Poor Little Rich Girl

Good times. Good vibes. Good company.

Good afternoon beauts!
How are you doing?

Last time I was on island I remember my eyeballs damn-near falling out of head when I saw a group of people riding on the beach, heading out to sea on their majestic beasts.  Of course, I'd seen this during a walk at Barker's with Helene and Louie on one of my last days, negating the possibility of setting anything up that time around but in that moment, I knew exactly what I wanted to whenever I returned to Cayman.

Lina and I toyed with the idea of originally surprising Helene with a horse riding trip but in the end, for planning purposes and logistics, looping her and Jason in was the best approach.  Us three girlies excitedly made our way up to Barker's for a sunset ride on the beach, Helene and I crossing our fingers that we would actually be riding rather than just walking in a single file line for the next few hours.  I got the lovely Chocolate Chip who was a sassy, hungry gal who kept making a move over to the bushes for a nibble and was certainly used to leading.  Our young guide quickly realised that two out of the three of us Ahlgreen chicks had experience riding and wasn't too concerned with Chocolate Chip's determination to walk in front of every last one of the other horses, his included, and permitted Helene and I to have a proper go of things as we circled back around.

I felt my head becoming clearer the longer we rode, any stress related to the family, finances, the Bar, the future, all lifted like a fog as I took in the beautiful surroundings of the sea, the nature reserve, and connected with my fellow rider.  While we were all certainly going to be sore the next few days, I hoped the therapeutic, calming effect of the ride would linger as well.  I've definitely gone through periods where I missed it but getting a proper opportunity to get back into it was right outside of my reach for one reason or another but when we arrived home, I definitely googled "horse riding in Boston" hahah For now, I'm thankful that we got to experience this together and that the idea panned out!! Galloping down the beach and off into the sunset was one hell of a way to kick off the trip; I can't wait to see what lies ahead.

The boys were happy to see us when we got home where we indulged ourselves over a gorgeous cut of tuna steak, mashed potatoes and some nice veg for dinner and geared up for a day at the beach with Dan, Katie and their two kiddos.  We spent our time sipping champagne, wine, local beers, swimming out in the sea, paddle boarding annddd constantly moving further and further up the beach to avoid the surprisingly high-tide.  Thankfully, we got lucky and mother nature permitted us to stay and enjoy a lovely beach BBQ in great company.

Not a bad start, not a bad start at all...

xxEm


















Our holiday started off in the bitter cold (never have I felt so foolish as I did standing there in negative degree weather in sandals and a giant puffer coat) and with some issues in relation to bookings, followed by a delay, but thankfully it all worked out and before we knew it, we were disembarking and walking straight into to the warm welcoming arms of Grand Cayman and a very excited Louie and Helene patiently waiting for us.  In true Cayman style, we hopped straight into our swimmers and made our way to the beach after being shown our lovely room (we were taking over Lou's for the trip) and introduced ourselves to the newest member of the family--little fluffy, orange Mango.

There's truly nothing like the feeling of having your toes in the sand, the smell of the sea in your lungs, your eyes trying to capture each different shade of blue of the ocean as the sun's rays kiss your skin.  Pure magic.

It may look like all I did on the beach was have photos taken of me but how often is it that you're at the beach with a full face of makeup? I had to take advantage of this fact and, in my defence, all the shots took up maybe a full 5 minutes of our time there...borderline embarrassed as I am to have this many shots haha

Louie was over-the-moon about having his cousins in town and immediately shot out to the sea to show us all his new tricks.  Man, this kid's got energy!! I will sound biased because he is my cousin but honest to God, and I felt even more strongly about this when we departed, he is genuinely just one of the best kids.  He is so sweet, thoughtful, filled with personality, gentle, smart, loving, funny and that crazy amount of energy is infectious!  I'm so happy that we got to come down to see this wonderful chunk of our family and see how much he's grown this past year and soak in all of this wondrous light, love and beauty they and this incredible island encompass.

To: a Cayman Christmas, pt. 2!!
Bring it!!

xxEm

























Hello hello!

It's been a minute since I did an OOTD at the Lincoln Memorial but every time, I love it.  It's such an immense, beautiful space that honestly, wearing a brown paper sack I feel like would still look amazing.  My last look was verrryyy different from this one (available here) and a lot more extensive in the shots but I love the turn outs for different reasons and we were running a bit short on time here.

As I mentioned before, Lina dressed me from top to toe so if this ensemble looks a little different from what I normally wear, that'd be why.  I can't say that I would have paired everything the way she did but I was hella comfortable and each piece is one that I loved--perhaps just styled differently.  Either way, if you're vibing with the look in its entirety or fancy a piece or two--you know the drill! Please see the widget below for the goodies!

xxEm















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