Sunday, October 21, 2012

A Cottage for a Princess is Haute!





When it comes to a great escape, there's no better place than the Half Moon Resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica. I always find it very peaceful and enjoyable in the beach cottage. The view is absolutely stunning, it takes my breath away. The cottages are charming and intimate which makes life great. 

Here's a look inside... 







Passion and Purpose Meet in Jamaica!

One of the most amazing experiences of my life took place at a little elementary school in Montego Bay, Jamaica. I visited the Barrett Town School last month to meet the kids and deliver school supplies. It was an awesome experience. The kids are super sweet; I found their energy and smiles to be infectious. Unlike even the most impoverished schools in the United States, the Barrett Town School has even less. The kids are in small, cramped classrooms with bars on their windows. There is no air conditioning therefore the classrooms are hot. I also noticed that the kids don’t have computers, although a company has provided internet service free of charge.

There are so many things that we take for granted in American schools like a library, computer lab and cafeteria. The school in Jamaica had none of those things, but never-the-less the kids love to learn and appreciate even small acts of kindness. They respect their teachers and school administrators. They were kind to me and the girls who came along. It was refreshing to see little kids aspire to be better.

I plan to return to the school in May 2013 and take more supplies. I would even like to take iPads or some other kind of tablets and Kindles for the kids to use in class. After the New Year gets underway, I’ll put out a request for donations to purchase more things for the them. The school is small with only ten classrooms. It’s my goal to have gifts for each classroom even gift bags for the kids. I know that it’s a noble ambition, but I can do it. If you would like to help make a difference be sure to send an email to me at hautetravels@gmail.com. I believe that when passion and purpose meet its the result of a higher plan at work. My purpose is to help someone else discover their own; it's part of my destiny. 


What are you passionate about?

What's Haute in My Travel Bag?

When traveling across the globe, I look for products that offer multiple uses in order to save time and space in my travel bag. I find myself using some products all of the time.

Here's a list of my favorites...

Molton Brown’s Ambrusca Wash & Scrub from its Body Remedies Collection to deep clean and improve my skin tone with antioxidant, plus free radical protection and firming properties derived from the Ambrusca grape leaf extract. I use this a lot when I’m vacationing in the Caribbean.

I’m also a fan of Molton Brown’s Skinboost, a 24 hour moisture mist that hydrates and revitalizes my skin during a long flight. It’s from the Women’s Traveller kit and comes in a .03 oz bottle that easily fits into my bag and its TSA approved!

In my quest to find an organic Shea Butter product with a twist, Sula nails it for me with their multi use beauty balm. I prefer the waxy feel over other products that leave a greasy buildup. The cute little tin can travels with me everywhere. I use it on my lips, feet, hands and face.

Sula also offers a smart option to a quick manicure with Paint and Peel. This two in one duo with color and a top coat allows you to paint and peel off color when you’re ready to change your polish. There’s no need for nail polish remover offering more space in your travel bag!

Sula’s Pulse Points Perfumes are great travel options for the girl who wants to maximize an oil-based scent by rolling it on. Six different fragrances come in a cute little box with directions on how to apply the perfume to your “hot spots” like the neck, wrist and behind the ear among other places. When you apply the fragrance to these pulse points, it ignites with the warmest parts of your body to make your scent last longer. My favorite is Champagne Kiss!

Kerstin Florian’s Aromatherapy Lavender Body Spray transforms dry skin instantly with one spritz. This is a great moisturizer containing Vitamin E, aloe and lavender oil that calms heal and relaxes the skin. It’s a must-use when wearing sandals or flip flops!

L’Oreal Paris has a winner with Voluminous Million Lashes and False Lashes Mascaras. I love the way it makes my lashes pop! I don’t need faux lashes to look haute!

What's haute in your travel bag?