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Arrival in the Caribbean...

The first thing that struck me on arrival on my first Caribbean island was the smell.  The sweet smell of fresh earth after a rain, the fragrance of the tree's in full bloom, wood smoke, and OH MY GOD.... a bakery! I could smell fresh bread breaking. We were making landfall in Tobago, after a journey of 55 gruelling days at sea.  I was finally arriving in the tropical heaven I had been dreaming of for 2 years. After securing our little sailboat to the customs dock, we made our way on wobbly legs to the immigration office, where we cleared in to PARADISE.  We were granted a 3 month stay, who would have guessed this would turn into a 10...

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How I designed the 2017 collection

A lot of you have been emailing me lately to sayhow much you are enjoying my stories.... thank you!  I love hearing from you.Would you be interested in a 5 minute peek "behind the scenes" as I explainhow I go about the design process for each collection?Click here to watch this video. I would love to share some of my island knowledge with you, how to pack for your island vacation, how to wear a sarong, the advantages of wearing cotton.... are just some of my ideas.  What are yours?

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Starfish love pops up everywhere...

I love how our Starfish Tunic pops up all over the place. Now as you all know, an island is not necessarily a tropical island.  Have you ever been to "Fire Island" in NY..... a tiny sliver of an island only 31 miles long and in some parts only 520 feet wide.  It was devastated by Hurricane Sandy in 2012 and actually split in half, so that 31 miles long is actually 2 islands now.   Well in true "island" fashion the people of Fire Island picked themselves up after Hurricane Sandy, cleaned up and even opened back up for business in the summer following that devastating storm.  The lovely little coastal boutique on the island is called "A Summer...

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Tobago memories found at WWIN Show, Las Vegas....

The cricket was on the radio in the customs office of Tobago when we arrived to clear in at our first Caribbean island.  It was an ice breaker between us exhausted ocean-crossing sailors and the Tobagoan customs officers, as the West Indies cricket team were playing the Australian cricket team... luckily they were winning, so they were happy.  After a total of 55 days at sea, with only 3 stops, we couldn't be happier either.   Scarborough is the capital of Tobago, and it is a crazy busy, chaotic town, FULL of loud reggae music and bright colors.  An enormous contrast to our quiet life of survival at sea.  We stayed long enough to fill up the boat with fresh water...

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