Today it is 90 degrees in New York City and it this weather has me reminiscing about my past vacations with my friends. I have been traveling with my friends from college, pH as we have affectionately named ourselves, since my senior year of college. We try to take at least one trip per year together.

Summer in St. Thomas

Summer in St. Thomas

One of my favorite trips was when we went to St. Thomas. I love that island so much. I mean it was so beautiful that I got caught up taking pictures and lost my camera *insert sad face* Well thank God for Facebook because I still have the memories of the trip that we took about four years ago.

Our first night on the island

Our first night on the island

This was the first year that we started our tradition of wearing all white to dinner on the last night of our stay. When we went to Puerto Rico a few years ago everyone kept asking why 6 beautifully bronzed black women were dressed in all white. We told them that we were all engaged to be married and this was our last “hoorah” as bachelorettes. They believed us lol.

The beginning of the all white tradition

The beginning of the all white tradition

In St. Thomas we had our own personal chauffeur named Boaz. Well he wasn’t really our personal chauffeur but my best friend worked out some kind of deal with him and he drove us all over the island for a flat rate. What’s funny is that a year later while on a cruise, we stopped in St. Thomas, and who do we see…Boaz! He actually remembered us a year later and drove us around the island again.

pH under the Flamboyant Tree (Keyona, Me, Shara, Jill, Kathleen, Erica,

pH under the Flamboyant Tree (Keyona, Me, Shara, Jill, Kathleen, Erica,

One of the most breathtaking views on the island was the flamboyant tree. The vibrant color just made us all stop and stare. The poet laureate of the group, Kathleen, even wrote a poem about it and our experience during that vacation.

Flamboyant by Kathleen Readous

SUN DANCING ON THE WATER, COLORS OF PINK,

SILVER AND GOLD REFLECTED IN OUR EYES.

FACES KISSED BY GOD AND BODIES COLORED EBONY.

HIS CREATIONS ARE LIMITLESS, BREATHTAKING,ENDLESS.

OUR HEARTS ARE FULL, BEAUTY UNIMAGINABLE, UNDISTURBED AND UNTOUCHED.

WE CLOSE OUR EYES AND HOLD A PIECE OF PEACE IN OUR ARMS.

HOLD IT TIGHT AND REMEMBER THE FLAMBOYANT FLOWERS.

After dinner and karaoke, our last night on the island

After dinner and karaoke, our last night on the island

This was definitely one trip that I will never forget. Up next for us is Vegas! That will be an exciting experience.

What are some of your memories from the summer?

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This past Tuesday I had the opportunity to attend the Smirnoff Sorbet Stir Up Your Summer Girl’s Night Out event held at the Ten Over Ten Salon given by the Glam Network. I could not have asked for a better event to end my night. First, the weather in NYC was simply amazing. The sun was shining bright and the temps were warm and with weather like that who wouldn’t want to have a pampering session with their girls?IMG_8239

When I arrived to the event with my friend Kim of Makeup by Kim Porter we were greeted with some refreshing drinks. Now when it is hot a nice cool cocktail is all you need to get the party started. So we had the options of the Smirnoff Sorbet Light Pomegranate Punch, the Smirnoff Sorbet Light Mango Passion Fizz, or the Smirnoff Sorbet Light Lemon Mojito. Since I love mango I went with the Mango Passion Fizz to start.

At the event we were offered the following services: manicures, pedicures, makeup application, massage, and a tarot card reading. Can you guess which services I made use of? If you said all with the exception of the card reading you are correct.

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My nail tech for my pedi was Amy. She has been a nail tech for the last 8 years. The pedi was simply delightful. What I loved about Ten Over Ten was the cleanliness in addition to the excellent service. Amy paid close attention to each of my little piggies and even offered some advice for my itsy bitsy toenails to grow (It’s a struggle lol). During my pedicure Melissa from O So Chic and her friend Maxine joined us and it was just awesome girl talk as we were pampered by the nail techs.

Danielle from the Style and Beauty Doctor

Danielle from the Style and Beauty Doctor

After my pedi and second drink, Pomegranate Punch, I headed over to the sushi station and had just about every sushi and sashimi roll the reps from Haru had to offer. After I had a little snack and my third drink, Lemon Mojito, I had my makeup touched up. I know you are probably thinking you had three drinks, but the Smirnoff Sorbet Light is exactly that light.

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Camera Ready!

Camera Ready!

After my makeup application and more sushi it was time for my mani. Yoon was so nice and she has been a nail tech for 20 years, but you would never know that by looking at her. For my nails I went with Essie Bachelorette Bash and headed over to the mani cam.

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I usually don’t stay out too late on a work night but this event was well worth it. At the end of the night we were sent home with these amazing gift bags filled with summer essentials. The ombre denim bag was from Target and the goodies inside consisted of Urban Decay Moon Dust, Lorac TANtalizer Body Bronzing Spray, Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray (beach waves anyone?), Neutrogena Beach Defense Sunscreen, Schick Quattro for Women Trim Style, h2o sea salt skin smoother, Olay Total Effects Moisturizer + Serum Duo, St. Ives Revitalizng Pear & Soy Body Wash, Matrix Exquisite Oil, and an awesome Red Velvet Cake Pop from Sugarella Sweets & Treats that is not pictured because, well I ate it lol.

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As you can see I had a great time at this event. So check out the Smirnoff Sorbet drinks to Stir Up Your Summer.

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*Singing* Summer, summer, summertime, time to sit back and unwind”

Today will be 80 degrees in New York City and that just means we are headed toward my absolute favorite time of the year, SUMMER! I mean I look forward to the summertime because well, I have two months off from work. So who wouldn’t love that?

Last year's summer vacation with my main girls!! Always a good time with them!

Last year’s summer vacation with my main girls!! Always a good time with them!

The summer allows me to get out of hibernation. Sometimes in the Fall and Winter I do not have the energy to hangout, but the warm summer nights, day parties, beach parties, picnics, brunches, street fairs, pool parties, outdoor concerts and happy hours with my friends will definitely be something to remember.

This summer I will officially be heading back to school *womp womp* but the semester is only five weeks so I will still be able to have a little bit of fun. I am looking forward to my trip to Miami (Wet Willy’s and Fat Tuesdays anyone?) My summer will be pretty low-key until August then we will “Turn Up” as the cool kids say.

To kick off the summer a little early Smirnoff Sorbet is hosting the Stir Up Your Summer Soiree and I am super excited to attend. This will be the perfect girls night out and introduction to all of the summer fun! Stay tuned for the deets on that!

Are you excited for summer? What are your plans?

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* 25% FEWER CALORIES THAN THE LEADING DESSERT-INSPIRED VODKA. ©2013 The Smirnoff” Co., Norwalk, CT.

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