Behind the Lens: Terel Moore Photography

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There aren’t any words to describe how our work unfolds with magic and purpose. Me and Terel put our best foot forward; we seek to show you the best of our culture and heritage and the best of ourselves" - Kiki There’s never been a time in my life when I’ve not had an unbreakable creative bond. In my earlier years, the creatives were my parents, for I was the baby backstage at hair shows, and on the set of fashion shoots mimicking their flamboyant flair with hair on those poor training dolls. When I started to explore styling and art direction independently, I’ve always been fortunate to find everlasting loyalty in photographers who shared a similar vision. From British/Jamaican photographer Jerome Williams, British/Lucian photographer Frederique Rapier to Swedish/Brazilian photographer Erika Lager, we not only created together but formed meaningful friendships that I cherish to this day.  I am beyond grateful to have found that in Grenada with photographer Terel Moore. To say Terel, gets me, is an understatement. There aren’t any words to describe how our work unfolds with magic and purpose. What we capture is not only fuelled by our passion but a common desire to express how fascinated and impressed we are by the beauty of our homeland, Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique. When we work, we put our best foot forward; we seek to show you the best of our culture and heritage and the best of ourselves. Our ability to share heartwarming stories, the character of our people and the enchantment of this place we get to call home peacefully and respectfully every single shoot is rare. I’m honoured to finally publish my conversation with the photographer behind the lens, Terel Moore. And feature our very first shoot at La Sagesse Hotel, Restaurant and Beach…

Sandals Grenada: Red Lane Spa

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“With active ingredients like guava, raw sugarcane, wild yam, passion flower and seaweed the Red Lane Spa experience and Red Lane Products were designed with island living in mind! There’s even a range called Spice, inspired by the enchantment and warmth of Grenada and infused with the scent of nutmeg, clove and ylang-ylang.” As a certified spa junkie and firm believer in the importance of a consistent skincare regime, I wish someone told me (before I sealed every single one of my products with masking tape) there’s a huge chance they wouldn’t result in the flawless effect I was so used to when used in a humid Caribbean climate. Cue… my Flawless Facial at Sandals Grenada Resort & Spa, where I discovered Red Lane Spa and Red Lane Products. Ninety glorious minutes at the hands of a fantastic therapist originally from Jamaica, my face, head, back and shoulders regained its radiance. My mind transcended to my favourite majestic place in the West Indies and my body fully rejuvenated by a medley of products and methods inspired by the best remedies and traditions found in the tropics. What’s more, Grenadian residents and Caricom passport holders pay 50% of the regular USD treatment price, which in my view is excellent for such a quality service, and highly trained and skilled spa therapist that has worked throughout the region. Since my transition to the tropics, I’ve battled with finding the right facial skincare. I have an abundance of natural blends of coconut oil based body products, but with oily/combination skin, I’ve been faced with hot and sweaty challenges (no pun intended). Before my treatment, I had a sniff and sample fest with the testers and with active ingredients like ginger, guava, raw sugarcane, wild yam, lemongrass, passion flower and seaweed they certainly complimented…

Stay: Castaway Carriacou

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"Without even realising it, we had been infected by something on Carriacou – not Ziko, dengue or any other mosquito-borne illness, but rather a realisation that life could be very different from the materialistic, fast-paced lifestyle we had grown used to in England" The Islands Issue of House of Coco Magazine is about to drop! As the mags dedicated Caribbean Reporter, I’m uber proud of the inspiring editorials dedicated to island life and travellers who desire connections to culture, people and lifestyle. It’s filled with fifty shades of beautiful blue, romanticising you with the Editors pursuit to remind us all why it's vital to ‘switch off from the world and escape’ and ‘take time away to recharge your batteries’. Words I lived by during a weekend getaway at a self-catered apartment aptly named Castaway in Carriacou. Funnily enough, The Islands Issue includes my travel feature, ‘Why Souls and Hearts are Stolen on the Island of Carriacou’, highlighting the story of a British couple who fell in love with this 13 sq mile island, also known as the ‘Land of Reefs’ for its stunning coral colonies. The irony of it all is that’s precisely what happened when fellow Brits Liz and Martin and owners of Castaway Carriacou visited in 2016. Castaway Carriacou is a brand new fully furnished 2-level, one-bedroom apartment nestled on a hilltop in Hermitage, offering 360 views of Tyrell Bay. Liz and Martin are incredibly hospitable and take pride in giving you a hotel concierge-style greeting with luggage assistance, recommendations and total privacy once your keys are handed over. Magical is the word that best describes waking up to that soothing sunrise and drifting off under a fiery sunset over the stunning views of Saline Island and White Island. You can blame Liz and a bit of Pinterest…

Laluna Resort Grenada: For Lovers and Dreamers

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“The absence of luxury is a luxury within itself.” I don’t need any excuse to saunter around Laluna, Grenada’s most romantic resort, but seen as its Valentine’s Day and you’ve virtually twisted my arm. I’ll be there, stuck in time overlooking the majestic Portici Beach succumbing to a soul-stealing sunset. Laluna is the epitome of barefoot beach chic and luxury lax living, and it’s my all-time favourite place and one of the most hypnotic locations in Grenada. Dear I say, it’s the ultimate destination for dreamers, lovers, intimate weddings and honeymooners in the Caribbean. It offers total peace and tranquillity with fertility statues stationed around the resort warning off children on the loose while welcoming couples looking to rekindle love and romance. Here are a few reasons why you should celebrate love at Laluna! Cosy Cottages: A blend of Balinese, Caribbean and Italian influences characterise the rich palette, which does an excellent job at placing you into a deep slumber. Each cottage faces far-reaching views of the ocean, and the wet room is no exception. An extremely addictive outside shower and plunge pool ensure you are constantly immersed in paradise. Imagine washing your worries away while gazing at the ocean. Just one sleep is all it takes to devote hours to lounging in bed and staring into space. What Laluna’s cottages offer is the absolute necessities any humans needing rest requires, and that’s long pillows, a four-poster bed with linen draping, ocean views, warm showers and cushions, lots and lots of comfy cushions. A Taste of Italian in Grenada: It’s certainly a treat that one of the owners is Italian so you can enjoy the authentic taste of Italy at Laluna’s beachfront restaurant. Under thatched-roof, dreamy candlelight, the finest Italian ingredients, and the allure of their illuminated pool at night, you’ll fall…

The Culture Man at Grand Anse Craft Market

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“Things may not be the way you want it all the time. If the path of a bank worker or doctor doesn’t choose you, no other work can be called a disgrace, as long as its an honest day's work for a fair day's pay” - Frank Belfon  It’s no secret I love hats and on one blindingly beautiful day I found the hat of my tropical dreams at Grand Anse Craft Market. The day I purchased that hat, I also learnt invaluable lessons from a businessman. Not the type with tasteful accents like a good watch and leather wallet that hints to their success. This businessman wore practical attire, his office was his booth, his hammock was his desk, and his bank account was his backpack. Meet Frank Belfon, Born in Paradise, St. Andrew and bred in St. George's. He is the owner of The Culture Man booth at Grand Anse Craft Market. On a weekly basis, he ensures the smooth operation of his booth, maintaining his production schedule, ensuring he has a sufficient supply of raw materials, manpower and production equipment to create his products. During opening hours he is focused on driving traffic to his booth, increasing sales and exceeding customer expectations. He is always devising training opportunities for the next generation and building partnerships throughout the region to maximise distribution to increase his profits. Let me share my talk with Frank… “I was 13 years old when my mother died. Before she died if you had asked me what I wanted to be, I would have told you a Manager in one of those fancy hotels. But, I had little brothers and sisters to look after. That was my reality, and I needed to focus on selling until they could fend for themselves. My mother used…

Barbados: Waves Hotel and Spa

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“Go to Barbados!” they said. “You’ll love it” they chimed. “Whyyyy would I want to go to Little Britain”, I bellowed. Having had enough of my sort back home, I’ll admit the vision of being bombarded with menus of bangers and mash and ballsy brits on holiday was enough to put me off, but it was quite the opposite. Oh, there were Brits, plenty of them. But they were the linen-clad, Panama wearing, St. Tropez tanned types. Poised in an al fresco setting with the bonus of friendly Caribbean mannerism, such as several ‘good-afternoons’ as you do when the sun is shining, and you’ve got no complaints. I was sold! This Bajan life was right up my street with the perfect balance of three of my favourite things, fashion, fine dining and the beach. For the first part of my Barbados travel series, I’ll focus on where I dwelled. Stay tuned for my recommendations on where to dine and what to do. Dwellings: Waves Hotel and Spa by Elegant Resorts Check-In At the bottom of the stairs to the renewed Waves Hotel and Spa by Elegant Hotels was Veronica, the tourist information assistant who just happened to be originally from Grenada. “I knew you were a Spice (Grenadian) girl; we just have this natural beauty about us”, she bragged. With my slight flustered from flying grin, I coyly accepted the compliment. If Veronica's pleasantries were anything to go by, I had a strong inclination that this all-inclusive spa and hotel along the Platinum West Coast was going to be a great experience. The check-in process was seamless, the foyer fulfilled my interior porn desires, and the front desks clerks were all darlings. First Impressions The beige concrete entrance wasn’t mindblowing. But, the foyer with its appealing assortment of natural textures, in…

The Return

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“Go do it! Don’t wait for another day, another hour or another time… go and do it now!” - Kyrzayda Rodriguez | 8.18.78 - 9.9.18  This blog is called The Return. It’s a return to something I truly love, a return to sharing the things I’m passionate about, the culture and lifestyle I feel privileged to be a part of and the people who inspire me. I write this blog after news of the tragic passing of Fashion Blogger, Kyrzayda Rodriguez (@kyrzayda_) who lost her battle with cancer. Kyrzayda continued to create beautiful content that inspired bloggers around the world through all the heartwrenching changes caused by chemotherapy. Since 2013, she has motivated and inspired us all, a true lover of fashion with an unmatchable ability to compose stunning lifestyle shots until the day she left us. Her last words to her dedicated following included the quote above. It was a reminder to continue to do the things I love every day because no excuse beats the ability to stay motivated and consistent while fighting a life-threatening disease. So here goes… A Day at Maca Bana Resort + Aquarium Restaurant Following the IG feeds of bloggers and content creators you admire is like having hundreds of digital besties. It’s one of the reasons so many cherished Kyrzayda. If you ever get the chance to meet your digital best friend, the hope is that you hit it off in real life. That was me and Melissa Frusco, lover of all things fashion, travel, beauty and founder of lifestyle blog, The Incogneatist . We instantly connected after a conversation about her views on Grenada. Here’s a snippet… “It’s pure paradise!  Everywhere you look there is something beautiful. Grenada embodies everything that makes me happy! This is my seventh trip, apart from visiting…

The Content Creator: Monica Walton

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"I’ve always struggled with being a ‘business owner’ and a ‘boss’ but also being in a bikini on the beach flying drones. I was worried people wouldn’t take me seriously and it didn’t make sense" Name:  Monica Walton Age: 29 Cultural heritage: Mixed / Caribbean Place of birth/Resides: The Cayman Islands Kiki: How has your upbringing shaped the woman you are today? Monica: I grew up in a big family with two brothers and sisters. My brothers were closest to my age so we would hang out more, maybe that’s why I’m a bit of a tomboy! I’m so grateful that I was raised to be independent and self-sufficient. It led me to fall in love with learning, growing and facing life's challenges head-on. I’m very career-focused and hope to inspire other women to have the drive to go after their goals. I want everyone to know that they don’t have to accept any situation they are in - if you want something, you have to go after it and carve out your path. Kiki: I love your platform @BeachBoxTV tell me more about what you do? Monica:  I run a media company called Vagabond Media Group in Cayman Islands where I get to manage a small team of talented people and help other businesses tell their story through video and creative content. Doing what you love every day is very fulfilling! I love seeing people’s businesses grow, seeing the entrepreneurial journey’s around Cayman and being a part of that. It’s fulfilling making a difference to someone’s life. I love to see women pursuing creative careers, especially in video. I also have an online travel platform called Beachbox (www.beachboxtv.com). It allows me to travel the Caribbean and shoot videos for tourism boards and resorts and have a place to share the…

Numad – All Natural Products For The Modern Nomad

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"A natural skincare brand that's good enough to eat" It was a so-called summer day in London. As I contemplated getting my calves out, I looked down on skin resembling a dreary-looking grayscale Google map. It was in that moment that I developed an immense appreciation for my ‘Island Gal’ glow. Cue, my long-awaited desire to find a product that bottles Grenada’s goodness so I could take it with me anywhere in the world! That product is Numad, namely my Nutmeg and Tangerine Body Butter infused with actual nutmeg, cocoa and essentials oils. It saved my legs that day! When Grenadian Designer, Developer and Digital Marketer, Kenroy George approached me with Numad, a newly launched all-natural skincare brand, it was luxury at first sight. Some years of commercial bombarding from skincare brands later, I can’t pretend that pretty packing does not appease me. So it was refreshing to see a Grenadian product with branding that would hold its own in the beauty hall of a high-end department store. Upon the first scrutiny of my Numad products, there was no mumbling, and confused squint trying to sound out ingredients. I was able to identify every single component, and you can bet your money that I’m one of those people who loves a hair and skincare product that’s good enough to eat. Ladies and gents, let me tell you! When I unscrewed the lid of Numad Chocolate Body Butter for the first time, I had a throw your head back and closed eyes moment. The smell was overwhelmingly amazing. After all, it contains real dark chocolate. And as the natural aphrodisiac should, I felt like a goddess after one layer of lathering. It gave my skin a radiant, hydrated and healthy glow, and with alluring aromas, it’s quite addictive, probably the next…

The Rumboat Retreat

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"Rum is a stitch in the fabric of Caribbean culture" The irony of a non-drinker loving a retreat dedicated to rum and relaxation is an entire post within itself, and if you’re a teetotaler who’s not into discussing your favourite tipple, don’t bounce off this blog just yet, because Rumboat Retreat is much more than the indulgence rum. It’s the steamed snapper with juicy okra bursting out the seams of a banana leaf. It’s the gum burns after an eager bite into a fluffy fried bakes filled with saltfish. It’s the wooden tipi hut cocooned by lush dewy vegetation creating a coolness and sense of calm. And, it’s Lisette Davis, the owner, romancing you with talk of her latest homemade mango stew and chocolate bonbon concoction. Are you there yet? Can you see, smell and taste it. Rum lover or not! Get yourself to Mount Nesbit in the parish of St. John and check in to a cosy guestroom at Rumboat Retreat. Kiki: I love the Rumboat Retreat concept. Tell me more about your career as a Rum Connoisseur and what inspired you to set up this business? Lisette: Rum is a stitch in the fabric of Caribbean culture, so becoming a rum connoisseur was a natural curiosity for me. At first, I just set out to understand the science of making rum, but I found so many variables that it became art in liquid form. It made my heart pound and had all of my attention. Every day it gives me great pleasure to teach rum tasting etiquette and provide a fun and interactive way to learn about the spirit of rum. The Rumboat Retreat concept came about from the many rum stories I would hear, and the voice of patriotism from each island who all believe their blend…

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