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Good morning! I have finally succumbed to loving this weather and I’m now embracing every minute of it! Isn’t it beautiful!?!?

“Never in a month of Sundays”? Umm, it has been sunny for more than a month… So: ‘RIGHT NOW IS a month of SUN DAYS (and then some!)’

Okay, this post has nothing to do with the weather, it’s predominantly on my new Brazilian Blowout… But, also, the weather! Thanks.

It’s apparently going to be record-breaking in Europe. Please enjoy it before #Brexit goes into full effect.

Brazilian blow-dries are a lot like this weather – they’re HOT! *laughs in Brazilian and books flights to do it in Rio*

Procedure: washing hair with cuticle opening shampoo (twice). Then, adding the natural solution/treatment. You then wait 10 minutes for it to soak in and blow-dry it in, then straighten it. After that, you rinse only with water and condition, then blow-dry it again. It’s a three hour process.

So, three hours well spent if I’m going to spend the next four months STILL not brushing my hair.

Anyway, long story longer, I had it done because my mum could not bear me leaving the house without brushing my hair…

Usually, parents have to do that whole Birds & the Bees talk, right?

My mum had nothing to worry about because I’m abstaining and that life chose me until marriage.

But, other lives that chose me were the “not-brush my hair” and “look homeless” ones. I actually sat my mum down at the tender age of 15 to tell her it ain’t happening.

I remember the speech, and she wishes she didn’t… It was and I quote: “mum, some people want to be astronauts, I just don’t want to brush my hair.”

She understood, reluctantly, and then continued to try as she might-ed to keep me strategically placed next to combs and hair brushes. She thought the days when I’d straighten my hair were a revelation, because they were so few and far between.

Brazilian blowdries, for me, just mean I can continue not brushing my hair. I can go four months without brushing AND hearing “can you brush you hair?”, “Do you want a brush?” and “Let me brush your hair!!!”

Why do I not brush my hair? There were 24 hours in a day last time I checked… There are 7 days in a week and four weeks in a month and 12 months in a year. Not one second/minute/hour/month/week/year/leap year/decade/millennium or anything time-related was made for me to pick up a comb and utter the words: “let me use you!” Who do you think I am, the Kings of Leon of hair brushers?

I LOVE Brazilian blow-dries. My USP is to I cut corners where hair brushing is concerned, and this gives me that…

It’s a treatment that straightens, nourishes, and softens the hair, giving it added shine. As I explained briefly, it lasts 4 months (if you only wash it once a week).

Yes, it is dependent on how many times you wash it. This is great because I don’t have to spend my showers washing my hair too! Extra time for me to do NOTHING! Lo’ AND BEHOLD! What a LIFE!

Thanks Jurema for doing my hair and making me look HOME-FULL! I actually look like I live inside of an abode now! My life has changed stratospherically.

My mum and my follicles are eternally grateful. I’m just grateful that I don’t have to hear conversations related to brushing of the hair.

Rating: 5*

Sophie Kinsella is my spirit author. I just love her quick wit and chick-flick the pagers. Her writing inspires me no end (pun intended). But, Jenny Colgan is a close third…

The Endless Beach is a book that I purchased a while back but have had literally no time to read. As you know, I’ve taken some time off for some R&R before a manic few months, so I’m also taking time to get back into the real world. I’ve started reading again.

This weather makes me want to read. So, I venture out into my garden, sit in my lounger and enjoy the rays with an iced coconut water in hand (and down the tonsils). I feel like I’m actually on holiday, it’s great!

Anyway, back to the book… The Endless Beach by Jenny Colgan (not related to the inventor of Colgate toothpastes nor Hulk Hogan, as far as I know) tells the story of Flora and her friend Lorna who try to make their relationships work, in different circumstances. They do so on a beach – working in a kitchen… I mean, if you’re going to do some damage control/prevention, there’s worse places than doing it on a shore.

So, if you’re into funny chick-flicks and are looking for a new good read, give The Endless Beach a go. It’s 402 pages long, so the beach ain’t the only thing that’s Endless. All jokes aside, it’s brilliant. I couldn’t put it down.

Gorgeously romantic, gloriously heartwarming – take the unmissable new novel from Sunday Times bestseller Jenny Colgan to the beach this summer

Run away to a beautiful Scottish beach and let the unmissable new novel from Sunday Times bestseller Jenny Colgan heat up your summer!

Dreams start here…

‘Charming, made me long to escape to Mure. Total joy.’ – Sophie Kinsella

On the quayside next to the Endless Beach sits the Summer Seaside Kitchen. It’s a haven for tourists and locals alike, who all come to eat the freshest local produce on the island and catch up with the gossip. Flora, who runs the cafe, feels safe and content – unless she thinks too hard about her relationship with Joel, her gorgeous but emotionally (and physically) distant boyfriend.

While Flora is in turmoil about her relationship. her best friend Lorna is pining after the local doctor. Saif came to the island as a refugee, having lost all of his family. But he’s about to get some shocking news which will change everything for him.

As cold winter nights shift to long summer days, can Flora find her happy-ever-after with Joel?

My rating: 5*

A very, very good read. There’s also a loyalty card on one of the pages further back, hand-drawn and written by a little one. That, together with the plot, writing and fact that Jenny Colgan who’s tipped to be the next Sophie Kinsellla makes this a must-read!

You can download it on Kindle or get it in paperback at most bookstores now.

Located in the south coast between the rainforest and soft sands, Carlisle Bay is one of the world’s leading luxury resorts, appealing to families and couples alike.

This hotel is a must-stay for high-net-worth individuals who wish to spend time off their yacht, in a newly refurbished resort offering a contemporary and understated style that doesn’t distract from the island’s natural beauty.

Carlisle Bay Resort, which opened its doors in 2003, promises sophisticated, stylish interiors and access to a relaxing spa. The fact that it’s situated in a corner of the island means it offers plenty of privacy, allowing regular yacht use, but also within a short distance of the English Harbour.

Tell me more!

The picturesque views, friendly staff, upbeat guests and genuine hospitality is enough to distinguish Antigua from other Caribbean islands. This all-suite resort has it all from crystal clear turquoise waters, emerald green hills to plentiful swaying palms… 

Guests are promised a taste of the premium Antiguan lifestyle, with romantically dimmed lights spanning the gardens outside and an array of orchids along and custom-made furnishings/interiors inside.

What can I expect?

If you’re looking for endless fun in an outdoor pool, a brisk walk in tranquil gardens or to laze around in a comfy hammock – Carlisle Bay is the place to be! Also, if the beauty of Earth phenomena is your thing, why not watch the sunrise or sunset during a yoga session on the Jetty?

Cinema fans can also attend selected film screenings at the luxurious Screening Room. Bookworms, Carlisle Bay has its own quirky library packed with only the best and top travel reads for you.

Your little ones can use up all their energy in the ‘Cool Kids Club’ offers a paddling pool, sand pit and jungle gym. The resort also runs a handful of fun activities such as lizard hunting and crab racing. The message here is: there’s something for everyone.

The Blue Spa, like the rest of this hotel, is fabulously stripped back and screams luxury and glamour. It’s small but mighty. Guests are offered facials from super brand NaturaBisse (used by Kate Moss and Gwyneth Paltrow) and body wraps, scrubs and massages. Unusually, there are treatments for teenagers too, plus a yoga pavilion, wet room and sauna… What’s not to love?

At Carlisle Bay, only the healthiest and finest dishes will do – guests are promised a different flavoured healthy smoothie each morning at breakfast and can expect healthy but tasty meals suitable for all diets throughout the day. Some crowd favourites are: sampling the fresh seafood at Indigo on the Beach, tucking into authentic Italian cuisine poolside at Ottimo! or enjoying Catch of the Day fish at The Jetty Grill on the beach front. Do you want a taste of the Far East without leaving the Caribbean? Well, in that case, be sure to visit East, one of the island’s most renowned restaurants and enjoy live music at the Pavilion Bar. 

Full list of amenities:

  • Bar
  • Beach
  • Gym
  • Kids’ club
  • Laundry room
  • Parking
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Sauna
  • Spa
  • Tennis court
  • Wi-Fi

Famous last words…

Carlaisle Bay is family and wheelchair friendly resort, this means that all generations and people of all disabilities can enjoy their stay.

 Finally, no, Carlisle Bay doesn’t come cheap. Then again, this second-to-none luxurious experience is not to be missed and one that is well worth the splurge! 

Carlisle Bay Resort, Antigua

 

Your best friend went through thick and thin with you, hence she deserves the best gift ever. Be it for her birthday, your friendaversary or just as a token of appreciation you have for her, there’s a plethora of amazing presents you can get your friend and make her day. From beauty goodies, to jewellery and cute accessories, you can easily find a gorgeous gift regardless of your friend’s interests and tastes.

Beauty box

If your friend is a true beauty lover, then a beauty box is just what she needs. A box filled with beauty essentials such as sheet masks, body lotions, facial serums, various make-up goodies, and everything a girl needs to look fresh and nourished, will definitely be the best present for her. What’s more, you can have a sleepover and enjoy some of the nourishing products together, while catching up and sipping cocktails.

A cute organizer

Every serious business woman needs an organizer to keep her plans in check. So, if your friend is one of those women who have post-it stickers all over her place, and she never makes anywhere in time, take a load off her shoulders and help her become more organized. Get her a stylish little organizer, write a motivational quote on the first page and let her always remember how good a friend you are, when she finally starts getting everything done on time.

Personalized gift

Personalized gifts are always more special than any other present, because they’re always created with much care and meaning. They show that you’ve really made an effort to make your friend happy and give them a one-of-a-kind present they’ll love forever. You can find unique gifts for everyone online, regardless of their age, sex or interests, so browse through the Internet first. You might like personalized heart and initial charm necklaces, personalized bath towels or maybe a leather wallet with personal engraved inscription.

BFF heart keychain

Specialty Key Chains are one of the best ways to always remember how close you and your bff are. It’s almost a modern-day version of those retro friendship bracelets all of us wore back in middle school. Key chains are a great way to reminisce over everything you’ve been through, and every time you’re holding your keys, you’ll remember your bff and recall just how much she means to you and vice versa. Your friend will definitely love a present like this, so proudly adorn her keys with one of these, while you get to keep the other half.

Matching pendants

A key chain that breaks in half and lets both of you have one half with you is precious, but how about getting your friend and yourself matching necklaces? Not only should you have matching necklaces, but a zodiac charm to complement them as well. Put a decorative charm with her zodiac sign on her necklace, and a charm with your zodiac sign on yours, and the next time you two go out, let everyone see just how much you love each other, and just how close you are.

A trendy scarf

You can never go wrong with a scarf. All you need to make sure is that you don’t get the wrong colour, and you’re good to go. A warm scarf will keep her cosy during winter, and if you prefer getting her something she can use in the summer, opt for a lightweight silk scarf. She can throw it on at a breezy summer night, look stylish, and stay warm at the same time.

Make-up kit

I finally have enough make-up ‒ said no woman ever ‒so feel free to splurge on a few make-up products that your best friend will love. An eyeshadow palette along with a make-up brushes kit and a blush is a perfect little present. Throw in a body mist to keep her cool and her make-up intact during the hot summer months.

Final thoughts

With such an amazing choice of gifts for your best friend, you can actually find yourself in a bit of predicament, unable to decide what to get her. However, always bear in mind what she needs and likes, and what can really be useful and you won’t think a second before you choose just the right present.

By: Isabel William

Isabel is Consultant by day and a Blogger by night.
Mom to twins 24/7, and from recently editor on  Health&Mental Health on Ripped.me
Area of interest are well being, mental health, self improvement as well as beauty of millennial transitions in all aspect of life – especially self awareness.