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Sunday, May 3, 2020

Mother's Day Gifts Under $50



Dang searching for a gift that will arrive on time during a pandemic can be tough. I rounded up some good ones that I think you'll love and also should arrive on time! Don't wait til the last minute this year cause shipping is really backed up!

click on the images below and they will take you to shop the item:
Tuesday, January 7, 2020

2 Unique Gifts for the Whiskey/Bourbon Drinker


UPDATE: For some reason the links on this post may not be working. If that is the case please find me on instagram @alexbutlertv and I will be happy to send you the direct links.

Yes - I realize its the second week of 2020!
But basically I'm like Target: they had the hearts decor out the day after Christmas. LOL

Valentine's Day is a month ish away and so if you need an early start. Here you go!
I got these two gifts for Nate over the holidays and he is majorly obsessed. I couldn't share earlier cause I didn't want him to know he was getting them for Christmas.

He loves bourbon and whiskey and always orders an old fashioned when we go out to eat. But one day he had a smoked old fashioned at Bonefish Grill and he was like "BABE, I wish I could make this at home with clear ice cubes and how do they get the smoke in there!?!?" 

AND I was like straight to google. haha.

Found the two items you need to make it happen and the rest is history.

So first: The clear ice cubes maker!!
<The round ones are sold out but they still have them in square.>

HUSBAND TESTED AND APPROVED. It works.
It makes 2 at a time and crystal freakkkkkking clear. NO FILTER BELOW.


Next: THE SMOKER-- ALSO HUSBAND TESTED AND APPROVED. 
PS. Turns out they use the same one at Bonefish Grill. All you need it batteries it even comes with the wood chips! Here is nate's first attempt as using it.

          
Video of Nate releasing the smoke below:


SO boom you're done. Add the whiskey or bourbon and bada bing bada boom
happy drinks,
XO Alex

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

25 VELVET DRESSES FOR FALL/WINTER


dressshoes/ mine is old Kate spade but I linked a similar>> bag

I honestly was never much of a velvet girl - I think its because I grew up in Florida. We didn't really have a need for long sleeves and velvet when we had "fake winters" (aka fake icicles on palm trees LOL). So, now that I live in a colder climate its totally growing on me and I can't stop buying velvet! I wore this dress to a wedding over the weekend and got a ton of compliments on it. (FYI: if you are short or petite like me -- you will need a hem on it) It sold out at Nordstrom but I did find it at one other store. HERE. 

 Since the velvet dress was so popular I decided to link a bunch that I am loving right now they are listed below from highest priced to lowest. How do you feel about velvet?



Wednesday, October 16, 2019

TRAVEL GUIDE: HONEYMOON IN ST LUCIA


WHERE TO STAY:

Let’s begin with the resort that quite frankly was even better than what we imagined!! Photos don’t do it justice! You have to see this beauty with your own eyes!! Ladera is a resort high at the top of a mountain facing the Pitons. What makes this resort the most unique is that you have a room with only three walls - the fourth wall is open and the views are breathtaking. 

We stayed in the Paradise Ridge Suites- Room 6. On one side you have the insane painting like view of the Pitons and then from your balcony on the other side you will see a gorgeous green lush setting filled with mountains and palm trees.

PRO TIP:  (if you have one of the heated pools) — When you arrive your private pool might be warm or cold and you can ask them to set it at whatever you prefer.

THE BONUS: Every room comes with a private pool and almost all of them have a swing above the pool. YES, I SAID A PRIVATE POOL AND A SWING. When Nate and I first arrived we were speechless. Below you will see our room and the view. 






PERSONAL PHONE:

Every room comes with a private phone that leads to either your private butler or the concierge front desk. This “Butler” perk that came with Paradise Ridge suites was INCREDIBLE!!!!!! If we needed a ride from our room to dinner at the front of the property you just call and schedule it. If you need anything in your room you can call your butler to restock and you can even have them arrange your dinner reservations!!! TRULY AMAZING and the best part they are SO SWEET and nice!!! 

PRO TIP: NEVER LEAVE THE ROOM WITHOUT THE RESORT PROVIDED PHONE.
This way if you need a ride or reservation you always have a contact at the resort and they will send a car to get you wherever you are. It’s your lifeline on the trip. 


REFRIGERATOR:

Inside of your fridge you will find:
Piton Beer 
(locally made beer its delish) & Sodas (replenished daily)
Snacks
3 Local Rums —
 My favorite is the Peanut Rum (If you like Peanut butter you will love LOVE LOVE IT.)
BONUS: Every time housekeeping comes they restock the fridge and leave a dessert treat. 


Oh and you MUST stop at the gym and get in a workout!! 
THE VIEW from the treadmill is insane!!

WHAT TO DO:

 We booked all of our tours through the resort. 
<AND there are way more options than just what we did below.>

1. FREE SHUTTLE TO SUGAR BEACH: 




The first shuttle leaves at 9am picks up around 1pm and the second shuttle leaves at 12pm picks up at 4:45pm. They will give you the exact time just make sure you are there for pickup when its time.
  • The only negative is that the Viceroy Sugar Beach resort charges anyone who is not a guest of their hotel $50 per beach chair to rent them. You can always lay on the beach with your towels though if you would rather not pay for them. They also have a pool for the guests - if you bring white towels you might be able to fool them into thinking you are staying there ;)
   
2. SOUFRIERE TOUR:

This tour takes you through Soufriere and makes stops at all the most popular attractions.

  • Botanical gardens
  • Waterfalls
  • Volcano (yes, its bubbling)
  • Mud bath / sulphur springs 

3.  SUNSET TOUR  — THIS WAS OUR FAVORITE!! 

The skies were unbelievable!! We even saw a rainbow!
(This tour is ONLY on Tuesdays and Fridays, so make sure to book that one as soon as you arrive).

  • 2 hour trip on a Catamaran boat provided by MYSTIC MAN TOURS. 
  • MYSTIC PUNCH (trust us its delish) or PITON BEER is provided
  • They also provide light snacks
  • PRO TIP: snacks  are very light so bring your own in case you get hungry <3
  • PRO TIP: After the tour — Have dinner at Petit Peak (a local yummy spot thats walking distance from the drop off point of the sunset cruise)
  • OR you could even hop off when they make the Sugar Beach Viceroy stop on the way back and go to the Bayside Restaurant.
 .       


4. THE ANSE MAMIN TOUR —
 

This one is more of a stay at a private beach.


Anse Mamin is the beach privately owned by the Jade Mountain and Anse Chasanet resorts. 
It is so neat because it's a black sand beach! 
  • You can rent benches on the far right end of the beach OR you can just lay on your towels.
  • If you book through the resort your trip will also come with paddle boards and snorkels.
  • PRO TIP- the sand can get VERY hot! Keep your sandals on til you get as close as you can to the water.  

WHERE TO EAT:

Note: All meals at all resorts in St Lucia are about $35 to $45 per entree
Most days we skipped lunch because we were out and about in the middle of the tour and breakfast filled us up.


LADERA RESORT RESTAURANT

BREAKFAST
So breakfast is included with your stay at Ladera and let me tell you it is TOO LEGIT! AND you can go for a swim after like I did below:


What we ordered: French toast, Banana pancakes, scrambled eggs bacon and toast.
Every time you arrive at breakfast you are offered pastries. My fav was the mini chocolate croissants. You also get fresh juice and you have to try their cocoa tea!! Honestly breakfast filled us up so much that most days we weren't hungry until dinnertime.

PRO TIP: There is one green couch table outside that has the best views -- if you get to breakfast early enough and no one is sitting there you can ask to sit their for breakfast.
 It's magical!!


DINNER:
WOW! THE FOOD HERE IS SO GOOD and the dinner views will take your breath away!!


For an appetizer ask for FRIED ACCRA!!! It might not be on the menu but sometimes they can still make it. It is LEGIT! 

We ate at the resort for the majority of our stay. I ordered the SHRIMP AND SCALLOPS like literally every night and it was so legit! It came on top of a puff pastry with the most incredible sauce I have ever tasted in my life. Nate got the steak one night and then the market fish on another night. Ask if Chef Nigel is working -- if he is: dinner will be EXTRA GOOD!

PRO TIP: Get to dinner early around 6pm for the best table with the best views of the Pitons. Also spray yourself with bug spray before you go (cause nighttime and outside). And remember they are on island time... so dinner does take a little bit longer to come out depending on how busy it is. Order some drinks and you'll be fine! :)




(ACROSS THE STREET FROM LADERA RESORT)


Before we went to ST LUCIA this was the most highly recommended restaurant to go to. Every single item on the menu is made with a little but of chocolate. 

MUST ORDER: Chocolate Martini and the Lava Cake dessert

Appetizer: Prior to the the appetizer, you are given bread with 3 spreads (a chocolate infused type olive oil, chocolate infused butter, and pesto sauce). DELISH. For our actual appetizer we had the Pulled Pork Piton. It was very good and was a great for sharing.



Main Dishes we ordered (we went twice):


Lightly Spiced Coconut Curry & Cacao Chicken 
Beef Fillet / Ribeye -Aberdeen Angus 48 hour marinated in freshly roasted cacao. 
12-hour Marinated “Bois BandΓ©” Chicken
9 hour lamb shank

Dessert: We shared the Rabot Chocolate Lava Cake. It was incredible!!!! However, the dessert takes about 20-25 minutes. So you could order it while finishing your main dish if you don't want to wait.



Honest Review: We did not love the food at Boucat. We tried dinner here twice and the first night my chicken was overcooked and the second night it was just ehhh nothing special. Could have been that it's the off season so maybe their best chefs were not there? All I know is EVERYONE says this is the place to eat on the island and I wasn't impressed. Still go and give it a try and see if you love it. It's definitely at the least worth going for dessert.

(Restaurant in Soufriere)


Dinner was very reasonably priced here. (Especially compared to the resort pricing).
We dont remember what we ordered (blame it on the mystic punch from our sunset cruise LOL) but I can tell you it was DELISH!!! WE SCARFED IT DOWN!!! 

This is a must stop and a great choice after the sunset cruise drops you off. That way you only have to pay for a taxi ride home from the restaurant. 



(Restaurant at Sugar Beach Viceroy)


When you take the free shuttle to Sugar Beach this is a restaurant available for lunch until 2:30 and then for dinner starting at 6pm. We didn't get a chance to eat here but we heard the food is LEGIT.

5.  JUNGLE BEACH GRILL
 "THE WORLD'S BEST BURGER"
(Located at Anse Mamin beach)


After taking a water taxi to Anse Mamin you will see the gorgeous black sand beach. To us it almost feels like a private beach because very few people are there. 
This is a MUST STOP!! 

They will begin taking burger orders at noon. We got the Gourmet Burger it was sooooooo insanelyyyyyy good!!!! 
P.S. There is a bar there as well! And I had a madddd good mojito!


ANSWERS TO YOUR QUESTIONS:

ARE THERE BUGS?

Yes, you have one wall open to your room so of course you will see some bugs --but I can tell you as a girl who will scream if she sees a moth. (LOL)— it really wasn’t bad AT ALL. 
But we came prepared!

 Our advice: BRING DEET OFF BUG SPRAY from the US - THIS is the one we used.
Spray your body every morning and night. 


Keep it on you in a bag to reapply if you’re out walking trails or out late at night.
I walked away with maybe 3 mosquito bites and Nate had 5. For a 7 day trip with one wall open -- I’d say thats pretty good. You will only get bit by mosquitoes when you forget to spray! :)
The rooms also come with a non deet spray and after bite aloe just in case. 
Plus - they have a candle they or you can light by your bed every night that keeps the mosquitoes away. AND your bed as a mosquito net over it so you don't have to worry about bugs while you sleep.

PRO TIP: TURN ALL THE LIGHTS OFF BUT LEAVE THE LIGHTS ON BY THE POOL AND IT WILL KEEP ANY BUGS OUTSIDE.

IS THE ROOM AT LADERA HOT? WITH IT BEING OPEN AIR?

I was actually very worried about this. We had a room with an incredible breeze so it never really got hot. But I think it depends on what time of year you go and what room you are in. I brought THIS FAN from amazon and sat it on the bed in case and only used it the last night we were there. So I would recommend to just buy a mini travel fan and bring it in case. BUT I AM TELLING YOU ITS WORTH IT!

Alright well I really hope this answered your questions. 

What I can tell you overall is:

St Lucia is magical.
The views are insane. Almost to beautiful to be real.
And the people are the kindest and most wonderful you will ever meet.
We were so sad to go and truly can't wait to go back!

OUTFITS IDEAS:

   
  

SHOP MY TRAVEL LOOKS:
Also everything is linked in the Liketoknow it app.
Feel free to message me on instagram if you can't find the link to something. 






XOXO,
Happy travels!
Alex



Thursday, August 1, 2019

WINC: WINE DELIVERED TO YOUR DOORSTEP



Please tell me what is better than wine 🍷 delivered to your doorstep!!!?!! πŸ‘ I now have a membership to @winc and I’m LOVING IT!!!! Long story short, you get 4 bottles of wine at your doorstep for UNDER $40. 

So how does it work? Well WINC lets you choose your wine. You take an initial quiz -- and they will recommend 4 bottles that should match your taste. Then you decide if you agree and you can switch out whichever ones you want in your cart. They are each around $13 or more a piece or you can search through the "select" wines too-- which are a little higher end.


Shipping is always free -- it's fun and delicious! It's easy to order and not a pushy commitment -- there are no member fees, you can cancel at any time, you can change your bottles each month, add on bottles, or skip a shipment if you need to.  


Yes please! Send more! Thank me later ;) ⠀


You can see the wines I ordered below: I also shared them on instagram in my stories.
So far I love them!! The man behind Winc - Brian Smith --he is an experienced sommelier and winemaker so I am telling you the wines are DELISH!  

My link gets you $22 off your first order + free shipping! πŸ™ŒπŸ» πŸ˜‰

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CHEERS DOLLS❤️PS I’m pretty sure all I need in my life is netflix and 🍷 wine.
Now I have a membership for both and you should too!

xo,
Alex