Wednesday, August 15, 2012

A Weekend Escape. At Last.

I did the unthinkable last weekend: I took a break. No phone, no email, no Twitter, Facebook or Linked In. No blog post. No client proposals, sourcing/shopping for items, no budget updates. Zip. Nada. 
I've been working non-stop since returning from maternity leave at the end of January. I have a hectic 9 to 5 job, and have been blessed to see my design business inundated with projects all year. 
Did I mention that I'm also a new mommy with a frisky 9-month-old at home?
I've also had some special challenges on a recent project and I reached my breaking point on Friday. I told the hubs we had to go, and besides, I couldn't have Debbie be the only one who had a mini vacay right?
My amazing day job colleague Sophia, booked us a room at the fabu SouthSeasResort in Captiva Island, just off the west coast of Florida. Of course you know I tried to cancel it right? Told myself there was just too much to do, project details to review/finalize, that I needed to spend the weekend with the baby etc.. But as luck would have it, we'd lose all of our money if we canceled with such short notice, so off we went. I gotta say. It was amazing. Peace, calm, quiet.
1. Me and the look of complete giddiness I had all weekend 2. Loaded up on my favorite wine, Reisling 3. Hadn't read my Essence mag in foreva, and man, have I missed a LOT 4. Caught up on the latest design trends in my home state courtesy of Florida Design 5. So, before my life got completely insane, I was a book junkie. I haven't had the chance to read much these days but since three different things I read this weekend mentioned Marie NDiaye's latest novel, I figured it was time to get my reading on. Said book has been ordered. Can't wait 6. I used to snuggle up with my Sunday NYT back in the day, and finally had some time to do. I read every page of every section. Learned a lot.
La Playa. Ok, definitely not as fabulous as my Jamaican beach but it was oh so quiet and serene.
More beach. Of course.
Hey, even he wanted a quiet stroll.
Seriously, everyone rode these bicycles around the resort and the island as well.
Or they hopped on the local Trolley. The place is 300 acres. It's kinda large so ya gotta get on something to get around.
Birds eye view of the resort.

Me and the hubs cheesing it up.

And of course, even though my lil man was home with grandma all weekend, I missed him so much that I snuck in a few calls, til he eventually hung up on me. Okay. I got the message. A getaway is a getaway. Try it often guys. I'm an official convert.


  1. Gotta check that place out..looks amazing. But must confess that my favorite pic has to be the last one. He's too cute for words.

  2. Yay!! So glad you got away and enjoyed it!

  3. It was really amazing. Thanks Jina for smacking me across the head over on Twitter, and telling me to take my ass away. And to Debs as well, who knows me so well and called to make sure I hadn't cancelled the trip!

  4. Finally woman... Glad you enjoyed your weekend!
    P.S. Xavier xoxo <3 <3 <3

  5. Enjoyed ur post! I must agree with Deb, the best pic is of ur son! he is adorableee!
    We all need a break sometimes from work and the virtual world ! Waiting to take mine :)

  6. Glad you enjoyed it! We might adopt you as an honorary Cuban! First palacio de los jugos, and now Capitva! And the little shark is precious!!!

  7. So glad you had an amazing time. What a beautiful place!

  8. Stunning photos! I am so jealous! I wanted to stop by and let you know I nominated you for a Liebster award on my blog today. I hope you don't mind.


  9. Thanks ladies! A week later and I'm still living off the peaceful vibe from that getaway. So grateful and thankful to all you readers as well for the lovely words. TGIF!


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