Friday, 6 June 2014

accent on the e

This is a total cliche (How do I get the accent on the e?) post as I feel like many a blogger have done and continue to do it. But I figure there has to be a reason they all do it... I guess it would be nice to be able to look back and see a little round up of what happened at the end of every month. Shh! I know I'm like a week late but nevertheless, here goes.

1. Terrifying under water iPhone pictures thanks to my lifeproof case.



2. My Cinco de Mayo, aka my 18th Birthday!


If you were wondering it was s super boring as I spent the entire day studying (refer to #2).

3. Exams started... and never ended.


4. My exam coping mechanism - chocolate and ice cream.


5. This perfect day at Pebbles Beach.


6. My month twin's birthday!


7. This cutie (who belongs to my bestie).



8. This EPIC party.



9. This wine because I love the name (and the hippo).


10. And finally, Rally Barbados 2014.



Here's to a much more exciting June!

Sunday, 1 June 2014

bumfuzzle

Random panorama of Pebbles purely for lack of a naked post.

Remember when everyone was all fussy about Rachael Ray landing EVOO (extra virgin olive oil) in the dictionary? Well, since then there have been so many more funny, interesting and just a bit odd new words and acronyms added to the [online] dictionary (because seriously, who uses a proper dictionary anymore?) Here are a few common ones I've heard and maybe, possibly used in recent times, categorised into my favourites and not-so-favourites:

Favourites

FOMO, n.: fear of missing out: anxiety that an exciting or interesting event may currently be happening elsewhere, often aroused by posts seen on a social media website. - So shamefully me.

Food baby, n.: a protruding stomach caused by eating a large quantity of food and supposedly resembling that of a women in the early stages of pregnancy. - This is a perfect description and I think EVERYONE can relate to this and anyone who can't is lying. 

Bumfuzzle: confuse, perplex, fluster. - This is definitely my all-time favourite purely for how it sounds.

Not-so-favourites

Twerk, v: dance to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low, squatting stance. - Someone please tell me why the dictionary would give "twerk teams" the satisfaction of actually calling this a word? At least my computer still puts the red squiggly lines underneath the word.

Phablet, n.: a smartphone having a screen which is intermediate in size between that of a typical smartphone and a tablet computer. -  The is just something wrong with a phone being that big. Also, it kinda just sounds like you have a fabulous (a.k.a. "fab") tablet, not an overly and massively huge "where the hell am I supposed to keep this?" phone.

Srsly, adv. (informal): short for 'seriously'. - Stop being so damn lazy and type the full word. 

Friday, 30 May 2014

wear sunscreen


I read this speech a while back and loved every word in it. I recently stumbled upon it again and decided it was too good not to share with y'all, so here it is:

Wear Sunscreen
By Mary Schmich of the Chicago Tribune

Ladies and gentlemen of the class of '98, wear sunscreen.

If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it. The long-term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience. I will dispense this advice now.

Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth. Oh, never mind. You will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they've faded. But trust me, in 20 years, you'll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can't grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked. You are not as fat as you imagine.

Don't worry about the future. Or worry, but know that worrying is as affective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubble gum. The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind, the kind that blind side you at 4:00P.M. on some idle Tuesday.

Do one thing every day that scares you.

Sing.

Don't be reckless with other people's hearts. Don't put up with people who are reckless with yours.

Floss.

Don't waste your time on jealousy. Sometimes you're ahead, sometimes you're behind. The race is long and, in the end, it's only with yourself.

Remember the compliments you receive. Forget the insults. If you succeed in doing this, tell me how.

Keep your old love letters. Throw away your old bank statements.

Stretch.

Don't feel guilty if you don't know what you want to do with your life. The most interesting people I know didn't know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives. Some of the most interesting 40-year-olds I know still don't.

Get plenty of calcium.

Be kind to your knees. You'll miss them when they're gone.

Maybe you'll marry, maybe you won't. Maybe you'll have children, maybe you won't. Maybe you'll divorce at 40, maybe you'll dance the funky chicken on your 75th wedding anniversary. Whatever you do, don't congratulate yourself too much, or betray yourself either. Your choices are half chance. So are everybody else's. 

Enjoy your body. Use it every way you can. Don't be afraid of it or of what other people think of it. It is the greatest instrument you'll ever own.

Dance, even if you have nowhere to do it but your living room.

Read the directions, even if you don't follow them.

Do not read beauty magazines. They will only make you feel ugly.

Get to know your parents. You never know when they'll be gone for good.

Be nice to your siblings. They're the best link to your past and the people most likely to stick with you in the future.

Understand that friends come and go, but with a precious few you should hold on. Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography and lifestyle, because the older you get, the more you need the people who knew you when you were young. 

Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard.

Live in Northern California once, but leave before it makes you soft. 

Travel.

Accept certain inalienable truths: Prices will rise. Politicians will philander. You, too, will get old. And when you do, you'll fantasise that when you were young, prices were reasonable, politicians were noble, and children respected their elders.

Respect your elders. 

Don't expect anyone else to support you. Maybe yowl have a trust fund. Maybe you'll have a wealthy spouse. But you never know when either one might run out.

Don't mess too much with your hair or by the time you're 40 it will look 85.

Be careful whose advice you buy, but be patient with those who supply it. Advice is a form of nostalgia. Dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it's worth.

But trust me on the sunscreen. 

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

fat lady, sing to me

They say it's not over until the fat lady sings and boy oh boy, am I longing to hear the sweet, sweet sound of her voice. Today's exam was (as you may have guessed) absolutely, positively and utterly awful (note: this seems to be a trend with my all CAPE exams), but hey, what was I expecting, it's Math. Anyway, on to much more fun and exciting life events. My superbly tired and possibly sick (I'm strongly denying the truth of this) self is off to the ever popular Harbour Lights tonight for her second taste of summer, maybe this time we call it a sip? Taste, sit, gulp, bottle, whatever, I'm super excited to actually do something other than sit at home and study cry my life away.


Bummer alert! - Halfway through the writing of this post my excitement was cut short for a multitude of reasons:
1. My silly indecisive friends who I'm convinced are physically incapable of making a plan.
2. I feel absolutely and positively God-awful - curse this stupid stupid sickness.
3. The dreaded and ever-current exams which I should probably study for.
5. I'm poor. (This should probably have been #1.)
6. I have work tomorrow. (refer to above as to why this is a factor).
7. I've been up since 5:00A.M. and I'm more than overtired.

Basically, my head and my heart are in deep conflict and today sadly I believe, my head has won the battle. As a result I'll probably be spending my night binge watching Friends and end up in dreamland by approximately 10:00, can you say party animal? Until the next fight folks and hopefully this time there will be a different outcome...



Tuesday, 27 May 2014

an epic taste of summer

If you know me, you know I love nothing more than partying, dancing, soca, POWDER and PAINT which is why when I saw the flyer for this party, exams had to take a back seat for just a night and I had to go (for the second and definitely not the last time in my little old life).



And let me tell you, it was 200 times better than last year. The entire place was neon - everything from the trees to the ground to the people was covered in neon lights, glows sticks and of course, neon paint and powder. Due to the fact that we were all COVERED in paint, I had a little bit of a difficult time locating my friends and thus spent the entire night in the middle of the dance floor dancing on top of a cooler. Needless to say it was awesome until the next morning when I spent the entire day livin' life as a wannabe smurf, aka cleaning blue paint out of my ears and nose.

pre-paint & powder

in my element - post-paint and powder

My little taste of an exam free life has me craving summer even more now, especially the infamous Kadooment weekend which includes an even more exciting powder, paint and MUD party - Jouvert! P.S. if you don't get why the party was called EPIC you should listen to this song and even if you do get why, you should still listen to it because you probably love it as much as I do.

Jouvert poster

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

dreaming of summer...

Ahh, so I'm approximately half way through my exam and I can practically taste summer. All of my fun exams (and by fun, I just mean my art exams, the rest sucked) are over and all I'm finding it impossibly hard to concentrate with the thought of vacations, boats, beach days, sight seeing and oh yea MALLS all around the corner.

If you didn't know already, I have some super exciting summer plans coming up (well, I think they're super exciting anyway). As soon as my oh so absolutely, positively and utterly horrifying exams end I'm jet setting off to Canada to visit the other half who for some reason felt the need to subject himself to work/school (aka co-op) in Canada all year round. Anyway, I'm not complaining (right now) as this will be my first ever traveling experience all by my lonesome and I can't wait - say hello to Miss Independent!

And that's not all - upon return from my solo travels, I'll barley be able to count to ten, graduate (yes, graduate!) and I'm off again on a very overdue family (+ best friend) vacation to the Grenadines. We'll hop on a boat and sail away from our little island for 10 days of sunny, salty and wonderful seclusion. I'm quite excited for the little escape from the drama and stress my little island can conjure up sometimes, as well as the amazing tan I'll have when I return... oh yea, and the fact that I get to wear a bikini every single day! Here are a few Pinterest finds that I'm wishing to add to my already oversized collection of approximately 100+ bikinis:




Monday, 19 May 2014

Dom-unique


Hello blogging world, my name's Dominique and here's my itty bitty little piece of the world wide and oh so confusing web! Seeing as my tech savvy self doesn't know how to add to the about me section of my blog, I'll write it here.

I'm a "90s baby" ('96 to be exact) with a passion for everything artsy. I'm the messiest perfectionist you'll ever meet and I can be seen 99% of the time with some form of paint/clay/glitter/glue/wire stuck to me or my clothing. I'm a girlie girl who's not afraid to get her hands, (head, toes and everything in between) dirty and I'll try anything once.

I live in a tropical paradise, Barbados to be precise and I love every minute of it. I think life's better in a bikini and try to spend every chance I get with salt in my hair and my toes in the sand. I love a good cup of coffee, a cosy corner and a good book. I indulge in the occasional glass bottle of wine and love a good party. Soca music is the soundtrack to my life and no matter where life takes me I am and forever will be and island girl from my head to my toe, inside and out!

In terms of the oh so dreaded topic: school, I'm a full time student finishing the absolute worst academic year of my life- If you've ever endured CAPE you'll know why. However, I'm super excited for the weird and wonderful journey ahead of me, whatever and wherever it will be.

It's a time for new begins and therefore I feel like it's the perfect time for my baby blog to enter into the world so join me as I float through this silly, fun, exciting and oh so surprising journey I call life!