Hey StyleLeeders! If you follow me on Instagram, you may already know that I spent last weekend in Antigua & Barbuda. Though there were many wonderful moments throughout this trip, the absolute highlight was attending the Fashion Formation event held at the Copper & Lumber Store Hotel. Ya’ll already know that I’m obsessed with anything fashion related, so I was super excited when Reeva and team extended an invite to this event to me.
The creators of Fashion Formation labeled this years theme as ‘GOLDEN’. A Sip & Shop style event where there were live fashion and beauty exhibits, complimentary cocktails & tapas, music by DJ Elementz, a hookah lounge and my favorite, the mini donuts. The server at the donut stall knew me by name!!! I felt so guilty every time I went back for more, but I just couldn’t help myself. The donuts were addictive!!!
This was the look I wore to the event. I didn’t want to be too cliche and wear an all gold outfit, so I went with a mustard, yellow two piece set! I think what I love about this hue the most, is just how bright, cheerful, yet nonchalant and easy it is! Basically, this color is one of my Summer vacation colors [next to blue of course].
The temperatures in Antiagua went all the way up to 90 degrees, so having a little exposed skin in this two piece number was absolutely perfect! Another current obsession are my mules, which has been on constant rotation as of late. I have them in both black and rose gold, yes I love them that much. I had every intention of pairing this look with the rose gold mules since the events theme was ‘golden’. But while getting ready I realized I only packed my black mules and left the rose gold version back home in Jamaica!!! Grrrr!
The black mules played up quite a stark contrast against the mustard yellow but I had to make it work. Finally, when it comes to completing a look, nothing does it for me quite like a bold lip. Typically I would have gone with red but I wanted to stick to their golden theme so I went with a bronzed lip by combining a brown lip shade with a gold liquid lipstick. The glow up was real!!!
Now if you read my last post about my struggles of my solo travels then I think you may already know where this post is going. Yup, I re-took these outfit photos since I found myself behind the lens at the event but never in front of it. I firmly believe solo travel is something everyone should try at some point in their life. You get to know your self more as a person by spending time with yourself away from the distractions of life. BUT, I must admit, it does get lonely since you don’t get to share the experience with anyone.
While sailing to Barbuda on a 90 minute boat ride, there were several times I wanted to enthuse lavishly over what I was seeing. Instead I chatted up with a stranger and ‘ooed & ached’ when we saw the powdery white sands of Barbuda. It wasn’t all that bad, but it would have been more enjoyable if Manny, my best friend or even my sister were there with me. Sure I can capture the scenery of Barbuda’s beautiful, isolated beaches and then share it on social media or to this blog when I get home. But in the moment itself, I had no one there to physically share the experience with.
Finally my dear friends, the only other disadvantage I have when traveling solo. I have no one to take my photos and I’m iffy about asking strangers to take a photo of me. Somehow I feel a little vain doing so and it also seems a bit strange. So I sadly was not in any of my photos. Nonetheless, since returning home I’ve realized I need to put a concerted effort into being in my photos whenever I travel alone. Ideally I don’t want to take anymore trips unless Manny is my +1, but if in the event he can’t come then I’ll travel with my selfie stick, tripod and camera remote as my +1.
In the meantime, please enjoy the visual diary below of Fashion Formation. Talk Soon. Nuff Love, Natasha ♥