit includes: Calvin Klein grey double-breasted coat,  Balenciaga navy multicolour silk scarf, American Apparel black zip-up hoodie, AllSaints black cotton dress, Abercrombie & Fitch burgundy cotton shirt, American Apparel black plush fleece tights, American Apparel burgundy knee high socks rolled down for fun and rag & bone black Newbury leather boots (my favourite). Go find your colours!

 

Fashion ~ Autumn Essentials

As the weather changes in autumn, it’s cool to have a statement piece for everyday wear.

For this season, I selected my “it” piece from the iconic British luxury brand, Burberry. From the heritage collection, The Kensington long-length women’s trench coat I’m wearing photographed below is in parade red, a festive and fun colour.

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Made in England, the trench coat features buffalo horn buttons, epaulettes, gun flaps, classic D rings, cuff straps and a hook-and-eye collar closure. The item is fashionable and sophisticated. Amazingly tailored to the body, the fabric is 100% weatherproof cotton gabardine with calf leather trim and cotton lining. Therefore, it’s very breathable piece and great for layering. You can go from day meetings in a smart dress to relaxed leather leggings for drinks at night.  Find your new luxury trench coat here.

Fashion ~ Winter Wear

It’s great to see ladies wearing stylish shearling coats and Canada Goose jackets in different colors on top. Yet I wonder about below the hips, does anyone feel the cold – what is with the ankle exposure?!

Apparently, this is normal to have lovely outwear but leave ankles completely exposed. Then ladies wonder why they are getting sick. The temperature has dropped below 0 degrees Celsius or 32 degrees Fahrenheit which is freezing point. There’s a difference between style and common sense. It’s become a grin and bear it mentality. From head to toe are the ends of our bodies which hold our warmth in. Below are some options to become a layering pro this season.

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Valentino Pre-Fall 2014 Look 01, Butterfly intarsia wool cashmere cape, $8,690. Photo courtesy: Valentino.
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Christian Dior Fall Winter 2014, Look 04, Tailored camel cashmere coat, $6,500. Photo courtesy: Style.com
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Acne Studios misty black knitwear jumper, $400. Photo courtesy: Acne.
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Equipment peacoat sloane jumper, $268. Photo courtesy: Equipment
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Rag and bone grey cashmere Charlize pant, $200. Photo courtesy: rag and bone.
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Michael Kors beige cashmere pants, $300. Photo courtesy: Michael Kors
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Loro Piana light grey cashmere pants, $2,050. Photo courtesy: Loro Piana.
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Ugg Australia, classic leather boot, $165. Photo courtesy: Uggs.

Hopefully these items are helpful and if not stay inside to avoid frostbite.