My First Vacation Post

Runaway Bay, Jamaica

Runaway Bay, Jamaica, at sunset. I love these Kate Spade sunglasses I found at Winners. My polka-dot dress is by one of my fav brands, Hell Bunny.

Hey everyone! The lovely Gym Bag Makeup left me a comment asking if I was going to do a vacation post on the trip to I took to Jamaica at the end of the semester. I have really only done makeup posts and not any thing lifestyley on my blog, but I thought I would give it a try. This is my first ever vacation post, and my trip to Jamaica was also the first real vacation that my fiance and I have taken together. I’m not sure if this will be interesting to anyone, but here it goes!

Jewel Paradise Cove

Jewel Paradise Cove Beach Resort & Spa

There was spectacular entertainment every evening

There was spectacular entertainment every evening

We stayed at the all-inclusive, adult only Jewel Paradise Cove Beach Resort and Spa for 10 days. It was such a wonderful resort. I would completely recommend it. We had a couple’s hot rock massage at the spa when we first arrived and it was so relaxing. The food was amazing and we loved trying out all of the traditional Jamaican food they served like ackee and saltfish, jerk chicken, rice and peas, sweet potato (which was nothing at all like Canadian sweet potatoes), plantains, and bammy.

Gardener, Corey, showing us ackee, the National fruit of Jamaica growing on the resort

Gardener, Corey, showing us ackee, the national fruit of Jamaica, growing on the resort

The maids left fantastic towel art and flowers in our room everyday. I had asked friends of ours from Jamaica what I could bring to gift the resort staff, and they said North American makeup brands can be difficult to get. I brought lots of different drugstore mascaras and lipsticks for them.

Towel swans: Cheesy but also awesome!

Towel swans: Cheesy but also awesome!

My fav swimsuit I brought, Esther Williams Classic Sheath One-Piece Anchors print

My fav swimsuit that I brought, Esther Williams Classic Sheath One-Piece Anchors print

Now that's what I call organic coconut water

Now that’s what I call organic coconut water

We were near the famous Dunn’s River Falls. We took a catamaran there and climbed the falls which was really fun and a little bit scary. We also swam at night at the Luminous Lagoon, filled with bioluminescent single-celled organisms called dinoflagellates. At night, the microscopic organisms cause the water to glow and sparkle turquoise when disturbed. Its only one of four places in the world where this occurs. As nervous as I was jumping into the ocean in the dark, this was one of the coolest things I have ever seen. It looked like our arms and legs were glowing and when you raised your hand out of the water it looked like it was covered in magical glowing sparkles. It was seriously like a Disney movie come to life!

climbing Dunn's River Falls

climbing Dunn’s River Falls

We also discovered we absolutely love snorkeling and went several times. But mainly we just relaxed. I read three entire books while I was there. I wanted to read only light, happy books on vacation (nothing depressing or anything were anyone dies) so I picked up Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, Jim Gaffigan’s Food: A Love Story, and Tina Fey’s Bossypants. All three were lol funny, but Mindy Kaling’s was my fav. Tangent: I can’t wait for the next season of The Mindy Project!

reading in the hammock

Do you think I could get a hammock for my office?

I took so much sunblock with us, and thankfully did not get burned. I do not tan. I cannot tan. If I get a sunburn it just peels and ends up fading back to snow white. I did try to make an effort to look somewhat “sun-kissed” while there with the help of MAC Prism as evidenced in this pic (not sure how successful that was but I challenge you to apply bronzer when there is unlimited banana daiquiris!):

Dining under the stars at a beach bbq

Dining under the stars at a beach BBQ

We had such a great time in Jamaica. I hope you enjoyed my first ever vacation post! Please let me know in the comments if you like this type of post. Or let me know where you went on your favourite vacation. P.S. I didn’t include any pics of the fiance. Because of the nature of his research, he has to keep a low online profile and preferred that I didn’t post his photo on my blog.

And thanks Gym Bag Makeup for giving me the idea for this post!

Thanks for reading!
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤


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9 responses to “My First Vacation Post

  1. Erytheia The Red

    Your skin tone is gorgeous, and I love your vintage style! Definitely going to check out Hell Bunny 🙂


  2. I’m so glad you decided to do a vacation post!
    First, that dress is so cute! I’ve never heard of Hell Bunny but I think I need to check them out.
    I haven’t ready tried very much Jamaican cuisine and I’ve never heard of ackee. I’m going to have to look into so recipes so I can broaden my culinary horizons.
    The bioluminescent swimming sound incredible! Was the water relatively calm? Can you see all of the fish because of the glow? That alone seems like a great reason to visit Jamaica.
    Sweatpants and the Mindy Kaling book are both so funny!
    I loved this post! Vicariously vacationing through other people is so fun!


  3. JHadd

    I would love to go to Jamaica one day!


  4. You read 3 books while on vacation? Wow!
    Funny, I was thinking of downloading Mindy Kaling’s book onto my kobo for my upcoming vacation too! I think I’m going to tonight. 🙂
    Awesome pictures!

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