Friday, May 6, 2011

Show Us Your Life: Favorite Vacation Spots

The Caribbean

We love the Caribbean! We try to visit a different island each year for our Anniversary and have never been disappointed with any of our vacation destinations. This will be the first year we have decided to vacation in America for our anniversary. We are planning to visit Longboat Key. Please post a comment with restaurant suggestions if you have ever visited the island.....


Anguilla is probably the most beautiful place I have ever visited. The sand is literally like sugar and the water is completely clear. 

We stayed at Cap Juluca and I would strongly suggest this resort for anyone visiting the island. However, the food at the resort is VERY expensive. 

Grand Cayman

Grand Cayman is gorgeous and probably one of the safest islands in the Caribbean. We felt very safe traveling throughout the island and left the resort each night for dinner. Food and Wine are wonderful in Grand Cayman. We recommend the Wharf and the Ristorante Pappagallo.

We stayed at the Westin Casuarina Resort, which is located on Seven Mile Beach. 

Seven Mile Beach is beautiful, but the resorts are not as secluded as on other Caribbean islands. 

We swam with the stingrays while in Grand Cayman, but I DO NOT recommend this adventure. I was scared to DEATH! Some of the stingrays were 3 to 4 feet in width and one of them shoved me into the boat. I was terrified!

St. Thomas

St. Thomas was very nice and I love visiting the Caribbean without having to go through customs.

We stayed at the Ritz Carlton, which was beautiful. We never left the resort for anything. I was actually a bit afraid of the downtown area so I really had no desire to venture away from the resort.

The Bahamas

Everyone should visit the Atlantis Resort at least once. It was AMAZING!

We stayed at The Cove in Atlantis and I strongly recommend this hotel as you can have an ocean front room. Bobby Flay's Mesa Grill is also located inside this hotel and the food is delicious!

The Atlantis Resort will definitely NOT disappoint any visitor. However, I have to admit that the beaches of The Bahamas are not quite as beautiful as other islands of the least in my opinion.

Turks and Caicos

Turks and Caicos is one of my favorites. The island is breathtaking......

We stayed at The Veranda Resort, which is all-inclusive.....a very rare find in the Caribbean.

This was our dinner view each night. If you are leaving the resort for dinner, then I strongly recommend Coco of the best restaurants in the Caribbean. 

The water in Turks and Caicos is unmatched. Pictures can not do justice!

Turks and Caicos is definitely one of the most beautiful places in the world. I could never get tired of this view!

I am so ready for another vacation!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Wednesdays are for Weddings!

My Old Kentucky Home

Wedding Inspiration

It is Derby time in Kentucky! A time most Kentuckians look forward to each year, with visions of beautiful clothes, hats, mint juleps and red roses.........and, of course, the horses! Today, I am embracing old Kentucky tradition as inspiration for weddings.

The Dress:

Go for glamour! It's all about class, elegance, tradition and sophistication.

Angel Rivera

The Bridesmaid Dress:

You have to go with red!

Jim Hjelm Occasions

The Flowers:

Red Roses.......could there be another choice?

The Bridal Bouquet
Bridal Bouquet: Floral Designs by Megan O’Malley and Sarah Widmer, Lafayette

Photo By: Angela R. Talley Studio, Carmel
Heidi and Michael's wedding in Indianapolis, IN

The Reception Centerpiece
Floral arrangement by: Daryl Murchison Design

Photo: Zontini Studios
Megan and Curt's wedding in Houston, TX

The Cake:

Cake: Ana Parzych Custom Cakes, Cheshire, CT

Photo By: Antonis Achilleos

Kentucky Wedding Favors:

Mini Maker's Mark Favors

Dirty Old Horseshoe from Churchill Downs

Jockey Silk Chocolate Sucker

Mint Julep Cups

Rose Seed in Gift Box

Please share your Kentucky wedding ideas!