Friday, May 22, 2015

Island Life

Ecote crochet-trim racerback tank | Victoria's Secret tie-dye drawstring short | J.Crew panama hat | Photos by: Tina Clara

Oh that island I understand what it really feels like to be an island girl. I was never really into being in the sun on any normal day, but Turks & Caicos was truly the exception. I went there with a spray tan and came back with a real tan. Bare feet! No bra! Going commando and just let it all hang out! ;)

A friend of mine said Turks & Caicos was as close to the proverbial island paradise he has ever been. That and Tahiti. Well, it definitely was paradise. As it was my first time in the Caribbean and I can’t make any comparisons, but LOVED every moment of it. I guess I can safely say I fit right in. Perhaps I’m an island girl at heart? I realized I’m really good at eating chocolate cake every night watching the sunset over the turquoise horizon. Now that’s talent....

Speaking of chocolate cake.....I really want some now.

Ahhh....take me back to paradise. Or feed me chocolate bed. LOL. I’ll take either. :) xx jt

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Monday, May 18, 2015

50 Shades of Blue

Made by Dawn Hiker bikini top and bikini bottom | Natalie B Jewelry body chain | Bracelets: H&M, Forever 21 | Belt vintage | Photos by: Tina Clara

If I was a Bond girl for a day....this is it!

I had the opportunity to go to the beautiful island of Turks & Caicos, thanks to The Ellen Show. My traveling buddy Tina and I decided to pack our bags and jet on out for a long overdue and deserved vacay. Into the BLUE!

My bucket list, before I get old and gray (ahem...already am! LOL) I’ve dreamed of doing a Sports Illustrated swimsuit inspired shoot while I still have the body to do so. Well I can certainly check that off the list! Having caught the flu in February helped me put my body on track. I think I’m close to my high school body and weight. Yikes! My stomach shrunk so I don’t eat as much as I used to. In the process I lost 10-15 lbs. Crazy right? It wasn’t even by choice. It just happened. But one can’t take that for granted, so I still eat healthy and exercise regularly. Everything in moderation.

Ironically enough, Victoria’s Secret models were on location shooting for their catalog at the same time. I had to laugh out loud when the hotel staff were asking if I was one of them. Flattered....but seriously, have you seen how skinny minny and stunning these models are in real life? Believe me, I saw them and they look like teenagers! They are literally one third of me. LOL.

Another bucket list item was that I’ve always wanted to go horseback riding in the ocean. And what more could you ask but to do it in the Caribbean and more on so, in the perfect turquoise waters. Double check that off the bucket list:) That was truly the highlight of my trip because the experience was absolutely beautiful and tranquil. You felt like you were one with the ocean. Riding out into the sea...and not looking back. And that’s the mantra for this to move forward and not looking back. Life experiences gives you the courage to always look to the brighter future. And it is bright. Only if you choose it to be so.

"If you’re brave enough to say goodbye, life will reward you with a new hello." - Paulo Coelho

So, Hello! :) xx jt

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