Just some quick snaps from a buffet lunch at The Tides Restaurant. I have such a tiny stomach but the food was so delicious that I forced it all down. The pasta salad was very good and the beef, just thinking about it makes my mouth water. I'd planned to write a lovely post raving about The Tides Restaurant's Sunday Buffet but it's late and the pillow is casting seductive glaces my way. 

Delicious food, friendly staff, cool sea breezes, beautiful view. Great experience.

How did you spend the weekend?

 Currently I'm nibbling on the very last piece of genuine Tobagonian fudge. Buttery, delicious, melt in the mouth fudge.  Take me back to Tobago and buy me some fudge and sugar cakes, don't forget the tamarind balls, I'll love ya forever!

 Last week Alain, Sylene and I hopped over to Tobago for the day. Do you consider a three and a half hour boat ride with the prettiest views a hop?  We spent the day on the beach, let me tell you, Pigeon Point is gorgeous! Hot sun, scorching sand, cold blue waters and bluer skies. Gorgeous! Saying we had fun would be an understatement.

 Who's willing to run away with me and build a shack on the shore? We can live off of fudge.

Happy Tuesday. 
You know it's the middle of the dry season when clothes with sleeves become devices of torture, squinting is the only way of seeing anything and you result to sticking your tongue out like a happy pup in an attempt to cool down even a little.  Shopping in Port of Spain is absolute hell on these days. The heat combined with the swarm of people and cocktail of smells can be a lot to deal with. 

My solution? Make a break for the Waterfront, where the sun is just as searing, but the breeze cool and the air unscented. Grab an icy Vitamalt and indulge in some people watching. Of course there's the option of having strangers openly stare at you while your boyfriend snaps away.  The Waterfront is gorgeous so we can endure those awkward glaces. 

Walk, for the sake of avoid heat stroke, please don't run to the Waterfront. 

Happy Mother Day Mums! What are you doing today? 
I am about to have a very long phone conversation with the important women in my life. 
My white pillow case looks like an oompa loompa used it as a face towel. Henna gloss looks like mud, smells like mud and is the consistency of good mud pie batter. Here's my baby story...uhh henna story.

 Besides that nasty orange stain gracing my pillow (serves me right for falling asleep), I loved using henna. My hair felt so much stronger, smoother and very, very dry.  After doing a ton of research I did a henna gloss rather than a straight henna paste, apparently the gloss is less drying than applying straight henna. Oh really now? Did ya hear that hair?

Sylene did a similar henna gloss a few months ago (eight hours long) and while it did strengthen her hair, the curl pattern was loosened a lot. So a strand test would be great for deciding how many hours to leave the treatment in.

This recipe worked for my hair. I eyeballed everything but basically it was:

100 grams of Henna Powder
1 tbsp. Apple Cider Vinegar
1/2 cup green tea and chamomile tea mix (two tea bags each)
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup conditioner

Add the Liquids to the Powder a wee bit at a time and mix to the consistency of a heavy cake batter. A thick batter is very easy to apply and not messy at all. Pull on a shower cap and then rinse after the desired time. 
The recommended time is four to twelve hours but three was good for me, my hair felt lovely (but dry) and my curls were still intact and popin'. Woo Woo! A good deep conditioning treatment, some leave-in and a bit of Shea butter helped beat the dryness and my hair is now in the wackiest looking baby twists ever.
 Has anyone seen my hat?

I could feel the difference in my hair right away. The only bits that got colored a coppery tone are the few strands that were bleached last year. If you're thinking of trying henna as a hair treatment do a bit of research and do some more research, then go for it!

Eating: Kiss's cream filled orange cupcakes, for breakfast. Hey, don't judge, it's bad to take Advil on an empty stomach! 

Drinking: Pomegranate juice. This is the guuuuud stuff ! It's cranberry's cooler, tarter, older brother. 

Mastering: Sleeping in on the weekend. My mind wants to wake up at 6:00 am but my body doesn't.  

Reading:   Everything Karen Rose .  Her work has my eyeballs glued to the tablet screen. Write faster Karen. WRITE FASTER! 

Enjoying: How dark and yummy and very chocolatey my skin is in these photos. 

Listening: To the April Playlist. It's May? Well then, I guess the April Playlist is Mays too! 

Needing: Ducana and Salt Fish or Pepperpot or White Dumplings. I will eat anything Antiguan. Except Antiguans, that is very, very wrong. 

Traveling: To Tobago!! Thursday come already!!

Loving: Red Alert by Rimmel London.  Still very pissed that I lost Kate #110 before wearing it.

Accepting: That Josie, Clauds and Sylene will be graduating this semester. Jeeez has it been three years already? 

Watching:  Hannibal (the series).  Started the second season yesterday. I loved The Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal (the movie) and Red Dragon. I'll give the novels a try this summer. I am hooked and very, very scarred.   

Craving: A decent breakfast. Haven't had one in a long, long time. Check out this delicious crepe recipe

Cooking: I boiled an egg earlier this week. That counts, right?

Wanting:  Henna on my hands. I saw pre-filled henna cones while searching for henna powder yesterday. Definitely going to give it a try. 

Wishing: That I had a tub of rum and raisin ice-cream. YUM. 

Hoping: That the henna treatment I'm doing on my hair tomorrow doesn't destroy the curl pattern.  Anyone ever tried it??

Knowing: That you guys are pretty awesome.  Thanks for the good exam wishes! They were definitely appreciated. 


If you're interested, check out the last Life Listed post here.  
Ps. These photos are from that awesome week spent in Jamaica last year.

How's your life been lately?