Happy (Happy) New Year!
New Year. New Start. New You. #MakeitCount. I don’t know about y’all but I’m stoked for 2015, which may have something to do with the fact that I closed out the old year and rang in the new one on the sunny island of Jamaica with four of the coolest kids by my side, le bestie included. The five of us moved through Jamrock liked we owned the land. From MoBay to Kingston, to Ochi to Negril, we turned that island out. Group travel just may be my new thang. 2014 was a transformative year, significant shifts occurred in both my personal and professional life. Old doors closed, making room for new doors to open. 2015, I’m ready for you! Thank you, Jamaica, for a perfect vacation spent with pure souls, and for prepping me and GTS for the year ahead. We ready. We ready.
Before we arrived on the island, we decided we were ditching our villa in MoBay, renting a car, and road-tripping it to the capitol for NYE. And precisely that we did. Not blindly though, I have people in Kingston, so we had a place to get ready, crash and recover. For locals, the drive from Montego Bay to Kingston takes about 2 1/2 hours, it took us 4. It was a rough one. The dark windy roads and aggressive Jamaicans flying through those mountains at unnecessary speeds had us clutching each other and rethinking our decision to go, but honey, we made it. Shout out to our designated captain, Big Brother Los, for manhandling the journey and getting us to our final destination in one piece.
It was a Wang affair on NYE at Absinthe, one of the hottest parties happening in Kingston. DJs Kurt Riley, Coppershot Disco and Dre Day kept us dancing all night long. Loop Jamaica actually snapped me in action. As for the fit, I styled my Alexander Wang x H&M Sports Bra with a pleated metallic skirt by Donna Karan, Giuseppe Zanotti sandals and a Michael Kors crossbody. And we can’t forget about this natural hair of mine that my bestie curiously patted, then asked, “Mey, why is it so compact?” while stretching my tight curls. My reply, “I have black girl hair Hannah.” “Oh…”
Two Smiles and a Rude Bwoy Frown. The Calm Before The Dancehall Storm
Tyrone & The Ladies in Beverly Hills. You get spectacular views of the City from up here. First came fireworks then we moved on to the Dancehall.
All-Inclusive Fete, Food, Drinks, Good Vibes & Good Music Included
New Year, New Ink. Bey and Khloe K. Aren’t The Only Ones Who Know How Rock Flash Tats
The next time you’re in MoBay, visit Half Moon and order the curry chicken and shrimp served alongside white rice, salsa and mango chutney. It taste better than it looks and this ish looks guud.
Tucked away on the top of a hill minutes away from Sangster International Airport and Doctor’s Cave Beach, Seascape, our Jamaican home away from home, is a cozy, well-kempt family-owned villa with an infinity pool, jacuzzi and an impressive, carefully curated collection of art. We booked the home last-minute on Airbnb, not quite knowing what to expect but when we arrived, we were all smiles. Like any where, there were minor snafus, but nothing major, overall we enjoyed our stay.
Sylvan aka Granfadda, the residence’s Angel, made us breakfast, assisted whenever we needed help, which was often, and even offered to walk us into town one morning after we returned our rental and wanted to make a market run. He’s the sweetest young man with the best stories.
The Collective, Minus DJ Shari B. Who’s Probably Capturing The Moment
Escovitch Snapper and Rice & Peas Compliments of Brown Mon, A Local Hot Spot in Doctor’s Cave
Til Next Time JA…
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