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A Shoeless Island Existence

We ladies (many of us, at least) are known for our love of shoes. If you're like me, you may have also dreamt of Carrie Bradshaw’s walk-in wardrobe from Sex in the City. All those pretty, sparkly, sexy shoes... By definition, a shoe is "a covering for the foot,...

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Carnival Never Done: Playing Mas at 50

Turning 50 was a huge moment for me. I celebrated for a full year, trying out many new things along the way. I gained a simple understanding of golf terms; I bought and wore my first pair of shorts (I am queen of the maxi skirt, tunics, and pant/jeggings); and I even...

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I’ll Take the Case

Life in the islands has managed to instill some embarrassing hoarding tendencies in me. I never used to feel the need to stockpile everyday items, but now that I know they're not available at the ready should I run out, I can't help but buy things like shave cream in...

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When Your Hair Hates the Tropics

I've been living on my lovely little rock, Grand Cayman, since August 2017. While these past seven months of island living have felt significant to me, I am often still referred to as a "baby" or a "newbie" by my fellow islanders. Not only am I considered new when...

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Island Girl, Au Naturale

My mom and I are (or were) self-proclaimed "Ivory girls." (If you are middle-aged, you might remember those Ivory soap commercials that inspired this nickname.) My mom dropped off the pure, no make-up, au naturale bandwagon around her forties, but I march on. I love...

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