Morning lovelies, how are we all today? Sorry again about yesterday, think I was on a dodgy island internet connection.
So we went to the most fantastic wedding on Friday, held at the gorgeous Tiki Beach Club here in Cayman. While we were there it struck me that it was about time I dedicated a little blog love to all things wood/thatch cabana-y and white floaty drape-y…
I thought I would have a little lookie for some fun tropical cabana inspiration this morning – take a peek at these beauts. Maybe not entirely appropriate for the silly season in most of the world, but it works for Cayman!
So it is T minus 3 days until we leave this beautiful island for good (HOW HAS THIS HAPPENED??!) and I’ve realised that the post I’ve been meaning to write for ages about Camana Bay really has to get written now or never.
Camana Bay is Cayman’s answer to anyone who tries to claim that this island is behind the times or even an eensy weensy bit backward: a little gem of a development full of shops, restaurants, condos and lots of strings of little mini lanterns (more on them later…) that makes you feel as if you could be in a modern design-focused city rather than a laid back Caribbean island. It has been designed so absolutely 100% amazingly well that I couldn’t find a bad word to say about it if my life depended on it.
The modern island-style architecture with its white wooden panelling, bright fun shutters, shadesails and fountains perfectly mixes the functional with the pretty.
The development has been going from strength to strength for the last two years I’ve lived here, with ever more cool spots for Friday happy hour or a chilled out lunch.
The Observation Tower overlooks the entire island, with its higgledy-piggledy features:
And at night time the whole place is lit up by gorgeous little lanterns and intricately carved light fixtures.
(credits: 1 / 2)
I know not why there aren’t more spots like this in Cayman – if somebody created a well-designed beach bar similar to this they would make an absolute FORTUNE. Any potential investors out there looking for a designer? I’m your girl.
We’re coming back for the wedding of some great friends of ours here in December this year, and I’m excited to see what Camana Bay will have evolved into by then!
So the reason for post lackage yesterday is, for once, not down to my disorganisation: our delightful internet provider decided to shut down our connection while we were away and, this being Cayman, we’ve only just got it up and running again.
But we’re back in paradise now after a wonderful trip back home – it feels good to have the sun on my skin and the blaring of cruise ship Cuban karaoke songs in my ears again. I thought I’d share with you lovely lot today an incredible beach house here in Cayman, as featured in Inside Out Magazine recently. It was designed by the geniuses at Design Studio – let’s just say that if we were staying here I would be begging them for a job on a daily basis – it literally took my breath away.
(Apols for the dodgy photos…)
(all credits: Inside Out Magazine)
So I just noticed via my blog stats page that my piece for Living Abroad Magazine has just been published! Please please excuse the dreadful hair (we were travelling for 10 days and all the luggage I was allowed was an eeny weeny rucksack – no space for hair-taming implements). Lack of hair dryer aside, I’m quite pleased with how the piece turned out, even though they changed a bit of the copy…
Hope you like it!
Oh and ps. I just also noticed my holey top…oh dear, see here for the full (embarrassing) story. Ahem.
Ok so I thought I’d continue the grey theme today, in case anyone was inspired yesterday to:
a) come visit me here in Cayman and go swim with stingrays; or
b) redecorate your home in grey.
Can’t massively help with the first option (but would recommend it) but here’s my picks for the second!
Headboard and blankets – The White Company
Chandelier – West Elm
Coasters – Zara Home
Rug – Zara Home
Ottoman – West Elm
Sofa – West Elm
Bamboo frames – Zara Home
Lamp – West Elm
[Yes Photoshop, I’ve finally conquered you!]
Ahem, well sorry for the shorty today but we were up at 5.45am to go lobstering (it was the first day of the season today and Ali was a little over-excited about lobster for brekky) – my brain’s running a little slower than usual right now.
Have a fab day all, what are you up to today?