September 24, 2013

Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week Sept 5-12 2013

Donna Karan New York, Carolina Herrara, Naeem Khan, Badgley Mischka,Jason Wu, Oscar de la Renta, Calvin Klein Collection, Michael Kors, Rodarte, Vera Wang..... I could go on and on and on..... and on. ^_^. It's not just about labels but about artistry, dictating fashion trends, celebrities, buyers and so much more. 

It's my dream to go to NY Fashion Week but it's not as simple as buying a ticket and going but as God as my witness, one day I'll get there. I was in New York on September 8 and boarded my ship for my cruise in Manhattan. As I drove to the pier, I thought "I'm so close, yet so far". Sigh..... one day. 

This is like Fashion Mecca. It's the culmination of a lot of work, some times years, in a show that lasts maybe 30 minutes. I truly respect the industry- the business of it but especially the artistry, the art. 

It is the designers and what they show each year, as well as what the fashion editors & publications such as Vogue (let's pause to show some reverence) that will say what's hot and what the trend is for the season. 

Jason Wu

Oscar de la Renta


Ralph Lauren

Sass & Bide
Michael Kors

Carolina Herrera

Diane Von Furstenburg

Reem Acra

September 21, 2013

Carnival cruising......good value for money

Hi everyone, 

It's been a while since my last post- my sincere apologies. I got so busy for a while and then went on vacation from work (woo-hoo!!!). I went to NYC to embark on a 8 day Carnival cruise to Puerto Rico, St. Thomas (U.S. Virgin Islands) & Grand Turk (Turks & Caicos). 

It cost US$557 when I booked 1.5 months prior- with all the taxes and travel insurance etc. Now that's a great deal, I think, for 8 days food & board as well as you get to visit three different countries. Imagine if you were to visit each of these countries individually, just the airfare is more than what I paid. Even worse if you have to stay at a hotel. 

We got to Grand Turk & another Carnival ship was docked

Docked in Puerto Rico

Another advantage with cruises is that you get to visit countries and kind of 'sample' them to see whether or not it would be a place you would travel to. Now I don't really have to go back to Grand Turk. To me they have nothing on Jamaica, except a stronger foreign exchange rate which would be better for persons earning US dollars (so come to Jamaica!!! your US dollar will stretch even more ^_^). Imagine if I had paid for airfare and hotel to visit there - I'd be a little disappointed and feel like I wasted my money. 

 View of the lobby

Soaking up some sun, I need some colour

 Towel animals made by the staff

 Dive in Cinema

View as we were approaching the dock. 
St. Thomas (USVI)

Magan's Bay Beach in St. Thomas (USVI)

Oysters, prawns, scallops & shrimp- one of the fab 
dishes in the dining room. I tried frog legs
 & shark too :)

Staff performing a little show while we dined

View as we're approaching the dock at Grand Turk

It's so funny, some times it takes you not having what you are used to to appreciate what you do have. That's how I felt about Jamaica, my homeland. I've been to Mexico, Bahamas, Cayman, Puerto Rico, St. Thomas & Turks & Caicos and believe me I love my country. We take so much for granted but when you don't have it, it makes you appreciate things a lot more. I LOVE JAMAICA!!!!


Next time I'll take a shorter cruise from Florida, that way it's less days at sea. It took three days to get to Puerto Rico (our first stop) and I got sea sick along the way.

Carnival is great. The food was good but the service was excellente!!!!!. It was about 3,006 guests and 1000 staff. The ship was spic and span. There are sooooo many activities and were they on time.