by Vanessa

Part One: Brooke + Rob by Sabrina Lightbourn Photography

July 23, 2014 in HARBOUR ISLAND, ISLAND "I DO" by Vanessa

For never could there be a more fitting season for this rehearsal dinner to land in my inbox than now. It simply screams summer soirée. From Harbour Island’s pink sand beach to the tents sitting atop it and the fire pit carved into it, to the “shoe tree” that mirrors the island’s famous “Lone Tree” and the bucketfuls of Bahamian brewed beer served alongside coconut cups filled with tropical libations, it ticks all the right boxes – and then some. If like me you can’t wait to pour over Brooke and Rob’s wedding, also captured by Sabrina Lightbourn Photography and again designed by Ben Simmons of Little Island Design then not to worry, the wait won’t be too long, just a week in fact.

| Photography: Sabrina Lightbourn | Event Planning, Catering + Design: Little Island Design


by Vanessa

Mango Daiquiri

July 22, 2014 in RECIPES by Vanessa

This past Saturday, in celebration of National Daiquiri Day, I made Young’s Champagne’s Bahamian Mango Daiquiri. A classic daiquiri that is true to its original form and hasn’t been muddled by the edits of time. Shaking Plantation’s 3 Stars White Rum – a smooth blend I first sipped while at this year’s Rum Bahamas Festival - with sugar, lime, and ripe off the tree mango, the perfect balance of sweet and sour was struck. No surprise then really that this daiquiri will become synonymous with summer in our home and the harvest season which marks our coastal calendar.

2 oz Plantation 3 Star White Rum – available at Young’s Champagne -
1 oz simple syrup
3/4 oz fresh lime juice – 1.5 tablespoons -
2 slices of fresh picked Bahamian Mango
3 dashes of Scrappy’s Orange Bitters – available at Young’s Champagne -

Muddle mango in bottom of shaker, add remaining ingredients and ice.
Shake and double strain into cocktail glass and garnish with a slice of Bahamian Mango.

by Vanessa

7 Capture Worthy

July 18, 2014 in 7 Capture Worthy by Vanessa

- A beautiful gift from a friend: a delicate vintage glass vase resembling a hibiscus and currently holding such. -

This afternoon I am boarding Glen Air and returning to Kamalame Cay. Other than tucking in to “David’s Special,” a dish I have been craving since our departure, I plan to enjoy a weekend of little business, mostly pleasure. Beside a lazy Sunday lunch on the beach, who knows? Perhaps a leap in to one of the island’s many blue holes or a visit to a neighbouring island is on the itinerary.

I hope you have a lovely weekend.

- Recycled paper made from pineapple fibers, a gift from Valley Pulp & Paper Co. -

- The latest addition to a growing collection. At the forefront an unexpected find made by mum while in a vintage store in New Hampshire. -

- Captured in my Island Company “Maroon Dress” while on our way to dinner in Abaco. -

Bahamian Sunset Photographs- Yesterday my newsfeed was filled with photographs of the setting sun. Like most I stood paralyzed by its beauty. -

- Weighed down by Monday’s afternoon rain. As were my eyelids. -

- Tucking in to Tuna Tataki, one of my favourite dishes served at Firefly Sunset Resort on Elbow Cay, Abaco. -