October 10, 2017

MY BIRTHDAY IN MTL!


His & Hers Thai Pedicures at Espace Nomad 


Birthday Brunch at Lili. Co (Right across from Espace Nomad)



Birthday indulgence at Kem Coba Ice cream. FYI, I got my unicorn mani at J Lounge in Chinatown.


My boyfriend surprised me with a tropical vacation, we left the following day. Jetting off to the Dominican Republic for my birthday! Read my travel post here.


Bronzing on the beach. Keyword: Coconut Oil


As a birthday gift, I received travel luggage from American Tourister from the beau, just in time for my surprise vacation, topped off with some diamond earrings from Phillipe & Co, based in Montreal. What more can I ask for? A woman can't resist diamonds and a perfect luggage set to pack her full wardrobe.





Lookout for my Apartment tour in a future post! Follow me on instagram or twitter@marciabcreative



September 14, 2017

La Samana, Dominican Republic



I'm finally back after my summer long hiatus, I can't believe it's September already. This summer has gone by so fast, the weather wasn't the greatest in Canada but luckily I left for a Caribbean adventure in the Dominican Republic.

This vacation was by far the most memorable because of the locals we met and the friendships we made along the way; a Haitian merchant named Wilson, a Swiss villa owner named Michel and two mysterious Canadian ladies living in the DR. These interesting characters and their life stories made our trip unique, by the end of the week, we felt like locals ourselves.


For me, being in the Dominican Republic was really interesting as it was the closet I've ever been to my country of origin, Haiti. I am born in Ottawa, Canada however I have never traveled to Haiti which is on my bucket list. 

The history between the Haitians and Dominicans is not peaceful. There are many Haitians working hard labor in the DR and they are seen as lower caste, they are poorly treated and highly judged. 

Sadly, I had to overhear such comments that Haitians were ugly and smelly from Dominicans and other locals in which I interjected and told them I was Haitian, than came complete silence. It was unsettling to feel the negativity towards Haitians, funny enough most locals thought I was Dominican. 


On the very bright sight, we stayed at the Grand Paradise Samana hotel for 7 days, however for an extra escape we booked an airbnb villa for 3 days at the very top of a cliff with a private infinity pool during that same week.

June was the perfect time to travel to this destination as it was quiet and not packed with tourists. Because it was down season, not all merchants were open, however we didn't mind, it felt like we had the whole place to ourselves. If you like peace and quiet, travel to the DR in June, there are great deals with Air Transat. 


La Samana is absolutely gorgeous and located in the northeastern part of the Dominican Republic, it is primarily known as a popular whale watching destination during the months of January-April.


The buffet at Grand Paradise Samana was actually not bad but there was a lot of fried foods, so thankfully we spent our next couple lunches/dinners at this gem of a hotel called Villa Serena. 

I am now obsessed with this place and can't wait to go back. It's a boutique style hotel that offers fresh healthy meal options. They also host yoga/detox retreats which is something I also want to try. After connecting with the manager via Instagram, I got to meet Maria and took some fabulous pictures of their landscape. I was so worried for them during Hurricane Irma, however they had minimal damage luckily! 



The best smoothie I've ever had, ordered it twice! 



We spent 3 days at this gorgeous airbnb villa admiring this view, day &  night! 


"That feeling when you made your own bikini!"


I got this swan floatie at Wal-Mart for 25$ and lugged it all the way to the DR.


At the villa, the owner also had a mini farm of animals and I got attached to this cute donkey. He was so  affectionate, it was sad to see him tied up all day but the owner said it was to prevent him from running off and getting hit by a car.



La Samana is home to many virtuous beaches that must be seen. We spent a day soaking in the beauty of the white sand beach, La Playita. Another beach to visit is Playa Rincon.




This trip was a birthday gift from my beau and it was surprise! In my next blog post, i'll share more of what I actually did on my birthday.  Follow me on instagram or twitter: @marciabcreative



April 21, 2017

Hanami in New York!


Hanami (花見, "flower viewing") is the Japanese traditional custom of enjoying the transient beauty of flowers; flowers ("hana") are in this case almost always referring to those of the cherry ("sakura") or, less frequently, plum ("ume") trees.


There are so many places to see in the State of New York, so every time I visit I try to make it a point to discover a new neighborhood in the different boroughs. This time around, I decided to go to the Brighton Beach area in Brooklyn to experience this Russian neighborhood, also known as little Odessa. 

So, we had brunch at Volna which offers a nice view, it is right on the boardwalk facing the beach, we were well received by the staff who recommended traditional Russian dishes for my first Russian meal and also a strong shot of Beluga Vodka, which I could not finish! 




We spent the day on the boardwalk, checking out Brighton beach and the very busy Coney Island, it's a very scenic walk. A fusion of cultures, families, a movie being filmed, foodie lineups draped by a sunny beach view. If you are opting for a quieter experience at the beach, my recommendation is to stay on the Brighton beach side, it's more relaxing. 



It was much warmer than Montreal, of course. But, not hot enough for me to wear my bikini, so I wore a lingerie bodysuit from Winners with some light blue denim pants and a choker from my new spring collection available on etsy. Also, my lipstick color is "Love Me 13" from Essence Cosmetics.

I purchased some Russian dolls at the souvenir shop in Little Odessa, I've always wanted these.


By the way, yes my braids are midnight blue! I was feeling inspired by Spring so I thought to step out the box. It's cherry blossom season, so I was lucky to catch these trees at their peak in Central Park. I also spotted some at Washington Square Park near Greenwich Village. There is also a Cherry Blossom festival starting April 29th 2017 in New York, I wish I could be there.



On Easter Monday we spent the day shopping through Chinatown, going to Uniqlo in Soho and than retreating at Jack's Wife Freda for a late lunch. Little tip, go to the Carmine location instead of Lafayette, you will get seated much faster at the first address. 


For all this walking, I packed my comfy Jadde booties from Musse & Cloud USA , which fitted perfectly with the emerging spring weather in stylish NYC.


Next stop, Doob! We knew we had to check it out while in NYC, they basically take a 3D photo of you and than replicate into an actual statue, it's impressive. We had a little info session with one of the representatives, so we will definitely be "doobing" upon our next visit. 


Later on, we had a scheduled tour with Free Tours by Foot, we chose the Greenwich Village Dessert Tour. It was worth it, our guide Katherine was very informative and gave us a historical tour as a bonus, we went by the apartment where they shot the TV sitcom "Friends". My fave stops were the Donut Project and the Big Gay Ice Cream Shop.


My Greenwich Village Recommendations for a quick break:

Caffe Reggio (Home of the 1st Cappuccino), Bluestone Lane Coffee, Joe & the Juice



Where will I travel next?  

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